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Article ID: 4719
Age Group: Adult
Posted: September 30th. 2002
Spiritual Counterfeits 
by Kerr Cuhulain
The Spiritual Counterfeits Project, as evidenced by its title, preaches that religions other than fundamentalist Christianity are "counterfeit" religions and are linked to Satanism. They make no distinction between other religions and Satanism. They are hardly to be considered an objective and accurate resource. Yet, as we can see, they are a major source of misinformation to the law enforcement community.
An organization similar to the Spiritual Counterfeits Project is the Religion Analysis Service, Inc., based in Brainerd, Minnesota. The president of Religion Analysis Service is Dr. William A Bevier. The other members of the board are:
- Rev. Ervin Ingebretson, Vice President
- Ronald B. Anderson, Secretary
- Leslie E. Buege
- Timothy J. Buege
- David A. Cook
- Steve Lagoon
- Laurence Sutherland
The Board Of Reference of RAS includes:
- Dr. Ron Carlson, Eden Prairie, Minnesota
- Dr. Norman Geisler, Charlotte, North Carolina
- Dave Hunt, Bend, Oregon
- Dr. Roy E. Knuteson , Fort Collins, Colorado
- Dr. David L. Larsen, professor and Chairman of Practical Theology at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois
- Rev. Richard McCarrell, Hudsonville, Michigan
Former members of the Board of Reference of RAS include:
- Charles L Feinberg, PhD, author of Millenarianism: the Two Major Views
- Dr. Wendell Grout, former Religion Analysis Service Vice President, former Pastor of First Covenant Church in Minneapolis, author of Transcendental Meditation: A Religion? and Truth or Error?
- Rev. R. F. McIlnay
- John G Mitchell, DD
- J. Palmer Muntz, DD
- Harold P Warren, DD
Religion Analysis Service was started over 5 decades ago in downtown Minneapolis. They moved early in 1990 to Brainerd. Religion Analysis Service publishes a quarterly newsletter: The Discerner. Religion Analysis Service also operates a on line book store that offers over 629 titles including all of the authors supporting the Satanic Conspiracy myth. They have a web site at http://www.ras.org/
This is how RAS describes themselves on their web site which was updated in April 2002:
"The Religion Analysis Service is a non-profit interdenominational ministry dedicated to combatting false teachings through the printing and distributing of literature covering a large number of cults. For more than five decades we have specialized in cult research and study of the literature and methods of non-Christian religious systems in order to meet the needs of those who seek information and help in combatting error. We seek to establish a constructive, preventative, and corrective approach to the often-neglected problems of error, primarily by means of literature distribution. We emphasize Bible teaching which is needed to meet the challenges of the hour. When possible, we seek to extend Scriptural, courteous, and confidential assistance to Truth-seekers through contact by telephone or mail.
"In addition to the materials listed in our Online Catalog, we also publish a quarterly magazine, The Discerner. It offers an up-to-date treatment of the many false teachings being propagated. The printing and mailing of the catalog to all our constituents has been a great expense to our organization. We request your prayers and financial support for this ministry."(18)
The cover of the 1989 Religion Analysis catalogue announces "False Teachings Exposed" and is labelled "A catalogue of books and tracts exposing cults and unscriptural teachings in the light of God's word." On page 3 of this catalogue their purpose is stated as follows: "Religion Analysis Service specializes in research and study of the literature, history and methods of non-Christian religious systems. We seek to establish constructive, preventative and corrective approach (sic) to the often neglected problems of error. Searching analysis reveals the weak points, where special emphasis in Bible teaching is needed to meet the challenges of the hour. When possible, we seek to extend Scriptural, courteous and confidential assistance to Truth-seekers through personal contact or by mail." In their catalogue and on their web site, RAS list a 12 point "Doctrinal Statement" in which they clearly identify themselves as fundamentalist Christians:
- "We believe in the Scriptures of the Old and the New Testaments as verbally inspired of God, inerrant, and that they are of supreme and final authority in faith and life.
- "We believe in one God, eternally existing in three Persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
- "We believe that Jesus Christ was begotten by the Holy Spirit, and born of the virgin Mary, and is true God and true man.
- "We believe that man was created in the image of God; that he sinned, and thereby incurred, not only physical death, but also that spiritual death which is separation from God; and that all human beings are born with a sinful nature, and in the case of those who reach moral responsibility become sinners in thought, word, and deed.
- "We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, as a representative and substitutionary sacrifice; and that all who believe in Him are justified on the grounds of His shed blood.
- "We believe that all those (and only those) who by faith receive the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior, are miraculously born again of the Holy Spirit, and thereby, without benefit of any human merit, religious rite and ceremony, partake of Divine life and nature, and are sealed by the Holy Spirit for time and eternity.
- "We believe that, at the time of the new birth, the believer received the Holy Spirit and by Him is baptized into the body of Christ; is forever indwelt by the Holy Spirit as Guide and Comforter; and if yielded to Him, is empowered for service.
- "We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ, the 'Head of the Body, the Church.'
- "We believe in the resurrection of the crucified body of our Lord, in His ascension into heaven, and in His present life there as High Priest and Advocate for us.
- "We believe in "that blessed hope," the personal, premillennial, and imminent return of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
- "We believe in the bodily resurrection of both the saved and the lost; the everlasting blessedness of the saved, and the everlasting conscious punishment of the lost.
- "We believe that Satan is a real being, a personal devil, that he, the enemy of God, the "father of lies," the great deceiver of mankind, is the instigator of all false systems of religion, and that, with him, all persistent followers of such will find their end in the lake of fire."(19)
Religion Analysis Service simply lists anything other than what they believe in as a "cult," including all of the major world religions. Non-Christian religions are either declared Satanic or at least Satanically inspired, in a similar fashion to the Spiritual Counterfeits Project. RAS apparently also considers Communism a religious cult, devoting a section of their catalogue to McCarthyist books by Fred Schwartz.
Recent issues of The Discerner include:
- Caroline Alexander's two part series: "The World of the Occult & Its Infiltration into Modern Society."(20)
- Lt. Col. Robert L. Maginnis's article, "Brewing Up Trouble: WICCA and the U.S. Military."(21) Macginnis is the vice president for policy for the Family Research Council.
It is obvious from RAS materials that their main focus is promoting their brand of Christianity rather than researching "non-Christian religious systems." As a resource for people interested in religions they are useless.
Another organization that set itself up as a resource on "cults" is WATCH Network, whose name has already appeared numerous times in this series. WATCH stands for "Watchmen Alert To Cultic Harrassment". WATCH is a non-profit organization founded in El Paso, TX, in 1985 by Sue Joyner. It published a quarterly newsletter called "Watch Alert Newsletter" and an occult crime handbook entitled Be Aware! A Handbook for the Purpose of Exposing Occult Activity. WATCH sponsored public presentations all over Texas. Many of these were done by WATCH Network member Greg Reid, who I discuss elsewhere in this series. Reid claims to be an adult survivor of Satanic abuse and claims to have witnessed a human sacrifice when he was a child.
The WATCH Network has been supported by the Maranatha Christian Fellowship and used the following organizations/individuals as resources: Back In Control Center (associated with Darlene Fettinicchio, an Orange County Probation Officer), Dr. Joe Steussy (an "ex rock musician" who is now a University of Texas music professor), Kathy Snowden (who is discussed elsewhere in this series), Dr. Lawrence Pazder (also discussed elsewhere in this series), "Dr." Rebecca Brown (a fraud discussed earlier in this series), Dr. Catherine Gould (also discussed elsewhere in this series), Jan Hollingsworth (author of Unspeakable Acts), Believe the Children (the organization founded by parents of McMartin daycare children), The New Federalist newspaper, Walker Veal (director of the Killeen (TX) Police Academy who has coordinated several seminars promoting the Satanic conspiracy myth), Dr. Gayland Hurst, and the aforementioned Spiritual Counterfeits Project.
WATCH Network sold books by David Balsiger, Lt. Larry Jones, Carole Allen-Bailey, Warnke Ministries, Greg Reid and Passport Magazine, all of whom are covered in this series. WATCH Network also sells books by Dr. Gayland Hurst, such as Cults, Sects and Deviant Movements, Masses and Rituals, and The Cult- A New Police Problem.
WATCH Network lists a number of organizations as "occult resources", including the following disseminators of Satanic Conspiracy myths: Believe the Children, Bothered About Dungeons and Dragons (BADD), Childhelp, Cult Crime Impact Network, Inc (CCIN), and the Interfaith Council on Cults.
WATCH Network's newsletter is a collection of materials from the aforementioned resources sprinkled with Biblical quotations and alleged examples of "ritualistic crime." WATCH Network's paranoia can be demonstrated by the following excerpt from their September 87 newsletter:
"On January 10, 1963, a Congressional committee presented a list of forty-five points the Communists were utilizing to undermine and eventually destroy America. Many of them have been or are in the process of being accomplished, not only through Communist organizations, but also through Satanic and other occult related groups which not only have similar goals, but roots as well."
In the same newsletter WATCH declares that there is an international Satanic conspiracy working to take over the world, called "the Illuminati", a fictitious organization that we have already run into several times in this book. WATCH correctly identifies the Illuminati as being an organization founded by Adam Weishaupt, the professor of canon law at Ingolstadt University in Germany. However, they obviously haven't figured out that Weishaupt's conspiracy was against the ruling monarchy in his state, not the whole world, and that the Illuminati became defunct with the discovery of Weishaupt's plot by royalist agents a few months after its foundation. Undaunted, WATCH then quotes the following 15 goals of this supposed international conspiracy, as found in a book by Pat Brooks entitled Return of the Puritans:
1) to do away with all oaths of loyalty & allegiance to America;
2) capture one or both political parties;
3) gain control of the educational system;
4) infiltrate the press;
5) obtain control of key positions in radio, TV, and the motion picture industry;
6) eliminate all laws governing obscenity, calling them 'censorship' and a violation of free speech and press;
7) erode the cultural standards of morality by promoting pornography & obscenity in books, magazines and the media;
8) present homosexuality, degeneracy, and promiscuity as moral, natural, & healthy;
9) infiltrate the church and replace historical Biblical Christianity with a social religion;
10) eliminate prayer and/or any type of religious expression in schools on the grounds that it violates the principle of the separation of church and state;
11) eliminate the House on Un-American Activities;
12) discredit and eventually dismantle the FBI;
13) discredit the family as an institution and instead encourage promiscuity and easy divorce;
14) create the belief that violence and civil disobedience are legitimate expressions of the American tradition and that students and special interest groups should rise up with force to try to solve economic, political and social problems; and
15) internationalize the Panama canal."(22)
This paranoia is continued in WATCH Network's Be Aware! manual, which is supposed to be a manual on Satanic Ritual Abuse for investigators. Actually Be Aware is really nothing but a collection of myths, Christian propaganda and hate literature. They start by stating:
It is our intent to do what we can to help stop the spread of Satanism and other occultic activity from destroying your youth- the future of tomorrow".(23)
Be Aware then lists the following factors as contributing to what they see as a "renewed interest in occult philosophy"(24):
A The death of rationalism which invites interest in the supernatural.
B The chaos and complexity of our society which causes many to look for 'short-cut' thinking.
C A retreat to an irrational state in which a person rejects responsibility for decisions and consequences.
D The influence of Eastern religion with its subjectivity of truth.
E Parapsychological and psychic research which seems to lead to the idea that the occult is really a science.
F The prominence of supernatural/occult themes in the media.
G Disbelief in the supernatural in modern theology.
H The potential reality of the occult/satanism."
Points "B" & "C" above could apply equally well to WATCH's version of Christianity. Point "F" is largely due to the activities of hysterical fundamentalist Christians.
WATCH Network considers the Inquisition and its excesses to have been justified. In Be Aware they state:
"The Inquisition in its attempt to weed out 'heretics' was as much an attempt to prevent revolution as it was to promote theological purity. Satanism for some people represents a way to show opposition to the 'establishment'.(25)
WATCH divides Satanism into 4 levels of involvement on page 2 of Be Aware:
a. The fun-and-games level.
b. The dabblers.
c. Serious involvement.
d. Criminal involvement."
Be Aware then lists the following characteristics as indications of whether a person is involved in Satanic activity (all of which could, of course, apply to other belief systems which they include in this "satanic" category):
"The presence of books about Satanism or the occult...robes (usually black, but perhaps red or other colours...The altar- traditionally a nude woman is the actual altar, but she would lay on a sort of table or slab of stone or metal...The symbol of Baphomet, or the goat of Mendes... Candles... Bell... Chalice."(26)
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Bio: Kerr Cuhulain the author of this article, is known to the mundane world as Detective Constable Charles Ennis. Ennis, a former child abuse investigator, is the author of several articles on child abuse investigation that appeared in Law & Order Magazine. Better known to the Pagan community by his Wiccan name, Kerr Cuhulain, Ennis was the first Wiccan police officer to go public about his beliefs 28 years ago. Kerr is now the Preceptor General of Officers of Avalon. Kerr went on to write four books: The Law Enforcement Guide to Wicca (Horned Owl Publishing), Wiccan Warrior and Full Contact Magick: A Book of Shadows for the Wiccan Warrior. (Llewellyn Publications), as well as a book based on this series: Witch Hunts: Out of the Broom Closet (Spiral Publishing).
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