This website exists in order to make a statement regarding the claims of association with biblical teachers – both historical (John Knox, Thomas Brooks, Richard Baxter, John Bunyan, James Renwick, Matthew Henry, Jonathan Edwards, John Wesley, George Whitefield, David Brainerd, Charles Spurgeon, et al.) and more modern (Arthur W. Pink, A. W. Tozer, Rolfe Barnard, Leonard Ravenhill, Richard Owen Roberts, Paul Washer, et al.) – made by The Church of Wells in an effort to provide credibility for their ministry.
The Church of Wells uses portraits, links, articles, sermons, and other media from these godly men on its website in an attempt to build for themselves a credibility by association. The only credibility they have attained, however, is a false one. The historic figures to whom The Church of Wells appeals would never have associated themselves with the CoW’s teaching or practice; and some of those who are still living have even requested complete disassociation from the CoW, its ministry, and its website. Unfortunately, such requests have often been denied or ignored.
For example, Paul Washer and the ministry which he founded, HeartCry Missionary Society, have repeatedly asked the CoW to remove any association or use of content from its website, as Washer and HeartCry deem the CoW’s teaching and practices dangerous at best and cultic at worst. Despite these requests, the elders of the CoW continued to use Washer’s name and media (both openly and covertly) for an extended period of time, against the wishes of the intellectual copyright owners (see Washer’s Twitter).
Washer is not alone in his belief of the CoW’s cultic nature. Other leaders who have spoken out against the group include: Phil Johnson, co laborer with John MacArthur and director of Grace To You (Founder of Spurgeon.org and Pyromaniacs Blog), Tony Miano (Founder of Cross Encounters Ministries), Matt Slick (President and Founder of Christian Apologetics and Research Ministry), Andrew Rappaport of Striving for Eternity, and Mack Tomlinson (Author of In Light of Eternity: The Life of Leonard Ravenhill).
Scripture requires that the elders of a biblical church be above reproach and in good standing with “those outside the church”:
“And he [an elder] must have a good reputation with those outside the church, so that he will not fall into reproach and the snare of the devil.” – 1 Timothy 3:7
“For we are taking pains to do what is right, not only in the eyes of the Lord but also in the eyes of man.” – 2 Corinthians 8:21
“Demetrius is well spoken of by everyone—and even by the truth itself. We also speak well of him, and you know that our testimony is true.” – 3 John 1:12
But does the conduct of The Church of Wells and its elders appear to uphold this requirement? One does not have to search far to discover that the CoW does not have a good reputation with those “outside the church” with whom it comes in contact. Consider this article; or this one. Consider even their Wikipedia page, which is largely devoted to the many controversies associated with the CoW.
In a world with such open gateways to communicate and propagate information (true or false) into the public domain, the demand of the day is discernment. We seek to make known the inconsistent dealings of The Church of Wells with regard to the media materials which they have hijacked under false pretenses and for sordid gain.
As statements regarding the CoW can be acquired from reputable Christian leaders, we shall seek to make them available as a public testimony against the practices of their group.
Disclaimer: Recently some comments have been made that are inaccurate. This website is not published or managed by HeartCry Missionary Society.
This page is a public outcry against the Church of Wells cult, and not associated with any ministry. Articles and content has been pulled from various sources, authors, and people who have had personal involvement with Church of Wells followers past and present.