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Description: A woman writes “Do not forsake the assembling of yourselves together (unless they treat you like sh*t!) DO NOT FORSAKE THE ASSEMBLING OF YOURSELVES TOGETHER Some suggest Hebrews, where this verse is found, was written by a woman. So I entertained that idea in this cartoon. It’s interesting to me that this one verse is the only one employed to demand that we should never stop attending church. There are more scriptures telling us more clearly that we shouldn’t eat shrimp than there are telling us to keep going to church. It’s also interesting to me, whether or not...

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The controlling pastor. It's happened to me. I didn't fall through a trap door. But I was fired! Publicly shamed. Etc. Have you experienced this... where you've decided to take a stand for yourself only to experience severe retaliation? I know many who have.

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Description: A person holds a church and looks its ingredients: fellowship, sermons, bible-study, prayer, worship, charity, potlucks, groups, coffee, cookies, sunday school. Warning: may contain spiritual abuse. I was going to include “may contain nuts” but let’s stay focused! MAY CONTAIN SPIRITUAL ABUSE The abuse I suffered. The control I was under. The theology I consumed. The denomination I was in. The community provided to me. It all came as a package. Some tried to convince me that it was just the abuse I suffered and to find the same thing but without the abuse. I couldn’t find it. Some...

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Description: A woman says to a man, “Look! When I tell you my story of spiritual abuse and you say ‘not all churches’ or ‘not all pastors’ it shows you care more about them than you do the people they hurt!” SPIRITUAL ABUSE: NEVER SAY NOT ALL CHURCHES I was an official in a system called the Church that is guilty of systemic evil in the form of spiritual abuse. I have also suffered a lot of spiritual abuse.  I have also helped a lot of people heal from it. I also keep abreast of the limitless stories surfacing about...

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Description: A woman is being stretched by ropes between the church saying she’ll never be good enough and the other church saying that she’s better than people outside the church. WERE YOU TAUGHT YOU WILL NEVER BE GOOD ENOUGH? I’m sure not everyone experienced this, but I did. And I know many of you have too. We were taught that we would never be good enough. Ever! We were told that we were helpless sinners, depraved, and that our hearts were wicked, and that would never change. But on the other hand we were taught that we were better than...

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