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Scientology

L Ron Hubbard Lafayette Ron Hubbard who died in January 1986, wrote 78 science fictions books. In the end, it appears he came to believe them. He had called Satanist, Aleister Crowley, ‘my good friend.’ In 1950 he issued ‘Dianetics, The Modern Science of Mental Health’ to the medical faculty. This produced a violent reaction and so he withdrew the…read more →

Swedenborgianism – The New Church

Background Swedenborgianism is one of the three main branches of the ‘Church of the New Jerusalem.’ What each branch has in common is that they basically accept the teachings of Emmanuel Swedenborg as divinely inspired. Emmanuel Swedenborg who lived from 1688-772, was born into a pious Lutheran home. As an intellectual he travelled widely and had many influential friends. He…read more →

Unitarians

Background Unitarians can trace their roots back to the 16th Century. The belief spread from Poland, to what was then Transylvania (Romania), through England and on to America where it especially thrived in New England. Michael Servetus seems to be considered the founder of the movement. Servetus, a Roman Catholic Spanish physician, escaped from the inquisition in France and went…read more →

Assemblies of Yahweh

Background This American group have some similarities to the Jehovah’s Witnesses, who argue about whether Jesus died on a Stake or a Cross, and about putting the “Name” back into Scripture. However, to the Assemblies of Yahweh, it is the name is “Yahweh”. In this connection they make what is, at the very least, a wild claim. “Scholarship has proved…read more →

Moving Away From Legalism by Robin Brace

Legalism in Adventist Sects How does one make the transition from a legalistic sect to normal, or mainstream, Christianity? First, it is essential to deal with the concept of legalism itself. The legalistic Adventist sects, such as Jehovah’s Witnesses, Seventh Day Adventists, Christadelphians and the old-style Worldwide Church of God may vary in actual doctrine, but have many areas in…read more →

What is Seventh-Day Adventistism?

This is a record of an interview with John Surridge Communications Director of the Seventh-Day Adventists. 1. What are the major differences between Seventh-day Adventists and other denominations? There are differences of course and I will mention some of them in a minute. But Christians have so much in common that we really ought to talk about those things first….read more →

Worldwide Church of God Interview – Autumn 1998

Interview between Doug Harris of Reachout Trust and John Halford Editor of Plain Truth and Regional Director of the Worldwide Church of God – Autumn 1998. DOUG: Could you give us a little of your background, how you came to the WCG, etc? JOHN: I have been a member since 1961. I was raised in Kent and Middlesex, and had…read more →

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