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· Many sect and cult leaders see themselves as Moseses or Elijahs, who lead people “out of the world’’ by isolating them on farms and other “end time havens”  




In the ‘Killer-Cult’ series on ‘Crime and Investigation’ channel, the producers painted a horrific but realistic picture of notorious cult leaders such as Jim Jones, and Ex-Seventh Day Adventist, David Koresh. 

Wikipedia wrote, “In 1952, Jim Jones… witnessed a faith healing at the Baptist Church.  He observed that it attracted people and their money and concluded that, with financial resources from such healings, he could accomplish his social goals… Jones organized a mammoth religious convention… inviting [Pentecostal Oneness of Jesus Only] pastor William Branham… highly revered by some as Oral Roberts and Billy Graham…  Jones then began his own church…  The Peoples Temple…  By the 1970s, Jones…  [assuming the role of God’s “final god-man prophet,” rejected “The Letter That Killeth,” the Bible.  He began preaching that he was the reincarnation of Gandhi and Father Devine, as well as Jesus of Nazareth, Gautama Buddha, and Vladimir Lenin…” 

In 1978, Jim Jones incited some 900 people to commit mass suicide. 

As the psychopath Jim Jones, former Seventh-Day Adventist Vernon Wayne Howell, demon-possessed leader of the Branch Dividian, also believed himself to be God’s “final prophet” to this self-destructing world.  He assumed Jewish ancestry by changing his name legally to David Koresh.  He also claimed Jewish royalty (after the royal house of old King David,) by making his surname Koresh into an anagram of King Cyrus the Great, calling himself “King of the Jews.”   He fantasized about setting up a new Jerusalem on the farm “Palestine” outside Waco, Texas.  As the madman Jim Jones, Koresh also tortured his followers psychologically, physically, sexually, and spiritually, and even claimed the men’s wives as his own. 

In 1993, Koresh, 54 members of the Branch Dividian, and 28 children died in the FBI raid on their farm. 

Watching the satanic atrocities of these charismatic but stark mad leaders, who seemed so sincere in the beginning, one cannot help but wonder how a man - a mere human being - could lead so many people into such great error; claiming their finances and wives, raping their daughters and even their sons, destroying their families and souls; and eventually, robbing them of their mortal lives and their eternal salvation. 

· People generally underestimate the power of personal charisma and the deceptive spirits that steer these people.  They tarry with this seriously disturbed person’s blatant abuse of God-given Scripture, and the resulting demonic infestation of all those who submit to such false authority, (Mt 12:43-45.) 

· Exploiting the human need for love, acceptance, leadership, and company, all cultic leaders bring their followers some ‘Biblical revelation,’ and make them believe they are ‘special,’ ‘chosen,’ and that they have ALL truth. 

· They abuse and control their victims with false prophecies and their false interpretation of the Bible, which, in disobedience to the clear commandments of Scripture, no one ever “tests,” (1 Ths. 5:21; 1 Jn. 1:1-4.) 

· Often, as David Koresh, they change their names and assume a Biblical alias such as ‘David.’  [Speaking of which, let us not forget the ‘visionary’ Buddhist/Christian father of the cell-church system, ‘David’ Yonggi Cho, who used visualization techniques to build the biggest church in Asia!] 

· Cult-leaders always see themselves as God’s ‘anointed’ leaders and ‘final’ prophets – mostly, this false perception of leadership eventually grows into the delusion that they themselves are not only ‘mediating end time Moseses or Elijas,’ but God Himself!  As such, they demand unconditional obedience and total submission to their ‘final authority,’ and place themselves above questioning and accountability. 

It is amazing how many Scriptures one will find to back any false doctrine, but Ps. 119:160 clearly states, "The entirety of Your Word is truth."  

One thing is certain, Satan does indeed ‘come to steal [God’s truth, His Word, (Mark 4:3-20,)] kill, [the soul and body, Mt. 10:28,] and destroy, [everything Godly and good, Gal. 1:3.]’  While our Lord Jesus Christ came so that we ‘may have life, and have it more abundantly,’ it remains a fact that none of us is above deception and error, as none of us fallible humans has all the answers. 

There was only ONE perfect human being Who knew and understood everything: the Man Jesus Christ

Thus, God made us part of Jesus’ body, where we can minister to one another, and keep one another accountable, safe, and healthy, (1 Pt. 3:15; Tit. 1:13, Jam. 5:16.)  To this effect, Paul wrote to Timothy, “Remind them of these things, charging them before the Lord…  Be… a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of truth,’ [because] ‘ALL Scripture, [the entire context of the Word] is given by inspiration, [not dictation] of God, and is profitable for… reproof, correction, for instruction in righteousness.’  – 2 Tim. 2:14-16; 3:16.  Leaders are not excluded from these commandments.  In fact, leaders are “more accountable” because they are leaders. 

Cults and cultic practices do not always end in mass murder or mass suicide.  They do, however, always rob believers of their personal relationship with God the Father through His Son Jesus Christ, in the power of His Holy Spirit.  Most often, members of such systems do not realize that the thief had robbed them of their salvation long before he robbed them of their dignity and possessions, as the unchanging Word of the Lord Jesus Christ stated in Jn. 4:21-24, ‘God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in Spirit and Truth.’  To teach us His Truth, the Father sent the Holy Spirit to guide us into all Truth.  If we reject the truth, we reject the Spirit of Truth. 



One of the masonic yet glorified church fathers of Reformed Protestantism, John Calvin, (founder of the Dutch Reformed churches,) as all the other Reformers and the Vatican too, actually had the nerve to accuse medieval Baptists of cultism, calling them heretics.  This ‘verdict of hereticism’ or ‘speaking against the ‘Divine Church,’ gave Calvin, Luther and the Vatican too, a license to brutally murder Baptists and other so-called ‘heretics’ by the thousands.  I am not a Baptist, and I must say that studying modern Baptist and all other church theology makes me cringe.  Nevertheless, in essence, I respect Baptists because they still believe that the Gospel has to be preached to the world as Jesus commissioned, so that all those who personally choose to believe in Him would be saved through individual faith in Christ, (Jn. 1:12-13; Gal. 4:6.)  On the other hand, Calvin and other Roman Catholic/Protestant church fathers and their followers, (amongst all their many other Christianized doctrines, which the Vatican originally claimed from paganism,) practice the dogma of Baptismal Regeneration.  Their “ordained” priests and ministers administer this “saving, sanctifying sacrament” to their church members without preaching the Biblical Gospel of Christ to the person and thus without the person’s personal faith in, and acceptance of Christ.  Even more horrendously, during this ritual, they simultaneously “baptize” these unbelievers and unbelieving babies “with the Holy Spirit” by using the occult power of ceremonially sprinkled water - (Mt. 28:19-20; Jn. 1:12-13, Rom. Chapter 6, etc.)

Roman Catholicism and Protestantism’s religious/political persecution during the Middle Ages, as well as their more subtle psychological abuse against other sects and cults, and especially against Jesus’ innocent Biblical believers, is not new.  In fact, it was the Jewish temple-establishment that first planned and insisted on Jesus’ torture and crucifixion, and the eradication of all His true disciples! 

Although sincere believers know that every Word of Jesus Christ is true, it remains a shock to our human system to realize how incredibly real the Word of Jesus is in the lives of every sincerely and biblically born again believer in Christ!  (Jn. 1:12-13; 3:3-5.)  Being His Biblical disciple, Paul, as all or most other disciples of Christ throughout all the ages, had to endure much of what our Master had to suffer in our place.  It was not in vain that Jesus warned, “...They will deliver you up to councils and scourge you in their synagogues (churches.)  You will be brought before governors and kings for My sake as a testimony to them…  You will be hated by ALL for My Name’s sake, but he who endures to the end will be saved…  A disciple is not above his teacher, nor a servant above his master.  It is enough for a disciple that he be like his teacher, and a servant like his master.  If they have called the Master of the House Beelzebub, how much more will they call those of His household…”  (Mt. 10:16-31.) 



According to the Word of God, all lies and deceptions stem directly from Satan.  Satan knows everything that is good because God created him as a perfect, highly intelligent, very powerful, holy angel.  He also knows everything that is evil, because he himself, choosing to become the leader of all rebellious angels and people, is the author of all lies, deception, destruction, and murder, (Jn. 8:44.)  Therefore, this dark, dual, (good and bad) character with the original debased mind, is the perfect religionist and theologian.  (Religion with its theological teachings can be anything: Hinduism, Buddhism, Satanism, Christianity — in short, everything that hides a godless heart and a personal agenda under a pretence of godliness, but never submits to the Omnipotent Lordship and Scriptural Authority of the God of the Bible, the Lord Jesus Christ.)  This great theologian is also in control of all religious people, in particular, spiritually dead church members from all denominations, fake disciples of Christ, bogus Christian leaders and false schisms of Christianity, who pretend to be ‘angels of light,’ while they do not really follow the Lord Jesus Christ of the Bible, because they do not actually desire, believe, do, or teach the Truth of His Word, as revealed in the full context of the Bible, (2 Cor. 11:13-14; Ps. 119:160.)  Nevertheless, to get to the hearts, minds, pockets, and eternal lives of their followers, ALL Christian theologians of Satan use the Bible, teaching some verses here and other verses there, to justify their own doctrines, false prophecies, religious church systems, hierarchical priesthoods, and other unscriptural norms and forms. 

· As a result, we can safely say, if there were no Satanically inspired church doctrines, norms and forms, and all the believers of Christ kept to the real truth of God’s contextual Word, the Bible, (Who is actually the Lord Jesus Christ Himself,) there would never have been any denominational divisions, despotically ruling Christianity with their pagan, Christianized priesthoods, false doctrines, so-called ‘saving sacraments,’ and pagan church buildings as the ‘house of God.’ (Read the truth about these church buildings in Acts 7:48; 17:24; and compare it to 1Cor. 3:16-17; 6:15-20.) 

· According to the contextual truth of God’s Word, all denominations (or divisions) of the Christendom, (which have knowingly or unknowingly as their mother that great pagan, Christianized Roman Catholic Church,) are indeed great cults and sects, who fundamentally belong to their great theologian Satan, not to the Holy Truth, the Lord Jesus Christ of the Bible.  So, Jesus said, “...If you abide in My Word, [not in your many false interpretations of the Bible,] you are truly My disciples… If you love Me, keep MY [New Testament Covenant, Moral Law] commandments.  A New [Covenant, Moral Law] Commandment, [the Only law of the New Testament,] I give unto you, that you Love one another [in deed an truth…]  By this all will know that you are My disciples...”  (Jn. 8:31; 14:15; 13:34.)

· By Church definition, we can say: 1) A sect is “a religious group with beliefs and practices at variance with those from established main religious groups [such as Roman Catholicism, Calvinism, etc.]”  B) A cult is “a system of religious beliefs,” encapsulated by an informal belief system, which is not recognized by established, registered religions, [such as Catholicism, Calvinism, Lutherism, etc.]  This is so, because they are [in the opinion of all registered religions,] “misguided, unorthodox, extremist, false, and directed by a charismatic, authoritarian leader.” [Thesaurus.] 

· By God’s definition, we can say:  True cults and sects are all those who are “at variance” with the Contextual Truth of God’s Word, and therefore in disobedience to His Only New Testament Law, the Moral Law of Love, (Jn. 13:34; Gal. 2:21.)  Consequently, all cults are enemies of God Himself and His truly blood-cleansed, Moral-Law abiding disciples, as Jesus declared though His disciple James, “[Spiritual] adulterers and adulteresses!  Do you not know that friendship with the [political-religious] world is ENMITY with God?  Whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the [religious] world makes himself an enemy of God…” (Jam. 4:1-10.) 

Yet, the tendency of recognized, politically recognized sects and cults, (even those who date back to the days of Jesus and Paul in the form of the Jewish Sanhedrin,) was to persecute and brutally murder Jesus’ true disciples legally, (as Saul himself did before Jesus met him on the road to Damascus,) because these disciples dared to defy the status quo with the TRUE Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.  In Paul’s defense against the high priest Ananias before Felix, he said (in the context of the passage,) “The religious establishment of the Jews, (which is a REAL sect and cult,) has accused me of preaching the Gospel of Christ, thus speaking against Jewish temple legalism and ceremonial ritualism.  As with Jesus our Lord, they have charged me with sedition, instigating political revolution, and blasphemy. They cannot prove the things of which they accuse me.  However, this I confess to you, that according to The Way, which they falsely call a sect, so I worship the God of my fathers, believing all things which are written in the Law and the Prophets [the entire Old Testament Covenant].  Only, that I do not live by the ceremonial precepts of the Old Covenant anymore, as I now serve the Lord Jesus Christ according to the spiritual, New Testament dispensation and the only law He commanded, the Moral Law of Love.”  (Acts 24:1-27.) 



Despite the legal oppression of mainstream, traditional CHURCH cults and sects, there exist and flourish many informal cults and sects as well.  Cultic proliferation is a significant sign of the end-time in which we live.  Christian cults such as the Roman Catholic Church have been in existence since the first century A.D., and most of her daughters, the many divisions or denominations of Christianity, were born during the Protestant Reformation in the 1540’s.  However, during the last two hundred years, the offspring of that false Protestant Reformation have sprung up like weeds, spreading and poisoning the whole world.  This is the fulfillment of Jesus’ prophecy in Mt. 24:4-5, “Take heed, [be careful; be warned] that no one deceives you.  For MANY will come in My Name and deceive many, and many false prophets will rise up and deceive many, saying, ‘I am the Christ...’  (v. 11, 23-27.)  Then, if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Christ!’ or ‘There!’ do not believe it.  For false christs and false prophets will rise and show great signs and wonders to deceive... even [those who chose to be My true disciples,] [meaning the Biblically born again disciples of Christ according to Jn. 1:12-13; 3:3-5.]  “See, I have told you beforehand.  Therefore, if they say to you, ‘Look, Look, He is in the desert [or in the inner rooms!]’ do not go out... [and] do not believe it…”  Yet, in total disobedience to Jesus’ protective commandments, Christians storm across land and sea to be ‘touched’ and prayed and prophesied over by so-called ‘hyper-anointed, godlike men and women’ without ever testing the spirits or receiving the Truth of the Real Biblical Gospel to turn their eyes and lives towards Jesus, the Author and Finisher of our faith!  “For wherever the carcass is, [a dead, decaying body, signifying the whole spiritually dead, Christian church system,] there the vultures will be gathered together, [meaning the many false teachers, preachers and prophets, preying on mere religious and gullible church members, and other disobedient Christians.]” 

In Matthew Chapter 24 and relating Scriptures, Jesus was warning people from all over the world to guard against the many religious societies and establishments, which endanger not only their eternal souls, but their physical lives, loved ones, and hard-earned possessions as well. 


From studying the various doctrines of many true cults or sects of all  kinds, I have identified the following similarities between them: 

· Charismatic and often enigmatic, untruthful leaders, a ruling ‘eldership,’ or church organization, who place themselves above reproach and personal accountability to lord despotically over the congregation, mostly without their members’ knowledge of what they are actually teaching and doing, (1 Pet. 3:15; Heb. 13:17b.)   

· Leadership, which places personal interpretation, unscriptural visions, prophecy and their own ‘spoken word’ above the written Word of God. 

· Leadership, which does not abide by Jesus’ New Testament Moral Law of love and its many Moral precepts.  Yet, they demand unquestionable loyalty and obedience to certain parts of the Old Testament’s Ceremonial laws and to themselves, and manifest ‘signs and wonders’ that are strange to Scripture, (Jn. 14:15-25; 13:34-35.)  [Know that according to these verses and many others, the Holy Spirit will not “manifest Himself” to those who do not keep His Moral Law commandments.  Hence, all spiritual manifestations devoid of obedience to His Moral Law of Love are false.]  

· Leaders, who do not practice or preach mutual submission in everything true, good, and Godly, (Gal. 5:21.) 

· Leaders, who lack Scriptural spiritual discernment, a love of real Scriptural Truth, and impartiality, (1 Jn. 1:1-4; 2 Ths. 2:10.) 

· Leaders, who bring, disseminate, and condone prophesies and teachings that do not fit into the real context of Scriptural truth, (Deut. 13.)  

· Leaders, who build Kingdom Now churches while ignoring the True Spiritual Kingdom of Christ, even calling their churches by their own names.  (I.e., the Oral Roberts University, Jimmy Swaggart Ministries, etc.)  (Jn. 14:6; 15:1-13.) 

· Leaders, who turn attention to themselves and their church views and doctrines while abusing the truth of Scripture. (Here we can definitely include traditional cults like Catholicism, Calvinism, Lutherism, and all their many offspring.)  These leaders even write their own Bibles, [I.e., The Jehovah’s Witnesses Watchtower, Seventh Day Adventist Clear Water Bible, Joyce Meyers Everyday Life (red-letter) Bible, (Only Jesus’ Words used to be in red letters, now Meyers’ words are too!Kenneth Copeland Reference Edition Bible, etc.,] instead of focusing ALL their attention and loyalty on Jesus Christ and the true context of the real Bible — which does not belong to only one denomination and its deluding doctrines!  (Jn. 16:13-14.)   

· Leaders, who focus on a particular doctrine, (child and other sprinkling, Sabbatarianism, the Name of Jehovah or Jeshua etc., tithing, the spoken word, miracles, prosperity, tongues, Mary, eldership, baptism, etc.,) instead of seeking and preaching the entire truth of the Bible; “rightly dividing the Word of truth,” (2 Tim. 2:15-16.)   

· Leaders, who claim ‘authoritive truth,’ ‘supreme revelation,’  ‘a special relationship with God, which others do not have and understand,’ ‘hearing God’s audible voice all the time,’ ‘a hyper-anointing’ and a ‘special calling’ apart from the contextual truth of the whole Bible, placing themselves as ‘mediators’ such as Moses and Elijah or actually, as christs between God and the people, similar to Old Testament mediating prophets, (Rev. 22:18-19; Acts 10:25-26.) 

· Leaders, who confuse the Old Testament Covenant of the Ceremonial Law with Jesus’ New Testament Covenant of Grace — i.e., preaching Old Testament tithing’ as a means of blessing, or Sabbatarianism as a means of salvation, ‘baby covenant circumcision as baby-baptism salvation,’ etc.,  (Gal. 3:10-14; 1 Tim. 5:3-16; 1 Tim. 6:6-12.)   

· All cults and sects are into mind controlRemember that, as soon as we choose to accept a lie, a stronghold of deception is erected in our minds to control our thoughts and beliefs, (2 Cor. 10:4;11-18; Gal. 3:1-5.)  For instance, the Calvinist Dutch Reformed Church, as all other cults, make their followers believe they are part of a ‘divinely elected or chosen nation and church,’ and even the lost tribe of Israel;’ ‘eternally saved’ by their church membership and church sacraments.  While everyone else is destined for destruction, they are the only salvation – and as in Seventh Day Adventism, the ‘true’ “end-time remnant church.” 

· All controlling cults and sects deceive their members to believe that they are ‘lost’ and ‘backslidden’ as soon as they leave that church; losing the so-called ‘protection’ or ‘cover’ of its leadership, etc., (Mt. 7:13-14; 21-28.)  [Jesus Himself is the Only real Cover or Protection of all His sincerely and personally, Scripturally born again disciples.] 

· Leaders, who ultimately align themselves with god, calling him or herself a christ, etc., taking the place of Bible truth, the Lord Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit in the hearts, minds, and lives of the people, (Acts 10:25-26.)  


Many sect and cult leaders see themselves as Moseses or Elijahs, who lead people “out of the world’’ by isolating them on farms and other “end time havens,’’ (like cult killers David Koresh and Jim Jones did,) where they cultivate their own food, etc., while they allegedly shelter their followers from the effects of the coming apocalypse. But Paul taught in 1 Cor. 5:9-10, “[You cannot go OUT of THIS WORLD PHYSICALLY…] But… do not [fellowship] with immoral people… named a brother…”

· These ‘Moses’ or ‘Elijahs’ mostly force the legalistic use of food and certain clothing, etc. onto their followers. Paul warned in 1 Tim. 4:1-4, “The Spirit expressly says that in the latter times some will depart from the faith… forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from foods which God created to be received with thanksgiving…”

· These Moseses or Elijahs supposedly “deliver’’ their followers from all kinds of demons, while they themselves harbour a multitude of unscriptural and therefore extremely SINFUL practices.