Spiritwatch Ministries which was formally called the Tennessee Valley Bible Students Association (TVBSA) are an effort at providing Christian discernment ministry. They have been commissioned by the Holy Spirit since 1993 to serve the Church and the world by countering the influence and spread of spiritually deceptive and religiously abusive groups that exist in the Tennessee Valley. Their two-fold mission is to redeem and restore the spiritually deceived and to edify and equip the Church in the Eastern Tennessee region to do the same.
They accomplish this in several ways: Christian outreach through dialogue, visitation, and personal work. Teaching through small home and group studies and seminars in civic and church settings help demonstrate Biblical discernment. Caring support groups help bring healing as well as online counsel by chat/e-mail. Research from credible, solid documentation and sound, balanced resources help bring light. Above all, however ..PRAYER STILL CHANGES THINGS!
As a member of the Evangelical Ministries to New Religions (EMNR) coalition, Spiritwatch actively and interdenominationally network with other Christians, churches, and countercult organizations to help this ministry fulfill its mission. Their fundamental principles for this work are found in Jude 3 and Ephesians 4:15 - we are contending for the Faith by speaking the Truth in love.
The Tennessee Valley and surrounding regions are certainly one of the most spiritually vital places in the world today, from the perspective of Christianity. Literally hundreds of churches are scattered here from Sweetwater to Lafayette, from Dayton to Blue Ridge. It can lay claim to being the "buckle" of the Bible Belt, a place where faith and religious conviction is fervent and deep.
But one of the harshest of realities in life has a firm foothold here. It routinely seduces hundreds, even thousands in our region into a lifestyle based upon deception through the best of intentions. Through the zeal of well meaning and well convinced people on a mission to shed the light of their answer, their vision, this cruel bondage of mind and heart is being spread in every way possible. They'll use magazines in laundromats, bookstands at WalMart, educational programming on PBS and Cable In The Classroom, tracts in hospital waiting rooms, and eye-catching ads on TV and radio.
Such people are members of destructive cults and advocates of antichristian worldviews who have become unwitting advocates of unhealthy spirituality and bogus philosophy. Largely unseen or overlooked, these virtual preachers have become a very serious problem that daily confront hundreds of people with well-packaged versions of the "Truth" which deny the Christian faith.
The problem is very real, very close to home, and is not going to go away. Spiritwatch is dedicated to the proclamation and defense of the historic Christian faith in the Tennessee Valley and the restoration of the victims of spiritual deception in their region.
Seminars, ministry opportunities, confidential and caring counseling and free literature on spiritual and philosophical deception is available for the asking. Contact the ministry by e-mail, or write:
P.O. Box 5445
Cleveland, TN, 37311
South Cleveland Church Of God
1846 Volunteer Drive,
Cleveland, TN, 37311
Spiritwatch Ministries website is: spiritwatch.org