There is no where this is an issue more than in the Messianic community.
That is unfortunate.
For the Messianics as well as the rest of us.
Unfortunate that people can be led down a yellow brick road by their belief, and yes faith, that their superiors could not possibly be wrong.
God is no respecter of persons and it is incumbent upon each to know where they are taught wrong, but up until the past 10 years or so that simply was not possible.
No TV, Radio, and I would guess limited news reporting and books on the subject. Many relying on those traveling preachers, or those who defected from other religions to start
a new one..... and no computer to research from.
They lived blindly and I had always thought if they followed their individual religions
that God would know they had no option and the brainwashing they got was not their fault .
Then it became the information age. No excuses but most still blindly followed the lead from the pulpit or the Sunday school lessons many attend.
A woman I knew, member of the United Methodist Church, back in the 90's her husband died. After the funeral she asked me if I thought he had gone on to heaven.
I should have told her I had no idea but she was upset and so I said yes.
She replied to me ... "I guess he attended enough church."
To her, church attendance only was the ticket to the ride upward.
She now is dead herself and I never did know what either of them believed about Jesus.
Her son did believe... and he also attended church with the folks, or mom when dad didnt.
Another woman who walks and talks and prays and believes.... and only watches "Christian" TV and until health issues always went to her Baptist church every Sunday
and also played the piano for them.... immersed baptized ... She was very upset because her son... married to a Catholic girl ( non practicing) fell slowly away from attending weekly.
She absolutely believed he would not go to heaven by avoiding church. Her minister suggested it was necessary.....
It just saddens me