No one moved.
The preacher continued, “Do you have the nerve to face me and admit this is a falsehood? Remember, you will be forgiven and in your heart you will feel glory. Now stand and confess your transgression.”
Again, all were quiet.
Then, slowly, a gorgeous blonde stood up with her head bowed and her voice quivered as she spoke, “Reverend there has been a terrible misunderstanding. I never said you were a member of the Ku Klux Klan. I simply told a couple of my friends that you were a wizard under the sheets.”
A bit of info. I am female, 26. At 6 i was left by the pastor for a christmas play we were practicing for. So as a kid i needed to pee, i went in and was doing my business when the door opened and i heard a mans shoesteps. I thought nothing and finished and opened. It was the bastard pastor. He told me to drop my pants and his going to play a secret game with me. I was very uncomfortable but he did for me stating be quick. He then first put his fingers inside and warned me not to scream or hed spank me. He then undid his pants and raped me. The whole time i was nervous and started crying slowly. When hed finished he claimed if i told a sould, Jesus will be mad and send me and my family to hell. He wiped my face, washed his hands and left. I feel so bad till now. It happened 20 years ago and it haunts me. I did tell my dad ,not then but at 17. He didnt believe me at all, it was during a fight where i was drunk. I ended up doing drugs, getting in trouble for stealing and arrested all ar... keep reading on reddit ➡
For the past 7 years (and 2 years of seminary before that) my wife and I have been pastors at Christian churches. Growing up, pastoring was the only thing I wanted to do after watching my parents do the same.
Back in February, I finally told my wife that I've been an atheist for the last two years. I had started questioning after following the youtube channel Steve Shives for his Star Trek content. He also had a HUGE back catalog of videos on atheism. It didn't happen over night, but eventually, I realized that I didn't really have the strong faith I had when I was younger. So I did what every good Christian does - I prayed. "God, if you're really there, I need you to show yourself to me." I didn't need a BIG sign. I just needed SOMETHING.
I've said that I don't have any aversion to changing my mind again. God may still show himself to me and I may believe again. That has yet to happen. Until then, I call myself an atheist.
So when I told my wife, I told her t... keep reading on reddit ➡
I have always taken these experts with many, many grains of salt. I don’t believe they are working in the full capacity of their qualifications because they are employed by a reality show first. That said, I have always found Pastor Cal’s comments in particular the most troubling. I believe that he gets away with a lot of sexist-veiled-as-traditional comments because he “tells it like it is” when certain contestants are exhibiting very obviously abhorrent behavior. (Why does he get a pass with this?)
I can’t stop thinking about his comments regarding matching Amelia with Bennett. His comments were very obviously “She’s a doctor, he’s an artist who makes no money. He’s not worth the match, period.” There’s a lot to unpack there regarding capitalistic disregard for someone’s worth because of productivity, gender roles in a relationship, etc etc. Also - just the fact that Amelia literally verbalized “What I would love is to be the breadwinner and have my partner stay home” and Pastor Cal... keep reading on reddit ➡
How has this man not been ridiculed or questioned. Joel Osteen lives in a 10million dollar mansion because according to him it is gods will.
It is so clearly all about the money for him and many others like him. furthermore Joel Osteen preaches the prosperity gospel that combines christianity with financial success with very vague scriptures such as “do not cast away your confidence for it will be richly rewarded” to make his success justified, it is disgusting.
When i was 11 , the pastor forced me to let him have sex with me or he will tell my parents i was not listening in sunday school while in the bathroom. I did. It caused me pain and suffering for my entire life from then even at 29. I tried suicide twice because my patents didnt believe me at all. My mother even went as far as to say satan got me, i am a satanic whore and my dad treatened to beat me. So we moved at 12 ,thank godness to another part of Botswana. Life was bad as i dont trust men sexually , i dont hate men but it scarred me for life so bad that i consider therapy. So back to my shitty story, he was caught in 2016 molesting a child in the bath by a parent. The man then repeatedly beat his face in. It made headlines because the church is a big one here. My parents even saw the news clip and paper articals. I then approached them again with what happened to me and they flipped saying satan made this, he didnt molest anyone and satan is using me against god. I just had enough... keep reading on reddit ➡