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Christ and the Cults
I John 4:1-6; I Timothy 4:16; Matthew 7:15, 16a

"Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth" (II Tim. 3:7) describes the members of cult groups to a tee. There is no question that "some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils" (I Tim. 4: 1). God exhorts, "Believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world" (I John 4:1). The way to try the spirits is simply to measure all that they teach by the standard of God's Word.

An astounding fact is that only 3 percent of Americans who claim any religion belong to what is generally termed cults.* Many Christians become greatly concerned to try to convert these when they are but a drop in the bucket compared to the vast multitudes who are more receptive and among whom there is a far greater yield. It has been observed that most in the cults were at one time under the influence of the major denominations and have turned from the truth and turned to fables (II Tim. 4:4). We must neither neglect those in cults nor spend a disproportionate amount of time with them. It is better to teach the truth to prevent others from being deceived. Beware also of glorying in a convert from a cult.

The best defense is a good offense. Many Christians are frustrated in witnessing because those trained in the cults are quite aggressive and keep Christians on the defensive. It is always best to present a positive gospel. Keep off controversial questions that deteriorate into arguments, for a Christian "must not strive" (II Tim. 2:24). Avoid the peculiar doctrinal views and keep the cultist face to face with his relation to Jesus Christ.

Some have come to our door denying there is a hell. I often ask them if they know for sure that their sins are all forgiven and that they are right with God that very moment, never mentioning hell. This always stumps them, for they have no assurance. How easy then to share my testimony and the gospel. Remember Christ loves those who are lost in error. Be gracious.


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