Biblical Discernment Ministries, P.O. Box 679, Bedford; IN
47421-0679. See: http://rapidnet.com/
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
The Christian Apologetics & Research Ministry (CARM) at: http://www.carm.org/ This is a very large web site. It is rated by Hitbox.com as the most
visited counter-cult website, and about #14 in the list of
most-visited religious web sites.
"Evangelical Ministries to New Religions" has a web site at: http://www.emnr.org/ They organize
conferences for individuals and groups working in the CCM. They also
encourage high standards within the CCM.
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.
Their prime focus is
to describe how the theological beliefs of various new religious movements
historical Christianity. The books are generally published by Fundamentalist or other Evangelical
publishers. They vary greatly in objectivity:
John Biermans, "The Odyssey of New Religious Movements: A Case Study of the
Unification Church," Edwin Mellen, Lewiston NY (1986) Order it
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)
Frank Mead & Samuel Hill, "Handbook of Denominations in the United States,
10th ed.," Abingdon, Nashville TN (1995) Review and/or
J. Gordon Melton, Ed., "The Encyclopedia of American Religions,
5th ed." (3 volume set), Gale Research (1996) Review and/or
J. Gordon Melton, Ed., "Religious Bodies in the United States:
A Directory," Garland Publ, (1992) Review and/or
Timothy Miller, Ed, "America's Alternative Religions,"
SUNY Press, Albany NY, (1995) Review and/or
John Saliba, "Understanding New Religious Movements,"
Eerdmans, Grand Rapids, MI, (1995) Review and/or
J.R. Lewis & J.G. Melton, Eds., Church Universal and Triumphant, in Scholarly
Perspective", Center for Academic Publication, Stanford CA (1994)
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.
"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."