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Apologetics Research Resources on Religious Cults, Sects, Religions, Doctrines, Etc.
Apologetics Research Resources on Religious Cults, Sects, Religions, Doctrines, Etc.

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Five Reasons to Say No to a Church Membership Covenant
Jesus said to never swear an oath, but to simply let your “yes” be “yes” and your “no” be “no.”

However, many churches nowadays require prospective members to sign a church covenant or membership agreement.

While some structure is necessary for a church to function, many church covenants include policies and stipulations that run counter to the teachings of the Bible.

Pastor Wade Burleson, in his book ‘Fraudulent Authority,’ describes why Christians should not sign such contracts.

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'Apostle' C. Peter Wagner died

C. Peter Wagner (August 15, 1930-October 21, 2016) was the founder of Global Harvest Ministries, and a leading figure in the so-called New Apostolic Reformation. Most recently he was the vice president (or, in his own words, “Apostolic Ambassador”) of Global Spheres, Inc. — which he described as “a new wineskin for apostolic assignment.”

While nobody questioned his love for God, sadly he became a driving force behind countless extra-Biblical and un-Biblical teachings and practices.

#cults #apologetics #christianity

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Islam and Terrorism

‘Islamic terrorism’ refers to terrorist acts committed by Muslim groups or individuals who are motivated by Islamic or Islamist views.

Condemned by most Muslims, Islamic terrorism is inspired by the concept of ‘lesser Jihad’ — ‘holy warfare’ against the enemies of Allah and Islam.

We have collected a number of research resources on the topic.

#islam #terrorism


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Apologetics Index: new design

We've given Apologetics Index a new lick of paint, upgraded the wiring, put in a new kitchen, and... well, you get the picture.  

We're still cleaning up pixel dust in various nooks and crannies, but give the new site a test drive.  Let us know what you think.
http://www.apologeticsindex.org/

#apologetics   #apologeticsindex  
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Women in Christian Ministry

Most Christian denominations agree that women are allowed to minister. However, there is confusion and disagreement between - and within - churches and denominations on 

- whether women are allowed to teach (and if so, whether they are allowed to teach both men and women)

- whether women are allowed to be in positions of leadership,

- and if so, whether that includes the office of pastor, priest, bishop (or whichever terminology is used within a particular denomination to indicate the main person in charge of leading the congregation)

We've lined up some research resources -- and welcome suggestions for additional ones, form various perspectives.
http://www.apologeticsindex.org/350-women-in-christian-ministry

#christianity   #women   #ministry  

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Gloriavale Christian Community at a glance

In the last eight years 65 people have left this tightly-controlled, insular 'Christian' community in New Zealand.

That number includes 22 people who have left in March and April, 2015 alone.

This group's beliefs and practices show it to be, theologically, a cult of Christianity.  Sociologically the commune has cult-like aspects as well.

#gloriavale  

20 Ways Cults Misread The Bible

Cults of Christianity misinterpret Bible verses and passages in support of doctrines and/or practices outside the boundaries of the Christian faith.  Here's how to recognize the most common fallacies.
www.apologeticsindex.org/5849-scripture-twisting

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Christian Science: Neither Christian, Nor Scientific

Christian science (The First Church of Christ, Scientist) is neither Christian nor scientific. 

This religious movement's denial and/or re-interpretation of key Biblical doctrines mark it as, theologically, a cult of Christianity. 

Nevertheless, in many U.S. states the Federal Government has granted Christian Science religious exemptions which, in the eyes of many, has led to needless suffering and preventable deaths as the church's followers apply its version of 'faith healing.

#christianscience   #apologetics  

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Being Negative is Not Always Bad

Those who offer critiques of heterodox teachings or unwise conduct are sometimes called "negative," with the implication that this designation impugns the one who offers such critiques.

Nevertheless,  the terms "positive" and "negative" are not used in Scripture as equivalents of true and false, wise and foolish, or right and wrong.

"Positive" and "negative" may be useful in determining the polarity of electrical current but not in determining veracity, wisdom, or morality.

#apologetics   #christianity  

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A closer look at Stephen Covey and his 7 Habits

Published nearly 26 years ago, Stephen Covey's development training program, "The 7 Habits Of Highly Effective People" today is as popular as ever. 

But most people who use it are unaware of the fact that Covey has discovered how to communicate Mormon teachings to non-Mormons by simply changing his vocabulary. 

Bill Gordon explains that a study of Covey's writings reveal the Mormon ideas and beliefs behind many of the principles found in 7 Habits.

#apologetics   #christianity  
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