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TRUE or FALSE: Christianity

Updated on January 5, 2013
FALSE or TRUE Christian?
FALSE or TRUE Christian?

How do we recognize a deceived Christian?

Many today profess to be “Christians”. How can all these people be Christians when there are some very marked and serious differences in their foundational beliefs? What are the differences? In this hub we will look at the signs of TRUE Christians and DECEIVED Christians.

The Word says, “Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world. By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God; and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God; this is the spirit of the antichrist, of which you have heard that it is coming, and now it is already in the world." (1 John 4:1-3). This passage is not just speaking of heavenly spirits, but the spirit influencing the false prophets out in the world.

The spirit of antichrist mimics Christ. Rev 22:16 states, "I, Jesus, have sent My angel to testify to you these things for the churches. I am the root and the descendant of David, the bright morning star."

Compare this truth with the counterfeit found in Isa 14:12 "How you have fallen from heaven, O star of the morning, son of the dawn!” Is this speaking of Jesus falling from heaven? No; it's speaking of Lucifer, the Antichrist!

So what about fallen angels? Check this out: Gal 1:8 "But even if we, or an angel from heaven, should preach to you a gospel contrary to what we have preached to you, he is to be accursed!"

Why is it so hard to discern which prophet is true and which is false? Because the Bible says that “Satan disguises himself as an angel of light” (2 Cor 7:14). This “light” is the very same meaning as used when Jesus said, “I am the light of the world” (John 8:12).

Mat 24:24 states, "For false Christs and false prophets will arise and will show great signs and wonders, so as to mislead, if possible, even the elect."

Rev 13:6 states, "And he opened his mouth in blasphemies against God, to blaspheme His name and His tabernacle, that is, those who dwell in heaven." Do you remember that Jesus was accused of "blasphemy" because of "claiming to be God"? This is what the spirit of antichrist does!

The antichrist is prophesied to be able to deceive the whole world (except for true Christians) in Rev 13:8 "All who dwell on the earth will worship him, everyone whose name has not been written from the foundation of the world in the book of life of the Lamb who has been slain."

John 8:44 states about Satan that "He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth because there is no truth in him. Whenever he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own nature, for he is a liar and the father of lies." I don't know if you've ever known a good liar, or even an excellent one. The best ones can deceive even the best people, especially good people who are trusting. So, how about the father of lies?!

Satan Quotes the Word of God!

But how can a false prophet even speak God’s holy words, you ask? Well, let’s first look at the Devil tempting Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. He used God’s very own words to tempt them. In Genesis 3:1, the “serpent” said to Eve, “Indeed, has God said, ‘You shall not eat from ANY TREE of the garden?” Eve, speaking back the exact word of God says, “From the fruit of the trees of the garden we may eat; but from the fruit of THE TREE which is in the middle of the garden, God has said, ‘You shall not eat from it or touch it, lest you die.” The serpent then tells her, “You surely shall not die!” (LIE).

Look at Jesus’ experience with the Devil when He was tempted by the him in the desert for 40 days. In Luke 4:9-11, verse 10 quotes Satan as saying, “for it is written, ‘HE WILL GIVE HIS ANGELS CHARGE CONCERNING YOU TO GUARD YOU, and ‘ON THEIR HANDS THEY WILL BEAR YOU UP, LEST YOU STRIKE YOUR FOOT AGAINST A STONE.’”. Indeed, Satan was quoting the prophecy written in the Old Testament in Psalm 91:11 accurately! His motive, though, was to tempt Jesus to throw himself down off the pinnacle of the temple on which he stood!

Jesus answered him in verse 12 with scripture: “It is said, ‘YOU SHALL NOT PUT THE LORD YOUR GOD TO THE TEST’”. We see this answer in Psalm 91:12. Did you notice that Satan only quoted verse 11 and neglected verse 12? This is common with Christian cults who also do the same!!

Here's just one actual example of a cult follower that wrote to me, and my answer to him:

"You need to start believing these verses of Scripture and not what you THINK it's suppose to mean! It says the inhabitants of the WORLD. When? When Thy judgments are in the earth. Now who does that include? The whole earth, all the inhabitants of the whole world, to me that is everybody. You say, ‘no it’s not.’ Well to me it is, I’m sorry you are going to have to show me a verse that says, when His judgments are in the earth, NOT all the inhabitants of the whole world will learn righteousness. Do you have a Scripture that says that? ‘No.’

Here is my response: You are quoting Isaiah 26:9 and you asked me to show you a verse that says, when His judgments are in the earth, NOT all the inhabitants of the whole world will learn righteousness. I do have that verse! Read the VERY NEXT VERSE, verse 10, and I quote the Word, "Though the wicked is shown favor (the Jews are God's favored), He does NOT learn righteousness; He deals unjustly in the land of uprightness, And does not perceive the majesty of the LORD."

Because of Satan, false prophets distort the Word of God. The Bible warns us of such things to come: 2 Peter 2:16-17 in regard to all the letters written by the Apostle Paul, "in which are some things hard to understand, which the untaught and unstable distort, as they do also the rest of the Scriptures, to their own destruction. You therefore, beloved, knowing this beforehand, be on your guard lest, being carried away by the error of unprincipled men, you fall from your own steadfastness, but grow in the grace of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory, both now and to the day of eternity. Amen."

Ph 3:9 "Their destiny is destruction, their god is their stomach, and their glory is in their shame. Their mind is on earthly things."
Ph 3:9 "Their destiny is destruction, their god is their stomach, and their glory is in their shame. Their mind is on earthly things."

Signs of Christian Cults

So what is the definition of “Cult”:

French & Latin; French culte, from Latin cultus care, adoration, from colere to cultivate — more at wheel


1: formal religious veneration : worship 2: a system of religious beliefs and ritual ; also : its body of adherents 3: a religion regarded as unorthodox or spurious ; also : its body of adherents 4: a system for the cure of disease based on dogma set forth by its promulgator <health cults> 5 a: great devotion to a person, idea, object, movement, or work (as a film or book) ; especially : such devotion regarded as a literary or intellectual fad b: the object of such devotion c: a usually small group of people characterized by such devotion.

What are the signs of a Christian cult?

Not ALL cults have ALL these signs; this is a collaboration of some of things I myself have concluded upon exposure to these false prophets:

  1. THIS IS A MATTER OF LIFE AND DEATH: They deny the divinity of Christ and exalt man's divinity.
  2. They distort the scriptures, leading to their destruction. The antichrist is said to "go to destruction" (Rev 17:11)
  3. They prey on innocent minds (those who are not learned in the scriptures).
  4. They have ONE leader that founded their doctrine; some even say an angel appeared to their leader to give him the "right interpretation" of the Bible. One I know of is re-writing the Bible into the Concordant Literal Translation (CLT)...still a work-in-progress.
  5. This ONE leader’s interpretation of scripture is typically published in a book, books, magazines/study guides, or even a website of their one "teacher". The less one actually picks up the Bible, the more dangerous it is.
  6. Their leader's prophecies do not come true; therefore, the prophecy is changed.  God "changes His mind" several times.
  7. They are focused on works and/or rituals in order to "earn their way" into God's favor, or pay Him back for saving them.
  8. They consider the 144,000 elect of their particular doctrine or church.
  9. They don’t associate with those outside of their church’s beliefs and practices.
  10. Their church demands money from them.

What do TRUE Christians Believe?

What does the Bible say about each of these things? There are many scriptures addressing each one, but I will, for the sake of summary, choose but a couple each. Rather than type out every reference here, I would exhort you to grab a BIBLE and READ them first-hand!!

  1. The Divinity of Christ: read my hub Let Me Tell You WHO GOD IS! / Exalt man's divinity: Genesis 3:5
  2. They distort the scriptures: 2 Peter 3:16-17
  3. They prey on innocent minds: Hosea 4:6
  4. They have ONE leader that founded their doctrine: Proverbs 11:14; Galatians 1:8
  5. One leader’s interpretation published in a book, books, magazines/study guides, or a particular website of that "teacher": 2 Peter 1:20 and Revelation 22:18-19
  6. Their leader's prophecies do not come true or are changed: Jeremiah 14:14-18; Ezekiel 13:1-8
  7. They are focused on works or rituals: Mark 7:1-30, Ephesians 2:9
  8. They consider the 144,000 are of their church: read my hub on The Elect of God
  9. They don’t associate with those outside of their church: Luke 19:1-10
  10. Their church demands money from them: read my hub Tithing, Giving and Alms

The WAY to the TRUTH

When cults accuse true Christianity of being a "cult" or "sect", let's read what Paul has to say about that: Acts 24:13-15 "Nor can they prove to you the charges of which they now accuse me. But this I admit to you, that according to the Way which they call a sect I do serve the God of our fathers..."

Let me leave you with these scriptures in closing:

Eph 4:14: “…we are no longer to be children, tossed here and there by waves, and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, by craftiness in deceitful scheming, but speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in all aspects into Him, who is the head, even Christ.”

John 14:6 "Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me." Amen.


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    • Judah's Daughter profile imageAUTHOR

      Judah's Daughter 

      8 years ago from Roseville, CA

      Hi PlanksandNails, amen to that!! A Christian sister and I were just corresponding about why it's not a good idea to read all kinds of books on biblical subjects BEFORE reading what the Bible has to say on those topics. Why? Because we may tend to make the Bible fit the extra-biblical book(s), rather than testing those publications by what's in the Bible.

      Likewise, people who don't really want to read the Bible, let alone learn to study it, remain 'babes' and can easily get tossed around unto their own destruction. I have a hub called "How To Do An Inductive Bible Study" that takes readers step-by-step through a simple, yet fascinating study, so as to encourage them to keep doing so.

      In the early church days, Bibles weren't available to everyone. The 'church' had the authority to teach or twist God's Word however they wanted, with no accountability. That is not the case today. Those who willfully choose to blindly follow teachers, rather than study and test those teachers by the Word, have no excuse before God.

      People need to read the Bible and pray ~ all the more today, as the world is becoming more and more infested with false teachers in these last days, just as Jesus said would happen. God bless you, as well!! Thank you so much for reading and for your comment.

    • PlanksandNails profile image


      8 years ago

      Hi there Judah's Daughter,

      Thank-you for some solid food, which seems a rare find these days.

      People today go into the grocery stores and check the ingredients labels to see if what they are consuming is good or beneficial for themselves and their families, but unfortunately in the church today, most people don't check the ingredients of what they are seeing and hearing and weigh, test and filter through the truth of God's Word. There are so many people thriving on "spiritual cotton candy" and think that is going to sustain them and help them grow in their walk with Jesus Christ.

      The truth (solid food) is right there in the Word of God.

      Many are still being "breastfed" and say, "I have been a Christian for many years". The problem here is that they have never learned how to feed themselves, thus staying immature in their growth and faith where they fall to the grand delusions of a false gospel.

      This false gospel does not teach the true grace of God, thus negating His power in their lives.

      God Bless!

    • Judah's Daughter profile imageAUTHOR

      Judah's Daughter 

      8 years ago from Roseville, CA

      Thank you, 2besure. All the saints should pray for God's wisdom, for it is needed to get through these days of mass deception upon us and coming. Hang on to Jesus and He will keep us in the Truth ~ stay broken before Him and He will continue to fill us. There is no Greater Shepherd ~ Praise God!

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      Pamela Lipscomb 

      8 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      Great reading and a lot of wisdom written here.

    • Judah's Daughter profile imageAUTHOR

      Judah's Daughter 

      8 years ago from Roseville, CA

      Jachda, I am so happy to have connected with you on HubPages!! Your writing is down to earth, yet lifts up the spiritual man in each of us. I'm excited you are finding the hubs I've written worth the read, and I pray you are also lifted up in Christ Jesus. Bless you ~ God bless you!

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      8 years ago from Evansville, Indiana

      I like what I have read here. I am catching up on my readings (right now mostly yours), and I praise God for someone who has a sensible approach to the Scriptures and is able to articulate so well. May God richly bless you in your work and ministry.

    • Judah's Daughter profile imageAUTHOR

      Judah's Daughter 

      8 years ago from Roseville, CA

      Awe, thank YOU, Wealthmadehealthy! It's always GOOD and PERFECT when we stand in agreement with the TRUTH, AMEN!! And blessings to YOU and YOURS as well!!

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      8 years ago from Somewhere in the Lone Star State

      The Living Water flows through your words here...Praise God for the Truth in what you write....Blessings to you and yours!

    • Judah's Daughter profile imageAUTHOR

      Judah's Daughter 

      9 years ago from Roseville, CA

      Hi Marliza, I love that analogy of knowing the real bill or diamond in order to recognize a counterfeit (other than the other way around)!! It is so true ~ His sheep do love Him and anyone who seeks to kill Him, even this day, is an enemy of God ~ a goat. The way to maim Christ and His body is to corrupt His Word. Praise God He gives us gifts of discernment and so many others for protection. God bless you!! Thank you so much for your awesome comment!!

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      Marliza Gunter 

      9 years ago from South Africa

      yes..a very detailed hub...God is Love, God is not religion...someone once said...why bother to know the devil...if you know that you know how true money bill looks and feels like, then it will be easy to discern the false money note..or like a diamond cutter..then it's easy for him to discern the syconia...once you truly know God then it is easy to know what is not of Jesus sheep will know my voice and ..don't you recognize my speech?...or...if you were God's children then you would've loved me...but now you wish to kill me...

    • Judah's Daughter profile imageAUTHOR

      Judah's Daughter 

      10 years ago from Roseville, CA

      You are such a stream of fresh water, drpastorcarlotta! I always get a touch from God when I see your comments! You are so on fire and God's glory shines all around you! I wanna be like Him, like you! :-) Amen, and God bless you so much. Thank you for your uplifting words! We keep pressing on, busy about the Lord's loving work; amen!!

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      Pastor Dr Carlotta Boles 

      10 years ago from BREAKOUT MINISTRIES, INC. KC

      Here's my girl! PREACH! I'm with justcallmeleroy where is everybody? Or maybe they did show up but did not leave a comment. Well it really doesn't matter, it will be sent forth and shall not come back void!!! lol, lol, lol Praise God, and a VERY GREAT HUB!!!!!!!!!! This messasge is awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Yea!! PREACH!

    • Judah's Daughter profile imageAUTHOR

      Judah's Daughter 

      10 years ago from Roseville, CA

      Thank you so much for taking what little time I know you have to read my stuff ~~ what a blessing. Thank you for your comment, James. God bless you so much!

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      James A Watkins 

      10 years ago from Chicago

      Nicely done! I am a bit behind on my reading. You have done a fine job with this topic. Thanks and God Bless You!

    • Judah's Daughter profile imageAUTHOR

      Judah's Daughter 

      10 years ago from Roseville, CA

      It's unusual for them not to comment; I'm just praying in faith that those scriptures pierced through the thorns and thistles and that those seeds of truth are growing to set them free in Jesus Name! Praise God you also were burdened to minister to them in love. We stand united in love for them. God bless you!

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      10 years ago

      Hey My Sister In Christ looks like they will stay far away from this one. I made a hub with all the quotes from there Prophets but they will not comment on them. I don't understand that they will not defend there Faith. Why won't they stand on there word is it because they can be shaken and they are scared that the Truth Would be seen. God Bless You!


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