Over the weekend I went looking for more books to read. Last week I found the History of Early Christianity and have been enjoying reading through that. This weekend I found the book Post-Traumatic Church Syndrome. This is not a mockery of PTSD, or other trauma-related issues, but seemingly a mirror […]
Westboro Baptists, Oneness Pentecostals, and many other Christian sects often do not reflect the man they claim to follow, Jesus. In the words of Ghandi, Christians are often unlike Christ. One popular video is called, ‘Lord, save us from your followers’. Why is this? Should Christians feel justified in being judgmental and rude for the sake of their ‘Gospel’?
It seems that the most common phrase of religious abusers, and those who are bought in to the abusive system, attacking someone who questions their system, is “You are just bitter”. This defense mechanism holds to weight of fact, evidence or Scripture. Ignore it.
Is your faith and trust in God or your Pastor? When you seek wisdom, do you seek God or your Pastor? If you felt the Lord led you in a direction but your pastor said go a different way, did you obey the spirit or your pastor?
Why does the abused victim return to the abuser? What causes a dog to lick up the bile that was rejected by its body? Why would someone leave a cult and feel compelled to return? The Cycle of Abuse is recognizable and understandable, as sad as it is.
Have you ever asked yourself ‘How did I end up here? What choices did I make that brought me to this moment?’ You might have asked this about your marriage, your job, some circumstance in your life that when you got there – it left you bewildered and confused. It […]
God is Holy. We are to strive to be like Him. We worship in the beauty of Holiness. Yet – what is it? Some say its a dress standard. Some say it is a spirit or heart condition. Could it be both? Does how you dress or behave make you Holy, or is it having the Holy One dwelling in you?
Spiritual Abuse is one of those labels that can be overused, much like the word cult. In the times following Jesus’ crucifixion and the birth of the Christian Church, Judaism and the Roman occupiers of Jerusalem labeled the Christian movement a cult. However, it is also something that needs to […]
Since leaving a cult, I have delved into studying, writing, reading, talking and coping with the very real, sometimes hidden, but obvious affects cults and their teachings have on lives. Most certainly the very word ‘cult’ conjures up the worst horrors to hit the news headlines, like Jamestown, or Waco, […]
I wonder how many people in McMinnville know that when the church people bring their kids to your door, in those pressed red and white blouse and skirts, or blue slacks and a white shirt with a red sweater vest, neatly dressed and irresistible smiles, to get sponsors for their […]