Exposing the Jesus of the Cults

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A former Jehovah’s Witness turned Christian namely Lorrie MacGregor once said, “If you have the right Jesus then you are right for all eternity, but if you have the wrong Jesus then you are wrong for all eternity.”

How important is it to have a correct understanding about who Jesus Christ is? Is it true that our souls will be in jeopardy if we embrace a wrong belief about Jesus Himself? A conversation was taking place inside a closed room between the Lord and Peter where He was asking the latter about how he really knew Him. At first, He was asking him about the others opinion of His identity. The apostle said, “Some say John the Baptist, others say Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” (Matt. 16:14) However, the Lord did not want to hear the what others think but his own understanding of who He really was to him. Then Peter firmly confessed, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” (Matt. 16:16) It is very important to know who Jesus Christ really is because to know His real identity means eternal life while to embrace a non-biblical Jesus spells eternal damnation. As Jesus claimed, “I told you that you would die in your sins, for unless you believe that I am he you will die in your sins.” He also claimed equality with God the Father because He forgives sins and works on a Sabbath (See Mk. 2:7; Jn. 5:17-18)

So, who is Jesus Christ? The prophet Isaiah tells us clearly that the Son who will be given is named Mighty God. (Isa. 9:6) He was also quoted by the author of Hebrews as the One who laid the foundation of the earth in the beginning and worked the heavens with His hands (See Heb. 1:10; Psa. 102:25). The apostle John believed that Jesus the living Word is God who was with the Father in the beginning. (See Jn. 1:1; 1 Jn. 1:1-2) The apostle Mark wrote in his account that Jesus is not just good in terms of human goodness but by nature good as God is truly good (See Mk. 10:17-18). The apostle Paul revealed that Jesus is by nature God who became by nature human for Him to offer Himself as a sacrifice on the cross (See Phil. 2:5-8). The Greek believer Titus wrote that Jesus was the great God and Savior that we are waiting for to appear someday (See Tit. 2:13). The letter of Paul to the Roman believers explained that Jesus has a human ancestry and a divine origin (See Rom. 1:3-4). Thomas also finally confessed that Jesus for him is Lord and God (See Jn. 20:28).

Surprisingly, despite a number of passages that show the full humanity and divinity of Jesus Christ, the cults of Christianity still oppose this hard truth. The following is a list of the beliefs of the cults of Christianity with regards to who Jesus Christ is.

  1. Iglesia ni Cristo – Jesus is a human creature created by God the Father and worship by every member.
  2. Ang Dating Daan (Members Church of God International) – Jesus is true God but inferior to the Father who is also called a true God. He is not Almighty God but Mighty God only.
  3. Pentecostal Missionary Church of Christ (PMCC 4th Watch) – Jesus is God but not truly human.
  4. Seventh-day Adventist – Jesus is  Michael the Archangel.
  5. World Mission Society Church of God – Jesus is the Father while Ahn Sahng Hong the founder is Christ and the Holy Spirit.
  6. Jesus Christ the Name Above Every Name – Jesus is the Father while Apollo Quiboloy is the Son of God on earth.
  7. Jesus Miracle Crusade International – Jesus plays the roles of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
  8. Church of God (Armstrongism) – Jesus is one of the family of Gods.
  9. Unification Church – Jesus is not truly God who did not finish His mission on earth due to His crucifixion.
  10. Jehovah’s Witness – Jesus is a created being who is considered to be an inferior Mighty God. He is not called Jehovah therefore He should not to be worshipped.
  11. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons) – Jesus had many wives namely Mary, Martha,  and Mary Magdalene. He is the Adam-God in the Garden of Eden.
  12. Unitarian Church – Jesus is a creature created by God.
  13. Metro Manila International Christian Church – They believe in an orthodox view of Jesus but believed water baptism can save them.
  14. Christadelphian – Jesus is but a creature created by His Father.
  15. Christian Science – Jesus is not God but the highest human concept of a perfect man. He was not tempted by the devil and never died on the cross.
  16. And many others…

Let us be sure that we know who Jesus Christ is in our lives or else we might be embracing another Jesus and a different Gospel eventually receiving a different spirit jeopardizing our salvation. As Paul wrote,

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. – 2 Corinthians 11:4

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  1. How about the churches who claims to be a Christian church but some of the teachings contradicts the scripture? They claim to know God and understand the trinity but there were some verses they teach the congregation with a different explanation or should I say some of it they take literally. Is it considered as a cult?

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    1. It will be good if you can give some examples of passages that they explain differently and interpret literally. But if you are referring to legitimate Christian churches who adheres to the orthodoxy of the Scripture but differs in terms of how they understand the non-essential Scripture passages then they are not a cult. That is the freedom we have as believers to agree to disagree and dialogue healthily so we can arrive at a more united perception while exegeting a particular Scriptural passage.

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  2. Hi Pastor! Actually, our family is facing a problem right now. My mother and I are attending here in Every Nation Dubai and in the Philippines I attend in Victory Alabang. Before I used to attend in a local church before Victory. I decided to go to another church because I was getting confused with some of the teachings. I know that every Christian church is a part of the Body of Christ and the church has nothing to do with our salvation. But I was seeking to grow in Christ back then. We are planning to get my 2 siblings in the Philippines to be with us here in Dubai but my other sister was hesitant because of the calling of the church she was telling us. My mother is receiving instructions from the Lord to take my sister to be with us. One verse is Ephesians 6:1 “Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right.” My sister understood this as ‘parents’ refers to the leaders of the church. Does this verse refers to our biological parents who are also Christian? Because she follows the leaders and not obeying what my mother is telling her. This has caused our family relationship to be at risk.

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    1. May I know the name of that local church? Their interpretation of the passage is not correct. If that religious group holds to the orthodox Christian teaching yet misinterprets that particular passage, then they become cultic (which is defined differently from the cults) because of their authoritarianism and manipulative spirit. Usually, this type of religious group which is small in number are legalistic. They are not healthy church groups to be with.

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      1. It is United Christian Fellowship in Sucat, Parañaque. I think you are right Pastor. They were being manipulative even when it comes to the courses we wanted to take in college. My sister was supposed to take architecture but they encouraged her to take tesda instead. There were some good things that came out of it but she did not reach her full potential. I see that she is sincere in serving God but I am afraid that she is confused in serving God and serving the church. If it is cultic, what would be the best way to encourage my sister to obey my mother? She was telling us that her calling is there in the church which holds her back to be with us here in Dubai.

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  3. Unfortunately, leaving an abusive church becomes more difficult if a person has stayed in this particular group for long. There are many things that you need to consider like theological, psychological, social, and emotional. A person belonging to an abusive church group will have difficulty sensing of his spiritual leader’s manipulative reasoning and authoritative personality. This is because of his high regard to that person’s spiritual calling. However, it is still possible for a person to exit an abusive church. You need to be prayerful and patient by listening carefully what she believes about the group and explaining why it is considered an abusive church. In fact, our evangelical world is plagued with many “personality cults” as if whatever they say that settles it. As Christian sociology professor Dr. Ronald Enroth writes,

    “As James I. Packer reminds us in Christianity Today, the evangelical world is plagued by ‘the personality cult.’ We, the mainstream evangelical public, elevate certain individuals to virtual infallibility. ‘On issue after issue people reason thus: ‘Billy Graham / Martyn Lloyd-Jones / John Wimber / John Stott / Chuck Swindoll / Elisabeth Elliot / R. C. Sproul / (write in here your own preferred authority) says it; I believe it; that settles it. In our homes, in our churches, and in our programs of Christian education, we must strive to cultivate critical, discerning minds if we are to avoid the tragedy of churches that abuse.” (Ronald Enroth, Churches That Abuse)

    Let us not just receive every word that our pastors and leaders say but let us learn to square everything they teach from the authoritative word of God. Someday, all of us will personally stand in front of our Great Judge giving an account as to how faithful we are in following His word, the Bible. Let us follow the attitude of the Berean believers.

    “The people of Berea were more open-minded than the people of Thessalonica. They were very willing to receive God’s message, and every day they carefully examined the Scriptures to see if what Paul said was true.” – Acts 17:11, God’s Word Translation

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