The way of Jesus Christ truly is very narrow and the gate is straight and there are few that will find that way.
Mat 7:13 “Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it.
Mat 7:14 Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.
Following this narrow way that few find, will have us being accused of being in a cult by those not given ears to hear and eyes to see. Other times, when we give answers for our joy by those given to ask us, the seed of truth given is initially received with joy by those the Lord puts in our path. Yet more often than not, those sown seeds are quickly eaten up by the adversary who works in the minds (heavens) of all mankind.
Mat 13:19 When any one heareth the word of the kingdom, and understandeth it not, then cometh the wicked one, and catcheth away that which was sown in his heart. This is he which received seed by the way side.
A very common way this manifests itself is when the carnally minded friends and influencers, blinded by the false doctrines of their Babylonian churches, make the charge that our fellowship group, the little flock of Jesus Christ scattered around the whole world is a cult. Such a baby hearing the truth, without the sufficient measure of the gift of faith from the Lord and the ability to discern spirits s easily led right back into Babylonian deception. These experiences actually all work for good, because they separate out those that are not yet prepared and whose time to come to know the truth is not yet.
Joh 10:3 To him the doorkeeper opens, and the sheep hear his voice; and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out.
Joh 10:4 And when he brings out his own sheep, he goes before them; and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice.
Joh 10:5 Yet they will by no means follow a stranger, but will flee from him, for they do not know the voice of strangers.”
If one cannot discern the truth and hear the voice of the Christ in us and instead follows the voice of the antichrist in a stranger, they are not of the Lord.
Luk 10:16 He who hears you hears Me, he who rejects you rejects Me, and he who rejects Me rejects Him who sent Me.”
It is the calling of the true church, the one Body of Christ to endure these trials and these false cult accusations. We know that it is 100% all of the Lord whether one is added to the church or not and whether one is given to receive the truth or not.
Act 2:46 And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart,
Act 2:47 Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved
Act 13:48 And when the Gentiles heard this, they were glad, and glorified the word of the Lord: and as many as were ordained to eternal life believed.
Mat 13:11 He answered and said to them, “Because it has been given to you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been given.
To help the new ones in the faith, it is helpful to be able to refute and affirm as the case may be the characteristics of the Body of Christ. To achieve that objective, we will now look at the 25 common traits of real cults and show the truth about the Body of Christ. As fellow believers, of one mind and one baptism of the many-membered Body of Christ, we all believe the same thing, the written Word. We are to be ready to give an answer to all those asking of us.
Pe 3:15 But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:
So, let us look at what the carnal world defines as a cult and see what Christ teaches about this. The list of attributes of a cult is taken from a college course called “The Psychology of Fundamentalism” offered by the University of Texas. Their statements are in red.
1.The leader is charismatic and often militaristically demanding. There is nothing charismatic to those in the world about being weak and foolish which is the most common trait of those in the Body of Christ. Loving our enemies and being subject to the higher powers put over us, is not appealing to flesh.
1Co 1:23 But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock, and unto the Greeks foolishness;
1Co 1:26 – 29 For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called: But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are: That no flesh should glory in his presence.
Mat 5:43 -44 Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy. But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;
Rom 13:1 Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.
2. The leader is always right. Christ says we become all things to all men in order to save some. In order to do this, we have to die to self, daily. All the elders make mistakes, nobody has been perfected yet. A true leader in Christ leads by example and is humbled and thankful for correction.
Pro 11:14 Where there is no counsel, the people fall; But in the multitude of counselors there is safety.
1Co 9:19 -22 For though I be free from all men, yet have I made myself servant unto all, that I might gain the more. And unto the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might gain the Jews; to them that are under the law, as under the law, that I might gain them that are under the law; To them that are without law, as without law, (being not without law to God, but under the law to Christ,) that I might gain them that are without law. To the weak became I as weak, that I might gain the weak: I am made all things to all men, that I might by all means save some.
2Pe 1:20 Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.
1Co 11:32 But when we are judged (now in this age) we are chastened by the Lord, that we may not be condemned with the world (later in the lake of fire)
3. Elitism, the leaders treated as royalty or a sense of awe, hierarchical, authoritarian power structure. We esteem those that labor in the Word and are helpers of each other’s joy, we hate the Nicolaitan spirit which lords over others and obey our elders because they watch for our souls.
1Th 5:12-13 And we beseech you, brethren, to know them which labour among you, and are over you in the Lord, and admonish you; And to esteem them very highly in love for their work’s sake. And be at peace among yourselves.
2Co 1:24 Not for that we have dominion over your faith, but are helpers of your joy: for by faith ye stand.
Rev 2:14 -15 But I have a few things against thee, because thou hast there them that hold the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balac to cast a stumblingblock before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed unto idols, and to commit fornication. So hast thou also them that hold the doctrine of the Nicolaitans, which thing I hate.
1Ti 5:17 Let the elders that rule well be counted worthy of double honour, especially they who labour in the word and doctrine.
Heb 13:17 Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that is unprofitable for you.
4. Lower members get no respect or get abused. Christ teaches us to look out for all, submitting one to another and regard those that are less honorable with more honor.
Php 2:2-4 Fulfil ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind. Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.
Eph 5:21 Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God.
1Co 12:23 -24 And those members of the body, which we think to be less honourable, upon these we bestow more abundant honour; and our uncomely parts have more abundant comeliness. or our comely parts have no need: but God hath tempered the body together, having given more abundant honour to that part which lacked:
5. Leaders are not held accountable for his actions or the actions of his authority structure. Christ teaches we work out our own salvation with fear and trembling. Christ admonishes us that we all give an account of ourselves to God.
1Ti 5:19-20 Against an elder receive not an accusation, but before two or three witnesses. Them that sin rebuke before all, that others also may fear.
Jas 3:1 My brethren, be not many masters, knowing that we shall receive the greater condemnation.
Php 2:12-13 Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.
Rom 14:11-12 For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God. So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God.
6. The leader will not tolerate or receive criticism, but leader criticizes all others. We do not argue with weaker brethren in the faith but receive them where they are at. We do not judge them but love them which is to teach them the doctrine of Christ.
Rom 14:1 Him that is weak in the faith receive ye, but not to doubtful disputations.
Rom 14:13-17 Let us not therefore judge one another anymore: but judge this rather, that no man put a stumblingblock or an occasion to fall in his brother’s way. I know, and am persuaded by the Lord Jesus, that there is nothing unclean of itself: but to him that esteemeth anything to be unclean, to him it is unclean. But if thy brother be grieved with thy meat, now walkest thou not charitably. Destroy not him with thy meat, for whom Christ died. Let not then your good be evil spoken of: For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.
1Pe 2:17 Honour all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honour the king.
7. There is no exit. It is true that if Christ is choosing us, we are His, chosen before the world began. Those who stay or leave all do so at the Lord’s choosing and there is no coercion by anyone.
1Pe 2:9-10 But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light: Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.
Joh 15:16 Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you.
1Co 11:19 For there must be also heresies among you, that they which are approved may be made manifest among you.
8. If members exit they are considered rebellious, out of the will of a higher power or the leader. When members leave, they were never one of us, Christ’s Words are never-fading away, they are Spirit and Life [John 6:63]. Christ works all matters to His will.
1Jn 2:18-19 Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time. They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would no doubt have continued with us: but they went out, that they might be made manifest that they were not all of us.
Eph 1:11 In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will:
9. Members do not have any association with members that have left the group. These are Christ’s Words in 2 John 1:8, we do not go beyond what is written. The way is narrow and the people of God are being made obedient to these commandments no matter how the world hates them or thinks they are mean.
2Jn 1:8-11 Look to yourselves, that we lose not those things which we have wrought, but that we receive a full reward. Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son. If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed: For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds.
Mat 18:17 And if he shall neglect to hear them, tell it unto the church: but if he neglect to hear the church, let him be unto thee as an heathen man and a publican.
Tit 3:9 -11 But avoid foolish questions, and genealogies, and contentions, and strivings about the law; for they are unprofitable and vain. A man that is an heretick after the first and second admonition reject; Knowing that he that is such is subverted, and sinneth, being condemned of himself.
10. There are no graduates from the program or group, just deserters or evil people. Those that leave have not the Spirit of Christ. It is Christ giving us age-abiding life, we have nothing to do with it. If we endure, we are being saved, all by Christ’s design. People leaving us, do not have the Spirit of Christ because of His design.
Jud 1:17-19 But, beloved, remember ye the words which were spoken before of the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ; How that they told you there should be mockers in the last time, who should walk after their own ungodly lusts. These be they who separate themselves, sensual, having not the Spirit.
Joh 10:27 -28 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.
11. There is cult speak (a language many others cannot understand). Christ’s parables and the revelation of Jesus Christ is a mystery according to Christ. His wisdom is being made known through His Church only. It’s true that those in the Body know things and speak things the world does not understand.
Mat 13:34-35 All these things spake Jesus unto the multitude in parables; and without a parable spake he not unto them: That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying, I will open my mouth in parables; I will utter things which have been kept secret from the foundation of the world.
1Co 2:7-10 But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory: Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.
Luk 8:9-10 And his disciples asked him, saying, What might this parable be? And he said, Unto you it is given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God: but to others in parables; that seeing they might not see, and hearing they might not understand.
Rom 16:25-26 Now to him that is of power to stablish you according to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began, But now is made manifest, and by the scriptures of the prophets, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, made known to all nations for the obedience of faith:
Eph 3:8 -10 Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ; And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ: To the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God,
12. Personal attacks on critics or those who are not in the group. We are admonished to not speak evil of one another or of no man.
Tit 3:1-2 Put them in mind to be subject to principalities and powers, to obey magistrates, to be ready to every good work, To speak evil of no man, to be no brawlers, but gentle, shewing all meekness unto all men.
Jas 4:11 -12 Speak not evil one of another, brethren. He that speaketh evil of his brother, and judgeth his brother, speaketh evil of the law, and judgeth the law: but if thou judge the law, thou art not a doer of the law, but a judge. There is one lawgiver, who is able to save and to destroy: who art thou that judgest another?
Eph 5:3 -7 But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints; Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient: but rather giving of thanks. For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience. Be not ye therefore partakers with them.
13. Solidarity within themselves, no outside allegiance or association. Christ teaches that He has left Himself a remnant of His people. All that are His are being drug (Joh 6:44) to become members of His Body and they go through much tribulation to enter into the Kingdom of God.
Rom 11:5 Even so then at this present time also there is a remnant according to the election of grace.
Act 14:22 Confirming the souls of the disciples, and exhorting them to continue in the faith, and that we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God.
2Co 6:15 -17 And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you,
14. Use of guilt to manipulate members. Our consciences are purged from dead works from carnal selves to serve Christ. There is no manipulation in love.
Rom 13:7 Render therefore to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honour to whom honour.
Heb 9:14-15 How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God? And for this cause he is the mediator of the new testament, that by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first testament, they which are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance.
Col 3:12-14 Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering; Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye. And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness.
Job 15:12-13 Why doth thine heart carry thee away? and what do thy eyes wink at, That thou turnest thy spirit against God, and lettest such words go out of thy mouth?
15. The leaders of the group are self-absorbed. Christ wants everything if we are His. The Lord demands preeminence in all things. Loving the Lord with all our heart, mind and soul takes real actions contrary to the ways of the world and the carnally minded.
Mat 10:34-38 Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword. For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law. And a man’s foes shall be they of his own household. He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me.
1Jn 2:15-16 Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.
Jas 4:4 Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.
16. Instant community. Very few have eyes to see and ears to hear, we have no choice in the matter, faith is a gift.
1Jn 4:4-6 Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world. They are of the world: therefore speak they of the world, and the world heareth them. We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.
Luk 15:7 I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance.
17. Members unable to tell the truth. We worship in Spirit and truth which is no lie.
Joh 4:24 God is Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.
Joh 16:13-15 Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come. He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you. All things that the Father hath are mine: therefore said I, that he shall take of mine, and shall shew it unto you.
Joh 17:17 Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.
1Jn 2:20-21 But ye have an unction from the Holy One, and ye know all things. I have not written unto you because ye know not the truth, but because ye know it, and that no lie is of the truth.
18. Money grubbing. Our leaders lead by being examples and of a ready mind.
2Th 3:7-10 For yourselves know how ye ought to follow us: for we behaved not ourselves disorderly among you; Neither did we eat any man’s bread for nought; but wrought with labour and travail night and day, that we might not be chargeable to any of you: Not because we have not power, but to make ourselves an ensample unto you to follow us. For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat.
1Pe 5:2-3 Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind; Neither as being lords over God’s heritage, but being ensamples to the flock.
1Ti 6:6-10 But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. And having food and raiment let us be therewith content. But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition. For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.
19. Newcomers don’t “think right” and need to be trained. It takes a fiery process to be made righteous. Christ is the Head of His Church.
Heb 5:13-14 For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe. But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.
Joh 1:17 For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.
1Pe 2:2 As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby:
Rom 14:1 Him that is weak in the faith receive ye, but not to doubtful disputations.
20. System of punishment and reward. We are not under the law but under grace.
Rom 6:14-17 For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace. What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid. Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness? But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you. Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness.
Joh 7:24 Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment.
1Co 4:7 For who maketh thee to differ from another? and what hast thou that thou didst not receive? now if thou didst receive it, why dost thou glory, as if thou hadst not received it?
21. Cults exhibit Intrusiveness; meaning they get into the face and intimate details of the other members.
Joh 2:17 And his disciples remembered that it was written, The zeal of thine house hath eaten me up.
Mal 3:16 Then they that feared the LORD spake often one to another: and the LORD hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared the LORD, and that thought upon his name.
2Ti 4:1-2 I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom; Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.
Heb 10:24-25 And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works:
Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.
22. Sense of powerless, dependency, covert fear, guilt. We have the assurance of Christ’s promises.
Heb 10:22-23 Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;)
Pro 28:1 The wicked flee when no man pursueth: but the righteous are bold as a lion.
Mat 28:18 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.
23. Members and leaders are imbalanced or mentally ill. We have a sound mind. We are not of this world, having the carnal mind of the world.
2Ti 1:6-7 Wherefore I put thee in remembrance that thou stir up the gift of God, which is in thee by the putting on of my hands. For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
Joh 17:14-16 I have given them thy word; and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil. They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.
Joh 10:20 And many of them said, He hath a devil, and is mad; why hear ye him?
Joh 15:20 Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also.
24. Thought stopping language, clichés, or slogans. The sons of Christ stick to the written Word. We have eyes to see and ears to hear and speak in new tongues.
1Co 4:6 And these things, brethren, I have in a figure transferred to myself and to Apollos for your sakes; that ye might learn in us not to think of men above that which is written, that no one of you be puffed up for one against another.
Mar 16:17 And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;
Exo 4:11 And the LORD said unto him, Who hath made man’s mouth? or who maketh the dumb, or deaf, or the seeing, or the blind? have not I the LORD?
25. Demands of ultra-loyalty or ultra-trust in the group’s process and others. We need to be faithful to the end.
1Co 4:1-2 Let a man so account of us, as of the ministers of Christ, and stewards of the mysteries of God. Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful.
Mat 24:13 But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.
Joh 6:66-68 From that time many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him. Then said Jesus unto the twelve, Will ye also go away? Then Simon Peter answered him, Lord, to whom shall we go? thou hast the words of eternal life.
We, as the sons of God, members of the many membered body of Christ only have the Truth and His Spirit to ward off the fiery darts of our enemies. The Words of Christ never puts us to shame.
2Co 13:8 For we can do nothing against the truth, but for the truth.
Joh 6:63 It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.
The carnally minded world does not understand the truths we hold and cherish. In fact, they cannot know these truths because the Lord has blinded their eyes.
Dan 12:9-10 And he said, Go thy way, Daniel: for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end. Many shall be purified, and made white, and tried; but the wicked shall do wickedly: and none of the wicked shall understand; but the wise shall understand.
Joh 12:38-40 That the saying of Esaias the prophet might be fulfilled, which he spake, Lord, who hath believed our report? and to whom hath the arm of the Lord been revealed? Therefore they could not believe, because that Esaias said again, He hath blinded their eyes, and hardened their heart; that they should not see with their eyes, nor understand with their heart, and be converted, and I should heal them.
The blindness and inability of the whole world to know these truths exist to this very day. Coming to know this is the Lord’s will and work is part of us maturing in the faith.
Rom 11:7 What then? Israel hath not obtained that which he seeketh for; but the election hath obtained it, and the rest were blinded
Rom 11:8 (According as it is written, God hath given them the spirit of slumber, eyes that they should not see, and ears that they should not hear;) unto this day.
To those outside the covenant of faith, the true Body of Christ will have the appearance of being a cult because they are unable to see the truth. That was the way it was for the original disciples and that is the way it will be for us as well. The Jews in Rome that spoke with Paul had heard all the negative things about the Body of Christ as it was thought of as a sect/cult by those yet carnal, in the world and blinded to the truth.
Act 28:22 But we desire to hear of thee what thou thinkest: for as concerning this sect, we know that every where it is spoken (evil) against.
Act 28:23 And when they had appointed him a day, there came many to him into his lodging; to whom he expounded and testified the kingdom of God, persuading them concerning Jesus, both out of the law of Moses, and out of the prophets, from morning till evening.
Act 28:24 And some believed the things which were spoken, and some believed not.
Remember it is not given to many to understand the mysteries of the kingdom of God. It is given to indeed very few.
Mat 22:14 For many are called, but few are chosen.
Count it all joy to be persecuted and accused just as our Lord was. Great is our reward in heaven now as we are blessed and our faith is being increased. We are being made ready!
Sincere questions and comments are always welcome. You can also email us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will be happy to be of service.