Countercult Ministry Archive


In its April–June 1998 issue, the Christian Research Journal published an extensive evaluation of Growing Families International (GFI), the Christian parenting ministry headed by Gary and Anne Marie Ezzo.1 While acknowledging GFI’s popularity (over a million reported followers around the world) and noting that “a number of the parenting ideas in GFI materials are sound […]

New Challenges Face Gary Ezzo and Growing Families International

This article first appeared in the News Watch column of the Christian Research Journal, volume 23, number 3 (2001). For further information or to subscribe to the Christian Research Journal go to: Two and one-half years ago the Christian Research Journal published an article outlining the cultlike characteristics of Gary Ezzo’s Growing Families International […]

Descending Masters: A History of the Raelian Movement

This article first appeared in the Volume 24 / Number 3 / 2002 issue of the Christian Research Journal. For further information or to subscribe to the Christian Research Journal go to: The Raelian Movement- SYNOPSIS UFO fascination has been around for centuries, and events that many have said portend the end of civilization […]

The Branch Davidians

On February 28, 1993 at approximately 9:30 a.m., 100 lawmen from the Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms division of the United States Treasury Department descended on a religious compound owned and operated by the Branch Davidian cult 10 miles east of Waco, Texas. Their objective was to serve a search warrant for illegal firearms and explosives, […]

Are Sincere Cultists Lost?

Most Christians have no trouble believing that non-Christians who completely and straightforwardly reject Jesus Christ are lost. However, they do often find it difficult to believe that someone might sincerely believe themselves to be following Jesus Christ and yet — as in the case of members of heretical pseudo-Christian cults — be lost. Jesus Himself […]

Cult Mind Control

“And the Lord’s servant must not quarrel; instead, he must be kind to everyone, able to teach, not resentful. Those who oppose him he must gently instruct, in the hope that God will grant them repentance leading them to a knowledge of the truth, and that they will come to their senses and escape from […]

Why I Left Christian Science: The Personal Testimony of Carolyn Poole

Christian Science was my whole life. I was a third-generation mem­ber of both a local church and the Mother Church in Boston. As well, I was “class taught” — that is, I received special advanced instruction. I whole­heartedly practiced Christian Science by reading my lesson every day, by not going to doctors or taking medicine […]

Government Pressing Death Cases of Six Children Against Christian Scientists

Authorities in four states are prosecuting Chris­tian Science parents on manslaughter, murder, or child abuse charges for refusing medical care to their dying chil­dren. The cases — six of them in all, including three in California — represent the largest assault in history against Christian Science reliance on prayer instead of medical treatment to cure […]

Church Universal and Triumphant Changes Pace

Elizabeth Clare Prophet and her Church Universal and Triumphant (CUT) are entering a “second life cycle” of recruiting, training, and teaching. Under the direction of CUT’s president Gilbert A. Cleirbaut, a 51-year-old management consultant who took the helm of the organiza­tion in 1996, the New Age cult faces major changes marked by the sale of […]

Weapons Arrests and “Doomsday Talk” Shrouds Church Universal and Triumphant

Since early July, three high-ranking Church Universal and Tri­umphant (CUT) members have been arrested on weapons offenses. In each case, the members were attempting to stockpile weapons in prepara­tion for an anticipated nuclear holocaust. One of those arrested was Edward Francis, the husband of sect leader Elizabeth Clare Prophet. Francis was sen­tenced on December 15, […]