Founded in 1982 as a fellowship of evangelical Christian
ministries in North America to the cults and new religions
. EMNR was born in an effort to practically implement Affirmation 7 of the Lausanne Covenant
: "We urge the development of regional and functional cooperation for the furtherance of the Church's mission, for strategic planning, for mutual encouragement, and for the sharing of resources and experience."
The publisher of Apologetics Index supports the goals of EMNR. However, a buyer beware is in order: Sadly, recent EMNR president John Morehead
(who stepped down in Jan. 2003, and was replaced by James Bjornstad) appeared to lead the organization into a dangerous direction.
In the process of promoting a missiological
approach toward cultists and followers of alternative religions (a positive move), Morehead has become a vocal and active supporter of several cult apologists
and their defenders, claiming that evangelical Christians can learn from their allegedly 'missiological approaches.'
He has invited cult apologist J. Gordon Melton
and cult apologist denfender Douglas Cowan
to speak at an EMNR conference. This was done without adequately warning participants regarding the philosophies under which these individuals operate.
Morehead's private project, The Sacred Tribes Journal
, which he co-edits, prominently links to CESNUR
and the sites of Jeffrey K. Hadden
and Irving Hexham
- without providing any kind of warning regarding the nature of those sites and the philosphies of the individuals who operate them.
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