Cults and Religions from the bible perspective

Cults and Religions from the bible perspective

We are going to filter both concepts through what the Scriptures says about them and be specific about what the purposes and sources are of both. You might not comprehend the spiritual implication and consequences that both carry with them. We need to draw the line where one begins and where it makes a deadly turn. History is full of cases where someone became a religious person and slowly fell into a cult, which in most cases was catastrophic. Most people identify religion with God but there is a separation line between God and religion, which most people don’t notice. We will expand these differences with more details when we break down the concept of religion. This explanation is from the bible point of view, which has been twisted and corrupted with the purpose of controlling and manipulating those who are seeking the truth. When anyone controls and manipulates others using deceitful tools, such person is an instrument of evil, which can not be associated with God or His Word. Even if that person is labeled as “Minister of God”, from which obviously that person had departed from. We can’t afford to be naive in a world that had become so corrupted and polluted with deceitful paths that even true Christians had been sucked into by the the dark forces behind them.

If you go to any bookstore you will find thousands of books about Cults and religion. Some are very “Informative” about certain aspects of their subjects. But most of these books are written from the financial standpoint of view and not necessarily based on the spiritual realm, which we will cover in-depth. Do not forget that the definitions of “Cults and religions” in this post is not based under the context of a secular definition but instead based on the Scriptural context. We will expand comprehensively the bible perspective.

 

Cults:

Cults express deeper connection with the spiritual realm but NOT in the good sense. When we analyze the spiritual implications of a cult, the consequences and results are not always in favor of the individual involved in it. The connection with evil is hard to separate in a cult, even when the participant ignores the path they walk toward. Without fail, the deeper the individual surrenders his will to the evil concepts behind the cult, the more extensive are the damages that this individual will suffer. The purpose of these cults are so disturbing and corrupted that most people who have left the practices, later spend twice the time to recover from all the interior and exterior harm. These damages deal not only with the spiritual part of the individual but also the mental, emotional and in some cases physical. Whether we want to acknowledge this or not, cults are connected with demonic spirits, which will corrupt and destroy God’s creation. The fact that people are trying to ignore or deny the existence and involvement of these evil spirits in cults, doesn’t make it untrue or fabricated. The mix of these cults with demonic spirits started with pagans rituals. As creepy as this sounds, this is the way these evil spirits work. Take a look at all these individuals that lead a cult and see what was the end result of those people involved in them. Men like Jim Jones, who was a leader of a cult, which started a religion practice but ended up engineering a mass murder-suicide of all the members. The control and manipulation that Jones executed was beyond something normal, that couldn’t be detected among the members because of the spiritual implications of their ritual. Also in the list of these cults’ leaders you will find David Koresh, who was a leader of the Branch Davidians religious sect, believing himself to be its final prophet. Stewart Traill, who was the founder of “The Church of Bible Understanding”, which was a cult and he claimed to be the only one who can understand the original meaning of the Scriptures. The members of this cult were separated from their families (common in every cult) and were working for low wages while Traill becomes a millionaire. Warren Jeffs, who was the former president of FLDS Church and was in the FBI’s most wanted list. Jeffs arranged illegal marriages between his adult male followers and under aged girls. Sadly, the list and horrible acts of these cults leader are endless. To spot a cult just follow the pattern that labels it, which involve, among others, control of every movement of the member and manipulation of the information that such member can access. The leader is the only one that can provide the rules and the rituals to the members, in which no other source is allowed. Cults often do “Secret rituals” and only members are allowed to be part of it, for many, these rituals are the first step of a path toward confusion, which allows the leader of the cult to create “vulnerability” in the member and that way the takeover of the individual is possible. The elements used by these cults vary, depending upon the goal of the founder of the cult, which is never revealed openly until the individual makes a commitment to the cult. Let’s detail some of these elements:

→ They create ideas that are attracted to people who are searching for something similar, which made them an easy prey. Because these cults vary in purpose (which is always evil), the founder layout a format which will catch the type of individuals that wanted. It’s like a flyer that is posted in a public place, it will attract the type of people that were targeted.

→ They always come up with a “New spiritual concept in life”, which disguised the true purpose of their cult.

→ The founders of these cults are always “Evolving” and “adapting” their ideas in a format that won’t be observe for those that are vulnerable.

→ The leader often proclaim to be the only one who can guide them into the truth.

→ They will use anything that can help them to achieve their goals, which include:

1- The use of a spiritual or mystical language, which connected them to any individual that is searching for these types of groups.

2- Some cults use the name of “God” or “The Bible” to lure people into their practices, while others cults won’t associate themselves with “God” or anything relate to Him, to seduce any individual that identify himself as “Atheist”.

Abilities of these cult leaders:

→ The characteristics of these individuals are similar in essence but their format to lure people might be different on each cult.

→ They are eloquent speakers, quick thinkers, charming into the eyes, very organize, with strong ideas. These leaders will use the weakest part of any individuals to allure them into their ideas. The leaders of these cults had mastered the art of deceiving and they will use it to manipulate others at their will. Some of these cults’ leaders aren’t charming physically but the other abilities will fill the physical void. It’s like in the case of the serpent when lures the prey into his mouth.

→ Some of these cults leaders or founders are motivate by money, others by power and others by positions. The dangerous step is when all these are accomplished, which motivate the leader of the cult to push farther away from reality. They will remove out of their way anyone that might try to stop them by any meaning necessary. Many Christian leaders had fallen unto these tramps of satan and they had changed the message of holiness for messages that only bring money, power (control over others) and positions. When we become WAX (insensitive to the Holy Spirit) by these corrupted messages, we are walking blinded, not knowing the path we are heading toward. Any Christian leader without spiritual discernment is an easy prey for these corrupted teachings, which will lead into destruction of the soul.

There is a connection between these cults’ leaders and demonic spirits, in which the leader of the cult had made a pact that allowed these evil spirits to inspect, influence and control others through the leader of the cult. The cults will never call themselves as “dangerous” or anything that will reveal their nature. Their spiritual influence will catch, trap and control anyone that are vulnerable to their deceiving concepts.

Cults are disguised in many different ways and in some cases hard to spot. For instance, these cults can conceal their true identity in a form a government (Like Adolf Hitler and the SS squads), religions (like the Children of God, Scientology, The Moonies or the Unification Church, Heaven’s Gate, The people’s Temple who founder was Jim Jones, The Order of the Solar Temple, who founder was  Joseph Di Mambro, The Mormons, Aum Shinrikyo or Supreme Truth, which Charles Manson identify himself, The Branch Davidians who founder was David Koresk, The Movement for the Restoration of the Ten Commandments of God, etc.).  Atheist movements in which cults are evolving aggressively.

The bible predict the control of every cult and religion under the government of the antichrist, which will use evil spirit to “deceive” anyone who is not under the Old Roman Empire territory. Most people ignored the limited extension of the antichrist kingdom. These nations who are not part of his ruling will be seduce by “miracle events” cause by these demonic powers as it is stated in Rev. 16:13-14

“And I saw three UNCLEAN SPIRITS like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet. For they are the spirits of devils, working MIRACLES, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty.”

Because of the event in which these spirits are involved, they will work in every CULT and RELIGION to deceive every soul. So, the connection between Cults and these evil spirits are supported by the bible.

The copy-catters or wannabes of these cults leader are inspire by the same type of evil influence that motivated the original psycho leader. These cults won’t reveal the source of their influence but rather they will “camouflage” as a “spiritual movement” in order to conceal their real purpose. As time has passed the mixed of “Cults and Religions” are so well blended that for many both are the same.

Can a religion become a cult? Yes, the changes depends on the format in which the cult is forming its own foundations and direction. As we expressed before, the main motive of the leader will shape the cult and the rulers in which all members must abide by them. When a religion began to practice “secret rituals”, there are the first step toward the raising of a cult. When the leader of such religion corrupt the motives that drove him/her when the religion began and forces changes with supreme control and he becomes the main figure. When these changes are not accepted by any member, they use force and violence to enforce the new changes. These force and violence are not always physical but rather mental and emotional abuse.

Religions:

The definition of religion is often associated with God and the bible but in essence are NOT associated. Now, the following definition is NOT based on intellectual or reasoning point of view, which described most religions. Under the context of the bible, religion is a human action that is inspire by a internal void that each individual possess since the fall of man. Throughout the biblical history we find records of pagans ideas concentrated into an action, which at first didn’t had any rules or names but as time passed by rules and names were given to them. In the Old Testament history we see bizarre rituals that were mixed idolatry of images and evil spirits. After the fall of man, people started to do all kinds of rituals, which had based in pagans ideas. The nation of Israel was chosen to be God’s people, which was given God’s commandments and ordinances, for which they must live by them. The intention behind God’s commandments wasn’t to establish a sets of ceremonial rituals routines but rather a godly way a living. The nation of Israel didn’t comprehended this purpose, even today. When it came to follow God’s commands in their daily lives, they became mechanical and this is the point when something that was supposed to be a godly way a living became a religion. The word religion was synonymous of a set of rules to follow in a mechanical sense, more than a way of living that produce joy from the heart. When Jesus came and preached “The gospel”, it was with the same purpose of showing a way to a godly living and not to establish a sets of rules. Observe what Jesus said to those that changed the purpose for which God’s commandments was given:

“Ye hypocrites, well did Esaias prophesy of you, saying, This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their LIPS; but their HEART is far from me. But in VAIN they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.” Mat. 15:7-9

Now as then, people are teaching for doctrine “The commandments of Men”, which made the worship to God in Vain. Jesus layout the differences between the gospel and religion. How the gospel had become a religion? It’s our fault and not of God. Because God did his part of paying the price to redeemed men back to him through Jesus’s sacrifice and gave us the gospel, so others can be saved through the salvation message. The gospel was given to us by Jesus in a pure format but we started to add our own opinions, ideas, commandments and even we changed the original format. The gospel became a religion, which chain up people to a sets a rules that in some cases are force upon them. The gospel became polluted with pagans concepts mixed as part of it. After Jesus left to the third heaven, the apostles were responsible for the expansion of the gospel but instead the gospel was mixed with Jews traditions.  Many years later these Jews tradition were removed and the gospel was represented to the gentiles, and the received the salvation message. Years past and the same contamination affected the gospel, when it was mixed with pagan’s rituals, ideas and concepts by Constantine the Great, who was a Roman Emperor from 306 to 337 AD. Slowly the gospel went through changes that will pollute and corrupt the essence and foundation of it. Pagan’s rituals, ceremonies and ideas were adapted by the Roman church and the gospel lost its purity. All these pagans and ungodly rituals were converted into doctrines as part of the growing roman church that dominated the “spiritual ceremonies and rituals”. It’s under this context that “religion” was formed in the sense of absorbing all types of pagan’s rituals, ceremonies, ideas and idolatry, into one format that “Fit all”. Since the raised of the roman church until the time of reform by Martin Luther, there was no records of God’s manifestation among the people but a sporadic miracles through some Essene Jews. From the decree made by Constantine to add the true Christian church into the Roman Empire design (which absolutely corrupted God’s design), until the fifteenth hundreds, a thick dark cloud fell upon the earth. In this period of time that was only violence, destruction, chaos, corruption and deceives by the roman church, which goals were “Power, Possessions and Positions”. The reforms introduced by Martin Luther gave initial to a new age but the root of the problem was not corrected, which involved the separation of pagan’s rituals made doctrines by the roman church. There was some changes but even today the body of Christ still keep dragging pagan’s rituals, which were made “Doctrines” by the roman church. Everyone had adopted and adapted these doctrines with pagan’s root into the denominations and had made them “Doctrines”, voluntarily ignoring the authority of The Word of God. These are the reasons why we have so many denominations and different doctrines today. The word religion is equal to God for most people, but under the context of the bible in not equal. We have a group of “Intellectuals” defining “Spiritual elements and events” into concepts that can be reason with the mind, but these “Spiritual elements and events” can be only revealed and understood by the spiritual part of the man and not by the mind. These passages expressed my point:

“Howbeit we speak wisdom among them that are perfect: yet NOT THE WISDOM OF THIS WORLD, nor of the princes of this world, that come to nought (cease): But we speak THE WISDOM OF GOD in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto OUR GLORY: Which NONE of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. But GOD HATH REVEALED THEM UNTO US BY HIS SPIRIT: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God. For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God. Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God. Which things also we speak, NOT IN THE WORDS WHICH MAN’S WISDOM TEACHETH, but WHICH THE HOLY SPIRIT TEACHETH; comparing SPIRITUAL things with SPIRITUAL. But THE NATURAL MAN RECEIVETH NOT the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness UNTO HIM: NEITHER CAN HE KNOW THEM, because THEY ARE SPIRITUALLY DISCERNED. But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man. For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? but we have the mind of Christ.” 1 Cor. 2:6-16

These passages are very explicit and give us the reason why the spiritual things expressed in the bible CAN’T BE UNDERSTOOD BY THE MIND, but rather by the born again human spirit. When it comes to “understanding the spiritual realm”, doesn’t matter how intellectual a person can be, or how many academic degrees someone had acquired. The world CAN’T neither comprehend nor explain the word of God without experiencing John 3:3-6:

“Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man BE BORN AGAIN, he CANNOT SEE (comprehend) the kingdom of God. Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb, and be born? Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, EXCEPT a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he CANNOT ENTER into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.”

How can anyone explain “Spiritual matters” if such person is not able to comprehend them? Such person can’t.

The reason why the gospel has been define a one more religion is the faults of the so called “Spiritual leaders”, by allowing these pagans doctrines to be part of the doctrines and teaching of the church. They had compromised “the spiritual principles” placed by God on His own Word and converted them into religious rituals, which DOES NOT SAVES ANYONE. Unfortunately, the teaching of these pagans’ doctrines will continue until the ruling of the antichrist, which will merge into one all doctrines.

So, if religions doesn’t saves, how can a person be saved then? By believing in the sacrifice of Jesus upon the cross. The word of God will always works if we believes what it says. Salvation DOESN’T depends upon what you do or don’t do, salvation is receive by faith in what God had provided. As it is stated in Rom. 10:9-11

“That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.”

No sacrifices are required to be saved but only to believe in what God had said in His Word. Neither religion nor denomination can save you but Jesus. John 14:6. After you’re saved you must develop a intimate relationship with God and a solid growth in the knowledge of Him. You MUST follow God and His Word and NOT religion or denomination.

“Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men.” Acts 5:29

If you’re working in a local church (whether is part of a council or organization or not) you respect your leaders under the fear of The Lord, but when the teachings and doctrines of the local church contradict the “core of the gospel”, then you need to decide what to do. The doctrines and teaching that are “The essence” of the gospel CAN NOT be corrupted or replaced. When these are replaced by “Men’s commandments” then it becomes a “religion”. That doesn’t meaning that the people are no longer saved but instead the joyful godly way of living had become a mechanical daily routing. Many people did changed the core of the gospel and they crossed the threshold into a cult, which carry nothing but destruction of the soul of men. Some of the founders of these cults were one time part of good cause, doing good deeds to the communities but they decided to change in a radial way and brought condemnation and horrible events to their followers.

The gospel doesn’t’ have nothing with fanaticism, which express the dangerous path to end up in a cult. Some people had been label as fanatic because of the commitment to God and the changes they experience. Now, I’m not referring to those people that had indeed crossed the threshold of sanity and common sense but rather to those that follow God because of the new godly way of living, which is expressed in the gospel. In Rev. 21-22 described: The new godly way of living”, which every saved person will have for all eternity. We have to recognized that some followers of Christ are very “Liberals”, who are accepting as “Normal” the changes in our society and culture that are opposed to The Word of God. In the other hand, we have others that are “too strict” and sometimes there is space for mercy and compassion toward their fellow follower. In my case, I was born again in a Pentecostal church that had very harsh sets of rules that restrained most non-believers to receive salvation. We must find a way to be faithful to our Lord without falling on any extremist way that in the long run will do more harm than good. What is the best way to describe the gospel? Rom. 1:16 provide us with the answer:

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the POWER of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.”

If what we preach doesn’t produce the result mentioned in the passage, we are just preaching a religion and nothing more. Whether we wanted to admitted or not, we had fallen to the category of religion because we are not preaching the gospel as given by Jesus. What motivated the crowd of people to followed Jesus? His message and the power behind his message. Mat. 12:15; 14:14; Luke 6:17; Acts 10:38. The so called “gospel” that many are preaching today DOESN’T have that type of effect among the crowds, Why? Because what we are preaching or teaching is “tainted” with: “Humanism, dogmas of men, pagan rituals, intellectualism, etc.” and mixed with such things, the gospel had lost its own effectiveness to achieve what was commanded by God. Jesus said it to a type a group of a religious people that had done such mixed:

“And he said unto them, Full well ye reject the commandment of God, that ye may keep your own tradition.” Mark 7:9

When we compromised our Christians values just to please others we are the loser. In the context of the bible, everywhere you see “compromised” you will see “lost”. Adam compromised and lost the right to be in the Garden of Eden and before God. Judas Iscariot compromised the office of Apostleship and Salvation by betraying Jesus and lost his eternal soul. The church today had compromised the Word of God by accepting as “Normal” things we know that are against the bible. Can we be more compassionate that God? Never but we acts as we have to. Can we love the sinners more that God? Never. But the scriptures are very clear:

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. FOR GOD SENT NOT HIS SON INTO THE WORLD TO CONDEMNED THE WORLD; but that the world through him might be SAVED. He that BELIEVETH on him is not condemned: but he that BELIEVETH NOT is condemned ALREADY, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and MEN LOVED DARKNESS rather than LIGHT because their deeds were evil. For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.” John 3:16-21

God sent His own Son to save anyone that open his heart to Him, but the rejection of God’s salvation carried eternal condemnation. On this subject is where most religions failed, because they allowed people to remain in the same sinful lives as they were before receiving the salvation of God. Nobody is perfect and we are sin as we try to walk on the path of righteousness but that is different of saying that God only sees the heart. If we have sin we can find forgiveness in God, but we must repent from the heart and depart from such evil.

“What man is he that desireth life, and loveth many days, that he may see good? Keep thy tongue from evil, and thy lips from speaking guile. Depart from evil, and do good; seek peace, and pursue it. The eyes of the Lord are upon the righteous, and his ears are open unto their cry. The face of the Lord is against them that do evil, to cut off the remembrance of them from the earth.” Psalm 34:12-16

Even these passages that God will forgive and blessed anyone that “depart from evil” but He will punish all the evil person.

To wrap up this subject, we have to admit that most church aren’t living and preaching the gospel as we are supposed and this doesn’t mean that The Lord doesn’t love them or they are not saved. But this mean is that in the day when we all are judge by Christ Himself in the Bema of Christ, right away after the rapture and we will receive rewards or lose of them, depending on what we did with God gave us.

“WATCH ye therefore, and PRAY always, that ye may be ACCOUNTED WORTHY to ESCAPE all these things that shall come to pass, and to STAND BEFORE the Son of man.” Luke 21:36

Also Rom. 14:10; 1 Cor. 3:6-15; 2 Cor. 5:10

Do all religions lead to God? No, that is a lie which doesn’t have any biblical support.

What if I’m a member of a local church that had compromised the biblical principles expressed by God? There is no perfect church, that is a reality that can’t be deny but one thing is not being perfect and another is to be corrupted. I’m not the one that is suppose to tell you want to do, I might will give you an advice but at the end of the day is God from whom you should ask for directions. The problem is when bad things are happening and you pretending that you didn’t see them.

What if I’m a member of a local church that had compromised the biblical principles expressed by God? There is no perfect church that is a reality that can’t be deny but one thing is not being perfect and another is to be corrupted. I’m not the one that is supposed to tell you want to do, I might will give you an advice but at the end of the day is God from whom you should ask for directions. The problem is when bad things are happening and you pretending that you didn’t see them.

What I’m supposed to do if I’m attending to a cult? Don’t walk, run out of that place and escape for your life.

If God is not found in a religion, does that mean I’m not saved? Jesus is that one that came to saved us. If you’re born again as Jesus expressed it on John 3:3-6 and what is says in Rom. 10:9-10, you are saved. Salvation DOES NOT depend upon the place you are attending but in Christ. 2 Cor. 5:17. There are places that are polluted as it is expressed in the following passage:

“Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of THE FLESH and SPIRIT, PERFECTING HOLINESS in the fear of God.” 2 Cor. 7:1

Once you had come to the knowledge about God’s absolute truths, you’re without excuses before God, especially in the area regarding living a godly life. One more note on this section: “Guilt is proportioned to knowledge” as it is expressed in the following passage:

“Talk no more so exceeding proudly; let not arrogancy come out of your mouth: for the Lord is a God of knowledge, and by him actions are weighed.” 1 Sam. 2:3

There is a lot more to say about the influence of a cult and religion over their followers, but this section is meant to be a glimpse of the things that some ignored. I will write more details in a separate post about the influences of evil spirits and the consequences of dealing with them. The mind controlling of these cults leaders, who are masters in the art of deceiving. People who were deeply involved in these cults and managed to fled from them, had been left with a lot of internal damage, in which only God (not religion) can heal. I will also explain the motivation of these “spiritual rituals” that involve demons and are part of these cults.

I pray that our God can enlighten your path and give you spiritual discern to see what others can’t see. Amen!

God keep blessing your life!

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