This new blog/website will go on hiatus until April 2, 2015, essentially coinciding with lent, but not for lent per se. Instead I will be using this time to work on content and special features for the website, including a podcast. There will also be a new name and Url – http://www.ingodsname.org All of this…
A few years ago I came across this animation made in 2011. For those who have experienced spiritual abuse from a cult, the language of the preacher in these videos may seem all too familiar.
In many cults reliance upon subjective experiences, and the strong emotions they illicit, are valued over rational inquiry. The modus operandi of the cult leader is to maintain the charade, even if the cult leader believes it to be true. The objective is that they want you to believe it as well.
The autocratic leader will begin by placing restrictions on both themselves and their parishioners when fellowshipping with ministries outside their ranks, allowing very few, if any, to enter their sphere of influence. Limiting social interactions with those outside the cult helps solidify the unity experienced by those within, while also helping to prevent non-members from…
What is a freethinker? By definition, a freethinker is a person who forms his or her ideas and opinions independently of authority or accepted views. The assumption is a freethinker is one who thinks critically about everything.
There may be a church board, a group of elders, or an impressive pastoral staff with seemingly accomplished credentials, but rest assured such stations are a sham in a closed system where one leader holds absolute supremacy.
Is doubt the opposite of faith? When is doubt a good thing? These questions are examined in this brief, yet thought provoking entry.