I’m currently looking through our recently arrived precious library of books, which has some interesting inclusions we found in various garage sales and second hand stores around the place, including some wonderful old hard copies, such as the histories of the Borgias and Medici. I’m currently fascinated by The Borgias by Giuseppe Portigliotti, translated by … More The naughty nutty party pope…
I’m lost for words. This has been up on C3 Global for nearly 3 MONTHS! C3 ENDORSES THIS TEACHING from Steve Warren! This is Steve Warren. Do not forget his face. We thought Dave Sumrall’s sermon to C3 students and staff was bad. This has to be one of C3’s worse sermons ever. Thank you … More Steve Warren Fleeces C3 Amsterdam; Pringle Wants Jet from C3 Atlanta!
Wazza said: Can God raise people from dead and perform other miracle today? Yes, I believe so. Why do so many of these miracles happen in remote parts of third-world countries? Is it because of the faith or need of the people, or is it because many claims are un-verifiable in these areas and stories … More Where Do We Get Our Miracles From?
There are lots of potential problems inherent in churches with the necessity for large organisational structures and large amounts of infrastructure. One potential problem is that people can become viewed more as resources than people, as Bull mentioned here recently on another thread. If people are viewed as resources, one of the temptations then becomes … More Pastoring and Parenting Free of Guilt and Fear
Teaching Superstition I watched a TV show by Derren Brown the other night, which looked at how people develop superstition. In a nutshell, people identify actions with effects that have nothing to do with each other, but associate a causal link between the the two without any real examination. An example might be walking under … More Teaching Superstition; Giving on Stage
I know of a number of people at the moment dealing with the grief resulting from realising that certain beliefs and teachings they based a large part of their lives and actions on may well have been empty. For me the first doctrine to tumble was tithing, for others it might be that their church … More The Sadness of Moving On
Some ex-Brisbane Christian Fellowship members have put up their own blog to assist others in the cult experiencing or recovering from spiritual abuse. The following is an extract from a very clear post on their blog which captures one of the factors leading to spiritual abuse: The premise of absolute submission is predicated on the … More The Pastor as Surrogate Conscience
Since we’ve just been discussing ‘covering’ and related authority, I thought it was relevant to point out this article in the Brisbane Times regarding the Brisbane Christian Fellowship: Ex Cult Members Speak Out In this church, apparently elders made all the decisions right down to personal decisions affecting families. Husbands ruled their wives and children, … More Another Abusive Cult Exposed
Many Pentecostal and charismatic churches today promote the need for ‘Apostolic Covering’, as part of the restoration of the “five-fold ministry”. If you do not attend a church with recognised apostolic covering, you are not ‘covered’, and therefore considered to lack credibility and be out of God’s will for our lives. If you left a … More Does ‘Covering’ Matter?
This is an old article, written by Rob McAlpine in 2003, which describes the process of detoxing from church. He looks at the outcomes of what can sometimes be a lengthy healing process, and demonstrates how for some Christians it can be an essential part of their journey to maturity in Christ. For brevity’s sake, … More Detoxing from Church