Why do so many denominations downplay spiritual gifts, including the miraculous gifts? Is it because we’ve seen them abused? Or is it a matter of control, not wanting to fully surrender and allow the Spirit to lead and move in the church as He sees fit?
Some Southern Baptists typically don’t believe in present day healing:as the church matured, there had been a noticeable decline in divine healing. They believe that instant miraculous healing is very rare these days. Healing was occasional in the Old Testament, overwhelming in the Gospels, frequent in the Acts but negligible in the remainder of the New Testament (Perhaps healing were so common by that time; there was never a good reason to comment on them).
They think that faith healers are possibly sincere, but they are woefully mistaken. They lean more on praying for the sick, doctors and successful treatments, while placing more importance on seeking spiritual health.
Are they saying that James 5: 13-15 ought to be cut out of our Bibles because they are no longer applicable in the 21st century? “Are any of you suffering hardships? You should pray. Are any of you happy? You should sing praises. Are any of you sick? You should call for the elders of the church to come and pray over you, anointing you with oil in the name of the Lord. Such a prayer offered in faith will heal the sick, and the Lord will make you well. And if you have committed any sins, you will be forgiven.”
Mendoza Christian Mission
On July 30, 2015 Jesus broke a record with this writer today: 31 healing. The first three healing were with Pastor Beto who was giving me a rough time with “too much healing”. I was not assigned a translator for that reason, but two translators that were not part of the mission came forward.
One of the Southern Baptist Churches organized this mission in Argentina and the organizer made it clear to me that there was to be no healing, because it was not on the agenda and it would lead to confusion. The Baptists would not listen to my argument that they were limiting God. This type of fundamentalism results in mysticism being repressed and denied. It usually leads to scapegoating – the hatred of others.
To hear the call to be other Christs, we must be awakened. The Holy Spirit is the Awakener.The awakening is essential because so many of us are asleep and as good as dead.
Being a member of a churchwon’t make you a Christian any more that being a member of a country club will make you a Christian .
The Holy Spiriteduces power and responsibility for those who dare to allow the mystic to be born in them.
“Go out and bear fruit, fruit that will last.” John 15, 8, 16
“Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.”John 14:12
“I live now not with my own life but with the life of Christ who lives in me.” Galatians 2:20
“Ask for a New Pentecost; this inspiration descends from Wisdom, and the New Pentecost, I, the Lord, will establish on the very grounds of My Foundation; I will unite you all and under One Shepherd you will assemble, creation, and I will establish My Kingdom therein; My House will reign in Peace and Love and My creation will be born again, returning like children, innocent, without malice; this will be the Great Return, the Rebirth, the Call of the Shepherd, the New Pentecost,like in the beginning when Christianity was still at its early stages, an infant, innocent, without self-interest; ah creation! just wait and see.” March 13, 1988
Vassula writes down the messages which she receives in a stately handwriting, quite distinct from her own. She hears, interiorly, a voice first, then , when she has to write down what she has heard, her writing changes. TLIG.org
“Pray for the redemption of souls, pray for the World Council of Churches, pray for the Great Return; your era is dead, pray for the renewal of your era, for its rebirth, for a New Era.”
“Take My Hand, Peter, and I will guide you; hear My cry, assemble your Eastern brothers, call them to meet Me under My roof; assemble your Eastern brothers into My Foundation; call them before Me; how I desire this Unity! Peter? Peter, if you listen to Me I will summon all nations under My roof; I will sanctify them, renewing them all; I will pour from heaven My dew of Righteousness like rain and My Garden will embellish; I will fill up your storages from My Storages; listen, Peter, to My Voice; My Kingdom is at your very doors; My Kingdom is among you, how is it that you do not recognize it?”
“In a very short time She (the Church) will be renewed, transfigured and resurrected as I, the Lord, was Resurrected; She will no longer lie in this deplorable state; My enemies had destroyed My Temple, but with My Power descending from Above and with My Grace, I, the Lord, rebuilt My Temple in just three days; I promise you that My Church will revive and I will have Her renewed and transfigured as I was Transfigured.” “My Heavens will shake the earth and all those who love Me will glorify Me, bending their knee, and many will remember Me and return to Me; this will be known as the Great Conversion of the Church.” August 16, 1988
“All are My Churches they are all Mine, they all belong to Me and Me only, I am the Church, I am the Head of the Church. You can come to God in any church: God doesn’t make any distinctions like the others; they all belong to Me; I am One God and have One Body, a Body which they have lamed; millstones have damaged My Body.”June 10, 1987
Scripture says: God does not have favorites, but that anybody of any nationality who fears God and does what is right is acceptable to Him; but men have divided themselves, they have segregated themselves under My Holiness; but wait and you shall see; My Holy Spirit (to the great astonishment of many) shall be poured on the pagans too.” March 25, 1991
“Pray for this renewal of My Church, pray that the Gospels are fully understood and that those parts that have been hacked out, be returned; pray, My child, that My Church be United and garbed in Her Garments-of-Old; pray for all the misinterpretations given to you now from My Word, to cease; these misinterpretations are like poisonous food for you, My Food is Pure and Whole; pray for My sacerdotal to understand fully My Ways and the way I truly am; they still have not understood Me, pray that they may be enlightened.” August 25, 1988
“Do not be like those who persist in differentiating themselves under My Holy Name; do not be like those who pretend that Unity is appealing to them and remain dead to their word achieving nothing but a resentment from the Father; both the Father and I abhor their arguments, contrary to what they think; yet nothing retains Me from crying out to these men of power:
“Descend! Descend from your thrones and may these scales on your eyes fall to see what a desolation you have made out of My House! You have robbed My Sanctuary and all that was within it! You shattered the Shepherd’s staff not only in half but in splinters!”
“I will have My House rebuilt by strangers, for in them I will place a spirit of zeal, a spirit of fidelity; then your stores will be filled again and your vats overflowing with My new wine.”October 13, 1991
JESUS WISHES TO SPEAK TO YOU.
This New Dawn is Now Upon You.
“I love you.
You know that Lucifer was a great angel in heaven. The Father had created him good and his duty was to serve Him. He rebelled against God and wanted to make himself equal to the Father. He was filled with pride and refused to serve His Creator. Many other angels followed him.
The great day came when the Archangel Michael strengthened with the power of God drove Lucifer and all his followers out of heaven. They were thrown into hell but they could roam the earth to tempt the people.
Many people, even some who had been My friends for a time, let themselves be influenced by him and turned against Godand even helped the devil in his work. They have brought wars, scandals and all kinds of horrible crimes into the world. The devil and his followers want to erase My name from the hearts of the people. They want to accomplish on earth what they could not accomplish in heaven. What a great day it was when heaven was freed from this cancer and peace returned.
The Holy Spirit is about to come upon the earth in the New Pentecostwith the result that Satan and all the evil spirits will be chained. They will not roam freely anymore. A new era is about to begin.
See, this new dawn is now upon you. All will know that I am the Savior of the world.I defeated Satan on the cross and brought redemption to you all. Now Satan will be completely defeated.
Let love and peace reign among all the people of the world. May you all pursue holiness with the help of My grace.I bless you all.”
The above messages came to Father Melvin Doucette:
Fr. Melvin Doucette was ordained to the priesthood on and joined the Missionaries of Africa for 29 years in Africa. In contemplative prayer every morning, Fr. Doucette receives by interior locution “messages from heaven” to share with the public.
Christians don’t shout, “I am clean living!” They whisper “I was lost, but now I’m found and forgiven.”
Christians don’t speak of this with pride. They confess that they stumble and need Christ to be their guide.
Christians don’t say,” I’m strong.” They say they are trying to be strong because they are really weak and need strength.
Christians don’t brag of success, but they admit that they are failing and they need God to clean up the mess.
Christians don’t claim to be perfect. Their flaws are far too visible but God believes they are worth it.
Christians still feel the sting of pain and they have their share of headaches but they call upon His Name.
Christians are not holier than thou. They are also simple sinners who receive God’s Unbelievable Grace.
Christianity on a Table Napkin
If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.Romans 10:9
The real Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the Living God. He was send by God to come to the earth in the body of a human being. That was so that He could suffer in the flesh, take all our sins upon Himself and die in our place. He rose from the dead and lives to pray for us daily.
He is the Saviour – The angel announced to Mary; …and you shall call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins. Matthew 1:21 It means He has the power to free us, save us and deliver us from sin. He is merciful and has the power to forgive. He brings good news to the poor, heals the heartbroken, announce freedom to all captives, pardons all prisoners. He comforts mourners. He has healing in His wings.
If you are not yet received Jesus as your Saviour… SAY: Lord Jesus, You are the Christ, the Son of the Living God. Please hear me today and help me! I want to receive you as my Lord and Saviour. Be Lord of my life! Lord Jesus, I believe that You died for me and that God raised You from the dead. Forgive me all my sins and take all my sins away. Come into my heart and be my Saviour and Lord, and fill me with Your Holy Spirit. Amen
God the Father will wipe every tear from our eyes, and there shall be no more death or mourning, crying out or pain. We will be like Him, for we will see Him as He is The Holy Spirit will have made all things new. Eternal joy will have begun. “For the Mighty One has done great things for me— holy is His name.” Luke 1: 49
Are we not like Barabbas justly condemned for murder, but saved by the innocent Jesus on the cross? Are we not like the adulterous woman, deserving of death by stoning, to whom Jesus says, “I do not condemn you”? And Jesus saved them both. In fact, Jesus came to earth specifically to look for and save those who were lost.
“Come now, let us settle the matter,” says the LORD.
“Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow;
though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool. Isaiah 1:18
You may need some counseling with a pastor, priest or competent Christian worker, who will introduce you to this Short Course on Who is Jesus? Start by reading the Gospel according to John: It is all about love and you will love it. Read several verses before going to bed and read the same verse upon arising. Soaking yourself in the love of God defends you from attacks of the enemy
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The root cause of unforgiveness is bitterness and hatred towards the person who has offended us.
One of the hardest things in life is to let go of old hurts. We often say, or at least think: “What you did to me and my family, my ancestors, or my friends I cannot forget or forgive. … One day you will have to pay for it.” Sometimes our memories are decades, even centuries, old and keep asking for revenge.
Holding people’s faults against them often creates an impenetrable wall.But listen to Paul: “For anyone who is in Christ, there is a new creation: the old order is gone and a new being is there to see. It is all God’s work”. 2 Corinthians 5:17-18 Indeed, we cannot let go of old hurts, but God can. Paul says: “God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not holding anyone’s fault against them”. 2 Corinthians 5:19. It is God’s work, but we are God’s ministers, because the God who reconciled the world to God entrusted to us “the message of reconciliation”.2 Corinthians 5:19 This message calls us to let go of old hurts in the Name of God.
The view that higher education is spiritually dangerous is very common among Witnesses. Witness leadership also discourages higher education because they believe it’s a waste of time. Jehovah’s Witnesses have been predicting the end of the world since the religion’s founding at the end of the 19th century. By their rationale, time in college would be better spent out on the streets, converting persons to become Witnesses.
Watchtower organization doesn’t discourage education, but rather secular education. Higher education is supposedly spiritually dangerous. The most intelligent and eloquent professors will be trying to reshape the thinking of your child, and their influence can be tremendous. Continual association with non-believers in an academic setting can “erode thinking and convictions.”
Jehovah’s Witnesses are encouraged to make their preaching work the top priority in their life. Higher education is discouraged, based on their belief that it is futile to plan for secular advancement in a world that faces imminent destruction, as well as fears about succumbing to “worldly thinking” and concerns that advanced education might lead to a lack of humility or involvement in immorality. Because evangelistic activities take priority over educational success, young Witnesses rarely progress to college or university, which Holden (1.) describes as a source of regret in subsequent years among those who are raised in the organization and later choose to leave.
Watch Tower Society publications advise parents to recommend alternatives to university education for their children, suggesting associate degrees from community or technical colleges or short courses in subjects such as office administration, automotive repair, computing, or hairdressing. They urge young Witnesses to pursue higher education only to gain skills to obtain a reasonable living while maintaining flexibility to pursue their “true” vocation, serving God.
Author James Penton’s (2) major study of the Witnesses, Apocalypse Delayed, noted that of those Witnesses who do progress to university, few are likely to take studies in such areas as the humanities and the social sciences, “disciplines that are most threatening to the Witness world-view”.
Jehovah’s Witnesses provide religious training programs for their members, focusing on improving skills for their ministry. These include School for Kingdom Evangelizers. Some of these programs are by invitation only. Holden (1.)observed: “Despite the fact that Witnesses claim to reason from the scriptures, their theology is taught in a highly mechanistic fashion, and written publications encourage the members to learn almost by rote.”
The lack of higher education can translate into more tangible problems for Witnesses. Pew research also shows that Jehovah’s Witnesses are among the lowest earners of any religious group.
Leaving the faith at 18 changed my life completely. I went to university, where I made even more friends who showed me that being in the “world” is completely fine, and that debate and discussion is also OK. I began a life where constantly questioning and improving my beliefs and ideas and always being open to those of others were my only constant doctrines. I began a life where I could decide what to believe for myself, and I wasn’t afraid of someone telling me I couldn’t.
Jehovah’s Witness doctrines provide no method for baptized members to leave on good terms. Those who choose to depart and announce their decision to terminate their membership are regarded as voluntarily entering the world of Satan.
Watch Tower publications define such individuals as being “more reprehensible than those in the world” and direct that they are to be shunned by other Witnesses, including close relatives, with no social or religious contact and no greeting given. Sociologist Andrew Holden claims his research indicated many Witnesses who would otherwise defect because of disillusionment with the organization and its teachings remain affiliated out of fear of being shunned and losing contact with friends and family members.
While we are using our magnifying glass on Witnesses, we observe the Jehovah’s Witnesses are one of Canada’s wealthiest and least transparent charities. CHARITY INTELLIGENCE, an agency that monitors charities for Canadian donors, gives the group a D-grade because they do not provide details on how donations are spent. “Jehovah’s Witnesses have a one star rating out of five stars. That should be a red flag to donors. That should also be red flag to government.”
Holden, Andrew (2002). Jehovah’s Witnesses: Portrait of a Contemporary Religious Movement.
Penton, James M.(1997). Apocalypse Delayed: The Story of Jehovah’s Witnesses (2nd ed.). University of Toronto Press.
TEACHINGS OF JEHOVAH’S WITNESSES
Jehovah’s Witnesses are taught that all other Christian churches represent renegade Christendom, and only the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society (which is the spiritual leadership of the Jehovah’s Witnesses) can be trusted.
The Bible describes how the apostles could pass on their authority to future bishops: “Let another person take over his work.”Act 1:20Why should we believe
(1) that the Catholic Church lost its God-given authority to interpret Scripture and proclaim doctrine and
(2) that the Watchtower is God’s official organization on Earth with his authority to interpret Scripture? How does one know that Jesus has given the Watchtower special authority? You Will Know Them by Their Fruits Matthew 7:16
Why did Watchtower teach the following?
Taught that the world would come to an end in 1914.
Said this was a miscalculation and the world would actually end in 1915.
Said the patriarchs Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob would be resurrected when the world would end in 1925.
Strongly hinted that the end of the world would come in 1975.
In 1995 stopped printing the following message about the end of the world in its magazine Awake!: “[T]his magazine builds confidence in the Creator’s promise of a peaceful and secure world before the generation that saw the events of 1914 passes away.”Deuteronomy 18:22 states that a person is not a prophet if he makes a prediction that fails to come to pass.
If God were really guiding the Watchtower, then why would he allow his “spirit-led” organization to lead so many people into error about the end of the world? The simplest answer to these questions is that men, not God, guide the Watchtower, and so it should not be trusted with our eternal salvation.
6. “We see no reason for changing the figures nor could we change them if we would. They are, we believe, God’s dates, not ours. But bear in mind that the end of 1914 is not the date for the beginning, but for the end of the time of trouble.” Zion’s Watch Tower (July 15 1894) p.226. Over time the Watchtower started teaching that the world began to end in 1914, not that it was going to end in 1914 (even though this contradicts the Watchtower’s assertion that 1914 was not the beginning of anything but the end).
7. This miscalculation was due to confusion over whether there was a year “zero.” Russell wrote, “In view of this strong Bible evidence concerning the Times of the Gentiles, we consider it an established truth that the final end of the kingdoms of this world, and the full establishment of the Kingdom of God, will be accomplished near the end of A.D. 1915.” Charles Taze Russell”The Time Is At Hand” Studies In the Scriptures Series II (1915) 99, 101, 242.
8. “Therefore we may confidently expect that 1925 will mark the return of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and the faithful prophets of old, particularly those named by the Apostle in Hebrews 11, to the condition of human perfection.” Joseph Rutherford, Millions Now Living Will Never Die (Brooklyn, NY: International Bible Students Association, 1920) 89-90.
9. “Whatever the date for the end of this system, it is clear that the time left is reduced, with only approximately six years left until the end of 6,000 years of human history.” The Watchtower (May 1, 1970) 273.
10. ‘When a prophet speaks in the name of the LORD, if the word does not come to pass or come true, that is a word which the LORD has not spoken; the prophet has spoken it presumptuously, you need not be afraid of him.” Deuteronomy 18:22
Jesus Christ is the ultimate high priest and He presents us with a description of the one sacrifice of Jesus Christ as far superior to the many sacrifices offered by the old priesthood.
Jesus said, “Sacrifices and offerings, burnt offerings and sin offerings you did not desire, nor were you pleased with them”—though they were offered in accordance with the law. Then he said, “Here I am, I have come to do your will.” He sets aside the first to establish the second.And by that will, we have been made holy through the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. Hebrews 10:8-10
Hebrews 9 and 10 tells us something that is complete and permanent, something that has happened once-for-all in the one act of Jesus Christ, something that never was and never could be done by the old sacrifices. Think again of the impact this one, once-for-all,never to be repeated, permanent in its effect, sacrifice of Christ has:
The redemption it obtained is eternal. (Hebrews 9:12)
It cleanses our consciences. (Hebrews 9:14)
It liberates us to serve God. (Hebrews 9:14)
It sets us free from sins. (Hebrews 9:15)
It does away with sin. (Hebrews 9:26)
It is established. (Hebrews 10:9)
It makes us holy. (Hebrews 10:10)
It is permanently effective, finished and complete. (Hebrews 10:12-14)
It makes us perfect forever. (Hebrews 10:14)
God remembers our sins and lawless acts no more. (Hebrews 10:17)
It makes any further sacrifice for sin redundant and unnecessary. (Hebrews 10:18)
It means that we have confidence to enter the very presence of God without fear of judgment or condemnation. (Hebrews 10:19)
It means we can draw near to God with full assurance of faith. (Hebrews 10:22)
It means that our hearts are cleansed from a guilty conscience. (Hebrews 10:22)
God has given men and women the ability to discern good and evil, with the part of the mind called CONSCIENCE. It is an inner voice which calls us to do good and avoid evil. It makes us feel guilty when we do something wrong.
Have you ever wondered how it’s possible for people to do evil things and not be bothered about them? Some people can lie and never lose any sleep. They can steal and do other evil things, and it never seems to upset them. It seems that they have no limits to the evil that they could do; why is that?
WHAT IS AN EVIL CONSCIENCE?
An evil conscience is the opposite of a good conscience. A good conscience is effective—it convicts us when we have done wrong, and it encourages us when we have done right. But an evil conscience encourages the person when he does wrong and bothers him if he does something right! A person with an evil conscience is more concerned about reputation than about character. The tragedy of having an evil conscience is the damage that we do to other people.
Some of us don’t want to do good, they want to do evil. When they do something to hurt someone else, it doesn’t bother them because their inner light has turned into darkness. They also start to argue with the truth. They can explain away what he’s doing.
WHAT CAUSES AN EVIL CONSCIENCE?
Many people today take sin so lightly is that they take God very lightly. When we do not have a holy respect for God, then we have no respect for holiness or for God’s judgment of sin.
You need to be warned: If you live with an evil conscience, ultimately it will destroy you. It will also destroy your fellowship with those who love you.
According the National Institute of Mental Health, anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the United States. That’s 40 million adults—18% of the population—who struggle with anxiety.Anxiety and depression often go hand in hand, with about half of those with depression also experiencing anxiety.
Anxiety disorder is a feeling of intense nervousness and can sometimes be known as a nervous system disorder: oversensitivity and nervousness cause an over-reaction of the sympathetic nervous system. True depression is a disease and comes from anxiety where one gets down from events and circumstances.
Normal people do not suffer when pursuing unachievable goals which may waste their energies on pointless effort. We ask a depressed person “Is there something in your life that is very important that you are trying to do but you are failing to do and you can’t bring yourself to give up?” Perhaps you are vulnerable to what you believe are catastrophic failures.
Pharmaceutical companies popularized the notion that anxiety and depression were caused by a chemical imbalance. Strict testing rules reveal how little good many of these chemical based drugs do: much like a quick band-aid on a more serious wound.
GO PLANT-BASED MEDICINE FOR YOUR ANXIETY
These “feel good” foods spur the release of neurotransmitters such as serotonin and dopamine. They are a safe and easy first step in managing anxiety. It starts with limiting or avoiding alcohol and caffeine.
SOME CHEMICAL MEDICATION TEND TO BE ADDICTIVE. YOU SOMETIMES FEEL LIKE YOU ARE ON A MERRY-GO-ROUND AND YOU CAN’T GET OFF.
Some evidence suggests that oral lavender or aromatherapy with lavender can reduce anxiety.
The sun will be turned to darknessand the moon to bloodbefore the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord. Joel 2:31
“Surely the Lord God does nothing, unless He reveals His secret to His servants the prophets.”Amos 3:7
WORDS OF CHRIST TO ST PADRE PIO
“This catastrophe shall come upon the earth like a flash of lightning at which moment the light of the morning sun shall be replaced by black darkness! No one shall leave the house or look out of a window from that moment on. I Myself shall come amidst thunder and lightning. The wicked shall behold My Divine Heart. There shall be great confusion because of this utter darkness in which the entire earth shall be enveloped. And many, many shall die from fear and despair. Those who shall fight for My cause shall receive grace from My Divine Heart; and the cry: ‘WHO IS LIKE UNTO GOD!” shall serve as a means of protection to many. However, many shall burn in the open fields like withered grass! The godless shall be annihilated, so that afterwards the just shall be able to start afresh.”
“My judgment shall come upon them suddenly and when least expected– not one shall escape My hands. But I shall protect the just. Watch the sun and moon and the stars, when they appear unduly disturbed and restless, know that the day is not far away.”
“Keep your windows well covered. Light a blessed candle, which will suffice for many days. Read spiritual books. Make acts of love which are so pleasing to Us. Pray with outstretched arms, or prostrate on the ground, in order that many souls may be saved. Do not go outside the house. Provide yourself with sufficient food. The Powers of nature shall be moved and a rain of fire shall make people tremble with fear. Have courage! I am in the midst of you.”
“The darkness shall last a day and a night, followed by another day and a night, and another day–but on the night following, the stars will shine again, and on the next morning the sun shall rise again, and it will be SPRINGTIME!”
Baha’ism advocates a subjectivity, asserting that “truth is continuous and relative, not final and absolute. Yet, no truth is absolutely relative. Think about it for a while.
There is a lot of good in the Baha’i faith. Christians do not come with a spirit of criticism or superiority. We can appreciate in the Baha’i faith: the teaching that children obey their parents, including many aspects of morality, opposing fornication and other forms of immorality.
In 1863, a man named Mirza Husayn ‘Ali announced that he was that Great Teacher. He adopted the name Baha’u’llah (The Glory of God), from which the term Baha’i is derived.
Still, the Baha’i organization appear anti-biblical with many differences:
Baha’ism denies the uniqueness of Jesus of Nazareth as the Son of God. Baha’u’llah, however, claimed that Christ was but one manifestation of God: Baha’is are taught that God is bothone God and many gods
Devotees of the Baha’i philosophy seek to unify all religions upon the basis of doctrinal compromise: an impossible oneness.Allegedly, they revere the teaching of Abraham, Krishna, Moses, Buddha, Zoroaster, Lao-Tze, Jesus Christ, Confucius, Mohammed and Baha’u’llah, and all other great prophets so that all religions are one.
The doctrine of the Baha’i belief contends that the prophecies regarding the second coming of Christ were fulfilled with the arrival of Baha’u’llah.Such a theory, of course, is void of any evidence.
IS BAHA’I A CULT?
Hypocrites believe one thing, but do another. Jefferson opposed slavery, but owned slaves. Despite claims of gender equality, women are not allowed to be part of its highest religious body, the Universal House of Justice in Haifa, Israel.
But on a daily level, Baha’is go to great lengths to make all members feel comfortable.Baha’i meetings are simple for this reason. There are no priests, no clergy.
God sends faith, people make religions.People put faith in a box and decorate the box. Rituals define what the box looks like when people only see the box. Devotional meetings of 20 to 30 members are held Monday evenings. People gather to hear passages on a given topic taken from many holy writings — the teachings of Baha’u’llah, the Bible, the Koran. Members each take turns preparing the readings and afterwards there’s time for individual prayer: a form of meditative experience.
The Baha’i faith is almost secular in its organization, a religion for the non-religious. It’s a very ‘live and let live’ philosophy.
How can we recognize a Cult?
Is there any compulsion to attend several group meetings each week?
Is there guilt if you miss any?
Are there “inner” and “outer” circles of members, the inner ones being “more spiritual”?
Are members of the outer circle required to agree to “shepherding,” or control/direction by someone in the inner group? (We are not talking of normal discipleship here.)
Is there pressure or manipulation to give a minimum of 10% of your income only to that church/fellowship?
Are honest questions about doctrines or practices within the group regarded as “criticism” by leaders?
THE MOST HOLY BOOK EXPOSED
It would seem difficult for Baha’is to expect others to accept their Baha’i Bible, the Most Holy Book (The Al-Kitab-al Aqdas), written by Baha’u’llah, as divine because the community of believers do not treat it as such.
Apart from personal assurance, does the Baha’i religion have objective evidence upon which to rest its beliefs?
IS BAHA’I TRUTHFUL?
The Baha’i writings are not convincingly divinebut are simply man-made: rather it is a code of conduct rather than a real religion.
Anyone who reads the Aqdas will recognize how antiquated it is:
Regulations for daily worship,
Regulations for fasting,
Punishments for criminals (the branding of third-offense thieves; payment of $21 for committing adultery; the burning of arsonists; use of capital punishment;
Required marriage (to one or two wives; Baha’u’llah had three*).
Required Baha’is to wash their hands every day, then their face, then sit facing God and say ninety-five times, “God is most Splendid”
Take a leap of faith in your journey in going deeper with Christ and drink the ‘heavy water’, stronger grace – that is available to all.
Don’t be afraid to drink in stronger grace with Christ. It will bring you to your destination – the intended destination for all of us, union with God – sooner: “For my yoke is easy and my burden light”Matthew 11:30
You want to see great power? You want to see miracles around you? Reach out for grace: it changes everything.
Grace is unlimited. It releases heaven’s supernatural power on your behalf. “By the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace to me was not without effect.” 1 Corinthians 15:10
Grace runs counter to the way the world works. God’s pure grace gets polluted from two types of people, namely, one who is too good for the grace of God; the other thinks he is too evil.
But the good news of God’s grace is that no sinner is beyond the reach of God’s grace. God moves heaven and earth to save sinners who could not lift a finger to save themselves.
There is no one who does not need God’s grace, and there is no one beyond the reach of God’s grace, because grace is a gratuitous gift from God.