This page offers a brief introduction about me and about why I am making this information public. This information will be brief and to the point. I can’t give a lot of details about me because I still have family and many good friends who are involved with this type of church and I don’t want to risk hurting those relationships.
My name is Steve Sorenson. I was born and raised in the Independent Fundamental Baptist church. I was part of their abusive traditions for over 25 years. My family went to church every time the doors were open. We were there for Sunday school, Sunday morning service, Sunday evening service, Wednesday evening prayer meeting/youth group, and Thursday evening evangelism. I grew up believing that I had to act, dress, behave, talk and sing a certain way in order to be accepted by God. I had to sing their music, read their books, study their literature, play the sports they deemed were appropriate, and use only the KJV or else I was considered a rebel unworthy of the title Christian. Nothing I did was ever good enough. I believed that I had to be perfect in order for God to like me.
We went to a big church that also had a Christian school so I received the same messages about myself and God at school from pre-kindergarten through 12th grade. I was physically and emotionally abused by teachers, class mates and church staff for many years. I was called names and paddled for almost no reason at all. I felt like I was walking on egg shells the whole time. I was never allowed to explore the real me. I had to be who they wanted and expected me to be, basically a robot. I’m still struggling with who I am and who God made me to be.
Several years ago a friend introduced me to Max Lucado’s “In The Grip of Grace” which opened my eyes and began my recovery. I’m now continuing my recovery process while trying to help others who have come out of abusive churches.
The result of 25 years of spiritual abuse from this cult like denomination has lead me on a roller coaster ride of emotions and crises of faith. Never in my life have I experienced the grace of God like I did when I found out the truth regarding this denomination.
I never experienced the grace of God because the Independent Fundamental Baptist Denomination doesn’t teach the true Grace of God. Grace is equivalent to a curse word unless you were using it to describe salvation. They highly discourage any discussion on grace because they are afraid that grace will be used as an excuse to sin. They misinterpret Romans 6:1 and take it out of context to justify this fallacy.
My life experiences have forced me to study the scriptures, to know the Word of God and easily pick out doctrinal and interpretation errors. Now, I’m just an average person who decided to reject the false teachings of the Independent Fundamental Baptist church and start thinking and reading scripture for myself allowing the Holy Spirit to guide me and my understanding of the Word of God. I am no longer an “institutionalized” Christian.
What is an “institutionalized” Christian you may ask? An “institutionalized” Christian is a Christian who believes in the teachings of a particular church, denomination, or sect and places those teachings and traditions above the Word of God. The leaders of the Independent Fundamental Baptist denomination got their teachings from other IFB organizations who have gotten their teachings from other IFB organizations and so on. The teachings and traditions have been taught and passed down for so long that they are considered equal with the Word of God and are no longer questioned. No longer is the Independent Fundamental Baptist Denomination teaching the Bible. They are now teaching the Independent Fundamental Baptist Denomination traditions. They are being deceived and then turning around and deceiving others. It’s a vicious cycle and the hold is very strong.
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