But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. And do not fear their intimidation, and do not be troubled, but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you yet with gentleness and reverence; and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame.  1 Peter 3: 14-16

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Wednesday, 23 May 2018 17:09

Rainy Day People

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Christians are supposed to be happy, happy, happy – not fearful or depressed about difficult situations in life, right? Those of us involved in discernment ministries or missions to cults and false religious movements are focused on false teaching and false teachers. Even as we challenge...

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Wednesday, 16 May 2018 17:17

“An Evangelical Walks into a Bar…”

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In 1980 I was a newlywed working as a bank coin teller. There were a lot of silver coins in circulation back then, and the price of silver was skyrocketing toward an all-time high. At one point I sold roll of silver dimes (face value: $5.00) to a coin dealer across from the train station near my...

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Wednesday, 09 May 2018 17:10

Grace is Amazing

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I am constantly amazed at the large number of people do not truly understand the biblical concept of grace. Since grace is, of course, spoken of in Scripture, it is part of the vocabulary of most churches and even cults. The shorthand definition we most often use is “unmerited favor.” A...

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Wednesday, 02 May 2018 14:44

Final Act

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Spoiler Warning: This post contains the most minor of spoilers for Avengers: Infinity War and one whopper of a spoiler for the Empire Strikes Back. Some of you are old enough to remember seeing Empire Strikes Back at the theatre. That movie is of course the best of the entire Star...

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Wednesday, 25 April 2018 13:53

Leaning Toward Heresy

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Few realize how subtly doctrinal drift occurs. It often isn’t a jump from sound teaching and belief in the essentials of the faith to all out denial but is a slight lean from one to the other. It comes with a slight change in wording or application of a new definition which makes an aberrant...

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Wednesday, 18 April 2018 17:36

Wild in the Streets

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In 1968, the film Wild in the Streets  was released.  The premise was a simple and a somewhat satirical jab at the burgeoning “anti-establishment,” counter-cultural revolution that was rampant at the time.  A senator, played by Hal Holbrook, and Max Frost, a 22 year old...

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Christ in Me International (CiMI) is a New Religious Movement developing in South Africa. We were alerted to its existence when we began receiving emails and requests for information: Is this a group that falls within the historic Christian faith but engages in some odd practices, or does the New...

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Wednesday, 04 April 2018 17:38

That Other Flag

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Douglas Wilson has written a funny, witty, novel about what happens when a prankster rearranges the flags outside of a small Bible college in the rural South so that the Christian flag flies above the United States Flag. Chaos and hilarity ensues. Standard Disclaimer. I don’t agree with...

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Wednesday, 28 March 2018 17:35

RINO: Resurrection in Name Only

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Most of us will celebrate the resurrection of our Lord this Sunday. For many, the significance of the celebration gets lost in the now predominant popular “add-ons,” such as Easter eggs, bunny rabbits, and the like. The awe and wonder of the historical event and its centrality to the...

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Wednesday, 21 March 2018 17:35

Sacrificial Love

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(This originally appeared in the March/April 1997 edition of the MCOI Journal) I was raised in a Christian home but, in my teens and early twenties, I became very skeptical of Christian claims, the good book, and especially of God Himself. Looking back, I cannot say I really doubted the existence...

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Wednesday, 14 March 2018 14:41

Tears and Fears

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Our nation collectively grieved the tragic loss of life on September 11, 2001. Despite the anger we all felt towards the terrorists, we all gathered together to comfort those who would not see a husband, wife, father, mother or child return home after a normal day of work. Losing to death someone...

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Wednesday, 07 March 2018 16:37

The Basic Spirituality of Yoga

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We have received a number of questions about Yoga. Is it merely exercise and not incompatible with Christianity or is it another religion? We asked our friend and fellow missionary to non-Christian religions, former professional astrologer/New Ager, Marcia Montenegro from Christian Answers to the...

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Wednesday, 28 February 2018 14:30

My Billy Graham Story

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As all of you know, a great man has died. From what I know of him, I think that is the strongest compliment he would allow. Call him a saint and he would remind you that all God’s children are saints. Call him a hero and he would, no doubt,  remind you that all he did was speak what was...

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Wednesday, 21 February 2018 16:40

Word Faith Teachers Deny Self-Denial

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It seems obvious that Word Faith celebrities have created their own personal Jesus. With their egregious teachings and extravagant lifestyles, they, like the Mormons, Socialists, JWs and many others, have formulated their own acquiescent Jesus. No doubt they should be added to our “Designer...

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Monday, 19 February 2018 09:56

Who Said That? – Feeding Sheep or Amusing Goats?

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(Originally printed in the Summer 2005 Issue of the MCOI Journal Beginning on page 14) An evil is in the professed camp of the Lord, so gross in its impudence, that the most shortsighted can hardly fail to notice it. During the past few years it has developed at an abnormal rate, even for evil. It...

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Wednesday, 14 February 2018 16:38

The Designer Jesus Collection

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“Weird But True: If You Put Your Ear Up To The New Joel Osteen Book, You Can Hear Dozens Of Tortured Bible Verses Screaming In Pain” is but one of the many headlines and invented stories on the satirical website, The Babylon Bee. Some people love satire, and some hate it; we see it as a...

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Sunday, 11 February 2018 06:14

The Ambush of Discernment

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(Originally printed in the Summer 2005 Issue of the MCOI Journal Beginning on page 10) Half way through college, during the Christmas season of 1974, I first tasted the adventure of life in Jesus. It soon seemed to me that the most difficult resources to find were the ones that answered questions...

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Wednesday, 07 February 2018 18:17

Truth-like Substance (Screwtape Letters Part 2)

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In the first two letters, Lewis plants in Screwtape’s correspondence some philosophy and some ecclesiology.The philosophy is about the precariousness uses of argument. Screwtape dissuades Wormwood from using reason at all to corrupt his patient. “The trouble about argument is that it...

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Saturday, 03 February 2018 08:00

Who is the Savior?

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(Originally printed in the Summer 2005 Issue of the MCOI Journal Beginning on page 16) Jehovah is the ONLY Savior: Isaiah 43:11: I am Jehovah, and besides me there is no Savior. Isaiah 45:21: Make your report and your presentation. Yes, let them consult together in unity. Who has caused...

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Wednesday, 31 January 2018 16:37

Is God’s Name Jehovah?

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Jehovah’s Witnesses and other Sacred Name groups lit up the Internet last week when Religion News Service claimed, “The original Hebrew name of God re-discovered in 1,000 Bible manuscripts.” At first glance, it sounds like the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society has perhaps been...

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Wednesday, 24 January 2018 16:42

Scientists Stumble over God

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Genesis 1 and 2 give an overview of the creation of all things. The Gospel of John (John 1:1-3) points back to Genesis 1 and ascribes the creation to “the Word” – the Son of God – Who is by nature God. John 1:3 states that if the Word did not create any particular thing,...

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Sunday, 21 January 2018 05:51

An Indistinct Sound

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(Originally printed in the Summer 2005 Issue of the MCOI Journal) In 1 Corinthians 14:8, the Apostle Paul drew a word picture for the Corinthian believers when he wrote: “For if the bugle produces an indistinct sound, who will prepare himself for battle?” This passage has been on my...

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Wednesday, 17 January 2018 16:37

The Devil is a Liar

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Do you ever have books that no matter how many times you encounter them you always get something new out of them? That’s the Screwtape Letters (SL) for me. Just recently I listened to one of the many audio book recordings. This one was well done but not as full of irony like the version...

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Sunday, 14 January 2018 08:44

Combatting Christian Occultism Part 2

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(Originally printed in the Summer 2005 Issue of the MCOI Journal Beginning on page 6) Part 2 in a 2-Part Look at Occultic-like Beliefs and Practices in the Church By John Ferrer Introduction In the last Journal article “Occultism in the Church” (Part-1),1 we surveyed what the occult is:...

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Wednesday, 10 January 2018 16:42

The God of Awards Season

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Awards season is here. We just had the Golden Globes were it was all about telling serial sexual harassers like Harvey Weinstein that #timesup. So a quick reminder. God is okay. No really. Lots of people thank God. Even snarky atheist Ricky Gervais thanked God (that he made him an atheist) at the...

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