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Ankerberg, John

*John Ankerberg hosts the nationally televised, award-winning "The John Ankerberg Show". He holds advanced degrees in theology and philosophy including two master's degrees and a doctorate.

Armstrong Herbert W

Bakker, Jim, Tammy Faye

"Both Jim Bakker, the disgraced televangelist now on parole after five years in prison, and Tammy Faye Messner, his former wife, published separate autobiographies last month detailing the fall of their multimillion-dollar PTL empire nine years ago. In his 647-page I Was Wrong (Thomas Nelson), Bakker, 56, repeatedly apologizes to those he has offended by his financial and sexual misconduct. In the 337-page Tammy: Telling It My Way (Villard), Messner, 54, blames other religious broadcasters, primarily Jerry Falwell, for permitting the bankruptcy of what had been the largest Christian satellite network. Bakker agrees that the PTL ministry was stolen from him, but he blames himself. "Had I simply stopped long enough to think, to seek God's direction, to surround myself with a group of wise counselors as the Bible instructs, I would not have allowed a group of men, many of whom I barely knew, to take the reins of PTL," he writes. His imprisonment occurred after he bilked 116,000 "lifetime partners" at Heritage USA theme park in Fort Mill, South Carolina, out of $158 million. Bakker still believes he did not conspire to defraud anyone, but he does confess to succumbing to the "arrogance" and "foolishness" of an excessive standard of living. In prison, where his work assignment was cleaning toilets, Bakker says he had the opportunity "to see things in the Bible I had never seen before." He calls the 15-minute sexual encounter with 21-year-old church secretary Jessica Hahn in 1980-which contributed to his downfall seven years later-as "completely consensual*

Bright, Bill

Dr. William R. ("Bill") Bright was born in Coweta, Oklahoma, on Oct. 19, 1921. He graduated from Northeastern State University in Oklahoma with a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics and a minor in sociology. He later moved to Los Angeles attended the First Presbyterian Church in Hollywood. His Major project- Campus Crusade for Christ International. grew from a small beginning in 1951, the organization he began and still directs now has, in January 1, 2002, more than 25,000 full-time staff and over 553,000 trained volunteer staff in 196 countries in areas representing 99.6 percent of the world's population. What began as a campus ministry now covers almost every segment of society with more than 70 special ministries and projects which reach out to students, inner cities, governments, prisons, families, the military, executives, musicians, athletes, and many others. Each ministry is designed to help fulfill the Great Commission, Christ's command to carry the gospel to the entire world. The film, JESUS, which Bright conceived and funded through Campus Crusade for Christ, is the most widely viewed film ever produced. It has been translated into more than 730 languages and viewed by more than 4.5 billion people in 234 countries, with 300 additional languages currently being translated. More than 148 million people have indicated making salvation decisions for Christ after viewing it live. Additional tens of millions are believed to have made similar decisions through television and radio versions of the JESUS Film.

Dr. Bright holds six honorary doctorate degrees: a Doctor of Laws from the Jeonbug National University of Korea, a Doctor of Divinity from John Brown University, a Doctor of Letters from Houghton University, a Doctor of Divinity from the Los Angeles Bible College and Seminary, a Doctor of Divinity from Montreat-Anderson College, and a Doctor of Laws from Pepperdine University. In 1971 Bright serves as chairman of the Year of the Bible Foundation, and he also chaired the National Committee for the National Year of the Bible in 1983, with President Ronald Reagan serving as honorary chairman. More recently, Bright has been named the 1996 recipient of the $1 million Templeton Prize for Progress in Religion. He dedicated all of the proceeds of the award toward training Christians internationally in the spiritual benefits of fasting and prayer, and for the fulfillment of the Great Commission. Bright was also inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame in November 1996. I

Currently, he hosts the "Lighthouse Report," a daily radio program, and "Supernatural Living," on television. In 2000, Bright was diagnosed with Pulmonary Fibrosis, an ailment afflicting the lungs, for which there is no known cure. Because of his desire to do a series of additional books and video training materials, he passed the torch of leadership, after 50 years as founder and president of Campus Crusade for Christ, to his long time associate, Dr. Steve Douglass. He continues to serve as founder and chairman. Dr. Bright and his wife, Vonette, cofounder of Campus Crusade for Christ, live in Orlando, Florida. They have two grown sons: Zachary, who is pastor of Divine Savior Presbyterian Church in California, and Brad, a staff member of Campus Crusade for Christ and director of Pinnacle Forum, a ministry to world leaders.

(Edited without comment and by assumed permission from their site: http://www.billbright.com/whoisbill.htm )

Cerullo, Morris

Morris Cerullo claims he was led out of a Jewish orphanage by two angelic beings; transported to heaven for a face-to-face meeting with God; and told he would be capable of revealing the future. Claiming that God was directly speaking through him, Cerullo uttered, "Would you surrender your pocketbooks unto Me, saith God, and let me be the Lord of your pocketbooks....Yea, so be thou obedient unto my voice." (Morris Cerullo, "A Word from God at the Deeper Life World Conference," Deeper Life, March 1982, 15.) Morris Cerullo is now offering thorugh his television show and web site "God's Victorious Army Financial Breakthrough Spiritual Warfare Bible". Here is the description of how to attain financial freedom and wealth as Cerullo contends Christians should: "This Bible is the definitive word on finances, with special icons designed to lead you throughout God's Word, teaching you about Biblical finances. This beautiful, genuine bonded-leather Bible has more than 2,000 pages, chock full of financial breakthrough principles and spiritual commentaries honed from Morris Cerullo's fifty years of experience serving the Savior ... THIS INCREDIBLE BIBLE CAN BE YOURS FOR A LOVE GIFT OF ONLY $89 OR MORE."*

Colson, Charles (Chuck)

Charles Charles Colson's was caught in the Watergate scandal. "He was An Episcopalian with no understanding of saving faith. After his release from jail he founded Prison Fellowship Ministries. *

Copeland, Kenneth

Dobson, James Focus on the Family ,

located in Colorado Springs, Colorado (relocated there from California in 1991), was founded in 1977 by Dr. James C. Dobson , a Ph.D. in child development from the University of Southern California. Dobson also has honorary doctorates from Pepperdine University (1983), Franciscan University of Steubenville, Ohio [a Catholic university] (1988), Seattle Pacific University (1988), Asbury Theological Seminary (1989), Mid America Nazarene College (1992), and Liberty University (1993). Prior to 1977, Dobson served 14 years as associate clinical professor of pediatrics at the USC School of Medicine and a concurrent 17 years on the attending staff of Los Angeles Children's Hospital in the Divisions of Child Development and Medical Genetics.Dobson has authored more than 15 books; his largest seller, Dare to Discipline (a child-rearing manual first published in 1971 and reissued as The New Dare to Discipline in 1994) has sold over 2 million copies. Du Plessis, David Falwell, Jerry Born in 1933, has been pastor of Thomas Road Baptist Church in Lynchburg, Virginia since its founding in 1956 (with 35 charter members), and is chancellor of Liberty University, a four-year in residence undergraduate college founded by Falwell in 1971 as Lynchburg Baptist College (with four full-time faculty and 154 students). The church now has 22,000 members (Falwell is planning to build a new 12,000 seat sanctuary; he currently preaches only one Sunday morning service in the church's present 4,000-seat auditorium), and the school has 14,000 students (5,600 in residence) from all 50 states and 52 countries. Falwell seeks to develop Liberty University into a 50,000 student school which will "challenge Harvard in academics and Notre Dame in athletics." [1,200 of Liberty's alumni have become pastors and 700 are missionaries, but the school has yet to live up to Falwell's aspirations. The 1996 annual U.S. News & World Report regional rankings put Liberty in the fourth, or bottom, tier. Among 30 Southern schools, Liberty tied for last in the academic reputation category and it had, by far, the highest student-to-faculty ratio -- 37 to 1. Business attracts the largest number of academic majors at Liberty, followed by psychology (12/6/96, Christianity Today).] Falwell is also chancellor of the Liberty Bible Institute, a two-year non-degree Bible program (for $5,000 tuition) that is part of Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary, and is chancellor of the Liberty University School of LifeLong Learning, a correspondence school with more than 16,000 students. He is the speaker for the Old Time Gospel Hour on radio and television. (The Old Time Gospel Hour went off the air in 1991, but is now back on 225 television stations.) He founded and led the Moral Majority and its successor, the Liberty Federation, and founded the Elim Home for Alcoholics and Liberty Godparent Home for Unwed Mothers. Falwell is a graduate of Baptist Bible College in Springfield, Missouri, and has honorary doctorates from Tennessee Temple University and the California Graduate School of Theology. The proper religious taxonomy of Dr. Falwell has been a subject of considerable debate. He loudly proclaims himself a fundamentalist, yet his actions are those of a new evangelical; he would be better designated a "pseudo fundamentalist." Falwell's political action efforts of the 1980s (through his leadership in the "Moral Majority") have tended to lead him away from a clear presentation of a separatist, fundamentalist gospel to one steeped in pop psychology and ecumenism. Falwell has no problem in comfortably working with charismatics, Southern Baptists, Catholics, etc. - In 1981, Falwell declared his position on fundamentalism and new evangelicalism in a book titled, The Fundamentalist Phenomenon. Actually, the book was written by two of Falwell's compatriots whose names do not even appear on the book jacket, Ed Dobson and Ed Hindson (both of whom are now well-known pop psychologizers in their own rights). Falwell wrote the concluding chapter titled, "Future-Word: An Agenda for the Eighties." It spells out the social action platform of the Moral Majority. It makes a twin appeal -- to the fundamentalist and to the new evangelical alike. *

FALWELL, JERRY

THE WHITE HOUSE is somewhat embarrased by Falwell, and this week denied Falwell’s claim that President Bush had endorsed his fund-raising appeal and the conservatives have done little to repudiate the founder of the Moral Majority. Here’s a portion of Falwell’s blame America” message. "When we destroy 40 million little innocent babies, we make God mad. I really believe that the pagans and the abortionists, and the feminists and the gays and the lesbians who are actively trying to make that an alternate lifestyle, the ACLU, People for the American Way, all of them have tried to secularize America. I point the finger in their face and say, ‘You helped this happen.’Robertson, responded: Well, I totally concur. Here were two major leaders of the religious right essentially taking the same position- namely that the United States set itself up for what happened on Sept. 11 (The creater of this site tends to agree as well)

Gothard, Bill

Graham, Billy

Billy Graham was born in 1918, He was an ordained Southern Baptist minister and runs a $100 million a year evangelistic empire and receives $101,250 per year plus $33,750 for his house. The BGEA also operates a 1,500 acre training center, "The Cove," located in Asheville, North Carolina. Graham's magazine, Decision, reaches 1.7 million people, his column appears in more than 100 newspapers, his radio program is on 700 stations worldwide, and several of his books have been best-sellers. (Angels, published in 1975, sold one million copies in just 90 days.) Graham has reportedly preached to over 200 million people and once claimed that precisely 2,874,082 of them have stepped forward to "accept Jesus Christ as personal Savior" (11/15/93, Time magazine). George Bush called Graham "America's pastor." Harry Truman called him a "counterfeit" and publicity seeker. Pat Boone considers him "the greatest man since Jesus." Still another says Graham "has done more harm to the cause of Christ than any other living man."*

Hagee, John

Hagin, Kenneth

Hickey, Marilyn

Hinn, Benny

Joyner, Rick

Kuhlman, Kathryn

LaHaye, Tim

"Tim LaHaye is the founder and director of the psychologically-oriented Family Life Seminars, Inc., now headquartered in Arlington, Texas (originally in Washington, D.C.). -- For seventeen years, wife Beverly was a co-speaker with Tim for Family Life Seminars; they conducted over 350 of more than 1,000 seminars together. He is the author of more than 40 books (over 10 million copies in print) on such topics as family life, temperaments, and prophecy. Tim is also the president of Tim LaHaye Ministries, and founder of the Pre-Trib Research Center (see below). He has an earned doctorate degree from Western Baptist Seminary, Portland, Oregon. Among his books is the psychologically-oriented The Act of Marriage, co-written with Beverly, which has sold more than 2.5 million copies since it was first printed in 1976. In 1958, the LaHayes moved to San Diego where Tim became pastor of Scott Memorial Church, a position he held for almost 25 years. During that time he also started a Christian school that developed into a 10-school system, and Christian Heritage College (founded with Henry Morris of the Institute for Creation Research) in nearby El Cajon. Tim LaHaye left the pulpit in 1981 in order to devote more time to politics and to writing. One of his most popular writing projects has been the bestselling Left Behind series of novels, written with collaborator Jerry Jenkins (see brief review later in this report and a more extensive sub-report review). He has also written so-called Bible commentaries such as Revelation, Illustrated and Made Plain; How to Study Bible Prophecy for Yourself; and No Fear of the Storm: Why Christians Will Escape the Tribulation. - A major deception in the church today is the so-called spiritual application of pseudo-psychological temperament theory for individual personality assessment, which, in actuality, is derived from pagan and occultic philosophies. (The "temperament" can be defined as the unique mental and emotional disposition identifiable as the personality.) The study of the temperaments, which are man-centered, self-oriented, and psycho-paganistic, are being offered to the unwitting as a sophisticated, almost magical way to understand our deepest natures and our personality types. In actuality, Christians could be unknowingly lured into the occult by practicing the temperaments and other New Age personality typologies. Tim LaHaye is the leading so-called evangelical today peddling the temperaments as Christian, and is largely responsible for popularizing its teachings in the Church. LaHaye has the following books out on the subject (as well as having developed his own personality measurement instrument -- the LaHaye Temperament Analysis [LTA]): Spirit-Controlled Temperament (1966); Transformed Temperaments (1971); Understanding the Male Temperament (1977); Why You Act the Way You Do (1984). Beverly LaHaye also has written books on the temperaments: The Spirit-Controlled Woman (1976/1996) and How To Develop Your Child's Temperament (1977). (Must reading for anyone desiring a fuller understanding of LaHaye's teachings on the temperaments would be Four Temperaments, Astrology & Personality Testing [pp. 49-66], by Martin and Deidre Bobgan, EastGate Publishers, Santa Barbara, CA, 1992, 213 pages. The information on the temperaments detailed in this report was excerpted and/or adapted from this source.):

In case you missed this, Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson were accused of being Christian Taliban by 'The O'Reilly Factor "No Spin Zone" on the Fox News Channel. Fallwell made the mistake of bringing up sin in the United States and that it probably brought on the attack on September 11, 2001. O'Reilly was very upset that Falwell might be destroying the Christian Right Movement which elected President Bush. O'Reilly is a mouth piece for types of behaviors that are not condoned under the "conservative" New World Order according to his judgment, journalist and former schoolteacher. CRONKITE EXPLODES OVER FALWELL REMARK Walter Cronkite unleashed a very harsh attack on religious broadcasters Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson, terming Falwell's remarks on the 700 Club about the Sept. 11 terror attack "abominable." He implied their God and the bombers' might be the same (TV Guide). Even though Falwell apologized (mainly for not stressing the terrorists' blame) for blaming the devastation on pagans, abortionists, homosexuals, ACLU, etc., the "tolerant" liberal free speech lobby could not tolerate this and came down very hard on him. Actually, in divine "retribution" God has even allowed more-evil enemy nations to chasten His erring people (see Habakkuk). Cronkite in a 1998 fundraising letter for The Interfaith Alliance (its national board has Unitarian, Catholic, NCC, and other liberals), revealed his extreme left-wing bias against Falwell, the Christian Coalition, etc. This "most trusted man in America" said: "I work very hard at being a Christian." (Calvary Contender Newsletter Oct. 2001) Pat Robertson Addresses Comments Made By Jerry Falwell September 17, 2001 PatRobertson.com - The 700 Club producers had booked Jerry Falwell for a satellite interview. Rev. Falwell's initial remarks were completely in accord with what had been said in preceding parts of the program, and then, unexpectedly, he uttered a political statement of blame directed at certain segments of the population that was severe and harsh in tone, and, frankly, not fully understood by the three hosts of The 700 Club who were watching Rev. Falwell on a monitor. It was this brief interchange with Rev. Falwell that was picked up by People For The American Way, who for approximately the past fifteen years have taped every single telecast of The 700 Club and unfortunately take statements out of context and spin them to the press for their own political ends. Rev. Falwell has issued a pointed clarification of his statement, and Dr. Robertson said on Fox News' The Edge that he considered the remarks "totally inappropriate." He does not wish to comment further on something that is not personally in keeping with the spirit of prayer and sorrow that has been evidenced by the staff of the Christian Broadcasting Network over the past several days.*

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MacArthur, John

John MacArthur's schooling was at Bob Jones University, Los Angeles Pacific College and Talbot Theological Seminary. He is senior pastor of the large Grace Community Church of Panorama City, California and is speaker on the popular "Grace to You' broadcast.*

Meyer, Joyce

Moody Bible Institute

Doctrinal Statement:

Article I God is a Person who has revealed Himself as a Trinity in unity, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit--three Persons and yet but one God (Deuteronomy 6:4; Matthew 28:19; 1 Corinthians 8:6).

Article II The Bible, including both the Old and New Testaments is a divine revelation, the original autographs of which were verbally inspired by the Holy Spirit (2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:21).

Article III Jesus Christ is the image of the invisible God, which is to say, He is Himself very God; He took upon Him our nature, being conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary; He died upon the cross as a substitutionary sacrifice for the sin of the world; He arose from the dead in the body in which He was crucified; He ascended into heaven in that body glorified, where He is now our interceding High Priest; He will come again personally and visibly to set up His kingdom and to judge the quick and the dead (Colossians 1:15; Philippians 2:5-8; Matthew 1:18-25; 1 Peter 2:24-25; Luke 24; Hebrews 4:14-16; Acts 1:9-11; 1 Thessalonians 4:16-18; Matthew 25:31-46; Revelation 11:15-17; 20:4-6, 11-15).

Article IV Man was created in the image of God but fell into sin, and, in that sense, is lost; this is true of all men, and except a man be born again he cannot see the kingdom of God; salvation is by grace through faith in Christ who His own self bare our sins in His own body on the tree; the retribution of the wicked and unbelieving and the reward of the righteous are everlasting, and as the reward is conscious, so is the retribution (Genesis 1:26-27; Romans 3:10, 23; John 3:3; Acts 13:38-39; John 3:16; Matthew 25:46; 2 Corinthians 5:1; 2 Thessalonians 1:7-10). Article V The Church is an elect company of believers baptized by the Holy Spirit into one body; its mission is to witness concerning its Head, Jesus Christ, preaching the gospel among all nations; it will be caught up to meet the Lord in the air ere* He appears to set up His kingdom (Acts 2:41; 15:13-17; Ephesians 1:3-6; 1 Corinthians 12:12-13; Matthew 28:19-20; Acts 1:6-8; 1 Thessalonians 4:16-18).

(Edited without comment and by assumed permission from their site:http://www.moody.edu/doctrine.htm)

Parsley, Rod

Popoff, Peter

Rice, John

Preacher, evangelist, revivalist, author, editor, counsellor to thousands, friends to millions -- that was Dr. John R. Rice, whose accomplishments were nothing short of miraculous. Known as "America's Dean of Evangelists," Dr Rice made a mighty impact upon the nation's religious life for some sixty years, in great citywide campaigns and in Sword of the Lord Conferences. Dr. Rice was born in Cooke county, in Texas, December 1l, 1895. He lived and died a man of intense convictions. But, Dr. Rice was also marked with a sincere spirit of compassion. Those who knew him best, knew a man who loved them. In preaching, in prayer, and in personal life, Dr. Rice wept over sinners and with saints. In 1980, one of the most prolific pens in all Christendom was stilled. Dr. John R. Rice left behind a legacy in writing of more than 200 titles, with a combined circulation of over 61 million copies. And through October of 1981, a total of 24,058 precious souls reported trusting Christ through his ministries, not counting those saved in his crusades nor in foreign countries where his literature has been translated. And who but God knows the influence of THE SWORD OF THE LORD magazine which he started and edited for forty-six years!

(Edited without comment and by assumed permission from their site: http://www.picknowl.com.au/homepages/rlister/sword/sw2.htm)

Roberts, Oral

"Millions of people throughout the world consider Oral Roberts a prophet of God. Millions more believe him to be a charlatan. While his ministry has been stormy and controversial, few would question its huge impact on America and the world. For nearly forty years the name Oral Roberts has been synonymous with religious healing. He is the leader produced by the Pentecostal and charismatic world. "A pentecostal spokesman in the 1980s claimed that fifty million people throughout the world had received the baptism of the Holy Spirit and predicted that by the end of the century, half of the world's Protestants would be pentecostal. "Of course, the pentecostal and charismatic movements were not the creations of Oral Roberts. The pentecostal churches, the Full Gospel Business Men's Fellowship International, and among individuals, David du Plessis played catalytic roles in the spread of spirit-filled religion.*

Robertson, Pat

Pat Robertson, (Marion Gordon Robertson), 1930-, American evangelist and politician, b. Lexington, Va. The son of U.S. Senator A. Willis Robertson, he is a graduate of Yale Law School and an ordained Southern Baptist minister. In 1960 he founded the Christian Broadcasting Network (now the Family Channel). As host of a television talk show on that network (1968-86, 1988-) that blends evangelical Protestantism with conservative politics, he has attained a large and loyal following. Robertson campaigned unsuccessfully for the 1988 Republican presidential nomination. In 1989 he founded the Christian Coalition, a conservative Christian political group that has been influential in the Republican party; he is its president. He is the author of a number of books, including an apocalyptic novel (1996).

Rogers, Adrian

Rev. Adrian Rogers, one of the most influential leaders in the history of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC), announced that he will retire as pastor of the 28,000-member Bellevue Baptist Church in Cordova, Tenn. Rogers has been pastor of the SBC congregation for 32 years.*

Schuller, Robert

Born in 1926 Robert Schuller was reared in the Reformed Church in America. He entered the pastorate in 1951 at Hope Church in Chicago, In 1955, his denomination sent him to Orange County, California to establish a new church there. After trying unsuccessfully to rent numerous facilities, Schuller finally rented the Orange County Drive-In How would he do this? By preaching only positive things! Schuller credits close friend Norman Vincent Peale "with fine tuning his own positive faith and laying the foundation for his own Possibility Thinking that was to come." In September of 1959, ground-breaking ceremonies were held at the location of the present church property in Garden Grove, California. The Crystal Cathedral was completed in 1980,This cathedral is a vast golden edifice with 10,000 windows, huge video screens, and a 10-foot tall angel hovering from the roof on a rope of gold. He has built up a congregation of over 9,500 members in a church that cost over $20 million. His "self-esteem Christianity" has been adopted by multitudes. These believe they are Christians and attend churches; but in reality, they worship a false christ and follow a false gospel. Robert Schuller and his mentor, the late Norman Vincent Peale, are two of the key culprits in promoting this error. Schuller reinterprets the doctrines of the Word of God to conform with his self-esteem philosophy. His Christ is a Jesus who provides men with self-esteem. Schuller's gospel is the replacement of negative self concepts with positive ones. To Schuller, sin is merely the lack of self-esteem. To Schuller, the greatest evil is to call men sinners in a Biblical fashion and thereby injure their self-esteem. Schuller is a universalist who believes that all people are the children of God. His goal is to help each person understand and enjoy this "fact." Bottom line, Schuller's message is that there is no need for one to recognize his own personal sin, no need for repentance, and no need for the crucifixion of self. In fact, concerning the latter point, Schuller teaches just the opposite philosophy -- that self is to be exalted -- which is nothing less than an outright denial of the Gospel of Jesus Christ:

Southern Baptist Convention

A concern is the Southern Baptist Convention's involvement with "Psychoheresy". "There is at least a little psychological leaven in practically every Bible College, seminary, denomination and church. We chose to examine the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) because it is the largest Protestant denomination in America and is number one on the list of the one hundred largest mission agencies by number of overseas personnel serving over four years. In fact, it has more missionaries than the combined total of missionaries from the last forty agencies on the list. The SBC is comprised of two groups, generally referred to as "conservatives" and "moderates." However, there is one platform upon which both the conservatives and the moderates stand yoked together, which is neither conservative nor moderate. It is the "science falsely so-called" (1 Tim 6:20), liberal platform of psychoheresy. Psychoheresy is the integration of secular psychological counseling theories and therapies with the Bible. Psychoheresy is also the intrusion of such theories into the preaching and practice of Christianity, especially when they contradict or compromise biblical Christianity in terms of the nature of man, how he is to live, and how he changes. We give two examples to demonstrate that psychoheresy abounds in the SBC. The first example is from the SBC mission agency and the other is from two SBC seminaries. As we reported in Missions and Psychoheresy (M&PH): The SBC representative reported that missionary candidates must see a psychiatrist as part of the screening process. Two of the tests that all candidates must take, which we will discuss later, are the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory and the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator. We were told that, if any issues come out in the psychiatric interview and psychological testing, a clinical psychologist is used to counsel the individual. With respect to mental health care of missionaries who are experiencing problems of living, the SBC has a self-funded health program, which includes the provision for mental health professionals. The representative said that their concern is to have the missionary who experiences problems see a professional, licensed, mental health professional, such as a psychiatrist, psychologist, or marriage and family counselor. The SBC representative emphasized that the license, training, degrees and professional background of the mental health professional were all important (pp. 15, 16). We demonstrate the heresy of this throughout the balance of M&PH. The second example is a comparison of two seminaries, one known to be conservative and the other moderate. The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (Southern Seminary) in Louisville, Kentucky is regarded as an excellent representation of the conservative wing of the SBC. Logsdon Seminary at Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene, Texas would be regarded as an example of the moderate wing of the SBC. Southern Seminary and Logsdon are merely examples. All six SBC-owned seminaries, as well as other such seminaries, are guilty of psychoheresy to a greater or lesser degree. While a statement of faith is important, the application of that statement of faith is its true test. The application of the statement of faith through classes and programs offered at these seminaries, within which psychoheresy exists and thrives unchallenged from within, creates equality among the entire group of SBC conservative and moderate seminaries'

(Edited by assumed permission from:http://www.psychoheresy-aware.org/sobaptist91.html)

Sproul R.C.

R.C. Sproul was for years professor of systematic theology and apologetics at Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando, Florida (where one can "receive professional training that integrates Reformed theology and superior psychological research.") He is now Professor of Theology and Apologetics at Knox Theological Seminary in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, and teaches at Westminster Theological Seminary as well. He is also the founder and chairman of Ligonier Ministries (circa 1974) in Orlando ("designed to fill the gap between Sunday school and seminary"); Ligonier has more than 50 employees. Sproul has also authored over 50 books, recorded hundreds of messages on video and audio cassette, and has a daily radio broadcast, "Renewing Your Mind," heard on more than 300 outlets nationwide and throughout 120 countries. Sproul also publishes a monthly "Bible study" magazine (Tabletalk), conducts conferences and seminars, and sells his and others videos, audios, and books. On Sproul's "Renewing Your Mind Online" website, he touts ministry endorsements by such notable neo-evangelical psychologizers as John MacArthur, D. James Kennedy, Elisabeth Elliot, Ravi Zacharias, Jerry Bridges, and Joni Eareckson Tada. -

Sproul has fully endorsed the general teachings and counseling model of so-called Christian psychologist, Dr. Larry Crabb. [Crabb's model of counseling is primarily a psychological system of unconscious needs motivating behavior, which is derived from Freudian (the unconscious being a hidden reservoir of the mind with drives and impulses which govern a person's thinking and behavior) and humanistic psychology (with its hierarchy of needs, with great emphasis on so-called emotional needs).] Evidence of this endorsement comes from Sproul's October 1989, Tabletalk interview with Dr. Crabb ("Dealing With Sexual Sin: A Perspective on Guilt and Sexuality from Dr. Larry Crabb," pp. 6-10), and a pull-out advertisement for a Larry Crabb' book (Inside Out) in the same Tabletalk issue. - Sproul endorses the general teachings of psychologist James Dobson, particularly Dobson's teachings on self-esteem/self-love/self-image. Sproul has not only published articles by Dobson in his ministry's Tabletalk publication (e.g., see the December 1988 issue for Dobson's article, "Little Ones to Him Belong," in which Dobson's main point is that an important fringe benefit of Christianity is that one obtains an additional source of self-esteem), but also espouses Dobson's selfism philosophy in his own writings as well (e.g., see the 10/89 issue of Tabletalk, "Who We Really Are," and the 10/25/89 InterAct devotional). - Sproul endorsed Bill Hybels' 1990 book Honest to God, saying, "Bill Hybels has an exciting and contagious faith." Hybels is a psychologizer (e.g., he extols the virtues of Jungian personality theory and "journaling" in Honest to God), and is one of the leaders in the unbiblical "church growth" movement.) Sproul also recommends Christ in Christmas ("An Advent devotional guide for the whole family. Features articles by R.C., Chuck Swindoll, James Dobson ...") and Christ in Easter ("An Easter devotional guide for the whole family. Features articles by Charles Colson, Max Lucado, Billy Graham ..."). - R.C. Sproul publicly endorsed Hugh Ross's book, Creation and Time, which is a polemic for progressive creationism/theistic evolution, and thereby, is a denial of orthodox Christianity's literal/factual/historical interpretation of the first eleven chapters of the Book of Genesis. This NavPress published book also openly attacks the creation movement and the major people involved (2/26/96, Christian News). From this endorsement, we can only assume that R.C. Sproul agrees with Ross's evolutionary philosophy. Among other things, Ross teaches that the Earth is billions of years old and that physical death fully existed long before Adam. (But would not this belief cause the doctrines of sin and salvation to fall? If death and bloodshed preceded Adam's rebellion against God, then what are "the wages of sin" and how did the entrance of sin change things? And if death preceded sin, then death is not the penalty for sin, and Christ's death on the cross accomplished nothing!) Since such evolutionary and old-earth thinking is totally incompatible with the work of Christ, should it not be a requirement that the head of a major so-called "apologetic" ministry be a literal creationist?

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Stair, R G

Stanley, Charles

Tilton, Robert

Van Impe, Jack

Weldon, John

Has authored and co-authored numerous books dealing with contemporary issues. He has three master's degrees and two doctorates, one each in comparative religion and contemporary religious movements.

White, Ellen G

Wilkerson, Dave

Yonggi Cho, Paul

"Paul Yonggi Cho of the Yoido Full Gospel Church in Seoul, South Korea. " Cho's teachings are an idolatrous mix of a little Biblical teaching with a lot of occult healing, prophesying, visualization, sorcery, and pagan mind techniques. Cho teaches that Christians can get anything they want by calling upon the spirit world in the "fourth dimension" and envisioning (visualizing) their felt needs, no matter how crass and gross. Cho teaches that positive thinking, positive speaking, and positive visualization are the keys to success, and that anyone can literally "incubate" and give birth to physical reality by creating a vivid image in his or her mind and focusing upon it. David Cloud visited the Yoido Full Gospel Church in November of 2003.*

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