Aberrant Teachings and Sects Archive

Crime and Punishment: The House of Prayer, Corporal Discipline, and the State

This article first appeared in the News Watch column of the Christian Research Journal, volume 24, number 3 (2002). For further information or to subscribe to the Christian Research Journal go to: http://www.equip.org Graphic video images of what looked like the violent, forcible removal of dozens of screaming children from their crying parents by government […]

Fivefold Ministry Makes a Comeback

This article first appeared in the News Watch column of the Christian Research Journal, volume 22, number 1 (1999). For further information or to subscribe to the Christian Research Journal go to: http://www.equip.org The two cassette tapes are eerie. One speaker, Bill Hamon, urges the congregation to invite “war angels” into the sanctuary and uses […]

The Faulty Foundation of the Five-Fold Ministry

It has recently become popular to speak of “the five-fold ministry,” a system of church government with apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, and teachers. The neo-Pentecostal “Restoration” movement and its offshoot, “Kingdom now” teaching, claims that one of the things which God is “restoring” to the church is this five-fold ministry. The sole proof text used […]

John Hinkle- D-Day Declarations

The prophet: JOHN HINKLE. The platform: The Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN). The prophecy: “The most cataclysmic experience that the world has ever known since the Resurrection…is going to happen.” Hinkle had everyone’s ear, He claimed that God, “in the most awesome voice,” told him that “on Thursday, June the ninth (1994), I will rip the […]

The Institute of Divine Metaphysical Research

The Institute of Divine Metaphysical Research (IDMR) was begun by Harry C. Kinley, who was supposedly given a revelation of “divine metaphysics” by God in 1931. Below are listed some of the distinctive teachings of the Institute of Divine Metaphysical Research and a biblical answer to each point. 1. Although they claim to believe in […]

Harold Camping

This article first appeared in the Christian Research Journal, volume 25, number 1 (2002). For further information or to subscribe to the Christian Research Journal go to: http://www.equip.org SYNOPSIS Harold Camping is the president of Family Radio. He teaches that God has done away with the church, and thus there should be no more local […]

The Cult of Compromise Revisited

The warnings keep coming. With increasing frequency over the past few years, I’ve been cautioned about my vocal stance against groups ranging from established Sects such as Mormonism to fraternal organizations such as the Masonic Lodge. On one recent occasion, I was advised that I risked putting CRI’s ministry in jeopardy if I spoke out […]

Two By Twos

Research for this report has come from CRI’s files, the Spiritual Counterfeits Project in Berkeley, from J. Gordon Melton’s Encyclopedia of American Religions, Heresies Exposed by W. C. Irvine, from limited contact with members of the movement itself, and from generous contributions and correspondence from Mrs. Mary Schoeff of Cheney, Washington. Because these people do […]

Community Chapel and Bible Training Center

This article first appeared in Forward volume 9, number 1 (1986). The full PDF can be viewed by clicking here. For several years now we have received requests to comment on the teachings and practices of Community Chapel and Bible Training Center in Seattle (hereafter CCBTC), pastored by Donald Lee Barnett. Based on our research, […]

Abbott Loop Christian Center

Abbott-Loop Christian Center (ALCC) in Anchorage, Alaska, was founded in 1959. Since then it has founded dozens of churches in half the states in the U.S. and in at least two foreign countries. We are still in the process of gathering information about ALCC but are able to make a tentative assessment based on what […]