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SOUND DOCTRINE MINISTRIES

Sounding Board

Sound Doctrine

Following is an excerpt from my booklet, The Essentials of the Faith, which is available from Sound Doctrine Ministries. I pray it will bless you.
The Virgin Birth

The doctrine of the virgin Birth of Jesus Christ is prophesied by Isaiah in Isaiah 7:14:

Spiritualism

Have you ever driven past a building with a sign on the lawn that read, “First Spiritualist Church”? It may call itself a church, but it is not Christian—by any stretch of the Christian theological imagination.

Beginnings

Encountering Mormons with the Truth on the Atlanta Subway

I got on the Atlanta subway (MARTA) to head home as usual, but the very second I stepped in the door I knew it would not be like any other ride home. I immediately saw two young men around twenty years of age standing just a short distance inside talking to some fellow passengers. What caused them to stand out was not that they were wearing nice suits and were well groomed and well mannered, but that they were wearing badges on their lapel. One read “Elder [name withheld]—The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints” (LDS, or Mormons).

Reiki - Strictly Secular

"Volunteers at the Reiki clinic [at the Tuscon Medical Center] have found it helpful not to use metaphysical terms when talking to patients or to hospital staff about Reiki. Terms like aura, chakras, energy bodies, etc. tend to cause confusion and mistrust"—William Lee Rand

Wicca

Wicca (coming from the old English "wita" [counselor] or "wis" [wise]) is a term for modern-day witchcraft as invented in England by Gerald Gardner in the early to middle part of this century. With England's law against witchcraft repealed in 1951, the religion of Wicca traveled extensively abroad. Raymond Buckland was primarily responsible for introducing Wicca to the United States in the 1960's.

On the Trinity

The doctrine of the Trinity has been tried, tested, attacked, and redefined throughout the centuries. The Christian, in the face of these challenges, must stand up and give a reasoned defense of what the doctrine is. Moreover, the Christian must in this defense be thoroughly biblical, taking great care to enunciate what the Scripture says regarding the doctrine.

ROBERT SCHULLER & NORMAN V. PEALE

Robert Schuller and Norman Vincent Peale are credited by most to be Christian ministers. Schuller is best known for his Crystal Cathedral and "The Hour of Power" television program. Norman Vincent Peale, now deceased, is one of the most widely read inspirational writers of all time. He was an ordained minister (he was also a Mason) and served as pastor of Marble Collegiate Church in New York City. Without doubt they have influenced millions. Christians, of course, are among these millions. But, unfortunately, most Christians are unaware of the heretical teachings of these two men.

L. Ron Hubbard: Messiah?

The late L. Ron Hubbard, author of the best-seller Dianetics and founder of the Church of Scientology in the early 1950's, has influenced millions of people the world over with his philosophy of life. Such notables as a Tom Cruise, Chick Corea, Sonny Bono, and John Travolta have endorsed Hubbard's teachings.

Freemasonry & the Deity

(Following are excerpts from the book, Masonic Rites and Wrongs, Steven Tsoukalas, P&R Publishing, Phillipsburg, NJ, 1995)

As we begin our critique of Masonic theology, there is a fundamental principle that needs to be understood. Common among Grand Lodges throughout the world is the practice that initiates state a trusting belief in a Supreme Being. He may believe in Allah, Jehovah, God [generically], Jesus, Krishna, Brahman, or another Deity.