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ADVENTISM- cult teachings of Ellen G. White aka Seventh Day Adventism [1]
AGNOSTICISM- comes from the Latin word ignoramus, meaning “one who is ignorant.” Agnostics deny adequate evidence either proving or disproving the existence of God (Psalm 19:1; Rom. 1:20).
ASCETICISM- denial of pleasure in an attempt to please or pacify God (Matt. 23:4; Col. 2:20-22).
ATHEISM- a denial that there is a God, and a refusal to entertain any proof otherwise; fools (Psalm 14:1).
BRANHAMISM- belief system held by William Branham,  an anti-Semitic mid-20th century anti-Trinitarian Charismatic clairvoyant  who held city-wide “healing” revivals featuring occult practices (divination; kundalini).
NOTE: Charismatics often hail him as a church father.
BUDDHISM- an offshoot of Hinduism that began with the Buddha (enlightened one) around the 5th century BC in India.  Buddhism contains influences from Brahmanism, gods, and goddesses.  This -ism teaches a universal cosmic consciousness that is nonpersonal.  Man creates his own suffering in this life and his fate is determined by Karma and carried out by reincarnation.  Salvation occurs by the works of following Buddha’s teachings, ultimately entering Nirvana, or the place where the self is extinguished in the Void of the cosmic consciousness.
CATHOLICISM- cult Romanist Church including popery, blasphemy, and idolatry (Matt. 23:4-12).[2]
COMMUNISM- atheist totalitarian form of government whereby money and possessions are forcibly gathered and distributed by a government perceived to be the final sovereign authority over mankind.
CREATIONISM- belief system based upon Gen. 1:1: in the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.
DEISM- originated in England in the early 17th century as a rejection of orthodox Christianity. Deists asserted that reason could find evidence of God in nature and that God had created the world and then left it to operate under the natural laws he had devised (Psalm 14:1; Rom. 1:20).
EPICURIANISM- is a system of hedonist philosophy based upon the teachings of Epicurus (c340-c270 BC), who taught that pleasure is the highest good and ideal in life (Ecc. 2:1-10; Acts 17:8; Rom. 1:18-32).
EXISTENTIALISM- a 19th century philosophy that elevates subjective human experience (emotions, beliefs, etc) above objective (matter, creation, Scripture) for living in and dealing with a hostile and highly indifferent universe.
FASCISM- founded by Italian nationalists during WWI as socioeconomic suppression of any opposition through controlled terror, censorship, racism, and a aggregate policy of belligerence and dictatorial nationalism.
FATALISM- a belief that events are pre-fixed rendering human powerless to change them.
FUNDAMENTALISM (Christian)- strict adherence to specific Christian doctrines typically in opposition to the encroaching theology of Modernism. The term “fundamentalism” was originally coined in the 20th century to describe a specific body of doctrine that ultimately developed into a movement within the US Christian community.
HEDONISM- pleasure is happiness and thus becomes man’s ultimate goal (Rom. 1:18-32).
HUMANISM- an atheistic system whereby man is worshiped as the central focus of the universe and thus becomes the subject of all human enterprise.
JUDAISM- monotheistic religion of the Jews, tracing its origins to Abraham and having its spiritual and ethical principles embodied chiefly in the Hebrew Scriptures and the Talmud- all foundational to New Testament Christianity. Today Jews making aliyah to Israel await the rebuilding of the Temple and the coming of the Messiah to establish His promised 1000 year earthly reign in Jerusalem.
LEGALISM-
LIBERALISM- a paradoxical philosophy claiming tolerance to anything except Christianity. Sadducees were liberals (Matt. 16:6; 22:23; Acts 23:8).
MATERIALISM- acquiring things is the highest good for man; covetousness is idolatry (Col. 3:5; see also Mark 7:22; Rom. 1:29; Eph. 5:3).
MODERNISM- unholy penchant to modernize Christianity by removing and or replacing the ancient landmarks (Psalm 11:3; Prov. 22:28). Antithesis of FUNDAMENTALISM.
MONASTICISM- the works based religious practice of renouncing all worldly pursuits in order to fully devote one’s life to spiritual work.
MONOTHEISM- one who believes there is only one god [Christians, also Jews, Moslems, etc].
MYSTICISM- religious beliefs and practices that go beyond the liturgical and devotional forms of worship of mainstream faith, often by seeking out inner or esoteric meanings of conventional religious doctrine, and by engaging in spiritual practices such as breathing practices, prayer, contemplation and meditation, along with chanting and other activities designed to heighten spiritual awareness. Many facets of mysticism are now endorsed and practiced by Latter Rain leaders and member from the Charismatic movement.
OCCULTISM- Many facets of occulticism are now endorsed and practiced by Latter Rain leaders and Charismatic movement (ie, divination via words of knowledge, tongues, interpretation of tongues; necromancy; levitation; astral projection; bi-locations; slain in the spirit-kundalini; shamanism, and more).
PANTHEISM- god is intrinsically indentified with plants and animals, god is all and all is god (Deut 6:4; 1 John 5:7).
PENTECOSTALISM (includes Charismatics and the Latter Rain Movement)- denomination teaching extra-biblical messages through tongues, dreams, and visions, that places a heavy emphasis on miraculous healings and special “word of knowledge” messages and fosters a prosperity gospel.  The Pentecostal movement ignores biblical instruction and ordains women pastors and preachers, while teaching a works based salvation and denying the eternal security of the believer.
PLATONISM- the true world is actually the invisible world consisting of ideas and thoughts.
PLURALISM- religio-political system seeking the amalgamation of all diverse groups regardless of their belief or lifestyle.
POLYTHEISM- one who believes in many gods which are omnipotent and omniscient.
RELATIVISM- it doesn’t matter what you believe as long as you believe something and you feel its right for you, although it may not be right for someone else it is for you.
ROMANISM- see Catholicism
RUSSELLISM- blasphemous cult teachings of Charles Taze Russell aka as Jehovah’s Witnesses. [3]
SCIENTISM- the belief that science has the answers for our philosophical needs or  social problems.
SECULARISM- the view that religious considerations should be excluded from civil affairs or public education.
SOCIALISM- A system in which the means of producing and distributing goods are owned collectively under the auspices of the government. Forms the base for dictatorial control in Marxist-Leninist theory.
SPIRITICISM- belief in the existence of spirits – non-physical beings that live in the invisible or spirit world – and the ability of communication between these spirits and living people through mediumship. Many facets of spiriticism are now endorsed and practiced by Latter Rain leaders and member from the Charismatic movement.
STOISM- reason is the highest good, people are unaffected by pleasure and pain.
THEISM- is the belief there is a god a creator, both beyond and within the world who can intervene supernaturally. a creator and sustainer who sovereignly controls the world, that all things find their meaning and substance in this being.
[1] For more information, write for our tract: The Damnable Heresies of the Seventh Day Adventists
[2] For more information, write for our tract: Romanism Heresies
[3] For more information, write for our tract: The Damnable Heresies of the Jehovah’s Witnesses

 

 

 

[1] For more information, write for our tract: The Damnable Heresies of the Seventh Day Adventists

[2] For more information, write for our tract: Romanism Heresies

[3] For more information, write for our tract: The Damnable Heresies of the Jehovah’s Witnesses

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10 LOST TRIBES FOUND

November 26, 2016 Leave a comment

Asher Intrater
Zola Levitt Ministries

The kingdom of Israel reached its height at the time of David and Solomon, approximately 1,000 years before the time of Yeshua. During the reign of Solomon’s son, Rehoboam, the northern ten tribes of Israel split away from Judah and Benjamin. Thus the kingdom was divided into the northern tribes of Israel and the southern tribes of Judah.

This division became the object of the messianic hope to be reunited by the future Messiah (Ezekiel 37:12ff). There is also the symbolic sense that the northern tribes represent the international church, while the tribe of Judah represents the Jewish people and the nation of Israel. Yet those two viewpoints are prophetic and symbolic, not historical and genealogical.

The northern tribes of Israel were taken into captivity by the Assyrians in the eighth century BC and the southern tribes of Judah were taken into captivity in the sixth century. The Bible records that the captivity of Judah returned to the land of Israel during the fifth century BC.

Since there was no major description of the restoration of the northern tribes, much speculation and curiosity have arisen over the years as to the question, “Where are the lost ten tribes?”

An interesting yet dangerous trend is that many Christian cult groups claim to be actual descendants of the ten northern tribes. This ranges from groups in Japan to native Americans. There are some elements in Mormonism and Jehovah’s Witnesses that make a similar claim. It has even effected parts of the Christian Zionist movement.

The truth of the matter is that there are no lost ten tribes. During the time of the kingdom division and the captivities, a certain percentage of each of the northern tribes came down and took up residence in the area of Judah. After that time the name Judah or the Jews referred not only to the specific tribe of Judah but also to the Benjaminites, the Levites and the remnant of all the northern tribes.

There are no lost ten tribes. All the tribes of Israel are included in what we call today the Jewish people. There are seven basic biblical evidences that prove this position.

Israel Remnant in Judah (II Chronicles)

The book of II Chronicles records many times that the members of the northern tribes immigrated to Judah after the kingdom division. This happened from the very moment of the division. II Chronicles 10: 16-17: “So all Israel departed to their tents. But Rehoboam reigned over THE CHILDREN OF ISRAEL WHO DWELT IN THE CITIES OF JUDAH.”

It couldn’t be stated more clearly that there were members of the Israeli tribes living in the territory of Judah. II Chronicles 11:3 states that Rehoboam was the king not only of Judah but to “ALL” Israel living “IN” Judah and Benjamin. II Chronicles 11:16-17 states that members of “ALL” the tribes of Israel who were loyal to God came down to Jerusalem and strengthened the kingdom of Judah.

II Chronicles 15:9 tells us that during the revival of King Assa that there were “great numbers from Israel” who came over to Judah. II Chronicles 24:5 speaks of members gathered from all the tribes of Israel. II Chronicles 30:21 and 25 speak of the children of the Israelite tribes who came to Judah during the time of King Hezekiah. II Chronicles 31:6 speaks again of the children of Israel who dwelt in the cities of Judah.

II Chronicles 30:10 speaks of members of the tribes of Ephraim, Menassah, Zebulun, and Asher coming to Jerusalem. II Chronicles 30:18 mentions also the tribe of Issachar. II Chronicles 34:6 adds to that list members of the tribes of Simeon and Naphtali. II Chronicles 34:9 states clearly that there were members of “ALL THE REMNANT OF ISRAEL” who were living in Jerusalem after the time of the Assyrian captivity. II Chronicles 35:3 again mentions that there were members of “all Israel” who were part of Judah.

Captivity Restored (Ezra and Nehemiah)

After the Babylonian captivity, the nation of Israel was restored under the leadership of Ezra and Nehemiah. In those books are extensive genealogical records. The fact that there were careful genealogical records proves that not only were the northern Israelites part of the restoration, but that they kept records of their families and they knew which tribe they were from. Ezra 2:2 starts the records of “the number of the men of the people of ISRAEL.” Ezra 2:59 states that people had specific genealogical records not only to which of the northern tribes they were part of, but even as to which household: “identify their father’s house or their genealogy, whether they were of Israel.” Those who had records but were not perfectly documented were disqualified and had to wait for supernatural verification by the urim and thumin (should they ever arise). This proves how meticulous and well documented were the great majority of the family records (Ezra 2:62-63). Ezra 2:70 again speaks of “all” Israel dwelling in Judah after the restoration of Ezra and Nehemiah.

Ezra 6:16 and 21 speaks specifically of “the children of Israel who had returned from the captivity.” Ezra 7:7, 9:1, 10:1 and 10:25 speak of the problem that the Israelites had with inter-marriage.

Nehemiah 7:7 to 73 repeat the genealogy of the Israelite tribes that were recorded in Ezra 2. Nehemiah 9:2, 11:3 and 11:20 speak of “the rest of Israel.in all the cities of Judah.” Nehemiah 13:3 speaks of separating Gentiles so as not to confuse the genealogical records of Israel.

The Testimony of Anna (Luke 2)

In Luke 2:36 the prophetess Anna is listed as coming from the tribe of Asher, one of the most northern and least populated tribes of Israel. In other words, we have a clear statement in the New Testament that people who were considered Jews in the time of Jesus included people from the northern ten tribes of Israel, and that they had genealogical documentation as to which tribe they were from.

How could the tribe of Asher, for instance, be “lost” from 700 years before Jesus, if Anna knew her descendancy from Asher during the time of the New Testament?

Yeshua and the Apostles (Gospels and Acts)

Yeshua ministered all over the land of Israel. He addressed the Jewish people there. In all of His speeches, it is assumed that He is speaking to all the descendants of Israel. Yeshua never mentioned once the possibility that there was some other group or some lost tribe of Israel floating around somewhere. In preaching to the Jews of the first century, Yeshua said that He was called to go to “the lost sheep of the house of Israel” (Matt. 10:6).

In the same way, the apostles addressed the crowds of Jews in the first century with the assumption that they were all the descendants of Israel. In Acts 2:22 Peter turns to the “Jews” living in Jerusalem and refers to them as “men of Israel.” Peter concludes his sermon addressing his crowd as “ALL the house of Israel” (Acts 2:36). In other words, in the eyes of Peter, the Jewish people in the first century included all the tribes of Israel. Peter continued this way of addressing the people as all the house of Israel in his other speeches (Acts 3:12, 4:8, 4:10, 4:27, 5:21, 5:31, 5:35, 10:36).

Paul also addressed the Jews of the first century as “men of Israel” (Acts 13:16). He continued to address the Jews as Israelites throughout his messages (Acts 13:23-24, Acts 21:28, Acts 28:20). The twelve disciples were seen to be future leaders to “sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel” (Matt. 19:29).

The Twelve Tribes of James

The letter of James is addressed to “the twelve tribes which are scattered abroad” (James 1:1). He is not speaking of some lost tribes, but rather to the scattered audience of Jewish believers in Jesus of the first century.

The same argument is true as we look at the letter to the Hebrews. The group here called “Hebrews” are not some tribe of Japanese or native Americans, but rather the Jewish people of the first century.

The Remnant of Israel (Romans 9-11)

This argument has specific importance when we look to the promises of the restoration of the believing remnant of Israel, spoken of in the book of Romans, chapter 9 to 11. Here Paul expresses his prayer for the children of Israel to be saved (Romans 9:1-4, 10:1-4). This remnant that is to be restored is the biblical remnant of Israel that fulfills the prophecies. They are the same people who rejected Yeshua in the first century. It was not some lost tribe that rejected Him, but rather the Jews living in Israel at that time.

Paul states that God has not forsaken the people of Israel (Romans 11:1). There is a remnant of Israel by grace (Romans 11:5). What Israel did not achieve the elect have received (Romans 11:7). The falling away of Israel has meant the salvation of the Gentile nations (Romans 11:11). Their restoration will be the resurrection of the dead (Romans 11:12,15).

The whole drama of Romans 9-11 only makes sense if it is speaking about the people we know today as the Jewish people. If someone thinks that this is referring to Mormons or Jehovah’s Witnesses, or to Christian Zionists, or to some other native people group, the whole meaning of the passage is lost. That viewpoint would destroy the promises of God to Israel, the purpose of evangelism in Israel, and the meaning of the reconciliation between Israel and the church in the end times.

The Cultic View

It is not a coincidence that so many cults have come to the conclusion that they are one of the “lost” ten tribes of Israel. That viewpoint is confusing to their members and incorrect according to scriptures. That theology is dangerous and deceptive as we try to understand the prophecies of the restoration of Israel leading up to the second coming of Messiah Yeshua (Jesus).

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Wicca

October 16, 2016 Leave a comment

This information isn’t for everyone. It is only for those with ears to hear. In all honesty, as I prepared this tract, I also prayed that you will be among those that will listen. I really hope you will.

While there are some today claiming Wiccans can be Christians—and vice versa—a brief study proves the absurdity of such a statement. In case you aren’t familiar with this group, Wicca is a nature-based religion—recognized by the IRS—that is synonymous with witchcraft, sorcery, and black or white magic. Interestingly, while witchcraft in any form is Satanic, Wiccans do not see themselves as Satan worshipers. In fact, many do not believe in the devil, demons, hell, evil or sin for that matter. Nevertheless, their background and beliefs reveal the rottenness of their roots.

Occult Roots

The history of witchcraft is vague since much of it must be gleaned from oral accounts. However, Wicca was popularized by a British archaeologist by the name of Gerald Gardner (1884-1964) who learned the secrets of the occult during a trip to Asia in the late 1930’s. After returning to England he joined the Rosicrucians where he met a practicing witch named Dorothy Clutterbuck who initiated him into witchcraft. From there, Gardner who by this time had become entrenched in the teachings of Satanist Aleister Crowley, went on to write a Wiccan handbook (Witchcraft Today) extolling the virtues of the witchcraft practices he feared were vanishing. Gardner maintained that the craft itself was a modern offshoot of the ancient religion which had existed in secret for hundreds of years, originating in the pre-Christian paganism of Europe. Ripley’s Believe it or Not later published some of his papers proving that his amalgamation of Asian mysticism with Western magic (centering on the Mother-Goddess) together formed the foundation for the occult system we know today as Wicca.

Witchcraft in the Bible

God’s Word describes the vile practices associated with witchcraft interwoven into cultures as far back as the Canaanites. History tells us they were idolaters that worshipped nature as the Queen of Heaven (Jer. 7:18; 44:17-25), and practiced abortion, infanticide, astrology, séances, and held a peculiar fascination with the dead. God warned His people: There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch, Or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer. For all that do these things are an abomination unto the LORD: and because of these abominations the LORD thy God doth drive them out from before thee (Deuteronomy 18:10-12).

Centuries later these occult practices continued to cast their sinister spell upon God’s people by way of the Greek goddess Artemis, and Diana of the Romans. A look at the Wiccan doctrines all trace their origin to these putrid practices.

Wiccan Doctrines

Wiccan teachings follow Biblical witchcraft in the purest sense. They are comprised of mystic, magic, Celtic or Norse paganism, Egyptian, Greek, and Roman goddess worship—including sexual ritualism—Eastern Shamanism, and Hinduism. All of these groups worship nature and covet universal peace through Mother Earth (also known as Gaia, the name of a pagan goddess given to Earth).

These practices also parallel the various New Age Religions supported by the United Nations and many of it’s members, NGO’s and leaders. Part and parcel to Wiccan worship are occult divination techniques such as tarot cards, astrology, runes, the I Ching (from Chinese Taoism), clairvoyant or psychic readings, candle magic (spelled magick by occultists) and other dark practices strongly encouraged by most of their groups.

Here’s a partial list of their beliefs.

Truth: The truth driving Wiccan belief is that there is no absolute truth. All paths are right if they meet individual needs. What’s true for you may not be true or right for me, so take your pick from the list of choices. This is another circular response without validity. The statement that there is no truth is a truth! Furthermore, in order for pagans to believe that Christians are wrong, they must have some foundation of empirical authority whereby they measure error.

Sexuality and women’s issues: Wiccans are staunch supporters of female supremacy, including sexual “freedom” with homosexuality, polyamory, non-monogamy, sexual activity by teens), abortion, and the abolition of Christianity from public life. In recent years they’ve used their legal attack dogs (ACLU, etc) to file lawsuits demanding the removal of “In God We Trust”, student-initiated prayer, the Ten Commandments, and all Christian symbols found in city and county seals including manger scenes and crosses. They would also like to expel these from our nation’s capitol except that the wise Founders had them carved in stone. Still, Wiccan holidays like Halloween, Winter Solstice, Earth Day, and other observances have turned our public classrooms into centers of occult indoctrination.

Personal deity: Wiccans believe that everyone possesses an inner goddess divinity with a spiritual path to follow. The great sin is not knowing this (essential to Hinduism and New Ageism). All are encouraged to discover and develop their natural gifts for divination or occult magic. Divine forces or nature spirits are invoked in occult rituals. The goddess, as either a symbol or a real entity, is revered as the ultimate focus of worship.

Earth worship: Nature and the earth are sacred manifestations of the goddess. Peace cannot exist while man is out of sync with Mother Earth. Rituals and celebrations are linked to the seasons and moon phases intended to bring about cosmic a consciousness. This requires the use of meditation, visualization, spirit invocation, chanting, burning candles and special sex rituals in order to tap into the mystical and usher in cosmic harmony not achievable in any other way.

Serpentism: Similar to Hinduism, the serpent is believed by Wiccans to be a symbol of eternal life and female spiritual awakening or power.

Yoga: In Hinduism, yoga and meditation results in enlightenment from awakening the kundalini, or power known as the serpent power believed to be coiled at the base of the spine.

Symbols used in witchcraft are:

Pentagrams and pentacles: A 5-pointed star used for protection, spells, conjuring, etc.

The Ankh: Egyptian cross-like symbol with a loop at the top associated with the worship of Isis.

The Crescent Moon: A symbol of the Goddess also used in Islam.

Crystals: Also used by many other new age cults, crystals are believed to contain healing and spiritual properties.

Bible Answers to Wicca

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made . . . He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not (John 1:1-3, 10).

Pride alone causes man to reject God. The pattern is given us in the 5 great I wills of Lucifer (Isa. 14:12-14). Whenever truth is rejected, error assumes its place. By refusing to accept God’s right to control us, men and women scramble for another answer (read Romans 1:18-32) and since Creation is visible, it makes a perfect deity to worship.

Witnessing to Wiccans

Wiccan witches often defend their position with 3 claims. First, that their religion is harmless. Second, that the term “witchcraft” should actually be sorcery, or divination and only those who practice these two are condemned by Scripture. Third, that sorcery is black magic used for evil, and that Wiccans only practice white magic, or magic for good.

My friend, the Bible speaks plainly that their religion is not harmless, is indeed condemned, and in doing so makes no distinction between good or bad magic. All sorcery comes from the same diabolical source and is abhorred by God:

(Ex. 22:18; Lev. 19:26,31, 20:6,27; 1 Sam. 15:23a; 2 Kings 23:24; I Chron. 10:13; Is. 2:6, 8:19-20, 47:13-14; Ezek. 13:20-23; Dan. 2:27-28, 5:15-17; Acts 13:7-10a, 16:16-18; Gal. 5:19-20; Rev. 22:15).

Salvation and Forgiveness

                 A favorite verse among Christians is one many of us memorized as children: For God so loved the (Wiccans) that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life (John 3:16). This precious verse means little to Wiccans since they claim not to recognize personal sinfulness or a universal need of forgiveness. They argue that man achieves his own salvation through knowledge (enlightenment) and a series of re-incarnations, and in time will save himself.

The Word of God tells us something quite different. It reveals that: None are righteous, no not one. They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one. Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness: Their feet are swift to shed blood: Destruction and misery are in their ways: And the way of peace have they not known: There is no fear of God before their eyes (excerpted from Romans 3:10-18).

The Bible doesn’t play favorites. It tells us we are all plagued by sin and have all fallen short of God’s expectations (Rom. 3:23). Our sins have separated us from God (Isaiah 59:2), and death passed upon all men, for all have sinned (Rom. 5:12). Unless (we) repent (we) shall all like perish (Luke 13:3, 5) in the lake of fire prepared for the devil and his angels (Rev. 20:15; Matt. 25:41).

A Deep Longing for Truth

In the midst of our innate depravity, the Bible tells us God loves us beyond our comprehension and created us—Wiccans included—with a desire deep within our hearts to connect with His truth (Ecc. 3:11). Until we do, we search like ravenous rogues, wandering from  place to place, religion to religion, looking for peace while churning like a raging sea Isa. 57:20).

Dear one, the search for ultimate truth ends in Christ. The Lord Jesus said: And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me (John 8:32; 14:6).

Only Jesus can provide the peace we all long for, search for, yet never find apart from Him. You see, He is our peace (Ephesians 2:14). The Lord Jesus calls to those with ears to hear: Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light (Matthew 11:28-30).

This is Your Moment

It is no mistake that you picked up this tract and read it. But my question is: do you have the ears to hear? It doesn’t matter what you have done, or who you have worshipped. God the Father sent Jesus Christ, His Only begotten Son, to shed His blood, suffer, and die for your sins. He was buried and rose from the dead proving He alone is the Way to God. In light of that, the Bible promises: That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation (Romans 10:9-10). 

Please listen. The Lord loves you and He is calling your name at this very moment. Would you pray with me right now?

Lord Jesus, I now know that You are not only the Son of God, but You are God the Son. I am a sinner Lord, and I hate the way I’ve been living and where I am going when I die. I am sorry for my sins. Please forgive me Lord Jesus and please come into my heart and live Your life through me. I receive You now as my Savior and Lord and I believe that when I die I will go to Heaven to be with You. In Your precious Name, Lord Jesus, amen!

 

Shamanism in the Church

October 16, 2016 Leave a comment

As demonstrated by native American culture and indigenous people groups worldwide, animal worship has long been a means of contacting and interacting with deceiving spirits. Equally pleased to appear in human or animal form, they often take willing participants on exciting out-of-body experiences or communicate “secret knowledge.”

Modern shamans (who are as apt to wear suits as loin cloths) market seminars where everyday people can “encounter” their personal “power animal.” In public schools, children are encouraged to use their “imagination” and “dreams” for astral travel. Occult relaxation and visualization techniques are reinforced by literature such as the Harry Potter books and Scholastic’s “Animorphs” series, in which hero-children transform into creatures with special powers and abilities.

Fictionalized in popular games and movies, these techniques are based on ancient occult practices that, once widely banned, now flourish virtually unchecked. According to answers.com, “a familiar spirit…obeys a witch, conjurer, or other users of the supernatural, and serves and helps that person….If they look like ordinary animals, they can be used to spy….These spirits [also]…inspire artists and writers.”

Many new age writers and occult practitioners have been assisted or encouraged by animals they perceive as “familiars.” As Patrick Ryan, author of The Eagle’s Call: A Journey of Body, Mind, and Spirit recounts,

When I was writing this book…an eagle often circled the building in which I lived, visiting many times….When I was…doubting my direction, a coyote also came to visit….Across the street, it looked toward me as if encouraging me on….So, led by the spirit of coyote, eagle and the many other guides of the universe, I was able to complete this tale. Its primary message is about following the call of my body, mind and spirit.

Romans 1:18-32 gives a clear account of man’s “call of his body and mind”-a rejection of God in favor of nature worship: “Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, and changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things” (Rom 1:22-23).

Perhaps in part due to the reverence of “animal spirits” by ancient pagan cultures, animals continue to play a significant symbolic role in our world today. School and professional sports teams adopt animal names such as the panthers, tigers, lions, bears, wolves, or eagles-based on popular significance of animal traits. Consumers even purchase “animal” car models and athletic shoes marketed for their perceived attributes of speed and power.

So, what’s the fuss? Is animal symbology inherently evil? No, even Scripture makes generous use of animals as symbols-from love poems in The Song of Songs to comforting analogies of the Lord: “hide me under the shadow of thy wings” (Ps 17:8b) et al.

Take the eagle, for example. Revered as a national symbol by various countries, Scripture makes several positive references to the eagle. One of the most popular verses cited for encouragement is “they shall mount up with wings like eagles…” (Is 40:31). Many are comforted by the eagle as a symbol of patriotism and American heritage (which is often equated with Christianity). Fewer though, take note of passages that portray the eagle in a negative light, or realize that the eagle doubles as a Masonic symbol of the phoenix, representing “rebirth through fire” in occult mythology.

In addition to its being an “unclean” animal, Scripture also contains a number of negative references to the eagle (“They are passed away as the swift ships: as the eagle that hasteth to the prey” (Job 9:26). Obadiah even contains a reference to Edom as an eagle, apparently as a type of Lucifer: “The pride of thine heart hath deceived thee, thou that dwellest in the clefts of the rock, whose habitation is high; that saith in his heart, Who shall bring me down to the ground? Though thou exalt thyself as the eagle, and though thou set thy nest among the stars, thence will I bring thee down, saith the Lord” (Ob 1:3-4).

So why do the neo-prophets and apostles of today use the eagle as a symbol of choice? Many “prophetic” ministries associate eagles with tremendous natural vision and observable qualities of “rising above;” but like shamans and seers-ancient and modern-they err in assigning to eagles spiritual qualities. An occult website declares the eagle’s role is that of an “illuminating force” that rises on the east wind, whose gift is that of “seeing hidden spiritual truths” and “whose strength is by its connection to spirit guides.” The website advises: “One who flies with the Eagle has a responsibility…to operate from Higher Intent, to develop the latent abilities of Illumination, and then freely share this Illumination with Others.” In other words, a seer who channels the eagle is to “impart” this knowledge and “gifting” to others.

A number of prominent ministries use the eagle as a corporate symbol, and most of these do so quite innocently. But research into the testimony of a young prophetess associated with C. Peter Wagner’s self-titled New Apostolic Reformation (NAR) raises great concern. (The NAR, a blended resurrection of several modern heresies-kingom-dominionism, manifest sons of God, new breed, et al.-is spreading like wildfire through a growing number of charismatic and evangelical churches.) Here is just one example of cause for alarm:

Sharnael Wolverton…was called to the ministry at an early age….During [an] incredible period of seeking intimacy with [God] she encountered many dreams, visions, visitations and divine appointments leading to the birthing of Swiftfire Ministries….One divine appointment…was with Bob Jones, who introduced her to a golden eagle named “Swift.” “Swift is sent forth to those in order to carry the purposes of God swiftly.” Another encounter was with Patricia King of Extreme Prophetic, who had also been introduced to Swift.

This admission by a professing Christian “minister” is nothing short of astounding! Aside from this startling testimony, most followers of these seers (and even skeptics) would not think twice about the recurring “eagle” motif on the websites of Sharnael Wolverton (swiftfire.org), Bob Jones (bobjones.org/itinerary), and Patricia King (extremeprophetic.com). But with the knowledge that Bob Jones (a proven false prophet who was removed from ministry in 1991 for sexual misconduct) “introduced” at least two prominent neo-apostolic women to a demonic entity that manifests as an eagle (whom all three know as Swift) the “birds of a feather” mascots they share take on far greater significance.

Other “apostolic-prophetic” leaders who often teach with or promote Bob Jones also use the symbol of an eagle in their ministry logo: Paul Keith Davis, Rick Joyner, Bobby Conner, Cindy Jacobs, and others. Does this mean they also have the spirit of Swift to help them “carry out the purposes of God?” Not necessarily-but the connection between “eagle spirits,” shamans, and today’s neo-prophetic seers is unmistakable. This is the New Spirituality.

Though his mystical teaching remains unchanged, none of Jones’ co-ministers or spiritual offspring seem to mind that his misconduct involved giving private “hands-on” readings to young women-disrobed to “stand naked before the Lord”-or that he was rebuked for other occultish practices. Ironically, he is revered as a spiritual grandfather among today’s rising stars of the Third Wave (neo-apostolic) movement, promoted largely by the much-hyped pseudo-prophetic website, “The Elijah List.”

But, Jones is in good company. Many of his disciples, as well as the “apostles” and “prophets” who endorse or teach with him, claim to have met and talked with angels, with the Lord, and with saints of the past (the forbidden practice of necromancy); and, they all take great pride in teaching others how to have angelic encounters and “third heaven visions.”

Undoubtedly believing they are working divine signs and wonders, could they instead be “deceived and deceiving others” (2 Tim 3:13)? As God’s word declares, “There shall not be found among you any one…that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch, Or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer. For all that do these things are an abomination unto the Lord” (Deut 18:10-11). [1]

[1] By Mark Dinsmore, copied from http://www.thebereancall.org/node/2682

DaVinci Code Refuted

October 10, 2016 Leave a comment

The Da Vinci Code has been on the New York Times Bestseller List since its release in April 2003. In less than 2 years it has become a bestseller in 150 countries and one of the most widely read books of our time.

Author Dan Brown has done what many authors only dream of doing. He has written a book “everyone” is talking about. All over the world people are discussing his upscale murder mystery that teases readers with provocative theories about history, religion, and the arts.

This novel, however, is more than a page-turning murder mystery. The Da Vinci Code is a conspiracy theory that leaves many readers wondering whether everything they have believed about Christ and the Bible is wrong.

A reviewer from Booksense says, “This is one of those rare books that comes along and makes you question everything you thought you knew about religion, art, and what you were taught in school. It’s fast-paced, enthralling, and simply impossible to put down.”

The Da Vinci Code begins with a lengthy list of acknowledgments and then a “fact page” designed to leave the impression that the novel is based on careful research of little-known facts.

One of the book’s main characters is Robert Langdon, a fictional Harvard professor of religious symbology. Claiming years of research, the professor maintains that for 1,700 years, the church has been covering up the real truth about Jesus. His views are later echoed by a fictional British royal historian referred to as Sir Leigh Teabing who says things like, “almost everything our fathers taught us about Christ is false” (The Da Vinci Code, p.235).

The title of the book comes from the claim that Leonardo Da Vinci—along with other notables like Sir Isaac Newton and Victor Hugo—was a member of a secret society entrusted with the truth about Jesus. The secret of this group (The Priory of Sion) is that Jesus had a daughter by Mary Magdalene. Mary, according to the Priory, was the true Holy Grail who bore the royal bloodline of Jesus on earth. This, according to the professor, is a fact the church will kill to suppress.

What many readers fail to keep in mind is that The Da Vinci Code is fiction. Worse yet, the story rests not on careful research, but on a documented fraud passed off as truth. The idea that Leonardo was a member of The Priory of Sion is based on a document proven by a French court of law to be a forgery and a hoax (The Truth Behind the Da Vinci Code by Richard Abanes, Harvest House Publishers, pp.48-57).

The Da Vinci Code’s “alternative view of history” also falsely states that Jesus was not regarded as a God until the fourth century when the Roman emperor Constantine decided it was in his own political interests to unite the empire by giving Jesus “an impenetrable cloak of divinity” (The Da Vinci Code, p.233).

To make the claim plausible, fictional historian Teabing says, “The most profound moment in Christian history” occurred when “Constantine commissioned and financed a new Bible, which omitted those gospels that spoke of Christ’s human traits and embellished those gospels that made Him godlike. The earlier gospels were outlawed, gathered up, and burned” (The Da Vinci Code, p.234).

The Da Vinci Code claims that some of the documents Constantine tried to destroy managed to survive in scrolls in 1945 at Nag Hammadi, Egypt. These scrolls allegedly “highlight glaring historical discrepancies and fabrications, clearly confirming that the modern Bible was compiled and edited by men who possessed a political agenda—to promote the divinity of the man Jesus Christ and use His influence to solidify their own power base” (The Da Vinci Code, p.234).

The ancient texts found at Nag Hammadi, however, were not “lost books of the Bible,” as Teabing claims. They were the writings of a mystery religion known as Gnosticism. Gnostics viewed spirit as good and matter as evil. They denied the physical body and crucifixion of Jesus and emphasized a secret knowledge received only by those initiated into the religion. The early church rejected their teachings long before Constantine.

But even if The Da Vinci Code doesn’t stand up under scrutiny, is it possible that the Bible has been altered through thousands of years of countless copies and versions? This is the kind of question that is best answered by those who have applied the principles of science to manuscript evidence. Scholars spend lifetimes examining all available manuscripts and fragments of manuscripts. They note and map any variations of spelling or wording that show up in families of manuscripts that have been copied from a common source. In addition they analyze the writings of second and third century church fathers who left extensive quotes of the Scriptures they were reading and studying.

On the basis of such research, scholars assure us that our Bible is a highly reliable representation of the original manuscripts. In The New Testament Documents: Are They Reliable, F. F. Bruce writes, “To sum up, we may quote the verdict of the late Sir Frederic Kenyon, a scholar whose authority to make pronouncements on ancient MSS was second to none: ‘The interval then between the data of original composition and the earliest extant evidence become so small to be in fact negligible, and the last foundation for any doubt that the Scripture have come down to us substantially as they were written has now been removed. Both the authenticity and the general integrity of the books of the New Testament may be regarded as finally established’ ” http://www.worldinvisible.com/library/ffbruce/ntdocrli/ntdocont.htm; The Bible and Archaeology, New York and London: Harper, 1940).

Backed by such evidence, the Bible also remains the all-time bestselling and most widely read book in the world. Challengers come and go. What remain are the words of those who were willing to die for their claim that they personally witnessed the miraculous life, death, and resurrection of the Son of God. One of those witnesses wrote, “For we did not follow cunningly devised fables when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of His majesty” (2 Peter 1:16).

Note: For additional answers to questions like, Could the Gnostic gospels be lost books of the Bible? and Did Constantine burn ancient books that portray a different view of Christ? please visit our Web site at http://www.rbcdavincicode.org or write for the Discovery Series booklet The Da Vinci Code: Separating Fact From Fiction. — Mart De Haan

THE TRUTH ABOUT THE HOUSE OF YAHWEH

September 28, 2016 Leave a comment

DISCLAIMER: The House of Yahweh is a dangerous cult that Christians should avoid!

Dr. Mike Johnston

The House of Yahweh is a divergent religious cult based in Abilene, Texas. The group claims membership from all races and nations around the globe and welcomes all “who will repent of sin and follow Yahweh’s Law” which has been exclusively entrusted to the House of Yahweh (HOY) and its deluded director, Yisrayl (Buffalo Bill) Hawkins.

FALSE PROPHET

Most cults and heretics have launched their egregious enterprises by alleging to have received a secret prophetic revelation from God. [1]  Hawkins like those he patterns himself after, fancies himself a personal mouthpiece of God’s prophetic mysteries even though the prophetic gift arguably ceased at 95 AD with the completion of the Book of Revelation. This nut is a false prophet in light of the numerous events he has predicted that have all failed to come true- including that we were in the tribulation in the 1950s and that the end of the world began on or before September 12, 2006. Still, Hawkins makes audacious claims his authority and credentials were vested him through a clandestine meeting with God where he was endowed with favor and exclusive authority in these last days.

FALSE DOCTRINE

His first lying prediction was that the tribulation had already begun. , Hawkins’ went on to build his theological premises upon an eclectic blend of Sabbatarian, Sacred Name, and anti-Semitic/Anglo-Israel teachings we know originated from the synagogue of Satan (Rev. 2:9).  His authoritarian control over members is a classic picture of such nefarious characters as Nero, Hitler, Pol Pot, Charles Manson, Sun Myung Moon, Jim Jones, and David Koresh.

Ultimate Authority

Independent thinking or dissent is discouraged by equating rebellion against Hawkins as rebellion against Yahweh Himself.

  • If a member leaves the group, they are warned that they are in effect leaving Yahweh and His salvation. He commands this because he teaches that his authority is not only on behalf of Christ, but is absolutely equal with His: “Yahshua Messiah KNEW that He was sent, because He FULFILLED all the Scriptures concerning Himself.  And The True Work of Yahweh: Established House of Yahweh – The Place of Yahweh has chosen to Establish His Name in These Last Days – has this SAME AUTHORITY, with the SAME CREDENTIAL . . . Yes, The House of Yahweh, Established in Abilene, Texas, is SPOKEN OF and WRITTEN ABOUT by the Prophets of Old! This Established House of Yahweh in These Last Days is doing the work that Yahshua Messiah and His Disciples – who were ‘SENT’ – did; the very same work! It is a Scriptural fact that unless Yahweh gives AUTHORITY to someone, by having SPOKEN ABOUT THEM THROUGH HIS HOLY SCRIPTURES, then that person is NOT SENT!” (What Yahweh’s Feasts Mean to You, pp.82-83). “Yes, Yahweh now has ONLY ONE WORK under His ONE REMAINING WITNESS Yisrayl – His Prophesied Spokesman who will continue to perform all The Will of Yahweh…Just as Yahshua Messiah came as a ‘covenant to the people’ in These Last Days (Isaiah 49:8)” (The Prophetic Word, 7 June 1991, p.  36).

Exclusive Truth

Like every divergent, Hawkins boasts that his organization was specifically ordained of God and given sole possession of divine truth for these last days. His doctrines are so wacky and unorthodox, one has to wonder how in the world anyone would believe them. Here’s a few examples:

  • Nature of God: Hawkins denies the Triune nature of the Godhead and the pre-existence of Christ. He writes: “Those who are False Prophets and Lying teachers ‘teach’ the false doctrine that there is a ‘trinity’ or a ‘duality’ in the (and I quote) ‘GODHEAD’.  Therefore, it is also The Truth of Yahweh that Yahshua Messiah did not ‘pre-exist’!” (The Prophetic Word, 7 June 1991, p.  7). Yahweh and Jesus.  He teaches that Yahweh and Yahshua are two different “beings.” “Some of those trying to support the deception of a ‘pre-existent savior, argue that Yahshua and Yahweh are THE ‘SAME’ BEING…The Holy Scriptures plainly show that Yahshua and Yahweh are TWO DIFFERENT BEINGS!” (Did Yahshua Messiah Pre-exist?, p.  40).
  • The church: Hawkins teaches:”The One Body of Messiah IS The House of Yahweh . . . The Holy Scriptures say this . . . We are partakers with Yahshua – IF we are part of the Body of Messiah of the House of Yahweh.  In Genesis 28:11-17, the Patriarch Yaaqob saw a vision of The House of Yahweh as the way to Yahweh’s Kingdom.  The House of Yahweh IS THE GAT OF HEAVEN . . .  IF we ‘separate’ form the One Body of Messiah: The House of Yahweh, then we succumb to Satan, then at that very moment we become worshipers of Satan . . . or if one LEAVES The Body – The only Prophesied, Established Work that Yahweh Himself has chosen, then that one does NOT partake, or is NO LONGER a partaker, with the rest of The body of Messiah – The House of Yahweh” (What Yahweh’s Feasts Mean to You, pp.  78, 87). 
  • Baptism: Allegiance to HOY leadership is signified by submitting to baptism by the CHOSEN MINISTERS of YAHWEH wherein the candidate receives the Holy Spirit; this they confer with the following caveat: “Please notice that you can NOT obtain The Holy Spirit of YAHWEH from the preachers of this world!” (Why Aren’t Your Prayers Answered Today?, p.  20). 
  • 7 Year Tribulation: By late 1994 Hawkins had altered his theology and was teaching that The House of Yahweh was already in “the midst” of Tribulation: He explained: “In order to understand what time period Yahweh is referring to when He says, ‘the midst,’ we will refer to Yahshua’s Message of the End Time – the Time Period known as: The Seven Years of Tribulation . . . Yahshua Messiah spoke of the FIRST PART of the Seven Year Period (Matthew 24:7).  Since the time of my brother Yaaqob’s death, March 22, 1991, wars have been raging not only in Israyl, but throughout the eastern world . . . these things: WARS, FAMINES, PESTILENCES, and EARTHQUAKES are Prophesied to take place through the FIRST HALF of the Great Tribulation.  But, the end is not yet! When the first three and one half years are complete, the LAST HALF of the Great Tribulation begins.  Since the Feast of Tabernacles, September 22, 1994, my brother Yaaqob, the first witness to be killed by the Beastly System, will have been dead THREE AND ONE HALF YEARS” (The Prophetic Word, November 1994, pp.  14, 16).

SUMMARY THOUGHT:

Hawkins’ House of Yahweh is a dangerous cult that must be exposed and avoided. Paul’s words have never been more needed than they are in relation to groups like this one: Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them. For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple (Romans 16:17-18).

[1] EG White (SDAs); Joseph Smith (Mormons); William Branham; Oral Roberts; Kenneth Hagin; Kathryn Kuhlman; Benny Hinn.

SCIENTOLOGY

September 28, 2016 Leave a comment

DISCLAIMER: Scientology is one of many end times cults Christians need to avoid!

Since its founding in 1953, Scientology has presented the question of whether or not it is compatible with Christianity or whether it is a cult. The increased popularity among celebrities adds to it mystique and Christians wonder how much of Scientology’s teachings are biblical.

Scientology is a very difficult religion to summarize in just a few paragraphs. It was founded in 1953 by fiction author L. Ron Hubbard, just four years after he made the statement, “I’d like to start a religion. That’s where the money is,” to Lloyd Eshbach; quoted by Eshbach in Over My Shoulder. That is indeed where he found wealth—Hubbard became a multi-millionaire. An easier question to ask would be, “What are the similarities between Christianity and Scientology?” The answer to that would be, “There are none.”

Scientology teaches that mankind is an immortal being (called a Thetan) not originally from this planet who is trapped by matter, energy, space, and time (MEST). Salvation for a Scientologist comes through a process called ‘auditing,’ whereby ‘engrams’ (basically, memories of past pain and unconsciousness that create energy blockage) are removed. Auditing is a very lengthy process and can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars. When all engrams are finally removed, the Thetan can once again control MEST instead of being controlled by it. Until salvation, each Thetan is constantly reincarnated.

Scientology is a very expensive religion to associate with. Every aspect of Scientology has some sort of fee associated with it. This is why Scientology’s “pews” are filled only with the wealthy. It is also a very strict religion, and very punitive against those who would try to leave behind its teachings and membership. Its “scriptures” are limited solely to the writings and teachings of L. Ron Hubbard.

Scientology is, without a doubt, a cult. Its teachings are taken from science fiction and eastern mythologies; it promotes man as the ultimate power in the universe (he just hasn’t realized it yet); salvation comes through an extremely expensive process of mind games; and it categorically denies the existence of the God of the Bible, heaven, and hell. To a Scientologist, Jesus Christ was just another nice guy who unfortunately was wrongfully put to death and whose story ends at that death.

Though Scientologists will claim that Scientology is compatible with Christianity, the Bible counters each and every point of belief they hold to: God is the sovereign and only creator of the universe (Genesis 1:1); mankind was created by God (Genesis 1:27); the only salvation available to man is by grace through faith in the finished work of Jesus Christ on the cross (Philippians 2:8; Acts 4:12); salvation is a free gift that mankind can do nothing to earn (Ephesians 2:8-9); and Jesus Christ is alive and well and seated at the right hand of God the Father even now (Acts 2:33; Ephesians 1:20; Hebrews 1:3), awaiting the time when He will gather His children to Himself to reside with Him for eternity in heaven. Everybody else will be cast into a very real hell, separated from God (Revelation 20:15).

Scientology differs from biblical Christianity on every important doctrine. Some of the most important differences are summarized below.

God: Scientology believes that there are multiple gods and that some gods are above other gods. Biblical Christianity, on the other hand, recognizes the one and only true God who revealed Himself to us in the Bible and through Jesus Christ (Hebrews 1:1-2). Those who believe in Him cannot believe the false concept of God as taught in Scientology.

Jesus Christ: Like almost all other cults, Scientology denies the deity of Christ. Instead of having a biblical view of who Christ is and what He did, they assign to Him the characteristics of some sort of lesser god who has obtained a sort of legendary status over the years. On the other hand, the Bible clearly teaches that Jesus was God in the flesh and through His incarnation He could act as a sacrifice for our sins. It is through Christ’s death and resurrection that we can have the hope of eternal life with God.

Sin: Scientology believes in the inherent goodness of man and that it is despicable and utterly beneath contempt to tell a man he must repent, that he is evil. On the other hand, the Bible teaches that man is a sinner and the only hope for him is to repent of his sins and acknowledge Christ as his Lord and Savior.

Salvation: Scientology believes in reincarnation and that personal salvation in one’s lifetime is freedom from the cycle of birth and death associated with reincarnation. They believe that religious practice of all faiths is the universal way to wisdom, understanding, and salvation. On the other hand, the Bible teaches that there is only one way of salvation and that is through Jesus Christ. Jesus Himself said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life, no man comes to the Father except through me” John 14:6.

The teachings of Scientology in comparison with the Bible have little if anything in common. Scientology will only lead us away from God and eternal life, and the Bible will lead us to God and eternal life. There is nothing to gain by associating with Scientology and everything to lose.[1]

Recommended Resource: The Kingdom of the Cults, revised and updated edition.

[1] Copied from http://www.gotquestions.org/scientology-Christian-cult.html

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