Leaving the U.P.C. with Alexis Beach

Hello, dear ones, I hope this post finds you all doing well! I was so blessed to have a special guest on my program today! Alexis Beach is a TikTok rockstar and was kind enough to share her journey leaving the U.P.C. a Oneness Pentecostal church that is a full blown Christian cult. This will be a two part series, as we move past her time in the U.P.C. and into the new age before God graciously saved her. Below is a timestamped outline for today’s episode, as well as links for future research. Also…big news, y’all, Tulips & Honey Hub now officially has it’s own app! You can, of course, listen across all major podcasting platforms such as PodbeanAmazon MusiciTunesSpotifyGoogle PlayiHeart RadioStitcher, and in video form on YouTube. As always, beloved brethren, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.

TS 00:02:00 – Alexis Testimony

TS 00:09:25 – Church history opposed in the UPC

TS 00:10:15 – Rejecting the Trinity

TS 00:11:30 – The different Gospel

TS 00:15:20 – Confusion regarding sin and repentance

TS 00:19:20 – Strange Fire book and conference:

Conference: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jRqD89ZBWyg&list=PLcpTMSL-FR-duvHk-xYVLOGCQRLnYBNxU

Book: https://www.amazon.com/Strange-Fire-Offending-Counterfeit-Worship/dp/1400205174/ref=tmm_hrd_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1620080073&sr=8-1

TS 00:20:00 – Connection to Wesleyans Holiness Movement

Warning from history episode: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lseeaurg-p8&t=584s

TS 00:26:45 – Separating you from friends and family

TS 00:28:25 – Controlling pastors

TS 00:30:10 – Sinful hair and make-up 

TS 00:33:45 – Keeping you busy

TS 00:35:00 – Controlling dates and marriage

TS 00:37:45 – Controlling large purchases and vacations

TS 00:44:00 – Beginning to question

TS 00:47:00 – Experiences and self doubt

TS 00:49:00 – Cessationism is mentioned, here’s an article explaining this view: https://www.gotquestions.org/cessationism.html

TS 00:51:30 – Can someone be saved in the UPC?

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Tulips & Honey – Sharing the Gospel with the Cults: Talking to the Mormons

In today’s episode, dear ones, Becca and I have some fun before going through the hour and a half long conversation I had with Mormon missionaries. I hope that this episode is edifying, encouraging, and educational to you all. This is probably one of the longest episodes I’ve dropped, but we felt like this was important enough to go a little over an hour. Also, I’m excited to announce that this podcast is officially available on Stitcher! If there are other platforms you’d like to listen to Tulips & Honey on please let me know.

Also, if there’s a topic you’d like us to address let me know if the comments. Don’t forget to check out our new website, here, where you can find all the links to connect with us on social media and listen to the podcast. We’re keeping track of all the listeners questions so if you’d like us to answer a question on air you can leave a comment here and we’ll be sure to get to it. If you’ve been blessed by the episodes, please don’t forget to subscribe and leave reviews as that helps with the algorithms.

Have you had that same knock on your door? Or do you maybe have a relative that’s in a cult? I’d love to hear about it. Also…cereal? Is it a soup? Weigh in! If you’ve got a word for the word of the day, you can also let me know about that. Want to have a podcast yourself? The Tulips and Honey Hub is currently taking applications for podcasts who want to join us. So if that’s something you’re considering or something you’d like to ask about, shoot me an email. As always, beloved brethren, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.

Twisted Tuesday – Essential Doctrines of the Faith: The Resurrection of Christ

In continuing our series on the essential doctrines of the faith, beloved, I’d like to address the resurrection today. If you’ve missed the previous posts in this series I’ll link to them below. The point of this series is to edify and embolden the faithful to share the Gospel with a lost and dying cultish world. You don’t need to have a perfect understanding of all the cults teachings to speak truth into confusion. All you need is a Biblical and historical understanding of Christianity. As such, today we’ll be discussing the resurrection of Jesus Christ. This doctrine is under attack, and has been for decades, but not by the cults only. In fact, some of the cults have a Biblical doctrine of the resurrected King, while professing churches in the ‘mainline’ arena do not.

Historical Church Series -The Early Heretics: Introduction

Twisted Tuesday – Essential Doctrines of the Faith: Salvation by Grace Alone

Twisted Tuesday – Essential Doctrines of the Faith: The Deity of Christ

Twisted Tuesday – Essential Doctrines: Monotheism

The doctrine of the resurrection of Jesus Christ is obviously referring to His defeating death, and rising on the third day. It was not possible for death to hold Him, His sacrifice was perfect, His prophecies that He would rise were true (John 2:18-22). To deny His literal resurrection is the call Christ a liar (Romans 3:4), which would make Him a sinner (Hebrews 4:15). If He was a sinner, He was not God, nor was His sacrifice perfect, meaning we are all lost without hope (1 Cor. 15:13-17). This is why the resurrection is such an essential doctrine, without proper Biblical theology in this, you remove yourself from orthodoxy, and place yourself under condemnation with no hope of salvation (1 Peter 1:3-5).

Before we move forward, I need to make some definitional distinctions. We’re going to be talking in terms of liberal and conservative churches. These terms have more than one meaning, there’s the religious meaning and the political meaning. We’re strictly discussing the religious implications, not the political. In other words, when I call a group liberal, for this context of this post, I mean those professing believers who do not believe the Bible is the inspired, inerrant, Word of God. Whereas a conservative professing believer would take all, or most, of the Bible to be written by men, inspired by the Holy Spirit, thus without error. In the case of the resurrection, the liberal churches do not believe it actually happened. In this way, they are in agreement with the Jehovah’s Witnesses, who teach Christ was resurrected Spirit, not in a bodily form.

While liberalism has spread to Mormonism, and Roman Catholicism, both have core doctrines that include a Biblical resurrection of Christ. Roman Catholics have left orthodoxy in the transubstantiation, or the repeated ‘sacrificing’ of Christ in the sacraments. Mormons have confused this doctrine by misunderstanding the Trinity, as do the Oneness Pentecostals. However, it is only the Jehovah’s Witnesses, alongside the liberal churches, who refuse to accept the Biblical doctrine of Jesus Christ rising bodily from the dead. This is one area where I believe the cults are not as deadly as those claiming to be born again. We know when we talk to someone knocking at our door early in the morning, nicely dressed, traveling in pairs, that we’re talking to someone who is promoting a cult. When we talk to a co-worker, relative, or friend that has been deceived by liberal teaching, but professes Christianity, it’s harder to nail down the errant theology.

I hope that this series continues to be a blessing to you, dear ones, and that you’ll be encouraged to boldly share Christ crucified, raised from the dead, as told in Gods Word. If you have not yet watched the Jeff Durbin vs. Andy Stanley debate I’m going to link to it below. They discuss the importance of Gods Word in regards to apologetics. Apologetics sounds like a term meaning we apologize for our faith, but what it is actually referring to is giving a reasoned defensive of our faith. Doing this without a proper understanding of the essentials is very difficult, doing so without believing in Gods inspired Word is impossible. Reasoning about an authority without accepting that authority is not reasonable. Have a great day, beloved brethren, and as always be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.

Historical Church Series: The Early Heretics – Christian Gnosticism

Dear ones, today’s discussion of early heresy once again requires Tuesday’s article, which you can read here. The early church faced a group who, among many other heretical beliefs, did not believe Jesus was God the Son. This group was called Christian Gnostics. Gnostic comes from the Greek word gnosis, meaning knowledge. This is the perfect term for the group, as they held to the belief that salvation comes from secret knowledge. Of course, only they had that secret knowledge, so to be saved you had to join their cult. We see this two dangerous false doctrines repeated in all the cults of today.

It’s true that ancient Gnosticism is alive and well today, and some attempt to trace its roots back before Christ. Either way, the ancient heretics, which it seems John addresses in 1 John, adopted Jesus Christ as one who had come down to impart the secret knowledge needed for salvation. The basic belief in Gnosticism is dualism, good and evil, the material universe is evil, God is good, therefore God could not have entered His creation as Jesus Christ the Son of God. This denial of the deity of Christ negates the atonement, Christ could only make atonement for our sins as the perfect, sinless, Son of God. The deity of Christ is not the only area of Gnosticism that’s in disagreement with Christianity.

Gnosticism has many faces, but the general view is that God is unknowable, and that he is too pure to have created the wicked material world. So, instead, he created emanations, which were lesser beings. One of those emanations wanted to know the unknowable god (which is not the true God) and through this desire an evil god was created. That evil god was the one who created all things, including the universe and humanity. Obviously, all of these beliefs are in direct opposition to the Biblical, orthodox doctrines of the historical Church.

The idea that one group has secret knowledge that leads to salvation is popular with all the cults we face today. It’s not Christ that they put their faith, but in the charismatic leader, prophet, or pope. Whether it’s Mary Baker Eddy, Joseph Smith, John Thomas, the Pope, Muhammad, or Charles T. Russel, these groups claim their leaders speak for God, or as God. In the same way, only a Gnostic teacher can give truth to their followers. Likewise, as the Gnostics have historically claimed, the cults all get the deity of Christ wrong. All, except Roman Catholicism, teach that Jesus Christ was just a man. Some teach that He became divine through His sacrifice, which leads to the little gods doctrine. The Roman Catholic Church is, as far as I know, the only group outside of orthodoxy that teaching Jesus exists in the communion wafer which is sacrificed over and over again for sin, called transubstantiation.

The Gnostic heresy is unique, in that it exists today on its own, as well as having its doctrines borrowed by other cults. Ironically, many of the cult leaders have a tendency to draw connections with early gnostic heretics, as if that somehow gives credence to their being a segment of Christianity. We need to be wise as serpents, and gentle as doves when we address these false religions. Each of these groups has a false gospel, or flawed view of salvation, which can not save. Let us love the lost enough to learn about the error and how to address them with the truth. We can not be the people who stand silently while Gods name is blasphemed among the nations due to these false religions. Lovingly, patiently, and with knowledge of the Scriptures, we must speak truth to those that believe in lies. I hope this series blesses you all, dear friends. As always, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.

Twisted Tuesday – Essential Doctrines of the Faith: Salvation by Grace Alone

Hello again, my dear friends, I hope this post has found you all doing well! Friday I introduced two new series’ that will be, hopefully, able to flow together. If you missed that introduction you can find it here. As I explained in that post, each Tuesday, Lord willing, we’re going to discuss the doctrines of Christianity that are foundational, or essential. As we do this, I’m going to be comparing these doctrines to the errant teachings of those who falsely claim to be our brothers and sisters in Christ. I hope these refutations will encourage you all, and give you confidence, when sharing the Gospel with members of these cults. The first doctrine I want to address is that of salvation, which every “Christian” cult gets wrong.

First, let’s start with some definitions. What do I, and others, mean when we say “Christian” Cults? This is referring to those cultish groups which insist on using Biblical language while abusing or misusing the Word of God. They follow other writings, apart from Scripture, and almost always have a leader whose written and spoken word are taken as revelation from god. There are cults which are political or atheistic in nature, however most will have an erroneous opinion on who Christ was, or what happens after we die.

Another word I want to define is doctrine, a word which has unfortunately fallen out of favor with most of the professing Christians in the west. Doctrine, which comes from the Greek word didaskolos, is used 58 times in the New Testament. It’s used in Scripture to denote those who teach about God, but today is used to describe the actual teaching, rather than the teacher. When I saw doctrine that’s precisely how I mean it, what someone is teaching in a religious institution. Christians have doctrines, whether they like the word or not. Cults also have doctrines, which are often times in direct opposition to Biblical doctrine.

The last definition I want to make, and this one is very important, is salvation. The Christian who calls the lost to repent and be saved, means something very different than a cult member will. We’re going to discuss that more, but briefly I want to write a precise definition, as a word for the believer might mean something completely different to the cult member. Salvation is the redemption of sinners who are in danger of the wrath of God (Isaiah 59:2) in the form of judgement. Salvation is a free gift from God, who sent His only begotten Son. He, Christ Jesus, bore the sin of all those who would be saved (1 Peter 2:24), not the entire world, that’s universalism. Anyone who brings you a definition of salvation that does not include all our sins being punished on Christ is bringing you a false Gospel that can not save.

Now that we have our definitions in order, let’s discuss this essential doctrine. Salvation is given by God’s grace, the reformers called it sola gratia, grace alone (Ephesians 2:8-9). The Bible, in its full counsel, describes salvation as a free gift given by Gods grace(Romans 6:23). There is no Biblical presidents for earning salvation, if there was a way to earn it Christ need not die in our place. The impossibility of keeping the Law is precisely why we need a savior (Romans 6:14-15). This does not mean that a believer can sin more so that grace more abounds, as Paul says, may it never be! We strive with the flesh, we fail, we weep over our sins, but none of these works cause our salvation. It is the sanctifying work of the Holy Spirit in us, conforming is to Christ’s image which causes the believer to hate sin, and war against it. We do so gladly because of the love of the Father, in saving us while we were yet sinners! In short, works do not cause salvation, but salvation does cause the desire to work.

This doctrine of salvation by grace separates born again believers from Mormons, Jehovahs Witnesses, Roman Catholics, and Christian Science members. These groups refer to salvation, and some will even say it’s all of grace, but they always add works. Mormons and Roman Catholics, for example, will say it’s grace plus works. Islam also teaches , along side faith in Allah, that you have to do the best you can. This significant deviation from Biblical doctrine replaces the Gospel, which brings the good news that all our sins can be forgiven through Christ’s sacrifice on that Roman cross, with a gospel that binds heavy burdens on its adherents. These heavy burdens require the bearer to be perfect, to follow not just Biblical principles, but those added on by the leaders. In this way, maybe, just maybe, that can earn eternity in heaven. Or if it’s Mormonism, one of the three heavens.

When you speak to members of these groups it’s imperative that you make definitions clear. When the door bell rings and you find yourself face to face with two young men, or when you discuss your faith with co-workers, friends, and family members who might be caught up in a cult, they’ll often use the same words we use. This can be very confusing, so be sure to begin with a solid understanding of the Christian doctrines, so that you can make the proper distinctions. Love, dear ones, is the most important thing you bring to the table. You must love the lost enough to correct them, you must love them enough to be patient with them, and you must love them enough to separate their false doctrines from Biblical truth. That’s not an easy task, so I ask that we all pray for one another in earnest, asking the God would give us each boldness, patience, and love. I hope this series is a blessing to you, beloved brethren, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.

Historical Church Series -The Early Heretics: Introduction

Hello again, my friends, I hope this post finds you all doing well. Today I want to start a new series, which is going to be in tandem with a new series on Tuesdays, Lord willing. What I’d like to do is go thru the basic Biblical doctrines of the faith held by Christians throughout church history. Not secondary issues, where we can disagree and yet still have fellowship with one another, but the primary issues that separate believers from heretics. In the series on Tuesdays I’m going to be setting those doctrines side by side with modern examples of cults or heretics. To match this, on Friday’s I’m going to be listing the historical heretics that were opposed uniformly by the church. I think, by the end of these two series, we’ll all agree that there is nothing new under the sun.

What brought this about is the new city we’ve moved to. It’s the most religiously minded area we’ve ever seen. I’ve rarely met new people here that didn’t recommend their church to us. We see in every town we go to that there are churches on every corner, that’s not new. But what is unique is that, come Sunday, those parking lots are full here. No one is out shopping or garage selling, few cars are seen parked in front of homes or apartments, I’ve never seen anything like it. In the majority of business’ we’ve been to we’ve been greeted by Christian music playing, gospel tracts set up on tables, Scripture or crosses hung on the walls, and even a verse mixed into the conversation by workers. As such, along side many different denominations, prosperity churches, and an impressive community of reformed churches, are the cults.

From where we live we can see the golden figure atop a Mormon temple, daily reminding me of the lost laboring under works righteous systems. It’s brought me to refresh my understanding of each cult, how they differ from Christianity, and how best to share the Gospel with them. In my research I have seen such a stark similarity to the heretics of old that I wonder if founders for these cults were reading heretical writings when creating the new religions. I’ve certainly seen the men we’ll be discussing on Friday often quoted by members of these cults when debating Christians. If we, as believers, are unaware of these men and what they stood for, we won’t know how to answer them.

My purpose for these two concurrent series is to edify and encourage my brothers and sisters in Christ to share the Gospel with the lost. My purpose is not to raise up our beliefs as if we ourselves are so much better than anyone else. We’re not. Most of us came out of these false religions, and we all know that we owe our salvation to God alone. Through Christ we have been saved, by grace not by works, we have nothing in our wretched hearts to boast about. If we boast, it will be in the Lord, His kindness, His grace and mercy poured out on us. That while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us, should be sufficient to remove any pride we might feel. I hope to write humbly, with all humility, about the doctrines which we hold, and the men who have attempted to subvert them.

I pray this topic will be a blessing to you all, dear ones. Please pray for me, as I approach this topic, full of sorrow and broken-heartedness. The lost, the lost, that God would give me a heart which continuously cries out for the lost! How many do we pass, brothers and sisters? How many do we see, marching their way rebelliously to eternity? Let them do so, as Spurgeon said, with us holding on to their knees! Desperately trying to get them to turn around. As always, beloved brethren, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.