The Shepherd's Chapel

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The Shepherd's Chapel is a Christian church and broadcast facility based in Gravette, Arkansas. The church's founder and senior pastor is Arnold Murray (born 1927).[1] Associate pastor(s) are Dennis Murray and formerly; David Murray,

Since 1985, Shepherd's Chapel has been broadcasting one-hour televised Bible studies over its satellite network on over 225 television stations and on DirecTV. Pastor Murray teaches a "chapter-by-chapter, verse-by-verse study of God's Word; the Bible". He also shows various documentary programs dealing with archaeological findings as interpreted through an Anglo-Israel based theological perspective. It airs 24 hours a day at their website.[2] According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, the program "has been on the air for at least three decades and is broadcast in nearly every major and mid-size U.S. city".[1]

Doctrine[edit]

Shepherd's Chapel teaches a comprehensive study of the Bible "chapter by chapter and verse by verse" - otherwise known as expository teaching. Study tools are openly taught to listeners including cross-referencing between re-quoted scriptures, study of the original Hebrew and Greek that the texts were written in via use of Strong's exhaustive concordance and translation/transliteration of names of people and places to add depth to a student's study. Part of the doctrine follows the Anglo-Israel theological doctrine of faith, as well as a version of the "serpent seed" doctrine that identifies a "Kenite" lineage of people descended from [[Cain] who slew Abel].[3]

Criticism[edit]

A 2008 study by the Southern Poverty Law Center's Intelligence Report examined the church and its roots in the Christian Identity movement. According to the SPLC report, although Murray denies any explicit advocacy of racism or anti-Semitism, he frequently identifies the "Kenites" with Jews (or some Jews) in his preaching.[1]

Some Christian groups have criticized Murray's teachings as he does not believe in the (mainstream) understanding of the doctrine of the Trinity[3] Pastor Murray has responded in a statement at the chapel's website.[4][5]

References[edit]

Bullinger E.W. The Companion Bible, Kregel Publications 1990. Grand Rapids Michigan.

  1. ^ a b c Casey Sanchez, "Secret Identity: Televangelist Preaches Questionable Theology", Intelligence Report, Summer 2008.
  2. ^ Shepherd's Chapel broadband, Shepherd's Chapel website
  3. ^ a b James K. Walker, The Concise Guide to Today's Religions and Spirituality (Harvest House Publishers, 2007), ISBN 978-0-7369-2011-7, p. 295.Excerpt available at Google Books.
  4. ^ In Answer to Critics by Dr. Arnold B. Murray, Shepherd's Chapel website
  5. ^ [1]

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