Saturday, April 9, 2011
20/20 Expose on IFB [Independent Fundamentalist Baptist] Churches
I caught this show by chance yesterday, and saw about half of it.
WATCH VIDEO HERE [I could not embed]
Elizabeth Vargas’ yearlong exclusive investigation into a religious sub-culture that critics claim can foster – even cover up – physical and sexual abuse airs on “20/20” on FRIDAY, APRIL 8 (10:00 – 11:00 p.m. ET) on the ABC Television Network. Critics say the church teaches a strict interpretation of the bible including the practice known as breaking the will of the child, with some advocating that it even be applied to infants as young as two weeks old.
Some of my thoughts on this...
I had a positive experience in an IFB church, I talk about here. In that church, I know they wouldn't have stood for any abusers or cover-ups.
Like many of the rest of churches there are many evils entering into the churches as they fall away and I have witnessed some scary things in the fundamentalist world, I talked about on this blog entry: "Falsehoods and Falling Away in Fundamentalist Churches." It was interesting watching IFB churches called a "religious sub culture" and references to their members [guess that means me some years ago] as "cult members".
Some things I thought as I watched this video...
1. The sex abusers/abusers and predators are everywhere, and often use religion as a cover for what they really are. Many people are deceived by psycho-paths who wear a false Christian veneer. Christians need to wise up about this and realize often the wolves are not outside the church door, but sneaking in to create as much havoc as possible. Some churches do have cover-ups following the example of the Roman Catholic church in being more worried about scandal then about truth and justice. I believe the victims. This stuff is happening. One thing that bothered me for years in dealing with the Catholic apologists is they always made excuses for the abuse protecting clergy and abusers. No Christian should excuse evil for any church organization!
2. I found the phrase [see above] "breaking the will" of the child interesting. We know that Dominionist, Michael Pearl's teachings, Vision Forum and false "patriarchy" teachings are infiltrating the Christian world including IFB churches. In the video they talk about fundamentalists reading the book "To Train Up a Child" by the Pearls. I wrote about the Pearls on this blog as well. People who want to spank a two week old baby are wicked not discerning Christians. Sadly that stuff is infesting many churches including some IFBs.
3. There are some fundamentalist churches with wolves in the pulpits. Satan's followers aren't just making hash of the more liberal churches but are coming into the fundamentalist ones as well. There are concerning trends and associations even in the fundamentalist bible colleges. There are the deceived and the deceiving. If you can find a humble truly born again pastor that treats a congregation with love more then one who is seeking after power, consider yourself blessed by God. Seeing what I have seen in this churches since I moved, I know I was very blessed as a new Christian.
Many are teaching false obedience and promoting extreme authoritarianism that often goes hand in hand with false politics [the Dominionism I talk about a lot on this blog]. I am worried about many of these prevalent trends, and will not turn a blind eye to what is happening in all the churches even one of a "brand" I have fonder memories of. This doesn't mean there not any good born again men in IFB churches preaching the gospel and obeying God but obviously churches are being led astray out there. We are in a world now where Christians need to always keep discerning and in prayer, and test everything by God's Word.
4. In the video above, Elizabeth Vargas at least points out this is a handful of IFB churches are "not all the same", but I wonder about ABC news agenda in downgrading fundamentalist churches in general? There seems to be an overall agenda here. I know secular society sees bible or "fundamentalist" Christians as cult members in general. The only churches teaching separation against the ecumenical and religious world system are a handful of IFB and other fundamentalist churches..[yes some have fallen away], it is doubtful the reporting by the mass media is going to be totally non biased.
5. Pray for the victims and that the abusers truly repent.