Quoting Quiverfull: All Worldly Entertainment Seeks to Seduce You Away From God?

by Kristen Clark from Girl Defined - Resisting the Seduction of Beautifully Packaged LiesEditor's note: Interesting that she only mentions music coming out of Nashville. But this idea that culture is corrupt is an old one, and applies even if you are not religious at all. There are always going to be songs, movies, styles of dress that you don't agree with. The difference is that most of us who aren't stuck in fundytown just skip over and do not indulge in things that offend us. Evangelicals turn it into a witchhunt/crusade. Mature people do not do that. … [Read more...]

More Heart Less Attack

by Sara cross posted from her blog The Messy Mrs. used with permission.Y'all. I can't even right now.    I. CAN'T. EVEN.2016 has been such a hate filled year that it is crippling me--KILLING ME--due to my C-PTSD. I can barely function. When I say it's killing me, I mean that I am so tense I am having migraines, rashes on my body, tremors, nightmares, and intense depression. I often go days without leaving my home. Check out my last blog entry and you'll see it was months ago. Blogging used to be therapeutic for me, but lately I've just been hiding in a bunker. This turmoil is almost entirely due to the news cycles of this year.There's this group vs that group. This gro … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Atheists Are Just People Who Hate How God is Running Things?

by Lori Alexander from Always Learning - Divorced Parents Raise Less Religious Children?Editor's note: Ignoring the fact that many divorced women, men and children fall away from religious communities because the members of those communities behave like judgmental unloving jerks to them and concentrating on the most mind-blowing part of Lori's daily drivel. Atheist are people who are mad at God?!?! How can you be mad at someone you don't believe exists? This is illustrative of the fact that those still in the high pressure faith communities have zero understanding of anyone outside their koolaid zone echo chambers and make things up with no basis in reality. … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Hey, She Cursed Her Own Family?

by Michael Pearl from No Greater Joy Magazine - The Church Does Not Replace IsraelEditor's note: Not sharing this story so we can argue over the significance of Israel but to illustrate a point about No Greater Joy. There is definitely no 'Joy' at No Greater Joy but there is a lot of shaming and blaming of others under the guise of supposedly teaching others. If you have to put down others to support yourself there's something fundamentally flawed in your faith. This is one of the clearest illustrations I've seen of Fundamentalist Christians who put others down to build themselves up. And they wonder why numbers of Christians are declining across this nation. … [Read more...]

Confessing to That Which I Did Not Do

by Ellen cross posted from her blog When Church HurtsI was watching one of those real life crime drama shows recently.  I can’t remember if it was Dateline or 20/20 or 48 Hours, but the story was about a young woman who was interrogated bullied by the police for hours on end until she agreed with them that she had slammed a baby to the floor causing a head injury that led to his death.  She was convicted and in prison when the fact that the child had suffered a concussion weeks before that had caused his death.  Over and over, the reporter asked, “Why did you confess to something you didn’t do?”  And it was that question that brought revelation to me. … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Judgmentalist Is Good If You Are Judging Sin?

by J. Matt Barber from Renew America.com - Adulterers, 'Your sin will find you out'Editor's note: One thing you can count on with squishy nasty things happen in the world of fundamentalist Christianity, there will be all sorts of interesting judgmentalism, sometimes even mixed with forgiveness or calls to forgive.  So it's a-okay to judge someone because God has already judged their sin? More moral limbo in the wake of the Ashley Madison data dump. Did you see that the other prominent Christian caught in the scandal was forcibly removed from a video blogging conference for threatening someone? … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Don’t Compare Yourself to the ‘UnGodly’?

by Lisa Hallahan from A Lovely Calling - When You Become Jealous of the WorldEditor's note: I will agree with the author on one thing. Comparing or measuring yourself against others is a miserable way to live and you can never measure up to everyone. Be yourself and be happy in it. But, all this putting down of those that do not live exactly like them is one of the most hateful things in fundamentalism and evangelical Christianity. Love yourself, be yourself and extend that same freedom to everyone else.  Living in a emotional place where you don't have to judge everyone is also very freeing. … [Read more...]

Father Forgive Them…

by Living Liminal cross posted from her blog Living LiminalI was angry last night!The big, green, Incredible Hulk type of anger.This morning it's the quietly sickened and disgusted type.Why? … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Socialization Isn’t Important?

by Matt Walsh at The Matt Walsh Blog - Behold: the two absolutely worst arguments against homeschooling I’ll only say that you chose a pretty strange analogy to prove your point. You can’t teach a child to swim without bringing him to a pool? I agree. But do you bring a child to the pool, drop him there with a thousand other kids, then come back 6 hours later, and repeat that process every day, five days a week, for the next 12 to 13 years? Or do you bring him to the pool, hang out with him, maybe even get in the water and play some Marco Polo, and then leave with him after a couple of hours? … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: You Must Choose Your Child’s Friends?

by Michael Pearl from No Greater Joy - Six Ways Parents Destroy Their Children Without TryingLeaving them to choose their friends. Many parents have done a good job in training their young children, and have put them on a path of virtue, but in their early teens they are influenced by their peers and yield to temptation while knowing it is not the right path. Even well trained children are flesh and are capable of falling into sin—just as is a moral, disciplined adult. … [Read more...]