What Makes Cults Different?

What Christians Believe

Virtually all mainstream protestant denominations believe that you come to Jesus as you are. No matter how bad you think you are. His Holy Spirit will quicken your spirit (bring it to life) and with your cooperation, God will help turn you into the best person you can be.

Most cults and even most religions that are not even remotely Christian, believe that you must modify your behavior to be acceptable. You must be “good enough” or do enough “good deeds” to get to heaven.

Many people have gone to an early grave trying to do the impossible — be righteous by their own goodness.

The Bible has proven time and time again that self-righteousness (trying to be good by your own power) is impossible.

Jesus will take you as you are and make you into the person you always wanted to be. And beyond!

Romans 10:9 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.

Confess (tell people out loud) that Jesus is Lord.  If you believe in your heart that Jesus was raised from the dead, you are saved! You’re going to Heaven!

But salvation is only the beginning. Ask Him to come in to your life in your own words — from the heart — then go get baptized as soon as possible. (You do not have to get baptized to go to heaven. But you will need to be baptized to have much success on earth.)  The Holy spirit will quicken your spirit – will bring your spirit to life. He will turn your heart to a heart of flesh (This is promised in Ezekiel 36:26). This is a process. Some processes will take longer than others, but one day when you look back, you will notice that you have made remarkable progress — progress that you never could have made on your own.

See the page on Salvation for more information on getting to heaven and baptism.

  • By Thelma, July 8, 2009 @ 7:22 am

    What Makes Cults Different?

    Ask Him to come in to your life in your own words — from the heart — then go get baptized as soon as possible. (You do not have to get baptized to go to heaven. But you will need to be baptized to have much success on earth.)
    See the page on Salvation for more information on getting to heaven and baptism.
    This entry was posted on Friday, June 19th, 2009 at 6:00 pm and is filed under Cults. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.

    Hi,

    A friend to a friend, the statement in the first pargraph is incorrect with the scriptures. The bible doesn’t teach this way. I haven’t studyed concerning Cults, but have studyed the scriptures concerning Christ. I haven’t read anywhere where I ask God to come in my life in my own words–from the heart–then go get baptized as soon as possible. You said we do not have to get baptized to go to heaven.
    The bible teaches we have to take part in Christ’s resurrection to have eternal life. Only then are we made free from the second death. We have to turn to the chosen preachers of the word of God to see what the examples are that they left for our learning!
    I don’t have a Web site of my own, my brother has one that I am a member of and we have gotting into the subject of sin, faith in Christ, baptism, salvation, and etc. You are welcome to post on His site: http://server1.aimoo.com/Biblical-Discussion-1-5327 . But if you want you and I can talk on the scriptures through our emails.

    A friend AnnaGail ….

  • By A.L. Howard, July 8, 2009 @ 8:00 am

    AnnaGail. Thanks very much.
    I have had two ordained ministers check my theology on this before I published it.
    But I will look it over again, and will update you.
    This is something I will not put off.
    Thanks.

  • By Thelma, July 8, 2009 @ 9:25 am

    The twelve apostles and Paul were ordained by God to preach the gospel. Lets search the scriptures together and see what saith the Lord. Men of today are not ordained of God!! They are ordain of men!

    Your Friend AnnaGail

  • By A.L. Howard, July 8, 2009 @ 12:53 pm

    You have made some good points. I am going to change the wording of the Salvation pages. I’ll let you know when they are ready.

    There are a lot of preachers ordained by God, today. Joyce Meyer is one who is very anointed. No amount of book learning could teach her hat she says. On the other hand, there are a lot who are not. This was also true in Pauls’ day.
    One of those ministers I spoke of is Rusty.

  • By Thelma, July 8, 2009 @ 2:03 pm

    There are a lot of preachers ordained by God, today. Joyce Meyer is one who is very anointed. No amount of book learning could teach her hat she says. On the other hand, there are a lot who are not. This was also true in Pauls’ day.
    One of those ministers I spoke of is Rusty.

    I agree there can be ministers of the word of God today, but it has to come from the word of God! Those that were ordained and taught the word of God in the early church was guided by the Holy Ghost mirculously. The word was put in their minds. God tempered the body (Church) together, having given more abundant honour to that part whichlacked: so there be no schism in the body (church). This was so they would come to the full knowledge of the word of God. The church was established and their record was left for our learning.

    Today if we will read, search, and study their record (The Bible), we all can be ministers of the word of God. If we rightly divide the word of God! But no one can’t be ordained of God today to go into all the world and preach the gospel. They were send, they were heard, and the record was left for our learning (The Bible).

  • By A.L. Howard, July 8, 2009 @ 4:17 pm

    But no one can’t be ordained of God today to go into all the world and preach the gospel

    The Gospel was spread by one person telling another, and that one telling another and so on. At what point did He say, “Stop. No more revelation, you are on your own”?

    It was a bunch of men who decided which books were canonized into the Bible we have today. But nowhere did I read that God will not reveal more to us.

  • By A.L. Howard, July 8, 2009 @ 4:41 pm

    AnnaGail, I have updated the paragraph about salvation, above.
    I added Romans 10:9 and a bit of commentary to make it more clear.
    Thank you for your insight.

  • By Thelma, July 8, 2009 @ 6:07 pm

    The Gospel is how God communicates with us today! Jesus by his death on the cross brought in a better covenant, which was established upon better promises, Heb.8:6. He is the mediator of a better covenant. It is through Christ we have eternal life! To get in Christ you come throught the gate. Jesus said in Matt. 7:13,14 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate and broad is the way, that leadeth unto destruction, and many there be which go in there at. Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it. There is only one faith and it is in Jesus Christ. This faith comes by hearing the word of God, Romans 10:14-17! At one time the gospel had to be taught, because it had not been heard nor written. The apostle Paul said: God made a chose among us (not us, them), that by His mouth the Gentiles heard the word of the gospel and believed, Acts 15:17. Now who taught the Jews? Wasn’t it Peter! Will God go against his Son? No, man is saved by faith and Christ is the savior. It follows then, since Christ is the Savior and we are saved by faith, that Christ is the author of our faith, Heb. 12:2. Since by faith we are saved, and faith comes by hearing the word of God, and Jesus is the author and finisher of our faith; surely he is the author of the words which produce faith. Did God not give his Son all authority over the church? Yes! after he rose from the dead, he went to the eleven and said: All authority was given to him in heaven and on earth, Matt. 28:18.

    The writer of the book of Hebrews wrote: “God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds” Hebrews 1:1-2. This is a declaration that God had spoken, and that He has done so throught his Son, Jesus Christ. While on the mount of transfiguration, the God of heaven declared: “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him”, Matt.17:5. Jesus Himself said, “For I have not spoken of myself; but the Father which sent me, he gave me a commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak. And I know that his commandment is life everlasting: whatsoever I speak therefore, even as the Father said unto me, so I speak”, John 12:49-50. Did Jesus not cleanse the apostles by the word and put the gospel in their hands? Yes! Those apostles are our teaches too.

    Your Friend AnnaGail

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