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  The Christian Church: 
Distorted and Deformed

The word “c-h-u-r-c-h” has affected our whole approach to the meaning of the body of Christ.  
Search out this article and see why.
Spiritual Abuse Survey

Is your church a safe place? Take the survey and see.

An examination of the all-time favorite verses that church leaders love.
    The False Teaching of    
Delegated Authority

Is delegated authority in the church biblical? "NO", 
and using the scriptures, this article will prove it to you.
Calling A Spade A Spade

Is it right to call names, to name names, 
and to expose false teachings?
Should Pastors Be 'Cared For'?

"Binding the consciences of God's people"?
WARNING: Not for the timid.
  Being Deceived  

Who is Jesus REALLY warning us about?  Is anyone listening?
The Eldership Cookbook

What happens when you reject the teachings of Scripture and the example of the apostles?
How church leaders prevail in 
their deception

Read how these serial killers of the soul operate 
each and every week.
The Naked Truth

Exposing one of the single most powerful delusions 
on the market.
A Word To The Wives

The dynamics of deception in church leadership exposed;
with quotes from a typical message by 
marriage-destroying "pastors."
A Religious Sociopath

Is a religious sociopath present in your church leadership?  Before you answer too soon, read this brief article first.
Why Do You "Go To Church?"

Let's bare the bones and expose this dreaded orthodox monster.
 There's A Sheep 
Born Every Second  

It is no accident that God refers to people as sheep - probably not the highest compliment.
  Where Did The Pastor Come From?  

Not from the Bible! Can we be open-minded enough 
to ask questions about this subject?
Forsake Not The Assembling

Are you expected to attend the stated meetings of the church unless you are providentially hindered?
Mind Control: Six Tell-Tale Signs of Abusive Church Leaders

Check for these signs.  Do they appear in your church?
What's Wrong With Preaching Today?

Where does God exalt the "Office of Preacher?"
"Touch Not The Lord's Anointed" catch cry

Another favorite verse, turned into poison by many pastors/elders.  Includes a personal testimony too.
What Is A Biblical Christian?

Is it what we hear coming from the musty halls 
of Christendom?  Really? 
Quotes from a famous leader of the flock

Many decades of service, "all for the love of his people." 
Shepherd/Sheep Perversion

Many "leaders" twist the symbolic nature of the 
shepherd-sheep analogy and apply it almost literally.
Aberrations in an Abusive Church

What are some of the "policies" that are put into practice in these types of churches?
Buzz Words Used In Spiritually 
Abusive Churches

See the twisted meaning of words used by "church leaders;" causing the people to live in fear.
Tithing: The Great Christian Deception

Let's look at one example of this false teaching, using 
some comments from a church leader's series of messages
on "Tithing as an aid to giving."
When Should A Christian Leave A Church?

"Not my church!"  "Never!" An article by John G. Reisinger
The Parable of the Ditchdigger

Christ has given His people work to do, but as time passed, 
His people came up with a better idea.
A. W. Pink on Tithing

With rebuttal comments by Russell Earl Kelly.
Should the Church Teach Tithing?

A great article and book by Dr. Russell Kelly exposing the 
great Christian deception about tithes and offerings.
    Seven Deadly Signs  Of An Unhealthy and Unstable Christian

Is it in your church?  Is it in your leader?  Is it in YOU?

Jesus could not have been more clear on the issue of leadership; 
but apparently, not clear enough for some people.
"They told me that if I left..."

A revealing article by Ron Henzel that focuses on leaving
spiritually abusive church systems.
Because I'm The Pastor, That's Why!

Chapter 9 of "The Subtle Power 
of Spiritual Abuse"
The Pastor Chasers

Please read with a teachable spirit.
Pastoral Theology Lectures

Illustrating the lie and hypocrisy of the Pastoral Office 
(with commentary at the end)
A Woman After God's Own Heart

     "...She knows too much..."
 The Christians's Greatest Enemy   

What is the worst enemy the church faces today?  
Read what A.W. Tozer has to say.
While Men Slept..

Are you absolutely sure that what you have been taught 
is the clear teaching of scripture?
Unslain By Pride

May some of you think long and hard about your continued aggrandizement of carnal men.
  In Everything  

An article that your pastor and all feminists will hate but one 
that will be loved by those who are called according to His grace.
 Qualifications for Elders 

Does 1st Timothy 3 and Titus Chapter 1 list qualifications for the office of elder?  Many religious strongmen answer "yes."
How To Deal With Deceptive Preachers

How are we to respond to these blasphemous, home-wrecking, pompous, arrogant subverters of Truth? The Scriptural 
answer is clear.
Others May...You Cannot 

Why do other Christians see things differently than you do?
  Six Most Quoted Lies About Tithing 

Again, Russell Kelly hits the nail right on the head.
And The Two Shall Be One

Few indeed who have repeated their vows and exchanged their rings have even the slightest sense of the 
immensity of their actions.
Home Wreckers For God

A sad story about the destruction of a family.
No Fellowship? No Problem!

Does your spiritual life and walk with God depend upon the 
acceptance of other Christians?
Protect Your Marriage

Church leaders, as well as your so-called Christian friends will ruin your marriage faster than the heathens down 
at the local tavern.
The Flock of God

"They shall become ONE flock, ONE Shepherd."
Biblical Leadership Then and Now

Which one is a Biblical servant:  # 1  or  # 2?  Read the 
brief article and answer the question for yourself.
Church In The Garden Of Eden

Genesis 3:  The Serpent appears to have had "church."
The Old or The New

The Church today doesn’t want the New Covenant to 
replace the Old.
Starting A Church

How to start a church: "waiting on the Lord; signing a covenant; constituting ourselves;" 
This is very, very, mysterious.
What Would Satan Do?

 What else but gather together his ministers of righteousness 
for a time of instruction.
Authority in "Church Government"

Another "point of view" that we rarely hear about, yet ought to receive our "Berean" consideration.
Dressing Up For Church

"Would you dress that way if you had a meeting 
with the President?"
The Edifice Complex

Why a Christian should never do church in a church building.
His Ashes Cry Out Against John Calvin

The truth about John Calvin.

Are you guilty of censoring God's Holy Word? Some people are!
Creeds, Confessions, and Catechisms

Are the Scriptures really your authority or the traditions of men?
Why Legalism Reigns in Spiritually Abusive Systems

Some thoughts concerning legalism; "legalistic Christians"; legalistic organizations.
"Rule By Elder" Exposed

Excerpts from two other articles: Is the translators choice of "Rule" or "rule over them" correct?
The Pastorization of Christians

Among the world of Christians, there is a 
"Christian Dumbing Down."
Whose Slave Are You?

Virtually no one in the church knows how to stand 
on their own feet spiritually.
Christianity vs. Churchianity

Written in 1883, a short article by A.A.Phelps
A Wise Woman Builds Her House

Are you a wise woman?
Breaking Free

There really is life after spiritual abuse.
  Paul/Peter Controversy   

Did Paul confront the apostle Peter in Galatians 2?  
This author says no.
Do Elders Rule? 
Hebrews 13: 7 & 17

"Sometimes its harder to 'unlearn
than it is to learn".
The Wizard of Oz

Many pastors today are just like the Wizard of Oz.
"We Must Obey God Rather Than Men"

An all time favorite verse for many churches.  
Read it and weep.
Is Your Family Next?

An example of a follower who, 
"Obeys them that have the rule over her."
The Pulpit

   A short article on its origins and its purpose.
Elder Rule - From Wolf 
to Wolf Pack

The evils of a runaway "elder system."
There's  No  Place  Like  Home

How the Institutional Church destroys families.
Brood of Vipers/Ravenous Wolves

Excerpts from, "The Subtle Power of Spiritual Abuse
by David Johnson & Jeff VanVonderen.
Where Are The Churches?

What would it be like if there was no church to worship in?

"Where should we worship?," "What church should 
we attend?," "What ministry should we submit to?" 
Confessions of a Pastoral Bully

"..My proper name and title, by unanimous consent, is.."
Leaders in the place of GOD

Popish demeanor reveals 
pride in the heart.
Church Leaders Versus God

Do you have the right to study the Bible for yourself? Do you 
really have the freedom to come to your own conclusions? 
The Clergy: From God or Man?

God’s thoughts as to Divine order within the Church.
When Clergy Prey

The vicious preying continues ad nauseam.
There Is One Body

 There is only ONE!  Not two; not many, but one (Ephesians. 4:4). 
Profile of a Pharisee

Who could this be?
The Code of Silence in the Assembly

The code that needs to be inculcated early on in every church member's mind.
Evangelical Snobbery

Words from A.W. Tozer.
Pastoral Search Report

See which is the right candidate for your church.
Boxed Church

..A routine of pretty much the same food, the same taste.. 
Why Are We Here?

More info as to why the need for
See also: About Us

 Read a sampling of cases where
 "authority gone wild" in the church has been manifested.  
Spread The Word

Some Things That You Can Do To Make A Difference

Top questions, (with their answers)

Read a sampling of what the visitors are saying 

Why have a site like this and what is it about
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Are You In A Cult?

Why and how do professing Christians allow themselves to be put under bondage at their local institutional churches?  
How Abusive Ministries 
Defend Themselves

Abusive church leaders and their shameful and godless
 tactics in bringing down church members.
As The Church Burns 

Is skipping church meetings dangerous to your health?  This article exposes the unbiblical nonsense, 
pulling no punches.
The Pastorate

How did "the pastor" become such a powerful position?  Answer: "The Pastorate" is a man-made tradition!

Are you guilty of idolatry?  Don't answer too soon.  
"Going to church" might be just that!
Are You A "Berean?"

A brief examination of ACTS 17:11; One of the most misinterpreted, prepackaged verses in the New Testament.
(12) Twelve Established and Proven Marks of Wicked, Diabolical “Church Leaders”

Anyone manifesting these marks should be resisted 
even to the disruption of the body.
 The Pearly Gates 

Then, “the pastor” (Pastor John) died 
and stood before God, and God said:
Cattle and Sheep

"Pastors" today teach that they have the same authority and the same function like Moses had 
in the Old Covenant.  Really?

As human beings, something in us draws us to the things we join.  Is churchmanship a biblical notion?
A Meeting of the "Church"?

Jesus never held regularly scheduled meetings. 
So when a local institutional church meets together, 
what does that mean specifically?
      Not For The Better 

Paul told the Corinthians that when they came together 
it was not for the better, but for the worse.
The Early Church Fathers 

People always bring up the matter of the “early Church Fathers.”  Really?  So what’s that supposed to mean?  
"Authority" - The Most Widely 
Abused Form Of Fear

Using very select passages of the Bible to validate 
authoritarianism is a common practice in the world of churches.  
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Truth In A Nutshell

When your neighbors and friends speak to you about “how great their church” is, how are we to respond?  

By telling them the "Truth In A Nutshell."
"The Primacy of Preaching"  ??

There is absolutely nothing whatsoever revealed in God's Word about the primacy and exaltation of a specialist who issues forth a monologue Sunday after Sunday, notwithstanding the literally myriads of messages 
to the contrary.

See and learn from the Scriptures the Truth.
How To Spot A Manipulative 
Church Leader

"...They insist that anybody close to them be submissive and will lie and cheat to protect themselves and their empire, all the while posing as a righteous hero..."

Where did your theological mind-set come from? 
Is there any room for change?
Modern Family Life: 
Personal Observations and Reflections

"The norm of most of history was that families would actually spend their lives together, – all day." 
Not any more!
HOW and WHY do people who profess to be Christians get 
"going to church" from the Bible?
What are your thoughts and actions towards people who are not like you? Are they like the "Good Samaritan" that Jesus pointed to? 

Don't answer too fast before you read this brief article.
"Submission" - What does it mean? It’s submission to a husband that is the sticking point.
The Pharisee: Alive and Well

The man born blind in John Chapter 9 
was about to discover that eyesight comes 
at a heavy personal cost.  

Being freed from church 
and free in Christ
The Pastor: Where Did He Come From?

By Frank Viola - An excerpt from the book 
"Pagan Christianity"
The Law Done Away

Some thoughts on the Ten Commandments, the Sabbath, Covenants, and the current theological teachings in many local institutional churches.
Are you able to RE-THINK what you have been taught?
"Two Plus Two Equals Five”
2 + 2 = 5

Short article/video exposing  the tactics of eliminating truth tellers.
How "churches" and "leaders" get their way.

..How much more absurd can it get..
Click the speaker button below and listen to a short audio and/or video feed illustrating the utterly absurd and preposterous statements made in the course of a sermon by this week’s clergyman. 
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What the Father demands of all people is total devotion of heart and soul and mind and strength, 24/7, and this can be done 
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While Men Slept


1) A shrewd catch-phrase used to manipulate and victimize people into regular, mandatory, on-going “church attendance.”

“Your elders need to keep reminding you of your devoted commitment to Christ and His House!”
Don’t EVER get “pastored” into thinking that abandoning the religious institutions of men means abandoning GOD! 

No…it is exactly JUST THE OPPOSITE!

It is better to take refuge in the LORD than to put confidence in man. 

Psalm 118:8
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"The Pastoral Office"
Are you terrified of being rebuked or shunned for 
expressing a different opinion?
“To be under your pastor’s shepherding care in His church is Jesus’ 
top priority for you!”
Does Spiritual Abuse Reign in your Church?
Is there:

1) Unhampered and relentless despotic leadership - To phrase it plainly, it’s the success of the Sunday morning and evening performance that is paramount and God help the person who gets in the way or has a point of disagreement.

2) Imbalanced congregational life - Do your church leaders have an inordinate focus on obedience and submission to their supposed authority that foments an unbiblical and destructive dependency upon them?

3) A persistent preoccupation with discipline and excommunication - Beware of churches that regularly warn its members of the supposed “uncertain fate” and of the horrors and “mysterious dangers” lurking beyond the institutional walls. Once banished from the group, little compassion is shown the wayward one.

4) Deliberate disruption of personal relationships - Does your church encourage isolation and distancing of its membership from family, friends, and from even your own spouse, if any of them are not identified with the church group?

Take the Spiritual Abuse Survey for many more signs.
LIES of the church
Pastors ruling over people
Unity in the church
Facebook - Clear and Present Danger
Faithful Church Attendance
A means of gain
Jeopardy Answer
Test the spirits whether they are of God
And God rested on the seventh day
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