Throughout the writings of the apostles there are warnings about false apostles, false prophets, false teachers and those who deny the Sovereign Lordship of Christ (2 Corinthians 11:13-15; 2 Peter 2:1; Jude 4). Jesus refers to them as being wolves in sheep’s clothing (Matthew 7:15-23). I also have to give you a clear warning about some of the false prophets who have deceived many and have drawn away disciples after their own particular heresies and false doctrines (Acts 19:28-31). Many cults reinterpreted the Bible in order to deny the fundamental teachings of the Christian faith.
Jehovah’s Witnesses – In denying the deity of Christ, a Jehovah’s Witness cannot worship Jesus (Revelation 5:11-14), pray to Jesus (Acts 7:59-60) or have Jesus living in their heart (2 Corinthians 13:5), which are all necessities for being a true Christian. It is by believing in Jesus that we have eternal life and it is by His name we are saved (John 20:31; Acts 4:12). They claim that only 144,000 JW’s can go to Heaven, which is a misinterpretation of the Scriptures (Revelation 7).
Mormons (Latter-Day Saints) – Joseph Smith taught that God was once a man just like us, who earned his exaltation to Godhood, and that we can also become gods. This is blasphemy (Acts 8:21-23). He claimed that Jesus was literally the spirit-brother of Lucifer (John 1:1-3), and that Jesus was a son of God, not the one and only Son of God (John 3:16). Joseph Smith was heavily involved in the occult and polygamy when he founded Mormonism on the claim that all the Christian churches were false (Jude 4).
Christian Science – This false cult is not Christian and it is not science. They claim there is no Trinity (Matthew 28:19), Jesus was not the Christ (John 11:27), Jesus did not die (Romans 8:34), there is no devil (Ephesians 4:27), there is no sin (1 John 1:8) and evil and good are not real (3 John 11).
Christadelphians – They deny that Jesus is divine or that He existed prior to His incarnation (John 1:1-3; 8:24,58). They deny the personhood and deity of the Holy Spirit (Acts 5:3-4). They deny the existence of Hell and eternal punishment for sin, and they deny the existence of a spirit being who fell from Heaven and became the devil (Matthew 25:41,46; Revelation 20:10).
Moonies (Unification Church) – Sun Myung Moon, the founder of this cult, called himself, “Lord of the Second Advent,” “Father of the Universe,” and “Visible God.” He is a totally deluded false prophet (Matthew 24:4-5,23-25). Sun Moon taught that Jesus was just a man who attained deity and that Jesus’ death on the cross was not an essential part of God’s plan for redeeming sinful man (John 1:1; 1 Corinthians 1:18).
CHURCHES WITH MAJOR DOCTRINAL PROBLEMS
Romans Catholics – A major error within this church is the exaltation of Mary, the mother of Jesus. Many people are deceived into praying to her, bowing before statues or images and looking to Mary as the mediator between them and God, in direct disobedience to Scripture (Matthew 4:10; 1 Timothy 2:5). Mary was a humble woman who looked to God for salvation (Luke 1:47). She is not some kind of goddess. Those who look to Mary for salvation or for answers to their prayers have been led astray. We must not bow or pray towards idols (Exodus 20:3-5). Renounce the spirit of Mary worship.
Seventh-Day Adventists – SDA’s have failed to understand the fulfilment of the Old Covenant by the New Covenant (Luke 22:20). Under the New Covenant dietary laws are of no value and the Sabbath Day has been broken by Jesus Christ (Mark 7:19; John 5:18). No one can be justified before God by obeying the law (Galatians 2:14-16; Colossians 2:16-17). We are not called to preach the Sabbath; we are called to preach the Gospel.
Oneness Jesus Churches – There are a number of churches that hold to a second form of denying the Holy Trinity by claiming that the Father became Jesus and then Jesus became the Holy Spirit. Instead of three distinct persons, they claim there is only one. Many Scriptures show that Jesus is distinct from the Father and the Holy Spirit (Luke 22:42; John 14:23-24; Revelation 5:7). When Jesus was water baptized, the Holy Spirit came upon Him in the form of a dove and the voice of God the Father spoke from Heaven (Matthew 3:16-17). Right now Jesus is seated at the right hand of God the Father and the Holy Spirit is at work throughout the earth (Acts 7:51-56). Those who deny the distinct persons of the Trinity need to repent.
Liberal Denominations – A number of churches have become spiritually dead and have then compromised with the sin of homosexuality. There are certain issues we have got to take a definite stand on. The word of God clearly shows that homosexuality is an abomination to God (Leviticus 18:22; Romans 1:26-28). It is a dirty filthy practice and no homosexual will enter the kingdom of Heaven unless they repent (1 Corinthians 6:9-10; Jude 7).
There are many cults and false churches around. The best way not to fall into error is to know the truth. If believers understood the basic teachings of Christ they would not have been so easily led astray. Christian leaders have to keep watch and give an account for their flock (Hebrews 13:17).