Why You Should Leave Your Christian Cult
People in Christian cults are obviously deceived. Otherwise, they would leave their cult. The problem relates to the truth. Every cult convinces its adherents that their unique beliefs and practices are “the way.”
Being indoctrinated into the dogma of a cult is to put one’s mind into bondage to false teachings and unbiblical practices (2 Pet 2:1). The heart is sure to follow, as the pleasures of “belonging” increase. Cult members can be some of the nicest people and best neighbors around you. One might even call them, “angels of light.”
Because God made the sons of Adam to be both body and soul, in a material world, religion and spirituality are universal. People have an innate desire to worship someone or something. The enemy of our souls takes full advantage of us, for that reason. He has inspired and organized a marketplace of religions in his world system, in order to enslave us to our spiritual cravings.
Christian cults thrive in the United States and elsewhere because there is no authority over and above cult enterprises. There is no end to cultish invention under our current religious freedom. It is like, “buyer beware,” or “swim at your own risk.”
In order to control Christianity, Europe tried national churches, in response to Roman Catholicism’s attempt to create a monopoly of Christianity. Since the 16th century Protestant Reformation, national governments controlling national churches have proved equal to Rome in corrupting the church.
National churches, using public funds, only operated on a larger scale than self-governed, self-corrupting denominations. The religious marketplace is a dangerous community, and only serves as a comfortable suburb of eternal hell for many (Mt 25:41, 46; Jude 7; Rev 20:14–15). There is only one safe place in the entire world of religion, including faux Christianity.
Christian cults have simply followed the denominational model and claimed they were similar, and at the same time, different like all the rest. Others followed the local, independent church movement, which is how new cults emerge onto the religious scene like the tiny seed of a weed.
Even God’s chosen people in the Old Testament were easy prey regarding demon-inspired idol worship (1 Cor 8, 10). Idols are the bridge for the union of physical and spiritual to worship demons (Rev 9:20).
Elect, redeemed, born again Christians, worship in Spirit and in truth (Jn 4:23–24). In Spirit, because we have been baptized into Christ (Rom 6) and into Christ’s body, His church (1 Cor 12:13), while at the same time God has given us His Spirit as a pledge (2 Cor 5:5), to indwell us (Rom 8:9, 11), having made us alive in Christ (Eph 2:5; Col 2:13). In truth, because the Spirit of truth guides us into all truth (Jn 16:13), that is, the Word of truth (Ps 119:43; 2 Cor 6:7; 2 Tim 2:15). The Word of truth is the inspired, inerrant, clear, necessary, sufficient, and authoritative writings of the Holy Bible (66 books = 39 Old Testament + 27 New Testament).
Some cults use the Bible. Other cults do not. Some Christian cults even create new “translations” of the Bible to cater to their preferred heresies. Others just add other books to the Bible and insist they are also holy writ. These twisted translations or various vade mecum only add confusion to Christianity. This is why pastors in Christ’s church must be students of church history and have some aptitude for apologetics (defense of sound doctrine and practice over and against cultic false teaching and practice).
Just as there are false teachings there must be false shepherds to propagate the doctrines of demons (1 Tim 4:1). Invariably, false teachers are known for their lust for the world (Ezek 34), which is made available through increased adherents. Cult members bring in the money for the false teacher to gain the whole world, and so that the cult guru can live his best life now.
Deceived adherents of a false prophet are under the judgment of God. If they were not, God would have had mercy on them and would have delivered them from their Christian cult. When God graciously does deliver a person from a cult, He does it by leading that person out of darkness and into the light. This again is a metaphor for exposure to the Bible.
The illumination of the mind, by the Spirit of Christ (1 Cor 2:15–16), will be more light, that is, more truth. This is evidenced by an increased desire for more time in study and an earnest quest for greater understanding of the Bible. Simply put, the born again love the truth, and in a world of lies, dominated by the Lord of the flies (Beelzebub), who is the Father of lies (Jn 8:44), the Bible becomes the true Christian’s refuge. Let your love for the Bible be your first test of a valid faith (Ps 119:97, 113, 163, 165), as practical proof that Christ is in you, unless indeed you fail this test (2 Cor 13:5).
This is the reason most cults will distract their adherents away from any serious exposure to the Bible. Sinners are satisfied with ecstatic experiences, social justice agendas, secret meetings, rites and rituals or anything else not specifically prescribed in the Bible. Cult members do not know these things because they do not know their Bibles.
Deliverance from a Christian cult must first be the will of God. Many adherents remain deceived in their cults until the day of their death. If it is God’s will, then He will position that person where he or she will be exposed to the Bible and accurate interpretations of it.
While demons teach in every conceivable cult congregation, it is the Holy Spirit who teaches God’s elect, adopted children in the place He leads them to, after He leads them out of their cult. Some might argue that true Bible preaching pulpits are far and few between, and we cannot argue with that sad sentiment, but God is faithful. Believers in Jesus acknowledge Him, and He directs our steps in His perfect providence (Ps 57:2; 138:8; Prv 3:5–6).
My dear reader, rest assured, today. If you are in a Christian cult or false religion, today, God’s grace will be sufficient and fully able to save you from your false teacher and his or her false teachings. You may be deceived, even quite oblivious to your unfortunate state, but a day will come when God’s Spirit visits you (Jn 3:1–8; 1 Pet 1:3) if you belong to Christ (1 Cor 3:23). He has promised His beloved, “I will never leave you, nor forsake you (Heb 13:5).”
Consider the panoply of perversions in the devil’s religious marketplace of vanity fair. Statistically, there is a high probability you are in a cult, just by reason of demographics. Stated another way, there is one truth and thousands of deviations. Have you ever marveled at the number of groups out there, all claiming to be the way to God? Remember, there is only one narrow way, despite ten thousand competitors.
The Good News is that God always makes His one way to be a reality for His chosen people (Jn 14:6; 1 Pet 2:9). His one way is Jesus Christ, and it is God the Father who causes His own to come to Jesus by His Spirit and the truth of His Word (Jn 6:44, 63). It is by His doing that each Christian is in Christ Jesus (1 Cor 1:30).
If you have any concern about your place of worship, the way of worship, or your teachers and their teachings, then pray for guidance and open your Bible to receive that guidance, which will provide you with many convincing reasons to leave your cult.
Spokane Valley, Washington
March 21, 2021