Preventing LIE-Ability

“A text without a context is a pretext.” This is something we learned very early on after becoming Christians. This applies to any literature – a novel, a newspaper, the Constitution and yes, certainly the Bible. A text is whatever it is we are reading. Context includes such questions as when the text was written? To whom was it written? Who wrote it or whose words were recorded in the document? How would the reader … Continue reading

The Goose Chase Brian McLaren Finds Himself In

I had a call last week from one of our supporters, wondering if I knew that Brian McLaren, Emerging Church leader and writer, is involved with the Wild Goose Festival. For these who do not know, the Wild Goose Festival is a gathering of the fallen away, eager to share and celebrate their apostasy with others eager to applaud them for having the courage to slap the face of God. I don’t follow the festival … Continue reading

The Wheat and the Weeds: Exposing the False History of the WTBTS

(This originally appeared in the Winter 2002 edition of the MCOI Journal) In the July 1, 1994 WATCHTOWER,* page 5, under the heading “Wheat and Weeds,” there appears this interesting statement: “Jesus Christ himself taught that true Christianity would temporarily disappear from view.” Did Jesus truly teach that in time true Christians would “disappear from view?” Frankly, there is no such teaching in the Bible. Jesus did say weeds would be sown among the wheat … Continue reading

Adventure in Ezzoland

(This originally appeared in the Spring/Summer 2002 edition of the MCOI Journal beginning page 8) In Through the Looking Glass, Lewis Carroll’s sequel to Alice’s Adventure in Wonderland, Alice meets Humpty Dumpty and begins a rather frustrating conversation with him over the correct meaning of words. During their conversation, Humpty Dumpty uses the word glory in a way that has no relationship to its dictionary definition. When challenged by Alice on his misuse of this … Continue reading

Blessed Are the Ex-Peacemakers: Bill Fields War on the Church

(This originally appeared in the Summer/Fall 2001 edition of the MCOI Journal, Beginning on page 8) Back in the late 1980s, Joy and I were discussing a personal issue and felt the need to get some solid spiritual advice. We thought the input of a godly Christian professional would be helpful, so we asked our senior pastor for the name of a good Christian counselor outside the church. He referred us to Bill Fields, president … Continue reading

Bill Gothard’s Double Standards

Recovering Grace is a website which hosts discussions of the teachings of Bill Gothard and his Institute in Basic Life Principles. They do this in an effort to help those who have been hurt by Gothard’s legalistic and authoritarian teachings. On February 19, 2016, Recovering Grace was forwarded a letter which had been sent to an attorney representing a number of individuals who have filed suit against Bill Gothard and the Institute. This letter was … Continue reading