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Jesus and the JWs
May 2001
Cults and other religions

Jesus and the JWs

Does the Bible teach in Proverbs 8 that the Father created Jesus? According to the Jehovah's Witnesses, the answer is 'yes'.In their encyclopaedia Aid to Bible Understanding, under the section, ‘Wisdom Personified’ (1971 edition, p.918) we find the following:‘Many professed Christian writers of the early centuries of the Common Era understood this section [Proverbs…

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Concerning Cults
November 2000
Cults and other religions

Concerning Cults

Universal Pentecostal Church (4)Two years ago a respected pastor in the UPC died. His name was Pastor C. K. Lazarus. Years earlier, as a young man, he informed his UPC leaders that he had decided ‘to do the ministry remaining unmarried’ (The Voice of Pentecost, February 2000, p.6). He received a positive response: ‘The…

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Concerning Cults
October 2000
Cults and other religions

Concerning Cults

Universal Pentecostal Church (3)Private revelations. That is what we concentrate on in this third article on the Universal Pentecostal Church (UPC). Having outlined the history and theology of this cult, we now need to discuss some of their distinctive but erroneous teachings. And their claim concerning private revelations is given prominence within the UPC.Visions‘Revelations’…

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Belief and morals among the Taylorites- A personal reflection (2)
October 2000
Cults and other religions

Belief and morals among the Taylorites- A personal reflection (2)

Last month, I wrote of my experiences among the Taylorite Exclusive Brethren and began to consider their teachings.  These teachings had their origin with J. N. Darby, a former Church of Ireland clergyman whose rejection of that church's authority led to the formation of the Brethren movement.Darby was preoccupied with purity of doctrine as…

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Concerning Cults
September 2000
Cults and other religions

Concerning Cults

Universal Pentecostal Church (2)In terms of biographies, it is far from being a classic. Nor is it particularly well written. With an unattractive cover and format, this paperback has been produced cheaply in the Third World to make it available to a wide readership in Asia, Africa and Europe. The biographer is anonymous but…

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Belief and morals among the Taylorites
September 2000
Cults and other religions

Belief and morals among the Taylorites

If the Taylorite Exclusive Brethren (‘the Exclusives’) were just a harmless Evangelical sect, seeking to be faithful to the gospel, they would deserve our respect and might be left to work out their own salvation. But this description will not fit. First, they have no consistent evangelical mission but are resolutely private, admitting no…

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Concerning Cults
July 2000
Cults and other religions

Concerning Cults

The Family of Love [2]Imagine the scene. A young Christian is surfing the Internet. He is eager to visit as many Christian websites as possible. His purpose? To be more aware of what the Lord is doing through Christians. He also wants to discover some helpful resources for learning more about the Bible. Quite…

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Concerning Cults
June 2000
Cults and other religions

Concerning Cults

Family of Love [1]This cult has been described by the Daily Telegraph (24 March), as 'a British-based sex cult', but at present it could be causing problems in East Africa. In late March, Kenyan government officials placed all government-run schools and children's homes on alert. The reason? Members of the 'Family of Love' were…

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Concerning Cults – Concerned Christians (2)
May 2000
Cults and other religions

Concerning Cults – Concerned Christians (2)

‘Doomsday massacre warnings "ignored".’ That was the headline of an article in the Daily Telegraph on 31 March 2000. The article concerned the Ugandan cult, Movement for the Restoration of the Ten Commandments of God, responsible for the killing of almost a thousand of its followers. Details of this cult tragedy are chilling and…

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Concerning Cults
April 2000
Cults and other religions

Concerning Cults

I am not complaining but I am intrigued. The reason? I really would like to know the names of all the cults investigated last year by MI5. And I am interested in discovering the identity of those cults deemed to be a 'threat' to society and national security.However, the full text of the report…

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Concerning Cults
March 2000
Cults and other religions

Concerning Cults

Cults and the M15Can you find a link between the following: MI5; police chiefs; senior government officials; the Millennium Dome; San Diego; a Tokyo underground station; and Armageddon? You have probably guessed correctly. They are all linked in various ways with cults. But what has MI5 got to do with cults? Evidently, MI5 was…

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Taylorite Exclusive Brethren
March 2000
Cults and other religions

Taylorite Exclusive Brethren

The correspondence on this subject during August and September 1999 has only recently been drawn to my attention. Eryl Davies’ original article drew partly on information gleaned from an account written by me, and published on a website. I was specially intrigued by the reply signed by three Taylorite Exclusive Brethren printed in Evangelical…

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