The “Jezebel Spirit” Teaching: Priming Churches for Spiritual Abuse

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by Kristen Rosser cross posted from her blog Wordgazer's WordsIt's a story my husband Jeff likes to tell from before we were married.We were both members of a coercive Christian group of "charismatic" persuasion-- meaning that the group believed in supernatural gifts of the Holy Spirit.  Like most charismatic groups, our church believed that Christians and churches could be harassed by, or even come under the power of, demonic spirits. We believed God had called us to "rebuke" such spirits in the name of Jesus and drive them out of our lives and the lives of others. … [Read more...]

Raised to be a Monster

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by Samantha cross posted from her blog Defeating the Dragons I sat on the couch in the nursery, playing with some loose threads while I watched Mrs. Grace* entertain the baby on her lap. She’d been playing peekabo for the past few minutes when she suddenly saw the baby, Anna*, notice her necklace. It was an antique pendant watch with delicate scroll work, and Anna seem fascinated by the movement of the hands. Mrs. Grace dangled the pendant in front of her, telling her “it’s ok, you can touch it, go ahead.” I watched as Anna turned to look at her mother who was sitting across the room. Mrs. Dianna slowly shook her head, pursed her lips, frowned, and made a subtle wagging motion w … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Feminism Misunderstood by LAF?

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by Ladies Against Feminism -Feminism Rejects Feminism: We're Doing Our Best to Achieve the Impossible Feminists are finding their legacy, unrealistic, misdirected, negligent and confusing. This article is an insider’s perspective on the realities of feminism and an interesting discussion (perpetuated by lies or shall we say redefining of the facts) on what the answer is supposed to be. Feminism’s expectations are still impossible and unrealistic either way. They’ve created a generation of confused misguided women who hopefully will realize they’ve been lied to. Once again, we have the answer to a fulfilling life. Caution: Swear words on sidebar"When the expectation that they could “have … [Read more...]

Courting a Stranger

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by Samantha cross posted from her blog Defeating the DragonsThis week, the Duggars announced that their daughter, Jessa, had begun a “courtship” with Ben Seewald. News articles have been floating around in my facebook feed about this, and as I read a few of them . . . my heart sank. Many people are mocking the family, Jessa, Ben, her parents, for how they’ve chosen to handle this. I can’t get behind the mocking. All I can feel right now is compassion for Jessa and Ben. It’s an emotion they might dismiss as completely unwarranted– from all appearances, they’re blissfully happy, and this courtship is what they’ve always envisioned for themselves. I don’t know about Ben, but everything I’ve … [Read more...]

My Parents’ Belief System

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by Sarah Henderson cross posted from her blog Feminist in Spite of ThemPlease join me in welcoming Sarah Henderson to No Longer Quivering and to NLQs Spiritual Abuse Survivor Blogs Network!These are my parents' beliefs, as I was taught as a child.My parents believed in the bible. They believed it was the divine word of god, and that it was infallible. They believed that bible verses should be taken literally.They believed in six days of creation and that god created Eve for Adam. They believed that Eve caused the Fall. They believed in the flood and that god chose one special family to be saved, because that family followed god more closely than other people and this … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: In Which Debi Pearl Explains…

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...how linking To Train Up a Child to the death of Hana Grace Williams is the same as Hitler's Big Lie.by Debi Pearl from No Greater Joy Ministries -   A Call to Stand Hitler’s propagandists used one of Satan’s choice tools to pull off the biggest crime toward mankind in the history of the world. They used a lie. They taught that if you tell a lie and keep repeating it enough, people will eventually come to believe it. And when they believe—truly believe—it will turn them into activists who will bring it to pass. … [Read more...]

The Intellectual Honesty of Betrothal

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by The GraduateThe Intellectual Honesty of BetrothalRecently, a lot of news has been made about the betrothal announcement between Joshua Ohlman and Laura Camp, who became “betrothed” or engaged at their parents’ wishes after two hours of knowing each other.   Vaughn Ohlman runs “True Love Doesn’t Wait,” a website dedicated to advocating early marriage with no involvement on the part of those actually to be married, save signing rather long “marriage” contracts.If there is one thing I must grant to Vaughn, it’s this:  He at least accepts the logical conclusions of his beliefs, whereas Vision Forum, ATI, and others, try to soften the inevitable conclusions of where their worldvie … [Read more...]

Sunday Shout Out: Does Falling in Love Really Involve Lust?

Today's question is from the earlier posting - You Can Fall in Lust But Not Love?Does falling in love always involve a level of lust? Love at first sight is chemical and filled with lust? … [Read more...]

Sunday Shout Out Replies: How Quick is Too Quick?

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Original question: Is it better to take more time than a few hours to decide if this is the person you are willing to spend the rest of your life with?AnswersAmarantha: Good grief. My husband and I have already spent more time than that picking out paint colors for our new house. 2 hours? Oi.aletha: I think the situation would be slightly less absurd if the betrothed had been given the tools necessary to be individual people. It seems scary to me that 2 people who have never been out of their parents house, never really experienced life, and never really had the opportunity to think for themselves- are going to be thrown together and expected to have a perfect … [Read more...]

You Can Fall in Lust But Not Love?

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by Calulu cross posted from her blog True Love Doesn't RapeVaughn Ohlman's latest scripture limbo playing fast and loose involves braying that it's not possible to 'fall' in love. Why? Well, because falling is mentioned in the Bible as a negative or passive word according to the few scriptures he managed to pull up and glom together to support his point.Hey, join in that FUN game, grab some scriptures and claim they mean all sorts of things it's likely they … [Read more...]


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