Throwing out the moral GPS

This is cross-posted at No Longer Quivering. Growing up in fundamentalism was like living with a moral GPS navigator installed in my head. Every decision was mapped out already; all I needed to do was listen to the voice telling me where to go. Sometimes I could stop and look at the map. Most of [Read More...]

A Historical Puzzle: Branham, the Apostles, and Vision Forum

Message of the Hour believers claim that William Branham was the last of seven prophets to “restore” the Bride of Christ to life as it was in the days of the apostles. For most believers, this means restoring miracles and divine healing, so Message believers insist that they have been given power to cast out [Read More...]

Doublespeak: Freedom is Safety

Fundamentalism has a nasty habit of redefining words. You can tell they’re doing it when the word to be defined is preceded by “true.” True Christians. True fulfillment. True peace. True freedom. Here’s an example of someone redefining freedom: Many people live under the false belief that God’s commandments are restrictive and that real freedom [Read More...]

Blog Recommendation: Rethinking Vision Forum

The Message, when you’re in it, can feel like an island. You might think every popular idea and every tenet by which Message believers live came directly from the prophet, William Branham. That just isn’t the case. In the Message, materials like Nancy Campbell’s Above Rubies magazine and Vision Forum’s Beautiful Girlhood are very popular. [Read More...]

The Older Sister Who Wasn’t

I miss my mother’s best friend’s children. Does that sound complicated? It doesn’t make a lot of sense when I phrase it that way. What do I have to do with the children of someone my mother spends time with? How could I possibly miss them? In the world of quiverfull and patriarchal Christianity, in [Read More...]

How to fake it like a Message girl

Women in the Message of the Hour are not allowed to wear makeup. They are taught two standards of beauty: “worldly” beauty, which allegedly sends men packing into a boxcar bound for hell, and “godly” beauty. Roughly translated, “godly” beauty means being a skinny natural blonde with clear skin who manages to make her frumpy [Read More...]


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