They teach that man may become God, or is a part of God.  Man needs to be a part of a certain Christian group or church to learn new revelation or knowledge to progress to Godhood.  Someone, usually the leader will say they are God or has the Christ Spirit in a greater way, or that they are commissioned or appointed to be the leader by God.

Some groups deny that God is eternal.  Some believe in many gods, or that all is God (Pantheism).  Other groups such as Jehovah's Witnesses teach that God's nature or state of being must be understood and reasonable to be true.  In other words, if finite man cannot understand something about God then it is not true.  This technique subtly elevates man's mental ability to that of God.

The Biblical concept of sin is not taught, or it is completely eliminated by some groups.  This is seen in Christian Science, Mind Science, Religious Science, and New Age groups.  Meanings that are Biblical are changed to their own personal interpretations that are not related to the context or original intent of the author.

Most organized heresies (cults) use "anointed" information, books, magazines or scriptures.  These are believed to be just as or more important than the Bible.  They are indispensable in understanding the Bible.  Some groups strongly discourage their members from reading the Bible alone, and some do not believe the Bible is the Word of God alone.  Others use the Bible with their own unique interpretation unknown ever in the church history or align themselves with what was considered heresy.

Many organized heresies teach a "grace plus works" salvation.  Many teach that man possesses at least some ability to earn eternal life by their own works by grace perfected through their works.  Salvation by grace through faith in the finished work of Jesus Christ on Calvary is denied.  The Cross is not sufficient.  A system of good works, dictated by the group, helps the members earn eternal life.  Membership in their organization or church is a requirement for salvation in most of these cults.

Virtually all organized heresies deny the Deity of Jesus Christ, they teach that Jesus is not the true God manifest in human form but something less, such as a created being, an angel, a prophet, an ascended master or just "a god" (secondary).  Some teach we too can be the very same as Jesus.  In this way they change the clear teaching of the Bible of Him being the unique (only begotten) Son of God.

Most organized heresies teach that the Holy Spirit is not God but an impersonal force or energy that emanates from God to perform certain functions, much like the energy flowing from a battery to start a car.  Some teach that it permeates everything and we can breathe it in.  Practices of Spiritism including visits by spirit beings are common in the New Age and they have counterfeit miracles to validate themselves.

The one mark of an organized heresy that is the most common is their claim to be the only group or church ordained by God.  They alone speak for God on Earth today.  God directs only their organization, or church.  This is done either through a leader who has all the say or a group.  If anyone comes to you claiming they represent the only true church of Christ or God, and deny that anyone else outside themselves can be part, you can ve sure that they are not from God.  All Christian churches will recognize others that hold the same core teachings that they do, that were always part of the historic Christian faith.

The core beliefs unite one in Christ as there is a certain criteria for Biblical Doctrine.  This has been held since the inception of the scriptures written by the Apostles and taught by the church.

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