Hatred and Modesty

Women’s clothing is a favorite pig to roast in the Message. Some preachers, like one “Brother Ron” who frequented youth camps in the early 2000s, would deliberately play the crowd for laughs by mimicking women applying nail polish or mascara. We were supposed to infer from his exaggerated performance that the women who spent time [Read More...]

It’s not because you left the Message.

I decided that, lacking time to write in-depth blog entries, I’m going to refocus my efforts on shorter posts and, with luck, keep my blog updated more often. That said, I have been thinking lately about misfortune and our human tendency to believe, despite all evidence, that the world is fair and that suffering is [Read More...]

Reading Recommendation: A Logical Refutation of Branham’s Message

I received an email today from Nathan Rivera, a former believer who was born and raised in the Message. He has written a book titled A Logical Refutation of Branham’s Message, which you can download and read as a PDF. Nathan also has a blog which can be reached here: http://branhamrefutation.blogspot.com/ I have read Nathan’s [Read More...]

It’s (not really) the end of the world as we know it (again)

The internet is abuzz with the fact that tomorrow is evidently going to be the last day on mortal sod for God’s elect. According to Harold Camping, president of Christian broadcast network Family Radio, the world is unequivocally going to end on May 21, 2011, and the destruction of the unbelievers will be complete by [Read More...]

Just gonna stand there and watch me burn…

What makes people believe the Message? What makes them keep believing even when it’s become a hurtful force in their lives? I’m not a utilitarian or especially persuaded by rational-choice theory when it is applied to religion, so I don’t think that people need to “get something out of” their faith in tangible ways in [Read More...]

When Dreams Become Promises

This post is forthcoming on No Longer Quivering. As followers of God’s final prophet and members of the elect Bride of Christ, we made a lot of promises in God’s name. We promised safety to a world we presumed was in its death throes, ready to face tribulation, destruction and ultimate renewal. We promised healing, [Read More...]

Mythbusting the Message: “A Pardon is Not a Pardon”

William Branham told a lot of stories to illustrate his points. I suspect that he did this in imitation of Jesus, actually. It’s not a bad thing. Storytelling is a great way to get your point to stick in the minds of your listeners, especially when it’s a group of mixed ages. When stories purport [Read More...]

NLQ series update

Another installment of my (Sierra’s) story is now posted at No Longer Quivering: Daughter of the Patriarchy – The Shift This one deals with the sense of fear and loss I felt during the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, at which time I (and most of my church) was sure the world was ending. [Read more...]

Mythbusting the Message: The Ku Klux Klan

It has been rumored that some of William Branham’s unsavory doctrines stemmed from a personal connection with the Ku Klux Klan. Such rumors are based on a misreading of Branham’s central doctrine, the Serpent’s Seed. According to the doctrine, Eve had sexual intercourse with an upright mammalian “serpent” and produced Cain, the son of Satan, [Read More...]

Anger and bitterness

My friends at No Longer Quivering and I are frequently accused of unforgiveness. The blog Steadfast Daughters was deliberately set up to accuse Hillary MacFarland and other “Quivering Daughters” like myself of holding bitter grudges against our parents and churches for the abuse we suffered. The two most common denunciations we receive, actually, are these: [Read More...]


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