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How “Counseling Sexual Abuse” Blames and Shames Survivors

18 April 2013, 06:00



Versions of the Institute in Basic Life Principles (IBLP) document “Counseling Sexual Abuse” were distributed at Advanced Training Institute (ATI) Counseling Seminars for over a decade. The document speaks for itself, but Recovering Grace would like to point out how victim-blaming and/or callous dismissal of abuse survivors’ pain is built into almost every one of […]

The Right Thing for The Wrong Reason

20 December 2012, 06:00



Recently, a Christian counselor whom I have been seeing said something that was a revelation to me: “You can read your Bible and be sinning.”  As I let her words sink in, the truth hit me like a ton of bricks. God does not care about external devotion as much as He cares about internal […]

The Subtle Power of Spiritual Abuse, Chapter 5: Identifying the Abusive System

5 July 2012, 06:00



The Subtle Power of Spiritual Abuse, Chapter 5: Identifying the Abusive System We continue our Thursday series blogging through “The Subtle Power of Spiritual Abuse.” The first post in the series is here. What are the common characteristics of spiritually abusive systems? This chapter looks at the unhealthy dynamics that commonly dictate how people function […]

Rhemas: Hidden Wisdom in Scripture?

9 September 2011, 06:00



A common critique of Mr. Gothard is how he handles interpretation of Scripture. One major aspect of his interpretational methods can be found in his teachings on rhemas. But do his teachings on rhemas even have a sound basis in Scripture? For your enjoyment I offer the following quiz. 1. T/F: All words in Scripture […]