My name is Bonnie Clark. I have been in churches all of my life and also attended a Christian high school. Although I have experience with many denominations, my predominant upbringing has been Southern Baptist. I have also held many leadership positions in the church, including Sunday school teacher for high school age and later for the young adults’ class. I have been both a solo guitarist for communion and prayer services as well as lead guitarist in many praise bands and have been a worship leader. I have also been ordained as a deacon in the Presbyterian Church.
I’ve attended Oral Roberts University, Denver Metropolitan State College, and, after I was married, tried to continue my education at a local Community College; my major in those schools was Psychology. In the summer of 2014, I returned to college and now have a Bachelors of Arts degree in Biblical Studies with a minor in Christian Leadership. I’ve been fully trained in Evangelism and also have taken a 16-hour specialized course in how clergy are to deal with Domestic Violence. In March of this year, I became a fully ordained minister. Currently I am taking a class for chaplaincy.
My burden has always been for the lost and my desire has always been to serve Jesus Christ my Lord in whatever way he desires.
Although I have been hurt by churches before, in April of 2014 I suffered the ultimate betrayal by a pastor and the church leadership. Since then I have suffered tremendously in ways that I will not go into right now, but I will say it has not been a fun journey but it has certainly been an educational one. Slowly but surely, I am healing.
I hold no bitterness, but I do hold a deep curiosity of why these things happen in our churches. I want to know and understand why Christians are leaving the Church by the droves and why so many church leaderships have failed to remain true to God’s word. I have a genuine desire to understand how some Christians can so easily look the other way while their fellow Christian is being wronged. I also have a burning compassion for those who have been wounded in church and a desire to encourage them in their journey and relationship with God. Included in that is a desire to make more church members aware of what may be going on around them and what their own responsibilities are on policing church leaders.
I also want to research more deeply, not only the psychological trauma that can spiritually occur, but also the legal protection that church members do and do not have from the State. No one expects for their church environment to be dangerous or to be in danger in church, but it happens over and over again. Why?
So that is about me. If you have any questions feel free to drop me an email. I hope you find this ministry helpful, informative, and more than anything, a way to share your voice and strengthen your relationship with God so that He will be praised.
What I Believe
About the Holy Bible:
I believe the Bible consists of both the Old and New Testament. It was given to the human writers through Divine inspiration from God. I believe that Bible is authored by God.
Romans 15:4; 16:25-26; 2 Timothy 3:15-17; Hebrews 1:1-2; 4:12; 1 Peter 1:25; 2 Peter 1:19-21.
One True God: God the Father
I believe that there is only one true God and that he is the Infinite Creator and Supreme ruler of earth and all of space. God reveals Himself to us through the Trinity; Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Each of the Trinity has their own personal attributes but is in full harmony with each other and there is no division among them.
Genesis 1:1; 2:7; Exodus 3:14; 6:2-3; Ephesians 4:6; Colossians 1:15; 1 Timothy 1:17
1 John 5:7.
God the Son: Jesus Christ
Jesus is the eternal Son of God incarnate. He was born of a virgin and was crucified as a substitute for mankind in order to restore relationship with God the Father. By his crucifixion, death, and resurrection, he has provided mankind eternal life and rescue for eternal destruction. All one needs to do is accept him as their Savior. By accepting Him as Lord we are receiving redemption from sin that He provided for us on the cross.
Gen. 18:1-33; Isaiah 7:14; Isaiah 53:1-12; Matt. 3:17; 8:29; 11:27; Romans 1:3-4; 3:23-26; 5:6-21; 8:1-3, 34; 10:4
God the Holy Spirit:
The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of God and is fully divine. He convicts people of sin, He endows and enlightens believers in proclaiming God’s Word, in worship, and in our service to Him. He exalts Jesus Christ.
Genesis 1:2; Judges 14:6; Isaiah 61:1–3; Hebrews 9:8,14; 2 Peter 1:21; 1 John 4:13; 5:6- 7; Revelation 1:10; 22:17.
The Fall of Man
I believe that God created man and woman into a perfect world without sin. But because God gave man and woman the freedom of choice, they chose to sin and the consequences of such are evident, as we are all sinners. The only way to have a restored relationship with God is through His Son, Jesus Christ.
Genesis 1:27; Genesis 1:3; Genesis 3:6-24; Isaiah 53:6; Isaiah 6:5; Matthew 16:26; Acts 17:26-31; Romans 1:19-32;
“Salvation involves the redemption of the whole man, and is offered freely to all who accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, who by His own blood obtained eternal redemption for the believer. In its broadest sense salvation includes regeneration, justification, sanctification, and glorification. There is no salvation apart from personal faith in Jesus Christ as Lord.
A. “Regeneration, or the new birth, is a work of God's grace whereby believers become new creatures in Christ Jesus. It is a change of heart wrought by the Holy Spirit through conviction of sin, to which the sinner responds in repentance toward God and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. Repentance and faith are inseparable experiences of grace.
Repentance is a genuine turning from sin toward God. Faith is the acceptance of Jesus Christ and commitment of the entire personality to Him as Lord and Savior.
B. “Justification is God's gracious and full acquittal upon principles of His righteousness of all sinners who repent and believe in Christ. Justification brings the believer unto a relationship of peace and favor with God.
C. “Sanctification is the experience, beginning in regeneration, by which the believer is set apart to God's purposes, and is enabled to progress toward moral and spiritual maturity through the presence and power of the Holy Spirit dwelling in him. Growth in grace should continue throughout the regenerate person's life.
D. “Glorification is the culmination of salvation and is the final blessed and abiding state of the redeemed. Genesis 3:15; Exodus 3:14-17; 6:2-8; Matthew 1:21; 4:17; 16:21-26; 27:22-28:6; Luke 1:68-69; 2:28-32; John 1:11-14,29; 3:3-21,” (SBC, n.d.,).
I believe that God created human life and that it to be valued from conception to its physical end. I believe that God made each human life to have the need for Him within their spirits. Also that each person is to care and look after each other.
Psalms 139:13; Jeremiah 1:5; Matthew 22:37-39; Romans 12:20-21;
"The Bible teaches that at Christ's return the dead will be raised (Dan 12.2; John 11:24-25; 1 Cor 15). Both the righteous and the wicked will be raised; however, the chronology of this event is set forth differently by various millennial perspectives.
The statement on the resurrection of the dead is followed by the theme of final judgment. Jesus Christ will judge the living and the dead (John 12:47ff; Acts 17:31). We must be careful, as believers, not to misunderstand the nature of this judgment or fear the possibility that a true believer could be eternally condemned. The judgment of believers is for the purpose of bestowing degrees of reward
(1 Cor 3:12-15).
The last judgment involves also the eternal state of unbelievers. Those who do not know God through his Son will enter into eternal punishment. Hell is a place where the unsaved will experience eternal conscious punishment.
In recent years some evangelical theologians have denied that there will be eternal conscious punishment of unbelievers; however, the scriptural evidence for eternal punishment is overwhelming.
The doctrine of hell is a "tough" doctrine that should fill our hearts with pain and compassion for the multitudes that do not know our Lord. The contemplation of eternal punishment should be an incentive to aggressive evangelism and world missions.
The confession concludes with a pronouncement of the glories of heaven.
Believers will live eternally with God in a new heaven and a new earth. John put it this way - "Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away" (Rev 21:1).
We believe that Jesus Christ will return because he promised that he would.
At the time of his return, every sacrifice we may have made for his kingdom will melt into insignificance as we enter into eternity with our Savior. Every longing that we as believers have had to see our Lord's face will be realized.
When we see him, we shall be like him (1 John 3:2), and we will fall on our faces to worship the one "who loves us and freed us from our sins by his blood" (Rev 1:5b). At that time arguments over the millennium will be irrelevant as we cry out "to him be glory and power forever and ever" (Rev 1:6b)" (SBC, 2017).
(SBC, (n.d.) Southern Baptist Convention > the Baptist Faith and Message>Salvation. Retrieved 31 Aug 2017, from: http://www.sbc.net/bfm2000/bfm2000.asp.
SBC, (2017) Last things - Baptist Faith & Message, Article 10 - Baptist2Baptist. Retrieved 9 Sep 2017, from: http://www.baptist2baptist.net/b2barticle.asp?ID=253.
This ministry has multi-objectives in its missions:
The mission of the The Voices of the Thrown Away Christians (aka: Thrown Away Christians) is to provide a platform for those people who have been spiritually, physically, mentally and emotionally wounded by their church family through personal interviews (anonymous or otherwise), or to read their stories for the public to hear. The purpose is to make Christians, Church Members, and others to become aware of what is going on in their midst at many churches today.
By doing this it will also help those who have been spiritually harmed to learn to trust God again, to trust their own God-given instincts, and to give their pain validation. They need to know that they are not alone.
The 2nd goal of this ministry is to help those who have lost their relationship with God to come back to Him – not necessarily institutionalized churches.
The 3rd goal of this ministry is to present the Bible in an accurate hermeneutical way in order to understand how biblical Scriptures correctly apply to us in today’s world.
Another goal is to help educate Christians – wounded or not – about the laws of Church-State separation, their constitutional and legal rights, and to revisit the pros and cons of separation of the church and state. Different legal issues will be explored.
Also, the mission of this ministry is to obey the Great Commission (Matthew 28:16-20) and share the Gospel of Christ with others.
Mission Statement Addendum:
When we quit going to church, often we quit being spiritually fed. My hope first, is that everyone can find an honest church that not only teaches the true Word of God, but that lives it and is a true example of Jesus. Christian fellowship can be a wonderful thing - but if you've been hurt by a church - you desire honest, real Christian's to fellowship with and not "holier than thou" or fakes. Some of you may have too much lack of trust to try another church and I honestly believe that is the church's fault and not yours.
My hope then is that you may be spiritually fed at this website and by this ministry, The Bible speaks about the importance of being continually spiritually fed as we mature in Christ. One way to do this is by just reading the Word of God as much as you can. There are many ministries out there that feed people but you have to be careful that you do not become the victim of a false prophet (teacher) - and there are many of those out there; some very famous ones.
Here from my little corner of the world I offer you some Bible studies and devotions that can help feed you as well. It is my desire for you to use these Bible studies to help you grow in the Spirit which will strengthen you and help you mature.
The Bible states:
"For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the basic principles of the oracles of God. You need milk, not solid food, 13 for everyone who lives on milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, since he is a child. 14 But solid food is for the mature, for those who have their powers of discernment trained by constant practice to distinguish good from evil" (ESV, Hebrews 5:12-14).
"...and all ate the same spiritual food, 4 and all drank the same spiritual drink. For they drank from the spiritual Rock that followed them, and the Rock was Christ" (ESV, I Corinthians 10:3-4).
"Like newborn infants, long for the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow up into salvation— 3 if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is good" (ESV, I Peter 2:2).
"'And I will give you shepherds after my own heart, who will feed you with knowledge and understanding'" (Jeremiah 3:16).
I pray that everyone takes the importance of spiritual growth seriously. It really will help you to heal from your wounds as well. Even though many churches don't show and practice the love of Christ in a true way - God does and He will never let you down.
Rev. B. C.