They are just weird, aren't they? This probably sums up what we really think about cults and what is wrong with them. We don't really bother with what they actually think because it's easy to write them off, just like everyone else does. But what do they think?

The most well known of the “cults” are probably, the Jehovah's Witness. Like Christians, they believe that  the Bible is the inspired word of God. So if they believe in the Bible, then what's the problem with them? The  Jehovah’s Witness’ big mistake is that they don't think Jesus is God. This a complete misunderstanding of the Bible.

After all, the Bible calls Jesus “God”, and says that he forgives people's sins -something only God can do.

Another group, known as the Mormons, also believes in the Bible. But they get Jesus wrong as well. They teach that we need both Jesus and the “new revelation” about God that came in America in 1800s. But Christians have always believed that Jesus is enough for our salvation. We just need to believe in him -we don't need anything extra. So we don't need “Another Testament of Jesus Christ”, as the Book of Mormon calls  itself on the front cover.

People may get Christianity and these kinds of cults mixed up, but 2 John1:7-11 tells us how we can recognise false teaching.

7NIV:I say this because many deceivers, who do not acknowledge Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh, have gone out into the world. Any such person is the deceiver and the antichrist.
8NIV:Watch out that you do not lose what we have worked for, but that you may be rewarded fully.
9NIV:Anyone who runs ahead and does not continue in the teaching of Christ does not have God; whoever continues in the teaching has both the Father and the Son.
10NIV:If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching, do not take them into your house or welcome them.
11NIV:Anyone who welcomes them shares in their wicked work.

Questions to Consider
  • What attitude does Jesus want us to have to cults?
  • How can we be ready to answer their questions?

Motion Points
  • Seeking to understand more of the Christ's teachings so that you will know when a false teacher, “goes beyond”  them (verse 9)
  • Becoming aware of cults operating in your area and learning more about what they believe. Make a list, comparing your findings with Christianity.

Further Study
  • John 1:1
  • John 14:5-7
  • 2 Timothy 4:3-4

Hymn For Today  
Church's One Foundation- Samuel J. Stone
1.Is Jesus Christ her Lord,
She is His new creation
By water and the Word.
From heaven He came and sought her
To be His holy bride;
With His own blood He bought her
And for her life He died.

2.She is from every nation,
Yet one o'er all the earth;
Her charter of salvation,
One Lord, one faith, one birth;
One holy Name she blesses,
Partakes one holy food,
And to one hope she presses,
With every grace endued.

3.The Church shall never perish!
Her dear Lord to defend,
To guide, sustain, and cherish,
Is with her to the end:
Though there be those who hate her,
And false sons in her pale,
Against both foe or traitor
She ever shall prevail.

4.Though with a scornful wonder
Men see her sore oppressed,
By schisms rent asunder,
By heresies distressed:
Yet saints their watch are keeping,
Their cry goes up, "How long?"
And soon the night of weeping
Shall be the morn of song!

5.'Mid toil and tribulation,
And tumult of her war,
She waits the consummation
Of peace forevermore;
Till, with the vision glorious,
Her longing eyes are blest,
And the great Church victorious
Shall be the Church at rest.

6.Yet she on earth hath union
With God the Three in One,
And mystic sweet communion
With those whose rest is won,
With all her sons and daughters
Who, by the Master's hand
Led through the deathly waters,
Repose in Eden land.

7.O happy ones and holy!
Lord, give us grace that we
Like them, the meek and lowly,
On high may dwell with Thee:
There, past the border mountains,
Where in sweet vales the Bride
With Thee by living fountains
Forever shall abide!