Are Members of a Cult Movement Lost?

Many Christians have little difficulty in accepting the fact that anyone outrightly rejecting Christ is lost. But what about the cultists who appear to be sincerely seeking after Christ — are they lost too? When dealing with sincere cultists, we must realize that we are dealing with people who presumably give more than lip service to what they believe. As the Apostle Paul reasoned in 2 Corinthians 11, such men and women are either deceived or are themselves deceivers. Whatever the case, God still holds them accountable for their actions as He did Eve when she fell prey to the wiles of the serpent in the Garden (Gen. 3:13-16).Paul pointed out in Romans 10 that the Jews who rejected Jesus, although sincere, were sincerely wrong because they tried to get a right standing with God by their works rather than by Christ’s atoning sacrifice. Sincerely believing in someone or something doesn’t automatically guarantee its truth, or its power to save. You can be sincere, and once again, be sincerely wrong. You see, faith is only as good as the object in which it is placed.Let us also remember that it is God who first draws us to Himself (John 6:44) and not the other way around (Rom. 3:11). So when we encounter people who appear to be earnestly seeking after God, and yet continue to worship another god, we can only conclude that they were not really seeking after God in the first place at all. It might be that they were looking for a sense of spiritual security, gratification, knowledge, friendship, or anything other than God. Jesus promised that he would not cast out anyone who honestly comes to him (John 6:37). In fact, if you’re searching for light, God is inevitably going to give you more light.If a cultist is truly sincere, he or she can be saved; but this can only happen when they forego their false view of God and accept Jesus Christ for who He truly is (John 8:24, 31-32).On sincere cultists, that’s the CRI Perspective. I’m Hank Hanegraaff.