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          "Am I therefore become your enemy, because I tell you the truth?" (Galatians 4:16)

    Tue, Mar 29th - 8:26PM

    A Look At The Cults



     Many well-meaning ministers express a longing to return to the 1950s era, some even describing the 1950s as a golden age for Christianity in America, either forgetting or failing to realize that the cultural and religious trends of the 1950s (and previous decades) led to the accelerated and enormous increase in the cults, the occult, and modernism that characterized the 1960s and continues. Consider just a few examples: 

     Neglecting and denying the influence of the Bible and Christianity in American history in school textbooks and mass media.

     Replacing Bible truths with humanism.

     The teaching that Bible standards only apply to the religious (church) aspects of life and not the secular realm.

     Acceptance of the theory of evolution in Christian circles, and endorsement of the theory of evolution by many respected clergy and mainline churches.

     Replacing Biblical separation (godly relationships, conduct, and distinctions within society) with isolation and neutrality.

     Using the Bible, Gospel music, and religious activities to escape reality instead of facing it.

     Putting material prosperity, appearance, and social status above character in importance.

     Replacing ministry and patriarchy with church programs.

     Ministerial exemption from the draft encouraged cowards, unbelievers, heretics, and sexual perverts to pursue positions and careers in ministry.

    The list of cultural and religious trends of the 1950s and previous decades that increased the appeal of the cults could continue but these examples should suffice to help you see the point. Rather than romancing the past or longing for a return to the past, we should focus on how we can avoid the mistakes of the past.

     What leads so many into cults, especially since so many or most (depending on which study or survey) initiates into cults come from a religious background in a mainstream church or denomination? Cults use the heart to trap the mind. Think of this in terms of fishing: Emotion (such as love-bombing) is the lure, doctrine (false doctrine mingled with truth) is the hook, and fear (along with guilt) is the barb that helps keep the "fish" from getting away. Cults replace personal study, discernment, and growth with a childlike dependence on a religious leader or group. The cults teach a faith, but not Biblical faith. Biblical faith is based on facts or knowledge of God's Word, and while feelings may result, feelings are not the basis of Biblical faith. Remember the pattern: 1.) Fact, 2.) Faith, 3.) Feelings; in cults and the occult this pattern is usually reversed. Faith, like love, always has an object, and cults present a wrong object of faith.

     The Hebrew word rendered "world" in Ecclesiastes 3:11 means eternity or the ages. In other words, humans are born with a natural need for spiritual guidance and an effective religion/belief system. Even though they are wrong, the cults do fill a basic need and provide answers. Hungry sheep will wander in search for food. Looking at church ads, and considering what people are being fed in many churches and through Christian radio, Christian television, and Christian literature, it should surprise us that the cults do not attract more 'wandering sheep' than they do. (Consider Acts 20:28) American students who were raised on English often have far more difficulty with English classes and English grammar than many foreign students who learned English when they were grown or almost grown. Often the students in a foreign language class having the most difficulty are the children of immigrants who speak that language as their native tongue; in many cases the children of immigrants know just enough of their parents' language to communicate with family and assume that they are fluent. We have a similar situation in Christian circles when it comes to doctrines and basic Bible knowledge. The typical cult recruit or initiate comes from a religious background but is not well-grounded in faith and knowledge.

     I must admit I am not entirely comfortable with the word "cult" because it has become so common to apply the word to any group with which one happens to disagree. I do recognize that within some Christian denominations with which I disagree there are good churches and dedicated believers, and within evangelical Christian denominations there are religious counterfeits and churches that are cultic. I am using the word cult here in reference to groups characterized by mind control techniques and spiritual abuse.

     



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    Sat, Mar 26th - 12:15AM

    A Few Reasons I Cannot Become A Mormon



     The Book Of Mormon disputes Mormonism probably more than the Bible. Consider a few things taught in the Book Of Mormon:

     The Mormon concept of God cannot be found in the Book Of Mormon, but the Trinitarian concept of God is taught in the Book Of Mormon. "And the honor be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost, which is one God. Amen." (Testimony of Three Witnesses) "And now, behold, my beloved brethren, this is the way; and there is none other way nor name given under heaven whereby man can be saved in the kingdom of God. And now, behold, this is the doctrine of Christ, and the only and true doctrine of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, which is one God, without end. Amen." (2 Nephi 31:21) "Now, this restoration shall come to all, both old and young, both bond and free, both male and female, both the wicked and the righteous; and even there shall not so much as a hair of their heads be lost; But every thing shall be restored to its perfect frame, as it is now, or in the body, and shall be brought and be arraigned before the bar of Christ the Son, and God the Father, and the Holy Spirit, which is one Eternal God, to be judged according to their works, whether they be good or whether they be evil." (Alma 11:44) "And after this manner shall ye baptize in my name; for behold, verily I say unto you, that the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Ghost are one; and I am in the Father, and the Father in me, and the Father and I are one." (3 Nephi 11:27) "And thus will the Father bear record of me, and the Holy Ghost will bear record unto him of the Father and me; for the Father, and I, and the Holy Ghost are one." (3 Nephi 11:36) "And he hath brought to pass the redemption of the world, whereby he that is found guiltless before him at the judgment day hath it given unto him to dwell in the presence of God in his kingdom, to sing ceaseless praises with the choirs above, unto the Father, and unto the Son, and unto the Holy Ghost, which are one God, in a state of happiness which hath no end." (Mormon 7:7)

     The Book of Mormon says that Jesus is God. "And because he said unto them that Christ was the God, the Father of all things, and said that he should take upon him the image of man, and it should be the image after which man was created in the beginning; or in other words, he said that man was created after the image of God, and that God should come down among the children of men, and take upon him flesh and blood, and go forth upon the face of the earth— " (Mosiah 7:27; also see Alma 11:38-39)

     The Book of Mormon says that God is unchangeable. "For I know that God is not a partial God, neither a changeable being; but he is unchangeable from all eternity to all eternity." (Moroni 8:18) "Behold I say unto you, he that denieth these things knoweth not the gospel of Christ; yea, he has not read the scriptures; if so, he does not understand them. For do we not read that God is the same yesterday, today, and forever, and in him there is no variableness neither shadow of changing?" (Mormon 9:9)

     The Book of Mormon teaches the virgin birth of Christ. "And behold, he shall be born of Mary, at Jerusalem which is the land of our forefathers, she being a virgin, a precious and chosen vessel, who shall be overshadowed and conceive by the power of the Holy Ghost, and bring forth a son, yea, even the Son of God." (Alma 7:10) "Therefore, the Lord himself shall give you a sign—Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and shall bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel." (2 Nephi 17:14)

     The Book Of Mormon teaches the bodily resurrection of Christ and all dead. "And this death of which I have spoken, which is the spiritual death, shall deliver up its dead; which spiritual death is hell; wherefore, death and hell must deliver up their dead, and hell must deliver up its captive spirits, and the grave must deliver up its captive bodies, and the bodies and the spirits of men will be restored one to the other; and it is by the power of the resurrection of the Holy One of Israel." (2 Nephi 9:12) "And now I bid unto all, farewell. I soon go to rest in the paradise of God, until my spirit and body shall again reunite, and I am brought forth triumphant through the air, to meet you before the pleasing bar of the great Jehovah, the Eternal Judge of both quick and dead. Amen." (Moroni 10:24) "The spirit and the body shall be reunited again in its perfect form; both limb and joint shall be restored to its proper frame, even as we now are at this time; and we shall be brought to stand before God, knowing even as we know now, and have a bright recollection of all our guilt. Now, this restoration shall come to all, both old and young, both bond and free, both male and female, both the wicked and the righteous; and even there shall not so much as a hair of their heads be lost;but every thing shall be restored to its perfect frame, as it is now, or in the body, and shall be brought and be arraigned before the bar of Christ the Son, and God the Father, and the Holy Spirit, which is one Eternal God, to be judged according to their works, whether they be good or whether they be evil." (Alma 11:43-44) "But whether it be at his resurrection or after, I do not say; but this much I say, that there is a space between death and the resurrection of the body, and a state of the soul in happiness or in misery until the time which is appointed of God that the dead shall come forth, and be reunited, both soul and body, and be brought to stand before God, and be judged according to their works."(Alma 40:21) "The soul shall be restored to the body, and the body to the soul; yea, and every limb and joint shall be restored to its body; yea, even a hair of the head shall not be lost; but all things shall be restored to their proper and perfect frame." (Alma 40:23)

     The Book of Mormon teaches the necessity of the New Birth. "And the Lord said unto me: 'Marvel not that all mankind, yea, men and women, all nations, kindreds, tongues and people, must be born again; yea, born of God, changed from their carnal and fallen state, to a state of righteousness, being redeemed of God, becoming his sons and daughters; And thus they become new creatures; and unless they do this, they can in nowise inherit the kingdom of God.' " (Mosiah 27:25-26) "And now I say unto you that this is the order after which I am called, yea, to preach unto my beloved brethren, yea, and every one that dwelleth in the land; yea, to preach unto all, both old and young, both bond and free; yea, I say unto you the aged, and also the middle aged, and the rising generation; yea, to cry unto them that they must repent and be born again." (Alma 5:49)

     The Book of Mormon teaches that salvation is only through Jesus Christ. "But wo, wo unto him who knoweth that he rebelleth against God! For salvation cometh to none such except it be through repentance and faith on the Lord Jesus Christ." (Mosiah 3:12) "And moreover, I say unto you, that there shall be no other name given nor any other way nor means whereby salvation can come unto the children of men, only in and through the name of Christ, the Lord Omnipotent." (Mosiah 3:17)

     The Book of Mormon contradicts baptism for the dead by teaching that no salvation is possible for those who die in their sins. "But behold, and fear, and tremble before God, for ye ought to tremble; for the Lord redeemeth none such that rebel against him and die in their sins; yea, even all those that have perished in their sins ever since the world began, that have wilfully rebelled against God, that have known the commandments of God, and would not keep them; these are they that have no part in the first resurrection." (Mosiah 15:26) "And wo unto them who shall do these things away and die, for they die in their sins, and they cannot be saved in the kingdom of God; and I speak it according to the words of Christ; and I lie not." (Moroni 10:26)

     To be a Mormon I would have to accept the Book Of Mormon as the inspired word of God, but if I accepted the Book Of Mormon as the truth I would have to reject Mormon teachings as false doctrines. Jesus Christ said "I am the way." (John 14:6) The priesthood is not the way, Joseph Smith is not the way, and Mormonism is not the way. Only Jesus is the way.

     

    For more information:

    4Witness www.4witness.org

     



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    Sat, Mar 19th - 7:53PM

    A Balanced View Of Separation



     Many insist that the Bible doctrine of separation means that Christians must be neutral concerning everything outside of church activities. But the separation taught in the Bible is separation unto God and godly distinctions, conduct, and relationships within society, not isolation from society or neutrality concerning politics and community affairs. (Romans 13:1-7; Ephesians 5:3-11; I Timothy 3:7; I Peter 2:11-12)

     Should we interpret the words of Christ in Matthew 6:9-11 to mean that Christ was promoting idleness and laziness? No, a good job should be considered the answer to prayers for basic necessities. Likewise, the exhortation to pray for all men and all that are in authority does not imply neutrality or pacifism concerning politics and community affairs; opportunities to influence society and government and participate in public affairs should be considered answers to such prayers. (I Timothy 2:1-2)

     The Christian community is often divided over whether it is important to evangelise or important to impact the culture around us for righteousness. This is not a problem of whether the Bible teaches one or the other, the Bible teaches both: Soul winning is important and it is important to influence the society in which we live for righteousness; it is important to witness and it is important to take a stand on issues. Man is a natural-born sinner, inherently depraved; man is not a sinner because he sins, he sins because he is a sinner. It is not human government that is evil but rather the fallible humans that comprise human government, which is why Christian influence is essential. Christians are the salt of the earth and the light of world. Salt cleanses, purifies, preserves, and makes people thirsty, and light dispels darkness. Christians are supposed to be a cleansing and illuminating influence on society, impacting society and culture for righteousness. (Matthew 5:13-16; I Timothy 2:1-4; I Peter 2:11-12; etc.) Christians should not be dominated by history, trends, culture, or society; they should be shaping these according to God's will. (II Corinthians 10:4-6; I John 5:4)


     



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    Tue, Mar 15th - 11:29AM

    A Balanced Look At Experts



     

     All too often today there is a tendency to place the opinions of experts (e.g., scientists, psychologists, historians, theologians, etc.) in the status of inerrancy. Experts are often idolized as it is easy to forget that they are still mere humans. This is dangerous because experts often assume an intellectual arrogance and claim an inerrancy or accuracy which they do not have. Experts possess intellectual power to deceive and manipulate and are often revered as intellectual gods. Experts (especially scientists) often put forth their opinions with the zeal of false prophets, and ordinary people are often deceived by dogmatizing experts like the dedicated worshipers of a pagan god. (Jeremiah 5:30-31) Experts in subjects with an extremely high rate of mistakes (e.g., psychology) often try to appear more accurate by associating themselves with a subject that has a very low rate of mistakes (e.g., mathematics), such as when they point out the use of a computer to reach their conclusions. (A computer does not increase accuracy. A computer is merely a large calculator that files information electronically and enables the user to reach his equally dubious conclusions much faster.) Because experts are usually correct on their facts, often too much trust is put in their opinions. At any time and on any subject there are disagreements among experts in the same fields, and they cannot all be right. Experts often come to wrong conclusions due to unknown factors. Experts are fallible humans, and are just as vulnerable to emotional pressure and the influence of preconceived ideas as anyone else. Experts are just as capable of dishonesty and distorting facts to support their pet theories as other humans, and many experts have been caught deliberately deceiving the public. When presented with the facts ordinary people can often come to better conclusions than experts, which is one reason that a trial verdict is decided by a jury of ordinary citizens and not a panel of legal experts. Since I do not read ancient Hebrew or ancient Greek I read and study a translation of the Holy Bible which was translated into my language by scholars of Hebrew and Greek, and in my study of the Bible I sometimes read the writings of experts in history, science, archaeology, anthropology, linguistics, and other fields where my knowledge is limited to aid my understanding of the Bible. At times when I have been sick or injured I have trusted a physician, a medical expert; it doesn’t make sense to expect an automobile mechanic to perform surgery. But while we need experts and we must rely on experts at times, we must remember that they are still human.

     

     Much damage has been a result of too much trust in experts, especially experts in psychology and evolution. Of course psychologists are not always wrong, but many teachings are counter to Scripture and many Christians are deceived. The Genesis account of creation is supported by genuine science but many are deceived because they think the experts are agreed on evolution. Personal study and research in these and other subjects is needful.

     

    Beware Of Philosophy - by Mike Ford

    www.bibletools.org/index.cfm/fuseaction/Library.sr/CT/ARTB/k/526

     

    Psychology: The Trojan Horse - by Gil Rugh www.biblebb.com/files/PSYCHOLOGY.HTM 

     

    The Spoiling Of Christianity By Psychology, by David L. Brown logosresourcepages.org/Counseling/spoiling.htm

     

    Creation Today www.creationtoday.org

     

    Creation Ministries International www.creation.com



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