Good morning! I hope all of you survived the Christmas rush and are now relaxing amidst piles of tissue paper and trays of Christmas cookies. I am fighting a nasty respiratory flu at the moment, but hope to beat it sometime in the next day or so.RADIO EVENT - For anyone who might be interested, I will be a guest tonight on Dr. Stanley Monteith's Radio Liberty program. It's a two hour interview from 8:00 - 10:00 pm (PST). You can listen online here: http://www.radioliberty.com/. Many thanks to Dr. Monteith for having me on.CONFERENCE January 18 & 19 - I will be talking with Dr. Monteith about a unique conference I'm speaking at in January (along with several other ladies) called Spiritual Perils in the Last Times. You can read all about it here:http://www.moriel.org/articles/notice_board/spiritual_perils_in_last_days.pdfIt's sponsored by Moriel Ministries (thank you! http://www.moriel.org/) and will be held at Fullerton College Campus Theatre, Fullerton, CA. My topics are Spiritual Warfare and Goddess Worship. Jackie Alnor (Apostasy Alert http://www.apostasyalert.org/) has done a phenomenal job of putting everything together. It should be a great time of fellowship--and it's FREE. Hope you can make it!
Merry Christmas! I hope on this very special day your hearts are filled with the joy of the Lord . . . our strength, our song and our salvation.From the desk of Walter Martin:I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. Romans 8:18
Christians should take heart in the midst of persecution. They should say, “I’m blessed by God, because I wouldn’t be getting this flack unless God was blessing me.”Sometimes at Christian Research Institute when we have problems—and believe me I think we have legions of demons assigned to us—it never fails but we get blessed out of our socks. It’s an unfailing truth . . . something happens. God does something incredible and pours out a blessing, and you simply can’t believe what happened.Let me illustrate: December is the worst month of the year for Christian giving. CRI takes a terrible beating in December along with other Christian organizations, mainly because everyone’s out buying Christmas presents. There’s nothing wrong with that, but the Devil is still in business in December. The work of God still has to go on in December. Just because you’re trimming your tree doesn’t mean the Devil isn’t trying to trim us!Every December we have a special prayer session at CRI. We pray and ask, “Lord, this year we’ve had such a tough time from so many different sources. The Devil’s been after us in every area. We’ve got the building now, and all the problems that come with it. Lord, bless us out of our socks in December so that we’ll know you’re pleased with us during the year and that you’ll bless us next year. We lay a fleece before you, Lord. Do something unusual. Every December is a bummer but this time, please, just bless us. Open the windows of heaven and let us feel your power.”That December we got more money than we’d ever gotten in any December in the history of Christian Research Institute. It even beat out May, which is the best month of the year. God answered that fleece. It was as if He put his arm around our shoulders and gave us a nice squeeze. I could almost hear Him saying, “Okay! December’s your worst month? I’m going to make it your greatest!” And He did. We just praised and thanked God for such a blessing; a blessing made greater by the fact that we were closed for ten days during December for vacation, and the Bible Answer Man was not done live for most of the month. God blessed us more than we ever anticipated.Jesus is trying to get the same message across to you—not just in finances— but in every area of your life. He wants you to realize how blessed you are when men persecute you. Don’t rob yourself of a blessing by sticking your head under the covers and saying, “It’s a rainy day and I’m not coming out.” Instead, throw off the covers, bound out of bed, and ask God to do something unusual for you.He will not fail.
Something to think about: God will open the windows of heaven for you.
Perfect submission—all is at rest,
I in my Savior am happy and blest;
Watching and waiting, looking above,
Filled with His goodness, lost in His love.
This is my story, this is my song,
Praising my Savior all the day long;
This is my story, this is my song,
Praising my Savior all the day long.
I love Christmas. It's especially wonderful in a small town, where you can walk into the Post Office and hear Christmas Carols (with a Gospel message) playing in the background. . . and the ACLU is nowhere in sight. I love hearing "Merry Christmas" over and over again--a wonderful reminder every single day of the joy Jesus brings to the earth. I love the extra measure of kindness and warmth in the people I run across (yes, I know there's always a grump or two) but in general, people seem happier at Christmas. In a world tainted by evil, Christmas brings hope and a measure of peace. It's not about things or people . . . it's a reminder of the love of God.
This world is a testing ground--a training field--boot camp. Eternity is what matters, and anyone who thinks that God doesn't care about the little things in life has a great big surprise coming in the end. Just a few verses from Proverbs show that God cares very much about every detail in our lives:
The lot is cast into the lap,
But its every decision is from the LORD. Proverbs 16:33
The refining pot is for silver and the furnace for gold,
But the LORD tests the hearts. Proverbs 17:3
He who has pity on the poor lends to the LORD,
And He will pay back what he has given. Proverbs 19:17
What is desired in a man is kindness,
And a poor man is better than a liar. Proverbs 19:22
He who mistreats his father and chases away his mother
Is a son who causes shame and brings reproach. Proverbs 19:26
If a man pays back evil for good, evil will never leave his house. Proverbs 17:13
Counsel in the heart of man is like deep water,
But a man of understanding will draw it out. Proverbs 20:5
The spirit of a man is the lamp of the LORD,
Searching all the inner depths of his heart. Proverbs 20:27
Food for thought . . . .
Merry Christmas to all of you--my brothers and sisters in the Lord--my friends.
Tim LaHaye and Hank Hanegraaff:
The Men Behind the Headlines
“Cease to do evil, Learn to do good; Seek justice, Rebuke the oppressor; Defend the fatherless, Plead for the widow.” Isaiah 1:16-17
What has happened to accountability in the Church of Jesus Christ? Who is upholding the standards of integrity in our leaders—standards the Bible requires? What has happened to us that we can sit back and silently watch while one “Christian leader” attacks another with impunity? These actions are not biblical, and our reaction (or lack of it) is not biblical, either. God requires accountability whether Christians find it distasteful or not, and if we remain silent in the presence of evil, we become guilty of it ourselves (James 4:17).Some might say why bother with accountability? There is no justice in the world; the rich get richer and the poor, only poorer. And there was a time when I would have agreed with them.Shortly after my father, Walter Martin, died in 1989 his ministry was taken over by a man who we later discovered had a disturbing habit of “borrowing” other people’s work and claiming it for his own.  The world defines this light-fingered approach to literature as plagiarism or literary theft—and many prominent careers have been destroyed because of it.  Remember Jayson Blair, the former New York Times reporter? He plagiarized multiple articles and lost his job in a matter of days.  His credibility and career were destroyed, but Hank Hanegraaff has dodged the plagiarism bullet for years; in fact, he’s benefited greatly from his actions.My father hired Hank and placed him on the Christian Research Institute Board of Directors largely due to Hank’s success in the memory techniques he “borrowed” from other people, and once Walter Martin was gone, he even went so far as to claim the title, Bible Answer Man, though he had no formal education in the Bible, and my father never named him as his successor.  Hank then proceeded to systematically wipe out the memory of Walter Martin from Christian Research Institute so that today, many think of Hank as the founder of it and if you call there looking for Walter Martin resources, you will only find a few Martin tapes still on the CRI Resource List. This is Hank’s response to a man who trusted him.The world disciplines plagiarists and holds them in contempt, but the Church of Jesus Christ rewards them. Only a few Christians ever denounced such blatant plagiarism and demanded accountability. Only a few stood and defended the widow and the fatherless. The vast majority remained quietly on the sidelines and applauded Hank. They handed him book contracts and gold medallions for his books; they sold him valuable radio airtime and appeared as guests on his 1-800-ASK HANK radio show. And some even defended him against the grieving family of Walter Martin. This travesty of justice has been going on for eighteen years, and there is still no end in sight.But I believe in the certainty of Divine justice, no matter how impossible things may look. “He administers justice for the fatherless and the widow” (Deuteronomy 10:18). I trust that God will weigh each of our lives in the balance and act accordingly. “Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap” (Galatians 6:7-8). It is because of this that I have tried to speak out against this injustice and to demand accountability, regardless of the cost. And it has been high.Through the years, Hank launched attack after attack—not at the cults, which seem to have faded from his personal radar screen—but at his brothers in Christ, some of whom publicly demanded the reason why he hadn’t come to them first about the issues in question before attacking like an unpredictable pit bull. Dr. D. James Kennedy remained silent for years about Hank’s plagiarism, until Hank turned around and bit the hand that fed him, publicly implying that Kennedy was a heretic. This attack was too much, even for the gracious Dr. Kennedy, and it prompted him to finally respond to Hank publicly:To Whom It May Concern:
Until now I have refrained from commenting about Mr. Hank Hanegraaff, but I understand from several sources that he has continued his attack on me. Therefore, I feel I must make some sort of response. This I do reluctantly.
Hank was brought to Christ through the ministry of this church, of which he then became a member. I employed him some time later at Evangelism Explosion International in the Development Department. It was here that he learned his basic knowledge of the Scriptures. Here that he learned to evangelize. Here that he learned Mnemonics, the science of memory. It was from here and from me that he learned most of the things needed to get the position that he now holds.
Years later he published a book on evangelism, which numerous people wrote to me about, telling me that he had plagiarized my book, Evangelism Explosion. Some sent me page after page from his book with the comparable pages from my own. It did appear to be a blatant case of plagiarism, but I told them all that I did not want to sue him because I did not think that is what a Christian ought to do.
I also received letters stating that he had obtained his position on The Bible Answer Man program by methods that were less than ethical. Numbers of staff, many of whom have since left that ministry, also said he was plagiarizing Dr. Walter Martin’s material. I do not have the data, the time, nor the interest to try to ascertain where he gets all of his material. I do know that when he left here, he had no formal training preparing him for his present position. (I did happen to be in graduate school at the Ph.D. level with Walter Martin [at New York University] when we were both working for our degree at the same time. I know he was well prepared for what he did.)
In conclusion, much of what Hank has learned he learned at this church and through my other ministries. I have tried in every way to be helpful to him. I have also endeavored to be gracious in spite of the many letters I have received accusing him of plagiarizing my book. In spite of all this, for some reason, totally unbeknownst to me, he has started attacking me on his public radio program. And as I just recently heard, has now had the temerity to call me a heretic. I have been called all manner of names by the enemies of the Cross, but one name I have never been called before is heretic. Given my 42 years of ministry, almost 50 books that I have published, the thousands of radio and television programs which have been broadcast here and around the world, it is almost laughable to think that we must wait until this late date to have it discovered by no less a scholar than Hank Hanegraaff that I am a heretic.
For those who have any question about the matter, I suggest they get a copy of the book in question, The Real Meaning of the Zodiac, and they will see that the idea that I believe in astrology is utterly preposterous. The book is written as a refutation of the ancient pagan idea. I would simply say get the book, read it yourself, and then tell me what you find in it that is heretical.
It is with sadness that I have found myself having to write this letter and I only hope that Hank will find something better to do with his time than to attack evangelical Christians, especially the one who taught him most of the orthodoxy that he knows.
Sincerely in Christ,
D. James Kennedy, Ph.D.
Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church
Dr. Kennedy wrote this letter to a friend of ours, who gave his permission to publish it. A few years ago, I spoke with Dr. Kennedy at length about this issue, and he told me he believed Hank had plagiarized his work. He mentioned a recent conversation with Hank about his verbal attacks, but told me he was too weary to fight him, and they had resolved the situation, at least temporarily.
Apparently Hank did not learn from this encounter, however, and now the latest target of his aggression is Tim LaHaye, a man whose only transgression is his eschatology. Rev. LaHaye takes the Pretribulationist position, and unfortunately for him, Hank does not. This disagreement on a peripheral issue in the Church has placed Tim LaHaye directly in the line of fire.
According to Hank, Tim LaHaye, a man who has spent the last 60 years of his life preaching the cause of Christ, displays narcissistic tendencies and undermines in his writings the “uniqueness and significance of Christ’s resurrection” and His Deity.  Hank attacks Tim LaHaye with a vengeance, mentioning LaHaye’s name more than 200 times in a 270 page book. All this bitter invective from a man who still refuses to answer any of the charges brought against him by more than 30 brothers and sisters in Christ. That’s right, under the authority of Matthew 18, Hank Hanegraaff has been approached by at least 30 of his fellow Christians, and he has ignored them all. Where is the biblical accountability here? Where is the Christ-like spirit of reconciliation?
My father, Walter Martin, the Original Bible Answer Man and the founder of Christian Research Institute would never have countenanced such an attack on another believer. When Robert Schuller first wandered off into his Possibility Thinking, my father sat down with him face to face and tried to resolve the theological issues. These issues were not peripheral: they had a direct bearing on the salvation of souls, and yet my father never said a word publicly against Robert Schuller until he had given him every chance to explain.
One thing is certain, Hank did not offer Tim LaHaye the same courtesy in Christ, and my father would denounce Hank Hanegraaff for his glaring lack of Christian love. And that is exactly what I am doing. We tried to resolve our issues with Hank privately years ago in the spirit of Matthew 18, but Hank couldn’t find time for the widow and children of Walter Martin. He referred us to his staff.
I contacted Rev. LaHaye recently about Hank’s literary attacks, and was impressed by his kindness. He didn’t rant or attack Hank in any way; he didn’t say all the things it would have been so easy to say. Instead, he addressed a difficult situation with humility and grace. After my personal experiences with both Hank Hanegraaff and Tim LaHaye, I cannot help but see a stark contrast in character; two men with two very different responses.
Someday, there will be Divine justice; God does see and He will deal with all of us. He will deal with Hank Hanegraaff, a plagiarist who has tried to wear the shoes of the Original Bible Answer Man and failed miserably because they will never fit him.
I believe in accountability, in fighting for the truth, and in Divine justice. The Church must not be afraid to question its leaders and hold their lives up to God’s gold standard. I challenge Hank Hanegraaff publicly and personally to Christian arbitration. Answer your brothers and sisters in Christ, Hank. Please respond to the multiple charges against you or step down from the Bible Answer Man platform.
There will be justice one day, I know, and I find peace in God’s promise and a joy in knowing that no matter how difficult the circumstance, all things work together for good.
 For examples of plagiarism evidence see Dr. William Alnor, “More Details on the Plagiarism of Christian Research Institute President Hank Hanegraaff,” Cultlink, http://www.cultlink.com/plagiarism/Hankplag.doc (accessed December 9, 2007).
 Plagiarism. (n.d.). 1621, from L. plagiarius . . . used in the sense of "literary thief" by Martial . . . . Online Etymology Dictionary, http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?term=plagiarism (accessed October 15, 2007).
 Rose Arce and Shannon Troetel, “Top New York Times Editors Quit,”
New York Times, March 1, 2004, http://www.cnn.com/2003
 This statement is based on many conversations with my father, supported by other Martin family members and a CRI Board Member at the time of my father’s death.
 Hank Hanegraaff, The Apocalypse Code, xix, 116.
We had a great response to the Frank Pastore Show--Mormons and Christians called in, and I was glad to hear from both. One Mormon man named Trey was especially compelling. My heart went out to him when he said, "We are Christians. We believe in Jesus." The key point here is, of course, which Jesus? It makes all the difference.My sister-in-law, Anne Martin, made an interesting observation on the evolution of the Mormon perspective. She said that when she first became a Christian in the 1970s, she would listen to Walter Martin on the radio, and Mormons would call in to the show on a regular basis. What's fascinating about this is that they would call in to insist they were NOT Christians. They were quite proud of this fact, based on Joseph Smith's revelation that all Christian denominations are an abomination, and they said it so often that it stuck in her mind.Fast forward 30 years to the modern Mormon/Christian debate and my, how things have changed. Today, Mormons do nothing but insist they are Christians. George Orwell, in his riveting book 1984, shows that the key to defeating your opponent is redefinition. If you redefine your enemy, you defeat him. The leaders of the Mormon Church are currently working to redefine Christianity, and in a bizarre twist, Christian Apologists are aiding and abetting their cause. We cannot afford to wallow in the semantic luxury of "nuances" Craig, Frank, Greg and all others--our language must be clear, straightforward and concise or we risk the peril of redefinition.And so, the bottom line is that Mormonism is not Christian. It never was and it never will be. One point alone proves this beyond any doubt. According to Brigham Young, the Jesus of the Mormons was not conceived by the Holy Spirit. You can find documentation for this and other key points of Mormon doctrine here: http://www.waltermartin.com/blog/2007_05_01_archive.htmlTo the gentleman on the show who called us bigots, I can only say this: Your argument is with Jesus Christ--not with us. If you believe we are bigots, than you must say the same of Him. Jesus said, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." John 14:6 Hard to see that statement as anything but black and white.For those of you who may have missed Frank's show, we will be posting a link to it later this week (depending on the USPS).And thank you again, Frank and Gina, for having us on the show--and most of all for your kindness and courage.