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Call it deception or being gullible, when I was 17 years old I wandered int
Call it deception or being gullible, when I was 17 years old I wandered into a group which years later I had to acknowledge was, by definition, a cult. Whether I was ever "brainwashed" or "programmed" is highly doubtful, but I was deeply impacted by one man and his teachings of the Bible. I was so impacted that I chose to become a leader in his ministry and faithfully serve as an ordained minister for many years.

The problems started when this man's health started deteriorating and the kingdom he built started to crumble due to his inability to directly oversee it. It did not help that this man, who taught God wanted everyone healed all the time, was stricken with cancer. Instead of his illness rallying the ministry, greedy wolves moved in to commandeer as many adherents as possible for their splinter groups which would arise after he passed away.

The ministry ended up splitting, first in half and later into a hundred pieces. 26 years after the man died who founded the ministry, what remains is a tiny group which does not even recognize the original founder and thousands of hurt and angry people scattered around the world who found out that what they had learned was at best plagiarized material and at worst, lies.

I know by experience how dangerous it is to follow the teachings of ONE PERSON (unless He is Jesus Christ). Any group or ministry that revolves around the doctrine or teachings of one individual should immediately capture our attention. That is not to say the group is bad, but caution must be exercised before becoming a fully devoted member.

I walked away from that ministry way back in 1986 before it fell into a state of total disarray and confusion. After my personal life and ministry suffered intolerable setbacks, I had no desire to participate in the power struggles going on among various factions.

Looking back, I see clearly how silly it was to believe God would only reveal His truth to ONE PERSON, who in turn would build a ministry that was supposedly the only genuine one on earth. Clearly I see now how devilish this was and how it built an attitude of elitism, arrogance and the smug belief we were better than anyone else because we knew the truth.

Any group, ministry, church or organization entirely built upon the charisma of one person lives and dies with that person. Those who feel God has called them to start a ministry must make absolutely sure that ministry is build upon the Word of God and not their personality and ability to win and influence people.

There is certainly nothing wrong with a man or woman building a ministry or church just so long as it is all about Christ and not them. Over the years I have seen innumerable people fall into the trap of living for the accolades of others while allowing the power of their position to grant them special privileges. We are to be servants not lords over God's heritage.

Every person who has been called to serve the Lord must continually search his/her hearts to make sure their motives are pure and that they have not allowed themselves to think higher of themselves than they should. A minister is by definition a servant not the master. Ministry therefore is service rendered on behalf of THE MASTER.

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Published: Jun 12 2011 04:35:54am

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K Reynolds+ (@kreynolds)

The denomination I grew up in could easily have gone down this same road. There were those who attempted to lead it that direction, in fact. If it were not for the fact that the "leader" and then later his son, fought against this for many years this same thing would have happened. Instead, there were stern warnings that we must be careful to CHRIST rather than any man. Man can be deceived or ego can get in the way.

While going to college, I happened to attend church where this leader of a large pentecostal denomination attended. You would have never known who he was... unless you knew who he was. This was what I always found so surprising. A quiet, unassuming elderly man (by the time I'd met him), he was there quietly greeting people as they came to church on Sunday mornings.

I never once saw him go to the front of the church unless there had been an altar call and he was slipping up there to pray with someone. Instead, he and his wife would quietly take a seat. No, he was not the pastor of the local church there and he did not act like he was. The times I saw people try to shower him with praise, he would thank them for their kind words but then abruptly turn the conversation back where it belonged... focusing on God.

My heart goes out to those who are on the "front lines" in other words, those who God has called into the ministry, especially those who have been called upon to preach before thousands of people. They must be ever watchful against pride and indeed... we all must. You are right. It is all about HIM and not about us! We must never forget that.


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Christina Morley (@considerthelilies)

Thanks for sharing, for warning, and for reminding us what is important! You are still worldly. For since there is jealousy and quarreling among you, are you not worldly? Are you not acting like mere men? For when one says, "I follow Paul," and another, "I follow Apollos," are you not mere men? What, after all, is Apollos? And what is Paul? Only servants, through whom you came to believe - as the Lord has assigned to each his task. I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God made it grow. (1 Cor. 3:3-7 NIV) ...But each one should be careful how he builds. For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ. (1 Cor. 3:10c-11 NIV) Blessings, Tina - ctl

Billy Beard (@billyb)

"all about HIM", says it all.The most godly people are going to be ones everyone of the world despises. For that reason, the church they lead will not be a large one, and most definitely will not stay that way. It is amazing how things get so messed up, and change. Grace and peace.


Victor Lucas (@victorlucas)

I loved this blog. I have a lot to say about the thoughts that went through me as I read about Jesus. First only follow Jesus and not man. Second following man in the name of Jesus has been a problem since Jesus was on earth. History shows a lot of groups men doing a lot of things, in the name of Jesus; some we accept and some we do not. Take the history of the bible for example it was divided first by translations and then divided into thousands of pieces that we call chapters and verses. "I won't get into the mind set that that causes" I know you think that I am taking your blog out of context however, it was one man who divided the scriptures into verses and we have all accepted reading God's word as he has divided it into thousands verses to which we try to attach holy spirit teachings. That in itself builds disputes as well as truths but confuses some people. But learn the true history of the man and his church that did this. They forced their beliefs on other countries they waged war and capitalized on their beliefs. They took wealth and power and the life of people who did not share their belief and built their great church with all of its beliefs and powers and are still one of the biggest most powerful church in the world, which in my opinion was their only goal.[img][/img] They teach Jesus. That is a fact but one that we accept. They were no different than the cult exposure that you had, that kind of thing been happening. Yes we must follow Jesus this I know. A ministry is only a work that is done in the name of Jesus for the building of the saints.

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