I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the one who called you to live in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel—which is really no gospel at all. Evidently some people are throwing you into confusion and are trying to pervert the gospel of Christ. But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let them be under God’s curse! As we have already said, so now I say again: If anybody is preaching to you a gospel other than what you accepted, let them be under God’s curse! —Galatians 1:6-9

So what is the gospel? It is “living in the grace of Christ.” His Word in Ephesians 2:8-9 tells us that “it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast.” So grace “is the gift of God.” The grace of God is a gift. In Romans 6:23 we read that “the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” The grace gift of God is “that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures” (I Corinthians 15:3-4), “God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God” (II Corinthians 5:21) and “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved” (Romans 10:9-10).

There are those who preach “a different gospel” and “comes to you and preaches a Jesus other than the Jesus we preached, or if you receive a different spirit from the Spirit you received, or a different gospel from the one you accepted, you put up with it easily enough” (II Corinthians 11:4). Paul was concerned for the Corinthians—- “But I am afraid that just as Eve was deceived by the serpent’s cunning, your minds may somehow be led astray from your sincere and pure devotion to Christ” (II Corinthians 11:3).

Those that seek to lead believers astray are those with a Christian veneer of truth. They “are false apostles, deceitful workers, masquerading as apostles of Christ. And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light. It is not surprising, then, if his servants also masquerade as servants of righteousness. Their end will be what their actions deserve” (II Corinthians 11:13-15). The false teacher “masquerades as an angel of light” and will snare the unsuspecting. This is how cults work… beware!

1. Opposing critical thinking

2. Isolating members and penalizing them for leaving

3. Emphasizing special doctrines outside scripture

4. Seeking inappropriate loyalty to their leaders

5. Dishonoring the family unit

6. Crossing Biblical boundaries of behavior (versus sexual purity and personal ownership)

7. Separation from the Church

How Cults Work

Dear Father may I stick to the Truth of Your Gospel revealed in Your Word. May this be so in the power of Your Holy Spirit and in the authority of Jesus. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jwCTbhImNeI

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