Berean Research Ministries
This web-page documents the history of the former Berean Research Ministries, which the contents of this site are based on. Berean is the biblical name of the citizens of Berea, an ancient city mentioned in the book of Acts 17:11. Following is a list of the previous ministry functions: Publishing anti-cultic literature, lecturing within the Christian community and California State penitentiaries, participating at annual West Coast cult conferences, and shipping biblical literature to Ghana West Africa. Objectives of this anti cult ministry were: 1) to research unorthodox spiritual movements and evaluate them biblically; 2) provide the Christian and secular communities with discernment required to detect religious heresies; and 3) confront leaders and disciples with the fallacies of their cultic systems. Through all of this I never labored as a deprogrammer.
In the 1960s, the counter cultural movement began in the wake of the Vietnam war. Young people were frustrated due to racism, gender issues, consumerism, and the conservative nature of society in general. They began to question the traditional values of the American culture. Youngsters welcomed sex, drugs, pop music and diverse ways to spiritual fulfillment. Typically, cults sprout up when traditional values and structures of a society are weakened. Likewise, the establishment of core groups espousing radical views and unconventional values in urban communities and in remote communes flourish.
Bay Area Cult Invasion
This cult phenomenon was especially prolific in the Bay Area during the ’70s. San Francisco, Berkeley and Oakland were major havens for religious cults composed of hippies and other disgruntled citizens. To counteract this onslaught, in 1977, BRM was incorporated in San Jose, and received 501©3 non-profit status from the California Franchise Tax Board. In 1995, the ministry went defunct due to a major domestic upheaval in my family. To validate this statement Click Here Today, BRM is a resurrection of the former ministry with a much narrower focus.