They Were My Friends

When someone leaves a cult or spiritually abusive religious group, it often means they will be abandoned by everyone who was their friend when they were inside the group. This practice is called shunning, and cult members take very seriously their spiritual “duty” to shun former friends and even family members who leave the group. So, for many former cult members, the statement “they were my friends” brings on terrible sadness and angst. Were they … Continue reading

Rainy Day People

Christians are supposed to be happy, happy, happy – not fearful or depressed about difficult situations in life, right? Those of us involved in discernment ministries or missions to cults and false religious movements are focused on false teaching and false teachers. Even as we challenge both, we very often encounter hurting people who are attempting to reach a family member or close friend who is lost and involved in a cult or false religious … Continue reading

Tears and Fears

Our nation collectively grieved the tragic loss of life on September 11, 2001. Despite the anger we all felt towards the terrorists, we all gathered together to comfort those who would not see a husband, wife, father, mother or child return home after a normal day of work. Losing to death someone whom you love is devastating in large part because there is the realization that you will not see your loved one again in … Continue reading

The Struggle

These days, it can be a real challenge to live above the darkness that seems to be descending upon the whole world. Right is wrong in our world, and bad is good. Christians are being hated and attacked for our beliefs. Of course, hatred of Christians has been the norm in many places for centuries, but it is a rather new thing to American Christians. Maybe Christians were teased, perhaps made fun of … Continue reading