The role of a pastor is to guide and protect the people of God, but also to create disciples. Some pastors catch men, train them, and then release them. But does your pastor hoard the flock, gaining wealth and power from them?
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?
Oneness Pentecostalism (Apostolic, or United Pentecostal Church International) is known for legalism, rules and regulations. Strict dress codes, women can’t cut their hair, wear paints, make up, dye their hair. But all of that aside, there are some other striking similarities to Midieval Catholicism that might shock 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 […]
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 Waico, […]
The Oneness(Apostolic) Pentecostal denomination declares Acts 2:38 as the one and only true method of Biblical Salvation. Any other religious observation is null and void. Sincere, but sincerely wrong. Baptised in the literal Matthew 28:19 formula? You just got wet. Didn’t speak in tongues? You are lost. Not following Holiness […]
The New Birth. Being Born Again. The moment of Salvation. The Reception of Grace. What is this mystical and magical moment in time? What does it look like? Feel like? Do you know it happened? Do you feel something? Do you speak in tongues? Do you enter a trance? Recently […]
I have been absent for some time in my writing trying to sort out the real motivations and purposes behind this blog. There is an internal conversation that asks, should I continue focusing on legalism, cult-style control within religious organizations? Or should I turn the focus towards grace, and love, […]