Tag: Cult

The New Birth – Are Oneness Pentecostals/Legalists getting it wrong? Part #3 (Long)

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 – Are Pentecostals/Legalists getting it wrong? Part #2

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 […]

Are you taught to keep the Law of Moses?

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, […]

Out of Context: I Corinthians 11:14 Women can’t cut their hair? What?

In our series of Out of Context topics, we will talk about the misappropriation of Scriptures used to either garner control or gain material wealth from congregations. Scripture teaches clearly that the Word was not to be used in this fashion, and yet with humanity involved, it seems almost inevitable, […]

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 […]

Matthew 23 Explained: Modern Scribes & Pharisees (Long Read)

I knew a church where there was an annual party, a celebration, pat on the back to the pastor, that usually netted him $7,000-$10,000 in money or gifts from the congregants, disguised as a preaching conference. In fact, there were teams who went around asking for the money. An anniversary service […]

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 […]

Video Version: Recognizing Cult Talk/Patterns

This is the video production of Recognizing Cult Talk/Patterns Part 1. Recognizing the patterns of behavior, speech, and message of these organizations will save us from being taken in and help extract our loved ones from them. You can read the original articles, part 1 and part 2 as well […]

Legislated Christians…might not be Christians

Imagine a church in which the leader decides who you date, what clothes you wear, in some capacities what job you work at, how you do your hair, where you purchase a home, who you can befriend or fellowship, what books you read, what you listen to, so on, and […]