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 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 in order to:
Chris Lawson – researcher/lecturer – is both 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 also in 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 staff writer for the Spiritual Research Network publication and website, his articles have appeared in discernment resource publications such as Forcing Change and Lighthouse Trails Research Project. He has spoken at numerous churches, been a guest Bible teacher at Golgota Mission Bible Institute, Talmachiu, Romania (Transylvania), and participated in apologetics and discernment seminars in Scotland, England, South India, and California.
Along with being an expository Bible teacher, he has spent more than twenty 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 ministry of 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 huge weight and burden of sin and a filthy conscience was 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 wonderful 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 wonderful 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 truly 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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