Step 1: Redefine important doctrinal words
This is a Mormon and Jehovah Witness classic. The Mormons say they believe in salvation by grace, but they define it as "Your saved by works after all you can do." This is a clear contradiction of scripture as this ex-Mormon explains
There are lots of other false teachers that have done this, a popular one is N. T. Wright who defines Justification as "Covenant Faithfulness" and faith as "faithfulness." Just imagine how much that screws up the gospel when he quotes Romans 3:21-22 as "Now God's covenant faithfulness has been unveiled through the faithfulness of the Messiah for the benefit of all who are faithful." This is a great way to really confuse people who aren't familiar with the Bible which actually says: "But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets; Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe." Wright does a stellar job of distorting the meaning of a clear verse that teaches about salvation by faith alone in order to preach the heretical doctrine of works righteousness.
Step 2: Make your own translation of the Bible to promote your lies!
This is really just a continuation of step 1. After people keep bringing up those pesky verses that prove your deceptive doctrines wrong, the next step is to make your own Bible that you can point to in order to prove your point. The Jehovah Witnesses have led the way in this department of mis-translation. Their New World Translation messes up the Bible so bad you can barely recognize it, that is, if you're at all familiar with the Bible, which most perspective cult followers aren't, so that works out really well. But you don't have to make big changes to the Bible to teach lies, even little words like "a" put in the right places can alter essential doctrines about Christ's deity. They do this by adding this word in John 1:1 making it say that the Word was "a" God. Witch obviously distorts clear teaching from the Bible that there is only one God (Deteronomy 6:4: “Hear, O Israel! The LORD is our God, the LORD is one!" ) and that Jesus is fully God (as John 1:1 actually says, as well as John 20:28).
N. T. Wright has recently followed this tradition by releasing The Kingdom New Testament in which he applies his redefinition method. He redefines the word "Christ" as "King," which is only one office of the Messiah (Christ), the Anointed One, who came to be Prophet, Priest and King. Wright does this to promote his teaching that Jesus is currently using the church to make all things new - people, governments and nature. Like a lot of false teaching, this is a half truth. It's true that Jesus is the King and that He does want to reign with His people, but the Bible clearly says that that won't happen until Jesus returns, as Jesus says: "I make all things new" (Revelation 21:5); however, that is only a minor change compared to what Wright does with words like "justification" and "faith", as mentioned above. Like most false translations of the Bible, Wright's translation isn't consistent, he translates the Greek word "pistis" as "faithfulness" and as "faith" in Romans 1:16-17: "I'm not ashamed of the good news; it's God's power bringing salvation to everyone who believes - to the Jew first and also, equally to the Greek. This is because God's covenant justice is unveiled in it, from faithfulness to faithfulness. As it is written, 'the just shall live by faith.'"
Step 3: Accuse everybody else of being wrong
This is a classic cult move and every cult does it, but it is done in several different ways. Some use the textbook: "our original leader got a direct revelation from God" - the Mormons and Jehovah's Witnesses are prime examples of this. Others say that there are secrets that no one else has discovered in the Bible until now, false teachers that use this lie are Harold Camping
and (you guessed it) N. T. Wright. In his books like What Saint Paul Really Said he claims that the evangelical understanding of the gospel is based on Martin Luther and that "Paul’s gospel was not a doctrine of how to get saved." So if you'll just forget about Luther and every evangelical preacher of the gospel since the Reformation and follow Wright you'll have everything "Wright", right?
Conclusion: expect opposition
Even though the Devil has been hard at work to destroy the truth, Jesus' promise is still true, "I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it" (Matthew 16:18). It might sound discouraging, but no matter how many lies you put out or who you have telling them, the Lord Jesus will still be pressing on, building His church, and using "the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise..." because "God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty" (1 Corinthians 1:27). You just can't win against the Christ. But if you follow these three steps of cult building you can enjoy a time of wealth and power in this life before you are thrown into the lake of fire for all eternity with "whoever loves and practices a lie" (Revelation 22:15).