I need help and I don’t know what to do. My cousin is in a cult called The Way International. I have been into apologetics since I was a teen and I know all about them- but not everyone has time to study apologetics. My entire family is Catholic and good Catholics- but they don’t have the time to study up on them so they rely on me to tell them if groups are cults or not.
My cousin keeps pressuring me that she wants to come and visit- but this is making me have panic attacks because I know how sneaky cults can be. She wants to seduce them into her false teaching. It’s the not the same as a Baptist or Presbyterian coming to visit. Even though they are a cult, to her credit she spends her entire day studying “her version” of the bible and is more knowledgable than my extended family. My family are brick-layers and coal miners and don’t have time to study the bible and memorize verses like she does so they will be at a disadvantage.
Our whole family life revolves around Jesus, and the Church, and the Eucharist, and the Bible- so when I told my mom that they don’t believe Jesus is God and that my cousin wants to come here and her life revolves around spreading that concept, my mom said “She is not welcome in this house then”.
I don’t know what to do or how to handle this situation. If we allow her to visit- she will try to seduce my family. If I don’t allow her- I will feel bad because that seems unloving and she keeps crying to me about how much she loves our family and thinks about us everyday.
FYI: The Way International teaches:
- First and foremost- Jesus Christ is NOT God.
- Only the letters of Paul are considered “the Bible”. I can’t argue the Bible with her because they have created their own self-defeating cycle where they will only accept scriptures from Paul. And even then- they will say the greek or aramaic word doesn’t mean what it says in english, plus something called “orientalisms”. They talk about that alot. Apparently “Orientalisms in the Bible” to them mean “it means something different”, like when the apostle said “My Lord and my God!” she said “Oh that’s an orientalism”.
- Word-of-Faith (ie. Positive thinking) theology.
- HyperGrace. They think we are under the Grace Administration now and there is no such thing as Sin and we can’t sin and repentance is silly and holiness is stupid.
I’m just very depressed now.