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Monday, Oct. 8, 2012

What does it mean to offer pastoral care in both the manner in which Jesus wished it to be undertaken and in terms of the content of the care that is offered to Christ's flock?

Keith William Marshall addresses this question in his dissertation, written in response to a perceived breakdown in pastoral care »

Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012

An old, marginal, view of law and gospel is being popularized today, but it is easily refuted. This view is best referred to by its old name -- antinomianism (a term coined by Martin Luther, meaning "against law") because such people say God's moral law has been negated through the cross.

David Kowalksi addresses the issue. »

Monday, Oct. 1, 2012

E. Bernard and Manasseh Jordan are enemies of the gospel. Their talk of prosperity, power, and prophecy ultimately points us to the Jordans themselves and to a mystical power within us. These sheep-fleecers preach and teach dark, cultic doctrines in the house of God. And, writes David Kowalski, they would likely not have gained entry in that house without the help of their good friend, Benny Hinn.

A wake-up call for Christians who fall for anything that promises to make them healthy, rich, and happy. »

Tuesday, Sep. 25, 2012

The core beliefs of Oneness Pentecostalism violate the essential doctrines of the Christianity faith, making the movement theologically a cult of Christianity. »

There has been much upheaval in the Oneness ranks recently but their view of God has not changed, says David Kowalski. They have a distorted notion of the Trinity and need someone to show them the scriptural teaching of the Trinity. »

Monday, Sep. 24, 2012

Research resources on Boko Haram -- a radical Islamist sect of Islam that has been committing terrorist acts throughout Northern Nigeria since it was formed in 2002. »

Saturday, Sep. 22, 2012

The new atheists are not called "angry atheists" without reason. Instead of engaging in serious dialog they tend to go for one's emotional jugular. They will blaspheme Christ and insult Christians in the most demeaning manner possible. David Kowalski lists the kind of tactics one can expect from them. »

Tuesday, Sep. 11, 2012

What is a cult of Christianity? How to determine whether or not a certain group or movement is Christian or not? Also: why such groups should not be called 'Christian cults.' »

Friday, Aug. 17, 2012

David Jang has become an increasingly influential figure in Asian and now American evangelicalism, says Christianity Today in the introduction to an August, 2012 investigative report.

Many people say Jang leads a group that has encouraged the belief that he's the 'Second Coming Christ.' Reportedly Jang specifically denied ever teaching this. »

Monday, Aug. 6, 2012

Collection of research resources on Sikhism, the world's fifth largest religion. »

Tuesday, Apr. 17, 2012

An elitist 'Christian' sect controversial for its un-biblical beliefs and cult-like practices. »

Monday, Apr. 16, 2012

John Piper, pastor at Bethlehem Baptist Church in the Twin Cities of Minnesota, explains why he opposes the properity gospel »

Tuesday, Apr. 10, 2012

Applied Scholastics promotes the use of study techniques created by L. Ron Hubbard, founder of the Church of Scientology. Scientology refers to it as one of its 'social betterment' programs.

Critics contend use of the material helps legitimize the controversial cult, and point out that the organization's claims can not be independently verified. »

Thursday, Apr. 5, 2012

Freeminds, Inc. is a secular educational organization that aims to educate the public about the methods that all cults use, with a particular focus on Jehovah's Witnesses. »

Tuesday, Mar. 27, 2012

One of the requirements to reach 'exaltation' -- the fullness of all that God has to offer -- is what Mormons call "celestial marriage."

Celestial marriage is a marriage in a Mormon temple designed to last not just until death but throughout all eternity. It is not a practice taught or condoned by historic, Biblical Christianity »

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