Churchmouse has posted an extensively researched look at Spiritual and Physical Abuse in Christian child abuse: more works-based carnality. This is a long piece and well worth the time it will take to read it.
Cindy of Under Much Grace explains the scientific evidence that shows the damage done to children who suffer harsh punishment from a young age. Parents who follow Pearls’ advice to punish toddlers for age appropriate behaviors may end up with seemingly happy and compliant children, but at what price?
Under Much Grace reports all about CNN’s coverage of Hephzibah House complete with video and links to the transcript. She highlights outtakes from the transcripts on her blog.
Under Much Grace discusses Jon Zens’ New Book, No Will of My Own (How Patriarchy Smothers Female Dignity and Personhood).
Under Much Grace has discovered information of a case from 2002 of a boy being “disciplined” into Renal Failure. Disclaimer: this is not the case of parents disciplining their child, this is a case of 22 yr old men disciplining a young boy for way too long and ending up in jail. One later wrote a book about his jail experience and how he continued to serve the Lord in jail. The whole story is very disturbing on many levels.
She also has an article exposing the dangerous teachings of Ron Williams of Hepzibah House. He is very clear in his teachings, actually using the term, “beat,” and advocating starting in infancy. Here is a quote:
As soon as the child begins to express his own self-will (and this occurs early in life) that child needs to receive correction. My wife and I have a general goal of making sure that each of our children has his will broken by the time he reaches the age of one year. To do this, a child must receive correction when he is a small infant.
The Wartburg Watch Focuses on Independent Fundamental Baptist Churches this week. So far they have:
They will probably add 1 or 2 more posts this week so stay tuned.
Also, don’t miss miss this new post from Under Much Grace:
Redeeming Dinah: The Errors of Ron Williams, the IFB, and Gothard’s Esteem of Rabbinical Writing as Holy Writ
Warning, the first post should not be read by sensitive people:
Bob Bixby has posted a statement from Laura Moody, Formally from Trinity Baptist Church, about her relationship with those involved with the scandal featured in the 20/20 story about abuse in some IFB churches. Read the comments for more hashing out of details.
Under Much Grace reminds us that the 20/20 story “failed to make any mention of the abuses that took place at the IFB’s most infamous boarding house for ‘troubled girls,’ the Hephzibah House of Winona Lake, IN.”
And The Wartburg Watch has a list of suggestions for how churches can better protect the children in their congregations from sexual abuse.
JeriWho has written a very interesting blog about Psychology and The Fundamentalist Christian at Blog On The Way. Her premise is that while rejecting Psychology for being “atheistic, Darwinistic, and utterly secular,” they tend to embrace behaviorism which is also atheistic and unbliblical. She makes some very good points here and gives much food for thought.