Brian McLaren Profile

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We have just added to our website a Profile of Brian McLaren. McLaren is one of the most popular leaders of “emerging Christianity;” what makes some Christian commentators say his “generous orthodoxy” is neither generous nor orthodox? Jason Barker’s free Profile of McLaren looks at the history and teachings of the teacher, and presents a biblical perspective.

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Racism in Mormonism

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A recently published book looks at the forgotten stories of fifty African-American Mormons who were members of the early LDS Church. A review of the book concludes that, while hopeful, these stories are also “wrenching” and “tragic.” What is wrenching and tragic about these stories, and why have they been forgotten—deliberately so, says the authors of the book?

Over the years in The Watchman Expositor we published a number of articles on racism in the LDS Church. You can find three of these on our website:

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The Stranger in the Manger

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I wanted to share a free video of a message I delivered last October at the Witness Now Ex-Jehovah’s Witness Convention in Pennsylvania.

I was asked to address what is perhaps the most crucial questions for Jehovah’s Witnesses who are leaving the Watchtower Society — Who is Jesus?

The title of my message is Stranger in the Manger: What Child is This? and I share the main differences between the Jesus of the Bible and the many “Christs” of the cults. Just about every religion believes in Jesus. The question is which Jesus?

Can You Answer These Key Questions?

The issues and controversies I discuss are essential not just to former Jehovah’s Witnesses. These are key questions every Christian must be able to answer. Here are some examples:

  • Where does the Bible teach the doctrine of the Trinity?
  • What really happened at the Council of Nicaea in 325 AD?
  • Since Jesus said “the Father is greater than I,” is He less than God?
  • What is the  difference between the biblical doctrine of the Trinity and the Modalism of “Oneness” Pentecostalism?

You may watch my message and download the outline for free here:

Video: www.watchman.org/StrangerInMangerVideo.htm

Outline: www.watchman.org/StrangerOutline.pdf

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After you get a chance to watch the video, I would value your feedback! Also, I’ve been asked to speak again at this year’s Ex-Jehovah’s Witness Convention this September. Would you please pray for all of the former JWs around the world who have left a lie but have not yet found the Truth (John 14:6).

Finland and the Watchtower’s Manual for Elders

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On our Facebook and Twitter feeds we recently linked to a news article about Finland’s demand that the Watchtower Society turn over its manual for elders to the Minister of Justice and the Minister of the Interior. The reason for this demand, according to the news story, is to ensure that the rules for Jehovah’s Witnesses are in accordance with Finnish law.

Why would this situation concern Jehovah’s Witnesses? In 1999, Jason Barker reviewed an earlier edition of Pay Attention to Yourselves and to All the Flock, the Watchtower Society’s secret manual for elders, and concluded:

The reason for the Society’s intense secrecy regarding the manual can be explained in one word: power. The majority of Pay Attention… is devoted to the exercise of power within a congregation, instructing elders in the proper procedure for handling a wide array of punishable offenses. Power is also at issue because the Society has deliberately kept these regulations from becoming common knowledge amongst the organization, thus leaving Witnesses unprepared and without recourse should their elders accuse them of wrongdoing. The organization has deliberately kept its followers in the dark despite its professed dedication to publishing “new light.”

In his review Barker outlines the many types of offenses for which Jehovah’s Witnesses can be punished, the ways in which they can be disciplined, and the ways in which judicial committees are formed and function within local congregations. You can learn more about the elder’s manual, as well as what you can do to help Jehovah’s Witnesses, by reading this essential article.

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Hebrew Roots Profile

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Has your family or church been shaken by the Hebrew Roots Movement? For years we have been getting reports of families being divided and congregations threatened with church splits over a controversial movement called Hebrew Roots, Nazarene Judaism, or Jewish Roots.

This is not the same as Messianic Judaism and goes way beyond Christians wanting to be more aware of the Old Testament and Jewish background of Christianity. In fact, according to some critics this is a new, hybrid religion that is neither Christian nor Jewish.

  • Why is ‘Hebrew Roots’ so popular?
  • What are the spiritual dangers?
  • Why is it so controversial?

These questions and more are addressed in our latest Watchman Fellowship Profile. To claim your free Profile, just click here.

I hope this 4-page Profile is a helpful addition to your collection. To download the entire Profile Notebook (450+ pages covering all 20 years) in PDF format, click here ($25): Complete Profile Notebook (PDF Digital Edition). This works great on your smartphone, tablet, and computer!

The House of Yahweh in the News

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The House of Yahweh, a Sacred Name group located in a town near Abilene, TX, has repeatedly shown up in recent news. Most significantly, a member of the group has been charged with threatening to kill a judge and group of lawyers. The group also appeared in the news when Malik Obama, half-brother of the President of the United States, spoke at the House’s Peaceful Solution Character Education Program. While all of this is noteworthy, the House of Yahweh tends to be largely unknown outside north-central Texas (despite brief national attention a few years ago). Who is the House of Yahweh, what does the group believe, and what might motivate the actions for which it’s appeared in the news?

You can learn more in Philip Arnn’s in-depth Profile of the House of Yahweh, and you can learn about their Book of Yahweh in this look at the distinctive scriptures of several pseudo-Christian groups.

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Easter Resources

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Every year, as the calendar approaches Easter, we see an attack on the faith: major media outlets release documentaries and articles purporting to reveal the “truth” about Christ and Christianity, while other religious groups use the holiday as an opportunity to win converts away from biblical Christianity. What should a Christian do?

This is a great time to learn more about your faith, and how to share it with others. Below are some of our free resources on Christianity and apologetics:

We also have resources available in our store that will help you better understand your faith:

Be sure to subscribe to our free newsletter for the latest news and resources, and remember: He is Risen!

Voodoo in the News

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There have been a notable number of headlining stories in the news about voodoo. As we pointed out in our Twitter and Facebook streams, we’ve recently seen stories about a man who allegedly committed murder in order to use the victim’s head for voodoo practices, as well as conflict among Santería sects. Interest in voodoo seems to be on the upswing.

You can better understand this system of religions by reading our Profile on voodoo. In this free Profile, Robert and Marilyn Stewart look at the history, beliefs and practices of voodoo, and present a Christian response.

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The Church of Wells Profile

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We have added to our website a Profile of The Church of Wells (Texas). In this free Profile, Dylan McCabe looks at the history and doctrine of the controversial group, and presents a Christian response.

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You can also listen below to an episode of Point of View with Kirby Anderson, where James Walker and Dylan McCabe discuss the Church of Wells with Kirby.

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News Articles on Joel Osteen and the LDS Law of Eternal Progression

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On our Twitter and Facebook streams we recently added posts about two notable articles in the news: one about a recent theft of over $600,000 from Joel Osteen’s Lakewood Church, and the other about a new statement by the LDS Church about the Law of Eternal Progression.

To learn more about Joel Osteen, including why he is such a controversial figure among Christians, you can read our free Profile on Osteen.

To learn more about the Mormon Law of Eternal Progression, you can read our free Profile of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. If you’d like to dig deeper into the subject, as well as learn how to use LDS teachings on eternal progression to witness to Mormons, you can purchase our audio CD and manual set, The Law of Eternal Progression: A Christian Critique of the Mormon Gospel.

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