How to Pray for a President

I think David Platt did just fine when President Trump showed up at McClean Bible Church and sat through the service. Platt brought him on stage and prayed for him. He showed us to the proper way to engage in prayer with our political leaders. I’ll get to how not to do it in a minute. On MBC website Platt explained what happened: At the end of my sermon at the 1:00 worship gathering, I … Continue reading

The Appeal to Signs and Wonders

In the public debate over the orthodox vs heretical nature of the NAR (New Apostolic Reformation), the appeal to signs and wonders as evidence by those fully invested in the movement is a recurring theme. Detractors spend a great deal of time attempting to prove the claims of miracles, signs and wonders within the movement are fraudulent schemes being perpetrated on the unwary. What begins as a debate over evidence usually degenerates into emotional defense … Continue reading

Is Liberalism Another Religion?

In his 1923 book Christianity & Liberalism, J. Gresham Machen asserts that liberalism is another religion unto itself, far removed from the biblical Christianity out of which it came. We think he makes some good points. In Chapter Two of his book, he takes the liberalism (of his day) to task concerning their public hostility toward doctrine – when in fact they have simply created new doctrines which comport with what Machen points out is … Continue reading

Thomas Merton: The Contemplative Dark Thread

(Originally printed in the Fall 2006 Issue of the MCOI Journal page 8) Twenty-some years ago, my sister Janet and I signed up for a field trip sponsored by the Crystal Cathedral to a Vedanta monastery in the nearby Saddleback Mountains. At that time, we were working together on a discernment newsletter called The New Age Alert and attended as part of our research. The field trip was being promoted as an educational adventure to … Continue reading

Who Raised Jesus From the Dead?

(Originally printed in the Fall 2006 Issue of the MCOI Journal page 5) Compiled by Corkey McGehee (All Scripture quotations are from the WTBTS New World Translation of the Bible.) When, though, he was raised up from the dead, his dis­ciples called to mind that he used to say this, and they believed the Scripture and the saying that Jesus said. (John 2:22) God raised Jesus: Acts 2:32 This Jesus God resurrected, of which fact … Continue reading

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