EP038 – When deceived by cults, whose fault is it?

EP038 – When deceived by cults, whose fault is it?

The New Testament is filled with warnings of false teachers who would preach a different gospel, which Paul says is no gospel at all (Galatians 1:7).  False gospels have been around since the first century and are still alive and thriving today.  Our question for this episode pertains to the person who has been deceived by one of these cults.  Whose fault is it?  Would God really judge a devout person who unknowingly follows a false gospel?  This is a question that should strike at home because there are millions of people today who have been deceived into following a cult.  So what do we do about it?

Scriptures:

  • 1 Thessalonians 5:20-21 (key verse) – Test everything!
  • 1 Corinthians 4:6 – Don’t go beyond what is written in the Scriptures
  • 1 Corinthians 3:13 – faith tested by fire
  • 1 Peter 1:7 – faith tested by fire
  • 2 Corinthians 8:22 – testing a brother in the faith
  • 2 Corinthians 13:5-7 – test (examine) your own faith
  • Philippians 2:22 – Timothy was ‘approved’ (implies that his faith was tested)
  • 1 Timothy 3:10 – Deacons in the church are tested
  • Acts 17:11 – The Berean Jews tested everything Paul was saying according to the Scriptures
  • Revelation 2:2 – Testing those who claim to be apostles and finding them to be false
  • 1 John 4:1 – Test the spirits to see whether or not they are from God
  • Galatians 1:6-9 – Even if an angel brings another gospel, that angel is to be accursed
  • Galatians 2:1-10 – The gospel Paul preached was tested and approved by pillars of the faith
  • 2 Timothy 4:3-4 – Some would rather hear what they want to hear, rather than sound, biblical teaching
  • Ephesians 5:6-14 – Encouragement to not be deceived

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