The Christian Research Institute exists to provide Christians worldwide with carefully researched information and well-reasoned answers that encourage them in their faith and equip them to intelligently represent it to people influenced by ideas and teachings that assault or undermine orthodox, biblical Christianity. In carrying out this mission, CRI‘s strategy is expressed by the acronym E-Q-U-I-P:
The “E” in EQUIP represents the word essentials. CRI is committed to the maxim: “In essentials unity, in nonessentials liberty, and in all things charity.”
The “Q” in the acronym EQUIP represents the word questions. In addition to focusing on essentials, CRI answers people’s questions regarding cults, culture, and Christianity.
The “U” in the word EQUIP represents the word user-friendly. As much as possible, CRI is committed to taking complex issues and making them understandable and accessible to the lay Christian.
This brings us to the “I” in EQUIP, which stands for integrity. Recall Paul’s admonition: “Watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers.”
Finally, the “P” in the acronym EQUIP represents the word para-church. CRI is deeply committed to the local church as the God-ordained vehicle for equipping, evangelism, and education.
The Christian Research Institute (CRI) was founded in 1960 by the late Dr. Walter Martin, the first evangelical Christian clergy to recognize the threat and opportunity presented to the Christian church by cults and alternative religious systems. FirstPeter 3:15 was the inspiration for CRI: “But sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence.” Recognizing that the American Christian church had abdicated its position as the spiritual conscience of America’s social, political, and ethical systems, Dr. Martin committed CRI to contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints (Jude 3).
More than 40 years later, CRI is the largest, most effective apologetics ministry in the world. The Bible Answer Man daily live call-in radio program syndicated nationwide and available internationally via Web Site/Internet simulcast, two award-winning periodicals, hundreds of teaching cassettes and videos, a comprehensive resource catalog and bookstore, personal correspondence and customer service, research correspondence, and publications, CRI is living out Jesus’ parable of the salt of the earth. CRI President Hank Hanegraaff, host of The Bible Answer Man, author of the award-winning bestsellers Christianity in Crisis , Counterfeit Revival, The Face that Demonstrates the Farce of Evolution, The Millennium Bug Debugged and Resurrection and internationally popular conference and pulpit speaker, has taken CRI into the next generation of apologetics with a vision for eternity: Mainstreaming apologetics, taking it out of the seminaries and into the hearts and hands of Christians everywhere, is the vision of CRI. We must take the best apologetic thinking by the best minds in church history and communicate it in a popular, memorable way. We do not dumb down apologetics, but we take the complex and make it simple, the obscure and make it clear, and the difficult to remember and make it memorable.