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Wednesday, Apr. 29, 2015
Gloriavale Christian Community says it is modeled after the first church in Jerusalem.
But the group's beliefs and practices actually mark it as a cult -- both theologically and sociologically.
The group is under increasing media scrutiny as more and more people who have left testify about abuse within the commune. »
Thursday, Apr. 23, 2015
Many Christians believe that either before, or simultaneously with, the Second Coming of Jesus Christ to earth, believers who have died will be raised from the dead and that they -- together with believers who are still alive -- shall be caught up ('raptured') in the clouds to meet Jesus.
But there is a variety of views regarding the timing of this event. »
Tuesday, Apr. 7, 2015
Cults of Christianity misinterpret and misuse the Bible in support of doctrines and/or practices which place them outside the boundaries of the Christian faith.
Here are 20 ways that cults twist the teachings of the Bible. »
Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015
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
"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
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, 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
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. »
Thursday, May. 15, 2014
A brief, verse-by-verse look at 1 Corinthians 14 in which Paul addresses spiritual gifts and manifestations.
Initially written in response to the increasingly odd teachings and practices in the Toronto Blessing and similar so-called 'renewal- and revival movements.' »
Sunday, May. 4, 2014
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 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. »