When I talk to my old Fundagelical High School friends and family members, it can be a frustrating experience. If I discuss a passage such as Leviticus 18:22 and attempt to contextualize it to the holiness code, limited scientific knowledge, patriarchal society, and cultural preservation, I get accused of twisting scripture and not understanding the … Continue reading The Bible is very clear, except those parts that aren’t, so we don’t talk about those.
Growing up Fundagelical, I was exposed to “Chick Tracts.” For the uninitiated, these were small pamphlets with cartoons that were used to evangelize. Jack Chick, the originator of these tracts, helped to promote so much of what is wrong with Fundamentalism and Evangelicalism today. He didn’t stop at just sharing a simple gospel message; he … Continue reading Death Cookie- The Twisted World of Jack Chick
Growing up fundagelical, "The Rapture" was one of those topics I was taught and accepted but never questioned. (The Rapture for all you non-fundegelicals is when all the REAL Christians on earth will suddenly vanish. Think: Left Behind.) We all talked and argued about the Rapture. The big argument was whether the Rapture was going … Continue reading Are You Rapture Ready?
"What comes to our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us. The history of mankind will probably show that no people has ever risen above its religion, and man's spiritual history will positively demonstrate that no religion has ever been greater than its idea of God." - - - … Continue reading Is God a Psychopath
Growing up fundagelical meant that our very progressive youth group used innovative new evangelism tools such as fire and brimstone sermons, Chick tracts, and Christian films. Christian rock music was still a sin. After all, the rhythm came from Africa and was designed to elicit a sexual frenzy. We couldn't have anyone rocking out to … Continue reading Scaring the Hell Out of Teenagers
Excuse my rant here but, it's time to break out the tinfoil hats again. The newest end times sign is scheduled for January 20, 2019. This time it is a so-called "Super Blood Wolf Moon." Hot on the heels of 2015's eschatological nothingburger of blood moon tetrads comes another blood moon prophecy to provoke anxiety. … Continue reading Super Blood Wolf Moons and Prophecy
Recently, I watched a video of John MacArthur's opening address at a conference. MacArthur, an influential Evangelical with Calvinist roots, use the speech to attack the Charismatic Movement during the "Strange Fire Conference." The core argument of his attack is that Charismatics are worshiping God incorrectly and therefore dishonor God. According to MacArthur, many of … Continue reading Calvin Vs. Charismatics
Growing up fundagelical I saw the picture of a cross bridging a chasm many times. Often it was given to me in Evangelical tracts. The idea was that since I had sinned, listening to ABBA or sleeping in on a Sunday, I was now stuck on the side of death, and a giant chasm separated … Continue reading Bad Theology: Sin Separates Us From God.