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Cultic Conformity Is Not Biblical Unity

Written by: Barhorst, Chris    Posted on: 04/25/2003

Category: Cults / Sects / Non Christian Religions and Topics

Source: CCN

            Cultic Conformity Is Not Biblical Unity                         Chris Barhorst                           Sidney, OH

When dealing with members of a cult, it is often pointed out by the cultist, that the churches of Christianity are divided in their doctrinal belief.  Whereas the group to which they belong are the ones that area demonstrating true biblical unity.

Although Christian churches may very in their understanding of minor doctrinal positions, there is biblical unity on the major doctrines, such as the Deity of Jesus Christ (1 Corinthians 3:11).

Admittedly, it does appear when one looks at many of the cultic groups, they do seem to demonstrate a unity.

But upon a closer examination of this unity, one finds that the unity the cults claim to exhibit is actually a conformity to a system of rules.  These rules or doctrinal positions are enforced by the use of fear.  Fear that the individual will be excommunicated or disfellowshipped from the group that they have come to believe is God's organization or the one true church on the earth today, should they deviate from group doctrine.

It could be pointed out to the cultist that Hitler had a conformity in Nazi Germany that one could mistake as simple unity for the cause.  Those that did not conform were terminated, thus, the fear factor kept them unified.

The situation over being in the right group also arose among the disciples of Jesus in Mark 9:38-40.  The disciples came to Jesus informing Him that they had seen one casting out devils in His name and that they forbade the individual because he did not follow them, or in other words, was not in their group.

The typical cultic response would have been to encourage the disciples that they had done the right thing, that one needed to be a part of their visible group in order to be in the truth.

But take note of Jesus' response in verses 39-40 of Mark chapter nine.

"Forbid him not: for there is no man which shall do a miracle in my name that can lightly speak evil of me.  For he that is not against us is on our part."

Jesus was saying; that if one is operating under the outline of scripture through the use of His Name, there is a relationship with God that does not necessitate the individual being a part of a specific, visible to the natural eye, group.

Help the cultists see that the unity their group exhibits is in reality a fear-motivated conformity.  A conformity to be in the only true church or suffer the lose of salvation.

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