Month: January 2010

Chapter 5: “Next Christmas, We’ll Get a Tree”

Recovering From Churches That Abuse: "The most important thing in my recovery has been the need to get the proper balance between the heart and the head. In the Christian life, the mind is not something to be subjected to the heart.

It is false to say you cannot know or understand the Word of God unless you have the proper inner attitude, or unless you surrender and submit, and that only when you get to that place will God break through and show you the way."

The Shack, by William P. Young — reviews and other research resources

Albert Mohler, president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, says, "When it comes to The Shack, the really troubling fact is that so many readers are drawn to the theological message of the book, and fail to see how it conflicts with the Bible at so many crucial points. All this reveals a disastrous failure of evangelical discernment."

We provide a number of research resources on the book.

Conditional prophecies; CRI gets it wrong; Religious freedom vs. ban on cults; and Cold case detective does apologetics

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

Chapter 4: Grace to People Who Know They Need It

Many of the people Ron Enroth interviewed for his books, Churches That Abuse and Recovering From Churches That Abuse were undecided whether to leave an abusive situation or stay in the hope that their presence might make a difference.

But by remaining in an unhealthy environment for whatever reason people help perpetuate a system they have experienced as destrucive. Those who are contemplating leaving an abusive situation need to make a complete break and flee.

Lawsuit calls Dahn Yoga chain a cult

By all accounts Dahn Yoga is a successful company with an impressive business track record.

But, writes David Fitzpatrick, of CNN's Special Investigations Unit, what to make of a federal lawsuit by 27 former employees who allege Dahn Yoga is a "a totalistic, high-demand cult group" that demands large sums of money from its followers and enshrines Lee as an "absolute spiritual and temporal leader."