Our time in Cambodia was different from every other place that God has taken us to, as has been the pattern of our journey thus far. One of the things that remain the same is that God never fails to bring about God appointments where ever we go.
Last Saturday, Jeremiah and I went to an internet cafe for breakfast so we could do some work. Soon after ordering drinks, the electricity went off and we found ourselves in the presence of a woman trying to get us to buy cookies to benefit the children of Cambodia. Jeremiah asked her what they do for the children and she said that they do a reading program. Jeremiah responded, saying that we believe unless you are helping them spiritually as well, you are not really helping them at all. She said that they do help them spiritually, that they too were Christians. She then invited us to her church for service on Sunday morning. Later on that evening, Jeremiah said that he felt that there was an open door with this woman and we would go to her church. Though no one on the base had heard of this church, we made a deal that we would try and find it and if not, we would have church together.
After a little trouble finding the church (It was not at Omega Hotel, but at Alpha Hotel…perhaps we should have started at the beginning and not the end,) we arrived at the small gathering of people all dressed in the same white clothing. Their church service consisted of watching and partaking in a pre-taped service from the Philippines, at their home church. It did not take long for us to realize that this was no ordinary church service, but it was in fact, a cult that we had been invited to. There were so many red flags within the first 10 minutes and throughout the 3 hour service. During the service, I asked Jeremiah several times about leaving, but he said he felt there was someone to talk to.
The pastor of the church essentially spoke a message of repentance, through instilling fear that without repenting, horrible things would occur. That you must repent and your life has to be completely given over to the Father and King, and live accordingly to the will of the Father. He also spoke primarily on God’s love, reading all of 1 Corinthians 13. Through many things, this man had now become the “Appointed Son of God”; basically, Jesus had not finished the work. Jesus came for the Jews, but God had appointed him to come for the Gentiles. After the service, the leader of the church tried to get us to come to a meeting to hear more but he would not share the beliefs, saying that it was too complicated.
The Truth is, what Jesus preached was not complicated. It is simple and made for everyone to understand. God sent us there to speak Truth where there was deception. No, we did not see a change immediately, but planting Truth will always win out in the end, because Jesus is The Way, THE TRUTH, and The Life. The problem with this cult and many others is that the people heard the message one man was given through spoken word, dreams and visions, and they followed him. There was no Bible there during his time of receiving this. The Bible says ‘the enemy disguises himself as an angel of light’ (2 Cor. 11:14). Paul warns us over and over again in Romans to beware of false prophets and teachers. Though this man taught from Scripture, he was not teaching the whole Bible and from the Lord, thus leading 6 million people astray.
Joshua 1:8 instructs us to “Study this Book of Instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do.” We must study and know the Bible by spending time with God and receiving revelation from Him. Then when the enemy comes, we will be able to recognize it and bring to light what is moving in the darkness. Have you given yourself wholly to studying the Word and receiving all the God wants to give you through it? Are you familiar with the Truth and able to discern when something is not Biblical? If not, I urge you to learn the Truth; and the best way to do this is by spending time with Jesus and reading His Word and receive the life and joy that comes from this devotion!!!
Katie, Pure Fire of Yahweh!!!