Leaving Christianity: Why I Was an Old Man Before I Deconverted

by Bruce Gerencser cross posted from his blog The Life and Times of Bruce GerencserI am often asked why it took me so long to deconvert. Some people suggest that I must have really been stupid to have spent most of my life believing in a God that doesn’t exist. People who have always been atheists have a hard time understanding how anyone could spend 50 years believing a book of fairy tales — the Bible — is real. Sometimes people can be downright cruel, suggesting that there must have been some sort of ulterior motive that kept me believing all those years. Money? Power? … [Read more...]

How to Start an Independent Baptist Church

by Bruce Gerencser cross posted from his blog The Life and Times of Bruce GerencserImage by Bruce GerencserLots of snark and sarcasm ahead!John “Jesus Lover” Baptiste recently graduated from an Independent Fundamentalist Baptist (IFB) college. After three or four years of superficially studying the Bible, John received his unaccredited degree in Jesus-Loving, Devil-Chasing, Sin-Hating Pastoral Ministry. Now what?Graduates are encouraged to go into all the world — well mainly the United States — and win souls for Jesus. The best way to do this is to start a new church. … [Read more...]

The Corpsepaint Show Interview of Bruce Gerencser

Cross posted from Bruce Gerencser's blog The Life and Times of Bruce GerencserI recently had the privilege of appearing via Skype on The Corpsepaint Show.  Hosted by Jay Gavit, The Corpsepaint Show primarily covers the heavy metal music scene, so I can easily understand them wanting to interview a metalhead such as myself. (You should be laughing right now.) … [Read more...]

How Fundamentalist Preachers Take the Fun Out of Everything

by Bruce Gerencser cross posted from his blog The Life and Times of Bruce GerencserEditor's note: In light of the upcoming Halloween holidays and the certainty that prominent cultural enforcers will soon be braying about their opinion that it is evil I thought this piece was good to keep in mind. … [Read more...]

The High Priests of the IFB Using Judaic Texts to ‘Lord It Over’ their Sheep, RCC Style

by Cindy Kunsman cross posted from her blog Redeeming Dinah Blog commentary concerning on No Longer Quivering in response to Gothard and Williams Draw their Cultic Hatred of Dinah   from the Hebrew Midrash[Blog Host Commentary noted in brackets] and “unique” formatting added to help convey the concepts as clearly as possible. ~ ~ ~ … [Read more...]

Understanding Steven Anderson, Pastor Faithful Word Baptist Church, Tempe, Arizona

by Bruce Gerencser cross posted from The Life and Times of Bruce GerencserEditor's note: This is a post from 2015 in which Bruce explains everything you need to know about the Anderson family. Since there's currently a firestorm going on in the media over Anderson's remarks about the Pulse nightclub terrorist attack I thought we should try to educate the public as to who this man is and what he believes. We've bumped the newest chapter of Aletha's 'Created To Need A Help Meet' review back a week to showcase who the leader of a church listed as an official hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center actually is.Steven Anderson is the pastor of Faithful Word Baptist Church, an … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Christians Are Supposed To Be Judgmental?

by Steven L. Anderson from Faithful Word Baptist Church - Pope Francis and His LiesEditor's note: A recent sermon by Anderson in which he makes some pretty ridiculous claims, such as that the Catholics copied the idea of monks and nuns from the Buddhists, that Pope Francis is some sort of agent of the Anti Christ and that all Catholics do is sit around all day worshiping Mary.  In this morsel of word salad from that sermon Anderson claims that it's perfectly fine for Christians of their ilk to judge Catholics, the Pope and anyone else that isn't exactly like them. … [Read more...]

How Abstinence Only Sex Education Led Me Down An Unexpected Path

by Amber Barnhill cross posted with permission from her blog Atheist By Accident.This was posted earlier in the week at Hemant Mehta's Patheos blog The Friendly AtheistWhen talking about my religious past, I often find myself referencing movies. How else are mainstream humans going to relate? Neo waking up in The Matrix. The barely-audible Asian chick in Pitch Perfect. And, in this case, Drew Barrymore‘s role in Never Been Kissed. If you’ve never seen the movie, the title really says it all.Imagine being an almost-24-year-old, intelligent, moderately-attractive-yet-socially-awkward female venturing into the real world for the first time, having never even held hands with a guy an … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: IFB Going Soft on Sodomites?

by Steven L. Anderson of Tempe, Arizona's Faithful Word Baptist Church - Dr. Bob Gray Goes Soft on SodomitesEditor's note: Anderson is doubting down on his 'Death to All  Gays' stance and apparently furious that no one else much in the Independent Fundamentalist Baptist church will cooperate with his views.  He's not happy that they are calling it a sin like any other. While sexual orientation isn't something you can really control, meaning it's no sin, having the IFB willing to allow anyone from the LGBT community attend their church is a big step forward for them. … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Hindus Out ‘Soul-Winning’ Just Like IFB?

by Pastor Steven L. Anderson of Faithful Word Baptist Church - Hinduism in Light of the BibleEditor's note: This 'story' of his would be much more believable if Anderson substituted the word 'Mormon' or 'Baptist' or 'Jehovah's Witness' for 'Hindu'. In all my years on this planet, and even in places where Hindus were prominent I have yet to ever see proselytizing Hindus. If you make something up to prove a point in a sermon is it still considered a 'lie' or an acceptable omission for the Lord? I'm curious, where is that 'lie line'? … [Read more...]