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PUBLISHED ON: April 25, 2003
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“I AM” MOVEMENT – Leader: Guy Ballard (Pen Name: Godfrey Ray King).
Jesus, a man, developed the I AM/GOD SELF within himself. This
almighty I Am presence is a pure reservoir of energy stationed
over the head which can be drawn on at will. Jesus is seen as one
of the many Ascended Masters. They do not recognize the Trinity.
This cult is an off-shoot of the Theosophical Society. It modern
form is called the Summit Lighthouse or Church Universal and
Triumphant. However, the “I Am” movement still exist as an
independent organization (The ‘I Am’ Discourses, Saint Germain Press).


Iglesia Ni Cristo – Leader:Felix Manalo. “We believe in Jesus Christ,
but we do not believe that He is True God. We believe in only one
true god, the god of creation. Jesus Christ is a great savior and
was commissioned by God to be the savior” (“Research Center Bulletin,”
Far East Broadcasting).


Inner Peace Movement – Leader: Rev. Francisco Coll, DD. A form of
spiritualism and spiritism combining ESP, astro-projection, psychic
phenomena,etc., they introduce seven levels of consciousness. Christ
consciousness is the highest. Jesus had reached Christ Consciousness
and taught this while on earth. Jesus was a man. They separate Jesus
and Christ. God is impersonal and spoken of as The All, The Cosmos,
and The Universe (Every Wind of Doctrine, Hobart Freeman).


Integral Yoga Institute – Founder: Swami Satchidananda. “There are not
many gods; there is only One. And that One has no name, no form, no
place. (Thus Christ is not God.) He is everywhere-in actuality, neither
he, nor she, nor it . . . The two sides are positive and negative,
light and shade. Evil is also God.” says the Swami (The Youth Nappers,
James C. Hefley).


Islam – Christ was a prophet of Allah, but was superseded by Muhammad’s
teachings and authority.


Jainism – Founder:Mahavira. “Jainism begins by denying the existance
of an external supreme being, creator, or Lord, who is the mainstay of
the universe. (Thus,no Christ.) For these non-theistic humanist, there
is no need to assume a First cause” (Religions in a Changing World,
Howard F. Vos)


Jehovah’s Witnesses – Jesus is a created being, Michael, the first
creation of Jehovah and the “Son of God.”


Laymen’s Home Missionary Movement – Leader:Raymond J. Jolly. Similar
to the Jehovah’s Witnesses, they deny the physical resurrection of
Jesus Christ. “John 4:24-God is a Spirit. Luke 24:39-A Spirit hath not
flesh and bones . . . In the first place, God directly tells us that
Jesus is now a spirit being” (Epiphany Studies in the Scriptures).
“Trinitarians have grossly mistranslated and miscapitalized this
passage to read their trinitarianism into it, as they have done in
other cases. The proper translation shows that Christ is not
Jehovah . . . He is Jehovah’s appointed Savior for the world, not
Jehovah Himself” (Epiphany Studies in the Scriptures-Series 1).


Liberal Catholic Church – Leaders:Charles W. Leadbeater and Vincent
M. Matthews. “Obviously, God is not and cannot be a person. (Thus,
no divine Christ.) The persons of the Holy Trinity are representatives
or masks for the One God who is beyond individuality; is unlimited;
eminent; and transcendent” (The One Existance, E.M. Matthews). The
LCC is independent of the Roman Catholic Church and blends elements of
theosophy and pantheism (These Also Believe, Charles Samuel Braden).


Megiddo Mission – Founder:Rev. L.T. Nichols. “Christ, Emmanuel, ‘God
with us,’ is not the eterenal God but the Son of God, conceived of the
Holy Spirit, born of a virgin, but wholly human in his nature –
Matthew 1:23,Hebrews 2:16,17 . . .”(History of the Megiddo Mission,
published by Megiddo Mission Church).


Mormons-Founder:Joseph Smith, Jr. Also Called: Church of Jesus Christ
of Latter-Day Saints. Jesus is a pre-existant spirit, also the Father,
one of many gods. Christ was God-man, and men can be just like him
(Mormon Doctrine, Bruce McConkie).


Nichiren Shoshu Soka Gakkai – Soka Gakkai substitutes Gautama Buddha
and Nichiren for the True God and repleces the Bible with the Lotus
Sutra, a false scripture. Soka Gakkai translates to “Value Recreation
Society” (“Views on Christ,” John Weldon).


Peace Mission Movement – Leader: Father Divine (George Baker). Baker
distinguishes between Jesus and Christ. “I say B.J. not B.C. because
it was before Jesus yet, in my opinion, it was not before Christ”
(The New Day, September 1,1945). “Jesus, he (Baker) seems at times to
regard as merely the temporal and physical embodiment of the Christ”
(These Also Believe, Charles Samuel Braden). Baker has claimed to be
God and the Holy Spirit. There are also references in Baker’s writings
to indicate that Jesus is God (Kingdom of the Cults, Walter Martin).

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