Oh To Be A Pharisee! A Church’s Love Affair With Rules!

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by Cindy Foster cross posted from her blog Finding Fundamental (God) Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life. II Corinthians 3:6 Why would anybody in their right mind want to live by the letter of Old Testament Law when the New Testament clearly teaches they have been set free?I believe an honest comparison of the ancient, biblical Pharisee to the modern-day 'Pharisee' in all of us could answer this question. … [Read more...]

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Not Quoting Quiverfull: Fear is Evangelical Christianity’s Real God

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by John Pavlovitz from Stuff That Needs To Be Said - The Greatest False Idol of Modern Evangelical ChristianityEditor's note: I've thought for a long time now that fearing everything was the real belief in modern Evangelicalism. Just spend a few moments with any friend that might be a white American Evangelical and see if the conversation does not eventually turn to a topic of who or what to fear. Many times that fear is attached to people of a different color or race. … [Read more...]

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Quoting Quiverfull: Part 5 – Children’s Needs Are Not To Be Considered?

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by Michael Pearl from No Greater Joy Magazine - No More Bondage to FEAREditor's note: I can think of more than a few children I've known through the years that would be emotionally devastated to have a parent minimize their need for comfort and safety in situations that create fear in them like Michael states you should. Overcoming shyness isn't simply a matter of telling a kid to tough it out. Again Mr. Pearl shows he has no real basic understanding of either emotions or needs in children. … [Read more...]

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Quoting Quiverfull: Part 4 – Children’s Needs Are Not To Be Considered?

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by Michael Pearl from No Greater Joy Magazine - No More Bondage to FEAREditor's note: Again Michael claims that any behavior that is not text book perfect is another set of manipulations by the child. … [Read more...]

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Two Ways Modern Republicans Are Anti-Christian

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by Samantha Field cross posted from Samantha P Field.comI was seven when I saw the original Star Wars trilogy, and eleven when The Phantom Menace came out. To say that Star Wars had an impact on me would be one hell of an understatement. I was obsessed. Completely and utterly obsessed. I loved everything about those stories, and almost everything I wrote for over a decade was Star Wars fanfiction. … [Read more...]

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Fear Factor

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by Ellen cross posted from When Church HurtsMy friend, Rebekah Gilbert, has written a great blog post about Fear.  Her thoughts turned on a light bulb in my head because I realized just how true her words are.  You see, the spiritual abuse that was meted out to me had one purpose only:  to create fear in my heart and in my life.Perhaps the perpetrators’ ultimate goal was to get me to leave, but they did this in such a way that over the decade-plus years of spiritual abuse, I became terrorized.  And, just as my friend, Rebekah, realized, once I began to stand up to my abusers, the fear that they had placed on me returned to them.  Such great fear that their only recourse was to ban me … [Read more...]

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NLQ Question of the Week: Why So Fearful of Every Single Thing?

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This is a new series we have started running on Thursdays. Examining some of the questions involving long held Quiverfull theology and life.Last week we were talking about the Blood Moon and the other Evangelical Christian fear-mongering involving the end of the world, but since then I've been doing a great deal of thinking and observing on the subject of fear in the church. Seems like many people have many, many, MANY fears over things that those outside of the church never bother worrying about. Things like protecting their children from the 'evil' outside world, or avoiding normal things like swimming in the … [Read more...]

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“How To Win Over Depression” – review – 137 – 159

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by Samantha Field cross posted from her blog Defeating The Dragons Books like this make it almost impossible for me to believe that there’s any meaningful difference between fundamentalism and more mainstream evangelicalism. Theologically there’s no real difference that I’ve ever been able to find, and all the differences I can find are surface trappings. In my view, fundamentalism and evangelicalism are on a sliding scale of how much modern culture they’re willing to adapt; fundamentalists are just stuck in the 60s while evangelicals are stuck in the 90s. … [Read more...]

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Quoting Quiverfull: Just Like That You Changed?

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by Rosaria Champagne Butterfield in Today's Christian Woman- From Lesbian Professor to Pastor's WifeEditor's note: This seems to be a common theme in Evangelical Christianity, this belief that you can just walk away from the type of sexuality you have lived in for years. Seems wrong to say it's a simple change of thoughts. What do you think dear reader? … [Read more...]

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Guilt, the Essence of Evangelical Christianity

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by Bruce Gerencser cross posted from his blog The Life and Times of Bruce GerencserWhat would the Evangelical Christianity be without guilt?Guilt, despite what preachers say, is the engine that powers the Evangelicalism.Often preachers will try to hide guilt by giving it other names like conviction. But no matter how they try to hide it, guilt plays a prominent part in the day-to-day lives of those who profess to be followers of Jesus Christ.Think about it for a moment. The Bible presents God as a righteous, holy, judging, wrathful, deity. In the Old Testament this God was unapproachable except by a  few chosen people. People who got too close wound up dead. … [Read more...]

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