Palm Sunday and The Great Disappointment

The 50,000 followers of William Miller were terribly dismayed when Jesus did not return bodily to earth in March of 1844, as Miller had predicted would happen. When Jesus did not appear, Miller claimed that they just had to give it a few more months – that Jesus would now show up in October 22, 1844. When this new date came and went with no return, the Millerite movement (also known as Adventists) collapsed (to … Continue reading

Resurrection: Watchtower-Style

(Originally printed in the Fall 2006 Issue of the MCOI Journal ) The Watchtower Bible and Tract Society (WTBTS)1 calls itself a Christian organization, yet they deny almost all of the fundamental doctrines of the Christian faith. They deny the Trin­ity, the Deity of Christ, the existence of Hell, the biblical truth that the soul of man survives death, and so on. They say they believe in the veracity of the Bible, but only truly … Continue reading

The Cost of Leaving

What is the cost of leaving a cult or false religious group? What does that even mean? Many well-meaning Christians are under the impression that being in a cult or false belief system is easily remedied by simply exposing bad theology and replacing it with correct theology. It isn’t so. My friend Jhan Moskowitz, perhaps one of the most gifted Bible teachers I have known, would sometimes start his talks at apologetics conferences by declaring … Continue reading

Angelic Communications

We find angelic communications to humans quite a number of places in Scripture. An angel appeared to Zechariah with the news that he and his wife Elizabeth would have a son (Luke 1:13). Mary, a young Jewish virgin, who was engaged to be married, had a similar encounter and was told she would have a son conceived by God (Luke 1:26-38). And, while her husband-to-be Joseph was deciding the kindest way to call off his … Continue reading

God in Your Own Image

Creating a god in your own image can have many temporal benefits. Such a deity would reflect your views and sanctify your behavior. He or she might even make your own behavior look better in comparison. The ancient Greek and Roman gods, who could be extremely nasty and selfish beings, are good examples of this benefit. The gods of other pagan cultures were no better. These various gods and the God Who revealed Himself in … Continue reading

Is Abortion “Sacred Work”?

A photo from a 2017 article, Religious Leaders Bless Opening of New Planned Parenthood Abortion Clinic, Call It “Sacred Work”, has been making the rounds again recently. What type of “sacred work” could abortion possibly be? To our minds, the idea is absolutely repugnant. Historically, abortion has never been considered “sacred” by Christians, so these religious leaders, it would seem, are representatives of a different “faith path” – one rooted in ancient paganism. Abortion has … Continue reading