Walter Martin

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Jill Martin Rische is Dr. Walter Martin's eldest daughter and co-Director, along with her husband Kevin, of Religious Information Network, an umbrella non-profit that includes Walter Martin Ministries ( Dr. Walter Martin is known as the founder of Christian Research Institute and the Bible Answer Man radio program. He is also the author of numerous books, including his 45 year bestseller, The Kingdom of the Cults. In 2008, Thomas Nelson released The Kingdom of the Occult, a project Walter Martin had hoped to complete during his lifetime. This 754 page reference work is co-authored by Jill Martin Rische and Kurt Van Gorden, Dr. Martin's longtime researcher and friend. Dr. Martin has an extensive audio library of teachings on Mormonism, Jehovah's Witnesses, Scientology, the Occult, Spiritism, the New Age, Buddhism, Eastern Religions, Baha'i, Islam, Unification, and many more--all available at There is also a free Listening Library with new audios added every month. Walter Martin Ministries provides answers to those searching for spiritual direction in their lives. (Many thanks to Dwayna Litz, founder and director of Lighting the Way Worldwide, for her song, "Higher Power." Excerpt from Ocean Eyes, Saltwater Room by Owl City)

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The Apostle Paul warned the Church--both ancient and modern--to recognize and defend against certain enemies: those who come against her from the outside and those who attack from within. Today, that warning still holds true but the... more

Jerry Seinfeld promotes it; the US Army spends millions on it for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder therapy; public schools teach it to your children...or will. What is it? The Hindu practice of meditation courtesy of the Beatles' favorite guru:... more

Walter Martin and Ed Decker continue their conversation on Mormon theology, Joseph Smith Jr., Brigham Young, and key biblical truths. What can you say when Mormon Missionaries come to your door? Some great ideas for challenging... more

In a role-playing "Mormon at your door" scenario, Walter Martin and Ed Decker discuss the fascinating details of Mormon theology. With humor and biblical examples, they offer clear insight into some of the most difficult problems of... more

During the time of the Early Church, there arose a group of people who claimed they had superior intellect and knowledge greater than the Apostles and even Jesus Christ himself. They became known as the Gnostics, and they... more

The story of the wise men and the shepherds is history; it happened. God did it for a purpose. The story of Herod and his plot to murder an innocent child is history. The midnight flight into Egypt is history. But what is the core of... more

"In the beginning the Word was, the Word was face to face with God, and the Word was God." John's approach to Jesus Christ is the core of Christianity. He portrays him as the wisdom of God who came to reside in humankind. There... more

How did the Roman Catholic Church, as we know it today, evolve from the time of the Early Church? Is the idea of a Pope even biblical? Can a Catholic be a Christian? Walter Martin examines the history, traditions, theology and... more

If there is no resurrection, there is no hope and no future for any of us. But the God of all creation says He commands the things that are not as if they were; He calls them into existence by His own laws, organizes and reorganizes all... more
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