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- December 2, 1998
The Alpha Course:

In many VW writings we have sometimes spoken of watered-down Bible studies where people sit around asking each other, "what do you think this means?" or "what does this mean to you?" or "how does this make you feel?" This phenomenon was first noticed by this writer during college back in the late 60's and early 70's in groups such as IVCF and Campus Crusade. Church college groups tended to run their Bible "studies" in this manner, as well. These things have been mentioned in VW writings as being IN CONTRAST TO Biblical instruction. In these studies, if a Believer would attempt to bring the focus back to God's Word and It's ABSOLUTES of "Thus says the Lord" such a person was disdained, and labeled "judgmental" by the preponderance of such groups.

In addition, when "music" was my thing, I performed for a "women's aglow" type function once years ago, where I was specifically instructed to NOT SHARE CHRIST in any way, during the course of my presentation. The reason? Because this function was inviting non-Believers, and the function's purpose was for "evangelism." Evangelism WITHOUT Christ????? (!!)

These attitudes can be found as the CORE and SUBSTANCE of the more-recently acclaimed and quickly growing "Alpha Course." The following links provide rather in-depth analyses of this program:

  • DIALECTIC, PRAXIS and the ALPHA COURSE
    - New World Order methods of merging beliefs into unity and concensus. How Alpha Course is based on this methodology to bring all religions together into NON-Scriptural, NON-Christian unity. In "evangelism" the Christian is not allowed to present Christ, but all aberrant views of the unbeliever are encouraged and nurtured.

  • THE ALPHA COURSE - FRIEND OR FOE?
    - Information gathered from "The Alpha Conference" held at St. Matthews, Sherwood Anglican Church Brisbane, Q'ld., Australia. 1998
    Compiled by: Wendy Howard of "Despatch Magazine."

  • THE ALPHA COURSE/ EVANGELISTIC BIBLE STUDIES
    - Informational file at Way of Life Literature