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Cult practices of false teachers, apostles and prophets

        Answers to the twelve questions posed below indicate an oblique response to the core issues of one of the twelve marks of the cults discussed by Dr. Dave Breese in his book “Know the Marks of Cults.”

About Prophetic Ministry

   In the opening remarks of his article “5 Warning Signs That Prophetic Ministry Has Gone Awry, Lessons from a 16th Century Revival Movement,” Dr. Eddie L. Hyatt says:
   “Prophetic ministry has great potential for blessing and building up God’s people. But unchallenged and untested, it has the same potential to destroy even sincere believers. Let me illustrate what I mean by pointing out 5 warning signs observable in prophetic ministry-gone-awry among Anabaptist enthusiasts of the 16th c. Reformation. Many of these sincere people met a tragic end as a result of untested prophetic activity.”
   Dr. Hyatt concludes the article by saying:
   “This sad account highlights the need to “test the spirits” and to judge the prophetic according to Scripture. These sincere believers suffered much grief, and even death, because they neglected this Biblical admonition. May we learn from their example and not repeat their mistakes.”
   Looking at today’s prophetic scenario, it’s clear we have learned nothing from the examples of the historic past and we continue to repeat the mistakes that have been made by not effectively judging prophets and the prophetic according to scripture. Because of lack of ability to learn from our own mistakes, and instead, to continue to repeat them, many sincere believers in Jesus Christ continue to suffer much grief, and even death because they neglect the biblical admonition to judge the prophetic according to scripture.
   Every generation of believers continues to repeat the failures of our historic past because they continue to repeat the same scriptural errors. Over and over again. There is no heresy today that has not been dealt with in the past by Godly persons who have guided us back to what the Bible really says. These false teachings, doctrines and practices have been dealt with scripturally and laid to rest and then we promptly forget about them. Barely have they faded from memory, and then they are promptly resurrected once more, only to bring spiritual ruin to many before they are once again dealt with by Godly persons who bring us back to the truth of biblical scripture.
   How long, how long, saints, before Godly persons are heard by those who continue to want to live a lie, instead of reading, studying and practicing the truth of the Bible?
   Think about this—if we did not have the Bible then we would not have cults, would we? We would not have false teachers, false prophets and false apostles because without the Bible we would not have true and legitimate teachings, doctrines and practices for others to teach false stuff about, would we? If we did not have a legitimate Bible, then we would not have corrupted teachings and practices.
   However, since we do have a legitimate Bible, then counterfeits of it can be made, can’t they? Counterfeits which manifest as false teachers, false prophets and false apostles.
   Since there are false teachers, false prophets and false apostles who pervert and corrupt the facts of the Bible, then there must also be true and legitimate teachers, prophets and apostles. Right?
   How do we know this to be true? Only by comparing teachings and practices to what the Bible says about those teachings and practices. Without a Bible in existence there would be no standard against which we can compare the various teachings and practices which are prevalent in our society.
   But since we all have, or can buy, Bibles for ourselves, then we are exceedingly stupid if we don’t do the absolute best that we can to attempt to understand what it really says, right? So, don’t be stupid! Are you doing your absolute best to attempt to understand what the Bible really says in the original autographs? Do you understand that the Bible simply cannot contradict what it says in one place in another different place? And if something doesn’t sound right, then we have to attempt to reconcile what the Bible says by digging out what it says in the original language?
   Don’t you know that nobody can fool you, nobody can deceive you, unless you let them do it. And they can’t fool you, and they can’t deceive you unless you don’t know the facts about something. If you don’t know the facts about something, then people can fool you and deceive you. Which goes right back to not being stupid, huh?
   I can’t make it any plainer than that. We are all ignorant about a lot of different things because we have never had an opportunity to be exposed to them. But since you can get your hands on a Bible, and on study aids to check out what it really says, then you can’t claim ignorance, can you? So where does that leave you? Is that plain enough?
        Dr. Breese offers this definition of a cult in his book, “Know the Marks of Cults:”

        “A cult is a religious perversion. It is a belief and practice in the world of religion which calls for devotion to a religious view or leader centered in false doctrine. It is an organized heresy. A cult may take many forms, but it is basically a religious movement which distorts or warps orthodox faith to the point where truth becomes perverted into a lie. A cult is impossible to define except against the absolute standard of the teaching of Holy Scripture. When contrasted to biblical truth, a cult is seen to have distinguishing marks by which it can be labeled as being fatally sub-Christian.” (Page 14)
         Other comments by Dr. Breese in his book:
        “Nevertheless, the almost universal base of each cult religion is the purported revelation that one person received. These persons claimed divine authority for a private, unauthenticated religious event. They claim to have seen a vision of a woman on a mountain, heard a voice in a prayer tower, or been visited by an angel who came with golden tablets and giant spectacles. The unsubstantiated and largely preposterous stories are endless.
        “What is the proper response to the claim of an individual to a new, divine discovery? His claim should be subjected to the biblical rules of evidence, as we will explain shortly. The discovery may have been an hallucination, an outright lie, or even the result of indigestion or a sleepless night. We cannot know. We are without corroborative evidence.
        “How different is the truth of Christianity! It is not dependent upon claims by private individuals to special discoveries. The fundamental characteristic of the faith of Christ is that it is based on historical fact.” (Page 72)
        “No Christian is required to believe that Jesus Christ has appeared to anyone since the day of the completion of Holy Scripture. God rests His case on the Bible. This Book should be plainly preached by those who stand in pulpits. It should be clearly taught by those who would expound truth. It should be carefully read by all who would discover the nature of reality. Then there will be no need for special discoveries on the part of anyone. The greatest discovery an individual can make is to experience the joy of a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, which comes by faith in His person and His work as revealed in Holy Scripture.” (Page 75)

        A “Yes” answer to any of the twelve questions suggests that you are either in a cult, or an organization which utilizes cultic methodology, techniques or influences.
        Your best course of action is to get out of, and away from, that organization and the people in it. Spend your time reading and studying the Bible from different translations and utilizing concordances and dictionaries and commentaries 200 years old or older. When you find a Bible passage that seems to say that one believer has authority over another believer, check out what the text says in the original language. After that allow only the Holy Spirit of God to teach you what you have read and studied.
        When you have thoroughly filled yourself up with what the Bible really says, you will have absolutely no difficulty in identifying the many and diverse foolish, scripturally ignorant and outright lies being currently taught and practiced.
        Following is a biblical rationale as to why a “Yes” answer to any of the twelve questions indicates a cult or cultic methodology, techniques or influences. Most of the scriptures quoted are taken from Dr. Breese’s book “Know the Marks of Cults,” as also are some of his expressed thoughts in the book. I highly recomend that you buy, read and study the book by Dr. Breese.

        1. Do you feel that contempory prophecies, revelations, visions and/or other experiences by individuals or groups speak to humankind with the same authority as the written Bible?

        The first mark of a cult is:
        1. Extra-Biblical Revelation

        The Bible is inspired, infallible and inerrant in the original autographs, and it is Creator God’s one and only revelation of Himself to humankind, His creation.
        Paul, the apostle, said in his letter to the Galatians:

        Galatians 1:6-12:
        6 I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel:
        7 Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ.
        8 But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.
        9 As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.
        10 For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ.
        11 But I certify you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached of me is not after man.
        12 For I neither received it of man, neither was I taught it, but by the revelation of Jesus Christ.

        There is a very clear warning in the last book of the Bible:

        Revelation 22:18-19:
        18 For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book:
        19 And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.

        The Holy Scripture, the Bible, is the revealed will of God, the all-sufficient rule for faith and practice, and for maintaining spiritual and general unity within the corporate body of believers who profess to be disciples of Jesus Christ.
        Your attempts to incorporate any other teachings, practices or doctrines from any other source into true Christianity is impious and irreverent and consciously and deliberately violates, misuses and negates the sufficiency of the sacred scriptures. This results in the abandonment of your allegiance and duty to God and deviates from the will and purpose of your Creator God for the humanity which He has created.
        This is a spiritual and practical reality affecting both those who learn, and those who teach, practice or craft doctrines originating from other than the scriptures.
        If you apply the term “Christian” to yourself and don’t understand what I just said, then you are either not a Christian at all, or a ex-Christian who apparently lacked a love of the truth of God’s word and have been sent a strong delusion from God Himself.
        Quit kidding yourself, and get back to the God of the Bible and get these false prophets, false teachers and false apostles out of your life. Or stay where you are and suffer the eternal consequences.

        2. Do you feel that organizational membership, association with certain others, your good deeds, marital status, high personal moral values, karma or an ultimate favorable judgment by God Himself are a necessary part of your salvation?

        This is the second mark of a cult:
        2. A False Basis of Salvation

        The Bible is clear that eternal salvation comes from faith in the salvific work of Jesus Christ which imputes righteousness to the true believer.

        Acts 16:30-32:
        30 And brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved?
        31 And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.
        32 And they spake unto him the word of the Lord, and to all that were in his house.

        3. Do you feel that you are not doing enough for God, not giving enough of your time, talent and finances to God, are not at your church as much as you can when it’s open, that you don’t pray and/or worship enough. Do you struggle with staying under a Godly covering and obeying your leaders even when you, and others, sometimes question their wisdom?

        This is the third mark of a cult:
        3. Uncertain Hope

        The Bible assures us that, as a practicing disciple of Jesus Christ, we have eternal salvation.

        2 Corinthians 5:1:
        1 For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.
        Philippians 3:20-21:
        20 For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ:
        21 Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself.
        Colossians 3:4:
        4 When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory.
        John 8:36:
        36 If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.

        If you are a Christian, you should understand that salvation is a process from which you may disengage yourself at any point, if you are bound and determined to do so. There is no such thing as “eternal security” of the believer. However, to what extent and effort and depths you would have to apply to your lifestyle to disengage yourself from the salvation process, I don’t think that any human really knows. So just continue to be a disciple of Jesus Christ, i.e., a learner, follower, supporter and imitator of Him and you’ll be OK. Sure, you will fail daily, maybe even hourly, but your heart attitutde towards God is what He sees.

        4. Do you rely upon your bishop, pastor and/or elders for your religious leadership and to pray for your needs and intercede for you because of their special gifts and/or anointings?

        This is the fourth mark of a cult:
        4. Presumptuous Messianic Leadership

        The Bible is clear that Jesus Christ is our One and Only spiritual shepherd. Those whom God endows with the doma ascension gift of shepherd are, in reality, only undershepherds.

        Hebrews 13:20:
        20 Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant,
        1 Peter 2:25:
        25 For ye were as sheep going astray; but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls.
        1 Peter 5:4:
        4 And when the chief Shepherd shall appear, ye shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away.

        Jesus is also the author and finisher of our faith, our great high priest, the only mediator between God and men and head over all things to the church, which is His body:

        Hebrews 12:2:
        2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.
        Hebrews 4:14:
        14 Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession.
        1 Timothy 2:5:
        5 For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;
        Ephesians 1:22-23:
        22 And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church,
        23 Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all.

        Those who seek their own glory are untrue and unrighteous and they are not greater than the Lord Jesus Christ, they are not to accept or give titles to themselves. To be truly great among you, they are to be your servants:

        John 7:18:
        18 He that speaketh of himself seeketh his own glory: but he that seeketh his glory that sent him, the same is true, and no unrighteousness is in him.
        John 13:16-17:
        16 Verily, verily, I say unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord; neither he that is sent greater than he that sent him.
        17 If ye know these things, happy are ye if ye do them.
        Matthew 23:8-11:
        8 But be not ye called Rabbi: for one is your Master, even Christ; and all ye are brethren.
        9 And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven.
        10 Neither be ye called masters: for one is your Master, even Christ.
        11 But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant.

        We are to serve one another in love in true liberty remembering that Jesus Christ is all, and in all. When our social interactions within the body of Christ become filled with envy, strife and divisions, the Bible tells us we are carnal. We have been bought with a price—the price of the shed blood of Jesus and we are not to be servants of men.

        Galatians 5:13:
        13 For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.
        Colossians 3:11:
        11 Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free: but Christ is all, and in all.
        1 Corinthians 3:3-4:
        3 For ye are yet carnal: for whereas there is among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are ye not carnal, and walk as men?
        4 For while one saith, I am of Paul; and another, I am of Apollos; are ye not carnal?
        1 Corinthians 7:23:
        23 Ye are bought with a price; be not ye the servants of men.

        5. Have you accepted the teaching of the Christian army called “Joel’s Army” and the new super apostles and prophets that are coming that will make the book of Acts seem insignificant compared to their great spiritual accomplishments? In the glorification of the “manchild company?”

        This is the fifth mark of a cult:
        5. Doctrinal Ambiguity

        Galatians 1:6-9:
        6 I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel:
        7 Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ.
        8 But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.
        9 As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.
        Jude 1:3:
        3 Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.
        Ephesians 4:14:
        14 That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;

        Why do you continue to follow those who are accursed, who have clearly departed from the faith which was once delivered unto the saints and who obviously continue to deceive you and others as to what the Bible clearly says?
        These deceivers speak gobbledegook, meaningless semantics which can mean whatever the hearer wants them to mean. However, the Bible speaks very clearly and distinctly to humankind, doesn’t it? Historic detail has been carefully preserved, and theological issues are stated clearly and in many different ways so that there is no question as to its meaning.
        Paul, the apostle could convincingly say to Timothy:

        2 Timothy 2:2:
        2 And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also.
        2 Timothy 3:10:
        10 But thou hast fully known my doctrine, manner of life, purpose, faith, longsuffering, charity, patience,

        But today, we have endless vain and repetitious and non-sensical semantical diatribes of which the final result is:

        2 Timothy 3:7:
        7 Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.

        Paul said it very simply:

        Acts 20:18-21:
        18 And when they were come to him, he said unto them, Ye know, from the first day that I came into Asia, after what manner I have been with you at all seasons,
        19 Serving the Lord with all humility of mind, and with many tears, and temptations, which befell me by the lying in wait of the Jews:
        20 And how I kept back nothing that was profitable unto you, but have shewed you, and have taught you publickly, and from house to house,
        21 Testifying both to the Jews, and also to the Greeks, repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ.

        All the semantical verbiage which obscures the simple message of “repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ” is worse than dung.

        6. Do you keep yourself well-informed about the “new things” of God, that are presented in current prophecy, visions and other revelatory ways?

        This is the sixth mark of a cult:
        6. The Claim of “Special Discoveries”

        2 Peter 2:1-3:
        1 But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction.
        2 And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of.
        3 And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not.

        We humans love to learn “secrets” and “inside information” which puts us in a special class of privileged persons, don’t we? And what does the Bible say these things are: “Damnable heresies!”
        But what did Peter say, in the Bible?

        2 Peter 1:16:
        16 For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of his majesty.

        Whose report do you believe? Peter and the other writers of the New Testament or those who bring in secret and destructive damnable heresies?

        7. Do you believe that Jesus Christ is not really fully God?

        This is the seventh mark of a cult:
        7. Defective Christology

        Any point of view which declares that Jesus Christ is less than true deity and true humanity contradicts the Bible. That includes those ideas that Jesus was not born of a virgin birth, is the ideal Truth, was resurrected only bodily, is a created individual, is the first-born among the spirit children of Elohim, a master product of evolution, was simply one of a great line of teachers such as Buddha, Confucius, etc., that the universe is “all in the mind” and since the true physical doesn’t exist, then deity could not become true humanity as did Christ, that Jesus was simply an automaton of the Father and not a real person in Himself. Denial of the existence of the Trinity is another ploy by those who don’t understand the divine and human nature of Jesus Christ.

        John 1:14:
        14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.
        Colossians 2:8-9:
        8 Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.
        9 For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.
        Romans 1:1-4:
        1 Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated unto the gospel of God,
        2 (Which he had promised afore by his prophets in the holy scriptures,)
        3 Concerning his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, which was made of the seed of David according to the flesh;
        4 And declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead:
        Romans 8:3:
        3 For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh:
        Philippians 2:5-11:
        5 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:
        6 Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:
        7 But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:
        8 And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.
        9 Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:
        10 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;
        11 And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
        1 Timothy 3:16:
        16 And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.
        1 Timothy 4:10:
        10 For therefore we both labour and suffer reproach, because we trust in the living God, who is the Saviour of all men, specially of those that believe.
        John 5:23:
        23 That all men should honour the Son, even as they honour the Father. He that honoureth not the Son honoureth not the Father which hath sent him.

        8. Are you and maybe the people you fellowship with focused upon prophecy, or visions and dreams, or demonology, holiness, or the end-times or other great Bible subjects?

        This is the eighth mark of a cult:
        8. Segmented Biblical Attention

        2 Timothy 3:16-17:
        16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
        17 That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.

        Focusing upon only one, or limited biblical topics, results in a cultic mindset. Only by daily study of the whole word of God will the Christian mature into all that God wants them to be.

        9. Are you being taught the necessity of membership in the local church, tithing, having a covering, attendance at church meetings and obeying those who have the rule over you?

        This is the ninth mark of a cult:
        9. Enslaving Organizational Structure

        The Bible is clear that we are recipients of, and are to enjoy the love of the Father, the abundant life in Jesus Christ and the liberty we have in the Holy Spirit.

        John 3:8:
        8 The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.
        John 8:36:
        36 If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.
        2 Corinthians 3:17:
        17 Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.
        1 Corinthians 7:23:
        23 Ye are bought with a price; be not ye the servants of men.
        Galatians 5:1:
        1 Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.
        Galatians 5:13:
        13 For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.
        1 Peter 5:1-3:
        1 The elders which are among you I exhort, who am also an elder, and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, and also a partaker of the glory that shall be revealed:
        2 Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind;
        3 Neither as being lords over God’s heritage, but being ensamples to the flock.
        3 John 1:9:
        9 I wrote unto the church: but Diotrephes, who loveth to have the preeminence among them, receiveth us not.
        Luke 11:46:
        46 And he said, Woe unto you also, ye lawyers! for ye lade men with burdens grievous to be borne, and ye yourselves touch not the burdens with one of your fingers.
        2 Peter 2:19:
        19 While they promise them liberty, they themselves are the servants of corruption: for of whom a man is overcome, of the same is he brought in bondage.

        10. Have you been taught that failure to pay your tithes to your local church will bring God’s curses upon you? Are you encouraged to give money to those who prophesy over you, or pray for healing or deliverance for you?

        This is the tenth mark of a cult:
        10. Financial Exploitation

        Self-appointed leaders, under the guise of a multitude of false biblical titles, provide for themselves huge palatial homes, expensive estates, large holdings in financial enterprises, private jets, fleets of cars, tailored clothes, plastic surgery, ad nauseam. All of these worldly possessions are paid by your tithes and offerings and other gifts.
        But what does the Bible say about your relationship and debts to God?

        Romans 6:23:
        23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
        Romans 3:24:
        24 Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:
        1 Timothy 6:3-5:
        3 If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness;
        4 He is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions and strifes of words, whereof cometh envy, strife, railings, evil surmisings,
        5 Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself.
        2 Peter 2:3:
        3 And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not.
        Acts 20:33-35:
        33 I have coveted no man’s silver, or gold, or apparel.
        34 Yea, ye yourselves know, that these hands have ministered unto my necessities, and to them that were with me.
        35 I have shewed you all things, how that so labouring ye ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive.
        1 Timothy 5:8:
        8 But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel.

        11. Is your local fellowship the only one teaching and preaching the true gospel of the kingdom of God, and that believers in other denominations are a false religion?

        This is the eleventh mark of a cult:
        11. Denunciation of Others

        Philippians 3:14-15:
        14 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.
        15 Let us therefore, as many as be perfect, be thus minded: and if in any thing ye be otherwise minded, God shall reveal even this unto you.
        2 Peter 3:15-16:
        15 And account that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation; even as our beloved brother Paul also according to the wisdom given unto him hath written unto you;
        16 As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction.
        Romans 14:12-13:
        12 So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God.
        13 Let us not therefore judge one another any more: but judge this rather, that no man put a stumblingblock or an occasion to fall in his brother’s way.
        Romans 14:4-8:
        4 Who art thou that judgest another man’s servant? to his own master he standeth or falleth. Yea, he shall be holden up: for God is able to make him stand.
        5 One man esteemeth one day above another: another esteemeth every day alike. Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind.
        6 He that regardeth the day, regardeth it unto the Lord; and he that regardeth not the day, to the Lord he doth not regard it. He that eateth, eateth to the Lord, for he giveth God thanks; and he that eateth not, to the Lord he eateth not, and giveth God thanks.
        7 For none of us liveth to himself, and no man dieth to himself.
        8 For whether we live, we live unto the Lord; and whether we die, we die unto the Lord: whether we live therefore, or die, we are the Lord’s.
        Romans 14:19:
        19 Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace, and things wherewith one may edify another.
        Romans 16:17-18:
        17 Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them.
        18 For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple.
        John 4:36-38:
        36 And he that reapeth receiveth wages, and gathereth fruit unto life eternal: that both he that soweth and he that reapeth may rejoice together.
        37 And herein is that saying true, One soweth, and another reapeth.
        38 I sent you to reap that whereon ye bestowed no labour: other men laboured, and ye are entered into their labours.
        Ephesians 4:1-6:
        1 I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called,
        2 With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love;
        3 Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
        4 There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling;
        5 One Lord, one faith, one baptism,
        6 One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.

        12. Have you been taught the social, political and/or environmental responsibilities or imperatives of the Gospel of Jesus Christ?

        This is the twelfth mark of a cult:
        12. Syncretism

        Religious syncretism is simply an attempt to include and incorporate ungodly concepts into Christianity.
        Included in this arbitrary mix of irrelevant ideas is that the devil is not really an enemy of God, or that the goodness of God really comes from the proper state of mind, or that transcendental meditation, psycho-cybernetics, yoga, hypnotism, religious traditions, ancestor worship, and etc. all have a place in the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
        More prominent and less blatant are the continuous ecumenical councils, and the numerous conferences held at every level, most of which focus on some alleged social, political and/or environmental responsibilities or imperatives of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, which are not to found in the Bible.
        All these efforts attempt to focus our attention upon something other than the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the truth of the Bible.
        Paul, the apostle, said that “I am made all things to all men ...” However, his intent is clear: “... And this I do for the gospel’s sake ...” that “... I might by all means save some ...” Note that Paul was not pushing a social, political or environmental agenda, although there are certainly overtones of these things implicit in the saving of souls.

        1 Corinthians 9:19-23:
        19 For though I be free from all men, yet have I made myself servant unto all, that I might gain the more.
        20 And unto the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might gain the Jews; to them that are under the law, as under the law, that I might gain them that are under the law;
        21 To them that are without law, as without law, (being not without law to God, but under the law to Christ,) that I might gain them that are without law.
        22 To the weak became I as weak, that I might gain the weak: I am made all things to all men, that I might by all means save some.
        23 And this I do for the gospel’s sake, that I might be partaker thereof with you.
        1 Corinthians 15:1-4:
        1 Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand;
        2 By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain.
        3 For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;
        4 And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:
        Galatians 1:8-9:
        8 But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.
        9 As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.
        1 Timothy 6:3-5:
        3 If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness;
        4 He is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions and strifes of words, whereof cometh envy, strife, railings, evil surmisings,
        5 Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself.
        2 John 1:9-11:
        9 Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son.
        10 If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed:
        11 For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds.