Thursday, May 14, 2009

Interesting reading over at Midwest Christian Outreach:

On the Blog: The Dilemma Called CRI

"Some of our readers may recall that The Local Church of Witness Lee had filed suit against Harvest House Publishers, John Ankerberg and John Weldon for their inclusion in the Encyclopedia of Cults and New Religions. To the surprise of most missions for cults and New Religions movements and discernment ministries, CRI had come out positively for the Local Church and against Harvest House Publishers, John Ankerberg and John Weldon. Near the end of the litigation, “More than 70 evangelical Christian scholars and ministry leaders from seven nations have signed an
unprecedented open letter to the leadership of the “local churches” and Living Stream Ministry.” This week, Apologetics Index uploaded Five Christian apologists evaluate the teachings of Witness Lee and The Local Church. There is also a synopsis of this situation on this page and other links and evaluations. The dilemma we face is how to view CRI in its present incarnation. Over the years CRI has produced some of the leading researchers, writers and scholars in the area of missions to cults and New Religious Movements, training and equipping the Body of Christ in discernment and evangelism. Names like ... Read more at

My comment on all of this is that the Church today doesn’t hold anyone accountable for anything, and Hanegraaff is just one more example of this. Not only is there no accountability, but people put money and marketing connections before integrity and even worse--before biblical principles. When apologists regularly appear on the BAM show; when Christian leaders embrace Hanegraaff for 20 years—never voicing regret when they discover who he really is—things go from bad to worse.


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