I have been grieving this morning after reading an article on the Midwest Christian Outreach weekly e-mail concerning Christians who are following cult-like leaders Mike and Debi Pearl (as in To Train Up A Child). See http://watchmansbagpipes.blogspot.com/2010/03/to-train-up-child-follow-up.html
Sadly, they are not the only aberrant Christian group, nor are all these aberrant groups well known. We personally know an aberrant group who would probably abhor the Pearls’ methods, but they are just as arrogant, legalistic, and controlling with their followers.
I still remember this leader’s cutting remarks when referring to another Christian family, which he felt were less holy than his group. He said, “They want what WE have!” And then he would point out his group’s women and their legalistic way of dressing, saying, “That’s the way women should look.”
The LORD must be greatly grieving also……..as our freedom in Christ was bought with a price! Let us be fervent in our pursuit of the LORD, but let us do it in loving truth and not in cruel legalistic control.
“Keep watch over yourselves and all the flock of which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers. Be shepherds of the church of God, which He bought with His own blood. I know that after I leave, savage wolves will come in among you and will not spare the flock. Even from your own number men will arise and distort the truth in order to draw away disciples after them. So be on your guard! Remember that for three years I never stopped warning each of you night and day with tears.” Acts 21:28-31