Month: January 2010
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."
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
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.
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
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.
A roundup of religion- and cult-related entries
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."
Our collection of research resources on abusive churches and spiritual abuse is one of the most-visited pages at Apologetics Index. We have now updated the links, cleaned up the page and increased the font-size.
Plus, in this entry we quote Ken Blue's observations about why otherwise sensible and intelligent people submit to spiritual abuse.
Researching Landmark Education and its Landmark Forum? We've just updated our links to critical resources on this organization.
Why do you link to [....insert name of website, blog, organization, ministry... ]? Sure you do not agree with [such-and-such or so-and-so]?
If your "favorite heretic", abusive church or offbeat doctrine isn't listed, here's why...