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    Retraction of “The Mindbenders” by Jack Sparks


    In 1983 Thomas Nelson Publishers issued a retraction and apology for including the local churches in The Mindbenders by Jack Sparks.

    Retraction of “The Mindbenders” by Jack Sparks

    The following is an accurate rendition of the retraction of The Mindbenders by Thomas Nelson, Inc.

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    In 1977 The Mindbenders, a book authored by Jack Sparks, published by Thomas Nelson, Inc., accused Witness Lee and The Local Churches of being a cult and of being heretical in their beliefs. Both before and after publication of their first edition, Nelson received many letters from The Local Churches and their members protesting the falsity of the chapter concerning them. Notwithstanding these letters, Nelson published an expanded second edition in 1979. In 1980 Local Churches brought suit against Thomas Nelson and the author for libel.

    The Local Churches should not have been included in either edition of The Mindbenders. Nelson has no desire to inflict any damage or harm upon Witness Lee, The Local Churches, or their members by the continued publication of this book. Therefore, Nelson hereby retracts the statements made in The Mindbenders about them, and extends its apology to the good Christian members of The Local Churches. Accordingly, Nelson has withdrawn the book from publication and distribution and encourages all book sellers who have any unsold copies to return them for credit.

    April 10, 1983

    This retraction by Thomas Nelson, Inc. was published on Sunday, April 10, 1983 in the following newspapers:

    Akron Beacon Journal
    Miami Herald
    Atlanta Journal/Constitution
    New York Times
    Boston Globe
    Oklahoma City Sunday Oklahoman
    Chicago Tribune
    Orange County (Calif.) Register
    Cleveland Plain Dealer

    Raleigh News & Observer
    Columbus Dispatch
    San Francisco Examiner & Chronicle
    Dallas Morning News
    Seattle Times
    Houston Chronicle
    Washington Post
    Los Angeles Times

    It was also printed in the following publications:

    Wall Street Journal — April 11, 1983
    Christianity Today — May 20, 1983

    Christian News — April 25, 1983
    Moody Monthly — June 1983

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