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As you may know, apologetics is the intelligent presentation and defense of the historical Christian faith.

We also examine false doctrines, false prophets and teachers, spiritual abuse and abusive churches, as well as religious cults and sects.

We encourage Christians to grow in spiritual discernment.

And whether you're a Christian, or have not yet met Jesus Christ, we hope you will learn about Grace and Mercy — two gifts that set Christianity apart from any other religion.

Apologetics Index Updates

Former senior leaders at International House of Prayer stand by allegations against founder Mike Bickle

Updated: Carlton Pearson, Pastor Deemed a Heretic for Denying Hell, Dies at 70

Hermeneutics: The 8 Rules of Biblical Interpretation - One of our most popular articles right now

The Bible teaches that all Christians should grow in spiritual discernment. Here's how to do that.

CultDefinition.com — one of our companion websites — explains the definition of a cult

Twelve Tribes

Twelve Tribes is a communal religious movement that believes it emulates the early Christian church.

Theologically this group is a cult of Christianity.

Sociologically it has many cult-like elements as well.

We have slightly edited this article, and updated the links to research resources.

Also added: Cult expert Steven Hassan's video interview with former Twelve Tribes leader Roger Griffin.

Conspiracy Theories

Many people who claim to be Christians believe in various conspiracy theories and other hoaxes.

That's right, while they worship Jesus — who said he is the way, the truth, and the life — they prefer myths over truth.

Some conspiracy theories are relatively harmless. But others are downright dangerous.

Youth With A Mission (YWAM)

[Updated and expanded]

Youth With A Mission is an international, Christian missions "movement." It's "family of ministries" operates around the world. Yet YWAM has no headquarters, no Board of Directors, and no central leadership. It's missions are said to be "independent."

As MinistryWatch recently reported, YWAM's unique non-structured structure lacks the standard management, governance, and accountability functions that most ministries rely on to assess and address problems.

And problems there are. While YWAM does a lot of good work, there are ongoing reports of spiritual abuse. Not only that, but the 'movement' also has a troublesome theology.


Discernment is the act or process of exhibiting keen insight and good judgment.

The Bible teaches that Christians ought to grow in discernment, the ability to distinguish truth from error.