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Followers of Christ Church — a deadly 'faith healing' cult — is still in the news

New book: Broken Faith: Inside the Word of Faith Fellowship (Spindale, NC), One of America's Most Dangerous Cults.

Encouraging development: Some churches will no longer sing or play Bethel or Hillsong music

Bill Johnson / Bethel Church, Redding, California

Pastored by 'apostle' Bill Johnson, Bethel Church in Redding, California is an influential church in the so-called New Apostolic Reformation (NAR).

The NAR is a heterodox movement in Protestant Christianity in which people follow present-day apostles and prophets who claim to govern the church and give new divine revelation that is needed to set up God's kingdom on earth.

Bethel's teachings and practices also identify the church as part of the equally problematic Word-Faith Movement.

» Update: A Biblical Response to Bethel Church's Attempts to Raise a Two-Year-Old Child, Olive, From the Dead.

Steven Hassan, M.Ed., LMHC, NCC, Cult Expert

Steven Hassan is a cult expert with nearly 40 years of experience.

Hassan, a licensed mental health counselor (M.Ed. LMHC, NCC), is at the forefront of the cult education and recovery field, in which he has been involved since 1976.

A former cult member himself, he is an expert on the subject of mind control -- the coercive persuasion methods used by manipulative people to recruit and hold on to followers.