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    Index to Articles Written in Response to Walter Martin


    An index to the articles written in response to Walter Martin’s public criticisms of the teaching of Witness Lee and the local churches.

    Index to Articles Written in Response to Walter Martin

    The articles listed on this page were written in the 1970s to respond to public criticisms made by Walter Martin, founder of the Christian Research Institute (CRI) and the original “Bible Answer Man.” CRI has since withdrawn those criticisms and reversed its earlier conclusions (see “A Brief History of the Relationship between the Local Churches and the Christian Research Institute“). These articles are published on this site for the historical record, for the important points of truth they address, and because CRI’s criticisms, although withdrawn, are still repeated by others.

    Answers to the Bible Answer Man

    On October 2, 1977, Walter Martin, who called himself “The Bible Answer Man,” attacked Witness Lee and the local churches in a lecture at Melodyland Christian Center in Anaheim, California. Because of the public nature of that attack, members of the local churches wrote responses that were published as advertisements in The Register (now The Orange County Register). Some of the responses were later published in book form as Answers to the Bible Answer Man. The contents of that book are reproduced on the pages reached by the following links:

    SubjectArticle Title
     Introduction to the 1994 Edition
    Summary Comments from 1977Introduction
    Witness Lee RespondsA Statement by Witness Lee
    God in TrinityThe Truth concerning the Trinity
    A Protest concerning Historical Misrepresentation
      A. Ignorance concerning Biblical Theology
      B. Misrepresentation concerning the History of Modalism
    The Use of the Word MingleThe Truth concerning the Mingling
    The ChurchThe Truth concerning the Church
    The Truth concerning God Manifest in the Flesh
    The Deviations of ChristianityThe Truth concerning the Historic Christian Church
    The Truth concerning Babylon
    The Truth concerning Denominations
    The Nature of ManThe Truth concerning the Nature of Man
    SalvationThe Truth concerning God Coming into Man
    The BibleThe Truth concerning the Study of the Bible
    A Protest concerning Bible Research
    A Protest concerning Bible Interpretation
    Christian PracticesThe Truth concerning the Release of the Spirit
    The Truth concerning Pray-reading
    The Cult AccusationThe Truth concerning the Local Church Not Being a Cult
    A Personal AttackA Testimony concerning Witness Lee

    Appendix to Answers to the Bible Answer Man

    The following is the list of articles printed in The Orange County Register from October 8, 1977 through March 4, 1978, in response to Walter Martin, the so-called Bible Answer Man.
    [Note: Articles printed beginning October 22, 1977 are not printed in the book, Answers to the Bible Answer Man, but have been reprinted here for your convenience.]

    October 8, 1977The Response of Witness Lee & Local Churches to a Recent Meeting Held at Melodyland
    Controversial Broadcast Exposed concerning Witness Lee
    October 15A Further Response by Witness Lee & Local Churches to a Recent Meeting Held at Melodyland
    October 22Witness Lee & Local Churches Reply to the “Bible Answer Man”
     1.Concerning Theological Training
     2.Concerning Translation of the Bible
     3.Concerning Bible Interpretation and Idolatry
     4.Concerning the Scriptural Meaning of the Triune God
     5.Concerning “Divisions,”” “Proselytizing,”” and “Sheep Stealing”
    October 29A Response to False Teachings
     1.Christ Is Not in the Believer—What a False Teaching!
     2.The Believer Does Not Have the Divine Nature—What a False Teaching!
    Our Testimony—A Glorious Enjoyment of Christ
    November 5Testimonies from the Churches
     1.Misquoting and Misrepresentation
     2.Concerning Judaism, Catholicism, and Protestantism
     3.Should a Believer Remain in Roman Catholicism?
     4.The Truth concerning the Mingling
     5.The Truth concerning the Experience of Christ
    December 3Are Soul and Spirit the Same?
    December 10A Challenge to the Bible Answer Man
     1.A Review of the Controversy
     2.A Theologian’s Judgment
     3.A Third Party’s Voice
    December 24The Bible Answer Man Says: The Believer Does Not Have the Divine Nature
    The Educational Myth of the Bible Answer Man
    December 31The Bible Answer Man Says: Christ is Represented in the Believer
    January 7, 1978The Bible Answer Man Has Three Gods
    January 14The Bible Answer Man Says: Catholicism Does Not Teach Idolatry
    January 21The Bible Answer Man Says: “Back Again to Historic Christianity”
    [Article 1] [Article 2]
    January 22What Does Christ Think of the Historic Church?
    February 4What is God’s Recovery?
    February 11False Teachings Exposed
     1.On Division
     2.On God
     3.On the Spirit
    February 18More False Teachings Exposed
     1.On the Body
     2.On Practical Oneness
     3.On the Bible
     4.On the Flesh
     5.On the Church as the Manifestation of God
    February 25A Cheerful Defense concerning the Triune God
     1.Biblical Terminology and the Language of Experience
     2.The Historical Revelation of the Triune God
     3.The Relationship within the Triune God
    March 4The Oneness of the Triune God
     1.The Interpenetration Scriptures
     2.The Identification Scriptures
     3.The Interchangeable Scriptures
    1970s Responses, Responses, Walter Martin