We who preach the gospel must not think of ourselves as public relations agents sent to establish good will between Christ and the world. We must not imagine ourselves commissioned to make Christ acceptable to big business, the press, the world of sports or modern education. We are not diplomats but prophets, and our message is not a compromise but an ultimatum. A.W. Tozer
Therefore let God-inspired Scripture decide between us; and on whichever side be found doctrines in harmony with the word of God, in favor of that side will be cast the vote of truth. --Basil of Caesarea
Once you learn to discern, there's no going back. You will begin to spot the lie everywhere it appears.

I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has strengthened me, because He considered me faithful, putting me into service. 1 Timothy 1:12

Monday, September 8, 2014

Are You In A Sect?

If your church associates with a group of churches that requires exclusive allegiance to itself, you are part of a sect.  Despite their boastful claims, sects do not understand the New Testament doctrine of the Church.  They are in error.  All sects are based on half-truths, faulty reasoning, doctrinal oddities, deceptions, guilt-manipulation, and fear, which are not of the Spirit of truth and liberty.  If your church denies you your Spirit-given right and privilege to fellowship with all Christ-loving, bible-loving Christians and churches, you need to obey God rather than man and free yourself and family from these unbiblical chains.

Alexander Strauch, “The Interdependence of Local Churches.”  From the book, Understanding the Church, compiled and edited by Joseph M. Vogl and John H. Fish III, p.206-207


ali said...

Continuing to search for a church home after relocating across the state has been challenging to say the least.

Last Sunday we visited a church whose communion was open to members of their church only, AND in order to become a member of their church, one must be baptized in that church. Perhaps this would qualify as a "cult."

Needless to say, our search is ongoing.

ali said...

Need to clarify "perhaps it would qualify as a sect, not a cult." Big difference.

Anonymous said...

Amen to this quote, Glen.

So which denomination knows Jesus better than the other? I go to a Baptist church surrounded by Charismatic women who claim all those not attending "their church" are not saved......and interestingly, that includes me as well, for I have not followed their priests and pastors of health, wealth and prosperity, nor the lying signs and wonders wolves.

Guess I'll just have to bear the burden of being labeled as "unsaved" by these Baptist goers. Jesus knows who are His.