If you have followed my blog for any length of time (or know me personally), you will know that I am ex-IFB. However, sometimes, like this morning, I feel a bit down and disoriented and think perhaps it might be comforting to go back. Then several solid reasons why not present themselves:
1. Anti-intellectualism. The attitude of, "you are trusting in your brain," or rants against "scholars" in "ivory towers."
2. Prohibition against independent thought. I like how Camille Lewis put it: it's a passive-aggressive attitude of "if you don't agree with us why do you want to be here?"
These two suggested themselves immediately. The following came as I considered the first two.
3. Lack of formal church discipline. Without it, the pastoral staff can treat members however they want with no due process.
4. The ministry mill. If you don't get involved and serve here, there, and over here, you aren't doing anything for God. Often referred to as "getting plugged in." Family time? Bring them along, or sacrifice it for God. Friendships and fellowship? Happens best while you are working in ministry.
5. Empty preaching. Many times it is obvious the pastor wrote an outline and then filled in the Scripture. Almost always topical, Scriptures are combined in new and interesting ways often without regard for context. Many times after an initial Scripture reading the Bible is not opened again.
It all amounts to a virtual "strip-mining" of the Christian. The thing is, an ounce of self-awareness would engender the self-respect and logical thinking to get out from under it.
You who say not all IFB churches are this way: I don't know that I agree with you. At least for the ones that are KJVO. Anti-intellectualism and prohibition against independent thought are part of the woof and warp of KJVOism. If you don't believe me, try to get a KJVO to read literature arguing against KJVOism.