13 For everyone who partakes only of milk is not accustomed to the word of righteousness, for he is an infant. 14 But solid food is for the mature, who because of practice have their senses trained to discern good and evil. Hebrews 5:13-14
To reach maturity every person must experience life and making decisions. Take a toddler for example. When a child is 1 or 2 and just beginning to experience the world we make a lot of decisions for them. We have to guard them from hurting themselves. This is the appropriate age where a child can get into everything harmful but as that child grows into maturity, you can set near a pool, or a stove or even them have them outside without them running into traffic. Why? Because they have practice and making decisions about what is bad and what is good for them. As they grow, its no longer the burning themselves on the stove that you worry about, it’s the more mature decisions about sex ,friends and life-changing habits that come into the picture. Continue reading “Mature Christianity”
Let’s take God out of the box.
The idea of that one church, religious group, or denomination has a lock on God is ludicrous. The idea that God will only lead a person to one church organization is equally not supported by scripture. Frankly, when a person lets Christ into their heart and life, nothing else is needed, they are already a member of God’s church. God never says, “Now find a Pastor from _________church, and then you’ll be alright.”
Continue reading “Now, About Those Other Sheep”
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”