John Hopler, Great Commission Churches Director
The Great Commission church movement began on college campuses in 1970 as a grassroots movement of young enthusiastic Christians who were devoted to telling others the message of God's love in Jesus Christ. During the 1970s and 1980s, some secular newspapers wrote articles accusing churches in our movement of being a cult. We understood then (as we understand today) that some people are quick to use the "cult" word in describing Christians who are serious in their devotion to Christ and who are actively sharing their faith.
Because Great Commission was a new movement that was not well known, unfair and exaggerated statements about our movement were published that were based on ignorance or false reports. Now and then some of these mischaracterizations of GCC from the 1970s appear on secular blogs and websites today. The following is an example that illustrates how negative rumors about Great Commission churches got started.
As a result of an article in a college newspaper, author William Watson mistakenly included Great Commission in a book he wrote on cults, Mr. Watson later did some more investigation and came to the conclusion that his source was unreliable. Being a man of integrity, Mr. Watson graciously apologized to Great Commission for his innocent mistake. (See letter below.)
We appreciated Mr. Watson’s kind and good-hearted efforts. We also understand not everyone will take the time to check out the facts as Mr. Watson did. But still it is our hope that people will live by a Christian standard in regards to information they receive, particularly from the internet. Click here for a Christian Perspective on Internet Criticisms, written by GCC and offered as a resource by the National Association of Evangelicals.