"In order for spiritual abuse to gain a foothold, there has to be a method of developing fear within individuals. There can be no spiritual abuse without fear." Once, with a Pastor of a "Bible believing, KJV only 1611, Pre-Mellinial"...well you get the picture, I challenged what he "TOLD" me. He then wrote a "rebuttal" full of scripture ordering me to read it...which I did, it really was the beginning of the end for me. I thanked him for it..he says, "WELL???"...I said, It was (somewhat Juvenile in writing) well written. That Just wasn't enough. I continued to say I didn't agree with him. He was beyond affronted. The question was..I said someone had told me (and I was encouraged) that "they were praying EVERY day, that if God were real, "HE" would "reveal himself". This Pulpit slammer was aghast because "the ONLY FIRST prayer God hears is, "God be merciful to me a sinner", or the prayer of salvation Aka, the sinner's prayer. I said, that I believed that God HEARS all prayers, and was indeed "revealing himself" to my friend. It's been years, and this argument remains raw when I think about it. ONE problem with "these" types of Pastors, is that there is NO room for "GRACE". I'll stop for now. Thanks for the post.
Been there done that, with most things.. ex bible college, mom, innovative, non traditional "baptist",recovering fundamentalist, trying to do right-be honorable, and faithful to What God has for me.Cancer survivor, Major Car accident survivor--have plates and cadaver bones to prove it!! LOL. Really like great chocolate. Give me a turkey..I'll grill it. Put a rack of ribs by me..they are Barbecued, I HATE MICE. I"m a Landlord, Business woman, Teacher, Community Service Rep. Like Car shows, cooking, beach and sun. I have been blessed, and have more than I ever thought I would.
I am waiting to go to Russia to help convert Orphanages to Foster Care homes.
I have 3 urchins when I was told I would never have any.