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Eckankar. Danger New Age cult founded by John Paul Twitchell in 1965. Off site link: Freedom of Mind lists Eckankar as being a spin off from Radha Soami Satsang Beas (see Science of the Soul Study Centre). See Off site link: The Unauthorised Eckankar(TM) Page or Off site link: Eckankar – a Spritual Hoax for more information.

Eddy, Mary Baker. Danger Mary Baker Eddy was the founder of Christian Science cult. Born 1821, died 1910. In 1875 she published Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures which has become the textbook of Christian Science.

Edge, (The). Not Yet Rated 1. The former name of the Central Auckland Church of Christ Auckland University group.

Edge, (The). Neutral 2. A secular nationwide Top 40 music radio station, perhaps best known for their blind arranged marriage stunts (Off site link: 2015 update – "The Edge has run the competition three times and all three couples are still together"), and their really badly misconceived UglyKids ad campaign in Sep 2004. 3. A secular weekly show on the BBC World Service (radio station on 1476 kHz AM) on Thursday mornings (NZ time), possibly repeated on Friday afternoons. 4. Acronym for Emergency Department Gossip Exchange, a newsletter of Auckland Hospital. 5. Performing Arts and Conventions Auckland. (All FYI listings.)

Edge City Church. OK A Christian church that meets in St Stephens Presbyterian Church, Ponsonby, Auckland. Apparently has links to Christian Community Church.

Edwardson Mita. Mita Edwardson is the leader of the Whanganui-based cult Lighthouse Christian Fellowship. His teachings are based on the false doctrine of William Branham.

Elder Brothers. Danger A name used by Share International.

Elijah List, The. Danger The Elijah List is a website which publicises the false prophecies of the New Apostolic Reformation and False Revival Movement. It has been Off site link: called "The biggest distributor of false prophecies in cyberspace."

Elite Clamping. Danger Hot Topic Also known as Elite Parking Services Ltd. The present face company of Gordan Ward, started up after his former company, NZ Wheel Clamping Co Limited, went into voluntary liquidation. As is typical for Gordon Ward's underhanded businesses, Elite Clamping cannot stay out of the news, Off site link: clamping a car with two people in it (both capable drivers) and the keys in the ignition.

Elite Parking Services Ltd. Danger Hot Topic Also known as Elite Clamping. Got in the news along with its owner Gordan Ward in September 2015, and again in January 2016 in Off site link: an article showing even staying and shopping would not be enough to avoid being clamped: "I said if I'd stayed and shopped but my son had gone off to Holden would you have clamped us? And he said yes. I said you are kidding me?" In October 2016 they made the news Off site link: again along with director Steven Devantier: Inspector Uraia Vakaruru, of Otahuhu Police, said they were investigating the incident and said they had received "multiple calls'' of complaints against the company, with reports in both the South Auckland and West Auckland areas in recent months. Also Off site link: in this article, where one of the comments makes the interesting point that As soon as they swear however, they are in breach of the Fair Trading Act as using harassment to gain payment for services is illegal. Make sure to record them.

Elohim Training Institute. Danger Front group of and training organisation for World Mission Society Church of God, a cult group from Korea.

Emerging Church. Danger Also called Emergent Church. A church movement (and possible cult) that places an emphasis on living like Jesus did, and ignores or even denies essentials of Christian faith like the need for us to be saved, Jesus being the only way to God the Father, and the virgin birth. Rob Bell is one of its main proponents. The Emerging Church has published its own version of the Bible called The Voice. Dr Norman Geisler has a short summary of the Off site link: main problems with the Emerging Church.

Emotional Freedom Techniques. Caution An alternative health treatment that claims all sorts of medical conditions are due to our emotional state, including asthma, back pain and dyslexia. On their home page they quote an MD: "... unresolved emotional issues are the main cause of 85% of all illnesses". So much for bacteria, viruses and dust mite poo. It's only rated Caution, not Danger, because it's unknown if it contains any strong New Age teachings or encourages people to not see a doctor for something they should. If the latter, it might be genuinely dangerous.

Emotions Anonymous. OK Similar to Alcoholics Anonymous but for people who have serious emotional problems they can't control (eg, anger).

Enzacta. Caution A multi-level marketing company founded by former Amway executive Russ Hall. New Zealand director is Max Cottle.

Equilibrium. Danger Hot Topic A version of Circle that also allows men. Probably started because New Zealand is reaching saturation point for Circle.

EST. Danger Acronym for Erhard Seminars Training (for some reason normally written in lowercase – est). Founded by Werner Erhard, est basically went under but was relaunched in 1985 as the Forum (aka Landmark Forum), which is now called Landmark Education Corporation, which runs the Landmark Forum course.

Evangelical Friends. Not Yet Rated Christian sect. One of the three main branches of Quakers (formally known as the Religious Society of Friends), along with Conservative Friends and Liberal Friends. The Evangelical Quaker denomination Friends United Meeting claims most of the Quakers worldwide but in New Zealand the Evangelical and Conservative branches are a distinct minority of Quakers behind Liberal Friends. From an Evangelical Friends' web site: Evangelical Friends International is affiliated with the [American] National Association of Evangelicals but is not a part of the [American] National Council of Churches nor the World Council of Churches. They thus probably qualify as a sect, as they are separated somewhat from the wider Christian church.

Event, The. Weird italics in original. See The, The Event.

Every Nation (Christian) Church. Not Yet Rated A Christian denomination with branches in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch, formerly known as Morning Star Church. It is linked to the New Apostolic Reformation, although part of the reason for its name change was apparently to distance itself from Rick Joyner's similarly named MorningStar Ministries. (Rick Joyner is a prominant leader of the New Apostolic Reformation.) It runs a campus ministry called Victory Campus Ministries at Auckland University for evangelism (good idea) and apparently also for the purpose of getting more people specifically into Every Nation Church (not-so-good idea – for the hint of exclusivity, not because there's necessarily anything wrong with Every Nation).

Evolution. False Religion Danger Hot Topic Printable version This gets a mention because of the inherently religious nature of evolution. Evolution absolutely depends on the philosophical positions of materialism and naturalism, and is thus dictated by a religious worldview. Evolutionist Richard Lewontin makes this dependence very clear (emphasis added):

Our willingness to accept scientific claims that are against common sense is the key to an understanding of the real struggle between science and the supernatural. We take the side of science in spite of the patent absurdity of some of its constructs, in spite of its failure to fulfill many of its extravagant promises of health and life, in spite of the tolerance of the scientific community for unsubstantiated just-so stories, because we have a prior commitment, a commitment to materialism. It is not that the methods and institutions of science somehow compel us to accept a material explanation of the phenomenal world, but on the contrary, that we are forced by our a priori adherence to material causes to create an apparatus of investigation and a set of concepts that produce material explanations, no matter how mystifying to the uninitiated. Moreover, that materialism is absolute, for we cannot allow a Divine Foot in the door.

When evolutionists (or evolution adherents) say "evolution is a fact" they are not stating scientific truth. They are making a faith statement based on their desire for evolution to be true; evolution gives them an excuse to not believe in a creator to whom they would have to be accountable. For more information about this topic see Off site link: Answers in Genesis or Off site link: Creation on the Web, or even try out the genetic change modeling tool Off site link: Mendel's Accountant which makes it quite clear that the very idea of evolution is pure fantasy. The articles Off site link: Creating With Chance and Off site link: Hawking Claims That Life Can Form By Chance nicely highlight how irrational it is to believe in a materialistic origin of life, while Off site link: this article lists 15 fatal flaws for an evolutionary origin of life. Off site link: This video simply explains why evolution does not make scientific sense, and Off site link: Can mutations create new information? (a semi-technical article) explains why "The examples of mutations we have are not of the types required for evolution to advance."

Dr Colin Patterson, senior paleontologist at the British Museum of Natural History, said the following in a public lecture presented at New York City’s American Museum of Natural History on 5 November 1981:

One morning I woke up … and it struck me that I had been working on this stuff [evolution] for twenty years, and there was not one thing I knew about it.


I’ve tried putting a simple question to various people and groups of people: “Can you tell me anything you know about evolution, any one thing that you think is true?” I tried that question on the geology staff in the Field Museum of Natural History, and the only answer I got was silence. I tried it on the members of the Evolutionary Morphology Seminar in the University of Chicago … and all I got there was silence for a long time, and then eventually one person said: “Yes, I do know one thing. It ought not to be taught in high school.”.’

Evolve by Choice. Caution The business front of Sally Anderson, formerly named Evolved Leadership.

Evolved Leadership. Caution The former name of the business front of Sally Anderson; now called Evolve by Choice.

Exclusive Brethren. Danger Hot Topic Printable version Cult. Formal name Plymouth Brethren Christian Church. Severe relationship and information control. Strict authoritarian standards, ruthless shunning of former members. Many families have been broken up due to this group. Example, read this Off site link: address to the New Zealand parliament by Nick Smith, MP. Off site link: More articles are available on the same site. Since members often work in Exclusive Brethren companies, people leaving the group are likely to lose their family, friends, and job all at once. The BBC provides a good Off site link: Exclusive Brethren overview (a group which it classes as a sect). Exclusive Brethren are quite different from Open Brethren. In April 2021 the Exclusive Brethren hit the news with an Off site link: RNZ report saying the group has been spying on former members.

Note from the Editor: The New Zealand Cult List does not in any way agree with the relationship control practiced by the Exclusive Brethrens as as organisation, but we point out that they have as much right as any other New Zealanders to have their say regarding political issues, even if they choose not to vote.

Exclusivism. Danger A mind control mechanism. See the exclusivism entry in the Cult FAQ.

Extreme Prophetic. Danger Hot Topic New Zealand branch of a Unites States organisation founded by Patricia King, led in this country by Rob and Lyn Packer.

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