Actually, I think it's circular. We all have the capacity to be abusive. Some more than others. But I also believe that some environments can bring out the worst in us. I also believe that power can corrupt. And I also believe that certain systems are inherently perfect cultures for abuse to occur. Such as the church. Why the church? Because on the one hand there are people in power and on the other hand there are those who impart it and often blindly submit to it, all wrapped up in God's will.
GET THE PRINT IN MY SHOP If you don't like the truth or the package it comes in, just crucify it. (Beth Moore, a popular woman preacher, was told by another popular preacher, a man, John MacArthur, to "Go home!" Presumably to the kitchen where she belongs.) #GoHome
RANT ABOUT MONEY I wrote “Money is Spiritual” and created a course for it too. Whenever I offer it, I get this: “When did you become a prosperity gospel preacher?”“Oh no! Now you’re Joel Osteen?”“I knew you were just another conman.”“I’m so disappointed. You spoke truth. Now this?”“Gross! I’m unfollowing you.” It’s frustrating because none of them read the book or took the course.Who long appreciates someone’s work but writes them off for one twist? I want to be clear: Money is Spiritual was written with a very specific goal: to help people like me who were taught lies about...
It's sad that this cartoon is one of my most popular. But, the sadder thing is that we're hearing more and more about inappropriate sexual behavior, sexual harassment, and sexual assault by pastors upon their people. And what's sadder still is that so many are getting away with it, exonerated from it, and are even continuing in their ministries in spite of it. I bet many of you right now have first-hand experience of what I'm talking about. I'm sorry this happened to you.
Thanks to a friend who inspired this cartoon. Love casts out fear. And fear casts out love. Fear is one of the most powerful tools for manipulating, coercing, and controlling people. It's nearly impossible for leaders and organizations not to use it. Don't use it. Don't be used by it. (My Money is Spiritual course is on sale right now for $67! Check out the testimonials.)