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Firmage, Joe

Former CEO who left his company to pursue his interest in UFOs. The organization he founded is called "The Truth". Site: www.thewordistruth.org

All roads in the Firmage universe lead to UFOs. For Firmage, the visions reported by prophets and religious figures -- including Joseph Smith, founder of the Mormon faith -- are strikingly reminiscent of modern encounters with aliens.

Grey Zone, Unsure, or Offkey Aberrational, Heretical, Heterodox, Suborthodox or Unorthodox Fish, Darwin

Unbalanced, caustic critic with an "everyone's a heretic, except me" approach.

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Christian Darwin Fish FAQoffsite by Phil Johnson, executive Director of John MacArthur's "Grace to You" program.

Fisher, Barry

Religious liberty attorney recommended by the Scientology-backed CAN. A defender of cults.

Five-Fold Ministry

One of the "truths" supposedly restored in the Latter-Rain movement.

It has recently become popular to speak of "the five-fold ministry," a system of church government with apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, and teachers. The neo-Pentecostal "Restoration" movement and its offshoot, "kingdom now" teaching, claims that one of the things which God is "restoring" to the church is this five-fold ministry.

Five Percent

 referral See this page Also known as "Nation of Gods and Earths." That phrase refers to one of the basic tenets of the Five Percent movement: blacks are gods and women are earths. Members are known as "Five Percenters." "Five Percent" refers to the belief that only five percent of all people knows and teaches the truth. Ten percent conspires to hide the truth.

The movement calls itself "a culture" and "a way of life" and rejects being called a religion. It's teachings are referred to as "Supreme Mathematics."

(...) For the Five Percent, education and family are of prime importance. The word "peace" is central to the teachings. The 34-year-old movement rejects drinking, drugs and fornication.

It also rejects most accepted history, authority and organized religion. The black man, the Five Percent teaches, is god.
(...)

They draw in part from the Nation of Islam, such as the teaching that a scientist created the white man from the black man, who in turn tricked the black man into slavery.

Teachings speak of Allah as supreme being. Each man is god only of his own universe, his family, and not of other people.

While only black men are gods, others who accept the knowledge of the Five Percent can become "civilized people."
Source: Prison-based movement stirs debate, Bakerfield Californian, Dec. 5, 1998

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secular Islam in the Mix: Lessons of the Five Percent by Ted Swedenburg

- News Database -   » About this News Archive
(Dec. 5, 1998) Prison-based movement stirs debate

Grey Zone, Unsure, or Offkey Flashpointoffsite

Texe Marrs - through his "Living Truth Ministries" - presents hype, conspiracy theories, outrageous speculations, and various other unbalanced materials. Makes the National Enquirer look like an academic publication.
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Flores de Leon, Dick and Suyapa

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Focus On The Family

"Dedicated to the preservation of the home," Focus on the Family is...

...an international organization with more than 74 different ministries requiring nearly 1,300 employees. On the now-daily broadcast heard on over 4,000 facilities worldwide, Dr. Dobson still explores family issues, usually with one or more recognized experts as guests.

Meanwhile, other parts of the organization produce six additional broadcasts, ten magazines sent to more than 2.3 million people a month, award-winning books, films and videos. Focus also responds to as many as 55,000 letters a week, offers professional counseling and referrals to a network of 1,500 therapists, and addresses public policy and cultural issues.
About Focusoffsite (Accessed Aug. 3, 1999)
Focus on the Family's mission statement is: "To cooperate with the Holy Spirit in sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ with as many people as possible by nurturing and defending the God-ordained institution of the family and promoting biblical truths worldwide."

It's guiding principles are as followes:
Since Focus on the Family's primary reason for existence is to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ through a practical outreach to homes, we have firm beliefs about both the Christian faith and the importance of the family. This ministry is therefore based upon six guiding philosophies that are apparent at every level throughout the organization. These "pillars" are drawn from the wisdom of the Bible and the Judeo-Christian ethic, rather than from the humanistic notions of today's theorists. In short, Focus on the Family is a reflection of what we believe to be the recommendations of the Creator Himself, who ordained the family and gave it His blessing.

In 1997, co-founder and long-time Dobson aide Gil Alexander-Moegerly left the organization, claiming to be disillusioned with Focus on the Family's increasing emphasis on politics. He published a book titled "James Dobson's War on America," and posted critical information to a siteoffsite on the Internet (the information has recently been removed). However, serious questionsoffsite have arisen over the true reasons behind his resignation and subsequent criticism.

That said, many Christians have indeed expressed concern over Focus' political activism, as well as what some consider its founder's heavy-handed control. Others find Dobson too old-fashioned in his views on women, criticize his support for spanking as a method of discipline, or fault him for his use of use of psychology.

At the same time, many Christians do appreciate that Focus on the Family provides a voice for conservative Christianity and conservatice, Biblical Christian values.

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Secular God's Own Zip Codeoffsite (CONTRA) Article in Salon Magazine: "Back at radio evangelist James Dobson's headquarters, a dedicated army of true believers is poised to breach the church-state line."

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Christian Focus on the Familyoffsite Offical Site

Aberrational, Heretical, Heterodox, Suborthodox or Unorthodox Followers of Christ

"Faith-Healing" church in Oregon, USA, known for its high infant-mortality rate.

- News Database -   » About this News Archive

» Database of archived news items
(Includes items added between Oct. 25, 1999 and Jan. 31, 2002. See about this database)

Older items:
(Aug. 31, 1998) Why the law can't do a thing about the infant-mortality rate of an Oregon sect

Foreningen Radda Individeau

Cult information agency in Sweden.

Svandammsuagen 10
S-12634 Hagersten, Sweden
Phone: 46 8 709 0077

Non-Christian Foundation for Human Understanding

Human potential movement founded and led by Roy Masters.

Non-ChristianPluralistic Foundation For Religious Freedom

Corporation registered in California and said to be operated by a multi-faith board. dba (doing business as) Cult Awareness Network. Like most cult-apologists, it ostensibly promotes religious freedom. One of Scientology's many front groups.

According to the agreementoffsite (VIII C4) between the Church of Scientology and the IRS, the "Foundation for Religious Freedom" is a "Scientology-related" entity.

The board includes two scientologists, a Buddhist, a practioner of an unidentified new age religion, and is chaired by George Robertson, a Baptist "minister" (in a controversial church), and deeply involved with the Church of Scientology.

It is to this organization that Scientologist Steven L. Hayes, of the law firm "Bowles & Hayes", sold the name and logo of the real CAN. The "Foundation for Religious Freedom" now operates the new CAN - chaired by Robertson.

FRF has 500 paying members.

Non-Christian Foundation of Inner Peace

Publishers of A Course In Miracles

Non-Christian Foundation For A Course In Miracles

Teaching organization for the Foundation of Inner Peace, publishers of A Course In Miracles

HategroupNon-Christian Foundation For Religious Tolerance

One of many front groups for the Scientology organization. A hate group masquerading as a human rights organization. Its hypocrisy is best understood in light of Scientology's growing record of hate and harassment activities.

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HategroupNon-Christian Foundation for Religious Toleranceoffsite (Caution: Scientology front group)

Christian Four Spiritual Lawsoffsite

Do you know the four spiritual laws?
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Aberrational, Heretical, Heterodox, Suborthodox or Unorthodox Frangipane, Francis

Teacher/prophet with close connections to Rick Joyner and the Kansas City Prophets. Promotes Toronto Blessing. Frangipane's itinerary can be found at Rick Joyner's Morningstaroffsite site.

Non-ChristianPluralistic Freedom for Religions in Germany

Scientology front organization operated by its OSA. It's stated purpose is to provide "a voice and support for religious minorities whose protests are being ignored by the German government." This should be seen in light of Germany's ongoing investigation into Scientology (See News database articles, and Tilman Hausherr's Scientology in Germany: Frequently Asked Questionsoffsite)

The organization, located in Washington, DC, has about 30 members.

Matt Bratschi
International Coordinator.

Non-Christian Freedom of Mind

 referral See this page
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Freedom of Religion

Non-Christian Freeman, Bill and Patsy

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Non-Christian Freemasonry

 referral See this page

Free Love Ministries

Free Minds, Inc.

See our new, updated entry on Freeminds

Friends

Friends of Freedom

A Scientology front.

Aberrational, Heretical, Heterodox, Suborthodox or UnorthodoxGrey Zone, Unsure, or Offkey Friends of the Eucharist

Frisbee, Lonnie

After a short stint with the original street Christian community in San Francisco, Lonnie was recruited by Chuck Smith, then pastor of a fledgling congregation in Costa Mesa, California, to be one of his evangelical liaisons to the counterculture. Frisbee was successful in drawing many to come to Calvary Chapel. During his tenure (1968-1971) as unofficial youth pastor, the church grew from 200 to several thousand members. He was also involved in the Shepherding movement before coming into contact with John Wimber in 1980 where he was integral to the development of the "signs and wonders" theology. In 1993 Frisbee passed away resulting from AIDS. At his funeral he was best eulogized as a Samson figure.
Where are they now?offsite, David Di Sabatino

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Christian History of the Jesus Peopleoffsite Thesis by David Di Sabatino, and basis for his book "The Jesus People Movement". Includes references to Lonnie Frisbee.
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Christian The Lonnie Frisbee Projectoffsite "What do you do when the Jesus freak who started your church dies from AIDS? Simple. Erase him from history." A documentary by David Di Sabatino.
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Fruit of the Spirit

The Christian's character as evidence of the indwelling of the Holy Spirit.
(Galatians 5:22-23 NIVoffsite) But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, {23} gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.

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Christian The Fruit of the Spiritoffsite by Robert Longman.

Fukunaga, Hogen

Founder of Ho No Hana Sanpogyo, a fraudulent, Japanese cult. Has stepped down as the cult's leader, but insists he will remain as "the only symbol who conveys the voices of heaven."

Fundamentalism

 referral See this page

Profess to be Christian but are outside orthodox Christianity Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints

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Aberrational, Heretical, Heterodox, Suborthodox or Unorthodox Furuli, Rolf

Rolf Furuli is considered one of today's foremost apologists for the Jehovah's Witnesses (see cult apologists).

His area of expertise is linguistics. However, reviving a century-old, refuted concept, Furuli believes that words are the essence of meaning. This concept has been shown to be a fallacy (see James Barr, The Semantics of Biblical Languageoffsite. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1961 - out of print, but Amazon.com will search for it if you ask them).

Author of "The Role of Theology and Bias in Bible Translation: With a special look at the New World Translation of Jehovah's Witnesses." Naturally, the book is heavily biased in favor of the New World Translation - a Bible version produced by Jehovah's Witnesses to support their false doctrines.

- Book -         Click On Titles To Order At Discount           » More Books

This book is just a Jehovah's Witness apologetic. In the description of the author, it does not state that he is one of Jehovah's Witnesses. This book picks out three books critical of the New World Translation to refute. These three books are Jehovah's Witnesses, Jesus Christ, and The Gospel of John by Robert M. Bowman, Jr.; The Jehovah's Witnesses' New Testament by R.H. Countess; and So Many Versions by S. Kubo and W.F. Specht. Considering the author's claims of providing an objective analysis, it is surprising that he attempts to refute books that are critical of the New World Translation.
James Stewart. Reader review at Amazon.com. Full review available here

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Christian A Book On Translation?offsite Review by James Stewart

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Christian Recent Advances in Watchtower Theology: Real or Imagined?offsite (Tape) by Robert Keay

This workshop presents a thorough and scholarly examination of the latest JW "scholarly" defenses of the Watchtower and the New World Translation being mad by men such as Greg Stafford and Rolf Furuli. While these "new defenses" are clearly much more sophisticated and scholarly than previous offerings, the presenter will show they still labor under serious methodological problems.


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