Quotes and Notes for the Day
BE WARE OF FALSE CHRISTS – VII
“…. But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ. For if he that cometh preaches another Jesus, whom we have not preached or if ye receive another spirit which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him.”
Religious deception is the first major sign that Jesus gave to indicate His second coming is near.It is also the most important. Christ and His disciples emphasized it the most and with good reason. The consequences of being deceived by false prophets and false messiahs are far worse than being victimized by famine, disease or war. In His Solemn warning Jesus said, “ ……… Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not. For false Christ and false prophets will arise and shall show wonders; insomuch that if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect….” Matthew 24:23-24. Down through history there have always been a few false prophets. Jesus warned us that in the last days there would be many, and that they would deceive many. The number of people who claim to be “prophets” is mushrooming all over the land; all one has to do is attend to one of these Charismatic/Pentecostal meetings in his neighborhood for a simple proof. They have filled the air waves, on every radio and TV Channels.
The Lord’s prophesy about many false Christs appearing in the last days is also coming to pass. While there have always been some pretenders, today’s world is flooded with those who claim to be Christ. Jim Jones, and Charles Manson were two among the many. Most of the Eastern gurus who have invaded the West in the last 20 years make the same claim. It is becoming a common sight to see a full-page ad appearing in major news papers around the world announcing ” The Christ Is Now Here.” as happened in April 1982.
Despite the sheer unbelief and the deep paganism of our modern society, the major hindrance to the acceptance of the gospel of Jesus Christ is the teaching of many false cults which deceivingly and inaccurately use many of the sacred terms biblical Christianity. These cults are spreading by phenomenal speed, and by them millions are being led astray. The danger is that too many in the Church, unacquainted with , and really uninterested in the history and teachings of these groups are lulled into a state of indifference toward them, or even worse, into believing that these false regions are also a true way to God, whereas they lead to nothing else but death.
So we see that many often bury their faith, insisting it is sound, and never bothered to examine ” yourself whether ye be in faith..” Believers are exhorted to ” prove all things and (to) hold fast to that which is good.” 1st Thessalonians 5:21. We are admonished, ” not to believe every spirit, but (to) try the Spirits whether they are of God” Why? ” because many false prophets are gone out into the world” 1st John 4:1 The cults of our day thrive principally upon ignorance. The average Christian, is sad to say, terribly unprepared to defend his faith. He has a vague notion of what he believes, and many a time he does not know why he believes what he believes. This provides a fertile ground for the cults upon which they sow their false doctrines, and penetrate with alarming rapidity.
Prominent among the cults includes, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Mormons, Seventh Day Adventist, the church of Rome, Christian Science, Unity Church and hundreds of others. With the exception of the Church of Rome and the Seventh Day Adventists all cults are characterized by the denial both of the Biblical doctrinaires of the Trinity and the Deity of Jesus Christ. In reality these cults deny virtually every cardinal doctrine of the Christian faith. In addition to their denial of the deity of Christ, they literally deny His physical (bodily) resurrection and His visible return to the earth. They also deny the existence of Hell and the eternal punishment of the lost.
It is helpful and important to remember that when dealing with cults, whatever variety one may encounter that they are built not upon what the bible teaches, but upon what the founders of the respective cults said the Bible teaches. This rule applies to everyone of the cults without exception. When they approach their target, in most instants they approach them as bible believers with the Bible, and once they get the entrance and the confidence of the person, they will bring out the writings of their founders. Cultists surprise the Christian by apparent mastery of his own book, the Bible, and confuse him with glib quotations, mostly completely taken out of context.
Friends, the teachings of the cults is not capable of argument, it is a kind of infatuation. Having started with a wrong premise as to the Person of God the Son, error after error was needed wherewith to bolster their daring attack on biblical Christianity. They are perils to Christianity because they put on the robes of Christian profession and hide their real antagonism, quoting the bible as their authority, and profess to be its best interpreter, and then, in the dark, seek little by little the unsuspecting soul into the clutches of the wicked one!!! They have wrecked millions of lives and caused immeasurable suffering and sorrow all over the world.
Cults are religions that know no compassion or sympathy. ” Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the traditions of men, after the rudiments of the world and not after Christ. ” Colossians 2:8
“wherefore by their fruit ye shall know them.” Matthew 7:20
from the Staff of The Peoples Gospel Hour
The Bible reveals two ways which people are following to get into heaven. One way, the true way, is God’s way. God’s way into heaven is the way of peace and truth and righteousness. It is the only way approved of God. This way centers in the Lord Jesus Christ who said: “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by Me” (John 14:6). The Bible declares that there is another way. “There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death” (Prov. 14:12).
There are so many popular ways today filled with lost multitudes all over the land, such as the way of morality, the way of respectability, the way of religion, the way of churchianity, the way of baptism, the way of christening, the way of confirmation, the way of penance, the way of confession, the way of “doing the best I can”, the way of self, the way of education, the way of philosophy, the way of false isms and cults that crowd the street. Little wonder then when we speak to people about the way of salvation, that so many have asked, “How can I know which is the true way? There are so many different ideas and so many religions.”
But there is ONE difference between God’s way of salvation and man’s way, and that difference is found in a Person, the Lord Jesus Christ. You will notice that man leaves Christ out of the center of his way. You will discover that the modern false cults and isms demote Christ to a mere man and add something to what He has already done for your salvation and mine. We become children of God through a supernatural birth. Jesus said to Nicodemus: “Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God” (John 3:3). Jesus also said, “Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again” (John 3:7)
“May the Lord bless you, and make you a blessing!” – The PGH Staff