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.

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 …