When Evangelicalism Makes Things Easy For Sexual Offenders – and Hard for Their Victims

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by Libby Anne cross posted from her blog Love, Joy FeminismEvangelical teachings on repentance and forgiveness create a tremendous problem when it comes to rape or other forms of abuse. If you commit a sin and repent of it, God forgives you. I remember hearing Psalm 103:12 quoted constantly: “As far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us.” Of course, this was always said in a positive way—isn’t it awesome that God forgives us no matter what? But it doesn’t must mean God forgives us. It also means God forgives rapists, child molesters, and so on—fully and completely.I was taught that bringing up sins that someone had already repented for was wron … [Read more...]

Part 5: Abuse Survey

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by Living Liminal cross posted from her blog Living LiminalPart 5 - Abuse SurveyLate last year, I answered an online survey about spiritual abuse. I would like to share some of those questions and answers here, hoping it will give you a better picture of where I am up to in my journey. … [Read more...]

Why Ex-Christians Don’t Trust Evangelical Christians

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by Bruce Gerencser cross posted from his blog The Way ForwardEvangelical Christians get upset when ex-Christians like me question, deflect, or reject their “love” and “friendship.” Take for example, a few comments on my recent post, When Evangelical Christians Say God speaks to Them: … [Read more...]

Adventures in Recovery: Happiness is the Best Revenge

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 by Calulu In “Jacula Prudentum” (1651) George Herbert said that living well was the best revenge, but I am finding there is actually something else that is better and much freer than living well. … [Read more...]

The Hotline Project

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Recovering From Religion is in the process of fundraising for their Hotline Project, a 24 hour 7 days a week 800 number to help those struggling with support and local community resources to help on their journey out of spiritual abusive situations and churches.We wholeheartedly endorse the Hotline Project because it is a very needed resource. Like RFR our site gets emails from those seeking help on their journey, but we don't have the resources to help out as much as we'd like or that is needed. Make no mistake, the need is great! Please consider contributing. … [Read more...]

Daughter of the Patriarchy: epilogue: What does leaving fundamentalism look like?

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by SierraOccasionally, I get asked whether or not I ever actually left my old fundamentalist church. My story on No Longer Quivering followed my journey up to the first year of college. I’ve wrestled with how to explain what happened in a proper narrative form, because the circumstances that led to my cutting ties completely with the church ranged from financial to emotional to practical to ideological. There’s not a clear, linear story from here on out, just a constellation. But I’ve decided that it’s high time to tie up the loose ends and explain how, exactly, I cut and run.When I first went to college, my mother still picked me up for our weekly drive to church. In fact, the first … [Read more...]

Spiritual Abuse Awareness Week: My Contribution

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by Kristen RosserThis coming week Wine and Marble, Joy in this Journey and Shaney Irene will be hosting a Spiritual Abuse Awareness synchroblog.  Many bloggers will be posting one blog a day for several days, describing their own experiences … [Read more...]

SASBN: Putting an End to the Survivor Wars

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by Vyckie GarrisonBreaking free from the absolute control of a cultic group is incredibly hard - it's a soul-wrenching experience and in all honesty, none of us walk away unscathed and completely healthy. Spiritual abuse survivors are hurt, traumatized, damaged and often broken. I wish I … [Read more...]

Homeschool or Public School – What’s Worse?

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by Becoming WorldlyI was talking with a homeschooled friend the other day who was raised fairly similar to how I was, with a more structured and less impoverished environment, and we were sharing stories. This and a few other things got me thinking. We both went on to higher education, got our masters degrees. The conversation between us … [Read more...]

Does Evangelical Christianity Cause Emotional Damage: Part 2

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by Brucer GerencserEvangelicalism is dominated by Bible literalism. God said it, and that settles it. There can be no debate, no argument. An infallible God has spoken. Whatever the Bible teaches, the Evangelical is duty bound … [Read more...]


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