Archive | November 2012
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I sometimes struggle with doubts about whether or not I am loved and saved. Are you shocked? I am, after all, a seminary student. Yet I doubt. “God may love others,” I occasionally say to myself, “but God doesn’t love me. I feel too sinful to be saved. I need to try much harder to […]
This is the final in an eight-part series on how to identify brainwashing in a destructive group or cult. It is based off of Dr. Robert Jay Lifton’s “Eight-Point Model of Thought Reform” and borrows from several other authorities on the topic of religious mind-control.* 1.) Part One: Milieu Control 2.) Part Two: Mystical Manipulation 3.) Part Three: […]
Sometimes less is more. Christian writer and blogger Mary DeMuth has a succinct post on ten signs of spiritual abuse. Having experienced spiritual abuse herself, Mary knows what she’s talking about. She notes the following: Spiritually abusive ministries have a distorted view of respect. Spiritually abusive ministries create a culture of fear and shame. Spiritually […]
The pale greens of spring in Maine ran like wet paint outside the window, blurring as my eyes welled with tears. Meanwhile, my pastor neatly summarized my choices: “Either I am God’s servant and everything I have taught you is true, or I am a fraud and everything you have committed to is false,” he […]