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

Christian Science: Attempting a Comeback

(This originally appeared in the Spring 2001 edition of the MCOI Journal beginning on page 8) Suzanne Buckingham was eaten alive. It began over 20 years ago when a tiny spot appeared on her face. As a member of the Church of Christ, Scientist (CCS), Suzanne believed she could heal the spot by understanding her “true” nature as the perfect, spiritual idea of God. She faithfully held to this idea as … Continue reading