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INTRODUCTION to the CULTS

Written by: Unknown    Posted on: 04/29/2003

Category: Cults / Sects / Non Christian Religions and Topics

Source: CCN

                          INTRODUCTION                           to the CULTS

    "But I fear,  lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve     through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from     the simplicity that is in Christ.     For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus,  whom we have     not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have     not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted,     ye might well bear with him."

                      - II Corinthians 11:3,4

    "And Jesus answered and said unto them,  'Take heed that  no     man deceive you.'     'For many shall come in my name,  saying,  I am Christ;  and     shall deceive many.'     'And  many  false  prophets shall rise,  and  shall  deceive     many.'"

                      - Matthew 24:4,5,11

1. Defined: A group that follows a particular teaching or behavioral practice is a cult. Many groups, not necessarily religious can fall into this simple definition. So it necessary to define it in light of scriptural truth. 

2. Non-Christian Cult defined:

  a. They adhere to MAJOR doctrines which are pointedly contradictory to orthodox Christianity, while claiming origins or harmony with Christianity. 

  b. They are always built, not on what the Bible teaches, but upon what the FOUNDER(S) of the cult say the Bible teaches and they thrive on ignorance and uncertainity. 

  c. They use Bible quotations out of context. (example: They quote the Bible as saying it is OKAY to disobey God - but neglect to point out that this is a direct quote from SATAN that was printed in the Bible. 



                  HOW DO YOU IDENTIFY CULTS?

1. THEY PROFESS TO HAVE THE ONLY TRUE CHURCH DOCTRINE

  a. Do they say they are the ONLY true church?   b. Do they claim that "Truth is Everywhere and ALL religions seek after truth!"     If these statements are true or their answers are EVASIVE - then look closely. You probably are dealing with a cult. 

2. THEY STEAL MEMBERS FROM OTHER CHRISTIAN CHURCHES

  a. Whom do they seek to convert?           People on skid row?           The  natives  of Java?

    If you find them in established religious areas populated with Baptists or any other Christian members then they are proslytizing and the Bible condemns this practice. 



3.  THEY ADD THEIR OWN REVELATIONS TO THOSE OF THE BIBLE AND/OR SCRIPTURES

  a. THE BIBLE (God's INFALLIBLE Word to Mankind) has withstood the test of time and persecution and is the MOST Anti-Cult Manual you will ever find. 

  b. Their Leaders (Prophets) claim SECRET divine knowledge given ONLY to them and use this to drum up support as well as using an additional source for better clarification of their beliefs. 

        * BOOK OF MORMON         * PEARL OF GREAT PRICE         * WATCHTOWER MAGAZINE         * THE PLAIN TRUTH NEWSPAPER         * SCIENCE AND HEALTH WITH KEY TO THE SCRIPTURES         * DIVINE PRINCIPLES (Moon's)

4. THEY DO ALL OF YOUR THINKING FOR YOU

  a. "When our Leaders (Prophets, Guru, "True Parents") propose a plan, when our leaders speak, the thinking has been done." There is no room to disagree or to "TEST ALL THINGS" or "HOLD FAST TO THAT WHICH IS TRUE."

  b.  Extremes: JONESTOWN, MOONIES, or LOCAL CHURCH These "Divine" Leaders allowed no contention with their teachings and required that all did EXACTLY as told because "they were spokesmen for God". Brigham Young taught that the Sun was populated by people like ourselves! 

  c. There is no such thing as a Mormon or a Moonie that "doesn't believe such and such" or a Krishna that does not sell flowers or a Jehovah's Witness that does not sell the Watchtower!  It is required of these groups to believe ALL and to do ALL that is instructed from the leadership. 



5. THEY BELIEVE IN SALVATION BY GRACE               -= PLUS =-

  A. Mormons - WORKS, APPROVAL BY JOSEPH SMITH, Jr. (Eph 3:8-12)   B. ARMSTRONG - Law  of Moses  (Acts 15:1)   C. Jehovah's Witnesses - ATTEND ALL MEETINGS, SELL MAGAZINES (Awake, Watchtower etc) (Romans 11:6 and Ephesians 2:8-10)

6. WHAT CHARACTERISTICS OF THEIRS DO THEY "SELL"?

  A. Cults appeal to "reason" and "rationality"     1. Hell is "unreasonable"     2. Eternal Punishment is "irrational"     3. Conciousness after death is "pagan"   B. Cults prosper in direct ratio to the fluctuating emphasis which the Christian Church has placed on the teaching of Biblical doctrines to Christian Laymen.    C. Mormons - Perfect Welfare System: Politically Right Wing   D. Witnesses - No political ties   E. Moonies,  Krishnas  - Alternative to Drugs, etc.



7. HOPSCOTCH THROUGH THE BIBLE

  A. Satan is THE MASTER of this technique (Matthew 4:6)

    If you refer back to the previously menntioned "OKAY to disobey God" quotation of Satan's and you further look for guidance you might get to the scripture that says "Judas Hanged Himself" and reading still further arrive at "Go now, and do likewise!"

  B. Don't get trapped. Look at the verses above and below the quoted verses and ascertain

        (1) the actual meaning of the verse and         (2) who is saying the verse and         (3) why the verse is being said.



8. THEY CHANGE THE DEFINITIONS OF WORDS

  A. Watergate and Jeb Stuart Magruder when caught with $20,000.00 said it was not a BRIBE, it was just a "MEANS" to an end.    B. To a Jehovah's Witness, CHRIST is a man who died and is forever dead; but somehow returned to heaven as MICHAEL THE ARCHANGEL.    C. To a Mormon, GOSPEL means Mormonism and its Doctrines.   D. To a Christian Scientist, ATONEMENT means AT-ONE-MENT with God.    E. To the Science of Mind, SALVATION is when you finally realize that ALL IS MIND. 

9. THEY HAVE "ANOTHER Jesus"

10. FINAL AND 'SADDEST' OF ALL TRAITS     The saddest of all the traits that can signal a CULT is the OTHER JESUS doctrine. They try to make you believe the cultist cares. They teach that they love "Your" Jesus, and wish you to know him better - like they do. 

                  In short, the major features                         of our Jesus are:

                I.  Conceived by the Holy Ghost                         and Son of God.                   II.  God the Son of the Holy                             Trinity                 III. Total and FULL payment for                     sins even though He was                             sinless





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