About

Big Apple Chapel is a New Testament based church in New York City, modeled after the pattern of the early church, with a strong emphasis on following Christ as a community of His disciples.

Services
  • Sunday - 10:30 am
  • 520 8th Ave, 16th floor
    New York, NY
  • phone: +1 (973) 837-1041
 

Sermons

BAC Sermons

Cults: Scientology and the Worldwide Church of God

1987-10-31

I. Scientology - L. Ron Hubbard

 

A. Process

Thetans - Mankind descended from a race of uncreated, omnipotent __.

 

M_________E_________S__________T__________ evolved upward but forgot past.

 

Preclear - a person with __, from past lives.

 

Engrams - Mental blocks - removed by __ (galvanometer)

 

Clear - a Thetan who has audited out their engrams.(reactive mind responses)

 

B. Errors

God -

Jesus - like Buddah, just a shade above ___________.

Sin -

Guilt -

Hell -

 

C. Approach

Authority - proof of competency as an authoritative spokesman on the world beyond our own.

Reincarnation

Logic

Social Concern "self-improvement, self-mastery, personal happiness"

Methodology

 

II. Worldwide Church of God - Herbert W. Armstrong

A. Teachings

Very Legalistic

Observance of Seventh Day Sabbath & OT laws and customs

Queen Elizabeth sits on the throne to which Christ will return

British Coronation Stone of Scone brought to UK by Jeremiah

Israelites have become the Anglo-Saxons of US and UK

Triple tithing on gross income

Prohibitions against doctors, surgery, birthdays, Christmas, Easter

Members must dissolve post-divorce marriages

 

B. Errors

"For 1,850 years all worldwide organized proclaiming of Christ's gospel was stamped out." "Realize this, incredible as it may seem-no other work on earth is proclaiming this true gospel of Christ to the whole world..."

Deity is an attainable goal of man

Salvation by works...Can lose salvation if law isn't kept

Numerous mispredictions of future

Trinity denied

 

C. Approach

Authority

Ethnic Superiority

Salvation