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Apologetics Resource Center

The Apologetics Resource Center is about the process of understanding the times and the alien philosophies opposed to God’s truth, as well as understanding and effecting the antidote of both knowing God’s truth and being the truth in our home, neighborhood, and culture. Now is the time for the Church to be served a wake up call, to be motivated, equipped and deployed into our world as radical change agents, redemptively as salt and light.

Marks of Abusive Religious Groups

Often in cult ministry we focus on groups that deny central aspects of the Christian faith such as the Trinity, deity of Christ, salvation by grace etc. Many Christians believe that if they simply look at a doctrinal statement, they will be able to spot potentially harmful organizations. Such may not be the case. There […]

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Wicca: The New, Old Religion

The religion of Witchcraft is known by many names, Wicca, Paganism, Neo-paganism, the Old Religion and the Craft. Some practitioners insist that there are distinct differences between Wiccans, Pagans and Neo-pagans. However, there is little agreement on exactly what these differences are and almost all authors admit that there is a great deal of similarity […]

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Overcoming the Bondage of Re-Victimization: A Response to “Overcoming the Bondage of Victimization by Robert and Gretchen Passantino

By by Paul R. Martin, Ph.D. and Lawrence A. Pile with Ron Burks, M.A. and Stephen D. Martin, M.Div. GENERAL COMMENTS In their article long-time cult researchers Bob and Gretchen Passantino criticize the radical concept of cult conversion which says that many people’s lives are drastically and negatively altered by powerful and sophisticated thought reform […]

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Samford Symposium on Environmentalism

{This article is an abstract of the presentation given by ARC Director Craig Branch at Samford University on April 21, 2007.} The University of Connecticut’s Center for Survey Research and Analysis released a study last Earth Day (4/19/06) which indicated 66% of Americans believe that gradual global warming is true and is caused by carbon […]

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Gwen Shamblin Weighed in the Balance

Popular Weigh Down Workshop founder, Gwen Shamblin has moved rapidly down the road toward cultism. Mrs. Shamblin has now publicly indicated that she denies the trinity and calls all other churches “false,” “worthless” and “an abomination,” especially those whose emphasis is a grace message. Gwen’s Weigh Down message, which always contained somewhat legalistic Lordship emphasis […]

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Alternative Medicine and the Need for Discernment

By Dónal O’Mathúna, Ph.D. and Walt Larimore, M.D. {This article is adapted from material in our Alternative Medicine: The Christian Handbook, revised and expanded edition (Grand Rapids: Zondervan) to be released January 2007.} Alternative medicine remains very popular. Surveys have found that roughly one-third of adults in the United States use some form of complementary […]

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Faith Healers or Fake Healers?

Among the celebrities in the Word Faith Movement, none is more well known than Benny Hinn. From his lavish life-style to his on-stage performances, Benny Hinn has become the modern stereotype of the faith healers, even providing at least partial inspiration for Steve Martin’s character in the movie Leap of Faith. Hinn claims that thousands […]

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Will You Chase After Dry Chaff? – [Job 13:25]

Imbedded in the chaff is some good wheat. It takes the right process or person to get to it. In recent years much attention has been given to Alternative Medicine. There are a few good things out there, but most of what is promoted is chaff, not wheat. Sorting this is made difficult by the […]

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A Family Affair

You may have seen them in the mall in front of the local toy store or J.C. Penney’s. Friendly people, dressed as clowns, tying balloons and telling dramatic stories of their missionary work around the world, complete with pictures and, of course, accepting donations to help with the on-going ministry. You may have volunteered alongside […]

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Demonstrating the Deity of Christ

Many Christians are intimidated when they find Jehovah’s Witnesses at their door. The myth in the minds of most Christians is that Jehovah’s Witnesses know the bible very well. This is untrue. In reality, Jehovah’s Witnesses do not know the bible well at all. What they actually know is their presentation. Once they are taken […]

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