Leaving Christianity: Why I Was an Old Man Before I Deconverted

by Bruce Gerencser cross posted from his blog The Life and Times of Bruce GerencserI am often asked why it took me so long to deconvert. Some people suggest that I must have really been stupid to have spent most of my life believing in a God that doesn’t exist. People who have always been atheists have a hard time understanding how anyone could spend 50 years believing a book of fairy tales — the Bible — is real. Sometimes people can be downright cruel, suggesting that there must have been some sort of ulterior motive that kept me believing all those years. Money? Power? … [Read more...]

Questioning the Pearls – Are We Being Selfish? How Do We Minister to Others?

Lawd have mercy! Debi Pearl has a new book on being a help meet coming out shortly~ Anyone feel like doing a review? - The Hidden Help MeetFor well over a year we’ve been running a second Answering ‘Preparing To Be A Help Meet’ on Sundays, filled with questions by young ladies trying to get ready for marriage. Since we’ve run through many of the questions on their site it’s time to shift Sundays to something else, like perhaps examining the cornucopia of probably fake emails and questions that Michael and Debi Pearl of No Greater Joy post on their website and the possibly poisonous answers they give. … [Read more...]

After I Am Dead

by Bruce Gerencser cross posted from his blog The Life and Times of Bruce GerencserEditor's note: In counterpoint to Michael Pearl's quote this morning in Quoting Quiverfull and it's talk of hell here's Bruce's take on his vision of eternity. Very rational without the shouty 'hell' stuff of the Pearls. Something to be said for thinking and dealing with death in advance. I've already instructed my family I want them to have a big party, drink lots of tequila, tell silly stories about me and LAUGH. No 'hell' talk. No crying.As soon as Christian fundamentalists read this headline they will shout at their screen: … [Read more...]

Missing Out on Life When Jesus Owns You

by Bruce Gerencser cross posted from his blog The Life and Times of Bruce GerencserYe are bought with a price; be not ye the servants of men. (1 Corinthians 7:23)Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ. (Philippians 3:8) … [Read more...]

NLQ Question of the Week: Why so Much Folklore and Disinformation?

This is a series we run every Thursday. The questions are things that people who may not know much about the Quiverfull movement or even Fundamentalist or Evangelical Christianity ask about the lifestyle. Examining some of the questions involving Quiverfull theology and life can only shine a light on the toxic nature of this lifestyle choice. … [Read more...]

Nancy Campbell Says to Pregnant Women: God is INTERESTED in Every Minute Detail of Your Baby’s Life

by Bruce Gerencser cross posted from his blog The Life and Times of Bruce GerencserMaybe you’ve been longing for this day. Or maybe it’s a surprise! Maybe it wasn’t the news you wanted to hear! Whatever the reason, I want to remind you that it is a MIRACLE FROM GOD. God is the author of this life. He destined this child. He has plans and purposes for this precious one. Let’s contemplate on the MIRACLE.God chose you to be the MOTHER of His child.  God is INTERESTED in every minute detail of your baby, from creating every part of his/her body in the womb to His plans for his/her life in the future— Nancy Campbell, Above Rubies, It’s a Miracle!, March 13, 2017If, as Nancy Cam … [Read more...]

A Few Things I Wish Christians Understood About ‘The World’

by Living Liminal cross posted from her blog Living LiminalIf you act like total jerk and people object, you are not "suffering for Jesus", or being "persecuted for your faith". You are simply experiencing normal, negative feedback. … [Read more...]

Answering ‘Preparing To Be A Help Meet’ – Family Help?

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...]

How to Start an Independent Baptist Church

by Bruce Gerencser cross posted from his blog The Life and Times of Bruce GerencserImage by Bruce GerencserLots of snark and sarcasm ahead!John “Jesus Lover” Baptiste recently graduated from an Independent Fundamentalist Baptist (IFB) college. After three or four years of superficially studying the Bible, John received his unaccredited degree in Jesus-Loving, Devil-Chasing, Sin-Hating Pastoral Ministry. Now what?Graduates are encouraged to go into all the world — well mainly the United States — and win souls for Jesus. The best way to do this is to start a new church. … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Guard Your Children’s Friends?

by Nancy Campbell from Above Rubies - Guard Your Children's FriendsEditor's note: Nancy explains her reasons for isolating children as much as possible from 'The World' because they might be influenced to sin. Hmm, let's see - Nancy loves to claim that God is super-mighty and if you raise your children right they will stay on the right path. Then she turns around and says you have to isolate those same kids so that they do not sin. … [Read more...]