by Ernest Easley

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How to Detect a Cult (3 of 4)
Series: How to Detect a Cult
Acts 17:11
Dr. Ernest L. Easley

For the last two Sunday nights together … we've been learning how to detect a cult by using simple math:
Addition: do they add anything to the Word of God?
Subtraction: do they take away anything from Jesus making Him less God than His Father?
Multiplication: do they multiply the requirements for salvation by making works a necessary condition to be saved?
Division: do they have a divided allegiance?
Well .. since I've already jumped into this cult pool … we might as well go ahead a spend some more time swimming around in it learning what we can.
I understand .. than when the FBI is teaching it's detectives how to detect a counterfeit bill … they spend their time studying the real deal. The idea is that if they know what the real deal looks like and feels like, that they won't have any trouble detecting a phony.
What's interesting is that counterfeiters normally don't counterfeit one dollar bills, but twenty dollar bills because their worth something: about $5.00.
Well recently .. one of our members went out to eat and when it came time to pay .. they gave them this $20.00 bill. The cashier, after a careful look, called the manager and soon informed them that it was a counterfeit.
It looks real. It feels real. And apparently, it's passed through a lot of hands because it's extremely worn. Well … that's how cults are! They look real. They feel real. They sound real. But when they are held to the light making it easy to look within .. they are empty and fake.
And just like this $20.00 counterfeit that I'm holding in my hand .. there are a lot of people today passing along their counterfeit confessions to a lot of people who don't know the difference between a counterfeit and the real deal.
Sometimes the counterfeit is in the hands of the deceived thinking that it's real, like the person who was recently paying their bill. When he pulle ...

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