The Custom Bible Company

Some years ago, Bob Anderson of Watchman Fellowship and Erich Grieshaber -former JW and now evangelist – did a short skit called “The Custom Bible Company” at one of the annual Witnesses Now for Jesus Conventions. Although it was a spur of the moment skit that was made up on the fly, it was a great satirical look at how Jehovah’s Witnesses and other cults twist the Scripture to back up their doctrine. The gist … Continue reading

Grace Is Amazing

I am constantly amazed at the large number of people who do not truly understand the biblical concept of grace. Since grace is, of course, spoken of in Scripture, it is part of the vocabulary of most churches and even cults. The shorthand definition we most often use is “unmerited favor.” A longer more descriptive definition would be “a kindly attitude toward the undeserving.” But as we read the literature or talk with others, we … Continue reading

Leaning Toward Heresy

Few realize how subtly doctrinal drift occurs. It often isn’t a jump from sound teaching and belief in the essentials of the faith to all out denial but is a slight lean from one to the other. It comes with a slight change in wording or application of a new definition which makes an aberrant view sound acceptable. Julie Roys  publicly raised this issue regarding Moody Bible Institute last month after spending a great deal … Continue reading

Is Christ in Me International a Cult? – A Response

Christ in Me International (CiMI) is a New Religious Movement developing in South Africa. We were alerted to its existence when we began receiving emails and requests for information: Is this a group that falls within the historic Christian faith but engages in some odd practices, or does the New Religious Movement fall outside the pale of orthodoxy? We have done two web casts on this subject with a concerned pastor from that area, Rudolph … Continue reading

The Ambush of Discernment

(Originally printed in the Summer 2005 Issue of the MCOI Journal Beginning on page 10) Half way through college, during the Christmas season of 1974, I first tasted the adventure of life in Jesus. It soon seemed to me that the most difficult resources to find were the ones that answered questions about conflicting world views. In my eyes, the Christian leaders who provided answers in this area became giants. Little did I expect that … Continue reading

The Worst Sermon

Needless to say, I was away from home on a Sunday. We decided to go to a friend’s church we had attended before. I won’t name the church and details have been altered to stave off embarrassment. But I bet you can guess the denomination. The first thing I noticed how the congregation had dwindled. Where once there were a hundred seats, now the chairs had disappeared from the back. I walked across a sea … Continue reading