Quit Complaining, Your Suffering is Nothing Compared to What Jesus Faced

by Bruce Gerencser cross posted from his blog The Life and Times of Bruce GerencserSnark Ahead! Easily offended Evangelicals should avoid reading this post. You’ve been warned!One way Evangelical preachers shame complaining congregants into silence is to remind them of Jesus’ suffering on the cross for sin. One such example of this kind of thinking was recently posted on the Seeking His Kingdom blog. In a July 18, 2016 post titled Why Do You Make Me Suffer?, Andi Garcia — a woman who believes she is “supposed to share His [God’s]  message and to let others know that we are to seek Him at all times” — had this to say about those who complain: … [Read more...]

Created To Need A Help Meet – Part 3 Washing of the Word (Is She Serving You With Joy or a Sense of Duty?)

by Aletha cross posted from her blog Yllom Mormonp 154-156I realized something just now. I skipped 2 pages of my review last post. The last couple paragraphs of that post actually take place after today's section. Apologies. Hopefully this post will get everything sorted out. Text is in purple … [Read more...]

Living Without Inspiration: The Bible and Me

by Samantha Field cross posted from her blog Samantha P Field.comWhen I was attending Pensacola Christian College, one of the guest speakers that came in for the mandatory four-day-a-week chapel service castigated Christians for not respecting the Bible enough. He compared us to Muslims in order to illustrate how we were failing, explaining that Muslims handle the Qur’an with extreme care, propriety, and piousness. Depending on the interpretation, only those who are formally purified can touch the mus-haf (the printed Qur’an in the original Arabic), and it’s commonly taught that it should always be kept in a safe, clean place. The chapel speaker accused us of being negligent in our rever … [Read more...]

Never Doubt Your Bible, No Matter How Far-Fetched it Seems

by Bruce Gerencser  cross posted from his blog The Life and Times of Bruce GerencserI received Michael and Debi Pearl’s No Greater Joy magazine in today’s mail. In an article titled, Watching Bible Prophecy Fulfilled, Michael Pearl details the so-called prophecies found in Ezekiel 38, 39. Evangelicals like the Pearls believe that this passage of Scripture predicts the establishment of the Jewish state and a war in the Middle East prior to the rapture of the church and the seven-year Tribulation.As Pearl was unpacking his theories about the future, he told the story of a Church of Christ preacher who had written a book in 1946 attacking the premillennial view of future events. The auth … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Non-Christians Must Abide By Biblical Morals?

by Daniel Darling and Andrew Walker from Christianity Today - We Should Expect Non-Christians to Share Our MoralsEditor's note: One of the most word salad pieces I've seen in a long time. The writers labor under the delusion that everyone has to think and act like them. … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Being ‘Modern’ Will Destroy You?

by Nancy Campbell from Above Rubies - The Highway Or The BywayEditor's note: More from the Fear-Mongerer in Chief telling women to stay home, stay fearful and don't do anything not laid out in the Bible. Every time Nancy writes a piece it makes me think of the old phrase, 'The beatings will continue until moral improves.' … [Read more...]

Is Spiritual Abuse Biblical?

by Cindy Kunsman cross posted from her blog Under Much GraceEssentially, the most vivid examples of spiritual abuse come from Ezekiel 34 and Zechariah 11, with the consummate example of spiritual abuse embodied in the Pharisees and Sadducees. Though I’ve listed the references for these Scriptures below, I have also displayed the full texts on the Under Much Grace website, and you can LINK HERE to read them (and as of April 2012, they are also noted below).There are also two excellent articles that discuss whether or not spiritual abuse is actually found within Scripture itself. … [Read more...]

Jesus of Nazareth – Revolutionary Feminist

by S.J. Reidhead cross posted from her blog The Pink FlamingoEditor's note: Just in time for Easter pondering on the feminist nature of Jesus.Was Jesus of Nazareth a revolutionary feminist or was he simply restoring women to their proper place within Jewish society?  If he was a radical, revolutionary feminist, who restored people to their proper place in the world, then, the burning question of the day is why do complementarians teach a theology which has nothing to do with what he taught. Indeed, Jesus of Nazareth was what we, today consider the fulfillment of the Covenant, the Messiah.  There was a very good reason Jesus chose 12 disciples, to mirror the fulfillment of that C … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Speak God’s Word All the Time or Sin?

by Nancy Campbell from Above Rubies - We Dare Not Keep Our Mouths ShutEditor's note: If you take all of Nancy's various advice you'd be so confused at this point considering many of her postings tell us to stay sweet and keep your mouth shut. Apparently we're allowed to speak only when it involves scripture. The way the one sentence is worded makes it seem that we're supposed to put our mouths into our children's mouths. So confused here. … [Read more...]

Al Mohler Upset Over Newsweek Article About The Bible

by Bruce Gerencser cross posted from his blog The Life and Times of Bruce GerencserFundamentalist Al Mohler has his panties in a knot a-g-a-i-n. This happens so often that Mohler recently had to have a pantiedectomy to remove over a dozen pairs of panties that were permanently ensconced in his rectum. It is always something with Mohler, the president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky.  This time, Mohler is upset about a Newsweek article on the Bible. … [Read more...]