Vows and Commitments: Tools for Spiritual Abuse?

For as long as I can remember, I have heard about vows and commitments. Throughout my life, different speakers and teachers encouraged me to make various commitments. Bill Gothard probably pushed me to make more commitments than anyone else. He Read More …

Bill Gothard: A Change of Heart or Still Dishonest?

If Gothard is not totally honest and trustworthy, it casts doubt on the accuracy of his teachings. It also casts great doubt on his claims that he is innocent of the charges against him.

So what does his new website show? Read More …

Purity Culture Messed Me Up. This New Book Explains Why.

I grew up in Purity Culture.

And while, to some people, that probably sounds like a good thing, it wasn’t.

But what in the world could be wrong with promoting purity?

Plenty. Read More …

How to Identify a Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing

As we begin our study on how to identify false prophets, it’s important to revisit what Jesus said: Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. (Matthew 7:15) Many times, our Read More …

The Most Dangerous Wolves

Growing up in ATI, I was taught to be very careful about “wolves”. Not that the word “wolves” came up that often, but the teaching was still there: Beware of anyone who doesn’t have our standards. Beware of the world. Read More …

It’s Time to Take YOUR Responsibility

Last week, I wrote about how I am not a victim of ATI, but a graduate, because it was part of the life training that God had for me. Since then, God has been continuing to teach me about life Read More …

Singleness Is Not a Punishment

I am a 27-year-old single man. I would like to get married as much as the next guy. In fact, I don’t even plan on being single the rest of my life. But what if marriage isn’t part of God’s Read More …