Beware of Cults and False Teachers
We all have an innate and intrinsic desire to worship God. The enemy, the devil, uses this desire by manipulating the minds of some people into getting them to worship him instead. People are misled and believe the lies to be the truth. He sometimes, pretends to be the Christ, sometimes as another way that leads to salvation. Deceiving people to believe that they are saved while they remain unsaved.
Each one of us fall in two categories; either we are saved or we are unsaved, either we think we are saved or that we are really saved. Some worship the one and only true God, our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, while others worship other false gods which in some form or another is Satan himself. Those that worship false gods or false Christ belong to a cult. A cult is any system of religion or worship that is not in complete harmony with the written Word of God.
Other than Christianity, all other religions are cults, and the worst of the cults are those that claim to be Christian but don’t believe in the fundamental doctrines of the Christian Church. Cults such as the ‘Jehovah Witnesses’ and ‘The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ have their names that sounds like Christian names but they actually believe in false doctrines and are really satanic cults.
Many cults have resulted because of improper balance on doctrinal issues. They are deceivers, cults are similar to the occult (which means hidden and secretive). They deceive people under the banner of religion to pursue satanic purposes.
There are so many different cults, that it is difficult to mention all of them. Some are so secretive that probably we have never heard of them. All cults are influenced by seducing spirits that are demonic and mind-controlling. They twist and manipulate the Word of God. These false teachers mix truth with error and make the error appear to be the truth.
Satan deceives people with his lies and influences people into thinking that he is god and that his worshippers have found their redemption, while they remain totally clueless of their damnation. Some join cults because of their apostasy, while others are deceived by the devil. The problem with our society is that most people lack discernment between right and wrong, truth and error, who their Saviour is and who’s their enemy. They are totally blinded.
We have one true God, Jesus Christ, and there are many false gods. There is a real gospel and there are counterfeit gospels. The best way to deal with the counterfeit is to know the real thing. Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6).
They are demonic spirits who work miracles and go out to all the rulers of the world to gather them for battle against the Lord on that great judgment day of God the Almighty (Revelation 16:14). These seducing spirits perform miracles so as to deceive people and make them believe that they are gods.
Now the Holy Spirit tells us clearly that in the last times some will turn away from the true faith; they will follow deceptive spirits and teachings that come from demons (1 Timothy 4:1). There are seducing spirits that afflict the mind, soul and the spirit of men, persuading them to believe false doctrines. These spirits seduce people to believe a lie and be damned to eternal punishment. They are spirits of false doctrine, cults, false Christs, and false teachers.
God’s word says, “My people are destroyed from lack of knowledge” (Hosea 4:6a). We have to be rooted in sound doctrines of our faith. We have to be continually filled with The Holy Spirit of God. We have to study God’s Word on a regular basis so that we remain undefeated Christians who will not be fooled by the lies of the devil. It is our responsibility to educate our children in The Word of God, so that they don’t go astray.
For many deceivers have gone out into the world, those who do not confess the coming of Jesus Christ in the flesh. Such a one is the deceiver and the antichrist. Watch yourselves, so that you may not lose what we have worked for, but may win a full reward. Everyone who goes on ahead and does not abide in the teaching of Christ, does not have God. Whoever abides in the teaching has both the Father and the Son. If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching, do not receive him into your house or give him any greeting, for whoever greets him takes part in his wicked works.(2 John 1:7-11). We have to be alert and keep away from cults and have no part with them, for what has righteousness to do with unrighteousness.
Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world (1 John 4:1). All cults operate under the influence of evil spirits and satan himself. We are not to believe in every prophesy, evil signs and wonders, healing and miracles, but to examine them and know if it is from God or if it’s the works of the devil. Knowing this first of all that no prophecy of Scripture comes from someone’s own interpretation. For no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit (2 Peter 1:20-21).
The best way to know if a group is a cult is by the power of The Holy Spirit, since all cults are evil spirits. You will know them by their fruits. “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves. You will recognize them by their fruits. Are grapes gathered from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? So, every healthy tree bears good fruit, but the diseased tree bears bad fruit” (Matthew 7:15-17).
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