Answering ‘Preparing To Be A Help Meet’ – From Sin to Joy?

This isn't so much a question as it is an example of what happens when people at the lowest parts of their lives/marriages are exposed to one of the Pearl's horrible books. This woman is thanking Debi for writing 'Created To Be His Help Meet' … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Being Overweight is a Character Issue?

by Debi Pearl of No Greater Joy - Poor Little Fat GirlEditor's note: There aren't enough curse words or middle fingers for this article by Debi Pearl instructing parents to start religiously monitoring their children's weight from 18 months on and locking up the food to keep them from being overweight. Babies and toddlers are supposed to be plumper than adults. Her advice sounds like a recipe for setting up a child with a life time of eating disorders. Nowhere in this rant does she suggest the obvious things, like getting a complete physical from a licensed doctor if you have concerns about a child's weight to make sure the problem is not a physical ailment or some underlying emotional … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Daydreaming is Sinful?

by Nancy Campbell from Above Rubies - Learning to FocusEditor's note: I think it's pretty safe to say that everyone's minds wander upon occasion and daydreaming is no sin. It's normal behavior. Most of the time it's harmless to daydream. I suspect that when all the scientific evidence is in they will discover that daydreaming is important for dealing with stress. Teaching a child to focus when the information and the task are important isn't a bad thing, but equating a normal brain function as something to be drilled out of everyone isn't healthy. In Quiverfull it's another devil behind a bush. Demonizing normal behavior yet again. … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Kick Out Sinning Adult Children?

by Colin Campbell of Meat For Men - Part 12 Signs of a Turned HeartEditor's note: How do you 'admonish' someone' in a spirit of meekness'? Every time I've seen this type of admonishment it's been rife with blaming, shaming, pride, authoritative behavior and other attitudes not meek at all. What do you think? Is it ever right to toss a teenager out over things they do that you do not believe in? … [Read more...]

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...]

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...]

Larry Dixon Says Premarital Sex is Abnormal, Unnatural, and Definitely Not Fun

by Bruce Gerencser cross posted from his blog The Life and Times of Bruce GerencserThose of us raised within the confines of the Evangelical ghetto have vivid memories of preachers telling us that certain sins were not fun, pleasurable, or enjoyable. Smoking weed? Drinking booze? Masturbating? Copping a feel on the back of the church bus? Making out with the preacher’s daughter? Running through the third base coach’s stop sign and sliding into home? Hanging out with “worldly” school friends? Going to the dance? Going to the prom? Such behaviors are sins against the thrice holy God, says the preacher down at First Baptist Church. Hoping that good old-fashioned Evangelical guilt and fear wi … [Read more...]

What Christians Mean When They Say I’m “Bitter”

by Samantha Field cross posted from her blog Samanthapfield.comMy great-grandfather was stationed in the Aleutian Islands during WWII. He told us a lot of stories about living there– like being trapped inside the mess hall once because a moose was standing out in the street and no sane person screws around with a moose— but one of the tidbits that stuck out to me the most was an interesting detail about their water. It wasn’t clear, and had a bitter taste to it. When he asked someone why, they explained that the pipes were made out of wood and plants had grown through them to get to the water. Those roots left an oily residue that caused the bitterness. … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Lazy Husband? You Need to Submit Harder?

by Larry Solomon from Biblical Gender Roles - How Should a Christian Wife Handle a Deadbeat Husband?From's note: Here we are once again, a husband that is no husband, he's more an overgrown man-child that wants a momma to wipe his bottom and fix him snacks, yet we women are being told we should shut up and just be more and more submissive. Has any man ever been cured of acting like a selfish entitled child by his wife submitting more?  … [Read more...]

Guilt — The Essence of Evangelical Christianity

by Bruce Gerencser cross posted from his blog The Life and Times of Bruce GerencserWhat would Evangelical Christianity be without guilt?Guilt, despite what preachers say, is the engine that powers 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. … [Read more...]