Trickle-Down Cults

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by Samantha Fields cross posted from her blog Defeating The Dragons I grew up in a cult. ~~~~~~~~~~ That’s what I say when I have to start explaining my life to someone. As a phrase it carries a lot of baggage, but even so, it’s the easiest and most straightforward way I have to start my story. Generally I have to walk the person back from visions of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, but as loaded as the word “cult” is, it still applies to my life. According to the research of people like Michael Langone, the Independent Fundamental Baptist church I attended for a dozen years fit 13 out of 15 qualifiers. So while I didn’t live in a bunker or on a compound, there’s really no other way to explain w … [Read more...]

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NLQ Question of the Week: Why Is It Evangelicals & Fundamentalists First Reaction To Scandal To Say “Just Don’t Talk About It!”

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This is a new series we’re going to start running on Thursdays. Examining some of the questions involving long held Quiverfull theology and life.The last week and a day with all the different released news of Josh Duggar committing sexual crimes against five different young women has had an odd effect on the community. Those not involved in Evangelicalism or Quiverfull or Christian Fundamentalism have said a) this is horrible and b) it should have been investigated and prosecuted, or at the very least everyone involved should have had legitimate treatment or counseling. Sounds reasonable, huh? … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: We Are All Just Selfaholics?

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by Jon Bloom of Desiring God and as quoted by Ladies Against Feminism - Live Your Assignment!Editor's note: Word salad about sin and pride. No dressing. … [Read more...]

Are Pedophiles Hanging Out At McDonald’s And Starbucks?

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by Bruce Gerencser cross posted from his blog The Life and Times of Bruce GerencserIf you spend any time reading Evangelical Christian websites, blogs, or news sites, you will likely read things like:Making same-sex marriage legal will destroy America. Removing prayer, Bible reading, and the Ten Commandments from public schools will cause moral decline. Allowing abortion to continue will cause God to pour out his judgment and wrath on America. Barack Obama is a Kenyan-born liberal, socialist, communist Muslim who plans to institute Sharia Law, set up death panels, and arrest Christians. Besides, he’s black and his middle name is Hussein. Rock music is Satan’s music and lis … [Read more...]

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Created To Need A Help Meet – Part 2 How Do I Need Thee? (More About Women’s Nature)

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by Aletha cross posted from her blog Yllom Mormonpages 35-38Last time, I started on Chapter 4, which begins a huge list of the reasons men need their wives. Sometimes the text makes good points, yet the theme of every section seems to be something along the lines of "your wife needs you to need her. Your wife's womanly nature (from God) makes her want to meet your (as a man) needs. Let her. If you don't let your wife meet your needs, bad things will happen to you both. Plus emotional imbalance for you wife." I'm not even kidding. Go read last section. I'll wait. Back? Alright. Let's begin. Text, as always, is in purple. … [Read more...]

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Anonymous Stories – What Reproductive Abuse In Quiverfull Looks Like

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by AnonymousEditor's note: The author of this piece didn't want to share her name, location or identifying details and so all identifying names/places and info has been changed to keep her abusive ex husband from discovering where she is. But she has a story to tell about abuse in the world of Evangelical Quiverfull we're not touched upon here, one of reproductive abuse. What happens when the man decides to enter Quiverfull without the permission of the wife?We're also going to be posting anonymous stories here at NLQ as they land in the email box. The truth needs to be told. … [Read more...]

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Quoting Quiverfull: Anyone Know A Word Salad Translator? Holiness How?

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by Colin Campbell of Meat For Men - Families Need Pure FathersEditor's note: There are no words. I'm not sure what he's trying to say here exactly because he's confusing me. Self manufactured Gods,  self manufactured holiness, claiming holiness. … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Sweep That Floor For Jesus?

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by Nancy Campbell from Above Rubies - Your Vision For TodayEditor's note: Every single time we post at NLQ something of Nancy's it always translates into a cheery upbeat version of 'The beating will continue until morale improves." This continues on that theme of Nancy telling you to be happy, grateful and do everything to the glory of God. While Christ did do some practical, meeting others needs sort of things he never said he was feeding the masses or washing his disciplines feet to bring glory to God. … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: You Will Wilt If You Do Not Embrace Motherhood Right Now?

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by Nancy Campbell of Above Rubies - Which One Are You? Wilting, Surviving or Flourishing?Editor's note: More pushing of the old guilt buttons and making any woman that isn't overjoyed at being a housewife and a mother of many feel guilty as can be. It's what Nancy specializes in, at least when she's not hiding what happened to her African adoptees. Happy, Happy, Happy or you get the hose! … [Read more...]

Like A Hero

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by Ellen cross posted from her blog When Church HurtsDonald Miller has a post at Storyline (storylineblog.com) that stunned me in its accuracy in describing my former pastor.  The title of the post is How Do So Many Good People Get Away With Bad Things?  As my husband and I read through the post together last night, we agreed that no other writer has so precisely captured the characteristics that surrounded our experience. … [Read more...]


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