How do I check to see if a church, ministry or non-profit organization is legitimate?
Here are some organizations that collect financial information about non-profits.
— And be sure to download their “donor alert” pdf file.
Better Business Bureau reports on charities
Guidestar collects financial reports for donors
Snopes researches online and urban rumors
Where do I go to research a ministry’s theological beliefs?
Here are some resources that discuss both the ministry’s stated beliefs and whatever controversy they may be involved in.
Apostasy Alert — Jackie Alnor
Personal Freedom Outreach is a non-profit, non-denominational group with three goals: to educate Christians about the dangers and heretical doctrines of religious cults, to use the Gospel of Jesus Christ to reach members of those cults, and to warn Christians of unbiblical teachings within the Church itself. This organization prefers to communicate by letter and they do not accept email.
Can you give me some tips on preventing religious fraud?
Have a loved-one or friend that only speaks Spanish?