In their reassessment of the Local Church movement of Watchman Nee and Witness Lee, they have done a thorough, in-depth study of the Local Churches and their practices. They give an outsider’s point of view that is both balanced and Biblical. In fact, I’ve been enjoying a YouTube video series on The Local Church by Christian Research Institute.
In this video, Hank comments on his realization that the local churches have “something to offer Western Christianity.”
Hank Hanegraaff says:
I have gone out on a limb standing with the Local Church movement because I do believe this is an authentic expression of New Testament Christianity. I do believe that you are genuine brothers in the Lord, as are your wives, and many other people that I’ve met within the Local Church movement. I’ve gone out on this limb, because I believe that it is more important for us to not merely say that the Local Church movement is not a cultic movement either from a sociological or a theological perspective. But that, this movement which was ultimately forged in the cauldron of persecution, has something to offer to Western Christianity.
An edition of the Christian Research Institute Journal entitled We Were Wrong states that:
…the local churches are not a cult from a sociological perspective.
…the local churches are not a cult from a theological perspective.