Apologetics Index

Month: February 2017

History and usage of the term ‘cult’

The term 'cult' is used so often, it would seem that everyone knows what a cult is. Yet classifying a group as a cult is not as simple as it sounds.

This article -- a chapter from the 1994 book "Prophets of the Apocalypse: David Koresh and Other American Messiahs" -- takes a look at the history and usage of the term.

Five Reasons to Say No to a Church Membership Covenant

Jesus said to never swear an oath, but to simply let your "yes" be "yes" and your "no" be "no." However, many churches nowadays require prospective members to sign a church covenant or membership agreement. While some structure is necessary for a church to function, many church covenants include policies and stipulations that run counter to the teachings of the Bible. Pastor Wade Burleson, in his book 'Fraudulent Authority,' describes why Christians should not sign such contracts.

Marilyn Hickey

Don't have enough money? Word-Faith teacher and purveyor of the 'Prosperity Gospel' scam Marilyn Hickey wants you to speak to your wallet telling it, "You, checkbook, you've never been so prosperous since I owned you. You're just crammed full of money."

Are you sick? Hickey claims that your condition is caused by demons. Her solution is to lie: "Say to your body, 'You're whole, body! Why, you just function so beautifully and so well. Why, body, you never have any problems. You're a strong, healthy body.'