The Centers are a unique international network of evangelical cult research and education agencies. Our main goal is to equip Christians in the developing world for discernment, the defense of the faith, and cult evangelism. While a number of ministries seek to fulfill this biblical mandate in North America, there are next to none in the developing world, where many cultic movements are growing most quickly and with the least resistance; it is this need that the Centers were founded to meet.

Our main emphasis is threefold:

  1. To warn God's people about the dangers and deception of the cults, occult, and aberrant Christian movements.
  2. To train God's people to discern between truth and error and defend the faith.
  3. To mobilize God's people to resist the advance of the cults and win cultists to Jesus Christ



By God's grace, Paul has devoted over 40 years of his life to cult-related research and outreach in Latin America, Africa, eastern Europe, and the former Soviet Union. In 1980, Paul joined the Christian Research Institute (CRI) under its founder, Walter Martin. For six of his fifteen years at CRI Paul served as a missionary in São Paulo, Brazil, and for six years he co-hosted the live, nationwide “Bible Answer Man” radio broadcast alongside Ron Rhodes, Robert M. Bowman, Jr., Kenneth Samples, and other noted apologists. During his time at CRI he was also the ministry's director of international outreach and a senior editor of the Christian Research Journal (1989-1995).

Ron Rhodes, Th.D.
Reasoning from the Scriptures Ministries

Having dedicated the past 15 years of my life to cult apologetics, I have grown increasingly aware of the threat the cults pose to the cause of Christ worldwide. The major cults have committed HUGE budgets to infiltrating foreign fields, and they are drawing truckloads of unsuspecting people into their folds daily. It is against this sobering backdrop that I voice (indeed, shout) my strong support for The Centers for Apologetics Research. This citadel of truth is led by a man I've known and respected for years, Paul Carden. Paul not only has many years of experience in cult apologetics, but has spent many of those years on foreign fields. I am convinced God has raised up Paul and his organization for the specific purpose of assisting believers in foreign fields (where resources are scarcest) to stand against cultic intruders, wherever they may be found. With strong conviction, I urge Christians everywhere to prayerfully and financially support this strategic ministry.

CFAR is a Christian organization that follows these statements of faith that have been accepted by Christians around the world. See the creeds below.

The Gospel of Jesus Christ: An Evangelical Celebration The Lausanne Covenant The Manila Manifesto The Chicago Statement on Biblical Inerrancy

> Apostles' CreedAthanasian Creed Niceno-Constantinopolitan CreedDefinition of Chalcedon

  1. I believe in God the Father, Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth:
  2. And in Jesus Christ, his only begotten Son, our Lord:
  3. Who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary:
  4. Suffered under Pontius Pilate; was crucified, dead and buried: He descended into hell:
  5. The third day he rose again from the dead:
  6. He ascended into heaven, and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty:
  7. From thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead:
  8. I believe in the Holy Ghost:
  9. I believe in the holy catholic church: the communion of saints:
  10. The forgiveness of sins:
  11. The resurrection of the body:
  12. And the life everlasting. Amen.