It is rather amazing to read and compare the writings of various high control groups. They all begin to sound the same, and they all believe they are the only true representatives of God on the earth.
Yoneq (Elbert Eugene Spriggs) said:
" Christianity has mistranslated the scriptures. A spirit caused them to purposely distort the bibles according to their beliefs. Every study bible, every translation of the bible has a different diversification behind it..." Ahavah, First Day Teaching, Sus, 4/23/89, p.8.
The Mormon Church said:
"Neither will the Lord God suffer that the Gentiles shall forever remain in that awful state of blindness...because the plain and most precious parts of the Gospel of the Lamb which have been kept back by the abominable church..." Book of Mormon, I Nephi 13:32.
Charles Taze Russell (founder, Jehovah's Witnesses) said:
"The desire to compel all men to think alike on all subjects, culminated in the great apostasy...the one faith that Paul and the other apostles set forth , was lost - buried under the mass of uninspired decrees of popes and counsels." Watchtower
Yoneq (Elbert Eugene Spriggs) said:
"We are the light and hope of the world. We are the only ones who can reclaim this earth for its Maker. We are the only ones whose lives of love and pure devotion, like a bride for her groom, can bring heaven to earth. All other attempts to do so are not merely futile, they are evil.." Guidelines, undated, p.1.
Mary Baker Eddy (founder, Christian Science) said:
"Jesus taught the way of Life by demonstration. There is but one way to heaven; harmony and Christ in Divine Science shows us the way." Science and Health, with Keys to the Scripture.
Kip McKean (founder, International Churches of Christ) said:
"I have never believed or taught that anyone has to be baptized into the Boston Church of Christ to be saved...However, I do not know of any other church, group or movement that teaches and practices what we teach as Jesus taught."
Bruce R. McConkie (Apostle, Mormon Church) said:
"If it had not been for Joseph Smith and the restoration, there would be no salvation. There is no salvation outside The Church of Jesus Christ of latter-Day Saints."
Racham (Kevin Carlin, Apostolic Worker, Messianic Communities)
"Might it not be the devastation which occurs emotionally and spiritually in the lives of ex-members be a result of their own sin and guilt. We don't know how anyone can leave the Communities with a sense of well being any more than anyone could leave a marriage with a sense of well being... Why would they have good feelings about the group if they left? Why would they leave if they were in agreement with the life and the teachings of the group?" Critique of our written analysis of Messianic Communities.
Kip McKean said:
"Critics have noted that people who leave the church have a tendency to be very bitter. Once more, this should not surprise us. Divorce without bitterness is rare. Likewise, when one walks away from a total commitment to God, away from the most important relationship any human being can have, including marriage, then, there is bound to be confusion, hurt, and a tendency to be bitter and to blame the people in the church, thus justifying one's leaving." Revolution Through Restoration II: The Twentieth Century Church, 1994.
The Scriptures say:
"...there is nothing new under the sun." Ecclesiastes 1: 9b.
Jesus Christ said: "Watch out that no one deceives you. ...many false prophets will appear and deceive many people." Matthew 24:4,11.
Know the TRUTH before you commit yourself to a lie. Study the Scripture Yourself!!!
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