Aberrant Teachings and Sects Archive

Questions and Answers on the Bible, the Cults, the Occult, and Aberrant Christian Teachings

The Newsletter staff is pleased to introduce this new column, based on questions and answers excerpted from “The Bible Answer Man.” CRIs live call-in radio broadcast. In this issue of the Newsletter, Craig Hawkins answers questions on death and the afterlife. What happens to Christians after they die? Do they “go to sleep” until the […]

Gwen Shamblin: Weighed & Found Wanting

This article first appeared in the Volume 23 / Number 3 issue of the Christian Research Journal. For further information or to subscribe to the Christian Research Journal go to: http://www.equip.org The Weigh Down Workshop (WDW) has been an extremely popular program among Christians — as of early September there were 30–35,000 workshops, mostly in […]

The Patriot Movement

Summary Since the early 1990s, the national media has devoted countless stories to the increase of antigovernment militias throughout America. Many onlookers wholeheartedly endorse these paramilitary units as constitutionally protected expressions of freedom. Others see them as illegally formed private armies. In reality, the militias are far more complex. They represent the militant arm of […]

Psychology and the Church (Part Four)

Summary Biblical diagnosis of the complex, intersecting worlds of psychology, counseling, and the church is elusive and also only a small step toward approaching a productive individual, congregational, and Christian commitment toward helping hurting people. Although a well-rounded, biblically based program of personal change and growth with the help of a committed, mature Christian is […]

M. Scott Peck: Traveling Down the Wrong Road

Summary In setting forth his views on spiritual and mental health, Dr. M. Scott Peck has captivated the attention of Christians and non-Christians alike. The best-selling author of The Road Less Traveled and other books on spirituality and psychotherapy claims that true salvation or mental health comes to persons — whether Christian, Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, […]

The False God and Gospel of Moral Government Theology

SummaryMoral government theology (MGT), rooted in the philosophical definition of freedom as the “power of contrary choice,” denies the fundamental Christian doctrines of God’s perfection in knowledge, goodness, and power; original sin; human moral inability; the substitutionary satisfaction of God’s justice in Christ’s atoning death; redemption; and justification by the crediting of Christ’s righteousness to […]

Lifespring for Christians?

Daniel Tocchini’s Mashiyach1 Ministries, best known for its Momentus Training Seminars, has launched into the general trade book market with the publication of Killing the Victim before the Victim Kills You, authored by Tocchini and his two close associates, Derek Watson and Larry Pinci. Additionally, the organization has estab­lished a strong presence on the Internet […]

Roy Masters-linked “New Dimensions” Magazine Draws Fire

A conservative news mag­azine is under fire across the U.S. due to its links with controversial religious leader Roy Masters. The monthly magazine, New Dimensions, is also increasingly finding its way into the hands of politically conservative evangel­ical Christians, as its publishers have been giving away free ads to conservative groups, according to the January […]

GEORGE M. LAMSA: Christian Scholar or Cultic Torchbearer?

This article first appeared in Christian Research Journal Fall (1989). The full text of this article in PDF format can be obtained by clicking here. For further information or to subscribe to the Christian Research Journal go to: http://www.equip.org/christian-research-journal/ George M. Lamsa’s books and translations of the Bible have become a fixture in Christian bookstores […]

Christian Identity: A “Christian” Religion for White Racists

CHRISTIAN IDENTITY- Summary “Christian Identity” is the name of a religious movement uniting many of the white supremacist groups in the United States. Identity’s teachers promote racism and sometimes violence.Christian Identityroots are deeply embedded in movements such as the Ku Klux Klan and the Nazis. They consider themselves true Israel and view the Jews as […]