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Old 01-10-2009, 02:25 PM
 
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1# Know Basic Bible Teachings
No one can know all the false teachings of all cults, but Christians can learn the Bible well enough so that they recognize doctrine and Scriptures.
Cults often deny or distort three Key biblical Doctrines:
The way the FBI trains actors to recognize confidence currency is by studying genuine dollar bills. Thus, bankers will recognize a confidence bell when they come across it. The more a person understands the Bible, the better the person will be able to recognize cultic errors. Scriptures warms about spiritual deception. Galatians 1: 8speaks of the Gospel other than the one being preached to you.” Second Corinthians 1: 14 warn those who preach (another) Jesus…a different spirit... a different Gospel.” Cults often deny or distort three Key biblical doctrines.
The Trinity--- One God and three persons.
The person and work of Jesus Christ.
The Gospel of salvation by Christ of a home to fade.
If a Jehovah witness say is the Holy Spirit is a force and not a person, show him or her passages that demonstrates the Holy Spirit is a person.


(First Corinthians 2: 11-12; 12: 11; Ephesians 4: 30; Romans 8: 26 – 27).
The Trinity: 1+1+1=1
The Person of Jesus Christ:
The Gospel of Salvation:


Memorize Key apologetic verses and central doctrine and Scriptures.
If any cults say that that Holy Spirit is a force and not a person, show him or her passages that demonstrate that Holy Spirit is a person:
1 Corinthians 2: 11; 12: 11; Ephesians 4: 30; Romans 8: 26 – 27.

2# Don’t Assume Every Cultist, Believes the Same Thing
For example, individualCatholicismand Mormons often have different levels of Knowledge: Questions to open a discussion choose a subject.


Note: Read, 1 Cor. 11: 27 – 33; 12: 1 – 11; 12: 12 – 31; John 21: 20 – 25.
Who is God?
Who is Jesus Christ?
Who is The Holy Spirit?
What is The Gospel of Salvation?
What are The Laws of God?
What is The Kingdom of God?
What was the row of Mary?
Who do we confess to?

3# Cultists Are Trained to Answer Objections
Many who have talked with Jehovah’ Witness and Mormons and Catholicism would say that they seem to have an answer for everything. The reason they seem to have answers for every question is because they’ve been carefully trained, and often have months – or years - of practice. Example, active Jehovah’ Witness not only go door to door responding to householder’ objections, but they have weekly training sessions where they learn what to say some like you. So, what is the solution? Simply move the discussion back to Bible. Don’t worry if they are giving you doctrine of another. Just keep presenting evidence that their leaders are not telling them the truth and keep talking them back to the Bible. Eventually, the role responses will stop or he or she will want to examine everything you have said to them. One helpful technique is to request that they read a particular verse allow an ask: what is been said here? In a repeat the typical cultic interpretation, ask them to read out loud again, slowly and carefully--- and follow it with another question. If you are resented you'll help them to see for themselves the contradiction and problem with their views. Note also that person are training and how to response common comeback. For example, they are taught how to respond and people say: “I am not interested,’ “I have my own religion,” “we are already Christians here,”
“I busy,” “why do you people call so often? I am already well objection; it is automatically target of response in the mind of the cultists. Keeping this fact in mind will help you to remain patient with the cultist, even if it is Jews or Gentiles. Always the kind and humble to all types of religion showed them that Jesus Christ is in you.

4# Check Scriptures
When Cultists quote a verse it is typically out of context.
Remember these things when interpreting Scriptures:
Always examine the context of the verse quoted by cultists.’
Interpreting Scriptures is about drawing the meaning out of the Bible verse, not putting a meaning onto the verse.
If a verse is unclear, examine it in light of clear passages.
Look also in to other passage like the Old Testament to clear some what you are studying as well.
The Bible is earthly story with a heavenly meaning.

5# Define Terms
Thereis communication block between the cultist and the Christian that can be removed by defining key Christian words and ideas.


Jehovah’s Witness will say:
Yes, Jesus is the Christ” but they would argue that Jesus was not “Christ” at birth, but become the “Christ” at his baptism.

Yes, Jesus is the son of God, but they view the terms son of God as a lesser god than God the father because they claim Jesus was created by God.

Yes, Jesus was resurrected, but they will say it was not physical resurrection. Instead he was resurrected spiritually as Michael the Archangel.

Yes, Scripture speaks of his second coming but they claim that this prophecy is already in the process being fulfilled through an invisible presence of Christ in 1914.

Mormons will say:
Yes, Jesus is the Christ, but they would add that Jesus had to compete with Lucifer over who would be the savior of the world.

Yes, Jesus is the son of God, but they would say that he is the son only because he was born in heaven as a spirit baby to God the father and one of his spirit wives.

Yes, Jesus died for the sins of mankind; the day would claim that the majority of his atonement took place in the Garden of Gethsemane, rather than on the cross.

Yes, Jesus blood covered the sins of mankind; but they would add works as a requirement for entrance into the highest level of heaven.

Catholicism will say:
Yes, Jesus is the Christ, but first of all the Roman Catholic priests, bishops, and popes rebelled against the high priesthood of Christ by claiming for themselves the authority to forgive sins.
They set themselves up in a priestly class above declivity.
This is still being practiced by Catholicism today; secondly the worship of almighty God offered by Romanism was a worship of strange fire, the many counterfeit mediators such as saints and martyrs.
Only twelve years since the Christian persecutions ended and religious freedom was declared that the first roman church council was convened in Nicias and the first damnable doctrines took root.
Lets look at a little history about our pass and the Bible passage not just Jesus Christ is our Salvador, but about who are all religion, pass, present and future.The bible speaks of a first, second and third heaven, the first heaven is the area around the earth’s atmosphere, or the air we breathe.
The second heaven would be the area where the stars, sun and galaxy dwell. the third heaven is the heavenly thrown of almighty God, in this opening verse we are reading about the first heaven, it means the ruling power on earth, which was at that time the old roman empire.
We saw the overthrow of the pagan religion in the seven seals in Constantine ushered in Christianity, the result there was peace for a little while.
But the vision given to John said the peace would be for a very short time. about the space of half an hour and an angel came and stood at the alter, having a golden sensor and it was given unto him, much incense, that he should offer it with the prayers of the saints upon the golden alter which was before the thrown.
And the smoke of the incense which came with the prayers of the saints ascended up before God out of the angel’s hand.
While in the law of the covenant found in the old testament the high priest daily filled the sensor with fire from the brazen alter of sacrifice, in the court of the temple, and he carried it into the holy place, he was given a bowl or vial of specially prepared incense which stood before the veil covering the holy of holies, where the ark of the covenant and the mercy seat was kept.
While the incense penetrated the veil the worshiping Israelites were praying outside. So this reveals the purpose of the incense, it was to carry with it the prayers of the people beyond the otherwise impassible veil into the God’s presence and doth obtain his merciful blessings. Why although we witness the fall of paganism in Rome the new so called Christian Roman Empire went astray from revealed truth.
Constantine only nominally became Christian as did many of the people of the Roman Empire, they didn’t have a true renewing of heart in mind, and instead they became Christian in name because it was popular.
It was the trendy thing to do. The early Church of Rome became a prostate because it attributed its imperial power to the recent martyrs of pagan Rome whose bones, relics, pictures, images and tombs began to be regarded as holy and as a form of mediation with God.
This in turn led to all kind of idolatries and angel worship, in the days of the law covenant there were two historic examples of God’s judgment on false worshipers. In number 16 we read about 250 princes who rebelled against the priesthood of Aaron, and tried to replace the true Aaronic priesthood.
In Leviticus 10, we read about two priests that offered incense before the lord with strange fire; instead of following God’s word they chose their own method in composition of praise, the result, and God slew them with fire.
From Old Testament types we see why judgment of the seven trumpets poured out on the roman earth from the 5th century onward. The Roman Catholic priests, bishops, and popes rebelled against the high priesthood of Christ.

6# Ask Strategic Questions
You can’t force good doctrine on a person trapped in a cult; instead, ask question that cause him or her to thing critically.
Examples of Strategic Questions for Mormons; Jehovah’s Witness andCatholicism.
If you’re talking with a Mormon who thinks that human beings can become gods, ask: How do you interpret Isaiah 43: 10, which reads, “Before me no gods was formed, nor will there be one after me”
If a Jehovah’s Witness are the only true witness for God, and if the Jehovah’s Witness as an organizanization came into being in the nineteenth century, does this mean God was without a witness for over eighteen centuries’ throughout church history?
(Which is a historical fact), More than 124 events and people when they were men in the time of the Reformation were witness for change and throughout time.

7# Be Loving
Sharing your faith isn’t just about strong answers from the Bible; it’s about you showing respect to others people's, feelings what it is to grow in grace, show your heart with words of wisdom, and honesty, compassion towards others, whenever they may believe in show them, what it is the son of God or daughter of God is. By walking in the statues in the commandments of the Lord, what it is have Jesus Christ as your older Brother, never having attitude and be in prideful, but humble and in showing love with respect. When people of different faith are caught in a different way, like the Mormon and Jehovah’s witness or Catholicism we as Christians, to identify errors in their teachings by bringing up discussions about confession or salvation is to bring out certain points of the Bible that will help them to understand what is the error without harming the person. You the person to receive the message without losing communication or arguing, for instance if I shown a Catholicism that the Bible says that we shall not create any image or any engraving, or to give contribute to saints, that we should them Scriptures for correction, sometimes very hard to let go of something that you had for a long time, by showing a strong faith in yourself and showing the person that he not in me to have certain items, that they can out grow what they were taught to be faults with a damaging that character but embracing them into a new way of life. Show your testimony to other people, where you went wrong and how you found Jesus Christ that the Holy Spirit are teachers of true love. I'm pretty sure that the Mormon and Jehovah’s Witness or Catholicism all strive to basic fundamentals of all life. Consider a gentle approach in which you say my friend I really care about you and I'm afraid you might be get to see into believing a lie. I'm afraid you might die and go into eternity believing something that is not true. Can we talk about this and I share with you why I believe the Bible is true focusing on keeping a loving attitude in your heart. Mature love the genuine embracing. People can sense if you truly care about them, as apposed to merely acting like you care only because you want to convert them. Pray that the Holy Spirit will fill your heart with love that shows itself in a meaningful way to your cultic acquaintances. This kind of love is sacrificial and self-giving, and involves showing hospitality to people. (Ephesians 5: 2; First Timothy 4: 12; First Corinthians 16: 14). You'll be amazed or what God will do to a person who is sold out to Jesus Christ, allowing Jesus’ grace and love to float through him or her or when approaching some one in a cult and also the Gentiles. Strong answers from the kind of person that means a lot. Jesus’ love shines through you!

8# Demonstrate Jesus’ Deity
Cultists always get the identity of Jesus wrong.
To witness effectively to Cultists, you will need to be prepared to show them that Jesus Christ is the eternal God. You one way to do this: comparing the Old Testament descriptions and attributes of God with the New Testament descriptions and the attributes of Jesus Christ.

Descriptions and Attributes: God in the Old Testament: Jesus is the New Testament:
Creation……………………...........Isaiah 44: 24………………….......Colossians 1: 16; John 1: 3
Savior………………………….........Isaiah 43: 11………………..........Titus 213-14; Jude 4
Shepherd……………………..........Psalm 28: 1, 2……………….........John 1011-18
Great Judge ………………….........Psalm 90: 89………….................John 521-22
First and Last ……………….........Isaiah 40: 46; 48: 12……….........Revelation 117-18
Holy One …...............................Isaiah 47: 4…………………..........Acts 314; John 6: 69
Glory ……………………................Isaiah 6: 1 -5………………...........John 12: 41
Omnipotent (All-powerful)….......Jeremiah 32: 17, 27………..........Matthew 19: 26
Omniscient (All-knowing)…….....Psalm 147: 5………………...........First John 3: 20
Omnipresent (present everywhere).Jeremiah 23: 24….................Matthew 28: 20
Give of Life…………………..........Deuteronomy 30: 20………..........Romans 6: 23

With these verses, the person will likely go home with different view of Jesus. If that happens, God the Holy Spirit will be working on his or her heart,, verging and bringing the mind of the things of Jesus Christ.

Christians responds to objections commonly raised by cultist.
The word “Trinity” is not found in the Bible and is therefore not biblical idea. Just because a word is not found in the Bible doesn't mean that it is not biblical concept. For example, the word “theocracy” (God rules nation) is not in the Bible, yet Israel was a theocracy. In the same way, the Trinity concept is seen throughout Scripture.
The Trinity is confusing, so God would not exist as a Trinity.
Finite humans cannot fully comprehend God, who is infinite (Isaiah 55: 8)
Jesus is God's son and is with God, so he can not be God himself. Jesus is the second person of the Trinity, distinct from and yet equaled in nature to the father. (John 1: 1; Colossian 2: 9) As God’s son,” He possesses God’s full nature (John's 5: 18; 19: 7
Leviticus 24: 60).
Jesus says the father is greater than him so he can not be “equal” to God. (John 4: 28).
In his human nature, the father was greater than Jesus but in his God nature Jesus is “equal” to the Father (John's 5: 18). Since God is invisible and cannot die, Jesus cannot be God. Jesus is the visible “image” of the invisible God. (John 1: 18; 14: 9; Hebrew 1: 3; Second Corinthians 4: 4).

9# Emphasize the Gospel
Cultists need to hear about God's grace more than anything else!
You can ask any cultist, “At what going in your religion do you know for sure that when you die would be saved and accepted by God? The cultist will not be able to give a defined answer, because his or her salvation is dependent on upon performance.
For example, Mormons are told that they must prove themselves worthy to be accepted by God into the highest level of heaven. While many Mormons believe that they have all eternity to work towards perfection, most will readily that they are not far alone in the process of achieving g it. Almost many believe that the statement in Mormon scriptures that say, “Go your way and sin no more; but unto that soul who sinneth shall the former sins return, saith the Lord your God” (Doctrine and Covenants 82: 7). This is why Mormon Church manual explains that, those who receive forgiveness and a repent the sin are held up comparable for their former sins” (Gospel Principles, 1978, 1992 ed., p. 253). Mormon is under a degree burden to constantly strive to confess and forsake their sins. Never can a Mormon say that he is full assurance that he is forgiven, because at any moment, he may reap and ascend that will make him’ “accountable” for his or her sins.


The weight on cultists’ shoulders is unbearable. No one can survive this of kind of legalism. How much better is the wonderful grace of God!

For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
Not of works, lest any man should boast. Eph 2:8-9 (KJV)

Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool. Isaiah 1:18 (KJV)

In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace; Eph 1:7 (KJV)

And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more. Heb 10:17 (KJV)

Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered. Psalms 32:1 (KJV)

10# Give Your Testimony
Cultists need to hear what God has done in life.
You might not be an expert in what Jesus has done in your life! You are an expert and how Jesus has set you free.
When you can give your testimony, focused on the mighty river of God's Grace.
When a cultist or Gentiles sees that you’re a sinner deserves to spend eternity apart from God, but you have absolute assurance that you are safe because of what Jesus had done for you, that will make an impact on the people.

Keep the following things in mind when giving your testimony.

Describe what your lifewas like before you were a Christian.

What were your feelings, attitudes, action and relationship like doing this time?(The apostle Paul clearly spoke of watching his life was like before he was a Christian---Acts 26: 4 -11.)

What event in transpired in your life that led up to your decision to trust and Christ.

Describe your conversion experience. Was it of book you read? Were you in a church? What are the Christians with you at the time? (Call releasable Paul spoke of how he became a Christian----Acts 26: 19 – 23).

What kind of change took place in your life following your conviction? What effect did trusting in Christ on your feelings, attitudes, actions, and relationship? (Paul spoke of how his life changed when it's becoming a Christian----Acts 26: 19—23).

Never forget that God worked through people. He used people as an estimate to reach out and bless other people: that's that’s his Chosen means.
The Jewish nation would be a lie to the Gentiles, an instrument of God by which blessing would be communicated to all people everywhere. In the New Testament, the church is to be used as an instrument of God by which God reach through his Church to being blessing to people all around the world. Each one of us can be used as an instrument!

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I think the key to witnessing and reaching people with the truth and with Christ is to remember one thing. LOVE. If you study the gospels you will see that the over arching aspect of Christ was His love. If we show people that we love them, they will be more open. Christ didn't ever shove the truth down people's throats, He loved them and served them. Love and doing things for others will go farther to reaching people than shouting the truth from the rooftop.

Pretty good list though TWIO.
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I think the key to witnessing and reaching people with the truth and with Christ is to remember one thing. LOVE. If you study the gospels you will see that the over arching aspect of Christ was His love. If we show people that we love them, they will be more open. Christ didn't ever shove the truth down people's throats, He loved them and served them. Love and doing things for others will go farther to reaching people than shouting the truth from the rooftop.

Pretty good list though TWIO.
Yes the greatest commandment of all love all thank you
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Red face Thank God for your loving heart.

...Thank you TWIO.....a beautiful study you've done for us...this will help me personally a lot...your threads are very refreshing and rich!!...God bless you...Love
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Great post!
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