Deuteronomy 18:9When you enter the land the Lord your God is giving you, do not learn to imitate the detestable ways of the nations there. 10Let no one be found among you who sacrifices their son or daughter in the fire, who practices divination or sorcery, interprets omens, engages in witchcraft, 11or casts spells, or who is a medium or spiritist or who consults the dead. 12Anyone who does these things is detestable to the Lord; because of these same detestable practices the Lord your God will drive out those nations before you. 13You must be blameless before the Lord your God.

14The nations you will dispossess listen to those who practice sorcery or divination. But as for you, the Lord your God has not permitted you to do so.

The Kingdom of the Cults, first published in 1965, is a religious reference book by Baptist minister and Christian counter-cultist Walter Ralston Martin. By 1989 it had sold over 500,000 copies and was one of the ten best-selling American spiritual books. It has been described as being regarded by evangelicals as “the authoritative reference work on major cult systems for nearly 40 years”. Martin wanted information on cults to be freely available. It is “unapologetically hostile to young and developing spiritual trends”, according to one religion scholar. –Wikipedia

“It should come as no surprise to us that Satan, who created ‘another Jesus…a different spirit…and a different gospel’ (2 Cor. 11:4), should introduce under the guise of Christianity practices that seem to follow a biblical pattern but culminate in eternal spiritual death.” —The Kingdom of the Cults

The author of The Kingdom of the Cults, Dr. Walter Ralston Martin, was also an American Evangelical minister and Christian apologist who founded the Christian Research Institute in 1960 as a para-church ministry specializing as a clearing-house of information in both general Christian apologetics and in countercult apologetics. –Wikipedia

Instead of quoting more from Wikipedia, I’ll quote a little of what the man himself had to say on the subject of Christian adherence in order to give some insight about what Walter wrote, believed and worked to convey.

“The revolt against reason and logic today  has brought on the drug culture and a yearning for some sense of security. It has brought on the absorption with alcohol, drugs, sex, and now the absorption with death that is rapidly replacing sex in Western culture. This revolt against reason and logic has produced an irrational faith and an irrational way of life–fertile ground for the seeds of the occult.

“In direct opposition to these false, satanic doctrines are the good, sound doctrines of Scripture that are taught by Christ and ordained by the apostles. These doctrines alone are pure and true since their origin is God Himself, who adjures us through the Holy Spirit to continue in the things we have learned from His Word and to study to show ourselves approved, faithful handlers of the Word of truth (2 Tim. 2:15).”

The Scripture says that there will be those slip into our assembly, those who bring with them “doctrines taught by demons.” In 1 Timothy 4:1-10 states:

1The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons. 2Such teachings come through hypocritical liars, whose consciences have been seared as with a hot iron. 3They forbid people to marry and order them to abstain from certain foods, which God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and who know the truth. 4For everything God created is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving, 5because it is consecrated by the word of God and prayer.

6If you point these things out to the brothers and sisters, you will be a good minister of Christ Jesus, nourished on the truths of the faith and of the good teaching that you have followed. 7Have nothing to do with godless myths and old wives’ tales; rather, train yourself to be godly. 8For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come. 9This is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance. 10That is why we labor and strive, because we have put our hope in the living God, who is the Savior of all people, and especially of those who believe.”

I would venture to say that this is why there are divisions within the body. We don’t see our opinions as menial and a matter of preference and not doctrine. We at times act as though we have received some special revelation from God and put demands on others to follow that which we consider to be worthy of acceptance and obedience as though our likes can be put on the level of Scripture. Actually, doing this has the effect of bringing Scripture down. The church has split or rather splintered into about 33,000 pieces. (http://www.philvaz.com/apologetics/a106.htm) And yet the Lord warned us beforehand by his word and through his apostles.

1The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons. 2Such teachings come through hypocritical liars, whose consciences have been seared as with a hot iron. 3They forbid people to marry and order them to abstain from certain foods, which God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and who know the truth. 4For everything God created is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving, 5because it is consecrated by the word of God and prayer.

6If you point these things out to the brothers and sisters, you will be a good minister of Christ Jesus, nourished on the truths of the faith and of the good teaching that you have followed. 7Have nothing to do with godless myths and old wives’ tales; rather, train yourself to be godly. 8For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come. 9This is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance. 10That is why we labor and strive, because we have put our hope in the living God, who is the Savior of all people, and especially of those who believe. 1 Corinthians 11

The only thing that we Christians have to boast about is that we believe in Jesus. Everything that is not for Him and His glory is nothing at all. Jeremiah 9:24 “…but let the one who boasts boast about this: that they have the understanding to know me, that I am the LORD, who exercises kindness, justice and righteousness on earth, for in these I delight,” declares the LORD.”

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