Halloween is a Satanic Holiday

by Bruce Gerencser cross posted from his blog The Life and Times of Bruce Gerencser(Editor's note: here we are again, three weeks or so from Halloween and already the extremists are coming up with ridiculous stories about Satan and hellfire, damnation and all sorts of things.)A story from the past. From 1995-2002, I was the  pastor of Our Father’s House in West Unity, Ohio. One Sunday, the following discussion took place between an old woman in the church and one of my younger children.Old Woman: So, how much candy did you get trick-or-treating?Child gives Old Woman an embarrassed look.Child: I didn’t go trick-or-treating,Old Woman: Really? Why not?Child: Our Dad … [Read more...]

Duggary For Dollars With Bonus Lying – The Duggar Family Tries To Get Paid

There's a lot of things in the world of TLC's disgraced Duggar family we've not mentioned here, Jinger Duggar possibly in courtship with Lawson Bats, Jessa's getting closer due date, the fact that fans are still bat-nut crazy mad over how their donations were used by Jill and Derick Dillard, the rumors that Josiah Duggar has resumed his courtship of Margery Jackson. There's also been speculation in Christian publications that Anna Duggar will divorce Josh along with a few tabloids asking questions about the odd sale of their home that we covered a couple of days ago.There's a couple of things that have come out in the past few days involving the Duggar family and their attempts to get … [Read more...]

Created To Need A Help Meet: Part 5 – Mr. Steady (Don’t Read Your Wife Your To-Do List)

by Aletha cross posted from her blog Yllom Mormonp 95-97Text is in purpleHealing Dear Mike I am writing in response to your request for info for your new book. The most amazing thing happened in our marriage a few years ago, when, after almost 20 years of being married, my husband gave me the gift of time alone with him in prayer on a consistent basis. This began revolutionizing our relationship. Now we say things in prayer that have never come easily between us. We pray about tough issues, past hurts, hopes, dreams, etc. We were able to cover subjects that we hadn't been able to approach for various reasons...mostly over-sensitivity and/or defensiveness on one or both parts. … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Part 1 – Every Woman A Jezebel?

by Debi Pearl from No Greater Joy - The Jezebel ProfileEditor's note: This entire article is filled with so much toxic shaming and blaming that there's no one or two paragraphs that sum up the gist of it. Debi seems to be saying that a woman not making an extreme effort to get along with her husband is functioning under a 'Jezebel spirit'. People used to talk at my old church about Jezebel spirits and various women they thought were Jezebels, but they never took it to the depth Debi Pearl does. As a woman in Pearl world you can never ever get a break, everything there is the woman's fault. … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Natal Nazis and Human Sacrifice?

by Jim Bakker and Rick Wiles as quoted by Raw Story - Satanic temples are hidden in Planned Parenthood clinics as 'legal cover' for child sacrifice?Editor's note: We've tried not to feature or talk about the recent false allegations that Planned Parenthood was selling aborted fetal tissue being bandied about by the extreme Christian right, but failed and jailed former PTL pastor Jim Bakker and his pal Rick Wiles have some some really disturbing untrue things recently. I read this story and had to wonder what type of Jesus Juice they're chugging backstage to actually be able to make many of these statements with a straight face (or as straight as it gets with Bakker). Hoping what they are … [Read more...]

NLQ Question of the Week: Why Do Patriarchs Want To Control Women?

This is a new series we have started running on Thursdays. Examining some of the questions involving long held Quiverfull theology and life.In light of this morning's quoting from Tim Fall's blog and the many times we've seen prominent men like Doug Wilson and John Piper and low level patriarchal wanna bes like Von Ohlman and Biblical Gender Roles try to reduce women into a subset of silent sex robots birthing babies we have to ask a few questions. Like what is the payoff for men in the movement to always control women? Is it about feelings of inferiority or low self esteem? Do they do it because they have controlling natures? Why? Why do patriarchs always want to control women? … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Praise God Constantly So The Devil Doesn’t Make You Depressed?

by Colin Campbell from Meat For Men - What Happens When We Sing High Praises?Editor's note: I supposed you could also draw the analogy from this bit that if you aren't praising God enough or in the correct way that Satan will make a family member depressed or doubt God. Sometimes the faith of cultural enforcers in evangelical fundamentalist quiverfull Christianity seems like a weak thing that can be damaged by every passing breeze if these 'Good Patriarchs' are to be believed by their words. A prime example of the toxic beliefs in the church that depression is somehow sin related. … [Read more...]

Not Quoting Quiverfull: Silencing Women Is Wrong

by Tim Fall's blog Tim's Blog: Just One Train Wreck After Another - Silencing Women - the guaranteed way for men to stay in controlEditor's note: Mr. Fall is addressing Tim Bayly's recent childish temper tantrum over Patheo's own bloggers Rachel Miller and Valerie Hobbs of Jesus Creed for saying that the subordination of women in the church is wrong and calling out the misogyny of Doug Wilson and John Piper. Remember when Piper said woman should not be police officers or anything traditionally masculine in the work place? Mr. Fall's entire piece is excellent but we're quoting here the meat of the argument. Enjoy. … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: No Negative Talk Ever?

by Colin Campbell from Meat For Men - The Hotter The Battle The Higher The PraisesEditor's note: Now Colin is following his wife Nancy's lead, telling men to control their thoughts and to only be happy, thankful and praising God instead of feeling their true emotions. While I agree openly grumbling likely isn't a good thing all of the time, telling someone to suppress their emotions and thoughts is much worse and can lead you into some pretty strange unhealthy places if you let it. … [Read more...]

Answering “Preparing To Be A Help Meet” – Just Friends With A Guy ‘Commenting’

Another installment of giving better answers to the questions asked at Debi Pearl’s site message board for the book ‘Preparing To Be A Help Meet’. Many young ladies ask questions on all sorts of different subjects brought up by the book. There was just one big problem, many of the answers stray into either the outright bad and emotionally unhealthy to dangerous. Yes, typical Debi Pearl borderline abusive. Here’s what we’re going to be doing here at NLQ. Every week, once or twice a week, I’ll be posting up one of the questions from the message board and ask you, our readers, to answer that poor soul’s question in a way that is logical, rational and the best possible solution, in other words 18 … [Read more...]