CALL TO ARMS: Answers: CHAPTER TWENTY

Posted: April 13, 2014 in Bible Truths, Demons, Fallen Angels, False Religions, GOD, Jesus Christ, Paranormal, Warfare, Witchcraft

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TACTICAL MANEUVERS
1. Study the warnings of God to Israel regarding Satan and the occult: Deuteronomy 18:10- 12; Leviticus 17:7; 19:31; 20:16.
2. Study more about sacrifices made to devils: Deuteronomy 32:17; II Chronicles 11:15; Psalms 106:37.
3. The following are common characteristics of cults:
• Dictatorial Leadership: Cults cluster around domineering, charismatic personalities who have absolute authority and are accountable to no one.
• Exclusive: Cults adopt the attitude that they are the only group with divine truth. They exclude from fellowship others who disagree with them.
• Legalistic: Cults usually have strict rules of belief and behavior which have no Scriptural basis.
• Defensive: Cult members are usually led to believe that society, organized
religion, and government are against them. This causes a reactionary attitude towards religion, government, and society.
• Oppressive: Cult members are usually manipulated and oppressed by the leadership.
• Secretive: Many things about the cult are kept secret from “outsiders”.
• Higher Revelation: Cults often claim “higher revelation” from God. They will always have a source of authority beyond the Scriptures. It may be the writings or revelation of the founder or another person. In some cases it may be the founder’s peculiar interpretation of the Bible. Their doctrines will not currently represent Biblical teachings.
• Anti-church: Cults vigorously oppose organized churches and their pastors.
• Anti-family: Cults are sometimes anti-family, which means they want their members to break ties with family who are not members. They try to break biological family ties in order to retain their disciples.
4. There are so many cults world-wide that it is impossible to identify them all, but because of the increasing growth of what is called the “new age movement” we felt it important to mention this “doctrine of demons.” At the time of writing of this manual new age involves millions of people throughout the world and is growing rapidly! Major publishing houses in the United States now have “new age departments” because there is such a demand for their materials. The new age movement has its roots in the ancient occultism. It has historical ties to Sumerian, Indian, Egyptian, Chaldean, Babylonian, and Persian religious practices. The “new age” is a fresh title, but the occult involved in it is nothing new.
Jesus is considered just one of many “gods” or revealers of “truth” along with Buddha, Mohammed, Confucius, Zoroaster, Krishna, and many others. The deity of Jesus is denied. While the Bible teaches man was separated from God by sin, the new age movement believes man is born inherently good. They believe he is separated from God only in his consciousness and is the victim of a false sense of separate identity that blinds him to his essential unity with God.
Because of this, the new age movement advocates various methods of altering the consciousness such as yoga, meditation, chanting, ecstatic dancing, drugs, etc. They consider these a means to salvation. Because of these practices and involvement with witchcraft, sorcery, mediums, etc., new age practices open the door to demonic influences.
The new age movement also heavily emphasizes the ancient Hindu doctrines of “karma.” Man is considered his own “Satan” as well as his own god and salvation. Thus, the new age movement is rooted in humanism. Values and morals are relevant, which means they vary according to person and culture. You create your own reality by doing what feels good and right to you. The new age movement does not recognize the moral absolutes in God’s Word.
Because they believe there is no evil, therefore there is no crime and no victim. Death is considered an illusion and because they believe a person is continually reincarnated, there are no victims of murder or abortion.
The new age methods of spreading propaganda include infiltration (even of the true Church) and unification through world-wide networking. New age members speak of a coming “purging” which will cleanse the world of all those “lesser evolved souls” who do not see themselves as gods. They are working towards the centralizing of power on a global level, an ungodly unity with man as the sole authority. The new age movement may be one of several forces through which Satan will culminate his plans for global unification. It could very possibly could be the platform upon which the antichrist will rise to world-wide domination.
5. Study II Peter chapter 2 and the book of Jude. List characteristics that will help you detect Satan’s messengers in the church:
Characteristics Of False Teachers
II Peter Chapter Two
Example:
False teachers teach damnable heresies: Verse 1
They deny the Lord: Verse 1
Now…continue the list:
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Who Have Crept Into The Church
The Book Of Jude
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answers

CHAPTER TWENTY:
l. And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness: whose end shall be according to their works. (II Corinthians 11:14-15)
2. They were used for worship.
3. When Paul speaks of “spiritual wickedness in high places,” he is referring to wicked spirits who have infiltrated the religious systems of the world. They have even crept into the congregations of the righteous.
4. Compare your summary with the discussion given in Chapter Twenty.
5. Compare your answer to the discussion in Chapter Twenty.

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