CTNAHM: Sexual Sins as Far as the Eye Can See

By AlethaOriginally posted on Yllom MormonCreated To Need A Help Meet, pp. 159---161Last post we talked about the basics of a wife's spots, wrinkles and blemishes. The next few sections will be delving deeper into each of these. Today we're talking about spots. More specifically, the spots that one's wife has picked up because of sexual impurities. I hope you're ready for a big bucket of bananas, because that's what's being served up today!I apologize if this post is a bit long. I … [Read more...]

When Every Touch Is Sexualized

Bill Gothard has now admitted that he held hands with teenage girls in his employ, touched their feet, and caressed their hair, but he claims that none of that was sexual. I grew up in the same cohort and culture as these girls. As such, I think I need to share a bit more of my own story, because it sheds light on the significance of physical touch within purity culture. I haven't shared these things because they're quite personal and a bit embarrassing, but duty calls, so here goes.I … [Read more...]

Shorter Bill Gothard: Playing Footsie Isn’t Sexual!

Yesterday Bill Gothard released a statement. Just as notable as what he refused to admit to is what he did admit to. Here is the relevant paragraph: This emphasis on outward appearance was also manifested by bringing selected young people to serve at the Headquarters and causing others to feel rejected and offended by my favoritism. My actions of holding of hands, hugs, and touching of feet or hair with young ladies crossed the boundaries of discretion and were wrong. They demonstrated a do … [Read more...]

CTBHHM: “He will be your head, and you will follow him”

Created To Need His Help Meet, pp. 229---231We now begin Debi's chapter on being obedient to one's husband. In this first section, Debi mainly just quotes Bible verses, and then interprets them for her readers. In this post I'll touch on some issues of interpretation, but I'll also bring out some other pieces that come up, including a passage that sheds light on Debi's view of the role of daughters, and more on Michael's view of church authority.Debi begins with a definition: Obedient: … [Read more...]

Is That the Best You Can Do, WORLD?

Preeminent evangelical WORLD magazine has now weighed in on the lawsuit against Phillips, and I have to say, their focus is sadly misplaced. Beyond the messiness for the families and the local church involved, the case also has implications for the broader church, and it’s likely to draw attention from those outside the church as it gains traction. Without a careful understanding of Christian teaching, a tragic situation could bring derision on Christianity more broadly.It’s certainly hap … [Read more...]

You Don’t Say, Mr. Farris? On Making Exemptions

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In spite of his recent decision to speak out against patriarchy in the homeschool movement, Michael Farris will be keynoting alongside Voddie Baucham at the Home Educator's Association of Virginia's annual convention this June.In case you're wondering what he'll be speaking on, well, Baucham's keynote address descriptions are available for viewing. Everything in them, from his focus on feminism to his invocation of "multigenerational" thinking, comes straight out of the biblical pa … [Read more...]

Michael Farris Admits He Messed Up

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Yesterday evening, Michael Farris posted the World Net Daily expose on Doug Phillips on his facebook wall. And for the first time, I actually found what he had to say encouraging---perhaps because, for the first time, I actually think Farris is sorry.And yet.Farris was quoted denouncing the now disgraced Phillips in the World Net Daily expose. In particular, Farris claimed that he and his organization, HSLDA, had long distanced themselves publicly from Phillips because they found … [Read more...]


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