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Is it sinful to celebrate Halloween?
I grew up in a little fundamentalist community, one in which any mention of Halloween was met with a hellfire and brimstone sermon about how trick or treating would send you to hell. It may come as no surprise that my parents forbade my sister and I from telling people that we did, in fact, go trick or treating.
My parents believed that Halloween was a harmless holiday that was purely for fun. It had no spiritual bearing. Because everyone else hyped their concerns up so much, we’d often facetiously say, “Man, I hope I don’t end up a child sacrifice tonight” as we walked out the door in our costume…
Today I am over at Godwatch Live today talking about Christian purity culture, abuse, and shame.
“Is Christian purity culture robbing people of intimacy through shame? Rebecca refuses to sit back while people suffer.”
If you enjoyed this interview and would like to buy a copy of The Scarlet Virgins, you can get a physical or digital copy off of Amazon:
On 6/23/2017 Rebecca was interviewed by Thomas Umstattd Jr on The Bridge in Austin, TX. Listen here to the audio of there exchange, where they discuss the way legalistic Purity Culture elevates sex and a false idea of “purity,” and buries the Gospel.
Here they are the links to the audio: Listen in iTunes or online:
For more bonus content and to get your copy of Rebecca Lemke’s “The Scarlet Virgins” – visit scarletvirgins.com or amazon:
“After being raised in legalistic purity culture, Rebecca experienced the loss of many friends walking away from the Christian faith. In this episode, she details her journey in dealing with friends apostatizing and what she has learned to do (and what not to do) when this happens.”
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For more bonus content and to get your copy of Rebecca Lemke’s “The Scarlet Virgins” – visit scarletvirgins.com or buy directly from Amazon:
It is a great honor for me to announce that my first book, The Scarlet Virgins, is now available for purchase in digital format. If you were raised in purity culture, legalism, fundamentalism, and spiritual abuse, this is the book for you!
Here is the synopsis:
“A chewed up piece of gum.”
These cringe-worthy phrases from Christian purity culture ingrained themselves in the minds of the impressionable youth of my generation. Fearing the destruction of their children’s bodies and souls as the world around them became caught up in pushing a progressive sexual agenda, our parents and thought leaders rose up and sought to fight back against the lewdness and promiscuity surrounding us.
Unfortunately, their approach was entangled with fear and pain, going so far as to criminalize all forms of affection. This bore fruit of unprecedented physical, mental, and spiritual consequences as our worth and identity were found in what we did and didn’t do sexually, not in Christ and His sacrifice for us. The heavy-handed and legalistic emphasis on sexual-purity-at-all-costs left a legacy of emotional and spiritual devastation in its wake that follows many even into adulthood.
This book takes a vulnerable look at these issues through the eyes of someone who experienced it firsthand. It seeks to identify what purity culture got wrong and bring peace to the hearts of those whom it has wounded so deeply, by exposing the truth: It is Christ who makes us pure.
You can purchase the book here: Buy The Scarlet Virgins
For those wanting to get a physical copy, please allow another week or two for us to have those available. If you would like a signed copy, please email me at Rebecca@newcrunchymom.com.
Hi lovely readers!
I am so pleased to announce that the podcasts we were planning to release on the 27th are already done and processed, so we are surprising you with an early release! <3
These podcasts are bonus content for my upcoming book, The Scarlet Virgins (the release date for that is the 1st)! This is a book on purity culture, legalism, and spiritual abuse. The premise is that purity is good, but we should not make an idol out of it and it should always point us back to Christ.
Episodes for this podcast include things like “Ladies who Lust”, “Everything wrong with ‘I Kissed Dating Goodbye'”, “Healing Wounds”, “Singleness and Relationships”, “Modesty”, “Mindset in Marriage”, “Pornography and Purity”, “Apostasy in Purity Culture”, and many more!
Here is how you can help:
If you have an iTunes account, please go RIGHT NOW and subscribe and download every episode. (use this link) There are twelve episodes total, but you may only see six until you subscribe. You don’t have to listen to any of them, but this will help me out tremendously.
Why? Because if enough people do this, I can get in New and Noteworthy (which I will stay in for anywhere between 2-8 weeks) and raise more awareness for the book! 🙂
If you’d like to go the extra mile, please listen to an episode or two and then rate and review the podcast.
Thank you so much everyone! I couldn’t ask for a better support system. <3