When we do evangelism work it is common to receive a suspicious look as if we are some sort of religious cult. It looks something like this:
Isn’t it strange that everyone knows cults exist, but no one claims to be one. Maybe you think we are a cult.
Have you ever been invited to join a secluded community that practices polygamy, rejects technology and fashion, uses secret handshakes, handles snakes, and blindly follows a charismatic personality who thinks he is the reincarnation of Jesus?
Well… you still haven’t.
(Perhaps those cults exist somewhere else.)
How to Know a Cult When You See One
How do such strange cults get members? Obviously, they lure you by using MK-Ultra style mind-control, and then trick you into selling your children and signing your life away in preparation for the end of the world.
Actually, that’s not how it happens. The errors of the Christian cults most often begin with getting the Bible wrong and end up with you being subject to a set of rules and interpretations enforced by elders who claim sole authority from God.
But doesn’t that sound similar to what most Christian churches do? They all claim to use the Bible, preach Jesus, have the Spirit, and keep the Lord’s commandments. Is it possible that cults and false teaching are more familiar than you first thought?
The apostle Paul warned early Christians about those who preach “another Jesus”, “another spirit”, “another gospel”, or those who “bring you into bondage” (2 Corinthians 11:4; 11:20). It is important that you identify a cult when you see one, and avoid them.
All the cults teach Jesus, but they teach him differently. All the cults teach the gospel, but it is not the right gospel. So, how do you know which Jesus and which gospel is right?
The standard by which a cult is identified and truth is taught is the Bible, but perhaps that is part of the problem. If you don’t know the Bible, how can you know if you are joining a cult?
Here are a few creeds from our “cult”. You decide if it sounds cultic, or rather how you always thought church should be.
Do you find yourself agreeing with these? Does any of this sound like the activity and belief of a cult to you? Maybe you are starting to fear your mind is being bent by a cult right now!
Maybe some of the statements above are different than what you’ve always believed about church. If that is true and you are interested in learning more, we have doors that work both ways so that you won’t get stuck inside.
It would be our pleasure for you to visit, ask your questions, and put us under a closer cult examination. Make sure to bring your Bible which is the standard by which a cult is measured and truth is taught.
When you show up we’ll make you a nice tall glass of kool-aid… just in case you want to join.