Identification of a Christian Cult
When those claiming to be Christians, protect a belief system that is not based on the Word of God, this is an identification of a Christian Cult.
When so-called Christian denominations follow after the teachers of fables, they are involved in a system of religious beliefs and rituals. This is the identification of a Christian Cult (2 Tim 4:3-4).
There is no profit in this pretend game of playing church that so many succumb to. There is however great profit for the false teachers in the Church, who have convinced their congregation that the reality of Godliness that they present is the truth.
2 Tim 4:3-4 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables
The true joy, wisdom and power that comes from a Spirit filled relationship with Jesus is never realized by those who are kept from the true Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Many in the church as a result of false teachers, are generally unwilling or unable in most cases to think for themselves. They would rather listen to men that claim a god given right to have authority over them and the gospel. This is an identification of a Christian Cult.
Declaring that god wants to bless us with everything we desire to satisfy the desires of our flesh is the new gospel presented by the false teachers in the Church, and it is very popular. Preaching about taking up ones cross and suffering with Christ has been replaced with the Pre-tribulation Rapture Deception.
An identification of a Christian Cult is a Church that declares Tithing is a New Testament Commandment
There is not a lot to say on this particular topic.
Tithing was a Law of Moses, and Christians are not under this law.
Tithing was an Old Testament law, and Christians are under the New Law of Christ.
There is no command for the New Covenant Church to tithe.
If your preacher says that you are sinning and robbing God by not tithing, this is not only the identification of a Christian Cult, but of a liar and thief.
1 Tim 5:17 Let the elders that rule well be counted worthy of double honour, especially they who labour in the word and doctrine.
Most false teachers in the Church would say that the double honor mentioned here is monetary in nature, and payable in part to them. However the true laborer has the reward of living by the very words of the gospel that they preach.
When the church is involved with selling their truth, this is an identification of a Christian Cult. The reward that the false teachers in the Church seek after is a monetary one, and they have no problem whatsoever in twisting scriptures to facilitate this plunder.
The primary means of this plunder is to convince the unlearned that:
- Tithing is commanded by God, and is payable to them.
- The Sabbath that is an old covenant law is taught to be applicable to new covenant believers.
Living according to the gospel is the honor and reward for the spirit filled laborer of Christ.
The meaning for the word honor, that is used in double honor in first Timothy 5:17, in no way refers to money (1 Cor 12: 23; 1 Tim 1:17; 1 Peter 1:7).
Likewise the reward spoken of in first Timothy 5:18, is not one of a monetary nature either. But the false teachers are business men, and money and fame are their desired goals.
Matt 10:7-8 And as ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand. Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give.
We are not to turn the sharing of the gospel message into a business opportunity, and no one should profit from sharing Christ with others.
Titus 1:10-11 For there are many unruly and vain talkers and deceivers, specially they of the circumcision. Whose mouths must be stopped, who subvert whole houses, teaching things which they ought not, for filthy lucre’s sake.
We are not to acknowledge jewish fables, or the commandments of men, that turn many from the truth (Titus 1:14).
Romans 8:9 But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.
If Christ’s Spirit does not dwell within you, then you are not of Him, and therefore do not know Him. As well you will not realize that the Christ spoken of in the Bible is the true Word of God.
Great deception within Christianity is accomplished at the hands of the false teachers in the Christian Church that only regard the things of the flesh. They are blind to the truth and purpose of this life, because they are without the Spirit of Christ.
2 Peter 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.
The prophecies of the scripture are of no private interpretation. No denomination or individual has control over, or final authority on the correct understanding of what is written in the Word of God. This task is reserved for the Holy Spirit that teaches us all things.
2 Tim 2:15-16 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
The Christian believer must rely on the Holy Spirit to uncover or reveal Christ’s testimony, as His truth is spiritually discerned.
Far too many have a false sense of reality and eternal security as a result of the great deception within Christianity, revealed through the deceptive teachings of men that do not have the Spirit of Truth. Deceptive teachings that are accepted as truthful are an identification of a Christian Cult.
These can not discern whether the Bible is the true Word of God or not. They depend upon charlatans, who are only interested in worldly pursuits, who prevent their followers from growing in the Lord or having a true relationship with Him (Mat 23:5-15).
2 Cor 4:3-4 But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.
The false teachers in the Christian church deny the Lord Jesus by reason of their damnable heresies, and bring upon themselves and their blind followers swift destruction (2 Peter 2:1, John 16:7, Luke 6:39).
Although the Bible is the true Word of God, few truly press into the Word of God (Phl 3:8-14).
An identification of a Christian Cult is a Church that declares we are still under the Law.
1 John 3:22 And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight.
Many claim to keep the Ten Commandments, which were part of the old law, but we are no longer under the old law. The false teachers in the Church need to keep people under the bondage of Old Testament, in part to keep the tithes coming in.
Rom 4:14 For if they which are of the law be heirs, faith is made void, and the promise made of none effect:
To claim to be justified by the old law is actually a separation from Christ, as you are fallen from grace and not led by the spirit of truth (Gal 5:4; Gal 5:18). You will never hear this truth presented by the false teachers in the Church.
Gal 5:4 Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace.
Luke 24:44 And he said unto them, These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me.
The Law and the Prophets were until Jesus, who fulfilled all things spoken of Him.
To claim that you are under the Old Testament Law, when a new law is in effect is nonsensical.
Gal 2:21 I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain.
Righteousness comes through Christ’s victory over sin at the cross, to make the claim of righteousness through the Old Testament Law is sin and deceit.
Many false teachers in the Church proclaim that we are still under the Old Testament law; this is a primary identification of a Christian Cult.
An identification of a Christian Cult is the teaching that you are saved, as opposed to you will be Saved.
The Christian Salvation deception is a destructive and deadly doctrine preached to, and believed by the majority within the religion of Christianity.
The Hope of our Assurance of Salvation is actually both a tactical and a defensive weapon that we use to endure and conquer. One of the problems with Christianity today is that most have no hope. In fact few even understand the meaning of the word. How can you hope for something you claim to already possess?
1 Thess 5:8 But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation.
Not only is Salvation impossible to obtain before Christ returns with our Salvation, it is also impossible to be saved without the Baptism of the Holy Spirit. This deadly false teaching is also a primary identification of a Christian Cult.
The infilling of the believer with the Spirit of God is the down payment (or earnest) that Christ gives to His chosen, that He has purchased with His blood upon the cross.
2 Cor 1:22 Who hath also sealed us, and given the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts.
The completion of His contract with us is to be fully realized and received at His second coming. This is when the Christian Assurance of Salvation is revealed, and implemented.
Luke 21:27-28 And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.
Christ spoke plainly when He said that unless you believe and are baptized you shall not be saved. He did not say you are saved, but you shall be saved.
He that believes and is baptized with the Holy Spirit shall be saved, but he that believes not shall be damned (Mark 16:16, Gal 3:27, Math 24:13).
John the Baptist proclaimed that there are two Baptisms; one is unto repentance, and the other is unto the Assurance of Salvation through the Holy Spirit.
All in Christ can have the Assurance of Salvation, but it does require the Baptism of the Holy Spirit. Without the Spirit it is impossible to even understand the Word of God. This is why there is so much division in the so-called Christian church today.
1 Peter 1:7-9 That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ: Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory: Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls.
False teachers with self imposed exalted positions within the Christian Church – An identification of a Christian Cult.
Deceptive teachers convince their followers that the position of authority they hold is God ordained.
Suggestive words and emotional conditioning through lighting, soft music and or a teary eyed plea, are some of the tactics employed to manipulate people to respond in a certain manner.
There are many other manipulative techniques used by false teachers in the Christian Church. A primary identification of a Christian Cult is realized through the use of manipulation to gain control of its members.
1-An identification of a Christian Cult leader is one who presents his own truths that are not spiritually discerned; this is also known as propaganda.
2- Another identification of a Christian Cult leader is one who uses a guilt trip as a favorite tactic. The manipulator suggests to the audience, that already is in a state of agreeableness that they are selfish, or do not care. The result is usually one where the person feels bad or unworthy, leading to self doubt. Ultimately the victim will wind up in a position of submission to the leader, thus allowing this control to continue.
3- Note that the submission is now towards a man, employing these tactics for power and financial control.
4- Subtle but effective shaming or put-downs are also an identification of a Christian Cult leader. This tactic is utilized to intensify the fear of ones actions as not being acceptable. This technique is widely used especially when the leader is questioned regarding his authority and doctrines, or when money is required. At this point the subject can be led to accept control by other means.
5- Seduction is a identification of a Christian Cult leader, and it is one of his favorite tools. He will use his voice, confidence and image to grab the attention of a crowd and keep it. After this charm has taken hold of an individual or group, flattery can be put into practice to lower their defenses. This will usually allow the manipulator to gain trust and possibly even loyalty, which is the goal.
6- The victim mentality method when used is yet another identification of a Christian Cult leader. He will make claims that the ministry is in trouble, and without immediate financial contributions many will suffer. People do not like to see or hear of sufferings, and if they are made to feel responsible, it is usually fairly easy to get them to cooperate.
7- The ultimate and end game of this manipulation, is one in which the false teachers in the Christian Church are seen as having the role of being God’s ordained teachers, or prophets. Once they have obtained this cult like status, people no longer even think for themselves.
With all the tactics above employed it is easy to masquerade using a disguising pretense, and thus cloak or hide a self-serving agenda, under the pretext of operating as the servant or spokesperson of God.
Christian leaders and preachers should be the most humble of men. If they are truly called to be servants that are led by the Spirit they must direct all praise and adoration towards God. Likewise those being taught need to have their eyes and hearts focused on the spirit that gives man the understanding.