Cult of Error
You are approached on the street by
a young man with a Bible. A member of
the Jesus movement? He may try to give
that impression. He asks a question
like, "How many thieves died on crosses
near Jesus?" When you reply with an
answer from the Bible he goes, "Aha,
You're wrong." Then he gives an entirely
different number or answer and asks you,
"Don't you wish you could know the Bible
as well as I do?" At the end of the
conversation he may say, "I'll bet you
have never heard the Scriptures
explained like this before, have you?"
Who is this young man?
Almost 2000 years ago Jesus
prophesied the increase of false
prophets in the end times. The world has
continued confirming His word by adding
yet another group to the expanding list
"The Way International" or the "Way
Bible Research Institute", most commonly
called "The Way", is a growing pseudo-
Christian organization largely comprised
of young adults. It is developing into a
menace to right-on body ministries and
As most cults operate, the Way
innocently infiltrates a fellowship.
After the meeting they engage new
Christians in Biblical discussions and
invite them to Bible studies. Left
undisturbed, The Way members will
display loving dispositions and appear
quite harmless. But beware - they are
dangerous and would love to steal sheep
from the flock and create damaging
divisions in a fellowship. They preach
another gospel and a different Jesus
than the one you have received. No
matter how they may disguise their
message with clever word games, it is
VICTOR PAUL WIERWILLE
The Way's founder and teacher is
Victor Paul Wierwille. He propagates his
many apostate doctrines by misusing some
scriptures and ignoring others.
Wierwille has stated that he has
produced the only "pure and correct"
interpretation of the Bible since the
Nearly all founders of cults take
this proud unscriptural view: Herbert W.
Armstrong of the Worldwide Church of
God, Witness Lee of the Local Church,
Joseph Smith of the Mormons, Charles
Russel of the Jehovah's Witnesses.
Wierwille has also said, "I have read
every commentary in existence; I consign
every one of them to Gehenna!"
THE INSPIRED WORD
Wierwille teaches that, "The Bible
as a whole is not relevant to all people
of all times." He rejects the Old
Testament and the Gospels as
unnecessary. Only the rest of the New
Testament is relevant for his group
which he calls the "Church of God." The
Way also teaches that the Bible is not
the Word of God, but only contains the
word of God.
The Bible teaches us an entirely
different thing. In II Timothy 3:16, the
scripture clearly states that, "ALL
scripture is given by inspiration of God
and is profitable for doctrine, for
reproof, for correction, for instruction
The Greek word used in this verse
for inspiration is theopneutos and
literally means God-breathed. This is
not the same word used for inspiring
music or books. It is a special word
denoting God's penmanship.
The Bible says in II Peter 1:20, 21
that "Knowing this first, that no
prophecy of the scripture is of any
private interpretation. For the prophecy
came not in old times by the will of
man, but holy men of God spake as they
were moved by the Holy Ghost."
COURSES FOR SALE
Wierwille offers numerous courses
at a high price. Each course costs $65
or more. To take all of his courses
could cost a disciple hundreds of
dollars. The initial "Bible" course,
"Power for Abundant Living," promises
that right "believing" will keep away
sickness, insure prosperity, and even
protect soldiers from enemy bullets.
Poverty is condemned as the result of
imperfect faith. The "Good Life" is the
proper reward for believing.
Wierwille seemingly teaches for
gain and is nothing more than a
sophisticated Reverend Ike. The Bible
warns the Church about such false
teachers who preach for worldly gain. II
Peter 2:3 says that such men are under
judgement and damnation. "And through
covetousness shall they with feigned
words make merchandise of you: whose
judgment now a long time lingereth not,
and their damnation slumbereth not".
THE DEITY OF CHRIST
The most dangerous of all
Wierwille's teachings are concerning the
Trinity and the Deity of Christ. He
teaches that Jesus is the Son of God,
but not God the Son. "You show me one
place in the Bible where it says he is
God," Wierwille thunders. "I don't want
you rapping your double talk, your
triple talk; all I want is Scripture!"
John 1:1 and 14 says, "In the
beginning was the Word and the Word was
with God and Word was God...And the Word
was made flesh and dwelt among us, and
we beheld his glory, the glory as of the
only begotten of the Father, full of
grace and truth".
Col. 2:9 tells us exactly what
Jesus is, "For in him dwelleth all the
fullness of the Godhead bodily." The
Greek word for Godhead is Theotes
meaning deity. In other words, Jesus is
the bodily manifestation of all the
fullness of Deity.
I Timothy 3:16 states this
spiritual truth even plainer, "God was
manifest in the flesh, justified in the
Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto
the Gentiles, believed on in the world,
received up into glory." Jesus is God
"For unto us a child is born, unto
us a son is given; and the government
shall be upon his shoulders and his name
shall be called Wonderful, Counselor,
The mighty God, The everlasting Father,
The Prince of Peace." Isaiah 9:6
There is the excellent example of
Thomas' unbelief changed to belief in
chapter 20 of John. Thomas was absent
when Jesus revealed Himself to the
disciples after His resurrection. Thomas
refused to believe unless he saw and
touched the nailprints and the scar of
the spear on Jesus' side.
Later Jesus appeared to the
disciples with Thomas present. Jesus
said to Thomas, "Reach hither thy finger
and behold my hands; and reach hither
thy hand, and thrust it into my side;
and be not faithless, but believing",
Thomas responded with, "My Lord and my
God." Jesus answered him saying,
"Thomas, because thou hast seen me thou
hast believed: blessed are they that
have not seen, and yet have believed".
Wierwille absolutely rejects the
Trinity calling such a doctrine paganism
and polytheistic. In I John 5:7 the
concept of the Trinity is given. "For
there are three that bear record in
heaven, the Father, the Word, and the
Holy Ghost: and these three are one."
The word "one" can mean one in unity as
well as one in number.
John 17:11 speaks of the unity of
the Father and the Son. Jesus answered
Philip in John 14:9, "Have I been so
long time with you, and yet hast thou
not known me, Philip? He that hath seen
me hath seen the Father; and how sayest
thou then, Show us the Father?"
Jesus says about the Holy Spirit in
John 14:16-17, "and I will pray the
Father, and he shall give you another
comforter, that he may abide with you
forever: Even the Spirit of truth; whom
the world cannot receive because it
seeth him not, neither knoweth him; but
ye know him; for he dwelleth with you,
and shall be in you." In these verses
the Holy Spirit is shown to be a member
of the Godhead, yet a distinct Person
from both Jesus and the Father.
Wierwille does not believe that the
Holy Spirit is a distinct personage and
says, "the Holy Spirit is just a synonym
The Father is called God, and the
Son is called God, and the Holy Spirit
is called God (Acts 5:3-4). As
individual persons each can be called
God and collectively they can be spoken
of as one God because of their perfect
unity. Everything said collectively
about God applies equally to each member
of the Godhead. There are some things
spoken of each personality of the
trinity such as office, position and
work that are unique to that individual.
An example is the Father having the
position as the head of Jesus. "But I
would have you know that the head of
every man is Christ; and the head of the
woman is the man; and the head of Christ
is God." I Corinthians 11:3.
Jesus is the only begotten Son of
the Father and the price paid for the
redemption of man. "For God so loved the
world that he gave his only begotten
Son, that whosoever believeth in him
should not perish but have everlasting
life." John 3:16.
Jesus is the mediator between us
and the Father. I Timothy 2:5.
The Holy Spirit is sent by the
Father in Jesus' name and will teach us
and anoint us with power. "But the
Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom
the Father will send in my name, he
shall teach you all things, and bring
all things to your remembrance,
whatsoever I have said unto you." John
"But ye shall receive power after
that the Holy Ghost is come upon you;
and ye shall be witnesses unto me both
in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and in
Samaria and unto the utter most parts of
the earth." Acts 1:8.
The different names of God denote
plurality. The Hebrew Elohim is the word
used for God in Genesis 1:1 and in over
2700 other scriptures in the Old
Testament. It is a plural noun meaning
God, and is translated 239 times as God.
Usually Elohim, a plural noun, is
used with a singular verb, showing unity
in plurality. Plural personal pronouns
are also used in reference to God. "And
God said, Let us make man in our image,
after our likeness..." Genesis 1:26. The
Old and New Testament concept of God is
plural and triune.
Is Victor Wierwille merely an
uneducated man ignorant of the
Scriptures? Unfortunately, he is not.
Formerly he was a United Church of
Christ minister. He has studied at the
University of Chicago Divinity School
and Princeton Theological Seminary.
Wierwille is a man, who being
knowledgeable of the Bible, has rejected
God's truth in utter rebellion.
Wierwille fulfills the Scriptures
on false teachers. "For there are many
unruly and vain talkers and
deceivers...; Whose mouths must be
stopped, who subvert whole houses,
teaching things which they ought not for
filthy Lucre's sake....Wherefore rebuke
them sharply, that they may be sound in
the faith;" Titus 1:10a, 11, 13.
The followers of The Way commonly
portray the fruits of false teaching by
living carnal lives. Titus 1:15-16
clearly illustrates their spiritual
state, "Unto the pure all things are
pure: but unto them that are defiled and
unbelieving is nothing pure; but even
their mind and conscience is defiled.
They profess that they know God; but in
works they deny him, being abominable,
and disobedient and unto every good work
The heart of Christianity is not an
organization but a personal relationship
with Jesus Christ the Lord. Don't be led
astray by false doctrine. There is no
other gospel, only the one you have
received. (Gal. 1:6-8)
If any of The Way come to your
fellowship, coffeehouse, or churches,
please ask them to leave. The Way has
just recently invaded Chicago, trying to
establish a work here. Do not help them
get rooted by ignorance or tolerance.
Give them a false prophets left foot of
fellowship. Jesus said, "Verily, verily,
I say unto you, He that enterest not by
the door into the sheepfold, but
climbeth up some other way, the same is
a thief and a robber...Verily, verily, I
say unto you, I am the door of the
sheep." John 10:1,7.
Do not be fooled! They are not just
sweet people but dangerous robbers of
the sheepfold. "The thief cometh not but
for to steal, and to kill, and to
destroy." John 10:10a.
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