Deadly Deception by Larry Wynn

(outline) DEADLY DECEPTION
I JOHN 4:1-6
APRIL 6, 1997 A.M.
THEME: CULTS
SUBJECT: RESPONSE TO HEAVEN’S GATE
Larry Wynn

INTRODUCTION

A. OPENING ILLUSTRATION: “THEY WERE
WATCHING THE SKIES--AND THE INTERNET--
FOR A SIGN. THEY FOUND ONE. AS COMET
HALE-BOPP GREW BRIGHT, THE 39 MEMBERS
OF HEAVEN’S GATE DESCENDED INTO
DARKNESS. THEY DID IT QUIETLY, IN A RICH
CALIFORNIA SUBURB CALLED RANCHO
SANTA FE. ORCHESTRATED BY A SPECTRAL
FORMER CHOIR DIRECTOR; THEIR SUICIDES
TO LIBERATE THEM. HIS PROMISE? THAT BY
DYING, THEY WOULD ASCEND ON A CLOUD
OF LIGHT TO A HIGHER PLACE.

B. AGAIN AMERICA WAS STUNNED BY THE
NEWS ACCOUNT THAT 39 PEOPLE HAD
TAKEN THEIR LIVES IN A CULTIC RITUAL.

1. FOR MANY THERE WERE FLASHBACKS
TO THE GUYANA TRAGEDY IN 1978
WHEN 914 FOLLOWERS OF THE CULTIC
LEADER JIM JONES FOLLOWED HIM TO
THEIR DEATHS.

2. LIKE THE FOLLOWERS OF JONES, THE
DISCIPLES OF MARSHALL
APPLEWHITE DID WHAT THEY DID IN
RESPONSE TO RELIGIOUS BELIEFS
THAT WERE PERVERTED AND
CONFUSING.



C. TODAY, I WANT US TO DO THREE THINGS.

1. LOOK AT WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS
ABOUT GROUPS OF THIS NATURE.


2. LOOK AT THE CHARACTERISTICS OF
CULTIC GROUPS LIKE “HEAVEN’S
GATE.

3. LOOK AT WAYS TO AVOID THE CULTIC
TRAP.

I. WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS ABOUT “HEAVEN’S
GATE” AND OTHER CULTS. I JOHN 4:1-6.

A. THE BIBLE SAYS THERE WILL BE MANY
FALSE PROPHETS COMING INTO THE WORLD.

1. I JOHN 4:1

2. JUDE 4 SAYS, “FOR THERE ARE
CERTAIN MEN CREPT IN UNAWARES.”

ILL. JUDE IS SAYING THAT FALSE
PROPHETS AND FALSE TEACHERS
WILL CREEP UNRECOGNIZED INTO
THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE CHURCH.
THAT IS WHY WE SCREEN TEACHERS.

3. II PETER 2:1 SAYS, “BUT THERE WERE
ALSO FALSE PROPHETS ALSO AMONG
THE PEOPLE, EVEN AS THERE SHALL
BE AMONG YOU, WHO PRIVILY SHALL
BRING IN DAMNABLE HERESIES.”


4. MATTHEW 7:15 JESUS WARNED,
“BEWARE OF FALSE PROPHETS, WHICH
COME TO YOU IN ...


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