An Open Letter to Pastors
We at Watchman Fellowship have been called to be a resource
for you in the task of shepherding your flock. As you know, the Scriptures repeatedly admonishes the pastor
to guard the flock against false teachers and heresies (Acts
20:28-32). But we are also well aware that there are many diverse demands
on you from the congregation making you wear many different
hats. You do not have the time to be an expert in every area. The result is that the body of Christ has done very little that
is productive in the area of the cults.
We have found that the church has little focus and no strategy
at all to reach these people - to see them
as a real mission field. As a consequence, cult membership has swelled to 30 million
people with over 75 percent of their recruits coming from the
pews of mainline denominational churches! Whenever the body of Christ does not respond responsibly to
a cancer like this, the disease grows at the expense of the
Church growth statistics indicate that between the years 1974
and 1984 the Mormon Church's Sunday school increased by 63
percent compared to seven percent for Southern Baptists and
five percent for the Church of God. Other denominations actually reported a decrease in attendance! Mormonism has 6.7 million members and is growing at a rate of
nine percent per year, while the Jehovah's Witnesses are growing
at a rate of seven percent per year.
In addition, a recent Gallup Poll indicated that 23 percent
(60 million) Americans believed in reincarnation and that
was before Shirley MacLaine and all the latest media attention. The same poll demonstrated that twenty percent of them were
Protestant church members.
You will find that Watchman Fellowship is the most effective
way to reverse this trend. Our various programs can be tailored
to meet any church's unique situation. In the area of prevention we have found that a church service
using one of our films, The God Makers, Witnesses of Jehovah,
or The Cult Explosion, accompanied by our missionary comments
and the distribution of materials including copies of The
Watchman Expositor, gives a long-lasting inoculation against
cultic intrusion. Also, when we speak, we usually discover that a large percentage
of the congregation has relatives, friends of contact with
people in cults, but these Christians have been frustrated
in not knowing how to respond. Exposure to our missionary presentation gives them real, viable
ways to reach those people for Christ.
Beyond prevention, we have programs designed to teach Christians
why they believe what they believe thus preparing them to share
effectively with those people in the cults. The average home is visited five times a year by Jehovah's Witnesses
and Mormons. The Jehovah's Witnesses alone have 750,000 of their members
going door-to-door between ten and 80 hours a month. The ideal goal is through our exposure and your screening to
surface a ministry team from many local churches to be equipped
in our Cult Awareness Institute. These trained members can be your own church's resource for
continuing education, troubleshooting and developing an evangelistic
strategy and program.
Please contact us soon to talk over the possibilities and details
at our office number: (205) 871-3366 [or send us e-mail]. We have worked with every kind of major denomination and independent
church. We have strong recommendations from major leaders that we would
be glad to share with you. We stand ready to serve you in any way.