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The Cult of Christianity

The Cult of Christianity

By John Verner
Hi there, friend.
My name is John Verner. I used to be a part of the largest cult in the United States. After studying the Bible, Christian history, and ministry, I set my sights on confronting the problematic nature of white evangelicalism in the United States. In 2019, I published my first book as a first step in addressing the subtle issues of this complex system. This podcast will continue that work under the same title. Welcome, to
The Cult of Christianity.


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Parsing Propaganda: Verner VS Verner I
John begins his summer series of critiquing his past Christian content. First up is his award winning sermon given at Moody Bible Institute's chapel. You can watch the video here if you'd like: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kj9eSHl4n_I&t=306s
51:38
June 21, 2022
ARTT 19: Good Grief
John talks about his struggles with grieving well since leaving the cult.  DISCLAIMER The purpose of my work is to share my perspectives on what I believe to be sound guidance. The advice I offer and concepts I refer to are based on my life experience and minimal study. I am not a licensed psychologist, medical doctor, or health care professional and nothing I post in any medium replaces the care of psychologists, doctors, or other healthcare professionals. The objective of A.R.T.T., and other content produced by TCOC, is to educate, inform, and therapeutically wonder, not to replace professional mental health help. No listeners are clients and I am not a therapist. Please seek other professional help if needed.
22:53
June 03, 2022
Season Two Finale! (Featuring Chris and Lilly)
We did it! John invites Lilly and Chris on to the chaotic conclusion of the 2nd season of The Cult of Christianity! Shoutouts, recaps, trivia, hate mail, unvaulted clips, and plenty of drinking, this episode is quite literally for sh!ts and giggles! Video is available exclusively on Spotify! Thanks everyone who listened this season and I'll talk to y'all soon! (If you're sad to see the weekly content be paused, feel free to subscribe for more content! At the time of this release, there are 35 more premium episodes, meaning you would double the number of episodes available to you with the click of a button, and for only $5 a month! Click here if you'd like to subscribe! https://anchor.fm/thecultofchristianity/subscribe)
02:13:47
May 08, 2022
ARTT 18: Toxic Positivity
John talks about navigating the residual effects of growing up in toxically positive Christian environments.  DISCLAIMER The purpose of my work is to share my perspectives on what I believe to be sound guidance. The advice I offer and concepts I refer to are based on my life experience and minimal study. I am not a licensed psychologist, medical doctor, or health care professional and nothing I post in any medium replaces the care of psychologists, doctors, or other healthcare professionals. The objective of A.R.T.T., and other content produced by TCOC, is to educate, inform, and therapeutically wonder, not to replace professional mental health help. No listeners are clients and I am not a therapist. Please seek other professional help if needed.
25:27
May 06, 2022
Parsing Propaganda: The Gospel Coalition VS Bo Burnham
John defends a more reasonable understanding of his favorite work of art from his favorite artist, Bo Burnham, The article, "Bo Burnham’s ‘Inside’: Ecclesiastes for the Internet Age" by Derek Buikema that was posted on this misinformation site, The Gospel Coalition, is shown to be a typical bastardized way of interpreting existential art, which evangelicals frequently employ, attempting to convince others that the need for their theology is universal. 
29:33
May 03, 2022
S2Ep18: Religious Freedom
John points out that freedom of religion seems to be a misnomer among Christian cultists. 
53:55
May 01, 2022
ARTT 17: Prejudice
A sick John does his best to not cough while describing how prejudices in the cult can make unlearning judgmental patterns difficult.  DISCLAIMER The purpose of my work is to share my perspectives on what I believe to be sound guidance. The advice I offer and concepts I refer to are based on my life experience and minimal study. I am not a licensed psychologist, medical doctor, or health care professional and nothing I post in any medium replaces the care of psychologists, doctors, or other healthcare professionals. The objective of A.R.T.T., and other content produced by TCOC, is to educate, inform, and therapeutically wonder, not to replace professional mental health help. No listeners are clients and I am not a therapist. Please seek other professional help if needed.
11:26
April 29, 2022
Parsing Propaganda: Dr. James Dobson VS The Family
In "Why Marriage and Family Matters Now More Than Ever," James Dobson complains about the multitudes of "attacks" on marriage and family. John points out how this perception of persecution is ridiculous and unfounded. 
26:42
April 26, 2022
S2Ep17: Determinism & Free Will
John monologues about the various issues of determinism and free, how the philosophical conundrum interacts with Calvinist theology, and why Christians are not predisposed to believe in autonomy.  
59:08
April 24, 2022
ARTT 16: Dating
John explores the difficulties in dating after leaving a religious cult. DISCLAIMER The purpose of my work is to share my perspectives on what I believe to be sound guidance. The advice I offer and concepts I refer to are based on my life experience and minimal study. I am not a licensed psychologist, medical doctor, or health care professional and nothing I post in any medium replaces the care of psychologists, doctors, or other healthcare professionals. The objective of A.R.T.T., and other content produced by TCOC, is to educate, inform, and therapeutically wonder, not to replace professional mental health help. No listeners are clients and I am not a therapist. Please seek other professional help if needed.
25:26
April 22, 2022
Parsing Propaganda: Bryan Chapell VS Preaching
While Bryan Chapell is one of the best preachers and most clever disseminators of structure and style to those studying preaching, John identifies how there is a fine line between good public speaking and intentional manipulation. This interview originally appeared in Preaching Magazine under the title, "Christ-Centered Preaching: An Interview with Bryan Chapell."
42:23
April 19, 2022
S2Ep16: Kidnapped By Christians (Featuring Fin)
John's friend, Fin, shares his wild story of being recruited, "trained," and psychologically maltreated, all in the name of becoming a Christian leader. The story gets more and more shocking as it goes on, and has a terrifying conclusion.  CW: This episode contains content that may be distressing to some listeners. Specifically in this episode, torture is mentioned, detailed, and/or discussed. This episode might be especially triggering for those who have experienced military boot camp or other psychologically intense occurrences. 
01:43:45
April 17, 2022
ARTT 15: Christian Strangers
John rambles on about what his interactions with strangers are like after they realize what his podcast is about.  DISCLAIMER The purpose of my work is to share my perspectives on what I believe to be sound guidance. The advice I offer and concepts I refer to are based on my life experience and minimal study. I am not a licensed psychologist, medical doctor, or health care professional and nothing I post in any medium replaces the care of psychologists, doctors, or other healthcare professionals. The objective of A.R.T.T., and other content produced by TCOC, is to educate, inform, and therapeutically wonder, not to replace professional mental health help. No listeners are clients and I am not a therapist. Please seek other professional help if needed.
27:52
April 15, 2022
Parsing Propaganda: John MacArthur VS "Evangelicals"
John on John hatred is spewed as Verner seeks to take down MacArthur's bastardized ideas of the problems with evangelicalism. "Is the Evangelical Movement Really "Evangelical"? by MacArthur is deconstructed and shown to be the most blatant propaganda dissected thus far. 
47:42
April 12, 2022
S2Ep15: Conversion Therapy (Featuring Lucas Wilson)
Lucas shares his unfortunate experiences of conversion therapy while attending Liberty University. John and Lucas zoom out and try to demonstrate how such a torturous practice can be normalized in the homophobic culture of evangelicalism.  CW: This episode contains content that may be distressing to some listeners. Specifically in this episode, therapy abuse, sexual assault, torture practices, and suicide are mentioned, detailed, and/or discussed.
01:21:38
April 10, 2022
ARTT 14: Opinionated
John describes how difficult being an opinionated person can be, especially after leaving the cult.  DISCLAIMER The purpose of my work is to share my perspectives on what I believe to be sound guidance. The advice I offer and concepts I refer to are based on my life experience and minimal study. I am not a licensed psychologist, medical doctor, or health care professional and nothing I post in any medium replaces the care of psychologists, doctors, or other healthcare professionals. The objective of A.R.T.T., and other content produced by TCOC, is to educate, inform, and therapeutically wonder, not to replace professional mental health help. No listeners are clients and I am not a therapist. Please seek other professional help if needed.
24:56
April 08, 2022
Parsing Propaganda: Louie Giglio VS Relevancy
John dissects an interview of Louie Giglio, demonstrating how he dodges personal accountability and claims his relevance to culture is the direct action of God. The interview is titled, "Louie Giglio: The Passion founder says he's no longer relevant." It was written by Tim Wyatt and published by Premier Christianity. 
32:20
April 05, 2022
S2Ep14: Catholicism and Protestantism (Featuring Patrick Gruber)
Patrick, long lost friend of John's, stops by to help compare and contrast the structure of the catholic church with the protestant movement. History, clergy, the bible, and general cultural behaviors are discussed, especially in light of the problematic tendencies of American evangelicalism. 
01:23:60
April 03, 2022
ARTT 13: Holidays
John talks about dealing with religious trauma around Christian holidays.  DISCLAIMER The purpose of my work is to share my perspectives on what I believe to be sound guidance. The advice I offer and concepts I refer to are based on my life experience and minimal study. I am not a licensed psychologist, medical doctor, or health care professional and nothing I post in any medium replaces the care of psychologists, doctors, or other healthcare professionals. The objective of A.R.T.T., and other content produced by TCOC, is to educate, inform, and therapeutically wonder, not to replace professional mental health help. No listeners are clients and I am not a therapist. Please seek other professional help if needed.
25:26
April 01, 2022
Parsing Propaganda: Tullian Tchividjian VS Himself
John grieves and examines Tchvidjian's blog titled, "I Once Was Found, But Now I'm Lost." Problematic patterns of narcissism are tied directly to his allegiance to the evangelical cult. 
27:39
March 29, 2022
S2Ep13: Intelligent Design (Featuring Dr. Fazale Rana)
John and Dr. "Fuz" discuss intelligent design, creationism, scientific skepticism, and how all of this relates to Christianity. If you'd like to learn more about Fazale, or buy one of his books, you can go to https://reasons.org/ Disclaimer: While no guest appearance is an endorsement of all views they hold, occasionally The Cult of Christianity will have guests with fundamental disagreements on, in order to engage the other side and/or further allow points to be illustrated. The views expressed by guests are their own and their presence on the podcast does not imply an endorsement of them, their statements, or any entity they represent.
01:37:34
March 27, 2022
ARTT 12: Forward Thinking
John explains what helps him have a forward thinking mindset after his cult life. DISCLAIMER The purpose of my work is to share my perspectives on what I believe to be sound guidance. The advice I offer and concepts I refer to are based on my life experience and minimal study. I am not a licensed psychologist, medical doctor, or health care professional and nothing I post in any medium replaces the care of psychologists, doctors, or other healthcare professionals. The objective of A.R.T.T., and other content produced by TCOC, is to educate, inform, and therapeutically wonder, not to replace professional mental health help. No listeners are clients and I am not a therapist. Please seek other professional help if needed.
23:55
March 25, 2022
Parsing Propaganda: RC Sproul Jr. VS Government Compliance
R.C. Sproul Jr. tries to convince people that his way of complying with the government is best, while John argues that Sproul simply wants you to comply with the Christian cult. "Is it ever right for Christians to disobey the government?" is dissected and ridiculed. 
32:20
March 22, 2022
S2Ep12: Humor (Featuring Dan Kapr)
John and Dan joke around and talk about how humor can be really fun, but also really toxic, both inside and outside of church. If you'd like to learn more about Dan, buy his book, or find his podcast, you can go to https://dankapr.com/ CW: This episode contains content that may be distressing to some listeners. Specifically in this episode, suicide is mentioned, detailed, and/or discussed.
01:20:12
March 20, 2022
ARTT 11: Independence
John explores what escaping the codependent mindset of the cult of Christianity feels like. DISCLAIMER The purpose of my work is to share my perspectives on what I believe to be sound guidance. The advice I offer and concepts I refer to are based on my life experience and minimal study. I am not a licensed psychologist, medical doctor, or health care professional and nothing I post in any medium replaces the care of psychologists, doctors, or other healthcare professionals. The objective of A.R.T.T., and other content produced by TCOC, is to educate, inform, and therapeutically wonder, not to replace professional mental health help. No listeners are clients and I am not a therapist. Please seek other professional help if needed.
24:07
March 18, 2022
Parsing Propaganda: Franklin Graham VS Cancel Culture
John mocks and dismantles the fear-stoking disinformation found in Franklin Graham's rant titled, "The Voice of God Can Never Be Canceled." 
34:46
March 15, 2022
S2Ep11: Mental Health II (Featuring Lilly)
From being acquainted, to trauma bonding, to becoming friends, to becoming literal twins, Lilly and John reunite to discuss mental wellness, especially as it relates to their cult upbringing.  CW: This episode contains content that may be distressing to some listeners. Specifically in this episode, suicide, death, and spiritual abuse are mentioned, detailed, and/or discussed.
01:30:43
March 13, 2022
ARTT 10: Body Image
John talks about body image, both personally and generally, as it relates to the cult of Christianity.  DISCLAIMER The purpose of my work is to share my perspectives on what I believe to be sound guidance. The advice I offer and concepts I refer to are based on my life experience and minimal study. I am not a licensed psychologist, medical doctor, or health care professional and nothing I post in any medium replaces the care of psychologists, doctors, or other healthcare professionals. The objective of A.R.T.T., and other content produced by TCOC, is to educate, inform, and therapeutically wonder, not to replace professional mental health help. No listeners are clients and I am not a therapist. Please seek other professional help if needed.
25:29
March 11, 2022
Parsing Propaganda: Max Lucado VS "Fear" of SARS-CoV-2
John juxtaposes an article titled, "Rattled by Trump’s COVID? Try the Bible’s anti-anxiety treatment" by Max Lucado, with an interview of him done about a year later titled, "Amid pandemic and personal struggles, Max Lucado finds peace in divine purpose." Subtle nods to white evangelicals are picked out and critiques of reimaginations of scripture are offered. 
30:07
March 08, 2022
S2Ep10: Narcissism (Featuring Radhia Gleis)
Author Radhia Gleis comes on the show to describe her experiences in the infamous cult depicted in the documentary, "Holy Hell." She shares the wisdom and education she has received about how Narcissism and Sociopathy operate within a cult context. You can learn more about her and buy her book at https://radhiagleis.com/ You can also watch the documentary through Amazon Prime here: https://tinyurl.com/y3udke48 CW: This episode contains content that may be distressing to some listeners. Specifically in this episode, various forms of abuse (emotional and sexual) are mentioned, detailed, and/or discussed.
01:53:16
March 06, 2022
ARTT 9: Rethinking Your Vocation
John describes what led him to studying to be a pastor, and how adjusting career path afterwards can be difficult.  DISCLAIMER The purpose of my work is to share my perspectives on what I believe to be sound guidance. The advice I offer and concepts I refer to are based on my life experience and minimal study. I am not a licensed psychologist, medical doctor, or health care professional and nothing I post in any medium replaces the care of psychologists, doctors, or other healthcare professionals. The objective of A.R.T.T., and other content produced by TCOC, is to educate, inform, and therapeutically wonder, not to replace professional mental health help. No listeners are clients and I am not a therapist. Please seek other professional help if needed.
28:09
March 04, 2022
Parsing Propaganda: Rick Warren VS Community
John tackles conversionism expert, Rick Warren, and the propaganda he espouses in the article titled, "What Does Biblical Community Look Like?"
29:08
March 01, 2022
S2Ep9: Christian College (Featuring Scott Okamoto and Chris)
Scott, from the podcast "Chapel Probation," comes by to discuss the ins and outs of what makes Christian Colleges toxic and cult-like. Chris and John compare their Moody experiences, as students, to Scott's APU experiences, as a professor. If you'd like to learn more about Scott, or listen to his amazing podcast, go to https://www.rscottokamoto.com/
01:36:49
February 27, 2022
ARTT 8: Putin Invades Ukraine
John grieves and reacts to the news of Ukraine being invaded by Putin. DISCLAIMER The purpose of my work is to share my perspectives on what I believe to be sound guidance. The advice I offer and concepts I refer to are based on my life experience and minimal study. I am not a licensed psychologist, medical doctor, or health care professional and nothing I post in any medium replaces the care of psychologists, doctors, or other healthcare professionals. The objective of A.R.T.T., and other content produced by TCOC, is to educate, inform, and therapeutically wonder, not to replace professional mental health help. No listeners are clients and I am not a therapist. Please seek other professional help if needed.
27:36
February 25, 2022
S2Ep8: BONUS Parsing Propaganda: Tim Keller VS Critical Race Theory
On this special free bonus episode of Parsing Propaganda, John reviews Keller's analysis of justice in our modern context. The article "A Biblical Critique of Secular Justice and Critical Theory" tries to argue that the bible is more fair than critical theories are, which John not only disagree with, but passionately shows how nonsensical and problematic Keller's thinking can be.  This is a free episode of the weekly show "Parsing Propaganda." If you'd like to hear more of this show, you can click here: anchor.fm/thecultofchristianity/subscribe
01:28:15
February 20, 2022
ARTT 7: The Political Pendulum
John explores how to navigate the political landscape, while recovering from the black and white programing of religious cults.  DISCLAIMER The purpose of my work is to share my perspectives on what I believe to be sound guidance. The advice I offer and concepts I refer to are based on my life experience and minimal study. I am not a licensed psychologist, medical doctor, or health care professional and nothing I post in any medium replaces the care of psychologists, doctors, or other healthcare professionals. The objective of A.R.T.T., and other content produced by TCOC, is to educate, inform, and therapeutically wonder, not to replace professional mental health help. No listeners are clients and I am not a therapist. Please seek other professional help if needed.
27:54
February 18, 2022
Parsing Propaganda: Francis Chan VS Hell
John rebuts Francis Chan's response to the question "Is It Really Important That You Emphasize Hell?" found on the Gospel Coalition website. 
32:00
February 15, 2022
S2Ep7: Marketing (Featuring John Follis)
Why not add more Johns to the mix? John Follis comes by to discuss his experience in marketing, including a wildly successful ad campaign for a church back in the 90s. The parallels between MLMs, churches, cult leaders, and pastors are all explored in depth. If you'd like to watch John's award winning documentary click here, https://topdocumentaryfilms.com/leaving-god/ 
01:28:07
February 13, 2022
ARTT 6: Anger, Bitterness, and Resentment
This week, John verbally process through the different negative emotions that come with feeling isolated and betrayed by your past, especially as it relates to religious cults.  DISCLAIMER The purpose of my work is to share my perspectives on what I believe to be sound guidance. The advice I offer and concepts I refer to are based on my life experience and minimal study. I am not a licensed psychologist, medical doctor, or health care professional and nothing I post in any medium replaces the care of psychologists, doctors, or other healthcare professionals. The objective of A.R.T.T., and other content produced by TCOC, is to educate, inform, and therapeutically wonder, not to replace professional mental health help. No listeners are clients and I am not a therapist. Please seek other professional help if needed.
26:47
February 11, 2022
Parsing Propaganda: Andy Stanley VS Your Money
John reacts to Andy Stanley's article found on Relevant magazine, "There’s More to Tithing Than Giving 10%." [Sorry about the audio quality, and that you can hear my cat, Louis, being a troublemaker in the background.]
15:57
February 08, 2022
S2Ep6: Divorce (Featuring Leslie the Lawyer)
Leslie Montanile comes on the show to discuss the taboo topic of divorce, and how power, love, and religion can complicate the process of a legal breakup. To learn more about Leslie, or to purchase her fantastic book, go to https://asklesliethelawyer.com/.
01:35:45
February 06, 2022
ARTT 5: Remembering Rituals
John reflects on how rituals used to mean something to him and how he misses some of that meaning.   DISCLAIMER The purpose of my work is to share my perspectives on what I believe to be sound guidance. The advice I offer and concepts I refer to are based on my life experience and minimal study. I am not a licensed psychologist, medical doctor, or health care professional and nothing I post in any medium replaces the care of psychologists, doctors, or other healthcare professionals. The objective of A.R.T.T., and other content produced by TCOC, is to educate, inform, and therapeutically wonder, not to replace professional mental health help. No listeners are clients and I am not a therapist. Please seek other professional help if needed.
24:30
February 04, 2022
Parsing Propaganda: Matt Chandler VS Christmas
John dissects a seemingly inconspicuous article written by Matt Chandler, "We Fall for the Feeling of Christmas." found on desiringgod.org.
24:52
February 01, 2022
S2Ep5: Community (Featuring Rachel L Roberts)
John discusses Community (not his favorite TV show) with Rachel L Roberts! How churches fill a void in our society vs how to create your own community is discussed, as well as the subtle nuances of simply getting along. You can find out more about Rachel or buy her book @ https://www.rachel-roberts.com/
01:19:30
January 30, 2022
ARTT 4: The Dangers of Door Dashing
John recounts a frightening delivery and how much worse it would have been if he was still Christian.  DISCLAIMER The purpose of my work is to share my perspectives on what I believe to be sound guidance. The advice I offer and concepts I refer to are based on my life experience and minimal study. I am not a licensed psychologist, medical doctor, or health care professional and nothing I post in any medium replaces the care of psychologists, doctors, or other healthcare professionals. The objective of A.R.T.T., and other content produced by TCOC, is to educate, inform, and therapeutically wonder, not to replace professional mental health help. No listeners are clients and I am not a therapist. Please seek other professional help if needed.
28:33
January 28, 2022
Parsing Propaganda: The Driscolls VS "Unfaithful" Spouses
John breaks down the subtle shaming at play in Mark and Grace Dricoll's video, "What do I do when my spouse’s faith unravels?" found on the realfaith.com website. 
36:04
January 25, 2022
S2Ep4: Segregation (Featuring Janay)
The Return of Janay! John's friend from bible college comes back to discuss segregation inside and outside church. If you'd like to learn more about Janay, or listen to her podcast, go to https://badseminarians.com/
01:29:18
January 23, 2022
ARTT 3: Parents Just Don't Understand
John talks about the struggles of maintaining a relationship with religious parents and how to empathize with them.  DISCLAIMER The purpose of my work is to share my perspectives on what I believe to be sound guidance. The advice I offer and concepts I refer to are based on my life experience and minimal study. I am not a licensed psychologist, medical doctor, or health care professional and nothing I post in any medium replaces the care of psychologists, doctors, or other healthcare professionals. The objective of A.R.T.T., and other content produced by TCOC, is to educate, inform, and therapeutically wonder, not to replace professional mental health help. No listeners are clients and I am not a therapist. Please seek other professional help if needed.
26:07
January 21, 2022
Parsing Propaganda: Matt Walsh VS Lil Nas X
John angrily dismantles the bane of his existence. We review and provide colorful commentary of Matt Walsh's blog post, "With His Satanic New Video, Lil Nas X Is Directly Preying On Children." 
27:33
January 18, 2022
S2Ep3: Faith VS Works (Featuring John Hageman)
The Johns discuss The Book of James in scripture and discuss the supposed importance of both faith and good deeds in Christianity. If you'd like to learn more about John Hageman, you can visit https://www.jamesbibleshiddentreasure.com/.  Disclaimer: While no guest appearance is an endorsement of all views they hold, occasionally The Cult of Christianity will have guests with fundamental disagreements on, in order to engage the other side and/or further allow points to be illustrated. The views expressed by guests are their own and their presence on the podcast does not imply an endorsement of them, their statements, or any entity they represent.
01:45:52
January 16, 2022
ARTT 2: Ego and Esteem
John talks about shame from his past, ego, and self-esteem.  DISCLAIMER The purpose of my work is to share my perspectives on what I believe to be sound guidance. The advice I offer and concepts I refer to are based on my life experience and minimal study. I am not a licensed psychologist, medical doctor, or health care professional and nothing I post in any medium replaces the care of psychologists, doctors, or other healthcare professionals. The objective of A.R.T.T., and other content produced by TCOC, is to educate, inform, and therapeutically wonder, not to replace professional mental health help. No listeners are clients and I am not a therapist. Please seek other professional help if needed.
20:09
January 14, 2022
Parsing Propaganda: Desiring God VS Gay Marriage
On this second episode that specifically critiques Christian content, John reviews and criticizes "Why Homosexuality Is Not Like Other Sins" By Jonathan Parnell, and "So-called Same-Sex Marriage" By John Piper. 
38:47
January 11, 2022
S2Ep2: Afterlife (Featuring Stephen Hawley Martin)
John and Stephen discuss what happens after you die, how science and spirituality intertwine, how the Christian cult can misinterpret or mislead about life after death, and what all this practically means for our day to day lives. If you'd like to learn more about Stephen, or purchase one of his many great books, go to https://www.shmartin.com/. 
01:28:16
January 09, 2022
ARTT 1: Introduction/What is this?
John explains the concept of Amateur Religious Trauma Therapy and why he is doing this show.  DISCLAIMER The purpose of my work is to share my perspectives on what I believe to be sound guidance. The advice I offer and concepts I refer to are based on my life experience and minimal study. I am not a licensed psychologist, medical doctor, or health care professional and nothing I post in any medium replaces the care of psychologists, doctors or other healthcare professionals. The objective of A.R.T.T., and other content produced by TCOC, is to educate, inform, and therapeutically wonder, not to replace professional mental health help. No listeners are clients and I am not a therapist. Please seek other professional help if needed.
24:28
January 07, 2022
Parsing Propaganda: Christianity Today VS Masturbation
Welcome to the first episode of Parsing Propaganda! Today we review and critique "What Could Possibly Be Wrong with Christian Masturbation?" By Eve Tushnet, "The Real Problem with Female Masturbation" By Jordon Monge, "Getting to the Root of Female Masturbation" By Marlena Graves, and "Masturbation: Is It Wrong?" By Dr. Juli Slattery. 
40:27
January 04, 2022
S2Ep1: Purity Culture (Featuring Mylee)
John's good friend, Mylee, comes on to discuss how purity culture benefits the patriarchy both inside and outside of church. CW: This episode contains content that may be distressing to some listeners. Specifically in this episode, sexual abuse is mentioned, detailed, and/or discussed. https://anchor.fm/thecultofchristianity/subscribe
01:31:32
January 02, 2022
The Cult of Christianity Trailer
Hi there friend. My name is John Verner. I used to be a part of the largest cult in the United States. After studying the Bible, Christian history, and ministry, I set my sights on confronting the problematic nature of white evangelicalism in the United States. In 2019 I published my first book as a first step in addressing the subtle issues of this complex system. This podcast will continue that work under the same title. Welcome, to The Cult of Christianity.
00:56
December 28, 2021
Season One Finale!
Thanks for a good first season everybody! I talk about how the season has been, why I've been absent, and what to look forward to in season two! 
55:31
August 28, 2021
S1Ep18: Ministry
The predatory nature of Christian ministry places conversion as more important than paying attention to other people's needs. I wander through the Christian attitude towards the poor, evangelical's inflated egos, and the confusion of emotional and spiritual needs. 
01:05:20
August 01, 2021
S1Ep17: Shame and Forgiveness
The biggest weapon the cult of Christianity uses is shame. John explores the ideas of shame, forgiveness, and vulnerability and examines how white evangelicalism hurts people with these concepts. I also just quote Brené Brown and Russell Brand a lot.  CW: This episode contains content that may be distressing to some listeners. Specifically in this episode, self-harm is mentioned, detailed, and/or discussed. 
01:18:32
July 25, 2021
S1Ep16: Anti-theism vs. Militant Theism
John explores the end points of the "belief in God" spectrum. Topics such as morality, what constitutes as harm, and certainty, are placed under the microscope. 
51:43
July 18, 2021
S1Ep15: New Testament Problems (Featuring Pastor Doug Ward)
NT professor and pastor, Douglas Ward, gives John his perspective on how the New Testament is theologically coherent. You can buy Doug's book at https://www.amazon.com/Doug-Ward/e/B07MZDSLQ2/ref=dp_byline_cont_pop_book_1 Disclaimer: While no guest appearance is an endorsement of all views they hold, occasionally The Cult of Christianity will have guests with fundamental disagreements on, in order to engage the other side and/or further allow points to be illustrated. The views expressed by guests are their own and their presence on the podcast does not imply an endorsement of them, their statements, or any entity they represent.
01:25:28
July 11, 2021
S1Ep14: Bigotry Against LGBTQIA+ People (Featuring Rachel and Lilly)
From the Over the Rainbow podcast, Rachel joins John and Lilly in a discussion about the toxic bigotry towards queer folk, both inside and outside of church. If you'd like to hear more from Rachel, check out https://www.overtherainbowpod.com/
01:04:34
July 04, 2021
S1Ep13: Homeschooling (Featuring Chris)
John and Chris are back at it again. Comparing Christians to Hitler, contrasting their home education experiences, and getting into the particulars that cause institutional abuse. 
01:39:43
June 27, 2021
S1Ep12: Abuse (Featuring Holly)
Holly shares her experiences and insight about different forms of abuse and how they can so easily happen within the context of the cult of Christianity.  CW: This episode contains content that may be distressing to some listeners. Specifically in the episode, various forms of abuse (physical and sexual) are mentioned, detailed, and/or discussed. 
01:09:47
June 20, 2021
S1Ep11: Monogamy (Featuring Cierra)
Cierra joins John in contrasting the practice of marriage in white evangelicalism with historical/cultural practices, what the bible says, and healthier perspectives.  If you have, or think you might have, a bee allergy, go to https://www.beeawareallergy.com
01:25:50
June 13, 2021
S1Ep10: Mental Health
I let you inside my mind and talk about my mental health struggles, as they relate to white evangelicalism. CW: This episode contains content that may be distressing to some listeners. Specifically in this episode, depression, self-harm, and suicide are mentioned, detailed, and/or discussed. 
01:08:23
June 06, 2021
S1Ep9: Selective History/Racism (Featuring Mark Charles)
Author, Preacher, and 2020 Presidential Candidate, Mark Charles stops by to discuss some unsettling truths. We discuss the white supremacist foundations of both the United States and Western Christianity. Go to https://wirelesshogan.com/ to learn more about Mark and to buy signed copies of his book!
56:19
May 30, 2021
S1Ep8: Christian Classism
I deconstruct how money and power work together for cult leaders to establish a classist system in the white evangelical cult. Inconsistencies between anti-wealth language in the bible and pro-wealth propaganda of Christians is pointed out, made fun of, and rebuked. 
01:12:02
May 23, 2021
S1Ep7: Patriarchy Panel (Featuring Amelia, Cierra, and Lilly)
Amelia, Cierra, and Lilly stop by to discuss patriarchal problems both inside and outside the American Church.  CW: This episode contains content that may be distressing to some listeners. Specifically in this episode, various forms of abuse (physical and sexual) are mentioned, detailed, and/or discussed. 
01:47:07
May 16, 2021
S1Ep6: Manipulative Music (Featuring Chris)
One of John's best friends stops by to dissect the particulars of Christian music, both inside and outside church doors. Children songs are compared to Hitler youth recruitment and Chris asks you to stop voting for garbage people. Enjoy. 
01:33:51
May 09, 2021
S1Ep5: Trust Issues (Featuring Ben)
Navigating the trust issues from sheltered childhoods and toxic fulltime ministry environments is no easy task. Ben recounts his different negative encounters with toxic evangelicalism and vulnerably engages with the emotional impact of broken trust in churches. Check out Ben and his co-host's work at threadspodcast.com 
01:39:06
May 02, 2021
S1Ep4: Sermons/Sports Similes (Featuring Janay)
Imagine this podcast episode is a football game...just kidding. Janay stops by the podcast to talk about her experiences and perspectives on sexism in preaching. I awkwardly sandwich her points with critiques of preaching as a practice in general. Go to https://badseminarians.com/ to hear more from Janay! 
01:19:07
April 25, 2021
S1Ep3: Prayer/Mindfulness vs. Mindlessness
Firstly, sorry for all the odd audio issues. Had to switch mics and have some sort of connectivity issues. Secondly, I explore the connectivity issues of prayer and wander through its pros, cons, and weaponization. 
01:11:40
April 18, 2021
S1Ep2: Indoctrination/Hair Stories (Featuring Lilly)
In this episode, John and Lilly talk about their hair, taking communion, and other quirks of their separate childhoods. Examples of indoctrination, both subtle and obvious, are grieved, joked about, and deconstructed.  You can follow Lilly on Instagram @sweetwordswitch 
02:11:11
April 11, 2021
Episode 1: The Genesis of my Exodus
In this first episode, I establish definitions, ramble on about linguistic issues, share my backstory, and ask you to buy my book. Consider this a pilot. 
01:26:55
April 04, 2021