Daily Devotional, Year 3 – January 25 (The Straw-Man! Part 3: Kingdom of the So-Called “Cults”)

By admin On March 13th, 2016

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Daily Devotional, Year 3 – January 25

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The Straw-Man! Part 3: “Kingdom of the So-Called ‘Cults'”

To read Part 1, go here…June 14th (The Straw-Man, Part 1)

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We live in a world today filled with fanatics!

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Yes, there are fanatical murderers.

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And there are fanatical terrorists.

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Fanatical religions.

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There are even fanatical sports fans! 

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And there are many other types of fanatics in this crazy mixed-up world, Satan’s kingdom of sin. 

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Marilyn Manson performing Antichrist Superstar – Share-Alike License – Wikipedia

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THE VERY FIRST FANATIC

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And then there was the very first fanatic, who lived long ago! 

 

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Can you guess who was this world’s very first fanatic?

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Do you know?

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Give up?

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Well, the very first fanatic was none other than our first female parent, Eve!

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That’s right, Eve was the world’s first fanatic!

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Eve – Tizian – Wikipedia – pub-dom

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EVE MISQUOTED GOD’S WORD

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You see, when Satan came to tempt her, she mis-quoted God’s Word by saying, “And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, NEITHER SHALL YE TOUCH IT, lest ye die.” Genesis 3:2, 3

 

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Here is seen that Eve mis-quoted God’s Word by adding an extra duty which God never mentioned… “neither shall ye touch it…”

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God never said, “neither shall ye touch it”. Those extreme words were added by Eve. Yes, Eve added that additional restrictive duty, “neither shall ye touch it”, which God’s Word never commanded.

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Yes, Eve was already in the process of designing her own religion; a more stringent religion than what God had originally intended.

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KINGDOM OF THE CULTS

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In today’s world, the Devil has raised up various false gospels which have https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:The_Kingdom_of_the_Cults.jpglikewise added duties that God’s Word has never commanded.

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Back in the mid-twentieth century, a book came out defining these fiery fanatical groups, giving them the tag, “cult”.

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Of course, the Bible never uses that term, “cult”. So perhaps the author of that Book was being a bit presumptuous by adding a name that God never named.

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The Kingdom of the Cults – Wikipedia – Fair-use Rationale

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FIERY DESIRE TO BE DIFFERENT

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Now those religious groups which are classified as “Christian cults” all seem to have some very unusual doctrinal beliefs. And combined with their fiery zeal to be distinctly different and separate from the other churches, these groups seem to stand apart fromBeware of dogma - Wikimedia - Public Domain the various Christian denominations. 

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And so, because of their peculiar doctrinal beliefs, these so-called Christian cults all seem to draw the ire and rankling of the so-called “mainstream” Christian denominations.

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Yes, these cults seem to be a veritable “lightning rod” for criticism, scorn, and mocking from those who consider themselves the “orthodoxy”.

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Beware of dogma – Wikimedia – Public Domain

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ERRORS OF THE “ORTHODOXY”

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But because the so-called “orthodox” denominations have their own heresies, Satan has used this as an opportunity to give those cults some actual biblical truths which mainstream Christianity has long-ago rejected.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Nicaea_icon.jpg

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Yes, mainstream Christianity has embraced some very old church-doctrines which have no biblical foundation, thus making them just as apostate as the so-called cults which they look down upon and scorn!

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Such false unbiblical doctrines, as “Eternal Torment”, “The Age of Accountability”, “Christmas”, “Easter”, “The Deity of Mary”, giving the God-Head the non-biblical title, “The Trinity”, the so-called “Pre-Tribulation Rapture”, as well as other false doctrines, make the so-called “orthodox” denominations extremely toxic.

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And combined with the insatiable desire for the earthy pleasures, proud pursuits, and possessions, all these abominations have caused mainstream Christianity to finally apostatize away from Christ.

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Nicaea icon – Wikipedia – Public Domain

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TRUTHS MINGLED IN WITH ERRORS

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And so Satan has used these false doctrines to his own advantage by causing the cults to reject these false doctrines now embraced by mainstream Christianity.

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And so, the cults point out mainstream Christianity’s heresies to new converts, giving these cults an element of truth, and enough credibility, to convince these naive ones to join that “cult”.

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Evangelist Preaching – Church – Audience hands – Wikimedia – Public Domain

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“ORTHODOXY” POINTS FINGER AT “CULTS”

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Now on the other hand, the mainstream denominations defend these false doctrines by saying, “Look at those cults over there! They reject ‘Eternal Torment’, ‘The Pre-Tribulation Rapture’, ‘The Trinity’, etc.. So if you likewise reject these, our pet doctrines, then you’ll be just like those cults!”

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SATAN PLAYS ONE AGAINST THE OTHER!

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And so, this master-deceiver, Satan, has ingeniously caused this doctrinal, “switcheroo”, between both these two major divisions in Christendom, creating http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:At_a_loss.svga confusing situation in both groups.

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And beside the confusion, this switching around of doctrines gives impetus to both groups, as already just discussed in the above paragraphs.

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Question Marks – At a loss – svg – Wikimedia Commons – Share-Alike License

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“COME OUT OF HER, MY PEOPLE!”

Revelation 18:4

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And so, the bottom line to all this finger-pointing and confusion, is that Christianity has become so hopelessly toxic and entangled in error, that God is now calling His people to come out of this “City of Confusion”, the Mystery Harlot, Babylon!

http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Genesis19-17.jpg

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Yes, the apostasy within the various denominations and organizations has reached the point of no-return. All groups, both the so-called “orthodoxy”, as well as the so-called “cults” are so steeped in error and stiff-necked pride, that neither of the two groups will ever repent of their gross errors.

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And so, God is now calling out to anyone who still has an ear to hear…“Babylon…is fallen, is fallen…Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.” Revelation 18:2, 4.

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Picture – Lot Escapes Sodom – www.thebiblerevival.com offers free Bible clipart – Public Domain.

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“A TABLE IN THE WILDERNESS?”

Psalm 78:19

Constellation- Woman of Revelation 12 flees to the mountains Mark 13:14

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And God has made all necessary provisions for the spiritual needs and heavenly blessings for those who do escape from Babylon, fleeing to the spiritual mountainous strongholds of God…“And there shall be upon every high mountain, and upon every high hill, rivers and streams of waters in the day of the great slaughter, when the towers fall.” Isaiah 30:25.

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Yes, there are abundant rivers and streams of living waters flowing upon those high mountains and hills! And God’s blessings have finally been taken away from the fallen towers (denominations), and are now transferred to the heavenly places of refuge, where God’s people must flee!

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PICTURE – Constellation – Woman of Revelation 12 flees to the mountains – Mark 13:14 – This is not a star-chart, but merely a concept picture

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“THOU ART MY HIDING PLACE!”

Psalm 32:7, 119:14 & Isaiah 32:2

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Listen…“For in the time of trouble He shall hide me in His pavilion: in the secret of http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:USMC-06831.jpgHis tabernacle shall He hide me; He shall set me up upon a Rock.” Psalm 27:5

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This verse reveals just where we must flee to in this current, ever-increasing time of trouble!

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And it is here in this our hiding place that we may sing the following, “songs of deliverance”… “And now shall mine head be lifted up above mine enemies round about me: therefore will I offer in His tabernacle sacrifices of joy; I will sing, yea, I will sing praises unto the LORD.” Psalm 27:6

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USMC – Prayer before Bible study – Wikimedia – Public Domain

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TO READ PART 4, GO HERE…January 29 (The Straw-Man! Part 4: Kingdom of the So-Called “Cults”, CONTINUED)

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TODAY’S PRAYER…

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“Dear Lord, Help me to escape from this deadly deception by that Master-Deceiver, Satan! Let me not be a proud finger-pointer. But rather humble me and take away my foolish presumptuous pride…

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read… “Fleeing to the Mountains: The Abomination in the Church, Part 1” or you can also read… “Fleeing to the Mountains, Part 3: The Abomination in My Heart”

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THE END

 

.Orion Constellation at Eagle Ridge

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TODAY’S FEATURED HEAVENLY SIGN

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REVELATION 12 WOMAN CONSTELLATION

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WOMAN ROTATES THROUGH THE SEASONS…

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This page is about the Big Dipper, also called the Great Bear constellation (Ursa Major ). However, the ancient pagan cultures did not see this constellation as God intended it to be seen. It is actually a headless woman in childbirth.  This is seen in springtime. It is seen in the northern skies. 

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star-chart ursa major

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But as the seasons progress, this travailing woman flips upside down, now appearing as a woman with upraised arms like eagle wings who is running (eventually flying, as shown in sketch on right) into the wilderness (westward). The single star representing her birth-child (Christ) now becomes her head (“Christ is the head of the church.” Ephesians 5:23

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The 7 Stars (Big Dipper) is easy to see with its very bright 7 stars. But the Revelation 12 Woman (Ursa Major) must be seen on a dark starry night, away from city lights. 

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These are star charts from Wikipedia, with sketches of the Woman added.

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read… “Woman of Revelation 12 (Flees to the Wilderness)”

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TOMORROW:

January 26 (Flee To The Mountain, Part 10: Dwelling With The Devouring Fire! Continued)

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