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Grace Bible Chapel of Springfield, Illinois
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“Beloved, 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 John 4:1 NASB)
We live in a day when cults are multiplying with amazing rapidity. Actually there are no new cults; they
are just variations of heretical groups that sprang up in New Testament days. It is their variety that is
new, not their basic tenets.
When John says that we should test the spirits, he means that we should test all teachers by the Word of
God so that we can detect those that are false. There are three fundamental areas where the cults
expose themselves as being counterfeits. No cult can pass all three of these tests.
Most of the cults are fatally defective in their teaching concerning the Bible. They do not accept it as the
inerrant Word of God, the final revelation of God to man. They give equal authority to the writings of their
own leaders. They claim new revelations from the Lord and boast of “new truth.” They publish their own
translation of the Scripture which twists and perverts the truth. They accept the voice of tradition on a
par with the Bible. They handle the Word of God deceitfully.
Most of the cults are heretical in their teachings concerning our Lord. They deny that He is God, the
Second Person of the Holy Trinity. They might admit that He is the Son of God, but by this they mean
something less than equality with God the Father. Often they deny that Jesus is the Christ, teaching that
the Christ is a divine influence that came upon the man Jesus. Often they deny the true, sinless humanity
of the Savior.
A third area in which the cults stand condemned is in what they teach concerning the way of salvation.
They deny that salvation is by grace through faith in the Lord Jesus alone. Every one of them teaches
another gospel, namely, salvation by good works or good character.
When propagators of these cults come to our door, what should be our response? John leaves us in no
doubt: “Don’t have him inside your house; don’t even greet him. For to greet such a man is to share in
the evil that he is doing.” (2 John 10, 11 Phillips).
Below is a meditation written, by Mr. William MacDonald. 1917-2007
RICHARD COOLEY will be our speaker
on July 22, 2018 for the Family Bible
Hour service at 11:00 a.m. Richard and
his wife Nancy have fellowshipped at
Grace Bible Chapel from childhood.
They have two adult children and two
grandchildren. Richard is a graduate of
Bob Jones University and a retired art
teacher. He teaches in our adult Bible
class that is currently studying in the
Gospel of John. He and his twin brother
David take part in our singing groups.
Richard is also an avid golfer.