Local Church et al vs. Harvest House et al—Index

United States Supreme Court Declines Review

At the end of June, 2007, the United States Supreme Court declined to hear and rule in our case, Local Church, et al v. Harvest House, et al concerning defamatory statements in Encyclopedia of Cults and New Religions (ECNR) by John Ankerberg and John Weldon and published by Harvest House Publishers.

Contrary to claims otherwise, this case was never about religious, doctrinal or theological issues. It was about false and defamatory accusations of moral and criminal misdeeds thinly cloaked as a religious dispute and unsupported by fact in the work in question (ECNR).

It is important to note that no court ever ruled we are a cult: our case was never tried on its merits. Moreover, during the course of trial preparation, the authors of the book as well as Harvest House Publishers admitted that they had no evidence we had engaged in the conduct they had attributed to cults.

For more detailed information about the issues raised in this case, please read our petition and the amicus briefs linked below.

Newest Postings: Complete List of Responses
to Public Accusations
June 28, 2007 Statement on the decision of the U.S. Supreme Court not to review the case
A letter to our friends
A letter to the saints in the Lord’s recovery
June 7, 2007 Petition for Writ of Certiorari (May 16, 2007) supported by five amicus briefs:

February 9, 2007 Amicus Brief Supporting Motion for Rehearing – Rodney A. Smolla
December 18, 2006 Motion for Rehearing – Texas Supreme Court
December 12, 2006 Statement on the Supreme Court Decision

Petition for Review (filed August 2, 2006), supported by the following Amicus Briefs:

Reply to Response to Petition for Review

October 23, 2006 A Response to Further Public Misrepresentations by John Ankerberg, John Weldon, and Robert Hawkins, Jr.
Harvest House Publishers, John Ankerberg, and John Weldon Campaign to Paint the Local Churches as Anti-Christian: Against Christians and Against the Faith
Harvest House Books Echo Our Criticism of Today’s Christianity
Harvest House’s Hypocrisy Concerning Our Criticism of Christianity
Misrepresentation in ECNR False Allegations That We “Reject” Christians and the Christian Faith
Misrepresentations on the Harvest House Corporate Web Site
A Response to the Accusation by Harvest House Publishers, John Ankerberg, and John Weldon That the Local Churches Are Litigious
Harvest House, John Ankerberg, and John Weldon Misrepresent the Nature of Our Lawsuit and of Our Objections to ECNR
Harvest House President Bob Hawkins’ Distortion of History
Harvest House Misrepresents Their Own Definition of “Cult”
April 14, 2006 Watchman Nee on Christians Filing Lawsuits