After growing up in a cultic sub-group of Christianity, Christy Lynne Wood abandoned her rules and twisted religion. But she couldn’t leave Jesus. Because in the middle of all the crazy, she met a Real and Living Being. Recognizing familiar religious lies in mainstream Christianity, Christy is on a hunt for truth. She invites you to join her weekly in looking for the Real God.
#57 It Was a Cult (S4E1)
Christy opens Season Four with a glimpse into her decade of life in a Christian cult. After three seasons, she actually names the organization she was part of and the leader they followed. Christy talks about what happened when she realized about eight years ago that it was indeed a cult and then began the process of deconstruction.
Deconstruction is difficult, but also necessary if we hope to reconstruct a correct view of God, Scripture, and ourselves. Christy encourages her listeners to give themselves grace as they do the difficult work of deconstruction.
Related Blog Posts:
The Cult Next Door (a documentary I was a part of)
Website detailing my cultic organization
"A Matter of Basic Principles" by Don Veinot
"When Narcissism Comes to Church" by Chuck DeGroat
"The Subtle Power of Spiritual Abuse" by David Johnson
#56 Longing for a Savior (S3E15)
Christy finishes Season Three by contemplating Advent and the birth of Christ in light of the year we've all just been through. She shares that going through the uncertainty and loss of 2020 has amplified her own longing for a Savior. We rejoice that Jesus came as a baby to live among us, show us God, die for our sins, and rise again. But, we are still living in a broken world full of pain and sadness and we still long for a Savior King to come and restore everything to the way it was meant to be.
Christy encourages her listeners to embrace the difficult emotions and strive to live in the tension of a broken world and a loving God who refuses to be our enemy.
#55 Heartbreaking Truth from an Unbeliever (S3E14)
In this episode and corresponding blog post, Christy shares her heart for the church inspired by an article she read written by an unbeliever. Hearing someone from the outside so clearly identify the problem with modern Christianity broke Christy's heart. The world looking on can see that the modern church cares more about making this world work than they do about following Jesus, but too often the church itself is blind. With passion and authenticity, Christy calls the Church back to her Savior.
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#54 Why Read the Bible? Pt 2 (S3E13)
Christy passionately shares her heart in this second part of Why Read the Bible. We don't read Scripture to get spiritual points with God or because we should, we read the Bible so that we will know the truth about God for ourselves. The world and even things that seem Christian are often full of lies, but Jesus is the truth that will set us free. And we will know the truth as we read the revelation that God has given us in His Word. It's not a magic formula to use, it's a Living Person to discover.
#53 Why Read the Bible? Pt 1 (S3E12)
Christy discusses the importance of reading Scripture for ourselves -- not as a magic formula to ward off evil but as a way to know truth. False teachers use the Bible to spread lies either because they are misinformed or because they have bad motives. How can we discern the truth if we aren't familiar with the Bible ourselves?
Sharing questions to help understand context, Christy tells a story from her recent life to illustrated what can go wrong if we try and apply the Bible before we understand what a passage is actually saying.
#52 How 2020 is Preaching the Gospel (S3E11)
Christy jumps into current evens by looking at this year that is 2020. Despite it seeming like everything is falling apart around us, Christy considers that maybe God is using the brokenness to share His true gospel with the world. The gospel is one of those things that should be foundational to Christianity, but even this has been twisted by religion and man-made tradition.
What if this year -- that appears to have come from hell -- actually came from a loving God who is calling His children home?
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Christy is the "Real Deal"
Refreshingly honest and straight forward. These discussions about who God really is, contrasted with what religion has made Him to be, are thought provoking and reassuring. I look forward to each episode. 🙂
Love the Woman - Love the Podcast!
I personally know and love this woman! God is doing powerful things through my sister in Christ! My favorite take-away from the podcasts thus far is the highlighting of the human tendency to create and cling to legalism. Adam and Eve "Hid & Did" as their first reaction to sin, but God's first reaction was to pursue his children. Great thing to remember.