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“HOW TO SPOT A CULT”

ONE:    A REJECTION OF ONE OF MORE OF THE CARDINAL CHRISTIAN DOCTRINES 

     Any group that rejects the virgin birth of Jesus, His atonement for sins, the bodily resurrection of Christ, His second coming, the existence of heaven and hell, the inspiration and authority of Scripture and the holiness of God’s word, is cultish.  Recognition of these fundamental doctrines is a must. 

 

TWO:    EXTRA BIBICAL REVELATION 

                     Any group that believes it possesses a book superseding the authority of the Bible is cultish.   

THREE:   THE “SOLE INTERPRETER” SYNDROM

                This is the belief that the cult or its leader has been given an “inside track” to Biblical interpretation.

   

             

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FOUR:   A LATTER-DAY PROPHET WHO SUPERSEDED JESUS CHRIST  

                     A belief, by any group, that Christ was simply one of a succession of God’s prophets, but not God’s final revelation to man, must be judged as error.

 

FIVE:   SUBMISSION TO THE CULT

                     Any group that calls for its followers to submit totally to its leaders, no matter what, is cultish in nature.


SIX:     CLOSED MEMBERSHIP

                    This, members only, is a rule whereby outsiders are forbidden to attend certain services.  Before one becomes eligible to attend, he/she must first submit his/herself to special indoctrination classes.

   

 

                                                                                                   

      SEVEN:   A DEFECTIVE CHRISTOLOGY 

                    All cults reject the humanity or divinity of Jesus Christ.  Some religious sects believe Jesus was an angel or some other type of created being, but not a man

 

PRIDE;  UNMASKING THE HIDDEN TRUTH

Hubris (Pride) is the character flaw that is the stumbling block for many ministers and has caused many of them to fall. (Prov. 11:2; 16:18.  Pride is probably the major reason for lack of favor with God and therefore lack of success in ministry.

Though this principle is commonly known in ministry circles, few of us readily admit to having pride and still fewer seem to repent.  Because pride can be very subtle in its minifestations, many of us do not know the telltale signs of pride.  Let us look at a few of its charasteristics.

 

1. Insecurity.  It provokes us to want the lavish praise and attentions of others too much.

 

2. The need to be right.  This prevents one from appropriately evaluating issues as well as themselves (Gal. 6:3)

 

3. Being argumentative. The root of arguments is the need for one's will to prevail.

 

4. More invested in being heard than in hearing. The need to be the center of attention. 

5. Anger. A self-justifying emotion.                                            

6. Irritability and impatience.  When we feel that our views, time or needs are more important than others.

7. The lack of a submissive attitude.  When one claims to be under the authority of another, yet is critical of that authority.

                                                 Eph. 6:18 

8. Not easily corrected.  Pride will not allow us to receive corrective feedback.

9. Receivng correction but not changing. Saying, "I receive your help" just to please the individual but not really taking it to heart.

10. Needing others to take your advise.  Advice should always be without strings attached.

11. Needing to proclaim your title or degree.  When the title is more important than the character.

12. Being stubborn. Unduly determined to exert one's will and difficult to persuade.

13. Comparisons and competion.  2 Cor. 10:12, makes it clear that comparing oneself with others is unwise.

REMEMBER: 13 IS THE NUMBER FOR REBELLION!!

                                         

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