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Kingdom of the Cults

16 Sep

Cult.  It’s a word we don’t like to use today.  It conjures images of secret ceremonies and strange behaviors of unquestioning deference to authority and deviant acts.  To suggest that someone is a member of a “cult” is tantamount to calling them a “freak” or a “weirdo”… and it certainly doesn’t help our ability to effectively share the Gospel!

So why feature a book on cults?  The answer is simple: while we may not enjoy using the word, it’s still important for Christians to understand the differences which exist between traditional Christianity and those religions which pose as “Christian” while denying the fundamental teachings of the faith.  The truth is, not all cults lean towards the occult.  Indeed, many “cult” members are quite normal both in their beliefs and practices.  What makes them a danger is the way in which they twist the requirements for Salvation from the simple faith taught in the Bible into legalistic systems.  Sadly, it’s not always easy to discern where or how such twists have taken place and that’s why, this week, we’re featuring the revised edition of Walter Martin’s classic “Kingdom of the Cults, The”.

Using Scripture as the measuring rod, Martin and Zacharias take readers through the tenants of each variation to see how they measure up to the Gospel presented by Jesus and His apostles.  You’ll enjoy the clear way in which both authors highlight the differences between the faiths and open up insights into potential evangelism opportunities. You’ll be introduced to the unique cultures of each cult and gain useful insights into the way members of these unique organizations think and act.  Read cover-to-cover or used simply as a reference, this in-depth guide will provide you with information on the history and teachings of the most prominent cults of our day.

Kingdom of the Cults, The” was produced by Bethany House Publishers and is available for $22.24 from www.Amazon.com.

My Favorite Christian Podcasts

3 Jun

Whether riding the bus, walking on the treadmill, or doing housework, most of us have a few hours each week in which our brains are less than active.  Instead of just letting my thoughts wander, I like to plug in my headphones and listen to a few podcasts.  That’s why, this week, I’m featuring a few of my favorites in the hope that you’ll find them enjoyable as well!

Viewpoint on Mormonism  Produced by Mormonism Research Ministry (MRM), this podcast takes a 15 minute daily look at LDS teachings from a Christian perspective.  From analysis of current conference talks and “Ensign” articles to dialogue about the teachings of the prophets of the church, this podcast is sure to help you learn to better share your faith with LDS friends and family.

Persecution Podcast  In just a few minutes every week, Voice of the Martyrs (VOM) will bring you up to date on the latest persecution news from around the world.  Listen to the courageous stories of Christians in countries where the public expression of faith is not legal and learn how to better pray for both the persecuted and the persecutors.

Let My People Think  Ravi Zacharias has long been one of my favorite writers and speakers, so the opportunity to hear him preach each week is a genuine delight.  Listen as he and others from Ravi Zacharias International Ministries (RZIM) share about the relationship between Scripture, ethics, philosophy, and current events.  These messages are sure to speak to your heart.

Messianic Jewish Teachings: David Levine  If you’ve ever had the time to study Jewish history and culture, you’ve likely realized that a bit of context can go a long way towards adding to the richness of Scripture.  Each week, Rabbi Levine takes Christians on a distinctly Jewish journey through the Scriptures – helping us to see and understand them the way that the early (mostly Jewish) Christian church would have.  You’re sure to be both inspired and encouraged!

Stand to Reason  Instead of a single podcast, this is a family of programs dedicated to helping believers better defend their faith.  My favorites are the weekly video blog (a five minute apologetic tip) and the Please Convince Me podcast in which cold case detective and former atheist J. Warner Wallace examines the evidence in favor of the Christian world view.

There are, of course, many other great Christian podcasts available, but these five are the gems that I never miss.  Take a few minutes to listen to them and see if you don’t agree.  And, if you have a favorite or two of your own, please feel free to share them in the comment box below!

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