Reading Time: 6 minutes Whenever things go hideously wrong in any evangelical group, evangelicals tend to think that The Big Problem Here was a lack of accountability. Had proper accountability existed in their group, nothing bad would have happened because nothing bad could have happened without someone noticing it and addressing it. Scandals, in particular, happen because whoever caused that scandal drifted away from their accountabilibuddies.
Ronnie Floyd Just Quit His Powerful Role With the SBC
Reading Time: 7 minutes Ronnie Floyd tried his darndest, bless his li’l cotton socks, to pretend that the EC totally cared about the literal hundreds of victims that we knew about so far, thanks to secular journalists’ refusal to let the story die.
Toxic Christians’ Rationalizations for Dishonesty
Reading Time: 7 minutes Gosh, it seems like Christians universally understand that rationalizations are both destructive of their credibility and harmful to their very souls. So why do their toxic brethren still constantly rationalize their hypocrisy?
Josh Duggar and His Entirely Unsurprising Child Porn Charges
Reading Time: 11 minutes Hi and welcome back! Last night, we got the news that Josh Duggar — eldest ultra-evangelical son of ultra-evangelical Quiverfull-type parents — had just been arrested. No charges had been filed yet, but no bail had been set, either. Well, we found out today what the charges were: possession of child porn. I hope nobody’s […]
Evangelicalism: Where Aaron Long Learned to Destroy His Temptations
Reading Time: 8 minutes Hi and welcome back! In the wake of yet another mass shooting, unsettling and unsurprising details have emerged about the person responsible, Aaron Long. It turns out he’s one of many evangelical men who get taught to literally destroy anything that tempts them, rather than learning to manage himself and take responsibility for himself. In […]
Jerry Falwell, Jr. and the Morality That Created Him
Reading Time: 8 minutes Jerry Falwell, Jr. is a product of his culture, completely and through-and-through. Today, let me show you the morality that created this mess of a human being.
How J.D. Greear’s ‘Evangelism Ethos’ Is Going For the SBC
Reading Time: 9 minutes Hi and welcome back! Today, our presses got stopped cold by some breaking news from the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC). It seems that last year, they suffered their single worst drop in membership in a century! The news follows the denomination’s struggles with money, an ongoing sex abuse scandal, constant revelations of sexism and racism […]
One Denomination to Rule Them All (Won’t Happen)
Reading Time: 10 minutes Hi and welcome back! Lately, we’ve been reviewing a classic 2005 evangelical book, The Scandal of the Evangelical Conscience. In it, author Ronald J. Sider tried his darndest to convince evangelicals to start obeying their own rules. In this installment, I’ll show you a totally-out-of-left-field suggestion of his from Chapter 4. See, he wanted churches to […]
Fixing Evangelicals’ Broken Authoritarianism
Reading Time: 10 minutes Recently, we encountered Ronald J. Sider’s 2005 evangelical classic, The Scandal of the Evangelical Conscience. In it, the author explored what he viewed as evangelicals’ signal failure: their utter unwillingness even to pretend to care about what Jesus told them to do during their finite lifetimes. However, Sider offered a downright galaxy-brained solution to this terrible problem. Indeed, he was completely positive that this solution would totally fix everything. Yes, truly! Today, I’ll show you how Ronald J. Sider totally and permanently solved the problem of evangelical hypocrisy through the simple magic of authoritarianism.
A Taste of Accountability for Jim Bakker
Reading Time: 8 minutes His sky is falling, and we’re here for it. Today, let me show you what happened to poor widdle Jim Bakker, and why it’s so important.