the elegant rhetoric about the Pilgrim fathers...America has not
set an exemplary record in the area of religious freedom. The English
Calvinists who settled in Plymouth and Massachusetts Bay did not
come to found a society where spiritual liberty would reign supreme.
They came to found a theocracy, as the four Quakers...who were hanged
on Boston Common between 1659 and 1661 soon found out. Unpopular
and unconventional religious beliefs and practices were not only
unwelcome, they were not tolerated. Roger Williams, a Baptist, was
hounded into the frozen wilderness. When Henry Dunster, the president
of Harvard College, decided not to have his fourth infant baptized
because he had come to accept adult baptism, he was forced to retire.
Later on, in other parts of the country, Mormons, Jews, Masons,
Jesuits, and ordinary Roman Catholics felt the hard edge of harassment
and discrimination because of their religious convictions. A couple
of generations ago, Jehovah's Witnesses were the main target of
prejudice. Now we have the 'cults.' It seems Americans are never
really happy unless there is some unfamiliar religious group to
abuse. The spirit of theocracy lingers on.
Thomas Professor of Divinity, Harvard University
As in Jesus' time,
when the primary forces working to destroy Him were the fundamentalists
of the established religion (e.g, the Pharisees), so too in our time,
the "anti-cult movement" against new minority religions is to a significant
extent funded and driven by the fundamentalist sects of the large, established
Western religions. It is not unlike the way in which the corporate powers
associated with traditional sources of energy (such as coal and oil) have
often worked to impede the development of newer, alternative energy sources,
for the sake of maintaining power and profit.
We include just a
few examples below, so you can get a visceral sense of what we are talking
about. The degree of uninspected righteousness and intolerance is breathtaking
in our "modern" era.
Because the movement
against minority religious movements is so well-organized and widespread,
and targets not only Adidam but tens of thousands of new religious movements,
some of us have felt the need to create a counter-force in the form of
Foundation against Intolerance of Religious Minorities), much as the civil
rights movement was created to counter widespread and systemic prejudice
against people of color.
Christ Saves Ministries — "This list of religions,
cults, sects and movements is not conclusive, but the links will teach
you about what they believe, among other things. . . . If you are in
one of these religions, cults, sects or movements, Jesus hasn't condemned
you to hell yet. There will be hope for you until the day you die. There
is one truth and one way. God offers salvation to everyone. If you need
help leaving a certain group, please email me or get some help. God
wants the best for you and so do I."
— "Haven Ministries seeks to directly evangelize and disciple
the lost, particularly those trapped and deceived in non-Christian religions,
the New Age Movement, cults and the occult. We seek out the lost, going
to their events, bookstores and seminars, sharing the Gospel and challenging
the errors of the evil one."
— "Welcome to the SCP (Spiritual Counterfeits Project) web
site. Since 1973, the SCP has been a frontline ministry confronting
the occult, the cults, and the New Age movement and explaining why they
are making an impact on our society." SCP members adhere to a conservative
Christian faith today and seek to uncover the "deceptions" of new religions
that fail to adhere to conservative Christian ideas.
Watch — "False doctrine is very difficult to discern
due to the ability of cult leaders to mingle enough sound doctrine with
it to make it appear orthodox and inspiring. The dangerous aberrancy
of skewed 'knowledge' is very cleverly combined alongside brilliant
and sometimes even profound insights into a subject that the cultic
teaching's truth claim presents. It wouldn't BE deceptive if it was
served up to the masses any other way! The doctrinal and practical claims
of cultic organizations that clearly set it apart as unorthodox and
questionable are also very well hidden beneath engaging deliveries by
appealing, charismatic figures that introduce a purely personal and
subjective factor into the mix that makes detecting them even more difficult."
Apologetics Resource Center — "The Apologetics Resource
Center will be about the process of understanding the times and the
alien philosophies opposed to Godís truth, as well as understanding
and effecting the antidote of both knowing Godís truth and being the
truth in our home, neighborhood, and culture."
Light Educational Ministry — "TLEM is a ministry
of evangelism directed at one of the largest, but least evangelized
mission fields in America, the cults. Our goal is to educate and lead
Christians in learning how to witness to those involved with the cults
and occult. . . . We are Christian non-professionals who have responded
to the call of God to carry the Gospel to people held in spiritual bondage."
— "Can a system which teaches good things actually be evil?
How we judge between religious world views. . . here:
"Therefore, those with bad beliefs (that is, unsound beliefs) are
not merely different, they are wrong; and we should not be squeamish
about that kind of language."
Christian Apologetics and Research Ministry
— "CARM is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization whose purpose
is to equip Christians and refute error. It is well documented. Come
here and learn about false teachings such as Mormonism, Jehovah's Witnesses,
Islam, the New Age, etc., as well as provide counter arguments for evolution,
atheism, relativism, abortion...and much more."
— "In short: RNB is a service that alerts Christian apologetics-
and counter-cult professionals - as well as other academic and professional
communities - to relevant religion-, apologetics-, human rights-, and
ethics news from around the world."
Index (CounterCult.com) — "An annotated guide to
apologetics and counter cult research resources."
Watchman Fellowship — "Watchman Fellowship is an
independent Christian research and apologetics ministry focusing on
new religious movements, cults, the occult and New Age spirituality.
. . . Watchman Fellowship endorses a biblically based, conservative,
evangelical position, proclaiming that all must turn from sin to trust
the death, burial, and resurrection of the second person of the Trinity,
Jesus Christ, as the only remedy for sin and the sole foundation for
— "It is not that there is nothing sinister or dangerous
about the New Age movement, but we must resist the temptation to try
to locate the evil in simplistic, black-or-white categories, for in
so doing we will fail to see New Agers for who they really are. This
will only reinforce their own misconceptions about us, and our gospel."
Founded by Walter Martin, the most successful author of the counter-cultists.
Martin's book, The Kingdom of the Cults, is a guiding tome for a substantial
subset of the counter-cult movement.
on Campuses — "Find information on the topic of
cults and high-pressure groups on a campus near you."
— "FreeNDeed Ministries is a Christian non-profit organization
serving the personal, spiritual, and educational needs of individuals,
families, and organizations affected by destructive sects and relationships."
New England Institute of Religious Research
— "The New England Institute of Religious Research was founded
in 1991 as a mission outreach to provide churches, secular organizations
and concerned individuals with up-to-date research on cultic structures.
The Institute also provides training for people who work with those
caught up by such destructive groups. We personally meet with the members
of various groups to discuss Behavioral/Biblical/Theological issues
Ministries to New Religions — "We are a professional
membership association for individuals and ministries addressing 'cults'
of Christianity, new religious movements, and world religions."
— "We believe the Scriptures — both the Old and New
Testaments — to be the verbally inspired Word of God, written
by men in God's control, inerrant and infallible, in the whole and in
the part, in all areas (including creation, science, geography, chronology,
history, and in all other matters in which it speaks), in the original
manuscripts, and the complete and final authority in faith and life."
This extensive counter-cult site run by Rick Meisel is bent on exposing
"false teachers and their teachings." The notebook section of the site
offers information about groups and specific group leaders. It is divided
into Exposes, Cults, and New Age Groups.
— "Apologia's areas of specialization include: Non-Christian
religions, sects, and cults. . . . Apologia's goal is to give Christians
who are leaders in the church, education, and missions access to information
that will keep them up to date on developments related to the areas
above in order to enhance their ability to influence their world for
Center — "The purpose of the Dialog Center is to
communicate the Christian faith to people of other beliefs and convictions
in a dialog. In relation to the neo-religiosity, our intention is to
realize a dialog in confrontation."
Awareness and Information Centre — "After 15 years
wandering through the world of the cults, including time in both Mormonism
and Jehovah's Witnesses, I finally realized that I was being controlled
rather than controlling my own life. . . . World religions such as Judaism,
Hinduism, Islam, Buddhism etc are NOT cults!"
— "Eternal Ministries receives support from those who believe
that the truth of Godís Word needs to be proclaimed loudly and strongly
to those who are blinded by the darkness of this world, even when doing
so is not popular. During any given day, Eternal Ministries will receive
requests from people who want help to witness to a friend or family
member who are ensnared in their thinking with a non-Christian worldview.
This ministry is grateful that God in His sovereign grace allows us
the opportunity to help in this capacity."
Answers for the New Age
— "Christian Answers for the New Age is a ministry responding
to alternative religions: to inform and educate others about New Age
and occult beliefs; to respond to those involved in New Age/occult/Eastern
belief systems with the love and truth of Christ . . . Salvation of
lost and sinful man is by grace alone through faith in Christ, at which
time the believer is indwelt by the Holy Spirit. Regeneration by the
Holy Spirit is essential."
Christian Outreach, Inc. — "A Christian Counter-Cult
and Apologetics Ministry."
Center for Theological Research — "Around the same
time of my conversion, I was introduced to Countercult apologetics and
apologetics in general. This has been my area of interest throughout
my Christian walk. I have experience teaching apologetics, cults and
general theology which I have done for the Evening Institute program
of Lancaster Bible College and Church related events. The first edition
of the Countercult Apologetics Journal will be launched at the end of
In Action — "Answers In Action is a dynamic non-profit,
evangelical, Christian organization based in Costa Mesa, California,
which trains individuals to think logically and reasonably about all
things. . . . Answers In Action is co-directed by Bob and Gretchen Passantino.
. . .They have authored several books, including Answers to the Cultist
at Your Door, Witch Hunt, When the Devil Dares Your Kids, Satanism,
and The New Cults (Walter Martin, General Editor)."
Ministries — "The New Age offers man the same deal
the serpent offered Eve in the garden. If you eat of this fruit (in
this case the idea that you are divine), you will become like God--knowing
good from evil."
Freedom Outreach — "Personal Freedom Outreach is
a non-profit, non-denominational group with three goals: to educate
Christians about the dangers and heretical doctrines of religious cults,
to use the Gospel of Jesus Christ to reach members of those cults and
to warn Christians of unbiblical teachings within the church itself."
The Grace — "Defining World Views and Religious Movements
In The Light Of God's Grace In Jesus Christ. . . . It is my prayer that
unbelievers will find faith in Christ and believers will find comfort.
. . . teach classes on religious movements and new religions, including
the New Age Movement and paganism, from an orthodox Christian position."
for Religious Research: Resources for Investigating Today's Competing
— "The Institute for Religious Research is a non-denominational,
non-profit Christian foundation devoted to the study of religious claims
in light of history and the Bible. We desire to promote ó in a thoughtful
and gracious manner ó the exclusive claims of Jesus Christ as Savior
and Lord, as revealed in the Bible."
Theological Research Institute — "The Bible states
that in the last days people will depart from the faith ó apostasize
ó giving heed to seducing spirits. This series documents that many leading
doctors, entertainers, and government leaders are openly espousing spirit
guides. These four programs show Christians how to refute false doctrines
and counter the powers of apostasy."