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All articles in category Cults and other religions

Concerning Cults – The Raëlian Movement

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October 2003
Cults and other religions

Concerning Cults – The Raëlian Movement

On the Continent, and in France especially, Claude Vorilhon is well known. For one thing, he was a former French racing driver and sports magazine editor. During the 1980s and 1990s, Vorilhon travelled extensively in order to race in his Mazda RX 7 Turbo.What made him even better known, however, was an experience he…

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Concerning cults – Mormonism (2)

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September 2003
Cults and other religions

Concerning cults – Mormonism (2)

Iam continuing my review of The new Mormon challenge (Francis J. Beckwith, Carl Mosser, Paul Owen: general editors, Zondervan, 2002), a new book by evangelical Christians which responds to the latest apologetic writings of Mormonism.The book is valuable in explaining and describing how the movement is now promoting and defending its message worldwide.While the…

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Paganism today

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August 2003
Cults and other religions

Paganism today

Last month we explored the current phenomenal rise in paganism in our society, along with the reasons for it and explanation of the 'big ideas' that hold the movement together. We will now look at a biblical response.In essence our response can be considered under five headings - creation, miracles, revelation, Jesus and prayer.CreationWhen…

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Paganism today-Making sense of the alternative spiritual experience

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July 2003
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Paganism today-Making sense of the alternative spiritual experience

If the shelves of the nation's bookshops are any reliable guide to its interests, we have problems, serious problems.My local bookshop has replaced the label over the section called 'Religion'. It is now called 'Mysticism' - and this is no mere window dressing. Instead of Bibles, commentaries and volumes on Christian living, or even…

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Concerning Cults-Mormons   Part 1

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July 2003
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Concerning Cults-Mormons Part 1

The facts are staggering and we need to be aware of them. I am referring to the Mormons or, officially, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.Did you know, for example, that there are now over eleven million Mormons worldwide? Each year they win more than 310,000 converts. What is disturbing is that…

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Concerning Cults-Light in the Worldwide Church of God

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June 2003
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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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The Vatican and the New Age movement

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June 2003
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The Vatican and the New Age movement

The spreading phenomenon of New Age is causing disquiet in Vatican circles. Two influential Pontifical Councils (for Culture and for Inter-religious Dialogue) have recently published a long document addressed to Catholic catechists - providing guidelines on how to interpret and respond to the New Age movement. Religious motivationsThe document Jesus Christ the bearer of…

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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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April 2003
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Concerning Cults-New Apostolic Church (2)

We began to consider this movement last month. The New Apostolic Church (NAC) operates worldwide with about 60,000 congregations and more than 9 million members. There is extensive NAC activity in the United Kingdom. NAC work in England was launched in 1947 by two German detainees in a prisoner of war camp, at Langdon…

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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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February 2003
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The ‘Local Church’ movement

The 'Local Church' movement was founded by Witness Lee, co-worker in China with Watchman Nee and his successor as leader of the 'Little Flock' movement. Shortly before the Communist takeover in China, Lee escaped to Taiwan along with many of Nee's other followers. There it is said that they established more than 20,000 churches…

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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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