J. Gordon Melton is an American religious scholar who is known for his defense of various cults. While there is no doubt that Melton is an expert at gathering and organizing research data, many cult experts believe he does a poor job at interpreting that data.
It seems anytime revelations of sexual harassment or other misconduct in a corporate, government, educational, sports, entertainment, or religious organization surface, we learn that people who had tried earlier to expose the misconduct were ignored, their evidence was swept under the rug, and the whistleblowers were often punished in some manner. This dynamic develops because the case is usually not handled by a truly neutral party and the group politics involved do not favor the whistleblower.
Discernment is the act or process of exhibiting keen insight and good judgment.The Bible teaches that Christians ought to grow in discernment, the ability to distinguish truth from error.
The Branch Davidians are a religious group that originated from a schism in the Davidian Seventh-day Adventists, a sect of the the Seventh-day Adventist Church. In 1993 many Branch Davidians died in a controversial, ill-advised U.S. government operation -- which became known as the 'Waco Siege.'Nearly 25 years later, 'Waco' is in the public eye again. In January 2018 Paramount Network premiers a six-part miniseries on the Waco Siege. And in December 2017 "48 Hours" reveals what it claims are …
Some religious movements require members to shun anyone who has left (apostates) or has been expelled (‘excommunicated‘ or ‘disfellowshipped’ from) the movement, church, or group. Various destructive cults, such as Jehovah's Witnesses and Scientology, practice such extreme forms of ostracism that scholars use terms such as “psychologically devastating” to describe the impact.
Lying leaders inevitably hurt other Christians, bring reproach upon the Gospel, and bring both temporal and eternal harm to themselves. David Kowalski shares three major lessons he has learned from his exposure to lying leaders.
Ravi Zacharias International Ministries is a Christian ministry founded and headed by Ravi Zacharias. It focuses on evangelism, apologetics, spiritual disciplines and training. Zacharias is currently facing allegations that reflect on his credibility. Apologetics Index has always had a policy of linking to a wide variety of perspectives and resources. We have now updated this entry to include links to information dealing with these allegations, as well as responses by Zacharias and his ministry.
Theologically Iglesia ni Cristo is a cult of Christianity because it denies essential doctrines of the Christian faith. Sociologically the movement has (increasingly severe) cult-like elements as well. And then there's a recent investigative documentary that takes a look at INC church members accused of kidnapping and murder in the Philippines. We provide research resources for those who are confronted by this fast-growing religious movement.
These five apologetic methodologies do not constitute an exhaustive list of approaches to Christian apologetic. They do represent, however, the most well-known and popular argumentative strategies in the scholarly apologetics community.
Four interlocking dimensions make up the framework of a cult’s social system and dynamics. You can use this framework to examine your own cult experience.