This is not a usual blog that I would happily write but the word has been pressing down on me over the past few days from the Holy Spirit. I have had doubts that no one will read it.
I have sensed in my spirit that the enemy has spewed out of his mouth much colourful deception that even the elect will be caught in the web of half-truths. This was brought forcibly home to me the other day. Over the past week I have been receiving emails urging me to watch a video by a group called The Church of the Almighty God. At first, I ignored this suggestion, but the emails kept coming until I sat down and opened a video to watch and listen.
It was very eye catching with excellent graphics and with a stirring background music it was totally inviting; but after a few minutes into the presentation I knew I was on deceptive ground. I was invited to listen to understand the mysteries of salvation and to believe that the return of Jesus was needed to complete my salvation.
Wow, wow, wait a minute back up; did I hear that correctly? Yes, I did. I exited out of the video disturbed that someone thought I needed to hear heresy. After some thought, prayer and research I was led by the Spirit to write this blog.
The group calling itself The Church of the Almighty God is also known as Eastern Lightning can be easily googled and makes claims that contain, half-truths, twisted truths and false interpretation of the sacred scriptures.
As I made it plain in my last blog the Bible makes it so clear that our salvation is not obtained through understanding mysteries, using our cognitive abilities, reasoning our way into Gods plan of redemption. We cannot think our way into salvation. Ephesians 2:8 is so clear that we are saved by grace obtained through faith which is a work of God on the cross. Acts 16:31 simply says that we believe of the Lord Jesus we will be saved.
They also claim that Christs death on the cross did not do away with sin. As mankind is still in bondage unable to live a holy blameless life; for we continue to be arrogant and defy Gods will. Because of this bondage Christs second coming will bring judgement and freedom from the tyranny of sin. Meaning that the work of salvation in our life is not competed until we receive the judgement of the returned Jesus.
How they have perverted Biblical understanding to come to this conclusion! I read in my Bible that Christ died once and for all time to take away the sin of the world. Romans 6:10. On the cross Jesus said that it was finished. John 19:30.. There are multiple other scripture references too numerous to mention here that explicitly state that the work on the cross does not need to be repeated.
I can see how easily someone who has not studied the scriptures for themselves can be caught up in the snare of deception and confusion. Much more could be written on this subject but this will suffice for I wish to make these points.
The point of this blog is two fold
1/ Be on alert for deception is easily caught.
2/ Study to show yourself approved of God as those believers in Acts 17:11 demonstrated.
P. S. We should pray for the underground house churches in China who are being exposed, deceived and targeted by this cult along with the persecution from the communistic authorities.