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Online Discernment Ministries are self-appointed watchdogs of Christian doctrine and practice. Apologetics sites in general have the same objective, but there is an important difference. Believers are indeed told to be examine the content and conduct of those who teach the Bible. But when they discover problems, these issues should be addressed in a loving, Christ-honoring way. They should not condemn Christian ministries for the minor faults that all of them will have from time to time.

Believers should only break fellowship with those whose teachings are contrary to the well-known and accepted doctrines of orthodox Christianity. Familiarity with the historic creeds of Christianity is necessary in order to know what these major doctrines are. Ministries should not be attacked simply because they try to reach people in new ways. That is what the Pharisees did to Jesus.

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Happy Heretic Hunting!

Aug. 3, 2009 - This is reprint of an article by Jim Rogers, a minister who writes weekly messages called "R-Tickles" for the Herald Citizen in Cookeville, Tn.

It is a humorous piece about the over-zealous critics of our generation. They boldly attack all who may disagree with them about minor issues. Jim quips,"My weapons are a sharp tongue, a dull intellect and a hyper-critical mind-set. I'm a heretic hunter."

I know; you’re waiting for me to define heresy. Here it is. Mark it well. Take it to the bank. Heresy is any belief contrary to mine. Now, while that may seem simple, to me it is profound.
The problem with many modern witch-hunters is that they ignore Proverbs 6:16-18. It says,
"There are six things which the LORD hates, yes, seven which are an abomination to Him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that run rapidly to evil, a false witness who utters lies, and one who spreads strife among brothers."
Source: Crosswalk

In Defense of Calvary Chapel: Say No to Lighthouse Trails

May 16, 2009 - Journalist Richard Abanes laments hateful blogging against respected Christian ministries because it causes confusion and divides Christian brothers and sisters over petty issues.
This time the attack has come in the form of a terrifically inaccurate/destructive hit piece posted by Lighthouse Trails Research (LTR) against Calvary Chapel (and by implication, the widely respected father of that movement, Chuck Smith).
According to Abanes, this online discernment ministry site has attacked many godly Christian leaders and organizations over the years, including Rick Warren, Ravi Zacharias, Biola University, Moody Bible Institute, Calvary Chapel Pastor Bill Ritchie, Greg Laurie and many others.
Source: Richard Abanes - Crosswalk

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Questions And Links For Online Discernment Ministries

These are some of the questions that are asked about this topic. Search the links section to find helpful teaching and resources from Christian apologists.

Online Discernment Ministries Links

Access Research Network
A non-profit organization dedicated to providing accessible information on science, technology and society, especially on controversial topics as genetic engineering, euthanasia, computer technology, environmental issues, creation/evolution, fetal tissue research, and AIDS.
Michael J. Behe
Phillip E. Johnson
William A. Dembski
Steven Meyers
Answers In Genesis
Extensive website reflecting the teaching and ministries of founder Ken Ham. Information is available about their "Creation Museum" in Cincinnati and Answers Magazine.
Apologetics: A Reasoned Defense of Christianity
Southern Baptist – North American Mission Board
Apologetics Study Bible
Biola University - Christian Apologetics Program
Biola offers a Master of Arts degree in Apologetics. They also conduct certificate programs for their popular "Defending The Faith" lecture series, and support the peer reviewed journal, Philosophia Christi. Dr. Craig Hazen leads the outstanding faculty of this department.
Catholic Encyclopedia: Apologetics
The Center For Christian Apologetics
Christian Answers Net
Apologetics megasite
Christian Research Institute (CRI)
Home of the "Bible Answer Man" radio program with Hank Hanegraaff. Publisher of the "Christian Research Journal." They have a large searchable database with helpful articles on all aspects of apologetics.
Discovery Institute - Center for Science and Culture
Among other things, this organization supports research by scientists and other scholars developing the scientific theory known as intelligent design.
Access Research Network
Michael J. Behe
Phillip E. Johnson
William A. Dembski
International Society For Complexity, Information, and Design
Institue For Creation Research (ICR)
ICR was founded in 1981 by Dr. Henry Morris, co-author of The Genesis Flood, which began the "young earth" concept. ICR Graduate School offers an advanced degree in science education. ICR publishes Acts & Facts magazine and the Days of Praise daily devotional, conducts a daily radio program, and maintains the Museum of Creation and Earth History in San Diego. Leadership is now provided by Morris' sons, John and Henry III.
Lifeway Article Repository on Apologetics
Koinonia House
Find a wealth of useful information from Chuck Missler. His unique approach and insights make him one of the most popular teachers of our time. The new website includes audio files. Selected articles from Personal Update, read by 100,000 subscribers, are also available.
Prophecy Central's Creation Section
Interesting connections between Creation, The Flood, and Prophecy
Reasons To Believe
Biblical creation teaching from the perspective that astronomy and other scientific disciplines prove that the earth and Universe are billions of years old. Dr. Hugh Ross is President and Director of Research.
Skeptical Christian
Stand To Reason
This is the website for "Stand To Reason" radio show and host Greg Koukl. Koukl and other faculty members offer lectures and seminars geared towards helping Christians gain practical tools they need to make a difference in their world.
Lee Strobel - Investigating Faith
James Sundquist – Abrahamic Faith
To Every Man An Answer
This is a live call-in radio program that answers your questions about the Bible and the Christian faith.
Ravi Zacharias International Ministries
A global ministry that seeks to communicate the Gospel of Jesus Christ to cultural influencers throughout the world.


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Wikipedia - General interest - May have non-Biblical point of view.
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