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  • List of Articles: Encyclopedia of Cults and New Religions (ECNR)

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    An historical overview giving the background of the writing and publication of the Encyclopedia of Cults and New Religions, the structure and language of the book, attempts to engage the authors and publisher in Christian fellowship, the discoveries made during the lawsuit, and the decision of the Texas Court of Appeals in the case and that decision’s shortcomings and dangerous implications, as well as a surprising development leading to greater recognition of the members of the local churches are genuine believers.

    01/21/2015 ECNR, Encyclopedia of Cults and New Religions, Harvest House, John Ankerberg, John Weldon, lawsuits, litigation, Robert Hawkins

    Background information on the local churches, including a statement of our faith, a brief history, and an explanation of our pursuit to be well-pleasing to the Lord in all things.

    12/07/2013 beliefs, local churches

    A chronology of the events in November and December 2001 leading to the filing of a libel complaint against Harvest House, John Ankerberg, and John Weldon for the publication of the Encyclopedia of Cults and New Religions. The events in these two months show the local churches seeking Christian reconciliation versus the duplicity of Harvest House and its authors in negotiating in bad faith and initiating legal action.

    12/07/2013 ECNR, Encyclopedia of Cults and New Religions, Harvest House, John Ankerberg, John Weldon, lawsuits, litigation, Robert Hawkins

    Basic facts concerning the litigation over the Encyclopedia of Cults and New Religions (ECNR), including a definition of the issues at stake, Harvest House’s rejection of all attempts by repersentatives of the local churches and Living Stream Ministry to resolve concerns apart from litigation, Harvest House’s republication of the book and filing of a suit in Oregon court, and Harvest House’s subsequent reprinting of ECNR after the libel action was filed.

    11/16/2013 ECNR, Encyclopedia of Cults and New Religions, Harvest House, John Ankerberg, John Weldon, lawsuits, litigation

    Frequently asked questions regarding the litigation over the Encyclopedia of Cults and New Religions.

    11/16/2013 ECNR, Encyclopedia of Cults and New Religions, Harvest House, lawsuits, litigation

    A statement by Living Stream Ministry concerning Eastern Lightning, “the Shouters,” and other aberrant religious groups in China.

    12/20/2012 Almighty God sect, China, Eastern Lightning, Lightning from the East, Shouters

    A chronology of the progress of The Local Church et al v. Harvest House et al, the libel litigation concerning the Encyclopedia of Cults and New Religions.

    01/04/2010 amicus brief, court filing, Court of Appeals, court ruling, ECNR, Encyclopedia of Cults and New Religions, Harvest House, John Ankerberg, John Weldon, press release, Robert Hawkins, Texas Supreme Court, US Supreme Court

    An examination of how Norman Geisler and Ron Rhodes misrepresented the subject and scope of the libel lawsuit over the Encyclopedia of Cults and New Religions, the content of that book, and of the court’s decision in the case.

    01/01/2010 ECNR, Encyclopedia of Cults and New Religions, false witness, Harvest House, John Ankerberg, John Weldon, libel, litigation, Norman Geisler, Ron Rhodes

    The Motion for Rehearing filed by The Local Church et al with the Texas Court of Appeals after the court’s decision in the libel case over the Encyclopedia of Cults and New Religions.

    02/28/2009 court filing, ECNR, Encyclopedia of Cults and New Religions, Harvest House, John Ankerberg, John Weldon, Texas Supreme Court

    An amicus brief filed by cult experts who appealed to the United States Supreme Court to review The Local Church et al v. Harvest House et al on the grounds that Texas Court of Appeals decision set a dangerous precedent for protecting defamation by the use of the term cult when it is used in a secular sense, as the Encyclopedia of Cults and New Religions did.

    02/28/2009 amicus brief, cult accusation, Gretchen Passantino, US Supreme Court

    A press release concerning the Texas Supreme Court’s decision not to review the Court of Appeals decision in The Local Church et al v. Harvest House et al.

    02/28/2009 ECNR, Encyclopedia of Cults and New Religions, Harvest House, John Ankerberg, John Weldon, press release, Texas Supreme Court

    A letter written after the end of the case over the Encyclopedia of Cults and New Religions to those who do not meet with the local churches but who followed the case’s progress.

    06/25/2007 AIA, Answers in Action, Christian Research Institute, Court of Appeals, CRI, ECNR, Encyclopedia of Cults and New Religions, Evangelical Christian Publishers Association, First Amendment, Fuller Theological Seminary, Harvest House, John Ankerberg, John Weldon, litigation, Texas Supreme Court, US Supreme Court

    A letter written after the end of the case over the Encyclopedia of Cults and New Religions to the believers who meet in the local churches.

    06/22/2007 AIA, Answers in Action, Christian Research Institute, Court of Appeals, CRI, ECNR, Encyclopedia of Cults and New Religions, Evangelical Christian Publishers Association, Fuller Theological Seminary, Harvest House, John Ankerberg, John Weldon, litigation, Texas Supreme Court, US Supreme Court

    A press release concerning the United States Supreme Court’s decision not to review the Texas Court of Appeals decision in The Local Church et al v. Harvest House et al.

    06/20/2007 ECNR, Encyclopedia of Cults and New Religions, Harvest House, John Ankerberg, John Weldon, press release, US Supreme Court

    An amicus brief filed by six people with extensive experience in publishing, broadcasting, and religion asking the United States Supreme Court to review The Local Church et al v. Harvest House et al from the perspective of balancing protection of freedom of speech and of the press with the rights of religious organizations to seek protection from libel.

    06/05/2007 amicus brief, publishing standards, US Supreme Court

    An amicus brief from ten prominent scholars in the fields of religion and the social sciences asking the United States Supreme Court to review the Texas Court of Appeals decision in The Local Church et al v. Harvest House et

    al on the basis of the “detrimental effect this ruling may have on religious freedom in America.”
    05/29/2007 amicus brief, scholars, US Supreme Court

    An amicus brief filed by six international experts (including three former ambassadors), attesting to the danger of the Texas Court of Appeals decision inThe Local Church et al v. Harvest House et al to Christians residing in religiously restrictive countries and asking the United States Supreme Court to review that decision.

    05/29/2007 amicus brief, religious freedom, US Supreme Court

    The petition by The Local Church et al to the United States Supreme Court.

    05/16/2007 court filing, ECNR, Encyclopedia of Cults and New Religions, Harvest House, John Ankerberg, John Weldon, US Supreme Court

    A list of articles written in response to Harvest House’s public misrepresentations on its corporate website and through other channels.

    02/13/2007 ECNR, Encyclopedia of Cults and New Religions, Harvest House, John Ankerberg, John Weldon, libel, litigiousness, publishing standards, Robert Hawkins

    An amicus brief filed by libel law expert Dr. Rodney Smolla with the Texas Supreme Court pointing out several flaws in the application of libel law by the Texas Court of Appeals in The Local Church et al v. Harvest House et al.

    02/09/2007 amicus brief, libel, US Supreme Court

    The Response to Petition for Review filed with the Texas Supreme Court in response to a filing by Harvest House et al asking the court to not review the case.

    10/27/2006 court filing, ECNR, Encyclopedia of Cults and New Religions, Harvest House, John Ankerberg, John Weldon, Texas Supreme Court

    To mislead both the court and the public, Harvest House portrayed the nature of the definition of cult in the Encyclopedia of Cults and New Religions as purely theological in nature. This article shows the falsehood and duplicity of that claim.

    10/23/2006 cult accusation, ECNR, Encyclopedia of Cults and New Religions, Harvest House, John Ankerberg, John Weldon

    On a syndicated radio broadcast Harvest House President Bob Hawkins, Jr., gave a distorted account of the history of the local churches’ protests over the Encyclopedia of Cults and New Religions. This article contrasts the statements he made on the air with the actual facts.

    10/23/2006 ECNR, Encyclopedia of Cults and New Religions, Harvest House, History, John Ankerberg, John Weldon, letters of protest, Matthew 18

    John Ankerberg and his attorney Shelby Sharpe both claimed that the local churches registered no objections to “The Local Church” chapter. This article shows that their claims are false and misleading.

    10/23/2006 Christianity Today, ECNR, Encyclopedia of Cults and New Religions, Fuller Theological Seminary, Harvest House, hypocrisy, John Ankerberg, John Weldon

    Harvest House attempted to recast the litigation over the Encyclopedia of Cults and New Religions as a theological dispute, but a reading of the libel complaint filed in The Local Church et al v. Harvest House et al shows this claim to be false.

    10/23/2006 Christianity Today, ECNR, Encyclopedia of Cults and New Religions, Harvest House, John Ankerberg, John Weldon

    An introduction to a series of articles on how Harvest House misrepresented the local churches’ appeal for relief from libel and our objections to the Encyclopedia of Cults and New Religions.

    10/23/2006 ECNR, Encyclopedia of Cults and New Religions, Harvest House, John Ankerberg, John Weldon

    Harvest House publicly accused the local churches of being litigious. This article contrasts the history of the local churches’ appeals for relief from character defamation with Harvest House’s lawsuits against fellow Christians over financial disputes.

    10/23/2006 1 Corinthians 6:1-8, ECNR, Encyclopedia of Cults and New Religions, Harvest House, John Ankerberg, John Weldon, litigiousness, SCP, Spiritual Counterfeits Project, The God-Men, The Mindbenders

    Harvest House has attempted to turn Christians against the local churches with a series of out-of-context quotations posted on its corporate website. This article contextualizes those quotes and exposes Harvest House’s unfaithfulness to the Bible and to the Lord’s church in misrepresenting the teaching of Witness Lee.

    10/23/2006 Christianity, church ground, clergy-laity, division, ECNR, Encyclopedia of Cults and New Religions, Harvest House, John Ankerberg, John Weldon, oneness of the believers, subjective experience of Christ

    The Encyclopedia of Cults and New Religions by John Ankerberg and John Weldon (Eugene, OR: Harvest House Publishers, 1999) accuses the local churches of rejecting Christianity, implying that we reject fellow believers and the Christian faith.The authors and their publisher have never corrected this deceit despite extensive documentation provided to Harvest House proving the contrary.

    10/23/2006 Christianity, church ground, clergy-laity, ECNR, Encyclopedia of Cults and New Religions, Harvest House, hypocrisy, John Ankerberg, John Weldon, subjective experience of Christ

    Harvest House feigns indignation over our criticism of organized Christianity, yet their own books contain very harsh statements criticizing evangelical Christianity, Christianity and the church generally, and the Roman Catholic Church specifically. They even attack prominent evangelicals such as Billy Graham.

    10/23/2006 Christianity, denominations, ECNR, Encyclopedia of Cults and New Religions, Harvest House, hypocrisy, John Ankerberg, John Weldon

    The local churches seek to return to the biblical standard concerning the subjective experience of Christ, the function of every member of the Body of Christ, and the practical testimony of the oneness of the Body of Christ. Harvest House, John Ankerberg, and John Weldon misrepresent Witness Lee’s biblically-based critique of organized Christianity on these three lines, even though they and their associates acknowledge the same deficiencies in Christendom today.

    10/23/2006 Christianity, denominations, division, ECNR, Encyclopedia of Cults and New Religions, Harvest House, hypocrisy, John Ankerberg, John Weldon, oneness of the believers

    Harvest House and its authors John Ankerberg and John Weldon sought to make the local churches repulsive in the eyes of the Christian public using out-of-context quotation and misrepresenting our Scripture-based rejection of unbiblical teachings, practices and institutions as a rejection of fellow believers and of the faith. In doing so, they pervert Witness Lee’s plea for recovery to the biblical standards of life, service, and testimony among Christians.

    10/23/2006 Christianity, clergy-laity, denominations, division, ECNR, Encyclopedia of Cults and New Religions, Harvest House, hypocrisy, John Ankerberg, John Weldon, oneness of the believers, recovery, subjective experience of Christ

    In various venues Harvest House President Robert Hawkins and authors John Ankerberg and John Weldon have misled the public regarding the local churches and facts surrounding the litigation over the Encyclopedia of Cults and New Religions.

    10/23/2006 ECNR, Encyclopedia of Cults and New Religions, Harvest House, John Ankerberg, John Weldon, public statement, Robert Hawkins

    An amicus letter brief by apologist Gretchen Passantino filed with the Texas Supreme Court concurring with Hank Hanegraaff’s amicus brief on the dangers of protecting the word cult from defamatory meaning.

    08/18/2006 amicus brief, Gretchen Passantino, Texas Supreme Court

    An amicus brief filed with the Texas Supreme Court signed by scholars in the fields of religion and the social sciences arguing that the Court of Appeals had failed its obligation to balance First Amendment rights against the social values underlying defamation law.

    08/10/2006 amicus brief, scholars, Texas Supreme Court

    An amicus brief submitted by eight individuals to the Texas Supreme Court regarding the danger posed by Court of Appeals’ decision to ignore the book’s use of the secular definition of the term cult in parts of the world with repressive governments.

    08/09/2006 amicus brief, religious freedom, Texas Supreme Court

    An amicus brief signed by seven men with extensive experience in publishing and broadcasting, urging the Texas Supreme Court to review the Court of Appeals decision in The Local Church et al v. Harvest House et al to balance First Amendment rights and “the right of religious organizations to be free of unsubstantiated denigration of their reputations.”

    08/09/2006 amicus brief, publishing standards, Texas Supreme Court

    An amicus brief filed with the Texas Supreme Court by Hank Hanegraaff asking the court to review the Texas Court of Appeals decision in The Local Church et al v. Harvest House et al based on the danger posed by that decision’s protection of the word cult from defamatory meaning.

    08/07/2006 amicus brief, Hank Hanegraaff, Texas Supreme Court

    The Petition for Review filed by The Local Church et al with the Texas Supreme Court, asking it to review the Texas Court of Appeals decision in the libel case over the Encyclopedia of Cults and New Religions.

    08/02/2006 court filing, ECNR, Encyclopedia of Cults and New Religions, Harvest House, John Ankerberg, John Weldon, Texas Supreme Court

    A public statement concerning the decision to appeal the Court of Appeals decision which granted Harvest House, John Ankerberg, and John Weldon summary judgment in the libel action over the Encyclopedia of Cults and New Religions.

    02/27/2006 ECNR, Encyclopedia of Cults and New Religions, Harvest House, John Ankerberg, John Weldon, public statement

    A press release concerning the Court of Appeals decision reversing the District Court’s rejection of the defendants’ motion for summary judgment.

    01/16/2006 Court of Appeals, ECNR, Encyclopedia of Cults and New Religions, Harvest House, John Ankerberg, John Weldon, press release

    An index of court filings and major court rulings in The Local Church et al v. Harvest House et al, the libel litigation concerning the Encyclopedia of Cults and New Religions.

    12/05/2005 court filing, court ruling, ECNR, Encyclopedia of Cults and New Religions, Harvest House, index, John Ankerberg, John Weldon

    An index of the letters of protest written by representatives of Living Stream Ministry, the local churches, and the co-workers of Witness Lee prior to the filing of The Local Church et al v. Harvest House et al, the libel litigation concerning the Encyclopedia of Cults and New Religions.

    12/05/2005 ECNR, Encyclopedia of Cults and New Religions, Harvest House, index, John Ankerberg, John Weldon, letters of protest

    An index of press releases related to The Local Church et al v. Harvest House et al, the libel litigation concerning the Encyclopedia of Cults and New Religions.

    12/05/2005 ECNR, Encyclopedia of Cults and New Religions, Harvest House, index, John Ankerberg, John Weldon, press release

    An index of miscellaneous procedural and evidentiary court rulings in The Local Church et al v. Harvest House et al, the libel litigation concerning the Encyclopedia of Cults and New Religions.

    12/05/2005 court ruling, ECNR, Encyclopedia of Cults and New Religions, Harvest House, index, John Ankerberg, John Weldon

    An index to important documents in The Local Church et al v. Harvest House et al, the libel litigation concerning the Encyclopedia of Cults and New Religions.

    12/05/2005 court filing, court ruling, ECNR, Encyclopedia of Cults and New Religions, Harvest House, index, John Ankerberg, John Weldon, letters of protest, press release

    A chronology of key events in The Local Church et al v. Harvest House et al, the libel litigation concerning the Encyclopedia of Cults and New Religions.

    12/05/2005 ECNR, Encyclopedia of Cults and New Religions, Harvest House, index, John Ankerberg, John Weldon

    An examination of what the Bible says about how Christians should deal with disputes and under what circumstances an appeal to a secular court system may be justified.

    12/05/2005 1 Corinthians 6:1-8, lawsuits, litigation, Matthew 18

    A press release responding to an amicus brief filed by The Rutherford Institute with the Court of Appeals. That brief mischaracterized the litigation as being over issues of belief rather than over abhorrent conduct.

    11/01/2005 ECNR, Encyclopedia of Cults and New Religions, First Amendment, Harvest House, John Ankerberg, John Weldon, press release, Rutherford Institute

    Harvest House claimed that its use of The Chicago Manual of Style discharged its responsibility to use “acceptable editorial standards” in publishing the Encyclopedia of Cults and New Religions. The Chicago Manual, however, focuses on stylistic and not substantive issues and cannot be used to justify shirking editorial norms in publishing a book that makes false and defamatory accusations.

    04/20/2004 ECNR, Encyclopedia of Cults and New Religions, Harvest House, John Ankerberg, John Weldon, public statement, publishing standards

    Harvest House claimed to use “professional editorial standards” in the development and publishing of the Encyclopedia of Cults and New Religions. This article shows the emptiness of those claims.

    04/20/2004 ECNR, Encyclopedia of Cults and New Religions, Harvest House, John Ankerberg, John Weldon, public statement, publishing standards

    Ten irrefutable facts about the Encyclopedia of Cults and New Religions that show reckless disregard for the truth and malice on the part of both the authors and the publisher in including the local churches in the book.

    04/20/2004 ECNR, Encyclopedia of Cults and New Religions, Harvest House, John Ankerberg, John Weldon, litigation, public statement, publishing standards

    A press release concerning public postings on Harvest House’s corporate website libeling the local churches.

    04/20/2004 ECNR, Encyclopedia of Cults and New Religions, Harvest House, John Ankerberg, John Weldon, public statement

    A press release responding to a Harvest House statement on its corporate website following the District Court’s rejection of its summary judgment motion.

    03/19/2004 ECNR, Encyclopedia of Cults and New Religions, First Amendment, Harvest House, John Ankerberg, John Weldon, public statement

    A press release announcing the District Court’s decision to deny the first motion for summary judgment filed by Harvest House, John Ankerberg, and John Weldon in the case over the Encyclopedia of Cults and New Religions.

    06/20/2003 ECNR, Encyclopedia of Cults and New Religions, Harvest House, John Ankerberg, John Weldon, press release