How Many False Religions And Teachers Are There?
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When I speak of false religions, I first must say that many people are very friendly and nice in these religions, but what they proclaim is either partially true and partially false or based on false teaching compared to what the Holy Bible has been inspired by God, and has been proven by both science and history. There are many different denominations in the Christian faith, not all believe the same, yet hold Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. Denominations have been established due to interpretation and different practices in their faith.
I am sure most of us have been introduced to a Jehovah’s Witness at some point. I even talked to a few in lengthy conversations to discover they were very nice people! They have studied up about what they believe and travel in two. The big problem is that they follow their own manufactured Bible, not the inspired word of God Bible. Listen to them with respect, then share the good news of the Gospel with them. If you are secure in your Christian faith, do not be afraid to talk with a Jehovah’s Witness, but have your Bible in hand, for their literature is similar but entirely different. Share your faith with them in hopes that they will learn and understand the truth of God from the Bible. ~ Bill Greguska
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First, I would like to say that each religion (Catholic, Morman, New Age, Bahá’í Faith, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, etc.) has many kind people involved yet is deceived in their beliefs. Being a Christian, God instructs us in Luke 10:27 He answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’”
So in love, I would like to take you one step further for their sake and those they influence in their thinking. They are following a wide road that they think will get them to their goal, but they are deceived. To share the Gospel with them the next opportunity you get, do it with love in your heart! If you speak down to them with disrespect or have a condemning attitude toward them, you will never be able to influence them or point them to the Lord.
Are False Religions A Problem?
Even though they are an occult, Jehovah’s Witness people do one thing that many Christian friends of mind do not do: go out by two and share their faith (even though it is not Biblical). In their practice, many Christians who believe in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior would benefit from learning that one thing that the Jehovah’s Witnesses practice.
When two Jehovah’s Witnesses come to your door, you will be equipped to ask them two critical questions and share a vital scripture with them after watching this video below. I encourage you to welcome a Jehovah’s Witness to talk with them at any opportunity BUT do not let them control the conversation. Be friendly to them and show them respect since God created them just like God created you. Hopefully, you can plant some seeds to make them think about their salvation.
The Founder is Mary Baker Eddy, who plagiarized the ideas and writings of others to produce the book “Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures.”
Jehovah Witnesses –
Distributors of the Watchtower magazine. The founder, Charles Russell, was a man of questionable character and was charged with fraudulent activities by the Brooklyn Daily Eagle. In 1913 his wife sued for divorce on the grounds of adultery, conceit, egotism, and domination.
(also called the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints) – The Book of Mormon is claimed by many to be based on a novel called “Manuscript Found.”
Joseph Smith claimed that the book of Mormon was a new revelation based on his translation of Golden plates that he found in 1827 on a hill near Palmyra. Following the translation, these plates were allegedly taken up the Heaven. There are no reliable witnesses to the existence of these plates. Since its first edition in 1830, there have been 2000 changes to the alleged revelation from God. A Holy Book with 2000 Mistakes!
Children of God
(renamed “The Family”) Founded by Spiritist David Berg. A profoundly sad and perverse organization with children forced into sexual acts with adults with ongoing emotional damage. Stay well clear of this group. It’s time to stay well away whenever you hear of a Sect promoting un-Biblical sexual acts. “Children of Satan” would be a better name to use.
Church of Scientology
(founded by Ron J Hubbard, who allegedly made a fortune from his writings). Several celebrities, including John Travolta and Tom Cruise, are Scientologists. Sadly John and Tom don’t yet understand the reality of what Jesus Christ has done for them and, unfortunately, would prefer to follow the teachings of a cunning conman who will lead them to hell.
The New Age Movement
Divine Light Mission
Hare Krishna Movement
Transcendental Meditation ( from foundations in Hindu teachings )
The Unification Church (also called the Moonies)
The problems with Buddhism are significant:
(1) Buddhist scriptures attributed to its founder Siddhartha Gautama were written approximately 400 years after his (Buddha’s) death. The fact that Buddhism had split into opposing sects at the time of writing means there is no confirmation to say these were the words of Gautama.
(2) The Buddhist teachings are attributable to one man, so if he’s wrong, then the whole religion is false. There are no independent witnesses to the revelation. The Book of Mormon suffers the same problem.
(Followers are Muslims (or Moslems) -Islam is a major world religion with over 500 million followers worldwide. Mohammed is their prophet, born in AD570 in Mecca. Mohammed received frightening revelations in a cave in Mount Hira during AD610, which became the basis of the Koran (Qur’ an). Of concern was that Muhammed had violent seizures and foaming at the mouth during this period. These revelations may have been demonic. Sadly Muslims fail to acknowledge Jesus Christ as central to salvation.
Mohammed is a false prophet. Salvation is through Jesus Christ and his sacrifice for our sins on the cross, not by following the teaching in the Koran or Allah, a false god. Don’t be deceived and misled by this religion. Many Muslims are very earnest and devout, but sadly, they miss the joy of a relationship with Jesus Christ. If Muslims worshiped the same God as Christians, why is there hatred toward Christians worldwide? The reason is that they don’t worship the God of Abraham, Isaac, and all Christians.
The above information was taken from AskTheBible.com/cultlist.htm.
How To Recognize False Prophets And False Teachers?
According to GotQuestions.org/false-teachers.html
Jesus warned us that “false Christs and false prophets” will come and attempt to deceive even God’s elect (Matthew 24:23-27; see also 2 Peter 3:3 and Jude 17-18). The best way to guard yourself against falsehood and false teachers is to know the truth. To spot a counterfeit, study the real thing. Any believer who “correctly handles the word of truth” (2 Timothy 2:15) and who makes a careful study of the Bible can identify false doctrine. For example, a believer who has read the activities of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit in Matthew 3:16-17 will immediately question any doctrine that denies the Trinity. Therefore, step one is to study the Bible and judge all teaching by what the Scripture says.
Below Is A List Of False Teachers. According To: Godwords.org/list-of-false-teachers
I’m often asked to assess what others teach. I do not do this lightly, but it is necessary. Before reading this page, or any of the pages about specific people, I recommend that you read What is a False Teacher?, which explains what the Bible says about false teachers and why I would bother to research who they are and what they say.
Discernment is not knowing the difference between right and wrong. It is knowing the difference between right and almost right. ~ Charles Spurgeon
Some Specific Scriptures To Encourage You:
1 John 4:1 ESV
Beloved, do not believe every spirit but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world.
2 Corinthians 11:13-15 ESV
For such men are false apostles, deceitful workmen, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ. And no wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. So it is no surprise if his servants also disguise themselves as servants of righteousness. Their end will correspond to their deeds.
2 Timothy 4:3-4 ESV
For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears, they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths.
2 Peter 2:1 ESV
But false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, bringing upon themselves swift destruction.
1 Timothy 6:3-5 ESV
If anyone teaches a different doctrine and does not agree with the sound words of our Lord Jesus Christ and the teaching that accords with godliness, he is puffed up with conceit and understands nothing. He has an unhealthy craving for controversy and for quarrels about words, which produce envy, dissension, slander, evil suspicions, and constant friction among people who are depraved in mind and deprived of the truth, imagining that godliness is a means of gain.
Matthew 7:15 ESV
“Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves.
Ephesians 5:11 ESV
Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness but instead expose them.
2 Peter 2:1-3 ESV
But false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, bringing upon themselves swift destruction. And many will follow their sensuality, and because of them, the way of truth will be blasphemed. And in their greed, they will exploit you with false words. Their condemnation from long ago is not idle, and their destruction is not asleep.
Colossians 2:8 ESV
See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ.
Romans 16:17-18 ESV
I appeal to you, brothers, to watch out for those who cause divisions and create obstacles contrary to the doctrine that you have been taught; avoid them. For such persons do not serve our Lord Christ, but their own appetites, and by smooth talk and flattery ,they deceive the hearts of the naïve.
Matthew 7:15-20 ESV
“Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves. You will recognize them by their fruits. Are grapes gathered from thorn bushes or figs from thistles? So, every healthy tree bears good fruit, but the diseased tree bears bad fruit. A healthy tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a diseased tree bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.
1 John 4:1-6 ESV
Beloved, do not believe every spirit but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world. By this, you know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you heard was coming and now is in the world already. Little children, you are from God and have overcome them, for he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world. They are from the world; therefore, they speak from the world, and the world listens to them.
2 Timothy 3:13 ESV
While evil people and impostors will go on from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived.
2 Timothy 3:5 ESV
Having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power. Avoid such people.
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