PRODUCT ON DVD!
BILL ALNOR SPEAKING
OUT ON THE ALIEN AGENDA AT SUMMER ROSWELL
July 2004 talk in Roswell, N.M. now available on
During the Ancient of Days biblical UFO
conference over the July 4 weekend, Bill
presented UFO enthusiasts' contactee
experiences "in their own words"
and found them wanting -- and
unbiblical. Bill convincingly showed the UFO agenda for
what it really is: the promotion of an
anti-Christian religion that alters of the
person, nature and work of Jesus Christ
under the guise of fellowship with so-called
benevolent aliens. Bill also talked about
the history of UFOlogy and how it has gone
in an increasingly religious direction. The
DVD also shows Bill under fire from a few
spirited skeptics. (Bill is also scheduled
to speak at next year's UFO conference in
Roswell, considered to be the UFO capital of
the world.) In recent years Roswell has been
hosting the annual UFO festival to
commemorate the alleged UFO crash nearby in
1947. Cost of Bill’s DVD is $15: To go to
the order form, click here. (Since this is a
new product and not produced by The
Christian Sentinel, allow several weeks for
delivery since it is a new product.) The
conference was hosted by the Alien
Resistance Headquarters (headed by Guy
Malone) that operates opposite the Roswell UFO museum
that seeks to give Christian answers for the
UFO phenomenon. Websites:
www.alienresistance.org and www.ancientofdays.net.
Alnor Successfully Defends Doctoral
Dissertation at Temple University over the
Bill would like to thank all the
readers who prayed for him regarding his
successful defense June 22 of his doctoral
dissertation at Temple University in
Philadelphia. This means that Bill, an
assistant professor and the director of the
journalism program at Texas A&M
University - Kingsville, now holds an earned
Ph.D. in Mass Media and
Communications. His 428-page
dissertation was titled "Borrowed or
Stolen? A Study of Plagiarism in Religion,
with an Emphasis on Contemporary Religious
Media." On his Ph.D. committee were
Drs. Patricia Bradley (chair), John
Lent, Robert Schneider, and the
outside reader was Dr. Francis Beckwith
of Baylor University. According to the
dissertation abstract the dissertation
"shows through tables and charts, line
by line plagiarism by such contemporary
religious media figures as Hank
Hanegraaff of the Christian Research
Institute, Kenneth Hagin, Jimmy
Swaggart, Jerry Falwell, Chuck Missler, Richard
Abanes, W.A. Criswell, Jack
Van Impe, Charles Ryrie, Spiros
Zodhiates, Tim LaHaye, and
several nonevangelicals such as Deepak
Chopra. It also looks at plagiarism
allegations directed against the late
Baptist minister and civil rights leader Martin
Luther King, Jr. This is framed in the
context of pulpit theft in religion."
For those wishing to read the complete
350-word abstract (or for those wishing to
know more about his research, including how
to obtain a copy of the dissertation), click
Bill's research also concluded that Gretchen
Passantino, Elliot Miller and Hanegraaff issued
about the Hanegraaff plagiarism.
Click here for details.
Personal note from Bill Alnor:
As a long time former reporter, author
and now journalism professor, many people
over the years have wanted me to critique
their poems. Frankly, I don't like poetry
(in general) and I am always trying to be
diplomatic in looking for reasons NOT to
critique poems. But Martha K. Miller, one of
our supporters, recently sent me an
astonishing poem set to the tune of "Twas
the Night Before Christmas" that you
got to read. It expresses my sentiments
exactly. I thank Martha for granting me
permission to share it. She can be reached
The Night Before Judgment
by Martha K. Miller
(c) June 29, 2003
(derived from the poem "'Twas the Night
Before Christmas" --or "A Visit
from St. Nicholas"-- by Clement Clarke
'Twas the night before Judgment, when all
through God's house
not a person was stirring 'cept one weary,
The oil lamps weren't trimmed, nor had they
any oil to spare
but they thought the Master should supply it
when He comes there.
The congregation was nestled all snug in
While visions of prosperity kept their minds
And the choir in their robes and the pastor
in his suit
had all become well-seasoned "Bless Me
When in the eastern sky a sound just like
never woke the sleeping church out of their
Outside of the window, He flew by like a
Caused the ground to shutter, as He gave His
trumpet a blast.
His countenance was brighter than the sun
on new fallen snow.
His sword pierced the Earth, to release the
dead ones He did know.
But what to His grieving eyes did appear
Only several martyred souls and a few who
had ears to hear.
Upon a white horse He did ride
conquering the Earth with every stride.
All who witnessed this magnificent scene
burst into tears and fell to their knees.
More rapid than lightning His army came
As he shouted a war cry and called each by
"Now Peter, Now Stephen! Now David and
Come Isaac! Come Jacob! Come Adam and
From this present age to the time before the
Come mighty warriors! Come one, come
As eagles, that above the storm do fly,
they mounted their wings and flew toward the
So up past the mountains far above the
they flew toward the one who called them by
And then in a twinkling He entered the
with the congregation seated and the pastor
at his perch.
As He dawned the platform and looked around
Everyone was unfit, and there were no
soldiers to be found.
They were dressed in their finest from
their head to their foot.
Their clothes were neatly pressed, with no
traces of soot.
Their hands and necks glistened with
diamonds and gold,
And they looked proper and polite, but their
hearts were cold.
Their faces were fixed toward the prize
of their god, money.
Their bodies were fat from consuming too
much milk and honey.
They had forgotten the poor, and the many
And their hearts were tainted, black as
His eyes scanned the room to and fro,
shouting his war cry once again
hoping to find one, but it seemed to fall
upon the ears of deaf men.
Until from the corner of His Father's house
He heard the response of the weary
"I am but a mouse, small and weak.
But I have heard your cry to war.
Though I be weary and tired from all my
struggles, I will fight with you, my
With the mouse standing firm and sincere,
the Master marveled at what he heard.
Then with a smile, the Master gave the weary
mouse the word.
"Come unto me you who are weary, and
I will give you rest.
I know your works, faithful servant, for you
have done your best."
With these words, He took the mouse in His
taking him out of the church built on golden
He mounted his horse, and as he lifted
Greater Grace World Outreach organization, a
controversial Bible-based sect founded by
Carl Stevens continues to be at the center
Recently ex-members and critics have
formed a lively Internet discussion board to
air out their grievances against the
sect. Many say Greater Grace is an
abusive shepherding group with cult-like
follow the controversies go to the
discussion board by clicking here.
However, the church has taken notice, and
recently the Christian Sentinel
received an E-mail post from "The Truth
about Greater Grace." It pointed to a
new web site established by the church to
combat the criticism. It's at http://www.carlstevens.org.
While the post noted, "feel free to
list this web site designed to provide a
fair and balanced view of Carl Stevens and
his many ministries," our firm position
is to not endorse Stevens and Greater Grace.
We believe the case against the church is
he gave his troops the order to move
As they drew closer to the final battle, He
"Glory be to God, the true King and the
Radio's Harold Camping has done it
again. He picks the year 2011 for the
end of the world.
On his July 22, 2004 "Open Forum"
Broadcast he said 2011 is a very likely
candidate for the end of the world. Of
course that's what he said about 1994 in the
early 1990s, even writing a book about
it. Camping is an obvious false
prophet who has urged Christians to leave
all churches in recent years.
which is a new resource on radio
preacher/cult leader R.G. Stair,
who is facing sexual abuse charges. It
states: "This is an account of a
crooked preacher, Ralph G. Stair, who is on
AM/FM and short wave radio. He preaches and
calls people to come and give all their
possessions in the name of religion exchange
for a place to live together with others.
Not a bad deal until he is caught going
behind the backs of parents for many years
sexually abusing teenage sisters."
Christian Sentinel to Resume Publishing
In our last E-update released
in June we told of our desire to resume
publishing a hard copy of The Christian
Sentinel in September. However, we
still don't have the funds to do that, and
so we are now contemplating a January 2005
start up date. To contribute send your tax
deductible contribution to The Christian
Sentinel, PO Box 3, Bishop, TX 78343 (USA).
If you would like to see past issues go to
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All past subscriptions will be honored.
Sentinel President Bill Alnor's latest book,
UFO Cults and the New Millennium.
Price slash to $5 continues.
In this 1998 book, which normally retails for $14.99,
is now available for $5.
To go to
the order form click here.
items this issue:
STORY: A Scourge of Phony Degrees and Suspect
Credentials Plague the Church, Including
With Some who Practice Apologetics.
Cited are Prominent Researcher James White,
Fringe Creation Researcher Kent Hovind, and
Fringe Researcher Noah Hutchings.
A Look at the Scandalous Nature of Honorary
Degrees in the Church.
Trinity Broadcasting Network Cofounder Jan
Crouch Claims a Levitation Experience; Critics
Decry it as Occultic.
Family Radio President Harold Camping Picks
a New Date (2011) for the End of the World!
The Money Grab Continues: Christian Research Institute
(CRI) President Hank
Hanegraaff gets another fat raise, along
with wife, Kathy. Earnings of the duo
top $410,000 yearly.
CRI moving to Charlotte, N.C.? Despite Scandals of 2003, Hanegraaff begs
for more than $500,000, claiming CRI is in
the red. Meanwhile with the CRI
Missionary budget cutbacks and employee
lay-offs, Hanegraaff invests
in a Multimillion Dollar Gated Community and
Golf Course in North Carolina.
About Hanegraaff Plagiarism Accusations
Revealed. (Gretchen Passantino and
Food for the Soul: "'Twas the Night
Missions Corner: The Church in Sri Lanka
Attacked and Persecuted by Buddhists.
How can you help Missionaries.
Discernment Resources on the Greater Grace
World Outreach (Carl Stevens) and on Jailed
Molester/Cult Leader R.G. Stair.
Christian Sentinel Publisher Bill Alnor
Successfully Defends Doctoral Dissertation;
Offers More Information and Resources on
Story by Bill Alnor: (Part I)
Scourge of Suspect Credentials and Phony
Degrees is Sweeping through the Church. It has become rampant
within evangelicalism, and especially within
the Pentecostal and charismatic traditions.
According to Christian Sentinel publisher
Bill Alnor, evidence of this is abundant.
One can open their latest copy of Charisma
magazine and check the upcoming
conferences splashed across its pages and
note the names of many leaders calling
themselves doctors. However, many do
not hold earned degrees. Charisma
along with many other publications, have
a long time practice of selling ad space to
questionable organizations in the degree and
credential selling business, including even
ministry ordinations for sale.
notes, walk into a Christian bookstore,
especially one carrying books from
charismatic/Pentecostal writers and check
out the titles. It turns out that many of
the Christian authors claiming to be
"doctors," hold no doctoral degree
(such as a Ph.D., Th.D. D.Min., Ed.D., etc.)
from a regionally accredited university at
all. Some of these "doctors" have
not even attended a day of college.
Others have not completed a two-year's
associate's degree or a four-year bachelor's degree.
"Christian" leaders are deceptive
and are knowingly bearing false witness.
"They know what they are doing; they
insist on calling themselves `doctors' to
imply scholarship and professional
credibility," Alnor said.
"Some of them also know what the truth
often is: they are not capable of doing
doctoral work even if they were admitted
into a legitimate doctoral program. They are
just blowhards who puff themselves up, trying
to impress their audiences."
Of course, self-aggrandizing
behavior similar to this is denounced
in Scripture, Alnor said. We are challenged to be humble
servants, even "slaves of Christ."
Paul warns us to not think of ourselves more
highly than we ought, and Jesus denounced
the self-promoting behavior of the doctors
of the law and the scribes repeatedly in the
gospels, with one of his most stunning
rebukes located in Luke 20:46-47.
this has affected some of those
involved in apologetics and discernment
ministries, who are supposed to serve as
the eyes of purity in doctrinal and moral
issues within the church. Some very
prominent apologists writing books do not
have accredited doctorates, yet they are
referred to as "doctors." On July
14 in a Southwest Radio Church broadcast
dealing with apostasy in the church, Dr.
Larry Spargimino exposed some of the facts about
prominent apologist and author James White
of Arizona. The show stated that White’s
degree is from an "unaccredited
correspondence school" -- the Columbia
Evangelical Seminary that has "no
library," "no curriculum
committee," "no bookstore,"
and has "no course review
procedures." The broadcast claimed that many of
those holding phony degrees do so for
"purely mercenary motivations."
"Fake degrees are a betrayal of the
public's trust.... These degrees aren't
worth the paper they are printed on. You
don't want someone with a fake degree
working in Homeland security, teaching your
children and designing your bridges."
To listen to the broadcast go to http://www.swrc.com/broadcasts/2004/july.htm,
click on July 14 and go to the very end of
interesting to note that while White’s
repeatedly lists his title as
"Dr." James White (as he also
identifies himself on his radio broadcast), White's evangelical
publisher refuses to list him as
"Dr." on one of his recent
books. White has addressed
this issue on his web site, defending his
credentials and has privately corresponded
with Bill Alnor about it some time
ago. However, Alnor found his explanations to be woefully
inadequate. Nevertheless, he is now
publicly giving White a chance to respond,
and he will reproduce White's answers in a
future E-update without editing his response
as long as White answers all the
questions. Click here to see Bill's
questions he has presented to White. Bill would also
place on the record that he has a high
esteem for much of White's work,
particularly in the areas of the "King
James Only" debate and "Roman
The irony of it is
that Noah Hutchings, the host of the regular
Southwest Radio Church (SWRC) broadcast that blasted
him on July 14, has made false, grandiose claims about
himself. Hutchings, the
president of the ministry that
boasts of being the "watchman on the
wall," claims the title of
"pastor," but he also claims to be
"Doctor" Hutchings. The
"Dr." title is bestowed on him
repeatedly throughout the ministry's website
and even graces the covers of some of his
published books under the by-line "Dr.
Noah Hutchings." Yet he is not a doctor
and holds no earned graduate degrees at
all. What makes it even more
hypocritical is that on June 15, the day after his
attack on White's educational credentials,
Larry Spargimino publicly referred to
Hutchings as "Dr." on the
Additionally, the SWRC carries
many editorial products that make sensational and
wild, false claims written by a slew of men
and women with suspect doctorates and
credentials. Frequently SWRC's daily broadcast
features radio guests holding
phony degrees. (Bill Alnor would also
like to place on the record that he has no
esteem for the ministry of Southwest Radio
Church, which he deems to be untrustworthy
and a waste of listener's contributions to keep on
Bill Alnor called Hutchings several weeks
ago to discuss the issue Hutchings conceded that
he holds no earned doctorate, but instead
has a bachelor's degree in accounting from a
university in Oklahoma. However, Hutchings
said he holds two honorary doctorates from
St. Charles school in California and
American Christian University in Oklahoma
City, both of which do not hold regional
accreditation. Although Alnor did not check
these claims out by press time, he has long
noted that Hutchings is a long time veteran
of dishonest reporting and sensationalism as
reported his 1989 book, Soothsayers
of the Second Advent. Alnor referred to the SWRC as "The
National Enquirer of
part 2 of this this article that gives a
critical look on the scandalous nature of
granting honorary degrees in the church,
Trinity Broadcasting Network cofounder
Jan Crouch claims to have levitated during a
recent mystical experience. But some
cult experts are labeling it occultic and
have accused Crouch of teaching people to
participate in spiritism (specifically
forbidden by Scripture) and guided
imagery. As Crouch wrote in TBN's recent July
newsletter: "I suppose it was about
three in the morning. I’ve been awakened a lot in the past
year and when it happens I just talk to
Jesus a while and usually fall back asleep
— but this was different. I felt as if I
was lifted up off my bed — not far, maybe
one foot or so — but I felt as if I were
floating and hands were holding me."
How should we respond to such a claim?
read Jackie Alnor's analysis of the Crouch
levitation, click here.
the scandals of last year when the
Evangelical Council for Financial
Accountability accused the Christian
Research Institute (CRI) of not being in
compliance of several of its standards, the
Hanegraaff money grab continues at CRI. According
to the latest IRS 990 forms filed by CRI
that covered the 2002-2003 fiscal year,
while CRI brought in more than $57,000 less
in gifts and contribution than the previous
year (that forced layoffs and ministry
cutbacks, according to published reports),
Hanegraaff and his wife, Kathy, received
stunning increases, that have them pulling
in more than $411,727 in compensation -- up
from the $358,447 of a year earlier.
That is an increase of more than
$53,000! CRI Vice President Paul
Young, who abandoned his wife in Canada
approximately a decade ago incurring the
disappointment of his home church and the
former president and coworkers at CRI Canada, received
almost a $25,000 raise, placing his salary
at $155,600. But the way the
Hanegraaff compensated was reported in the
IRS forms required
some creativity: Hanegraaff's on paper
"salary" actually went down from
$251,886 to $227,167, but despite a slow
speaking schedule (Hanegraaff does not speak
at many churches and conferences) his
expense account zoomed from $17,301 to
$53,164! Meanwhile Kathy Hanegraaff's
salary as "director of planning"
went from $87,600 to $107,500, and her
expense account went from $1,660 to
$3,896. But hidden in the 990 form is
the fact that Kathy Hanegraaff was the only
one at CRI to receive an extra $20,000 in
"contributions to employee benefit
plans and deferred compensation."
Also keep in mind that according to one of
the exposés of last year many CRI employees
were unaware of Mrs. Hanegraaff's role at
the ministry; some complained that they
seldom ever saw here, and others didn't know
she worked there. Yet since her hiring
four years ago in the newly created
position, the 990 forms claim that Mrs.
Hanegraaff, a parent of nine children, works
more than 50 hours per week at CRI!
To critics these financial
shenanigans at CRI are a shocking outrage so
grievous that it is way off the scale of
proper behavior from a Christian
ministry. Many believe CRI's purpose
has been diverted far away from its founder,
Walter Martin, particularly in light of the
fact that in recent years CRI has dropped
its traditional strong support for overseas
missions. Outreaches in
the former Soviet Union, Eastern Europe and
Brazil have been eliminated as money that
people think they are giving to God's work is
increasingly being used to enrich Hanegraaff.
The Christian Sentinel's position has not
changed. We continue to call for the
removal of Hanegraaff as president of CRI
and we urge everyone to stop giving to the
ministry. Better yet, contact your
pastor and Christian leaders everywhere to
insist they not support CRI under
While some might argue that the
increase in Hanegraaff's expense account
does not represent a raise, the exposés of
2003 in Christianity Today, The Christian
Sentinel and the Los
Angeles Times that detailed the wild
spending at CRI, seems to tell a different
story. (In addition, the 990 forms
going back for the past five years indicates
that the CRI president and his wife had no
expense accounts until three years
ago. Suddenly then, the expense
accounts began. For
background on the scandals see Bill's
editorial by clicking here, and follow the
links.) CRI leaders had to engage
in significant reimbursements to the
ministry's coffers after it became know that
donors' contributions were being diverted to
pay for such things as Lexus for Hanegraaff,
his country club fees, $8,000 in flooring
for his home office, money for his vitamins
and flowers he sent to his mother, and for
maintenance bills in excess of $1,000 for
Hanegraaff's children's computers. The
990 form reveals other significant salaries
at CRI as John Stoffel's $67,500, Elliot
Miller's $60,000, Stephen Ross's $52,000 and
Valerie Julius's $50,250.
things getting too hot for Hank Hanegraaff
and the Christian Research Institute in
Southern California? Norman Geisler of
the Southern Evangelical Seminary in
Charlotte told a supporter that Hanegraff is
moving CRI to the Charlotte area.
In addition, the April 4, 2004 Charlotte Observer
reported that Hanegraaff, an intense golf
enthusiast, has become one of the investors
in a multimillion dollar gated community and
golf course called The Club at Longview in
Union County, which contains a
"signature" golf course personally
designed by Jack Nicklaus. Other
investor include former Charlotte Hornets
star Dell Curry, former Carolina Panthers
quarterback Steve Beuerlein, Coca-Cola
executives Bill Elmore and Frank Harrison,
Wachovia executive Paul Grube and Bank of
America vice chairman Bill Vandiver. To
read more about The Club at Longview go to
its website by clicking here. Also
click on the clubhouse ground breaking slide
show at that site. Golf
Magazine gives a run down of the prices
of the homes in the gated community:
"Three of the planned five stages of
development are currently in progress, many
with views of the Jack Nicklaus Signature
Golf Course. The neighborhoods include:
Colonnade Custom Homes, 83 featured homes
priced from the mid-$600,000s; Estate Home
sites, 83 custom home sites, many with views
of the course; Village Homes of Longview,
maintenance-free 2,700-square-foot to
4,000-square-foot homes priced from the
mid-$900,000s; and Estate Home sites, most
offering spectacular Nicklaus course
orientations." To revisit
last year's scandals involving Hanegraaff
and CRI as reported in the
Christian Sentinel, go to our June,
2003 E-updates. Sadly, this proposed
move to Charlotte flies against the grain of
founder Walter Martin's vision that CRI
should be based in Southern California, one
of the most active hotbeds of cultic
activity in the Western hemisphere. It also threatens the dozens
of employees working at CRI's
headquarters. Will they be forced to
move or laid off? We will keep up with
Missions corner: The Church in Sri Lanka
under attack by Buddhists.
Christians are increasingly under attack
by Buddhists in Sri Lanka, the island nation
just south of India. According to the June
25 "Missions Insider" produced by
Christian Aid Mission organization of
Charlottesville, Va., persecution against
Christians stepped up since the death of a
Buddhist monk last December, and though he
died of a heart attack, rumors spread that
Christians murdered him. Since the
have been widespread attacks on Christian
churches and prayer centers throughout the
Island. This is just one of many places
throughout the world where Christians are
being persecuted because of their faith,
often by cultists, government officials, and
especially by those in authority in such
false religious systems as Islam. And the
attacks against evangelicals are often more
Roman Catholic countries, with the
Roman church often sanctioning them. The
Christian Sentinel asks that we pray for the
church in Sri Lanka as they go through their
time of fiery trials, sometime literally, as
some churches are being burned down.
Meanwhile we believe that part of the
going forth of the Gospel in these last days
includes an apologetics approach by
believers seeking to reach the lost. The
false religious systems need to be exposed
for what they are -- lies that will lead
millions to an eternity separated from God.
We also believe that the true Christians in
those lands where the Gospel is but a faint
light need to be equipped to learn how to
defend the faith from attack. There is
precedence in the book of Acts where the
Gospel went forward and clashed with an occult-filled world
of false religionists. The Gospel always
won; the new believers in Christ burned
their occult books publicly (Acts 19:19). A
good source for believers to keep abreast on
the hotspots of missions activities and
tales of persecution throughout the world is
to sign up for Christian Aid’s free E-mail
updates by going to http://www.christianaid.org/ourstory.asp
We recommend the following
ministries who support overseas outreaches
with an apologetics emphasis: The Centers for Apologetics Resources,
for Religious Research,
Watchman Fellowship, The Spiritual Counterfeits Project,
and others. We need to be mindful of the
words of the late Walter Martin who said the
cults are the world’s greatest mission
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