Christian Perspectives on the News

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Have you read the latest posts to our Facebook or Twitter streams? Each weekday we provide a link to a recent news story about a cult or new religious movement, and we’ve recently mentioned:

Subscribing to one of our social media streams will help you keep up-to-date on developments in new religions around the world.

We also provide more than mere links to news stories — in our Profiles we also provide the background and Christian perspective you need to understand and respond to these religions. For example, you can read our free Profiles on:

Order your free subscription to the Watchman Fellowship Profile so you can increase your evangelism and keep up-to-date on new religions!

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2015 Confident Christianity Conference

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You are invited to the Confident Christianity Conference September 18-19 hosted by Fielder Church, which is my home church in Arlington, Texas. The conference is presented by the Southern Baptist of Texas Convention (SBTC). Keynote presenters include Frank Turek, president of Cross Examined and Barry Creamer, president of Criswell College in Dallas. I am thrilled to also be invited as one of the speakers.

Bruno Molina, who leads Interfaith Evangelism at SBCT, has put together a great lineup of teachers and I am very excited to be participating. Some of the top experts in evangelism and apologetics will be equipping and inspiring you to share the gospel with your friends and neighbors of other faiths as well as atheists and agnostics. The conference includes:

  • Former Seventh-day Adventist
  • Former Jehovah’s Witness
  • Former Mormon
  • Expert in Buddhism
  • Experts in Islam
  • Experts in apologetics for students
  • A Spanish language track

Confident Christianity Conference
September 18-19, 2015
Fielder Church, Arlington, Texas

The scriptures tell us to “always be ready to give an answer to anyone who asks about the hope you possess. Yet do it with courtesy and respect, keeping a good conscience….” (1 Peter 3:15-16). This conference can motivate and equip you to do just that.

Do you know an atheist or agnostic?

Do you have a friend or family member who is a Jehovah’s Witness or Mormon?

Are any of your friends, family, or coworkers involved in Buddhism or Islam?

Would you like to have real, practical answers when your faith is questioned or challenged?

If so, this conference is for you. Check out the full lineup of speakers, the complete schedule, and registration info here:

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Thank you for helping us to provide training and equipping in events like the Confident Christianity Conference. Your continued prayer and financial support literally makes our ministry possible. If you wish to help us continue our ministry of apologetics and evangelism, you may partner with us by clicking here: http://www.watchman.org/donate

Shi’a Islam Profile

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We have just added to our website our Profile of Shi’a Islam. In this free Profile, Mike Edens looks at the history of the religion, as well as its philosophy and application, and provides a biblical response.

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Reiki Therapy Profile

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We have just added to our website our Profile of reiki therapy. In this free Profile, Jeremy E. Scarbrough looks at the history of the practice, as well as its philosophy and application, and provides a biblical response.

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James Van Praagh Profile

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We have just added to our website our Profile of James Van Praagh. In this free Profile, Brady Blevins looks at the history of the popular medium, as well as his teachings and activities, and provides a biblical response.

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Witnessing Tips and Strategy for Sharing the Gospel with Hindus

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Hinduism is predicted to grow 34 percent worldwide, from just over 1 billion to nearly 1.4 billion people, by 2050. In the United States alone, the Hindu population grew to 2.23 million—an increase of 85.8 percent—since 2007. All of this raises a vital question: how can Christians share the Gospel with followers of this growing religion?

In a new article on our website, C. Fred Smith explains:

Hinduism offers such a different worldview than Christianity that many Christians may find responding to Hinduism rather intimidating. One major challenge is that Hindus will often affirm Christian forms of worship and teachings. It is possible, however, to respond to Hindu claims regarding ultimate truth, and to defend the gospel effectively and engagingly. There are a couple of main areas where Christians can show that a biblical worldview is better, the matter of the experience and destiny the two religions offer, and the question or logical coherence.

Learn more about the Christian response to Hinduism, as well as tips for sharing the Gospel, in this free article.

FREE DVD “The Bible Vs. Joseph Smith” When You Support Our Utah Mission Trip!

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Can I ask for your help? If you can, I would like to say “thank you” by giving you one of the most powerful Christian DVDs ever produced exploring the claims of Mormonism.

Our annual mission trip to Manti, Utah is just weeks away. As we are coming down to the wire, we are still over $3,000 short of what we need to send all our summer missionaries. This year we have our largest team ever – 18 missionaries signed up and ready to go. I would not want to turn anyone away because of lack of support.

If you can help right now with a donation of any amount, I would like to say thank you by giving you a free DVD, The Bible Vs. Joseph Smith. This mind-blowing documentary is one of the most powerful apologetic tools I have ever seen. Let me tell you why.

On the video, you will meet Greg Gifford, who is a committed Mormon, and my friend Joel Kramer, a committed Christian apologist. These men are not actors – a real Mormon and a real Christian. Greg accepts Joel’s challenge to put the Prophet Joseph Smith to the biblical test for a prophet found in Deuteronomy 18:20-22. Both men met in Israel to review the prophecies and examine the evidence first hand:

  • Is there real evidence of fulfilled Bible prophecy?
  • Does God require prophets to be 100% accurate?
  • Do Joseph Smith’s prophecies fail the test?

You will be fascinated to see how a devout Mormon elder responds to the powerful evidence of fulfilled prophecy in the Bible. But what is really amazing is to watch how he reacts to the sobering reality of the failed prophecies of Joseph Smith! You won’t believe it.

Click here to donate and claim your DVD: www.watchman.org/donate

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UPDATE: Experience this 2-minute preview of the DVD, The Bible Vs. Joseph Smith. You can still claim your FREE DVD with the full 78-minute documentary when you help support our Utah Mission Trip. We are having an overwhelming response so far. Thank you for standing with us!

Watch This Hilarious 5-minute Video Destroy the Anti-Christian Movie Zeitgeist

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Give me 5 minutes! You have to watch this hysterical parody video spoofing the anti-christian movie Zeitgeist. Last week I emailed to subscribers a copy of our latest Profile on Zeitgeist: The Movie, a wildly popular documentary that levels a devastating attack against Christianity. That 4-page Profile was our effort to provided a solid Christian response to this assault on our faith.

Now here is another tool you will want to put in your “defend the faith” toolbox. In just 5 minutes, this little video destroys the Zeitgeist movie with a heavy dose of satire and tongue-in-cheek fun.

The Zeitgeist documentary tries to prove that Christ is a fictional character that was created by cobbling together elements of earlier religions and pagan myth stories including Egyptian deities, Greek mythology, and Astrology.

So was the Jesus story really borrowed from the mythical Horus, the Egyptian “sky god” born to the goddess Isis? No way! Just watch this 5-minute video, How Horus Ruined Christmas, and get a great laugh! The video was produced by the folks at Lutheran Satire. You may want to check out their YouTube channel for more good videos.

Click here to watch the 5 minute video: www.watchman.org/parodyvideo.htm

Your continued prayer and financial support literally makes the ministry of Watchman Fellowship possible. If you wish to help us continue our ministry of apologetics and evangelism, you may partner with us by clicking here: http://www.watchman.org/donate.

James Arthur Ray Profile

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We have just added to our website our Profile of James Arthur Ray. In this free Profile, Brady Blevins looks at the history of this controversial teacher, as well as his teachings and activities, and provides a biblical response.

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José Luis de Jesús Miranda Profile

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We have just added to our website our Profile of José Luis de Jesús Miranda. In this free Profile, James K. Walker looks at the history of this controversial teacher, as well as his teachings and activities, and provides a biblical response.

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