Harvest Bible Chapel, James MacDonald, Learn to Discern, Meetings with the Pastor, Spiritual Abuse, Spiritual Authority

Learn to Discern: Pastor from Harvest Bible Chapel Speaks at Church Meeting – What Do His Words Really Say?

"No ONE should tell EVERYONE anything. That's the role of your leaders. We are entrusted, and we're going to give an account."

ABUSE & VIOLENCE IN THE CHURCH, Crazy Things Church Leaders Say & Do, Doctrine as Idol, Learn to Discern, Spiritual Abuse, Spiritual Bullies, Troubling Tweets

What Does Responding Biblically Really Mean?

*** This will be short and sweet. I'm in the final crunch of school with only 2-1/2 weeks until graduation (woohoo!!). Responding Biblically seems to be thrown around a lot. I just tweeted this because I was thinking about a recent debate on Twitter (which I will write about when I get more time). ***… Continue reading What Does Responding Biblically Really Mean?

Franklin Graham, Learn to Discern, Troubling Tweets

Learn to Discern: Franklin Graham’s Tweet on the Outcome of the Presidential Election

Franklin Graham, Twitter, Spiritual Abuse   I would like to discuss this tweet without making it political. I find it spiritually abusive, but not because it has to do with Trump winning. Look within the message. What can you find here that is spiritually abusive?   https://twitter.com/Franklin_Graham/status/809081143098277889

Clergy Sex Abuse, Divorce, It's All About the Image, Learn to Discern, Narcissistic Pastors, Suicide, Troubling Tweets, Tullian Tchividjian

Ex-Pastor Tullian Tchividjian Speaks Out at Website for Ex-Pastors

Tullian Tchividjian article at ExPastors.com, clergy sex abuse, suicide, repentance, restoration *** Only one month after Tullian Tchividjian remarried, he has publicly released a new article at a site for former pastors, ExPastors.com. In the article, The Freedom in Losing it All, Tchividjian shares lessons he has learned about himself since his sexual scandal. https://twitter.com/expastors/status/780769275065856002   The following… Continue reading Ex-Pastor Tullian Tchividjian Speaks Out at Website for Ex-Pastors

Julie Anne's Personal Stories, Learn to Discern, Personal Stories, Recovery Process, Spiritual Abuse, SPIRITUAL ABUSE RECOVERY

The Bully: Familiar Feelings, Completely Different Environment

Spiritual abuse, bullies, connections, gaslighting *** A few weeks ago, I started Spring term at college. The professor has a PhD in her field, and told us she's been teaching from high school level to grad school since the 80s.  READ: she's no spring chicken and has a lot of classroom experience. As the days… Continue reading The Bully: Familiar Feelings, Completely Different Environment

Divorce, Domestic Violence, Domestic Violence and Churches, Going Back to Church Again, Learn to Discern, Spiritual Abuse, Spiritual Authority

Learn to Discern: Pastor John Raymond, in His Own Words

Pastor John Raymond, New Horizon Calvary Chapel Church, Slidell, Louisiana, Steven Angle, Spiritual Abuse   Yesterday on Facebook, journalist Ashley Rodrigue of WWLTV posted the following press release from the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff in Louisiana (typed and screenshot below): by Ashley Rodrigue WWLTV  (PRESS RELEASE) HAMMOND, LA - Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards is asking… Continue reading Learn to Discern: Pastor John Raymond, in His Own Words

Learn to Discern, Personal Stories, Recovery Process, Safe Churches, SPIRITUAL ABUSE RECOVERY

“Do Good and Do No Harm” Project by Brad Sargent aka FuturistGuy

  Spiritual Sounding Board and The Wartburg Watch are supporting a Go Fund Me Campaign to help Brad Sargent finish the first stage of  developing resources that will assist survivors of church abuse. Most of my long-time readers know Brad aka "FuturistGuy." I met Brad after spiritual abuse author Barb Orlowski pooled people together she… Continue reading “Do Good and Do No Harm” Project by Brad Sargent aka FuturistGuy

Learn to Discern, SPIRITUAL ABUSE RECOVERY

This is a Repent- and Rebuke-Free Zone

*** This is a repent- and rebuke-free zone. *** *** Tonight, I banned these words from the Spiritual Sounding Board Facebook page after someone rebuked another commenter and also told the same commenter to repent. The repent word was used in the middle of a debate on homosexuality. While the person saying it may have been legitimately… Continue reading This is a Repent- and Rebuke-Free Zone

Christian Love, Emergent/Progressive Movement, Learn to Discern, Narcissistic Pastors, Personal Stories, Spiritual Bullies

Bullies: Celebrity Leaders Who Act Different in Private Settings Reveal Their Heart

*** Watch out for any celebrity or Christian leader who treats you differently in private. They are bullies.     Have you seen this video of ESPN's reporter Britt McHenry who berates an employee at a towing company as she pays to collect her impounded vehicle? It's been making the rounds in social media and… Continue reading Bullies: Celebrity Leaders Who Act Different in Private Settings Reveal Their Heart

Learn to Discern

Is the Local Church the Greatest Hope for our World?

  Church:  the greatest hope for our world?   *** He makes the whole body fit together perfectly. As each part does its own special work, it helps the other parts grow, so that the whole body is healthy and growing and full of love. Ephesians 4:16 *** Praise the Lord! I will thank the Lord… Continue reading Is the Local Church the Greatest Hope for our World?

Learn to Discern, Misuse of Scripture

Should Christian Leaders Use their Public Platform to Endorse Their Vaccination Preferences?

*** Do Christians have a responsibility to vaccinate their children? Is this a matter of religious liberty? Should Christian leaders use their platform to influence us in this health matter? *** It seems that we have been getting barraged with religious leaders trying to convince us one way or the other on the recent vaccine… Continue reading Should Christian Leaders Use their Public Platform to Endorse Their Vaccination Preferences?

Learn to Discern

Are We a Christian Nation or Not?

*** *** The marital rape post started veering off into a political direction and as I read through some of it, I think it is a topic worthy of discussion here. I'll use Ed's last post as a starting off point and add a few of my words (which Ed probably won't like), but he'll still… Continue reading Are We a Christian Nation or Not?

Learn to Discern, Modesty and Purity Teachings, Todd Friel

Teaching youth about virginity and forgiveness via Todd Friel

*** Todd Friel discusses how to talk to youth about virginity and what to say if they fail.       We've talked about the purity culture that some of our teens have been taught (Soul Tied: Harmful Spiritual Conclusions about Sex Abuse, Purity Culture, and Sex Abuse Victims). What do you think about this new video… Continue reading Teaching youth about virginity and forgiveness via Todd Friel

Church Bandwagon, John Piper, Kevin DeYoung, Learn to Discern, RC Sproul Jr., The Gospel Coalition, Troubling Tweets

Some Christian Leaders are Hijacking the Ebola Crisis to Promote their Theology or Agenda

*** Christian Leaders Respond to the Ebola Crisis promoting their agendas or theologies. Others respond in humility with real help to those in need. *** ***   But if anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him? 1 John 3:17  ***… Continue reading Some Christian Leaders are Hijacking the Ebola Crisis to Promote their Theology or Agenda

Christian Marriage, Domestic Violence, God's Design for the Family, Learn to Discern, Marriage, Single and Christian, Women and the Church

Learn to Discern: Who would you choose to marry, an abusive Christian or a kind and gentle unbeliever?

***Learn to Discern:  Is it better for a Christian woman to marry a kind and gentle unbeliever or an abusive Christian?***Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness? 2 Corinthians 6:14  Over at Karen Campbell's blog, she's having a series of articles on… Continue reading Learn to Discern: Who would you choose to marry, an abusive Christian or a kind and gentle unbeliever?

Learn to Discern

Learn to Discern: Mars Hill Peaceful Protest and Letter to Mars Hill Members by Pastor Matt Rogers

*** Mars Hill Peaceful Protest and Letter to Mars Hill Members by Matt Rogers *** Yesterday, a group of approximately 100 people, former members of Mars Hill church, gathered outside of Pastor Mark Driscoll's Mars Hills Bellevue campus to peacefully protest Mark Driscoll's abusive leadership. I followed social media and gathered what I could find,… Continue reading Learn to Discern: Mars Hill Peaceful Protest and Letter to Mars Hill Members by Pastor Matt Rogers

Bill Gothard, IBLP and ATI, Learn to Discern, Sexual Abuse/Assault and Churches

Learn to Discern: Let’s Explore “A Time of Transition,” the Newly Released Statement from IBLP Regarding Bill Gothard

*** The Board at Institute in Basic Life Principles (IBLP) has released a statement following an "investigation" of allegations against Bill Gothard. *** We can learn a lot by observing how leaders of Christian groups respond to sexual abuse allegations. Let's go through the statement together with a discerning eye and discuss any issues that you see… Continue reading Learn to Discern: Let’s Explore “A Time of Transition,” the Newly Released Statement from IBLP Regarding Bill Gothard

Chuck O'Neal, Learn to Discern, Tony Miano, Troubling Tweets

Trying to Make Sense of What God Allows: Good and Evil

  How do we make sense of what God allows in our lives?  Are we responsible for our own outcomes or is God? How does this fit in with abuse?  by Julie Anne Someone sent me a tweet yesterday and I cannot get it out of mind.  As you might guess, what comes in my… Continue reading Trying to Make Sense of What God Allows: Good and Evil

Christian Marriage, Family Integrated Churches, Homeschool Movement, Learn to Discern, Marriage, Patriarchal-Complementarian Movement, Scott Brown

Scott Brown Discusses: Jackson Brothers Alleged Sex Abuse, Brother Responds to Preaching, and Love Your Wives Webinar

*** Scott Brown on the Jackson brothers sex abuse case, the gospel message, and Husbands Love Your Wives webinar *** Scott Brown, Director of the National Center for Family-Integrated Churches (NCFIC), is also a pastor of 2 of the 6 Jackson brothers who were recently arrested for allegedly sexually assaulting their younger sister for approximately 10 years (Six… Continue reading Scott Brown Discusses: Jackson Brothers Alleged Sex Abuse, Brother Responds to Preaching, and Love Your Wives Webinar

Doug Phillips & Vision Forum, Doug Wilson, Failure to Report Crimes, Homeschool Movement, Ken Ham, Learn to Discern, Lourdes Torres vs Doug Phillips lawsuit, Patriarchal-Complementarian Movement, Reconstructionist-Dominion Movement, Scott Brown, Sexual Abuse/Assault and Churches, Vision Forum, Women and the Church

Queen Bees of Homeschooling Stacy McDonald and Kelly Crawford Don’t Like the “Victim” Word in the Lourdes Torres-Manteufel vs. Doug Phillips Lawsuit

*** Well-known homeschooling moms Kelly Crawford and Stacy McDonald comment regarding the "victim" word with regard to the Lourdes Torres-Manteufel vs. Doug Phillips lawsuit. *** Doug Wilson comments as follows regarding Doug Phillips's sexual sins against Lourdes Torres-Manteufel:   (Trigger warning for survivors of victimization by sexual abuse or assault, and/or spiritual abuse.) There has been… Continue reading Queen Bees of Homeschooling Stacy McDonald and Kelly Crawford Don’t Like the “Victim” Word in the Lourdes Torres-Manteufel vs. Doug Phillips Lawsuit