Saturday, June 25, 2005

Cult Proofing

Is your child going to college this year? Did you remember all the clothing, rain/snow gear, school supplies, computer paraphernalia and all the myriads of detailed instructions for him or her? Of course you did! Most parents don't miss a beat in all the preparatory work, sometimes planning it for a whole year and keeping detailed lists and journals. They plan the budget "to a tee" and give explicit instructions about safety, health and dental care.

However, there is one small detail that most parents neglect, "CULT PROOFING" their child. They forget that the predators on campus are many and varied and that most of them come with ready smiles, enthusiasm and offers of instant support to a lonely student. Many come with Christian terminology and invitations to a "neat Bible discussion", or something equally beningn sounding. Others come with something more exotic and seemingly exciting - something mysterious and "unique". Many young people, even though they have been "Christians" for years, are quite curious and eager to exercise their new freedom. "What can it hurt to check it out - I can handle it!." (We said the same thing and eventually wound up in Mormonism for 15 years.)

An article in a 1997 issue of McCalls' magazine begins, "Earlier this year 39 families lost a son, daughter, parent, brother or sister in Rancho Santa Fe, California. (p62) The article then focuses on one Mom whose 18 year old son, David Geoffery Moore, became interested in the Heavens' Gate cult. Dave's mom was terrified, but David said, "I don't know whether this is right for me... but it really speaks to something I've been looking for. If I don't like it, I'll leave. I can't promise when you'll hear from me". (ibid)

She didn't hear from him much after that - she only saw him a few times in the following 20 years. Then her dream of seeing him free and normal was shattered as she watched in horror the video taped "testimony" of his decision to take poison with the other 38. David was finally returned to her - in a body bag.

Now David's mom is an expert on how cults operate - are you?

In a small Siberian village, the KGB discovered that 37 young people had been systematically murdered or had committed suicide in 1996 and 1997. The leader of the Satanic cult is still in hiding. Diaries from one of his victims reveal occult symbols and "weird drawings, mysterious coded writings, the names and symbols of Satan, written incantations and descriptions of Demonic rituals" according to his dad. But we don't have to go to Siberia or California for tragedies concerning cultism and Satan's lures for the young. We just have to go to our own files in our office! Before your youngster becomes "wolf bait", please urge your pastors to have us come and show your adults, junior high and highschoolers how to spot a cult - No one is going to if you don't! Unfortunately most parents become cult experts when it is much too late.

**This story is from an article published by Families Against Cults about eight years ago. Heaven's Gate cult has come and gone but hundreds have taken its place. It is estimated that there are about 5,000 cults in the U.S. Are you able to spot them? Have you trained your children? We are told in Matthew to beware of those false prophets (wolves) in sheep's clothing. Please get ahold of your pastor and have him call us to come in and share with your church today!

Thursday, June 09, 2005

Evangelical Christians duped by Mormons?

There has been much printed lately about the new Mormon apologetic book, A Different Jesus? The Christ of the Latter-Day Saints, now being published by the evangelical publisher Eerdmans and carried by evangelical online bookstores like Christianbook.com. It is saddening to see evangelical organizations like these embracing this book under the guise of “correcting previous misunderstandings” between Christians and Mormons (do not be so misguided as to believe that they are one and the same). The book turns out to be nothing more than a pro-Mormon apologetic work. Richard Mouw the president of Fuller Theological Seminary actually makes the statement "I think that an open-minded Christian reader of this book will sense that Bob Millet is in fact trusting in the Jesus of the Bible for his salvation. That is certainly my sense" --Richard Mouw, Afterword from A Different Jesus?, p. 183 In reality there could be nothing further from the truth. Bob Millet is an apologist for the Mormons and spends much of his time trying to make the Mormon Church appear Christian. The Jesus Christ which they profess is definitely not the Jesus Christ found in Scripture, regardless of the propaganda put out by Mouw and Millet.

Here is a glimpse of where the Mormon Jesus came from. In their view Jesus Christ is not unique in the cosmos, only to us here on this earth…

"In the heaven where our spirits were born, there are many Gods, each one of whom has had his own wife or wives which were given to him previous to his redemption, while yet in his mortal state. Each God, through his wife or wives, raises up numerous families of sons and daughters; indeed there will be no end to the increase of his own children: for each mother and father will be in a condition to multiply forever and ever". (Mormon Apostle Orson Pratt, The Seer, p37)

In the Mormon's eyes, Jesus is one of many other gods…

In the words of the classic manual Mormon Doctrine by the late Bruce R. McConkie (one of the cult's apostles), "there is an infinite number of holy personages, drawn from worlds without number, who have passed on to exaltation and are thus gods." or as Orson Pratt (another Mormon Apostle) so memorably stated in the Journal of Discourses, "if we should take a million of worlds like this, and number their particles, we should find that there are more Gods than there are particles of matter in those worlds".

This idea flies in the face of Isaiah 43:10. The Mormons would go on to say that the God of this world is on a planet near the star Kolob (Abraham 3:3). These views of God and Christ have not changed and they will not change. In the Mormon view Jesus is a spirit brother of Lucifer. John 1:1 tells us that Jesus has existed face to face with the other two persons of the Trinity, God the Father and God the Holy Spirit from eternity past. He was not one of many gods nor was He created.

The Mormons cannot change their original doctrines handed down by Joseph Smith and his succeeding Apostles. They continually try to appear more Christian in order to snare unwitting victims. Matthew 7:15 cautions us against these false prophets presenting themselves in sheep’s clothing while on the inside they are ravening wolves. The Mormons do not desire to be reconciled with the true doctrines of Christianity. They actually believe that the Christianity is a corrupt abomination that required restoration through Joseph Smith and Mormonism…

"The title church of the devil and great and abominable church are used to identify all churches.... There is no salvation outside the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints'. (Emphasis ours) Apostle Bruce McConkie, Mormon Doctrine p 137,138.

"Brother Taylor has just said that the religions of the day were hatched in Hell. The eggs were laid in Hell, hatched on its borders, and then kicked on to the earth" ( Prophet Brigham Young, Journal of Discourses, vol. 6,p 176).

"We talk about Christianity, but it is a perfect pack of nonsense.... It is a sounding brass and a tinkling symbol; it is as corrupt as hell; and the devil could not invent a better engine to spread his work...." (John Taylor, 3rd Prophet of the Mormon Church, Journal of Discourses, vol. 6, p 167).

"The Christian world, so called are heathens as to their knowledge of the salvation of God." (Brigham Young, 2nd prophet of the Mormon church, Journal of Discourses, vol. 8, p 171.)

Is the Mormon goal to open more of a dialogue with Christians so that Christians will know and understand that Mormons are also Christians and that we are all just one big happy family? No! Absolutely not! It is to draw Christians away from the fundamental teachings of Scripture and into the maw of the wolf posing as a sheep, the Mormon Church. Stay tuned more to come

Monday, April 04, 2005

Where Have All The Witches Gone?

"Ann Marie Gueriero is like a lot of other 10 year olds. She likes to ride her bike, play kickball and collect trolls. She is also a witch." So began a long article in the Indpls. Star, in 1993, featuring an interview with a young American girl, who looked as sweet in her picture as the "girl next door". Sporting bangs and a striped shirt, her face looked pensive. But behind the seemingly calm facade lay hidden a grave family tragedy, Witchcraft.

The article did not describe Witchcraft as anything to worry about. Rather, it was viewed as something quite positive. It seemed to promote the idea that Witches were not only perfectly normal, but that they were to be admired.

Witches are becoming a formidable force in this country. Ever since the beginning of the feminist movement, the "craft" (as Witches call it) has grown to an alarming number, and still forecasts a widespread growth.
The ERA, which posed as an aide to achieve equal rights for women, took advantage of the environmental craze and the world's fascination with the occult, and spawned the pagan Goddess-culture.

However, all Neo-Pagans do not want to classify themselves as "Witches", even though they whole-heartedly approve of and welcome witchcraft in all its forms. Thus you can say that most occultists, Wiccans (Witches), Neo-Pagans, Goddess worshippers and a host of New Agers are a kind of tandem system, which operates for the most part on the same bases of doctrines. Most, for instance, claim that "Mother Earth" is the living goddess Gaia, who was worshipped anciently by the Greeks. Hence Neo-Pagans, as well as Wiccans, look to the Earth for guidance, wisdom and all forms of divination.

It is estimated that there are about 60,000 witches in this country. The number could be far larger, because many witches belong to "closed covens", as the Witch we interviewed at Purdue University told us. They can be doctors, lawyers, school teachers, your next door neighbors, or, as noted Wiccan, Laurie Cabot boasts, "(Witches) do work at IBM. They don't even wear a pentacle...[magic medal]". Well, not quite true! However, since their new-found "respectability", our culture has embraced Witches and Witchcraft more readily in the last decade, and many view it as "mainstream". Witches are often asked to lecture in Elementary Schools, as well as in city libraries and other public institutions.

Wicca can be traced back to the ancient Celts, who believed that you could "bend" (wicce) or alter nature in order to bring about your owned desired results. We have witnessed of Christ to many Witches and had them express the sentiment that they are good Witches, or "White Witches" who do no evil or harm. But the Bible is silent on any "color" connected with Witchcraft, and God declares it all evil. However, the modern Witch will sometimes be genuinely surprised when you point out that Witchcraft is forbidden in the Bible.

Deut. 18:10-12: There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pas through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch, or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer. For all that do these things are an abomination unto the LORD: and because of these abominations the LORD thy God doth drive them out from before thee."

Most Wiccans practice all the bolded articles listed above! Fortunately for them we are not under the Mosaic law for the scriptures tell us in Exod.22:18 "Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live."

Although Witchcraft can be traced back to several centuries BC, its modern revival can largely be credited to an Englishman named Gerald B. Gardner. He published a book on Witchcraft, High Magic Aid in 1949, using the pseudonym "Scire", because Witchcraft was not legal in England. However, in 1951 the Witchcraft Act of 1736 was overturned, (Mainly because "there is no such thing as a Witch"!) and Witchcraft became legal for the first time in England in over 300 years. Because of this, Gardner was able to publish two more books under his own name, and modern Witchcraft was launched.

Even if Wiccans claim that they are not under any authoritarian rule, there are still people in Witchcraft from whom they receive instructions in rituals and doctrines. Laurie Cabot of Salem, Mass. is certainly one of these. When Michael Dukakis was Governor, he dubbed her "The official Witch of Massachusetts". Laurie glides around Salem in full Witch's attire (black cape and conal hat) with her long, gray wisps of hair falling onto her shoulders. (Her make-up is like that of a ghoul returned from the underworld!) Great claims are made for Cabot's psychic abilities and policemen in Salem often consult her on finding criminals or the dead bodies of their victims.

Little Ann Marie explained: "I was a Catholic. My sister started in the craft two years before the rest of the family. She talked about it with us...My parents and my sister, we went into Salem and we saw (Laurie) Cabot's store and we got interested... We went in and we saw everything and we liked it, and we got some of the books and we studied them. That was when we wanted to get into the craft. We just studied the books, then we started going to the magic circles, and that was about it. We met up with other witch friends."

Modern Witchcraft was its success in America can be traced to occultists Rosemary and Raymond Buckland. The Bucklands were avid followers of Gardner before coming to the US in 1962. However, Witchcraft in America can certainly be traced all the way to colonial days, as we know from the infamous Salem Witch Trials, which are now claimed by Witches and Goddess-worshippers as analogous of what the Nazis did to the Jews. Greater sympathy has thus paved the road for Witches into mainstream America.

The internet is replete with instructions and initiations into the "craft", as we are now seeing participants in this unholy practice as soon as they can learn how to read! (PARENTS BEWARE!)

Wiccans deny that there exists any objective truth. They adamantly deny that the Bible is the Word of God. Rather, they claim to be "all inclusive" an "open minded". (Ridiculous, since they claim that Christianity is false!) So, how do Wiccans arrive at truth? In his book Goddess Worship, Witchcraft and Neo-Paganism, Craig S. Haswkins gives the answer:"

1. Revelatory truth (indeed all truth) is based on a person's own unique, personal, subjective experiences, feelings, or intuitions...". [Much like the "burning in the bosom", or testimony" of the Mormons!]

2. There is no one truth or one true revelation.

3. Logic plays little or no role in revelation or truth.

4. Revelatory truths are not to be conceived of as beliefs, creeds, doctrine, dogma, or theology, but rather as metaphors, myths or poetry.

5. Revelation is often obtained through diverse divinatory techniques.

"The Lord has strictly forbidden divination in His Word. It is abominable in His sight. All of Witchcraft, which in the Bible is the ultimate rebellion, can fall under the word divination. Likewise all occultism! Witches and other occultists strive to alter nature, forecast future events, or inflict unnatural control on another human. All of this is forbidden by God in His Word. Many witches boast of their psychic powers and their abilities to consult the dead. but what they are in reality doing is practicing necromancy. According to God's Word necromancy means communication with the dead, or "familiar spirits" (i.e. devils.)

"But I say, that the things which the Gentile [pagans] sacrifice, they sacrifice to devils, and not to God." (1 Cor. 10:20)

Witches pretend to believe in "one God", but their concept of God is so foreign to the Bible that it is obviously "another God". And like most false religionists they believe that they too are Divinity.Ann Marie continued: "My father usually asks me 'what do you want to be when you grow up? Do you want to be a Catholic? Do you want to be a Jew? Do you want to be a witch?' ...I tell him I want to be a witch when I grow up". Now that is a tragedy!

Saturday, February 12, 2005

PLEASE MEET THE SMITHS


FAMILIES AGAINST CULTS
OF INDIANA Inc.
Newsletter
Dan and Agusta Harting January, 2005


PLEASE MEET THE SMITHS!


Dear friends,
The responsibilities of this demanding ministry have made it difficult for us (Agusta and Dan) to Keep up with the ever increasing workload. Because of this, and the fact that we are not getting any younger, we have sought the Lord in prayer for quite some time now. And, as always, He has met our needs and has graciously sent to us a wonderful candidate to join us at FAC.
His name is Rex Smith, and he will be leaving his current employment as an engineer to come with us, full time, in 2005. This is indeed an exciting time for all of us, and we know that the Lord will bless Rex and his dear wife, Nowell, as they labor with us in God’s Vineyard. Please read an excerpt of his background and testimony below:

“While in Youngstown, OH, I said “the sinner’s prayer” at the age of four (1978). Of course I did not understand Christ’s saving grace, but I certainly knew that I was a sinner and I believed that Jesus would give me an escape from Hell.

I grew up in a Christian household, my father being in full-time ministry, and considered myself a Christian while I was growing up.
After we moved to Hammond, IN where my Dad received his Master’s degree in English, I went to first grade at a Christian school associated with Hyles Anderson Baptist College and First Baptist Church of Hammond. My father then received a teaching position at Fairhaven Baptist College, near Chesterton, In. We stayed there about 4 years and moved afterwards to Terre Haute where my Dad became the principal of a Christian School. Due to some unforeseen circumstances, we then moved to Indianapolis where I finished my two years of high School at Eagledale Christian High School.

I grew up very poor. We struggled with simple things, like finding the money to buy a gallon of milk or a loaf of bread. I saw my Mom often eating a folded over piece of bread with jelly on it just so there could be enough bread for us three kids to have a sandwich for school. However, God was always faithful to us and He never forgot about us. He said He knows when every sparrow falls to the ground, and even though this is certainly true, there were times when we were afraid that we were even less than the sparrows! But He was always there.

During the summers, I worked two to three jobs to save enough money for college. I ended up deciding on a Graphic Arts Design at Pensacola Christian College, but had to quit in the second year because of lack of funds. I sat out the spring semester and worked 3 jobs. Then I began pursuing a career in Architectural Engineering at IUPUI, in the fall of ‘93, and worked two jobs part time for the first 3 to 4 semesters. God provided a wonderful job for me at Adjustable Forms, doing things I was beint trained for, thus enabling me to work full-time in the daytime and go to school full time in the evenings.

It was during my last years of high school and the beginning of college that I began to ask myself if I really believed what I had been taught in church and school, my entire life. Especially in college, the many other religions that were available started coming into view a little more clearly.

I now began to ask myself how I knew that what I believed was right. There was the question of “can all religions be true?” The often quoted answer “whatever works best for you ” began to flood over me and inundate my brain. I felt that I had to find out just what was true. Thus, over a period of about five years, I began to research other religions thoroughly. Then I finally realized that I had not really researched so thoroughly the very religion with which I had grown up! It was not something that was apparent to me at first, but I think the Lord directed my father to offer me a book at just the right time. This book was Evidence That Demands a Verdict, by Josh McDowell.

I read the book cover to cover, and that book was one of the key pieces that God used in changing my life. It gave me the foundation for understanding what I had always been taught. This all happened simultaneously as I dialogued with a non-committed Catholic friend.

One day, as we were walking to class, we started talking about the theory of Evolution. When I told him I did not believe in it, he looked at me like I was a bit crazy, and I kindly returned the same expression! I had left the God of the Bible, but I still retained some of the knowledge that I had been taught. These two things drove me into the Bible and into Christian apologetics.
I finally began to get into focus the meaning of the gift of Salvation and what Christ’s shed blood truly stood for. I was in awe.

In the spring of 2000, I finally finished my degree in Civil Engineering with an emphasis on Structural Design, and during my last year at IUPUI I became very involved with church and Bible study. In June, 1997, I had married my wonderful wife, Nowelle. Together, we joined Trader’s Point Christian Church in Indianapolis, and worked with Denny Towels and the biblical Creationism ministry there. We moved over to the brand-new “daughter church”, Common Ground Christian Church, in the Broad Ripple area, and worked with them in an informal capacity until the summer of 2003. Since then, we have been attending College Park Church under Pastor Kimber Kauffman. My wife and I have walked the road of spiritual growth together ever since we dedicated our lives to the Lord!

Next, I began taking classes at Crossroads Bible College in Indianapolis. Ever since I realized that the Bible is true, and that Jesus Christ is Who he claimed to be, I have had a consuming desire to teach others what I have learned. My desire for having a degree in some avenue of biblical scholarship has come from my desire to teach. My one burning desire has been to teach Christian Apologetics. I figured that a formal education would help in that goal, in addition to helping me grow spiritually, as I share the Good News of the Gospel.

At Crossroads Bible College, I took New Testament Survey I and II. I also took Apologetics and 2 years of Greek. Because I already had my undergraduate degree, I figured that having a Master's Degree would be more beneficial for the future. I therefore enrolled in Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and am currently working toward my Master of Arts in Religion. My goal in preparing myself is also to earn a possible PhD in Christian Apologetics, and hopefully there is much more to come as I joyfully anticipate serving Him Who has called me into full-time ministry!”

We would earnestly pray that you consider increasing your financial support, if at all possible, in order to help support Rex in this important call to ministry. We are so very excited about working with the Smiths as our wonderful Lord guides and leads this ministry into 2005! Thank you, our dear friends, for always being there when we need you! Thank you also for earnestly praying for and supporting us with your loving letters and notes to encourage us in the darkness which is the cults and the occult. We could never do it alone!


































































































































PLEASE MEET THE SMITHS!

Dear friends,
The responsibilities of this demanding ministry have made it difficult for us (Agusta and Dan) to Keep up with the ever increasing workload. Because of this, and the fact that we are not getting any younger, we have sought the Lord in prayer for quite some time now. And, as always, He has met our needs and has graciously sent to us a wonderful candidate to join us at Families Agaisnt Cults of Indiana, Inc. His name is Rex Smith, and he will be leaving his current employment as an engineer to come with us, full time, in 2005. This is indeed an exciting time for all of us, and we know that the Lord will bless Rex and his dear wife, Nowell, as they labor with us in God’s Vineyard. Please read an excerpt of his background and testimony below:

“While in Youngstown, OH, I said “the sinner’s prayer” at the age of four (1978). Of course I did not understand Christ’s saving grace, but I certainly knew that I was a sinner and I believed that Jesus would give me an escape from Hell.

I grew up in a Christian household, my father being in full-time ministry, and considered myself a Christian while I was growing up.
After we moved to Hammond, IN where my Dad received his Master’s degree in English, I went to first grade at a Christian school associated with Hyles Anderson Baptist College and First Baptist Church of Hammond. My father then received a teaching position at Fairhaven Baptist College, near Chesterton, In. We stayed there about 4 years and moved afterwards to Terre Haute where my Dad became the principal of a Christian School. Due to some unforeseen circumstances, we then moved to Indianapolis where I finished my two years of high School at Eagledale Christian High School.

I grew up very poor. We struggled with simple things, like finding the money to buy a gallon of milk or a loaf of bread. I saw my Mom often eating a folded over piece of bread with jelly on it just so there could be enough bread for us three kids to have a sandwich for school. However, God was always faithful to us and He never forgot about us. He said He knows when every sparrow falls to the ground, and even though this is certainly true, there were times when we were afraid that we were even less than the sparrows! But He was always there.

During the summers, I worked two to three jobs to save enough money for college. I ended up deciding on a Graphic Arts Design at Pensacola Christian College, but had to quit in the second year because of lack of funds. I sat out the spring semester and worked 3 jobs. Then I began pursuing a career in Architectural Engineering at IUPUI, in the fall of ‘93, and worked two jobs part time for the first 3 to 4 semesters. God provided a wonderful job for me at Adjustable Forms, doing things I was beint trained for, thus enabling me to work full-time in the daytime and go to school full time in the evenings.

Dear friends,
The responsibilities of this demanding ministry have made it difficult for us (Agusta and Dan) to Keep up with the ever increasing workload. Because of this, and the fact that we are not getting any younger, we have sought the Lord in prayer for quite some time now. And, as always, He has met our needs and has graciously sent to us a wonderful candidate to join us at FAC.
His name is Rex Smith, and he will be leaving his current employment as an engineer to come with us, full time, in 2005. This is indeed an exciting time for all of us, and we know that the Lord will bless Rex and his dear wife, Nowell, as they labor with us in God’s Vineyard. Please read an excerpt of his background and testimony below:

“While in Youngstown, OH, I said “the sinner’s prayer” at the age of four (1978). Of course I did not understand Christ’s saving grace, but I certainly knew that I was a sinner and I believed that Jesus would give me an escape from Hell.

I grew up in a Christian household, my father being in full-time ministry, and considered myself a Christian while I was growing up.
After we moved to Hammond, IN where my Dad received his Master’s degree in English, I went to first grade at a Christian school associated with Hyles Anderson Baptist College and First Baptist Church of Hammond. My father then received a teaching position at Fairhaven Baptist College, near Chesterton, In. We stayed there about 4 years and moved afterwards to Terre Haute where my Dad became the principal of a Christian School. Due to some unforeseen circumstances, we then moved to Indianapolis where I finished my two years of high School at Eagledale Christian High School.

I grew up very poor. We struggled with simple things, like finding the money to buy a gallon of milk or a loaf of bread. I saw my Mom often eating a folded over piece of bread with jelly on it just so there could be enough bread for us three kids to have a sandwich for school. However, God was always faithful to us and He never forgot about us. He said He knows when every sparrow falls to the ground, and even though this is certainly true, there were times when we were afraid that we were even less than the sparrows! But He was always there.

During the summers, I worked two to three jobs to save enough money for college. I ended up deciding on a Graphic Arts Design at Pensacola Christian College, but had to quit in the second year because of lack of funds. I sat out the spring semester and worked 3 jobs. Then I began pursuing a career in Architectural Engineering at IUPUI, in the fall of ‘93, and worked two jobs part time for the first 3 to 4 semesters. God provided a wonderful job for me at Adjustable Forms, doing things I was beint trained for, thus enabling me to work full-time in the daytime and go to school full time in the evenings.

It was during my last years of high school and the beginning of college that I began to ask myself if I really believed what I had been taught in church and school, my entire life. Especially in college, the many other religions that were available started coming into view a little more clearly.

I now began to ask myself how I knew that what I believed was right. There was the question of “can all religions be true?” The often quoted answer “whatever works best for you ” began to flood over me and inundate my brain. I felt that I had to find out just what was true. Thus, over a period of about five years, I began to research other religions thoroughly. Then I finally realized that I had not really researched so thoroughly the very religion with which I had grown up! It was not something that was apparent to me at first, but I think the Lord directed my father to offer me a book at just the right time. This book was Evidence That Demands a Verdict, by Josh McDowell.

I read the book cover to cover, and that book was one of the key pieces that God used in changing my life. It gave me the foundation for understanding what I had always been taught. This all happened simultaneously as I dialogued with a non-committed Catholic friend.

One day, as we were walking to class, we started talking about the theory of Evolution. When I told him I did not believe in it, he looked at me like I was a bit crazy, and I kindly returned the same expression! I had left the God of the Bible, but I still retained some of the knowledge that I had been taught. These two things drove me into the Bible and into Christian apologetics.
I finally began to get into focus the meaning of the gift of Salvation and what Christ’s shed blood truly stood for. I was in awe.

In the spring of 2000, I finally finished my degree in Civil Engineering with an emphasis on Structural Design, and during my last year at IUPUI I became very involved with church and Bible study. In June, 1997, I had married my wonderful wife, Nowelle. Together, we joined Trader’s Point Christian Church in Indianapolis, and worked with Denny Towels and the biblical Creationism ministry there. We moved over to the brand-new “daughter church”, Common Ground Christian Church, in the Broad Ripple area, and worked with them in an informal capacity until the summer of 2003. Since then, we have been attending College Park Church under Pastor Kimber Kauffman. My wife and I have walked the road of spiritual growth together ever since we dedicated our lives to the Lord!

Next, I began taking classes at Crossroads Bible College in Indianapolis. Ever since I realized that the Bible is true, and that Jesus Christ is Who he claimed to be, I have had a consuming desire to teach others what I have learned. My desire for having a degree in some avenue of biblical scholarship has come from my desire to teach. My one burning desire has been to teach Christian Apologetics. I figured that a formal education would help in that goal, in addition to helping me grow spiritually, as I share the Good News of the Gospel.

At Crossroads Bible College, I took New Testament Survey I and II. I also took Apologetics and 2 years of Greek. Because I already had my undergraduate degree, I figured that having a Master's Degree would be more beneficial for the future. I therefore enrolled in Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and am currently working toward my Master of Arts in Religion. My goal in preparing myself is also to earn a possible PhD in Christian Apologetics, and hopefully there is much more to come as I joyfully anticipate serving Him Who has called me into full-time ministry!”

We would earnestly pray that you consider increasing your financial support, if at all possible, in order to help support Rex in this important call to ministry. We are so very excited about working with the Smiths as our wonderful Lord guides and leads this ministry into 2005! Thank you, our dear friends, for always being there when we need you! Thank you also for earnestly praying for and supporting us with your loving letters and notes to encourage us in the darkness which is the cults and the occult. We could never do it alone!

Wednesday, January 05, 2005

Cults....

Neil is a great help

Dan's first post

hi