Personal Safeguards Against Cults
The spiritual infant must not tarry too long in infancy It is a critical time because they are easily taken advantage of by cultists. God has designed it to be a time of much growth and if one lays back or holds back (especially in rebellion, disobedience, doubt, or fear) it will be detrimental to their spiritual growth.
1 Peter 2:2—As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby:" They need to receive and be fed.
The most important thing in the life of a new Christian is spiritual growth. The key to developing Christian maturity is the study of God's Word
1 Timothy 4:16—Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee.
2 Timothy 2:15—Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
John 8:31-32—Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; 32 And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.
In what does true wisdom consist? True wisdom consists in simple obedience to God and His Word. We should seek after only the wisdom that comes from God.
Bible Memorization is used to defeat the cults. Memorize only the truth but don't be ignorant of the devil's devices.
Ps. 119:104—Through thy precepts I get understanding: therefore I hate every false way.
Ps. 119:128—Therefore I esteem all thy precepts concerning all things to be right; and I hate every false way.
2 Peter 1:3—According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:
1 Peter 5:10; 1 Thess. 2:12; 1 Thess. 4:4; 7; John 17:17; 2 Thess. 1:12
Memorize the Word of God.
The value of memorizing Scripture can never be overstated. Never, Never No Never! Ps. 119:9-11
Memorize the word for spiritual wisdom and strength.
Matt. 4:4; II Cor. 3:6,15-18; John 1:1-5,9, 12, 14, 17; 3:15, 16, 36; 5:39; 6:27, 35, 48, 51, 57-58, 68; 14:6;17:3; 20:31; I John 1:7; 2:24-26; 4:9; 5:11-13, 20; II Peter 1:2-11
Memorize the Word for truth against the false.
I Tim.6:20; II Tim. 2:16
John 8:32—And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.
Psalms 119:11—Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.
Ps alms 37:31—The law of his God is in his heart; none of his steps shall slide.
Eph. 4:14—That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;
Col. 2:8—Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.
Prov. 14:12—There is a way which seemeth right unto a man…
Prov. 16:25—There is a way that seemeth right unto a man…
Clear Biblical Understanding of Truth
There is the truth of Christianity,
It is a fact that there is a living and true God Who created the universe and Who loves us and has a plan for our lives. In the midst of a corrupt, depraved world that pulls every living thing down into the grave of death, there is the truth that God is and God loves. It is man's sin that has brought corruption and death into the world. Christianity declares God's love for the world. He is not a God of hate who has left man in the dark, groping and grasping about, trying to discover the truth about life and its source, purpose, and end. He is a God of love who has sent His only Son to remedy man's problems. God's way is the true order of life. John 1:1-5; 3:16-21; 8:32; 36; 14:6; 1Thess. 1:9
True Deity and True Humanity
The Fullness of God in Christ as a Man
Always view Christ from the Scripture. Always view your position in Christ from the scripture.
Viewing the Messiah in the Scripture
Christ put emphasis on the inspiration of the Scriptures. Christ is God's Son, Lord and man as the Son of David. Jesus Christ is the Messiah, both God and man, Divine and human. Jesus questioned them about what others were saying about Him in order to identify what they believed for themselves—less or more. Christ was not just telling them He was the Messiah, but was looking for them to receive that revelation from God like Peter did in Matthew 16:17. They had already been given the Scriptures that claim the Messiah would be Divine and human, both Lord and Christ and they were responsible for that already. (Matthew 22:42-45; 1 John 4:1-3; Colossians 2:9, 10 )
Acts 2:36—Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God hath made that same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ.
The Triune God
Acts 10:38; 2 Cor. 13:14; Luke 4:18; Hebrews 1:9; Mat.3:16-17
Peter's Testimony Acts 4:25-27
Paul's Testimony Acts 13:33
The Triune Testimony
- God the Ruler voice of the Father Psa. 2:1-6 "Lord"
- God the Mediator voice of the Son Psa.2: 7-9 "Son"
- God the Comforter voice of the Holy Ghost Psa. 10-12 "Trust in Him"
Luke24:49; John 2:22; 8:17-18, 42; 12:16;14:16;15:26;16:7,13;17:1,3,5,21-26; 14:26; Rom.15:30; Gal. 4:6;1 John 2:20, 23, 27; 5:7; 2Jn.1:9;
2 Cor. 13:14—The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all. Amen (Eph. 2:5-7, 10, 13, 14, 18)
The Father is God - The Son is God - The Holy Ghost is God
1 John 5:7—For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.
John 8:13, 14; 1 John 5:2, 15, 18, 19, 20
1 John 2:18-24—22 Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son. 23 Whosoever denieth the Son, the same hath not the Father: (but) he that acknowledgeth the Son hath the Father also.
1 John 4:1—Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.
1 John 4:14—And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world.1 John2:26—These things have I written unto you concerning them that seduce you.
1 John 4:6—We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.