Street Lights and Salvation: An Exodus from the Christian Anti-Science Movement

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By Eve Stewart Editor Note: This is a guest post from Eve Stewart, a dear friend of our oldest daughter, Anya. Eve was raised in an Evangelical, inerrantist tradition and was homeschooled using Classical Christian methods and materials. Eve has written a powerful article about her experiences being raised in that atmosphere as well as …

The Brother’s Tale: Part Twenty of My Life Inside the Narrowgate Cult at Messiah College

Editor’s Note: This is the first of several entries written by outsiders – that is to say, by those who were friends or family members of Narrowgate members. They can convey far more effectively than I the thoughts, feelings, and emotions experienced when a loved one is in a cult. This particular entry is written …

Epilogue: Part Nineteen of My Life Inside the Narrowgate Cult at Messiah College

As I mentioned in an earlier entry, we left Narrowgate – but Narrowgate never actuallyleft us. When Emma and the Baby went back to Enola to stay with Liam, Pooky and I wereonce again alone in our own apartment. That would not last long: Emma and the babycame back after only a week or two. …

The End: Part Eighteen of My Life Inside the Narrowgate Cult at Messiah College

On Monday February 24, 1997, Pooky, Emma and her baby arrived at our apartment in downtown Mechanicsburg. Though they were worn out from the long drive, they requested a meeting with the rest of the group in Shippensburg at 9:00 PM.  They wanted to share what they had experienced and learned since they left a …

Dear Misogynist

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“We’re the same,”You claim,“No privilege in this game”Humility is your middle name.Yet you holdThat God has different ”roles”For our souls—Yours to lead,Mine to follow.I swallowedYour hollowTheory for a bitTill I saw through your sh!tAnd called you on it.I quitThis charadeyou have madeFrom the words that you bentIn that holy testament.I’ll speak,I’ll lead,I’ll preach,And I’ll breach,All …

Rose’s Tale: Part Seventeen of My Life Inside the Narrowgate Cult at Messiah College

Editor Note: This is Rose's story. This was compiled from several interviews, and shared with her permission. I attended my first Narrowgate meeting in the fall of 1994. I was a new Freshman at Messiah, and wasn’t adapting to college life the best. Two people had invited me to check out Narrowgate, and so I …

A Harsh Rebuke from Oakwood Baptist Church; an Even Harsher Counter-Rebuke

A rather momentous anniversary today. One year ago I (Megan) made this super-controversial post in order to warn a local congregation that a convicted child molester was preaching at their church: Within the day, Dom also sent a detailed email to the pastor there with all the pertinent documentation and provided contact info for the …

Oliver’s Tale: Part Sixteen of My Life Inside the Narrowgate Cult at Messiah College

Editor Note: This is Oliver's story.  It includes his journal which was written in February of 1997, as well as his personal journey over the past 25 years. This was written in his own words and shared with his permission.  My account of the surreal week in Feb 1997 when the Narrowgate cult disintegrated. It …

Hands

by Megan Benninger *CW: sexual abuse There is blood on your hands, hands that took what they wanted, Spread her legs, grabbed her breasts, broke her heart. Said you’re sorry, of course. Spent some time behind bars. She forgave you, yet she never heals. What right did you have to play with my kids, with …