Blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, who does not look to the proud, to those who turn aside to false gods. —Psalm 40:4

            It is easy to spot those who do not trust the Lord, but have turned “aside to false gods.”  Pride and arrogance make their way.  They hold up those who have led them astray and promote their handlers’ false teaching.  They also like to attack those who are truly following Jesus.

            Pick whatever cult or false teacher you want and you will see this.  One of Satan’s deceptions is to use “Christian” terminology and this terminology is totally different from God’s Word.  Someone has said of the cults and false teachers— “They have just enough truth to hold their error together.” 

            These “wolves in sheep’s clothing” do not come right out and tell you what they believe, but instead seek to make you think they are just like you or that they are truly following the truth.  Recently someone gave me a magazine on end times to look over.  As I started to glance through it there were “red flags” that start to shoot up.  I then looked through the whole magazine to find out who it was that printed it and could not find out.  I then looked at a link and finally after some searching saw that indeed this was a cult.  But that is how they work.  They seek to look like the real and then when they have hooked somebody in with their false teaching the things they believe are more readily accepted.  Then they are in “the trap of the devil, who has taken them captive to do his will” (II Timothy 2:26).

            There are many reasons people may be susceptible to a cult or false teaching and Satan likes to capitalize on those. https://listverse.com/2017/04/04/10-psychological-reasons-why-people-join-cults/  One of those is perfectionism—

According to Dr. Stanley H. Cath of Tufts University School of Medicine, many people who join cults were raised in a family that attempted to teach them Christianity, Judaism, or another formal religion, and yet they rejected it. These people are not necessarily Atheists, but they refused to follow their family’s traditional beliefs because they felt there must be something better out there.

Striving for perfectionism comes into play in many cults. The vast majority of cults teach their followers that they are superior to non-cult members. This elitism gives people an “us vs. them” sort of mindset, which eventually leads to members becoming socially isolated from people living in the outside world. In treating ex-cult members, Dr. Cath noted that the vast majority of people who she had treated ended up joining a cult after having a long history of blaming other people in their lives for their problems. They usually do not take responsibility for their own faults, and they continue to move forward with their own goals of achieving perfection at all costs.

            We are told to “Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour” (I Peter 5:8).  Dear Father please help me to be aware of the adversary’s ploys and look to You and You alone to fully trust.  May this be so in the power of Your Holy Spirit and in the authority of Jesus.  So be it!   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_gxmiBu4v2g

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