Cults

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 →

Mormonism and Dog-Whistle Theology

The Mormon Church has a history of dismissing established truth in order to establish its own. What has history made of the Bible, and how does Mormonism’s attitude compare? ‘I have taught you nothing but God’s holy word, and those lessons that I have taken out of God’s holy book I have come hither to seal with my blood’ (Rowland Taylor, to…read more →

Is The JW Bible (NWT) Accurate?

On their website, jw.org, the Watchtower Society asks, ‘Is The New World Translation Accurate?’ It is a good question. The Bible speaks to our deepest concerns, explains our purpose in the world, and introduces us to the God who made us. Every movement that seeks to identify itself with Christ claims to get its teaching and authority from the Bible….read more →

Halloween: Its Pagan So Get Over It

Halloween, and we have spent the afternoon with family in Mumbles. A leisurely walk along the front to Verdi’s ice cream parlour, ice cream cones for everyone, and a stroll back to the car. We saw witches, zombies, and monsters, none more than four feet tall, bless them, and a husky dog dressed as a witch, complete with pointy hat,…read more →

LDS General Conference October 2016: Only Believe

As we listen in on the 2016 semi-annual General Conference of the Mormon Church we remember how Mormons sound like us but believe very differently. When you are listening in on a group to which you don’t belong it is important you hear what group members hear. The temptation is to import the language of their world into your own,…read more →

Seventh-Day Adventist: Who is Jesus?

[The following is the second part of a major study reproduced with the permission of Coleen Tinker and Life Assurance Ministries Here in part 2 we ask Who is Jesus? In part 1 we asked What is the ‘great controversy?’ ] Who is the Seventh-Day Adventist Jesus? The great controversy hangs on Ellen G White’s [EGW] statements that God the Father exalted…read more →

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