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Two brothers who tried to leave the “Word of Life ‘Christian’ Church,” a cult in New Hartford, New York, were beaten by their parents, Bruce and Deborah Leonard, and other members of the “church,” killing one boy and seriously injuring the other.

Lucas Leonard, 19, succumbed to his injuries and died Monday, and his brother, Christopher, 17, remains in serious condition in the hospital.

According to witnesses, the parents, and other members of the cult, tried to force the two boys to stay in the cult and “repent of their sins.”

The Word of God tells us,

“This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come, for men shall be lovers of their own selves…without natural affection…ever learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth” 2 Timothy 3:1-7.

These two parents are not Christians, nor are any of those who helped them torture these boys, beating one of them to death. They are members of a cult and they have nothing to do with God, or His Holy Word.

This sick disaster reminds me of the Jonestown massacre.

If you are a Christian, but you don’t know God’s Word for yourself, you could end up in a serious mess, or even dead! The Word of God tells us to study it for ourselves, so we don’t fall into deception (2 Timothy 2:15).

The entire New Testament scriptures are about accepting God’s offer of forgiveness “freely.” The Word of God specifically teaches us that it is against God’s commandments to kill (Romans 13:9).

Jesus said,

“Whosoever shall not receive you, nor hear you, when you depart thence, shake off the dust under your feet for a testimony against them…” Mark 6:11.

There are many scriptures throughout the New Testament which clearly tell God’s people not to try to force the gospel on anyone. Jesus was our example and He never forced anyone to receive his testimony.

These parents and other members of the “Word of Life ‘Christian’ Church” are obviously ignorant of God’s Holy Word. Anytime you enter a church that seeks to control you, you need to run, not walk, but run out of that place.

Jesus is a gentle Savior. He offers salvation to all who will accept, but He did not enter the world as a bully, dictator, tyrant, or anything like that. In fact, when Christ came to earth, He did not come to condemn the world, but to save those who will freely receive Him.

“God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved” John 3:17.

At the end of time, Christ will return and exact judgment, but not until then (Revelation 20:10-15). In the meantime, we, as Christians, have not been given the authority to usurp His power to judge anyone. We are to judge between good and evil and “eschew evil, and do good” (1 Peter 3:11), but judge no one. 

The Word of God tells us,

“The natural man receives not the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness unto him, neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned” 1 Corinthians 2:14.

The proud, high-minded, self-centered, egotistical false teachers and prophets are deceived and only bring a reproach to the name of Christ. Stay away from them and avoid them, because we are living in that generation Jesus warned us about in Matthew 24. During that dissertation with His disciples, He said, not once, not twice, but three times (in that one chapter) to BEWARE of false prophets and teachers!

Hundreds of Bible prophecies have been fulfilled and those remaining will surely come to pass. Are you prepared to stand before God and give an account of the life you have lived on this earth? If not, salvation is only a prayer away. Please visit the How Can I Be Saved page – your eternal destiny depends on it. God bless you.