If you are puzzled about the Christian Research Institute's defense of the Local Church movement, which theologically is a cult of Christianity, you're not alone. CRI's whitewashing of the movement undermines and contradicts its own mission statement, and in doing so the organization has sacrificed its credibility as both a discernment- and countercult ministry. Dr. Norman Geisler and Dr. Ron Rhodes have published a response that shows why CRI will have to use the phrase "We Were Wrong" again...
With its stance on the Local Church -- which could be seen as whitewashing a cult of Christianity -- the Christian Research Institute (CRI) descends deeper into error and controversy
In this issue: Examining the "Word of the Lord for 2010," by the 'Apostolic Council of Prophetic Elders.' CRI gets it wrong (and continues to support a cult of Christianity. Cult expert Steve Hassan on the issue of human rights violations vs. religious freedom, and Interview with cold case detective Jim Wallace of PleaseConvince.com
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In a move that has Christian apologists and countercult experts puzzled and upset, Hank Hanegraaff - the already controversial president of the Christian Research Institute - has come out in support of the Local Church which, theologically, is considered to be a cult of Christianity.