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Pastor Rev. Robert M., Bob, Celeste ACP
Associate Pastor Mr. Steve Burzlaff ACP
Wednesday December 1st, 2004
Since Luke chapter twenty two is so long, I am going to hold it for this weekend or maybe next Monday, don't know which yet. And today we are going to look at the question of how do you recognize a cult and Is the church you attend a cult.
First, there is something you need to really understand about cults, they are not always easy to recognize. You see, a cult does not worship the Trinity, it worships satan. Satan under any myriad of names, but satan just the same. It is not just the obvious, like islam, that are cults, there are many so called Christian churches that are cults just as well. And as you look at the Scriptures that deal with cults and how to recognize them, I think you will be astounded by the number of cults you will come to recognize, not by what I say, but by what they say and what the Bible teaches us to look out for.
I'm going to start by looking at the beginning of Luke 22 verses 1-6 semi-paraphrased.
Now the feast of unleavened bread drew nigh, which is called the Passover. And the chief priests and scribes sought how they might kill Jesus; for they feared the people.
Then satan entered into Judas Iscariot, one of he Messiah's twelve Apostles, and Judas went his way, and cut a deal with the chief priests and captains, how he might betray The Messiah and get Him into their custody.
And they were glad, and contracted to give him money. So Judas, the son of perdition, promised, and sought an opportunity to betray Jesus.
Now what might you ask does that have to do with cults? Simple, Judas was not a dummy, unlike Maine's, recently fired Secretary of State, Dan Gwadosky, Judas could count past ten without taking off his shoes. Judas was not stupid, he knew who Jesus was, he had spent very near three years with the Lord on a close and daily basis. Yet, satan deceived him. satan got into Judas's mind and mislead him just as he had Adam and Eve. If satan can be so deceitful as to deceive men and women who are in daily contact with the Lord, how well do you think he can deceive those who do not even read God's word, who have literally no knowledge of God's Word and don't even know the difference between God's word and God's Word?
Let's get a little idea of just how smart and persuasive satan is: Now satan was more subtle than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said to the woman, "hey, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?"
And the woman said unto the serpent, "We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, 'Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die.'"
And the serpent said unto the woman, "Ye shall not surely die, God does know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil." From Genesis 3 1-5 semi-paraphrased.
So, even God, in His very own book, the Holy Bible tells us that satan is very smart, very subtle, very sneaky, one to not turn your back on or let your guard down on. God again warns us via Peter in 1Peter 5:8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:
So, satan is no dummy, he is smart and very deceitful. He is as dangerous as any lion out hunting. And it is him that the cults worship. But how do you recognize a cult? How do you positively recognize a cult?
Guys, it is not all that hard, not if you know your Bible. Jesus had an Apostle named John, John seems to have been the Lord's favorite. And through John, Jesus said some of the most profound of things. It is in John 3 that we learn exactly what we must do to be assured eternal salvation. And it is likewise through John that Jesus has told us how to recognize all of the cults.
Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.
Do you remember Jesus warning us that we can not love both man and mammon? How we will either love one or the other but not both. Do you remember that? Well, one of the many ways to identify, for absolute sure, a cult is how important is money to them? Do they use money as a tool to further God's work as defined by the Bible? Or do they use money to further themselves? This test is subjective, but for one who is well versed and grounded in the Word of God and His word, it is a sure indicator of whether or not a group is a, group of Born Again Washed in the Blood of the Lamb Christians, or a cut of satan worshipers.
Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now there are many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time.
Notice how John tells us that we are in the last times and in the last times there are many antichrist. Now, think about it for a moment, do you think these antichrists worship Jesus as Lord and Saviour? Of course not, they worship satan.
But, just who are these antichrists? How do we recognize them?
They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would no doubt have continued with us: but they went out, that they might be made manifest that they were not all of us.
They, the antichrists, were never true Born Again believers, they may sound good, they may preach good, but they were never truly saved, because if they had been, they still would be. They had a chance to be true to God, but they choose to follow satan, maybe they were as deceived by satan as Adam, Eve and Judas were, but leave they did. And in their leaving they have made public the things they preach that make them antichrists, cults.
But ye have an unction from the Holy One, and ye know all things. I have not written unto you because ye know not the truth, but because ye know it, and that no lie is of the truth.
John tells us that if we will study our Bibles, understanding that it is God's book and in it He has said exactly what He wanted to say and means every word that is in it, we can know the truth. And through the truth of His word we can determine who are cults and who are not. What individuals, groups and even churches are cults and which are really Born Again Washed in the Blood of the Lamb Christians.
Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ?
There it is guys, the absolute indicator of a cult verses a non cult. Do they deny or even hint that Jesus is anything less than the Messiah, one equal part of the Trinity? Do they teach anything contrary to what the Bible says about Jesus? Do they suggest that He was not born of a virgin? Do they suggest or even hint that He is not or may not be Devine?
He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son. Whosoever denieth the Son, the same hath not the Father:
Those who do not confess that Jesus is the Son of God an equal member of the Trinity, one with the Father and the Son, are cultist and or cults.(1 John 2:15-23 AP/KJV)
So, how do you identify a cult? How do you know if you are currently attending a cult church? Unless you have studied your bible, you probably won't know till the micro second after you die. For you see, the default, at death, is not heaven, it is hell! Jesus very clearly tells us in John three that unless a person is Born Again, they cannot get into heaven. No ifs, no ands, no buts and no purgatory. He does not allow for "Well Lord, You see I was going to this church, and I thought it was real, I mean after all, the preacher wore fancy robes, had a big fancy church, hey he even had a title, and, well, You know, he never told me about this Born Again thing."
Now, this is what I want you to do, every last one of you. I want you to go into the bathroom, look in the mirror, point to yourself in the mirror and say these words: "You are the one responsible for your salvation. Not Bob, not Steve, not any other person, just you." For you see that reflection you'll see is you and you are responsible for your own salvation. If you choose to put the things of this world ahead of your studying the Word of God and His word, so be it, for your eternity is in your hands. Jesus did everything He was going to do on the cross. He has made the way available, He has made sure that we today have His word available to us, now it is up to us, each of us individually.
Have you ever noticed in the Book of Revelation where we are told:
"God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away."
Have you ever wondered about that? Let me see if I can't give you some insight into that and what that has to do with you, your salvation, and me in the event that you are not Saved.
In Genesis we see Noah, his wife, their three sons and daughters-in-laws safely tucked away in the ark as the waters raise. Now in those days, people lived to be eight even nine hundred years old. Noah was 600 years old, his dad and his grandfather had just recently died, as a matter of speculation, his grandfather may have still been alive, but probably not. But, he did have lots of brothers, sisters, cousins, uncles and aunts alive. Families in those days, lived close together, right in the same neighborhood, not half a continent apart.
Do you think that as the waters rose, many if not all of Noah's kin and in-laws were outside banging on the side of the ark, yelling, screaming and begging at the top of their lungs to be let in? While Noah and family were in the ark, they had no knowledge of those outside. Otherwise they would have gone insane.
God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.
If my brother Rick, my sister Jean and my aunts, uncles, cousins, and even grandchildren do not clean up their act and come to the Lord on bended knees with a broken spirit, I, like Noah, will not hear their screams neither will I have any knowledge of where they are, or memory of them, for God has promised me, just as He has promised every other true Born Again Washed in the Blood of the Lamb Christian, that in that get day:
God shall wipe away all the tears from my eyes; and I shall suffer no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall I have any more pain: for all of those former things will have passed away.
Surest way to hell? Follow a cult! Are you willing to bet your soul that you are not in a cult church? You can be sure, absolutely sure, just study your bible! By the way, you are betting your soul, I'm not, but you are, unless you are absolutely sure that the church you attend, the denomination you belong to is not a cult. You are betting your soul and your eternity, and the odds are not good, they are not in your favor and they are not even close to fifty/fifty.
Can I give you one little tip if I may? Reading my commentary and not the Scripture that goes with it, is a sure trip to eternal damnation. Nothing I say is Devine, the Scripture I quote is, but my commentary isn't.
Lord, please open their eyes, ears and hearts. And Lord, please forgive me for all the things I have said, done, thought and even dreamt that have offended Thee, for those things are sin. Lord help me know what to say. And thank You Jesus for Steve and Jim and the church family Jim pastors who have mostly seemed to put up with and even embrace me, Thy most sinful servant.
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May the Lord understand the importance of Mac and Cecily to this ministry. Lord I need them both healthy and able to continue to hold up their ends. Lord this cancer of Mac's is starting to get in the way, this ministry needs him whole, just a thought Lord, is all it will take, just a thought on Your part.
There is a young man, a veteran who suffers from some kind of chemical weapon exposure, in a Veterans hospital in Colorado, he is young, and he is saved, yet his wife just abandoned him. Please pray for him, Lord, help him and deal with her and those who hurt him, we ask this of the Father in Your name Lord Jesus, amen.
The Lord our God, Christ Jesus, be with and bless you all, amen.
The difference between a true preacher and a false preacher comes down to this. The true preacher uses God's word to convict of sin, the false preacher twist God's word to justify sin. The Lord our God, Christ Jesus be with you always, amen.
The Lord our God, Christ Jesus, be with you all and please keep your pastor and me in your prayers. Amen. My prayer daily is "Lord please bless those tenfold who bless me."
Pray for the President, pray for Attorney General John Ashcroft, pray for me, pray for all those who open their mouths or take pen in hand in an effort to sway public opinion.
The Lord God of the Universe, Messiah Y'shua be with you all, amen.
It is better to be a horse fly in the stables of the Lord Jesus than the CEO of hell.
All Scripture quoted, in both sermons and daily thoughts, except when done by a guest, is from the ACP/authorized 1611 King James Version. The words in red are those quotes of God the Son, the Lord Jesus and the words in purple are those qoutes spoken directly by God the Father and the words in this sickly greenish color are of satan. But all of the Bible is spoken by God and should be viewed as God's handbook for us to run our lives by 2 Timothy 3:16.
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