Make your own free website on Tripod.com

Christianity Under Fire

Cult Aware

Home
Study In Acts
Jesus In Genesis
Behemoth, Leviathan And Dragons, Oh My!
The Foolish Man's Guide To Confounding The Wise
A Defense of Individual Election unto Salvation & Critique of Absolute Corporate Election?
Group Think Or Whosoever Will Pt. 3
Paul's Purpose At Athens: Becoming All Things To All People
Personhood And Free Will
Scriptures Calvinist's Misinterpret
Resistance Is Futile!
You're a Hopeless Replacement Theologian If You:
Rightly Dividing the Word of Truth
You Know You're a Preterist if: Part 2
Are You Thankful For What You Have?
Top Ten Signs You Are a Fundamentalist Christian?
Getting Involved With Coffeehouse Ministry
A Few of My Projects
Next Subject
A Year in the Life
Maxwell's Musings
Is the Church, 'The Elect'?
Pope Apologizes For Telling the Truth
Catholic Catechism Paves the Way For Evolution
You Are A Hopeless Liberal If You:
Clean Slate
Three Column Chart
Ultra Dispensationalism: Scriptural or Not?
Group Think or Whosoever Will?
Chronological Chart of New Testament
You Might Be A Closet Dispie If:
Body of Christ versus Israel
The Mark of the Beast: Is it Literal?
You Know You're A Preterist If:
You Know You're a Preterist if: Part Three
The Comings of Christ: The How, When and Where
Groupthink and Cliques in the Church
Focus on the Family or on God
Cult Aware
Open Door Fellowship OR Come As We Are Ministries?
Transubstantiation or Unsubstantiated: If The Plain Sense Makes Sense...
DaVinci Code: Was Christ's Divinity and the Bible invented at the Council of Nicea?
Plain Sense Interpretation/P'shat: Christs Comings
Isaiah 53: Human Sacrifice?
Isaiah 53: Christ Has Risen!!
Who Hath Believed Our Report?
Isaiah 53: Christ Our Passover Lamb
Isaiah 53: Messianic Prophecies Refuted?
Chart comparing Israel to Messiah
Isaiah 53: The Suffering Messiah
Bible Chart: Does the Bible conflict on Salvation Messages?
Christs Coming and Time Gaps
Got Charts!
Are There Two Programs?
When Did the Church Begin?
When Did the Church Begin Pt. 2
Is America Cursed?
How and Why Christianity is Under Fire
Was Mary a Perpetual Virgin?
.
Tribulation or Jacob's Trouble?
Jewish Wannabes and the Holidays
Christmas Under Fire: When Christians Attack
Is Celebrating Christmas Scriptural?
Was Iraq a Just War?
Category 7: The End of the World
If It Believes, Then Waddles and Quacks like a Christian it is a....
Why Homosexuality Should Be Confronted and Exposed
The Doctrine Of Eternal Security-Can You Lose Your Salvation?
Does the Soul Sleep?
Did Jews Kill Jesus?...Hear What Some Jews Have to Say
Some Unscriptural Teachings of the Catholic Church
Arguments That Catholics Use
Pantribulationism: Are There Two Programs Going On?
Before and After
Pantribulationism: What A Day That Will Be!!!!
Definite Article Theology: The Way
Pantribulationism: Extrabiblical Nonsense
My Old Ship, the USS Shreveport Assisting Hurricane Victims
Pantribulationism: Should I Stay or Should I Go?
Trinity of God and Trichotomy of man: Definite Article Theology
Definite Article Theology
Pantribulationism: Blessed Hope and Glorious Appearing
Pantribulationism: The Departure
Pantribulationism: It will all pan out in the end
Straining Out Gnats, Majoring on the Minors
Jewish Wannabes and Eschaholics
When Jewish Wannabes Attack What They Don't Understand
How Jewish Wannabes Attack and How to Identify Them
Historical Method and Homosexuality
If the Plain Sense Makes Sense: Christ's Coming
If the Plain Sense Makes Sense: Evolution
The Silliness of Jack Chick
Inspirational and Patriotic Songs
Communism and Islam -vs- the Faith of America's Founding Fathers
Bridging the Generation Gap
Wrongly Dividing the Word of Truth
Let's Worship the Lord
Faith Under Fire Television Show and Website
Faith Under Fire/Do We Worship the Same God?
Arrogant or Convinced?
Warning Signs of Dispensationalism?
Good News: How To Fight Terrorism
Prophecies Yet To Be Fulfilled: Zechariah 12:10-14
Are You Happy?
When Jewish Wannabes Attack the Bible
Why Jewish Wannabes Attack
The Masters List
You're A Hopeless ....
Preterism Versus Dispensationalism
What's Love Got To Do With It?
When Jewish Wannabes Attack!
Preterism and Calvinism?
Who Do Men Say That I Am?
Signs You Are Doing Something Right
Ivory Tower Theologians and more about me
Satan the Counterfeiter
Saved By Race or By Grace?
Wanna Know Some Secrets?
Distortions of the Resurrection
Apostles Today?
Message and Ministry of Paul compared to the twelve
Maxwell House...Good For Your Desktop
The Feminization of Christianity
Absurd World Views
Religion versus Relationship
The Mysteries Revealed
Replacement Theology
How did the Tribes and Books get Lost?
Catholics, Cliques and Cults
New Age Movement
Should Christians Observe the Sabbath?
The Power of One
Be Thankful
Group Think and the Jew
You Must Be Born Again!!
Tribute to a Friend
Who's That Babe in the Manger: Does it matter
President Bush and the Movie: Unbreakable
Having a Form of Godliness
The Natural Supernatural Connection
Spiritually Challenged Skeptics
Speaking or Praying to the Dead
Eternally Insecure?
The Preterist's False Hope
Apostolic Succession Catholic Style
Predestination or Free Will
The Foolish Confounding the Wise
About Me
Scripture Twisting: Reading into the text
Scripture Twisting: The Figurative Fallacy
So Deep A Child Could Understand
The Apostle Paul
About Us
Requirements For Messiah
Small Groups or the Purpose Driven Church?
Mile High Ministries or Miles Apart Ministries
The Omnipresence and Incarnation of God
Is Jesus the Messiah?
Extrabiblical Nonsense
Blank Page
Is Baptism necessary for Salvation?
Focus on the Family?
Catholicism
Motherhood, Fatherhood or Discipleship?
The Watchtower and Jehovah's Witnesses
Judaism
Reincarnation
Preterism
What is Love
Oneness
That They May Be One
Suffering Servant
Article Page
Interview Page
Reviews Page
Photo Album Page
Mailbag
Contact Me
Archives
New Page Title

"This is the real stumbling block in Christianity. It is here that Jews, Moslems, Buddhists, Unitarians, Jehovah's Witnesses, Mormons, Bahai, Scientology, and many of those who feel the difficulties above mentioned (about the virgin birth, the miracles, the atonement, and the resurrection), have come to grief. It is from misbelief, or at least inadequate belief, about the incarnation that difficulties at other points in the gospel story usually spring. But once the incarnation is grasped as a reality, these other difficulties dissolve... (Packer, Knowing God)

Tell me what you believe about Christ and I will tell you essentially what you believe about salvation.

This is because ones Christology is the starting point.

Our relationship with the Christ of the Bible, is how we begin to understand more about Him.

If Christ wasn't the Almighty God in the flesh then we must work our way to heaven.

Different groups may define their works differently but it will be works nonetheless.

Walter Martin said: "The Person and work of Christ is indeed the very foundation of Christian faith. And if it is redefined and interpreted out of context and therefore contrary to its Biblical content, the whole message of the gospel is is radically altered, and its value correspondingly diminished... " (Kingdom of the Cults, Martin, pg 335)

Below is a nutshell definition of numerous groups.

Also if you are interested in being a part or starting a Bible Study/Outreach in your town, send us a message and we will see if we can help.

Unlike other cult ministries, we are not impersonal but rather will be trying to make this a fellowship of caring and concerned Christians united in one cause.

Nothing is more important to learn and remember than the essentials of the faith and how others distort those essentials.

Jehovah's Witnesses:


(Phil. 2:6,7 --Diaglott), and whom Jehovah in consequence highly exalted and gave "a name above every name; that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow and every tongue confess to the glory of God the Father"? (Phil. 2:10,11.) "
 
Response:
 
The Lord Jesus in his pre-human condition was the 'Word that was WITH GOD and was God.' Not a god.
 
In His prehuman state he was with God and was God, not Michael as the Jehovah's Witnesses believe.
 
'Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I AM GOD, and there is NONE ELSE. 23 I have sworn by myself, the word is gone out of my mouth in righteousness, and shall not return, That UNTO ME EVERY KNEE SHALL BOW, EVERY TONGUE SHALL SWEAR.' (Isaiah 45)
 
Here is God saying that He will not share his glory with another and that every knee shall bow to him and every tongue will confess to Him.
 
Yet Paul in Philippians Two quotes this verse in reference to Christ.
 
This OT reference also shows that Christ is the Almighty not Michael.
 
There is no way to prove that Jesus was Michael unless you go outside of scripture.
 
 
"Heb. 1:13: 'But to which of the angels said he at any time, Sit on my right hand until I make thine enemies thy footstool?" Unto none of the angels, we answer, but to Him who was superior, a chief over angels--the only begotten of the Father. Thus seen, this Scripture not only does not oppose but supports this view."
 
This Watchtower quote commits eisegesis, which is reading into the scripture.
 
It also makes a wrong conclusion based on a faulty assumption.
 
It assumes that because God didn't say to any of the angels, sit on my right hand, that Jesus must have been chief of the angels.
 
But even as chief the JW's think he was an angel.
 
The same bible chapter says, 'Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds; 3 Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high...'
 
Here it is clear who Christ was and is.
 
And again, when he BRINGETH IN THE FIRSTBEGOTTEN INTO THE WORLD, he saith, And LET ALL THE ANGELS OF GOD WORSHIP HIM. 7 And of the angels he saith, Who maketh his angels spirits, and his ministers a flame of fire. 8 But UNTO THE SON HE SAITH, Thy throne, O GOD, is for ever and ever: a sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of thy kingdom. 9 Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity; THEREFORE GOD, EVEN THY GOD, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows.  (Hebrews 1)
 
Take Note:
 
1) When God brings the Son into the World
 
a) He says, let all the angels of God worship Him.
 
1) If Jesus wasn't God almighty, then this would have been wrong because Jesus says, "And (Satan) saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt FALL DOWN AND WORSHIP ME. 10 Then saith Jesus unto him, GET THEE HENCE, SATAN,: for it is written, Thou shalt WORSHIP THE LORD THY GOD, and HIM ONLY SHALT THOU SERVE. 11 Then the devil leaveth him, and, behold, angels came and ministered unto him." (Matthew 4)
 
If the only one to be worshipped is God alone, then Christ is God.
 
So whoever worships Mary, Michael or anyone else for that matter, other than God is committing idolatry.
 
If Jesus was 'a god' as the JW's say, but not the Almighty God then this would have also made it wrong for the angels of God to worship Christ, because Christ himself said that only the Lord God is worthy of worship.

God rightly tells all the angels to worship Christ because Christ is God.
 
"In answer Thomas said to him: 'My Lord and My God!' Jesus said to him: 'Because you have seen me have you believed?.." (John 20:27-31)
 
Believed What?
 
That Jesus had physically resurrected from the dead, which JW's also reject.
 
Notice that Thomas calls Jesus God.
 
What could be clearer.
 
For more of their errant views.
 
Mormonism
 
The Mormons believe Jesus was Jehovah but that we all can become Gods, so their definition of Jehovah has been watered down.
 
Jesus is nothing more than the first in line to become God as we all may become.
 
"As god once was, man is. As God is, man may become." 
 
This is in direct conflict with the Bible and even their own Book of Mormon:
 
2 Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God. (Psalm 90:2; KJV, Bible)
 
"For I know that God is not a partial God, neither a changeable being; but he is a unchangeable from all eternity to all eternity." (Book of Mormon-Moroni 8:18)
 
The Father and the Son are one God (Mosiah 15:4)
 
Though looking at the context of this passage I see that it is sounding more like Modalism than the biblical teaching of the Triunity of God or the Mormon teaching of separate Gods evolving.  (Book of Mormon-3 Nephi 23:14; Doctrine and Covenants 27:13)
 
This conflicts with the other Mormons works.
 
"Jesus Christ, the same Yesterday, Today and Forever." (Hebrews 13:8)
 
If Christ was evolving as some Mormon literature teaches, this scripture would not make sense.
 
Cynthia my partner in ministry was given a book by Mormon missionaries that has the Book of Mormon, Doctrine and Covenants, Pearl of Great Price and 'The Articles of Faith, all wrapped into one.
 
This is a great asset when seeing how their own works contradict each other.
 
They are fond of saying that when Mormon teaching contradicts the Bible, it is the bible that has been incorrectly translated, (The Articles of Faith, Article 8) but their own works contradict each other, which brings into question their own works not the Bible.
 
To learn the details of Mormonism is about as strange an exercise as learning the details of Alice in Wonderland, so a better approach is to start with the Christ of scripture.
 
The distinct relationship that the Three persons of the One God had and have with each other is clearly spelled out in scripture. (John 1:1-3,12,14,18; Isaiah 48:12..16; Genesis 1:26,27; Isaiah 44:6 with Revelation 1:7,8)
 
Many years ago I went to a showing of the Movie, God Makers and what Mormons actually believe will shock most.
 
I thought I was watching a elaborate fairy tale.
 
Common Errors of both Groups:
 

1) They deny the Trinity of God taught in scripture:

However, denying this biblical teaching creates other problems as well.

"The inconceivably complete identity of God is the paradigm of all personhood, as its very plurality is the foundation of all relatedness. Such is the 'image of God' in which we are made. In that light, the doctrine of the Trinity is not some facile mystification, but a straightforward statement of the multiple personhood of God ...

If God is a Person, that ... translates into moral absolutes for us ... humanity's alienation from God has occurred at precisely that level of character and relationship. (1) "

http://www.apocalypsesoon.org/xfile-51.html

2) Both teach salvation by works

This also is a result of denying what scripture teaches of Christ.

Notice the times the deity of Christ is connected with his sacrifice for us. (Hebrews 1; Philippians 2; Colossians 1; Acts 20: 28; Revelation 1:6-8,18) If you diminish or distort who Christ is, you in effect change what one must do to gain God's approval and God doesn't accept a change to his terms.

We are living in the last days so we need to be on guard against those that distort what the scripture teaches concerning God and salvation.

The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons. 2 Such teachings come through hypocritical liars, whose consciences have been seared as with a hot iron. (1 Timothy 4)

If you are interested in things pertaining the end, Click Tribulation :

 

We should not only be wary of the cults but the cliques as well.

For more information on this click: Cliques

 

BJ Maxwell 05/05/2006; 05/08/2006