How to Identify a Cult

Episode 574 Show Notes 

From the Show

Something that cults often preach is the message that only they are the ones who are restoring the gospel. They begin by saying that everyone else is wrong, the gospel has been lost, and we are restoring it and bringing the truth back. The reason you know that that is false from the get-go is because Jesus said, “I am going to build my church, and the gates of hell will never prevail against her.”

–Adriel Sanchez

Questions in this Episode

  1. 1. A friend of mine recently suggested that my wife and I stop seeing a family therapist that we have been meeting with and instead only receive biblical counseling since it is based on scripture instead of other things. We have found meeting with this therapist really helpful, but are willing to meeting counselors in the church as well, but I am unsure if we had to choose between one or the other.

2. How could Elijah and Enoch ascend into heaven when atonement had not been made yet?

3. What is the difference between begotten and “not made” when referring to Jesus?

4.  What is it that makes a Christian cult a cult?


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Adriel Sanchez

Adriel Sanchez is pastor of North Park Presbyterian Church, a congregation in the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA). In addition to his pastoral responsibilities, he also serves the broader church as a host on the Core Christianity radio program, a live, daily call-in talk show where he answers listeners' questions about the Bible and the Christian faith. He and his wife Ysabel live in San Diego with their four children.

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