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The Passantinos have been outspoken opponents of theories regarding cult mind-control.
Bob Passantino passed away on Nov. 17, 2003.
Gretchen passed away in October, 2014.
If you believe in it, it is a religion or perhaps the religion;
and if you do not care one way or another about it, it is a sect;
but if you fear and hate it, it is a cult.
Of course, a religion does not stand or fall with whether or not people believe in it. A sect is not identified by whether or not people care or don’t care about it. The vast majority of apologists and counter-cult ministers neither fear nor hate cults.
Opponents include those who say the gifts have ceased. Others warn that in some movements the emphasis on spiritual gifts – even for the purpose of evangelism – has lead to and attitude of experience over Scripture.
Prabhupada was the founder of ISKCON, the International Society of Krishna Consciousness, whose followers are more popularly known as "Hare Krishnas," who can be frequently seen in public, dancing, chanting and begging for money. ISKCON is a Vishnuite sect that makes the Hindu god Krishna the supreme diety.
– Source: John Ankerberg and John Weldon, Encyclopedia of New Age Beliefs Harvest House Publishers, Oregon, 1996.
Prana is believed to be universal divine energy residing behind the material world (akasa). Prana is said to have five forms, and all energy is thought to be a manifestation of it. Swami Nikhilananada describes it in his Vivekananda – The Yogas and Other Works as "the infinite, omnipresent manifesting power of this universe" (979:592). Perfect control of prana makes one God. One can have "infinite knowledge, infinite power, now”
– Source: John Ankerberg and John Weldon, Encyclopedia of New Age Beliefs, Harvest House Publishers, Eugene, Oregon. 1996. pp 601
The concept of prana is further described as part of this description of the eight limbs of Yoga.
God did extraordinary miracles through Paul, so that even handkerchiefs and aprons that had touched him were taken to the sick, and their illnesses were cured and the evil spirits left them.
– Source: Acts 19:11-12 NIV
Evangelist and Faith Healer Oral Roberts used to mail these cloths imprinted with the following message:
"I prayed over this cloth for God to deliver you–use as a point of contact (Acts 19:11-12). Oral Roberts, Tulsa 2, Okla. It is not necessary to wear the cloth unless you feel you should. It can be used more than once or for more than one person. If you wish to request more, I will be glad to send them to you. The important thing is to use the cloth as a point of contact for the body … I have prayed over this cloth in the name of Jesus of Nazareth and asked Him to heal you when you apply it to your body."
This practice is often abused by money-hungry "evangelists." For example, in 1992, Marilyn Hickey mailed out prayer cloths that, according to the letter, would only work if returned to her along with a seed-faith offer… According to Hickey, "Receiving follows giving."
Probe Ministries is a non-profit corporation whose mission is to reclaim the primacy of Christian thought and values in Western culture through media, education, and literature. In seeking to accomplish this mission, Probe provides perspective on the integration of the academic disciplines and historic Christianity.
In addition, Probe acts as a clearing house, communicating the results of its research to the church and society at large."
NOTE: Recently, a new version of the rumor mentioned has surfaced. This time it is claimed that an unnamed P&G executive appeared on the Sally Jessy Raphael television talk show in March 1998, embracing Satanism. The rumor is false. It is debunked on the home page of the Sally Jessy Raphael Show (Accessed August 10, 1999), as well as in the site’s FAQ section:
Sally listens: Rumor has it that the president of Proctor and Gamble said that he was associated with the Church of Satan. This show supposedly aired on March 1, 1998. I would appreciate more information if you have any, perhaps a tape of the show if available. If this is a hoax, please let me know.
The rumor going around that the president of Procter and Gamble appeared on The Sally Show and announced he was a member of the church of Satan is not true. This a hoax that’s been going around in one form or another for the past 20 years…only originally, it concerned the Phil Donahue Show…then evolved to the Jenny Jones Show…and now it’s evolved to The Sally Show. The president of Procter and Gamble has NEVER appeared on The Sally Show…NEVER. Nor has any other person in authority at P&G. Any president of a multi-national corporation (including the head of P&G or Liz Claiborne) would be immediately fired by the board of directors if he or she did such a thing. Also, profits from any such corporation go to the stockholders…not a church designated by the president. Do not send money in to get a transcript. We do not provide transcripts or video tapes of our shows to the public. Frankly, this thing has gotten out of hand. If we had this man on our show, and he had said what it’s alleged he said, we would have scored a broadcasting scoop and would have trumpeted it to all the newspapers. It would have been to the show’s advantage. But there was no scoop, and there were no headlines.
– Source: Sally: Frequently Asked Questions (Accessed August 10, 1999)
In a letter reprinted on the P&G site, the executive producer of the Sally Jessy Raphael show writes:
There is no truth to the rumor that the CEO of Procter & Gamble appeared on the Sally® Show and embraced satanism. Nothing about this rumor is true. Please do not send any money to the Sally® Show or request a videotape, as this is a complete hoax.
– Source: Letter from Maurice Tunick, Executive Producer
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(May 16, 1999) Judge Tosses P&G’s Lawsuit
(May 12, 1999) Amway Stood To Gain From Rumor
(May 3, 1999) Amway sells Satan rumors, Procter & Gamble claims in court
(May 3, 1999) Federal Trial Opens Against Amway
(Mar. 30, 1999) P&G lawsuit against Amway thrown out
(Mar. 30, 1999) Amway Suit Tossed by Federal Judge
The organization’s statement of purpose:
The Mission of The Prophecy Club®: To inform Christians of current events that confirm Bible Prophecy, and the evil devices of Satan; To warn Christians that judgment is coming to America; To challenge Christians to stop sinning and turn to Jesus with all their heart; To provide a platform for Christian speakers to be heard.
The Prophecy Club’s site states "The Lord started The Prophecy Club® because ‘in general’ churches will not sound the warning." Describing the benefits of membership, it promises: "As a partaker in the ministry, you become a partaker of the anointing, blessing, and protection that is upon The Prophecy Club®."
People associated with this movement call each other apostles and prophets. They have started to establish so-called city-churches under the guidance of Peter Martinez and Stan Johnson.
At Apologetics Index we don’t think ‘The Lord’ started the Prophecy Club.
Reporting on a police search for two missing teenagers, Minnesota-based newspaper the Star Tribune quotes a police officer who says people have been unwilling to help.
“Every person we’ve talked to had the same anti-government, ‘family court sucks’ attitude,” [Lakeville police Lt. Jason] Polinski said.
Polinski was referring to a vocal, passionate group, both in Minnesota and nationwide, that is sometimes called the “Protective Parent” movement. Those in the movement believe that family courts are broken and judges in custody disputes are ordering children to live with abusive parents. Some in the group say the noncustodial parent in these cases has no choice but to hide kids in a loosely organized underground network.
“There are networks, little pockets throughout the country of abuse survivors … who have dug in their heels and are forming ad hoc shelter, refuge for children,” said Amy Neustein, a sociologist in New Jersey who has studied the underground and became a critic of family courts after losing custody of her daughter.
– Source: Police: Network of family court critics is hiding Rucki sisters, Star-Tribune, November 4, 2015
See also: Cult – a theologicial definition (Cult of Christianity)
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(May 11, 1999) Blend of traditional therapy, spirituality going mainstream
(May 5, 1999) Scientology’s attack on Psychiatry
(Apr. 21, 1999) Psychology Research Rarely Recognizes Religion
(Feb. 25, 1999) Religious counseling melds psychology with biblical teachings
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A resource for people interested in psychological aspects of religious belief and behavior.