One of my friends has turned her back on me because she’s gotten involved with a group that’s wrapped up in some form of mystical meditation and talks about the earth as our mother, and things like that. I don’t know if you’d call it a cult, but she refuses to have anything to do with me now because I’m a Christian. How can I help her? — Mrs. A.F.
The most important thing you can do for your friend is to pray for her, asking God to open her eyes to the truth and point her to Christ, who alone can satisfy her spiritual hunger. God can do what we can’t do.
In my experience, people who become involved in cults or other forms of non-Christian spirituality are often very resistant to the Gospel — at least at first. Down inside, they often have a deep spiritual hunger, and for a time they may believe they’ve found the answer to it. They also don’t want to admit they might be wrong, and their pride gets in the way.
Let your friend know that you care for her and still want to be her friend, in spite of her hostility. At the same time, don’t open yourself to her lifestyle or be misled by her arguments.
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Instead, ask God to help you be an example to her of Christ’s love and peace.
Send your queries to “My Answer,” c/o Billy Graham, Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, 1 Billy Graham Parkway, Charlotte, NC, 28201; call (877) 2-GRAHAM, or visit the website for the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association: www.billygraham.org.