Monday, December 08, 2003
A clarification re "Encyclopedia of Cults and New Religions"
In a post to AR-Forum, one of the AR lists, I mistakenly said the following in reference to the "Encyclopedia of Cultus and New Religions," a controversial book written by John Ankerberg and John Weldon and published by Harvest House.
I had posted the following:
"As mentioned in the Christianity Today news article that I wrote, the concern is that the Ankerberg/Weldon book could be used as justification by government agencies and officials to prosecute (or persecute) members of the Local Church on the grounds that an 'authoritative' publication has deemed them a 'cult.'"
Ron Henzel of Midwest Christian Outreach questioned whether I was referring to the United States as the place where such prosecution would take place and if so, to name the jurisdiction. I wrote back and said no, I was thinking of nations such as China, which has already cited France's "anti-sect" laws as justification for prosecuting members of the Falun Gong sect.
However, in reviewing my CT article about the Local Church and the ECNR book, I found that the point cited above was NOT mentioned in the CT piece. My apologies to all concerned.