Lesson 14 - Modern Cults Identified Five Ways!

Cults are on the rise. False religious teachers continue to attract multitudes. Sincere people are being deceived. The stakes are high. It makes all the difference who you follow. More than 900 members of the Peoples Temple followed their leader, Jim Jones, on a path of death into the jungles of Guyana in the late 1970s. David Koresh’s followers died a fiery death in Waco, Texas. Members of Heaven’s Gate evidently listened to their leader, Marshall Applewhite, and committed mass suicide in an affluent southern California suburb.

Why were these people deceived? Are there some clear ways to identify false religious teachers? This lesson will present five clear identifying features of a cult to help you keep from being deceived.

  1. What did Jesus say regarding false religious leaders at the time of the end? Matthew 24:5, 11, 24
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  2. How can we be kept from the powerful delusions of the enemy? John 8:32
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  3. What do the Scriptures say regarding placing implicit confidence in a human being for salvation? Psalm 146:3
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  4. Who is the sole source of our salvation? Isaiah 45:22
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  5. What does Jesus say about placing the teachings of any human being above the Word of God? Mark 7:7, 8; Luke 11:52
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  6. What counsel does the apostle Paul give us to help us avoid being deceived? 1 Thessalonians 5:21
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  7. What is the only standard by which we can evaluate truth? John 17:17
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  8. How does the Bible emphasize the necessity of freedom of choice? Joshua 24:15; Revelation 22:17
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  9. How does the ultimate false religious teacher, the “beast power” of Revelation, deceive a majority of the earth? Revelation 13:13
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  10. Can the devil perform supernatural signs? Revelation 16:13; 19:20
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  11. Why will so many be deceived by the false signs and miracles? 2 Thessalonians 2:9-12
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  12. When we are united to Christ, what does He offer us? Ephesians 1:6; 2:19
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  13. Whom is God’s last-day message a call to worship supremely? Revelation 14:7
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