21 SIGNS OF A CULT MASQUERADING AS A CHURCH VERSUS CHURCH OF THE LORD JESUS CHRIST (Part One)
hen Apostle Paul sounded the alarm of an impending perilous times, he certainly meant our days. Evil now walks nakedly unashamed; egregious acts frowned upon and condemned long ago are now de riguer in the affairs of the human race. No other era than ours Peter's admonition to genuine followers of our Lord Jesus Christ are supposed to be on the qui vive and make their election sure: ("Therefore, my brothers and sisters, make every effort to confirm your calling…"-2 Peter 1:10). How do you make your election sure as a born-again Christian? Allow the Holy Spirit to direct you so you won't stumble in your Christian Journey. It is possible to lose one's salvation. Do not fall into the error of some of today's preachers deceiving you by what they erroneously say: "Once you're saved, you're saved forever." It is unscriptural; it's a lie from the pit of hell. The Christian Journey is for those who can endure till the end; if its eternal salvation a lar carte, the Lord God Almighty would not have warned in Ezekiel 18:19-24: "Why does the son not share the guilt of his father?' Since the son has done what is just and right and has been careful to keep all my decrees, he will surely live. The one who sins is the one who will die. The child will not share the guilt of the parent, nor will the parent share the guilt of the child. The righteousness of the righteous will be credited to them, and the wickedness of the wicked will be charged against them. "But if a wicked person turns away from all the sins they have committed and keeps all my decrees and does what is just and right, that person will surely live; they will not die. None of the offenses they have committed will be remembered against them. Because of the righteous things they have done, they will live. Do I take any pleasure in the death of the wicked? declares the Sovereign LORD. Rather, am I not pleased when they turn from their ways and live? "But if a righteous person turns from their righteousness and commits sin and does the same detestable things the wicked person does, will they live? None of the righteous things that person has done will be remembered. Because of the unfaithfulness they are guilty of and because of the sins they have committed, they will die."
Parents, do not agonize over any of your children above 20 years of age either caught up in spiritual errors, or has deviated from the path you set for them while growing up. What they need from you is prayer; prayer that their eyes would open and they will return to the original path of righteousness you set for them while growing up. Do not let Satan instill guilt into you that you have failed as a parent. Every one of us shall individually appear before our Lord Jesus Christ to render account of our earthly life; father, mother, son, daughter etc. A person who once gave his/her life to the Lord Jesus Christ can, and do stray away from the Narrow Path. King Saul started well, but ended badly and tragically; Solomon was the wisest man on earth, but strayed from the Way at the dusk of his life; (I Kings 11:19: "The LORD became angry with Solomon because his heart had turned away from the LORD, the God of Israel, who had appeared to him twice." Demas strayed away too, because he loved this world (2 Timothy 4:10) and many more whose names were removed from the Book of Life, because they pulled back. The crown only belongs to the overcomers and those who reached and made it to the finished line. If the Christian Walk is a cake walk, then there is nothing to endure and overcome. If salvation is a slam-dunk, our Lord Jesus Christ wouldn't have said: "…Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved" (Matthew 24:12-13). So much for the self-beguile advocates of eternal security! May we not be bad finishers in Jesus Mighty Name, Amen.
One of the most perilous slipping slopes of today's youths and young Christians-lamentably matured believers are also preys-is being caught in spiritual errors. There are many Christians suffering intense spiritual identity-crises and to obviate this, they mingle with pseudo-Christian organizations that are spiritual cults, masquerading as the church of our Lord Jesus Christ. It is not enough to be innocent when searching for the truth, but one should be innocently knowledgeable. It is good to be zealous, Apostle Paul noted, but zeal without knowledge is dangerous and can be tragic and eternally calamitous (Romans 10:1-2: Brothers and sisters, my heart's desire and prayer to God for the Israelites is that they may be saved. For I can testify about them that they are zealous for God, but their zeal is not based on knowledge.") At the future Bible College, the Lord Jesus Christ is putting together here at The Jesus Christ Solution Center, Cameron, the Holy Bible specifically emphasized the need to hone home this knowledge aspect of zeal. All religions preach zeal and that is why large slice of world's problems are caused by religion. Religious adherents, motivated by zeal for their gods have killed, maimed, murdered and perpetrated horrendous acts all in their zeal and devotion to their gods, but all done out of ignorance. Therefore, we will teach Apologetics, a fanciful name for a Bible Course, which explains the basis for the Christian faith. Without spiritual knowledge rooted in the Word of God, genuine seekers of the True Lord God Almighty will fall into errors and cults.
You see, the Old Serpent hasn't changed; he still enters through the back door as usual, but this time, he has updated his artifices. Remember, he's a liar; actually, our Lord Jesus Christ called Satan the father of lies (John 8:44). But here is his new tactic; he now tells half-lies. A barefaced and raw lie can easily be punctured with the Truth, but how do you repudiate a half-lie? A brother told me, almost fighting me for telling him to stop attending a Satanic church in Africa as revealed by the Holy Spirit. "How can the man be a Satanist when he opens the eyes of the blind, gives money to the poor and helps the indigents, God must be using him," I told him that it is not the "good" that false teachers and fake prophets do that annoys and pisses off the True Lord God Almighty, but our disobedience to His Sacred Command, "You must not have any other god before and beside Me," period! "But does it matter where he gets his power from so far, he's solving peoples' problems and doing good?", the brother retorted. The same way the children of Israel answered the Jehovah Lord God Almighty when He warned them to stop worshipping the demon-goddess, Queen of heaven. "But ever since we stopped burning incense to the Queen of Heaven and pouring out drink offerings to her, we have had nothing and have been perishing by sword and famine." The women added, "When we burned incense to the Queen of Heaven and poured out drink offerings to her, did not our husbands know that we were making cakes impressed with her image and pouring out drink offerings to her?" (Jeremiah 44:18-19). Like a sister I admonished years ago to stop patronizing witch doctors and voodoo warlocks shouted: "After all, I am not killing anyone or injuring any human being, but just to protect myself and my family?" I replied: "You may not be injuring your fellow human beings, but you're injuring the Lord God Almighty, your Creator." When does a so-called Church turn into a cult? How do you recognize a cult masquerading as a church of the Lord Jesus Christ? Is it possible that you may be attending a cult all these years and may be unaware? When does a church morph into a cult? Let's examine the signs as revealed in the Light of the Living Word-the Holy Spirit-and confirmed by the Written Word-the Holy Bible.
Belief In Jesus Christ But…. People of the world can't still handle the revealed truth that only belief and belief only in the finished works of our Lord Jesus Christ on Calvary is all that is needed for salvation. A sister was flummoxed when I told her she was saved after reciting Romans 10:9-10. "So, what is next? She asked. "You're saved now," I replied. "Start to read the Holy Bible and look for a Bible-believing church and begin to grow in the Lord Jesus Christ." "What next am I going to do?" she asked as if she wasn't sure of her salvation. "What next did you do the first time you received your letter of admission to the university?' I asked her. "I was very happy, I called all my friends to let them know I had been accepted to read… and I began to prepare to resume." I told her: "Go and do the same now. Call your friends, text them, email them and let them know you're now a child of the Living God and look for a church and begin to grow as a saved and redeemed daughter/child of the Most High God." She got the message. My Lord Jesus Christ is not one of the ways; He is the Only Way, period! When Jesus Christ said: ""I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me," (John 14:6), He left no wiggle room for debate and unnecessary disquisition. You can't spin that declarative statement. It is either He said the truth or he's a liar. He cannot be both. This was the motif of the Hebrews Epistolary. The work of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on the Cross is Tetelestai , " It is finished," -zero, zip, zilch, nada, nothing, nil, aught, and over, c"est finis, etc. You cannot add or subtract from this finished work on Calvary. Any organization, church or movement that tells you, yes, we belief in Jesus and go on to add "but" is a cult, run away.
Jesus Is Lord! The Son of the Living God Who saved me from hell, broke the back of the enemy and gave me the victory over Satan, Sin and Self is not Jesus, but Jesus Christ. Let's get this straight; there is a difference between Jesus and Jesus Christ. Do not be fooled by Satanists who beguile the unwary that they believe in Jesus. When the Holy Spirit revealed the King to Peter, He confessed and pronounced the King's Name in full: "You're the Christ, the Son of the Living God," (Matthew 16:16). Christian cults use the name Jesus, because they know the denizens of darkness aren't afraid of Jesus, but bow down and cringe at the Name of Jesus Christ, Hallelujah! Don't be fooled; there are many Jesuses out there and folks, if you are not careful, they will play a fast one on you. There are many fake and adulterated products out there and don't be surprised false Jesus peddlers are around. Ask them to declare these seven unique qualities of Jesus Christ, the King of kings and Lord of lords namely: 1. Jesus Christ born of the Virgin Mary 2. Jesus Christ Who lived a sinless life for 33 years on earth 3. Jesus Christ Who died on the Cross for the sins of the world 4. Jesus Christ Who was buried after His Crucifixion and Death on Calvary, but resurrected three days later 5. Jesus Christ Whose Death and Resurrection gave anyone who believes in Him victory over Satan and his demons, including their human agents 6. Jesus Christ Who is the Only Way to heaven 7. Jesus Christ Who is coming back again to judge the living and the dead. If you attend any church, movement or gathering where these seven unique attributes and qualities of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ are not taught and preached, you are lost!
Unique Word Than the Holy Bible: -Any so-called spiritual gathering or place of worship where another man-made and man-written book is revered more than the Holy Bible is a place of losers. "Do not let this book of the Law depart from your mouth," Joshua was warned by the Sovereign Lord God Almighty in Joshua 1:8-9: "…meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go." Every nation or country has a constitution, inventors and manufacturers of products provide manuals to operate their inventions and the Creator of the heavens and the earth has given us the Manual of Life; the Holy Bible. There is no book like the Book of Life. The Lord God Almighty has communicated His instructions to us laconically, unfettered, unhobbled and without doubt. Obey and Live; Disobey and Perish, period! It is not open for debate. You neglect it to your eternal peril. A man and his female companion pressed the visitor's alarm button at our mansion here in Cameron, TX uninvited. How they sneaked into the expansive compound required investigation. My wife recognized them and was about to dismiss them, but out of courtesy I let them in. They said they wanted to preach the good news to me and brought out a pamphlet. I insisted we rather begin from the Holy Bible. They demurred insisting we should start from their pamphlet. I sent them packing fast and promptly. You can't come into the presence of the king-that is me-and want to talk about the King-that is my Lord Jesus Christ and not begin from the King's Book-that is the Holy Bible. The grundnorm of the Christian faith is the Holy Bible. Any church organization or sect that revers another book above and more than the inerrant Word of the King of kings and Lord of lords is a cult, stay away. Or as Apostle John warned: "If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching, do not take them into your house or welcome them." (2 John 1:10).
We Are the Chosen! Satan deceives religious cultists they're the only people exclusively chosen by the Almighty God to bear testimony to His Holy Name on earth. Their leaders beguile them with self-adulation; they use the Name of the King as copyright. "This church is chosen by Jesus Christ Himself," they glow with spiritual pride like Elijah did in his days: Religious cultists delude themselves they are the only ones worshipping the True Lord God Almighty. Their honchos deceive their followers that they are the ones specifically chosen to inherit salvation and their spiritual smugness was like that of Prophet Elijah in I Kings 19:10: "I have been very zealous for the LORD God Almighty. The Israelites have rejected your covenant, torn down your altars, and put your prophets to death with the sword. I am the only one left, and now they are trying to kill me too." But the Jehovah Lord shut Elijah's mouth in Verse 18: "Yet I reserve seven thousand in Israel-all whose knees have not bowed down to Baal and whose mouths have not kissed him." There are no spiritual oligopolies in the kingdom of our Lord Jesus Christ. Every human being is called and anyone who confesses the Name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ shall be saved. No one has exclusive proprietary right to the King, but all fallen creatures of yore and scions of Adam who humbled themselves before the Eternal Throne of the Messiah and accept Him as Lord and Personal Savior, Hallelujah!
There Is an Esoteric Revelation: - Satan and his fallen angels alias principalities and demons keep telling human beings there is a hidden power somewhere that the Lord God Almighty has withheld from them, and somehow, that hidden power can be tapped unto by man on his own. That has been the mantra of all demon-inspired and Satanically-energized religious occults of the world. It started in the Garden of Eden, when Satan morphed into the serpent and deceived our First Parents: "You shall surely not die, because God knows when you eat this fruit, your eyes shall be open and you shall like God knowing good and evil." Was it not the same misadventure that put Lucifer and his pitiable co-travelers in heaven into trouble in the first place necessitating their expulsion from God's Presence? They wanted to be like God. Any organization or religious movement that says to you it has been specially handed a code or deep secret to unlock God's Inner Power is lying to their teeth. Whatever the Almighty God of the heavens and universe wanted to reveal to us His children have been conveyed openly to the world and human race in His Book: The Holy Bible. If you have any "secret" or "deep code" from Above, that is for your own personal edification and use not for beguiling others. No wonder, the King warned the Church in Thyatira: "Now I say to the rest of you in Thyatira, to you who do not hold to her teaching and have not learned Satan's so-called deep secrets, 'I will not impose any other burden on you…" (Revelation 2:24).
Slay in the Spirit: I entered a religious gathering one of these days and there was commotion everywhere. The worshippers were falling on top of one another being "slayed under the anointing." I asked: "Which anointing?" They said the anointing of the Holy Spirit. Really? Every incident in the Holy Bible throughout the 3-year earthly ministry of our Lord Jesus Christ where people fell and unconscious when the King touched them were demonic deliverance. The Holy Spirit doesn't enter you and make you unconscious. I repeat again, the Holy Spirit of our Lord Jesus Christ doesn't enter any human being and make him/her unconscious. He is not fire, but like fire, He is not water, but purifies like water, He is not wind, but like a mighty rushing wind; He is not a white bird, but like a dove. When He came unto the apostles on Pentecost, they didn't fall on top of one another, unconscious and ran helter-skelter, but spoke in other tongues and were bestowed with unnatural boldness to proclaim the Good News: "When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them." (Acts 2:1-4). Satan counterfeits the Lord God Almighty all the way and when his amanuenses and agents stealthily enter the church, they put up the amusing, the oddball and the bizarre, because they know human beings, we're always and most certainly enthralled and captivated by the sensation. When you enter those avenues where they fall on the ground rolling on top of themselves barking like dogs, writhing, sneezing and screaming like serpents, watch out and heed John's admonition: "Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world." (1 John 4:1).
Bizarre Doctrines: -There is a level of spiritual growth you must attain through the mentorship of the Holy Spirit that when you hear errors and Biblical gobbledygook, the Holy Spirit sounds an alarm. There are many false teachings and doctrines out there these days that make you cringe, wondering why precious souls are easily bamboozled and hoodwinked. I watched a young man on television shouting about his spiritual anointing that "I have the power to summon the Holy Spirit and I will tell Him to do anything and He will. I can bring a refrigerator that is already not working to life and it will start working. I can bring a car without an engine to start working. That is how high my anointing is. I can do these and many more in the Name of Jesu Christ." The congregation applauded and roared. I laughed. No human being born of fallen children of Adam can "summon" the Lord God Almighty at his bell and call, for that is Whom the Holy Spirit is. We can entreat and plead with the Holy Spirit, but you cannot command Him and do anything at your bidding and cannot summon Him. He is our Boss. He is the One in control, for: "For I am a great king," says the LORD Almighty, "and my name is to be feared among the nations." (Malachi 1:14c). The Holy Spirit is the Sovereign Lord God Almighty Himself and you don't desecrate Him and bring Him low, and He is your greatest Companion in your Christian Journey. Saphira and Ananias paid heavily for lying to the Holy Spirit and you will be a goner, if you treat Him with inanities and bring Him low to your sin-soak level for, "You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because the One in you is greater than the one in the world." (1 John 4:4). Occultists and Satan's agents masquerading as true servants of the Savior can "summon" demons to do certain awe-inspiring feats wowing members of their sects, and since these charlatans use the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ, the members of the public are carried away. I even hear that these miracle workers of Satan claim the Holy Spirit give them power to predict lottery winners, pokers, football matches and so on. Nonsense!
Denial of the Trinity: -The first knowledge the real Holy Spirit of the Living God would give you as proof of your salvation is Who God Almighty is in simple basics. The True Lord God Almighty is Jesus Christ in the flesh and He manifests His Presence through His Spirit, the Holy Spirit. The True Lord God Almighty is not Three Gods, but Three in His Divine Presence; God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. As John explained: "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God." (John 1:1). The Lord God Almighty is Spirit; His Soul is Jesus Christ and His Manifestation is the Holy Spirit. This is the Trinity. There are Three that bear Witness in heaven (For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one." (I John 5:7). Similarly, there are also Three that bear witness on earth; (I John 5:8: "the Spirit, the water and the blood; and the three are in agreement…."
The True Lord God Almighty cannot be God of Love, if He is a Single Entity. Neither can He exercise His Three unique attributes of Omnipotence, Omnipresence and Omniscience. These tripartite attributes of God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit, He replicated in us human beings when He created us as spirit with a soul in a body, thus we are referred to as being created in the Image and Likeness of the Lord God Almighty, Hallelujah! Any church organization or movement that teaches against the Trinity is not a church with the Presence of the Holy Spirit, but a cult. Stay away from them.
All Are Going to Heaven: - A cult will put its members at ease, since they have already been soaked in by Satan's lie that they are unique and are the chosen, all of them are going to heaven. It is not your lifestyle that matters, but your church affiliation. Making it to heaven is a group affair and you are in that group. You don't need to work out your salvation with fear and trembling," (Philippians 2:12) as Apostle Paul exhorted believers. What matters here is your cult membership. While we did not have inputs into the finished work of our Lord Jesus Christ for the salvation of the human race on Calvary; however, we will still need to guard jealously what has been procured for us by the Crucifixion, Death and Resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, Hallelujah! Consequently, in this connection, we weren't saved by good works, but saved for good works. There is no somnambulistic entrance into heaven; and entering His Presence is not a group excursion. As Apostle Paul warned in 2 Corinthians 2:15: "For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each of us may receive what is due us for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad." Heaven is not a membership Club folks!
There Is No Hell: -One of these days, the Holy Spirit opened my spiritual ears and some demons were talking about human beings and called human "fools." Why? Because they-demons-could not believe that they sold the dummy to some children of Adam and Eve that there is no hell and incredulously, some humans fell for that lie from the pit of hell. Please grab a copy of our co-authored best seller: "The Kingdom of Satan Exposed." The existence of hell gives meaning to life. If there is no hell, Hitler, Stalin, Mobutu, Marcos, Gadhafi, Hussein, Sani Abacha and all the misbegotten tyrants and dictators that killed scores and visited horrendous carnage and unimagined pains on other human beings would go scot-free and would not be made to account for their numerous atrocities here on earth. Any so-called church, or religious movement that teaches its members death ends it all and hell is a figment is a cult, separate from them and search for the Narrow and Hard Path to Life. (TO BE CONCLUDED NEXT WEEK)
The Lord's Weekly Miracle: Employment Secured
Dear Sir, Good day sir, how is the family? I called you as requested in your email and you told me you would be coming to Nigeria this August 2016 and you would prefer me meeting with you when you get to Nigeria. You promised to give me your PA's number so I can book an appointment with you, but I am yet to get it. Kindly let me have your PA's number so I could book an appointment with you. Have a great day sir. ---Brother T. P, Lagos Nigeria. Via email.
Here is my PA name and the number, 080……. call him--- Dr Moshood via IPad.
OK---Brother T. P, Lagos Nigeria. Via email.
Comment: We eventually met and we prayed together. We also did some Bible teaching in my guest house in Nigeria and later I told Brother T.P. Lagos, Nigeria what the Holy Spirit instructed me to tell him about his search for a job. He obeyed and replied few weeks later thus: -
Good evening sir, how is the family sir. It's been a while we communicated last and I've missed receiving from your deep knowledge of the word. I just got a contract job to last a month and it is supposed to lead to a permanent arraignment based on my performance during the period. Please I covet your prayers for me to excel so as to get the job on a permanent basis. Please Sir, what time is suitable to speak with you on phone?
Have a blessed day sir. --- Brother T. P, Lagos Nigeria. Via email.
Thank God for His protection over you and your loved ones. He will do as He promised. I am back to the States. Please call me in Texas at 2546054035--- Dr Moshood via IPad.
Comment: T.P. Lagos called my Texas number and we prayed. I gave further instructions and weeks later, he sent the email below: -
Evening Sir, how is the family? It's been a long while we communicated last. I am glad to inform you that I have gotten a job at last. Thank you very much sir for your prayers, encouragement and support. May God bless you richly and grant you all your hearts desires. Please continue to remember me in your prayers as my job is majorly marketing, I need favour to excel and to be able to exceed my target, Regards to madam and the rest of the family. God bless --- Brother T. P, Lagos Nigeria. Via email.
Hallelujah! He finally did it. He is a good God, He promised and He fulfilled His promises. Do not forget what I told you, including your vows. You will rise higher and reach the top in this new place in the Mighty Name of Jesus, Amen. Do not forget Him and remember His other promises. Say me hello to your Madam and the rest of the family. I will let you know when I am in your neck of the woods. Keep in touch and remain blessed in Jesus Precious Name, Amen. --- Dr Moshood via IPad
Comment: Friends, I do not know what you're currently going through, but when my Lord and Personal Savior, Jesus Christ promised: "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest" (Matthew 11:28), He meant it. You do not have to suffer unnecessarily; Life isn't meant to live without God; Jesus Christ, the Messiah and Son of the Living God said: "I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full" (John 10:10). Try Him today, give Him a chance with your life, He cannot lie! What He did for Brother T.P. Lagos, Nigeria and many others like him, Jesus Christ will also do for you. Trust Him!