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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Tonight, a fascinating look at the defense of the faith as Walter Martin debates historic Christian doctrine with Partridge, Rob, and Schrock on NBC's Long John Nebel Show. (Introduction by Jill Martin Rische) (Music intro by Owl City,... more

What is the holiness of God and why has He asked us to pursue it? Why is it so difficult to follow Him? When we turn and walk away from the light, we only walk into the darkness; we wander away from the power of God. In his final... more

The Bible teaches that the Church is under attack from without--from unbelievers--and also from within. Constant arguments between those who claim to follow Christ continue to divide His church, confusing many and keeping... more

Today, Witchcraft has made it into the mainstream and the worship of Satan is not far behind, but God has a different take on the both of these subjects. Walter Martin examines Deuteronomy 13 tonight, on Night Watch.

What is the foolishness of God? Can it really be found in the Bible? Tonight, Walter Martin talks about the heart of God, His love for us, and His plan to save us.

What is the Baptism of Boldness? Is it a gift or a promise? Can anyone experience it? Walter Martin shares personal stories on the defenseof the faith with humor and passion, on Night Watch.

Walter Martin defends Christianity against Mormon doctrines and gives Mormons a chance to argue for their beliefs, including the revelation of polygamy and the character of Joseph Smith Jr. Also addressed is the doctrine of the Trinity and... more

We have a two-fold calling: to tell people about the love and sacrifice of Jesus, and to defend Him. Jude 3 tells us to be "set for the defense of faith"--it is not enough to talk of His love, we must give people answers, reasons for our faith.... more

Predestination is often a topic of heated debate, generating "a great deal of heat and very little light" as Walter Martin used to say. Tonight, the Original Bible Answer Man takes a closer look at the biblical mystery that so often leads to... more

One of Walter Martin's favorite things to do was to teach his Bible Class every Sunday, and though he traveled three days a week as part of his ministry, he always made it a point to be back for his class on Sunday morning. Tonight,... more
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