How to tell if you are in a Cult #1 condemnation depends on relation to the cult. Success is principally money. Righteousness is not Jesus Christ. This is a study of some simple elements that are very common in cults, false religions, even bad political groups.
The Subtle Power of Spiritual Abuse: Recognizing and Escaping Spiritual Manipulation and False Spiritual Authority in the Church,David Johnson and Jeff VanVonderen, 1991.
A study on False Prophets and Teachers is excerpted from some good old books about false prophets and teachers.
taken from http://www.sounddoctrine.net/apologetics.html
A cult becomes destructive when:
¨ It isolates members from family and friends.
¨ The group interferes with an individual’s ability to think freely.
¨ A charismatic figure dominates the group, claiming to have a direct line to God or some secret knowledge that makes the group elite.
¨ The cult persuades members that the group goal is more important than individual needs, using guilt and shame to keep followers from questioning doctrine.
¨ The leader instills fear that something dreadful will happen to anyone who leaves.
Christ’s Atonement in Catholicism shows that Roman Catholicism has a wrong concept of Christ’s work, and it is seen in various doctrinal beliefs and practices. They do not believe in the sufficiency of Christ’s atonement in the single act of dying on the cross, but rather it is like a single major event within many other events.
Christ’s Atonement in Catholicism
by David Cox
Why so many Crises Today? Is an article about our day with a constant crisis at every corner and how this works into the Antichrist and his takeover.
Calvinism Enoch pleased God Total Depravity. In this post, we examine the Calvinist position of man’s total depravity. This is the first in a series. Calvinism Enoch pleased God Total Depravity
Let’s do a quick analysis of this topic. First of all, if nobody can in any wise ever do anything that pleases God, then why try? Why not just live in our sins, and “enjoy” our sins to the best we can? Secondly, if the Bible teaches that nobody ever has ever done anything good at all, an extremist position carrying as far as you logically can, then why does the Bible say that certain people pleased God with their actions and lives? If Calvinist’s Total Depravity is right, then the Bible would contradict itself.
What does the Atonement Mean? Atonement is essentially what it takes to make God accept us and overlook our sins.
Sacraments or Ordinances? Are we to believe that specific ceremonial actions are going to save us?
Catholics propose that Mary, Mother of God, is of special worship and reverence. It is wrong to worship her. The Bible indicates that she was special because Christ was incarnated through her, but beyond that point, there is no worship for her.