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Eryl Davies is an elder at Heath Evangelical Church, Cardiff and is a consulting editor of the Evangelical Magazine.

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Concerning Cults-Light in the Worldwide Church of God

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June 2003
Cults and other religions

Concerning Cults-Light in the Worldwide Church of God

'Never before in the history of Christianity', writes Ruth Tucker of Calvin Theological Seminary, 'has there been such a complete move to orthodox Christianity by an unorthodox fringe church'.Eddie Gibbs, professor in Fuller Theological Seminary, claims, 'The transformation of WCG represents a unique phenomenon in church history'. An exaggeration? Possibly, but the change is…

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Concerning Cults

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May 2003
Cults and other religions

Concerning Cults

New Apostolic Church (3)by Eryl DaviesThere are four questions that must be discussed in this final article on the NAC. These questions enable us to explore further the ethos and fallibility of this group.Is the NAC cultic?Our first question is basic: Is the NAC cultic? Consider the following evidence. We are informed that ‘Faithful…

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Concerning Cults

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March 2003
Cults and other religions

Concerning Cults

New Apostolic Church (1) Part 2 is here by Eryl Davies It was another request for help, received almost a year ago from a missionary in Africa. I have been reminded of it at regular intervals. The request? Did I know anything about the teachings of the New Apostolic Church (NAC)?   His reason…

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Concerning Cults

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February 2003
Cults and other religions

Concerning Cults

A Christian was walking through a city shopping centre recently. Unexpectedly, a stranger offered him five booklets, which seemed Bible-based. All of them had been written (or transcribed from addresses) by Horst Schaffranek.    The Christian felt uncomfortable. The stranger was harsh and intolerant as he talked about Christians and the multiplicity of churches in…

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Concerning Cults

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November 2002
Cults and other religions

Concerning Cults

Jehovah's Witnesses (2)How did the Watchtower cult emerge and develop? The story begins with Charles Taze Russell (1852-1916). His parents were Calvinists in theology and members of a Congregational church in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where the Bible was taught faithfully.Russell accepted the God-centred theology of the church and of his parents until, at the age…

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Concerning Cults – Jehovah’s Witnesses (1)

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October 2002
Cults and other religions

Concerning Cults – Jehovah’s Witnesses (1)

It is claimed there are ‘6,000,000 persons’ in ‘over 230 lands’ who are Jehovah’s Witnesses. I cannot verify these statistics but two observations are pertinent.Firstly, growth in the number of Jehovah’s Witnesses has fluctuated in recent years. For example, between 1993 and 2001 their growth in the UK has slowed down.Secondly, Watchtower yearbooks reveal…

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Concerning Cults

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August 2002
Cults and other religions

Concerning Cults

Christadelphians This is a small, active, but relatively unknown group. The membership is falling and now stands under 17,000 in the UK. There are only about 300 'ecclesias' in Britain, with a further 100 or so smaller fellowships. I am referring to Christadelphians. You may not have heard about them. One reason for this…

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