False Prophets, Teachers and Leaders In the Laodicean Age

Part 1

By Lynette Schaefer

It is evident that we are living in times when absolute truth is no longer regarded as the basis for a statement or a lifestyle.  Truth is no longer an absolute; it is now a relative term used to suit the whims of many people and their personal opinions, lifestyles or private interpretations.  It is no longer, "this is a fact that comes from the Bible; therefore, we need to live by it".  It is now, "you have your beliefs and I have mine, so what is good for you is your own truth, but I have mine".

 

Biblical Truth used to be a revered, respected, authoritative foundation that churches and society in general would base their lives on as to what was acceptable or not; people didn’t have trouble knowing right from wrong because there were absolutes society lived by instead of a worldview where "truth" is whatever happens to be your own reality.  Thus, we have been reduced to an unhealthy society that is experiencing so many family problems, violence, immorality, sickness, laxity, materialism, and so on.  Of course, there have always been problems in society to some degree; but why does it seem that now, in this day and age, we are dealing with so much chaos in our world?

 

Why are so many churches in our world declining in attendance? Standards have relaxed with regard to many Christians becoming worldly and engaging in worldly activities; marriage and divorce are rampant amongst Christians; there is less reverence for or desire to study the Bible; less or no time with God.  The quality of family life has become less important as family members are too busy making money, pursuing materialism and other pursuits than being centered on their relationship with God.  Let me assure you that God cannot be pleased with any of this.  The result of this type of decline is a society that calls evil good and good evil.  Not only that, we now have churches that are preaching falsehoods, watered-down gospels, non-offensive messages that appeal to the lost instead of convicting them, ecumenism and the desire to be all-inclusive with non-believers. Assorted cults that are on the rise and we now have all sorts of entertainment that has replaced expository preaching, which often features "Christian Rock" type of music that is sensual to the flesh and tickles the ears instead of glorifying our wonderful God.

 

Churches are now resorting to these schemes in order to fill their church pews and bring in more money.  More and more churches are guilty of not properly feeding their flocks, and, because of this, their people are ignorant, undiscerning, worldly, misled, deceived, and not Christ-like.  The rest of society could care less about the Bible, church, or worshipping God.  It is sadly apparent that the Bible is no longer respected and regarded as authoritative and life-giving for one’s life, but whatever is relative or according to what the current culture will tolerate. 

 

America, as a nation, used to be governed by Christian principles.  Since then, we have strayed far from obeying God by tolerating and accepting a worldview that is God-dishonouring.  We now accept homosexuality and same-sex marriage as OK as well as homosexual church leadership into some denominations (that has caused many problems), when this practice was once shunned by decent people and it was never questioned as being sinful.  We have relaxed our standards considerably regarding dress standards, music, television and the way we talk, to the extent we are no longer viewed by surrounding communities as holy people who are special to God, but just like them.  We have also catered to the demands of atheists, Islamics, the ACLU, abortionists, feminists, and all sorts of ungodly practices and opinions.  Yet there is intolerance for anything Christian and true.

 

Blood-bought Christians are targeted as hateful people and mocked as ignorant, bigoted, hypocrites or worse.  The Bible has also been taken out of government and schools, being banned as "hate literature", resulting in an ungodly system with multiple problems in decision-making or bad behavior.

 

It is a tragedy that America, in particular, has gotten so far away from God because its leaders and PREACHERS have allowed this breakdown in society and relaxed its standards through the "feel good", counterfeit, social gospel and other dangerous doctrines or practices that are being so widely accepted.

 

What passes for Christianity in today’s post-modern world has been reduced to a phoney, personal success/prosperity trip with numerous man-made programs and schemes employed to "grow a church".   By contrast, the true purpose of the Christian Church is the following: 1) the assembling of ourselves with like-minded believers to encourage each other in our Christian Walk (Heb. 10:25; Acts 20:32); 2) Corporate worship of God in Spirit and in Truth (that means knowing Him through a right heart attitude) (John 4:23-24); and 3) being properly equipped by preaching and teaching to carry out the Great Commission to share the Biblical Gospel and make disciples (2Tim. 3:16-17; Mark 16:15).  It is high time to call the Apostate Church to repentance and back to her first love for Jesus before its too late. (John 8:32)

 

Those in leadership positions, whether in government, schools, churches, business, or wherever, are responsible and set the tone for everything and everybody under them.  When they mess up, everyone else messes up. (Ezek. 34:2) God will have His final say to these people on Judgment Day.  There are many reports of well-known Evangelical leaders who have connections to Freemasonry (which has occultic roots), the Illuminati (also occultic) and Rev. Sun Myung Moon (a cult leader).  They are the very ones who are leading unsuspecting Christians down the wrong path.  Many Christians or those seeking God have flocked to stadiums, TV stations or the radio, eager to hear these "wonderful preachers" preach what looks like a true evangelistic message, but is really a subtlety of lies and falsehood that can KILL A SOUL!  These preachers, who have a lot of influence on their followers, are actually leading unsuspecting people right into the New World Order of the Antichrist.  When the Antichrist does appear on the scene, the whole world will be prepared and ready to accept him!  We need to watch out!  Jesus said "Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves" (Matt. 7:15).  It is not my intention here to condemn any individuals, as that is God’s authority, but rather the poisonous messages and doctrines they support or have come to support.  Here are examples of what they are teaching:

 

The New Evangelicalism

The History of New Evangelicalism.  Here is a brief synopsis of the history of New Evangelicalism:

  1. The Fundamentalist-modernist controversy set the stage for New Evangelicalism.  This goes back two centuries in Europe, particularly Germany.  In the dawn of the "scientific era", anti-Christian thinkers such as Darwin, Hegel, and Marx led the movement to dethrone God and replace Him with man.  Many unregenerate "Christian" professors in European universities had already rejected the Word of God, so they gladly accepted the humanistic thinking of the day regarding evolution and the Bible.  The result was really tragic: the Bible was considered only a human book devised by uninspired human writers, and was put on the same par as Shakespeare.  Jesus Christ was also considered a mere man and not deity, the Second Person of the Trinity.  So Modernism spread quickly.
  2. Many conservative church leaders went against theological modernism who were called "fundamentalists".  Although the term is used by unbelievers in a derogatory fashion, fundamentalism actually grew from the doctrinal controversies that embroiled American churches at the beginning of the 20th century when modernism was starting to grow.  The battle that ensued was the result of those who defended the Bible as true against those who distorted it.  In order to clearly set forth the position of fundamentalism, a series of books were published that were written by a number of conservative authors declaring the fundamentals according to the Bible vs. the heresies of modernism.  Among those authors was Thomas Spurgeon, son of Charles Haddon.
  3. New Evangelicalism became popular as a rejection of fundamentalism.  Amazingly, although it’s not surprising, the founders of New Evangelicalism grew up in fundamentalist homes, and in the first half of the twentieth century, evangelicalism in America was largely synonymous with fundamentalism.  C.H. Spurgeon was a living example of what the term "evangelical" is supposed to be from generations past: his ministry was characterized by faithfulness to the truth, a holy life, a pure gospel of grace, and bold exposure to and separation from error. (2Cor. 6:17)  Spurgeon also stood very strongly against Romanism.  BRAVO!!   Every Evangelical should be like that compared to what we see today!
  4. New Evangelicalism: its influence:
    • Popularized through charismatic personalities and broadcast through various media.
    • It is a large part of large interdenominational and Para church organizations such as the National Association of Evangelicals, National Religious Broadcasters, and several others.
    • It has become very popular and taught in seminaries as part of the curriculum.
    • Published in magazines and books.
    • Promoted by national and international organizations, such as National Association of Evangelicals
    • Promoted through international conferences
    • Because of the tremendous influence of these men and organizations, NE has become globally accepted.  Old-line evangelicals, such as those of Spurgeon, are really rare in today’s society, and they have either aligned with the fundamentalists or have adopted NE.  

 

There are several characteristics of New Evangelicalism that define it as apostate.  They are:

  1. Repudiation of separation;
  2. Replacing separation with dialogue;
  3. Love for positivism; a judge-not philosophy by a dislike of doctrinal controversy;
  4. Exalting love and unity over doctrine;
  5. Pragmatic approach to ministry;
  6. Desire for intellectual respectability, by pride of scholarship;
  7. Attitude of anti-fundamentalism;
  8. Contradictory;
  9. Division of Biblical truth into categories of important and unimportant;
  10. Exalting social-political activity to the same level as the Great Commission;
  11. Mood of softness; a neutrality toward spirit warfare.

Space does not allow me to elaborate further on any of the characteristics at this time.  If you, the reader, would like clarification on any of the above, feel free to write to me and ask.

 New Evangelicalism: its fruits in doctrinal apostasy

  1. Biblical infallibility is in question (John 10:35; 2Tim. 3:16; 2Pet. 1:21);
  2. Ecumenism (Evangelicals joining with other groups that are not Christian);
  3. Apostasy is seen in Christian living (the world spirit of the present age);
  4. Acceptance of heretics.

New Evangelicalism is a theological and moral compromise of the deadliest sort.  It is an insidious attack upon the Word of God…The New Evangelicalism advocates a toleration of error, which follows the accommodation to error, cooperation with error, contamination by error, and capitulation to error (Charles Woodbridge, The New Evangelicalism, 1969, p.15).

In essence, New Evangelicalism has replaced the Bible’s specific instructions for living and relating to God with shallow, loose, soul-damning concepts that have moved away from the Bible and have united with the world.  This is why the Church as an institution has lost its salt and light that has become powerless and silent in the current culture where it once stood as a pillar of right and wrong.

 

The Emergent Church

This movement is appealing to mainly the younger people, but is not confined to those in a younger age group.  Brian McClaren’s emerging church philosophy is based on mystical experiences and a re-invention of Christianity in order to provide meaning for the younger generation.  The problem with this is the authority of the Word of God is being undermined in favour of man-made schemes or methods of relating to God.  So what happens is that images and sensual experiences are being promoted as the key to experiencing and knowing God, rather than adhering to what the Holy Bible says in its teachings about who God really is.  These EC experiences include things like staring at Icons, praying in front of candles or prayer stations, using incense as a means of creating a spiritual mood, the use of liturgy to make the church more dynamic, contemplative prayer as a means of getting in "touch with God", understanding the sacraments, particularly the sacrament of the Eucharist when Jesus shows up on the altar and can be worshipped and adored.  Sound like Roman Catholicism?  See the section below on Roman Catholicism and the Eucharist. The Emergent Church seeks to bridge with Rome in its practices and doctrines.  Also, the EC does not study or promote Bible prophecy as part of its doctrinal philosophy; in fact, they believe prophecy will only hinder the great revival that is already underway.  Is this scriptural?  Well, no: the Bible states that before Christ’s return, there would be a great "falling away" from the faith (2Thess. 2:3-11); and that many who once held to "the faith" based on the Holy Bible would come to embrace a false faith that contradicts God’s Word.  It was predicted in Scripture that Christianity would be re-invented when people fall away and embrace "doctrines of demons" (1Tim. 4:1).  Important, essential Biblical teachings on sin would be replaced by psychological self-help and self-empowerment programs that promote loving oneself rather than devotion to God and glorifying Him as our Creator, Savior, and author of our Faith (2Tim. 3:1-5).  It was also predicted that some Bible-believing Christians would be seduced by doctrines of demons and embrace man-made philosophies that are antichristian (2Tim. 2:23-26).  This all can only lead to a counterfeit body set up for a counterfeit "Christ"; that is, the Antichrist.  Another result is that so many people, because of rampant deception, are completely unprepared for the future and have no idea what the Bible really says about those who follow false systems and false doctrines.  Many people are scoffers about the return of Christ (2Pet. 3:3-4), and regard those who are standing on the truth of Scripture as crackpots, troublemakers or worse. (2Tim.3:12).

 

The Emerging Church movement is another post-modern heretical cult that is gaining in popularity and prominence in today’s culture.  While it appeals to the "modern" cultural views, it is damning to one’s eternal life because it is another man-made organization that’s an offshoot of Rome and the Church Growth philosophy.  You would have a very hard time knowing who the real Christ is if you are involved in this type of church.  Stay away from it as it is heretical and dishonors Christ by contradicting the Scriptures.

 

Purpose-Driven Churches/Church Growth Movement

The following was found as a posting by "Linda" on the Rapture News discussion forum on Rick Warren that says it all, at least to me.  I have made only minor corrections in spelling and have added two bolded phrases below:

 

Rick Warren’s doctrine is not rooted soundly in the scriptures; it is a combination of scripture mixed with Jungian Psychology and business success strategy as taught by Napoleon Hill and Andrew Carnage 100 years ago and made famous by Peter Drucker in this time.

The Scripture teaches that we are not to lean on our own understanding, but on the WORD of God and that our doctrines should come from the scripture. (Prov. 3:5-6)

Warren’s mixture of the scripture with the wisdom of men leads him to a faulty view of man and of God. Warren would assert that if you are good at and like art then your purpose in life must be to use art to serve God. When in reality the scriptures show that when God chooses to use man for HIS purpose, he often chooses a man that could not possibly do what God would have him do except that God made it possible. Moses, who could not speak well, God used to speak to Pharaoh and to lead the people out of Egypt, is but one example.

God does not desire us to be purpose driven, but Spirit led.


God does not desire us to be self sufficient but self weak and God strong.


God does not seek men who will work for God, but men who will die (to themselves) and let God work through them. (Rom. 6:1-2)


We are not here to find our purpose in this life…we are here to surrender to HIS purpose for our lives, which have become HIS life.

Rick Warren teaches that deeds are more important than creeds or doctrines; that the works of men are the solution to society’s ills, that the purpose of the church on earth is to work in the name of God; and that all men come together and can do the work of God regardless of their creeds.

The Bible teaches that those who are Christ’s have ceased from our own works; that sound doctrine is essential and we should have no fellowship with those who will not endure sound doctrine; the scripture teaches that Christ’s return alone will solve Society’s ills and that the purpose of the church is worship, that when Christ is lifted up in worship HE is not man, but HE will draw men to HIM. The scripture also teaches that God is served not with the flesh, but with the mind and is worshipped not in deeds but in Spirit.

Rick Warren teaches the forsaking of doctrine for the goal of ecumenism; the scripture teaches us to be separate from those who hold doctrine that is contrary to the scripture. (Rom. 16:17-18)

Rick Warren teaches that the spiritual success of a church is measured in the number of people that sit in its pews on any given Sunday.

The Scripture teaches that the spiritual success of a church is measured in its faithful obedience to God and its demonstrating HIS will and exhibiting HIS fruit. God measures success in terms of quality and not quantity.

Rick Warren teaches tithing and requires written pledge as a condition of church membership.

The Bible teaches that the Levitical Priesthood to whom tithes were paid has been changed and Christ is of the priesthood of Melchizedek.

Abraham paid tithes to Melchizedek out of his goods and the people that belonged to the King of Salem (Jerusalem). The tithes that are due Christ from the church are tithes of souls and their goods brought out of the kingdom of the world and its darkness and into the body of Christ through the Gospel. When the sinner is translated from the kingdom of darkness into the Kingdom of heaven he brings with him his goods out of the world and they are then used in the body to facilitate the establishment of God’s covenant.

All that we have is Christ’s; as Christ is our life; the gifts we give are the presentation of our bodies as living sacrifice which is our reasonable service. (Rom.12:1)

Those are the things that come first and foremost to my mind in summary; maybe there is something helpful there.

 

Word-of-Faith Teachers

The WOF movement is rooted in greed, emotionalism, humanistic psychology and fantasy.  They look at Jesus as a cosmic vending machine or a Santa Claus; they seek many "signs and wonders", lots of money, supernatural healings, tongues, and the like.  In truth, this system of belief is pure apostasy and New Age, and it’s based on lies, pride and deception rather than the Bible.  Their programs, which they claim are of the Holy Spirit, are often characterized by pandemonium and outrageous claims that are completely unbiblical.  Instead of order and decency (which is truly of the Holy Spirit), there is complete chaos and sometimes people are totally out of control.  It is often an emotionally charged, circus atmosphere.  They are taught to despise the fundamentalism of Scripture and accept a half-baked gospel that only promotes the "positive" aspects while rejecting the essential elements that make up the whole Gospel.  WOF groups are seen on networks such as TBN.  These churches are largely ecumenical, and new or marginal Christians end up duped and deceived by them both spiritually and economically.  Those who preach and promote WOF are false teachers who secretly bring in destructive heresies. (2Pet. 2:1-3)  Much of what characterizes the leaders of these churches is steeped in an arrogant, ambitious, haughty and controlling personality that is looking for high esteem from others.  They are a predominantly ruthless, greedy, selfish, power-hungry hierarchy that rules these churches and the people in them!  Some of these leaders are also 33rd Degree Freemasons, which mark them as demonic.  Contrast this with the humble servant spirit like Jesus who is not looking to exalt self through personal power and ambition, but is concerned with the health of the Body of Christ and the worship of God in spirit and truth through the exaltation of Jesus Christ.  This is a church that is far more healthy and desirable for a Christian to be a part of and one that is based on Biblical principles.  

 

Liberal Christian Denominations

There are several denominations that have become or have been liberal and apostate besides the ones already sited.  What has happened is some of them are voting practicing homosexuals into their leadership and performing "gay" weddings, or questioning the Trinity and other core Christian beliefs, practicing infant baptism, Catholic-like liturgy and practices, accepting women into the Pastorate, are no longer allied with the support of Israel; and they also follow the current trend of Replacement Theology, which is a heretical eschatological belief.  They also have a distorted, watered-down view of who Jesus is and what the Atonement is.  Most liberal churches view the Bible as an errant book that is not relevant for today. The liberal churches have to some extent replaced doctrine, the Bible, and hymns with entertainment that appeals to the flesh and the senses.  The church has become a social club that exalts self instead of an assembly where we come together to properly glorify and honour God.  This can only lead to worldly Christians who lack discernment, because many in their leaderships seem to be lacking in a firm foundation in the Bible which is why they are making unbiblical and poor decisions in governing their respective churches and making false statements from the pulpit.  It clearly does not pay to be ignorant of the Bible.  We are instructed to rightly divide the word of truth (2Tim. 2:15) so we will not fall prey to error.  Churches that are falling away and relaxing their adherence to Biblical doctrines are in serious trouble with apostasy, and God will certainly judge every one of them for their apostasy when they should have known better and guided their flocks.  This apostasy ultimately permeates and reaches down into the soul and spirit of each family and person, causing them all sorts of serious problems in their lives.   We must endeavor to obey God and keep His commandments, for they are not grievous (Ecc. 12:13; John 14:15).  When we choose to surrender our will to follow God’s way and eschew man’s carnal agenda, there is blessing and peace within (even if we are being persecuted for it).  There is the broad way and the narrow way. (Matt. 7:13-14)  If you find yourself in one of these God-dishonoring churches, my advice is to get out!  In God’s eyes, you are better off to remove yourself from a church like this than to stay in it for any reason.

 

Roman Catholicism

This religion is steeped in "Christianized" paganism (which stems from the Babylonian goddess Ishtar), man-made traditions, Mariolatry, purgatory, confession, saint-worship, prayers for the dead, priestly absolution, and spurious sacraments.  Doctrine of the Mass denies the all-sufficiency of the sacrifice of Christ and His finished work on the Cross — the Atonement, which is totally opposite of what the Scriptures teach.  The Eucharist is celebrated as a sacrifice that is performed over and over, in which the true elements of Communion that was instituted by Jesus as a remembrance of His atonement, are distorted and treated as a Transubstantiation of Christ’s body and blood.  This is rank heresy and belief in this doctrine can only damn a soul as it waters down Christ’s atonement for our sin and is cause for such confusion when Jesus says things like "I am the bread of life". (John 6:35, 48) Does this mean He is a literal loaf of bread from heaven?!  I should think not!  No more than He is literally a vine.  But this is the confusion that is the result of Transubstantiation doctrine.  Catholic doctrine and the Eucharist imply that Christ’s atonement was not sufficient and that other "works" are needed.  A Catholic follower has no assurance of his or her salvation, and so the doctrine of purgatory is a man-made, corrupt invention as a "place" to send Catholic souls after death and with which the Catholic Church has profited tremendously.   The Mass tells of Christ’s sacrifice to the extreme but nothing about His resurrection.  This is a huge defect, because 1Cor. 15:17 says, "If Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins."  Catholics are indoctrinated to put the Eucharist in place of Christ, which is wrong.  The Eucharist as a ritual cannot possibly save.  Romans 6:10 says, "For in that he died, he died unto sin once: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God."  Therefore, a man-made ritual like the Eucharist that emphasizes the sacrifice over and over through the doctrine of transubstantiation violates and adulterates the atonement of Christ, which was declared as "finished" when Jesus breathed his last breath, three days before He was resurrected. (John 19:30)  It is therefore unbiblical and should have no place in the Christian’s worship.

 

The other fatal flaw in Catholicism is the doctrine of Mariolatry.  The whole church is set up so that Mary is the one people idolize for salvation instead of Christ.  Mary is regarded as a perpetual virgin, (wrong, she had other children subsequent to Christ, (Matt. 12:46, 47).  She is treated as a co-redemptrix, which is total blasphemy because only Jesus Himself has the power to save a sinner, not a sinner who needed saving herself!   So the whole system of Catholicism is flawed from the inside out, and it is dangerous to follow these empty traditions

 

The Catholic Church has a long history of immense wickedness, from extremely corrupt popes and priests to a whole system of superstition, intimidation and deception.  It holds those who are devotees in bondage and it is an institution of tremendous wealth and extraordinary materialism.  All the pomp and circumstance surrounding the rituals of this church are really empty, man-made traditions that are spiritually bankrupt and have little or no basis in the Living Word of God.  We were told by the Apostle John in 2 John 9-11, "Whosoever transgresses, and abides not in the doctrine of Christ, has not God. He that abides in the doctrine of Christ, he has 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 bids him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds."

 

Therefore, when "New Evangelicals" speak praises and support regarding popes or the false doctrines of Catholicism and call it "Christian", it makes me second-guess what they say and shake my head in disbelief.  Folks, it doesn’t matter if the Catholic Church has been around for centuries, it’s a dangerous cult and probably the largest.  According to Revelation Chapter 17, the Catholic Church is considered the Whore who rides the scarlet Beast (vs. 3), and the whole false Catholic system will be destroyed at that time, along with the False Prophet (the Pope).  Revelation 17 is really the history of the Catholic Church with all its many abominations.  Therefore, no discerning Christian and Evangelical should have any part in supporting it in an ecumenical fashion.  Instead, we need to be armed with the TRUTH of the Word of God and be able to witness the true Gospel of Jesus to any Catholic we cross paths with.  That is responding to them with love and with truth.

 

Islam

The fact that this religion is an aggressive and violent group whose sole purpose is to annihilate Israel and persecute or murder anyone outside its own group should be quite enough to tell us it is very dangerous and of the devil.  Yet, there are some who would be so naive as to say it is a religion of peace and that we all worship the same God!  Wow!  Where on earth do people get this notion?  Not only that, the Muslims deny Jesus as God and Saviour. They believe a person called the "Mahdi" or "Twelfth Imam", who they identify as their "messiah", will return in two years to make a seven year peace treaty between Israel and the Palestinians! (Dan. 9:27) Does this description remind you of anyone?  Hint: maybe it’s describing the Antichrist that we know.  This is what will lead the whole world into accepting the Antichrist and the New World Order.  Of course, genuine Christians will have been removed off the earth and into heaven by then so we won’t be dealing with that.  But imagine being caught in that kind of world of evil and wickedness!   If you’re not prepared, however, you will be.  We must follow the Lord in truth and know Him personally in order to be prepared for the future.  And the Church must repent of its Replacement Theology influenced propensity to oppose Israel’s right to live in peace in the land that the God they claim to worship, promised to Abraham. (Gen. 12:1; Gen. 17:8)

 

Other Cults

All of the above are cultish in their own ways.  In this section, we will discuss other kinds of cults that pervert the true Gospel and are deceptive in their practices; and there are many cults in existence today.  They all have their own special doctrines and/or cultural leanings that they follow, which depends in large part what each of their founders claimed to be their "truth".  Many of them started up in the 1800’s, and at that time many of the doctrines that each claimed as "unique" were in fact, borrowed from each other to one degree or another.  But aside from that, the most common beliefs that many of them share are:

  • Charismatic leadership – the founder and leadership has a convincing, magnetic personality to attract followers.
  • Do not question – Don’t question the origin of the doctrines or the leadership; do as you’re told and you won’t get in trouble.
  • Deny deity of Christ – Jesus was just a man; a created being.
  • Deny work and office of the Holy Spirit – the Spirit is simply an impersonal force and not the third Person of the Trinity.
  • Works salvation – baptismal regeneration, salvation by doing good works, penances, confessions, and no assurance.
  • Belief in Satan may or may not be taken as mythical.
  • Contempt for Orthodox Christianity.
  • Gospel is added to or subtracted from in the core, essential doctrines of the Faith.
  • Follow a system of beliefs set up by a founder, rather than a Person of the Bible.
  • Legalistic in organization.
  • Annihilationism vs. preservation of the soul is preached.
  • Univeralism, the belief that everyone who has ever lived will be saved in the end.

There are probably other areas of beliefs that many of them share in common.  But suffice it to say, that these items are enough to bring eternal damnation on a person’s soul because the cults miss the whole meaning of the atonement, the Deity of Christ and His mission to save sinners, among other things.  They are clearly out of sync with orthodoxy and are "trendy" in their beliefs.  Instead of seeking to line up with the Biblical authority as being 100% true, they want to add to or subtract from the Biblical account and dilute the true Gospel into a man-made system of doctrines which they use to control and indoctrinate their followers.  They may even use the Bible, preach a certain portion of the Gospel, and incorporate prayer into their religious activities; but underneath the veneer of truth is the huge trap of error through deceit.   That is, either by deceiving others or being deceived themselves.  Some of these followers of cults may be very sincere in their belief, but they are, unfortunately, very sincerely wrong because they distort the true message to fit their own a-priori.  Each one is different and yet they all claim "truth".  I know from experience because I used to be in one.

Jehovah’s Witnesses (Charles Taze Russell)

This group was started in the 1800’s by Charles Taze Russell who came up with its various doctrines, probably patterned after the Seventh Day Adventists and the Christadelphians, among others.  It is governed by the "Watchtower" organization comprised of the production of their magazine and literature, a monthly quota and other legalistic rules the members have to rigidly follow.  Any so-called "infractions" of misconduct can lead to a high level of mental anguish and even banishment by the group.  They follow their own "bible" where a committee of unlearned, unscholarly men got together some years back and COMPLETELY RE-WROTE THE CANONIZED BIBLE, drastically distorting the Word of God (adding to and subtracting from)!!  They deny the Trinity, Jesus’ physical resurrection, and His Deity while supporting the notion of annihilationism or soul sleep and salvation by a system of fleshly, man-made works.  Like the Christadelphians and the Seventh Day Adventists, they emphasize eschatology very heavily; and yet, with all their study and talk of the end times, they only understand a fraction of the real message, making it null and void.  These people are definitely not true Christians and they are NOT from God!  Stay away from them!  It’s okay to witness what the Bible reveals if they come to your door, but beyond that, don’t go to them and become ensnared.

Mormons (Joseph Smith)

Like the Jehovah’s Witnesses, the Mormons were started in the 1800’s by a young lad by the name of Joseph Smith, who claimed to have found some tablets containing the "truth" of the Bible.  Their basic system of beliefs is based on unbiblical fantasies; they are pantheistic and other cults, like the Christadelphians, have borrowed many of these concepts to some degree (although they will deny it).  Really weird and twisted beliefs, one of which they teach that man has potential to become a god through some evolutionary process.  They use a lot of extra-biblical materials that have little or no resemblance to Biblical truth but instead, are full of their own imaginative concepts.  Don’t fall for it when they come to your door no matter how they appear! 

 

Moonies (Unification Church) (Sun Myung Moon)

The following on the Unification Church is taken from carm.org:

 

Moon has proclaimed himself as the Messiah.  And his wife is the Holy Spirit!  Now there’s a false proclamation if there ever was one!  He and his wife, called The True Parents where he is the True Father and his wife the True Mother, are the first couple to be able to bring forth children with no original sin. "The cross is the symbol of the defeat of Christianity." The Bible is considered scripture along with Moon’s work "Divine Principles." Sin is genetically based. It is not a moral issue. The thieves on the cross represent political movements. The thief on the right side of Jesus represents democracy. The thief on the left of Jesus is communism. Adam and Eve fell because of sexual sin. Eve had sexual relations with Satan. Jesus is a ‘true person’ though not God in flesh. The Holy Spirit is ‘the True Mother,’ or ‘the Second Eve." The church denies the doctrine of the Trinity.

 

Nature is dualistic: male and female, positive and negative, external and internal. God has an external and internal aspect called the Universal Prime Energy.  It creates, develops, and sustains the cosmos. God’s internal aspect of has to do with personhood – motivation, purpose and identity.

 

People determine their own future place in the spirit world after death through what they do here on earth.

 

Notes: Has over 300 financial institutions all over the world including publishers, jewelers, and clothing stores. Moon has spent time in a US prison for tax evasion. Moon claims to receive revelations from God. He has been involved in séances and other occult practices like clairvoyance, trances, etc.

 

Publications: Divine Principles, a 536 page work by Moon. It is considered divinely inspired and scripture.

 

Comments: Moon uses an anti-communism stance, many legitimate businesses, and philanthropic endeavors all over the world to garner support and influence for his one world religious system. Through his political social outreaches he has deceived a great many people into believing his self-exalting and self-serving theology. It is a dangerous group.

 

There is an infamous New Evangelical preacher who has teamed up with the Moonies.  Aside from his long history of joining hands with apostates and his ecumenical position, he and his wife have associated for many years with Moonie front groups and have lent their support rather than preach the Gospel to this blasphemous cult.  This preacher has also received substantial contributions from Moon’s organization over the years. 

 

Now, would I go so far as to declare him to be unsaved?  No!…absolutely not as only God can judge his heart; however, using discernment, I would highly suspect him to be very deceived by a false person and a false system as well as caving in to compromise.  Therefore, I have to weigh what he says very carefully against Biblical truth and not accept anything that is compromising or dishonoring to the Lord.  Please note that many of these leaders and preachers have probably started out well and were faithful to the Word; but slowly over time through compromise with false people and teaching, traded in the pure Gospel for something counterfeit.  That is most unfortunate, but it is a sign of the end times we are living in.

                            

In summary, many of the various claims that the cults and false religions make are unsubstantiated and unproven based on Biblical, scholarly, peer-review support of the true message of God from the Word that goes all the way back to the earliest days of Jesus, the Disciples and the Apostles.  These various cult founders were and are all dilettante wannabe preachers with enormous egos and personal ambitions who deceive their followers into a web of false leading and teaching.  They have had the audacity to show up 1800 to 2000 years after the founding of the Christian Church’s orthodoxy was firmly established even at the beginning, each with a so-called "rediscovered truth" of their own devising and declare everyone else who believed and preached orthodox theology that stemmed directly from Jesus, to be wrong!   Some of these cults have even tried to predict the exact date of Jesus’ return to the earth…with dismal results, of course; and they have been foolishly trying to predict ever since!  (Matt. 25:13)  Each time, however, their predictions are wrong so they have to set a new date.  When that doesn’t come true, then they cover it up.  Whew!  What false prophets who base their "knowledge" on the wind instead of trusting in God and learning what the Bible really says about the future!  I can’t trust their whole package of false doctrines any farther than I can throw an elephant.

 

 

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