Aberrant Teachings and Sects Archive

Joel’s Army Marches on

This article first appeared in the Christian Research Journal, volume 32, number 03 (2009). For further information or to subscribe to the Christian Research Journal go to: http://www.equip.org. As this age comes to a close and the world enters its most trying times, the Church and her message are going to change….There will be an […]

Arnold Murray and the Shepherd’s Chapel

A teacher who has recently become popular over television is a man named Arnold Murray of the Shepherd’s Chapel in Gravette, Arkansas. We at the Christian Research Institute do not endorse the teachings of Arnold Murray. This paper will demonstrate why we consider Mr. Murray’s teachings to be heretical. THE CULTIC TEACHINGS OF ARNOLD MURRAY […]

The Price of Change

This article first appeared in the News Watch column of the Christian Research Journal, volume28, number6 (2005). For further information or to subscribe to the Christian Research Journal go to: http://www.equip.org The Worldwide Church of God (WCG) began its voyage into the pale of mainstream Christianity nearly two decades ago. Its continuing journey is remarkable, […]

Is the Reformation Over?

This review first appeared in the Christian Research Journal, volume29, number4 (2006). For further information or to subscribe to the Christian Research Journal go to: http://www.equip.org Mark A. Noll is the McManis Professor of Christian Thought at Wheaton College, a widely read author, and is considered to be an expert on the history and character […]

Sweeping Changes in the Way International

The Way International introduced sweeping changes at the annual Rock of Ages gathering last year. The crowd of 11,000 applauded the changes, hoping that this would help remedy the severe decline and turbulence of the past 10 years. Splintering of the group since 1985 has greatly reduced its active membership, from a peak of about […]

The Way Tree Is Splintering

For followers of The Way International and its late founder Victor Paul Wierwille, the past two years have been life shaking. This is a key time for Christians to understand the issues which Wayers and ex-Wayers face and to learn ways to share biblical truth with them. Furthermore, this volatile time gives observers of new […]

A Church Reborn

During the past 10 years, the Holy Spirit has blessed the Worldwide Church of God with unprecedented growth in doctrinal understanding and in sensitivity to the world around us, especially other Christians. Yet the scope and speed of changes since the death of our founder, Herbert W. Armstrong, has confounded both supporters and detractors. It’s […]

The Worldwide Church of God: Resurrected into Orthodoxy

Herbert W. Armstrong died in 1986 at the patriarchal age of 93, and his Worldwide Church of God has been burying portions of his theology ever since. During this decade-long funeral, the WCG itself has experienced an institutional suffering and dying, losing 130 or more of its 450 ministers and seeing at least 30,000 members […]

Re-Imagining: Relishing Eve’s Rebellion

“Sometimes when you ask God for help, God sends a heretic.” These words, shared by presenter Delores Williams, may well have summarized the sentiments of many participants at a Re-imagining Revival conference held in St. Paul, Minnesota, April 16 – 19, 1998. Williams, professor of theology and culture at New York’s Union Theological Seminary, and […]

Unitarian Splinter Group Wants to Believe in God

This article first appeared in the News Watch column of the Christian Research Journal, volume 24, number 1 (2002). For further information or to subscribe to the Christian Research Journal go to: http://www.equip.org Disgruntled church members have charged the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA), which prides itself on accepting people no matter what their beliefs, of […]