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David Benoit story

Hey guys, Enjoyed today’s podcast with Northworst, just wanted to share this David Benoit story after y’all mentioned him on the podcast. He came to the church I was attending in the 90’s to preach a conference on the evils for Rock music and Hollywood in general. The...

Recovering

My parents joined an IFB church in the late 80s when I was five years old.  I believe the church was started by a Bob Jones graduate about a decade before.  It held BJU in extremely high regard—i.e. the vast majority of staff at the church and its Christian school...

I became a stigma, and it changed my life.

I grew up in the home of an IFB preacher/pastor/prison missionary.  We had strict standards, attended a certain camp meeting 3 times a year. I had always heard that if you weren't IFB then you weren't right.  Not from my household, but from the preaching that I had...

From Fundamentalist to Nazarene

You guys have probably seen me blowing y'all up online (sorry for that), but I figured I'd still share my story in a more complete fashion. First off, I want to sincerely thank you guys for making your podcast. I cannot express how meaningful it has been to me, even...

Yeah, this looks familiar

I just followed your Twitter account today. I've been reading the stories on here from others. A lot of this looks familiar. I was enrolled at a Christian School when I was 12 years old (entering 7th grade). For 6 years, I was basically told to "follow the rules, or...

How Can I Help My Husband See the Light?

My husband and I have attended an IFB church since we got saved in our young adulthood, but for the last year or so I've been seeing more cracks appear in the paint. You just get an icky feeling about some of the things you hear and see in the church as they don't...

Thank you for clarification

I appreciate the clarification concerning the Schapp interview.  I never thought for a second that any of you guys condoned or minimized the abuse.  However, I do feel that Ken Schapp definitely minimized what his family did.  I understand the forgiveness, and that is...

I Still Struggle Today

For as long as I can remember I have grown up in an IFB church. I made my first profession of faith when I was 7, and then another time when I was about 10 or 11, and had some more professions of faith between 13-18, and then finally had is settled at 19 years old....

You formed the words I have struggled to…

I grew up in IFB. I went to the church, worked the bus ministry for 8 years from age 10-18, went to the Christian school at the church for 4 years, then did a year of Bible college because that’s what I was “supposed to do” as a young church kid. I even joined the...

Should I even write this…?

I cannot believe I’m even typing this right now. My heart is racing, and my stomach is turning.   I grew up in the IFB. The KJV was the only Bible, southern Gospel was the only music allowed, and knee length skirts and covered shoulders were the norm. Oh, yeah,...