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Cult of Error


You are approached on the street by a young man with a Bible. A

member of the Jesus movement? He may try to give that impression. He

asks a question like, "How many thieves died on crosses near Jesus?"

When you reply with an answer from the Bible he goes, "Aha, You're

wrong." Then he gives an entirely different number or answer and asks

you, "Don't you wish you could know the Bible as well as I do?" At the

end of the conversation he may say, "I'll bet you have never heard the

Scriptures explained like this before, have you?" Who is this young


Almost 2000 years ago Jesus prophesied the increase of false

prophets in the end times. The world has continued confirming His word

by adding yet another group to the expanding list of cults{1}.

"The Way International" or the "Way Bible Research Institute",

most commonly called "The Way", is a growing pseudo-Christian{2}

organization largely comprised of young adults. It is developing into

a menace to right-on body ministries and fellowships.

As most cults operate, the Way innocently infiltrates{3} a

fellowship. After the meeting they engage new Christians in Biblical

discussions and invite them to Bible studies. Left undisturbed, The

Way members will display loving dispositions and appear quite

harmless. But beware - they are dangerous and would love to steal

sheep from the flock{4} and create damaging divisions in a fellowship.

They preach another gospel and a different Jesus than the one you have

received. No matter how they may disguise their message with clever

word games, it is erroneous{5}.


The Way's founder and teacher is Victor Paul Wierwille. He

propagates his many apostate doctrines by misusing some scriptures and

ignoring others. Wierwille has stated that he has produced the only

"pure and correct" interpretation of the Bible since the first


Nearly all founders of cults take this proud unscriptural view:

Herbert W. Armstrong of the Worldwide Church of God, Witness Lee of

the Local Church, Joseph Smith of the Mormons, Charles Russel of the

Jehovah's Witnesses. Wierwille has also said, "I have read every

commentary in existence; I consign every one of them to Gehenna!"{7}


Wierwille teaches that, "The Bible as a whole is not relevant to

all people of all times."{8} He rejects the Old Testament and the

Gospels as unnecessary{8}. Only the rest of the New Testament is

relevant for his group which he calls the "Church of God."{8} The Way

also teaches that the Bible is not the Word of God, but only contains

the word of God{9}. The Bible teaches us an entirely different thing.

In II Timothy 3:16, the scripture clearly states that, "ALL scripture

is given by inspiration of God and is profitable for doctrine, for

reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness." The Greek

word used in this verse for inspiration is theopneutos and literally

means God-breathed. This is not the same word used for inspiring music

or books. It is a special word denoting God's penmanship. The Bible

says in II Peter 1:20, 21 that "Knowing this first, that no prophecy

of the scripture is of any private interpretation. For the prophecy

came not in old times by the will of man, but holy men of God spake as

they were moved by the Holy Ghost."


Wierwille offers numerous courses at a high price. Each course

costs $65 or more. To take all of his courses could cost a disciple

hundreds of dollars.{15} The initial "Bible" course, "Power for

Abundant Living," promises that right "believing" will keep away

sickness, insure prosperity, and even protect soldiers from enemy

bullets{10}. Poverty is condemned as the result of imperfect faith.{8}

The "Good Life" is the proper reward for believing{11}. Wierwille

seemingly teaches for gain and is nothing more than a sophisticated

Reverend Ike. The Bible warns the Church about such false teachers

who preach for worldly gain. II Peter 2:3 says that such men are

under judgement and damnation. "And through covetousness shall they

with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgment now a long

time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not".{11}


The most dangerous of all Wierwille's teachings are concerning

the Trinity and the Deity of Christ. He teaches that Jesus is the Son

of God, but not God the Son. "You show me one place in the Bible where

it says he is God," Wierwille thunders. "I don't want you rapping your

double talk, your triple talk; all I want is Scripture!" John 1:1

and 14 says, "In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God

and Word was God...And the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us, and

we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,

full of grace and truth". Col. 2:9 tells us exactly what Jesus is,

"For in him dwelleth all the fullness of the Godhead bodily." The

Greek word for Godhead is Theotes meaning deity. In other words,

Jesus is the bodily manifestation of all the fullness of Deity. I

Timothy 3:16 states this spiritual truth even plainer, "God was

manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels,

preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into

glory." Jesus is God the flesh. "For unto us a child is born, unto

us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulders and

his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The

everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace." Isaiah 9:6. There is the

excellent example of Thomas' unbelief changed to belief in chapter 20

of John. Thomas was absent when Jesus revealed Himself to the

disciples after His resurrection. Thomas refused to believe unless he

saw and touched the nailprints and the scar of the spear on Jesus'

side. Later Jesus appeared to the disciples with Thomas present.

Jesus said to Thomas, "Reach hither thy finger and behold my hands;

and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side; and be not

faithless, but believing", Thomas responded with, "My Lord and my

God." Jesus answered him saying, "Thomas, because thou hast seen me

thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have

believed". {12}


Wierwille absolutely rejects the Trinity calling such a doctrine

paganism and polytheistic. In I John 5:7 the concept of the Trinity

is given. "For there are three that bear record in heaven, the

Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one." The

word "one" can mean one in unity as well as one in number. John

17:11 speaks of the unity of the Father and the Son. Jesus answered

Philip in John 14:9, "Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast

thou not known me, Philip? He that hath seen me hath seen the Father;

and how sayest thou then, Show us the Father?" Jesus says about the

Holy Spirit in John 14:16-17, "and I will pray to the Father, and he

shall give you another comforter, that he may abide with you forever:

Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive because it

seeth him not, neither knoweth him; but ye know him; for he dwelleth

with you, and shall be in you." In these verses the Holy Spirit is

shown to be a member of the Godhead, yet a distinct Person from both

Jesus and the Father. Wierwille does not believe that the Holy Spirit

is a distinct personage and says, "the Holy Spirit is just a synonym

for God." The Father is called God, and the Son is called God, and

the Holy Spirit is called God (Acts 5:3-4). As individual persons

each can be called God and collectively they can be spoken of as one

God because of their perfect unity. Everything said collectively

about God applies equally to each member of the Godhead. There are

some things spoken of each personality of the trinity such as office,

position and work that are unique to that individual. An example is

the Father having the position as the head of Jesus. "But I would have

you know that the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the

woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God." I Corinthians 11:3.

Jesus is the only begotten Son of the Father and the price paid for

the redemption of man. "For God so loved the world that he gave his

only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish

but have everlasting life." John 3:16. Jesus is the mediator between

us and the Father - I Timothy 2:5. The Holy Spirit is sent by the

Father in Jesus' name and will teach us and anoint us with power. "But

the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in

my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your

remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you." John 14:26. "But ye

shall receive power after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you; and ye

shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and in

Samaria and unto the utter most parts of the earth." Acts 1:8. The

different names of God denote plurality. The Hebrew Elohim is the

word used for God in Genesis 1:1 and in over 2700 other scriptures in

the Old Testament. It is a plural noun meaning God, and is translated

239 times as God. Usually Elohim, a plural noun, is used with a

singular verb, showing unity in plurality. Plural personal pronouns

are also used in reference to God. "And God said, Let us make man in

our image, after our likeness..." Genesis 1:26. The Old and New

Testament concept of God is plural and triune.


Is Victor Wierwille merely an uneducated man ignorant of the

Scriptures? Unfortunately, he is not. Formerly he was a United

Church of Christ minister. He has studied at the University of Chicago

Divinity School and Princeton Theological Seminary. Wierwille is a

man, who being knowledgeable of the Bible, has rejected God's truth in

utter rebellion. Wierwille fulfills the Scriptures on false teachers.

"For there are many unruly and vain talkers and deceivers...; Whose

mouths must be stopped, who subvert whole houses, teaching things

which they ought not for filthy Lucre's sake.... Wherefore rebuke them

sharply, that they may be sound in the faith;" Titus 1:10a, 11, 13.

The followers of The Way commonly portray the fruits of false teaching

by living carnal lives{13}. Titus 1:15-16 clearly illustrates their

spiritual state, "Unto the pure all things are pure: but unto them

that are defiled and unbelieving is nothing pure; but even their mind

and conscience is defiled. They profess that they know God; but in

works they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient and unto every

good work reprobate."

The heart of Christianity is not an organization but a personal

relationship with Jesus Christ the Lord. Don't be led astray by false

doctrine. There is no other gospel, only the one you have received.

(Gal. 1:6-8)

If any of The Way come to your fellowship, coffeehouse, or

churches, please ask them to leave. The Way has just recently invaded

Chicago, trying to establish a work here. Do not help them get rooted

by ignorance or tolerance. Give them a false prophet's left foot of

fellowship{14}. Jesus said, "Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that

enterest not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some

other way, the same is a thief and a robber...Verily, verily, I say

unto you, I am the door of the sheep." John 10:1,7. Do not be

fooled! They are not just sweet people but dangerous robbers of the

sheepfold. "The thief cometh not but for to steal, and to kill, and to

destroy." John 10:10a.



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I was introduced to Jesus Christ, My Lord and Saviour, through the Way

International. Prior to that, I was an agnostic of the worst stripe:

While denying God's existence, I cursed him for my difficulties, all

the time vaunting my own shrewdness. The Way changed that. My wife

(a long-standing Protestant) and I attended their fellowship groups

and, yes, even their "courses at a high price". In fact, we were

married by a Way minister.

Neither my wife nor I attend Way fellowship any longer, though the

reasons for this are somewhat more complex than one might assume.

However, I feel led to respond, in some small way, to the anonymous

judge who rendered the above condemnation.

My basic response is this: Followers of Jesus Christ, truly devoted

men and women of God, certainly at God's direction and through His

Grace, led me to Jesus Christ and to the service and Sonship which now

gives me such great joy. It just so happens that they were "members"

of The Way, International. When it came time for me to leave The Way

- to graduate, perhaps - they lovingly left me be. Pastors,

Ministers, Priests, I urge you: Argue with these men and women.

Debate with them. Try to correct and help them, if you feel that they

are in jeopardy or are jeopardizing others. Pray for them if you are

led. But do not condemn them. They, too, are Sons of God and

Servants of Jesus Christ: They, too, administer and witness God's



{1} Before we go much further here, it is best to define "cult". I

will render the American Heritage Dictionary's primary definition: "A

system or community of religious worship and ritual". Welcome to the

cult, brothers and sisters. Seriously, though, I have heard a cult

best described as any group which attempts to make individual rights

subject to the will of the group. This certainly does not describe

The Way.

{2} I'd like a definition of 'pseudo-Christian' here. These people

are, after all, saved.

{3} The Way certainly does not exist to infiltrate other fellowships.

They maintain their own semi-weekly fellowship groups ("twigs"), and

usually gain new members from the ranks of agnostics, atheists, and

lost believers.

{4} This is the most jealous statement I have ever read. I would

urge readers to remember that all Christians belong to God, not to any

particular "flock".

{5} Whether the doctrine is erroneous or not remains to be seen.

They have some good points, worthy of debate for those sound enough in

their doctrine. I have learned, over the last few years, that

anything that gets me hot under the collar is probably worth finding a

thorough, RATIONAL argument against.

{6} In my three years affiliated with the Way, I NEVER heard this

quotation, nor has my wife (and I have heard many a quote from Dr.


{7} Sorry, folks, but Wierwille's got every right to say this.

Commentaries are not Holy relics, they are just the interpretations

and reflections of men on God's own word. And, by the way, have you

read some of the commentaries that have been written since about 1960?

Anyone who believes that the bible is God's word and Truth would say

the same as Dr. Wierwille did!

{8} Once again, I must question the source of these statements. I

never heard anything like this from The Way.

{9} I have been charitable so far, but not on this one. Absolute

fabrication. In fact, Dr. Wierwille's introductory tape introduced me

to II Timothy 3:16 and II Peter 1:20 and 21. These two verses are

considered by Way Christians to be fundamental in understanding Jesus

Christ, God, and the Bible. (And, by the way, it was Dr. Wierwille,

on the same video tape, who drummed the meaning of the word

theopneustos into my head.)

{10} This is a misdirection. In fact, Dr. Wierwille teaches that GOD

can do all of these things, but that you must first believe for them

to happen.

{11} Here I would agree with the phrase "good life", but only as

Socrates would have defined it: A just, moral, and upright existence.

The Way teaches that God wants to bless Christians - see John 10:10 -

but is very concerned about any form of idolatry. Wierwille is not, I

repeat NOT, a Prosperity Theologist; he strongly emphasises a Godly

Christian walk, and teaches that blessings flow from that and only

that. Further, he cautions those he teaches that you must learn to

want only what you truly need - this is fundamental to The Way.

{12} This is true. Wierwille has, indeed, taught that Christ is not

God the Son, and also teaches that there is no Holy Trinity. To many,

this is enough to guarantee his eternal damnation (and that, also, for

any of his followers). But I must remind you that this debate is

hardly new; it was a similar disagreement between the Church in Rome

and the Church in Constantinople which lead to the great Schism in

1054. Neither case is unassailable, we simply live in a culture which

generally agrees upon the deity of Jesus Christ. Please forgive what

appears a cavalier attitude here. I know how important this issue is.

Although some of the references given in the original article are much

less definite than they appear (especially when one gets out an

Interlinear of the Nestle's Greek), I absolutely refuse to debate the

issue because of the miserable, painful discord it brings. N.B. -

This dispute is also the source of the apostate Unitarian Church.

{13} I'm sorry to say that this is true. Many Way followers

overemphasize that "all things are legal," but forget that "not all

things are expedient". This is one of the reasons that I "graduated"

from the Way. They were helpful in establishing me with Jesus Christ,

and taught me a number of powerful truths, including those of freedom

and authority, but they did not teach me all of the walk that Paul

taught. In their defense, though, they harp and harp and harp that

Christians should read the Bible for themselves, and so are obviously

not trying to hide those doctrines of Christianity which they neglect

to teach.

{14} "Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are

spiritual, restore such a one in the spirit of meekness; considering

thyself, lest thou also be tempted." Galatians 6:1. "And he began to

speak boldly in the synagogue: whom when Aquilla and Priscilla had

heard, they took him unto them, and expounded unto him the way of God

more perfectly." Acts 18:26.

{15} My extremely limited Bible research materials have cost hundreds

of dollars, but I would still exhort my fellow Christians to buy them.

People in The Way love these courses, and benefit greatly from them,

becoming (I believe) better Christians through them. No Way member is

required to take these courses, but their worth is widely recognized

within the group.


I must agree that The Way has some doctrinal issues to clear up, but I

have yet to encounter a church or fellowship group which has not, at

least once, blown a tire. My concern here is not to defend The Way's

doctrinal differences, but to defend brother from brother. I

understand that we are dealing with issues far more important than

life and death, and that it is especially painful to see a person that

you love, trust, and rely on be mislead - the damage can take years to

heal. But I would council you to peace. There has been enough

sectarianism in Christianity, and though The Way are (quite

energetically) responsible for their share, this darkness will not be

dispelled by angry attacks. It is enough. Trust in God, and in the

salvation of Jesus Christ. Meekly correct where you can. Save your

brother from error; don't condemn him in it. It is our duty and our

joy to perfect the Body of Christ.

Christopher C. Shubert

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