Watchman Fellowship



Watchman Fellowship is an independent Christian research and apologetics ministry focusing on new religious movements, cults, the occult and the New Age.


We serve the Christian and secular community as a resource for education, counseling, and non-coercive intervention and evangelism training.
As Christians, we believe that “we are our brother’s keeper.” Like the watchman on the wall (Ezekiel 3:17), we have the responsibility to sound a warning against the deception and destructive spiritual abuse practiced by counterfeit groups. In sounding such warning Watchman Fellowship also has a principled commitment to accuracy.

SINCE 1979

Our mission is to fill a crucial need in the Church as a Christian counter-cult* and watchdog ministry. We have three primary goals: to educate the community, to equip the church, and to evangelize the cults.


The ministry was founded by David Henke in Columbus, Georgia in 1979. He remains Chairman of the Board and manages the Georgia office. Watchman Fellowship’s home office is in Texas and we also have an office in Pennsylvania.


Often confused with the Watchtower Society title used by the Jehovah’s Witnesses, we are in no way affiliated with them. Our name is taken from the Old Testament book of the Bible, Ezekiel.

“Now as for you, son of man, I have appointed you a watchman for the house of Israel; so you will hear a message from My mouth, and give them warning from Me.” (Ezekiel 33:7)

Questions about Jehovah's Witnesses

Jehovah's Witnesses

  • Is the Jehovah’s Witnesses’ translation of the Bible accurate and unbiased?
  • Are its predictions for the future unfailing?
  • Is it true that the Society is closed to occult influences?
  • Is the scholarship of its literature trustworthy?
  • Is the Society’s teaching on salvation biblical?
Questions about Latter-day Saints / Mormonism

Latter-day Saints / Mormonism

  • How did Mormonism originate? Who was Joseph Smith?
  • Is it a Christian religion? What does it teach about God?
  • What is the Mormon doctrine regarding salvation? Life after death?
  • Who do they believe Jesus Christ was…is?
  • What is the Book of Mormon? The Pearl of Great Price? Doctrine and Covenants?
Questions about spiritual abuse

Spiritual Abuse

  • Shaming
  • Focus on performance
  • Manipulation
  • Idolatry
  • Preoccupation with fault and blame
  • Obscured reality
  • Unbalanced Interralatedness
Questions about Prophecy


Concerning prophecy and religious deception, the Bible warns: “Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world” (1 John 4:1).
  • Open-dated
  • Self-fulfilling
  • Conditional
  • Close-dated & Unconditional

Recent Posts & Articles

Firstborn of All Creation

“Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature.” (Colossians 1:15) Colossians 1 is an exposition of the Person and Work of Christ. It is in truth a demonstration of His deity and saving sufficiency.

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A Matter Of Life And Death

Anyone who has ever had a conversation with a Jehovah’s Witness on the subject of the soul, death, or hell, knows that they believe in annihilation after death, the complete cessation of one’s existence.

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Should We Worship Jesus?

”And again, when he bringeth in the firstbegotten into the world, he saith, And let all the angels of God worship him” (Hebrews 1:6). To Christians this clear statement from Hebrews answers the question rather decisively.

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Basics of Mormonism: Falling Upward

In his book, A New Witness for the Articles of Faith, (NWAF) one of Mormonism’s foremost modern apostles, Bruce R. McConkie, expends three chapters explaining the meaning of the Mormon church’s second Article of Faith: “We believe that men will be punished for their own sins, and not for Adam’s transgression.”

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