Opening Prayer: Father, deliver me from the power of the enemy
Previous Knowledge: The teacher should review the lesson for the previous week.
Memory Verse: “Their feet run to evil, and they make haste to shed innocent blood; their thoughts are thoughts of iniquity; wasting and destruction are in their paths.” -Is. 59:7 (NKJV).
Cultism can be traced to the ancient Egyptians. The Egyptians had many magicians who practices occultism and used occult means to acquire more powers. These magicians belong to groups that kept their activities secret (Ex. 7:11). The spread and explosion of cultism to other nations of the world happened for diverse reasons. Cultism is otherwise known as a secret cult or secret society.
LESSON AIM: To teach young people to avoid cultism.
TEACHING OBJECTIVES: Through this study, youths should be able to a. Understand the meaning of cultism.
b. Identify the activities of cultists.
c. Understand the consequences of being involved in cultism.
d. Discover how to take precautions.
TEACHING PLAN: To achieve the above-stated objectives, the teacher should:
a. Allow the students to recite the memory verse, read the bible passage, contribute to the discussion, and do class activities and assignments.
b. Allow the Assistant Teachers to see to the well-being of the class, and mark attendance and assignment.
c. Teach the Lesson outlines, summarise, conclude, evaluate the lesson and give assignments to the students.
TEXT REVIEW: Prov. 1:10-19.
In this Passage:
A. We are advised not to yield to the enticement of sinners when they ask us to. V10
i. Lay in wait for blood and wait secretly for the innocent soul without a cause. V11.
ii. ………………………………………….. v12.
B. we are further admonished not to follow them or take their path because v15.
Teaching Method: Discussion Method.
Time Management: Teachers should apply two-lesson outlines teaching time.
LESSON OUTLINE 1: DESCRIPTION AND CONSEQUENCES
The teacher should allow the youth to bear their mind on the subject of cultism and guide the class through the following:
A. Description of Cultism
i. A cult is a group of people who have extreme beliefs and ideas which only members have access to.
ii. Cultism is an association or organisation of people whose membership, initiation, policies and activities are done secretly.
iii. The activities are carried out at odd hours of the day and are at variance with the accepted norms of society.
iv. Cultism cuts across all spectra of society. However, the youths are the most vulnerable.
v. Occultic groups use signs and symbols such as green ribbons on berets, crossbones, human skull, axes and so on. They usually adopt some handgrip as means of mutual recognition among the member.
B. Consequences of Cultism
i. Although the benefits promised members of secret cults may be enticing, the reality is that cultism is ‘suicidal’.
ii. It leads to fear, insecurity, failure, shedding of innocent blood, and destruction of lives, destinies and properties.
iii. When caught, it gives bad names to the family.
iv. Cultism attracts God’s punishment and causes spiritual death and loss of eternal life among others (Romans 1:18; Col. 3:5-6).
C. A Child OF God must not allow anything or anyone to turn him or her into joining a cult group (Ps. 1:1).
D. Just like fornication. and all uncleanliness or covetousness. cultism should not be named at all among believers. (Eph. 5:3).
CLASS ACTIVITY 1: Students should discuss the impact of cultism on the youth.
LESSON OUTLINE 2: ACTIVITIES AND PRECAUTIONS
A. Scripture warns us against fellowshipping with them (Eph. 5:11). because their activities have negative effects on both members and non-members.
Teachers should allow the students to mention some of the activities of cultists.
a. The activities of these cults take various destructive forms which include:
i. Consumption of alcohol and hard drugs that tend to give false courage.
ii. Stealing, Violent behaviours, killing, use of guns and dangerous weapons, torture, sexual harassment, stripping to the pants and flogging.
iii. Making destructive cult marks on the bodies of new members with red hot swords during initiation (Romans 3:15-18).
b. Regardless of the motives for setting up or joining a cult group, it is shameful to imagine the evil they perpetrate and the destruction they cause to themselves and their victims (Eph. 5:12; Romans 6:21).
B. To avoid being lured into cultism, a Christian must take the following precautions:
- Stand firm on your faith and do not allow situations or circumstances to dictate your position in Christ. This can lead one into bondage (Gal. 5:1).
- Dissociate yourself from friends, class/course/roommates, family members etc whose ways of life are suspicious. Let them know your stand in the Lord (Prov. 1:10; 1 Cor. 15:33).
- Let your fellowship with God and the brethren be strong (Matt. 22:37-39). Spend your spare time with godly people (Heb. 10:25).
- Avoid misrepresentation of your person. Let people see you as a genuine child of God in your mode of dressing, use of language/slang, gesture etc (2 Cot. 6:17-18).
C. If you are already a cultist, you must be ready to cut ties with the group and believe that Jesus can save you. It is important to seek counsel from a matured Christian. You must confess your sins, renounce your membership and accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour (Romans 10:9-13; Prov. 24:6).
CLASS ACTIVITY 2: Students should discuss other ways that youths can steer clear of cultism.
SUMMARY: Cultism is evil and has grave consequences. Youths should beware of the activities of cultists and take necessary precautions in other not to be a victim.
CONCLUSION: Shun cultism. It only leads to the destruction of lives and destinies.
EVALUATION: How can a Christian avoid being lured into cultism?
CLOSING PRAYER: Father, guide me against every appearance and activity of cultism.
ASSIGNMENT: Mention five (5) consequences of cultism (2×5=10Marks).
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