The type of thinking that results in the distorted mindset represented by the Harrises is alive and unwell in some parts of Christian culture. As you write, "legalism is a poison that corrodes faith, emotional health, and relationships, and invariably enables abuse. Tragically, it’s a poison that has pervaded Christianity in recent decades" Our daughter was subject to this kind of abuse when, during college, she joined a church that mirrors the one you describe. Thankfully, she got out in time and went on to attend medical school, which was her dream. Mark Twain said that once a cat has jumped on a hot stove it will never jump on a hot stove again. Or a cold stove. Our daughter has not joined a church since this toxic experience.

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