Vision Forum Ministries Closing

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by Suzanne Calulu cross posted from her blog True Love Doesn't Rape Today 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...]

Bill Gothard has negatively affected my life…Part 1

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by Shadow Spring I started this blog to have a space to write about how patriarchal fundamentalist thought had affected my marriage and resulted in disaster on many levels. The truth is that patriarchal fundamentalist thought had already wreaked havoc on my life before I even met my husband, … [Read more...]

Jimmy Swaggart and Me

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

Does Jack Schaap Deserve to Go to Jail?

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by Bruce Gerencser If you are unfamiliar with the Jack Schaap story, please read these posts. In a few weeks, we will all learn exactly how long Jack Schaap, disgraced Independent Fundamentalist Baptist (IFB) pastor of First Baptist Church of Hammond, Indiana, will be behind bars.  Some people think Schaap should be castrated and locked up for … [Read more...]

Raised Quiverfull: Introductory Questions

by Libby Anne Welcome to Raised Quiverfull! Nine young adults who grew up in the Christian Patriarchy and Quiverfull movements have come together to answer a series of questions about their experiences. All of these young adults have since questioned and left these ideologies and have chosen their own life paths. The goal of the Raised Quiverfull project is to inform. Click here for the Raised Quiverfull introduction. This section, Introductory Questions, showcases the participants’ responses to three introductory questions. If you would like to read the questions and answers to these three questions in one document, click here. To go to the other sections and read the … [Read more...]

NLQ FAQ: Does Someone Always Have To Be In Charge? Part 1

NO LONGER QUIVERING FAQ: DOES SOMEONE ALWAYS HAVE TO BE IN CHARGE? PART 1: HUMAN AUTHORITY IN THE BIBLE by Kristen Rosser ~ aka KRwordgazer God has ordained authority structures in every area of life.  In every enterprise someone has to be in charge-- otherwise there will be anarchy and chaos. Even within the Godhead there is authority: God the Son submitted to the will of the Father. Doesn't a solidly biblical worldview require a chain of command within the Christian family?  A family is not a democracy, after all.  In saying husbands should not be in charge of the home, aren’t you just attacking one aspect of God’s divine plan for authority? It cannot be denied that human … [Read more...]

The God Card: Ask Your Husband

How to Figure Out What to Do With Your Life, In One Easy Step: Ask Your Husband  The God Card ~ Thoughts on Patriarchal Teachings by Journey   Guidance for a wife is a very simple matter.  It seems to boil down to just asking your husband.  We have to remember that it is the man, the husband, that God designated to be the head, the authority in the home.  --Genevieve M. White, in Daughters of Sarah, p. 59 The woman who wants to be in control is a wife who is in rebellion towards God.  God does not look with favor on those who are rebellious towards Him…  The Bible says that "Rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft…"   …Webster’s 1828 calls witchcraft, "intercourse with … [Read more...]

The God Card: Thoughts from The Excellent Wife

Thoughts from The Excellent Wife The God Card ~ Thoughts on Patriarchal Teachings by Journey Someone in the church told me that I should have known it was abusive when my husband was controlling my life (the details of which are in the parts of my story that I have shared thus far here). It's like these people don't realize that the very books they recommend Christian wives to read are the very books that taught me that my husband was not abusive but was, rather, a godly man. For example, in the popular book, "The Excellent Wife," by Martha Peace (1999), a woman learns that, "Your husband is the one in charge. Being in charge does not mean he has to do everything. It does mean that he … [Read more...]

The God Card: Subordinate But Equal

Subordinate But Equal (Piper and other Complementarians on 'Biblical Womanhood') The God Card ~ Thoughts on Patriarchal Teachings by Journey  The patriarchy camp loves to say that, at the core, it believes men and women are equal.  A common phrase goes something like, "Men and women are equal, but simply have different roles to play."  The statement often works like a charm.  After all, hey, they just said men and women are fundamentally equal, right?   People playing different roles isn't necessarily bad.  In fact, it’s usually positive.  Images of actors on state are conjured up in our minds, putting on a costume to play one role or another---or different occupations people … [Read more...]

New NLQ Series: The God Card ~ Thoughts on Patriarchal Teachings, by Journey

A Good Man Will Make Sure Those Dishes Get Done (by Repenting For His Failure to Make Sure His Wife Does Them)   by Journey One of the most important things to do, in any arena of information, is to go directly to the source instead of relying on heresay. In posts to come, I intend to introduce direct statements from different leaders in the patriarchy movement, statements that will often include words I myself read, as I sought to obey God as a woman striving after His will, in a marriage that regularly left me confused, condemned and off-balance. The God Card ~ Thoughts on Patriarchal Teachings After reading and hearing stories like the ones featured on NLQ, one of the primary … [Read more...]