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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Boiling The Frog – When Churches Turn Into Dangerous Cults

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by Suzanne Titkemeyer cross posted from her blog What Would Roger Sterling Do?I'm going to ask you to stop and read this first before proceeding onto my story of how weird the church and I got towards the end - The Seven Signs You're in a Cult in The Atlantic MagazineGot it? Yep.What happened was sort of like that old beloved in Christianity false story about putting the frog in a big pot of water and the frog not realizing till it was too late that he was being boiled alive. Our church turning into a cult happened a lot like that. … [Read more...]

Reflections of an Unintentionally Undercover Atheist

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by Kaleesha Williams from her blog The Lost (And Found) Mind of Kaleesha Williams I went to the dentist earlier this week.  I’ve only been to this office once, but I like the people, they’re friendly.  Having taken the children to a dentist in a nearby town and getting my oldest into an orthodontist up near St. Louis I’ve come to the conclusion that people in and around the dental profession are some of the friendliest, sweetest-natured professionals in the world.  I’m told they have to be because so many people hate dentists.  But that’s not what I want to talk about today. … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Your Children Must Memorize Scripture or Else?

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by Nancy Campbell of Above Rubies - The Roman Road to Salvation For Your FamilyEditor's note: Leaving out much of Nancy's words about saving others and the scriptures you must memorize. She takes a nice guilt swipe at mothers who homeschool but their kids haven't memorized all the salvation call scriptures. Just another thing to use to heap guilt on already over burdened quiverfull mothers who homeschool. … [Read more...]

The “Feminization” of the Church

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by Kristen Rosser cross posted from her blog Wordgazer's WordsIn recent years a lot of people have been talking about why in most Christian churches there is an approximately 60-40 ratio of women to men.  This 2006 Biola Magazine article puts it like this: There are generally more women than men in every type of church, in every part of the world. . .A traditional explanation is that women are more spiritual than men. But the leaders of [a new masculinity] movement suggest that the church’s music, messages and ministries cater to women. . . The result of this feminization is that many men, even Christian men, view churches as “ladies clubs” and don’t go — or they often go to please their … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: African-Americans Being Targeted For Extermination by Pro Choice?

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by Matt Walsh from The Matt Walsh Blog - Black Lives Matter, So Let's Outlaw AbortionEditor's note: Instead of insisting on equal treatment of races by law enforcement and justice for the blood spilled unjustly Matt Walsh decides to hijack the issues of race and the police to use as another reason to outlaw reproductive choice. … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Nancy Steals Hanukkah Day 6

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by Nancy Campbell of Above Rubies - The Way to Victory!(Editor's note - emphasis mine)Usual Nancy "Don't Complain"  rhetoric couched in Jewish holiday terms.  … [Read more...]

Not Quoting Quiverfull: When Even Conservative Christians Think Quiverfull is Wrong

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by Wade Burleson from Ethics Daily - Missing The Mark: Eight Flaws in Quiverfull TheologyFound this gem through Von Ohlman's True Love Doesn't Wait - Eight Leaps of Illogic where he attempts to take down this piece by Burleson. Obviously this is written from a conservative Christian point of view, but it looks like even the more conservative branches of religion are starting to realize what a dangerous theological bend Quiverfull is. … [Read more...]

Not Quoting Quiverfull: The Dones?

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by Mark Sandlin from the Patheos blog The God Article - The Rise of 'The Dones' as the Church Kills Spiritual Community Mark is also the founder of The Christian LeftExcellent article and observations. Many of us from the former Quiverfull community are now part of 'The Dones', being told we were never 'real' Christians or we would have never walked away in the first place.  Predictably there are a few True Believers in the comments slinging Bible verses and hate. How about you, dear readers? Are you a SBNR, The Nones or part of The Dones? … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: The Right Way to Spank?

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from Focus on the Family - The Biblical Approach to SpankingWhere in the Bible does it lay out how to spank your children? … [Read more...]


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