Characteristics Of Cults 2
Before I became saved while listening to Christian radio I had been in a cult for more than two decades. I stayed in the cult for a few months after I was saved for a couple of reasons. One reason was that the Pastor was leaving. I thought the Lord had saved me to fill the pulpit until a new Pastor was called.
Many of these characteristics were given to me by my Bible teacher, Pastor Leonard Bullock.
They believe that Mary was always a virgin and that she was always perfect.
Hebrews 9:27: And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:
They believe in soul-sleep.
2 Corinthians 5:8: We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.
They have woman preachers and teachers.
1 Timothy 2:12: But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence.
They believe there is spiritual value in traditions.
Matthew 15:2-3: Why do thy disciples transgress the tradition of the elders? for they wash not their hands when they eat bread. 3 But he answered and said unto them, Why do ye also transgress the commandment of God by your tradition?
Mark 7:8-9, 13: For laying aside the commandment of God, ye hold the tradition of men, as the washing of pots and cups: and many other such like things ye do. 9 And he said unto them, Full well ye reject the commandment of God, that ye may keep your own tradition. . . . 13 Making the word of God of none effect through your tradition, which ye have delivered: and many such like things do ye.
Colossians 2:8: Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.
1 Peter 1:18: Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers;
They might read the Bible but they do not come to Christ.
John 5:39-40: Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me. 40 And ye will not come to me, that ye might have life.
John 6:37: All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.
They believe they can buy indulgences.
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