My Story: Entrenchment in & Escape from an IFB Cult

My Story is now available by request made via direct message to this blog’s Twitter account: @LambsHarbinger

Below are some responses I got to My Story, and perhaps they are more revealing than what I was able to write:

Anonymous FBC-Affiliated Evangelist Responds to My Story

An Anonymous IFB Pastor’s Response to “My Story”



The reason there are so many cases of abuse (physical & sexual) in the IFB movement is they are all about man-made rules, and “These rules have indeed an appearance of wisdom in promoting self-made religion and asceticism and severity to the body, but they are of no value in stopping the indulgence of the flesh” (Colossians 2:23). Also, “… where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there will be disorder and every vile practice” (James 3:16).

A Baptist Youth Pastor Murder/suicide – Lancaster Baptist Church

Hundreds Accuse Independent Baptist Pastors of Abuse | CT

Highland woman alleges youth pastor at First Baptist Church of Hammond raped her in 1970s: ‘He knew exactly what he was doing’ | Chicago Tribune

16 News Now investigates: Former students speak out against religious reform school | WNDU (See also video testimonials as first airing on Dr. Phil)

Spirit of Fear: a 5 Part Exposé on Independent, Fundamental Pastors’ Crimes & Coverups | The Star-Telegram

I smell corruption at Lancaster Baptist Church | Deep Thoughts

Ex-youth pastor sentenced to prison for molesting teen girl | Daily Herald

Why People Join Cults | TedEd

What an IFB Cult Leader Sounds Like When Demanding Money

Liberty for Captives

Bill Gothard / BJU / Van Gelderen Scandal:

Confessions Of A Heretic Husband: Guest Post – Exposing the Independent Fundamental Baptist Denomination 

Independent Fundamental Baptist (IFB) Cult Survivors (And their Supporters)

The Achilles Heel of Fundamentalism | Think Gospel

Ungodly Discipline | CNN

New Gothard Revelations Hint at BJU’s Ugly History of Abuse – BJU News

Explosive: Is WI GOP Operative Brian Sikma’s Church More Racist Than Westboro Baptist?

WI GOP Operative Brian Sikma Linked To Sexual Predator

20/20 report (IFB) Independent Fundamentalist Baptist Church’s | Video (YouTube)


Breaking Silence on Indiana’s Racism


Teen Victim Claims Rape; Forced Confession

Church told to change recruiting methods | CBS 58

Stop Baptist Predators

Exposing the Independent Fundamental Baptist Denomination

The Wartburg Watch: IFB & Who Do the Independent Fundamentalist Baptists Say They Are? & What are the Colleges of the IFB?


True Confessions of a Convert

Teen Charged With Sexually Assaulting a 6-year-old Girl | I know first-hand that the staff at FBC claimed Mucha was merely a visitor, when in fact he was a long-time attender (at least 8-10 yrs.) with his grandparents and known to be troubled. This false claim perhaps was done to reduce liability and scrutiny.

Girl, 15, Allegedly Raped, Pregnant, Then Forced to Confess to Church | ABC News

The fundamentally toxic Christianity | Patheos

Jack Schaap, Indiana Pastor, Claimed Jesus Wanted Him To Have Sex With Teenage Girl | Huffington Post

Jack Schaap Charged, Paul Chappell Speaks Out, and The Independent Fundamental Baptist Movement’s Next Steps | Christianity Today, Ed Stetzer

Dr. Charles Phelps | Wikipedia

First Baptist Church, Hammond IN

Books/Resources to Help in Healing

  • 5 Restorative Books for The Wounded & Weary Christian
  • Toxic Faithand inPDF
  • With | Skye Jethani
  • Healing Spiritual Abuse (Blue) – great Biblical foundation substantiating the existence of spiritual abuse
  • The Subtle Power of Spiritual Abuse (Van Vonderan & Johnson) – more detailed description of what spiritual abuse looks like
  • Wounded by God’s People (Anne Graham Lotz) – draws on the life of Hagar, personal examples, an understanding, uncondemning perspective
  • A Tale of Three Kings (Edwards)
  • Soul Repair (Van Vonderan & Ryan) – understanding who/what we really worship, getting free from the religious gods that are not God
  • Tired of Trying to Measure Up (Van Vonderan) – the title says it all!
  • Twisted Scriptures (Mary Alice Chrnalogar) – amazing! Exposes frequently misused Bible passages, written specifically for people who are in a religious cult, or who have family members that are
  • Desperate (Sally Clarkson & Sarah Mae) – for moms who feel like they can’t measure up to people’s expectations (pressure from people at church)
  • Heartfelt Discipline (Clay Clarkson) – more about developing a relationship with your child and parenting by faith, not formula. Debunks traditional teaching on spanking.
  • Podcasts and articles from about patriarchy spiritual abuse.

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