A Cult Cocktail … Scripture with a Twist

Most false teachers use something our late friend and former Jehovah’s Witness, Harry Brooks, often called a cult cocktail … Scripture with a twist. It is a simple way to deceive potential recruits and to gather followers who have some respect for the Bible, but who don’t know it very well. Like talented magicians, false teachers, gifted in the art of word manipulation, employ a verbal sleight of hand that is often difficult for the … Continue reading

Restoring True Heresy – Again

When books or articles feature questions such as, “When Did Jesus Become the Christ?” or “When Did Jesus Become the Son of God?” it usually indicates that we are about to be introduced to a heretical view about the identity of Jesus. Most often the proposed answer to the question will demonstrate a lack of any real familiarity with Scripture or history, and nearly always employs strawman arguments that the author erects and then boldly … Continue reading

Accused!

If someone is accused, should they be automatically presumed guilty? This is not really a new question but an age-old issue. For example, in 1642 Salem Village, Massachusetts  over 200 people were accused of practicing witchcraft. Most, like Caribbean slave, Tituba, “confessed,” hoping to avoid conviction by becoming an “informer” leveling accusations against others. Nearly all the accused were Christians and church attenders, and if the accused had merely “confessed” their witchcraft, and “repented” of … Continue reading

Spirit in the Sky

On the way back from speaking at Wheatland Congregational Church in Wheatland, Michigan, the 1969 Norman Greenbaum song, “Spirit in the Sky,” kept popping into my head. As it happens, my friend Fred Slagle (who is the pastor of Wheatland) and I have similar personalities and share some common experiences. We are both part of the cry-baby boomer generation; we were not believers until we were married adults with children; and we both loved  … Continue reading

Laughter is Good Medicine

According to Solomon, who wrote the OT book of Ecclesiastes, there is a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;(Ecclesiastes 3:4) How do we in the apologetics ministries maintain our sanity as missionaries to cults and New Religious Movements? Usually we do it with a good dose of humor. The issues we deal with on a daily basis are often quite intense, so if we … Continue reading

Biblically Challenged

It’s truly amazing how often the Bible is challenged by the biblically challenged. I was asked to speak in a Religion 101 class at an area junior college years ago. I thought it would be fun, and after outlining the essential doctrines of Christianity and giving evidence for the reliability of Scripture, a student looking to trip me up raised his hand and asked, “Isn’t the Bible full of contradictions?” It was a precious moment … Continue reading