Seven Signs of Spiritual Abuse

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by Boze Herrington cross posted from his blog The Talking Llama (Please welcome Boze to NLQ and the Spiritual Abuse Survivor Blogs Network! He's an awesome addition!) For about five years during and after college I was trapped in a dangerous Charismatic religious community. Living in a spiritually abusive environment is like a nightmare that you can’t wake out of. It can be hard to tell right from wrong, left from right. The people you trust the most could betray you at … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Unevenly Yoked Kills ‘The Blessing’?

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by Colin Campbell in Meat For Men - Biblical Fatherhood: Role Modeling Love The phrase "all things " is incredible and could include vast multitudes of personal desires, as well as impersonal. However, we cannot expect God to answer any prayer that is outside of His character and will for our lives. We are only entitled to hope for "all things" that are within the boundaries of His will. … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: “To Train Up A Child” Harmful?

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by Michael Pearl from No Greater Love "The alleged presence of the book makes it no more responsible for Hanna’s death than the presence of a weight loss book in the home of an overweight person is responsible for their obesity." Posted by CNN on their front page yesterday. "To Train Up a Child" linked to deaths … [Read more...]

Love Misapplied: A Response to Chris Jeub

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by Libby Anne cross posted from her blog Love Joy Feminism and Homeschoolers Anonymous I grew up hearing about Chris Jeub. He was a big name in NCFCA homeschool debate circles, and while I never met him I did use the evidence briefs he put out. The Jeubs had 16 kids and were deep into the patriarchal and controlling ideas at the heart of the most conservative strains of the Christian homeschooling movement. In fact, they kicked their daughter Alicia out of the family and shunned her completely when she became “rebellious.” However, Chris says that he and his family have since left that whole legalistic mess. … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Always a Battle?

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by Rachel D Ramer of CRI - Christian Families on the Edge Author Reb Bradley, however, echoes the Pearls: “Keep your objective in mind — subjection of their will.…Teach your children to obey without being told ‘why.’”11 Authors William and Colleen Dedrick also concur: “When your child disregards or disobeys your command, he breaks fellowship with you and … [Read more...]

Religious Counsel

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by Anais Chartschenko cross posted from her blog The Monsterium (Please welcome Anais to NLQ and to the SASBN! We're glad she's here!) My rapist had listened to me. I had warned him I was thinking of telling on him. I was getting tired of being his rag doll. He explained very gently that no one would believe me, or if they did they would tell me it was my fault. He decided to demonstrate this. He was very sensitive this way. … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Women Don’t Belong in the Military at All?

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by Vaughn Ohlman from his blog The Practical Theonomist in response to LAF's claiming that women are being forced into combat positions in the US Military. A Design Flaw I was conversing over on NLQ with a woman about the issue of women in the military, and whether or not they should be in combat. Since it is my view that women shouldn’t be in the military at all, I don’t really have a dog in that hunt. I was primarily there to correct a false impression that some seemed to have, namely that Ladies Against Feminism, and people like myself, were Ok with women in the military, … [Read more...]

Spiritual Abuse and Whitewashed Marriage

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by Mere Dreamer cross posted from her blog Love is Not Equal to Love (Editor’s note: Please welcome Mere Dreamer to NLQ and the SASBN! Another great addition to our group!) I grew up in a 3rd world mission where the horror stories of Northern news overshadowed all other impressions of the US, though I determined to move there after graduation in spite of the fear. My 17 year old, culture-shocked self feared the six block walk from the school to work, morbidly certain it was inevitable that I would be kidnapped and raped. … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Requiring Obedience?

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by John Piper from his blog Desiring God - Parents, Require Obedience of Your Children Rescue from Foolish Parenting The defiance and laziness of unbelieving parents I can understand. I have biblical categories of the behavior of the spiritually blind. But the neglect of Christian parents perplexes me. What is behind the failure to require and receive obedience? I’m not sure. But it may be that these nine observations will help rescue some parents from the folly of laissez-faire parenting. … [Read more...]

What “Fireproof” and “Twilight” Have in Common

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by Samantha cross posted from her blog Defeating the Dragons During my undergrad days, one of my friends convinced me to read the Twilight series. At first I rolled my eyes at the “vampire books,” but I did read them— flew through them, really. I strongly, strongly identified with Isabella Swan– but when I tried to explain it to my friends, all that I could come up with was that “we were both clumsy.” My friends laughed at me, or rolled their eyes, so eventually I shut up about it. I was never able to figure out exactly what it was about Bella that tugged at me so much. I knew it had something to do with her relationship with Edward– I was frequently able to draw direct … [Read more...]


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