One of the arguments I faced countless times while leaving the message was the issue of living a “clean life”. This is my viewpoint of why transformation is an expected result of social pressure, which the church thrives in creating.
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If I were asked for one piece of advice to provide people in the early stages of leaving the message and an extreme faith group, I would say this: become endlessly curious, and seek understanding.
Giving yourself permission to step forward, breaking the “script” despite the feeling of fear is hard. It’s one of the most difficult things to do when you leave “The Message”, or any performance-based religious group.
People expect that you should have immediate answers for why you are leaving their faith group and, ultimately, where you are going. So is it okay to not have answers? Is it okay to not be able to explain your belief?
(this is a continuation of Part 4: Doing the Work) Criticisms of Psychology vs Spirituality For anyone who criticized me about this method of spiritual counselling as undermining the power of preaching-ministry, message tapes,...
(this is a continuation of Part 3: Why Message Ministers Are Poor Counsellors) My Last Months Doing Counseling in the Message In the months following my visit to Caring for the Heart, I spent...