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1. The New World Translation
2. Reincarnation and the Bible
3. Confronting Doctrinal Error

by Dr. Walter Martin

articles from the Christian Research Newsletter, Volume 3: Numbers 3,4 and 5, 1990.

The Editor of the Christian Research Newsletter is Ron Rhodes.

The New World Translation
by Dr. Walter Martin
From the From The Founder column of the Christian Research Newsletter, Volume 3: Number 3, 1990

Dr. Julius R. Mantey was a first-rate scholar who studied Greek for more than 65 years. He was well known for A Manual Grammar of the Greek New Testament , which he co-authored with Dr. H. E. Dana. The following is a discussion that took place between Dr. Martin and Dr. Mantey on the Jehovah's Witnesses' New World Translation.

These words were excerpted from the tape, "Martin and Mantey on the New World Translation" (catalogue number C-118). It is available from CRI for $5.95.

Reincarnation and the Bible
by Dr. Walter Martin
From the From The Founder column of the Christian Research Newsletter, Volume 3: Number 4, 1990.

One of the key teachings of the New Age movement is the doctrine of reincarnation. The latest survey on reincarnation indicates that more than 58 percent of Americans polled either definitely believe in it or believe it to be a distinct possibility.

The New Age movement relies heavily on the concept of "cyclic rebirth" operating according to the "law of karma" (i.e., what you sow, you reap in identical proportions). Justice is satisfied in that no matter how long it takes and how many successive reincarnations are necessary, a person keeps on paying for his misdeeds until his "bad karma has been balanced by good karma."

New Testament passages are often cited by New Agers to substantiate the doctrine of reincarnation. Let us briefly examine three of these:

These words were adapted from Dr. Martin's book, The New Age Cult. It is available from CRI for $5.95.

Confronting Doctrinal Error
by Dr. Walter Martin
From the From The Founder column of the Christian Research Newsletter, Volume 3: Number 5, 1990.

In the course of delivering numerous lectures on the cults and their relationship to the Christian church, one of the most frequent questions addressed to me has been, "Why should Christians oppose and criticize the beliefs of others -- whether they be cults or other world religions?"

To answer this question, we must first recognize that to oppose and criticize is neither unethical, bigoted, or un-Christian; rather, it is the epitome of proper Christian conduct where a very vital part of the Christian witness is concerned. Some people feel it is beneath their dignity to engage in criticism of the beliefs of others, and the society in which we live has done much to foster this attitude. "Live and let live" is the motto of our civilization; don't buck the tide of uncritical tolerance, or, as the saying goes, "bend with the wind or be broken."

We must remember, however, that controversy in itself has always been a stimulus to thought, and in our own great country has provoked many needed reforms in numerous instances. Moreover, the criticism of another's religious beliefs does not necessarily postulate personal antagonism toward those who entertain such beliefs. Hence, it is possible for a Protestant to criticize Roman Catholicism or Judaism, for example, without being in the least antagonistic to members of either faith.

Let us not forget that honest criticism and debate involves the basic right of freedom of speech within constitutional limits; and the New Testament itself reflects in a startling way the fact that Christianity was built and nourished upon the controversy which it provoked. It was said of the early Christians that they "turned the world upside down" (Acts 17:6); indeed, the message of the Cross itself is offensive and controversial by nature. Robert Ingersoll, the late great agnostic and renowned antagonist of Christianity, was wise enough to recognize this fact and stated in his famous lectures, "If this religion is true, then there is only one Savior, only one narrow path to life. Christianity cannot live in peace with any other religion."

There are many reasons why Christians should speak out against false beliefs. First and foremost is the historical fact that Jesus Christ and His apostles warned repeatedly of the danger of false prophets and teachers. And just as Jesus and the apostles constantly spoke out against religious error to protect the church from peril, so must Christians today.

Throughout His entire ministry, our Lord was constantly on guard against professional interrogators who masqueraded as religious, pious, and even tolerant zealots, and who professed that they were the descendants of Abraham -- heirs to the covenant and the servants of God. To these people our Lord addressed His most scathing denunciations, calling them among other things "whited sepulchres," "children of the devil," "dishonorers of God," "liars," "murderers," and "wolves."

Using language similar to our Lord, the apostle Paul warned against the same kind of people, calling them ""enemies of the cross of Christ" (Phil. 3:18). He describes these dangerous individuals as "false apostles and deceitful workers transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ" (2 Cor. 11:13).

For Christians to neglect such heretical individuals and not challenge their teachings head-on is to do so at the peril of the church. The warnings Christ and His apostles have given in Scripture represent a call for Christians to act -- a call to confront doctrinal error wherever and whenever it surfaces.

Unpopular though it may be, all true Christians should be unequivocally committed to challenging false teachers for no other reason than out of respect for our Lord. Certainly if our mothers, wives, children, or country were attacked and misrepresented, our love for them would compel us to defend them. How much more, then, should love for our Redeemer so motivate us in the defense of Him and His gospel.

These words were adapted from Dr. Martin's book, The Kingdom of the Cults (Bethany House Publishers). It may be purchased from CRI for $15.95.

End of document, CRN0031A.TXT (original CRI file name), "The New World Translation," "Reincarnation and the Bible," and "Confronting Doctrinal Error" release A, June 30, 1994 R. Poll, CRI

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