Cults Like Dandilions
Cults and rival religions are like Dandelions. Well-tended, well-groomed, well-watered, well-fertilized grass will out-compete the most persistent of weeds. But a lawn let go to seed, unwatered, untilled, built on clay and uncared for will open a fertile and tenacious hold to any weeds that ride the air-born currents.
This is like the church. We should not blame the current rise in secularism, false religions and cults on the God of the Bible – for He is greater than the one in the World (1 John 4:4). Neither should we blame the Gospel – for the Gospel is the great power of God (Rom. 1:16). Neither should we blame the power of these other belief systems and religions – for they are but doctrines of demons (1 Tim. 4:1) and all Satanic power has been crushed already by Jesus Christ (Mark 3:27).
The church already has the power to overcome all other religions and cults. But where does the power lie, and what should be our approach?
The direct approach is necessary at times, but only helpful in a limited sense. We must « take every thought captive to the obedience of Christ » (2 Cor. 10:5) and this will at times mean open debate and confrontation with peoples of other beliefs. It certainly means becoming aware of their thought and wrestling with them on our own time. However, is this how the final victory is to be won?
Like grass, the Church will out-compete the cults and world religions if it is properly cared for. Are you a pastor concerned about the encroachments of false religion? Preach Bible-based sermons, counsel and rebuke your people, and love your church. Are you a church-member, anxious about the coming of Islam? Love God, read your Bible, pray, evangelize, love your wife and family, grow spiritually. When Islam comes, there will be a circle of light around you which the darkness will be hard-pressed to penetrate.
I could go on, but you get the point. The answer is not in political lobbying, immigration protocols, or religious boycotting, but in a passionate pursuit of the true religion that the battle will ultimately be fought against false religion.