Elizabeth Esther posted about the 20/20 exposé of abuse in some IBF churches and interprets Pastor Brian Fuller’s remarks. She explains the teaching of first time obedience and how common the spanking of infants really in these churches. By the way, some of the comments of this blog post seem to have inside information in them.
Also, I want to make it clear that not all Independent Fundamental Baptist Churches have abusive teachings. I am a member of an Independent Fundamental Baptist Church which does not. The pastor often reminds us that salvation is by faith in Jesus and what He did alone and you cannot add anything to that. He reminds us that saying a prayer or baptism or anything else will not save you, you are saved by believing that what Jesus said and did is true. They do believe in corporal punishment but I have never heard of anyone there spanking an infant or using an implement. While they might say that they believe in wifely submission, what I see looks more like mutual submission. I see no signs of the patriarchal movement, most of the women in that church wear pants. They also cut and dye their hair and nobody says a word about it. Women work outside the home and girls are expected to go to college. On top of that, many in the congregation uses public schools. So, I don’t know how extensive the abuse in IFB churches is but I believe that churches need to be considered on a church by church basis. After all, they are independent.