So, by understanding such hate, it is easy to recognize the methods of deception. The world, the children of darkness, have created manmade creeds, writings, and doctrines so as to keep man blind. As such, whenever one hears of some person doing things outside the tradition of such manmade doctrines, the world has been led by the world to reject that person. Sadly, such rejection, based only on manmade doctrines, causes would-be Christians to miss out on what very well could be a TRUE man of God. Indeed, that is the purpose of the prince of this world, Satan, in his creating manmade doctrines; the Great Deceiver creates confusion and, thus, is able to deceive. Yet, by "dividing" all TRUTH by Scripture, such deception by manmade creeds, writings, doctrines, other text "scriptures", and PRESUMPTUOUSLY speaking prophets can be discerned. Praise God that He is "not the author of confusion". (Thank God!)
If you would be new to this TRUE discipleship of what the world would call the so-called "cult" of CHRIST, (and after you have sincerely repented your sins before God, and confessed with your mouth that Jesus is Lord, believing with all your heart, as all according to Romans 10:9-10, and seeking to know and do more of God's Commands thereafter), then I say unto you as Lord Christ Jesus said in John 14:29: "And now I have told you before it come to pass, that, when it is come to pass, ye might believe." Be so warned: THE WORLD WILL DO UNTO YOU, THE TRUE DISCIPLE, AND UNTO ME, AND UNTO OTHER TRUE DISCIPLES, THAT WHICH I HAVE TOLD YOU HEREIN. When the world comes to you calling you, me, or other TRUE Children of the LORD "mad" and a "member" "of the sect of the Nazarenes", as being some form of a "cult", as they did to the apostle Paul in Acts 24:5, remember to apply what Paul said in Acts 26:25 and 24:14: "I am not mad...; but speak forth the words of truth and soberness." "But this I confess unto thee, that after the way which they call heresy, so worship I the God of my fathers, believing all things which are written in the law and in the prophets".
Indeed, ONLY by the Scripture (and as revealed by the Holy Ghost!) are we able to "divide" TRUTH. Again, not one single part of this revelation of TRUTH has been of my "opinion". Truly, this is ALL Scripture and Scripture has proven it ALL. Yes, Scripture is revealing...
To conclude, may we all remember these words of hope, edification, encouragement, instruction, and most of all, love of our Lord and Saviour. He said in John 14:6: "I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me." This is how the TRUE Children of the LORD, the TRUE disciples of Christ Jesus, stay "members" of what the world would call the so-called "cult" of CHRIST. Jesus said, "If ye continue in my WORD, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the TRUTH, and the TRUTH shall make you free." (John 8:31-32.) "It is the SPIRIT that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the WORDS that I speak unto you, they are SPIRIT, and they are LIFE. (John 6:63.) "But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in SPIRIT and in TRUTH: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. God is a SPIRIT: and they that worship him must worship him in SPIRIT and in TRUTH." (John 4:23-24.)
Discarding all manmade doctrines, by "dividing" TRUTH, and by the SPIRIT of the Holy Ghost and the TRUTH of Scripture, may you be so bless-ed, a loving "member" of what the world would call the so-called "cult" of CHRIST. From 1_Corinthians 16:23-24: "The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. My love be with you all in Christ Jesus. Amen." Alleluia! Praise ye the LORD!!
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