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The Counter-Cult Movement (CCM)

Groups, web sites, and books involving the CCM

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Web sites containing lists of CCM groups:

bullet Evangelical Ministries to New Religions (EMNR) has a list at: "EMNR Links." See:

bullet Yahoo! maintains a list combining CCM and ACM groups at:

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Some websites of North American CCM groups:

The following are arranged in alphabetic order:

bullet Apologetics Index (formerly called the Christian Ministry Report & Apologetics Index) at:

bullet Biblical Discernment Ministries, P.O. Box 679, Bedford; IN 47421-0679. See:  This group has 168 reports available, which deal with a variety of topics: cults, new age, whether Christmas is Christian, etc. They publish a bimonthly newsletter called The BDM Letter which is available for a donation of $5/year

bullet The Christian Apologetics & Research Ministry (CARM) at: This is a very large web site. It is rated by as the most visited counter-cult website, and about #14 in the list of most-visited religious web sites.

bullet The Believer's Web has many articles about sects, cults and non-Christian religions. See:

bullet Christian Research Institute, (CRI) PO Box 500, Aan Juan Capistrano, CA, 92693. See: See: CRI in CRIsis at: and On the Edge at:

bullet Cult Information Service at

bullet Dialog Center appears to be both a counter-cult and anti cult group at:
bullet Different Gospels is primarily a counter-cult group but has aspects of anti-cult beliefs. See:

bullet "Evangelical Ministries to New Religions" has a web site at: They organize conferences for individuals and groups working in the CCM. They also encourage high standards within the CCM.
bullet Evangelical Outreach has a menu of "Cults and False Teachings" We once had a link to this website. Unfortunately, for some unknown reason, Google has defined our link as "unnatural." Google would penalize that website if we show the link here. So, we won't.

bullet Evidence Ministries focuses on the Jehovah's Witnesses and the Mormon movement. See:

bullet Focus on the Faulty: The Religious Research Project at:

bullet MacGregor Ministries, at: 

bullet Modern Oriental Cults at:

bullet Spiritual Counterfeits Project, PO Box 4308, Berkeley CA, 94704. See:

bullet Watchman Fellowship, PO Box 7681, Columbus, GA, 31908. See:

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Books on new religious movements by CCM authors:

Their prime focus is to describe how the theological beliefs of various new religious movements deviate from historical Christianity. The books are generally published by Fundamentalist or other Evangelical publishers. They vary greatly in objectivity:

bullet Richard Abanes, "Cults, New Religious Movements and your Family: A Guide to Ten Non-Christian Groups out to Convert your Loved Ones." Crossway Books, (1998) Read reviews and/or order this book from

bullet Richard Abanes, "Defending the Faith: A Beginner's Guide to Cults and New Religions,." Baker Book House, (1998) Review and/or order

bullet John Ankerberg & John Weldon, "Encyclopedia of New Age Beliefs," Harvest House, Eugene OR, (1996)

bullet Hubert Beck, "The Cults: How to Respond ," Concordia, St. Louis, MO, (1995) Review and/or order

bullet Ron Carlson & Ed. Decker, "Fast Facts on False Teachings," Harvest House, Eugene OR (1994) Review and/or order

bullet Bob Larson, "Larson's New Book of Cults" Tyndale House, Wheaton IL (1989) Review and/or order

bullet Walter Martin, "The Kingdom of the Cults", Bethany House, Minneapolis MN (1997) Review and/or order

bullet Texe Marrs, "Texe Marrs Book of New Age Cults & Religions," Living Truth Publishers, Austin TX (1990)

bullet Josh McDowell & Don Stewart, "The Occult: The Authority of the Believer over the Powers of Darkness," Here's Life Publ., San Bernardino CA, (1992)

bullet Irvine Robertson, "What the Cults Believe," Moody Press, Chicago, IL, (1991) Review and/or order

bullet Ruth Tucker, "Another Gospel: Alternative religions and the New Age Movement," Zondervan, Grand Rapids MI, (1989)  Review and/or order

bullet William Watson, "A Concise Dictionary of Cults & Religions," Moody Press, Chicago IL, (1991)  Out of print but may be available

bullet William Whalen, "Strange Gods: Contemporary Religious Cults in America," Our Sunday Visitor, Huntington IN (1981) Out of print but may be available

bullet Eldon Winker, "The New Age is Lying to You," Concordia, St. Louis, MO, (1994) Review and/or order

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Books on new religious movements by academic authors:

Their prime focus is to explain objectively the theology of various new faith groups:

bullet David Barrett, "Sects, 'Cults' & Alternative Religions," Blandford, London UK, (1996) Order this book from

bullet B. Beit-Hallahmi, "Illustrated Encyclopedia of Active New Religions, Sects and Cults." Rosen Publ., New York, NY (1997) Covers 1200 active new religious movements. Read reviews and/or order this book from

bullet John Biermans, "The Odyssey of New Religious Movements: A Case Study of the Unification Church," Edwin Mellen, Lewiston NY (1986) Order it

bullet George Mather & Larry Nichols, "Dictionary of Cults, Sects, Religions and the Occult," Zondervan, Grand Rapids, MI, (1993) Read reviews and/or order (Compares group beliefs with traditional Christianity)

bullet Frank Mead & Samuel Hill, "Handbook of Denominations in the United States, 10th ed.," Abingdon, Nashville TN (1995) Review and/or order

bullet J. Gordon Melton, Ed., "The Encyclopedia of American Religions, 5th ed." (3 volume set), Gale Research (1996) Review and/or order

bullet J. Gordon Melton, Ed., "Religious Bodies in the United States: A Directory," Garland Publ, (1992) Review and/or order

bullet Timothy Miller, Ed, "America's Alternative Religions," SUNY Press, Albany NY, (1995) Review and/or order

bullet John Saliba, "Understanding New Religious Movements," Eerdmans, Grand Rapids, MI, (1995) Review and/or order

bullet J.R. Lewis & J.G. Melton, Eds., Church Universal and Triumphant, in Scholarly Perspective", Center for Academic Publication, Stanford CA (1994)

bullet S.J. Gelberg, "On Leaving the 'Hare Krishnas'", Communities, Issue 88, Fall 1995, Route 1, Box 155, Rutledge MO 63563. Cost is $4.50 in the US.

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A book on the Counter Cult Mpvememt itself:

bullet Douglas E. Cowan, "Bearing False Witness?: An Introduction to the Christian Countercult" Praeger Publishers, (2003). Read reviews or order this book safely from online book store. The review of this book states:

"From Hare Krishna to the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and from Jehovah's Witnesses to the New Age, religious pluralism in North American presents evangelical Protestantism with significant challenges. Declaring newer religious groups "cults," "aberrant sects," and "heretical religions," the Christian countercult movement has warned that these groups represent a threat to society. In Bearing False Witness? Cowan considers the Christian countercult as a whole, locating it in sociological perspective as an entity distinct from the secular anti-cult. Through his analysis, the author argues that the primary purpose of the countercult movement is to reinforce and repair the Christian worldview when it appears threatened by the advent of alternative religious traditions. This unique analysis of the Christian countercult helps explain why conservative Christian responses to competing religious movements have taken the form that they have in addition to how those responses are carried out."

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