L. Ron Hubbard: The Man and His Myth

April 4, 2024By ARCCult, General Apologetics

by Craig Branch Take heed that no man deceive you. For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many. (Matt. 24:4-5) L. Ron Hubbard, the founder of Scientology, was a man who was able to strongly and powerfully transfix his followers and seduce them into accepting his own fantastic … Read More

Veritas: Uncovering the Secrets of Scientology

April 3, 2024By ARCCult, General Apologetics

by Craig Branch The religion known as Scientology is in the press a lot today and is becoming more and more popular in some cir­cles.  Many celebrities have joined its ranks in recent years, including Tom Cruise, John Travolta, Kirstie Alley, and Greta Van Susteren.  In this issue of Areopagus Journal, we examine this rising … Read More

Is Everything One? A Critique of New Age Pantheism

January 25, 2024By ARCCult, Culture

by Paul Copan In her book Out on a Limb, Shirley MacLaine said that the “tragedy of the human race was that we had forgotten that we were each Divine.”  Then she added, “You are everything.  Everything you want to know is inside of you.  You are the universe.”[1] Such a view is typical in … Read More

“Ye Are Gods”: The Mormon Gospel

September 19, 2023By ARCComparative Religions, Cult

by Bill McKeever – Discussing the issue of salvation with our Mormon friends can, at times, be a very frustrating experience. Many evangelical Christians have walked away after dialoguing with members of the LDS Church thinking that their beliefs are not all that far apart. However, as with all other topics pertinent to religious faith, … Read More

Veritas: The Cult Next Door

September 19, 2023By ARCComparative Religions, Cult

by Craig Branch – An Introduction to Areopagus Journal Vol. 4 No. 5 September-October 2004 In 1977, I opened the door and engaged two Mormon missionaries in conversation. Only a year earlier, I had come to Christ through a combination of Christians reaching out to me in friendship and a pastor who patiently met with … Read More

The Preconditioning of the Mind

The Preconditioning of the Mind

April 21, 2022By ARCCult, General Apologetics

by Clete Hux – It seems that newspaper headlines these days are full of examples of spiritual abuse, describing situations of people being victimized in both cults and churches. In critiquing the ins and outs of spiritual abuse, one often finds that people have been hurt by legalism, authoritarian leadership, manipulation, excessive discipline, spiritual intimidation … Read More

Spindale, North Carolina: Word of Faith Fellowship

Spindale, North Carolina: Word of Faith Fellowship

April 20, 2022By ARCCult, General Apologetics

By Clete Hux – A year and a half ago, Watchman Fellowship began receiving phone calls from former members of the Word of Faith Fellowship Church in Spindale, North Carolina. Parents who had teenage children in the Spindale church called from all over the country, including Montana, Florida, New York, Illinois, and Indiana. Together, the … Read More

Apocalypse Now!

Apocalypse Now!

April 19, 2022By ARCCult, General Apologetics

By Clete Hux – The 1995 bombing of the federal building in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, prompted national and local news media to gather information on groups that have the potential of committing such atrocities. The question that most are seeking to answer is simply this: “Are there religious groups out there who would use their … Read More

What about the Reorganized Latter-Day Saints Church? (RLDS)

April 14, 2022By ARCCult

by Rev. Clete Hux – “United we stand, divided we fall” has always been an encouraging reminder that there is strength in unity. However, there is also strength found in diversity. This is especially so when comparing some of the differences in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and Reorganized Latter-Day Saints churches. … Read More

An Interview with Two Former Yogi’s – Tal Brooke and Michael Austin

October 7, 2021By ARCCult, Culture

  In this interview Michael Austin and Tal Brooke, former Yogi’s talk with Dr. William Campbell of Beyond Words Radio sharing how they found Christ after spending years following Guru’s from India. Michael Austin is a communications consultant and Christian commentator, who serves as national spokesperson for, among others, the Christian History Institute, publisher of … Read More

Alamo Christian Ministries

August 24, 2021By ARCCult, General Apologetics

by Clete Hux – Cult Watch I was out running errands yesterday in the 35242 zip code area of Birmingham, Al. While returning to my vehicle from a place of business, I found a newsletter on my windshield that read Alamo Christian Ministries World Newsletter. Recognizing this literature as part of Tony Alamo’s religious cult, … Read More