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

Midwest Christian Outreach - Apologetic Report
Wednesday, 14 November 2018 16:13

The New Mormon Church History

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Saints: The Story of the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Days, Volume 1, The Standard of Truth, 1815-1846 (722 Pages. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. $5.99) Reviewed by Kurt Van Gorden The history of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon or LDS) has...

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Wednesday, 07 November 2018 20:38

Restore My Soul

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I call to you with one lung exploded, from breathing the dust of the earth, With my tongue eroded from licking the crust of the Earth, Thus begins one of my favorite songs. The artist is a band big in the 90s called The Choir. It is a modern day Psalm of redemption. The imagery is raw and...

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Wednesday, 31 October 2018 21:38

A Cult Cocktail … Scripture with a Twist

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Most false teachers use something our late friend and former Jehovah’s Witness, Harry Brooks, often called a cult cocktail … Scripture with a twist. It is a simple way to deceive potential recruits and to gather followers who have some respect for the Bible, but who don’t know it...

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Wednesday, 24 October 2018 17:22

Is “Evangelical” Now a Purely Political Term?

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It’s been a long time since the word “evangelical” meant anything specific in common currency. Back in 1971, long before it became a focus of pollsters like Gallup,1 when it was a word used almost exclusively by conservative Protestants, D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones lamented how slippery...

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Wednesday, 17 October 2018 15:10

Restoring True Heresy – Again

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When books or articles feature questions such as, “When Did Jesus Become the Christ?” or “When Did Jesus Become the Son of God?” it usually indicates that we are about to be introduced to a heretical view about the identity of Jesus. Most often the proposed answer to the...

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Wednesday, 10 October 2018 02:59

You Think Politics is Brutal Now?

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I would be very interested to know what the weather was like in Washington, DC on Thursday, May 22, 1856. It had been an unusually long winter across the Midwest and Eastern seaboard of the United States that year. The capital itself had seen remarkably cold temperatures and above-average snowfall,...

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Monday, 08 October 2018 08:21

A Different Jesus? (Book Review)

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Long is the list of differences that separate Mormonism from Christianity, but one of the greatest is how each faith understands the person and role of Jesus Christ. For all but four years of its history, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (aka: LDS church, Mormons) has had the name...

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Wednesday, 03 October 2018 20:43

Accused!

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If someone is accused, should they be automatically presumed guilty? This is not really a new question but an age-old issue. For example, in 1642 Salem Village, Massachusetts  over 200 people were accused of practicing witchcraft. Most, like Caribbean slave, Tituba, “confessed,”...

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Wednesday, 03 October 2018 19:00

Beware the Rumor Weed

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(This originally appeared in the Summer/Fall 2001 edition of the MCOI Journal) Don’t you just love the VeggieTales videos? They communicate deep truths to children in a way that is both comical and easy to understand. One of our favorites is Larry-Boy and the Rumor Weed. In the story,...

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Wednesday, 26 September 2018 17:08

Spirit in the Sky

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On the way back from speaking at Wheatland Congregational Church in Wheatland, Michigan, the 1969 Norman Greenbaum song, “Spirit in the Sky,” kept popping into my head. As it happens, my friend Fred Slagle (who is the pastor of Wheatland) and I have similar personalities and share some...

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Wednesday, 19 September 2018 17:53

The Virtue of Being Fallible

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Recently, I posted an article on Facebook about how the Chinese government is treating Islam as mental illness. As Martin Luther King said, injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. So while I vehemently disagree with Islam about the nature of God and Jesus, I have no desire to see them...

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Wednesday, 12 September 2018 17:10

Laughter is Good Medicine

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According to Solomon, who wrote the OT book of Ecclesiastes, there is a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;(Ecclesiastes 3:4) How do we in the apologetics ministries maintain our sanity as missionaries to cults and New Religious Movements? Usually we do it with...

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Wednesday, 05 September 2018 17:13

Biblically Challenged

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It’s truly amazing how often the Bible is challenged by the biblically challenged. I was asked to speak in a Religion 101 class at an area junior college years ago. I thought it would be fun, and after outlining the essential doctrines of Christianity and giving evidence for the reliability...

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Wednesday, 29 August 2018 17:12

To Be or Not to Be – That is the Question

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“Honest questions deserve honest answers, but dishonest questions don’t deserve any answers” is a bit of advice passed on to us by our friend and co-founder of Jews for Jesus, the late Jahn Moskowitz. It came at the end of a story he was relaying about a conversation he had with a...

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Wednesday, 22 August 2018 00:56

The “Restoration” Fallacy

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The Restoration Movement has always been a fascination to me.  Mormons are but one of the many groups that grew out of this movement, and they seem to be at the forefront of the groundless assertion that the first century Church, which was established by Jesus, failed to endure and has had to...

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Wednesday, 15 August 2018 15:29

To Their Own Destruction

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Out of concern that the First Century believers were susceptible to deception, the Apostle Peter warned in chapter 3 of his second epistle to be careful of those who distort Scripture “…to their own destruction.” The ones Peter warns about here seem to be a different type than...

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Wednesday, 08 August 2018 17:08

Paradise – Lost

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The Watchtower Bible and Tract Society, popularly known as Jehovah’s Witnesses, teach there is a two-class system of the faithful. There is the elite “anointed class,” 144,000 people who are going to heaven to rule and reign with Jesus when they die. The lower class “other...

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(Originally printed in the Winter 2006 Issue of the MCOI Journal) Since the time of the Tower of Babel, when God confused the languages of men on Earth, there has been a great language problem to overcome. And, any of you who watch those migraine inducing, political-debating shows on television...

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Wednesday, 01 August 2018 21:42

Why Johnny Can’t Confess (What He Believes)

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For most of the 20th century, American evangelicals became increasingly out-of-touch with something that served as one of the most important sources of theological cohesiveness for the previous 1,700 years: the historic creeds. Many Bible-believing Christians still seem to be spiritually allergic...

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Wednesday, 25 July 2018 17:15

I Can Only Imagine

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On Saturday evening at the old homestead, we had movie night and watched the newly released for streaming, I Can Only Imagine. Faith films these days sometimes seem a little hokey, lacking depth: It’s almost like they work so hard to be “Christian” that they forget the power of a...

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Wednesday, 18 July 2018 17:19

Point of Contact

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It is a big idea I’ve been trying to get my head around since I first heard it. The word for “image” in Genesis 1:26. As in “Let Us make man in our image.” I knew from Hebrew class that the “Us” is just a translation of the plural word Elohim or...

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Wednesday, 11 July 2018 17:11

The Dogma Lives Loudly Within You

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In the fall of 2017 Professor Amy Coney Barrett was confirmed to the United States Circuit Court. In the Senate confirmation hearings, Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein offered a rather Star Wars-esque comment concerning Barrett’s faith, saying, “The dogma lives loudly within...

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Wednesday, 04 July 2018 17:09

Freedom

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Mel Gibson’s 1995 epic Braveheart is basically about human freedom, how precious it is, and how very much it sometimes costs. The film is based on the life of the late 13th century warrior, Sir William Wallace. Disclaimer: Since most people alive today were not yet born in the 13th century,...

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Wednesday, 27 June 2018 15:04

The Custom Bible Company

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Some years ago, Bob Anderson of Watchman Fellowship and Erich Grieshaber -former JW and now evangelist – did a short skit called “The Custom Bible Company” at one of the annual Witnesses Now for Jesus Conventions. Although it was a spur of the moment skit that was made up on the...

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Wednesday, 20 June 2018 17:12

A Short Tribute to Diane Gholson

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We received word that our friend and former Florida Branch Director, Diane Gholson, age 94, passed into the presence of the Lord on June 8, 2018. Her daughter, Sue, sent a note which said in part: She slipped away from us quickly and I believe without suffering. Her heart just simply slowed down on...

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