Is Watermark Community Church a Cult?

Is Watermark Community Church a Cult? I answered this question on this week’s episode of Real Truth. Real Quick

Shownotes:

Principles:
1. When someone asks a question, it is always good for us to be clear on what is being asked.
2. If something is true, no amount of scrutiny will affect it.
3. If we are truly following Jesus Christ, our lives should look extreme to the world around us.
4. Many churches today talk about Jesus, but do not live in such a way that is radically different from the world around them.

Typically in a human cult you will see:
1. A human leader trying to grab for power.
2. Members being exploited sexually.
3. A leader draining members financially to live an exorbitant lifestyle.

Verses:
“He saved us, not on the basis of deeds which we have done in
righteousness, but according to His mercy, by the washing of
regeneration and renewing by the Holy Spirit,” Titus 3:5

“…for apart from Me you can do nothing.” John 15:5

“It is a trustworthy statement, deserving full acceptance, that
Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, among whom
I am foremost of all.” 1 Timothy 1:15

“…He who has seen Me has seen the Father; how can you say,
‘Show us the Father’?” John 14:9

“Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one
comes to the Father but through Me.” John 14:6

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and
the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God.” John 1:1-2

“…but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being
made in the likeness of men. Philippians 2:7

…He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death,
even death on a cross.” Philippians 2:8

“He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we
might become the righteousness of God in Him.” 2 Corinthians 5:21

“Come now, let us reason together, says the LORD: though your
sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they
are red like crimson, they shall become like wool.” Isaiah 1:18

“Every word of God is tested; He is a shield to those who take
refuge in Him.” Proverbs 30:5

“For if we are beside ourselves, it is for God; if we are of sound mind,
it is for you.” 2 Corinthians 5:13

“Beloved, I urge you as aliens and strangers to abstain from
fleshly lusts which wage war against the soul.” 1 Peter 2:11

“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.” Matthew 5:9

“or the love of Christ controls us, having concluded this, that one
died for all, therefore all died;” 2 Corinthians 5:14

“Do not be deceived: “Bad company corrupts good morals.” 1 Corinthians 15:33

“He who walks with wise men will be wise, But the companion
of fools will suffer harm.” Proverbs 13:20

Other Resources:
1. List of Attributes of Cults to Avoid
2. What is a Fully Devoted Follower of Christ? 
3. What Does Jesus Mean When He Says to Hate Your Family
in Luke 14:26? – (Coming Soon)

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