The Church of God(WMSCOG established by Christ Ahnsahnghong) is different from the mainstream of Christianity, so it is a “Cult” ?
The First, 2,000 years ago, was Jesus from the mainstream religion or not?
If their insistence were right, Jesus and all the saints of the early Church who followed Him would be a cult because He was from a non-mainstream religion.
The second, Do you know why Jesus was persecuted by the religious leaders and crucified?
It was because they regarded Jesus as the leader of a non-mainstream religion, a non-legitimate cult and a heresy.
Using their strong point of having many members, they persecuted the true Church, calling it a non-legitimate(cult) Church.
The third, In the time of the early Church, when a lawyer named Tertullus, who spoke for the high priests and elders, presented Paul’s case, he said, “We have found this man [Paul] to be a troublemaker, stirring up riots among the Jews all over the world. He is a ringleader of the Nazarene sect.”
Ac 24:5「”We have found this man to be a troublemaker, stirring up riots among the Jews all over the world. He is a ringleader of the Nazarene sect」
Here, “the Nazarene sect” indicates Jesus. Those from the mainstream religion, who claimed to be legitimate, condemned Jesus, calling Him the Nazarene sect, and accused Paul of being His ringleader.
2. Legitimacy and Non-legitimacy(cults) according to the Bible ?
How do we distinguish legitimacy from non-legitimacy? Legitimacy and cults are not distinguished by whether or not the church is of mainstream, but by the fact if it was established by Godor if it was established by men.
Today, there are people who keep the rules of men, which are not based on the Bible, such as Sunday service, Christmas, Thanksgiving Day, etc. No matter how many they are, they are a cult and non-legitimate, which cannot be recognized by God.
Mt 15:7~9「You hypocrites! Isaiah was right when he prophesied about you: “‘These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. They worship me in vain; their teachings are but rules taught by men.’”」
3. The Reason why Followers of Judaism call Christianity Heresy(cult)?
That was the difference in faith between Judaism and Christianity. Nowadays, people also deny God’s coming in the flesh just as people did 2000 years ago. Even if they persecute us like 2000 years ago, we should persevere.
–> Then , why did God come in the flesh in the way people could not understand him?
And if someone insists that God cannot comein the flesh, he is not Christian because he does not know the core teaching of Christianity. Christianity is a religion that believes in God in the flesh. The core of Christian faith is Jesus, isn’t it? Jesus came to this earth as a man and slept, walked and ate like a man and preached the gospel.
Col. 2:1-2 I want you to know how much I am struggling for you and for those at Laodicea, and for all who have not met me personally. My purpose is that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love, so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely, Christ,
If Christ came with thousands of angels in glory, do you think he could be the mystery? Because he came as a man from a humble carpenter’s family, he was the mystery. Jesus received much persecution and people looked down on him due to his family background. He was even called crazy.
And nowadays, Christians also believe that God is omniscient and omnipotent. If God cannot come as a man, can he be called omniscient and omnipotent?
1 John 4:1-3 Dear friends, 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. This is how you can recognize the Spirit of God: Every spirit that acknowledges that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, 3 but every spirit that does not acknowledge Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you have heard is coming and even now is already in the world.
The Bible teaches us how to distinguish between the Spirit of God and the spirit of the antichrist. The religious leaders denied Jesus who came in the flesh and persecuted Christians while apostles believed in Jesus and received persecutions. Now, who is proved to be correct? People say that the apostles who were martyred while testifying that Jesus who came in the flesh was Christ were correct. God put the glorious crown of victory on them.
–> So, we should remember that The bible is an only standard to distinguish a Heresy(Cult) from the Truth.
For such a reason as mentioned above, those who concludes that Christ Ahnsahnghong (World Mission Society Church of God; WMSCOG) is a cult and non-legitimate without really looking at what the prophecies are saying are to admit Themselves that they are lying about Christ AhnSahngHong(WMSCOG)!!