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MONDAY, FEB 3, 2014  |  47 comments
When is a church a cult?
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News Item2/6/14 7:49 AM
Christopher000 | Rhode Island  Find all comments by Christopher000
Hi Frank, I have always used "false religion", because of all the additions and subtractions. To be honest though, I've never even looked up the difference between a false religion and a cult so either is fine with me...ha-ha.
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News Item2/5/14 2:13 PM
Frank  Contact via emailFind all comments by Frank
Christopher000 wrote:
Frank, thanks for posting up those canons. I always like posting up Romes own words, verbatim, for all to see and like to see it done as well.
I think many tend to disbelieve us when we speak out against Rome but the hard evidence just can't be denied, although they will always find ways to dance around it, or just ignore it which is what usually happens.
Hey Chris. Thanks for your encouragement. I could have of course listed so many others. Clearly the RCC is a cult in every sense of the word, although I know you object to me using that term with them. But, if someone can give me a common characteristic of a cult that is not present with the RCC, then I will be surprised. Their frequent use of the word ANATHEMA for those who might disagree with them is telling indeed.

Their dogma says that if someone isn't part of the RCC or if they disagree with the pope when he is speaking from the chair of Moses and his magisterium then they can't be saved is about as cultic as you can get.

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News Item2/5/14 7:19 AM
SteveR  Find all comments by SteveR
CAB wrote:
UK John having a conversation here with one of his imaginary friends?
While they all might be united spiritually, I dont think those are John UK. Further, Im not surprised by their rage against the Christian writeup concerning cults.
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News Item2/5/14 7:13 AM
Christopher000 | Rhode Island  Find all comments by Christopher000
Frank, thanks for posting up those canons. I always like posting up Romes own words, verbatim, for all to see and like to see it done as well.
I think many tend to disbelieve us when we speak out against Rome but the hard evidence just can't be denied, although they will always find ways to dance around it, or just ignore it which is what usually happens.
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News Item2/5/14 6:25 AM
CAB  Find all comments by CAB
Dopey wrote:
Frank my brother,
these maybe reasons for SteveR
continually perverting the truth:
Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.
(John 8:44)
11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:
12 That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.
(2 Thessalonians 2:11-12)
UK John having a conversation here with one of his imaginary friends?
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News Item2/4/14 11:44 PM
what's wrong with living right | Australia  Find all comments by what's wrong with living right
When members get psychologically abused and seduced it makes you wonder what went wrong.
I think people really needed to appreciate real elders in their church. Not 20 something year Olds but true, wise ,stable, level headed elders. Timothy talks about the importance of that
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News Item2/4/14 11:40 PM
what's wrong with living right | Australia  Find all comments by what's wrong with living right
We have some Street preachers here who started off zealously and preaching the word and trying to live good, honest lives. ..They started a church and it was going good. Growing with new believers and people repenting and being born again.
I assume it was pride that allowed Satan to work in their church.
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News Item2/4/14 11:39 PM
NRC  Find all comments by NRC
Dopey wrote:
Frank my brother,
these maybe reasons for SteveR
continually perverting the truth:
Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.
(John 8:44)
11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:
12 That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.
(2 Thessalonians 2:11-12)
I think many on this forum would agree with you sir!
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News Item2/4/14 11:28 PM
Dopey  Find all comments by Dopey
Frank wrote:
Hey brother! I went back and reviewed his comment and don't have a clue why he said "That is one of the most wicked heresies of our day". Perhaps he should have explained what he meant.
He has told me I am demonically possessed and/or controlled and that John UK, U.S. and I make up an unholy trinity. Who in the world could come up with an expression like that.
Frank my brother,
these maybe reasons for SteveR
continually perverting the truth:

Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.
(John 8:44)

11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:
12 That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.
(2 Thessalonians 2:11-12)

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News Item2/4/14 10:22 PM
Frank  Contact via emailFind all comments by Frank
Dopey wrote:
Frank, SteveR has quite a mission for he has decided to make part of his mission, calling the truth of God a lie.
Who’s ‘godless’ now? Russia says it’s U.S.
2/3/14 1:44 PM
Hey brother! I went back and reviewed his comment and don't have a clue why he said "That is one of the most wicked heresies of our day". Perhaps he should have explained what he meant.

He has told me I am demonically possessed and/or controlled and that John UK, U.S. and I make up an unholy trinity. Who in the world could come up with an expression like that.

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News Item2/4/14 9:05 PM
Dopey  Find all comments by Dopey
Frank wrote:
...SteveR is on a mission and is not a troll.
Frank, SteveR has quite a mission for he has decided to make part of his mission, calling the truth of God a lie.

Who’s ‘godless’ now? Russia says it’s U.S.

2/3/14 1:44 PM

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News Item2/4/14 7:50 PM
John Yurich USA | USA  Find all comments by John Yurich USA
JSC wrote:
SteveR
Not really. The integrity in this site is to learn and be teachable. He made a comment later regarding being infallible because we have the Holy Spirit. That is obviously not true. Had he come with a varying opinion based on ignorrance, that is one thing. But to be oppositional just to be is another, it is antagonistic.
The purpose I would suppose of this site to be is to be EDIFYING to christians, our own bibles tells us that Paul and Barnabus dusted off their feet when they were opposed and those that were oppositional would not consider the truth. Why are we not practicing that? If he was here to really consider and to learn, that would be a whole different animal
Moderator Alpha told you this is not a closed forum and that as long as I don't break the forum policies then I have the right to post on this site. Just because I have not left the RCC after having embraced Jesus as Savior and trusting in Him alone for salvation does not mean that I am not saved.
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News Item2/4/14 4:54 PM
NRC  Find all comments by NRC
Agree Frank concerning SteveR.
"A man that is an heretic after the first and second admonition reject"...
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News Item2/4/14 4:37 PM
Frank  Contact via emailFind all comments by Frank
NRC wrote:
He is a troll who throws out his line everyday with his insane comments.
Ignore him...maybe he will lose interest and find another board to bore to tears!!ugh:
I agree fully, JohnY is simply a troll looking for someone to agitate. Now on the other hand, SteveR is on a mission and is not a troll.
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News Item2/4/14 4:01 PM
NRC  Find all comments by NRC
He is a troll who throws out his line everyday with his insane comments.
Ignore him...maybe he will lose interest and find another board to bore to tears!!ugh:
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News Item2/4/14 3:41 PM
JSC | Illinois  Find all comments by JSC
SteveR

Not really. The integrity in this site is to learn and be teachable. He made a comment later regarding being infallible because we have the Holy Spirit. That is obviously not true. Had he come with a varying opinion based on ignorrance, that is one thing. But to be oppositional just to be is another, it is antagonistic.

The purpose I would suppose of this site to be is to be EDIFYING to christians, our own bibles tells us that Paul and Barnabus dusted off their feet when they were opposed and those that were oppositional would not consider the truth. Why are we not practicing that? If he was here to really consider and to learn, that would be a whole different animal

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News Item2/4/14 3:24 PM
Frank  Contact via emailFind all comments by Frank
SteveR. RCC says ANATHEMA

Canon number VIII: "If anyone says that Christ received in the eucharist is received spiritually only, and not also sacramentally and really, let him be anathema."
Canon V: "If anyone says that it is a deception to celebrate masses in honor of the saints, and in order to obtain their intercession with God as the church intends, let him be anathema."
Canon 24: "If any one saith, that the justice received is not preserved and also increased before God through good works; but that the said works are merely the fruits and signs of Justification obtained, but not a cause of the increase thereof; let him be anathema."
Canon 30: "If any one saith, that, after the grace of Justification has been received, to every penitent sinner the guilt is remitted, and the debt of eternal punishment is blotted out in such wise, that there remains not any debt of temporal punishment to be discharged either in this world, or in the next in Purgatory, before the entrance to the kingdom of heaven can be opened (to him); let him be anathema."
CANON 12: "If any one shall say that justifying faith is nothing else than confidence in the divine mercy pardoning sins for Christ's sake, or that it is that confidence alone by which we are justified ... let him be accursed"

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News Item2/4/14 2:30 PM
Jim Lincoln | Nebraska  Find all comments by Jim Lincoln
This article will give some help on what is a cult, (You can ignore the big advert in the middle. )
Rick Branch wrote:
The third variation is the most subtle and most dangerous. These groups will explain that the Bible is completely and totally accurate. They will have no other book of scripture and will explain that if anyone brings another scripture, they are false prophets. They will state that the Bible is the Word of God, 100% accurate and should be trusted in every situation. However, to really know what the Bible means, a person must follow that particular group’s unique interpretation of the Bible.

This is a characteristic of the Jehovah’s Witnesses and the Unity School of Christianity. While neither group possesses additional books of scripture, both will explain that the person who wants to know God’s ultimate truths must come to their organization to find them. Only in their organization can the correct interpretation of the Bible be found.

from, Patterns In The Cults One should be teaching their children what is a cult.

Apostles today? You're kidding? Right? Apostolic Authority & Ministry

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News Item2/4/14 1:28 PM
Unprofitable Servant | Georgia  Find all comments by Unprofitable Servant
Guess it applies to

Prophet John Beechy wrote:
Oh, ok. So God has given us all those who call themselves pastors today? Along with those who call themselves prophets and apostles too?
[a believer who is part of the brethren]
Well it must be true we even have a prophet posting on our boards

So, to ask a question, you keep telling us what is NOT a church or for that matter a church officer.

Would you be so kind as to enlighten us as to what IS a church and who would be the undersheperds, if any, in that church? Thanks for the clarification.

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News Item2/4/14 12:18 PM
GsTexas  Find all comments by GsTexas
John Y, just some advice: offer your testimony and Scripture to prove your saved, and not the opinion of family or a pastor. I'm not challenging you or anything, just trying to point out that your position with others doesn't matter, its your position with God that matters.

As for the RCC worshipping Jesus as God, all the while killing and torturing true believers, consider this:

Acts 9:4 "Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me?"

Persecuting Christians, is the same as persecuting Christ. You cannot persecute Christ, and worship him at the same time, that's just plain ridiculous.

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