Tag: Pentecostal

Baptism: Does how you are Baptized Matter?

Some say the method of how you are baptized, and the words spoke at your baptism determines whether or not God honors it. Is Baptism like a magic spell that must be incanted perfectly or it will be rejected? Or is it a matter of faith and dependence on Christ? Let’s discover the truth!

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The Traumatic Damage of Bad Religion, Pentecostalism (Oneness) and Cults, and Healing

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 […]

Is disagreeing with a Church Doctrine just being bitter?

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 being hijacked by controlling leaders?

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 […]

Video Version: Do Pastors have Authority to create Salvific Doctrines?

Do modern day preachers have the authority to create new doctrines? Such as dress standards being required to be saved? Are you lost if you don’t submit to legalism?

Breeches & Trousers, Pants & Skirts – The truth about Men’s Clothing

There are modern churches that decree women can only wear dresses/skirts. Pants are men’s only clothing they claim this is directly related to Deuteronomy 22:5 “The woman shall not wear that which pertains unto a man”. But is it?

What is Holiness?

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?

The Similarities of Medieval Catholicism and Modern Oneness Pentecostalism (Long)

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.

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, […]