Recently, Beth has sent me links to information on a few different weird religious movements. One is the New Apostolic Reformation, who were major sponsors of Rick Perry’s prayer rally. I don’t think there’s any evidence that Perry himself belongs to this group, but he seems to hold a lot of the same beliefs. Basically, the members of the New Apostolic movement believe they have to reclaim culture and government for God in order to win back the world from demonic influences.
Wait, isn’t God supposed to be omnipotent, and hence able to handle these things Himself? Apparently not. So why sponsor a rally to pray to a deity who isn’t even powerful enough to keep the demons out of popular culture? Seems rather futile to me. Anyway, this group is quite intolerant, and it’s not intolerance driven by ignorance, but rather the idea that tolerance of anything that doesn’t fit with they see as godly is a bad thing. They’ve also adopted the political ideology of the Tea Party, claiming to want limited government and an end to social programs. I’ve never quite understood how you could want a limited government AND a national ban on gay marriage, but there you go. In addition to the fact that I’m not sure it’s possible to be LESS Christ-like, this movement is also incredibly shallow, insisting that everyone play by their rules even if they don’t believe the same things. You can’t MAKE yourself believe in a particular religion if you just don’t find it feasible, and what good does it do for non-Christians to participate in mandatory prayer and proper Christian behavior if they don’t believe it? So the God of this movement has lost control of the entire world to Satan, and is more concerned with appearances than sincerity of belief. What the hell kind of supreme being IS this?
Another one she told me about last night is Dirty Girls Ministries, which is pretty much the opposite of what you might expect from the name. It’s actually meant to make women feel guilty about sexuality. The stated goal is to help women deal with “pornography and sexual addiction,” but the website doesn’t quite make clear what counts as “sexual addiction.” In this blog post, the creator takes issue with a magazine that presented her as being “on a crusade against female masturbation,” insisting that this isn’t true. On the other hand, she seems to have no objection to this New York Times article, which states, “The programs at Ms. Renaud’s group and at XXX Church diverge from secular sexual theory by treating masturbation and arousal as sins rather than elements of healthy sexuality. Emphasis is on recovering ‘sexual purity,’ in which thoughts of sex outside marriage are illicit.” Okay, I’m confused. Are you against female masturbation or not?
I would imagine that saying it’s a sin counts as being against it, right? So what’s her objection to the other article? Maybe it’s shallow of me, but I think this Crystal Renaud girl is kind of cute.
Maybe, with the right help, she’ll be able to overcome her addiction to hating sex. I’ll be sure to pray for her. :P