Monthly Archives: May 2011

The Angry God

Churches with harsh discipline describe God as angry, unpredictable, vengeful and secretive, demanding loyalty. In other words: as a typical alcoholic godfather of a nasty organized mob family. Where does the hardline Churches of Christ get this picture of God? … Continue reading

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Impersonal Evangelism

It is a conundrum in the Churches of Christ (that I grew up in) that evangelism was emphasized, yet the kind of evangelism that was practiced was ineffective and impersonal. The main method of evangelism that the Churches of Christ … Continue reading

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Non-denomination, cult or sect?

Those who have left the hardline “churches of Christ” often ask the question: Was I in a cult? They ask this because of the many cult-like attributes of their previous church: 1. Exclusivity: they believe they are the only ones … Continue reading

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PTSD

Many people raised in hardline churches suffer from symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome: 1. nightmares about church or family members, 2. avoidance of church or religious or family activities, 3. over reacting to stressful situations that remind them of … Continue reading

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The Chances of Being Born into the Right Church

Let us grant for our argument’s sake that those who were born into a family that belonged to the Church of Christ (or Churches of Christ, or churches of Christ) were born into the correct church. What are the chances … Continue reading

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Letting Go

Some people who have left exclusive religions or sects spend too much time trying to find a workable relationship with relatives (usually parents and siblings) who have remained in the religion or sect. When is enough effort at trying to … Continue reading

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How Old do they Act?

One way of handling stressful family members is to assess how old they act. For instance my father was baptized when he was eleven years old. He has never questioned his commitment to the church he was baptized into. He … Continue reading

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