Who are these people? Does anyone here know? I got into a discussion with a few of them earlier this week, initiated by me since I don’t know very many Christians around here (imostly Orthodox). I’d never heard of this particular group, and I had assumed it was some sort of Bible study group or something like that. I asked if they were representing a specific denomination, and they said no and that Catholics are as welcome to attend their prayer meetings and Bible study as anyone. They also gave me a Bible, even after I told them I use the NAB that was given to me in RICA, so I really did not need or desire their “Recovery Version”. They replied that this translation is very close to the NAB, and filled with many helpful footnotes. I told them that the NAB is likewise filled with notes, then the conversation entered a sort of impasse and I took the Bible, told them I would read it and talk to them again later.
Reading a little bit of this “Recovery Version”, I can’t help but notice that much of the information contained in the “helpful footnotes” is very odd. Lots of references to Jesus as “The Slave-Savior” (I don’t know what that’s supposed to mean), and an alarmingly un-orthodox understanding of the Trinity (the apostles and the Holy Spirit are one? Since when? Christ is our “allotted portion of the Saints”? What? And apparently He became God the Father in the flesh for His time on Earth…this is also news to me!).
Anyway, I have no idea what this group is about (as I said, I thought it was a Bible study, not a sect, since they were set up under a banner stating “Christian meetings”, and they told me they were not representatives of a specific denomination), but I am pretty sure that their Christology and broader Theology must comprise some sort of heresy, or probably several. The trouble is that I have no clue what specific heresies they may be guilty of, and I do not want to read any more of their strange Bible “footnotes”. However, I do want to make it clear to them next time I see them (on Thursday) that I do not agree with their views and will be returning to them their Bible at that point and not meeting with them again under any circumstances. I am quite annoyed at what I feel was a misrepresentation of who they are, and I really wish I had not been talked into giving them my e-mail address (they told me they wanted it to let me know what time their Bible study was next week). I will be telling them to completely remove me from any list I may have inadvertently ended up on, as I certainly want no contact at all with heretics or cults.
If anyone here knows anything at all about this group calling themselves “Living Stream Ministries”, please let me know. I do not want to talk to them on Thursday and say “I really can’t meet with you because I am pretty sure you guys are heretics, but your beliefs are so weird I can’t even tell you exactly what heresy you are committing.”
They are apparently based in Anaheim, California, if that helps. I am in Eugene, Oregon.