The Love Cult

The Love Cult

There are many who profess to be Christian that push doctrines that are totally opposite of the teachings of scripture. One of the most insidious and dangerous is the one I call The Love Cult.

While their teaching sounds so good and their false humility is impressive, the real question is “is it scriptural” ? This study will show how it relates to Real Christianity and if not why not.

Do you know that in the original languages of scripture there are over 20 different kinds of love? Do you know that in every use of the word love in scripture we are told what kind of love it is talking about? Note that I said “in scripture” and not in your bible. Why would I say that? It is simply because your bible is not scripture.

Your bible is a translation of scripture by some men or women and contains some of their beliefs and misunderstandings and yes even false teachings.. The Amplified is the only bible I know of that recognizes this problem and attempts to show some of the different types of love, but it is also just a translation. To really understand scripture you must use some tool for determining the usage. I like the Interlinear bible for people without knowledge of the original languages. Even some of the new versions of the interlinear now have been corrupted, so one of the older versions is necessary.

Studying the scriptures is work, so many avoid the extra effort and follow those that teach what sounds good to them rather than searching out truth for themselves. If you are truly baptized in the Holy Spirit then you can of course rely on Him to show you the truth AS YOU STUDY.

Since we live in the new testament we will only be looking at the Greek words

.First we will look at a few of the different words and what they have to tell us.

Words of LOVE

Some of the words in Greek and the kind of love they represent follow. The numbers are the Strong's reference number. You will notice the kjv usage many times does not represent what the word means.

NT:25

agapao (ag-ap-ah'-o); perhaps from agan (much) [or compare OT:5689]; to love (in a social or moral sense):

KJV - (be-) love (-ed). Compare NT:5368.

NT:26

agape (ag-ah'-pay); from NT:25; love, i.e. affection or benevolence; specially (plural) a love-feast:

KJV - (feast of) charity ([-ably]), dear, love.

NT:27

agapetos (ag-ap-ay-tos'); from NT:25; beloved:


KJV - (dearly, well) beloved, dear.

NT:5358

philagathos (fil-ag'-ath-os); from NT:5384 and NT:18; fond to good, i.e. a promoter of virtue:

KJV - love of good men.

NT:535 9

Philadelpheia (fil-ad-el'-fee-ah); from Philadelphos (the same as NT:5361), a king of Pergamos; Philadelphia, a place in Asia Minor:

KJV - Philadelphia.

NT:5360

philadelphia (fil-ad-el-fee'-ah); from NT:5361; fraternal affection:

KJV - brotherly love (kindness), love of the

NT:5361

philadelphos (fil-ad'-el-fos); from NT:5384 and NT:80; fond of brethren, i.e. fraternal:

KJV - love as brethren.

NT:5362

philandros (fil'-an-dros); from NT:5384 and NT:435; fond of man, i.e. affectionate as a wife:

KJV - love their husbands.

NT:5363

philanthropia (fil-an-thro-pee'-ah); from the same as NT:5364; fondness of mankind, i.e. benevolence ("philanthropy"):

KJV - kindness, love towards man.


NT:5365

philarguria (fil-ar-goo-ree'-ah); from NT:5366; avarice:

KJV - love of money.

NT:5366

philautos (fil'-ow-tos); from NT:5384 and NT:846; fond of self, i.e. selfish:

KJV - lover of ownself.

NT:5368

phileo (fil-eh'-o); from NT:5384; to be a friend to (fond of [an individual or an object]), i.e. have affection for (denoting personal attachment, as a matter of sentiment or feeling; while NT:25 is wider, embracing especially the judgment and the deliberate assent of the will as a matter of principle, duty and propriety: the two thus stand related very much as NT:2309 and NT:1014, or as NT:2372 and NT:3563 respectively; the former being chiefly of the heart and the latter of the head); specifically, to kiss (as a mark of tenderness):

KJV - kiss, love.

NT:5369

philedonos (fil-ay'-don-os); from NT:5384 and NT:2237; fond of pleasure, i.e. voluptuous:

KJV - lover of pleasure.

NT:5382

philoxenos (fil-ox'-en-os); from NT:5384 and NT:3581; fond of guests, i.e. hospitable:

KJV - given to (lover of, use) hospitality.

NT:5383

philoproteuo (fil-op-rote-yoo'-o); from a compound of NT:5384 and NT:4413; to be fond of being first, i.e. ambitious of distinction:

KJV - love to have the preeminence.

NT:5388

philoteknos (fil-ot'-ek-nos); from NT:5384 and NT:5043; fond of one's children, i.e. maternal:

KJV - love their children.

Now that you have some of the words describing the different kinds of Love as found in scripture

can we agree that using the simple word love to describe the use in scripture is NOT A VALID interpretation of scripture? We must look further and see which kind of love is being used in EACH situation.

The majority of these words are self explanatory

Let us look at the kinds of love that ARE NOT GOOD.

NT:5365

philarguria (fil-ar-goo-ree'-ah); from NT:5366; avarice:

KJV - love of money.

Here is what Scripture has to say about the love of money. No more need be said.

1 Tim 6:6-10 6 Now godliness with contentment is great gain. 7 For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. 8 And having food and clothing, with these we shall be content. 9 But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and harmful lusts which drown men in destruction and perdition. 10 For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, for which some have strayed from the faith in their greediness, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.

NT:5366

philautos (fil'-ow-tos); from NT:5384 and NT:846; fond of self, i.e. selfish:

KJV - lover of ownself.

Again a look to scripture tells what we need to know.

2 Tim 4:3-5

3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, ( own desire – love of self) because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; 4 and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables.

NT:5369

philedonos (fil-ay'-don-os); from NT:5384 and NT:2237; fond of pleasure, i.e. voluptuous:

KJV - lover of pleasure.

And the applicable scripture is.

2 Tim 3:1-6 3 But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: 2 For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3 unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, 4 traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, 5 having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away! 6

NT:5383

philoproteuo (fil-op-rote-yoo'-o); from a compound of NT:5384 and NT:4413; to be fond of being first, i.e. ambitious of distinction:

KJV - love to have the preeminence.

3 John 9-10 9 I wrote to the church, but Diotrephes, who loves to have the preeminence among them, does not receive us. 10 Therefore, if I come, I will call to mind his deeds which he does, prating against us with malicious words. And not content with that, he himself does not receive the brethren, and forbids those who wish to, putting them out of the church.

Matt 19:30 30 But many who are first will be last, and the last first.

There is much more that can be said but my purpose in writing this is to challenge the Christians to study the scriptures for them selves and have the ability to explain their beliefs.

AS ALWAYS, I say to you, do not believe what I or any other man present to you UNTIL you have studied with the help of the Holy Spirit and are convinced you have the correct understanding for yourself.

If you are not filled with(baptized in) the Holy Spirit according to Acts, then you cannot understand scripture correctly because

John 16:13-15 13 However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come. 14 He will glorify Me, for He will take of what is Mine and declare it to you. 15 All things that the Father has are Mine. Therefore I said that He will take of Mine and declare it to you.

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celafoe 5/21/2016

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celafoe 4 months ago from Planet earth. between the oceans Author

michael= I am not sure what you are saying. This was written because there are so many on here just believe you just love everyone as they are and where they are. So many do not know there are many different kinds of love that have been all translated as "love" with no distinction of which. I have been asked many times by those too lazy to do their own research to give this list so here it is.

correct me if I am wrong please but it appears you are saying I have an ulterior motive , which is not true.

those who profess to be Christians have an obligation to use scriptures as they are written and to understand that we cannot "just love them where they are, as the are" if they are approving things that God does not approve. In fact by accepting un-scriptural behavior from them one becomes a participant in and guilty of their sin. If you profess to be a Christian I love you enough to tell you the truth whether you like it or not. that is true love, loving you as you are is a false love and not of God. If a person who professes to be Christian is corrected and repents of their wrong actions then they are a true brother or sister and have no choice but to love the one that loved them enough to show their error as required in scripture.

I detect several things unsaid but I do not know you well enough to know what you were thinking so I give you the benefit of the doubt.

now also it must be understood that we have NO RIGHT to correct an unbeliever unless he attacks us/ our way of life, like the atheists and others are currently doing here on this site. Them we are lovingly to present the Gospel, that Paul taught (no other) and they make their own choices. and the ones of them that are just trying to cause confusion we are to rebuke and have nothing to do with them.

you dont know me and it does appear you hold to some doctrines of men instead of scripture??

I will say that if you knew me you would understand that I have a great love for the brethren, but have a short fuse for those that profess but do not believe truth and prolgate false doctrines. They are the ones that demean the death of Christ

1 Tim 1:3-7 3 As I urged you when I went into Macedonia — remain in Ephesus that you may charge some that they teach no other doctrine, 4 nor give heed to fables and endless genealogies, which cause disputes rather than godly edification which is in faith. 5 Now the purpose of the commandment is love from a pure heart, from a good conscience, and from sincere faith, 6 from which some, having strayed, have turned aside to idle talk, 7 desiring to be teachers of the law, understanding neither what they say nor the things which they affirm.

1 Tim 1:18-20 18 This charge I commit to you, son Timothy, according to the prophecies previously made concerning you, that by them you may wage the good warfare, 19 having faith and a good conscience, which some having rejected, concerning the faith have suffered shipwreck, 20 of whom are Hymenaeus and Alexander, whom I delivered to Satan that they may learn not to blaspheme.

1 Tim 6:3-5 3 If anyone teaches otherwise and does not consent to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which accords with godliness, 4 he is proud, knowing nothing, but is obsessed with disputes and arguments over words, from which come envy, strife, reviling, evil suspicions, 5 useless wranglings of men of corrupt minds and destitute of the truth, who suppose that godliness is a means of gain. From such withdraw yourself.

2 Tim 4:1-5 4 I charge you therefore before God and the Lord Jesus Christ, who will judge the living and the dead at His appearing and His kingdom: 2 Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching. 3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; 4 and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables. 5 But you be watchful in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.

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Prov 9:7-10 7 "He who corrects a scoffer gets shame for himself,And he who rebukes a wicked man only harms himself. 8 Do not correct a scoffer, lest he hate you;Rebuke a wise man, and he will love you. 9 Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be still wiser;Teach a just man, and he will increase in learning.

10 "The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom,And the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.

Prov 16:25 25 There is a way that seems right to a man,

But its end is the way of death.

Prov 9:7-10

7 "He who corrects a scoffer gets shame for himself,And he who rebukes a wicked man only harms himself. 8 Do not correct a scoffer, lest he hate you;Rebuke a wise man, and he will love you. 9 Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be still wiser;Teach a just man, and he will increase in learning.

10 "The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom,And the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.

Prov 16:25 25 There is a way that seems right to a man,

But its end is the way of death.

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