The Iglesia ni Cristo (Church of Christ) Indoctrinates Children to Obey Church Leaders

by Bruce Gerencser cross posted from his blog The Life and Times of Bruce GerencserWhat follows is a video put out by The Iglesia ni Cristo (Church of Christ), a “Christian religion whose primary purpose is to worship the Almighty God based on His teachings as taught by the Lord Jesus Christ and as recorded in the Bible. The Church of Christ is a church for every one who will heed the call of God and embrace its faith — regardless of his or her nationality, cultural background, social standing, economic status, and educational attainment.” (website) … [Read more...]

Religious Child Abuse: An Unending Source of Sadness

by M. Dolon Hickmon author of the book '13:24 - A Story of Faith and Obsession'In addition to supernatural benefits, religions often promise what amounts to a program of self-improvement. Ingredients may include prayer, studying scripture and attending regular meetings. Such paths often also call for personal sacrifice, whether in the form of tithes and offerings or through performing unpaid labor such as proselytizing door-to-door. For their efforts, the faithful are promised an array of tangible and intangible remunerations: health and wealth, relief of depression or anxiety, eternal life and so forth. For many, one particularly alluring promise is that of a fool-proof formula for … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Part 5 – Michael Pearl Defending His Strawman?

by Michael Pearl from No Greater Joy – Spank and Save a ChildEditor's  note: So now Michael finally cites some verifiable sources, but it is only to claim it's his right as a parent to spank and that his types of beatings are not abusive like most other folks. Just because you call a pig a princess doesn't mean that it's wearing a crown and not in a barnyard. Everyone else can clearly see that the poor pig holds none of the attributes of royalty and that it's likely still coated in mud from the sty. It just means you cannot clearly see what is before you. … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Part 4 – Michael Pearl Defending His Strawman?

by Michael Pearl from No Greater Joy – Spank and Save a ChildEditor's note: Really, Michael? You're making assertions again without any legitimate evidence cited? No studies named? No links to studies, just the names of a few children's psychologists who said things about how spanking isn't that bad? If this is how you're going to defend yourself in that rumored law suit you're going to have a hard time winning. … [Read more...]

News: Legal Charges Being Brought Against Michael and Debi Pearl?

Christianity Today published a story about the long Facebook posting Debi Pearl published in December calling for the deaths of those that oppose them. Remember that seemingly mentally unbalanced screed? The article on CT does not mention who is filing a law suit against them, what the charges may be or any concrete details, just that it is happening finally.From Christianity Today: U.S. Evangelical Couple Linked to Child Abuse Ask God to 'Strike Our Enemies Dead' … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Part 1 – Delusions of Spanking?

by Michael Pearl of No Greater Joy - LaughingEditor's note: This was written back when the deaths of Hana Grace Williams and Lydia Shatz were all over the news with  news media speculating of the links between Michael Pearl's book 'To Train Up A Child' and a pile of dead children. Michael is attempting to justify his method of child beating as a legitimate way to raise children instead of the law-breaking child abuse it actually is. Dream on, Michael, because I'm seeing almost no children raised in extreme Christianity such as yours becoming anything beyond a manual laborer or the chronically under employed. Doctors? Lawyers? Psychiatric workers? I need a legitimate citation of his … [Read more...]

Shame Based and Immature Parenting Creates Victims of Circumstance and Dependency on Self (External Locus of Control)

by Cindy Kunsman cross posted from her blog Under Much GraceOriginally published January 2012. This is part of a series on Understanding How Emotional Development in Childhood Affects Adults: Fostering Spiritual Abuse via the “Roots of Victimization” All images originals from Under Much More Grace.We've now considered the two primary ways that a damaged or immature parent takes from their child (unloading shame and by siphoning back nurture) which we understand results from a parent's disrespect for the child's characteristics (and needs). With that background, we can now better understand how adults, both parents and grown children, cope with the sense of emptiness that they face. … [Read more...]

Review Part 2 – “Spanking, Why, When, How” by Roy Lessin

Continued on from yesterday here are the words of others that have been raised using this method from Roy Lessin's books. My life has been full of pain and anguish due to Roy's methods. Your daughter is happy because children will be whatever you ask them to be after hitting them. I would have thought someone strange for telling me my parents were cruel too when I was six, twelve, or even 15 years of age. My parents were my world when I was a kid. The horrible affects of Roy's spankings will probably not show up until it is too late. You will have already made your parental choice and the damage will be done. I was a happy child or so everyone thought. Inside I was torn up and didn't really … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Part 2 – Grandparents Should Spank Grandchildren?

by Michael Pearl from No Greater Joy - Grandmother Strikes AgainEditor's note: Continuing on from  yesterday's sick idea that grandparents need to beat on children for discipline as well as their parents. He's also claiming that his children and those raised by his 'beat them to make them mind' philosophy are more successful. Hmm, let's see. We never hear about his two sons and their families. One of his daughters is married to a man too lazy to work so she's been forced to start up an online herbal business pushed by her parents. Another daughter was too traumatized to be able to make simple choices in clothing or restaurant preferences when her husband asked for her preferences. I'm … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Part 1 – Grandparents Should Spank Grandchildren?

by Michael Pearl from No Greater Joy - Grandmother Strike AgainEditor's note: According to Michael it's not just enough to have parents striking their children, now grandparents must do it too. One of the most disgusting passages of Pearl's many contradictory writings. Isn't the role of grandparents to love the children and leave the major discipline to the parents? Adding another abuser is not the answer to 'good' behavior in children. This is never a good idea. … [Read more...]


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