Welcome to Free Indeed!

Welcome to Free Indeed: Where escapees from legalism are always welcomed with open arms!

Ten years ago, I escaped a very legalistic and destructive church. Some would call it a cult and they would not be incorrect. About five years ago, God put it in my heart to write about my experiences. You have arrived at the culmination of this vision.

I started this blog in the hopes of writing a book. This blog is my notepad and I will include ideas, brainstorming and even updates on my progress.

The book will chronicle my history in this church, beginning with accepting Christ and walking from a new Christian to a cult member to my ultimate escape. The purpose of writing my book is as such:

  1. This is self therapy. I am not expecting perfection, that is God’s job. I desire healing. Grace is both an instant work and a progressive work. Part of that work of healing is writing about it.
  2. I want to help others who have been trapped or are currently trapped in a cult or a legalistic “un-Christian” doctrine.
  3. I want to start a conversation about unhealthy teachings that grow into un-Christian doctrines of devils. I have met so many people and families that won’t go to church because they have been hurt inside the sanctuary of a so called Christian building.

My hope is that this book and blog will grow into a ministry. Thank you for reading and I look forward to your feedback and your prayers.

God bless you!

Jason

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Grace Changes Everything (Part 1)

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For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly before the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need. (Hebrews 4:15-16)

For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodlines and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age, looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself His own special people, zealous for good works. (Titus 2:11-14)

Here we have before us two glorious scriptures defining what grace is and what grace does. Grace is defined by my good friend Google as…

  • (in Christian belief) the free and unmerited favor of God, as manifested in the salvation of sinners and the bestowal of blessings.
  • a period officially allowed for payment of a sum due or for compliance with a law or condition, especially an extended period granted as a special favor.

So grace is unearned and is not especially something we can work for. Yet, some would seem to contradict the first scripture in Hebrews by the second in Titus. Grace teaches us that we should deny ungodliness and worldly lusts. Therefore, if we don’t always deny ungodliness and worldly lusts, then we have not received or earned grace. Some teach that if a person leaves Christ they were never saved in the first place.  I am not pretending to be a theologian on Calvinism vs. Armenian-ism. Nor do I want to start a debate on whether salvation is something you can lose. I merely want to define the Grace of God in this setting.

Is grace earned or is it a gift? Or is it both given and earned? The legalists will tell you it is given but can be forfeited at any time. Some will tell you it is given at salvation and can never be forfeited. I fall somewhere in between but definitely acknowledge it is an unearned gift. I don’t believe the Grace of God is like the grace period on an auto loan. I don’t believe it can be forfeited. I also don’t believe the Christian should take it for granted.

Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. (Philippians 2:12, NKJV)

If we are consumed with working out our own salvation, we simply won’t have time to work out our neighbor’s salvation. More to come soon. Please pray for me, my dearly beloved, that my heart will continue to be filled with the desire to expose the truth and mend the broken-hearted.

Thanks,

Jason

Why now? Why do it at all?

“Somebody, after all, had to make a start. What we wrote and said is also believed by many others. They just don’t dare express themselves as we did.” (Sophie Scholl, a German Antinazi activist, executed by the guillotine for treason against the Nazi regime.

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Why am I writing about a small, unimportant, so called Christian cult? At its strongest, New Testament Christian Church (NTCC) may have 20000 members worldwide. Who cares? There are congregations larger than that. The Mormons have millions of members. The Jehovas Witnesses have millions as well. Why Jason? Who will read? Who will care?

  1. The bottom line is, I am writing because I believe God told me to.
  2. I want to hear from others who have escaped hurtful churches or cults of any type! I want to minister to you and to be ministered by YOU!
  3. Many cults have a lot in common. I want to help anyone who needs to escape a cult.
    1. NTCC “encourages” its members to knock on doors for hours per week. So do the Mormons and JW’s.
    2. NTCC has a long list of legalistic rules that claim biblical sources but are thinly veiled control tactics. All cults do this.
  4. I want to publicize my escape plan!
  5. Someone, some day, may learn how to promote this cult and it could grow like a wildfire. If this happens, I stand ready to minister and warn anyone to run like a mad man!!
  6. I love to blog! I spent the last three plus years blogging about techie stuff on my job. It’s time to use my writing ability to glorify God.

 

“But the scripture has confined all under sin, that the promise by faith in Jesus Christ might be given to those who believe.” (Galatians 3:22, NKJV)