Archive for February, 2010

CRI Prepares to Answer the Critics

February 22, 2010

On January 4, 2010 Hank Hanegraaff announced on his radio program that against his friends better judgement he was going to be answering the myriad of questions his critics have been leveling at him soon. Then this morning, I was told by a friend of mine that a man he knows had called CRI to ask if they had a prepared rebuttal to my book, Hard Questions for the Bible Answer Man? He spoke with Paul Young, the CRI vice president, who told him that they were preparing a response to the book.

Now a little history lesson on CRI’s speed of preparation for important responses. The most recent: Hanegraaff said The Local Church came to his office in 2003 (probably not the entire church body) and asked for help to vindicate them from the “C” word label. It took Hank, Gretchen and Elliot from 2003 to 2010 to prepare their response (see the CRI Journal vol. 32 no. 6 2009). The Local Church would have been better off asking for help from AAA. They at least promise to respond to your  emergency in 90 minutes or less.

The other attempt at answering critics came in August of 2000. Elliot Miller had called a friend of mine and promised that within 2 weeks CRI would publish definitive proof  Walter Martin had asked/promised that Hank would take over the whole ministry someday. My friend never saw the proof and Elliot Miller never called again explaining why the report was never put together. His call, to my friend,  came a little more than a month after I had called CRI in July, at John Stoffel’s (CRI Operations manager at the time) request to talk about the article I was writing on Hanegraaff (see this article at my website: click articles). Stoffel also had me speak to Elliot Miller, who when I asked if there was a letter or an audio recording of Martin offering the presidency to one Hendrik Hanegraaff, Miller replied that none existed. I am left with two possibilities concerning this alleged report Miller was speaking of, either it does not exist (And we have only been waiting 91/2 years) or perhaps Elliot was calling my friend from a parallel universe where time moves exceedingly slow.

I will have to read this answering the critics report when and if it comes out. I love a good exercise in creative writing.


CRI and The Local Church Part V

February 1, 2010

There seems to be one last question that people are asking about CRI’s interest in seeing that justice is done for the Local Church. What is the price tag for justice? Who paid for the justice? There were three intrepid souls that went to South Korea, China, Taiwan and England on this fact finding mission from CRI. I have a few international trips under my belt and none of them were cheap. So did CRI pay for the research junket? Perhaps the Local Church gave CRI the money for the trip? Or a member(s) of LC (well intentioned I’m sure) gave the funds to CRI? And then there are all those pesky incidental expenses.

If CRI is called upon by other cult groups to unsully their names, will they also rise to the occasion? “Have research project will travel!” This could be a whole new carreer path for Hank and CRI. In these tough economic times we all need job security, don’t we?