There is a "peace of God which passeth all understanding," which accrues to a man who is strong believer, but you know the tendency of the day is to give up old land marks and to adopt new ones, and to avow anything rather than the old-fashioned divinity. Well, my dear friends, if any of you like to try new doctrines, I warn you, that if you be the children of God you will soon be sick enough of those new-fangled notions, those newly invented doctrines, which are continually taught. You may, for the first week, be pleased enough with their novelty; you may wonder at their transcendental spirituality, or something else, which entices you on; but you will not have lived on them long, before you will say, "Alas! alas! I have taken in my hands the apples of Sodom; they were fair to look upon, but they are ashes in my mouth." If you would be peaceful, keep fast to the truth, hold fast the form of sound words: so shall "your peace be like a river, and your righteousness like the waves of the sea." --Spurgeon
In one of my ongoing sideline studies . . . I have been looking into the SDA (Seventh Day Adventist) and Jehovah's Witness cults. . . . The doctrine of Hell appears to me to be the truth that most often sends men and women to create cults and heresies set up against the Word of God. I recall before Shawn McCraney started teaching that the 2nd Coming had already happened/that the doctrine of The Trinity is garbage/that the Bible isn't really meant for our time/that you can lose your salvation . . . and other man-made gems of delusion--his FIRST public foray into the deep and churning waters of heresy was to deny and disparage the doctrine of Hell, of eternal punishment. . . .
Ellen G. White, the false prophetess of the Seventh Day Adventist church speaks virtually the same words I've heard McCraney speak regarding Hell:
“How repugnant to every emotion of love and mercy, and even to our sense of justice, is the doctrine that the wicked dead are tormented with fire and brimstone in an eternally burning hell; that for the sins of a brief, earthly life they are to suffer torture as long as God shall live.”
. . . .Which is a fine example of those who chose their own (corrupt, limited) reasoning and sentiments over what God has revealed to be true.
Another thing that bothers cult leaders and cultists . . . is obviously the sovereignty of God. They want to play a role in salvation. So, invariably they set up their cultic system to include personal works as integral to the way of salvation. Why should God get ALL the glory?!
Aleister Crowley, the early 20th century occultic adept and one of the self-proclaimed "world's most wicked man" based his fundamental teaching on "true will"--on the perfecting of the will (self will).
You will find this thread running through most cults--the elevation of the human will and personal works ABOVE God's sovereign will and perfect, completed work of Christ.
Here is quote from a Scientology page in Detroit: "Scientologists take the maxim quite to heart that God helps those who help themselves. They believe that each person has the answers to the mysteries of life; all he requires is awareness of these answers, and this is what Scientology helps a person achieve."
Along with this grave error (that human will/works is the way to God/salvation) is the idea that humans are basically good. Mormons doctrine teaches that humanity is not accountable for the sins of Adam--that people are basically good. . . .
Mormons also have very watered down, minimal doctrine of Hell. Yes, there is a Hell, but very, very few will go there; most will attain one or the other degree of heavenly glory. . . .
Works and "free agency" are also a major component of LDS salvational doctrine. . . .
Again, you will find that most cults abhor the idea that God alone is sovereign and they all set up man as nearly important . . . or even MORE important . . . to the working out of salvation through "free will" choices and works done. . . .
And . . . I gotta go to church.... so gotta run.. . . but maybe will add some more thoughts on this recent study of cults and cultic doctrine. . . .
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