The Co-mingling Cult Affair

Most Christians readily acknowledge the sinister threat of mixing ungodly aspects of popular culture into our beliefs and practices.

Lying, for example, is considered a protected aspect of free speech in the United States, but that does not justify its employ by Christians. Celebrating the unclad human figure beyond the confines of marriage may be condoned as art, but believers easily recognize such distractions as incompatible with Christian practice. However, from the nascent moments of the early Church, a more deceptive infection has perpetually threatened Christianity. One of the first church councils in Christian history convened to consider teachings perpetuating the idea that believers “must be circumcised and required to obey the law of Moses” (Act 15).

Just as God restricted cross-breeding between unintended “kinds” of animals, so he requires separation between different systems of worship (Heb 10:9). God never changes in his character, but what he expects from his people often does change.

In spite of the biblical evidence, however, syncretistic co-mingling between different systems of godly worship often continues unabated within the Church.

It renders participants incapable of rightly living according to the New Covenant and subjects them to what Paul called no gospel at all. Cults who excel at such blending tend to stand out, but churches that promote biblical promises for their worldly gain or who enjoin legal expectations upon members beyond that which Jesus conveys through his blood render the gospel void of grace even when the outside appears attractive.

Under such interplay, the profession turns into prostitution.

As our family reviewed in our study through Wineskins, it can even blind Christians at the highest levels of ministry.

How would you describe the Christian system of worship established by Jesus?

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3 Responses to The Co-mingling Cult Affair

  1. mackquigley says:

    Yes, but recall that nowhere is Acts 15 called a “council”. A “council” in Russian is called a “soviet”. A soviet union is a government of councils over councils that cover the entire nation. Councils were a feature in the Jewish theocracy (Psalm 68:27, Matt. 5:22) but not the New Testament church.
    The “councils” in the NT are always religious Pharisees who get together to stop the gospel: Acts 4:15, 5:21, 6:12, 22:30. 25:12. So the Holy Spirit in scripture never associates a “council” with anything he ever does in the Church. There have been “councils” in Romanism for 17 centuries and God has never breathed a revival through any of them, and he never will. That includes the “Vatican 2” council (1962-1965) which has fooled so many protestants into thinking that Rome has changed.

    • grahamAlive says:

      Thanks for your comments. I can’t say that I am that familiar with the distinctions between the use of the term council. I use the term in a more general meaning, synonymous with the term meeting. However, according to the definition you put in bold print, the Acts 15 meeting may well still fit for the term council according to verse 5.
      I would certainly agree that history records evidence resulting from official religious meetings, whatever their title may be, to be ripe with personal agendas, propaganda, and outright political purposes in direct contrast to an honest pursuit of truth. Perhaps that is why the Apostle John admonishes “Dear Friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world” (1 Jn 4:1).
      It sounds like you are upholding such scrutiny. God bless your efforts to elevate his truth!

  2. mackquigley says:

    May God bless you also. Good reply, you are right about the political agendas.
    Precise words are very important: “Hold fast the form of sound words, which thou hast heard of me, in faith and love which is in Christ Jesus.” 2 Timothy 1:13. In fact, testing spirits as you mentioned requires testing the words: “the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.” John 6:63, and “…Satan cometh immediately, and taketh away the word that was sown in their hearts.” Mark 4:15. But such carefulness about words is not in an NIV which has deleted “but by every word of God” from Luke 4:4 and “sincere milk of the word” from 1 Peter 2:2 and the word “study” from 2 Timothy 2:15. In 1 John 4:3 the N.I.V. omits the crucial words “Jesus Christ is come in the flesh” and the trinity has been removed from both I John 5:7 and 1 Timothy 3:16. The redemption “through his blood” has been removed from Colossians 1:14 and by removing “Joseph” from Luke 2:33 the virgin birth has been denied. Also, “prayer and fasting” was stolen because the NIV deletes Matthew 17:21 entirely – along with Christ’s words in Matthew 23:14 as well which warns against devouring widows’ houses and making long prayers for pretence.
    The NIV fails the test – it is of another spirit. It is not God’s words.
    The King James Bible is God’s words in English.
    Best regards.

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