Don't listen to the people who are still involved with the cult saying that you generalize or that you're incorrect. My church teaches tithing and although I disagree with it, so far they have not voted me out! I agree with the article and the fact that it is a cookie cutter, results oriented approach.
IFB churches (including ATI/IBLP) teach what we would call Punisher-theology given that they are centered around extremely punitive behavior modification.
It is my mission to teach my church how to share their faith with the true gospel without pushing for results by getting someone to repeat a magic prayer.
One things that you said in that article bothered me though.
I see a lot of people use the excuse that they are building relationships and will eventually get around to sharing the gospel with someone. I have learned over the years to study the Scriptures on my own instead of blindly following incorrect doctrine that I hear from the pulpit.
..Steve, I came across your site while doing some searching and ended up staying for awhile to read through several articles. I have to say that I agree with most of what I have read on this site, even about tithing.
I just wanted to fit in somewhere, and the rules seemed safe. Then I read your testimony and thought here's another kindred spirit who knows the meaning of Hab 2:4 and Heb .
After a year of that, our relationships became better, and we questioned things together. We say, it’s not our favorite, but we aren’t banning it. For decades I used to go to church with a heavy heart, communion Sunday was heavy indeed, especially when the hymn that ends with this lyric: "I gave, I gave my life for thee, What hast thou done for me?
We even sat through sermons we knew were directed towards us. I left getting a glimpse of the fact that I am accepted instead of being this wavering, inneffective, no- good parent! Out of disgust I queried the Internet for "why does KJV 8:1 have extra part," and came a link to your article.
(It is a small church.) If the pastor sees things he doesn’t like, he topically preaches on it Sunday nights, and everyone usually knows who it is for! If music makes you move more than your big toe or little fingers, it is sensual…you are sensual. My son laughs with us- when 2 years ago he was punching holes in the wall and cursing at us! Then I read your testimony and thought here's another kindred spirit who knows the meaning of Hab 2:4 and Heb .
We didn’t like seeing how one family alienated their son. His old music about rape and murder, we have a solid Biblical answer for- so that is “No.” What kid wants an i Pod with classical music? " But now, many in my Sunday School class expressed amazement and joy in their Christian walk.
This family was the “effective, successful family.” However, I was not fooled. They followed all the rules, wore the suit and tie, sat straight, tall and quiet in church, sang in the choir, played the piano and their instruments- classical and hymns only. They did those things because they would get spanked if they didn’t. We put him back in Christian school- back with the “bad” influences. They know now that the reality of the non-KJV Romans 8:1 is not just a theology, ..Dear Steve, I was working on Sunday School material for Romans 8, and was puzzled when I saw the second half of the KJV version of Romans 8:1.
You are helping a lot of people (myself included) who grew up in the cult known as IFB. This is nothing more than legalism given that it instills an intense fear of punishment if one does not behave in a self-righteous manner. I have learned over the years to study the Scriptures on my own instead of blindly following incorrect doctrine that I hear from the pulpit.