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

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...]

Silencing Techniques

by Kristen RosserHave you ever had an entire conversation that was not about the thing you wanted to talk about, but about why you needed to stop talking about it?It's called silencing. … [Read more...]

The Sickness of “Faith Healing”

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...]

Mitt Romney Tells College Students To Fill Their Quivers

by CaluluRecently failed presidential candidate Mitt Romney showed up in my state to speak to the graduating class of Southern Virginia University.  Turns out that the school near Lynchburg … [Read more...]

Daughter of the Patriarchy: epilogue: What does leaving fundamentalism look like?

by SierraOccasionally, I get asked whether or not I ever actually left my old fundamentalist church. My story on No Longer Quivering followed my journey up to the first year of college. I’ve wrestled with how to explain what happened in a proper narrative form, because the circumstances that led to my cutting ties completely with the church ranged from financial to emotional to practical to ideological. There’s not a clear, linear story from here on out, just a constellation. But I’ve decided that it’s high time to tie up the loose ends and explain how, exactly, I cut and run.When I first went to college, my mother still picked me up for our weekly drive to church. In fact, the first … [Read more...]

Come To Jesus?

...or How Not To Witness To An Atheist/Agnostic - by CaluluAs I've said before I wasn't raised Quiverfull or even as a fundamentalist or believer. Through the years I kept being subjected to people trying to witness to me, giving that old altar call, tap dancing towards salvation, come to Jesus sonny boy father and the Holy Ghost sales pitch. … [Read more...]

Created To Be His Slave

by Bruce Gerencser's guest IanOn the No Longer Quivering blog, I have been enthralled read to read the female view of Created To Be His Helpmeet (CTBHH), by Debi Pearl. For any that don’t know what this book is, it is a manual for women to learn how to become totally dependent … [Read more...]

Jimmy Swaggart and Me

by CaluluCrossposted from My Cult LifeWarning! Salty language & disrespecting of religious leaders ahead!When I was younger I worked for an air freight contractor that had contracts … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: All the Children?

by Colin Campbell from Meat For Men "Biblical Fathers Have All The Children God Wants Them To Have" - April 25, 2013 On this point the majority of the Christian churches have been greatly deceived. Most Christian couples have little understanding of the importance of God being in charge of this area of their lives. They consult God on their career, college, home, finance, and many seemingly important issues, yet regarding children created in God's own image, they don't want God … [Read more...]

Seeing Monsters in the Dark

by Becoming Worldly I read this, this, and this recently, so figured today I’d tell a ghost story, one with a bit of fire and brimstone thrown in, and a surprise ending. One night a little girl goes to bed. She falls asleep in a dress she’s worn for three days, sharing a bed with four other people, all sleeping on it sideways. She’s glad they’re there because she needs the protection of good people, pure people who are not at risk. … [Read more...]