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Preamble:

After graduating from seminaries, most graduates find themselves, in one way or another, being confronted with adherents of cults and false teachings. Having taken Greek, Hebrew, systematic theology, etc., these students frequently are unable to utilize biblical thematic truths in a way that communicates effectively with members of cults. Further, members of Christian fellowships are constantly bombarded with false teachings, whether in the form of home visitations, TV, and other forms of media. Because of this, pastors often find themselves in situations where the flock is misled. Serving not only as a protective but also as a vital in-road to both apologetics and evangelism of adherents of cults, this course is therefore a most-needed part of our Christian curriculum. In addition, formal study of the cults is a most effective way of growing in Christ, as theological challenges arise from them (and the Church is, historically, no stranger to this phenomenon), which in turn force Christians to God’s Word for answers.

Course Description

This course investigates the origin, development, and essential tenets of various cults challenging the church today.

Learning Outcomes
  • Articulate a definition of the word “cult”
  • Show familiarity with the history of certain cults
  • Employ sound biblical exegesis to critcally assess, understand and engage the most essential beliefs of various cults.
  • Demonstrate awareness of the sociological atmosphere of cults.
  • Walk in the Triune God with an on-going posture of discernment
  • Grow in Christian maturity and experience as a result of an in-depth study of cults.
Lessons
  • Introduction to the Cults
  • Jehovah’s Witnesses
  • Mormonism
  • Introduction to the Occult
  • Freemasonry
  • United Pentecostal Church
  • Yoga and Christians
  • Christian Science
  • Word-Faith Movement
  • Scientology
  • Nation of Islam
Course Description

By way of both historical and exegetical study, this course probes various heresies and challenges to the person and work of Christ from the inception of the Church to today, with particular attention paid to the first five centuries of the Christian Church.

Learning Outcomes
  • Describe the task and utilize the required sources and tools basic to Christology;
  • Cogently interact with the main tenets Christology;
  • Apply fundamental Christological vocabulary to essential issues;
  • Critically evaluate past and present Christological constructs;
  • Compare and contrast Christological views and issues;
  • Constructively transmit Christological truth in a variety of mediums;
  • Embrace the challenge to continue the study and application of a biblical, robust and “to-the-iota” accurate Christology
  • Know Christ better through the study and challenges of heresies, thereby living in union with him more deeply
Lessons
  • The nature of heresy
  • Cults and Christ
  • Heresies ancient and modern
  • Arianism and Jehovah’s Witnesses
  • Heresy and apologetics “on the ground”

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Upon completing the degree, the student will be able to:

  • Articulate with skill and precision the Christian Trinitarian worldview and offer a defense/proclamation of the Gospel in this pluralistic world.
  • Exercise skills of discernment for ministry in a pluralistic world.
  • Understand the role of the Church in the world that deepens its commitment to the vitality of spiritual life in local congregations, and thereby to …
  • … disciple others toward the same.
  • Undertake the art and discipline of careful listening to persons of other belief systems
  • Form or participate in parachurch apologetics-related ministries.
  • Address ethical issues facing Christians in an informed, philosophically sound, biblically guided, and theologically faithful manner, and thereby …
  • … by the grace of the Triune God, take part in establishing Haiti as a truly Christian nation, with a vision of transforming Haiti’s infrastructure in all its aspects.

FAQs

Q: How long will it take to complete the degree?
A: 14 months.

Q: Can I complete the entire degree online?
A: Yes!

Q: Is the degree accredited?
A: Almost! EBS is in the final stages of accreditation with the Caribbean Evangelical Theological Association (CETA) which is the Caribbean regional body of the International Council for Evangelical Theological Education (ICETE).

Q: Can I specialize in a particular world-religion or Pseudo-Christian cult?
A: Yes!