Dear Maggie Zender!
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Definition according to Brockhaus
Originally a neutral term of a philosophical, political or religious direction or “following; today most valuable term for religious communities from the point of view of their deviation from the deviation in the Christian churches from the truth in force in the Christian churches and their apostasy from their unity.
Definition according to the Bible
Originally a neutral term of a philosophical, political or religious direction or “following”; derorous term for religious communities from the point of view of their deviation from the biblical truth and its apostasy from its statements.
Acts 5/17 Acts 15/5 Acts 26/5
The Greek word “A”, sometimes modified by the grammatical case, is consistently reproduced in consistent translations with “sect”.
are Christians a sect?
Acts 24/5 Acts 24/14 Acts 28/22
From these statements it can be seen that the Jews called all Christians a sect, because they believed that they had become apostate of the Jewish religion.
various attempts to turn early Christianity into a sect
From the description given by the Bible about such attempts, it is best to see what the Bible writers understood under a sect.
One option was to choose human leaders instead of recognizing Christ as the primary leader.
A second variant is the dissemination of false doctrines that deviate from the truth.
A third variant, according to this statement, is to bring forward the period of 1000 years determined by God in which Christ would reign (Revelation 20/6).
later sect formation by apostasy from the truth
Jesus explained this parable to a good extent himself
Jesus sowed the good seed: true Christians who taught the truth.During the time of the waste, the “weed” or “weed” was created. Christianity as the sum of the sham Christians. The truth was obscured. In the Last Days, however, “wheat” and “weed” would be separated from each other. People who have love for the truth would research (Dan.12/4,10) and find them again; People of the same spirit would join in. The rest, however, would stick to their unbiblical teachings developed over the centuries and continue to form the total number of sects.
more biblical statements on sect formation
2.Petr.2/1,2 2.Thess.2/2-10 Acts 20/29.30
Paul speaks a clear language here; before the Second Coming of Christ would not a but of the Waste is coming!After the removal of the last obstacle (death of the Apostle John), the apostasy would come out fully:
2.Joh 7 Romans 16/17 Tit.3/10,11 Offb.2/14-16
true believers: rely primarily on God’s word and interpretations consistent with the whole Word of Scripture.(Interpretation according to the rule: the Bible <not a man> explains the Bible)
Sectarians: rely primarily on the interpretation of various religious leaders without checking whether they agree with the whole Bible word.In many cases, they blindly rely on dogmas that must not be questioned (Mat.15/14).
true believers: They are given an understanding of the Scriptures (Revelation 1/1; Dan.12/10), although in the case of prophecy they do not recognize every detail in the first place.
Sectarians: Their teachings are teachings of contradiction (Mat.15/14).
true believers: are not part of the world (John 15/18:19), therefore behave politically neutrally.
Sectarians: give in to the group compulsion and give first to the “Caesar” and then to God the honor.(Mat.22/21). Contrary to the teaching sether of Jesus, they even wage wars according to different nationality within their own religious community.
true believers: are diligently involved in missionary work (Mat.24/14; 28/19,20).
Sectarians: leave missionary activity to a special group (spiritual), but they prefer less missionary work than the custom of letting the faithful come to themselves.
true believers: they have love among themselves as brothers and therefore do not participate in works that serve war (Genesis 20/13; Roman se.13/10; Jes.2/4).
Sectarians: They do not understand that obedience to God is superior to obedience to the state (Acts 5/29).
true believers: are brothers; some of whom are supervised with increased service tasks (Mat.20/25-27).
Sectarians: strive for power, form a hierarchy and have developed a higher class (spirituality; cf.Mat.23/6-8).
unbiblical teachings .
the doctrine of the immortality of the soul (insinuating hell)
The Bible writers understood by a soul a person as such or an animal.
Christ saw himself as the first creature (Revelation 3/14) and not as part of a triune God.
The sects of Christianity arose from apostasy from true Christianity
Mixing with philosophy (Col.2/8)[1)
Mixing with pagan teachings and customs (1 Cor.10/20,21; 2.Cor.6/14-17)
Intertwining with politics (John 18/36,37; John 17/14; Jak.4/4)
moral decline (homosexuality; extramarital intercourse (1.Cor.6/9,10; Roman s. 1/26,27)
oppression, exploitation, extermination of ethnic groups; all in the name of the “Christian” religion (2.Petr.2/2)
religion into a business (e.g. indulgence trade: 1.Petr.5/2)
Formation of a ruling hierarchy (Mat.23/8-11; 1.Petr.5/3)
demonic miracles (signs) (Mat.7/21; 2.Thess.2/9)
Marriage Ban (Celibacy) (1.Tim.4/1-3)
Image worship (Genesis 20/4)
“Sect” is usually a “diversion” from an existing community of faith.J.eho.vas witnesses have not branched off from any community, but have returned to original Christianity through Bible research alone; according to the prophet Daniel through Bible research:
Dan.12/4 Daniel 12/9-10
The Bible says at this point that in the Last Days (today!) Christians would be there who would return to the original Christianity after the time of apostasy through Bible research.They are considered “serious biblical scholars” or “serious bible researchers”. Became known as Jehovah’s Witnesses in the 1930s.
[1) the word “his” used by the translator in front of the word philosophy is not in the Bible.Paul was referring to Greek philosophy, as can be seen from the phrase “human tradition”.