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 existant punishment.
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 scripture. 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 repentence 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 Deut 13:1-10, 18:20-22
IX. THE ONLY TRUE CHURCH
Their group is the only true way to perfection. The word 'truth'
used over and ovr. Unless you are active part of their
organization, you are lost. Deny the spiritual union of
believers. 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 Cristian body. All others are outsiders. No one
knows the truth as they (and their prophet) do. Persecution
XI. CANNOT LEAVE
Always testing loyality 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 cult.