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Are We a Cult?
Many have condemned me, and those who are in agreement with me in
doctrine and practice, as a cult. Some have even called for blood. Many
professing believers who think to have the Christ Spirit look at us with
disdain, whispering and speaking all kinds of evil against us. They treat
us as though we were earth’s (and Heaven’s) worst nightmare.
are called to be a light and salt, not to persecute
those who do evil.
Just what is a cult? Does anyone know? Experts of Catholic persuasion,
or should I say birth and/or indoctrination, deem many prominent denominations
to be cults. The truth be known, if they had the power they had before
the reformation, everybody but Catholics would be burned at the stake,
or hung, or drowned in mock water immersion (baptism). Many Catholics themselves
perished in the Inquisition, so ruthless it was under “Saint” Ignatius
Loyola and other tyrannical “spiritual” leaders.
But their version of history
is quite different from that of Protestants and vice versa, so many Catholics
who read this will be offended because they have not been taught anything
but their own version in their schools and seminaries. Some who are prepared
to acknowledge the past horrific acts of the Catholic Church say, “That
was then, but no more.” I say that the root has never changed, the trunk
has not changed, branches grow from the trunk and from those branches come
the stems, leaves and fruit. How can the fruit be different with the
Protestants as a whole have not been guiltless either. Luther and
Calvin, for examples, have
their infamous records to bear as well, and so do many others. To them,
the Catholic Church was not only a cult but
also the occult. And when you consider several aspects of the Catholic
Church’s teachings and practices, like storing some dead man’s
blood in a vial over centuries and watching to see if it will change on some “holy”
days, like worshiping a woman more than God, like digging up a corpse
to see if it is preserved after a long while to determine whether they
should declare that person a saint, like dressing in all sorts of religious
clothing, like chanting in Latin, like celebrating Hallowe’en, you would
have to agree.
That does not, however, justify persecution. The saints/children/people
of true faith in God are called to be a light, and salt, and are called
to reprove the works of darkness; they are not called to torture, punish, or
persecute to the death those who do evil in the Name of God.
Most Catholics and “Protestants” would consider the Mormons, the
Seventh Day Adventists, and the Jehovah’s Witnesses to be cults, along
with the Moonies and several other groups today.
So, What Is a Cult?
Some say it is a “baby denomination” or an infant religion. With
such a definition, every denomination would of necessity have once been
a cult. Jesus and His followers were known and condemned as a cult.
You can decide
for yourselves whether or not we are a "cult."
Some say it is a religious movement that focuses on a charismatic
leader. (I wonder how the Catholic Church gets around that one with
a leader they call “The Most Holy Father,” no less. They even
speak proudly, unapologetically about how charismatic he is.)
Some say that a cult is people who live in communities, sharing
everything. There go the Hutterites and so many other groups. And what
is wrong with community or communal living? Did they not have all things
common as recorded in the Book of Acts? Perhaps they did not live communally… it
does not say… but is living in community so wrong? Says who?
Those who don’t
live communally? Those who are too selfish to share all that they have?
Are they to be the judges? Are Catholic experts to be the judges of all
others? Says who? The Catholics? Are Baptists to define or identify cults?
Says who? Baptists? Evangelicals?
From what I see, cults are defined and identified according to
one’s own religious indoctrination and belief. Therefore, I propose that
rather than trying to define a cult, I will simply lay out to all, that which
we believe and practise. You can decide for yourselves, in whatever way you
like, whether or not we are a "cult."
Why Are We Condemned as a Cult?
Could it be because we believe in the reconciliation of all
things as surely testified of in Scripture, a wonderful hope and promise
all? This doctrine is certainly contrary to the diabolical doctrine of
eternal torment for the majority of mankind, as taught by mainstream
nominal Christendom. It also, in one fell swoop, condemns any and all
forms of self-righteousness. It is a hard thing for one to truly believe
that he is no more righteous than any other. So when we declare so, we are “a cult.”
Could it be because we keep the Biblical Sabbath? Seventh Day Adventists
do so; the Worldwide Church of God does so; Jews do so, and so do many
others. Are they branded as cults? By some, for this very reason, yes.
Could it be because we do not celebrate Christmas, Easter,
birthdays, and such, all of which are, as a matter of record, of pagan
origin? Undoubtedly. Many nominal Christians can’t understand
“don’t celebrate Jesus’ birthday!” The fact is, nowhere
in the Bible is there celebration of His birthday, or that of any of the people
faith. We do, however, have a Biblical record of the celebration of birthdays
by unbelievers, such as Herod, on which occasion, John, our beloved brother,
lost his head. These pagan celebrations have been so inculcated in “Christian”
religion that to repent of them is heresy and partaking of them is godliness.
In repenting, we are “a cult.”
Could it be because we have had some community living and commitment? This aspect seems to scare many people away. Is it wrong to live in
Could it be because we speak of God without “going to church” or
belonging to an accepted and recognized religious organization? There
are some who don’t think we have the right to speak of God independently
of some official hierarchy.
Could it be that I have spoken, saying that all formal
religious “Christian” organizations are false, that they are social organizations,
designed to benefit in the flesh and in the world, that they are the
"high places" referred to in the Books of Kings and Chronicles, that they
are the very "gates of Hades" to which Jesus referred (Matthew 16:18),
and that all those who are His must come out? Undoubtedly.
Could it be that I have claimed to hear from God on many and
diverse issues, condemning so much of what is believed and practised
it be that we endeavor to obey God regardless of what the
Could it be because I lead and others follow? Is that a crime?
We are accused of "controlling." Apparently, some people do not like
being told what to do. They prefer their pride and independence intact.
is the nature of lawless, unregenerate man. Did not Jesus lead and others follow?
Did not John the Baptist, and Paul and many others lead while still others followed?
So what is the crime? Can
anyone declare, by Scripture, what is wrong here?
The fact is that I lead,
and not as a hireling. I am sent by God, not man, and those who are His will
heed. The shepherds of church systems must be careful, lest they lose their
congregants, their status and their livelihood. So how can they then lead,
when led themselves, not by God, but by their own sheep? One cannot be led
by both. And the congregants love to have this power. They are not interested
in worshiping God. They want to be entertained and coddled; they want their
ears tickled. They prefer their sins, and a false sense of security and identity
with God. They have their reward, and pay dearly, not knowing it. The
comfortable pew is much more appealing than the fatal cross, without which
no man shall see God.
Could it be because we claim to hear the
Voice of God, Who said, “My sheep hear (not read) My Voice” (John
10:27)? Could it be
that God is real to us, unlike with our accusers, that we are dead serious
about Him, thus being “a savor of death unto death” to many, and that
we endeavor to obey Him regardless of what the world may think?
Could it be because those things we hear and speak from God
are foreign to the worshipers of false gods, particularly those who
other gods in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ?
Unlike others, our doctrine does not make us, but our doctrine grows
out of our relationship with God. Others seek a relationship with God
by doctrine, as did the Pharisees, for example, and as do almost all, if
not all denominations today.
Jesus Christ, the Son of God, and Creator God Himself, is indeed
Lord of all, not only theoretically, or theologically, but in all reality,
There is but One God, not three, and Jesus Christ is He. “Hear,
O Israel, the Lord thy God is One Lord” (Deut.
6:4), and “One
Lord, one faith, one baptism” (Eph. 4:5).
Both Old and New Testaments are God’s testimony of Himself, His
will and record of His dealings with mankind. The Bible as we know it
is the one and only truly Holy Scripture given to mankind. The focus is
the Lord Jesus Christ, King of kings, and Lord of lords.
God calls on all men to repent,
to turn from their self-serving and wicked ways.
God manifest Himself in the weakness and limitation of flesh to
His creation, in the Person of Jesus Christ, to redeem all of mankind
from self, from sin, from darkness, from the world under the power of
The Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, has been perfectly successful,
the fruits to be manifest in the fulness of time. All men will be delivered
from their sin, redeemed to confess Him as Lord on reverent and thankful,
not grudging and fearful, bended knee.
Jesus Christ died for the sins of all men, was buried, and after
three days, raised from the dead, in victory over evil principalities
and powers, and death itself. Our one and only hope is through faith
in Jesus Christ’s salvation through His sacrifice, His shed blood, His
death and resurrection.
He calls on all men to repent, to turn from their self-serving,
harmful, and wicked ways, to Him, to save them from their destructives.
His righteousness alone is worthy; any and all of our righteousnesses
are as filthy rags, utterly unworthy.
But He calls us to holiness and obedience, therefore righteous
fruits of faith will come as a result of genuine faith.
His Law is not done
away; those who are His establish the law as outlined in the Ten
Commandments (Romans 3:31).
The fruits of genuine faith can only be determined by the spiritual
man, by spiritual discernment and revelation granted by God, certainly
not by the carnal man, not by intellectual or sensual judgment.
More specifically, as pertaining to us, we believe:
In the keeping of the true Sabbath of God (the seventh day which
He sanctified), according to the Scriptures, and not the substituted
one (the first day which He did not) according to man’s idolatries and
As mentioned, we believe in One God, not three, according to the
Scriptures as quoted. While He can and has manifest Himself as Son and
Father, yet He is One and not two or three. Is it any stranger to believe
that He can manifest Himself at once in two or more persons than to believe
that there are three Gods all at once?
We believe that the so-called holy days or “holidays” of Christmas
and Easter have nothing to do with Christ, nor God, nor the Scriptures,
nor the will of God for us. They are, as a matter of record, of pagan
origin, and as such, we do not participate in them because He has commanded
us to not do so (Jeremiah 10).
We hear the
Voice of God, and when we do, we are to obey when commanded.
We believe in farming and eating organically, that is, without
harm by use of pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, harmful artificial fertilizers
and such. We believe in proper treatment of the entire environment,
wherever possible, including air, water, soil, microorganisms, insects,
plants, animals as well as people.
In dress, we do not believe in religious or uniform clothing as
do cults, by definition of some, but we do believe that people should
dress discreetly, with respect for all, that women should look like women
and men like men, identified with reasonable ease.
We believe that formal religious organizations are out of the will
of God, and as such, we need to be separate from them, not by our own
power, but by the grace of God. We perceive great suffering and sorrow
as a consequence of partaking of the harlot church.
Oh, how unaware of
the consequences are those who worship “within the gates,” “inside the
city,” not knowing the will, nor believing the commands and promises of
God! A promise God made to the Israelites, that pertains to us every bit
as much, is that “none of these diseases will He lay on us that He has laid
on the Egyptians, if we will obey His commandments.” One of His commands
to us has been, “Come out from among them and be separate.”
We believe that we are to do unto others as we would have others
do unto us, that we are to love God with all our heart, soul, mind and
strength, and our neighbor as ourselves. This is not a matter of works
but of pure grace.
We believe in hearing the Voice of God, for which alone we
are branded as a cult by those who do not believe God speaks to people
personally today. We do hear the Voice of God, and recognize that when
we do, we are to obey when commanded.
Above all other reasons, I believe we are branded as a cult because
we preach the cross of Christ. The cross is a hideous, odious thing to the
flesh. When God speaks, and gives a command, the cross is often there. When
we have heard His Voice, there has often been a serious price to pay. Those
not interested in dying to self deny that God would require “such terrible
things” of people. Jesus did plainly say, “If any man will come after Me,
let him deny himself and take up his cross.” That means not only repentance
from sin, but death to all that is near and dear. This we believe and preach,
and can do no other.
IF FOR THESE THINGS WE ARE DEFINED OR IDENTIFIED AS A CULT, SO
BE IT, WE ARE A CULT, AND I MAKE NO APOLOGIES.
I say this to all: As costly as it has been for us, the reward
is infinitely greater. I am very thankful to be free of the fear of man,
having the fear of God, granted to prefer His praise to that of men.
After a lengthy discourse, an embittered preacher labels us a cult and writes a generic paper listing many subjective characteristics of a cult. We show how these characteristics often don’t apply to us, but when they do, it’s in godliness. And when they apply to him, it’s in ungodliness, because he is in the contradiction of sin and all wrongness.