Chris Lawson has been actively involved in Christian ministry since before he was married in 1993. Throughout the years, church planting, missions outreach, and hospitality have been the primary focus of Chris's work.
Chris was ordained as a pastor in 1997, and he and his wife served as long-term missionaries in the United Kingdom. While in the United Kingdom, Chris began the Spiritual Research Network (SRN)— a Christian apologetics and discernment outreach ministry.
The primary goals of the Spiritual Research Network are to—Proclaim the Gospel and Encourage Biblical Discernment—and to research, inform, and warn about the dangers of cults, spiritual abuse, and mystical/occult-based spirituality.
Purpose and Mission Statement
The LawsonChristopher.Org website is the independent Christian outreach of Chris Lawson. We are committed first and foremost to the Lord Jesus Christ and the integrity of God's Word, and our outreach exists to:
Chris Lawson (author/researcher/lecturer) is an experienced missionary and an ordained pastor. As such, he has spent much time as a researcher, writer, and counselor, helping people escape the clutches of spiritual deception. Among his achievements and calling as a career missionary, he has served as a long-term church planter in the USA and Edinburgh, Scotland. He is also the Founder and Director of Spiritual Research Network, a Christian outreach dedicated to proclaiming the Gospel and encouraging biblical discernment.
As General Editor and writer for the Spiritual Research Network, his articles have appeared in discernment resource publications such as Forcing Change and Lighthouse Trails Research Project. He has spoken at numerous churches and has been a guest Bible teacher at Golgota Mission Bible Institute in Talmachiu, Romania (Transylvania). He has also participated in Christian apologetics and discernment seminars in Scotland, England, South India, Canada, and California.
Along with his preferred style of expositional Bible teaching, he has spent nearly thirty years researching, informing, and warning of the dangers of cults, the occult, and mysticism-based spirituality. He has also provided news agencies, students, consumers, church leaders, healthcare professionals, and law enforcement agencies with assessments and/or instruction. Formerly serving for nearly 25 years in the Calvary Chapel movement, fourteen of these being a missionary and pastor, he is now focusing on his independent research, writing, and teaching.
In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his wife and children, surfing, and being outdoors.
“And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all judgment; That ye may approve things that are excellent; that ye may be sincere and without offence till the day of Christ. Being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God” (Philippians 1:9-11, KJV).
"I was born in Newport Beach, California, in 1968 and grew up in a wonderful close-knit family environment. I loved surfing, soccer, and making lots of friends. While pursuing an active modeling career, surfing, and dabbling in New Age spirituality, I became very disillusioned with what this world has to offer. No matter what I did in my pursuit of peace and happiness, I always came up empty-handed - my heavily burdened, guilt-laden conscience hounded me to no end. Little did I know, I desperately needed to be forgiven of all of my sins by the Savior of the world.
As a result of this, I began reading the Bible and investigating the claims of the biblical Jesus Christ. I sincerely wanted to know about the real Jesus, not the counterfeit ones of the cults, hyper-faith movements, and the money preacher Christianity as is seen on T.V. Those are the things that turned me off to Christianity when I was a kid, and I wanted nothing to do with them. Now, at the age of 19, I wanted the truth more than ever. In the Fall of 1989, on a rainy November evening, I yielded my life to Jesus Christ - the one I read about in the New Testament. As Scripture teaches, I was born again, just like Jesus said (John 3:3-5). In other words, I was made alive spiritually in my innermost being by the Living Holy Spirit of God.
Nothing "weird" happened to me, like the false Christianity experiences as seen on T.V. I simply yielded to and trusted in God as He has said to do in His Word - to save me from my sins and the penalty of judgment that I deserve to pay for sinning against God. As I repented from my sins and yielded to the Lord, I was changed in a moment of time. At that very moment, the vast weight and burden of sin and a filthy conscience were washed away! I was "born-again" [i.e., born-anew; made alive in Christ; born from above] according to what the Bible describes when one repents from sin and turns to faith in Christ alone for salvation.
As I studied the Bible and grew in my personal understanding of God's extraordinary grace, little by little, my life was transformed from the inside out. Forgiveness of sins, spiritual freedom and joy, and learning to be victorious over sinful passions was a fantastic new way of life for me! Since that evening in the Fall of 1989, Jesus Christ has been transforming my life. There is no other explanation for this biblical transformation as the Bible describes it in John 3 and Romans 12:1-2. Jesus Christ indeed has risen from the dead, and He has done this wonderful thing in my life. All praise is to Him!"
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Page updated January 20, 2019
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