1999 James A. Fowler
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I. Defining the word "cult."
A. From the Latin word cultus meaning
"adoration," or "to care."
B. English words "cultivate"
and "culture" derived from such.
C. Older English usage defined as "worship."
D. Newer English usage defines as "unorthodox
II. Biblical evaluation of "false teaching."
A. Scriptures which address such
14:14,15; 23:16-22; 29:8,9
7:15-23; 23; 24:3-5,11,24,25
8. I Cor.
9. II Cor.
4:2; 6:14-17; 11:3,4,13-15
10. Gal. 1:6-9;
11. Eph. 5:11
12. Phil. 3:18-21
13. II Thess.
14. I Tim. 1:6-10,19,20;
15. II Tim. 2:17-21,23-26;
16. Titus 1:10-16;
17. Heb. 13:9
18. II Peter
19. I John 2:18,19;
20. II John 7-11
21. III John
22. Jude 3-19
B. Personal study exercise:
1. In two
columns determine what the above passages indicate about "false
also from the above passages whether there is any response suggested,
it is to be passive or active.
III. Cultic theology. Denies or distorts the Biblical truths
A. God, being personal, infinite,
eternal, singular, immutable, supernatural, sovereign, Spirit,
immanent, good, triune.
B. Jesus Christ, being deity, pre-existent,
human, historical, conceived of Holy Spirit, savior of all
resurrected, presently manifested.
C. Holy Spirit, being deity, personal,
D. Man, being a creature, dependent,
mortal, sinful, constituted of spirit and soul and body.
E. Sin, as transgressing God's character,
leading to death and judgment, and continuing to be
in Christian's lives.
F. Salvation, as necessitated by sin,
initiated by the grace of God, made available to all by the
and resurrection of Jesus, and received by faith alone.
G. Bible, as complete, final, authoritative,
inspired, providentially preserved, and properly
IV. Cultic methodology.
A. Followers of men.
D. New Revelation.
E. Overemphasize particular truths.
F. Semantic perversion.
G. Philosophical obfuscation.
H. Psychological pre-occupation.
I. Manipulate God.
J. Faith in faith, principles, promises.
Q. De-emphasize physical.
X. Lack assurance.
BB. Financial exploitation.
CC. Sexual exploitation.
FF. Break down family unit.
II. Political, social attachments.
JJ. Prophetic abuse.
V. Response to cultic teaching and practice.
A. Allow life of Jesus to be lived
out in your behavior - Gal. 2:20
is the life of Jesus Christ, then any false expression or misrepresentation
B. Preach Christ -
C. Don't go on a "witch-hunt"
trying to identify "cultists"
D. Love one another - Matt. 5:44; I Tim.
1:5-7; 2:23-25; I Peter 3:15
E. Pray for those so involved - I Tim.
F. Be willing to give defense of your
faith - I Peter 3:15
G. May be called upon to
- Jude 3
- II Tim. 2:24-27
- Titus 1:9
- II Thess. 3:15