Tag: Christianity

Coping with the Cults – Part #3 – Spiritual Abuse

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 […]

Coping with the Cults – Part #2 – Judgementalism

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, […]

Biblical Headship – Who’s in Control?

There is a lot of debate, and concern when it comes to biblical authority, headship, and leadership. The three terms are of course not synonymous, but coming from a very legalistic background like I am, these terms were morphed into one synonym; Pastor. Modern Christianity that bends towards authoritarian leadership […]

Surviving the ‘You cannot be saved if…’ Gospel

I am ever amazed at the litany of ideas men will conjure up in God’s stead, ideas of what God requires and what God hates, things not found in His Word, His Handbook, nor inspired by His Spirit, yet, and ironically, the legalists cling to their rules & regulations is […]

Exposing the Gospel of Fear: Fearmongering

Dictators, Cult leaders, and Abusers all use fear to control their victims. Fear of retribution, fear of being alone, or losing self without their presence, fear of the ‘outside’, fear that they are right and all else is wrong. Fear that without them, you are nothing. Fear is the most […]

The Fallacy of Spiritual Fathers / Delegated Authority

Many things led me to leave the Apostolic Pentecostal denomination, but the most prominent reason was the dictatorial and cult leader control some pastors take over God’s heritage – the flock. They believe God gave them [pastors] authority over the daily lives of the saints in the Church. But did […]

Are we putting Christ in the Back Room?

We all believe (well, most of us) that Jesus Christ is God, and that God came to the earth again to provide redemption for a people that were horribly lost. I Timothy 3:16 declares that the God who created all was manifest in the flesh. John 1 shows us that this […]

Dreams From God

Coming from a Pentecostal background, and using Joel 2:28 and Acts 2:17 (and Isaiah 28:11) endlessly as proof that Speaking in Tongues was required for salvation, I always wondered why we summarily ignored the rest of the verse. Men and women prophesying, old mean dreaming dreams, and young men seeing […]

Happy is he that condemneth not himself

One of the most persistent struggles an ex-legalist will have, especially in the early days of leaving the unhealthy church structure, is continuously feeling condemned. This is the way unhealthy church structures ensure conformity, by brainwashing congregants into believing that God will immediately damn them for stepping out of that man-made […]

Video Version: Leaving Pentecostalism & Legalism

We have released the video production of Leaving Pentecostalism & Legalism as a Story Time video on our YouTube channel. You can find the original article here.