WHAT IS A CULT?
Beware of 'Another Gospel'
Galatians 1:6-9 | II Cor 11:3-15
II Timothy 3:1-16 | II Timothy 4:3-4
Colossians 2:8-23 | Proverbs 14:12
The 'Marks' of a Cult --
How YOU can Know One When You See One:
I. DEIFY MAN
Man may become a god. Man only needs to "progress" (as
defined by the cult and only with the cult's help) to
become like God. Genesis 3:1-13 | Isaiah 14:9-19 [the same
sin Satan was guilty of] | II Thess 2:3-4.
II. HUMANIZE GOD
Deny that God is ONE eternally. Deny the Trinity. There are
"many" gods, and redefine God to Man's image.Romans 1:21-25
| Isaiah 43 :10-11 and 44:6-8 | Psalm 90:2
III. MINIMIZE SIN
Instead of man's very nature being separated from God, sin
is only specific acts that through good works can be
perfected. Hell is redefined into bland or non existent
Romans 3:23 | I John 1:8-10 | Gal 3:10
IV. OSTRACIZE THE SCRIPTURES
They will add additional scripture and claim that there is
error in God's Word. Continual change of meaning in
Luke 21:33 | Revelation 22:18-19 | Isaiah 40:8 | Acts 17:11
V. A DIFFERENT JESUS
Jesus is not the Son of God, but rather a son of A god - or
He was just a prophet - or a created god - or our elder
brother - or just a good man or a teacher.Isaiah 9:6-7 |
John 1:1-14 | Col 1:15-20 | Hebrews 1:1-12
VI. A DIFFERENT SALVATION
Deny Salvation by Grace, by the shed blood of Jesus on the
Cross at Calvary and by true repentance of sin by a sinner.
Usually will not see a cross on the cult's structures.
Salvation must be by works, and quite often by a system
dictated by the cult.Eph 2:8-10 | Gal 3:1-26 | I Peter 2:24
VII. DIFFERENT SPIRIT
The Holy Spirit is changed into a "good force" or
impersonal entity. Deny God the Spirit. Spiritism is
generally rampant by having visits from spirits,
counterfeit miracles, etc.
I Timothy 4:1 | Deut 18:9-14 | John 14:17
VIII. MODERN DAY PROPHET
Founded by man, followed by others, who claim to be God's
one true spokesman on Earth. Accountable to no one but God.
Gives revelation and scripture.
Jeremiah 23 | Matthew 24:24 | Hebrews 1:1-2
IX. THE ONLY TRUE CHURCH
Their group is the only true way to perfection. The word
"truth" used over and over. Unless you are active part of
their organization, you are lost. Deny the spiritual union
Col 1:18 | Eph 1:22-23 | Romans 12:1-8
X. SECRETS .. CLOSED TO THE OUTSIDE WORLD
Secret rituals, temples and doctrines. Finances not public.
No communion with Christian body. All others are outsiders.
No one knows the truth as they (and their prophet) do.
XI. CANNOT LEAVE
Always testing loyalty of followers. Obedience (blind) is
primary. Leaders have all power - are followers
intermediary with God - not Jesus. Only way to leave is by
excommunication. Threats, Spiritual bondage, fear and guilt
most common. If you leave, you are cut off from all in