Saturday, February 24, 2007
Living Stream Ministry and Local Churches: a Cult?
I have posted before on Living Stream Ministry and the "Local Churches," but there was a major update yesterday that is sure to bring a great deal of controversy. Gretchen Passantino (from Answers In Action (AIA)) along with Hank Hanegraaff and Elliot Miller (from the Christian Research Institute (CRI)) concluded that the churches affiliated with the teachings of Watchman Nee, Witness Lee, and the Living Stream Ministry embrace and teach orthodox Christian theology. They now believe that those involved in Local Churches are our brothers and sisters in Christ and that they should not be labeled as theologically heretical or as a cult. You can find the announcement here: "Apologetics Conclusions Reconsidered . . . . A Case in Point: The Local Churches & Living Stream Ministry." Here is the conclusion:

AIA & CRI affirm that the essential doctrines of Nee, Lee, the local churches, & LSM are fully within orthodoxy. AIA & CRI are fully aware that there are a number of secondary teachings & practices that distinguish them from many American evangelical Christian churches.

AIA & CRI will publish their analysis of local church teachings in the Christian Research Journal later this year. A lengthy doctrinal exposition published by LSM, A Statement Concerning the Teachings of the Local Churches & Living Stream Ministries in Response to Dialog with Fuller Seminary clearly shows the central doctrinal orthodoxy of the churches while also acknowledging & explaining those peripheral teachings that are the most troublesome to other Christians.


posted at 9:00 PM  
Comments (2)

At 2:06 PM, Blogger Good Christian Boy said...

No, the Living Stream Ministry (aka The Local Church of Witness Lee, aka the Lord's Recovery) is a very dangerous anti-Christian cult. The key dogma of this organization is that ALL Christianity is of the devil. They teach that ALL Christians -- including Reformed Baptist Thinker -- shall spend 1000 years in darkness from which, if they do not accept Witness Lee's religion, they shall be sent to hell.

I heard this myself from Witness Lee himself in several occasions.

You may want to poke around online about Frank Hanegraaf; he is in serious trouble among Christians for stealing CRI from Dr. Walter Martin, embezzlement, living in luxury at donors' expense, and abuse of employees.

In any case, take a look at the links section at: .

The consensus among serious, Bible-believing Christians is overwhelming: the Living Stream Ministry is a dangerous cult.

At 6:41 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think we need to be very careful about labeling here... I come from an orthodox Christian background, Christian school,etc. and I've been involved with the Local Church in Austin for roughly a year now. Frankly, I've not seen almost any of the criticisms of them substatiated. The worst thing one can classify them as is another denomination. I can only speak for the folks I've met here, but making a blanket statement about this group is detrimental to both sides. In this case, the best and final word is FROM THE MOUTHS OF THE LOCAL CHURCH FOLLOWERS themselves, in person.


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