"For if we go on deliberately and willingly sinning after once acquiring the knowledge of the
Truth, there is no longer any sacrifice left to atone for [our] sins [no further offering to which to
look [forward]. [There is nothing left for us then] but a kind of awful and fearful prospect and
expectation of divine judgment and fury of burning wrath and indignation which will consume
those who put themselves in opposition [to God]. Any person who has violated and [thus]
rejected the Law of Moses is put to death without pity or mercy on the evidence of two or three
witnesses. How much worse (sterner and heavier) punishment do you suppose he will be judged
to deserve who has spurned and [thus] trampled underfoot the Son of God, and who has
considered the covenant blood by which he was consecrated common and unhallowed, thus
profaning it and insulting and outraging the [Holy] Spirit [Who imparts] grace (the unmerited
favor and blessing of God)?"
All of which is to say that God's salvation through Christ Jesus is not to be considered a
common thing; not by anyone. Jesus is not someone or something that we can simply "take for
granted."All believers are called towards repentance. To try and live a better life; a holier life.
When we fall short, it is God's Grace that covers our sins through the blood of Christ Jesus. It is
dangerous to attend church on Sunday and then think that our behavior the rest of the week
doesn't matter. You have an obligation to try and live a better life if you claim Jesus Christ as
your savior. At least that is what Hebrews is talking about in the above verses.
It is equally dangerous for a ministry to assume it can manipulate Bible believing Christians -- for
an unlimited amount of time. This IS a small town. My family and I have lived here for 24 years
and I expect to die here at a ripe old age. For me, it is decidedly treating Jesus as a common thing
when a ministry emphasizes "money" over God's "grace" through Christ Jesus. It is decidedly
treating Jesus as a common thing when Sunday services present God as some sort of lottery
operation. "You never know what offering God will bless. You need to give something in every
offering."Those who are teachers and elders who help shepherd the flock have special
responsibilities. They will be held accountable by God. It is especially dangerous for a ministry
that proclaims "all of the Bible" -- to then ignore what it actually has to say. At best, this is
called hypocrisy. At worse, it is called deception.
Godly Wisdom, Spiritual Abuse or Cult? You decide! For me, I have done my study and
investigated the facts. I have created a transcript of the November 20 perverted teaching and
consulted with several church members who have verified this and other false teachings. I've
made up my mind. The ministry I just left is clearly a cult that is spiritually abusing the
members of its congregation in the name of God.