This group, in common with Jehovah’s witnesses and others, also shun those prior members with whom they disagree, and by which the resulting isolation and supremacy destroys family relationships. It is based on intellectualism, on who can outdo the other from a superior doctrinal point of view. They are also an exclusive sect, and, like the JW’s, take every opportunity to denigrate Christendom at large.
Their main fault is their inability to recognise that God has in Christ, dealt with sin and death forever for all time, at his own cost. Their faulty atonement doctrine leaves them with little comfort as they strive to emulate Christ and the apostles, try to copy them and repeat the overcoming of death that Jesus achieved, within themselves, of their own strength, being that they do not believe that the Holy Spirit plays a part in man’s salvation. They believe that it is the written word that changes them as they acquire a superior knowledge (much like JW’s) over the mainstream churches.
Like JW’s also, because of the law based thinking (striving to keep “The commandments of Christ”) the stress placed on individuals and families, in attempting to generate this self righteousness, causes family and relationship breakdown.
It is unfortunate that groups such as these, set up along the lines of independent thought, sadly fail because of their pride, vanity and intellectual approach to theology, which results in an egotistical autonomy of existence and a religion which completely examples the verse “Without me you can do nothing”. They never reach the pinnacle of the meaning of the verse “And so we have come to believe and rely on the love God has for us.”
It is good to note that in some of these groups there has been a move away from their traditional background, but resistance to change has always been a major factor with them. However, it has to be acknowledged that some people within these groups have seemingly come close to a knowledge of the real truth as opposed to the lie which xxxxxx is, and are bravely attempting to introduce the Spirit of truth to their meetings. If they were to denounce the writings of xxxxxx and xxxxxx that would be a good start, as even some of their own members are embarrassed by them, but this would result in them being cut off by the ruling hierarchy, who seemingly do not understand the meaning of “Paid in full”.
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