Hank Hanegraaff supports The Local Church

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In a move that has Christian apologists and countercult experts puzzled and upset, Hank Hanegraaff (President of the CRI) has come out in support of the Local Church.

 

The Local Church – is widely considered to be, theologically, a cult of Christianity. The Local Church has a history of legal attacks against Christians who critique the movement.

 

Its most recent attack was a $136 million libel lawsuit against authors and apologists John Ankerberg and John Weldon, as well as their publisher, Harvest House.

 

Ankerberg and Weldon included a brief entry on the Local Church in their Encyclopedia of Cults and New Religions (Harvest House, 1999). After the Local Church filed its lawsuit, Harvest House explained why the Local Church was included in the Encyclopedia.

 

Appellate Court Rules in Favor of Harvest House and Its Authors, John Ankerberg and John Weldon, Harvest House Publishers, USA, Jan. 6, 2006

 

In January, 2006. the suit was dismissed by the Court of Appeals for the First District of Texas.

 

Appellate Court Rules in Favor of Harvest House and Its Authors, John Ankerberg and John Weldon, Harvest House Publishers, USA, Jan. 6, 2006

 

In response, the Local Church has filed a petition with the Texas Supreme Court to hear the case and reverse the Appellate Court’s decision.

 

Hank Hanegraaff filed an Amicus Curiae in which he sides with the Local Church.

 

(HT: Apologetics Index)

 

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