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, 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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Wednesday, 13 June 2018 17:14

Offended!

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Every week, it seems, we receive an email, letter, phone call or comment on our blog or YouTube Channel proclaiming that someone is offended by something that was said, either by us or a guest. We have come to realize over the years of being involved with apologetics and missions to cults that...

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Wednesday, 06 June 2018 15:03

Cake Rises Again

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Lots of celebration and consternation over the “Narrow ruling” in the Masterpiece Bake Shop case.  To be clear, a narrow ruling or narrow decision doesn’t refer to the number of justices. A unanimous decision can be narrow in the legal sense. The decision is narrow as opposed...

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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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