I Am A Publican And A Heathen Part 3

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by Bruce Gerencser cross posted from his blog The Life and Times of Bruce GerencserIn March of 1994, our family packed everything up and moved from Somerset, Ohio to Elmendorf, Texas, a small rural spot along the road outside of San Antonio. Community Baptist Church had asked me to come to Texas to co-pastor the church along with Pat Horner, the founder of the church. This move was supposed to be what pastors like to call a once in a lifetime opportunity. The church was a young, growing Sovereign Grace church. (the church is much smaller today, and many of the members I pastored are no longer there) The church wanted me to jump-start their evangelistic efforts and help them start a … [Read more...]

I Am A Publican and a Heathen Part 2

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by Bruce Gerencser cross posted from his blog The Life and Times of Bruce GerencserOur family arrived in Elmendorf, Texas the first week of March 1994. I had resigned from Somerset Baptist Church in Somerset, Ohio, and after closing down the church and Christian school, I  packed up my family and moved us to Elmendorf so I could become co-pastor of Community Baptist Church.Community Baptist Church was an Sovereign Grace (Calvinistic) Independent Baptist church. The church was started in the 1980’s by Pat Horner. The church worshiped at a ramshackle former Southern Baptist church building on Labus Road outside of Elmendorf. The church property included several acres of land that ho … [Read more...]

Part 1 – I am a Publican and a Heathen

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by Bruce Gerencser cross posted from his blog The Life and Times of Bruce GerencserMoreover if thy brother shall trespass against thee, go and tell him his fault between thee and him alone: if he shall hear thee, thou hast gained thy brother. But if he will not hear thee, then take with thee one or two more, that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established. And if he shall neglect to hear them, tell it unto the church: but if he neglect to hear the church, let him be unto thee as an heathen man and a publican. (Matthew 18:15-17)Should church members be allowed to leave the church without permission? Bobby Jamieson, writing for 9Marks, answered the question … [Read more...]

Thou Shalt Not Touch: The Six Inch Rule

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by Bruce Gerencser cross posted from his blog The Life and Times of Bruce GerencserImagine for a moment, that you are sitting in the pew of an Independent Fundamentalist Baptist (IFB) church. You are 16 years old and sitting next to you is your 17-year-old girlfriend. Like normal teenagers, you are sitting as close as possible to your girlfriend and you are holding hands.The pastor is getting ready to preach and he asks everyone to turn to 1 Corinthians 7:1,2. With a thunderous voice, the pastor says, THE BIBLE SAYS: … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Growing Up IFB Brings Freedom As Adult?

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No author cited for this article at Faith It - 10 Things Only Kids Who Grew Up in a Super Conservative Church UnderstandEditor's note: This is one unknown author's attempt to throw shade at those who leave after growing up and to make some of the stricter rules of IFB humorous instead of borderline abusive. I'm sure Bruce Gerencser -NLQ's own former IFB pastor - could make mincemeat of this author's ideas that this isn't harmful. The gifs are at least humorous even if the ideas aren't. Also these ideas are not unique to only the IFB world, many evangelical churches of different denominations teach this too. … [Read more...]

Bring Carol Ann Home

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We've written here at NLQ several times about the problems with Independent Fundamentalist Baptist New Bethany Home for Girls in Louisiana along with the case of  Bossier City Jane Doe, who likely came from New Bethany.Now it turns out that Bossier City's Jane Doe has been positively identified using DNA analysis as Carol Ann Cole from Kalamazoo, MichiganThere's a Go Fund Me set up for the burial and funeral expenses for Carol Ann Cole - Bring Carol Ann Home Memorial Fund … [Read more...]

Cindy Schaap, Daughter of Jack Hyles, Divorces Convicted Felon Jack Schaap

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by Bruce Gerencser cross posted from his blog The Life and Times of Bruce GerencserAs most of you know, Jack Schaap, former pastor of First Baptist Church, Hammond, Indiana, is serving a 12 year sentence in federal prison for having sexual relations with a minor. (a girl who was a member of the church and Schaap was counseling her)  For more information on Jack Schaap, please read the Chicago Magazine article, Let Us Prey: Big Trouble at First Baptist Church. You can also read the letters Schaap sent to his victim here. … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: What Happened to the IFB?

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by David Parton from What Happened To The Independent Fundamentalist Baptist Movement? - What Happened To Us?Editor's note: While parts of the IFB fall clearly in the harmful Quiverfull theology I have to give this man credit. He's asking the hard questions as someone in the IFB movement. Too bad other flavors of religion in Quiverfull are not asking and examining the same question. It can only be positive when those involved in the more cult-like versions of Christianity start critically thinking about why it doesn't work. What questions do you think Quiverfull churches should start asking? … [Read more...]

Tony Soprano Would Make a Good Independent Baptist Preacher

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by Bruce Gerencser cross posted from his blog The Life and Times of Bruce Gerencser (The terms preacher and pastor are used interchangeably in this article) Several years ago, I binge watched all 86 episodes of  the HBO show The Soprano’s. Once I started watching The Soprano’s, I was hooked. I quickly found out that the HBO version was quite a bit more racy than the sanitized version currently found on various cable TV channels. … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Indoctrinating Your Children Jack Hyles Style?

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by Jack Hyles of Hyles-Anderson College and First Baptist Church of Hammond, Indiana from his book "How To Rear Infants"Editor's note: This was posted on Bruce Gerencser's blog and it reveals the way that children (and everyone else) are pressured to worship the preacher in Independent Fundamentalist Baptist churches. That theology has not worked out well, has it, if you go by the examples of Hyles, Jack Schaap and countless other IFB preachers who've ended their careers in scandals born from their absolute control over others. … [Read more...]


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