Twisted Scriptures: Breaking Free from Churches That Abuse

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Harper Collins, 2000 - Religion - 298 pages
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For Someone Else If You're Concerned. For Yourself If You've Ever Wondered.You joined your church because of its intensity for God. Like no other place, it's helped you discover the meaning of obedience. Of teachableness. Of death to self. If there's one problem, it's the confusion that sometimes comes from your own carnal thinking. But God has given you leaders who can lovingly correct a doubting, independent spirit and help you choose God's best for your life. How can you go wrong with a church like that? Easily. What you've just read actually fits the profile of many abusive churches. Twisted Scriptures reveals in depth how the Bible can be distorted in ways that rob you of the liberty Jesus died to give you. You might be shocked at what you discover. This book uncovers the subtle but powerful techniques by which, in the name of truth, controlling leaders manipulate and intimidate countless believers. It also supplies tools for overcoming persuasive, deceptive teachings and practices. Thousands of Christians have already moved from struggle to true freedom and hope through Twisted Scriptures. If you truly want to grow in everything God made you to be, you owe it to yourself to read this book.
 

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I do believe that there is much twisting of the Scripture going on today, however, much of the twisting is not going on in the mind as much as the mind has been trained by previous generations as we have wondered from the truth (version after version, depending on what so-called scholars or associational/denominational consesus is. Much of what is coming out is the man authored beliefs, not DOCTRINE,that has been taught by our so-called Bible colleges. Zondervan is at the forefront of false teaching and alll for profit. Many other supposed Christian publishers have many fountains springing out from their presses, both secular (even pornagraphic) and religious (not necessarily Christian).
One thing that I would like to address in your writing, was your statement about Jesus crying over Lasarus' death in John 11:35, of which I feel is a complete misinterpretation. He was not crying because Lasarus died but that His followers were lacking the faith. He was telling Mary and Martha that He was the resurrection. Why would He not believe in what He was saying? It was much the same as when He looked upon Jerusalem and was moved with compassion, because the people had nobody to lead them in the ways of righteousness. There is one thing that I have learned since become committed to knowing Him and making Him known, God said what He meant and meant what He said. We need to teach people how to think not what to think, the Holy Spirit will do that. Don't change a comma, or exclamation point. Teach that a person must look to God with all their heart, soul, mind, and strength, then He shall be found (Jeremiah 29:13).
Bro. James
 

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THE DISCIPLESHIP GAME
9
THE DISCIPLESHIP DISASTER
19
AUTHORITY UNLIMITED
29
BEYOND ACCOUNTABILITY
57
THE LANGUAGE OF ENSLAVEMENT
71
WHOSE WILL IS IT?
97
CONTROL IN BLACK AND WHITE
109
VICIOUS INFORMATION CONTROL
127
WALLING OFF THE WORLD
175
WHAT GOD AND THE DISCIPLER HAVE JOINED TOGETHER
183
THIS CANT BE MIND CONTROL CAN IT?
189
COLLISION WITH LEADERSHIP
201
THE NEW INQUISITION
209
BOXES WITHIN BOXES
227
THE WAY TO FREEDOM
233
Leader of Heavens Gate Undermined Free Will
247

TRUTH OR CONSEQUENCES
147
CONFESSION CONFUSION
163

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Page 293 - If anyone comes to me and does not hate his father and mother, his wife and children, his brothers and sisters — yes, even his own life — he cannot be my disciple.
Page 291 - Do not think that I have come to bring peace on earth; I have not come to bring peace, but a sword. For I have come to set a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law; and a man's foes will be those of his own household.

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