This is a reply to one of the comments by Ryan about the post regarding the Church of God, World Mission Society.The main reason why I decided almost immediately that this organization was a cult was because of the scriptures. Ignorant comments? These are comments informed by the Word of God and I believe they were brought to mind by the Holy Spirit. I know my bible and I live my life according to it’s instructions.
Jesus did say we must eat His flesh and drink His blood to have eternal life. However, just because He is the Passover Lamb and we want to eat His flesh and drink His blood, it doesn’t mean that celebrating the Passover will give us salvation. Neither does practicing communion guarantee salvation.
The truth is that there is only ONE way to receive salvation, and the others are less important. Believing in Christ as the Son of God and receiving Him as one’s Lord and Savior is the ONLY way to be saved. Practicing the Passover and even Holy Communion are extra things. While they are of importance to the life of a believer, they are not the critical element of salvation. Believing and confessing with one’s mouth that Jesus is Lord and Savior is.
Jesus did not give His disciples His flesh and blood to eat and drink literally. He is the bread of heaven, the Word of God. What He meant was that to receive salvation one needs the Word of God in one’s life and the cleansing of the Blood of Christ. So to eat His flesh is to feed on His Word, and to drink His blood is to be cleansed by His blood and live with Him on the inside.
The Church of God most likely isn’t making up scriptures. However, they are doing the following:
1) Reinterpreting scriptures to fit their doctrines
2) Misinterpreting scriptures
3) Twisting doctrines to suit their purposes
There are many prophecies in the Bible, that second coming Christ will bring back the Passover. This will be like his identification card so we can recognize the true Christ from among all the false Christs in the world.” That in itself is insufficient to prove that a person is the Christ. Anyone who has read the books of Revelation, Daniel and portions of the prophets will know that there are more criterion to fulfill that merely restoring the Passover. The “second coming Christ” in Korea was barely noticeable. When Jesus returns again, He will come in glory and in power, at such a time that the Jews will return to Him. Is now the time? Was a few years ago the time? Right at this instant is NOT the time, neither was it the time a few years ago. Honestly, if Jesus has already come back, why is there still the following:
1) Sin abounds all over the place
2) Mankind has not been judged
3) Christians have not been raptured
4) The Anti-Christ and Satan have not come to Earth and made their one government empire
Anyway, how can Jesus die again? He is no longer in corporeal form. He is now Spirit. How can a Spirit die and return to heaven again like the “second coming Jesus” in Korea, who is dead? That makes zero sense.
The existence of the Heavenly Mother is nonexistent. The bible neither testifies of such an entity in the Old Testament or the New Testament. Has there ever been a revival of the doctrine of the Heavenly Mother? No. Why is it that when Jesus prayed, He only prayed to the heavenly Father? Is the Heavenly Mother so unimportant that her “son” totally ignores her when He prays? In fact, if the Heavenly Mother is of equal standing to God the Father, why oh why is there so little mention of the Heavenly Mother save in a few, easily misinterpretable scriptures? Why is the whole New Testament almost totally devoid of a single EXPLICIT mention if the heavenly mother? Compare that with other core doctrines in the church: Holy Communion, Confession of Sins, Water Baptism, Holy Spirit Baptism, Speaking in Tongues, Spiritual Gifts. Each one is given explicit, specific mention in the Bible more than once.
One more minor point: When the Lord returns something to the church, He doesn’t do it in a small way. It might start out small, but it will spread like wildfire. The Azusa street revival spread very quickly. This heavenly mother movement has been around for quite some time, and yet it has failed to penetrate the core of Christianity. When God does something, does He only do it for a few churches here and there? The answer is a resounding NO! He does it for all His churches, all around the world, around the same time and whatever He restores will be accepted by most of us. That has been the way which He has moved His churches in the past, and that is the most likely way He will move His churches in the future.
Church of God, World Mission Society may not be a cult in the traditional sense of the word, but it definitely is not the way to salvation.