Church Membership Covenants Aren’t Needed Nor Biblical by Wade Burleson for The Wartburg Watch

“I need no covenant to guarantee that God will finish the work He’s begun in me.” Wade Burleson

via Church Membership Covenants and God’s Word to the Wise… —

Thugs in the Pulpit: Avoiding Abuse from Church Leaders — The Wartburg Watch

Abusive church leadership was addressed back in 2004, and it appears little has changed in 2016. Perhaps it is getting worse!

via Thugs in the Pulpit: Avoiding Abuse from Church Leaders —

Sexual Abuse in The Christian Church

GRACE director answers the question:
How Safe Is Your Church?
“If the church can actually begin leading on this issue and the world look at the church and say ‘Wow thats an example we want to follow’ I think we would see some amazing results in the lives of precious souls.” A MUST watch.

https://lmpgnetwork.wistia.com/medias/nu6djwfyob

Gaslighting by Lilly Hope Lucario

Calvinism At Grace Bible Fellowship of Silicon Valley: #SomeLivesMatter

by Velour/MtnShepherdess ©

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My comment to Roger Olson: Thank you for the education about classical Calvinism which I did not know. When I saw the t-shirt I roared with laughter and promptly ordered one. I had a “tour-of-duty” of a NeoCalvinist church (eight years), complete with excommunication and shunnings for any reason, the most threatening was being a Berean and using critical thinking skills. (A woman in finance, a doctor, and then me.) The pastors/elders told church members that dissenters weren’t “one of us” and were “destined for Hell” and were to be excommunicated and shunned (“keyed out”). NeoCalvinist churches seem very authoritarian, brutal, and frankly vicious. I believe they are practicing the 1970’s heavy-Shepherding Movement’s tactics, whose founders repented. I will wear my t-shirt with pride, opposing un-Christian authoritarianism.

Roger Olson’s [theologian/professor/author] response to me: Fortunately, not all Calvinist churches are like that. That sounds almost like a cult. My Calvinist friends would not condone such behavior (even if they would probably restrict leadership to Calvinists).

Complete article:

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/rogereolson/2016/09/some-lives-matter-and-calvinism-my-response-to-the-t-shirt

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