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What are some false doctrines that cults teach?
#1. Cults deify man; lifting man to a God-plane. They teach that man can become God, or is part of God.
#2. Cults humanize God; bringing Almighty God down to sinful man's level. Some cults deny God is eternal. Some believe in many gods. Some believe that all is god (pantheism). Some cults believe that if a person cannot understand something about God, then it is not true (JW) . . . this elevates man's mentality to God's (Ps.139:6; Rom.11:33).
#3. Cults either minimize sin . . . or eliminate sin altogether. They do NOT teach the Biblical concept that all are sinners (Rom.3:10,23). Biblical meanings are changed to their own interpretation (Mat.15:9).
#4. Cults minimize the importance of the God-given Bible. They use other information that is supposedly 'anointed' like books or magazines written by men. They believe these are just as important OR more so than the Bible. Some cults strongly discourage their members from reading the Bible.
#5. Cults have different methods of salvation. They teach a "grace PLUS works of some kind."
Some cults teach that man has some ability to earn eternal life. Salvation by grace alone (Eph.2:8-9) is denied and completely rejected.
#6. Cults teach "another Jesus" (2 Cor.11:4). Nearly ALL cults deny the deity of Jesus. Some teach that He never came as Man; some teach that He was nothing more than a created being. They do NOT believe that He was the Creator (John 1:3; Eph.3:9; Heb.1:2). Some teach that we too can become the same as Jesus. They do NOT believe that Jesus was the only begotten Son of God.
#7. Cults have a different spirit (1 John 4:1-3). Cults teach that the Holy Spirit is NOT God but an impersonal force or energy. Spiritism includes visits by spirit beings and are common in the New Age. They have counterfeit miracles to back them up.
#8. Cults believe that they are the only church ordained by God and that they alone speak for God on the Earth today. If anyone comes to you and claims that they alone are from God . . . BEWARE! They are NOT from God!
Cults seem wonderful on the outside but on the inside are dangerous and manipulating. Cult leaders trick you into joining. They are after your obedience, your time and your money.
Cults use mind control and recruitment techniques that have been refined over time. Do NOT think that you are immune from the cults. Cults have millions of members around the world who once thought they were immune, and . . . they still don't know they are in a cult! To spot a cult you need to know how they work and you need to understand the techniques they use.
Some major delusions about cults.
Cults are easy to recognize, they wear strange clothes and live in communes. Some do, but most don't! Cult members are ordinary people who live in houses probably in your same suburb.
Cults are full of the weak, weird and emotionally unstable people.
Not true. The cult members I know personally are strong, normal and certainly are NOT emotionally unstable. Cult members are intelligent, attractive and expert in their line of work. Just as there are all types of people in TRUE Christian churches, so too there are all thypes of people in cults.
Cults are a bunch of warped religious nuts. Not all cults are "religious."
Just what is a cult?
Mind Control Cults. This is any group that employs mind control and deceptive recruiting techniques. In other words cults trick people into joining and coerce them into staying.
Religious Cults. Cults that use a religious belief system as their basis are common. Most cults do not use the Bible as their primary authority.
Commercial Cults. Cults that use commercial gain as their base are called "cults of greed". They will promise you that if you join them and follow their special program for success, you will become rich. Often they will hold up their leader as an example and explain that if you do what he or she says, you too will be successful.
Political Cults. Hitler's Nazi Germany and Stalin's Communist USSR were classic examples of mind control on a very large scale. On a smaller scale white and black supremacists, terrorists, and rebel groups commonly use forms of mind control to recruit and dominate their members.
A cult MUST recruit and operate using deception. Why?
Because if people knew the truth about their practices and beliefs . . . NO one would join. A cult MUST hide the truth . . . until they think you are ready to accept it.
A normal religious organization (denomination) would not have trouble with you moving to another similar organization as long as you stayed in that same religion. Because it is the belief system that matters, NOT membership in an organization. A Christian could move from one church to another and still be a Christian.
BUT . . . cult leaders will tell you can be "saved" (or be successful) ONLY in their organization. They will tell you that NO other organization has the truth, ALL others are wrong! BEWARE!!!
Some False Doctrines of Cults
Some brief descriptions:
Arianism teaches that Jesus was a created being with divine attributes, but not divine in and of Himself. The Jehovah’s Witnesses hold an Arian-like position on Christ’s nature. Just as the early church did, we must denounce any and all attacks on the deity of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.
Liberation Theology started in South America, having very strong Roman Catholic roots. Liberation Theology has moved from the poor peasants in South America to the poor blacks in America. We now have Black Liberation Theology being preached in black communities. It is Marxist, revolutionary, humanistic philosophy found in South American has no more claim for a scriptural basis than the South American model has. False doctrine is still false, no matter how it is dressed up or what fancy name you give it. Just as that revolutionary fervor was stirred up in South America, Liberation Theology is now trying to stir up revolutionary fervor among Blacks in America.
Open Theism is also known as openness theology and the openness of God. It tries to explain the foreknowledge of God in relationship to the free will of man. Their argument is: (1) human beings are truly free, (2) if God really knew the future, human beings could not be truly free, (3) God does not know absolutely everything about the future. Open Theism holds that the future is not knowable. God does not know the future. FALSE! Read Psalm 139:4 and 16; and Eze.11:5-c.
The Secret also known as the law of attraction, is the idea that because of our connection with a universal energy force, our thoughts and feelings have the ability to manipulate this energy force to our liking. Through fully and consistently applying the law of attraction, we can be who we want to be and have everything we want to have. The Secret's emphasis is on money and wealth. Absolutely ridiculous! (Luke 12:15; 1 Tim.6:10) The TRUE Secret is that God is in complete control. God has a sovereign and perfect plan for us. The Secret is getting in-tune with God, thereby understanding His heart and seeking His will in our life.
Docetism, Apollinarianism, Ebionism, and Eutychianism is also known as monophysitism. ALL are all false views of the relationship between Jesus' deity and humanity. Each of these was rejected by the early church in the various early church councils. It is hard for us to understand how Jesus Christ can be both 100% God and 100% man at the same time. We CANNOT understand . . . we simply must believe it! Docetists basically taught that Jesus only appeared to be human, but He in fact was not which contradicts many Scriptures (see: John 1:14 and 1 John 4:1-3). Apollinarianism says that Jesus was God, but not fully human. Ebionism says that Jesus was fully human, but not divine. They deny that Jesus was God which contradicts Scripture (John 1:1,14; 8:58; 10:30; 20:28; Phil.2:6; Heb.1:8). Eutychianism is the view that Jesus was neither fully human or fully divine, but a mixture of humanity and divinity. Eutychianism is refuted by all of the Scriptures previously mentioned, both those affirming His deity and affirming His humanity. Another early church heresy in relation to Christ's nature is Nestorianism. Nestorianism held that Jesus had two nature, human and divine, and that the two natures were entirely separate. Jesus was God, and Jesus was man, but essentially in two separate persons. Nestorianism is to be rejected as well.
Docetism, Apollinarianism, Ebionism, Eutychianism, and Nestorianism are all to be rejected because they are not Biblical views of Jesus' nature. Docetism and Apollinarianism deny Jesus' true humanity. Ebionism denies Jesus true deity. Eutychianism denies both Jesus' true humanity and true deity. Nestorianism misunderstands the relationship between Jesus' humanity and deity. Jesus Christ is BOTH fully God and fully human. That is the Biblical view!
Deism is basically the view that God does exists, but that He is not directly involved in the world. A deist believes that God does exist and that He did create the world, but that He does not interfere with His creation. Deists deny the Trinity, the inspiration of the Bible, the deity of Christ, miracles, and any supernatural act of redemption or salvation. Deism pictures God as ambivalent, uncaring, and uninvolved. Deism is certainly NOT Biblical. The Bible is filled with accounts of miracles . . . and the Bible is actually an account of God interfering in His Creation. (Daniel 4:34-35). The world and humanity are as clay in the Hands of Almighty God. God forms them and shapes them as He sees fit (Romans 9:19-21). The ultimate act of God being involved with His Creation is when He took on human flesh in the Person of Jesus Christ (John 1:1,14; 10:30). Jesus Christ, God in the flesh, died to redeem His Creation from the sin it had brought upon itself (Rom.5:8; 2 Cor.5:21). SO . . . Why does God allow bad things to happen? Why does God allow the innocent to suffer? Why does God allow evil men to come to power? An un-involved God would seem to answer thesequestions. dilemmas. However, the Bible does not present God as inactive or uncaring. It is impossible for us to fully understand God and His ways. Many of the troubles and tragedies in our lives come from OUR sin . . . our turning away from God. Deism is simply a failure in attempting to explain the unexplainable.
Atheism and Agnosticism is failure in understanding God and His ways, failure to doubt His existence, failure to submit to His sovereignty and authority.
The Jesus Seminar is the supposed desire to re-discover the historical Jesus. It is made up mainly of scholars who deny the inspiration, the authority, and the inerrancy of the Bible. Their goal was NOT to discover who the historical Jesus was, BUT to attack what the Bible clearly teaches about WHO Jesus is and what He taught. They do NOT believe in the deity of Christ, the resurrection of Christ, the miracles of Christ, or the substitutionary atonement death of Christ. They do NOT believe that the Holy Spirit is the author of all Scripture (2 Tim.3:16-17), do NOT believe that he moved the minds and hands of all the writers (2 Peter 1:20-21). The true purpose of the Jesus Seminar is to promote another Jesus (2 Cor.11:4), NOT the Jesus of the Bible! Seminar believes in instead of the Jesus of the Bible.
Being Slain in the Spirit is when a pastor lays hands on someone, and that person supposedly collapses to the floor, supposedly being overcome in the power of the Spirit. Those who practice slaying in the Spirit use Bible passages that talk about people becoming as dead (Rev.1:17) or of falling upon their faces (Eze.1:28; Dan.8:17-18; 10:7-9). BUT . . . there are a number of differences between this false doctrine and the Biblical references.
- 1. The Biblical falling down was a result of a person's reaction to what he saw in a vision or something beyond ordinary happenings. The FALSE doctrine is when a person responds to another’s touch or to the motion of the speaker's arm . . . NOT a vision!
- 2. The Biblical instances were few and far between, such that they occurred only rarely in the lives of only a selected few. In the being slain trend, falling down is a weekly event in their churches and an experience that happens to many.
- 3. In the Bible, the people fall upon their faces in awe at either what they see or Whom they see. In the slain in the Spirit counterfeit, they fall backwards, NOT on their face, either in response to the wave of the speaker's arm or as a result of a church leader's touch (or push). See: Dan.8:17-18; 10:9,15; Acts 9:4; Rev.1:17.
There really is NO Biblical basis for this slain in the spirit theory. Yes, there may be some energy or force involved, it is NOT of God, and NOT the result of the Holy Spirit.
WHY do so many people look to such bizarre deceptions that produce NO spiritual fruit whatsoever, instead of seeking the practical fruit which the Spirit produces in us for the purpose of glorifying Christ with our lives (Gal.5:22-23). Being filled with the Spirit is NOT evidenced by such counterfeits, NOR by speaking in languages (tongues) others there cannot understand, BUT by a life that is pleasing to God in service to Him, and overflowing with praise and thanksgiving to God. May Eph.5:18-20 and Gal.5:22-23 be what we pursue in our lives!
The Prosperity Gospel is also know as the Word of Faith movement. Believers are told to use God, opposing the Truth of Biblical Christianity where God uses the believer. This horrendous theology sees the Holy Spirit as a power to be put to use for whatever the believer wants. The Bible teaches that the Holy Spirit is a Person who enables the believer to do God's will. This FALSE movement of destructive greed is like that crept into the early church. Paul and the other apostles were strictly against the false teachers who spread such heresy. They saw them as dangerous false teachers and urged Christians to avoid them.
The Preterist view of the end times believes that Revelation has already been fulfilled. This view denies the future predictive quality of most of the book of Revelation. The preterist movement basically teaches that all the end-times prophecies of the New Testament were fulfilled in A.D. 70 when the Romans attacked and destroyed Jerusalem and Israel. Preterism is entirely inconsistent in its interpretation of the book of Revelation. According to the preterist view of the end times, chapters 6-18 of Revelation are symbolic and not describing literal events. BUT, chapter 19, according to preterism, is literal. Jesus Christ will literally and physically return. Then, chapter 20 is again interpreted symbolically by preterists . . . BUT chapters 21-22 are understood at least partially literally, that there will be a new Heaven and new Earth.
Baptism for the dead was a non-biblical practice of the Corinthian church where a living person was baptized in lieu of a person that passed away, as a means of making a public profession of faith for a person that was already deceased. We can think of it as baptizing a dead person.
Consubstantiation is the doctrine that the bread and wine of Communion/the Lord's Supper are seen to be transformed spiritually into the flesh and blood of Jesus, but yet the bread and wine are still actually only bread and wine . . . NOT the same as Transubstantiation where the bread and the wine are believed to actually become the body and blood of Jesus. Consubstantiation basically teaches that Jesus is with, in, and under the bread and wine . . . but is not literally the bread and wine. Consubstantiation is held by some Eastern Orthodox churches, and some other Episcopal and Lutherans. But, even amongst these groups, consubstantiation is not universally accepted.
Transubstantiation is a Roman Catholic heresy that goes back to the earliest years of the Church. During the mass, the bread supposedly becomes the literal body of Jesus and the wine actually became the blood of Jesus. That would make Catholics cannibals!
Jesus is Michael the Archangel. This is the heresy of the some cults. Jesus absolutely is NOT Michael the Archangel. NOWHERE in the Bible does it say that Jesus is Michael. Hebrews 1:5-8 For unto which of the angels said he at any time, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee? And again, I will be to him a Father, and he shall be to me a Son?  And again, when he bringeth in the firstbegotten into the world, he saith, And let all the angels of God worship him.  And of the angels he saith, Who maketh his angels spirits, and his ministers a flame of fire.  But unto the Son he saith, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: a sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of thy kingdom. (KJV)
Michael the Archangel is probably the top ranking of all the angels. Michael is the only angel in the Bible who is designated “the Archangel” (Jude verse 9). BUT . . . Michael the Archangel, is only an angel . . . he is NOT God. In Matthew 4:10, Jesus rebukes Satan. In Jude verse 9, Michael the Archangel calls on the Lord to rebuke Satan. Jesus is God incarnate (John 1:1,14). Michael the Archangel is a powerful angel, but still only an angel.
Polytheism is the belief that there are many gods. Polytheism is probably the most dominant religious view in human history. The most commonly known example of polytheism in ancient times is Greek/Roman mythology (Zeus, Apollo, Aphrodite, Poseidon, etc.). The clearest modern example of polytheism is Hinduism, which has over 300 million gods. The Bible clearly teaches against polytheism. Deut.6:4 Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD: (KJV)
Panentheism is basically a combination of theism (God is the supreme being) and pantheism (God is everything). While pantheism says that God and the universe are coextensive, panentheism claims the God is greater than the universe and that the universe is contained within God. God is present everywhere (Psalm 139:7-8), but God is not everything. God knows everything, whether actual or possible (Psalm 139:1-6; Romans 11:33-35). God does not learn because He already has all knowledge. God is effected by things that occur in the universe, for instance . . . sin angers Him and holiness pleases Him. Our actions do not change God or impact His essential being.
The Bible presents God as holy (Isa.6:3; Rev.4:8), sovereign (1 Chron. 29:11; Neh.9:6; Psalm 83:18; Isa.37:20), omnipresent (Psalm 139:7-10), omniscient (Job 28:24; Psalm 147:4-5), omnipotent (Job 42:1-2), self-existent (Ex. 3:14; Psalm 36:9), eternal (Psalm 90:2; Hab. 1:12), immutable (Psalm 33:11; James 1:17), perfect (Deut. 32:3-4), and infinite (Job 5:9; 9:10). None of these attributes are compatible with panentheism. God transcends all of His Creation, and is in no sense limited or changed by events in His Creation.
Atheism is the view that God does not exist. Atheism is not new. In Psalm 14:1, David mentions atheism . . . “The fool says in his heart, ‘There is no God.’” Recent statistics show an increasing number of people are "fools," with up to 10% of people worldwide declaring they are atheists. Why doesn’t God reveal Himself proving that He exists? It is not God’s desire to just convince people that He exists. It is God’s desire for people to believe in Him by faith (2 Peter 3:9) and accept His gift of salvation (John 3:16). The Bible tells us that God’s existence must be accepted by faith. Hebrews 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. (KJV)
Agnosticism is the view that the existence of God is impossible to be known or proven. Agnostic means without knowledge. Agnosticism is another form of atheism. Atheism claims that God does not exist. Agnosticism argues that God’s existence cannot be proven or unproven. Agnosticism is being unwilling to make a decision either for or against God’s existence. It is the ultimate “sitting on the fence” position. Theists believe that God exists. Atheists believe that God does not exist. Agnostics believe that we shouldn’t believe or disbelieve in God’s existence . . . because it is impossible to know either way.
Dualism is the idea that there are two separate and equal entities . . . good and evil . . . which are equally powerful. God represents the good entity and Satan represents the evil entity. BUT . . . even though Satan has some power, he is absolutely NO equal to God Almighty, for he was created by God in the form of an angel before he fell from Heaven because of his rebellion (Isa.14:12-15; Eze.28:13-17). 1 John 4:4 Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world. (KJV) So, according to the Bible . . . there is NO dualism, NO two opposing forces of equal power called Good and Evil. Good, is always represented by God Almighty, and is the most powerful force in the universe without exception. Evil, is always represented by Satan, and it is a lesser force that is NO match for God. Satan will be defeated every time in any head-to-head match with God . . . but Satan will not stop trying to be equal or superior to God. The doctrine of dualism is a false doctrine.
Jesus Only, Oneness Pentecostalism or Oneness teaches that there is only one God, but denies the trinity of God. In does NOT recognize the separate persons of the Godhead: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Some see Jesus Christ as the one God, who sometimes manifests Himself as the Father or the Holy Spirit. There is one God who reveals Himself in different ways . . . sometimes as the Father, sometime as the Son, and sometimes as the Holy Spirit. The Bible mentions all three Persons at one time in places (Gen.1:26; 3:22; 11:7; Psalm 2:7; 104:30; 110:1; Mat.3:16-17; 28:19; John 14:16). Jesus Only doctrine is not biblical.
Process theology is based the belief that the only thing which exists in the world is change. Therefore, God too is constantly changing. The Bible clearly states God does NOT change. Isaiah 46:10 Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure. (KJV) Jesus Christ, the second Person of the Trinity does NOT change. Heb.13:8 Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever. (KJV) The Bible is clear that His plans do NOT change according to the impulses of mere men (Psalm 33:11). He does not change like shifting shadows (James 1:17). But Process Theology does not consider the Bible to be inspired or to be our final authority. Process Theology denies the deity of Jesus Christ, saying that Jesus is no different from all other men. Process Theology also teaches that mankind does not need salvation, contradicting the Bible . . . that man hopelessly lost and doomed to Hell for eternity. Scripture teaches that Jesus Christ is God (Isaiah 9:6-7; Mat. 1:22-23; John 1:1, 2, 14; 20:28; Acts 16:31, 34; Phil.2:5-6; Col. 2:9; Titus 2:13; Heb.1:8; 2 Peter 1:1) and that without His death on the behalf of sinners (Rom.3:23; 6:23; 2 Cor.5:21) NO one could ever be saved (John 1:12; 3:18; 3:36; 14:6; Acts 4:10-12; 16:30-31).
Replacement theology teaches that the church has replaced Israel in God’s plan. They believe the Jews are no longer God’s chosen people, and God does not have specific future plans for the nation of Israel. Replacement Theology teaches that the Church is the replacement for Israel and that the many promises made to Israel in the Bible are fulfilled in the Christian Church, not in Israel.
If Israel has been condemned by God, and there is no future for the Jewish nation, HOW can they explain the supernatural survival of the Jewish people over the past 2000 years despite the many attempts to destroy them? How do they explain WHY and HOW Israel reappeared as a nation in the 20th century after not existing for 1900 years?
In the New Testament, the Church is totally different and distinct from Israel. The two are never to be confused or used interchangeably. 1 Cor.10:32 Give none offence, neither to the Jews, nor to the Gentiles, nor to the church of God: (KJV) We are taught from Scripture that the Church is an entirely new creation, that came into being on the Day of Pentecost, and will continue until it is translated to Heaven at the Rapture (1 Thes.4:13-18). The Church has NO relationship to the curses and blessings for Israel (Deut.28). The covenants, promises, and warnings are valid ONLY for Israel. Israel has been temporarily set aside in God's program during these past 2,000 years of dispersion.
After the Rapture (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18), God will restore Israel as the primary focus of His plan. The first event at this time is the Great Tribulation (Revelation chapters 6-19). The world (non-Jews) will be judged for rejecting Christ, while Israel is prepared through the trials of the Great Tribulation for the Second Coming of the Messiah. The remnant of Israel which survives the Tribulation will be saved and the Lord will establish His Kingdom on this Earth with Jerusalem as its capital (Eze.5:5). With Christ reigning as King, Israel will be the leading nation, and representatives from ALL nations will come to Jerusalem to honor and worship the King, the ONLY King . . . Jesus Christ. The Church will return with Christ and will reign with Him for a literal thousand years (Rev.20:1-5).
Redaction criticism and higher criticism are just a few of many forms of Biblical criticism. They search the Scriptures and make judgments concerning their authorship, historicity, and date of writing. Most of these methods end up attempting to destroy the Truth of the Bible with falsehoods and false, corrupt, perverted bibles. These people do not believe in the inspiration of the Scriptures or the work of the Holy Spirit in the lives of the authors of our Scriptures. They believe that the Old Testament was simply a compilation of oral traditions.
Annihilationism is the belief that unbelievers will not experience an eternity of suffering in Hell, but will rather be extinguished after death. A belief in annihilationism is a result in a misunderstanding of one or more of the following TRUE doctrines: (1) the consequences of sin, (2) the justice of God, (3) the nature of Hell.
They misunderstand the meaning of the lake of fire. Yes! If a human being were cast into a lake of burning lava, they would be instantly consumed. BUT, the lake of fire is both a physical AND spiritual realm. It is not simply a human body being cast into the lake of fire, it is a human’s body, soul, and spirit (1 Thes.5:23). A spirit CANNOT be consumed by a physical fire. It seems that the unsaved are resurrected with a body prepared for an eternity in Hell . . . just as the saved are prepared for an eternity in Heaven (Rev.20:13; Acts 24:15). These bodies are prepared for an eternal fate . . . either Heaven OR Hell!
Eternity is another thing annihilationism fails to comprehend. Rev.20:10 speaks of Satan, the beast, and the false prophet being cast into the lake of fire and being tormented day and night forever and ever. The Bible is quite clear that these three are NOT snuffed out by being cast into the lake of fire. This being the case . . . WHY would the fate of the unsaved be any different (Rev.20:14-15)? JESUS gives us the most convincing evidence for Hell being eternal. Mat.25:46 And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal. (KJV) . . . Jesus' words. In this verse, the exact same Greek word is used to refer to the destiny of the wicked AND the righteous. IF the wicked are tormented ONLY for a certain period of time, then the righteous will only experience life in Heaven for a period of time as well. That is NOT what the Bible states! Eternity = forever; non-stop; everlasting; constantly from here on, etc. IF believers will be in Heaven forever, unbelievers will be in Hell forever.
Another objection to Hell being eternal by annihilationists is that it would be unjust for God to punish unbelievers in Hell for eternity for a limited amount of sin. HOW could God to punish a person who lived a sinful life, say for 70 years, for all of eternity? Our sin bears an eternal consequence because it is against an eternal God. When David committed the sins of adultery and murder he said, “Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight…” (Psalm 51:4). David had sinned against Bathsheba and Uriah, how could David claim to have only sinned against God? David understood that all sin is ultimately against God. As a result, all sin is worthy of an eternal punishment. Acts 9:4 tells us that anything we do to another, we do to Jesus.
Liberal Christian Theology goes completely against the teaching of God's Holy and Pure Word! (1) The Bible is not “God-breathed” and has errors. The liberal theologians must determine which teachings are correct and which are not. To believe that the Bible is “inspired” by God is only held by simpletons. (2) The virgin birth of Christ is a mythological false teaching. (3) Jesus did not rise again from the grave in bodily form. (4) Jesus was a good moral teacher, but His followers and their followers have taken liberties with the history of His life as recorded in Scripture. There were no “supernatural” miracles. (5) Hell is not real. Man is not lost in sin and is not doomed to some future judgment without a relationship with Christ through faith. Man can help himself; no sacrificial death by Christ is necessary since a loving God would not send people to such a place as Hell and since man is not born in sin. (6) They do NOT believe that Moses wrote the first five books of the Bible. The Book of Daniel had two authors because there is no way that the detailed “prophecies” of the later chapters could have been known ahead of time; they must have been written after the fact. (7) The most important thing for man to do is to “love” his neighbor . . . how to do this, is decided by the liberal theologians. Stay with the Word of God!
They deny the deity of Christ (2 Peter 2:1); they preach another gospel and another Jesus (2 Cor.11:4; Gal.1:6) The Bible condemns those who call good evil and evil good (Isa.5:20). So many liberal churches do this by embracing homosexuality as an alternative lifestyle while the Bible repeatedly condemns its practice.
Pelagianismteaches that human beings were born innocent, without the stain of original or inherited sin. God created every human soul directly and therefore every human soul was originally free from sin. Adam's sin did not effect future generations of humanity. Pelagianism contradicts many Scriptures and scriptural principles.
The Bible tells us that we are sinful from the moment of conception (Psalm 51:5). The Bible teaches that all human beings die as a result of sin (Eze.18:20; Rom.6:23). Pelagianism says that human beings are not born with a natural inclination towards sin, the Bible says the opposite (Rom. 3:10-18). Pelagianism, therefore, is clearly unscriptural and should be rejected.
Ultra-dispensationalism include such things as soul sleep and annihilationism. Some proclaim a brand of universalism that grants salvation even to Satan himself. Without a doubt whatever name you want to call it ultra-dispensationalism is a dangerous error that almost always leads to other even worse errors and often outright heretical teachings.
Ultra-dispensationalism is absolutely a Satanic perversion of the Truth.
Henotheism is the belief in one god without denying the existence of others. Hinduism is a classic example of this belief in practice: Hindus generally worship one god, yet acknowledge that there are many other gods that can be worshiped as well. In the religion of the ancient Greeks, Zeus was the supreme ruler of eleven other gods. All twelve were worshiped, each individually by a different sect or temple. The Bible is very clear on the issue of multiple gods: there is only ONE God.
The Gospel of Inclusion is just a new name for universalism. (Everyone goes to Heaven.) Universalism is the belief that all people will eventually be saved and go to Heaven. The gospel of inclusion, teaches these false beliefs: (1) The death and resurrection of Jesus Christ paid the price for all of humanity to enjoy eternal life in Heaven without any need for repentance. (2) Salvation is unconditional and does not require faith in Jesus Christ as the payment for mankind’s sin debt. (3) All humanity is destined to life in Heaven whether or not they realize it. (4) All humanity will go to Heaven regardless of religious affiliation. (5) Teach that only those who intentionally and consciously reject the grace of God . . . after having “tasted the fruit” of His grace . . . will spend eternity separated from God.
The gospel of inclusion OPPOSES the clear teachings of Jesus and the Bible. Jesus clearly states that the only path to salvation is through Him (John 14:6). Salvation is available ONLY to those who place their faith in Jesus Christ as God’s payment for their sin (John 3:16). The apostles teach the same message (Eph.2:8-9; 1 Peter 1:8-9; 1 John 5:13).
Some more arguments against the gospel of inclusion: (1) If faith and repentance are not needed to receive the gift of salvation, WHY is the New Testament so intent on repentance and faith in Jesus Christ? (2) If salvation doesn’t require faith in the finished work of Christ on the cross, WHY did Jesus submit to such a humiliating and excruciatingly painful death? God could have just granted everyone a pardon. (3) If everyone is going to go to heaven whether they realize it or not,WHAT about our free will? Will that stubborn atheist who has spent his life rejecting God, the Bible, Jesus, and Christianity be dragged into Heaven kicking and screaming because he does not want to go? (4) HOW can all people go to Heaven even if their religion believes otherwise? What about those who believe they will be annihilated? (5) IF those who openly reject the grace of God don’t go to Heaven, then it’s hardly a gospel of inclusion, is it? Either ALL people go to Heaven, or it is NOT the gospel of inclusion!
Holy Laughter describes an incident where a person laughs uncontrollably, supposedly as a result of being filled with the Holy Spirit's joy. It is characterized by peals of uncontrollable laughter, often accompanied by swooning or falling to the floor. Accounts from those who have had this experience vary, but all seem to believe it is a sign of a blessing or anointing of the Holy Spirit.
Feelings do NOT tell us what is true. Feelings are not bad and sometimes our feelings are aligned with scriptural Truth. BUT, sometimes they are aligned with our sin nature. The fickle nature of the heart makes it a very unreliable compass (Jer.17:9). There is no doubt that people have indeed begun to laugh uncontrollably at revival meetings. That is a fact. But WHAT does it mean? WHY do they do it?
Laughter is often used in the Bible to describe a mocking or scornful response, as was the case with Abraham and Sarah who laughed when God told them they would bear a child in their old age. Some verses use it as a sign of scorn (Psalm 59:8; 80:6; Pro.1:26). Ecc.2:2 I said of laughter, It is mad: and of mirth, What doeth it? (KJV) I absolutely agree with: Ecc.7:3 Sorrow is better than laughter: for by the sadness of the countenance the heart is made better. (KJV) Not only does emotion fail to give us Truth, but we also see that laughter does not always indicate joy, but can mean anger, sadness, or derision.
The most convincing Scriptural argument against what is called "holy laughter" is found in Gal.5:22-23. IF self-control is a fruit of the Spirit of God, HOW can uncontrollable laughter possibly be a fruit of His Holy Spirit?The idea that God would make people act drunk, or laugh uncontrollably, or make animal noises as a result of the Spirit's anointing is directly OPPOSED to the way the Holy Spirit acts! The Spirit described in Galatians 5 is One who promotes self-control within us, NOT the opposite.
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