Galatians 5:1 “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.”
Though I may not subscribe to all that this speaker and Adventist may believe – I probably have more in common than not these days considering the Christ of the Bible removed from the lens of evangelical rhetoric I once bought into.
As one who has been beating on this drum for some time regarding the churches propensity to cover up abuses of ALL kinds for the sake of anything (let’s be honest and call it what it is the love of the almighty mammon) BUT their perverse brand of the so called “gospel”, Rachael Denhollander’s words on this serious ongoing story are absolutely and hauntingly true.
Matthew 23:5-7 5 “Everything they do is done for people to see. They make their phylacteries wide and the tassels on their garments long; 6 they love the place of honor at banquets and the most important seats in the synagogues 7 they love to be greeted with respect in the marketplaces (Starbucks, or by the local City Hall councillors) and to be called ‘Rabbi’ (or ‘pastor’ so and so) by others.
“So saddened this morning to hear that a member of our church family is suffering the consequences of some very poor choices.…” Stephen Smith
Are you “Grounded in the Gospel”?
Not sure what’s going on here but it’s nice to see some of these local self-aggrandizing “gospel centered” sites begin to hopefully self-cleanse or, if church history is any indication, self-destruct. Yet still somehow they often find a way to multiply their wares of eloquent self-praise and grandiose wisdom, capitalizing on the frenzy of social media “atta boy accolades” both online and within doting congregations.
Watching the movie The Circle last night I couldn’t bear to believe the uncanny resemblance and parallels from our past (not to mention the vanity of SM), bringing on a kind of PTSD of the soul that I’ve heard of and seems common after leaving these toxic hive mind cultures. An excellent portrayal.
A lengthy response to the insanity continually being unveiled within popular evangelicalism.
1 Timothy 5:19-21
19 Do not accept an accusation against an elder unless it can be confirmed by two or three witnesses. 20 Those guilty of sin must be rebuked before all, as a warning to the rest. 21 Before God and Christ Jesus and the elect angels, I solemnly charge you to carry out these commands WITHOUT PREJUDICE OR FAVORITISM OF ANY KIND.
Posted in Abusive, Crossway Church, Cult behaviours, Discernment, Disillusionment, Evangelical Reformed, Freedom, Hope, Pride, Religion, Wisdom
“Like heavy old rusted shackles laced & adorned with cheap flowers designed to camouflage and attract the unsuspecting, so is modern religion adorned with its pedastolic promulgators of interpretive truth claiming freedom for the soul while filling the heart through dulling the mind with subservient “unintended” obligation and guilt in the name of “sound doctrine, good theology and being ‘gospel centered’ , whatever that means and looks like because many aren’t seeing or feeling it… “
Take a breath for the following… a little long winded as usual.
Well it’s only appropriate to congratulate Crossway Community Church Langley Surrey along with its now defunct surrogate Redemption Hill Church and all their directors & leaders at the time (already aforementioned) and “legal counsel” at that time on its wooden anniversary of the unsanctioned much unanticipated “spirit led”, at the time, and ill fated Redemption Hill church plant “missional outreach program”- a typical hipster church descriptive action point mouthful.