7 Claims of False Teachers and "Christian" Cults

7 Claims of False Teachers and 'Christian" Cults
Beware of any group that approaches the Bible in any or all of these ways.

1. They claim Scripture is incomplete or corrupted, and they possess the only pure knowledge of God.

2. They claim to have "extra revelations" which contradict Scripture.

3. Knowing that certain Scripture passages refute their beliefs, they create explanations that are historically, academically, or linguistically inaccurate. 

4. They ignore New Testament passages that put an end to certain Old Testament laws (e.g. dietary).*

5. They believe that until their “prophet” or founder came along, God allowed the Gospel to be corrupted and misunderstood for hundreds of years. Included in their list of those who were unable to discern God's truth would be martyrs, missionaries, and great theologians.

6. They claim that Jesus is not God.
(John 1:1-14; 1 John 4:1-3

7. They claim God’s purpose is to give us wealth and/or ease on earth. (Matthew 10:32-39)

*See this collection of 4 articles explaining which Old Testament laws apply to us today.

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13 comments:

  1. That's WHY I'm NO LONGER CHRISTAIN
    IT'S TO MANEY THING'S THAT'S CONTRADICTORY,
    AND THE BIBLE HAS BEEN 'RE-WRITTEN SO MANEY TIME'S AND SO MANY WAYS,
    LEAVE THE WORD OF GOD ALONE,
    GOD FORGIVE US ALL AND PLACE US ON THE RIGHT PATH, AND ESTABLISH
    OUR MIND'S TO KNOW AND BELIEVE THAT THIS IS WHERE YOU LORD GOD
    WANT YOUR PEOPLE TO BE AND TO WORSHIP AMINE.

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    1. If we go to a grocery store that sells rotten fruit and poison meat, do we quit eating fruit and meat or do we go to another grocery store? Just because some people change or misuse God's Word doesn't mean we should give up on it.

      If we give up on the Bible because certain groups pervert the teaching, we will have to give up on everything in life - marriage, family, friendship, doctors, etc.

      The Bible has never been re-written except by cults. If we read the Bible, we won't be mislead. Most of the Bibles available are simply different translations of the original Greek and Hebrew. While they may use different words, they say the same thing. If you compare them, you fill find this to be true.

      If we try to serve God without the Bible, we will be mislead because the Bible tells us who God is and what it means to love and worship Him. We cannot truly know who God is without studying Scripture.

      In fact, the only way we can understand cults and false teachers is by reading the Bible. Without it, we will be fooled by anything and everything.

      I pray that you will read and trust God's Word because it is important for your spiritual well-being.
      God bless you.



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  2. Thank you. I have learned so much from reading youR devotions. How do I contact you with questions on a specific topic?

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    1. Hi Melanie,
      If you are a subscriber, all you need to do is hit "reply" on one of the devotions you get in your email and write me at that email address. I get those emails.
      God bless you.

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  3. There's a book out called Misreading Scripture with Western Eyes claiming that the people of North America misread scripture as it is meant for the people of Jesus' time. It is written by E. Randolph Richards and Brandon J. O'Brien on amazon if you need to know what I'm trying to explain. Would this book be a no-no to read? I've been a christian for 35 years, but this confuses me. Thank you.

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    1. I must start by saying I have not heard of this book and could do no more at this point than read the reviews on Amazon and see if people oppose it for Biblical reasons.

      It is important when we are doing Bible study to understand the cultural and historical background to texts as well as the originial Greek and Hebrew, but the common man can still understand the basics in Scripture because God gives us that ability through His Spirit.

      Almost every cult and false teaching is based on the explanation that God's Word has been perverted, corrupted, or misunderstood by Bible scholars and Jesus lovers throughout history.

      So I would use caution in reading a book that claims North Americans have misunderstood Scripture. It could be fine and simply a wake up call to us regarding our expectations of wealth and easy living. Or it could be twisting Scripture to mean something it does not.

      I'm sorry that I can't help beyond that without reading the book.

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  4. I always struggle with how to respond when people question me on number 4 when it comes to tithing, an Old Testament principle. Paul says that we are to give according to what we have purposed in our heart, with a cheerful heart. So, do we follow the OT command or NT command when it comes to giving.

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    1. Yes, Donna, the tithe is an Old Testament law. The New Testament mind-set should be that all we own comes from and belongs to the Lord, so we give generously. While the New Testament doesn't specify an amount, it generally leads to more than 10%, not less, given cheerfully, not as a duty. Good example.

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  5. What if I get 694$ a month for disability and I give 60$ a month to the church, but I'm not doing it 'cheerfully' or 'begrudgingly '....I'm just doing it because I know 10p percent is the right thing to do? I'd feel better giving $30 and having the remaining 30 for just in case something unexpected happens to me or someone in the church. Am I wrong or bad?
    Thanks for your answer.

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    1. Wow, Jen, that's a tough question, and I think you're are the only one who can answer it. God looks at our hearts, our motives, and all the details of our lives. I would encourage you to pray about this and seek God's peace, wisdom, and guidance. God bless you!

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  6. Yes, I tried to calculate the OT concept of tithing and by my calculation it was almost 33%. Of course the people I discuss this with believe that's way too much, but how much is too much when we think about how much we've been blessed? Thanks for responding.

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