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Doctrines of the Church that lead to Bondage and Abuse

Cynthia McClaskey


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Published by AuthorHouse  03/01/2012 ISBN: 978-1-4685-5846-3 (sc) ISBN: 978-1-4685-5845-6 (hc) ISBN: 978-1-4685-5844-9 (e) Library of Congress Control Number: 2012903707 This book is printed on acid-free paper. Because of the dynamic nature of the Internet, any web addresses or links contained in this book may have changed since publication and may no longer be valid. The views expressed in this work are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of the publisher, and the publisher hereby disclaims any responsibility for them.


Contents Part One Introduction Chapter One.......................................................................................... 5 The Absence of Truth Can Set You Free........................................... 5 Chapter Two.......................................................................................... 8 Tactics of the Church....................................................................... 8 TACTIC #1: Peer Pressure........................................................... 9 TACTIC #2: Women Cannot Teach Men.................................. 10 TACTIC #3: An Arrogant Spirit................................................ 13 TACTIC #4: Hide All Appearance of Evil................................. 15 TACTIC #5: Shame Those Who Disagree................................. 19 TACTIC #6: Shaming and Placing Guilt................................... 20 TACTIC #7: Do Not Believe A Woman.................................... 23 TACTIC #8: Dress Standards.................................................... 26 TACTIC #9: Lying.................................................................... 29 TACTIC #10: “Independent Thinking” Not Allowed................ 31 Chapter Three...................................................................................... 34 Tactics of the Early Church............................................................ 34 Corruption #1: The Fight for Power and Control...................... 34 Corruption #2: Remove Women from Church Leadership........ 37 Corruption #3: Take away the People’s Choice........................... 38 Corruption #4: Live off the backs of the People......................... 38 Corruption #5: Wresting Authority, Position and Power............ 39 Corruption #6: Financial Deception.......................................... 40 Corruption #7: Forgiveness for Sale........................................... 40 Corruption #8: Heathen Names of the Days of the Week.......... 41 Corruption #9: Marriage........................................................... 42 Corruption #10: Create a Building of Worship.......................... 42


Chapter Four........................................................................................ 44 Controlling the Women in the Home............................................ 44 Destroying the Family................................................................ 46 The Effects And Fear................................................................. 49 Chapter Five......................................................................................... 53 Bitterness....................................................................................... 53 Chapter Six.......................................................................................... 56 The Children Affected................................................................... 56 What To Do If A Child Informs You of Sexual Abuse................ 59 Chapter Seven...................................................................................... 60 My Husband Affected.................................................................... 60 Chapter Eight...................................................................................... 68 Vindication And Restitution.......................................................... 68 Chapter Nine....................................................................................... 72 “Religion” Leads to a List of Rules................................................. 72 Not in MY Church!................................................................... 79 Chapter Ten......................................................................................... 82 Being A Woman In A Male-Dominated Church System................ 82 The Results Of Imputing Eve’s Transgression............................. 86 The Inquisition of 1320............................................................. 92 Discrimination World-wide Against Women............................. 97 Chapter Eleven................................................................................... 101 The Final Authority..................................................................... 101 Becoming Institutionalized...................................................... 102 What is a Credible Source?...................................................... 103 The Church Monarchy............................................................ 105 The Balaam Phenomenon........................................................ 107 Chapter Twelve.................................................................................. 112 Doctrines That Instigate Abuse.................................................... 112


Part Two Church Doctrines Chapter Thirteen............................................................................... 117 The Doctrine of Eternal Punishment........................................... 117 Chapter Fourteen............................................................................... 134 The Old Testament...................................................................... 134 Adam and Eve.......................................................................... 134 Genesis 3: 1-16—The Curse.................................................... 136 Cain and Abel.......................................................................... 138 Genesis 6-8: The Flood............................................................ 139 Sodom and Gomorrah............................................................. 140 Moses and the Law.................................................................. 141 Deuteronomy 28..................................................................... 142 Judges 9—Abimelech............................................................... 143 II Samuel 27: Ahithophel’s Suicide........................................... 144 Chapter Fifteen.................................................................................. 146 Where Did This Doctrine Come From?....................................... 146 Chapter Sixteen.................................................................................. 149 Are We Saved from Hell?............................................................. 149 Chapter Seventeen............................................................................. 153 God’s WILL for Mankind?........................................................... 153 Chapter Eighteen............................................................................... 160 Words that were translated “hell”................................................. 160 Sheol means “unseen.” Hades means place of the dead, grave or pit........................................................................ 160 Sheol and Hades were also used for National Judgments.......... 162 Hades was also a god in Greek mythology................................ 163 Gehenna.................................................................................. 164 Other Gehenna Passages.......................................................... 165


PART ONE Introduction


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y first introduction to “religion” through an Independent Fundamental Baptist Church was in the fall of 1993. This initial visit to Temple Baptist Church was the beginning of a long and tumultuous journey into a cult. I refer to it as a “cult” because it forces all individuals involved in it into bondage to man-made rules and doctrines that shackle them to the religious sect and its leaders. Fear becomes the prevalent factor that binds them to it, and all freedom to develop a personal relationship with Christ and others becomes a huge list of “do’s” and “don’ts” that must be adhered to in order to have favor with God and man. Divine intervention provided the only escape without being utterly destroyed spiritually and emotionally by the leaders of this cult through their false teachings and contagious attitudes. The tactics used in this religious sect are not isolated to it alone. These tactics are found in other “cult-like” or “abusive” churches, and as a result, many people are being destroyed emotionally and spiritually. My desire is two-fold: 1) that this book will help those still entrenched in an “abusive” church to be able to recognize the tactics, know how to escape, and find healing; and 2) that the true nature of the “religious system” will be revealed. The doctrines that will be covered in this book are not only taught within this sect; they are taught in most churches today. The doctrines mentioned are the root of all the man-made rules that many of today’s churches employ against their congregants. Exposing these doctrines will help promote “independent thinking” in the minds of the readers to search out the truth for themselves instead of believing what they are told is the truth. The following story is my journey about indoctrination, control, and oppression used by the church and its leaders. My prayer is that through this book, one will see that the abusive doctrines of the man-made religious system only instill an un-holy fear of God, the man of God, the church, and others through the doctrines preached and the practices taught.   3 


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Exiting a cult is a traumatic experience for the ones who have the courage to escape. Usually, those who do escape find that it takes tremendous strength and clear thought processes to try and maneuver around all the garbage and control tactics that the cult leaders will dish out. However, God’s grace, forgiveness, love, mercy, acceptance, and blessings will only abound in great measure in the lives of those exiting this cult or any other abusive church. There are survivors now coming forward in great numbers to tell their stories of abuse by church leaders. We are not alone in our pain. In this book, websites will be given where a person can go to find healing. There is no better place to heal than to be amidst those that have endured the abuse and understand our pain. Fellowship with those who understand the pain can be the best salve for a broken and wounded spirit. One will find many unconventional theological ideas and concepts in this book. They are not new. Everything written herein has been learned through study of biblical literacy and church history or learned through the author’s personal experiences. Many have trod the road I have trod. Many bear the battle scars of religion, religious leaders and the church system. My utmost prayer is that all who read what is contained in this book will be helped, educated, and blessed by it. Cynthia McClaskey

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Chapter One

The Absence of Truth Can Set You Free

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he title of this chapter might be a little confusing. A person might think, What in the world does that mean? How can that possibly be true? How can absence of truth set you free? The following is an explanation of exactly what this means. If a person looked back through history, he or she would find many truths that really were not true at all. For instance, there was a time when it was “true” that the world was flat. There was a time when it was “true” that the sun revolved around the earth. There was a time when it was “true” that a man could not walk on the moon. Because of certain truths, the potential of many is hindered. Mankind has a tendency to act in accordance with what it perceives to be the truth, not in accordance with what the truth is in fact. So what needs to be absent is the truth that is standing in the way of a person’s potential to do great things. Bringing to light the error in the perceived truth sheds light on the real truth. However, because perception is fact in the minds of many, revealing the truth can bring a person under the verbal attack of the masses, especially if they are truths that debunk religious dogmas, doctrines and behaviors or expose abuse. It is this author’s opinion that most religious people will give their lives for the religious beliefs that they hold, whether the beliefs they are fighting for are founded on truth or not. History is a testament to the fact   5 


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that religious beliefs can cause people to lay their lives on the line for what they believe is truth. The Martyrs are a striking example of this. Thousands of people gave their lives because they believed what they were doing was right and that the doctrines they believed were true. It is very difficult to get the religious crowd in any sect of society to actually open their minds to the possibility that they might be deceived in their thinking. Perceived truths can stand in the way of a person’s religious, emotional and physical freedom. Perceived truth can get in the way of understanding real truth, and this prevents people from seeing what is plainly before them. People interpret their beliefs in light of what they have been told, rather than in light of the facts. This is how perceived truths are born. The circle of influence surrounding a person causes him or her to see a truth but interpret it in light of someone else’s opinion instead of the facts. This was a huge problem for me when passages of scripture or historical information were found that went against what was being preached by the leaders of this sect. In the end, comparing what was being preached with the scriptures and history revealed the truth. In most cases, it was discovered that the church leaders were lying to their congregants time and time again and would often mix opinion with truth. It is not the opinion of this author that every church leader is doing this deliberately. I believe it is due to a lack of understanding and true study of church history in conjunction with scripture. Another revelation was that these same lies, tactics and attitudes existed in other religious denominations, and they also existed in the church system from the beginning. When the search for truth began, I never imagined that this search would lead to a place of greater understanding, a place of greater patience, and a place of complete and total reliance on God. The search for the truth upon which to rebuild my foundations truly broke me in every possible way. This journey has been trying and emotional for me. It has meant letting go of all the old ways of thinking and adapting to the new knowledge and understanding that God has shown me. It has brought me to a place of unwavering faith that God will let the ideas and concepts mentioned herein be exactly what they need to be for the reader to help them grow. However, standing in the way of finding the truth when this search began was the perceived truth. Therefore, the shackles of bondage to this “religious system” of lies led to a chokehold of fear for me. This fear   6 


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was an UN-HEALTHY fear of God, the man of God, the world, and the un-saved. It wasn’t until this journey for the truth began that God not only revealed the lies that I had believed, but he also revealed other lies that I had no idea were lies at all! This world of newfound knowledge led to a desire to share this information with others so that they could also discover some truths and find freedom from the bondage of the religious system.

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Chapter Two

Tactics of the Church

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ne of the biggest stumbling blocks when it came to understanding scripture was the fact that I would always interpret it in light of what was preached from the pulpit. More than fifteen years under the preaching in this cult, mixed with men’s opinions, began to affect the thought processes and behaviors of each individual within my family. Attending fellowships and conventions with like-minded individuals who believed all the same dogmas and doctrines, reading books and listening to tapes and CDs of preaching and teaching from like-minded preachers, led to the inability to see the real truth, and the Holy Spirit within me was quenched by all these men’s opinions. Is it any wonder that a person can read the scriptures and not see the truth before them because of the constant indoctrination with information of like-minded individuals? Everything heard is given to provoke a person to lean toward their way of thinking instead of thinking for themselves. How can anyone hear the voice of the Spirit of God when they are being told what they should believe? Where I found myself the last five years in the Independent Fundamental Baptist Cult was a place of bondage, where questioning what was taught was not allowed. Disagreeing with the doctrines being taught wasn’t allowed. Voicing any concerns about the behaviors seen wasn’t allowed. The preachers, evangelists and teachers in this male-dominated church system had become the final authority on all matters of faith and practice for the believers within their congregations, and they had also   8 


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become the final authority on God’s will for every believer! Sadly, this male-dominated church system treated women as second class individuals simply because they were female. These doctrines, attitudes and behaviors are not new. They have been around for centuries, and it is these doctrines and attitudes that I would like to deal with in this book. The tactics covered are not only found in IFB (Independent Fundamental Baptist) churches; they can be found in any religious sect where controlling the congregants has gone way beyond what is ethically and spiritually right. Just as the Church of Rome used these very same tactics to kill, torture and control the masses, so this same abusive religious system is being used today to control the masses within individual churches. As a result, countless numbers of people are fleeing the church due to spiritual, emotional, sexual and physical abuse that is hiding under the guise of Christianity. All the tactics, attitudes, dogmas and doctrines that are causing this abuse in churches of today were also present during the Reformation and earlier. And the results of these doctrines and man-made rules, as history can attest, have cost millions their very lives. Today, however, they are turning the masses away from God.

TACTIC #1: Peer Pressure Having a passion to serve God and a desire to please him is what opened the door to participating in legalistic principles that the church instructed everyone to follow. Eventually, this led to being sucked entirely into the Independent Fundamental Baptist Cult. The church and the people in the church took advantage of my desire to please God and used that earnest desire to make me conform to their ideas and standards of what they said God wanted and expected from me. The twisting of scripture to suit their ideas of what God wanted was brilliantly done to suit their agendas. It wasn’t left up to me and my relationship with God to let God tell me what he wanted and expected from me. The pastors, leaders and indoctrinated congregants all came together in one accord to instill the importance of adherence to their set of religious rules. They were constantly planting the seeds of legalism in my mind. This is called “peer pressure.” Unfortunately, this tactic works. I eventually decided that, because of my love for God, all these ridiculous rules were a small price to pay for all that he did for me! As a new Christian, my joy in the Lord was brand new; my zeal to please and serve Him was intense. As a new   9 


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