Thursday, January 7, 2010

The Holy Bible: Its All Importance

By Chris Lawson

The one thing that cults, cult leaders, and cultic doctrine will always do is lessen and twist the Person of Jesus Christ, His Deity, His work, His mission and His Personage.    Even the groups and leaders that place the Bible first, or don't use "other books'", they too somehow seem to manage to get things wrong.  If one takes the Bible as a whole, interpreting Scripture in context and using the basic skills of proper interpretation, one will clearly find the clear teachings of Scripture.  Not doing so always end in mischief.

The following article, originally published in 1824, speaks volumes to the Christian and non-Christian alike.  More than ever in our nation today, and for that matter in all of Christendom, we need to take to heart the importance of the Bible, first to read, then to love it and worship the God who inspired it and gave it to mankind.

A NATION must be truly blessed, if it were governed by no other laws than those of this blessed book; it is so complete a system, that nothing can be added to it, or taken from it; it contains every thing needful to be known or done; it affords a copy for a king (Deut. xvii. 18), and a rule for a subject; it gives instruction and counsel to a senate; authority and direction for a magistrate: it cautions a witness; requires an impartial verdict of a jury, and furnishes the judge with his sentence; it sets the husband as lord of the household, and the wife as mistress of the table:  tells him how to rule, and her how to manage.

It entails honour to parents, and enjoins obedience to children; it prescribes and limits the sway of the sovereign, the rule of the ruler, and authority of the master; commands the subject to honour, and the servants to obey; and promises the blessing and protection of its Author to all who walk by its rules.

It gives direction for weddings and for burials; it promises food and raiment, and limits the use of both; it points out a faithful and an eternal Guardian to the departing husband and father; tells him with whom to leave his fatherless children, and in whom his widow is to trust (Jer. xlix. 11); and promises a father to the former, and a husband to the latter...

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Wednesday, January 6, 2010

A Warning: The Dangers of Cults and Spiritual Abuse

By Chris Lawson

Do you know a loved one, or a neighbor, or a co-worker who is in a cult or an abusive church?  Perhaps you could give them the generic Spiritual Abuse Questionnaire that can be used by anyone to help a loved one, a friend, a nieghbor, a co-worker, and more.  This questionnaire leads individuals to answer basic Yes or No questions so that one can think critically on their own - something that is generally not allowed in abusive systems.

Spiritual Abuse, It's Effects, And How To Help Those Damaged By It

Spiritual Abuse occurs when a leader, church or a belief system, whether well intentioned or not, dominates, manipulates or castigates individuals through fear tactics, mind control, or some other psychological or emotional abuse. Below is a list of articles that help clarify different forms of spiritual abuse, abusive systems, abusive churches, unbiblical authority structures, and of course, cults that are rife with spiritual abuse. Sadly, the mask of spiritual abuse deception can be worn by anyone. If you have been spiritually abused, take heart, the Real Jesus desires to help and heal you as he has helped countless others.

Whether you have experienced spiritual abuse, co-pastor abuse, child abuse, sexual abuse, clergy abuse, spouse abuse, anger abuse, control abuse, workplace abuse, etc., we hope and pray that our website and the listed articles may somehow help you find hope and strength and healing in your time of need. Simply reading articles can help to identify problems and clarify issues. Jesus CAN help you as He has helped so many others in your situation. The God of all grace wants to heal your pain...

Authority Abuse

All forms of spiritual abuse inevitably lead back to the one who is the abuser; and most often it is the leader of the spiritual group. Authoritarian abuse can simply be defined as a misuse and over emphasis on authority. Many abusive systems claim they are 'led by God' and therefore justify their 'abusive behavior' by saying they are 'God's leaders', etc. Abusive leaders damage people in countless ways...

Beating the Sheep

Beating the sheep is a process whereby a religious leader or system uses and abuses people to their own ends. This end result of beating the sheep (people) is usually so bad that people never return to any church, no matter how good and Biblical it might be...

Read more and find helpful articles at the Spiritual Research Network Christian Apologetics website.

Mormonism on the Central Coast of California

By Chris Lawson

The following article links found at the Spiritual Research Network Psuedo-Christian Cults page will help the reader understand the problematic and extremely cultic teachings of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, otherwise known as Mormonsism.

Click here to view links to aticle archive pages exposing the unbiblical teachings of Mormonism:

Mormonism (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints)
Christian Research Service Archive
Extensive Overview and articles - CARM
Utah Lighthouse Ministry - Website
Challenge of the Cults - Various Articles
Various Articles - MacGregor Ministries
Mormonism - Handbook of Todays Religions
Which god do Mormons worship? - Mike Oppenheimer
Why The LDS/Mormon Church Will NEVER Be Part Of The Body Of Christ - Sandy Simpson
Mormonism - The Cult of Polytheism (CRS Archive)
Mormonism - Evangelical / Mormon Dialogue
Greg Johnson and Robert Millet Research Page
Evangelical/Mormon Dialogue? Research Page

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Exposing 'Pseudo-Christian' Cults

By Chris Lawson

The active link above and at bottom of this post will take you to a site that has links to what these groups CLAIM and BELIEVE.  The sites then EXPOSES the false beliefs.  The articles are from various ministries who have done in-depth research and exopsed the perversions of Scripture that these groups promote.

Do some of these titles ring a bell with you?

Another Jesus
Children of God/The Family
Christian Science
Church of Religious Science
Church of Christ (Cambellites)
Jehovah's Witnesses & WBTS
Mind Sciences
Mormonism - The Latter-day Saints
Oneness Pentacostals
Seventh-day Adventists
Snake Handlers
Spiritualist Churches
The Way International
Unification Church (Moonies)
Unitarian - Universalist Assoc.
Unity School of Christianity
Word Faith / Prosperity

Click on this link to read more about the dangers and Pseudo-Christian Cults and more...  Click here.

Monday, January 4, 2010

Psuedo-Christian Cults (Sects) in San Luis Obispo County

Psuedo-Christian Cults (Sects) in San Luis Obispo County

Armstrongism (Herbert W. Armstrong)
Branhamism (William Marion Branham)
Branhamism (Bible Believers Christian Fellowship, Atascadero)
Branhamism (The Believers, San Luis Obispo)
Center For Creative Thought (Science of Mind)
Christian Family Fellowship (Active in San Pedro, California)
Christian Science (Churches of Christ, Reading Rooms, Mary Baker Eddy)
Church of Christ (Cambellites)
Church of Religious Science (Science of Mind, Ernest Holmes)
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormonism)
Gold Coast Center for Spiritual Living (Science of Mind® Philosophy)
International Church of Christ (ICC)
Jehovah's Witnesses (Kingdom Hall, Watchtower Bible and Tract Society)
Oneness Pentacostalism (Oneness)
Religious Science Center of San Luis Obispo
Science of Mind (Church of Religious Science, Ernest Holmes)
Scientology (The Cult of L.Ron Hubbard)
Seventh-day Adventism (Depends on congregation)
Spiritualism (Spiritualist Churches, Spiritism)
The Way International (Victor Paul Wierwille)
Unification Church (Sun Myung Moon, Moonies)
Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA)
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of San Luis Obispo County
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Cambria, California
Unitarian Universalism (UUism)
Unity School of Christianity (Unity; Unity Church; Unity School)
William Marrion Branham (Branhamism)
Word Faith (Prosperity, Health and Wealth Gospel, Name it and Claim it, Positive Confession)

Visit our Pseudo-Christian (false-Christian) cults page that exposes many of these groups.

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Sunday, January 3, 2010

A Cult Is A Cult

A Cult Is A Cult
by Dave Hunt  (May 31, 1991, The Berean Call)

The evangelical church today is being seduced as never in its history. It faces a danger so grave that, although we have discussed this problem before, it must be addressed again with new insight and vigor. If evangelicals succumb to the seduction, as they increasingly are doing, then their gospel witness will be submerged in confusion and could eventually be lost—a tragic and new dimension to the apostasy from which the church and the world will never recover. Most astonishing and alarming is the fact that (with few exceptions) evangelical leaders and even the major cult watchers refuse to acknowledge this threat. We are therefore compelled to address the subject once again with renewed concern.

For decades evangelicals have diligently and faithfully attempted to identify, analyze and warn the church against cults. Included in the standard list are Mormonism, Jehovah's Witnesses, Christian Science, Unity School of Christianity, Sun Myung Moon's Unification Church, etc. Yet the most seductive, dangerous and largest cult (many times larger than all of the rest combined) is not included in the list! Most cult experts refuse to identify this horrendous cult as such! Instead, they accept it as "Christian."

Worst of all, this cult (which preaches a false gospel that is sending hundreds of millions into a Christless eternity) is now embraced as a partner in "evangelizing the world" by many groups which preach the biblical gospel. Major denominations, such as the Anglican and the Episcopalian church, are involved in merger talks with this cult. The Assemblies of God hierarchy has been engaged in "fruitful dialogue" with this cult, whose members are now widely perceived as born-again Christians. As a consequence, the evangelical church faces an unprecedented crisis that threatens its very survival.

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Saturday, January 2, 2010

20 Ways Cults Misread The Bible

Many people end up involved in cults and abusive churches simply because their leaders have misinterpreted the Bible.

The quoted material below comes from the appendix of James Sire's Scripture Twisting Methods of the Cults.

1. INACCURATE QUOTATION: A biblical text is referred to but is either not quoted in the way the text appears in any standard translation or is wrongly attributed. Example: The Maharishi Mahesh Yogi says, "Christ said, 'Be still and know that I am God.'" Whereas this text is found ONLY in Psalms.

2. TWISTED TRANSLATION: The biblical text is retranslated, not in accordance with sound Greek scholarship, to fit a preconceived teaching of a cult. Example: the Jehovah's Witnesses translate John 1:1 as "In [the] beginning the Word was, and the Word was with God, and the word was a god."

3. BIBLICAL HOOK: A text of Scripture is quoted primarily as a device to grasp the attention of readers or listeners and then followed by a teaching which is so nonbiblical that it would appear far more dubious to most people had it not been preceded by a reference to Scripture. Example: Mormon missionaries quote James 1:5 which promises God's wisdom to those who ask him and, then, follow this by explaining that when Joseph Smith did this he was given a revelation from which he concluded that God the Father has a body.

4. IGNORING THE IMMEDIATE CONTEXT: A text of Scripture is quoted but removed from the surrounding verses which form the immediate framework for its meaning. Example: Alan Watts quotes the first half of John 5:39 ("You search the Scriptures, because you think that in them you have eternal life"), claiming that Jesus was challenging His listeners' over emphasis of the Old Testament, but the remainder of the immediate context reads, "and it is they that bear witness to me; yet you refuse to come to me that you may have life" (verses 39-40), which shows that Jesus was upholding the value of the Old Testament as a testimony to Himself.

5. COLLAPSING CONTEXTS: Two or more verses which have little or nothing to do with each other are put together as if one were a commentary of the other(s). Example: The Mormons associate Jeremiah 1:5 with John 1:2,14 and thus imply that both verses talk about the premortal existence of all human beings; Jeremiah 1:5, however, speaks of God's foreknowledge of Jeremiah (Not his premortal existence) and JOhn 1:2 refers to the pre-existence of God the Son and not to human beings in general.

6. OVERSPECIFICATION: A more detailed or specific conclusion than is legitimate is drawn from a biblical text. Example: The Mormon missionary manual quotes the parable of the virgins from Matthew 25:1-13 to document the concept that "mortality is a probationary period during which we prepare to meet God." But the parable of the virgins could, and most probably does, mean something far less specific, for example, that human beings should be prepared at any time to meet God or to witness the Second Coming of Jesus Christ.

7. WORD PLAY: A word or phrase from a biblical translation is examined and interpreted as if the revelation had been given in that language. Example: mary Bake Eddy says the name Adam consist of two syllables, A DAM, which means an obstruction, in which case, Adam signifies "the obstacle which the serpent, sin, would impose between man and his Creator."

8. THE FIGURATIVE FALLACY: Either (1) mistaking literal language for figurative language or (2)mistaking figurative language for literal language. Example of (1): Mary Baker Eddy interprets EVENING as "mistiness of mortal thought; weariness of mortal mind; obscured views; peace and rest." Example of (2): The Mormon theologian james Talmage interprets the prophesy that "thou shalt be brought down and speak out of the ground" to mean that God's Word would come to people from the Book of Mormon which was taken out of the ground at the hill of Cumorah.

A predictive prophesy is too readily explained by the occurance of specific events, despite the fact that equally committed biblical scholars consider the interpretation highly dubious. Example: The stick of Judah and the Stick of Joseph in Ezekiel 37:15- 23 are interpreted by the Mormons to mean the Bible and the Book of Mormon.

10. SAYING BUT NOT CITING: A writer says that the Bible says such and such but does not cite the specific text (which often indicates that there may be no such text at all). Example: A common phrase "God helps those who help themselves" is not found in the Bible.

11. SELECTIVE CITING: To substantiate a given argument, only a limited number of text is quoted: the total teaching of Scripture on that subject would lead to a conclusion different from that of the writer. Example: The Jehovah's Witnesses critique the traditional Christian notion of the Trinity without considering the full text which scholars use to substantiate the concept.

A hasty generalization is drawn from too little evidence. Example: The Jehovah's Witnesses teach that blood transfusion is nonbiblical, but the biblical data that they cite fails either to speak directly to the issue or to adequately substantiate their teaching.

13. CONFUSED DEFINITION: A biblical term is misunderstood in such a way that an essential biblical doctrine is distorted or rejected. Example: one of Edgar Cayce's followers confuses the eastern doctrine of reincarnation with the biblical doctrine of being born again.

A specific interpretation given to a biblical text or set of text which could well be, and often have been, interpreted in quite a different fashion, but these alternatives are not considered. Example: Erich von Daniken asks why in Genesis 1:26 God speaks in the plural ("us"), suggesting that this is an oblique reference to God's being one of many astronauts and failing to consider alternative explanations that either God was speaking as "Heaven's king accompanied by His heavenly host" or that the plural prefigures the doctrine of the Trinity expressed more explicitly in the New Testament.

Words like OBVIOUSLY, UNDOUBTEDLY, CERTAINLY, ALL REASONABLE PEOPLE HOLD THAT and so forth are substituted for logical reasons. Example: Erich von daniken says, "Undoubtedly the Ark [of the Covenent] was electrically charged!"

Either (1) a cult writer a ssociates his or her teaching with those of figures accepted as authoritative by traditional Christians; (2) cult writings are likened to the Bible; or (3) cult literature imitates the form of the Bible writing such that it sounds like the Bible. Example of (1): Rick Chapman list 21 gurus, including Jesus Christ, St. Francis and St. Theresa, that "you can't go wrong with." Example of (2): Juan Mascaro in his introduction to the Upanishads cites the New Testament, the Gospels, Ecclesiastes and the Psalms, from which he quotes passages supposedly paralleling the Upanishads. Example of (3): The Mormon DOCTRINE AND COVENANTS interweaves phrases from the Gospel of John and maintains a superficial similarity to the Gospel such that it seems to be like the Bible.

Under the assumption that the Bible contains hidden, esoteric, meaning which is open only to those who are initiated into its secrets, the interpreter declares the significance of biblical passages without giving much, if any, explanation for his or her interpretation. Example: Mary Baker Eddy gives the meaning of the first phrase in the Lord's Prayer, "Our Father which art in heaven," as "Our Father-Mother God, all harmonious."

New revelation from post biblical prophets either replaces or is added to the Bible as authority. Example: The Mormons supplement the Bible with the Book of Mormon, the Doctrine and Covenants and the Pearl of Great Price.

19. REJECTING BIBLICAL AUTHORITY: Either the Bible as a whole or texts from the Bible are examined and rejected because they do not square with other authorities - such as reason or revelation = do not appear to agree with them. Example:Archie Matson holds that the Bible contains contradictions and that Jesus himself rejected the authority of the Old Testament when he contrasted His own views with it on the Sermon on the Mount.

Scriptural statements, stories, commands or symbols which have a particular meaning or set of meanings when taken within the intellectual and broadly cultural framework of the Bible itself are lifted out of that context, placed within the frame of reference of another system and thus given a meaning that markedly differs from their intended meaning. Example: The Maharishi Mahesh Yogi interprets "Be still, and know that I am God" as meaning that each person should meditate and come to the realization that he is essentially Godhood itself.

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