Online versions of our Alpha
the Unofficial Guide: Overview
Alpha - the
Unofficial Guide: World
- the Unofficial Guide: Church
New Age of Alpha
Alpha: New Life or New Lifestyle?
Please note that the articles below on the Alpha Course are entirely separate from our books,
cover aspects of
Alpha only touched on briefly in the books.
Chapter and Verse
on Alpha's Jesus
Part 3: The Divinity of Alpha's
"Nicky Gumbel writes,
'the most important question we can ever ask is, "Who is Jesus?"'.
In the same book, he states 'This is the heart of the Christian
faith: knowing Jesus Christ'. The Lord Jesus is indeed the very
centre of the Christian faith, and it is vital therefore to know who
He truly is..."
Part 2: The Nature of Alpha's Jesus
"In a radio interview recently, we were
asked what Alpha taught about the nature of the Lord Jesus. ... We
were aware of a few problems, but the question prompted us to look
in detail at this matter. Firstly, though, we should establish
whether or not accuracy on this topic is a serious one..."
Part 1: The Character of Alpha's
"According to Gallup, the Alpha Course
has now been run in over 150 countries. Alpha materials have been
translated into scores of languages, and a million people took the
course last year alone. It is clearly something that every believer
should be well-versed about..."
Open Letters to the Leaders of
the Alpha Course
Your Understanding of 'Toronto'
(12 November 2003)
"Dear Rev. Nicky Gumbel, As you know,
January 2004 is exactly ten years since the 'Toronto Experience'
(TE) appeared in Toronto. Despite this elapsed time, some crucial
questions on the subject still remain. Because your church, Holy
Trinity Brompton, (HTB), was at the forefront of promoting the TE in
Britain, we have sent this letter in the hope that you will be able
to assist the many people who received the TE but who do not fully
grasp what they were encouraged to involve themselves in..."
Alpha's 'Holy Spirit
(04 April 2003)
"Dear Rev. Nicky Gumbel, Certain important
questions are being asked regarding aspects of Alpha's 'Holy Spirit Retreat'.
Some of the main ones are given below and we wondered if it might be possible
for you to help clear them up - as we cannot find the answers in any Alpha
The Powers Behind
the Alpha Course
Part 3: The Powerful Spirit (2003/2006)
"Some Alpha Course literature
[for example] 'The God Who Changes Lives', and newspapers published
by Holy Trinity Brompton are ... filled with testimonies of people
who have been transformed during the program. This fact is
constantly used to defend Alpha against the multitude of concerns
that have been raised about its source..."
Part 2: The Powerful Men
"It is perfectly understandable. Knowing
that [the] Toronto [Experience] is questionable (to say the least)
many people now deny that Alpha could possibly be a companion to the
Part 1: The Powerful Message
"Although the Alpha Course has been in
existence since 1977, the modern version originated in the early
nineties through Nicky Gumbel - a curate at Holy Trinity Brompton
church (HTB). Gumbel is a qualified barrister, but he apparently
attributes his powerful gift for communication to an extraordinary
single event in 1982. The following account by Gumbel is lengthy but
also very interesting:..."
Miscellaneous Alpha Material
New Age of Alpha
"Despite failing to reverse the decline
in church attendance in Britain, the Alpha Course has swept the
globe and is being used by an incredibly wide range of groups -
including Methodists and Lutherans, Roman Catholics and Seventh-Day
Adventists. Where other evangelistic initiatives have petered out
very swiftly, Alpha has done the opposite. From its roots in the
late 1970s, Alpha has grown to stunning proportions today and
over a million souls try it each year. Let us uncover its secret..."
Is This the Hottest
Ticket to Heaven?
This article is the full transcript of the
comments we were asked to give the Mail On Sunday for their article in YOU magazine about the Alpha Course.
The Dragnet Behind Alpha, Vineyard,
'Purpose Driven', 'Toronto' etc
(2003 / Last updated 2016)
This page is the repository for all
information regarding the chart below.
Dragnet Behind Alpha, Vineyard, 'Purpose Driven', 'Toronto' etc (Chart)
"Bayith Ministries seeks to produce materials that are as valuable as possible.
This chart is no exception, for it not only supplies the key spiritual roots of:
a) Holy Trinity Brompton (HTB); b) Rick Warren; c) John Wimber; and d) the
Toronto Experience (TE), but it also: a) shows at a glance the key roots of all
the other names on the chart; b) demonstrates that they are all part of the same
tree (and thus that Alpha and the TE emanated from the same source, despite what
some people try to claim); and c) reveals what you and I are really legitimizing
if we promote Alpha or 'Purpose Driven' or Vineyard or 'Toronto'..."
Alpha on Israel!
"[I]n this article we ... want to
explore the question of whether or not Alpha currently teaches
truthfully about the physical nation of Israel. After all, this
topic is vital for a proper comprehension of the gospel (Romans
11:11-25) and for rightly dividing God's Word..."
the New Age
"While Sandy Millar insists that Alpha
is merely an introduction to the Christian faith, the Course
nevertheless claims to preach the gospel sufficiently enough for
participants to come to salvation; several of the talks end with a
prayer of commitment. But testimonies such as [the following]
indicate that many participants have neither understood what the
gospel is nor what it demands of them..."
Alpha - New Life or New Lifestyle?
"The Alpha Initiative is the most
popular evangelistic programme in use in Britain's churches at
present. Alpha's publications manager advises everyone 'to do the
course exactly as we've laid out for the first time - because we
know it works'. At first glance this advice seems well and good, but
in fact a purely pragmatic approach to spiritual things is not
scriptural and can even be very dangerous..."
Thus saith the LORD, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask
for the old paths, where is the good way,
and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls
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