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Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015

Christian Science mother church in Boston
Christian science (The First Church of Christ, Scientist) is neither Christian nor scientific.

This religious movement's denial and/or re-interpretation of key Biblical doctrines mark it as, theologically, a cult of Christianity.

Nevertheless, in many U.S. states the Federal Government has granted Christian Science religious exemptions which, in the eyes of many, has led to needless suffering and preventable deaths as the church's followers apply its version of 'faith healing.' »

Friday, Jan. 16, 2015

scientology costs everything
"Dead Agenting" is Scientology jargon for a policy instituted by L. Ron Hubbard, the cult's founder, in which Scientologists attempt to discredit critics.

Reportedly a prime example of the practice will be seen ahead of the premiere of Alex Gibney's documentary, "Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief." »

Saturday, Jan. 3, 2015

Truth is not measured by the pleasant feelings it elicits and truth-telling is not determined by the pleasantness of the sentiments expressed.

Whereas some Christians seem to think that the ultimate virtue is to be agreeable, God's, true spokespeople never sacrifice accuracy for agreeableness. »

Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014

Grace: revolution or rebellion?
An old teaching has been recently reinvigorated.

Its advocates claim the teaching is a “grace revolution.” But many critics see it as merely a fresh spin given to the rebellious, ancient heresy of Antinomianism. »

Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014

Muslims believe the Torah and the Gospel have been changed and corrupted over time.

Consequently, the Quran was needed to correct the errors in the corrupted books. It finalizes the truth from God as transmitted from the archangel Gabriel, recited by the prophet Muhammad, and written down into the Arabic language. »

Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014

Mark Driscoll
Mark Driscoll, dubbed the "Cussing Pastor" of Mars Hill Church, faces increasing opposition from people who question his controversial behavior.

In the wake of recent controversies regarding plagiarism and apparent manipulation of the bestselling books list, many who consider his autocratic leadership style to be abusive -- spiritually and otherwise -- are now speaking out.

Driscoll's lie that his critics are 'anonymous' has given new impetus to calls for his resignation. »

Sunday, Jun. 22, 2014

Rainbow Gathering
The Rainbow Family is a leaderless, nomadic intentional community of individuals committed to principles of non-violence and egalitarianism.

The movement, which has no official organization, is best known for its Rainbow Gatherings. »

Sunday, May. 4, 2014

7 Habit of Highly Effective People
Published nearly 26 years ago, Stephen Covey's development training program, "The 7 Habits Of Highly Effective People" today is as popular as ever.

But most people who use it are unaware of the fact that Covey has discovered how to communicate Mormon teachings to non-Mormons by simply changing his vocabulary.

Bill Gordon explains that a study of Covey's writings reveal the Mormon ideas and beliefs behind many of the principles found in 7 Habits. »

Friday, May. 2, 2014

L Ron Hubbard
L. Ron Hubbard was an American author. He is best known as the founder of the Church of Scientology.

Scientologists do not 'worship' Hubbard, but they do hold him in high regard -- even though he has been exposed as a fantastist who lied about his life and accomplishments. »

Tuesday, Apr. 29, 2014

The Bible clearly commands us to change our sinful ways but also makes clear that we must rely on God's strength to do so. »

Tuesday, Apr. 8, 2014

Hebrew Roots (or Hebraic Roots, Jewish Roots) is a diverse, global religious movement with no central leadership and no ecclesiastical structure. Consequently it includes many variations and gradations of teachings and practices -- ranging from orthodox to heretical.

The movement nevertheless has one common emphasis: to restore the 'Jewishness of Christianity.' And it has one common characteristic: it departs from orthodox, biblical Christianity. »

Monday, Feb. 17, 2014

'Prophet' Bob Jones
False prophet Bob Jones, the most controversial of the controversial 'Kansas City Prophets,' has died.

Supported by such men as Rick Joyner, Mike Bickle and Bill Johson, Jones was a prominent figure in the New Apostolic Reformation -- a heterodox movement in Protestant Christianity »

Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013

A highly acclaimed biography of L. Ron Hubbard, exposing both his lies and those of the church of Scientology about his live, will be reprinted soon.

Throughout its history the Church of Scientology has not only failed to denounce and disavow Hubbard's fantasies, but has itself greatly contributed to the body of fiction surrounding its founder. »

Friday, Dec. 6, 2013

Lust for a feeling of spiritual superiority can be exploited by dishonest or abusive leaders. »

Tuesday, Sep. 24, 2013

Updated: Learn more about al-Shabaab, the Somalia-based Islamist terrorist group behind the September, 2013, attack on a shopping mall in Nairobi, Kenya. »

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