Why Do Mormons Leave the LDS Church?

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In our fascinating new video, former Mormon James Walker discusses some of the things that cause Mormons to leave The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and the ways Christians can help these people come to faith in the real Jesus.

You can watch our free video here.

You can also help to reach Mormons-as well as members of other cults and new religions-with the true Gospel by supporting the work of Watchman Fellowship, as well as by ordering a free subscription to our newsletter.

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Marianne Williamson and A Course in Miracles

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We recently posted to our Twitter and Facebook streams a link to an article on the Get Religion blog looking at the Los Angeles Times’ very positive news story about New Age teacher Marianne Williamson’s campaign for a congressional seat. The blog article’s author, Mark Kellner, rightly notes that the Times says very little about Williamson’s belief system and how this would impact her politics.

Several years ago, Watchman Fellowship published a Profile of A Course in Miracles, the New Age book that is the foundation for much of Williamson’s spiritual teaching. In this free Profile you can learn about the history of A Course in Miracles, the doctrines it teaches, and how these differ from biblical Christianity.

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Pay Attention to Daniel’s Prophecy

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The Watchtower Society has a long history of failed prophecies based on their uniquely flawed interpretation of the Bible. The Society is releasing at its 1999 “God’s Prophetic Word” District Conventions a new book that reinforces the label of “false prophet” that Christians have long applied to the organization.

Pay Attention to Daniel’s Prophecy! is, like the earlier book Revelation: Its Grand Climax at Hand, a “commentary” that applies the Society’s eschatological (i.e., “end times”) doctrines to the Bible. One of the most intriguing sections of Pay Attention… is the analysis of the King of the North and the King of the South from Daniel 11. The changes that the Watchtower Society has made in its teachings regarding the identities of these kings is yet another example of the unreliability of Watchtower prophecy. The remainder of this article will examine the current Watchtower explication of Daniel 11, noting how and when this explication supports and differs from past Society teachings.

Read the rest of this article by Jason Barker on our website. You can also subscribe to our free newsletter to receive the latest information and resources from Watchman Fellowship.

Donate by January 10th and Get Access to a Free Online Class

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Your generous support makes this ministry possible. If you believe in the importance of what we do here at Watchman Fellowship and want to be a part of the team, please consider being a ministry partner today by donating.

We also have a year-end special offer: Donate any amount by January 10, 2014, and get full access to our online video class Witnessing to Mormons with the Book of Mormon PLUS Manual (PDF download).

Click here to make your donation to Watchman Fellowship. We thank you for your support.

Occult Spiritist Supports the New World Translation

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The Watchtower Society is quite familiar with Pastor Johannes Greber and his translation of The New Testament. They have quoted him at least nine times in their publications dating from 1956 to 1983.

Seven of the quotations were of a positive nature and were used to support the Society’s translation of certain biblical passages (such as John 1:1).

The other two were negative in that they exposed Greber as a spiritist who relied on the spirit world to help him translate his New Testament.

In typical Watchtower fashion, the Society got as much mileage out of Greber as possible and when their hand was exposed, they sanctimoniously tossed him aside.

Read the rest of this article by Tommy Dorsett on our website. You can also subscribe to our free newsletter to receive the latest information and resources from Watchman Fellowship.

Blood Transfusions: Sustaining the Purpose of God

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Blood as used in the Bible is a symbol, it is not sacred in,and of, itself. The thing symbolized, life and redemption, specifically the life and redeeming blood of Christ, are what are sacred. Does the refusal of a transfusion by a Jehovah’s Witness, perhaps resulting in death, uphold the sacredness God required for blood as a symbol? Or, does it do violence to the sacred reality of the symbol, life and redemption?

Or, because blood is symbolic of life and redemption would not the acceptance of a blood transfusion honor the sacred reality, life and redemption?

Read the rest of this article by David Henke on our website. You can also subscribe to our free newsletter to receive the latest information and resources from Watchman Fellowship.

Jesus: First-Born or First-Created?

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Since the modern revival of Arianism by Charles Taze Russell in the latter nineteenth century, the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society (Jehovah’s Witnesses), continues to make great efforts to challenge orthodox Christianity. Their most violent attacks are against the doctrine of the Trinity and the deity of Christ (Reasoning from the Scriptures, Brooklyn: Watchtower Bible and Tract Society, 1989, pp. 212, 405). Their efforts to undermine the deity of Christ mock the biblical languages themselves as well as the body of modern scholarship and historical consensus on the subject.

It is impossible to over-emphasize the importance of the Watchtower’s attacks. Salvation depends on who Christ is, and His divine nature. An infinite atonement cannot be made by any other than an infinite Being. The Watchtower’s doctrine transforms the Divine God-man Jesus Christ into a mere creature. By denying Christ’s divine nature it eviscerates the Gospel. It therefore stands as a serious threat to all who seek salvation in Christ, and should provoke in them a powerful response far surpassing any Watchtower zeal, to preserve and teach sound biblical truth.

Read the rest of this article by Jeff Guleserian on our website. You can also subscribe to our free newsletter to receive the latest information and resources from Watchman Fellowship.

The Popularity of Witchcraft Among Teens

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The Guardian recently published an article about the growing popularity of witchcraft among teenage girls. The article makes the statement, “Not since the 1990s – the era of Buffy’s geek goddess, Willow Rosenberg, and a scowling Fairuza Balk in The Craft – have witches been so much in demand.”

This article caught our attention because, during this era, we published an article on youth and the occult with an extended section on witchcraft in which we noted, “One of the most notable practices being marketed to youth is witchcraft, or magic, frequently in the form of Wicca…Witchcraft is on the rise among young people, particularly high school and college-age females.”

Read our article “Youth and the Occult” to learn more about how witchcraft is spreading among teen girls, as well as the popularity of vampirism and other occultic practices. You can also read our free Profile on the occult, and subscribe to our free newsletter to receive the latest news and other resources.

Should Christians Celebrate Halloween?

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It’s easy to think of Halloween as a simple, harmless time of dressing up in fun costumes, trick-or-treating and watching “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown.” Is this all there is to Halloween, or is there more we should know? In our free Profile of Halloween, Rick Branch and James Walker look at the European and American roots of the holiday, and present a Christian perspective.

Click here to read our Profile of Halloween, and be sure to order your free subscription to the Watchman Fellowship Profile!

Free Profiles of Cults and Religions

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Now available on our website: free PDF copies of the Watchman Fellowship Profile!

We have uploaded PDFs of over 100 of our Profiles, giving readers of our website the same four-page, fully-formatted Profiles sent to subscribers and supporters of Watchman Fellowship. In our Profiles you will find information about cults, new and alternative religions, world religions, and religious leaders. You’ll have at your fingertips over twenty years of research to answer your questions, strengthen your faith, and improve your witness to others.

You can own your own copies of these Profiles with our Watchman Fellowship Profile Notebook. Still more, you can receive new Profiles by ordering a free subscription!