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Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NORTHWEST/TELEVISION - BILLY GRA­HAM Write to Billy Gra­ham in care of Billy Gra­ham Evan­ge­lis­tic As­so­ci­a­tion, 1 Billy Gra­ham Park­way, Charlotte, N.C. 28201 or visit the web­site at bil­ly­gra­ham.org

DEAR REV. GRA­HAM: Why do peo­ple get in­volved in cults? I think my cousin has got­ten in­volved in one, but she won’t lis­ten to any of us who try to talk to her about it. In her view, we’re all wrong and her group is the only one that’s right.

— D.L. DEAR D.L: Peo­ple get in­volved in cults for many rea­sons, but of­ten it’s be­cause they are spir­i­tu­ally hun­gry and are search­ing for God — and they hope this group will sat­isfy that hunger. And for a time they may think it has, and they turn their backs on any­one who tries to tell them other­wise. The Bible warns that in the last days “there will be false teach­ers among you” (2 Pe­ter 2:1).

But all cults have one thing in com­mon: they can never bring a per­son into a per­sonal re­la­tion­ship with Je­sus Christ. He alone is the di­vine Son of God who came down from Heaven to save us from our sins, and He alone took upon Him­self our sin and our guilt when He died on the cross for our sal­va­tion. We can­not save our­selves, no mat­ter how hard we try; only Christ can save us.

More than that, Christ alone of­fers us eter­nal life as a free gift — be­cause He has al­ready paid the price for our sal­va­tion. All we have to do is ac­cept His gift, by putting our faith and trust in Him as our Lord and Sav­ior. The Bible says, “Sal­va­tion is found in no one else, for there is no other name un­der heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12).

Pray for your cousin, that God will open her heart to Christ and help her turn away from ev­ery­thing false. And let her know that you still love her — and so does Christ.

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