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CULTS & FALSE RELIGIONS & FALSE TEACHINGS - Check out the Cults List & find out What is a Cult? Summed Up Info on the Many Cults & False Religions & False Teachings in our World Today. 

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BEWARE OF FALSE TEACHERS
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Cults List & False Teachings 

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What is a Cult? / Cult List

By Amazing Bible

CULTS LIST (Jump to Cults List)

  1. CULTS - INTRO
  2. WHAT IS A CULT? (SEE ALSO #13)
  3. CULTS DATE BACK TO CAIN AND ARE INSTIGATED BY SATAN
  4. TEST THE SPIRITS
  5. SHOULD CHRISTIANS BE HOSPITABLE TO CULT MEMBERS? JOHN MACARTHUR
  6. THE CULTS & DECEIVERS APPEAR TO BE TEACHERS OF GOD
  7. DARKNESS DOES NOT UNDERSTAND; THEY DISTORT THE BIBLE & SAY THE DECEASED ARE IN HEAVEN WHEN THEY ACTUALLY ARE IN HELL
  8. WHY SOME REJECT GOD’S WORD. SOME WARNINGS & ADVICE FROM THE SCRIPTURES
  9. HOW MANY DECEIVERS, CULTS, FALSE CHURCHES & PREACHERS ARE THERE?
  10. HOW MANY CULTS TAKE THE WAY THAT LEADS TO DESTRUCTION?
  11. WOULD PETER & PAUL BE CONSIDERED CULT LEADERS TODAY?
  12. HOW WERE JESUS CHRIST & JOHN THE BAPTIST PERCEIVED?
  13. BEING NARROW-MINDED
  14. WHAT IS THE BIBLICAL DEFINITION OF A CULT?
  15. BRIEF CULT & OCCULT LIST AND RELATED ITEMS; BRIEF OUTLINE OF SOME ERRORS
  16. CULT LIST DETAIL - (A THRU Z)
  17. CULTS & DECEIT ARE NOT THE ONLY DEVICES SATAN USES TO MISLEAD PEOPLE. SOME OTHERS:
  18. FINAL SUMMATION ON CULTS; BIBLICAL PROOF: RELIGIONS THAT ADD, CHANGE, DISCREDIT, OR TAKE AWAY FROM THE BIBLE (NO MATTER WHAT THE SOURCE) ARE NOT FROM GOD (See #7)

 

CULT LIST

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  • AFRICA(General information)
  • AGNOSTIC
  • ALAMO CHRISTIAN FOUNDATION
  • ANCESTOR WORSHIP
  • ANGLO-ISRAELISM (See Christian Identity Movement)
  • ANTHROPOSOPHICAL SOCIETY
  • APOSTOLIC
  • APPARITIONS
  • ARMSTRONGISM (Worldwide Church of God) (and The Plain Truth Magazine)
  • ARTHUR FORD
  • ASSEMBLIES OF THE LORD JESUS CHRIST (See United Pentecostals)
  • ASTARA
  • ASTRAL PROJECTION
  • ASTROLOGY (and Horoscopes)
  • ATHEIST
  • AUTOMATIC WRITING
  • BAHAISM
  • BELEMANCY
  • BEWITCH
  • BIBLE WAY CHURCHES OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST (See United Pentecostals)
  • BLACK MAGIC
  • BLACK MUSLIM
  • BOOKS ON THE OCCULT
  • BOSTON CHURCH OF CHRIST (See Church of Christ)
  • BRITISH ISRAELISM
  • BUDDHISM
  • CABALA (or Kabbalah)
  • CATHOLIC CHURCH (Roman Catholic Church)
  • CHANTING
  • CHARMS
  • CHILDREN OF GOD
  • CHRISTIAN FAMILY FELLOWSHIP
  • CHRISTIAN IDENTITY MOVEMENT (Anglo-Israelism)
  • CHRISTIAN SCIENCE (Church of Christ—Scientist)
  • CHRISTODELPHIANISM
  • CHURCH OF ARMAGEDDON
  • CHURCH OF CHRIST
  • CHURCH UNIVERSAL AND TRIUMPHANT
  • CLAIRVOYANCE
  • COLOROLOGY
  • CONFUCIANISM
  • CONJURATION
  • CROSSROADS MOVEMENT (See Church of Christ)
  • CRYSTAL BALLS
  • CURSING (Putting a curse on others)
  • DEJA-VU
  • DEMOLAY
  • DISCIPLING MOVEMENT (See Church of Christ)
  • DIVINATION
  • DIVINE LIGHT MISSION
  • DRUG ‘TRIPS’DUNGEONS AND DRAGONS (The so-called game)
  • EASTERN MYSTICISM
  • EASTERN STAR
  • EASTERN PHILOSOPHIES
  • ECKANKAR
  • EDGAR CAYCE
  • EMERGENT CHURCH
    (a False Teaching - not apart of Amazing Bibles Originaly list)
  • ENCHANTMENTS (See Fortunetelling)
  • END TIME MOVEMENTS
  • EVOLUTION
  • EXTRA SENSORY PERCEPTION (E.S.P.)
  • EST
  • FAMILIAR SPIRITS
  • FARM (See The Farm)
  • FETISHES
  • FIRE PSYCHE BY CANDLES
  • FIRST CHURCH OF CHRIST SCIENTIST (See Christian Science)
  • FLEXOLOGY
  • FORTUNETELLING
  • FOUNDATION OFHUMAN UNDERSTANDING
  • FREEMASON - MASONS - FREEMASONRY
  • HALLOWEEN (See Fortunetelling)
  • HANDWRITING ANALYSIS
  • HARE KRISHNA
  • HEXING
  • HINDUISM
  • HOROSCOPES (See Astrology)
  • HOW TO HAVE PERFECT FAITH
  • HUMANISM
  • HUMANISTIC PHILOSOPHY
  • HYPNOTISM
  • HYPNOTIZISM
  • I AM MOVEMENT
  • I-CHING
  • IDOLS: ANKH
  • IDOLS: ITALIAN HORN
  • IDOLS: ZODIAC SIGNS
  • INCANTATION
  • INDIAN CEREMONIES
  • INDIA (See Hinduism)
  • INNER PEACE MOVEMENT
  • INTERNATIONAL CHURCH OF CHRIST (See Church of Christ)
  • ISLAM
  • JEAN DIXON
  • JEHOVAH’S WITNESSES (and The Watchtower Magazine)
  • JESUS ONLY (Say there is no Trinity)
  • JOB’S DAUGHTERS
  • KABBALAH (Also Cabala)
  • KARMA
  • K.K.K.
  • KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS
  • KRISHNA CONSCIOUSNESS
  • LATTER RAIN / NEW APOSTOLIC REFORMATION / MODERN DAY PROPHET
    (a False Teaching - not apart of Amazing Bibles Originaly list)
  • LEVITATION
  • LIFE SPRING
  • MAGIC, CHARMS, SPELLS
  • MANIPULATION
  • MARTIAL ARTS
  • MASONS
  • MEDIUMS (See Fortunetelling)
  • METAPHYSICS
  • MILLENNIAL DARNISM
  • MIND CONTROL
  • MIND IDOLATRY
  • MODERNISM
  • MOONIES (Unification Church)
  • MORMONISM (The Latter Day Saints)
  • MOSLEMS (See Islam)
  • MULTIPLYING MINISTRIES (See Church of Christ)
  • MUSLIMS (BLACK) (See Black Muslim)
  • NECROMANCY (See Fortunetelling)
  • NEW AGE DOCTRINES
  • NEW AGE THINKING
  • NEW THOUGHT
  • NUMEROLOGY
  • OBSERVER OF TIMES (See Fortunetelling, Astrology)
  • OCCULTISM
  • ONENESS PENTECOSTALPENTECOSTALS (See also United Pentecostal)
  • ORDER OF THE ARROW
  • OUIJA BOARDS
  • PAGAN RELIGIONS
  • PALM READING
  • PARAPSYCHOLOGY
  • PENDULUM
  • PENTAGRAMS
  • POLTERGEISTS
  • PSYCHIC HEALING
  • PSYCHIC PORTRAITS
  • PSYCHICS
  • PSYCHOCYBERNETICS
  • RAINBOW GIRLS
  • REALIANS
  • REIGN OF FATHER DIVINE
  • REINCARNATION
  • ROCK GROUPS AND STARS
  • ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH
  • ROSICRUCIAN FELLOWSHIP
  • ROSICRUCIANISM
  • RUNES
  • SATAN WORSHIP
  • SCIENTOLOGY (The teachings of L. Ron Hubbard)
  • SEANCES
  • SECRET BROTHERHOODS
  • SECRET SISTERHOODS
  • SELF REALIZATION FELLOWSHIP
  • SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTISM
  • SHEPHERD’S CHAPEL
  • SHINTOISM
  • SILVA MIND CONTROL
  • SORCERY
  • SOUL TRAVEL
  • SPELLS
  • SPIRITISM (The Cult of Antiquity)
  • SPIRITUALISM
  • STATUES (Venus, etc.)
  • SUPERSTITIONS: BREAKING A MIRROR
  • SUPERSTITIONS: FEAR OF BLACK CATS
  • SUPERSTITIONS: GOOD LUCK CHARMS
  • SUPERSTITIONS: SALT OVER SHOULDER
  • SWEDENBORGIANISM (The Church of New Jerusalem)
  • TABLE TIPPING
  • TALISMANS
  • TAROT CARDS
  • TEA LEAF READING
  • TELEPATHY
  • THEOPHOSTICS (a False Teaching - not apart of on Amazing Bibles Original list)
  • THEOSOPHY
  • THE FARM
  • THE WALK
  • THE WAY INTERNATIONAL
  • THE WEIGH DOWN DIET (Founder Gwen Shamblin)
  • THIRD DAY CHURCH
  • THIRD EYE
  • T.M. (Transcendental Meditation)
  • TRANCE DIAGNOSIS
  • TWO BY TWO ’S
  • UNIFICATION CHURCH (The teachings of Moon)
  • UNITARIANISM
  • UNITED APOSTOLIC CHURCH (See United Pentecostals)
  • UNITED PENTECOSTALS
  • UNITY (School of Christianity)
  • UNIVERSALISM
  • URANTIA
  • VEDANTA SOCIETY
  • VERSALISM
  • VOODOO
  • WARLOCK
  • WART CHARMING
  • WATER WITCHING
  • WAY INTERNATIONAL (See The Way International)
  • WHITE MAGIC
  • WISHING ON A STAR
  • WITCH (See Fortunetelling)
  • WITCHCRAFT
  • WIZARDS (See Fortunetelling)
  • WORLDWIDE CHURCH OF GOD (See Armstrongism)
  • YOGA
  • ZEN
  • ZEN BUDDHISM
  • ZOROASTRIANISM 

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1 - Cults - Intro

All man-made religions and philosophies are darkness. ONLY JESUS IS LIGHT.

  • John 8:12 Then spake Jesus..., saying, I am the light of the World: he that followeth Me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.

Darkness is spiritual death. In the absence of light there is only darkness and death. Jesus is the only door to the Father. It is not the Catholic Church, man-made religions, your own ideas, false Christs, false prophets, philosophies, or any other way—only Jesus.

It has been said, THE BIBLE CAN KEEP YOU FROM SIN, OR SIN CAN KEEP YOU FROM THE BIBLE. Which do you believe is more pleasing to God-a meek, childlike, attitude toward His Word, God’s correction and instruction; or a stubborn, angry, doubleminded, unrepentant, and rebellious attitude?

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2 - What is a Cult?

The Branch Davidians in Waco, Texas were a Cult. Jim Jones and his group was a Cult. He originally led the People’s Temple in San Francisco and then moved his group to Guyana. Heaven’s Gate was a Cult. In another case, reportedly 530 people perished in Kampala, Africa in a mass Suicide. Their group was called the Movement for the Restoration of the Ten Commandments of God. Previously, another ex-Catholic priest reportedly murdered nine women in his sect. Some Cults have famous Movie Stars as members. The list goes on and on. Some can bring forth violence. The vast Majority & Peaceful and do not.

The question arises, how can we identify a cult? There are many varied views on what a cult really is from the world ’s perspective, and then there is what is truly a cult in the eyes of a Holy God according to the Scriptures. Most cults believe their way is the only way to heaven. Others do not even believe in heaven. Some do not believe in hell, Satan, or the Bible. Some do not believe people sin. Some proclaim that everyone is a god, while others trust that man-made idols are gods. Some adhere to reincarnation, others to annihilation. Many teach you can earn your way into heaven. The list goes on and on. Some define a cult as any group with a charismatic leader or any group of people that are on fire for Jesus Christ.

Some define a cult as anything that they disagree with or do not understand. In other words to them, a cult is any doctrine that disagrees with theirs.

Many cults use the Bible and Bible terminology. On the surface they may sound very biblical to those not well-grounded in the Scriptures or not well-informed of the cult ’s doctrine. They skillfully combine biblical truth mixed with error and falsehood, leading many astray. People often get involved in these not realizing their true doctrine.

Biblically, a cult may be defined as those that have added to, changed, or eliminated those things that are considered the fundamentals of Bible doctrine. This would include those that follow another God, another Jesus, another Gospel, or another way of salvation. This could include those that do not confess that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh-ref 1 John 4:2,3; 2 John 7 or do not believe there is ONE GOD-ref Mal 2:10; Mark 12:32; Rom 3:30; 1 Cor 8:6; Eph 4:6; 1 Tim 2:5; Ja 2:19. The ONE GOD is manifested in three, eternally existing Persons: God the Father, and God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit-ref Matt 28:19; 1 John 5:7.

The bigger a cult is, the more credibility it seems to have in this sinful world.

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3 - Cults Date Back to Cain and Are Instigated By Satan

The father of lies, cult doctrines, and trying to deceive people to think God’s Word does not mean what it says is Satan-ref Gen 3:1-7, John 8:44.
Cults are not something new. It may be said that they go back to the days of Cain-ref Gen 4:3-7.
Many of the Pharisees, Herodians, Sadducees, lawyers, and scribes in the days of Jesus were deceived teachers.

In 2 Tim 2:17-18, we have a cult. Its purpose was to deceive people and overthrow the faith of some.

  • 2 Tim 2:17-18 Hymenaeus and Philetus; Who concerning the truth have erred, saying that the resurrection is past already; and overthrow the faith of some.

2 Tim 3:5 speaks of a type of cult that appears godly but is not.

  • 2 Tim 3:5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.

Cults such as Buddhism, Yoga, Zen, and some so-called Christian sects can fit this description.

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4 - Test the Spirits

God’s Word tells us,

  • 1 John 4:1 Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try (or test) the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.

Note, many are false. We are to test the spirits, the religions, denominations, Bible schools, churches, preachers, prophets, and people. The information presented in this document should help a person do just that.

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Should Christians Be Hospitable to Cult Members? John MacArthur

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  • 1 John 1:10 (NASB) "If anyone comes to you & does NOT bring this TEACHING (Truth about CHRIST), do NOT receive him INTO your HOUSE, and do NOT give him a GREETING."

QUOTE from JOHN MACARTHUR— "You do NOT open your home to him (a CULT MEMBER). That doesn't mean you don't witness somebody in the CULTS, that doesn't mean you don't witness to somebody in DIFFERENT RELIGION. You don't sit down with them and try to explain, you just DON'T open your home to them; you don't provide a haven for them, you don't provide hospitality for them. To borrow the language from Psalm 1 you DON'T sit down with SCOFFERS, that's DANGEROUS STUFF. So this is for protection, and this is to shut-out FALSE TEACHERS, and FALSE CULT PURVEYORS from having INFLUENCE of course on GOD'S PEOPLE." www.MacArthurCommentaries.com & www.GTY.org

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6 - The Cults & Deceivers Appear To Be Teachers of God

There is an abundance of Scripture regarding false teachers, false prophets, cults, etc. The Scriptures show clearly how skillful these can be.

  • Matt 7:15 tells how they "come to you in SHEEP'S CLOTHING (they look like the real thing), but inwardly they are RAVENING WOLVES.
  • Luke11:44 says regarding the Bible teachers of that time, which also applies to today, "Ye are as Graves which appear not."

They are leading people to their death—to hell, yet they appear to be authentic. Those that follow their false teachings "are not aware of them." Those that follow these false teachers are deceived and don’t know it. These false teachers or cults—

  • Matt 23:27 Are like unto whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward.

They appear pure and holy and look really good outwardly. They look like true men of God; however, Jesus tells us that "within (they are) full of Dead men's bones, and of all Uncleanness."

Within, these cults are dead and have led many to spiritual death—to hell. These cults.

  • 2 Cor 11:13 For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ.

But this should be no surprise, as

  • 2 Cor 11:14 And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.

The cults, the false teachers, prophets, and religions look like the real thing. They appear to be ministers of righteousness.

  • 2 Cor 11:15 Therefore it is no great thing if his Ministers (Satan’s ministers) also be Transformed as the Ministers of Righteousness.

They may seem very loving and knowledgeable in the Bible or "another Gospel." They may give large sums of money to the poor and do wonderful works. Yet they are still ministers of confusion and deceit.

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7 - The Darkness Does Not Understand; They Distort The Bible and Say the Deceased Are In Heaven When They Are Actually in Hell

Satan’s ministers do not know or understand that they are Satan’s ministers. They are convinced that they are walking in truth. How horrible it has been for those that have died without Christ—without being born-again. How terrifying it is when a person dies and is in hell, yet a so-called minister of God stands over their dead body, saying he is in heaven or in a better place. It is written:

  • John 1:5 "And the Light (which is Jesus, the true, narrow Way, the Truth, and the Life) shineth in the Darkness; and the Darkness Comprehended (or understood) it not.
  • Matt 6:23 If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness!

If a person thinks his understanding is truth when it is deception or darkness, the darkness in him is great. It is hard to reach him with the truth. Even if one rose from the dead to testify to him, he may reject it.

  • I John 2:11 But he that... walketh in darkness,... knoweth not whither he goeth, because that darkness hath blinded his eyes.

A person that walks in deceit, does not understand that he will perish forever, because the darkness blinds him from seeing or understanding.

They sincerely believe that they are right, as did the Pharisees, scribes, lawyers, Sadducees, and others that are now in hell. Jesus proved beyond any doubt by the Word and miracles that He was from God and was God. Jesus told them plainly they were of their father the devil, yet they could not believe Him.

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8 - Why Some Reject God's Word; Some Warnings & Advice From the Scriptures
Regarding False Teachers & Cults Among You, Especially in these latter Days (#16)

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Why do some Reject God’s Word? It is written,

  • John 3:19-20 And this is the condemnation, that light (which is Jesus) is come into the world, and men loved darkness (or the ways of sin and Satan) rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light (which is Jesus), lest his deeds should be reproved (or exposed, or corrected).

People do not want to submit to the authority of God’s Word, so many create their own theology that fits their fleshly desires and comforts them.

Peter wrote in his letters some things that were hard to understand—

  • 2 Pet 3:16 (NIV) which IGNORANT and UNSTABLE PEOPLE DISTORT, as they do the other scriptures to their own DESTRUCTION.

False teachers, who are unlearned, unstable in their walk, or don ’t understand, distort the Epistles and other Scriptures to their own destruction. They will perish to the hell that most of them believe is either an illusion, or our life on earth, or do not believe exists.

  • 2 Pet 2:1 Paul warned, But there shall be FALSE TEACHERS among you, who (Secretly) shall bring in DAMNABLE HERESIES, even denying the lord that bought them,…MANY shall follow their (shameful) ways.

These false teachers shall speak evil about the way of truth. This indeed is what many cults do.

In 1 Tim 6:20-21, Timothy is warned to turn away from or avoid godless chatter and opposing ideas of what is falsely called science. Some people that disobey this have erred and wandered from the faith.

Timothy is further warned not to GIVE HEED TO FABLES (or myths) AND ENDLESS GENEALOGIES. The reason is that these promote controversies rather than GODLY EDIFYING WHICH IS IN FAITH-ref 1 Tim 1:4.

  • 1 Tim 1:4 Neither GIVE HEED TO FABLES (or myths) and ENDLESS GENEALOGIES, which minister questions, rather than GODLY EDIFYING WHICH IS IN FAITH

Paul obviously had warned the people about religious deception and false teachers and false Gospels. Yet just as it was in Paul ’s time, so it is today. Some people will not humble themselves and hearken to Godly counsel, or even to this material, because they have no inner desire to repent, to change, and to walk by faith.

  • Gal 1:6-9 Paul said, I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ. But though we, or AN ANGEL FROM HEAVEN, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.

Many cult leaders had demon spirits or false angels appear to them. Afterward, they started false religions that in some way distorted the Bible. Those false teachers and cults will indeed be accursed.

  • 2 John 1:10-11 If there come ANY unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed: For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds.

Many have been led down the road to error when they disobeyed this Scripture.

Most of Matt 24, Mark 13, and Luke 21 are dealing with the latter days that we now living in and the times that are soon to follow.

When Jesus was asked about His return, the first sign of many He referred to in all three chapters was religious deception. Many times He warned about religious deception and being led astray in this age, as if it would be worse than at any time in the history of the Church. In other words, cults would abound.

  • Matt 24:4; Mark 13:5; Luke 21:8 Jesus answered and said unto them, TAKE HEED that NO MAN DECEIVE YOU.

In other words, if you are not on your guard, you may be deceived.

Of all the signs collectively covered in these three chapters, religious deception (or cults) was covered more than any other (about 13 times)-ref-Matt 24:4,5,11,23-26; Mark 13:5,6,21-23; Luke 21:8.

A summary of some things He said—Many shall be deceived. Many shall say they are the Christ.
People shall say, Here is Christ. Many false prophets shall arise. They shall show great signs and wonders. Jesus said, I HAVE TOLD YOU BEFORE or in advance. If you have read this article, you can ’t say you didn’t know. Indeed, these prophecies have been fulfilled. An estimated 25,000 people in the world are now claiming they are the Christ. Multitudes of false prophets have arisen. Some are listed under "BRIEF CULT AND OCCULT LIST." Multitudes of new cults have arisen in just the last 150 years, and the number just keeps growing.

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9 - How Many Deceivers, Cults, False Churches and Preachers are There? Is the Answer Found in the Fragments of the Good Bread Taken Up In Baskets?

  • 2 John 1:7 For MANY DECEIVERS are entered into the world..
  • Matt 24:11 MANY FALSE PROPHETS (or teachers) shall rise, and SHALL DECEIVE MANY.

The number of Deceivers, Cults, False Ways, False Churches, Preachers, and Deceived people are MANY.

  • Matt 16:9-12 Do ye not yet understand, neither remember the five loaves of the five thousand, and how many baskets ye took up? Neither the seven loaves of the four thousand, and how many baskets ye took up? How is it that ye do not understand that I spake it not to you concerning bread, that ye should beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees? Then understood they how that he bade them not beware of the leaven of bread, but of the doctrine of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees.

Jesus was and is warning them and us to beware of the false doctrines, the cults, and false teachings.

How much false teachings will come forth? Jesus gives us the answer.

  • Mark 8:19-21 When I brake the five loaves among five thousand, how many baskets full of fragments took ye up? They say unto him, Twelve. And when the seven among four thousand, how many baskets full of fragments took ye up? And they said, Seven. And he said unto them, How is it that ye do not understand?

The baskets full of fragments of bread that afterward were gathered, represent the leaven or incredible spread of false doctrines. (For the student of the Bible, note that two separate occasions are mentioned.) The amount of fragmented, false doctrines that would come forth from the original bread (Jesus) (or from the pure, holy words of the Bible) would be twelve baskets from the five loaves of the five thousand, and seven baskets from the 7 loaves among four thousand. False doctrine spreads like leaven (or yeast). It multiplies many times over.

It is not enough to believe on Jesus alone, as there are many different viewpoints among the cults of who Jesus really is. A person needs to BELIEVETH ON ME (Jesus), AS THE SCRIPTURE HATH SAID-John 7:38. Are you following a fragmented, false doctrine or the real Bread of Life (Jesus)?

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10 - How Many Take the Way That Leads To Destruction?

Matt 7:13 shows clearly that many take the way that leads to destruction.

  • Matt 7:13 Enter ye in at the strait GATE: for WIDE is the GATE, and BROAD is the way, that leadeth to DESTRUCTION, and MANY there be which go in thereat

In Matt 7:14 tells that only a FEW find the way that leads to life. Even among those that find the strait gate and narrow way, only a FEW will take it and inherit Eternal Life.

  • Matt 7:14 Because strait is the GATE, and NARROW is the way, which leadeth unto life, and FEW there be that FIND IT.

In Matt 7:21, Jesus said that not everyone that calls Him Lord, Lord shall enter heaven, BUT HE THAT DOETH THE WILL OF MY FATHER WHICH IS IN HEAVEN. How many will take the wrong way and perish?

  • Matt 7:21-23 Jesus warns, Not every one that saith unto ME, "LORD, LORD", shall enter into the Kingdom of Heaven; but he that DOETH the WILL OF MY FATHER which is in Heaven. (22) MANY will say to Me in that day, LORD, LORD, have we not PROPHESIED IN THY NAME? And in thy NAME HAVE CAST OUT DEVILS? And in thy NAME DONE MANY WONDERFUL WORKS? And then will I PROFESS UNTO THEM, I NEVER KNEW YOU: DEPART FROM ME, YE THAT WORK INIQUITY.

Matt 7:22 indicates that the number is MANY, MANY, MANY. The word many is followed by three categories of people that believed they were saved, looked like they were saved, but were rejected by Jesus. They worked iniquity. If many, many, many perish, that only leaves a very, very, very few that inherit eternal life.

Again, in Matt 24:11, we are told the number that get deceived are MANY. Again and again, the Scriptures are in harmony. Far, far, far more people will perish and suffer the second death than those that inherit eternal life. It is written, Gal 4:27-FOR THE DESOLATE (or those that perish without Jesus) HATH MANY MORE CHILDREN THAN SHE WHICH HATH AN HUSBAND (which are the born-again Christians). He that has a heart to understand, let him understand.

Those FEW that are not deceived are those that are DOERS OF THE WORD, AND NOT HEARERS ONLY-ref Ja 1:22. Those few are those that BELIEVETH ON ME (Jesus), AS THE SCRIPTURE HATH SAID-John 7:38. Those few are those that BUILT HIS HOUSE UPON A ROCK (which is the Jesus of the Bible)-Matt 7:24. Those few are those that are not ashamed of the Jesus of the Bible. Those few are those that build upon the truth of God ’s Word not a cult. Those that build upon the sand are those that follow their own ways and distorted views of Jesus as well as false religions and blind teachers—they will surely perish-ref Matt 7:26-27.

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11 - Would Peter and Paul Be Considered Cults Leaders Today?

In today’s society, Peter, Paul, and others like them might mistakenly be considered cult leaders. Indeed, Paul was considered by many of his day a cult leader. He was called the ringleader of the sect (or movement, or cult) of the Nazarenes. It is written:

  • Acts 24:5 For we have found this man (Paul) a PESTILENT FELLOW, and a mover of sedition among all the Jews throughout the world, and A RINGLEADER OF THE SECT OF THE NAZARENES.
  • Acts 28:22 But we desire to hear of thee what thou thinkest: for as CONCERNING THIS SECT, we know that EVERY WHERE it is spoken AGAINST.

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12 - How Were Jesus Christ & John the Baptist Perceived?

Was Jesus Himself and John the Baptist perceived by some as cult leaders? It is written:

  • Luke 7:33-34 For John the Baptist came neither eating bread nor drinking wine; and ye YE SAY, HE HATH A DEVIL. The Son of man is come eating and drinking; and ye say, Behold a gluttonous man, and a winebibber, a friend of publicans and sinners!
  • Matt 11:18-19 For John came neither eating nor drinking, and THEY SAY, HE HATH A DEVIL. The Son of man came eating and drinking, and they say, Behold a man gluttonous, and a winebibber, a friend of publicans and sinners. But wisdom is justified of her children.

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13 - Being Narrow Minded

Some would consider that anyone so narrow-minded as to say that there is only one way to enter heaven is certainly a cult. Yet the Bible clearly shows that Jesus is the One and only Way. It is written:

  • John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the WAY, the TRUTH, and the LIFE: NO MAN cometh unto the Father, but by ME.

No church can save any person. It is only by faith in the Jesus Christ of the Bible-God’s only begotten Son, Jesus Christ is God who came to this earth in human form and gave His life a ransom for those that would put their trust in Him and Him alone as their only way to enter heaven. It is written:

  • Matt 7:14 Because strait is the GATE, and NARROW IS THE WAY, which leadeth unto life, and FEW there be that FIND IT.

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14 - What Is The Biblical Definition of a Cult? (Note #2)

(As #2 states), Biblically a cult may be defined as those that have changed, left out, or added to the fundamentals of Bible doctrine.

Those that do not confess that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh-ref 1 John 4:2,3; 2 John 7 are not of God. As it is written:

  • 1 John 4:2-3 Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God: And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that THIS IS THAT SPIRIT OF ANTICHRIST, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.

  • 2 John 1:7 For MANY DECEIVERS are entered into the World, who CONFESS NOT that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. This is a DECEIVER AND AN ANTICHRIST.

All true, Born-Again Christians that have understanding should agree that a Biblical Definition of a Cult is any Movement, Psophy, Group, Church, or Denomination that does not believe the following:

1 - That all 66 books of the Bible are the inspired Word of God, and is for today-ref 2 Tim 3:16; Matt 4:4; 2 Pet 1:21; or does not believe
2 - that God is from everlasting to everlasting-ref Ps 90:2, or does not believe in
3 - the Trinity. There is ONE GOD-ref Mal 2:10; Mark 12:32; Rom 3:30; 1 Cor 8:6; Eph 4:6; 1 Tim 2:5; James 2:19. The ONE GOD is manifested in three, eternally existing Persons: God the Father, and God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit-ref Matt 28:19; 1 John 5:7 and many more Scriptures (see Trinity). A biblical definition of a cult is also those that do not believe
4 - that by Jesus Christ were all things created, and He is before all things-ref Col 1:16,17, or does not believe in
5 - the deity of Jesus Christ,
6 - and that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh, or does not believe in
7 - the virgin birth of Jesus Christ, or
8 - the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ,
9 - and that He now sits on the right hand of God the Father making intercession for the saints, or
10 -does not teach that we are saved only by faith in Jesus Christ, God’s only begotten Son, or
11 -any that teach that a person is saved by works or works and faith, certainly is a cult, and
12 - any that do not believe Rom 3:23, ref Rom 5:12 that—

  • Rom 3:23 For ALL HAVE SINNED, and come short of the Glory of God
  • Rom 3:10 There is NONE RIGHTEOUS, no, not one
  • Rom 5:12 Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that ALL HAVE SINNED

13 -any that believe their church, or denomination is the only way to heaven and all others are wrong would biblically be considered a cult. The only way to heaven is through faith in Jesus Christ. It is not through a specific church, denomination, or sect. Those that do not believe the following may not be considered a cult by some; however, they would certainly be considered misled.

14 - any that do not believe in a literal hell and the lake of fire. It is written—

  • Rev 20:14-15 And death and HELL were cast into the LAKE OF FIRE. This is the second death.
    And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the LAKE OF FIRE.

15 - any that do not believe in the Rapture of the church and the actual physical return of Jesus Christ at the time of Armageddon would certainly be misled.

Beware

  • Matt 15:14 Let them alone: they be blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch.

  • Luke 6:39 Can the blind lead the blind? shall they not both fall into the ditch?

If the unsaved (the blind) lead the unsaved (the blind), both shall fall into the ditch (or perish). The Bible is very clear that a born-again Christian is not to partake of and be involved in cults or with blind leaders of the blind.

Once again, we are instructed and warned in:

  • 2 John 1:9-11 WHOSOEVER transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son. If there come any unto you, and BRING NOT THIS DOCTRINE, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed: For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds.

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15 - Brief Cult & Occult List and Related Topics Brief Ouline of Some Errors

Following is a list of some of the better known cults.

As has been said, the information in this document is presented in love and in the fear of God. In no way do we despise, hate, wish to insult, or persecute the people involved in these cults in any way. On the contrary—to love you is to tell you the truth. To withhold the information and truth presented would be wrong and would not be love. To hide this information and allow people to perish for eternity is not love. Indeed, some of the authors or contributors of these pages were themselves involved in some of the cults listed here, before God in His mercy opened their understanding to the Gospel and to the ONLY hope of salvation that exists—Jesus Christ, God’s only begotten Son, Who is come in the flesh-ref 1 John 4:2,3; 2 John 1:7. We hope the information provided will cause at least some to seek the One and only God through His Word (the Bible) in humility, putting aside all preconceived ideas and fears. The God of the Bible is love-ref 1 John 4:8,16, but also

  • Ps 89:7 God is GREATLY TO BE FEARED in the assembly of the saints, and to be had in reverence of all them that are about him.

  • Luke 9:56 For the Son of man (Jesus) is not come to destroy men's lives, but to save them. And they went to another village.

It has been said, "Error rides into the church on the back of truth." We might relate it to receiving a nice email with an undetected virus attached. Multitudes have died unsaved, believing deception and lies that they thought were true, because they were intermixed with truth. There is nothing so tragic and far-reaching as a false way of salvation, and all the cults fit into this category.

Though estimates vary, the number of cults in the world today appear to number into the thousands.

Estimates of those today claiming to be Jesus Christ, the Christ, or a prophet of God are said to be 25,000 or more. Many also claim to be Elijah the prophet or other biblical figures.

Many of these cults use the same language born-again Christians might use; however, what they mean is very different from what the Bible teaches. They deceive the unsaved, the lukewarm Christian, as well as the unsuspecting. Jesus warned that in this generation many would be deceived.

Some people in this last generation have turned from Jesus Christ and now follow cults, as it is written—

  • 1 Tim 4:1 Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times (which is now) some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;

When God opens a person ’s understanding and they realize they are in a cult, they are commanded to come out. Some hear the voice of Satan saying to stay in the cult and try to rescue others. It is written—

  • 2 Cor 6:16-17 And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Wherefore COME OUT from among them, and BE YE SEPARATE, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you,
  • Rev 18:4 And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, COME OUT of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.

The Bible gives severe warnings regarding listening to and allowing cults into your home and wishing him God speed. One such Scripture is—

  • 2 John 1:10-11 If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine (that is walking after His commandments, confessing that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh, and the doctrine of Christ), RECEIVE HIM NOT INTO YOUR HOUSE, neither bid him God speed: For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds.

Many that have disobeyed these commands have fallen back into darkness. They opened a door to Satan to deceive them again by disobeying God’s Word.

During the Tribulation, so many people will come to Christ that they cannot be numbered-ref Rev 7:9-15; however, death by decapitation lies ahead for most. Expect that many will come out of every cult. It is written

  • Rev 7:9,14 After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands; (14) And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.

The information presented regarding the various cults and countries—regarding their doctrines, beliefs, and origins, etc., is to the best of our knowledge. It is limited because of space. Your comments are welcomed. Any errors that are found, please include documentation and proof that can be verified regarding the corrections you believe should be made. Those seeking more information can consult the links at the end of this document.

In many cases, the founders of these cults claimed that God, or an angel, or some biblical figure, or aliens, or something else appeared to them (either in person or in a dream, vision, or in thought). In some cases, these appearances may have occurred over a period of time. After some figure, or vision, or some thought came to them or impressed upon them something, some then claim to be something special, or have a special revelation. Afterward, these founders may claim to be a prophet, an apostle, or someone having a special revelation or some new unique knowledge, etc. In nearly every case, it was to in some way discredit, take away from, reinterpret, or add to the Bible. Cults try to circumvent God’s Word with something else. It is the same old lie from the beginning repeated over and over in different forms. The Serpent, who was more subtil (or crafty), appeared to Eve to cause her to doubt God’s Word; as it is written, HATH GOD SAID?-ref Gen 3:1. Then he told her YE SHALL BE AS GODS-Gen 3:5.

Blasphemous doctrines have emerged—all of which have one purpose—to lead people into error regarding what the Bible says. The ONE GOD manifested in three, eternally existing Persons (the Trinity—God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit) is redefined, discredited, or said to be wrong. In some, God the Father is redefined or said not to even exist. In some, Jesus Christ, Who is come in the flesh, Who created all things, Who is from everlasting to everlasting and now sits at the right hand of God the Father is redefined or said not to even exist. In some, the Holy Spirit is redefined, likened unto a force, or said not to even exist-ref John 14:17. In nearly all, salvation through faith in Jesus Christ, apart from all works, as one ’s only hope of salvation is eliminated, changed, or added to. Some do not acknowledge the existence of Satan.. Others say, there is no hell, or it is redefined, or there is a replacement for hell. Doctrines like purgatory are taught along with other ways to get to God. The list goes on and on.

What a horrible time it will be as billions throughout eternity find that their religious cult or own misguided ideas of salvation lead them to the hell most didn ’t believe in, the Great White Throne Judgment, and then to the lake of fire where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth for time without end!

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16 - Cults List Details

AFRICA (General information) The African Christian church overall is not in good shape. Despite many good missionaries and well-known evangelists, most Bible schools and churches have little sound doctrine and Bible teaching. It is not uncommon to find the preacher may not even have a Bible. There is little knowledge or understanding of Bible prophecy, the Revelation, Daniel, etc. When asked what they know about Jesus, many in the congregation have little they can answer, yet love to sing and sing. Cults abound, as well as ancestral worship and witchcraft, etc. Many Christian preachers have been seduced and fallen by the wayside by false teachers and Bible schools luring them in with promises of prosperity—church buildings, finances, food, clothing, positions of authority, etc. It is not uncommon for ministers in Africa to pretend they are a born-again in order to get gifts from American missionaries. It is not uncommon for people that have surrendered to Jesus, to later be misled by peer pressure from unsaved overseers in their denomination. Peer pressure can also come from ungodly tribal chiefs. There are few indeed that continue in Christ to the end and are able to resist the many devices and temptations that Satan throws at them. A missionary may be successful in leading many to Christ with good, sound Bible teaching, but when he leaves, the new converts begin to listen to and partake of other teachers, seminars, etc. The sound teaching they had is diluted and begins to fade away. They fall into lukewarmness and some begin seeking for worldly things. "Self" again comes to the forefront—self increases and Christ decreases more and more. Darkness sets in and the darkness blinds their eyes to their true condition. They believe they are still following Christ but are deceived.

The marriages in many parts of Africa are no marriages at all. It has been estimated that 80% of African marriages are not marriages at all. They are nothing more than ungodly tribal traditions or living together with the parent ’s consent. It varies from country to country, and tribe to tribe. Unrealistic dowries are often demanded by ungodly parents. Additional dowries may also be demanded by some parents after children are born. Certain relatives may be involved in the marriage (like an uncle, etc.). Some have many wives, yet claim to be a Christian. We thank God for those that are truly born-again and do not conform to lukewarmness, pressure, and threats.

AGNOSTICOne who believes that there can be no proof of the existence of God but does not deny the possibility. A belief that God cannot be known.

ALAMO CHRISTIAN FOUNDATION
ANCESTOR WORSHIP
ANGLO-ISRAELISM
(See Christian Identity Movement)
ANTHROPOSOPHICAL SOCIETY

APOSTOLIC
Those that emphasize the writings of Paul (or Apostle’s doctrine), as superior to the 4 Gospels, the Revelation, or the Old Testament. Matt 4:4-IT IS WRITTEN, MAN SHALL NOT LIVE BY BREAD ALONE, BUT BY EVERY WORD THAT PROCEEDETH OUT OF THE MOUTH OF GOD. All 66 books of the Bible are the inspired Word of God and proceeded out of the mouth of God.

APPARITIONS

ARMSTRONGISM (Worldwide Church of God) (and The Plain Truth Magazine). Herbert W. Armstrong’s radio ministry began about 1934. His son, Ted, later took over. They skillfully combine some biblical truth mixed with error and falsehood, leading many people astray. The Bible terminology that this religion uses makes it sound like a true Christian religion. It is a cult. It does not believe in the Trinity as the Bible teaches. Does not believe the Holy Spirit is the third Person of the Trinity. Does believe Jesus Christ is the Son of God, but not as the Bible teaches. Baptism is necessary for salvation. Sickness is the result of sin. Appears to believe gentiles must keep the Old Testament Jewish feasts as well as the Sabbath (Saturday). They seem to ignore the teachings in the New Testament that we are not bound by these-ref Col 2:14-17,20.

Does not believe in eternal punishment in the lake of fire. Believes their church is the only source of salvation in the world. Teaches salvation by works. Believes it is possible to eventually become God, a concept also taught by some other religious cults. Appears to believe that Great Britain is Ephraim and that the United States is Manasseh. Seems to follow aspects of British-Israelism. Seems to believe that the Britain and the US are the two lost tribes of Israel. In recent years, there was a split within the organization. Reportedly, a new group emerged that has turned from the false doctrine of Armstrongism and now adheres to the true fundamentals of the Bible, though they continue to be called the Worldwide Church of God.

ARTHUR FORD
ASSEMBLIES OF THE LORD JESUS CHRIST
(See United Pentecostals)
ASTARA
ASTRAL PROJECTION

ASTROLOGY
(and Horoscopes) - The Bible warns us regarding the practice of Astrology and following Horoscopes and of even seeking it. It is a form of idolatry and iniquity. It is denying the Lord. It corrupts people. It is wickedness and an abomination. Those that practice such things and do not repent shall reap a horrible judgment. Regretfully, many that claim to be a Christian practice this abomination. They shall surely perish unless they repent.

The Lord warns in these verses that the practice of astrology can corrupt you. Take heed is a warning for a person not to even consider doing it. It is written:

  • Deut 4:15-16,19 Take ye therefore good heed unto yourselves;…Lest ye corrupt yourselves,... and lest thou lift up thine eyes unto heaven, and when thou seest the sun, and the moon, and the stars, even all the host of heaven, shouldest be driven to worship them, and serve them, which the LORD thy God hath divided unto all nations under the whole heaven.

The practice of astrology is called by God as wickedness. It is the same as serving other gods. It is called by God as an abomination. The penalty for any man or woman that does such things is death by stoning. It is written:

  • Deut 17:2-5 If there be found among you, within any of thy gates,... man or woman, that hath wrought wickedness in the sight of the LORD thy God, in transgressing his covenant, And hath gone and served other gods, and worshipped them, either the sun, or moon, or any of the host of heaven, which I have not commanded; And it be told thee,… and, behold, it be true, and the thing certain, that such abomination is wrought in Israel: Then shalt thou bring forth that man or that woman, which have committed that wicked thing, unto thy gates, even that man or that woman, and shalt stone them with stones, till they die.

The practice of Astrology isIdolatry. It is written:

  • 2 Kings 23:5 and he put down the Idolatrous Priests,…them also that Burned Incense…to the Sun, and to the Moon, and to the Planets, and to all the Host of Heaven.

Astrology is iniquity to be punished. It is written:

  • Job 31:26-27 If I beheld the sun when it shined, or the moon walking inbrightness;
    And my heart hath been secretly enticed, or my mouth hath kissed my hand: And my heart hath been secretly enticed, or my mouth hath kissed my hand: This also were an iniquity to be punished by the Judge: for I should have denied the God that is above.

The practice of astrology, the love of astrology, serving, inquiring after, or following the advice of horoscopes, or seeking guidance through astrology, all these are considered forms of worship. It is backsliding. It is deceit. It is wickedness. Those that do it do not know the judgment of the Lord.

  • Jer 8:1-3 At that time, saith the LORD, they shall bring out the bones of the kings of Judah, and ...princes, and... priests, and... prophets, and...of the inhabitants of Jerusalem, out of their graves: And they shall spread them before the sun, and the moon, and all the host of heaven, whom they have loved, and whom they have served, and after whom they have walked, and whom they have sought, and whom they have worshipped: they shall not be gathered, nor be buried; they shall be for dung upon the face of the earth. And death shall be chosen rather than life by all the residue of them that remain of this evil family, which remain in all the places whither I have driven them, saith the LORD of hosts.

  • Jer 8:5-7 Why then is this people of Jerusalem slidden back by a perpetual backsliding? they hold fast deceit, they refuse to return. I hearkened and heard, but they spake not aright: no man repented him of his wickedness, saying, What have I done? every one turned to his course, as the horse rusheth into the battle. Yea, the stork in the heaven knoweth her appointed times; and the turtle and the crane and the swallow observe the time of their coming; but my people know not the judgment of the LORD.

ATHEISM A person that believes or thinks he knows there is no God. How ironic that some may spend much of their life fighting against something they don’t even believe exists.

AUTOMATIC WRITING

BAHAISMTheir God (Brahma) is not the God of the Bible, but a god or essence that cannot be described. God is in everyone. The person within self is divine. Christ is just another divine leader. Sin is not to be considered. Doing more good than bad can promote a person through reincarnation. Wrong doing in a past life causes suffering in this life. There is no heaven or hell. Ultimately, you can achieve, through many reincarnations, a state of knowing you are God, at which time no more reincarnations will happen. Some religions from the East include: Bahaism, Divine Light Mission, Krishna Consciousness, TM or Transcendental Meditation, Vedanta Society, Yoga, Zen Buddhism.

BELEMANCY
BEWITCH
BIBLE WAY CHURCHES OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST
(See United Pentecostals)
BLACK MAGIC

BLACK MUSLIM
This movement goes back to around 1925. One of its members was Malcolm X. An aggressive movement, at times using violence and instigating riots. It is against Christianity, as it incorrectly believes Christianity is a white man’s religion. It seems to exist mainly in the USA. Elijah Muhammad, its leader for a long time, taught the black man originally lived on the moon 66 trillion years ago. Afterward, the black man settled in what is now Mecca. They believe Allah is black and that heaven and hell are conditions on this earth right now. It has little resemblance to orthodox Islam and orthodox Muslims do not recognize the movement in any way. Parts of this taken from The Bible Says by Howard C. Estep, c. March 15, 1985.

BOOKS ON THE OCCULT
BOSTON CHURCH OF CHRIST
(See Church of Christ)
BRITISH ISRAELISM

BUDDHISM
Buddhism arose about 1400 years ago. Buddha is not a God, but rather an example. It may be said that this religion is to overcome ignorance and acknowledge hurts and unhappiness, which comes from desires. The way to escape our desires and thus stop hurts, unhappiness, and reincarnation is the Noble Eightfold Path of Buddhism. This religion may be said to be a search within oneself for enlightenment, to have a mind that is clear, to truly understand self and motives, to cease craving, and attain inner self-denial. The aim is to extinguish self or attain Nirvana as the extinguishing of a flame. They follow 5 rules. It neither accepts or denies the existence of God. Sin is not an issue. There are different sects of this cult, which is said to have 500 million followers.

CABALA - also known as Kabbalah (this link takes you off this site)
CATHOLIC CHURCH (Roman Catholic Church)
CHANTING
CHARMS
CHILDREN OF GOD
CHRISTIAN FAMILY FELLOWSHIP
This organization also denies the deity of Jesus and believes Him to be a created being. They also deny the doctrine of the Trinity. Neither do they believe that the Holy Spirit is God. They do not believe in a literal hell.
CHRISTIAN IDENTITY MOVEMENT (Anglo-Israelism). A white racist organization that dates back to the nineteenth century. It is against the Jews and Blacks.

CHRISTIAN SCIENCE(First Church of Christ, Scientist—Boston). They follow the teaching of Mary Baker Eddy, who died in the early 20th century, and generally read only small portions of the Bible. It is neither Christian nor a science. It is as different from the Bible as night and day. They believe in God, but not the God of the Bible. God is both father, mother, and mind. They certainly do not believe that Jesus is God come in the flesh, but was only a man and did not rise from the dead. He was not the Christ or deity, but only a good teacher. This religion denies the blood atonement. They do not believe in the Trinity as written in the Bible. They do not believe in the Holy Spirit as the Scriptures teach. They do not believe that death, disease, and sin are real. Man is sinless and perfect, and death an illusion. They do not believe that the sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the cross could pay the sin debt. The shedding of His blood meant nothing. They do not teach people to repent or to be concerned about their salvation. They do not believe in Satan or hell as a literal place—only as a state of mind.

CHRISTODELPHIANISM (Founded by John Thomas in the mid 19th century). This religion denies the deity of Christ and teaches that Christ had a fallen nature. It denies the deity of the Holy Spirit. It also denies the doctrine of the Trinity. As with many cults, it denies the existence of Satan and hell. They do not believe Eph 2:8-FOR BY GRACE ARE YE SAVED THROUGH FAITH; AND THAT NOT OF YOURSELVES: IT IS THE GIFT OF GOD. Reportedly, there are disagreements within the organization.

CHURCH OF ARMAGEDDON
CHURCH OF CHRIST
(Boston Church of Christ, Crossroads Movement, Discipling Movement, International Church of Christ). (Began about 1985). Not considered a cult by some, yet the information we have is they do not believe in the millennial reign, the 144,000 male virgin Jews being saved as outlined in the Revelation, the future reign of Jesus on the earth, and much of the latter day theology presented in the Gospel. They appear to believe that they are the only true church. They also appear to believe in baptismal regeneration and do not accept any baptism done outside of the Boston Church of Christ. On the surface, this can sound very biblical to one not well-grounded in the Scriptures or not well-informed. They skillfully combine biblical truth mixed with error and falsehood, leading people astray.
CHURCH UNIVERSAL AND TRIUMPHANT
CLAIRVOYANCE
COLOROLOGY
CONFUCIANISM
CONJURATION
CROSSROADS MOVEMENT
(See Church of Christ)
CRYSTAL BALLS
CURSING
(Putting a curse on others.)
DEJA-VU
DEMOLAY
DISCIPLING MOVEMENT
(See Church of Christ)
DIVINATION
DIVINE LIGHT MISSION
Their God (Brahma) is not the God of the Bible, but a god or essence that cannot be described. God is in everyone. The person within self is divine. Christ is just another divine leader. Sin is not to be considered. Doing more good than bad can promote a person through reincarnation. Wrong doing in a past life causes suffering in this life. There is no heaven or hell. Ultimately, you can achieve, through many reincarnations, a state of knowing you are God, at which time no more reincarnations will happen.
Some religions from the East include: Bahaism, Divine Light Mission, Krishna Consciousness, TM or Transcendental Meditation, Vedanta Society, Yoga, Zen Buddhism.
DRUG ‘TRIPS’
DUNGEONS AND DRAGONS
(The so-called game)
EASTERN MYSTICISM Their God (Brahma) is not the God of the Bible, but a god or essence that cannot be described. God is in everyone. The person within self is divine. Christ is just another divine leader. Sin is not to be considered. Doing more good than bad can promote a person through reincarnation. Wrong doing in a past life causes suffering in this life. There is no heaven or hell. Ultimately, you can achieve, through many reincarnations, a state of knowing you are God, at which time no more reincarnations will happen. Some religions from the East include: Bahaism, Divine Light Mission, Krishna Consciousness, TM or Transcendental Meditation, Vedanta Society, Yoga, Zen Buddhism.
EASTERN STAR
EASTERN PHILOSOPHIES
ECKANKAR
(Founded by Paul Twitchell in about 1965.) It believes in reincarnation and astral projection.
EDGAR CAYCE
EMERGENT CHURCH
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ENCHANTMENTS
(See Fortunetelling)
END TIME MOVEMENTS
EST

EVOLUTION
To evolve—a change from nothing to something; or a change from the simple to the complex by chance and time. A concept brought forth by Charles Darwin that tries to explain life apart from God. This fabrication is now being taught as fact in many schools and colleges. It is an attempt to erase the knowledge of God.

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Can a person believe in evolution and be a true Born-Again Christian? The answer is clearly NO.

1 -Evolution accepts heathen and pagan philosophers in place of the Word of God, in place of God, Christ, and the Holy Spirit.

2 -Evolution does away with the idea of biblical creation by God, believing that blind force, time, circumstances, and chance nullify the truth that God created all things-ref Gen 1:1; and—

  • Col 1:16-17 For by Him (Jesus) were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by Him, and for Him: And He is before all things, and by Him all things consist.

  • Eph 3:9 "God, who created all things by JESUS CHRIST.

  • Rev 4:11 …O Lord,… thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.

  • Rev 10:6 And sware by him that liveth for ever and ever, who created heaven, and the things that therein are, and the earth, and the things that therein are...

3 -Evolutionmakes both God and the Bible a liar.

4 - Evolution degrades mankind from being created in the image of God - ref Gen 1:27
and relegates him to an ancestry of apes and monkeys.

5 - Evolution does away with the fall of man.

6 - Evolutiondoes away with biblical miracles.

7 - Evolution does away with the virgin birth, making it both impossible and unnecessary. It makes Christ a product of evolution as other men.

8 - Evolutiondenies the bodily resurrection of Christ and declares that it is contrary to the process of evolution.

9 - Evolution denies the atonement. For according to evolution, there was no fall of man—therefore, no sin for which to make atonement.

10 - Evolution denies the second advent of Christ and the final restoration and preservation of all things by the personal acts of God.

11 - Evolutiondoes away with the authority of the Bible as a real revelation from a personal and living God; making it a lie, not only regarding creation but every other doctrine as well. Interestingly, in the last church age (that of the Laodiceans), evolution has become a stumblingblock.

  • Rev 3:14 And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the BEGINNING OF THE CREATION OF GOD;

Jesus is speaking expressly to His church, today’s church, telling them that He is the beginning of the creation of God. In other words, evolution is a lie, the creation is the truth. He that has ears to hear, let him hear.

  • Rev 3:22 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.

It is the law of nature that nothing reproduces anything greater than itself. It has been said, that in actuality, when taken to its origins, evolutionists believe that nothing working on nothing by nothing through nothing for nothing begat everything. Part of this article on evolution was taken from a newsletter that did not seem to note the author (or its source). Recommended reading for more detailed information on the lie of evolution is Creation or Evolution? Part III. The Fossil Record by Winkie Pratney.

EXTRA SENSORY PERCEPTION (E.S.P.)
FAMILIAR SPIRITS
FARM
(See The Farm)
FETISHES
FIRE PSYCHE BY CANDLES
FIRST CHURCH OF CHRIST SCIENTIST
(See Christian Science)
FLEXOLOGY

FORTUNETELLING, HALLOWEEN, OBSERVING TIMES, WIZARD
God gives us further warnings of things we are not to do. We must obey God’s Word if we expect God to answer our prayers. He tells us, THERE SHALL NOT BE FOUND AMONG YOU ANY ONE THAT MAKETH HIS SON OR HIS DAUGHTER TO PASS THROUGH THE FIRE, OR THAT USETH DIVINATION (fortunetelling), OR AN OBSERVER OF TIMES (sorcery, astrology), OR AN ENCHANTER (interprets omens, casts spells), OR A WITCH (one who engages in witchcraft), OR A CHARMER (one who casts spells), OR A CONSULTER WITH FAMILIAR SPIRITS (a medium or Spiritist who consults with the dead), OR A WIZARD (sorcerer), OR A NECROMANCER (one who communicates with the dead). FOR ALL THAT DO THESE THINGS ARE AN ABOMINATION UNTO THE LORD - Deut 18:10-12. This would include Halloween (witches, witchcraft, wizards) which are an abomination to the Lord.

Most people cannot get their prayers answered. They are often involved in things that are detestable to God. How can God turn His ear to those that are engaged in things that are an abomination; in things that God has warned us against? If you turn to astrology, even look at such things in the newspapers, even mention such things as horoscopes; this is an abomination to the Lord. God has destroyed whole nations for such sins. The penalty for such things in God’s Law was death.

  • Lev 19:26 neither shall ye use ENCHANTMENT, nor OBSERVE TIMES

  • Lev 19:31 (NIV) - DO NOT turn to MEDIUMS or seek out SPIRITISTS, for you will be DEFILED BY THEM. I am the LORD YOUR GOD.

God gives a very strict warning, saying, THE SOUL THAT TURNETH AFTER SUCH AS HAVE FAMILIAR SPIRITS (mediums), AND AFTER WIZARDS (spiritists), TO GO A WHORING AFTER THEM (to prostitute himself by following them), I WILL EVEN SET MY FACE AGAINST THAT SOUL, AND WILL CUT HIM OFF FROM AMONG HIS PEOPLE-Lev 20:6.

If you call yourself a Christian, yet do these things which are of Satan, you will soon have a surprise coming when you stand in front of your Creator at judgment. If you are involved in these things, not only may you be having problems getting prayers answered; you may be on your way to the second death, unless you repent and begin to follow Jesus as it is written.
FOUNDATION OF HUMAN UNDERSTANDING

FREEMASON - MASONS - FREEMASONRY

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The below Freemason Info is from: GotQuestions.org

Please note (from GotQuestions) - by this article, we are not claiming that all who are involved in Freemasonry are cultists, or that all Freemasons believe all the items mentioned below. What we are saying is this - Freemasonry at its core is not a Christian organization. There are many Christians who have left Freemasonry after discovering what it is truly all about. Please visit Ex-Masons for Jesus at: emfj(dot)org for more information. There are also good and godly men, true believers in Christ who are Freemasons. It is our contention that this is because they do not truly understand Freemasonry. Each person should pray for wisdom and discernment from the Lord as to whether to be involved with Freemasonry. This article was reviewed and approved for accuracy by a former Worshipful Master of a Blue Lodge.

Question: "What is Free Masonry and what do Free Masons believe?"

Answer:
Freemasonry, Eastern Star, and other similar "secret" organizations appear to be harmless fellowship gatherings. Many of them appear to promote belief in God. However, upon closer examination, we find that the only belief requirement is not that one must believe in the True and Living God, but rather, that one must believe in the existence of a “Supreme Being”, which includes the “gods” of Islam, Hinduism, or any other world religion. The unbiblical and anti-Christian beliefs and practices of this organization are partially hidden beneath an outward appearance of a supposed compatibility with the Christian faith. The following is a comparison of what the Bible says with the "official" position of Freemasonry:

Salvation from Sin:

THE BIBLE'S VIEW: Jesus became the sinner’s sacrifice before God when He shed His blood and died as the propitiation (payment) for the sins of all those who would ever believe (Ephesians 2:8-9, Romans 5:8, John 3:16).

MASON'S VIEW: The very process of joining the Lodge requires Christians to ignore the exclusivity of Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. According to Freemasonry, a person will be saved and go to heaven as a result of his good works and personal self-improvement.

The View of the Bible:

THE BIBLE'S VIEW:The supernatural and plenary inspiration of the Scriptures—that they are inerrant and that their teachings and authority are absolute, supreme, and final. The Bible is the Word of God (2 Timothy 3:16, 1 Thessalonians 2:13).

MASON'S VIEW: The Bible is only one of several “Volume(s) of Sacred Law,” all of which are deemed to be equally important in Freemasonry. The Bible is an important book, only as far as those members who claim to be Christians are concerned, just as the Koran is important to Muslims. The Bible is not considered to be the exclusive Word of God, nor is it considered to be God’s sole revelation of himself to humankind; but only one of many religious sourcebooks. It is a good guide for morality. The Bible is used primarily as a symbol of God’s will, which can also be captured in other sacred texts, like the Koran or Rig Vedas.

The Doctrine of God:

THE BIBLE'S VIEW: There is one God. The various names of God refer to the God of Israel and reveal certain attributes of God. To worship other gods or to call upon other deities is idolatry (Exodus 20:3). Paul spoke of idolatry as a heinous sin (1 Corinthians 10:14) and John said that idolaters will perish in hell (Revelation 21:8).

MASON'S VIEW: All members must believe in a deity. Different religions (Christianity, Judaism, Islam, etc.) acknowledge the same God, only call Him different names. Freemasonry invites people of all faiths, even if they use different names for the ‘Nameless One of a hundred names,’ they are yet praying to the one God and Father of all.

The Doctrine of Jesus and the Trinity:

THE BIBLE'S VIEW: Jesus was God in human form (Matthew 1:18-24, John 1:1). Jesus is the second person of the trinity (Matthew 28:19, Mark 1:9-11). While on earth, He was fully human (Mark 4:38, Matthew 4:2) and fully divine (John 20:28, John 1:1-2, Acts 4:10-12). Christians should pray in Jesus’ name and proclaim Him before others, regardless of offense to non-Christians (John 14:13-14, 1 John 2:23, Acts 4:18-20).

MASON'S VIEW: There is no exclusivity in Jesus Christ or the Triune God who is the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; therefore there is no doctrine of the deity of Jesus Christ. It is deemed to be un-Masonic to invoke the name of Jesus when praying, or mention His name in the Lodge. Suggesting that Jesus is the only way to God contradicts the principle of tolerance. The name of Jesus has been omitted from biblical verses that are used in Masonic rituals. Jesus is on the same level as other religious leaders.

Human Nature and Sin:

THE BIBLE'S VIEW: All humans are born with a sinful nature, are totally depraved, and need a Savior from sin (Romans 3:23, Romans 5:12, Psalm 51:5, Ephesians 2:1). The Bible denies that because of the Fall, humanity has within itself the capacity for moral perfection (1 John 1:8-10, Romans 1:18-25).

MASON'S VIEW: Through symbols and emblems, Masons teach that man is not sinful, just “rude and imperfect by nature”. Human beings are able to improve their character and behavior in various ways, including acts of charity, moral living, and voluntary performance of civic duty. Humanity possesses the ability of moving from imperfection toward total perfection. Moral and spiritual perfection lies within men and women.

When a CHRISTIAN takes the oath of Freemasonry (i.e. Knowingly or Unknowingly), he is swearing to the following Doctrines that GOD has pronounced FALSE & SINFUL:

1. That salvation can be gained by man’s good works.
2. That Jesus is just one of many equally revered prophets.
3. That they will remain silent in the Lodge and not talk of Christ.
4. That they are approaching the Lodge in spiritual darkness and ignorance, when the Bible says Christians are already in the light, children of the light, and are indwelt by the Light of the World—Jesus Christ.
5. By demanding that Christians take the Masonic oath, Masonry leads Christians into blasphemy and taking the name of the Lord in vain.
6. Masonry teaches that its G.A.O.T.U. [Great Architect of the Universe], whom Masonry believes is the true God of the universe, is representative of all gods in all religions.
7. Masonry makes Christians take a universalist approach in their prayers, demanding a “generic” name be used so as not to offend non-believers who are Masonic “brothers”.
8. By swearing the Masonic oath and participating in the doctrines of the Lodge, Christians are perpetuating a false gospel to other Lodge members, who look only to Masonry’s plan of salvation to get to heaven. By their very membership in such a syncretistic type organization, they have severely compromised their witnessing as Christians.
9. By taking the Masonic obligation, the Christian is agreeing to allow the pollution of his mind, spirit, and body by those who serve false gods and believe false doctrines.

As you can see, Masonry denies and contradicts the clear teaching of Scripture and numerous issues. Masonry also requires people to engage in activities which the Bible condemns. As a result, a Christian should not be a member of any secret society or organization that has any connection with Freemasonry. (End of Freemasons Topic)

HALLOWEEN (See Fortunetelling)
HANDWRITING ANALYSIS
HARE KRISHNA
HEXING

HINDUISM Originally a combination of Greek gods combined with Indian meditations. Indian society uses a caste system. Hindu priests are sometimes sought to determine important dates in a person’s life, such as the exact day one should build their house, weddings, etc. There are a countless number of idols, or as they might say, "holy objects." Some are quite grotesque looking and are found in vehicles, homes, businesses, temples, etc. Animals are exalted. It has been said that a notable Hindu once ate some beef and afterward was tormented, as he could hear the cow mooing inside his belly. The Scriptures warn against idols, as it is written-Rom 1:23-AND CHANGED THE GLORY OF THE UNCORRUPTIBLE GOD INTO AN IMAGE MADE LIKE TO CORRUPTIBLE MAN, AND TO BIRDS, AND FOURFOOTED BEASTS, AND CREEPING THINGS.

The Ganges River is believed to be holy, attracting multitudes that come to bathe in its waters. Hinduism believes in reincarnation. To escape from being reincarnated is the ultimate aim. There are several ways to reach this ultimate aim. To seek love and money is acceptable.

In Indian society, a dowry is often paid by a girl ’s parents so she can marry. This teaches a concept contrary to that of the Bible where Jesus paid for His bride (the Church).

Hindus may accept Christ as another one of their gods, but to accept Him as He really is and put away their many false beliefs is much more difficult. When a person does come to Christ, they often face much persecution from other Hindus and may even be threatened with death. In India, a true born-again Christian may lose certain government benefits. In many churches, they sing and sing and sing, yet have little knowledge or understanding of Bible prophecy, the Revelation, Daniel, etc. Although there are quite a few churches in India, it has been estimated by a well-known, born-again preacher that the number of truly born-again Christians in India is only about 1 person per every 10,000. We thank God for those that are truly born-again and do not conform to lukewarmness, pressure, and threats.

HOROSCOPES (See Astrology)
HOW TO HAVE PERFECT FAITH
: (The so-called Apostle Eric) Here is yet another one claiming that an angel or angels appeared to him, and then started his own movement. Apparently, he believes you must speak in tongues to be saved. Grace is not unmerited favor. Does not appear to believe in water baptism. Appears to be oneness doctrine. Does not appear to believe in communion.
HUMANISM
HUMANISTIC PHILOSOPHY
HYPNOTISM
HYPNOTIZISM
I AM MOVEMENT
I-CHING
IDOLS: ANKH
IDOLS: ITALIAN HORN
IDOLS: ZODIAC SIGNS
INCANTATION
INDIAN CEREMONIES
INDIA
(See Hinduism)
INNER PEACE MOVEMENT
INTERNATIONAL CHURCH OF CHRIST
(See Church of Christ)

ISLAM
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Defined by Webster ’s and the American Heritage dictionaries: A religion based on belief in Allah as the only God, in Muhammad as his prophet, and in the Koran. A monotheistic religion marked by the profession of submission to God and to Muhammad as the chief and last prophet of God. The people or nations that practice Islam; the Muslim world. MUSLIM or MOSLEM (defined by Webster ’s and the American Heritage dictionaries): A person whose religion is Islam.

Their beliefs are far removed from Christianity. Approximately 1300 years ago, Muhammad (or Mohammed) was born in Mecca. Islam believes that he is the last of the prophets, which include Abraham, Moses and even Jesus. Islam believes that the Koran was given to Muhammad over a period of time by the angel Gabriel.) They believe the Koran (or Quran) is God’s Word and supersedes all previous revelations, including the Bible. One hundred and fourteen chapters or Suras are contained in the Koran. Islam accepts the law of Moses, the Psalms as well as the Gospels, but believe the Bible is badly flawed. Allah is the word they use for God. They believe there is no God except Allah, and Muhammad is his prophet. Allah is worshiped, not Muhammad. Allah is considered to be an impersonal being, far above all men, impossible to approach, to know, or to understand. Their worship is centered in the Five Pillars. Salvation for them is through what they do and their attitude being in line with the Koran. It is their individual responsibility. They do not follow the Holy Bible. They do not believe in ONE GOD, eternally existing in three persons—the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. The doctrine of the Trinity for them appears to be an abomination. Islam does not believe in the divinity of Christ, or that Christ is come in the flesh-ref 1 John 4:2,3; 2 John 7. They believe Jesus was only a messenger of God, not the Son of God. They do not believe that Jesus died on the cross for our sins or rose from the dead. It is reported that many believe that Judas died in his place.

They seem to have no understanding of what it means to be "born-again." They seldom have any understanding of the difference between a true born-again Christian and those that merely claim to be Christian. Islam does not comprehend having a personal relationship with the loving, compassionate, and merciful God of the Bible. While a true born-again Christian loves even their enemies, Islam does not.

In Arab countries, women usually hold a very low position and are looked down on, regarded as those that tempt men to sin. Islam permits up to 4 wives.

Islam now is the major religion of the Arab countries and has also made inroads in Africa, Southeast Asia, Europe, and even the United States.

Those that do not follow Islam are considered infidels. Sometimes those that practice Islam in another group, sect, or faction would also be considered an infidel. It is written in Surah47:4-When you meet (in El Jihad), those who disbelieve, smite at their necks till you have killed and wounded many of them.Surah 9:5-Kill the idolaters wheresoever ye shall find them. Note the difference in the Bible-Matt 5:44, ref Luke 6:27,28-BUT I SAY UNTO YOU, LOVE YOUR ENEMIES, BLESS THEM THAT CURSE YOU, DO GOOD TO THEM THAT HATE YOU, AND PRAY FOR THEM WHICH DESPITEFULLY USE YOU, AND PERSECUTE YOU. Allah commands death to those that do not convert to Islam, but the God of heaven said through Jesus, His only begotten Son-Luke 9:56-FOR THE SON OF MAN IS NOT COME TO DESTROY MEN'S LIVES, BUT TO SAVE THEM.

Their goal is world domination through Islam, by whatever means is necessary, and thus have a moral order everywhere. The question arises, is there peace when Islam takes over? The answer is no. There is still killing, terror, and violence. There are various factions within Islam. Their beliefs differ in some areas, especially politically. Some of its extremists can be extremely militant and violent. As a result, there has been war and not peace between various Islamic groups. Even within Islamic nations, there are sometimes tribal wars. These sometimes war against each other, as one faction may not consider the other to follow true Islam. Example, in Pakistan, app. Feb 15, 2003, at least three gunmen, presumed Sunni Muslim extremists, killed 9 Shiites and injured many more as they were performing evening prayers. One was a 7 year old boy. It is reported that the rivalry between the two groups dates back to the 7th century when there was a disagreement over who was to be the heir to Islam’s prophet Muhammad. The Sunni Muslims consider the Shiites as non-Muslims. Some force their religious beliefs on people through violence—giving a choice to convert to their religion or die. Once Islam takes over, religious freedom can be expected to disappear. No religious freedom exists in most countries that practice this religion. However, as noted, violence may still exist.

On the mission field, some born-again missionaries have been attacked by followers of Islam. Islamic followers have been responsible for killing many Christian missionaries.
In the Far East, the Moslems and Hindus are bitter rivals and each have killed many of the others. Though because of their mutual hatred for Christians. They may momentarily set aside their differences and join forces against Christians.

While some nominal Christians are converting to Islam, some people that follow Islam are converting to the loving Christ as their Lord and Saviour. If a Moslem can set aside the lies that they have heard from those that say they have read the Bible, and approach the Bible with an open mind and honest heart, and read it all, incredible things can happen. They may be astonished to learn that they can know God and have a personal relationship with Him.

They believe once a nation is under Islam, it must always be so. Thus, they believe the land of Israel, which was once under Islamic rule must revert back. The Jews must be killed, driven out, or convert to Islam. Yet it is also a fact that many Moslems living in Israel have a far better life than Moslems living in Arab countries. They do live in peace with Israel and prosper.

Should you find a peace-loving Moslem, ask him these questions. Do you love the Jews? Would you support them and help them? Do you believe they have a right to exist? Do you recognize and believe that the nation of Israel has a right to exist in the land they now have? Do you believe they are God ’s covenant people and descended from Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob?

Are there any peace loving Moslems? The answer is yes, and some have turned to the Jesus Christ of the Bible as their only hope of salvation. The Koran does not offer answers for many things, but God ’s Word does. During the coming Tribulation, many that practice Islam will turn to the Lord Jesus Christ—Glory to God. Note Rev 7:9-17.

For the Moslem that really wants truth, this is our recommendation: get into the Bible and read the Gospel of John three times, about 5 or more chapters a day. Then begin with Matthew and read through the entire New Testament including the Revelation. Humble yourself and put away the preconceived thoughts that you may have.

ARAB (defined by Webster ’s and the American Heritage dictionaries): A person born or living in the Arabian Peninsula. A member of a people that speaks Arabic. Of or relating to the Arabs: Arabian. A member of a Semitic people of Arabia whose language and Islamic religion spread widely throughout the Middle East and N Africa from the 7th century.

ARABIA (defined by Webster ’s and the American Heritage dictionaries): A peninsula of SW Asia between the Red Sea and the Persian Gulf.

ARABIAN SEA (defined by Webster ’s and the American Heritage dictionaries): The NW part of the Indian Ocean between Arabia and western India.

ARABIC (defined by Webster ’s and the American Heritage dictionaries): A language spoken in the Arabian Peninsula, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, Egypt and parts of northern Africa. Of or relating to Arabia, the Arabs, their language, or their culture. The Semitic language of the Arabs, spoken in numerous dialects throughout much of the Middle East and parts of North Africa.

JEAN DIXON

JEHOVAH’S WITNESSES

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JEHOVAH WITNESSES - The Watchtower Magazine. Founded by Charles Russell in the latter part of the 19th century. He died in 1916. On the surface, this aggressive cult can sound very biblical. They skillfully combine some biblical truth mixed with error and falsehood, leading people astray. They believe that only Jehovah is from everlasting to everlasting; however, He is not all knowledgeable and is not omnipresent. Regarding Jesus Christ, they believe He is a created being and is actually Michael the archangel that became a man. They do not believe the Holy Spirit is the third Person of the Trinity, but only a force. They do not believe in the Trinity as presented in the Scriptures. They believe only the 144,000 are born-again and will be in heaven. People do not need to be born-again, as they will have everlasting life and live on the earth. They do not believe in a literal hell. They do not believe in the eternal lake of fire for the wicked. They believe all that reject their way will suffer destruction. To be saved, one must do their works. They do not vote, salute the flag, celebrate Christmas and other like things. Their understanding of prophecy and of the Revelation is very distorted. In recent times, some of their key people have left the Jehovah ’s Witnesses organization and become born-again Christians.

JESUS ONLY (Says there is no Trinity).
JOB’S DAUGHTERS - (EXCERPT FROM GOTQUESTIONS.org - READ MORE at their Website) - The International Order of Job's Daughters was founded in Omaha, Nebraska in 1920 by Mrs. Ethel T. Wead Mick. Mrs. Mick along with the assistance of her husband, Dr. William H. Mick, and other workers founded the Order in honor and memory of her mother. After gaining consent from J. B. Fradenburg, Freemasonry’s “Most Worshipful Grand Master” of the Grand Lodge of Nebraska and Mrs. Anna J. Davis, the Grand Matron of the Order of the Eastern Star of Nebraska, and with the motto "Virtue is a quality which highly adorns woman," Job’s daughters was officially under way. It has grown to an international organization of young women with members in the United States, Canada, Australia, the Philippines and Brazil. Job's Daughters is open to girls ages 10 to 20 who have a Masonic “heritage” and is the only international organization for girls that requires all of its members to be related to a Master Mason, and while they claim to have no affiliation to the Freemasons, this pre-requisite ties it closely to the Masonic Order. Because every Job’s Daughter is related to a Master Mason, a strong tie exists between Freemasonry and Job’s Daughters. This tie is made evident by the fact that all Job’s Daughters promise that they will be guided by the same principles of “The Golden Rule” that all Freemasons believe in. Job’s daughters was founded to bring together young girls with Masonic ties for the purpose of character building through moral and spiritual development, and to teach loyalty to the flag and the country for which it stands, as well as respect for parents and Guardians, a term they use for their leaders. Using Job 42:15 as the foundation of their craft, Job’s Daughters claim the Book of Job teaches a “Masonic optimistic lesson” – “Not to fall in despair; it shows that Masonic ideas are imperishable.” The book of Job is divided into three parts and paraphrased to be used as lectures in their rituals. All rituals and ceremonies are preformed in a “Bethel,” a gathering of members for the purpose of performing rituals. In most cases, this occurs in a Masonic Lodge, At first glance there appears to nothing misleading about the teachings of Job’s Daughters. However, as Christians, we must rely on the teachings of the entire Bible as a guide for life, not just one book of the Bible. Many false prophets have used a single passage or section of the Bible as the foundation for their religious group, claiming that they know the “true” meaning of life, eternal life, and other spiritual matters. This belief in the singular nature of their particular teachings is one distinguishing characteristic of most cults and false religions.


KABBALA

KARMA
This is not a religion, but a term used in Buddhism, Hinduism, etc. It may be said—the theory of cause and effect. To put it simply, a person’s future life is dependent upon how he has lived this life. In cults that believe in reincarnation, karma moves a person up or down in the next life. If a person believes in karma, but not reincarnation, then he will believe his eternal state will be determined according to what he does in this life. Karma, of course, is not a Bible doctrine. Its origin is in Eastern mysticism and is totally contrary to the Word of God. True salvation only comes by placing our trust in Jesus Christ, God’s only begotten Son, Who shed His blood on the cross to make atonement for our sins. It is a gift from God, not in any way a reward for works - ref Eph 2:8-9.

K.K.K.
KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS
KRISHNA CONSCIOUSNESS
Their God (Brahma) is not the God of the Bible, but a god or essence that cannot be described. God is in everyone. The person within self is divine. Christ is just another divine leader. Sin is not to be considered. Doing more good than bad can promote a person through reincarnation. Wrong doing in a past life causes suffering in this life. There is no heaven or hell. Ultimately, you can achieve, through many reincarnations, a state of knowing you are God, at which time no more reincarnations will happen.

Some religions from the East include: Bahaism, Divine Light Mission, Krishna Consciousness, TM or Transcendental Meditation, Vedanta Society, Yoga, Zen Buddhism.

LATTER RAIN / NEW APOSTOLIC REFORMATION / MODERN DAY PROPHET
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LEVITATION
LIFE SPRING
MAGIC, CHARMS, SPELLS
MANIPULATION
MARTIAL ARTS
(Some martial arts may emphasize physical training and mental discipline for self defense, sport, and exercise, while others may go deeper into spiritual enlightenment, etc.)
MASONS - FREEMASON - FREEMASONRY
MEDIUMS
METAPHYSICS
MILLENNIAL DARNISM
MIND CONTROL
MIND IDOLATRY
MODERNISM
MOONIES
(Unification Church)
MORMONISM

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MORMONISM - The Latter Day Saints. Follow the teachings of Joseph Smith.The doctrine of Mormonism is completely unscriptural and dates back to about 1830. They believe that God the Father and Jesus Christ physically appeared to Joseph Smith and told him that the churches were all wrong. The Book of Mormon was to be added to the Bible. In other words, Christianity was all lost.

Supposedly, Joseph Smith stated that Elijah appeared personally to him on April 3, 1836, at Kirtland, Ohio, fulfilling Mal 4:5,6. They believe that Elijah also came in 1844.

The Mormons reject the finality of the Bible. They both take away from and add to God ’s Word. The Bible gives a severe warning about this in Rev 22:18,19. The Mormon Church is run by revelation. It is not committed to any fixed creed. It can be said it creates doctrine as time goes on.

They use biblical terms, but their beliefs are far removed from true Christianity.

Their book, the Doctrine of Covenants, speaks against having more than one wife in 101:4, 1835 edition. However, in 1887, Mormon Church historian listed 27 women that were married to Joseph Smith. This occurred during a time when such a thing was viewed as a crime before God. It is reported that Smith finally admitted it and changed the law of polygamy in 1843 (which showed up in 1876) and then the 1835 edition just disappeared. It is reported that some of his wives were still married to other men.

Mormon leaders apparently believe that the Bible, the Book of Mormon, the Doctrine of Covenants, and the Pearl of Great Price do not contradict each other. This is far from the truth.

Contrary to 1 Sam 15:29, Joseph Smith believed that God was once as we are, that Jehovah was the firstborn spirit child of Elohim. They believe He is not just Spirit and is not omnipresent. They believe we have to learn how to be gods ourselves.

Jesus shedding His blood for our sins is apparently nonsense to them—the blood of Jesus could not make one clean by itself. Mormonism seems to believe that Christ and the devil are brothers, and Christ was married.

They seem to believe the Holy Spirit is a substance or fluid and not omnipresent.
They believe in baptismal regeneration.
They believe baptism is the way to heaven and that the saints can be baptized for those that have passed away unbaptized.
They believe there will be a resurrection of every living thing including animals and fish.

All that are in glory are also gods. There are gods and other worlds. They also believe in heavenly marriages and in having spirit children. There is no burning hell. Punishment without end may last for a short time or a long time.

They seem to believe that people will raise children after they leave earth. Their faith appears to be in Joseph Smith and changing revelations. It is certainly not in the God of the Bible. It is certainly not in Jesus Christ.

MOSLEMS (See Islam)
MULTIPLYING MINISTRIES
(See Church of Christ)
MUSLIMS (BLACK)
(See Black Muslim)
NECROMANCY
(See Fortunetelling)

NEW AGE DOCTRINES
Self is the main theme. It denies the idea of only one way to heaven, such as Jesus Christ, but embraces most non-Christian theologies. It embraces the idea of evolution of both the body and the spirit, and reincarnation can be a part of that. Visualization and astral projection are included. Man is looked upon as being good and divine. Each person can travel their own path as they understand it. Man is to have peace with and be in harmony with god, his fellow man and the creation. They are looking for a world leader to come forth.

NEW AGE THINKING
NEW THOUGHT
NUMEROLOGY
OBSERVER OF TIMES
(See Fortunetelling, also Astrology)
OCCULTISM
When a person uses the expression, "the man upstairs" or "a higher power" they are more than likely referring to Satan and the demonic powers, even though they don’t know it. A born-again Christian should never refer to God in this manner. Six verses in the Bible indicate that God is a jealous God, including Ex 20:5. Forms of occultism include ANCESTOR WORSHIP, DIVINATION, ENCHANTMENTS, HOROSCOPES, HYPNOTIZISM, MAGIC, CHARMS, SPELLS, OBSERVER OF TIMES—ASTROLOGY, MEDIUMS, MIND CONTROL, NECROMANCY, OUIJA BOARDS, PALM READING, PSYCHICS, SEANCES, SORCERY, WITCHCRAFT.

ONENESS PENTECOSTAL (See United Pentecostal)
ORDER OF THE ARROW
OUIJA BOARDS
PAGAN RELIGIONS
PALM READING
PARAPSYCHOLOGY
PENDULUM
PENTAGRAMS
POLTERGEISTS
PSYCHIC HEALING
PSYCHIC PORTRAITS
PSYCHICS
PSYCHOCYBERNETICS
RAINBOW GIRLS

REALIANS These are the ones that claimed to have succeeded in doing human cloning in the latter part of 2002. Their leader claims aliens appeared to him. Beliefs from various religions are molded to fit their cultic views. As with many cults, they misuse or misinterpret Christian events and terms.

REIGN OF FATHER DIVINE
REINCARNATION

ROCK GROUPS AND STARS Many rock groups and stars promote Satanic worship, rebellion, sex, and drugs. Some have even held altar calls for Satan.

ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH

Video: Are Catholics Saved? - John MacArthur

RESOURCES FROM GTY.org - John MacArthur: Explaining the Heresy of Catholicism

ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH - To those that have a heart to receive and understand the Word of God, it is clear that the Roman Catholic Church is the Great Whore referred to in the Revelation.

Among all the Cults, there are few that have changed over the years as much as this one. The Word of God never changes. For true born-again Christians, their beliefs and doctrine are the same today as in the times of Jesus, but not for the Roman Catholics. It is written

  • Heb 13:8-9 Jesus Christ the same YESTERDAY, AND TO DAY, AND FOR EVER.
    Be not carried about with DIVERS and STRANGE DOCTRINES.

A person can talk with hundreds of Catholics including priests and find that most have never read their Bible cover to cover and seldom take their Bible to church. A person is saved by faith (or trust) in Jesus Christ. Faith can only come from God ’s Word - ref Rom 10:17. A person’s faith cannot exceed their knowledge and understanding of the Bible. Little Bible, little faith, and without faith it is impossible to please God - ref Heb 11:6.

All that practice sin shall perish. How is it that multitudes of priests molest children and yet continue in the church? Why are the priests that commit such abominable acts not thrown out? They are absolutely not saved and cannot be walking with God? Warning—

  • Matt 15:14 it is written, Let them alone: they be blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch. They both shall perish.

The Roman Catholic Church is just one of many cults that claim to be the true church. All anyone has to do is research the history of the church in the Dark Ages. They will be astonished at what they will find. The history of the church includes the murder of multitudes and unspeakable sin. Its doctrine and policies have changed so much over the years, but the Word of God never changes. Our recommendation is that if you want the truth, get into your Bible and read the Gospel of John three times, about 5 or more chapters a day. Then begin with Matthew and read through the entire New Testament including the Revelation. Always seek God in prayer in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ for understanding before reading. Put away preconceived thoughts and just read what the Bible says. You can see for yourself the practices of the Catholic Church and what you are reading in the Bible do not go together. Once you have done this and God has opened your understanding, you have but one choice.

  • Rev 18:4-5 And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, COME OUT OF HER, MY PEOPLE, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues. For her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities. Further, it is written,

  • 2 Cor 6:14-18 Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.

Reportedly, Archimedes said that given a long enough lever and a fulcrum far enough out of the world, he would be able to lift the world. One cannot lift a barrel by remaining in the barrel. It is necessary to first get out, then the barrel can be lifted. It was not Lot that made the impact living in sin-ridden Sodom. It was Abraham, the separated believer-ref Gen 14. The Bible is clear. The Roman Catholic Church is not going to turn to God ’s Word, repent, and change.

The Doctrine of the Roman Catholic Church, however, does change and will continue to change, bringing in more and more damnable Heresies

CATHOLIC CHURCH HERESIES - FAST FACTS

A.D.

310 A.D. - Prayers for the dead were introduced

320 A.D. - The lighting of candles

375 A.D. - The worship of saints, about 365

394 A.D. - The Mass was adopted

432 A.D. - The worship of Mary began to develop

500 A.D. - Priests began to assume distinctive robes

593 A.D. - The Doctrine of Purgatory was introduced

600 A.D. - Worship in Latin was mandated (since repealed)

606 A.D. - Claims to Papal Supremacy took root

607 A.D. - Boniface III made first Pope

650 A.D. - Feasts in honor of the Virgin Mary began

709 A.D. - Kissing the Pope’s foot

786 A.D. - Worshipping images and relics

850 A.D. - Use of "holy water" begun

995 A.D. - Canonization of dead saints

998 A.D. - Fasting on Fridays and during Lent

1003 A.D. - Feasts for the dead were introduced

1074 A.D. - Celibacy of the priesthood

1076 A.D. - The dogma of Papal infallibility was announced

1090 A.D. - Prayer beads

1140 A.D. The doctrine that there are seven sacraments was introduced

1184 A.D. The Inquisition

1190 A.D. Sale of Indulgences

1200 A.D. - The wafer was substituted for the loaf

1215 A.D. - Transubstantiation (A change of anything into something essentially different. The conversion of the substance of the Eucharistic elements into that of Christ’s body and blood; a doctrine of the Greek and Roman churches.) 1215 Confession was instituted

1220 A.D. - Adoration of the Wafer (Host) (the worshipping of a piece of bread that one has become convinced is the Lord Jesus Christ)

1229 A.D. - Bible forbidden to laymen

1316 A.D. - The Ave Maria was introduced

1414 A.D. - Cup forbidden to people at communion

1439 A.D. - Doctrine of purgatory officially decreed

1439 A.D. - Doctrine of the Seven Sacraments affirmed

1508 A.D. - The Ave Maria approved

1534 A.D. - Jesuit Order founded

1545 A.D. - Tradition granted equal authority with the Bible

1546 A.D. - The Apocrypha was received into the Cannon

1854 A.D. - Immaculate Conception of Mary

1864 A.D. - Syllabus of Errors proclaimed. The doctrine of the temporal power of the Pope proclaimed

1870 A.D. - INFALLIBILITY OF THE POPE DECLARED

1950 A.D. - Assumption of the Virgin Mary (the belief that the Virgin Mary ascended bodily into heaven without dying). The personal corporeal presence of the Virgin in heaven.

1965 A.D. - Mary proclaimed "Mother of the Church"

1966

Pope Paul IV proclaimed an end to the traditional obligation that Catholics abstain from eating meats on Fridays. He abolished the index of forbidden books. He demoted a whole host of saints who had been canonized, revered, and prayed to by the church previously. A 138-page papal document (officially referred to as an "apostolic exhortation" was issued. Pope John Paul II in December dismissed the "widespread idea that one can obtainforgiveness directly from God."

1 John 1:9 clearly states, IF WE CONFESS OUR SINS, HE IS FAITHFUL AND JUST TO FORGIVE US OUR SINS, AND TO CLEANSE US FROM ALL UNRIGHTEOUSNESS.

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Nearly every item on this list can be shown to be contrary to God ’s Word. If you want the truth our recommendation is to get into your Bible and read the Gospel of John three times, about 5 or more chapters a day. Then begin with Matthew and read through the entire New Testament including the Revelation. Follow that by reading the entire Bible, Genesis to the Revelation. Always seek God in prayer in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ for understanding before reading.

The Roman Catholic Church for centuries banned the Bible from the laity, burned it, and persecuted those who loved it. Roman Catholics today are permitted to look upon Protestants as "separated brethren." Rome’s understanding of such things as grace, confession, regeneration, baptism, etc. is much different than that of a born-again Christian. They use the same terms, but their meaning is not the same. The seven means of saving grace contained in the Sacraments—Infant Baptism, First Communion, Mass, Confession, Marriage, Extreme Unction, and Ordination—have no true biblical authority.

Jesus commands that the Revelation be taught in the church. It is written,

  • Rev 22:16 I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things IN THE CHURCHES.

There is a special blessing for those that read and hear the Revelation-ref Rev 1:3. When was the last time any Catholic heard their priest teaching the entire Revelation? Some may make excuses and say it is only symbolism. To the blind or the unsaved, it may be only symbolism; however, to the born-again Christian it is an open book-ref Rev 22:10, one that can be understood. This is further confirmed as we read in Daniel,

  • Dan 12:10 NIV But the wicked will continue to be wicked. None of the wicked will understand, but those who are wise will understand.

  • 1 Cor 2:14 But the natural man (or man without the Spirit-the unsaved) receiveth not (or does not accept) the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them (or understand), because they are spiritually discerned.

Some may ask, how can this vast religion be so biblically wrong and considered a cult? To much of the world, religions such as Hinduism, Islam, Yoga, and others are not considered cults—however, they are in light of the Word of God, which shall judge all things. It is written,

  • John 12:48 ...THE WORD that I have spoken, the same shall JUDGE him in the last day.

The Roman Catholic Church has strayed so far from the Bible that it is referred to as the GREAT WHORE in the Revelation. To love you is to tell you the truth. To keep silent and let people perish is not love. The fact is that many Catholics have left the Roman Catholic Church and surrendered their lives to the Jesus of the Bible by trusting in Him and Him alone for their salvation. I believe many reading this article know someone that has done so and became born-again-ref John 3:3—a concept the Catholic Church does not understand. Five Over Rome is reportedly an excellent book in comparing the errors of the Roman Catholic Church with the Bible.

ROSICRUCIAN FELLOWSHIP
ROSICRUCIANISM
RUNES
SATAN WORSHIP
SCIENTOLOGY- Read on: Scientology
(The teachings of L. Ron Hubbard - a Cult)
SEANCES
SECRET BROTHERHOODS
SECRET SISTERHOODS
SELF REALIZATION FELLOWSHIP

SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTISM
 Some consider it a cult, others do not. Seventh-Day Adventism holds to the teaching of Ellen G. White, born in the 19th century. She claimed to have had visions. The church was founded in the mid 1800s. Many in this denomination apparently believe that Mrs. White was the infallible interpreter of Holy Scripture, giving her authority equal to or above the Scriptures. No one can judge her or disagree with her interpretation of the 1844 Investigative Judgment. She therefore could be considered as a sort of "pope," as what she has proclaimed cannot be challenged. Does not believe in a literal hell as is taught in the Bible. Has 27 articles in their statement of faith. Understanding of prophecy and of the Revelation seems to be far removed from that which is taught by evangelical born-again Bible prophecy teachers, such as Hal Lindsey and others. They dogmatically observe Saturday as their day of rest and worship and use it as a come-on to deceive people.

On the surface this aggressive Cult can sound very biblical to one that is not well-grounded in the Scriptures or not well-informed. They skillfully combine Biblical truth mixed with error and falsehood which can lead people astray as do many cults. [FROM SO4J-TV: Please LISTEN right below to an important AUDIO from Phil Johnson from GTY.org & Grace Community Church, CA on the Unbilical False Teachings of the Seventh-Day Adventists..this Audio is very good.


 

 AUDIO: This is a MUST HEAR Sermon Audio by PHIL JOHNSON who presents a factual and thorough Biblical Critique of the problematic false teachings of "Seventh-Day Adventism". Phil Johnson is the Executive Director of Pastor John MacArthur's "Grace to You" Ministries - GTY.org. He also Pastors a Fellowship group called: "Grace Life Fellowship" at John MacArthur's Church: Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, CA which is also SO4J-TV's home church.

 


Question: "What is Seventh-day Adventism (SDA) and what do Seventh-day Adventists believe?"


By GotQuestions

Answer: There seem to be different "degrees" of Seventh-day Adventism. Some Seventh-day Adventists believe identically to orthodox Christians, other than believing that worship should be held on Saturday and that the Saturday Sabbath should still be observed. If these are the only differences, then yes, a person could be a Seventh-day Adventist and still be a true believer in the Lord Jesus Christ.

However, some Seventh-day Adventists believe in much more than a Saturday Sabbath / worship day. Seventh-day Adventists have been known to believe in: the annihilation of the wicked instead of an eternal hell, that believers who die enter a state of soul sleep, and that a person must observe the Saturday Sabbath in order to be saved. Other problems with some Seventh-day Adventists are: belief in Ellen G. White, the founder of Seventh-day Adventism, as a true prophet of God even though many of her "prophecies" failed to come true - and - that Jesus entered a second phase of His redemptive work on October 22, 1844, as "prophesied" by Hiram Edson.

So, What is Seventh-day Adventism and what do Seventh-day Adventists believe? Should a Christian attend a Seventh-day Adventist church? Due to the potential doctrinal issues mentioned above, I would strongly encourage believers to not get involved in Seventh-day Adventism. Yes, a person can be an advocate of Seventh-day Adventism and still be a believer. At the same time, there are enough potential issues to make attending a Seventh-day Adventist church questionable at best.

 

SHEPHERD’S CHAPEL It is reported that they deny the Trinity, believing that the Father became the Son and became the Holy Spirit. Seems to follow aspects of British-Israelism as Armstrongism does—believing that America is from the lost tribes of Israel. Apparently believe that the unbelievers will cease to exist. They deny the existence of hell as well as the Rapture. Their intermixing of Biblical truth and error is done very skillfully. At the time this is being written, Shepherd’s Chapel is on many television stations, sounding biblical but deceiving many.

SHINTOISM
SILVA MIND CONTROL
SORCERY
SOUL TRAVEL
SPELLS
SPIRITISM
(The Cult of Antiquity)

SPIRITUALISM
Based on communication with the spirit world. Does believe in God, but it is not the God of the Bible. The Trinity and the fact that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is denied. The virgin birth is denied. There is no atonement in Jesus. Denies the Holy Spirit as set forth in the Bible. Sin does not exist. Man goes from one spirit level to another. There is no devil, hell, judgment, or resurrection.
STATUES (Venus, etc.)

SUPERSTITIONS: BREAKING A MIRROR
SUPERSTITIONS: FEAR OF BLACK CATS
SUPERSTITIONS: GOOD LUCK CHARMS
SUPERSTITIONS: SALT OVER SHOULDER

SWEDENBORGIANISM (The Church of New Jerusalem) (Founded by Emanuel Swedenborg, Sweden). It is reported he died in the latter part of the 18th century. This cult denies the Trinity; the deity of the Holy Spirit; the existence of Satan, hell, and the resurrection. Many other beliefs also exist that are totally out of line with the Bible. Neither do they believe all the Bible is the inspired Word of God. Many of the founders of various cults had visions or claimed God or someone else appeared to them. Swedenborg apparently claimed God appeared to him.

TABLE TIPPING
TALISMANS
TAROT CARDS
TEA LEAF READING
TELEPATHY

THE FARM
(Founded by Stephen Gaskin, perhaps in the 1960s). It is reported this cult accepts karma, mantras, sex, marijuana, etc.

THEOPHOSTICS - For More Info there are a few Articles on SO4J: Why Theophostics is Unbiblical

THEOSOPHY
(Founded in the latter part of the 19th century). Teaches reincarnation and enlightenment. The founder, a woman, like many other cult leaders claims to have been in contact with certain beings that taught her. The Jesus they teach is not the Jesus of the Bible.

THE WALK
(Founded by John Robert Stevens in the 1970s). Some of its churches are also known as the "Church of His Holy Presence, Concord Church, or Coniah Chapel."

THE WAY INTERNATIONAL
(Founder Victor Paul Wierwille, born early 20th century). He believed that God audibly spoke to him and gave him direction. The creator of all things was not Jesus Christ but Elohim. They deny the doctrine of the Trinity and the virgin birth. They do not believe that Jesus Christ is God and is from everlasting to everlasting. Their understanding of the Holy Spirit is associated with spiritual gifts. Unbelievers will have a final death. On the surface, this cult may sound very biblical to one not well-grounded in the Scriptures or not well-informed. They skillfully combine biblical truth mixed with error and falsehood, leading people astray. It is reported that Wierwille had been a pastor in the United Church of Christ.

THE WEIGH DOWN DIET
(Founder Gwen Shamblin). Denies the Trinity.
THIRD DAY CHURCH
THIRD EYE

T.M.
(Transcendental Meditation) Brought to the Western world by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi which title means—great sage. There are 7 stages of consciousness. It may be said to be both a form of meditation and a form of Hinduism. Their God (Brahma) is not the God of the Bible, but a god or essence that cannot be described. God is in everyone. The person within self is divine. Christ is just another divine leader. Sin is not to be considered. Doing more good than bad can promote a person through reincarnation. Wrong doing in a past life causes suffering in this life. There is no heaven or hell. Ultimately, you can achieve, through many reincarnations, a state of knowing you are God, at which time no more reincarnations will happen. The initiation ceremony alone is enough to warn all that dabble with it that they are committing an idolatrous act in violation of the express commands of the Bible.
Some religions from the East include: Bahaism, Divine Light Mission, Krishna Consciousness, TM or Transcendental Meditation, Vedanta Society, Yoga, Zen Buddhism.

TRANCE DIAGNOSIS
TWO BY TWO ’S

UNIFICATION CHURCH
(The teachings of Sun Myung Moon, Korea). The God they teach is not the God of the Bible. Does not believe that Jesus Christ is God. They believe the Holy Spirit is a female. It is reported that Moon claims his wife is the Holy Spirit. According to them, God has ordained that all people will be saved. New York Daily News-"The Rev Sun Myung Moon, founder of the Unification Church, testified Thursday that he has frequent meetings and conversations with Jesus, Moses, and Buddha and may become the real Messiah. Asked how he knew it was Jesus, he replied: "I remembered him from his holy pictures and he said he was Jesus Christ. He requested me to help him in the salvation of the universe."

UNITARIANISM
Denies the doctrine of the Trinity and the deity of Jesus Christ. Teaches Jesus Christ became the Son of God when he was baptized.

UNITED APOSTOLIC CHURCH
(See United Pentecostals)

UNITED PENTECOSTALS (a.k.a. ONENESS PENTECOSTAL) (United Apostolic Church). It is reported that there are many other groups that follow this doctrine such as the Assemblies of the Lord Jesus Christ and the Bible Way Churches of Our Lord Jesus Christ. These do not believe in one God manifested in three, eternally existing Persons. These baptize in the name of Jesus only. They skillfully use baptizing people in the name of Jesus as a come-on to deceive people, but seldom tell them initially that they baptize this way, because they don’t believe in the Trinity as the Bible teaches. They believe that God is one person who has revealed Himself as the Father, then as the Son, and presently as the Holy Spirit. In other words, Jesus is God the Father and the Holy Spirit. Denies the Son being with God-ref John 1:1, and that Jesus is now seated at the right hand of God the Father in Heaven-ref Mark 16:19 and Rev 5:7. They believe that baptism by immersion in the name of Jesus and administered by a "oneness" minister is a necessary part of salvation. They believe that speaking in tongues is evidence of the Holy Spirit. They also deny predestination. They have a strict code for women to follow as well as men. On the surface, this aggressive cult can sound very biblical to one not well-grounded in the Scriptures or not well-informed. They skillfully combine biblical truth mixed with error and falsehood, leading people astray. They believe that their way is the only right way to heaven and all others will perish.

UNITY
(Unity School of Christianity. Dates back to the late 19th century). Reported to be a breakaway from Christian Science. The God they believe in is not the God of the Bible. They do not believe that God is a person but is life. He is all that is good. It may be said that God is whatever a person conceives him to be. Unity combines aspects of many religions. They do not believe in the Trinity or the purpose of Jesus’ death on the cross. The Jesus Christ that they believe in is not the Christ of the Bible. The Holy Spirit they believe in is not that of the Bible. They do not believe in Satan. They teach against the Bible, against Jesus and what He did. They believe in reincarnation and that sin can be erased from our conscience mind.

UNIVERSALISM A belief system that appears to think that everyone will be saved whether they believe on Jesus or not, because of God’s love. Many varied opinions among groups.

URANTIA They use a huge book called the Urantia Book (1934), which they believe came from high deity sources. They believe their book completes the New Testament, but in fact contradicts it. They do not believe Jesus Christ came in the flesh, but is just another person that gave revelations. Their understanding of the Trinity is not that of the Bible. They believe Jesus came to teach the fatherhood of God and the brotherhood of man. They believe in reincarnation plus living on different planets. Paul warned about perverted teaching in Col chapter 2.

VEDANTA SOCIETY Their God (Brahma) is not the God of the Bible, but a god or essence that cannot be described. God is in everyone. The person within self is divine. Christ is just another divine leader. Sin is not to be considered. Doing more good than bad can promote a person through reincarnation. Wrong doing in a past life causes suffering in this life. There is no heaven or hell. Ultimately, you can achieve, through many reincarnations, a state of knowing you are God, at which time no more reincarnations will happen. Some religions from the East include: Bahaism, Divine Light Mission, Krishna Consciousness, TM or Transcendental Meditation, Vedanta Society, Yoga, Zen Buddhism.

VERSALISM
VOODOO
WARLOCK
WART CHARMING
WATER WITCHING
WAY INTERNATIONAL
(See The Way International)
WHITE MAGIC
WISHING ON A STAR
WITCH
(See Fortunetelling)
WITCHCRAFT
WIZARDS
(See Fortunetelling)
WORLDWIDE CHURCH OF GOD
(See Armstrongism)

YOGA

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YOGA - Their God (Brahma) is not the God of the Bible, but a god or essence that cannot be described. God is in everyone. The person within self is divine. Christ is just another divine leader. Sin is not to be considered. Doing more good than bad can promote a person through reincarnation. Wrong doing in a past life causes suffering in this life. There is no heaven or hell. Ultimately, you can achieve, through many reincarnations, a state of knowing you are God, at which time no more reincarnations will happen. An example of how cults can deceive, sometimes yogis even read from the Bible.
Some religions from the East include: Bahaism, Divine Light Mission, Krishna Consciousness, TM or Transcendental Meditation, Vedanta Society, Yoga, Zen Buddhism.

ZEN
ZEN BUDDHISM
It may be said to be a system of finding oneself by oneself. The existence of God is a non-issue. (See Buddhism for more information). Their God (Brahma) is not the God of the Bible, but a god or essence that cannot be described. God is in everyone. The person within self is divine. Christ is just another divine leader. Sin is not to be considered. Doing more good than bad can promote a person through reincarnation. Wrong doing in a past life causes suffering in this life. There is no heaven or hell. Ultimately, you can achieve, through many reincarnations, a state of knowing you are God, at which time no more reincarnations will happen. Some religions from the East include: Bahaism, Divine Light Mission, Krishna Consciousness, TM or Transcendental Meditation, Vedanta Society, Yoga, Zen Buddhism.

ZOROASTRIANISM

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17 - Cults & Deceit Are Not The Only Devices Satan Uses to Mislead - More Ways

Afflictions - Mark 4:19;
Being Offended - MAtt 13:21;
Cares and Problems of this life - Matt 13:22;
Hardships - Matt 13:21;
Lusts or Personal desires of other things - Luke 4:19;
Persecutions- Matt 13:21;
Prosperity and the Deceitfulness of Riches - Matt 13:22;
and all manner of Temptations - Luke 8:13, plus pride, selfishness, personal desires—the list could go on and on. Through trusting in the God of the Bible and denying self (which is very unpopular teaching today), one can indeed overcome all things.

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18 - Final Summation On Cults; Biblical Proof: Religions that Add, Change, Discredit, or Take Away From the Bible (No Matter What The Source) Are NOT From God (see #7)

In addition to the cults we have mentioned, there are thousands more of false ways or cults leading to eternal damnation. Some practice Satanism. Many worship devils. Many claim to be witches. Some practice ancestral worship. Some trust in the lie of reincarnation. Many readily accept the lie of evolution rather than the truth that God created all things; others try to combine them both together. New doctrines, devised by men and seducing spirits, seem to be springing up daily. Demonically inspired games are widely available in toy stores, game rooms, and for use on home computers. Demonic teaching can also be found in American schools, on the radio, and on television. Demonically inspired music fills the airwaves. Multitudes of people are being deceived. There are now homosexual churches where unrepentant, practicing homosexuals and lesbians actually believe they are Christians and will go to heaven and that the way they live is not even sin.

Here is absolute proof from the Bible—any "so-called" religion that takes its teaching from the Bible plus another source is not of the true God of heaven of whom it is written, BY HIM WERE ALL THINGS CREATED-Col 1:16. They are not of Jesus Christ Who IS COME IN THE FLESH-ref 1 John 4:3; 2 John 7.

  • Gal 1:6-9 Gal 1:6-9 Paul said, I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto ANOTHER GOSPEL: Which is not another; but there be SOME that trouble you, and would PERVERT THE GOSPEL OF CHRIST. But though we, or AN ANGEL FROM HEAVEN, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.

God’s Word clearly shows that additions, changes, or perversions to the Gospel are not from God. False teachers that do such things will indeed be accursed. AS WE SAID BEFORE, SO SAY I NOW AGAIN, IF ANY MAN PREACH ANY OTHER GOSPEL UNTO YOU THAN THAT YE HAVE RECEIVED, LET HIM BE ACCURSED. Many cult leaders had demon spirits, false angels, visions, or dreams come to them. Afterward, they perverted God’s way or started some new way —a false religion that in some way distorted, discredited, added to, or took away from the Bible. Religions that have added such books as the Koran, the Book of Mormon, Roman Catholic doctrines, the writings of Ellen G. White, the Urantia Book, etc., have done exactly what Gal 1:6-9 warns not to do.

  • Rev 22:18-19…The words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.

The warning is clear. Do not add to or take away from the words of the book. That is exactly what religions do when they create a so-called "holy" book that adds to, discredits, or takes away anything that is in the Bible in any way. God has made it perfectly clear—they are accursed. Their part of the book of life is taken away.

The Bible stands alone. It is not the Bible + any other book. It is not the Bible plus any other teaching, even from a so-called prophet, apostle, or even an ANGEL FROM HEAVEN. It is written:

  • 2 Pet 1:20-21 Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.

  • 2 Tim 3:16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God

This is not a theory. This is law. It is only disputed in the minds of depraved people.
The Bible contains thousands of prophecies. Everyone, without one single exception, has come to pass in its time just as it was written. This even includes the rebirth of Israel which happened exactly as the Bible said it would. No book in the world has ever come remotely close to this. None of the wicked shall understand-ref Dan 12:10.

Those that understand spiritual warfare should understand the following. Briefly—first comes the real thing. Then comes the deception from Satan. God ’s Word came to Adam. Then the deception followed from Satan to Eve. God’s Word came to Noah. He obeyed God. After the flood, Satan’s temptations came forth and new religions sprang up and again men turned from God. God’s Word came to Moses. Then Satan moved in and tempted the people, they turned away from God. Finally, God sent His only begotten Son. With the final writing of the Revelation by John, the books of the Bible were completed. They were finished. Since that time, many false teachings that add to, change, discredit, or take away from the Holy Bible have appeared. If you have read this article you can never say at the judgment you did not know.

  • 2 John 1:10-11 If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed: For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds.

Many have been led down the road to error when they disobeyed this Scripture.

Some of the most popular ones of these are:

ARMSTRONGISM. The teachings of the Bible plus Herbert W. Armstrong.
CHRISTIAN SCIENCE. The teachings of the Bible plus Mary Baker Eddy.
CHRISTODELPHIANISM. The teachings of the Bible plus John Thomas.
HOW TO HAVE PERFECT FAITH. The teachings of the Bible plus the Apostle Eric.
ISLAM. The teachings of the Bible plus Muhammad and the Koran. Incidentally, there are various Islamic groups, each believing their way is right.
JEHOVAH’S WITNESSES. The teachings of the Bible plus Charles Russell and other sources.MORMONISM. The teachings of the Bible plus the Book of Mormon and Joseph Smith.
ROMAN CATHOLIC. The teachings of the Bible plus traditions and the Pope.
SCIENTOLOGY. The teachings of the Bible plus L. Ron Hubbard.
SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTIST. The teachings of the Bible plus Ellen G. White.
SWEDENBORGIANISM. The teachings of the Bible plus Emanuel Swedenborg.
THE FARM. The teachings of the Bible plus Stephen Gaskin.
THE WAY INTERNATIONAL. The teachings of the Bible plus Victor Paul Wierwille.
UNIFICATION CHURCH. The teachings of the Bible plus Sun Myung Moon.
URANTIA. The teachings of the Bible plus the Urantia Book.

The list could go on and on. The people engaged in each of these false religions usually believe they are absolutely right and everyone else is wrong. The founders of most of these believe God, or Jesus Christ, or the Angel Gabriel, or Moses, or whatever appeared to them. Some had a dream, or a vision that convinced them they were right and all others wrong. These people were inspired, but not by the Holy Spirit. It was not the inspiration of God.

  • John 10:1Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber.

Any religion that tries to enter heaven by any other way than what is written in the Bible (and the Bible alone), the same is false.

  • Rom 3:4…Let God be True, but every man a Liar.

17-WHAT GOSPEL AND WHAT JESUS DO THEY BELIEVE IN?

What God do they believe in? Is it the God of the Bible or a god they have created in their own imagination?

As we have seen from what cults believe, when a person says they believe on Jesus Christ, we then have to ask—which Jesus do they believe in? Is it the Jesus of the Bible, that is, Jesus Christ is come in the flesh, Jesus Christ is Lord, God’s only begotten Son, who was born of a virgin, who created all things, and always was and always shall be. Or is it the Jesus of the Jehovah’s Witnesses, or of the Mormons, or of the New Age, or of Islam, or some other Jesus that a person conceived in his thoughts? Do they believe the Word of God—that Jesus died on the cross for our sins, that He rose from the dead, and now sits at the right hand of God the Father making intercession for the saints?

And what Gospel do they believe in? Is it the gospel of the Mormons or Joseph Smith, the gospel of Mary Baker Eddy, the gospel of Ellen G. White, or yet another gospel? Is it the Bible plus other books, traditions, or other so-called prophets, apostles, or a person’s own ideas?

Do they Believe in one God manifested in three, eternally existing Persons: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit?

Do they Believe Heb 9:27 It is appointed unto men once to die, but AFTER THIS JUDGMENT.

This verse and many others eliminate reincarnation and many other false cult doctrines.

Do they Believe what Jesus said: John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I AM THE WAY, the Truth, and the Life: NO MAN COMETH UNTO THE FATHER, BUT BY ME

Do they Believe in a literal Hell? Luke 16:23 In hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments. (28) Place of Torment Matt 25:41 "Everlasting Fire"

Do they Believethat Eph 2:8-9 FOR BY GRACE ARE YE SAVED through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: NOT OF WORKS, lest any man should boast.

Do they Believe it is a command to be baptized, but only after one accepts Jesus as their Lord and Savior, and repents? Do they believe that water baptism is by full immersion and is to be done in the name of the Father, and the Son, and of the Holy Ghost? -ref Matt 28:19

Do they Believe that all have sinned and one needs to repent?
If these things are not in place, find a church that teaches and believes the Word of God apart from traditions that lead a person astray.

18-TRUE SALVATION

The list can also include "spiritually dead" churches and any church that does not believe and teach the following:

  • Eph 2:8-10 For BY GRACE ARE YE SAVED THROUGH FAITH; and that NOT OF YOURSELVES: it is the GIFT OF GOD: NOT OF WORKS, lest any man should boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

19-HOMOSEXUALS AND LESBIANS

  • Rom 1:26-32 For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did CHANGE THE NATURAL USE INTO THAT WHICH IS AGAINST NATURE: and likewise also THE MEN, LEAVING THE NATURAL USE OF THE WOMAN, BURNED IN THEIR LUST ONE TOWARD ANOTHER;; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet. And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient; Being filled with all UNRIGHTEOUSNESS,FORNICATION, WICKEDNESS, COVETOUSNESS, MALICIOUSNESS; FULL OF ENVY, MURDER, DEBATE, DECEIT, MALIGNITY; WHISPERERS, BACKBITERS, HATERS OF GOD, DESPITEFUL, PROUD, BOASTERS, INVENTORS OF EVIL THINGS, DISOBEDIENT TO PARENTS, WITHOUT UNDERSTANDING, COVENANTBREAKERS, WITHOUT NATURAL AFFECTION, IMPLACABLE, UNMERCIFUL: Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are WORTHY OF DEATH, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.

20-RELIGIOUS DECEPTION

  • Matt 24:4 And Jesus answered and said unto them, TAKE HEED THAT NO MAN DECEIVE YOU.

    This is the age of religious deception.

  • Rev 3:22- HE THAT HATH AN EAR, LET HIM HEAR WHAT THE SPIRIT SAITH UNTO THE CHURCHES.

21-ANTICHRIST SHALL COME
CONFESS THAT JESUS CHRIST IS COME IN THE FLESH
(Needful-repeated from above)

  • 1 John 2:18 Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that ANTICHRIST shall come, even now are there MANY ANTICHRISTS; whereby we know that it is the last time.

  • 1 John 2:22-23 Who is a liar HE THAT DENIETH THAT JESUS IS THE CHRIST? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son. Whosoever denieth the Son, the same hath NOT the Father: (but) he that acknowledgeth the Son hath the Father also.
  • 1 John 4:3 And every spirit that confesseth NOT that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is NOT of God: and this is that SPIRIT OF ANTICHRIST, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.

  • 2 John 1:7 For MANY DECEIVERS are entered into the world, who confess NOT that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. This is a DECEIVER AND AN ANTICHRIST.

22-ABIDETH NOT IN THE DOCTRINE OF CHRIST HATH NOT GOD
CARNAL MIND IS DEATH

  • 2 John 1:9-11 Whosoever TRANSGRESSETH, AND ABIDETH NOT IN THE DOCTRINE OF CHRIST, HATH NOT GOD. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son.
    If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed: For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds.

  • Rom 8:1 There is therefore now No Condemnation to them which are IN CHRIST JESUS, WHO WALK NOT AFTER THE FLESH, but after the Spirit.

  • Rom 8:6 For to be CARNALLY MINDED IS DEATH; but to be Spiritually Minded is Life & Peace.

23-THE SPIRIT OF GOD MUST BE IN YOU, OR YOU ARE NOT SAVED

  • Rom 8:9 But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that THE SPIRIT OF GOD DWELL IN. Now IF ANY MAN HAVE NOT THE SPIRIT OF CHRIST, HE IS NONE OF HIS.

  • 1 Cor 3:16 Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and thatTHE SPIRIT OF GOD DWELLETH IN YOU?

  • Rom 8:14 For as many as are LED BY THE SPIRIT OF GOD, THEY ARE THE SONS OF GOD.

    The Spirit of God will never, never, never lead a person contrary to God’s Word (the Bible). Very few people’s fruits, love of the brethren, and obedience to God’s Word testify that they have the Spirit of God. Very few people in this generation have made Jesus the center of their life.

24-THE STRAIT GATE AND NARROW WAY

  • Matt 7:13-14 Enter ye in at the strait GATE: for WIDE is the GATE, and BROAD is the way, that leadeth to DESTRUCTION, and MANY there be which go in thereat. Because strait is the GATE, and NARROW is the way, which leadeth unto life, and FEW there be that FIND IT.

25-MANY POSITIVE THEY ARE SAVED BUT ARE NOT

  • Matt 7:20-23 Wherefore by THEIR FRUITS ye shall know them. NOT EVERY ONE THAT SAITH UNTO ME, LORD, LORD, shall enter into the kingdom of HEAVEN; BUT HE THAT DOETH THE WILL OF MY FATHER which is in heaven (The will of God will always, always, always be in harmony with the Bible). Many will say to me in that day, LORD, LORD, have we not PROPHESIED IN THY NAME? And IN THY NAME have CAST OUT DEVILS? And in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I NEVER KNEW YOU: DEPART FROM ME, YE THAT WORK INIQUITY.

26-MUST DO GOD’S WORD

  • Matt 7:24-27 Therefore whosoever HEARETH these sayings of mine, AND DOETH them, I will liken him unto a WISE MAN, which built his house upon a rock: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was FOUNDED UPON A ROCK. And every one that HEARETH these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto A FOOLISH MAN, which built his house upon the sand: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and IT FELL: and great was the fall of it.

  • 1 Cor 3:11 For other FOUNDATION can no man lay than that is laid, WHICH IS JESUS CHRIST.

  • James 1:22 But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.

  • Luke 6:46 And WHY CALL YE ME, LORD, LORD, AND DO NOT THE THINGS WHICH I SAY?

    Why do you say you are saved, yet you will not obey the Word of God?

27-SURVEYS

The authorship of the following surveys, which were done in the 1970’s and 80’s to our knowledge, has been lost. Undoubtedly, the statistics today would be far worse than when these were taken. Nevertheless, the information is shocking. Indeed, there are many blind leaders of the blind and both are falling into the ditch. Many are wolves in sheep’s clothing. What does your minister, priest, rabbi, elders, or bishops believe? You have a need to know. Eternity could be at stake. It makes no difference how much education your pastor has. If he does not believe: the Bible is the inspired Word of God, the fundamentals of the Faith, and is not born-again, get out of that church, even if it is a multimillion dollar building.

Surveys, to our knowledge, were of lay people unless otherwise specified. None of the following churches are considered cults, except the Roman Catholic.

#1-Roman Catholic, #2-Lutheran, #3 Episcopal, #4-Methodist, #5-Church of Christ, #6-Presbyterian, #7-Open Bible, #8-Baptist, #9-Nazarene, #10-Assembly of God, #11-Four Square, #12-Church of God in Christ, #13-What does the Bible say? y=yes, n=no, p=pastors, n/a=not available

QUESTION—
DO YOU BELIEVE:
1-RC
2-Lu
3-Ep
4-Me
5-CC
6-Pr
7-OB
8-Ba
9-Na
10-AG
11-FS
12-CG
13-Bi

1-in Jesus’ physical resurrection from the grave?
   
30%n
51%n
 
35%n
 
33%n
       
y

2-in the virgin birth of Jesus as a biological miracle?
   
44%n
60%n
 
49%n
 
44%n
       
y

3-in Satan and the existence of evil demonic powers?
 
p36%n
p40%n
p44%n
   
p38%n
         
y
 
37%n
62%n
47%n
 
33%n
y

4-the Bible is the inspired Word of God?
 
p42%n
 
p53%n
 
p38%n
 
p48%n
       
y
89%n
85%n
89%n
82%n
n/a
57%n
35%n
35%n
n/a
n/a
n/a
n/a
y

5-Jesus Christ is the only begotten Son of God. Majority said
 
p38%n
 
p54%n
 
p43%n
 
p45%n
       
y
y
y
y
y
y
y
y
y
y
y
y
y
y
6-a person is saved by grace through faith? Majority said    
p43%n
p48%n
 
p42%n
 
p42%n
       
y

y-but
y
y
y
n/a
y
y
y
y
y
y
y
y
7-a person must repent before being baptized? Majority said
n
n
n
n
n/a
n
y
y
y
y
y
y
y

8-a person must be faithful to their religion? Majority said
y
n
n
n
y
n
n
n
n
n
n
n
n

9-baptism is to be done by full immersion? Majority said
n
n
n
n
n
n/y
y
y
y
y
y
y
y

10-that salvation is apart from all works? Majority said
n-but
y
y
y
n-but
y
y
y
y
y
y
y
y

11-in the finished work of Jesus Christ? Majority said
n
y
y
y
n/a
y
y
y
y
y
y
y

y

12-the only way to God is by Jesus? Majority said
n
y
y
y
y
y
y
y
y
y
y
y
y

13-in a literal hell?
   
p42%n
p53%n
 
p38%n
 
p48%n
       
y
         

 

28-MORE GUIDELINES ON WHAT CHURCHES TO RUN FROM

Another guideline is to make sure the church is not a member of the National Council of Churches, (N.C.C.) or the World Council of Churches. If it is, run from it.
If your church does not believe that the whole Bible is the perfect Word of God, run from it.
If your church does not believe that Jesus Christ is God, run from it.
If your church does not believe and confess that Jesus is the Christ, Who came to this earth in the flesh, as in 1 John 4:2,3, and 2 John 7, run from it.
If you go to any church that teaches "it" is the "only" way, run from that church. No church saves anyone. It is faith in the name and shed blood of Jesus Christ.

Any church that teaches the worship of the virgin Mary, run from it.
Any church that teaches to pray to dead saints, run from it.
Any church that practices ancestor worship, or condones the practice of it by others, run from it.
Any church that uses astrology in any way, run away fast.
Any church that prays in any name other than Jesus Christ, run from it.
Any church that consults the dead, flee from that church.
Any church that uses any kind of trinkets, idols, or any objects for worship, get away from that church. Jesus Christ is the only way.

Any church that does not believe in ONE GOD, manifested in three Persons, God the Father, and God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit, run from them.

Any church that does not teach the whole Bible, get away from it. For example, some churches may preach only the Epistles, and others only the Psalms or Proverbs. Some may only teach the Old Testament; while others may only teach the four Gospels. Some may not teach the Bible at all. Run from all of these.

Some claim to be Christian, and great healings appear to take place; but the healings are not done in the name of Jesus, or the healings deceive people and lead them away from Jesus. Run from these.

Watch out for churches that are only ceremonies and for those that do not encourage you to bring your Bible to the service. Run from these, and don’t look back.

Some churches sing, and sing, and sing, and there is very little instruction from God’s Word. Run from these.

If the church does not emphasize repentance and faith in Jesus Christ, leave that church.

Leave any church where the teaching relies on the Bible + the teaching of some so-called prophet, or relies on the Bible plus some other book.

Any church that claims their leader is infallible, get away from it.

Any church that does not believe in a literal hell, the Great White Throne Judgment for unbelievers and the second death (that is the lake of fire), get away from it.

Beware of churches that speak evil of government or those in authority. The Bible clearly warns against these.

Beware of any churches that are used as political arenas. Get away from them.

Beware of any church whose leader is living in fornication, adultery or has more than one wife. Flee from that church. In some countries, perhaps as much as 80% of the "so-called" Christian preachers are not married, but are simply living with someone according to tribal or national traditions.

Beware of any preacher that has an attitude of "I am great. I have many churches. I am something special. I am the secretary or treasurer" or whatever. This is not the attitude of Christ. This does not display the fruits of the Spirit or a repentant, humble attitude. A person that is close to God should have an attitude of humility, brokenness, and meekness. The attitude we should have is to be a Servant of All

  • Mark 9:35 "Servant of all"

  • Matt 20:27 And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant:

  • James 4:6 But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.

Beware of any church whose leader claims to be an apostle or some great prophet of God. This is not the attitude of humility, meekness, and the fruits you are to follow. Matt 24, Luke 21, Mark 13, and Jeremiah all show clearly that in this age there are many false prophets. If you know and understand the Scriptures, then you know these things are true....

Water baptism is to be done only after a person repents and believes in Jesus Christ as their only hope of salvation. When it is done, it is to be by full immersion and done in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. If you go to a church that does sprinkling baptism, infant baptism, or baptizes in another name, leave.

Warning: if your preacher does not believe in teaching Bible prophecy, the Revelation, that Jesus Christ may soon return, and that we are to watch and be ready, run from that church. Something is not right there.

Beware of any preacher that does not love the brethren, but has a contentious and accusing attitude toward true born-again men of God. This is not to be confused with the legitimate exposing of doctrinal error within the body of Christ.

Be warned, even though some preachers may have many college degrees, this is no guarantee that he is walking with God.

Only Jesus can save…a religion cannot.

29-SATAN’S WORDS

If you have witnessed to many people lately, you may have heard some of the following statements. These are some of the things Satan may say through someone you are witnessing to, whether in the USA or anywhere in the world.

When quoting the Bible—that is your interpretation.

I don’t have to worry. I am saved and can’t lose it.

God is too good. He wouldn’t send anyone to hell.

Don’t tell me I am not saved.

I don’t believe there is such a place as hell. The Bible was only written by men.

The Bible is full of errors. I’m a good person. God will take care of me.

I think religion is a private thing. I believe parts of the Bible, but not every word.

What about other ministers that have other interpretations? The Bible is not for today. It was meant for a long time ago.

I have an appointment. Religion is for people that need a crutch.

Sorry, I have to go, the telephone is ringing. Not all the Bible is meant for me.

I can only give you so much time. I have my own religion.

I was sprinkled when I was a baby. I "feel" that is good enough. I’ll stop smoking or drinking when God makes it happen.

Tell me in your own words. Don’t use the words of the Bible. I don’t "feel" that God wants me to.

God will forgive me no matter what I do. Man, I don’t need that stuff. Get out of here.

30-ONE WAY TO WITNESS TO CULTS AS WELL AS TO OTHERS

For those that say they are a good person, use the Ten Commandments. Rom 3:20-FOR BY THE LAW IS THE KNOWLEDGE OF SIN. Ask the person do they sin? Ask them have they ever told a lie? Have they ever stolen anything? Have they ever cursed using God’s name? Have they ever looked on a woman to lust after her—thus committing adultery already with her in their heart? Once they admit they have done some of these things AND ARE CONVICTED BY THE LAW AS TRANSGRESSORS-Ja 2:9 NASB, then bring forth the only hope they have for entering heaven and having their sins forgiven—the Lord Jesus Christ. Use Scripture as much as possible.

31-LOVE ONE ANOTHER

  • Romans 13:10 It is written: Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.

  • John 13:34-35 A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.

  • Romans 5:5 And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.

  • Galatians 5:6 For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision; but faith which worketh by love.

  • 1 Peter 1:22 Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently

  • 1 Peter 2:17 Honour all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honour the king.

  • 1 John 3:11 For this is the message that ye heard from the beginning, that we should love one another.

  • 1 John 3:14 We know that we have passed from death unto life (or we know we have passed from being unsaved to saved) , because we love the brethren. He that loveth not his brother abideth in death (or is unsaved)..

  • 1 John 3:16 Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.

  • 1 John 4:7 Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God.

  • 1 John 4:11 Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.

  • 1 John 4:12 No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us.

  • 1 John 4:20 If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen?

  • 1 John 4:21 And this commandment have we from him, That he who loveth God love his brother also.

  • 1 John 5:2 By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments.

WE BELIEVE AND CONFESS THAT JESUS CHRIST IS COME IN THE FLESH. JESUS CHRIST IS LORD.

  • John 1:1, 14 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. (14) 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.

For more information on cults, you might check out the following sources.

Ask your local Christian book store for the tracts: Spirit of Truth, Spirit of Error by Moody Press.
www.waltermartin.com The web site of the late Dr. Walter Martin.
www.ankerberg.org The website of Dr. John Ankerberg has a variety of excellent videos & info
www.thebereancall.org The web site of Dr. Dave Hunt.
www.carm.org The web site of Christian Apologetics and Research Ministry.

Many thanks to those missionaries that have served overseas, as well as certain brethren in Christ from various countries that have also contributed additional information. 

 


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CULTS & FALSE RELIGIONS