This past week has been quite triggering with stories about the Duggar’s failure to obey God’s divine plan as well as the abusive nature of The Village Church against Karen Hinkley. I’ve been writing about church abuses for several years since leaving the Independent Fundamental Baptist cult movement and these stories make me shake with righteous indignation. Just over a year ago, I ceased from chronicling my experiences to take a much needed hiatus from the topic and find a path of peace. Seeing these stories engulf the Twitter and Facebook feeds has been an eerie reminder to what I experienced and why it’s crucial that we take a long hard look at why this keeps happening.
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Our media (including social media) has given this topic a much needed spotlight and we have this prodigious fortuity to take this by the reigns instead of allowing it to be misguided by pop culture and cult enthusiasts with a thirst for control over the Church and the political landscape.
I know it gets old hearing “not my kind of Christianity” and scarcely do we see a powerful example of what Christianity really is supposed to look like. It’s all too common, among many Christians, that they remain silent while injustice infiltrates the Church.
Why do evangelicals and fundamentalists fear speaking up?
The answer lies dormant while they bury their hands in the sand; unwilling and unable to make a difference.
For centuries, the Church has allowed a tyrannical form of doctrine to permeate its pulpits and hypnotize the members of the pews in American Christianity.
1. They believe in an inerrant doctrine.
In my research of spiritual abuse and church history it became apparent to me that this type of abusive mentality has been in “biblical” practices for so long that people genuinely believe it to be God’s truth to mankind. They are taught that this interpretation of the Bible is inerrant and to be adhered to until the return of Jesus.
2. They are mandated not to question.
For them to question it is akin to a betrayal of the Lord Jesus himself and the consequences vary from eternity in hell to excommunication (or shunning) by their congregations and families. Their dogma cites Peter’s betrayal and Thomas’ doubting, yet omit the fact that Jesus was merciful, gentle, and understanding to both of them.
3. They love celebrity fame.
I was never a fan of the Duggar reality show, because I disagree with pursuing celebrity status in Christ’s name. But since they did submit to TLC’s contract of televising their lives in such a public manner it has brought this substantial spotlight to Christianity and we now have the cue to step up to the mic.
4. They’re blind as a bat; sheep being led to the slaughter.
Millions of Christians will emphatically shout, “That’s not my Christianity”, then struggle to explain why and falter in showing it by example.
They’re deeply immersed in a sludge, like a pelican after an oil spill. They don’t know which way is up and can barely swim to shore for help. Once a rescue worker begins washing the oil with Dawn® dish washing soap, an eye peeks out and wants to shout “caution” to its feathered friends and stutters as its beak is sticky with black tar.
When tyrannical leaders control the flow of information for centuries, we have to start over. We can’t keep picking up the same manuals for church doctrines and practices and think we’re doing it better because the former cult leaders are out of the picture.
We have to STOP using their instructions altogether!
Why in the world would the Duggars, or any other Christian, think using Bill Gothard’s teachings are safe or useful when his abusive mind created those materials to begin with? Should we use Hitler’s journals for our lives too?
The actions of these “leaders” came to fruition due to their thinking. They had muddy vision to begin with and penned all their sordid philosophies into their books and spoke them in sermons that we pass along to one another as truth?!?
We don’t need a reformation of what already exists. We need to burn that damnable thinking down to the ground.
This isn’t “throwing the baby out with the bathwater”. I’m so sick to tears of hearing that cliche thrown around. It’s part of the problem!
Lets start over with WHO the baby really is, shall we?
Jesus is that babe, given to us from above. A cherished gift that reconciled us to God.
Luke 2:10-11 “10And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. 11For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.” ESV
Jesus is NOT in that bathwater you are tossing out. Whatever “baby” is in that stinky water is not Christ. You won’t find him sitting in that filth.
Jesus stoops over us in our bathwater and gently washes over us with Living water.
When you pour fresh water into a glass of muddy water, the water becomes more clear with each drop.
WE are in the bathwater. Jesus is the one bathing us.
While this is a clearer image of the bathwater analogy, even better if we jump out of the tub and into his arms. Peter did!
I’m done with the old fashioned bathtub, give me a natural waterfall to shower in! I don’t want to sit in bathwater that a billion other people have sat in, I don’t even want to be in that tub. Can you just imagine the filth sticking to the sides of the porcelain?
It’s going to take a whole lot more than using essential oils to clean this mess up.
Evangelicals and Fundamentalists are afraid of speaking up. These two camps are just one step shy of becoming ISIS.
- They fear the group leaders and thus the group.
- Their fear has them frozen and gagged.
- This fear is perpetuated by their interpretation of the Bible.
- They fear God instead of trusting Him.
- They fear vulnerability.
Do you see the pattern here? F-E-A-R
Religion entangles us.
- When people live in fear, they’re easily controlled. (Galatians 5)
- When you can control the people, you can make a lot of money! (Matthew 21)
Jesus is the Great Liberator.
- Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is Liberty. (2 Corinthians 3:17)
- We walk by faith, not by sight or by fear. (2 Corinthians 5)
All of this man generated dogma is like a GMO, poisoning us with every bite.
Aren’t you sick to death of GMO Christianity? Give me a certified organic walk with Christ!
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