A Brief History of SCP
Since 1973, the Spiritual Counterfeits Project [SCP] has been a frontline
ministry confronting the occult, the cults, and the New Age movement and
explaining why they are making an impact on our society. SCP was born from the
counterculture of the turbulent '60's, as the first wave of Christian conversion
hit those who had left Christianity for Eastern mysticism. Those who shaped SCP
came to faith in the heat of that battle; they knew that this prized and costly
new faith carried spiritual responsibilities. The battle facing the Church was
the very thing from which those in SCP had escaped--the mystical worldview. SCP
was created as the vehicle for bringing that message to a wider audience.
SCP has become a Christian think-tank comprised of people who have spent years on various spiritual paths before becoming Christians. They are considered some of the most gifted people in the field. Yet they know the final arbiter of all issues is God's revelation which towers above all human learning and experience. They have learned that conservative orthodoxy is the only trustworthy path of analysis. The heart of SCP's ministry is spiritual discernment from personal experience combined with mature biblical reflection and in-depth research.
SCP is close to the University of California campus as well as that monument of the '60's known as "People's Park." SCP, grounded in a conservative evangelical faith, is also an information broker and gives advice by telephone through its ACCESS line (510-540-5767). Its journals and published materials are available for a minimum donation of $25.00 per year ($35 outside USA).
SCP maintains an extensive library and files on cults, the occult, and "new religious movements." SCP has over six thousand groups on file, which the New York City Library assesses as the most complete collection of such materials in the Unites States. Time, ABC, and other major networks and newspapers quote us about various movements & issues. SCP publishes newsletters and journals for a wide audience, both in America and overseas. Those publications began in 1973 when SCP passed out tracts at guru Maharaji's "Millenium '73" at the Houston Astrodome. SCP's broad exposure came as a result of a nation-wide speaking tour in 1975, in which SCP travelled the country in its own bus.
SCP gained national prominence and respect after taking TM [Transcendental Meditation] to Federal Court and winning the case. SCP's evidence on TM, much of it secret and previously unseen, exposed TM for what it was, a version of Hinduism. David slew Goliath. The court banned TM from public schools across the country. As a result the national media, including Time magazine, started to come to SCP for advice on the cults. SCP started growing into a national ministry and never looked back.
As early as 1975 SCP anticipated the New Age movement and the rise of spirit channeling and warned of these phenomena in its newsletters. Currently, the effects of those occult beliefs are inundating the media, the business world, the school system, the family, and the unwary Church. It is evident that the 1990's will be a critical decade and that Christians must become active and aware or face rising opposition and further loss of ground in our society. SCP is dedicated to this important task of making Christians aware. But it is equally dedicated to reaching non-believers lost in the maze. That task is mainly done through crossover publications spearheaded by SCP's Journals.
SCP Journals are considered by peers as unsurpassed in the field of analyzing and discerning the inside workings of new spiritual trends. They address the very latest deceptions--New Age seminars entering the corporate world with increasingly sleek programs, Joseph Campbell's mystical teachings on television before uncritical millions, and the leap in today's pop culture from ecology to Gaia. In the name of truth, sophisticated lies are fed to unwary people who live in and shape our world. What this means is that SCP's mandate to communicate with our generation by creating crossover material is more vital than ever. It is a critical mission at a critical time.
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