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Unashamedly Pro-Israel
Irrevocably Zionist
“… out of Tziyon will go forth Torah, the word of ADONAI from Yerushalayim.”
(Isaiah 2:3)

If your life is not in jeopardy for what you believe, you’re probably on the wrong side!
“Indeed, all who want to live a godly life united with the Messiah Yeshua will be persecuted.” (2Tim 3:12)
It is what you actually believe that determines how you walk out your faith, “but avoid stupid controversies, genealogies, quarrels and fights about the Torah; because they are worthless and futile.” (Titus 3:9)

Please Note: Nothing on this website should be taken as anti-Church. I am not anti-anything or anyone. I am only pro-Torah and pro-Truth. Sometimes the Truth upsets our long-held beliefs. Why isn’t my theology consistent throughout this website?

Cults and World Religions

Please Note Well — It is not my intent to belittle, unduly criticize, or “bash” anyone who may hold religious persuasions or opinions other than my own. Even though I may absolutely and totally disagree with your opinion, I will defend to the death your God-given right to hold it. Since this website was originally launched in 1995, I have continually held the position that I am not “anti-”anybody; I am only pro-Truth [click here for the definition of “Truth”].
   I firmly believe that it can be proven with absolute certainty that the Bible, and the Bible only, is the revealed Word of God, and is the standard by which all knowledge and opinion must be judged. Information on this website that concerns non-Biblical religious beliefs is provided for the sole purpose of comparing those beliefs with the Revealed Truth of the Bible. I also attempt to demonstrate how far the Body of Messiah has drifted from its Jewish origins. We earnestly await the return of Messiah and the “Restoration of All Things” as promised by the prophets. If you disagree with my position, please click this link before emailing me.

An Introduction to
World Religions

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The Great Religions of the World

In order to effectively share the Gospel of the Kingdom of God with a non-believer it is always a good idea to have at least some idea of what that person already believes. Remember that when Rav Sha'ul addressed the people in Athens (Acts 17:16-34) he began his message to them by mentioning that they had in their city an alter to “an unknown god.” From that point he was able to tell them that the god that they considered “unknown” was the only true God. He started from a point in their own belief system and from there was able to share the Gospel with them.

King Solomon once said, “There is nothing new under the sun” (Ecclesiastes 1:9). Virtually all of the cults that the Bible-believer will encounter are either based on old heresies that have been dusted off and given a fresh coat of paint to make them look new, or they are simply a Westernized version of one or more of the religions of man.

This section provides a brief summary of the core teachings of many of the world religions and the cults that are derived from them.

General Information on World Religions







Babylon Mystery Religion


What America Needs to Understand About Radical Islam

Allah Is Not God

Some Evangelicals Declare Allah is God

The Rise of Islam

The History of Islam

Major Sects of Islam

Minor Sects of Islam

The Five Pillars of Islam

The Six Doctrines of Islam

Can a “Good Muslim” Be a “Good American?”

A Moderate Muslim Speaks Out

A Muslim Response

A Messianic Jewish Response

The Vocabulary of











Many of the documents in this site are compiled from a series of lectures on the cults and world religions delivered by Professors Rickard (Ari) Levitt-Sawyer, ThM, ThD, DMin, MA, MBA, ND and Grady L. Davis, BD, MCM, PhD in the Department of Comparative Religion on the Alameda, California, campus of Golden State School of Theology from 1979 to 1985, and in numerous churches in California and Tennessee from 1983 to 1995. Some minor editorial changes have been made to present a more Messianic Jewish viewpoint than that of the original Baptist-oriented presentation. (Golden State ceased operations on March 31, 2020)

Page last revised on Tuesday, 16 June 2020

Page last updated on Tuesday, 03 October 2023 01:17 PM
(Updates are generally minor formatting or editorial changes.
Major content changes are identified as "Revisions”)

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