Defining, Explaining and Illustrating the Trinity

(Originally printed in the Winter/Spring 2016 Issue of the MCOI Journal Page 14) By Jay Hess In my personal exploration of the Doctrine of the Trinity as described in Scripture, I found it to be the most complex doctrine I have ever studied. I was raised a Jehovah’s Wit­ness (JW, student of Watchtower Bible and Tract Society*, aka WTBTS) and was in that false belief-system for over 23 years. Although the JWs are opposed to … Continue reading

Dani Does Church

(Originally printed in the Fall 2003 Issue of the MCOI Journal beginning on page 18) When I was young, there was a time the Russians occupied Cuba and threatened the United States. I learned of this in school, and asked my mother what to do if a bomb went off while she was at work and I was at school. She was a single mother, I was an only child. We lived in Farmington, New … Continue reading

Weigh Down Workshop a Cult?

(This originally appeared in the Winter 2001 edition of the MCOI Journal) In the last issue of the Journal, our cover article exposed major problems in the doctrinal positions of Gwen Shamblin, leader of the very popular Weigh Down Workshops. As many of our readers are aware, this past August Gwen Shamblin went public with her views against such vital doctrines as the Trinity and salvation by grace through faith. She along with a few … Continue reading

Weighed Down With False Doctrine

(This originally appeared in the Fall 2000 edition of the MCOI Journal) We must admit that doing research on, or writing about, a weight-loss program, is not something that had previously crossed our minds. That is until Monday and Tuesday, August 22 and 23. On those dates, we received between 25-30 e-mails and phone calls regarding one program in particular—the Weigh Down Workshop, and its leader—Gwen Shamblin. Several discerning women had found some … Continue reading

Does God Agree that Muslims and Christians Worship the Same God?

The question of the day is, “Do Christians and Muslims believe in and worship the same God?” There has been a veritable firestorm of debate amongst Evangelicals after Dr. Larycia Hawkins of Wheaton College claimed that we do. “Wheaton College Moves To Fire Professor For Saying Muslims And Christians ‘Worship The Same God’” the debate surrounding Wheaton College to national prominence and conversation, as popular media outlets such as the Huff Post and CNN weighed … Continue reading

William Branham ’s Family Tree

By Eric Pement (This originally appeared in the May/June 1998 edition of the MCOI Journal beginning on page 4) When he is remembered at all, he is remembered with a reverence befitting a legend. Yet, what did this obscure evangelist teach? The name of William Branham probably will be unfamiliar to most of our readers, but to the Christian world a generation ago, he was as well known as Pat Robertson or Jerry Falwell is … Continue reading