This is an interview with a former member of a Church of God nondenominational congregation. I have altered the voices and deleted names and locations.
This is a 2017 interview with a former member of a Church of God nondenominational congregation. I have altered the voices and deleted important names and locations. This person tells their experience of being a new convert under an increasingly oppressive Pastor. Continue reading “Story#2 – Just Call Me Daddy (Audio Interview Part 1)”
The following is a written story of an incident that caused this Christian to be traumatized at a time when love was needed most.
Spiritual abuse can involve being targeted by authority figures and humiliated by a community of people based on the influence of its leaders.
The following is a written story of an incident that caused this Christian to be traumatized at a time when love and understanding was needed most. Continue reading “Story #1 – Get Rid of The Children”
How many times does it take for people to speak up before those in authority do something about wrong in their midst? Silencing people through intimidation and warnings to be obedient to church leadership are all symptoms of a dysfunctional religious organization and it is apparently very effective. When members feel they are better off not knowing what is wrong, there’s something very wrong. When church members have the attitude that they wish they didn’t know and cry “ I just want to go to church and be left alone,” there’s a serious problem. When people close their eyes to sin and wrong on one hand, and on the other hand, claim to hold up the blood-stained banner against all wrong in the name of Christ, again, something is seriously wrong.
“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” ― Edmund Burke.
A few weeks ago, I was harassed on social media by someone from my former church organization. It had to be. Who else would care that much? For about 4 weeks, whenever I shared from this blog on Facebook, the person or persons would launch a complaint to FB that it was “ objectionable content.” FB in their attempt to err on the side of the complainer banned all links and information from this blog.
Continue reading “The Silence is Broken…Again”
When it comes to religion, I’ve learned to never confuse love for God with following man-made rules. It can get confusing, especially if you’re taught that following God and adhering to rules are one and the same. You want to respect a person’s title, position or rules but there are boundaries and precise lines that you must draw to avoid practicing any religion with the wrong mindset, and silence about wrongdoing should never be part of that mindset. Continue reading “What Causes Silence?”
find great comfort in the scriptures telling me not to worry about my everyday life. What I will eat, wear, or how I will live.
That’s not giving up on life; it’s trusting God with my life.
Most people that believe in God will tell you that there’s no limit to what God can do. He can exceed what we ask him to do. Most people have experienced God working on their behalf. And still, each time, we’ve been pleasantly surprised when God works to the fullest. We testify and shout until the next time God’s divine hand shows itself in a big way in our lives. That’s us. We love when God does something great for us and yes, he deserves the praise.
I believe there’s a part of us that often feels unworthy. So when God does show out on our behalf we’re not only humbled and but also surprised. Think about this: if we are children of the King and obedient to his will, we have every right to believe he will perform miracles for us. Sometimes after the miracle happens, I will say to myself, “I knew he would,” but it’s those in-between stages before he DOES IT that I often worry. Continue reading “Why Do We Worry?”