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  1. I agree with you, and I’m glad I’m not the only one who noticed the problem with the way they handle things. They seem to be quite intolerably harsh and judgmental…what I really abhor is when they tell people that the Jesus they serve/know is not the Jesus of the Bible, or Nazareth, etc. How are they supposed to know that just from a single exchange with the person? It’s terrible and very provoking. They always seem to be set on the edge and are not really open-minded to opposing statements. I just wish they were a lot more understanding and gentler in their responses unless needed otherwise.

    • Hi J and thank you for commenting here
      I wish to commend you, answer you and caution you, if you don’t mind!
      1. Commendation: You seem to have a desire to see increased understanding (your last comments). I like this and consider this the way that the Master did things. It is one of my goals too in what I do, so well done from a person with like-mind.
      2. Answer: Maybe your question was rhetorical but in the case that it wasn’t, it **IS** possible to know things from a single engagement. For example when someone swears you know that they have (certainly at that time) an aggression or an attitude that is not of the Lord. Naming that and calling someone to account for it is perfectly valid – to a point. What should happen naturally then is that when called to account, the subject would (if they listen and obey the Holy Spirit) repent and no longer swear. An apology to the one calling to account is socially acceptable but is not always forthcoming nor required. Most of the time PoT do this – they will engage; call to account and give opportunity for a suspect to turn, and most of the time if or when they do turn, they will acknowledge this and maintain cordial relations. PoT though certainly do tend towards the aggressive and judgmental. I have blogged and said specifically that they are OVER-judgmental. You call it “terrible and very provoking”. In many cases I concur. Not all, but in many, yes I think you are right.
      3. Caution: I’m not accusing you of this J but I issue the caution nonetheless because it is so easy to fall into the same trap as they do . . . what say they are right? This is one of the big things that causes so, so, SO much conflict and tension around Path of Truth (a little around Victor Hafichuk himself and heaps around Paul Cohen), but especially in their detractors. By accusing PoT of being a cult, or being wrong theologically, and laying blame on their leadership for their failings in other areas most detractors fall into the same trap as PoT do – pot calling the kettle black.

      Thanks again for commenting. Keep asking questions and thinking!

      • Hi! Thanks so much for the reply, I really appreciate it!

        1. Thank you!

        2. Well, when I read it again it does sound quite rhetorical! I was just a little upset, especially reading their exchanges with certain people. There are a million ways those could’ve gone a lot better, which would’ve brought harmony and open the way for understanding, because many of those people were acting out of shocked anger (I’m talking about a particular topic). PoT didn’t help when they retaliated with judgmental and aggressive, even insulting statements, and I’m here thinking, so just HOW do they expect these Christians to grow from what they’re telling them if both are barefoot on the same hot ground? They don’t seem to point them anywhere, or try to understand where they’re coming from, but just seem to say “Nah, you’re wrong, and you’re stupid, and I have verses to prove that you’re stupid, so, well, you’re stupid!” (And you never know, many of those could be baby Christians just trying to find their way around! That’s what concerns me too). Many of the things PoT said were right and quite reasonable, but that’s only because I took time to read it in the context provided. As for others, I doubt so. In such a state one can only focus on the apparent tone and ignore the point. It’s really heartbreaking. So much strife.

        3. I understand, and thanks for the caution! I have to constantly remind myself to be careful on how I handle these things, because obviously, it’s easy to see the plank in a brother’s eye but not in mine.

        • > Thanks so much for the reply, I really appreciate it!
          You are welcome.

          > There are a million ways those could’ve gone a lot better, which would’ve brought harmony and open the way for understanding,
          > PoT didn’t help when they retaliated with judgmental and aggressive, even insulting statements
          My response here is to highlight the different values that you and PoT hold which explains things in a way that hopefully ‘makes sense’. Our worldview determines our conduct. The effectiveness of our actions is determined by our goals. In your case you balance truth and love, in my opinion quite well. PoT lean VERY strongly in the direction of truth OVER love, probably the most extreme that I have ever noted in years of observing the body of Christ! I believe that the root cause of this imbalance is pride, first of Victor Hafichuk himself, Path of Truth’s founder and leader and then (more obvious) when it is amplified by the primary mouthpiece Paul Cohen, Victor’s long-term and loyal sidekick. Paul’s pride is validated and semi-justified by his obedience and loyalty to his leader, which BTW is the danger of submitting to ANY human leadership, but that’s another subject for another day! When you track right back, the responsibility for the human misery PoT cause has to be with Victor, alone. When, or more likely IF he ever chooses to repent and bring godly balance to his current caustic conduct (and that of his ever-changing team of adherents) then to my mind his Ministry will allow the Holy Spirit to do greater things, in a better way.

          > HOW do they expect these Christians to grow from what they’re telling them
          This failing (that you rightly allude to here) comes back to their motivations and belief systems. As I see it, Victor, and by extension Paul, are off-kilter in their worldview (as I mention through pride) and they see their role differently to what you or I do. Read Victor’s tome of a biography and you can see very quickly that he is fearless to do what he believes the Lord calls him to. He deserves credit for this, but with his long-term human relationship challenges manifesting a bitterness or hardness or brutality (variously viewed depending on how he handles you), it is his natural way to be confrontational, aggressive and “bugger the consequences” in the emotional areas. The result is that the people whom he attracts come for a season then get burned off and leave mostly disillusioned and hurt. It’s a recurring pattern with PoT going back decades and is typical of people with stunted emotional growth and/or pyschiatric issues. They can be particularly effective and “high functioning” yet have underlying issues that cause us to question their conduct – like you have here.

          > Many of the things PoT said were right and quite reasonable, but that’s only because I took time to read it in the context provided. As for others, I doubt so. In such a state one can only focus on the apparent tone and ignore the point.
          Yes, and sadly this is the thing that I have noted frequently on this blog and in the comments . . . most DON’T do the hard yards and extend some grace. That you have done and continue to engage and think and care is a credit to the balance that you bring to the challenges of the world, like in this case PoT.

          > It’s really heartbreaking. So much strife.
          And I concur. Thank you for bothering to comment here, J.

          • Oh no, Mr. Dennis, thank YOU for taking the time to reply! 🙂 I really appreciate how you handled my comments and concerns, and I appreciate your observations as well.

            I’ve also managed to come close to finishing your email exchanges with PoT. It’s a load, but I’m definitely learning a lot.

            May God bless you and keep enabling you to point others to Him.

            J

  2. Interesting article on the PoT cult, to say the least. However, I don’t share your conclusions that they are a “Christian” group. Having read much of their material, and actually engaging them at one point in time, I can categorically state that they are indeed a CULT, and not “Christian” in any sense of the word. I say this not as one who is a novice in this area, but as someone who has studied the cults both formally (in school) and informally (on my own) for well over 40 years.

    You say that you “do not subscribe to the thought that theology is critical to salvation.” I beg to differ. While I would go so far to say that not ALL theology is critical to salvation, there are essential points of the Christian faith that (1) make it uniquely Christian; and (2) are in fact “critical to salvation.” For example, the doctrine of the Trinity (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are the One God of the Christian faith) is an essential doctrine, which the PoT denies (and actually ridicules). This alone is enough to mark them as a CULT. Other essentials of the Christian faith include the Person & Work of Jesus Christ and salvation by grace apart from works.

    Not only are they a cult theologically, but, as you point out, their behavior is far from becoming a Christian! So sociologically, they also exhibit the characteristics of a cult. (I won’t go into all of these points at this time).

    Final conclusion: the Path of Truth is a CULT, and it is leading people down the path of destruction.

    • Hi Michael & thank you for posting here. I respond briefly to your comments – some of which I accept but others I find equally dogmatic as PoT’s.

      > I can categorically state that they are indeed a CULT, and not “Christian” in any sense of the word.

      You beg to differ but I beg to differ and stand by my assessment that Victor Hafichuk (as leader) is indeed a Christian and I believe that you will be one day meeting him, indeed probably sharing eternity with him! Now he is a highly flawed man with human relationship issues, such as control, excessive harshness and hypocrisy but this is based on more than the spiritual rebellion (i.e evil) that you allude to. It includes his personality, life experiences, life choices and pride. I find that the label “cult” is not constructive to proper analysis. I’ve blogged extensively about Path of Truth, both before and after Paul Cohen’s demise/fall from grace. More is to come too, but I would agree that they demonstrate SOME aspects of cult-like relationships.

      > there are essential points of the Christian faith that (1) make it uniquely Christian; and (2) are in fact “critical to salvation.

      Salvation involves a relationship, not theology best understood and defined by the phrase “Get away from me for I never knew you!” and the stunningly profound theological discourse [sarcasm] on the cross between the two crooks either side of Jesus. If a child can be saved without knowledge of the doctrine of the Trinity, as too untold believers before the doctrine was developed, the basis for your analysis that this is a non-negotiable is weak. Destroying relationship over theology is a mug’s game, one that PoT (and it appears you too) play willingly. In Victor’s case this dueling of bibles is his livelihood. In yours it appears to be vital. I have found that as I have matured in my Christian walk I have become LESS dogmatic (not more) and that my faith has increased in direct proportion to this. Yes, most definitely there is a point of accountability. I don’t think that you have a good or mature handle on this yet.

      > their behavior is far from becoming a Christian! So sociologically, they also exhibit the characteristics of a cult.

      Yes, to a point – their behaviour is definitely confrontational; as I have pointed out excessively judgmental and has many signs of cult-like adherence BUT this comes down to the style and leadership of the head Poncho Victor Hafichuk and does not necessarily indicate a cult in the strict sense of the word.

      > Final conclusion: the Path of Truth is a CULT, and it is leading people down the path of destruction.

      Speak to those who have got caught up in it and have left and you will not find this sentiment put this way – you will find trauma for sure, some extreme, but it is the hypocrisy, politics and personality things that grate with them, not the theology per se. I cannot accept your final conclusion Michael and would like to posit a more reasoned and hopefully informed final conclusion:

      1. The PoT leader is a Christian, albeit a somewhat unique/flawed one;
      2. Theology is not the be all and end all of Christian life, living and ministry – relationship is;
      3. PoT adherents report and demonstrate some signs of cultism, but over all this conduct is peripheral to PoT conduct, not central;
      4. PoT theology is best described as a collection of fringe theology woven into a coherent message. Detractors tend to write them off lock-stock-&-barrel – they too engage deliberately with those whose feathers are easily ruffled. It is an ego thing, on the part of both parties!

      I think “destruction” is too strong a word Michael. “Challenge/trauma/conflict” sure. Thank you again for engaging.

      • I looked through PoT’s statement of believe, it’s the same old United Pentecostal and Jehovah’s Witnesses tired tirade. Except, UPC believes you MUST be water baptized to be saved, Pot thinks that water baptism ended with the Apostles (like Acts). I don’t think they think that Jesus is created like the JWs fortunately. And, these guys missed the message in Galatians about celebrating the Sabbath, it’s is fulfilled in Jesus Christ’s death on the cross and resurrection completion. 99 and a half, just wont do. The Gospel cannot contain additions or dilution.

        • Thank you for commenting Thomas. I try to avoid doctrinal debate – duelling bibles doesn’t excite me – but appreciate the fact that you bothered to write here. Thank you.

  3. They deny hell… so explain the mark of the beast. I totally agree with alot of the things said except the hell part. They are stating it’s a state of being or mind. Not to my knowledge of what scripture says. I did not get saved bc I attended church. I got saved bc God called me out so I totally agree on the cult the church is as well. However to say all will be reconciled to God it just seems weird to me.

    • Thank you for posting here Priscilla. This is a theological issue – one of which I do not claim to be strong in but I think you misquote their position. It was a surprise to me that many good minds within Christendom concur that the everlasting torment aspect of the traditional Hell & Damnation doesn’t stack up and that there are definitely translation issues surrounding the words used for “hell”. In that regard, PoT has good support for their position. Also to say that all will be reconciled oversimplifies PoT’s teaching as well. That said I prefer to avoid theological disputes here.

  4. The path of truth has absolute false gospel sad this here does not see that .They tPoT a true cult . Next those who reject hell are calling Jesus a liar .Without hell there is nothing to be saved from.They also say the silly thing that once Jesus blood is coursing through your veins??? They think like a catholic that you drink his blood . Seem Dennis cannot discern true from false. Also note all the people they call false. I for exposing false but they name those who are clearly in the Biblcial truth .

    • Thank you for contributing here Danny. Your subject is primarily theological in nature therefore I will pass commenting. The claim to have/know/be in absolute truth at all times can only be valid by one who is perfect. Neither I nor Victor [nor you] correspond with that description. I will leave it to Jesus to determine this all. In the meantime the sentiments of my post stand.

  5. I can tell u EXACTLY why pot is guilty of idolatry….
    If u respond I will take the time( brief.. It won’t take long) to elaborate “THE WAY” OF (REAL) TRUTH.
    ALL BLESSINGS & love, TRUE love..
    Guy Dean Hand..

  6. I think you have been fair in your analysis of The Path of Truth folks. One question I have though is the whereabouts of Paul Cohen. Even though he could go off the beam he seemed to me to be a razor sharp blade in terms of intellect. I thought there was a chance he would start his own group. He always was a challenging read. Has he published any further writings?
    Again: appreciate your website!

    • > I think you have been fair in your analysis of The Path of Truth folks.
      Thanks. I do too and work hard to be fair/honest.
      > One question I have though is the whereabouts of Paul Cohen.
      I don’t know and he will likely be too ashamed to speak to me. I did hear that he returned with a reduced role/responsibility but I think he has gone bush from them all now.
      > Even though he could go off the beam he seemed to me to be a razor sharp blade in terms of intellect.
      Yes. High IQ. Lots of energy and (believe it or not) loyalty. Yes I know that he failed Victor but for years he stood by Victor and basically ‘made’ PoT.
      > I thought there was a chance he would start his own group.
      Paul is not a visionary like that. He is a natural hands-on 2IC.
      > He always was a challenging read.
      Remember that he worked as a tight team with Victor. He would write using Victor’s teachings, check it with Victor and then post/send.
      > Has he published any further writings?
      Sorry I do not know but again as a natural 2IC he would be more inclined to speak others’ words. He will need considerable time in order to process the hurt from the dustup with PoT. Much more than Victor. You are best to seek first the direct relationship with Jesus that both Victor and Paul talked about then compare Victor’s words and actions now that he has matured and been humbled, then increase your own intimacy and maturity in the faith IMHO.
      > Again: appreciate your website!
      Thank you for commenting here Andrew

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