Review: I Fired God: My Life Inside–and Escape from–the Secret World of the Independent Fundamental Baptist Cult by Jocelyn Zichterman

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by Calulu When I first received this book I chuckled over the title, “I Fired God” because it seemed both humorous and sacrilegious at the same time. Firing God? How is it even possible? I quickly found out that the author should have fired her IFB God much sooner. Before reading "I Fired God" my only knowledge of the IFB was last summer's sexual abuse incident involving IFB Pastor Jack Schaap , and the writings of former IFB Pastor Bruce Gerencser. Jocelyn … [Read more...]

CTBHHM: How To Be an Abused Woman

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by Libby AnneCreated To Be His Help Meet, pp. 54-55***trigger warning***Debi starts this passage by laying out what she calls “God’s Blueprint for Marriage.” She first quotes several verses: … [Read more...]

The Sickness of “Faith Healing”

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by Becoming Worldly First off, let me say I have no problem with prayers for sick or hurting people. You want to pray about an injury or illness? Go for it. Want to request prayers or offer to pray? Go ahead on that too. I’m cool with it. You can pray for me too if you’d like, anytime. … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Respond Like Jesus?

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by Michael Pearl from "Created To Be His Help Meet" Appendix Has your husband reviled you and threatened you? You are exhorted to respond as Jesus did... You husband will answer to God, and you must answer to God for how you respond to your husband, eve when he cause you to suffer. Comments open below … [Read more...]

Orphan Fever

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by CaluluMother Jones magazine has finally published Kathryn Joyce's account of the Evangelical Movement's obsession with adoption and the inevitable not so great outcomes when you don't take practicalities of foreign adoption under consideration. … [Read more...]

roses – how the purity culture taught me to be abused

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by Samantha[warning: I am going to be talking about sensitive, sex-related issues today, including rape and sexual assault. ]First, let me share my rationale … [Read more...]

Saturday News Links: April 6, 2013

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Michigan is trying to pass a religious exemption bill that would allow health care providers to withhold care that violates their own personal religious beliefs. Example, any doctor that thinks childrens vaccines are not trusting in God could legally refuse to give recommended … [Read more...]

Stress, Pride, Shame and Frogs

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by Cindy FosterIn February of 2002 we attended our first five day stress in the ministry workshop.  We were invited by our close friends of near 30 years who founded this desperately needed ministry near 30 years ago. … [Read more...]

Religious Trauma Syndrome

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by CaluluSeveral days ago a link to an article written by Valerie Tarico at Alternet.org arrived on my Facebook page. The piece was about a newly named syndrome - RTS - Religious Trauma Syndrome and … [Read more...]

Linda Murphrey Writes an Open Letter to First Baptist Church Hammond

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by Bruce GerencserLinda Murphrey is the daughter of the late Jack Hyles. What follows is an excerpt of an open letter Linda wrote to First Baptist Church in Hammond, Indiana. I hope you will take the time to read the entire letter on Linda’s website: … [Read more...]


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