SELF ASSESSMENT: WHAT KIND OF A FOLLOWER ARE YOU?
Counterfeit Christianity occurs when people identify with being Christian but then practice and promote a lifestyle that violates the essence of what Jesus taught. Counterfeit Christians have a hard time describing how the Holy Spirit has changed or is directing their life. They are worldly by most accounts—that is they are focused upon worldly pursuits. Evidence of that person’s change in behavior and world view would not be evident. If loving is not a word that would describe the person stating they are Christian then it indicates one who is counterfeit. People who have interests that are more important than Jesus, those who worship possessions, use the Lord’s name in vain, disrespect parents, speak of harming people, lie, steal, have sex outside of marriage, don’t attend Church, and lust after the possessions of others. They generally do not display joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. A counterfeit Christian is not advocating Jesus’ point of view and cannot articulate the concept of Christian Biblical salvation. Counterfeit Christians also identify more with an ethnic, religious or other group affiliation more than Jesus as their main objective. People can see these professing Christians as weak or failed. Christians who are genuine also sin including what I’ve described above. The difference is that Christians who are the real deal are convicted by the Holy Spirit and ask God’s forgiveness and don’t persist in the same behavior.
WAS THE MESSIAH REALLY REVEALED IN THE 20TH CENTURY?
Rev. Sun Myoung Moon was born in Korea around 1920 and he was raised a Presbyterian. He claimed he was visited by Jesus on Easter in the year 1935, in what is today North Korea, and was chosen by Jesus to finish the task Jesus was unable to finish. Later he also claimed to have communed with Buddha, Krishna and Moses. Apparently Jesus failed to save and redeem the world so Moon was chosen to have sex with 70 virgins, 70 married women and 70 widows so that he might procreate the Kingdom of God on earth. In 1946 he was arrested by North Korean communists and later released. The Presbyterian Church excommunicated him in 1948. In 1954 he formed the Unification Church and in 1957 published the Divine Principle which is his interpretation of the Bible.
The Hope of some for one united faith
Freemasonry’s roots go back to 16th century France. It was being practiced in England by the 18th Century. It was a secret fraternal order binding together professional men and master tradesmen [and, later, government officers and commercial men] who were Deist Rationalists, and who were opposed to the existence of established churches, mandatory church attendance, and any sort of monarchial or nobility-based political order. What follows is generally true concerning Freemasonry however there are variations of how it is practiced in the United States.
When folks consider becoming a Mason they must begin in the Blue Lodge. If a person persists they will attain the Entered Apprentice Degree then the Fellowcraft Degree and finally the Master Mason Degree. At this point the Mason has the choice to stay in the Blue Lodge or seek advanced degrees in the Scottish or York rite. The Scottish rite has the 4th through 32nd degrees. The York rite has 13 degrees. Once the 32nd degree is attained the Mason can petition to join the Shriners. Those who have mastered the advanced rites of Freemasonry and are accepted join The Ancient and Arabic Order of the Nobles of the Mystic Shrine.
Did the Church get it wrong for the first 1900 years?
Charles T. Russell is the founder of the Jehovah Witnesses. Although raised a Protestant, he departed because he did not agree with the teaching of eternal judgment (hell) and the Trinity. He predicted that Jesus would return in 1874. After that did not happen, he recalculated to 1914. Once this event was not apparent he said Jesus in fact returned as a ghost. Joseph Franklin Rutherford took over in 1916 after Russell’s death. Rutherford determined that Jehovah Witnesses constituted God’s government on earth and decreed all other Christian sects as satanic. Witnesses do not pledge allegiance to any country. They deny the incarnation and bodily resurrection of Jesus and declare that Jehovah alone is God. Jesus is really Michael the Archangel. Rutherford predicted Abraham, Isaac and Jacob would return to earth between 1925 and 1929. He also predicted that only 144,000 people would go to heaven. When Witness membership exceeded this number in 1935, he said everyone who became a Witness after 1935 would live in a new paradise on earth. He died in 1942 being proven a false prophet. The same year Nathan H. Knorr took over. He created a new version of the Bible which fits Jehovah Witness doctrine. Knorr predicted that Armageddon would occur in 1975. By 1976 over one million Witnesses left their religion. Knorr died in 1976. After all these failures Witness now believe the organization is the prophet. To reject the organization is to reject God. Only their decrees are true. They believe the Trinitarian doctrine was inspired by Satan. Jesus was not killed on a cross, but rather on a straight poll. Only his spirit resurrected.
IS THIS CHRISTIANITY AS MORMONS CLAIM?
Joseph Smith the prophet of the Latter Day Saints was heavily involved with the occult (using seer stones to find hidden treasure) prior to his encounter in 1820 when he was 15 years old. He claimed he was in the woods near Palmyra, New York when he prayed to God asking him which Christian Church was the right one. This is recorded in the Pearl of Great Price chapter 2 verses 15-19. Joseph Smith was seized upon by some power which prevented him from speaking. He was surrounded by darkness and had a feeling of doom. The power of the enemy from an unseen world seized him. Just before abandoning himself to destruction, a pillar of light descended which included two personages. They said that all of the Churches were wrong and their creeds were abominations and all their teachers were corrupt. From this encounter Joseph Smith developed his doctrine. By 1823 Smith was visited by the angel Moroni who told him the location of some golden plates. Allegedly, Joseph Smith translated Egyptian hieroglyphics from the golden plates, of which he had no training, into the Book of Mormon.
The movement known as Khabad Lubavitch is mostly unknown outside of Jewish circles. It springs from Khasidic Orthodox Judaism with an emphasis on Jewish mysticism and messianism. The movement initiated with the teachings of its seven leaders (“Rebbes”), beginning with Rabbi Schneur Zalman (1745–1812). These leaders created thousands of books meant for Jewish study. The most notable Lubavitcher Rebbe of recent memory is Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson (1902–1994). What makes this movement different from traditional Rabbinic Judaism is its outreach to ALL Jews not just Orthodox Jews. Currently 4,000 full-time families help direct more than 3,300 institutions with thousands dedicated to spreading the Khabad Lubavitcher message.
Is Hinduism the one and only true faith?
In this series of posts we’ve looked at godlessness, dabbling in cults and immersion in the occult that can lead to Satanism. The other end of the spectrum is a faith that embraces multiple gods.
Hinduism is a very diverse collection of beliefs, but it is fundamentally practiced as either a Deist monism or a pantheistic paganism with thousands of gods. The basic premise of Hinduism is Monism. Monism teaches that All is One. This gives sway to Pantheism meaning that All is God. So we are one with the universe and the universe is God so we are connected to the impersonal enlightenment. The problem is we are bound to this physical personal existence which inhibits us from joining with the true reality known as Brahman-Atman. The goal is to liberate oneself from this physical world of illusion. This is done by transcending this world through Yoga or Transcendental Meditation. The goal is to break the shackles of Karma which releases us from thinking and feeling so that we can be absorbed into the impersonal One. When we lose our personal identity we enter a state of bliss.