Thank you, Loquat. I agree with you totally. This is why a private conversation with Ed would have been a total waste of time. He does not understand why I did not discuss this with him in private. By posting in his thread, which he posted on a public forum, I was able to warn his readers who have an ear to hear. It was totally predictable that he would not listen.
You said: "God does not make personal revelations to ppl that confirm their own predisposition to cherry-pick the bits with which they agree, and destroy the authority of His own Word." This is so true. This is how Christian cults get started. They use Christian words to get people to believe that they are Christian, but the gospel that they preach is another gospel with another Jesus. The other gospel and the other Jesus is false and leads to destruction, not salvation.
People who start these cults claim some super relationship with God that makes others feel like they have no hope of attaining this so they must follow the one who does. The sad part is that so many believe them. So, yes, this is how Christian cults get started. Why are so many so quick to believe these types? Is it spiritual laziness? After all, we all can seek God. Is it feelings of inferiority thinking that God really does have favorites? If people would just study the Bible they would see that God is no respecter of persons. The Bible says "Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you." That is for everyone. Yes, everyone can have a personal relationship with the living God. It is up to each person just how deep and how strong that relationship will be.