List of psuedo-Christian cults that teach works-based salvation

It has come to my attention (since I became a Christian in the summer of 1999, that is.) that there are fake Christians who teach works based salvation or teach that it is okay for others to believe in works based salvation.

We are not saved by baptism, communion, confession to a priest, etc. We are saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ. Ephesians 2:8-9

Some notable occults that teach works based salvation:

Roman Catholicism

Calvinism (John Calvin taught baptismal regeneration. See Infant Baptism—Is It Christian? . Also predestination presents a distorted view of salvation.)

Methodism (John Wesley also taught baptismal regeneration.)

Seventh Day Adventist (While not all adventists believe in works-based salvation, it is the churches official doctrine.)

Lutheranism (Martin Luther was not a Christian. He taught baptismal regeneration, Mary worship, and antinomianism)

Church of Christ (Teaches baptismal regeneration.)

Oneness Pentecostal (Teaches salvation by baptism, good works, and being baptized in the Holy Ghost (which is not a work) )

Worldwide Church of God

United Church of God

Salvation Army (supports and respects Roman Catholicism! )


18 responses to “List of psuedo-Christian cults that teach works-based salvation

  1. Adventists? Works-based?

    You’ve got to be joking. These people have THE biggest celebrations around!

  2. Doug Herrmann

    I would be interested in your source that indicates salvation by works as the official doctrine of the Seventh Day Adventist church. Thanks.

  3. Look at the Seventh Day Adventist website. Their official doctrine is listed there.

  4. Doug Herrmann

    I did. I don’t see what you’re seeing. Number 10 come across as grace not works to me.

  5. Unfortunately, these cult accusations are all false, as proven here:

  6. “Baptism is a symbol of our union with Christ, the forgiveness of our sins, and our reception of the Holy Spirit.”

    Yes, Seventh Day Adventist is an occult.

  7. georgeamarcelo

    What Christian denominations do you consider as not occult?

  8. George,

    I consider any denomination that teaches the true gospel (no two-house theology, no works based salvation, no mysticism, etc.) as not occult. However, this is not an endorsement for the concept of denominations. Rather, I am tired of people being hurt by lying pastors who preach another Christ.

  9. georgeamarcelo

    Yes, we need to prayerfully study our Bibles. We were warned by God about “wolves in sheeps clothing”.

  10. Rashad,

    If anything, I think this post highlights how deceived we can become when enamored with denominational thinking. Those who argue in favor of the 7th Day Adventists overlook the fact that they believe one is not truly a Christian if one does not worship on the 7th day of the week, our Saturday.

    Most of the various denominations we have today were offshoots from the Roman Catholic Church and the majority of them did not break off completely from the cult. That’s why we see ecumenism in churches today, because ultimately the Roman Catholic Church wants them all back under their apostate system and have infiltrated churches, seminaries, and political offices to get it done. The so-called Reformation did not make enough reforms.

  11. I’m grateful I was able to escape denominational thinking, finally, a few years ago. I would say any assembly that pushes membership, “tithing,” baptizing in water or anything that you must “do” other than to show up interested in learning about your KJ bible is on the wrong track. I meet several times a week with a group of likeminded believers in a rented union hall a few times a week. On a
    “good” Sunday we have as many as 40 people show up. We don’t “do” entertainment (no talking in tongues, no “special” singing, no special programs for the kiddies), we’re there to study to show ourselves approved, and any saved man prepared with a doctrinally correct lesson is welcome to teach. And no, we are not a cult. We sing congregational hymns that have correct doctrine. Sorry, no choir, no celebration of xmass or other pagan holidays, either. We do a carry-in dinner once per month. We know we’re unique, and none of us would return to what was before. I’m a saved former roman catholic, then spent 20 years in independent baptist churches. Baptists claim you’re saved by faith alone, but you WILL be pressured to be baptized and “join” so you can “tithe,” so I now question that most baptists truly understand salvation by grace, frankly. Websites worthy to check out: and

  12. You have got to be joking about Calvinism… That’s like the antithesis of works-based salvation.

    In fact, it it THE response to the heresy of works-based salvation for the church.

  13. misterinvisible

    I’m not Calvinist, but I have learned a few thing that I do think are NOT biblical about them, but I won’t go into detail. It’s good that they don’t believe that works are needed for salvation (why do Catholics?) , but one thing that Calvinists seem to believe is regeneration through water baptism. Regeneration doesn’t happen through that kind of baptism. It comes from the holy ghost…that’s what you want to be baptized in.

  14. I am a third generation Sevetnth-Day Adventists. I have been in and out of the churh. I make no claim to it’s perfection. Because it is not. Like most denomanations we see liberal veiws and hard core legalisim. I don’t follow blindly or cling to the church for salvation. The world is looking for acceptance. Good news! God accepts you right now just as you are. God also give us the free gift of eternal life. “You can’t earn it and it is impossible to be perfect.” Faith and his grace is our salvation period.” Now when you have accepted his free gift to you. In time through prayer and [personal bible study] you will follow him out of love and choice. I didn’t really get it until I became a Dad. We love our children even when their bad. We don’t stop loving them. We give them house rule to live by to teach them and grow up to be good parents themsevles. I believe there is not one person on this planet we should follow to find salvation. God and his word is the only thing we can have complete truth in.

  15. Lutherans arguably believe in baptismal regeneration, Calvin didn’t. Some modern day academic Reformed (i.e. Calvinist) types do tend to default to baptismal regeneration simply because they don’t have the pure and whole Word of God and hence have not been regenerated by the Word and the Spirit, so they simply don’t understand what regeneration is. They are prideful, and arrogant, and really very unteachable; but you can’t define Calvinism by them.

    Most everything comes back to the 19th century downgrade on the Word of God. If you can’t see that downgrade you simple don’t have the Spirit of truth which is necessary to see it.

  16. To Sis Cindy M.
    I think I know who you are, as I also am a former denominational “captive”, who has, for the past 11 years, known of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the Mystery given to Paul, who was chosen by the resurrected, exalted Lord to be the apostle to the Gentiles! (See Romans 16:25, Ephesians 3:1 – 9!)
    I can be often found in Pastor Mark Mumma’s dispensational Pal Talk room on the Internet on Sunday mornings and Thursday evenings, and I am in total agreement with what you have written, dear sister!
    WATER baptism, tithing, fasting, etc., are not for this, the dispensation of the Grace of God, (Ephesians 3:2); those works have to do with Israel, and many who are members of the Body of Christ would understand this if only they would obey II Timothy 2:15!
    The ONLY baptism that matters in this current dispensation is found in I Corinthians 12:13, whereby GOD THE HOLY SPIRIT HIMSELF baptizes—the word baptism means IDENTIFIED WITH, and does not ALWAYS denote WATER—any person who believes the Gospel which Paul was commissioned by our Lord to preach (Acts 20:24)!
    I’m just now making my comments today on Saturday, September 12, 2009, as this is the first time I’ve seen this page!
    Ephesians 2:8 – 9 and Romans 1:16 also!