Deception

Christian Fundamentals: The Battle For Truth

1 John 2:15-17 – What’s Wrong With The World? There is a battle for truth in our world today. We have, so far, seen that true fellowship with God is marked by: An increased consciousness of sin (1 John 1:6-10) A growing likeness to Christ (1 John 2:1-6) God’s light shines in God’s law and in Christian love and conviction…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 →

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 →

The Harbinger: America’s Future, Review by Jon Taylor

The Harbinger is a 2012 best-selling Christian novel by Rabbi Jonathan Cahn, a Messianic Jew. It suggests that the 9/11 terrorism attack was a divine warning to America. Jonathan Cahn’s book is written in the form of a novel although the claim presented, is that what is contained within the story is real. The sub-title immediately grabs one’s attention as…read more →

Danger of Divination by Tina Storey

Like many non-Christian families, visiting Spiritualists and Fortune Tellers was our form of Spirituality. We simply didn’t know any better and nobody taught us otherwise. From being a teenager my mother and I visited Mediums, Psychics, Crystal Ball and Tarot Card readers. We went to people’s houses for ‘sittings’ to attempt to contact the dead and receive messages. We began…read more →

Risking the Truth – Book Review

As a ministry we depend a great deal on the local church. When someone is struggling with questions of faith it is so important they have somewhere to go, somewhere they feel safe, where they can bring their questions, talk about their doubts, and find grace. A former cult member, someone who has come to faith in Jesus, has to start…read more →

Seven Characteristics of False Teachers

Thomas Brooks was a Congregational preacher and author. In “Precious Remedies against Satan’s Devices”, (available in The Complete Works of Thomas Brooks, Vol. 1, reprinted by The Banner of Truth Trust), he identifies the Seven Characteristics of False Teachers. Anyone who has been involved in ministry to the cults will readily recognise these seven identifying marks. We forget the teachers…read more →

Ten Questions

Even after all these years we at Reachout will get asked about groups we haven’t heard about, or we are not familiar with. Where do you start, what do you ask, how do you asses truth claims in light of God’s Word? Here are ten questions to help lay some solid foundations on which to build a reliable picture. What…read more →

The Non-Biblical Teachings of Benny Hinn

Introduction In a previous article Fads, Gimmicks and Spoofs, I mentioned, as an example, Benny Hinn. As it often does this brought a large post bag. Interestingly enough, not just those who felt we werewrongto criticise Benny Hinn, but also from those who felt we did not go far enough. As a result many were crying, “what is your evidence…read more →

Todd Bentley and the Lakeland Revival

This article is divided up under the following sub headings – jump to any section from the links below. Introduction 1. Biblical Discernment 2. What has been prophesied about Todd? 3. What is BiblicalRevival? 4. What is the place of angels? 5. Should we talk about ‘it’? 6. Getting ‘it’. 7. Are all ‘miracles’ automatically of God? 8. Todd’s Response…read more →

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