Five Reasons to Say No to a Church Membership Covenant

Jesus said to never swear an oath, but to simply let your "yes" be "yes" and your "no" be "no." However, many churches nowadays require prospective members to sign a church covenant or membership agreement. While some structure is necessary for a church to function, many church covenants include policies and stipulations that run counter to the teachings of the Bible. Pastor Wade Burleson, in his book 'Fraudulent Authority,' describes why Christians should not sign such contracts.

Marilyn Hickey

Don't have enough money? Word-Faith teacher and purveyor of the 'Prosperity Gospel' scam Marilyn Hickey wants you to speak to your wallet telling it, "You, checkbook, you've never been so prosperous since I owned you. You're just crammed full of money." Are you sick? Hickey claims that your condition is caused by demons. Her solution is to lie: "Say to your body, 'You're whole, body! Why, you just function so beautifully and so well. Why, body, you never have any …

Stephen A. Kent, Ph. D.

Professor Stephen A. Kent researches new and alternative religions, combining perspectives from sociology with religious studies. Kent is a cult expert who has written extensively about Scientology, polygamy as practised by Mormon fundamentalists, the Children of God/The Family, and other issues surrounding new and alternative religions.

C. Peter Wagner

C. Peter Wagner (August 15, 1930-October 21, 2016) was the founder of Global Harvest Ministries, and a leading figure in the so-called New Apostolic Reformation. Most recently he was the vice president (or, in his own words, "Apostolic Ambassador") of Global Spheres, Inc. -- which he described as "a new wineskin for apostolic assignment." While nobody questioned his love for God, sadly he became a driving force behind countless extra-Biblical and un-Biblical teachings and practices.

Scientology — Disconnection

Scientology's cruel disconnection policy breaks up friendships, business relationships, and even families. This policy is one of the reasons that we consider Scientology to be a hate group. The destructive cult denies the policy exists, but there are countless testimonies to the contrary. Updated with a video that relates a father's story of how his relationship with his daughter is being held hostage by The Church of Scientology.

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.