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Wednesday, Jul. 29, 2015
Theologically Iglesia ni Cristo is a cult of Christianity because it denies essential doctrines of the Christian faith.
Sociologically the movement has cult-like elements as well.
We provide research resources for those who are confronted by this fast-growing religious movement. »
Monday, Jul. 20, 2015
The Quran states that Muslims, Jews and Christians worship the same God. However, when compared with the Jewish and Christian scriptures, the teachings of Quran show that Allah is not the same God worshipped by Jews and Christians.
In fact, neither Christianity nor Islam can logically endorse the other religion’s distinctive claims and practices without denying its own. »
Tuesday, Jul. 7, 2015
Chapter 1 of the book, "Churches That Abuse," by Ronald M. Enroth.
An introduction to the problem of abusive churches and spiritual abuse.
The entire bestselling book is available here, courtesy of the author. »
Wednesday, Jun. 24, 2015
The Word of Faith Movement (also known as Word-Faith or simply Faith Movement) is a popular, diverse subculture within the Christian Church.
It is primarily known for its emphasis on the pursuit of health and especially wealth (the so-called "Prosperity Gospel").
The movement's teachers claim that both can be obtained through "positive confession" and/or "acts of faith" -- more often than not donating money to those teachers, or by throwing away medicines. »
Tuesday, Jun. 2, 2015
Are women allowed to teach or pastor other Christians? There is disagreement between, and within, denominations.
Viewpoints include the Traditional or Complementarian view, the Egalitarian view, and the Developing Egalitarian view. »
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. »