CRI Prepares to Answer the Critics

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.


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