Cults in Our Culture: Two Case Studies

(Originally printed in the Fall 2004 Issue of the MCOI Journal beginning on page 12) We live in a time and place where tolerance is considered more of a virtue than truth, and where truth is more highly valued in used-car salesmen than in the local Church. But the Word of God consistently values the necessity of absolute truth in doctrine and, in fact, professes to be truth (John 17:17). If for no other reason … Continue reading

Dark Reason

Every now and then a news article comes along that scares me a little. The Washington Post reported on a social science study to test how politicians respond to evidence that contradicts their ideological positions. I bet you can guess how this went. Our research involved a number of “survey experiments” in which we varied the questions that we asked politicians. In our first test, we asked the politicians to evaluate parents’ satisfaction ratings for … Continue reading

Falling From Grace

The internet and “Christian TV” today have become a great marketplace of religious ideas of all stripes, and people often do not know exactly who to trust. Just about every denomination and sect of Christendom is represented, plus, of course, every type of cult and false teacher. Unfortunately, cults and aberrant teachers do not generally identify themselves as such in their YouTube descriptions. You actually have to view the material offered before making this determination … Continue reading

There is No Goddess But Gaia…

Last week when President Trump announced the US withdrawal from the Paris Climate agreement, there was a vast hue and cry from progressives worldwide. To us, the clamor sounded like priests and priestesses crying out, “There is no goddess but Gaia, and Progressives are her prophets!” Wikipedia informs us that “In Greek mythology…Gaia is the ancestral mother of all life: the primal Mother Earth goddess.” Gaia mythology has captured much of the planet today. This … Continue reading

“Jesus never said ANYTHING about felony home invasion!” and Other Nonsense

Those who have read our blog and/or Journal, or watched our YouTube Channel, know that we like satire. Satire done well is refreshing because it pokes fun at the absurd. The Babylon Bee is an online source of regularly produced satirical news stories with titles like, “Woman Credits ‘Daniel Plan’ With Helping Her Shed 15 Years Of Reading Bible In Context”, “Report: Baptists’ Impressive Life Expectancy Linked To Casserole Consumption”, “Man Feeds The Hungry At … Continue reading

The Art of Manipulation

Why do you believe what you believe? Why do you behave the way you behave? Peer pressure has a dramatic impact on social conformity. Human beings are quite susceptible to “group behavior,” and have an almost overwhelming desire to imitate the group they are a part of without even questioning why. As I watched the above video this week, I was reminded through this demonstration of the great power of conformity. A young woman … Continue reading