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Alpha and other programs like it.
I believe it is fairly safe to say that Alpha and others programs like it are against Reformed theology, in a number of areas.
Over the years, I have even seen a few Reformed Churches offer Alpha; though in a modified way.

Is there a program that is Reformed, that sticks with the Scripture itself that doesn't fall prey to the "seeker sensitive" mentality?
I mention this mainly because of an enquiry I heard concerning Alpha. I want to try if I can not only to say why Alpha is unbiblical; but provide an alternative; if there is such an animal. If you get my meaning?

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Do have a link to this "Alpha" program? I've not heard of it until now. giggle


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Tell me your kidding?
I wish I had never heard of it.

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Just in case you were serious Pilgrim.
Here is a link by a friend of mine concerning the 'Alpha Course'.
http://www.takeheed.info/alphas-ecumenical-figurehead-nicky-gumbel/#more-3651

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Yes, I was dead serious. From the article linked to, even if only half of the material is accurate (I am not suggesting that this is the actual case) there is enough contained in it that is verifiable to warrant a condemnation of Nicky Gumbel and his 'ministry'.

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1Timothy 3 KJV "1 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.

2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,

3 Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,

4 Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;

5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.

6 For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts,

7 Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.

8 Now as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith.

9 But they shall proceed no further: for their folly shall be manifest unto all men, as their's also was.

10 But thou hast fully known my doctrine, manner of life, purpose, faith, longsuffering, charity, patience,

11 Persecutions, afflictions, which came unto me at Antioch, at Iconium, at Lystra; what persecutions I endured: but out of them all the Lord delivered me.

12 Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.

13 But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.

14 But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them;

15 And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.

16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:

17 That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works."


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Sorry, I thought you might be joking.
Alpha is full of heresy and Charismania.
It is also associated with the Toronto Airport Vinyard movement.
Yet, every few years this movement makes its rounds mostly in Arminian circles. But unfortunately I hear of Reformed Churches that fall prey to it.

However, my enquiry really had more to do with offering someone a more biblical course.
Alpha is designed as an unthreatenly way of understanding what the Christian Faith is all about and it is so vague that Roman Catholics can use it and have.
It is effective, but not at getting solid converts, because it gives a false unoffensive message.

That is one of the reasons why I doubt there is a biblical course that I can recommend.

Tom

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