God through His Word in Jude prophesied that people will try to change or twist the meaning of the word GRACE.

Jude 3 "Beloved,when I gave all diligence to write unto you of our common salvation(grace),it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints."

Jude 4 "For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old, ordained to these condemnation, ungodly men,turning the grace of God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ."

Jude's original intent was because of false preachers teaching a perverted Gospel and to remind them to be contended with the Gospel that was delivered to them by the apostles. These false church pastors are turning God's grace into an excuse out of following God's law.Remember sin according to 1 John 3:4 is the transgression of God's law.

Ephesians 2:8 "For by grace are ye saved through faith: and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God."

Now these false and deceptive preachers teaches that grace means saved. Yes we are saved by grace but it doesn't mean saved.
The word grace means forgiveness, mercy,or unmerited pardon. It also mean benefit, favour or gift.Grace is a free gift from God.

"For the wages of sin is death:but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our our Lord." Roman 6:23.

We for sinning or transgressing God's law were allocated the eternal death penalty. Jesus Christ died for this purpose for His shed blood erased this eternal death penalty for our past sins.

"Much more then,being now justified by His blood ,we shall be saved from wrath through Him." Roman 5:9

"In Christ we have redemption through His blood,the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace." Ephesians 1:7.

Grace is defined above as God's willingness to forgive us of our past sins.Not His willingness to change or abolish His Law.

Since sin is the breaking of God's law, we all going to suffer eternal death. Christ then came in to pay the death penalty.Christ died instead of us for breaking God's law.Jesus if you still haven't grasp it paid the penalty according to the law.It is the penalty of the law. Christ death even shows that the law stands.
Jesus Himself said in Matthew 5:18, "Till heaven and earth pass,one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law,till all be fulfilled."
"..I have not come to abolish the law but to fulfill them." Matthew 5:17

While grace is a free gift, it is also conditional.God requires certain things of us before we receive it. Jesus stressed that unless we repent, we shall all perish in Luke 13:3.

Now repent is to turn away from sin and dedicate oneself to the amendment of one's life; to feel regret, to change one's mind according to Websters.
Acts 3:9 says,"Repent ye therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out..."
The above verse clearly shows that you have to be converted before you can receive grace.

Acts 2:38 says," Repent and be baptised every one of you in the name of Christ, for the remission of sins,and ye shall receive the gifts of the Holy Spirit."
After being converted we are then baptised which symbolises the washing away away of our past sins and God will impart His Holy Spirit into us which is the power we need to live according to the spirit.
This repentance is different from what we hear today in most churches.Most preaches just to be sorry and repeat a simple word of prayer from the preacher. The Holy Spirit will only dwell in those who continues without sins.

Paul wrote in Romans 5:21, "That as sin hath reigned unto death even so might grace reign through righteousness (obedience to God's law) unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord."
Because of Christ's blood we are under grace.

Read the very next verse.Romans 6:1 "What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound?"
Not even traditional Christianity will preach we continue in sin but yet they all insist on discontinuing the law.
John writing 60 years after Christ rose from the dead said in 1 John 3:4 that sin is the transgression of God's law.

Paul continues in verse 2 of Romans 6,"God forbids.How shall we that are dead to sin ,live any longer."
He is saying we will suffer eternal death again if we sin.Again under the law.Remember when we are converted and baptised we are under grace and eternal life.

Then Paul goes on to describe in verse 3&4 how we are symbolically buried with Christ. When we come out of the water, we walk with Christ in newness of life.

In verse 11 he says,"Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin,but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord."

Verse 12, "Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body that you should obey it in the lusts thereof."
The storyflow here is after we repent, we are baptised, and received the Holy Spirit. We ought not to let sin continue in our bodies. Our newness of life means we overcomes sin by yielding ourselves to God according to verse 13.

Now we come to verse 14.This is one of the most misunderstood verse in the Bible.Hailed as a key verse in the abolishment of the law by false preachers.

" FOR SIN SHALL NOT HAVE DOMINION OVER YOU FOR YOU ARE NOT UNDER THE LAW,BUT UNDER GRACE."
Now for a traditional Christian that is just enough said.Full stop.We live under grace and the law is supposedly abolilished here.
But look closely at the storyflow from chapter 5 right through to chapter 6 and it will show otherwise.

Keeping in mind that sin is the transgression of God's law which also brings with it the death penalty. We came under the law when we transgreseth against it.The penalty of the law is death. But if we repent and be converted through the Holy Spirit,we are not under the penalty of the law but under grace because of Christ's sacrifice.
Paul knows people will misinterpret his words after saying we are not under the law but under grace so he says in verse 15 that God forbids us to sin anymore.

God's merciful grace does not give us the right to live contrary to His law,the Ten Commandments.
According to Galatians 2:21,Christ would have died in vain if we think we can save ourselves by our own work.But also remember that according to Jude 4, if we think that Christ did everything for us and that we can continue to sin against the law because of grace, Christ would also have died in vain.

Jesus Christ Himself said in Matthew 19:17,"If thou wilt enter enter into life, keep thou the commandments."

Paul not only called the law holy and good in Romans 7:12,he also said that "I myself serve the law in verse 25.

James 2:8-10, that if you offend the law in one point you are guilty of all.

John said if we said we know God but do not keep the commandments WE ARE LIARS (1 John 2:3-4).

Above are some New Testament for those who rejects the Old Testament which were written years after Christ rose from the dead.

Now let us be honest with ourselves as God would not allow the violation of His law because of grace.
It was the violation of God's law which makes it a must for Christ to die.To pay the death penalty of the law.

Living under grace means living according to God's Spirit in humble obedience to His Laws.

May God helps us to understand so that His grace will be upon us.

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HOW TO IDENTIFY A CULT

 

  1. Is the group reluctant to reveal all its doctrines on request?
  2. Is it closed to inside and/or outside criticism?
  3. Does it try to promote itself as Christian when major doctrines and practices are not Biblically supported?
  4. Have its teachings been publicly questioned or opposed by recognised Bible Scholars?
  5. Has it been called a cult? (If so, why?)
  6. Have mistakes by past and present leaders been covered up instead of repented of?
  7. Do leaders live a lifestyle inconsistent with the Bible or their own message to members?
  8. Have its doctrines changed significantly over the years (and if so, why)?
  9. Are members prevented or discouraged from reading other religious literature?
  10. Do they believe that there are other books or magazines necessary besides the Bible to learn the truth?
  11. Does it deny that complete truth can be obtained just by using the Bible?
  12. Has the leadership claimed special direction from God not available to others in the organisation?
  13. Do they believe that all other Christian groups are false?
  14. Is all dissent seen as evidence of pride, sin or rebellion?
  15. Can the Bible be interpreted correctly only by members of this organisation?
  16. Have they misrepresented the Christian churches and their major teachings?
  17. Are members required to sever all ties with the past?
  18. Does it have an authoritarian structure?
  19. Are people regimented by threats or bribes and disciplined to conform?
  20. Are members obviously exploited financially?
  21. Does it deny the unconditional acceptance of all Scripture?
  22. Does it deny the nature of Christ as fully God and fully man?
  23. Does it deny the Trinity?
  24. Does it deny salvation through personal acceptance of Christ's death on the cross as payment for all our sins?

If the answer is "yes" to ten or more questions, it is almost certainly a cult.

If you require help getting out, please feel free to contact Jubilee Ministries. We will seek to locate a Christian Ministry close to you who will give you the support you require. We have links with many ministries in various countries.

Deceived People Don't Know They're Deceived People

 

Jesus Christ warns us to "Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves. By their fruit you will recognise them", (Matthew 7:15-16a). Jesus Christ also warns us that even mature Christians are at risk of deception, (Matthew 24:24). The Apostle Paul warns us to beware of those who preach "another Jesus", and who are empowered by "another spirit" other than the Holy Spirit, and who's gospel is actually bad news, (2 Corinthians 11:4). If you think you cannot be deceived, then you probably already are. What a sobering thought.

Deception is when we believe a lie, about God, about His church, or even about ourselves. Deception misleads us, causes us to follow the wrong course. It uses enticements, and deludes us to accept the false and yet call it "Truth". Deception is not only just one mis-truth - but a whole collection, and usually ends up being empowered by a spirit of deception. Final deception results in a strong delusion.

God in His grace allows us a way out of deception. We've observed the following pattern:

1. God warns us through Scripture;

2. Conviction of the Holy Spirit follows;

3. God sends someone to speak into our lives; if we harden our hearts then

4. the consequences kick-in (we call it God-pressure);

5. The Holy Spirit again convicts of sin;

6. If we continue in the sin of deception, then we aren't taken into the Promised Land. (Revelation 22:15; Galatians 5:19-20, & others)

We need to know enough about groups and practices which claim to be "Christian" to be certain whether they actually are or not. Claiming the title isn't enough.

Dr. Charles Farah wrote, "Whenever that Church or a segment of the Church takes a particular teaching or truth of the Bible, and detaches it from its relation to the total truth, pushing it to its logical extreme, it inevitably results in heresy. Heresy is not latent paganism. Heresy is truth distorted, exaggerated to an intolerable extreme. It is truth out of focus, out of balance with the whole." (From the Pinnacle of the Temple - Faith or Presumption, p41.)

We must never attempt to build a doctrinal basis for action or ministry on an isolated verse, nor to distort it out of it's context. That's what cults do. That's why they are cults - believing heresies which true Christians reject on the basis of Bible truth. We need the totality of Scripture to get true doctrine. Scripture needs to balance Scripture to avoid presumption and false doctrine.

"Nothing is more rigid or more opposed to the Holy Spirit's blessed moving in our age than bad theology. Bad theology says that miracles cannot occur in our century. Bad theology says no Christian can be tortured by a demon. Bad theology says only lack of faith prevents healing," wrote Dr. Charles Farah. (ibid p57)

Major Signs of a Cult

Wrong Doctrine
* Adding to the Bible with other books, publications or revelations
* The Bible is reinterpreted to suit group doctrines
* Denial of the deity of Jesus Christ
* Denial of the deity or personality of the Holy Spirit
* God is reduced to an elevated or evolved man
* Man is inflated with deity-potential
* Salvation is received by doing something (works)
* Repentance of personal sins minimised
* Belief that there are many ways to God
* Belief that there is more than one God
* Belief that they are the only true church
* Belief that their church is the only source of salvation

Wrong Practices
* Questioning of doctrines, leaders etc. discouraged
* One leader or group of leaders always right
* Individuality eroded & group conformity promoted
* Denial of the Priesthood of All Believers
* Information about the group from outsiders discouraged or not permitted
* Contact with family or friends discouraged
* Fear & guilt used to control members
* Group schedules so busy no life outside the group
* Unquestioning obedience expected
* Compulsory tithing plus other offerings only to that group

To Avoid being Deceived by a Cult
* be familiar with what the Bible actually teaches
* have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ
* invite the Holy Spirit to be your companion & guide in all things
* be in fellowship with other Christian believers

What about what we might call "Pre-cult Spiritually Abusive Churches?" Can a recognised Christian church fellowship become a cult? The answer is an obvious yes. Is this process preventable? Is it reversible? The answer to both questions is "YES!" How? Such a process will require much prayer and sacrifice, and especially repentance by those leaders who have deviated from the Biblical order. Leaders who don't or won't repent should be removed.

How can we recognise such a "Pre-cult Spiritually Abusive Church?"

Here are some questions which will assist uncovering such a sickness in the Body of Christ.

* Is there any compulsion to attend several group meetings each week?

* Is there guilt if you miss any?

* Are there "inner" and "outer" circles of members, the inner ones being "more spiritual?"

* Are members of the outer circle required to agree to "shepherding," or control/direction by someone in the inner group? (We are not talking of normal discipleship here.)

* Is there pressure or manipulation to give a minimum of 10% of your income only to that church/fellowship?

* Are honest questions about doctrines or practises within the group regarded as "criticism" by leaders?

Look for a genuine Christian church which doesn't put people into bondage, but which equips and sets them free in Christ. The key is to show you how to depend on God, and not the organisation. Ultimately, leaving any group is a decision between God and you, and others should not interfere or manipulate you. Don't become a "Lone Ranger": find a place where you can be blessed with accountability without control, and where there is freedom to grow and mature into all God intends you to be. No one needs "The One True church" but every one of us needs the "One True Jesus Christ".

 

 

 

 

 

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We are now into the Laodicean Church era of the Book of Revelation. Christians numbered more than 2 billion. Roughly a third of the total world population. That is a huge number of Christian people here on earth! But look at what God said about the Philadelphian era that we just went past:
"...for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name..." Revelation 3:8. God said that only a few real Christians in the last era. Certainly it wouldn't be billions according to God's Word!
But when the era of Laodicean era came which is today,God said:
"I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot.
16 So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth." Revelation 3:15-16.
It means in our era there will be much fewer real Christians than the Philadelphians.

So in light of the comparison above of God's Word,does that means mainstream Christianity is on the right path?
Certainly no!

The Characteristics of a Cult

 

 

Theological Characteristics

1. Devaluation of the Bible.

2. Devaluation of the nature of God.

3. Denial of the Trinity.

4. Devaluation of the Person of Christ.

5. Devaluation of the life and work of Christ.

6. Non-biblical teachings about the Holy Spirit.

7. Exalted view of human nature.

8. False basis of salvation.

9. Non-biblical teachings about the after-life.

10. Demonic activity denied or overemphasized.

 

Sociological Characteristics

1. Deceptive recruiting practices.

2. Dynamic and authoritarian leadership.

3. Elitism.

4. Cultic vocabulary.

5. Alienation from family and friends.

6. Legalism.

7. Induced fatigue.

8. Sanction oriented.

9. Anti-intellectual.

10. Thought stopping.

11. No professional clergy.

12. Doctrine in flux/false prophesies.

13. Financial exploitation.

14. Mind control.

 

 

Sources Consulted in Developing List of Cultic Characteristics

Arteburn, Stephen and Jack Felton. Toxic Faith: Understanding and Overcoming Religious Addiction. Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers, 1991.
Ashe, Steven. Cult Induced Psychopathology. n.a.
Breese, Dave. Know the Marks of a Cult. Wheaton, IL victor Books, 1980.
Brooks, Keith. "The Spirit of Truth and the Spirit of Error." revised by Irvine Robertson. Chicago: Moody Press, 1985.
Cult Awareness Network, leaflet. Princeton, WV: Conner Printing, 1987.
Enroth, Ronald. "What is a Cult?" Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity, 1982.
Hassan, Steven. Combatting Cult Mind Control. Rochester, VT: Park Street Press, 1988.
Knapp, Pat. "Aberrant Christianity: What Is It?." The Shield, April, 1988, 1-3.
Lewis, Gordon. Confronting the Cults. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House, 1988.
MacCollam, Joel. Carnival of Souls: Religious Cults and Young People. New York, Seabury Press, 1979.
Martin, Walter. Essential Christianity. Ventura, CA: Regal Books, 1980.
                       The Kingdom of the Cults. Minneapolis, MN: Bethany House, 1985.
                       The New Cults. Ventura, CA: Regal Books, 1980.
McDowell, Josh and Don Stewart. Handbook of Today's Religions. San Bernardino, CA: Here's Life Publishers, 1983.
Tucker, Ruth. Another Gospel. Grand Rapids, MI: Academie Books, 1989.

 

""""Worldwide Church of God Christian or Cult?""""

Well Joe I'm glad you brought up the above topic because surely you are blind to the truth. Remember God works in mysterious ways.

Now if you will just take a little bit,JUST A LITTLE BIT of your precious time,go through the history of the early church of God that was started by the apostles.

When you go through it you will notice that it came to a time when the churches in the West(in Rome) have a different sets of doctrines than those of the East. Then you will also came to know that they those churches in the East observed doctrines that were passed down from the apostles of Christ.

Further reading will bring you to the reality that according to the influence of the Western churches,Eastern churches were hunted down and martyred because they have God's Truth. Satan was behind all these.

Now from the churches in the East were born churches like the Seventh Day Baptist and then right at the very end came Armstrong and he restored all these truths that have been lost in time.

From the churches in the West was born the Roman Catholic Church. She has her own doctrines which all contradicts the doctrines of the churches in the East. And out of Catholicism we the Protestant churches came out but we still retained all her doctrines. Our Methodist Church, our Assembly of God Churches, our Pentecostal Churches and pretty much every churches you can think of in Fiji.

Now Joe while you are labelling the Churches of God as cults or sects, a quick look through the pages of history would make you realizes that the curses that Paul pronounces on every being who dare to preach a different Gospel other than the Gospel of God,hangs just inches above your head,now that you have known.

Vinaka Joe,remember Paul's name was Saul.

Ulaya

 

You posts are getting bizarre every time. Nothing you've stated above has any element of truth in it.

  

It is well documented that the Worldwide Church of God core beliefs are false contradicting the Holy Bible.

 

 

 The Worldwide Church of God

 

 

The Worldwide Church of God became known for an assortment of doctrinal distinctives that placed it at odds with historic Christianity. Among other aberrations, Armstrong:

  • Condemned the Trinity as a      pagan doctrine.
  • Taught that “all saints”      become little gods after their resurrection.
  • Denied that Christians can      be born again prior to the resurrection.
  • Promoted Anglo-Israelism,      the belief that British people are the literal descendants of the ten      “lost” tribes of Israel.
  • Urged keeping the Old      Testament law, including strict Sabbath observance and dietary      restrictions.
  • Prohibited celebrating      Christmas or Easter, which he condemned as pagan holidays. (Instead, WCG      members observed seven Holy Days: Passover, the Festival of Unleavened      Bread, Pentecost, the Festival of Trumpets, the Day of Atonement, the      Festival of Tabernacles, and the Last Great Day.)
  • Forbade members to consult      medical doctors when sick.
  • Stressed tithing to a      legalistic extreme. (Strictly observant WCG members gave 30 percent: 10      percent for a regular tithe, 10 percent to support the annual Feast of      Tabernacles, and 10 percent intended to support widows and orphans within      the WCG)
  • Forbade members to remarry      after divorce and insisted that they remain celibate if they remarried      after divorce.
  • Insisted that the WCG was      the only true church.
  • Closed the movement’s      doors to visitors and welcomed only converts.

 

 

 

 

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Ulaya

You talk a lot of rubbish. May I quote you on this;

Now if you will just take a little bit,JUST A LITTLE BIT of your precious time,go through the history of the early church of God that was started by the apostles....unquote.

Let me tell you now, you do not know about church history. How do I know? It is because you do not know about 1 John 5:7. You were never a bible student. You learnt from parrot teaching...... vaka ga nona tukuna o Joe Bose.."sa rauti iko ga na sara video"...LOL.

Watch the space.

The English word 'church' is translated from the Greek word 'ekklesia', which means 'calling out' (that is, a popular meeting, an assembly, especially a religious congregation). The word 'church' simply means a group of people meeting together. Attaching the word church to a group or organization does not necessarily make it a part of the Body of Christ.
In the purest sense, the church is composed of people who are called out of this evil world by God the Father (John.6:44; 65) to believe what Jesus taught and submit to his rule in their lives (John.14:15-24).

Quoting from Joe's comment above trying to discredit sure biblical teachings of Armstrong.,"

  • Taught that “all saints”      become little gods after their resurrection.' Unquote

But Scripture supported it.

"I have said, Ye are gods; and all of you are children of the most High." Psalm 82:6

'"Jesus answered them, Is it not written in your law, I said, Ye are gods?" John 10:34.

Vinaka Joe

What a commentary!!!

There is a power in the spirit realm we must understand and access, and that is the covenant blood of Jesus. As you learn about the blood and begin to act on all you know, then you must trust God enough to act on what you don't completely understand. If it's in the Word, believe it by faith. Once you can do that, you will find that the blood will start doing things in your life just like it did in the lives of the people in the Bible. When you start seeing what the blood did for the people in the Bible, it will bless your socks off. And the first time you see it work for you, it will change your thinking.

 

Have you ever gone to a car dealership and spotted a new car you liked? You think it's special and unique because it's not like anything you've ever seen before. But when you drive out of the dealership, all of a sudden you begin to notice there are cars like it everywhere. Once you become aware and your eyes are opened, it becomes obvious what you had previously overlooked.

 

That's the way it is with the Word of God. As you study about the blood, you may not think the blood has too much prominence in the Word of God. But once you start seeing it, you'll find the blood is throughout the Scriptures.

 

There are several things we must establish before we dig deeper into the mysteries of the blood:

 

1)Life is in the blood. Now if life is in the blood, then death must be in the absence of the blood. "For the life of the flesh is in the blood" (Leviticus 17:11).

 

2) Everlasting life is in the blood of Jesus. Jesus said, "Whoever eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day" (John 6:54). Jesus is not talking about His physical flesh and blood. This scripture has a spiritual connotation. We commemorate the blood of Jesus by acknowledging His blood when we take communion.

 

3) We access the blood of Jesus by faith. In the Old Testament, the priest would sacrifice animals to cover sin. Those who came to be cleansed saw the blood. It didn't take faith to know the blood was there. It took faith to know what the blood did. Hebrews 9:12 tells us Jesus entered into the holy of holies in heaven and put His blood on the mercy seat once and for all to pay the price for our sin.

 

Romans 5:8 says, "But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him."

 

We need to realize we are saved from destruction because of the blood of Jesus. It's not your good works that save you from destruction. There are Christians having disasters happen to them all the time. However, the protective power is available for a Christian just by accessing the blood of Jesus that has already been shed.  

Vivita vinaka vakalevu na wasea tiko na dina ena veitalanoa oqo. Totoka vakaoti na commentary qo.

The Errors Of Armstrongism

 

 

Jesus said, “You must be born-again.” (John 3:7)

 

“If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.” (Romans 10:9)

 

Armstrongism is a strange mixture of faiths. The Worldwide Church of God, also known as the Church of God, International, was founded by Herbert W Armstrong and continued by his son, Garner Ted Armstrong. Herbert stated in the ‘Plain Truth’ magazine (July/August 1973) that ‘the work going on from the Ambassador College and the Worldwide Church of God, is the only work on earth proclaiming the very Gospel of Jesus Christ to the world in great power’. The Armstrong’s actually believe that from the death of the apostles until Armstrong began his church in 1934, the true Gospel was lost and he restored it. They also believe that Herbert Armstrong was ‘the Elijah that was to come’. He certainly was not because Jesus told us that John the Baptist was the one who came in the Spirit and power of Elijah. For more information, read ‘John the Baptist was Elijah’ on this website.

 

A man named Ronald Weinland believes he is one of the end-time prophets spoken of in Revelation. He is not because the two witnesses are Jewish men from Jerusalem. We regard that as delusions of grandeur. As we do a study of this cult, we will see that there are many other glaring errors in their doctrine. Like all cults, as people cluster around a certain leader or false prophet, erroneous facts come to light. Without fail, every false prophet leads others to believe that he and only their particular followers have the last word from God, and light is found only within their organisation – all else is darkness.

 

The Bible speaks clearly about such beliefs and tells us not to accept them. One such scripture can be found in Galatians 1:9; ‘As we said before so I now say again: If anyone is preaching to you a Gospel different from that which you received from us, let him be accursed (doomed to eternal punishment)’.

 

Ephesians 4:25; ‘Therefore, rejecting all falsity and being done with it, let everyone express the truth with his neighbour, for we are all parts of one body’.

 

Although the Christian church is divided into many man-made segments – such as Baptists, Evangelicals, Anglicans, Catholics, Presbyterians, Pentecostals etc, all have the one steady basic belief – that Jesus was born as a man to die for our sins and did so with great victory, defeating death when He was raised from the dead. Believing that, makes us all part of the one body of Christ. Not one of the above mentioned denominations is better than another and all genuine believers will enter the Kingdom of God set up by Jesus, regardless of what building they choose to fellowship in.

 

Armstrongites believe that they will become gods, and this idea of created men or angels wanting to become like God, or ‘as gods’ is not a new idea. It is the age-old blasphemy taught by the devil to the gullible. Eve was challenged by this same thought in Genesis 3:4; ‘You shall not surely die, for God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened and you will be like God …’ Isaiah 14:14 records Lucifer saying, “I will be like the Most High.” That arrogant attitude had him thrown out of heaven forever.

 

Not only do Armstrong publications discuss subjects like ‘What it means to be equal with God’ (Tomorrow’s World, April 1971), but the same article goes on to promise Armstrong’s followers that they will some day advise and counsel God Himself! Revelation 5:10 promises Christians that we will be joint-heirs with Christ as kings and priests but we will never, ever be gods. There is only one true God revealed in the pages of the Bible and there is no one equal to the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. They alone are worshipped; all others worship Them. In Isaiah 48:11 the Lord says, “I will not give My glory to another.” And in Isaiah 44:6 He says; “I am the First and the Last and besides Me there is no God.” Isaiah 45:5; “I am the Lord and there is no one else; there is no God besides Me.”

 

Without fail, every cult denies salvation is by grace alone, through faith and Armstrongism is no exception. They substitute a ‘works program’ designed to have their followers look to their organisation for salvation rather than to our Saviour, Jesus. This is in spite of the clear words written in Ephesians 2:8 & 9; ‘For it is by free grace that you are saved through faith, and this salvation is not of yourselves but it is the gift of God; not because of works lest any man should boast’. We cannot be saved through works. We mortal humans simply cannot work out our own salvation. We depend entirely on God the Father, and His Son Jesus. Good works should certainly follow salvation but works are not a condition of salvation because it is free!

 

Armstrong’s have corrupted the term born-again. Jesus fully explained in precise detail what being born-again means in John 3:1 to 21. Armstrong teaches his followers they are not born again until the resurrection and expect them to believe they are to live out their lives as ‘embryo’s’ and are not ‘born’ until they die. The devil knows if you keep waiting until your death before you attempt to be born-again, then he has got you for eternity and he knows it! There is not one verse in the Bible that can back up Armstrong’s theory. As genuine born-again believers, Christians can point out scriptures like; ‘But as many as did receive Him, He gave the authority to become the children of God, that is, to those who believe in His name’ (John 1:12). ‘You have been born-again, not from mortal seed but from One Who is immortal, by the living Word of God’ (1 Peter 1:23). There is also the second scripture written on the top of page one of this text taken from Romans 10:9. Our born-again experience occurs when we receive Christ, many years prior to our resurrection.

 

Further to this, Colossians 1:13 tells us our transformation into the Kingdom of God is immediate – at our conversion. ‘The Father has delivered us out of the kingdom of darkness, into the Kingdom of the Son of His love’. Note it is written in the past tense!

 

When we are saved, we are already living in the Kingdom of God, right now. Jesus also spoke in the past tense in John 5:24; “I assure you, most solemnly I tell you, the person whose ears are open to My words and believes in Him Who sent Me, has eternal life and he does not come into judgement but he has already passed over out of death into life.”

 

Armstrongism also denies the bodily resurrection of Jesus, teaching instead that He was raised as a ‘spirit’ being. Jesus already refuted that in Luke 24:37 to 39; ‘But they were so startled and terrified because they thought they saw a spirit. And Jesus said to them, “Why are you troubled? See My hands and feet, that is I, Myself! Feel Me and see, for a spirit does not have flesh and bones, as you see that I have’.” Jesus is not a spirit, He is still a Man and always will be a Man. Read 1 Timothy 2:5; ‘For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus’.

 

One major error of Armstrongism is the denial of the exclusiveness of the triune Godhead, reducing the Holy Spirit to an impersonal force and an ‘it’ while at the same time exalting men to be ‘gods’. That teaching shows the wrong attitude to the Holy Spirit and is blasphemy. The Holy Spirit is a ‘He’ and He is a Comforter and a Teacher. Jesus said so in John 14:26; ‘But the Comforter (Counsellor, Helper, Intercessor, Advocate), the Holy Spirit, Whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things and He will cause you to recall everything I have told you.” Then 1 Timothy 4:1 & 2 says; “The Holy Spirit distinctly declares that in the latter times, some will turn away from the faith, giving attention to deluding and seducing spirits and doctrines that demons teach through the hypocrisy and pretensions of liars whose consciences are seared.”

 

We are not to quench (suppress or subdue) the Holy Spirit (1 Thessalonians 5:19). We are not to grieve (offend, vex, sadden) the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 4:30). Jesus rejoiced in the Holy Spirit and called Him ‘Father’ (Luke 10:21). Let’s see what Jesus says about having the wrong attitude to the Holy Spirit; “Whoever speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven but whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven, either in this world or in the world to come (Matthew 12:32).” “Whoever speaks abusively against or maliciously misrepresents the Holy Spirit can never get forgiveness, but is guilty of an everlasting trespass (Mark 3:29).” “And everyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man, it will be forgiven him; but he who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit (that is whoever intentionally comes short of the reverence due to the Holy Spirit) it will not be forgiven him; for him there is no forgiveness (Luke 12:10).”

 

Armstrongism has other doctrinal errors designed to keep his followers isolated from their families, friends and the true Christian body, to make their members dependent on the cult group for all their social life. All of these errors in doctrine can be corrected by simply studying the scriptures, which are the God-breathed words of the Lord (2 Timothy 3:16).

 

No cult has the answer to salvation and following a cult will result in misled people going to a lost eternity. Only accepting Jesus as our Lord and Saviour and accepting His sacrifice on the cross for all mankind will result in an eternal life with God the Father, His Son Jesus and the Holy Spirit Whom God sent to us after Jesus ascended into heaven (John 14:26; John 20:22 and Acts 2:1 to 4).

 

Amen and God bless you.[1]

 

 
 
 
 
Quote"""" All of these errors in doctrine can be corrected by simply studying the scriptures, which are the God-breathed words of the Lord (2 Timothy 3:16)""""unquote

Joe I am requesting here as according to above quote show me from the Bible verses that uphold the doctrines that Armstrong banished because of their pagan origins. Armstrong found out that they are works of men and Satan thus he exposed Satan's ploy.
In fact they are not even written in the Bible.
1. Trinity - originates from the trinity of Nimrod,Tamuz and Semiramis.

2. Easter - was introduced by Anicetus, the bishop of Rome, around A.D. 155 to be observed instead of the Godly instructed Passover WHICH IS OBSERVED AS REQUIRED BY JESUS TO REMEMBER HIM WITH. Note that Polycarp the bishop of Smyrna, a student of John the apostle opposed Anicetus.POLYCARP WAS LATER MARTYRED BECAUSE HE STOOD FOR THE TRUTH!

3. CHRISTMAS - 25th December is the birthday of the Sun god Nimrod. He is also known as Saint Nicklaus or in short form Santa Claus. Where is Jesus in this pagan festival. Nicklaus means THE GREAT HUNTER!(Genesis 10:9).
4. Rapture - John Nelson Darby invented the pre-tribulation rapture doctrine around 1830 AD. All attempts to find evidence of this wild doctrine in the church before 1830 have failed. Sick!

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