Cults

The Mormon Temple – Is It Biblical?

  Five new temples were announced by the Mormon Church president during his Sunday morning address (April 2, 2017) at the church’s 187th annual General Conference. This brings the number of temples worldwide, operating or under construction, to 182 according to the Mormon newsroom. Mormonism teaches these temples are a restoration of biblical temples in the last days before Christ’s…read more →

Watchtower Memorial Meal 2017

Every year the Jehovah’s Witnesses celebrate Jesus’ death with what they term, the Memorial Meal. This year (2017) it will be held after sundown on Tuesday 11 April. The Watchtower of 15 March 2004 (pp.4-7) carries an article designed to prepare people for this evening. It explains what happens at the Memorial Meal and shows the correct procedures to be…read more →

Why Jehovah’s Witnesses Don’t Celebrate Easter

  If you have encountered Jehovah’s Witnesses at all in the run up to Easter they may well have been eager to explain to you why they don’t celebrate Easter. The Watchtower JW.ORG carries a piece explaining why Jehovah’s Witnesses don’t celebrate Easter. There is also a link to an article explaining what the Bible says about Easter. Their explanations might, at first…read more →

The Memorial Meal and Communion: An Outsider’s Perspective

It’s known by different names in different traditions; the Lord’s Table, the Lord’s Supper, the Eucharist, the Breaking of Bread, Holy Communion. Mormons call it ‘the sacrament’ which seems strange since it is a sacrament. Even in Mormonism, however, it isn’t the only sacrament since they also have baptism, as well as rituals of anointing. In my church we call…read more →

Christian Fundamentals: False prophets, Testing the Spirits

1 John 4:1-6: Testing Prophets by Outcome and Teaching Christ’s Spirit leads us into holiness and guides us in his ways (John.16:13) but what do we do when false teachers claim to be led by the same Spirit? It isn’t simply about what we agree with, or otherwise. People make life-changing decisions based on what they are taught, who they…read more →

The Mormon Godhead and ‘Modern Revelation’

Mormonism is a ‘restorationist’ religion with its own peculiar dispensationalist model. It is, therefore, in the nature of Mormon thinking to consider the ‘modern revelation’ of their latter-day prophets as most relevant to our day and age, giving insights for the latest dispensation. From the Bible Code to the Davinci Code, from James Frazer to Von Daniken and Colin Wilson,…read more →

Is the Jehovah’s Witness Jesus God?

The Watchtower Society has a very different understanding of the nature and person of Jesus. Here we look at several texts, regarded in the Christian world as evidence of Christ’s Divinity, but dealt with very differently by the Watchtower Society to forward their view of Jesus as a created being. How do their arguments stand up, and how are we to…read more →

Is the Mormon Testimony Redundant?

Gone Are The Days In an article in the December 2016 Ensign magazine, Mormon apostle Elder Russell M Ballard wrote: ‘As Church education moves forward in the 21st century, our educators need to consider any changes they should make in the way they prepare to teach, how they teach, and what they teach if they are to build unwavering faith…read more →

Jehovah’s Witnesses, Translations, and the New World Translation

Jehovah’s Witnesses, in support of their New World Translation, make extensive use of obscure, questionable Bible translations. You won’t find them in your local Christian bookshop. You won’t find them on the shelves in a typical Jehovah’s Witness home. It is enough for them that the Society approves these translations, enough that they appear to confirm what Jehovah’s Witnesses believe….read more →

5 Reasons People Join Cults and Cults are Successful

We are frequently asked why people join cults, often with a tone of incredulity. The truth is no one joins a cult. People find themselves in a cult having joined a community of people with whom they have come to identify, a settled community that seems to have answers not found elsewhere. They have been invited, included, taken seriously, treated…read more →

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