Yoke of Bondage Wayne Hamburger
MASON'S OPINIONS ON CULTS AND RELIGIOUS ABUSE
"Evil that thrives in this world is not so much caused by those who are evil as it is by good men and women who say or do nothing when their opinion should be voiced and action should be taken."
WE WANT PEOPLE TO HAVE THE INFORMATION THAT THEY NEED TO MAKE WISE CHOICES. WE ENCOURAGE EVERYONE TO QUESTION EVERYTHING AND USE THE CRITICAL DISCERNMENT SKILLS THAT GOD HAS GIVEN YOU A MIND FOR. DO NOT LET OTHERS DO YOUR THINKING FOR YOU IF YOU ARE AN ADULT. KEEP AN OPEN MIND AND GET YOUR OWN ANSWERS FOR YOURSELF.
WE ARE NOT UNDER THE OLD
TESTAMENT LAWS WHERE THEY HAD TO HAVE A PRIEST GO BEHIND THE VEIL FOR THEM.
JESUS CHRIST IS THE HIGH PRIEST THAT SPLIT THAT VEIL OF THE
IF YOU ARE A WOMAN AND ARE MARRIED, YOU SHOULD CONSIDER WHAT YOUR HUSBAND HAS TO SAY. OUR HUSBANDS ARE OUR POINT MEN; WHICH IS WHAT THE WORD HEAD ACTUALLY MEANS.
IF YOU ARE A MAN, YOU SHOULD ALSO CONSIDER WHAT YOUR WIFE HAS TO SAY. THERE IS NEITHER MALE NOR FEMALE IN CHRIST. ULTIMATELY, THE LORD IS THE HEAD OF THE BODY OF WHICH WE ARE IF WE HAVE BEEN BORN AGAIN AND BAPTIZED INTO CHRIST.
HE DIED FOR THIS FREEDOM AND WE ARE ADMONISHED BY PAUL IN:
Galatians 4:31-5:4 (NIV)
Therefore, brothers, we are not children of the slave woman, but of the free woman. [5:1] It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.
 Mark my words! I, Paul, tell you that if you let yourselves be circumcised,(or any other law) Christ will be of no value to you at all.  Again I declare to every man who lets himself be circumcised (or any other law) that he is obligated to obey the whole law.  You who are trying to be justified by law have been alienated from Christ; you have fallen away from grace.
My name is Wanda Mason and in my opinion, religious abuse is the worst kind of abuse because unless a person has a very strong faith to begin with, it can be destroyed. In many cases, religious abuse includes physical and sexual abuse. If a person is physically or sexually abused (outside the church), they can turn to God and the Church for help. However, when the representatives of God and His church are the ones that caused the pain and loss, where do you turn for help and restoration? A person loses confidence in the very thing that should have been there to help them.
Opinions are a dime a dozen or so they say. Most people have an opinion and we certainly do not all agree. However, I believe, especially in my case, that I would be doing a disservice if I did not speak out.
Sometimes there is a price to pay for being honest but it's worth it if you want to see others set free. My opinions and honesty have gotten me into trouble many times and I've paid a price but as a child of God and an American, I have the right to say what I feel needs to be said. The truth is that some people don't want to be free. It's easier to have someone run your life in every area and then you don't have to take responsibility for yourself. However, it's a shame when they are taken in by lies and deception and are hooked before they know it. It's a shame when some guru or prophet tells them that God is speaking through them and then they are afraid to leave. I know. I've been there!
I feel that it is my obligation to speak out for freedom. I don't think a person that is born in a free country really appreciates their freedom until it has been taken from them in one way or another. In my case it was through mind control.
I've spent a lot of time in my life around religion. My father was a minister and I thank God for the years that I learned about God and the Bible. I am a Christian by choice but I spent many years of my life, after I left home, centered in Bible based churches; which I now believe to be cults. This is why I am speaking out for victims of this type of abuse.
There are some other links above left that might be of interest if you want to learn more on this subject.
This is a poem that I wrote after my "deprogramming" and being "Set Free."
I've been held a prisoner, in a cell with man-made bars
The load was placed upon my back, the stripes are man-made scars
I thought it was God's own making, these prison doors, you see
I thought it was God's own plan, Never, could I be free!
My love for Him so pure, that nothing could deter
Passively submit to Him or His mighty wrath incur!
One day I knocked upon the door to ask, "What's right or wrong?"
To my surprise, Astonishment! It was open all along!
I came home with Posttraumatic Stress Syndrome and I have seen many coming out of abusive churches with the same thing. I have seen how much our children have suffered and were hurt from the cult-like environment that shaped their early years and I know that someone needs to stand up and speak out to save others from going through this religious abuse. Robert Mason