Does the church belong in your home? Should your pastor setup monitoring systems on your computers and be given rights to check your drawers when he wants to? The abusive system of Oneness Pentecostalism leans that way, and some pastors have demanded that right. You should be warned, that it is a cult.
If you church teaches dress and behavior standards that you must abide by in your own personal life, while not at church, they have made new Laws of salvation. This is legalism at its purest and darkest form.
Have you ever been told ‘You must Speak in Tongues in order to be saved’? Have you had the same Scriptures shot-gunned at you about the topic, like John 3:8 where Jesus told Nicodemus, “Everyone that is born of the spirit will speak in tongues!” Only problem – that isn’t what Jesus told Nicodemus…
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 […]