December 3, 2002:
Last week, Israeli newspaper Ha'aretz asked "What prompts schools to
offer alternative enrichment classes?" The paper reports that "[d]
ozens of [Israeli] kindergartens, elementary and high schools now
offer yoga, Feng Shui, personal awareness and meditations, martial
arts (such as Tai Chi, Chi Kong and Capoeira) and natural healing
techniques (such as shiatsu, Reiki and reflexology)."
Indeed, Christian discernment ministry Watchman Fellowship noted
this trend years ago in the USA. One New Age practice increasingly
taught at schools is yoga. Some claim it is merely an exercise
program. Others claim it is a religious practice. Not surprisingly,
Yoga Causes Tension for Public Schools.
Learn more about yoga in our update entry.
December 2, 2002:
What Is Heresy?
Gwen Shamblin, of the popular Weigh Down Worshop, adamantly holds on
Cult defender J. Gordon Melton has admitted that he does not know
how to tell the difference between orthodoxy and heresy.
Various movements and organizations are considered cults of
Christianity because they teach heretical doctrines.
Christians who lack discernment easily fall prey to such groups.
So what is heresy? And how do you discern between orthodoxy and
heresy? Find out in this updated entry
November 26, 2002:
A handful of academics and a few of their supporters whine about the
use of the term 'cult apologist.' Meanwhile, Apologetics Index
continues to show how they got that name. We updated information
under the heading Behind-The-Scenes Maneuvering and
Collaborationism, and added a brief look at another example
of 'scholarly' foolishness: Aum, Terrorism, and Cult Defenders
November 24, 2002:
Cult of Christianity
Some organizations or movements claim to be "Christian", but their
theology and practice shows that they are not. What are the warning
signs? Find out in this updated entry defining cults of
The Way International
Research resources on the late Victor Paul Wierwille's The Way
International, which theologically is a cult of Christianity.
November 15, 2002:
Dr Rowan Williams, who becomes head of the Church of England next
month, has said he believes Christianity and Freemasonry
are "incompatible" and has refused to appoint clergymen to senior
posts because they are members of the Brotherhood.
Learn more about Freemasonry, and find out why it is indeed
incompatible with Christianity
November 13, 2002:
Global Country of World Peace
(Note: As usual, we're not making this up).
Last year, the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi "announced that if some
government gave him a billion dollars, he would end terrorism and
create peace by hiring 40,000 yogic fliers to start hopping full
"When government money failed to materialize, the maharishi decided
to fund his project through bonds issued by the Global Country of
World Peace, which he founded last year as a virtual nation without
any actual land." (Source)
Yep, the Transcendental Meditation movement has actually set up a
new, global 'country,' with its own king, its own currency, and the
above-mentioned plan to bring world peace through, errr.., yogic
November 9, 2002:
Is Islam a tolerant and peaceful religion? Or is it embodied by the
murder of civilians seen in New York and Tel Aviv? In his book, The
Two Faces of Islam, Stephen Schwartz shows it is both. Booklist,
quoted at Amazon.com, says Schwartz cautions against viewing Islam
as a monolith, pointing out that even under the umbrella
of "fundamentalist" Islam, there is considerable diversity. He
argues that the most dangerous and oppressive brand of Islamic
extremism isn't found in Iran or Iraq, but in America's closest Arab
ally, Saudi Arabia. The latter supports an extremist brand of Islam
known as Wahhabism.
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