The Cults & Deceivers Appear To Be Teachers of God
There is an abundance of Scripture regarding false teachers, false prophets, cults, etc. The Scriptures show clearly how skillful these can be.
Matt 7:15 tells how they "come to you in SHEEP'S CLOTHING (they look like the real thing), but inwardly they are RAVENING WOLVES.
Luke11:44 says regarding the Bible teachers of that time, which also applies to today, "Ye are as Graves which appear not."
They are leading people to their death—to hell, yet they appear to be authentic. Those that follow their false teachings "are not aware of them." Those that follow these false teachers are deceived and don’t know it. These false teachers or cults—
Matt 23:27 Are like unto whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward.
They appear pure and holy and look really good outwardly. They look like true men of God; however, Jesus tells us that "within (they are) full of Dead men's bones, and of all Uncleanness."
Within, these cults are dead and have led many to spiritual death—to hell. These cults.
2 Cor 11:13 For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ.
But this should be no surprise, as
2 Cor 11:14 And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.
The cults, the false teachers, prophets, and religions look like the real thing. They appear to be ministers of righteousness.
2 Cor 11:15 Therefore it is no great thing if his Ministers (Satan’s ministers) also be Transformed as the Ministers of Righteousness.
They may seem very loving and knowledgeable in the Bible or "another Gospel." They may give large sums of money to the poor and do wonderful works. Yet they are still ministers of confusion and deceit.
6 - The Darkness Does Not Understand; They Distort The Bible and Say the Deceased Are In Heaven When They Are Actually in Hell
Satan’s ministers do not know or understand that they are Satan’s ministers. They are convinced that they are walking in truth. How horrible it has been for those that have died without Christ—without being born-again. How terrifying it is when a person dies and is in hell, yet a so-called minister of God stands over their dead body, saying he is in heaven or in a better place. It is written:
John 1:5 "And the Light (which is Jesus, the true, narrow Way, the Truth, and the Life) shineth in the Darkness; and the Darkness Comprehended (or understood) it not.
Matt 6:23 If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness!
If a person thinks his understanding is truth when it is deception or darkness, the darkness in him is great. It is hard to reach him with the truth. Even if one rose from the dead to testify to him, he may reject it.
I John 2:11 But he that... walketh in darkness,... knoweth not whither he goeth, because that darkness hath blinded his eyes.
A person that walks in deceit, does not understand that he will perish forever, because the darkness blinds him from seeing or understanding.
They sincerely believe that they are right, as did the Pharisees, scribes, lawyers, Sadducees, and others that are now in hell. Jesus proved beyond any doubt by the Word and miracles that He was from God and was God. Jesus told them plainly they were of their father the devil, yet they could not believe Him. http://so4j.com/cults-and-false-teachings.php#cults__appear_to_be_teachers_of_god