I once asked someone close to me, who was involved with a cult-type religious organization, if she ever studied the foundation of the organization to which she had devoted her life. The answer was no. I then asked if she would be willing to research it and she told me that God told her not to study it.
This was a huge red flag.
She went on to tell me that the history of the organization didn’t matter.
Now, the red flag is waving.
One of the fundamental principals of any cult is to tell their followers it is not necessary to study the foundational origins of the group. Why? Because most, if not all, cult organizations start out on a foundation of falsehood. The founders don’t want their followers to find the falsehood and the lies; so they bury it. Those that don’t bury twist (and often re-write) Scripture to try and justify it. This is Cult 101.
For example: IHOP founder, Mike Bickle, says that the prophetic words that have come out of the International House of Prayer movement have been inaccurate because they were going through a phase of restructuring, and that prophesy itself is conditional, and that New Testament Prophets are allowed to make mistakes, whereas Old Testatment Prophets prophesied correctly. None of this is even Biblical.
Bottom Line: If a prophesy is given from God it is NOT conditional and it will NEVER be inaccurate, no matter how much “restructuring” is going on in life.
To the point that the history of an organization doesn’t matter…untrue. History matters because we are to learn from it. If history didn’t matter, then why did God take the time to place the Old Testament in the Bible? If history didn’t matter, why do we study it in school? The truth is the history of every organization matters because it lays the groundwork and the structure and the cornerstone for what that organization will become.
In the King James version of the Bible, the word knowledge appears 172 times. Countless times the Bible tells us to seek wisdom and knowledge…to ask, to search, to knock, to find, to keep on seeking, etc. Over and over and over God says this, which tells me, it must be somewhat important to Him. He must want us to acquire wisdom and search after knowledge; or else why would He say it so many times? Even more interesting is the fact that the Bible doesn’t specify upon WHAT topic we are to seek wisdom and knowledge. It doesn’t say ONLY learn what you can about religion or politics or economics or spirituatlity or any other topic for that matter. It is open ended, meaning seek wisdom and knowledge about everything….take EVERYTHING to Him and search it out for yourself…
….including the foundational origins of an organization to which you have devoted your life. Period.
God will never tell you NOT to search for knowledge and seek wisdom because HE already told you to do it in His Word and HE doesn’t contradict His Word, nor manipulate it, nor twist it. Only liars do that. Only cult leaders do that. Only serpents do…as they have done since the beginning of time. ~