The inclusion of any site on this page does not indicate I endorse or support all of their activities or materials they may produce. They are listed solely for your information and you will need to examine the available evidence and form your own opinions about these people and organizations.
Christian sites dealing with apologetics and/or spiritual abuse
Personal Freedom Outreach- They are "a non-profit, non-denominational group with three goals: to educate Christians about the dangers and heretical doctrines of religious cults, to use the Gospel of Jesus Christ to reach members of those cults and to warn Christians of unbiblical teachings within the church itself." Offers a quarterly publication as well as other resources.
The Watchman Fellowship - They are "an independent Christian research and apologetics ministry focusing on new religious movements, cults, the occult and the New Age. We serve the Christian and secular community as a resource for cult education, counselling, and non-coercive intervention." Offers a quarterly publication and resources.
Christian Research Institute- Offers a quarterly publication and resources. A "parachurch organization committed to defending historic Christianity against theological heresy."
Let Us Reason Ministry- An apologetic ministry based in Hawaii with info on many groups. Also a section on Trinity/Oneness and Pentecostal issues.
Apologetics Index - From the Netherlands, their aim is to "provide Christians with apologetics resources on cults, sects, others religious movements, doctrines and practices- for research and ministry."
Spiritual Abuse- Site run by Jeff VanVonderen, co-author of "The Subtle Power of Spiritual Abuse". He used to run a innervention.com as well. He offers books, audio tapes and video tapes on the subject.
Spiritwatch Ministries- "Spiritwatch Ministries, formally called the Tennessee Valley Bible Students Association (TVBSA) are an effort at providing Christian discernment ministry. We have been commissioned by the Holy Spirit since 1993 to serve the Church and the world by countering the influence and spread of spiritually deceptive and religiously abusive groups that exist in the Tennessee Valley. Our two-fold mission is to redeem and restore the spiritually deceived, and to edify and equip the Church in the Eastern Tennessee region to do the same."
Acts Eighteen- was a website run by Jason Young, former UPC member. "Standards advocates believe that the Bible teaches a specific dress code for Christians. While we certainly agree that Christians should be conscientious of their attire and appearance, we believe that we should only teach what the Bible actually teaches. Because of this conviction, a large portion of our web page is dedicated to refuting this particular area of extra-biblical teachings." It is no longer in operation, but Jason's articles all appear on this site at the link provided.
Recovering Pentecostal- Run by a former UPC and Word of Faith member. "I've known many people who walked away from Christianity when they walked away from Pentecostalism. As a former Pentecostal, I didn't want to be like that. I just wanted to get back to basics, to rediscover a genuine relationship with God that wasn't based on performance, emotion, ritual, or pretending. I wanted to be an ex-Pentecostal, but not an ex-Christian."
Midwest Christian Outreach- Has a main focus on Jehovah's Witnesses & Mormons. They are "an apologetics and Counter-Cult ministry." Offers a bi-monthly free publication as well as other resources. P.O. Box 455, Lombard, IL 60148-0455 (630) 627-9028 Fax: (630) 627-6829
Evangelical Ministries to New Religions- An umbrella group for evangelical Christian ministries to the cults and new religions which offers resources.
Apologia Report- Free quarterly newsletter plus weekly e-mail updates and a hotline are available.
The Alpha & Omega Ministries- Affiliated with James White.
Spotlight Ministries- Operated by Vincent McCann of England, the site has a main focus "on matters relating to cults, spiritual abuse, and occultic deception." The site appears to be gone, so I have linked to an archived version in Wayback.
Thinkman- The main emphasis is not on this issue, but sometimes aspects are covered. "Scripture thoughts for Christian thinkers." This is an archived link.
SNAP- Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
Spiritual Counterfeits Project- Distributes a newsletter and journal and has other resources. A "ministry confronting the occults, the cults, and the New Age movement and explaining why they are making an impact on our society."
Yahoo & other groups
I'd like to issue a word of caution concerning Internet groups. If you are a Christian, understand that everyone operating an e-mail list or bulletin board type group may not be a Christian or they could promote aberrant teachings or encourage people toward atheism or being agnostic. Use caution when joining groups.
Christian-Koinonia- A support group for both former and current UPCI/apostolic members. We also consider those who were involved in similar church organizations as well as family members and friends of current or former UPC/apostolic members who are seeking help. Current UPC or apostolic members must be contemplating leaving their organization and/or be questioning the validity of UPC/apostolic teachings. Founded by Lois Gibson and affiliated with this web site. This is not a debate group. For additional information, click here.
Abuse in other religious groups
Mormon Alliance - "The purposes of the Mormon Alliance are to identify and document ecclesiastical/spiritual abuse in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (LDS or Mormon Church), to promote healing and closure for its survivors, to build more sensitive leadership, to empower LDS members to participate with more authenticity in Mormonism, and to foster a healthier religious community." Lavina Fielding Anderson, 1519 Roberta Street, Salt Lake City, UT 84115 (801) 467-1617
Amish Deception - "Amish Deception is solely base on the Swartzentruber Amish Culture and in no way implicates the numerous less conservative sectors of my Amish Culture." David E. Yoder The site is no longer in operation but a link is provided to an archived version.
Oneness sites not emphasizing non-biblical standard teachings
Global Network of Christian Ministries - A merger of two groups, one being the Network of Christian Ministries. The latter was formed mainly by ex-UPCI ministers. All ministers in the group may not be apostolic/oneness. Several former UPC ministers belong to this ministerial association.
Secular organizations dealing with cults and/or spiritual abuse
International Cultic Studies Association- Information About Cults and Psychological Manipulation- Holds conferences and workshops, has numerous resources and publications. Wishes to "be of assistance to those who have been adversely affected by a cult experience." In 2005 they formally changed their name from AFF (American Family Foundation) to ICSA (International Cultic Studies Association). The change was made to reflect the organization's growing international dimension and to make its general area of interest clearer.
ReFOCUS Network Home Page- Ex-member support- International network of referral and support for former members of closed, high demand groups, relationships or cults. Offers a quarterly e-mail newsletter, but this is sometimes issued infrequently.
Cult Information Service in New Jersey- Holds conferences and meetings. Tries to "educate the public about the danger and harmful effects of mind control used by destructive cults." P.O. Box 867, Teaneck, NJ 07666 (201) 833-1212
Cult Information Centre- England- They are "concerned about the use of deceptive and manipulative methods used by cults to recruit and indoctrinate unsuspecting members of society."
Nurelweb Home Page- "Sources for the study of cults, sects, new & contemporary religions."
RETIRN Counseling Against Coercion- Offers support group, information and referral network.
Bill & Lorna Goldberg's Web Site- Bill and Lorna Goldberg have been working with former members of abusive groups for many years. They have monthly support group meetings in New Jersey. They are clinical social workers.
Links to Thought Reform Consultants & Exit Counselors
The above link leads to the ethical standards for thought reform consultants. Those who have signed this agreement made a commitment to refuse involuntary counseling, as well as agreed to a set of rules and regulations which will govern the manner in which they practice their profession. To find other consultants who have signed but do not operate a web site, write to Carol Giambalvo.
Others who work in this field:
Below is a video of a talk Steven Hassan gave in 2003 about his approach to helping those in unhealthy groups.
Things to consider about exit counseling and deprogramming:
Deprogramming and Exit-Counseling: Are They For Christians?- Very good article, covering the differences between deprogramming and exit-counseling and giving an overview of what occurs in an intervention. Though geared to those in Jehovah's Witness groups, much of what it discussed would apply to any abusive group.
Updated May 5, 2016 & all links checked
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