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0071. A Biblical Guide to Orthodoxy and Heresy. Part Two: Guidelines For Doctrinal Discernment
Christian Research Journal, 199:fall:p.14, by Robert M. Bowman, Jr. Having demonstrated the need for Christians to practice doctrinal discernment in Part One, Robert M. Bowman, Jr., now presents some basic principles, pertinent Scriptures, and helpful steps for doing it. Also available in plain text format.

0072. Book Review: Another Gospel: Alternative Religions and the New Age Movement; Recent Releases...
Christian Research Journal, 1990:summer:p.36
Another Gospel: Alternative Religions and the New Age Movement, by Ruth A. Tucker (Zondervan Publishing House -- Academie Books, 1989)
"Recent Releases", Brief reviews of: The Battle for the Resurrection,, by Norman Geisler; Does God Exist?, by J. P. Moreland and Kai Nielsen; Disarming the Secular Gods: How to Talk So Skeptics Will Listen, by Peter C. Moore; How to Rescue Your Loved One from the Watchtower, by David A. Reed; The Secret Teachings of the Masonic Lodge, by Ankerberg and Weldon; and Soothsayers of the Second Advent by Bill Alnor. Also available in plain text format.

0073. News: UFOs, LDS Temple Rituals, Benjamin Creme
Christian Research Journal, 1990:summer:p.35 ("News Watch"), by William M. Alnor.
"UFO Cults Are Flourishing in New Age Circles"
"Mormon Church Secretly Alters Its Temple Rituals"
"The Christ Has Presented His Credentials to the Media, New Age Organization Says" Also available in plain text format.

0074. The Challenge of Religious Pluralism
Christian Research Journal, 1990:summer:p.39 ("Viewpoint"), by Kenneth R. Samples. Does the principle of religious toleration mean that all religions are equally valid? Kenneth R. Samples addresses a major challenge to contemporary apologetics. Also available in plain text format.

0075. Inside The 'Heavenly Elite': The Children Of God Today
Christian Research Journal, 1990:p.16, by Dalva Lynch, with Paul Carden. Dalva Lynch, a former top leader in the Brazilian operation of the Children of God, provides an unparalleled glimpse into this notorious cult's current activities, teachings, and international intrigue. Also available in plain text format.

0077. Answering the Arguments for Abortion Rights, Part Three: Is The Unborn Human Less Than Human?
Christian Research Journal, 1991:spring:p.8, by Francis J. Beckwith. Francis J. Beckwith presents the pro-life case for the full humanness of the pre-born child from conception, while also examining various pro-choice arguments that the unborn entity becomes a person at some point after conception. Also available in plain text format.

0078. Apparitions of the Virgin Mary: A Protestant Look at a Catholic Phenomenon, Part One
Christian Research Journal, 1991:winter:p.20, by Kenneth R. Samples. Fatima. Lourdes. Guadalupe. The Virgin Mary has allegedly appeared in these places and others, validating the claims of Roman Catholicism. Kenneth R. Samples responds with a Protestant evaluation. Also available in plain text format.

0079. Apparitions of the Virgin Mary: A Protestant Look at a Catholic Phenomenon, Part Two
Christian Research Journal, 1991:spring:p.20) by Kenneth R. Samples. For the past decade several young people in Medjugorje, Yugoslavia have reported receiving regular visions of the Virgin Mary. Not since the famed apparitions of Lourdes and Fatima have such claims attracted the widespread interest and following that Medjugorje has. Drawing on firsthand investigation, Kenneth R. Samples provides a Protestant response to the apparitions of Mary in Medjugorje and elsewhere. Also available in plain text format.

0080. Christian Revolution in Latin America: The Changing Face of Liberation Theology
Part One in a Three-Part Series on Liberation Theology. Christian Research Journal, 1991:winter:p.8) by Ron Rhodes. As faith in Marxism wanes globally, liberation theology -- a powerful religious and political force in Latin America and beyond -- is being forced to adopt a new approach. Ron Rhodes traces the development of liberation theology from its European roots to its present crisis and offers an evangelical assessment. Also available in plain text format.

0081. Black Theology, Black Power, and the Black Experience
Part Two in a Three-Part Series on Liberation Theology. Christian Research Journal, 1991:spring:p.27, by Ron Rhodes. A form of liberation theology suited to the needs of disadvantaged blacks has been widely influential in the African American community. Ron Rhodes provides a historical and biblical analysis. Also available in plain text format.

0082. Sharing Your Faith with a Oneness Pentecostal (Part One)
Christian Research Journal, 1991:winter:p.7, by Gregory A. Boyd. Witnessing to a Oneness Pentecostal. Also available in plain text format.

0083. Sharing Your Faith with a Oneness Pentecostal (Part Two)
Christian Research Journal, 1991:spring:p.7 ("Witnessing Tips"), by Gregory A. Boyd. How to witness to a Oneness Pentecostal. Also available in plain text format.

0084. The Spirit, Acts, and the Church
Christian Research Journal, 1991:winter:p.39 ("Viewpoint"), by Brian Onken. Brian Onken asks, How should the church today view the Book of Acts? Also available in plain text format.

0085. Evangelicals And The Annihilation Of Hell, Part One
Christian Research Journal, 1991:spring:p.14, by Alan W. Gomes. Almost imperceptibly a trend may be taking form. Some prominent evangelicals are now dismissing the biblical validity of the doctrine of eternal conscious punishment. How biblical is the traditional doctrine of hell? Alan W. Gomes addresses this and related questions in the first of a two-part series. Also available in plain text format.

0086. Friend of the Court or Friend of the Cult?
Christian Research Journal, 1991:spring:p.39 ("Viewpoint"), by Ronald Enroth. Ronald Enroth asks whether Christian groups submitting amicus briefs in legal cases involving cults are serving as "Friend of the court or Friend of the Cult?" Also available in plain text format.

0087. Book Reviews: Benny Hinn; Ex-Mormons
Christian Research Journal, 1991:spring:p.36. Good Morning, Holy Spirit, Benny Hinn (Thomas Nelson, 1990)
Ex-Mormons: Why We Left, Latayne Colvett Scott (Baker Book House, 1990) Also available in plain text format.

0088. The Gnostic Gospels: Are They Authentic?
" Part Two in a Two-Part Series on Ancient and Modern Gnosticism, Christian Research Journal, 1991:winter:p.15, by Douglas Groothuis. The recently discovered Nag Hammadi documents have often been hailed as equal or superior to the biblical Gospels in historical value. Since they portray a Gnostic Jesus, the question of their authenticity has critical ramifications. Douglas Groothuis examines the evidence. Also available in plain text format.

0089. News Watch: Sects Using Media; Witchcraft Liturgy; Krishnas, Mormons, and Christian Scientists in Soviet Union, "Skinheads" in U.S.
Christian Research Journal, 1991:winter:p.5 ("News Watch"), by William M. Alnor.
Sects Increasingly Using Media to Bolster Ranks
Controversy Over Witchcraft Liturgy in Methodist Church Continues
Krishnas, Mormons, and Christian Scientists Move into the Soviet Union
Hard-core "Skinheads" Number About 3,000 in U.S., Jewish Group Says. Also available in plain text format.

0090. News Watch: Changes, World Wide Church of God; Alleged Authority Abuses - Set Free Christian Centre; TBN's "China Cry"
Christian Research Journal, 1991:spring:p.5 ("News Watch"), by William M. Alnor.
Unprecedented Changes Affect Worldwide Church of God
Authority Abuses Alleged at the Set Free Christian Centre
Truthfulness of TBN's "China Cry" Movie Called into Question. Also available in plain text format.

0091. Discussing Deity with Jehovah's Witnesses
Christian Research Journal, 1988:summer.p.7 ("Witnessing Tips"), by David A. Reed. How can one get Jehovah's Witnesses to consider the Trinity when they have been convinced that the doctrine is a blasphemy of Jehovah God? David Reed suggests an approach to breaking this difficult ground.
Also two Watchtower book reviews:
Revelation -- Its Grand Climax at Hand! Anonymous (Watchtower Bible and Tract Society of New York, 1988) (Reviewed in the Christian Research Journal, 1988:fall:p.29, by David A. Reed.)
Should You Believe in the Trinity? (Watchtower Bible and Tract Society, 1989) (Reviewed in the Christian Research Journal, 1989:fall:p.30, by Robert M. Bowman, Jr.) Also available in plain text format.

0092. News Watch: The Unification Church Seeks Influence; etc.
Christian Research Journal, 1988:summer.p.5 ("News Watch"), by William M. Alnor, except where noted.
The Unification Church Seeks Influence, Acceptance among the Political ("Christian") Right
Unification Church Tries to Quell Rumours About Rev. Moon's "Reincarnated" Son
South Carolina Prophet of doom Attracts Widening Audiences
Holy Order of MANS Sect Changes Name, Joins Eastern Orthodox Church
National Council of Churches Gathering Explores Mystical Prayer
Copeland-Martin Meeting Fails to Materialize
Alamo Foundation Falls Under Increasing Scrutiny
Watchtower Reverses Itself on Resurrection Doctrine. Also available in plain text format.

0093. News Watch: TM Flourishing; Eckankar Church Minneapolis; Witches Asserting Rights - Court Battles; etc.
Christian Research Journal, 1989:fall:p.5 ("News Watch") by William M. Alnor, except where otherwise indicated.
TM Continues to Flourish, Despite Legal Battles
Eckankar Building Its First Church Near Minneapolis
Witches Asserting Their Rights in Three Cases
In Brief... Slain in the Spirit lawsuit, Ghana Bans Cults, J.Z. Knight conference bomb threats, Christian Scientists found guilty of third-degree murder. Also available in plain text format.

0094. Newswatch, Reconstructionism
News Watch: Reconstructionism + Christian Research Journal, 1998:fall:p.5 (":News Watch") by William M. Alnor, except where otherwise indicated. Turmoil in the Local Church
Is Reconstructionism Merging with "Kingdom Now?"
Stillborn Infant Death Devastates South Carolina Doomsday Group -- re: "Brother" R. G. Stair.
"Mormon Mafia" Cited in FBI Discrimination Case
Late News in Brief: Matthew Fox, Mormon admittance forced on Christian conference center (The Master's Inn). Also available in plain text format.

0095. What Think Ye of Rome?: An Evangelical Appraisal of Contemporary Catholicism (Part One)
Christian Research Journal, 1993:winter:p.32) by Kenneth R. Samples. Few debates generate more heat and less light among evangelical Protestants than that of how they should view Roman Catholicism. In this first of a four-part series, Kenneth R. Samples begins to tackle this thorny question by providing a necessary overview of contemporary Catholicism. Also available in plain text format.

0096. What Think Ye of Rome? An Evangelical Appraisal of Contemporary Catholicism (Part Two)
Christian Research Journal, 1993:spring:p.32) by Kenneth R. Samples. Is Roman Catholicism a cult? Many evangelicals maintain that Protestants who answer no to this question are selling out the Protestant Reformation. Kenneth R. Samples presents the case for not classifying the Catholic church as a cult, while also highlighting the major doctrines which continue to separate Catholics from evangelical Protestants. Also available in plain text format.

0097. The Near-Death Experience. Part One: The New Age Connection
Christian Research Journal, 1992:spring:p.20, by J. Isamu Yamamoto. An ever-growing number of people who have returned from death's door report that near death they passed through a "dark tunnel" and encountered a "being of light." The experience changed their lives. Is this a true encounter with God? New Age occultism? A mere delusion? J. Isamu Yamamoto provides an intriguing two-part evaluation. Also available in plain text format.

0098. The Near-Death Experience, Part Two: Alternative Explanations
Christian Research Journal, 1992:summer:p.14, by J. Isamu Yamamoto. Are near-death experiences (NDEs) authentic? In Part One, J. Isamu Yamamoto documented that the most influential interpretations of NDEs have a New Age bias. Now he examines evidence for alternative explanations as he constructs a biblical framework of discernment for this mysterious phenomenon. Also available in plain text format.

0099. Dowsing: Divine Gift, Human Ability, Or Occult Power?
Christian Research Journal, 1992:spring:p.8, by John Weldon. Have you ever observed someone walk a field with a dowsing stick until the stick was mysteriously pulled downward -- at the point where some sought-for object was then found? Dowsing is an ancient art with numerous practitioners throughout the world, including many Christians. But how does it work? John Weldon provides a sobering answer. Also available in plain text format.

0100. Philosophical Problems with the Mormon Concept of God
Christian Research Journal, 1992:spring:p.24, Francis J. Beckwith. Most Christian critiques of Mormonism focus on biblical problems in Mormon doctrine. But there are also philosophical or logical inconsistencies in the Mormon world view that make it extremely difficult to defend, as Francis J. Beckwith demonstrates. Also available in plain text format.

0101. Apologetics, Truth, and Humility
Christian Research Journal, 1992:spring:p.7 ("Witnessing Tips") Douglas Groothuis warns of the danger in evangelism and apologetics of "holding the truth falsely" through pride. Also available in plain text format.

0102. Book Reviews: Toward a Transpersonal Ecology: Developing New Foundations for Environmentalism
Christian Research Journal, 1992:spring:p.36. Toward a Transpersonal Ecology: Developing New Foundations for Environmentalism, Warwick Fox (Shambala, 1990)
Dead Air, Bob Larson (Thomas Nelson Publishers, 1991). Also available in plain text format.

0104. News Watch: Financial Crisis Rocks Christian Science, etc.
Christian Research Journal,1992:spring:p.5 ("News Watch"), by William M. Alnor, except where noted. Also included:
"Special Report: Worldwide Church of God in Transition"
"Scientology-linked Group Sues Countercult Ministry"
"Matthew Fox Defies Order's Demand" Also available in plain text format.

0105. The Euthanasia Debate: Understanding the Issues
Part One in a Two-Part Series on Euthanasia, by J.P. Moreland. Christian Research Journal, 1992:winter:p.8. A daughter assists her mother -- incapacitated by an excruciating, incurable disease -- in committing suicide. Was this murder? "No," advocates of mercy killing exclaim. And their drive to legalize euthanasia is gathering momentum. J. P. Moreland painstakingly sets before us the issues involved in the euthanasia debate. Also available in plain text format.

0106. The Euthanasia Debate: Assessing the Options
Part Two in a Two-Part Series on Euthanasia, by J.P. Moreland. Christian Research Journal, 1992:spring:p.14. Is human life itself sacred or is it the quality of life that counts? How do we draw the line between killing someone to relieve suffering and merely letting someone die when the hope for recovery is gone? J. P. Moreland provides a penetrating assessment of the issues surrounding the euthanasia debate. Also available in plain text format.

0107. Homosexuality: Fact and Fiction
by Joseph P. Gudel. Christia Research Journal, 1992:summer:p.30. Do homosexuals represent 10 percent of the population? Are they "born gay"? Is it impossible for gays to change their sexual orientation? Joseph P. Gudel argues that the commonly accepted answers to theses and other questions are aggressively promoted fictions that serve the social and political agenda of the gay rights movement. Also available in plain text format.

0108. 'That Which Is Unnatural': Homosexuality in Society, the Church, and Scripture.
Part Two in a Two-Part Series on Homosexuality, by Joseph P. Gudel. Christian Research Journal, 1993:winter:p.8. What is meant by "gay rights"? Are homosexuals merely fighting for their constitutional rights, or are they seeking to make homosexuality morally acceptable to society and the church? Joseph P. Gudel argues for the latter and demonstrates that, biblically, such moral acceptance is impossible. Also available in plain text format.

0109. Recovering from the Recovery Movement
by Ron Rhodes. Christian Research Journal, 1992:summer.p.8. Recovery programs and books are becoming the industry of the nineties. It seems that everywhere, in both Christian and secular circles, people are trying to recover from something -- whether an "addictive" behaviour, a past trauma, or low self- esteem. To what extent is the recovery movement biblical? Ron Rhodes provides a careful analysis and some helpful guidelines. Also available in plain text format.

0110. Mormonism and the Question of Truth
by Latayne C. Scott. Christian Research Journal, 1992:summer:p.24. Any Christian who attempts to dialogue with Mormons soon discovers that questions about truth present a fundamental barrier to communication. Latayne C. Scott, who spent many years in the Mormon Church before becoming a Christian, describes nine critical differences between Mormon and Christian concepts of, and approaches to, truth. Also available in plain text format.

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