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Twisted Scriptures Paperback – August 13, 2000
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For my own part, I was raised in a loving Christian home, but I had to put up with a lot of "do's" and "don'ts" in my church, most of which were not anywhere to be found in the Bible (including the statement that a praying knee and a dancing foot never grow on the same leg). My parents, however, were not controlling and we were a fairly happy family. Our comittment to Jesus Christ bound us even closer together.
I went to Bible school and one of the courses I studied was enitled Biblical Interpretation. It was an excellent course and well taught, and we learned the logical, common sense way to interpret the Bible.
However, I still managed to get involved in what I thought was a loving prayer group who later got caught up in the "Discipleship" controversey. I later was given the "left foot of fellowship" from the group when I made a remark that they interpreted as questioning their teachings. (By the way, the "left foot of fellowship" means that I was unceremoniously booted out!)
If I had been able to have this book back then, I would have recovered from that bad experience much more quickly. But I am glad that others are able to read it and recover from their traumatic experiences.
I am still 100% sold on the Christian faith, even though I'm not sold on some of the garbage that goes on in the name of Christianity.
In fact, this book is good to read if you're involved in most conservative Christian denominations/churches/movements, even "good" ones, as it will prompt you to continue to "prove all things [and] hold fast that which is good" as the Scriptures teach us to do, and not just accept leaders' statements or teachings. If you are discipling someone, or if you yourself are being discipled, this book has many good checks and balances and insights that should help you discern between good discipling and abusive or poor discipling. If you are in a small group that is designed to help you and others grow spiritually, this book will also be of value.
We were in a church that had some serious problems, and we finally left it. Skimming through her 6-page checklist at the back of the book of abusive characteristics, I would say that for us at least (I can't speak for the persons in our church who lived together at the "Bible School") we experienced few of these things, at least not in as overt a way as many controlling groups, but I would bet that if I sent Ms. Chrnalogar all my documentation of the things that happened that led to our decision to leave, she would agree that we were in an abusive church situation.Read more ›
Three month later I was desperate to find out more about what she had written because it seemed that she was following me around the last 7 years. She basically had a part of my lifes story!
She had completed the manuscript, but had no time to complete the website summaries because this book was going to the press.
I managed to get the manuscript because of the dire pain my family was going through by the abuse from a Word of Faith church that we attended. The church wanted to control our family. They did not respect a personal decision that my family had made and wanted to control us. The pastor finally gave us an ultimatum - "change your personal decision or get out of this church! I'm tired of people not listening to what I tell them to do!"
Wow! I was shocked, but why should I have been? After getting the book, I read it 4 times more! This was my story and other peoples stories as well!
As I looked back, I started to look back of 7 years of false doctrine presented by twisting scriptures in order to extract money from the people and slowly you started to notice that the pastor had the best car, the best suits, the biggest house and worst of all was the flaunting arrogance as he stood at the pulpit holding his lapel and stating - "one day God will supply you with a suit like mine!"
It was unbelievable! God never provided him with that suit!
When exerts of the book was presented to a deacon at that church, the comment was, "80% of the material in this book represents our church"!
Great news! I was not dreaming, but that was not all!Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
We found ourselves in an abusive ministry structure and found this book to explain everything that was happening and why my heat was so unsettled. Read morePublished 27 days ago by S. Alm
This is the second review I've been able to write because we have downloaded it on so many devices that we had to buy a second kindle version! Read morePublished 4 months ago by stampingsocialworker
This was on the list of resources I was given for people dealing with spiritually abusive churches. I found it helpful. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Grace
Appreciated the accuracy of this author's treatment of a difficult subject. Filled with easily verifiable information.Published 14 months ago by El B
Thank you, Mary Alice Chrnalogar, your book helped me get out of a legalistic (cult-like, anyway) church some years ago, and I didn't know it might be online for Kindle, that is... Read morePublished on July 13, 2014 by Amazon Customer
I would recommend this book very much. Any form of manipulation, control or intimidation is control plain and simple. It's not about conformity!Published on March 22, 2014 by Buyer Beware