So Many Cults, So Little Time

Then they that feared the LORD spake often one to another: and the LORD hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared the LORD, and that thought upon his name.
Malachi 3:16

This is true here on WordPress of those who speak often one to another of our LORD and worship Him in Spirit and in Truth. And we know that He hears us for our love for him is true and without guile. Those of us who have known and tasted of the Good Word of God, and have been baptised into His Spirit and the Mystery of Godliness know the Truth in the Lord Jesus that has set us free from the law of sin and death.

That is all well and good. In fact it is very good indeed. But what of others, who had their first experience with God in the form of one of these aberrant cults, who twist and misuse the scriptures as well as the name of God, taking His Holy Name in vain and dishonoring God the Father and His Holy Son, the Lord Jesus Christ?

We might be able to blow off such a cult as the House of Yahweh if it only amounted to just a few misguided followers, but when a cult has begun to proliferate and lead masses of followers astray, how can we continue to turn our heads away. In this case, the House of Yahweh has developed a following of at least 30,000 and growing.

It seems these types of cults are growing leaps and bounds mainly for the reason that a great majority in our modern day culture has lost touch with the Lord Jesus and His Word set forth in the scriptures.

Even those who’ve had a background in the modern mainsteam churches are falling victim to these cults. Not surprising- because so many of these institutional churches have become apostate and no longer on fire for the Lord Jesus. They are lukewarm people following the Nicolaitan error. the false clergy/laity distinction, spread like a fungus on nearly every street corner of America.

My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.
Because you have rejected knowledge,
I also will reject you from being priest for Me;
Because you have forgotten the law of your God,
I also will forget your children. Hosea 4:6

Shall we not speak out and counter these errors? I for one feel led to do just that in the best venue I have available to me at this moment; the Internet. Should any of us, for that matter, preach only to the choir, and not to the outcasts, the disenfranchised, those in the valley of decision about the danger of these antichrist cults?

House of Yahweh Cult:
http://jesus-messiah.com/apologetics/cults/yisrayl-hawkins.html
This is a great article, but I don’t buy everything in it. Especially about the confusion of the Name of Yahweh. I do, on occasion use the name Yahweh, and the Son’s name Yeshua. But…I was saved, and delivered when crying out to the name Jesus, and I will never negate that name as also, a legitimate name of our Lord and Savior.

It’s just that there is so much confusion nowadays that is being introduced on so many levels, even by well meaning Christians who are sincere but lack sufficient knowledge to be speaking on certain subjects with any viable clarity.

An excellent resource I’ve found on the Sacred Name Movement and the confusion around it is this from “Let us Reason”:
http://www.letusreason.org/sacna%202.htm
Since these Sacred Name, Hebrew Roots, and similar so-called Messianic movements are growing by leaps and bounds, and since it is a mandate to contend for the faith, perhaps it would serve us all well to take a bit of time and really study this excellent source so that we can speak with authority on the subject, and not be guilty of speaking error, adding confusion to confusion.

Another poor soul, so deluded, he is using his face as a billboard. He needs the TRUTH that can only be found in the LORD JESUS CHRIST:
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The Mystery of the 2 Angels, the Empty Tomb and the Resurrection Mercy Seat

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The terrible and anguishing events of the Lord Jesus arrest, crucifixion, and burial was over.  So the disciples went away again to their own homes.

But Mary was standing outside the tomb weeping; and so, as she wept, she stooped and looked into the tomb; 12 and she *saw two angels in white sitting, one at the head and one at the feet, where the body of Jesus had been lying. 13 And they *said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?”
John 20:10

There was no reason for Mary to weep,or to seek the Living among the dead, as she was soon to find out. Praise the Most High God, for the Lord Jesus had risen.

Oh, the depth and richness of the incomparable Word of God. Our LORD left nothing to chance in His Word, it confirms and validates itself over and over in the most wonderful, even breathtaking and startling ways.
This picture of the 2 angels sitting at each end of the empty tomb of the Lord Jesus, is just such an example. The perfect illustration of the Mercy Seat of the Ark of the Covenant.

Consider this glorious paradox;

“And there I will meet with thee, and I will commune with thee from above the mercy seat, from between the two cherubim which are upon the ark of the testimony…” (Exo 25:22).

Do you see it? This is so amazing, how our Savior God confirms His Word. And we may now worship and commune with our Living Lord Jesus Christ in a new and living reality without a veil of separation hindering our way, but directly in the Holy of Holies.

How to Be an Effective Slave to Your Pastor

Don’t YOU wash your pastor’s car?

Don’t you have your wife clean your pastor’s house, cause his wife is too busy?

Don’t you have your wife do the pastor’s laundry, and iron his shirts?

Don’t you have your wife watch his kids, so the pastor and his wife can have a date night out?

Don’t you wash your pastor’s car?

Don’t you mow the pastor’s grass?

Don’t you shine your pastor’s shoes?

Don’t you buy special gifts for your pastor’s birthday, pastor appreciation day, wedding anniversary, at Christmas time, Valentines Day, Father’s Day, Kwanza, Lent and Ramadan? You know how pastor likes to be eccumenical.

Don’t you pay all the tithes to the church to support the pastor so he and his family can live their best life now? Would a man rob God?

Aren’t you an armor bearer for the pastor, so that he can withstand the attacks of the enemy?

Hey, just what kind of a Christian are you anyway?

God doesn’t Dwell in a House Made with Hands

God has been calling multitudes out of the four walls of the so-called “church” into gathering in houses, meeting together to break bread, and sharing Jesus with one another, just as the early church did in the book of Acts.

How simple the Lord made this for his people, yet man has complicated the simplicity of the gospel with all manner of rules, regulations, man made doctrines and traditions of men that have watered down the gospel of Jesus Christ, and in the process have weakened the original gospel rendering it nearly powerless and ineffective from what it once was.

“Yet the Most High does not dwell in houses made with human hands; as the prophet says,
‘Heaven is my throne,
and the earth is my footstool.
What kind of house will you build for me, says the Lord,
or what is the place of my rest?
Did not my hand make all these things?’” Acts 7:48-50

What is it going to take for many church going people to realize what has changed from the original truths in the bible, into a man made system not ordained by Jesus Christ? Over so many 100’s of years, this system has become an addiction, and man made tradition, taking on a life of it’s own so prevalent and pervasive that it has replicated itself on nearly every corner and back street of Christendom; even though called by different names and operating under various doctrines, they still resemble one another.

The “church” preaches, “You can’t put God in a box”, which is true…yet hypocritically, that is precisely what they have attempted to do.

Strangely and ironically, the organized “church” itself dwells in boxes of various sizes and styles, very seldom leaving their collective boxes to go out into the highways and byways, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom. Or…showing forth kindness and being good Samaritans to those beaten up, bruised and abused by the world.

(And even if they do wander out occasionally, it’s mainly to gain new converts to their individual box).

Remember that Jesus pointed out that it was a priest and a Pharisee that walked right by the wounded man, ignoring and neglecting to minister to the poor fellow, illustrating the callouness of the organized religious system.

It’s not much different today…in fact, the “churches” have become havens for wolves in sheeps clothing who beat and abuse the sheep and drive them out into streets.

These things should not be so…Jesus was gentle and kind, calling us to follow HIM; to love and care for one another, and to care for the poor and needy.

Conversely….

Instead of giving to the poor, the box builders sow back into their boxes, even to building bigger and supposedly better and more elaborate boxes. And they call these the “houses of God” as though He lived in a bunch of different houses made with sticks and bricks, which he does not.

On the contrary, he lives in clay containers called human beings. They are those who are the temples of the Holy Spirit.

It’s my guess that the Most High God is going to blow their boxes to smithereens spiritually. And the sooner the better, even if it takes persecution or tribulation…then perhaps we can get on with what we were called to do, and that is to abandon the zillions of sects, denominations and man made
“churches” and get on about the Father’s business of being unified in the spirit: worshipping God in spirit and truth. Being witnesses to a lost and dying world, with enough power and strength from on high that the lost and hurting will actually listen and be drawn rather than either laughing or running away.

Come quickly, Lord Jesus!

Brittneys Story of Being Abused in Church

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Hi there!
My name is “Brittany” and I stumbled across your blog quite by accident but I am glad I did. I have a story to share with you and your readers. I am keeping this post anonymous and have changed my name because I am afraid of being discovered with my story.
For seven years I was an active member of a small non-denominational church in the Northern United States. While I noticed some controlling behavior, it didn’t bother me because I came from a broken home and loved the idea of being accepted into a family. Aside from Sunday services, I also went to church meetings and functions throughout the week and I was well liked within the congregation. One summer, I was offered a chance to be a missionary to Haiti with an outside church group. I jumped at the chance and my church family seemed to be behind me as it was a longtime dream. The only real trouble I noticed was that my church leaders seemed to have much more communication with the people I was travelling to Haiti with than I did. I also found that they were warning this group that I was ‘immature’. (I am a professional adult with a good, stable life and they had nothing to base their accusations).
I went to Haiti and felt VERY controlled by the group that I was with. I told my home church about what was going on and they urged me to come home, so I did. When I got home, they were eager to pick me up and get me feeling better. Unfortunately, all I wanted to do was be alone and process things. They did not like that. I noticed things started to get really tense with my church. They stopped inviting me to functions and started to hold their gatherings in secret. I was promised to be included on certain activities but then they held them without me. People started blocking me from their phones and once great friends would no longer speak to me. Saddened and confused, I asked the pastor to arrange a meeting with myself and one of my church friends to get to the bottom of this excommunication. He agreed and I was relieved that this was all going to be settled. I arrived at the meeting expecting things to be worked out–but instead I was verbally assaulted and abused. Vile, horrible untruths were spoken about me; the pastor pointed his finger at me and spewed so much unholy anger. We didn’t pray, we didn’t try to reconcile, it was an all-out attack.
I have a medical illness that the church group knew about. When the stress of the situation started to put me in serious medical danger, they laughed at me and ignored my cries for help. I used my cell phone to make calls to people from the church that I knew. No one offered support for me. In fact, in the coming days no one would even confront the pastor about his behavior for fear that he would exile them as well.
During that meeting, several elders walked in unannounced and continued the ambush. I now believe that it was planned.
Aside from the PFA I obtained, there is nothing the police will do to shut this church down because of the separation of church and state laws in the United States. To this day I am haunted by nightmares and I always fear running into a church member when I am out and about. I know that they have tarnished my name in the town where I grew up and attended that church.
I would do just about anything to shut them down so that no one else has to go through what I went through. Physically, it took me 20 months to recover fully from their neglect of my medical condition. Spiritually, I am forever changed. I no longer support organized religion of any sort and have made it a priority to tell my story so that other people do not become spiritually abused.

Believe it or not friends, Brittney’s story is not as uncommon as you might imagine.This sort of spiritual abuse has gone on for ages, and to this day is still going on in the organized church. Please pray for Brittney and the others who need healing.

Blind Leaders of the Blind

How many times must Jesus warn us not to be deceived by false teachers? And why is it so important that he emphasized this so much? Obviously because he doesn’t want ANY of his kids to be deceived by these spiritual rogue teachers and preachers, lest we fall into the ditch right along with them.

Have you ever heard the saying, “In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is king”? This could possibly apply to Christians who take everything one of these men or women say as God’s truth, without checking it out for themselves by knowing the scriptures for themselves, applying it to their lives by being led by the Holy Spirit, and in prayer.

Are they just too lazy to do their homework, or have they been indoctrinated into the man made doctrines and traditions of men that Jesus also warned us about. Do they not have the ability to use plain ol common sense?

Now, think about it…according to the teachings the MASTER, Jesus, gave us in His Word, does it really make sense that a Christian is going to make heaven if he or she goes ahead and sins just like the world? And expect to get a free pass?

This is not only following a blind teacher but living in self deception.  

8 This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me.

9 But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.

10 And he called the multitude, and said unto them, Hear, and understand:

11 Not that which goeth into the mouth defileth a man; but that which cometh out of the mouth, this defileth a man.

12 Then came his disciples, and said unto him, Knowest thou that the Pharisees were offended, after they heard this saying?

13 But he answered and said, Every plant, which my heavenly Father hath not planted, shall be rooted up.

14 Let them alone: they be blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch.

 

Spiritual Abuse and How to Avoid It

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Even in the early church there was spiritual abuse, crimes committed by  those who lorded over the flock, demanding that the Lord’s flock listen to them and them alone. 

In Christendom today, whether in organized religious gatherings, churches, WordPress, Facebook, Christian TV, etc., we pretty much see the same thing going on in regard to these various and sundry “teachers and preachers, et al”,  and whether they are willing to come right out and admit it or not, usually believe that they only have the word of truth.

“Galatians who lived through those confusing times, would have heard different voices saying:  “Follow me.  No, follow me!  believe and do what I tell you!  No!  believe and do what I tell you!”…  While those very voices would have been those of this church leader over here, and of that other church leader over there.  Or of this teacher over here, or of that teacher over there. And that is why Paul was asked to intervene by writing and then by going back to the Churches in Galatia”.

http://churchabuse.wordpress.com/2014/01/19/understanding-chruch-abuse/ 

Something is wrong with this picture brethren. What is wrong with Christians that they must run to a man to teach them the things of God? Or, that they, having itching ears, have a desire to heap together many such teachers, and are then blown about by every wind of doctrine in total confusion, like silly women, learning, learning, and never coming to a knowledge of the truth. This is confusion, and we know that confusion is not of God.

Christians surely must know by the sacred scriptures that the Lord has given us all things freely, that pertain to life and godliness. We have not been left as orphans, but Jesus has sent the Holy Spirit; He has sent His Word to instruct us.  

Be  not led about by any man, but turn to Jesus, not second hand, and perhaps very deceptive scriptural information. Turn to studying His Word. Be His disciple. Be led by His Spirit. And then you may come to know the truth that sets you free. Not by following man, and His doctrine. Make sure that you are following Jesus Doctrine.

This is how we keep from being spiritually abused by others.

Spiritual abuse hurts! If you feel you are in a church, or fellowship setting, and have or are being spiritually abused…..Just leave! Just get out. The sooner or better. The Lord does not want his people to be controlled, manipulated or otherwise abused.