Which church is a cult? Do you think it’s acceptable to judge whether a Christian church is true or not by using man-made methods? We need to think it carefully. Two thousand years ago, the Pharisees and religious leaders of that day judged the Early Church as a heresy.
We have found this man [the Apostle Paul] to be a troublemaker, stirring up riots among the Jews all over the world. He is a ringleader of the Nazarene sect. (Acts 24:5)
In the eyes of the Jews, Jesus was a mere man. So they persecuted and crucified Him on a cross without hesitation. They also said, “Let his blood be on us and on our children!”
“We are not stoning you [Jesus] for any of these,” replied the Jews, “but for blasphemy, because you, a mere man, claim to be God.” (John 10:33)
Even His family thought that Jesus was out of His mind.
When his family heard about this, they went to take charge of him, for they said, “He [Jesus] is out of his mind.” (Mark 3:21)
All these show how difficult it is to recognize God in the flesh. The same history repeats today. It’s prophesied that Jesus is to appear a second time to bring salvation (Hebrews 9:28.) It means that we cannot get salvation without meeting the Second Coming Jesus. However, many Christians would not accept this Word of God. We must remember that it’s not allowed to add to or take away from the Words of the Bible (Revelation 22:18-19.)
If you try to use a man-made method to decide whether a Christian church is true or not, you will not able to reach a right answer like the Pharisees of 2000 years ago. Then, what should we rely on? We must depend on the Scriptures. The Bible should be the only standard of judgment because it testifies about the Savior who gives us salvation (John 5:39.) How can we recognize the Savior without through the Bible? Nonetheless, some people try to brand the World Mission Society Church of God (WMSCOG) as a destructive cult using man-made tools. For example, Steven Hassan is attacking the World Mission Society Church of God using false testimonials of ex-members and he judges the Church as a cult using his BITE Model (see this page.) Mr. Hassan is a mental health counselor and not a religious expert. He calls himself a “Cult Expert,” which is self-proclaimed. And his knowledge on Christianity is limited and even distorted by his experience in the Unification Church. He uses the BITE Model to decide whether an organization is a cult or not. However, this model is also not based on the Bible. Unfortunately, there are people who rely on the BITE Model of Steven Hassan instead of the Bible when it comes to the issue of a heresy. (Please refer to “Examining the World Mission Society Church of God? — About the BITE Model of Steven Hassan” for invalidity of the BITE Model.)
Then, which church is true in the terms of the Bible? We must consider whether the church follows the teachings of the Bible or not. People think that they can be saved as long as they have faith. But, the Bible also says:
“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and in your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?’ Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers [you workers of lawlessness: ESV]!’ (Matthew 7:21-23)
The workers of lawlessness are those who do not observe the law of God. Some might say: “Since laws were abolished, we do not need to observe any law.” Unfortunately, such people do not know there are two kinds of laws: the Law of Moses (the Old Covenant) and the Law of Christ (the New Covenant). In this New Testament age, we should keep the law of Christ or the New Covenant established by Jesus. For example, Jesus kept the Sabbath of the New Covenant as His custom (Luke 4:16) and the Apostle Paul also kept the Sabbath as his custom (Acts 17:2; 18:4.) Please refer to this page about “The Sabbath day of the Old Testament and the Sabbath day of the New Testament.”
Therefore, we must keep the feasts of the New Covenant such as the Sabbath day and the Passover. Jesus stressed the importance of the Passover by saying “I eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you.” And God promised the forgiveness of sins to those who keep the Passover (Matthew 26:28.) In other words, we cannot get salvation without keeping the Passover. So the church which keeps the Sabbath and the Passover is true.
However, many churches do not keep the Sabbath day and the Passover. Instead, they keep Sunday and Christmas. Sunday and Christmas are not based on the Bible and they originated from pagan customs. We cannot be saved through the Sunday service and Christmas. On the contrary, those who keep man-made teachings are subject to a curse (Galatians 1:6-9.)
“‘These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. They worship me in vain; their teachings are but rules taught by men.'” (Matthew 15:8-9)
Sunday and Christmas are representative man-made rules and are non-Biblical. You know, we must do the will of God. Sunday and Christmas are not the will of God.
The church that believes in the Spirit and the bride is the true one because the Bible clearly wrote that the Spirit and the bride would give us the water of life (Revelation 22:17.) Some claim that there is not God the Mother because the bride is the saints. However, can a saint to give the water of life (eternal life) to other saint? The bride, who gives us the water of life along with God the Father in Revelation 22:17, is Heavenly Mother (Galatians 4:26.) Please refer to this page for this topic.
The World Mission Society Church of God is the true church which has the same truth of the Early Church. In addition, the World Mission Society Church of God believes in God the Father [Christ Ahnsahnghong] and God the Mother based on the Bible. Are you looking for a church which exactly follows the teachings of the Bible? Please come to the World Mission Society Church of God, where you can find the truth and the mystery of God: God the Mother whom the Bible testifies to.