Error, indeed, is never set forth in its naked deformity, lest, being thus exposed, it should at once be detected. But it is craftily decked out in an attractive dress, so as, by its outward form, to make it appear to the inexperienced (ridiculous as the expression may seem) more true than the truth itself. - Irenaeus

Monday, August 31, 2009

Baha'i Faith & the spirit of antichrist

BAHAI FAITH by Dale Brown

The Bahai concept of religious unity and international government, is closely linked to the many other religious groups involved in the ecumenical movement, and at times associated with the "New Age" movement. They are highly evangelistic in promoting their views. Bahaism began in Persia, as an offshoot of Islam, with Mirza Ali Muhammed (1819-1850). In 1844 he announced that he was the Bab (the Gate) who would be the forerunner of the "Promised One" who would be a manifestation of God. After his death, one of his followers, Baha'u'llah (the glory of Allah), came to believe that he was this "Promised One".

Baha'u'llah claimed himself to be another manifestation of Christ and the fulfillment of the prophecy by Jesus in John 14:16-17 in which there was to come a SPIRIT or Comforter which would be with us forever. Baha'u'llah however died in 1892 at the age of 75 and is no longer with us.  Muslims make similar claims about Muhammad therefore we have a problem.

Baha'u'llah's son, Abdul Baha, brought the new religion to the United States in 1912 and built a $2.5 temple in Wilmette, Illinois. Their world headquarters is in Haifa, Israel.

In Bahaism the Biblical and historical version of Christianity is modified. Christ is robbed of his incarnate deity by placing him on the same level as the other religious teachers. He is also accorded a position inferior to that granted to Baha'u'llah. Bahais do not believe in the bodily resurrection of Christ, the inerrancy of the Bible, eternal punishment, a literal Hell, the blood atonement of the cross, nor Satan and his demons whom Jesus dealt with through out his ministry. Yet, they claim that Baha'u'llah taught the same things as the Bible. Jesus' true believers have to deal with the Devil and resist his demons. (Mark 16:17-18)

The Bible tells us the true Comforter, or Holy Spirit, came to us at the day of Pentecost (Acts 2:1-21) and gave POWER to the believers and supernatural gifts as a witness for God's kingdom.
Bahaism is a prime example of Jesus' words in Matthew 24:11, when he spoke of the end of this present age. "And many false prophets will arise and will mislead many." Then concerning the Bahais plea for world peace they avoid apostle Paul's warning of the true visitation of the Day of the Lord. "While they are saying, 'Peace and safety!' then destruction will come upon them suddenly like birth pangs upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape." (1 Thess. 5:3)
Apostle Paul wrote these extremely strong words concerning those who would follow after a false gospel, "But even though we or an angel from heaven, should preach to you a gospel contrary to that which we have preached to you, let him be accursed" (Gal. 1:8&9).
The Bible says in John 3:36, "He who believes in the Son has eternal life; but he who does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him." Therefore, it is necessary that we repent of any false gospel and turn away from any sin or deception, and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you shall receive the gift of the true Holy Spirit. Jesus said that otherwise we shall die in our sins and be thrown into the lake of fire, which is the second death or Hell. (Acts 2:38, Rev. 20:15, 21:8)

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