via Bethlehem Baptist Church Excommunicates Victim of Domestic Violence
*Note from Marci: This is not my story. It is another Jane Doe who has suffered at the hands of the leadership at The Master’s University, Seminary and Grace Community Church. I have offered my blog as a platform for these people who have been sexually and spiritually abused but want to remain anonymous to…
Note: My former pastors/elders at Grace Bible Fellowship of Silicon Valley use undue influence on church members, complete with threats in meetings that church members are ordered to, demands for “obedience” to a senior pastor (Cliff McManis) with FAKE degrees incluing a FAKE Ph.D. from a diploma mill, excommunications and shunnings of church members who used an iota of critical thinking skills, and outright lying. NeoCalvinist churches like GBFSV and other high-control groups/authoritarian groups are notorious for whipping their members into obedience via undue influence.
Undue Influence is widespread in today’s world, and our goal is to proof society against undue influence in all its forms.
[From the archives.] Tom Burns and his daughter pair up for Halloween costumes every year. As he wrote on his blog, this year she was unsure if her choice was all right so she asked her dad, “Do you think I could be Han Solo?” Her hesitation? Han Solo is not a woman or girl, […]
A Scriptural response to the question of adult children with controlling parents following the command “Children obey your parents.”
A letter asked for help with Scriptures that teach “children obey your parents,” not just when a young child is being told to sin, but also when an adult child is being controlled. To answer the question, I look at the Greek words, the context, and other admonitions in the Scriptures.
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Please share to raise awareness in your circles! “I thought my dreams were about to come true when I [finally] got married. I left my family, friends, and my job as a pastor in Canada to move to the U.S. for love. I had waited a long time to…
‘Rick [Holland] leaves the room several times to go talk to [[pastor] John MacArthur [Grace Community Church in Southern California]. He comes back with John’s ruling on the matter. Rick tells me that I need to be disciplined for doing drugs, drinking alcohol and almost dancing. He said the consequence for breaking the rules is that I will be kicked out of the college. He is angry at me for going to the police and the doctor. I should have let the church handle this without outside interference. He tells me not to tell anyone else, not my fellow classmates, not my teachers, not anyone at church.
“You are ruining that young man’s life!” He says.’
Not long ago I visited a church where I got to hear The Sheep Sermon again. It had been quite a while, years I guess. But The Sheep Sermon hadn’t changed a whole lot over the years. It even still had the part about the broken leg.
I was 32 years old before I heard the word egalitarian. My universe was very small growing up. I, sort of, realized there was a Christian culture outside of my soft patriarchal, quiverfull one. But that’s how it was always understood. Being out there, on the fringe, barely Christian, if they were Christian at all.…