Apologetics research resources on religious cults and sects
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New age, pantheistic cult that worships Saint Germain, an 18th-century French occultist. Followers believe they are guided by a group of spirit leaders (or "ascended masters") who reveal higher truths through channeling or other occult means.
David Icke, a former British television sportscaster turned prophet of doom, and Texe Marrs, a retired U.S. Air Force officer turned pastor, have issued Web site warnings that, come millennium eve, former President George Bush and fellow members of a cult known as the Illuminati will summon oppressive evil forces at a black mass in a burial chamber deep inside the great Cheops pyramid. Even Satan himself might make a cameo appearance, some webheads say. According to Icke, the Illuminati are "genetic hybrids, the result of interbreeding between a reptilian extraterrestrial race and humanity many thousands of years ago." But that's not all. The elite of the Illuminati include not only former President Bush but also Bill Clinton, the British royal family, and Henry Kissinger, Icke says. A spokesman for Bush says the former president actually plans a quiet New Year's Eve at home in Houston. No matter. Icke himself plans to show up at the pyramids on December 31, accompanied by a Zulu shaman.
Egyptian boogie nights, U.S. News & World Report, Dec. 27, 1999
Iglesia Ni Cristo
Igreja Universal do Reino de Deus (IURD)
For description, see this Extended Entry.
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(Apr. 2, 1999) 'Yisha Sathane, yisha tokoloshe'
(Mar. 31, 1999) Brazil: Every Year 600,000 Catholics Join Evangelical Sects
See also Conspiracy Theories
- Articles -
The Present-Day Illuminati Theory (CONTRA) The Real or Illusionary Threat of a Secret Worldwide Conspiracy. Article by PFO
- In Scripture -
The Apostles imparted the Holy Spirit through the laying on of hands (Acts 8:17) to the Samaritan believers, as well as to some believers from Ephesus
(Acts 19:1-7). These were exceptions, for the normative experience is that the Holy Spirit is received the moment someone acccepts Jesus (See Acts 10:44 19:2 Ephesians 1:13 1 Corinthians 12:13).
- In Pentecostal, Charismatic, Renewal and Revival Movements -
Pentecostal and Charismatic churches, and some renewal and revival movements teach that all Christians, not just the Apostles, can impart the gifts of the Spirit, and/or "anointing" to others. They base this teaching on 1 Timothy 4:14 and 2 Timothy 1:6. Adherents of these renewal and revival movements, notably the Toronto Blessing and the Pensacola Outpouring, also teach that God imparts gifts by way of the manifestations those movements are known for.
Incest Survivor Syndrome
Inclusive-Language Bible Versions
See Bible - Versions
Indianapolis Baptist Temple
Infinity Forms of Yellow Remember
Cult information organization. Site available in English and French. Funded in part by the provincial government's Ministry of Health and Social Service. Info-Cult
Resource Centre on Cultic Thinking
5655 avenue du Parc, Suite 208
Montreal, Quebec, Canada H2V 4H2
Fax: (514) 274-7576 Mike Kropveld, Executive Director
INFORM: Information Network Focus on New Religious Movements. Controversial cult information agency financed in part by an annual consultancy fee from British government. INFORM claims to provides objective information from a pluralistic, middle-of-the-road perspective, but has a tendency toward defending cults. It claims to address hurtful beliefs and practices, while it avoids making judgements regarding theological correctness. Refers inquirers to counselors it considers qualified and supervised. Founded and chaired by Eileen Barker (an agnostic). Ms. Barker is a board member of cult defenders organization CESNUR. Cult apologist Jeffrey K. Hadden's controversial memo was written on behalf of Eileen Barker and David Bromley INFORM, Houghton Street, London WC2A 2AE, Great Britain
Phone: 0171 955 7654
Fax: 0171 955 7679
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» INFORM in the news.
(Includes items added between Oct. 25, 1999 and Jan. 31, 2002. See about this database)
Secular cult information agency in Switzerland. InfoSekta, Informations- u. Beratungsstelle für Sekten u. Kultfragen
Schweighofstr. 420, CH-8055 Zürich, Switzerland
Veteran online counter-cult evangelist. Runs Your Online Guide To The Major Cults an extensive web site with lots of counter-cult information.
Popular, but controversial, counseling technique involving the healing of memories. See this Extended Entry for more information.
Institute for Historical Review
The leading forum for those who deny the Holocaust ever happened. Based in Newport Beach, California.
See our updated entry on Institute for Religious Research
Institute for Study of American Religion (ISAR)
J. Gordon Melton's organization.
Institute in Basic Life Principles
Founded and directed by controversial teacher, Bill Gothard. Infiltrates schools with its "Character First!" curriculum.
Institute in Basic Youth Conflicts
Founded and directed by controversial teacher, Bill Gothard
Institute of Biblical Defense
Dialogue or activities involving persons of different denominations. See also: interfaith dialogue and interfaith activities.
Dialogue or activities involving persons of different religious faiths. See Extended Entry
An organization that appears to promote unity through compromise...
"The Mission of the Interfaith Center of New York and the Temple of Understanding - The work of the Interfaith Center-Temple of Understanding is to nurture the re-integration of the sacred into our lives - through familiarity, understanding and contemplation of the world's religious traditions, and by applying universal spiritual wisdom to the resolution of today's critical issues and conflicts. The activities of the Center address three dimensions of interfaith work necessary to co-existence everywhere: strengthening people's understanding and respect for their own traditions; fostering awareness, understanding and respect for the traditions of others; and creating joint projects, involving religious communities in collaborative practical action. The Center works with New York's religious and educational groups, the United Nations, local government agencies and international organizations, and seeks to serve as a model for similar efforts in other cities."
570 Lexington Avenue at 51st Street, 22nd Floor
New York, NY 10022
International Churches of Christ
Funded by the Unification Church:
The International Coalition for Religious Freedom is a non-profit, non-sectarian, educational organization dedicated to defending the religious freedom of all, regardless of creed, gender or ethnic origin. ICRF acknowledges with gratitude that, at the current time, it receives the bulk of its funding from institutions and individuals related to the Unification Church community. Contributions to ICRF are tax-exempt under section 501-c-3 of the Internal Revenue Code of the USA.
Source: About Us, a page on the International Coalition for Religious Freedom site
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(Oct. 5, 1998) Anti-Christian Violence in India Builds on Fear of Conversions
Internet, Religion on the
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See Bible - Interpretation.
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See A Verse-by-Verse Study of 1 Corinthians 14
Inter-Religious and International Federation for World Peace (IIFWP)
Director of CESNUR. Considered by many - including the publisher of Apologetics Index - to be a cult apologist. For details, see the entry on CESNUR. Introvige was long listed among the "professional referrals" of Scientology's so-called ''Cult Awareness Network'', but he does not appear on the current version of that list. However, fellow cult-apologist J. Gordon Melton (CESNUR USA) is still listed.
Irenaeous Foundation, The
ISKCONSee Extended Entry
IslamSee Extended Entry
Incest Survivor Syndrome.
See False Memory Syndrome