Cults

Journey with a Jehovah’s Witness Part 3

A series by Malcolm Goodwin Read the Intro. to this series here, part 1 here, part 2 here. Jesus, Michael, and Archangels The verses cited by Jehovah’s Witnesses for linking the identity of the Archangel Michael with Jesus are included below in an excerpt from their publication “Reasoning from the Scriptures” (p218): “Is Jesus Christ the same person as Michael…read more →

Moroni’s Promise and (Mis) Understanding Mormonism

Recent years have seen the Mormon Church redouble its efforts at repackaging itself for a new generation. They’re use of Search Engine Optimisation, content marketing, and social media is astonishingly slick and professional. Enter the word ‘Bible’ into your search engine and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will appear on the first page of results. ‘Christ’ gave…read more →

5 Ways Cults Twist Scripture

By What Authority? Ask a cult member about their faith and they will come up with a rote answer, often couched in the language of testimony. This is meant to redirect your attention away from the question, to the claims of the cult thrown in a positive light. Usually someone ‘went back to the Bible,’ ‘had a vision,’ ‘felt led…read more →

Journey With a Jehovah’s Witness Part 2

by Malcolm Goodwin Previously:   Introduction; Part 1   Theophany In part 1, I closed with Jesus’ reminder that the God of the Bible is the ‘God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.’ For Jesus, it was a sign of life. This God he was talking about was still the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the God of the living and not…read more →

5 Things to Know About Cult Converts

There is an understandable caution in most Christians meeting cult members. It can seem like playing with fire. It is true that speaking to a Jehovah’s Witness, or a Mormon, is not like speaking to someone indifferent to spiritual things. The cult member has a faith, a world-view, and carefully structured arguments. Reachout Trust exists to equip Christians to meet…read more →

Journey With a Jehovah’s Witness Part 1

The God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob By Malcolm Goodwin In the introduction to this series I established the concept of person as having three elements which were exemplified in the introduction of God to Moses in the burning bush. I suggested that there was a referential element (I am the God of your…read more →

Christadelphians, the Devil, and the Revelations of Christ 1

A Plea for Christadelphians to Test Their Tradition by Tony Cox The Christadelphian Faith seems very much a family religion. It is divided into numerous different sects and exclusive Fellowship groupings, yet there is probably one common characteristic they all share; most Christadelphians seem to have been born into their particular Christadelphian sect, and/or have married into it. Consequently, many…read more →

The Watchtower’s 144,002 gods

The American 19th Century was a religious boiling pot from which all kinds of ideas, abstractions, and movements emerged, from the early days of the Seventh Day Adventists, through the followers of William Miller (Millerites), and John Thomas (Christadelphians), to the Watchtower Society in the latter part of the century. Such groups were overwhelmingly preoccupied by the second Adventism that…read more →

Are We Mormons a Cult?

In the United States Mormonism is something of an enigma. The Mormon Church is still distinctive enough in its core beliefs to draw suspicion in mainstream churches but, unlike other aberrant groups, it plays a full and active role in American society, culture, and politics. The struggle is on to square that circle, to reconcile these dichotomous elements of this…read more →

5 Steps to Winning on Your Doorstep

When we think about the obstacles to faith faced by the cult member we might think of the pressure from the group to ‘stay faithful,’ the reminder of covenant promises that will be broken if they leave, the threat of rewards forfeited if they walk away, blessings lost, a life wasted, an eternity of regret. Our ministry is, in large…read more →

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