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Why Christians Need to Be in Content Creation

“If all the world were Christian, it might not matter if all the world were uneducated. But, as it is, a cultural life will exist outside the Church whether it exists inside or not. To be ignorant and simple now — not to be able to meet the enemies on their own ground — would be to throw down our weapons, and to betray our uneducated brethren who have, under God, no defense but us against the intellectual attacks of the heathen. Good philosophy must exist, if for no other reason, because bad philosophy needs to be answered.”

C.S. Lewis, The Weight of Glory and Other Addresses (MacMillan, 1980), 28.

 

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A Time to Speak Out

Recorded via livestream, Rebecca discusses the importance of speaking out for Christians, things to consider when speaking out and interacting with people, and cautions against becoming what you are speaking out against.

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Examining the Debt Free Virgins Without Tattoos Article

Recorded via livestream, Rebecca does a running commentary on Lori Alexander’s (The Transformed Wife) “Debt-free Virgins” post. She discusses the content from a sociological and theological perspective and speaks out of her experience as a married mother in modern culture.

Christians Are Being Psychologically Re-programmed

Psychologically Programming Christians: What gay wedding cakes, Tullian Tchividjian, and POWs have in common.

Stay grounded in reality.

Stay grounded in Scripture.

Keep your wits.

Don’t succumb to the programming.

Genesis from The Beginning – Live-streaming with my Husband

My husband and I started live-streaming together a couple weeks ago. We are going through Genesis from the beginning and talking about it based on our areas of expertise. His is biology, science, and laymen level theology, mine being sociology, mythology, and human sexuality.

We both are also big on foreign languages so we have backgrounds in Greek (him) Hebrew (both) and Latin (both). We tend to talk about things that are not discussed in mainstream when looking at the text, so if you like that sort of thing you can check out the first episode here. I hope to be moving over to solely working with my husband on content creation outside of my books, so I definitely recommend checking it out so you can get acquainted with him and the two of us collaborating! 🙂

On Abuse in the Pastoral Office, and What Happens After

I shared some thoughts today on Twitter that I want to round-up into a blog post here. There are several ongoing instances of former Pastors who have raped, sexually assaulted, and molested congregants of theirs. It some cases, they refused to step down. In others, they stepped down well after when they should have. And in many cases, the continue to talk about theology and teach online, despite their disqualifications.

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Abusers should not be given a pedestal/platform or power over anyone, ever.

It doesn’t matter how much they “get Jesus,” the demons “get Jesus” too. There is forgiveness, but it does not negate earthly consequences for actions.

Men who have disqualified themselves from ministry for sexual assault and sexual sins should not seek to have a platform, most especially in theology.

It is akin to a pedophile who lost his job as a school teacher and says, “You know what, I’m forgiven! Yay grace! I’m going to go do whatever *I* want!” And then goes to talk about whatever subject he taught previously with a microphone at a public park.

Just far enough away that he can’t get in trouble, but close enough he has access to prey on innocent children and their perception of him. Like a child getting an inch away from their sibling with their finger and yelling, “I’m not touching you!”

It is wrong.

And in reality, this has the potential of being infinitely more dangerous in the long run. It gives them even more power. Not only is it dangerous for them to be teaching theology given their lack of good judgement and morals, but it is even more dangerous than when they were in the pastoral office because there is 0 oversight.

Because of the way they market themselves, as broken people whose ministries are for other broken people, they are bound to be pulling in women who are vulnerable to their tricks because they have already been groomed by someone else.

When these types of guys try to privately talk to vulnerable women and escalate the conversation to inappropriate levels, they (the women) have no recourse. These men have social clout, even as they are liars and rapists and serial adulterers. When rapists are baptized by the hyper-grace movement it is clear who is and is not important.

Everything is about them, they are the victims, and nothing and no one else matters. That these men continue to pursue ministry after what they have done smacks of narcissism and their desire to “get away with it” which is what many have done, in reality, aided by people who cover them by saying Jesus forgave, why shouldn’t we?

A healthy body discriminates what kind of cells can grow, the extent to which they can grow, and where they can grow.

A healthy church should discriminate within its own body as to what kind of ideas can grow, to what extent, and where.

Ideas are not sterile. They all have consequences and we must be discerning and have careful forethought as to what those are. Many things that sound nice and harmless are, in reality, poison.

A dysfunctional body can have cells that grow too much and indiscriminately (cancer cells) or have a lack of appropriate cells, the wrong type, etc.

A church body can allow the lack of appropriate teachings or an overabundance of incorrect teachings via legalism or hypergrace (among others).

We should not, as the body of Christ, allow this dysfunction in within us. If it is not corrected, it will infect and rot the church.

We should not be worshipping celebrity pastors or disgraced celebrity pastors. We should not be worshipping the law or the concept of grace. We should be worshipping Christ

Fertility and Purity Culture

In this episode, Rebecca discussing the second most important part of a woman’s identity in purity culture: fertility.

If you would like to find more of Rebecca’s content like media appearances, more podcast episodes, and her book The Scarlet Virgins, you can go to www.scarletvirgins.com!

If you would like to support Rebecca in her journey and help her fund more books and other content, please consider becoming a patron over at https://www.patreon.com/RebeccaLemke

https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/the-scarlet-virgins/e/55824290?autoplay=true

Feet of Clay

Sorry guys, I have fallen off the wagon sharing the latest podcast episodes. This one is from last Friday.

“In this episode, Rebecca discusses Christians searching for earthly authority figures.

She talks about why we shouldn’t try to replace God or add to his word and that we should have a discerning mind when it comes to the people we listen to.

If you would like to find more of Rebecca’s content like media appearances, more podcast episodes, and her book The Scarlet Virgins, you can go to www.scarletvirgins.com!”

Listen Online: https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/the-scarlet-virgins/e/55723303?autoplay=true

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Podcast Episodes #44 and #45

#44 - Pain and Anger as a Blessing
In this episode, Rebecca discusses how our pain and anger from our experiences can actually be a blessing.

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#45 - Which is Worse, Promiscuity or Purity Culture?
In this episode, Rebecca discusses the ways in which promiscuity and purity culture both lead us away from God, sometimes in very similar ways.

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If you would like to support Rebecca in her journey and help her fund more books and other content, please consider becoming a patron over at https://www.patreon.com/RebeccaLemke

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