The Canadian government has ordered a Christian ministry that teaches doctrine and the differences between Christians and cults shut down because its reference materials were “critical” of the beliefs of those who are not Christian, WND has learned.
So what used to be called MacGregor Ministries with offerings in how to recognize and eliminate “faulty fads” in Christian churches has been re-created in the United States, and now operates under the name MM Outreach Media Ministries.
Lorri MacGregor, who has dedicated her life to explaining the straight and narrow of Christian beliefs since she found her way out of the Jehovah’s Witness system years ago, told WND Canada’s version of a “hate crimes” law prevented their work from continuing as it had for nearly 30 years.
“Canada is no longer a Christian nation,” she said. “And watch out America!”
The issue of the ministry’s charities license in Canada, allowing it to operate as a ministry, came up during a routine audit of the ministry’s finances, which was uneventful.
“The auditor that originally looked at our books told us her supervisor had said she wanted us shut down,” Mrs. MacGregor told WND. “Canada has very strong hate laws.”
She said the ministry points out the differences between Christianity and various cult beliefs, but also with respect, and never as a proponent. She said the work always is in response to a question or issue.
“When a group such as Jehovah’s Witnesses said of our doctrine we’re worshipping a freakish three-headed God (the Trinity), we should be able to respond,” she said. “We say, ‘Here’s the doctrine of the Trinity and here is where it is in the Scripture.'”
That, however, violates Canada’s hate crimes laws, and the ministry was ordered to either make wholesale changes in its presentations, or shut down.
“There was nothing we could do that would please them,” she said. “They wanted us every time we criticized something to say, ‘So Christianity is equal to Buddhism, Islam, Mormonism, Jehovah’s Witnesses… Just decide for yourself.'”
“We cannot do that,” she said of the work she and her husband, Keith, have spent their lives assembling.
“She gave us an ultimatum that we needed to say that all religions are equal, Lorri MacGregor was to stop writing our magazine on the cults, we were to remove our websites and stop selling any products to help [teach about] the cults, and any future DVDs that we do on the Bible must not be persuasive,” the couple alerted friends in an e-mail. “We could not live under those restrictions.”
“We chose to shut down the ministry and we are in Washington to sign papers to start up a U.S. corporation and also start the long process of applyign for 501(c)3 status in the U.S. We have been told that within five to 10 years, the U.S. government will be in the same position as the Canadian government and t hey will also go after Christian apologetics groups,” the alert continued.
“It was a no-win situation. We didn’t want to see our charity money eaten up by lawyers,” Mrs. MacGregor told WND. “It was heart-wrenching.”
“We wrote on Feb. 7 and voluntarily revoked our [license] ourselves,” she said. “We said this auditor requires us to compromise our Christian faith, which we cannot do.”
The ministry entered into the expense of relocating its corporate structure into the United States, and is in the process of applying for that nation’s tax-exempt status offered mission organizations.
“You’re not allowed in Canada to speak in a persuasive way about your own faith,” she said.
The effort cost considerable funds, although Mrs. MacGregor didn’t want to provide dollar figures on their loss through the changeover. “We had been saving up to build a studio, because we don’t believe in debt,” she said. “At the moment we are ready to start construction, the government moved in to shut us down.”
“They said if we were just preaching our own Gospel, and weren’t criticizing anybody else, we could continue,” she said. “If you’re going to defend the Gospel, you’ve got to criticize sometimes.”
For example, the ministry addresses the issue of “fads,” including a “creeping Eastern mysticism” appearing in some churches, “turning meaningful prayer meetings into mind-emptying rituals called contemplative prayer promising experiences of a spiritual nature.”
“Feelings have often replaced the solid word of God,” the website warns.
“Numerous churches have become ‘seeker’ churches, disposing of the parts of the Gospel message that might offend anyone’s lifestyle. Crowds come to hear contemporary music, followed by a feel-good message, and perhaps even a ‘conversion’ experience, to an all-accepting Jesus. No change required! They now consider themselves Christians, but are they?”
Regarding Mormons, they have a list of cautions:
- “Mormons won’t tell you that all their so-called scriptures such as the Book of Mormon, Pearl of Great Price, Doctrine and Covenants, and even their official ‘Mormon Doctrine’ statements contradict each other…”
- “Mormons won’t tell you that the reason the Book of Mormon has no maps is because there is not one scrap of archaeological evidence to support it!”
- “Mormons won’t tell you that their prophet Joseph Smith was heavily involved in the occult when he founded Mormonism.”
- “Mormons won’t tell you that that they encourage visitations from dead relatives from the ‘spirit world,’ a practice forbidden in the Bible. (Deuteronomy 18:10- 12.)”
They also note the misguided teachings of others.
“Neale Donald Walsch who wrote the bestseller Conversations with God says, ‘Hitler went to heaven’ (Neale Donald Walsch, Conversations with God: An Uncommon Dialogue, Book 2, Hampton Roads Publishing Company, Inc., 1997; p. 35) And the reason according to Walsh ‘There is no hell, so there is no place else for him to go.'”
“The Bible states that the ONLY WAY to heaven is by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone. Universalism teaches that there is not just one way of salvation but many different ways. The Christian inclusivists state salvation is by grace through faith in Christ alone, but they change the meaning to be that His grace extends out to those who do not believe (not needing faith) because he died for them too,” the website teaches.
WND previously has reported how proposals are being made in Canada to raise taxes and fees on churches dramatically, as well as ban them from meeting in some locations.
WND also has reported on how many Biblical standards of behavior are under attack by the “bastardized courts” of Canada, where activists who claim they have “hurt feelings” are demanding – and getting – penalties imposed against those who oppose the homosexual lifestyle.
It also has reported on the times that “hate crimes” legislation for the United States has been considered in Congress.
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