Cult Doctrine or Core Doctrine

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A fun, quick Q/A type review comparing cult doctrines with core Christian doctrines. Scripture verses are given for further study.

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Cult Doctrine or Core Doctrine:

Cult Doctrine or Core Doctrine Comparing the Core Doctrines of Christianity with Cult Doctrines

Cult Doctrine or Core Doctrine:

Cult Doctrine or Core Doctrine Decide whether the following statements represent a core doctrine (a truth claim of Christianity) or a cult doctrine (false belief of a cult or aberrant doctrine). Once you have made a decision, click to the next bullet to see the answer.

Cult Doctrine or Core Doctrine:

Cult Doctrine or Core Doctrine Jesus is a “god,” but less than God the Father. Cult Doctrine Jehovah’s Witnesses believe this. For Scripture verses on the deity of Christ, see Jn.1:1-3, 18; 10:25-39; 20:28; Ro. 9:5; Phil. 2:6; Titus 2:13; 2 Pt. 1:1; He. 1:3, 8.

Cult Doctrine or Core Doctrine:

Cult Doctrine or Core Doctrine God is an exalted man. Cult Doctrine Mormons believe this. See Ex. 33:11 (an anthropomorphic example); Ho. 11:9; Nu. 23:19; Jn. 4:24; Ro. 1:22-23; 1 Tim. 1:17.

Cult Doctrine or Core Doctrine:

Cult Doctrine or Core Doctrine Since Jesus is “begotten,” then He was a creation of God. Cult Doctrine Jehovah’s Witnesses believe this. See Ps. 2:7 with Acts 13:33-34; Is. 7:14; 9:6; Jn. 1:18; 3:16; 8:58; He. 11:17 (“begotten” is better translated “one and only” or “unique” [see the NIV for Jn. 3:16].

Cult Doctrine or Core Doctrine:

Cult Doctrine or Core Doctrine We believe in one God, having three manifestations of existence, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Cult Doctrine This is modalism and is believed by Oneness Pentecostals. Orthodox Christians believe in one God in three divine Persons (the Trinity), not three manifestations of one Person . See Ge. 1:26-27; Deut. 6:4; Is. 43:10; Mt. 3:16-17; 28:18-19; Jn. 10:30; 1 Cor. 12:4-6.

Cult Doctrine or Core Doctrine:

Cult Doctrine or Core Doctrine Jesus is Jehovah. Core Doctrine See Jer. 23:5-6 with 1 Cor. 1:30; Ps. 68:4, 18 with Eph. 4:8-10; Ps. 106:48 with Lk. 1:68; Ps. 102:12, 25-27 with He. 1:10-12; Is. 40:3-4 with Lk. 3:4-6; Is. 43:11 with Lk. 2:11; Is. 44:24 with Jn. 1:3; Zech. 12:1, 10 with Rev. 1:7.

Cult Doctrine or Core Doctrine:

Cult Doctrine or Core Doctrine Jesus didn’t finish His redemptive task. Cult Doctrine Rev. Moon taught that Jesus accomplished only spiritual redemption. See Lk. 17:21; Jn. 19:30; Col. 2:13-15; He. 9:26-28.

Cult Doctrine or Core Doctrine:

Cult Doctrine or Core Doctrine Jesus was raised bodily from the dead. Core Doctrine The Mind Science cults don’t believe this. See Lk. 24:36-53; Jn. 1:14; 1 Cor. 15:1-8, 22-23; Phil 2:7-8; cf. Acts 1:9-11.

Cult Doctrine or Core Doctrine:

Cult Doctrine or Core Doctrine The Holy Spirit is just a powerful force. Cult Doctrine See Acts 5:3-4; 1 Cor. 2:10; He. 9:14; having mind – Ro. 8:27, will – 1 Cor. 12:11, and emotions – Eph. 4:30.

Cult Doctrine or Core Doctrine:

Cult Doctrine or Core Doctrine Jesus is both man and God. Core Doctrine This is known as the “hypostatic union.” See Mt. 17:1-2; Jn. 1:1-3, 14; Gal. 4:4; Phil. 2:6-7; Col. 1:19; 2:9; 1 Tim. 2:5; 1 Jn. 4:2-3.

Cult Doctrine or Core Doctrine:

Cult Doctrine or Core Doctrine The Bible is one of many authoritative writings. Cult Doctrine The Mormons believe this and add other so-called inspired writings. See Deut. 4:2; Prov. 30:5-6; Jn. 10:35; 2 Tim. 2:15; 3:15; He. 4:12; 2 Pt. 1:20-21; Rev. 22:18-19.

Cult Doctrine or Core Doctrine:

Cult Doctrine or Core Doctrine All of us can become Christ and God, since all is God. Cult Doctrine This is panentheism. See Eccl. 5:2; Mt. 24:5; Mk. 14:36; Lk. 2:11; Ro. 8:15; He. 11:3; 1 Jn. 1:5.

Cult Doctrine or Core Doctrine:

Cult Doctrine or Core Doctrine We cannot merit salvation. Core Doctrine See Eph. 2:8-10; Gal. 2:16; 3:12; Ro.1:17.

Cult Doctrine or Core Doctrine:

Cult Doctrine or Core Doctrine We are all innately good and have no propensity toward evil. Cult Doctrine See Ps. 14:2; 51:5; Mt. 12:34; Jn. 3:3, 5, 7; Ro. 3:10-18; 5:12.

Cult Doctrine or Core Doctrine:

Cult Doctrine or Core Doctrine Hell is just separation from God. Cult Doctrine See Mt. 5:22; 18:8; 25:41; Mk. 9:43; Jude 7; Rev. 14:11; 20:14.

Cult Doctrine or Core Doctrine:

Cult Doctrine or Core Doctrine The Bible teaches reincarnation. Cult Doctrine The Bible teaches the incarnation of Christ (that Christ, as God, took on human flesh). This is not the same as reincarnation. See Mt. 11:14 with Jn. 1:21; Mt. 25:46; 2 Cor. 5:8; 6:2; He. 9:27.

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