Category: Cults, Religions & False Doctrines

How to Identify a False Gospel

We live in a world where there is a growing number of false teachers, false religions and counterfeit churches. The Bible warns us about false teachers who will preach false doctrines.
2 Corinthians 11:4 warns us to take heed of people who will proclaim a different gospel, a different Jesus and a different spirit.
Galatians 1:18 says “But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel contrary to the one we preached to you, let him be accursed”

So the question is: How can we identify a false gospel?

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Below are some of the false gospels that you might face in the world today

False Gospel #1 – You Must Earn Your Salvation by Your Personal Effort
There are people and religious groups who teach that a person must work for his/her salvation. They believe that salvation is something you work for through trying to be a good person by your own personal merit. The Bible teaches that all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God (Romans 3:26) therefore our own good works are not good enough to make us enter Heaven (Isaiah 64:6).
It is only through the work of Jesus Christ on the cross that we can enter Heaven (John 3:16).
Scriptures such as Ephesians 2:8-9 addresses this viewpoint. It says that we are saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ. We are not saved by our own effort or personal merit. Salvation is a free gift for mankind purchased by the blood of Jesus on the cross.

False Gospel #2 – All Religions Lead to Heaven or to the Same God
Some groups may teach that all religions can coexist. They teach that there are many religions that can lead us to Heaven or lead people to essentially the same God.
However, the Bible teaches that there is only ONE path to Heaven and that path is Jesus Christ. Jesus is God in the flesh who died on the cross to save mankind from sin and to reconcile man with God. Without Christ, we cannot be eternally reconciled with God.
Jesus Himself says “I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me” (John 14:6).
Therefore Jesus is the only way we can enter into Heaven through repenting and accepting Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior by faith.

False Gospel #3 – Prosperity Gospel & Seeding Doctrine
Many religious groups may teach that a bankrupt bank account means a bankrupt faith. They will teach that God’s hand is moved by the amount of money you donate or “seed” to the church or the pastor, thereby insinuating that God is motivated by material donations.
This type of doctrine classifies people incorrectly whereby those with material wealth are seen as being blessed by God and the poor are seen as being cursed by God. This doctrine fosters covetousness instead of contentment.
However we learn from the Parable of the Rich Man and Lazarus that our financial situation in society is not related to salvation nor our spiritual relationship with God (Luke 16:19-31).
Jesus taught that life does not consist in the abundance of things (Luke 12:15). The Bible also teaches that we should have an attitude of contentment (Philippians 4:11-13).

False Gospel #4 – Grace is a License to Sin / Antinomianism
The Bible warns against false teachers who pervert the grace of God. Jude 4 says “For certain people have crept in unnoticed who long ago were designated for this condemnation, ungodly people, who pervert the grace of our God into sensuality and deny our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ.”
Antinomianism is when people pervert the true meaning of grace by completely ditching the moral laws of God. They falsely believe that because there is grace, then it means they are not obliged to obey God’s moral laws or commandments. They falsely teach and believe that sin becomes acceptable because there is grace.
Romans 6:1-2 addresses this issue and says “What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it?”
Therefore grace is not a loophole or a license for a person to sin. If one is truly saved, then that person’s salvation will reflect by the fruits that person bears (Matthew 3:8). Faith without works is dead (James 2:14-26).

 

What is the True Gospel?
The word gospel means “good news”. Therefore the gospel is the good news that God is able to save sinners doomed for hell and save them from eternal punishment because of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ (John 3:16).
The gospel is the good news that God is able to reconcile with sinful man and that Jesus Christ died on the cross to pay the debt of sin that mankind could not pay (Mark 10:45).
Man is by nature sinful and therefore spiritually separated from God because of the fall of man in the Garden of Eden (Genesis 3:6).
Man is not inherently good. Mankind has broken God’s laws and commandments and man cannot fulfill God’s laws by his own ability.
Man cannot reconcile with God through his own efforts or his own ability but he can only be reconciled to God by grace through faith in Jesus Christ (Ephesians 2:8,9).
Therefore the gospel is the good news about the free gift of salvation that God graciously offers to anyone who would by faith turn to Jesus Christ and recognize Christ as the only way that a person can have an eternal relationship with God (John 14:1-6).
The gospel “is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes” in Christ Jesus as their personal Lord & Saviour (Romans 1:16).

Therefore, all of mankind needs to hear the true gospel. People need to hear the good news that God offers salvation as a free gift and that Jesus Christ died that we may have an everlasting relationship with God.

Conclusion
It’s only by understanding and having knowledge of what the true gospel is all about that we can differentiate between a falsely gospel and the true gospel. When we study the genuine gospel, we will discern the fake gospel when it is presented to us.

 

DO YOU WANT TO BE A CHRISTIAN or A FOLLOWER OF JESUS CHRIST???

1. ACKNOWLEDGE: “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23).
This means that we have all broken God’s laws and God’s 10 Commandments like those mentioned in Exodus 20:1-17. For example, if you have told a lie; if you have stolen something; if you have lusted after somebody or if you have coveted. This means you are guilty of breaking at least one or more of God’s 10 Commandments. Breaking God’s commandments makes us sinners. The fact that we are sinners who have broken God’s law means that we are accountable to God who is the Lawgiver. Romans 6:23 says that “the wages of sin is death BUT the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord”
You must acknowledge that you are a sinner who has broken God’s commandments and that you therefore need Jesus in your life.

2. REPENT: “Unless you repent you will all likewise perish” (Luke 13:3), “Repent therefore and be converted that your sins may be blotted out” (Acts 3:19)
Repenting means: to change your mind; a sincere turning away, in heart, mind and action;
Therefore God wants you to repent of sinful values and of sinful living. God wants you to decide to
follow Him and to make Jesus the Lord of your life.

3. CONFESSION: “If we confess our sins. He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9). “That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved” (Romans 10:9)
God is a forgiving God. God will forgive any sin that you have done because Jesus died for ALL your sins and to set you free from the bondage of all types of sin in your life.

4. BELIEVE: “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16).
You must believe that ONLY Jesus can save you and restore your relationship with God. You must believe that Jesus is the ONLY way by which you can have everlasting life and escape from eternal separation from God. You must believe that Jesus died on the cross for you and resurrected from the grave.
“He came to His own, and His own did not receive him, But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name” (John 1:11-12)
By faith, You must receive Jesus as Your Lord & Savior and therefore; you become a child of God; you become born again; you become a Christian; you restore your broken relationship with God

 

Why Not Make Your Eternal Decision NOW?

We become born again Christians by GRACE through FAITH or TOTAL TRUST in Jesus Christ as our Lord & Savior (Galatians 3:26) & (Ephesians 2:8,9). Salvation is a FREE gift received through FAITH in Christ.

PLEASE NOTE: You can choose to pray in your own words. This prayer is a sample prayer and it is only an EXPRESSION of your faith, belief & trust in Jesus. Salvation is by GRACE through FAITH or BELIEVING in Christ Jesus as your Lord & Saviour.

“Lord Jesus, I thank You for Your love. I thank You that You died on the cross for me and resurrected so that I may have life through You.
I confess Lord that I have sinned against You and today I ask You to forgive me of all of my sins, past present and future.
I repent of all of my sins and I ask You to cleanse me Jesus.
Thank You for forgiving my sins.
From this moment, come into my life Lord Jesus & take full control of my life. I want to follow You Jesus and I want to follow Your ways. Save me and from today, make me the person You want me to be.
I receive You Lord Jesus right now by faith. I trust You as my Lord and Savior – Amen”

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How to Protect Yourself from False Apostles

What are false apostles? 2 Corinthians 11:13-15 says the following about false apostles: For such men are false apostles, deceitful workmen, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ. 14 And no wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. 15 So it is no surprise if his servants, also, disguise themselves as servants of righteousness. Their end will correspond to their deeds.

If we are to take a definition from 2 Corinthians 11:13-15, false apostles are deceitful workmen who
1. deceive their followers
2. disguise themselves as Christian leaders
3. imitate the deceptive characteristics of Satan

False apostles are false teachers, false prophets & cult leaders who masquerade as Christian leaders by infiltrating the church of Christ in order to attempt to lead astray and deceive not only unbelievers but also they attempt to deceive the elect or genuine Christian believers.
They are pretenders and imposters. Deception is at the crux of whatever they do. They are fake Christians who “disguise themselves as servants of righteousness” but yet they bear bad fruit (Matthew 7:15-20).
Inwardly false apostles are wolves in sheep’s clothing.
Therefore Jesus warned that one of the ways that we can spot false apostles or prophets is by their fruits of which characteristics such as hypocrisy and deception are part of the bad fruit that they bear.

In Acts 20:29-30, Paul warned us to guard ourselves against false apostles by saying “For I know this, that after my departure savage wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock. Also from among yourselves men will rise up, speaking perverse things, to draw away the disciples after themselves”.

Therefore it is the duty of every person to guard oneself from deceitful people who masquerade as Christian leaders but yet their deception and work is inspired by Satan who is also able to disguise himself as an angel of light.
1 John 4:3-4 urges people to test every spirit because of false prophets who have gone out into the world. Therefore we should not be quick to trust anyone who claims to be a Christian leader, but we should test and receive insight from the Holy Spirit about the true nature of every person who claims to be a Christian leader.


Below are some of the practical ways in which you can protect or guard yourself from false apostles

1. You Must Know The Word of God
It’s important to consistently study the word of God for yourself (2 Timothy 2:15). Avoid the habit of being “spoon-fed” but instead learn to study the word of God on your own. The disadvantage of being spoon-fed is that you will be given poisonous teachings and doctrines and you will accept them without discernment. Not everything that is spoken from the pulpit is true.
Therefore studying the word of God on your own will bring you closer to God and will enable the Holy Spirit to give you His personal revelation and truth. The only way to spot a fake is to study the genuine thing. Therefore the more you study God’s word, the more you will spot false teachings and false apostles.
The Berean Christians are a good example of people who studied and examined the scriptures to check if what they heard on the pulpit was really true (Acts 17:11).


2. Do Some Research About The False Apostles & Their Doctrines

Jesus warned that MANY false prophets will rise and that these false prophets will deceive MANY people (Matthew 24:11).
Since there are many false apostles that exist, it’s very important to do the appropriate research about the characteristics of false teachers in general and also to research any specific leaders whom you may be considering to follow.
The Bible always encourages people to test everything (1 Thessalonians 5:21-22). We are also encouraged to exercise caution, discernment and wisdom in our walk (Proverbs 14:16). Therefore, due to the fact that many false apostles exist, the importance of research, caution and wisdom has become more important than ever (Ephesians 5:15)


3. You Must Have a Personal & Genuine Relationship with God

A genuine born again Christian will eventually discern a false apostle. In every born again believer there resides the Holy Spirit who will reveal any veil of deception and reveal the truth to us (John 16:13). As you engage the Holy Spirit in your daily life, He will guide you from anything and anyone who sets out to deceive you through hypocrisy, deception and false doctrines.
Therefore becoming a genuine born again believer is the most important decision to make in order to be protected from false apostles who exist not only within Christianity, but also for one to be protected from the false prophets of other religions and sects.

The ultimate destiny of all false apostles is that they will face destruction according to 2 Corinthians 11:15. Their end will correspond with their deeds.

 

 

DO YOU WANT TO BE A CHRISTIAN or A FOLLOWER OF JESUS CHRIST???

1. ACKNOWLEDGE: “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). “God be merciful to me a sinner” (Luke 18:13).
You must acknowledge that you are a sinner and that you therefore need Jesus in your life.

2. REPENT: “Unless you repent you will all likewise perish” (Luke 13:3), “Repent therefore and be converted that your sins may be blotted out” (Acts 3:19)
Repenting means: to change your mind; a sincere turning away, in heart, mind and action;
Therefore God wants you to repent of sinful values and of sinful living. God wants you to decide to
follow Him and to make Jesus the Lord of your life.

3. CONFESSION: “If we confess our sins. He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9). “That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved” (Romans 10:9)
God is a forgiving God. God will forgive any sin that you have done because Jesus died for ALL your sins and to set you free from the bondage of all types of sin in your life.

4. BELIEVE: “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16).
You must believe that ONLY Jesus can save you and restore your relationship with God. You must believe that Jesus is the ONLY way by which you can have everlasting life and escape from eternal separation from God. You must believe that Jesus died on the cross for you and resurrected from the grave.
“He came to His own, and His own did not receive him, But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name” (John 1:11-12)
By faith, You must receive Jesus as Your Lord & Savior and therefore; you become a child of God; you become born again; you become a Christian; you restore your broken relationship with God.

 

Why Not Make Your Eternal Decision NOW?

We become born again Christians by GRACE through FAITH or TOTAL TRUST in Jesus Christ as our Lord & Savior (Galatians 3:26) & (Ephesians 2:8,9). Salvation is a FREE gift received through FAITH in Christ.

PLEASE NOTE: You can choose to pray in your own words. This prayer is a sample prayer and it is only an EXPRESSION of your faith, belief & trust in Jesus. Salvation is by GRACE through FAITH or BELIEVING in Christ Jesus as your Lord & Saviour.

“Lord Jesus, I thank You for Your love. I thank You that You died on the cross for me and resurrected so that I may have life through You.
I confess Lord that I have sinned against You and today I ask You to forgive me of all of my sins, past present and future.
I repent of all of my sins and I ask You to cleanse me Jesus.
Thank You for forgiving my sins.
From this moment, come into my life Lord Jesus & take full control of my life. I want to follow You Jesus and I want to follow Your ways. Save me and from today, make me the person You want me to be.
I receive You Lord Jesus right now by faith. I trust You as my Lord and Savior – Amen”

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What Do Mormons Believe?

The Mormons also known as the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints was founded by Joseph Smith in the 1820s.
Joseph Smith claims to have experienced a series of visions of God the Father and Jesus Christ and also visitations by an “angel” called Moroni who directed him to a buried book of “golden plates”. According to Smith, the angel Moroni was the guardian of the golden plates, which Latter Day Saints believe were the source material for the Book of Mormon, which is a sacred text of the Mormon religion and beliefs.
Therefore the golden plates are the source from which Joseph Smith said he translated into English, the Book of Mormon.

 

It’s important to note that while the Latter Day Saints claim to be Christians and claim to believe in Jesus Christ, it is evident from their literature such as the Book of Mormon and other writings of Joseph Smith, that the Mormons do not believe in the essentials of the Christian doctrine.
The Mormons have many beliefs that are contrary to foundational Biblical teachings and as a result, they have been classified as a non-christian cult.

Some of the beliefs of the Mormons which totally contradict the Bible and the Christian faith are as follows:

  1. The Mormons believe that god was once a man who lived on a planet just like we do (Mormon Doctrine, p. 321). They also believe that god earned his divinity while living on that planet. Essentially they believe that god is an exalted person but who has a body of flesh and bones
  2. The Mormons also believe that god has a wife. They believe that god and his wife had children (Mormon Doctrine, p. 516). The first born was Jesus and then after that Lucifer was born and then later other spirit children were born through the procreation of god and his goddess wife.
  3. The Mormons believe that if men on earth practice Mormonism to its fullest, then we too can become gods who also procreate so that we can create our own dynasty of other gods.
  4. So the Mormons do not believe in just one God, but the Mormons believe in MANY gods (Mormon Doctrine, p. 163) and that if humans practice Mormonism, they too can eventually become gods (Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, p. 345-347).
  5. Therefore Mormons believe that Jesus is literally the first born created child and that Lucifer is a brother of Jesus (Mormon Doctrine, p. 192) and that both Jesus and Lucifer have other godlike brothers and sisters.
  6. Also Mormons do not regard the Bible as being their spiritual authority. Instead they believe that the Book of Mormon which was published by their founder Joseph Smith as being the ultimate spiritual authority (History of the Church, vol. 4, p. 461).

 

2 Corinthians 11:4 says “For if someone comes and proclaims another Jesus than the one we proclaimed, or if you receive a different spirit from the one you received, or if you accept a different gospel from the one you accepted, you put up with it readily enough”.

So the Bible speaks of people who will come and proclaim a different Jesus. They will also proclaim a different spirit. And they will proclaim a different gospel.
Unfortunately, the Mormons are one those groups who proclaim a different message and a different God than the God who is mentioned in the Bible.

The god of the Mormons and the God of the Christians are totally different.

The Bible teaches that there is only ONE God (Deuteronomy 6:4) who eternally exists in 3 Persons; that is the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
In Isaiah 43:10 God says that He is the only God and there was no other god before Him and there will be no other god after Him.
The Bible also says that God is not a man that He should lie / sin, but God is perfect and God is Spirit and those who worship God must worship Him in spirit and in truth.
The Bible certainly teaches that God does NOT have a wife. God did not need a wife to create humanity or any other creature on this planet (Genesis 1).
The Mormons believe in the literature of Joseph Smith and the Book of Mormon. However, the Bible is the inspired word of God and the Bible should be the ultimate spiritual authority in a Christian believer’s life (2 Timothy 3:16).

Most importantly, the Bible also teaches that salvation is only through one Person – Jesus Christ (John 14:6) – who paid for our sins on the cross & resurrected on the 3rd day so that you and I may have eternal life.

Do Christians and Mormons worship the same God? No they don’t.

See our articles: What is the Trinity?  ,  Is Jesus God?   , The Role of The Holy Spirit ,  What is the Gospel?

If you are a Mormon or if you have never genuinely accepted Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Saviour – you have the opportunity to put your total trust and faith in the Jesus Christ of the Bible as your Saviour.

True salvation comes only through Jesus Christ and eternal life is a free gift in Christ.

 

DO YOU WANT TO BE A CHRISTIAN or A FOLLOWER OF JESUS CHRIST???

1. ACKNOWLEDGE: “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23).
This means that we have all broken God’s laws and God’s 10 Commandments like those mentioned in Exodus 20:1-17. For example, if you have told a lie; if you have stolen something; if you have lusted after somebody or if you have coveted. This means you are guilty of breaking at least one or more of God’s 10 Commandments. Breaking God’s commandments makes us sinners. The fact that we are sinners who have broken God’s law means that we are accountable to God who is the Lawgiver. Romans 6:23 says that “the wages of sin is death BUT the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord”
You must acknowledge that you are a sinner who has broken God’s commandments and that you therefore need Jesus in your life

2. REPENT: “Unless you repent you will all likewise perish” (Luke 13:3), “Repent therefore and be converted that your sins may be blotted out” (Acts 3:19)
Repenting means: to change your mind; a sincere turning away, in heart, mind and action;
Therefore God wants you to repent of sinful values and of sinful living. God wants you to decide to follow Him and to make Jesus the Lord of your life.

3. CONFESSION: “If we confess our sins. He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9). “That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved” (Romans 10:9)
God is a forgiving God. God will forgive any sin that you have done because Jesus died for ALL your sins and to set you free from the bondage of all types of sin in your life.

4. BELIEVE: “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16).
You must believe that ONLY Jesus can save you and restore your relationship with God. You must believe that Jesus is the ONLY way by which you can have everlasting life and escape from eternal separation from God. You must believe that Jesus died on the cross for you and resurrected from the grave.
“He came to His own, and His own did not receive him, But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name” (John 1:11-12)
By faith, You must receive Jesus as Your Lord & Savior and therefore; you become a child of God; you become born again; you become a Christian; you restore your broken relationship with God

 

Why Not Make Your Eternal Decision NOW?

We become born again Christians by GRACE through FAITH or TOTAL TRUST in Jesus Christ as our Lord & Savior (Galatians 3:26) & (Ephesians 2:8,9). Salvation is a FREE gift received through FAITH in Christ.

PLEASE NOTE: You can choose to pray in your own words. This prayer is a sample prayer and it is only an EXPRESSION of your faith, belief & trust in Jesus. Salvation is by GRACE through FAITH or BELIEVING in Christ Jesus as your Lord & Saviour.

“Lord Jesus, I thank You for Your love. I thank You that You died on the cross for me and resurrected so that I may have life through You.
I confess Lord that I have sinned against You and today I ask You to forgive me of all of my sins, past present and future.
I repent of all of my sins and I ask You to cleanse me Jesus.
Thank You for forgiving my sins.
From this moment, come into my life Lord Jesus & take full control of my life. I want to follow You Jesus and I want to follow Your ways. Save me and from today, make me the person You want me to be.
I receive You Lord Jesus right now by faith. I trust You as my Lord and Savior – Amen

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Are the Jehovah’s Witnesses a Cult?

What is the Jehovah’s Witness sect and what do they believe in? Also, what are some of the specific beliefs & practices of the Jehovah’s Witnesses that have led this group to be classified as a cult?

The Jehovah’s Witnesses was founded through Charles Taze Russell in 1870 who started a Bible study class called the “Millennial Dawn Bible Study”.
Russell also wrote a series of books called “The Millennial Dawn” from which most of the Jehovah’s Witness theology is based on and to which the Jehovah’s Witness members hold as part of their essential doctrine.

In 1886 the Jehovah’s Witnesses founded an organization known as the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society which is led by the Jehovah’s Witness leaders.
The Watchtower Society is responsible for the publication and distribution of various Jehovah’s Witness literature such as The Watchtower, the Awake! magazines and also the Jehovah’s Witness translation of the Bible called the New World Translation.
The Watchtower Society and the Jehovah’s Witness leaders have tremendous spiritual & psychological control over Jehovah’s Witness members, both through their doctrines and through exercising cultic manipulation techniques on their members.

Whilst the Jehovah’s Witness sect may outwardly appear to be a friendly, Bible-believing group that follows God and has a strong dedication towards evangelism – closer scrutiny of their doctrine and internal practices will reveal that this group is not at all what it appears to reflect.

 

 

What do Jehovah’s Witnesses Believe?
The Jehovah’s Witnesses have many beliefs and practices that veer off from normal Christian behavior and doctrine. Some of these beliefs are as follows:

  • The Jehovah’s Witnesses do not believe in salvation by grace through faith in Jesus Christ (Ephesians 2:8,9). They believe that salvation is something you earn through serving the Jehovah’s Witness sect and adhering to its doctrines.
  • They believe that Jesus is Michael the archangel. As a result, they believe that Jesus is a created being thereby claiming that Jesus is not God. This is a contradiction of the Bible which clearly states that Jesus is God (John 1:1,14)
  • They believe that the Holy Spirit is an “active force” and not a Person whom you can talk to or relate with. This concept clearly affects how their members perceive God and how they can relate with God according to His true nature.
  • The fact that they see the Holy Spirit as a “force” and view Christ as a “created” being means that the Jehovah’s Witnesses do not ultimately believe in the triune nature of God. The Jehovah’s Witnesses believe that only God the Father is Jehovah / God and that both Jesus and the Holy Spirit are not part of the Godhead.
  • The Jehovah’s Witnesses believe that only 144 000 people will be resurrected to live with God in Heaven and then a great group of others will live on the earth.
  • They do not believe in a literal hell or lake of fire as described in the Bible. They do not believe that people will be eternally punished in hell. They believe that a bad person will either seize to completely exist or that the person will be completely destroyed after physical death.
  • They believe that they have the most accurate translation of the Bible which is called the New World Translation. Basically the New World Translation is a version of the Bible which was created by the Watchtower Society and contains subtle but deceptive changes to many Bible verses especially where the deity of Jesus Christ is depicted.
  • Jehovah’s Witness members are persuaded therefore to only read the New World Translation Bible and not any other version of the Bible such as New King James Version or English Standard Version. They believe that every other version of the Bible is inaccurate except their own New World Translation.

 

The above are just but a few beliefs of the Jehovah’s Witnesses doctrinal beliefs which contradict essential Christian doctrines and classify the Jehovah’s Witnessess as being a cult.

The governing body of the Watchtower Society is the only body within the entire Jehovah’s Witness cult that claims authority to interpret scripture. Therefore the interpretation of scripture by the Watchtower Society and Charles Taze Russell cannot be challenged or questioned by Jehovah’s Witness members but their teachings should be accepted and followed.

 

Testimonies of Former Members of the Jehovah’s Witnesses
In addition to its false doctrines being an issue, many former members of the Jehovah’s Witnesses have given many heart-breaking testimonies of cultic behavior, sexual immorality, hypocrisy, spiritual abuse, psychological abuse, separation of families and a manipulative side of this group and its leaders.
Many articles and testimonies about the Jehovah’s Witnesses exist all over the Internet and also from various reputable sources and ex-members who reveal a dark and strange side concerning the group.

All over the world there are thousands of cults that exist and the Jehovah’s Witnesses are claimed as being one of the largest and probably most recognized religious cults in the world.

The Bible warns every believer that there are various types of false teachers and false prophets who exist in the world. These false teachers deceive many and disguise themselves as sheep but yet inwardly they are wolves (Matthew 7:15; 2 Corinthians 11:13-15).
Therefore every Christian believer is encouraged through the word of God and through the discernment from the Holy Spirit to test the spirits because of the existence of false teachers (1 John 4:1). Christians are also encouraged to heed the example of the Berean Christians who had a personal relationship with God and studied the scriptures for themselves. The Bereans were not so quick to believe every preacher but they compared what was preached with what the Bible actually taught.

May God open the spiritual eyes of those who are deceived by the Jehovah’s Witness doctrines & practices and may the power of the gospel of salvation set its members free from the grip of this group.

 

A NOTE TO THE JEHOVAH’S WITNESS MEMBER
If you are currently a Jehovah’s Witness or an ex-member of the Jehovah’s Witnesses, it’s important to realize that God loves you and salvation is a FREE gift of God received by grace through faith in Jesus Christ (Ephesians 2:8,9). You don’t have to work for your salvation because Jesus paid a debt for sin that no other person could pay.
Jesus paid for our sins on the cross so that through Christ alone, we may have eternal life. All we have to do is to GENUINELY believe and receive Jesus Christ as our Lord & Saviour (John 1:12). When you put your trust in Christ, God will change your life and free you from bondage.
It’s also important to believe in the deity of Jesus Christ and of the Holy Spirit.
There is only ONE God who exists in 3 Persons – The Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.

See our articles: What is the Trinity?  ,  Is Jesus God?   , The Role of The Holy Spirit ,  What is the Gospel?

If you are a member or ex-member of the Jehovah’s Witnesses and if you have never received Jesus Christ, today you have the opportunity to believe and FREELY accept Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Saviour.

 

DO YOU WANT TO BE A CHRISTIAN or A FOLLOWER OF JESUS CHRIST???

1. ACKNOWLEDGE: “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23).
This means that we have all broken God’s laws and God’s 10 Commandments like those mentioned in Exodus 20:1-17. For example, if you have told a lie; if you have stolen something; if you have lusted after somebody or if you have coveted. This means you are guilty of breaking at least one or more of God’s 10 Commandments. Breaking God’s commandments makes us sinners. The fact that we are sinners who have broken God’s law means that we are accountable to God who is the Lawgiver. Romans 6:23 says that “the wages of sin is death BUT the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord”
You must acknowledge that you are a sinner who has broken God’s commandments and that you therefore need Jesus in your life.

2. REPENT: “Unless you repent you will all likewise perish” (Luke 13:3), “Repent therefore and be converted that your sins may be blotted out” (Acts 3:19)
Repenting means: to change your mind; a sincere turning away, in heart, mind and action;
Therefore God wants you to repent of sinful values and of sinful living. God wants you to decide to follow Him and to make Jesus the Lord of your life.

3. CONFESSION: “If we confess our sins. He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9). “That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved” (Romans 10:9)
God is a forgiving God. God will forgive any sin that you have done because Jesus died for ALL your sins and to set you free from the bondage of all types of sin in your life.

4. BELIEVE: “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16).
You must believe that ONLY Jesus can save you and restore your relationship with God. You must believe that Jesus is the ONLY way by which you can have everlasting life and escape from eternal separation from God. You must believe that Jesus died on the cross for you and resurrected from the grave.
“He came to His own, and His own did not receive him, But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name” (John 1:11-12)
By faith, You must receive Jesus as Your Lord & Savior and therefore; you become a child of God; you become born again; you become a Christian; you restore your broken relationship with God

 

Why Not Make Your Eternal Decision NOW?

We become born again Christians by GRACE through FAITH or TOTAL TRUST in Jesus Christ as our Lord & Savior (Galatians 3:26) & (Ephesians 2:8,9). Salvation is a FREE gift received through FAITH in Christ.

PLEASE NOTE: You can choose to pray in your own words. This prayer is a sample prayer and it is only an EXPRESSION of your faith, belief & trust in Jesus. Salvation is by GRACE through FAITH or BELIEVING in Christ Jesus as your Lord & Saviour.

“Lord Jesus, I thank You for Your love. I thank You that You died on the cross for me and resurrected so that I may have life through You.
I confess Lord that I have sinned against You and today I ask You to forgive me of all of my sins, past present and future.
I repent of all of my sins and I ask You to cleanse me Jesus.
Thank You for forgiving my sins.
From this moment, come into my life Lord Jesus & take full control of my life. I want to follow You Jesus and I want to follow Your ways. Save me and from today, make me the person You want me to be.
I receive You Lord Jesus right now by faith. I trust You as my Lord and Savior – Amen”

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How To Identify a False Prophet / False Teacher

Matthew 7:15-18 NKJV
Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thorn bushes or figs from thistles? Even so, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit.

We live in a time where money and not lost souls, is the motivation for why people become pastors; We are living in a time where a person who calls himself a “pastor” announces that he supports homosexuality & gay marriage; We live in a time where the gospel is no longer about the grace and love of God through the life, death & resurrection of Jesus Christ – instead there are now heretic teachings such as the “prosperity gospel” whose focus is to enrich the preachers of the prosperity gospel movement.

The Bible warns us that false prophets and teachers are “deceitful workers, transforming themselves into apostles of Christ” (2 Corinthians 11:13).
However, one of the methods on how to identify a false prophet / false teacher is by studying the doctrine that they preach & believe and comparing it with what is written in the Bible.
For example false teachers may teach that you must keep the law and earn or work for your salvation. Yet there are many verses in the Bible that teach us that salvation is a free gift and that we are saved by grace and NOT by works (Ephesians 2:8-9).
It is therefore up to every Christian to be like the Bereans in Acts 17:11 who after hearing the preaching would “search the Scriptures daily to find out whether these things were so”.
Therefore the Bereans did not just listen to the preaching, but they verified through the Scriptures if what they had been told through the Scriptures is true or not.

Therefore knowing & studying the word of God for yourself is the best way to guard yourself against false teachers & prophets (2 Timothy 2:15).

2 Timothy 2:15-16 NKJV
Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

 

IDENTIFYING A FALSE PROPHET / TEACHER THROUGH HIS DOCTRINE

The first way that you can detect false prophets or teachers is by how they interpret, practice and teach the word of God. Remember that even the devil used scripture and he misinterpreted the scriptures in an attempt to tempt and manipulate Jesus (Matthew 4:5-7)

Therefore a false prophet will show the following traits in pertaining to doctrine

  1. A false prophet or teacher preaches a different gospel. He does not correctly interpret the word of God, but he will interpret the scriptures inappropriately in order to subtly deceive people to meet his personal deceptive agenda.
    Examples of a different gospel is the “name-it-and-claim-it gospel” or the “prosperity gospel”. Another example is the teachings that salvation is attainable through personal works. (Galatians 1:6-9 NKJVI marvel that you are turning away so soon from Him who called you in the grace of Christ, to a different gospel, 7 which is not another; but there are some who trouble you and want to pervert the gospel of Christ. 8 But even if we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed. 9 As we have said before, so now I say again, if anyone preaches any other gospel to you than what you have received, let him be accursed.)
  1. They preach only what people want to hear – even if it is the wrong thing. (2 Timothy 4:3-5 NKJVFor the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables.)
  1. Their teachings reject the work of Christ on the cross and instead give precedence to self-glorification, self-effort and self-achievement apart from Christ. Many false teachers have become more like motivational speakers. Rather than glorifying Christ & His finished work, false teachers teach humanism and glorify human ability & human achievement above Christ. (2 Peter 2:1 NKJVBut there were also false prophets among the people, even as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Lord who bought them, and bring on themselves swift destruction)
  1. False teachers / prophets seldom teach their listeners or followers to read the Bible for themselves so that the followers may personally learn from God through His word. False prophets / teachers subtly prefer that their own teachings become the sole authority over people instead of God’s word. (Matthew 16:11-12 NKJV“How is it you do not understand that I did not speak to you concerning bread? — but to beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and Sadducees.” Then they understood that He did not tell them to beware of the leaven of bread, but of the doctrine of the Pharisees and Sadducees.)
  1. False teachers / prophets at times teach the doctrines of demons & deceiving spirits instead of God’s word (1 Timothy 4:1 NKJVNow the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons)

 

1 John 4:1 NKJV
Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world.

Be careful what you listen to. Be careful what you feed yourself with. It is very important as a Christian that you have a one-on-one relationship with God. It is also imperative that you learn to study the word of God alone and to spend quality time with God. You must rely on the Holy Spirit to teach you and guide you pertaining to the word of God.
God’s word is food to your spirit. It is good to listen to teachings of other people – however it is also important that you also study God’s word for yourself.
When you have a sound relationship with God and when you are constantly learning God’s word and studying and meditating His word, you will not easily be swayed by false prophets or teachings whenever they come in your direction.

2 Timothy 3:16-17 NKJV
The word of God also says “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work

TODAY. Study the word of God for yourself.

 

 

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