Cults

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 →

The Orthodox Church 2: Saints, Relics, and Tradition

Praying to and Communion with Saints In the first article we looked at The Orthodox Church claims to apostolic succession, its teaching on baptism, confession, deification, and the Eucharist, and what it has to say about icons and Mary. The Orthodox Church consider that since physical death is not the end for a Christian and that those who have passed…read more →

Jehovah our God is One Jehovah

We have seen that the Watchtower Society God, in the Jehovah Witness mind, sits on a throne ‘in heaven’ issuing his edicts via his spirit broadcasting system. Jesus, sitting at the right hand of the majesty on high (Heb.1:3), is able to ‘inspect the earth’ by means of this same spirit. For a Jehovah’s Witness, God is channelled through a…read more →

Seventh-Day Adventism and the Great Controversy

[The following is reproduced with the permission of Coleen Tinker and Life Assurance Ministries It is a major study which we reproduce in two parts. Here in part one we ask What is the ‘great controversy?’ while in part two we will look at Who is Jesus?] The fall of 2015 has proven to be historic in unexpected ways. One…read more →

The Mormon God

The Mormon God has evolved with the thinking of Mormon leaders. The Book of Mormon, the earliest Mormon text, insists there is one God. In a discussion between two characters named Amulek and Zeezrom we read: ‘And Zeezrom said unto him: Thou sayest there is a true and living God? And Amulek said: Yea, there is a true and living…read more →

The Watchtower Society God

In his Theological Word Book of the Bible (an essential on every Bible scholar’s shelf) Alan Richardson points out: ‘The knowledge of God is not reached by abstract speculation as in Gk. philosophy, but in the actual everyday business of living, or social relationships and of current historical events. God is not known by thinking out ideas about him, but…read more →

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