Understanding Groups We Commonly Encounter

 

 

Christian Liberal Protestant makes up the greatest grouping in both Colorado and in American religion. This is also reflected in our denominational makeup and even in our Congress1.  Christian liberals are in control of our nation, both religiously and politically. While there are a wide range of variations in liberal belief systems, there are unique elements which are true of all Christian liberals.

 

2.1 Conservative, "Protestant" non Catholics

 

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The nature respecter (creation based worshiper) and the atheist share many things in common, but they are also unique. For example, many in both groups  believe in evolution and its commitment to inevitable progress but our first group stresses spirituality while the second group stresses materialism.   In this study we deal with the creation based worshiper and defer the atheist to another study.

 

 

By strict definition atheism denies the existence of a supreme being or beings. Atheists are often observed in one of two categories, the nominal atheist and the committed atheist who genuinely believes that theism is the nemesis of the human race.  For our purposes, we have included the skeptic and agnostic in this grouping because they generally embrace the same reasoning as the atheist.

 

 

Like previous groups mentioned Roman Catholics can be nominal and secular or they can be knowledgeable and committed.  While both need to be understood differently, all genuine Catholics believe that Christ has provided the means for us to realize our salvation through exclusive obedience to the Catholic sacraments and that salvation by faith through the grace of Christ alone is anathema. For our purposes, we are focusing on the seriously committed Roman Catholic in this overview.

 

 

The Mormons, known officially as the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints represent the largest affiliated grouping of any religion which, while claiming to be Christian, is clearly outside of the mainstream of Christianity. It has officially declared all other Christian expressions to be apostate, and holds firmly to its claim to be the restored Church of Jesus Christ.  LDS (Latter Day Saints) sects, commonly called fundamentalists, exist in a variety of expressions and are known for embracing polygamy, an essential element of early Mormon doctrine1.

 

 

 

The Seventh-Day Adventist Church was formally organized on May 21, 1863 and now numbers around 20 million worldwide. Sadly, there simply is no other system which has taught salvation by works while, at the same time, enjoying recognition as being evangelical than Adventism. It is evangelicalism’s Trojan Horse. Our hearts mourn for its dear followers who are in the grip of the writings of Ellen White.

 

 

 

“Would you like to study the Bible?”  This compelling question, asked millions of times each year by clean cut, smiling Watchtower “slaves,” is most likely a clear indicator that you have been approached by one of millions of Jehovah’s Witnesses. Because Watchtower is the world’s most well known sect, resources for understanding and refuting Jehovah’s Witnesses (hereon abbreviated JWs) are also widely available.  Even so, few biblically grounded Christians make an effort to reach these dear lost souls, due either to a lack of personal understanding of JWs or for fear of somehow violating 2 John 10,11. Our study includes only the bare bones basics needed to converse with JWs and is provided in the hopes of stimulating some to dig even deeper into this important opportunity of testimony for Christ.

 

 

On the surface, Freemasons are known as a gentile, male dominated fraternity which has bonded around the principles of self discipline, self advancement, and doing good. There is far more beneath the surface. It has been said that Freemasonry is a fraternity within a fraternity, and couched within that fraternity lies one of the world’s most damning of all religions.  As a mystery religion, it is a pure, creation based, polytheistic expression of ancient Gnosticism which in turn embodies the essence of both Babylonian and Egyptian religion. It is the ultimate ecumenical religion, administered to its initiates in small but compounding doses.

 

 

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2. Conservative “Protestant”  or non Catholics are not a part of this study.  While many non Catholics are correct in rejecting the "Protestant" label they are most generally grouped into evangelicals (the broader term) and fundamentalists (the narrower term).  This site focuses on men and belief systems outside of these categories.  They are listed here because they occupy a large percentage of both affiliated and unaffiliated people in our Colorado study.  Many other states share a comparable statistical percentage.

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