We live in a time when a lot is going on around us, and it can be difficult to tell the difference between real churches and those that aren't. The line separating the two appears to be very thin, and it requires a keen eye to spot the difference.
Many people have become victims of cult practices, and some of them were completely innocent when they became victims. Remember what the Bible says in Matthew 7:21: "Not all who shout Lord, Lord will enter the kingdom of God," implying that not everyone who claims to be a man of God is.
In today's essay, we'll take a look at some of the signs that a person is working under a cult rather than a true house of worship. If you see any of the following things in your church, you are not in a church, but rather a cult.
1. Instructions not found in the Bible
You have a reason to question your pastor or the person in authority if they are asking you to do things that are not contained in the Bible. If your pastor asks you to do anything that doesn't have scriptural support, it could be a clue that you're part of a cult. Don't be scared to ask them where their advice is supported by the Bible.
2. 'Except for me, don't listen to other preachers.'
Have you ever received an institution like this from someone who claims to be a "minister of God"? They offer you strict instructions and even warn you not to listen to anyone else but them when it comes to preaching. We are all members of Christ's body, and God can use anyone to deliver a message. When you're instructed that you shouldn't listen to any man of God, that's a strong evidence that you're in a cult.
3. 'We are the only ones who are going to heaven, and they are not.'
Have you ever encountered persons who criticize other denominations yet only consider themselves worthy of entering heaven? Remember what happened during Jesus' time, when the Pharisees believed they were the only ones who were righteous and that everyone else was a sinner. If you observe something like this in your church, it could mean you're part of a cult.
4. There is no emphasis on the word miracles.
"For fake Christs and false prophets will arrive and perform signs and miracles to fool the elect," the Bible states in Mark 13:22.
Miracles are good, and Christ himself indicated that people who believe will do even more than he did, but when it comes to teaching the word, there should be a balance. Jesus performed many miracles, but he preferred to teach the Bible. People may never grow if there is no balance between the word and miracles.
Be cautious not to be fooled by the cultic rituals that are intended to trap you. Also, pray that God grants you the gift of discernment so that you can distinguish between the two.
Can you think of any other indicators that someone is a member of a cult? Please share your thoughts on the subject in the comments box below. Don't forget to like and share the video.
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