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, 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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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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