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Be Ready To Defend Your Beliefs!

John Collins01/22/20131 Peter 3 reiterates Paul's message of unity among the Bride of Christ.  It is a scripture not often quoted by cult leaders who teach separation from the Body of Christ.  

Peter says that all of us are to have unity of mind.  The common expression "United we stand, divided we fall" is very powerful when applied to Christianity, because as Christians our bodies make up the Body of Christ.  Across the globe, Christians that are in unity make a powerful body, which is why Satan sends false prophets to deceive and sever ligaments of that Body.

We find that along with unity, Peter says we are to have sympathy, brotherly love, a tender heart, and a humble mind.  While religious cults apply these attributes to their way of life within the cult, many times they are not applied outside of the cult.  The cult leader's intent for the severed ligament is to become the "special" ligament, better than the others through vain works such as speaking in tongues, healing, or other spiritual signs and wonders.

Peter was the type of personality that liked to "dive in headfirst," armed with the Word of God, and marching forward in the battle for the spreading of the Gospel.  He asks rhetorically, "What harm is there if you are zealous for what is good?"  As Christians, we are protected by the Almighty God!

He says that even if we should suffer for our devotion to Christ, we are still blessed.  We should not fear those against us, nor even be troubled.  

We are to honor Christ the Lord within our hearts, and always be prepared to defend our beliefs.  The number one sign of a religious cult is not being able to defend their beliefs with scripture or historical fact.  Extra-biblical teachings and fictitious stories are the foundation to a religious cult, and over time that foundation will begin to crumble, Just as we see the religious cult of the Branham following doing today.  Any foundation based on lies will one day fall, because the Truth will one day be brought to light.

As we continue to help others out of this cult, we are blessed by Peter's next words:  "Have a good conscience, so that when you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ may be put to shame.  For it is better to suffer for doing good, if that should be God's will, than for doing evil.

Christ is our example, and Christ suffered for our sakes.  For our sins, he suffered once for all, so that he can one day bring us to God.  Cult leaders did not die upon the cross for our sins.  While those deceived defend their false prophets, we stand for Christ alone.  Their religious cult will one day crumble from within, but Christ will never fade away.  If we are in Him, we also will reign forever with Him.

Peter says that Christ is in heaven and is at the right hand of God.  Angels, authorities, and powers are all subjected to Him.  

As Christians, we should ask ourselves:  Would we rather defend a false prophet that God took off the scene for his abomination, or would we rather defend Christ who has been given all power and authority?  Would we rather defend a man who denied the fullness of the Godhead, or the Christ who sits at the right-hand of the Father?  Are we afraid to stand for Christ without another man to stand with us?