Spiritual abuse

Among the most-visited pages within Apologetics Index, those dealing with various aspects of spiritual abuse -- sometimes called religious abuse -- rank very high. Here is an extensive collection of research resources on abusive churches and spiritual abuse.

Hermeneutics: The Eight Rules of Biblical Interpretation

Nearly all false doctrines taught today by Christians and cultists alike can be traced to the distortion of the meaning of Biblical words. This article highlights eight rules that are the center of all grammatical interpretation. Accepted and used by scholars from Socrates to the present, they are equally applicable to legal, historical, and other such language.

Andrew Wommack

Andrew Wommack has a number of aberrant and heretical teachings. According to him, God has no authority on earth, the spirit of a Christian is completely perfect, and faith is a force by which words create reality.

Black Hebrew Israelites

Black Hebrew Israelites (also Black Hebrews, African Hebrew Israelites, and Hebrew Israelites) are diverse groups of people mostly of Black African ancestry who believe they are descendants of the ancient Israelites. Black Hebrews adhere in varying degrees to the religious beliefs and practices of mainstream Judaism, but are not accepted as Jews. Many of the groups espouse a racist, Black Supremacy attitude. Updated!

Grace Communion International. Formerly: Worldwide Church of God

On April 3, 2009, the Worldwide Church of God officially changed its name to Grace Communion International. Throughout most of its history, the Worldwide Church of God - founded and led by Herbert W. Armstrong - was, theologically, a cult of Christianity. However, starting in the mid 1980’s under Joseph Tkach Sr, and later his son, Joseph Tkach Jr. – the church’s current leader – the Worldwide Church of God underwent major changes in doctrine to the extend that is …

Categories of Cults

Cults come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Not every person’s experience will fit neatly into these following categories, but this list should provide some idea of the range of cults and their reach into every walk of life.

Bill Johnson / Bethel Church, Redding, California

Pastored by 'apostle' Bill Johnson, Bethel Church in Redding, California is an influential church in the so-called New Apostolic Reformation (NAR). The NAR is a heterodox movement in Protestant Christianity in which people follow present-day apostles and prophets who claim to govern the church and give new divine revelation that is needed to set up God’s kingdom on earth. Bethel's teachings and practices also identify the church as part of the equally problematic Word-Faith Movement.

Cult of Christianity

The term ‘cult of Christianity‘ is used of a group, church or organization whose central teachings and/or practices are claimed to be biblical or representative of biblical Christianity, but which are in fact unbiblical and not Christian in nature. What are the things you should look for in determining whether or not a particular group is truly Christian in nature?