Vision Forum Ministries Closing

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by Suzanne Calulu cross posted from her blog True Love Doesn't RapeToday it was announced on Vision Forum Ministries site that in light of the Doug Phillips scandal that the ministry would be locking the doors and shuttering the building. They are completely shutting down. Here's what they've posted on the Vision Forum Ministries site. … [Read more...]

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Is Clergy Sexual Infidelity Rare?

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by Bruce Gerencser cross posted from his blog The Way ForwardDoug Phillips, of Vision Forum/Vision Forum Ministries, recently confessed that he had an inappropriate sexual relationship with a woman who is not his wife. (see my previous post in this) Defenders of Phillips have taken to their blogs, websites, Twitter, and Facebook, to do damage control on the behalf of Phillips and the patriarchal movement. One such defender is Voddie Baucham, the African-American version of Doug Phillips, sans the scandal. Baucham is an Independent Baptist pastor.  (you can find Baucham’s website here) … [Read more...]

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Quoting Quiverfull: Church Nursery is Bad?

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by Zsuzsanna Anderson, wife of Steven Anderson from her blog Are They All Yours? - Nightmarish Memories of Nursery Hell (Zsuzsanna is speaking of her time at Jack Schaap's church First Baptist Church of Hammond Indiana)FBC Hammond has a strictly enforced rule of no babies or young children in the auditorium. By strictly enforced, I mean the ushers at each door act as bouncers, and physically stop any parent from bringing young children into the main auditorium. … [Read more...]

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Quoting Quiverfull: Wait, What? The ‘Sinners Prayer’ Is Not Enough?

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by David Cloud from The Way Of Life.Org, which is affiliated with the Independent Fundamentalist Baptist Church. “The fruit of the Hyles model and methodology has often consisted of moral and spiritual shipwreck. … [Read more...]

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ROC Pastor Geronimo Aguilar Being Investigated For Sexual Misconduct

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Remember the Jack Schaap friend who is a pastor and supported Schaap even when Schaap admitted guilt in having a sexual relationship with a minor? Looks like the years of whispered rumors have reaped an investigation into the allegations that he grooms girls and young women … [Read more...]

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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...]

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Quoting Quiverfull: Educational Process Brainwashing?

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By Bob Jones III of Bob Jones University speaking of Christian credentialing for Bob Jones University and home schooling Accrediting associations will not approve our educational process if it does not include the worship of their gods. All education is brainwashing. We wash with the pure water of God's Word, and they wash with the polluted waters of the New Age. Comments open below … [Read more...]

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An Open Letter to Other Recent Open Letters

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by CaluluThis isn't quite a mea maxima culpa, but I did want to take some time to talk about the recent posting of two Open Letter posts involving the Hyles family, the Schaap family and the continuing mess at First Baptist Church of Hammond, Indiana. … [Read more...]

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An Open Letter to Linda Hyles Murphrey

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by Jenny WeberA guest post cross posted from Jenny's blog I'm Having A Thought HereTRIGGER WARNING! This might trigger those of you struggling to recover from abuse heaped on by former church members and clergyDear Linda:You open your open letter to the dear past and present members of First Baptist Church, Hammond, Indiana, by stating simply: “You were my father’s first love.” … [Read more...]

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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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