She Reads Truth, IF:Gathering, and women bible teachers. Part 3, the IF:Gathering

This is part three of a four-part series. I'm examining the website, teachings, and women of "She Reads Truth" in 2 parts (What They Say, and What They Do). Part 3 (this part) looks at the conference known as the "IF:Gathering" in which many of the She Reads Truth women are involved. In part 4 I will discuss women teachers in general from a biblical perspective, and provide a list of solid teachers (men and women) of the Word.

She Reads Truth, IF:Gathering, and women bible teachers. Part 1 (What They Say)

She Reads Truth, IF:Gathering, and women bible teachers. Part 2 (What They Do)

She Reads Truth, IF:Gathering, and women bible teachers. Part 4 (Women Teachers)

Have you ever heard of the IF:Gathering? No? I hadn't either. But after reading this today, you will.

I'm 54 years old. I was born before the internet, before cell phones, CD's, DVD's, laptops, personal/desktop computers, cable television, wireless, GPS, robots, and almost before satellites. I remember what it was like to roam around the neighborhood for hours, unsupervised. To ride my bike to the creamery to get an ice cream. To be dropped off at the mall and picked up 8 hours later. I listened to Sgt. Pepper on 8-track. My telephone was hooked into the wall, tv was black and white, and there was a test pattern that came on when broadcasting ended at 11:00 (or 1:00) and the National Anthem was played.

We watched a man walk on the moon and thought we had reached the heights of technology, marveling that just a few decades prior, the Wright Brothers had first flown a very few feet. Now we were in space. When the astronauts landed, they were given ticker tape parades in the streets. I read that the computer in the Apollo manned rockets processed 4,000 times slower than the ones we use today for space. They were no more powerful than a pocket calculator.

Even though I was born before all that, I am no fuddy-duddy when it comes to technology. My father bought Pong, the first mainstream video game. (1972). I was hooked from the start. I grabbed a computer when they became affordable in the mid-1990s, and got online at 360 baud.

Today's crop of young women are known as Millennials. They were born approximately from the late 1980s to the early 2000s. These kids were born entirely in the digital age. They have a natural proclivity toward accepting the digital. If you ever saw a toddler pop a CD into the computer or use joysticks on a video game you know what I mean. On Wikipedia regarding the Millennials and technology, a large-sample (7,705) research study of college students was conducted.
They found that Next Generation college students, born between 1983–1992, were frequently in touch with their parents and they used technology at higher rates than people from other generations. In their survey, they found that 97% of these students owned a computer, 94% owned a cell phone, and 56% owned an MP3 player.
As each new invention comes along, they are in themselves neutral. Each new invention has the potential for good or for bad. Laptops have no doubt made life easier, from grad students to executives. But they also revolutionized the porn industry, which is a #1 problem in America today. I remember when the Swedish X-rated, commercially aimed porn movie I Am Curious Yellow came out (1967). It created a huge stir in our town in RI. It was banned in Massachusetts. I remember certain older women who wanted to see it, but didn't dare, because they would be seen going into the public movie theatre. Nowadays you can watch anything, anything, on your on computer in the dark secrecy of your LCD-lit bedroom.

IF:Gathering combined a unique scriptural message with viral marketing through online networks. ~Christianity TodaySo technology is neutral, it's how we use it that matters. What does this have to do with the IF:Gathering? Becuase the technology these women use to promote their unbiblical agenda is almost entirely digital. That's why you never heard of the IF:Gathering- it is a viral, digital movement.

We exist to gather, equip, and unleash the next generation of women to live out their purpose.

Sounds ... interesting. On the one hand it is good to find a place where women can be equipped. It is good to live out our purpose, as long as we have a solid understanding of the biblical purpose of our lives, first as children of God, then as our gender. The part that makes me unsettled is the "unleashing" part. Am I leashed? Have I been leashed all my life? These young women are going to take off the collar of leashing and let me go? Who leashed me in the first place? To live out my purpose? I haven't been living my purpose all this time? Have I missed the boat for 54 years? Good thing these women exist.

I try to alert you to buzzwords. Here we are concerned with the word 'unleashed.' In 2006 John MacArthur explained the emergent's language, particularly the use of "unleashed." (Even though in the last 9 years we have gone from emergent to post-modernist to post-Christian to anti-Christian). His reference to the 'facts' is to the emergent's notion that nothing can be known to be absolutely true in scripture anyway. Uncertainty is king.
What is more important than truth is ennobling the heretofore disenfranchised masses who have been subsumed under the dominant European white male culture. And so in order to "release" these oppressed women and minorities, we have to reinvent truth because the liberation of these...of these abused people is more important than facts, since we might not have any reality about what facts are anyway. So history gets twisted, everything gets twisted. ... This mentality of post-modernism is being applied to the Scriptures and to the church.
As a woman feminist Jewish professor I know says, "Surviving the patriarchy." In other words, a Millennial woman who calls for unleashing is saying that women have been wrongly oppressed by misinterpreted scriptures and they are here to unchain us from patriarchal bondage.

Hopefully you can see the hubris and foolishness
in the IF:Gathering mission statement
Do you know that the IF:Gathering title means?

"If God is real, then what?"

IF God is real? (Genesis 3:1). Hath God said? The title of their movement starts with questioning the existence of God. This is not a good start. There is nowhere to go but down.

#IFGathering trended on Twitter throughout the weekend, ranking among the top hashtags used around the world. ~Christianity Today
It is even worse than Genesis 3, because in the scene in the Garden of Eden with Eve, satan acknowledged God's existence. He went on to questioning what He actually said.

Under the "Equipping" pages on their website, for example, they will put up a verse. Then they will explain it. Today's is Genesis 46:30-47:12 with an emphasis on Genesis 47:5-6,

Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, “Your father and your brothers have come to you. 6 You can choose any place in Egypt for them to live. Give your father and your brothers the best land. Let them live in the land of Goshen. And if they are skilled shepherds, they can also care for my cattle.”

Below the verse, which is artfully pasted into a softly blurred mountainscape photo-scripture, is their explanation of the verse.

Below that, a journaling question. Here is the question:

IF you believe this is true, what does this mean about God? You? The world?

If I believe? If Joseph really existed, you mean? If Pharaoh existed? If Joseph and Pharaoh talked together? If Egypt existed? If Goshen existed? If cattle existed? What would not be true about that verse?

The postmodern person rejects the biblical absolutes that there is an immutable God, that God is sovereign, and that the only way to salvation is through the blood sacrifice of Jesus.
~Matt Slick.

The 'equipping' of the women of "IF:Gathering" is the same 'equipping' satan helpfully treated Eve to in the garden. You must understand that the emergent church post-modernist person questions everything about the bible, they absolutely believe that nothing can be known for absolutely true.

Jen Hatmaker is one of the women of  IF:Gathering along with founder Jennie Allen and including Ann Voskamp and Angie Smith and some others. Hatmaker explains IF’s inception as 'a movement for our generation.' Unlike all the other movements every other generation has experienced?Read Ecclesiastes 1:4. Hatmaker wrote,
We’re building a tribe, in my bravest moment I’ll call it a movement. With humility and thankfulness, we are mentored by Christine Caine, Debbie Eaton, and Shelley Giglio.
Yes, the Tribe of Doubters in the Slough of Despond.

But wait, it gets worse.

We've talked about the IF part. There is the gathering part, also.

The women don't just promote their doubts online in digital fashion. They gather in real life. They say,

Our desire for you to be brave and to dream about what it would look like to gather, equip, and unleash women in your city. This is not going to happen because of us, this is going to happen because of you. Period.

Maybe they are forgetting Someone? The Holy Spirit?

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. (2 Corinthians 12:9)

So I don't know about the brave part, but the bible does talk about weakness an awful lot.

Their graphics always show blurred or softened farm tables artfully filled with flowers and seated around them are young, trendy, (slim) women in cool glasses and artfully arranged scarves "wrestling with questions." Like, Hath God said? They describe the IF:Local Gatherings this way-
IF GOD IS REAL... THEN WHAT? This 2-day gathering will bring women together from around the world to wrestle with belief that God is real, the places in our lives where we are struggling with unbelief, how can we overcome unbelief and then what God can do with our belief.
If you don't believe then you need something different than a table full of biblically unknowledgeable women sipping refreshing drinks on lawns. If you do believe then edify and equip takes on a different meaning. If they invite unbelievers to a table for Gospel sharing purposes, then that is one thing, because it is the Word that saves. (Romans 10:14). That's mission. (Matthew 28:16-20, Luke 14:23). If they're believers, then they trust the Word, believe it, and are being trained by it. (2 Timothy 3:16). The path these women are taking is the middle ground, But there is no middle ground. (Revelation 3:16).

I wish people wouldn't complicate things. It really is black and white. Belief and unbelief. Saved and sinner. Narrow road and broad road. Hot or cold. In or out.

My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge; because you have rejected knowledge, I reject you from being a priest to me. And since you have forgotten the law of your God, I also will forget your children. (Hosea 4:6)

IF:Gatherings are ongoing in living rooms and lawns by the thousands. See?

Are you astounded? I was. White pins represent private gatherings. This means that they are invisible to you and me in daily Real Life. But they are not invisible to the Millennial (Digital) Generation. They are going on, all over and all the time. Each one of those pins represents a place where impressionable women will gather to plant or nurture seeds of doubt. Do you see this as the monstrous ecclesiastical tragedy that it is? Do you mourn these women?

But I am afraid that just as Eve was deceived by the serpent's cunning, your minds may somehow be led astray from your sincere and pure devotion to Christ. (2 Corinthians 11:3)

Christianity Today wrote on the IF:Gathering and its viral and volcanic impact, in February 2014.
The first-time event had a vague premise—If God is real, then what?—and no speaker lineup when announced this fall, but sold out in 42 minutes, forcing organizers to coordinate local watch parties across the U.S. and 22 other countries to accommodate interest. teachings from women like Christine Caine, international speaker from Hillsong Church; Jen Hatmaker, Christian blogger and author of 7; Ann Voskamp, author of A Thousand Gifts; and Shelley Giglio, a leader alongside her husband Louie Giglio at Passion City Church. 
Allen brought together 60-some influential bloggers and leaders from across churches, denominations, and theological positions, convinced that God was calling her to rally for unity among the splintering factions of the church. IF focused distinctly on spiritual formation, with both inspirational and practical takeaways. Based on the directive in Hebrews 12 to "throw off everything that hinders" and "run with perseverance the race marked out for us," dozens of speakers encouraged women to chase their calling. Since the event details were kept secret, IF attendees were drawn to the overall concept, rather than popular speakers "from their camp" or sessions on hot topics, said Amy Brown, IF communications director. 
“"We've been slow to step into our giftedness or strengths. For a long time, that wasn't an option," said Allen.”
Just think about that last statement for a moment. For 2000 years, the Holy Spirit has been distributing Gifts, all that He determines (1 Corinthians 12:11)  but it hasn't been an option to step into them ... until now?

This new wave of evangelical women is fueled by an ever-growing online culture of high-profile women bloggers and savvy social media types who have laid the groundwork for the new focus. … “We’ve grown up in a different context,” Allen said. “The technology is unprecedented.” ~HuffPo

Would you pay to attend a conference that had a vague premise and a secret lineup of speakers? Doing so is just foolish.

But we have renounced disgraceful, underhanded ways. We refuse to practice cunning or to tamper with God's word, but by the open statement of the truth we would commend ourselves to everyone's conscience in the sight of God. (2 Corinthians 4:2)

But foolishly, they bought into 42 minutes.

How can a woman test the spirits, if the premise is vague and the lineup a secret? (1 John 4:1)

What this is about is, encouraging women to be Christian feminists, and be teachers, pastors, and leaders. THAT is what this is about. And of course you must disbelieve the Word to do so because the word is clear on what women's roles are. To be what the IF women propose, one must abandon truth. "Hath God said?" IF God is real, then what? IF God isn't real, then what?

for those who guide this people have been leading them astray, and those who are guided by them are swallowed up. (Isaiah 9:16)

Where are the men holding on to these women as they hang precariously over the Pit!?

Stallone, in Cliffhanger
He, therefore, that went before, (Vain-confidence by name), not seeing the way before him, fell into a deep pit [Isa. 9:16], which was on purpose there made, by the Prince of those grounds, to catch vain-glorious fools withal, and was dashed in pieces with his fall. ~John Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress.
The worse tragedy is that these women do not know the danger they are in.

IF God is real? Doubt is not noble. The bible says doubt is a destroyer of life. (James 1:5-8). There is no such thing as a bible "study" that has as its premise, "IF you believe this, then..."


How can we help these young women? They are or will be mothers, and mothers are the architects of the next generation. Young doubters are leaving the church in droves, and this is where they are going, to home gatherings led by the LCD display on their monitors, not by the bells of church.

First, pray. Pray for the youngsters in your midst, in church and those who have left church. Prayer is a magnificent and primary way to change things.

Second, disciple. Disciple. Disciple. Titus 2:3-5.

What does it mean to be a Titus 2 woman, exactly? It begins and ends with discipling. I listed some good articles below that are theological AND practical. Please refer to 'Further Reading.'

Pray, disciple, and third, be a good example yourself. A Titus 2 woman is to be reverent. Young women leave the church (and young men too) because they can't stand the hypocrisy in church people and can't stand to see sin tolerated. Hypocrisy is always there, but try not to add fuel to the fire with what you say and what you do.

Fourth, always strive to be biblically knowledgeable. The word washes us, bathes us in holiness, trains us. If you are not a student of it how can we expect the young women to be? How can we be in a spirit of readiness to share, encourage, and instruct, if we don't know what the Bible says? (2 Timothy 4:2).

Have you not known? Have you not heard?
The Lord is the everlasting God,
the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He does not faint or grow weary;
his understanding is unsearchable.
He gives power to the faint,
and to him who has no might he increases strength.
Even youths shall faint and be weary,
and young men shall fall exhausted;
but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength;
they shall mount up with wings like eagles;
they shall run and not be weary;
they shall walk and not faint.
Isaiah 40:28-31

She Reads Truth, IF:Gathering, and women bible teachers. Part 1 (What They Say)

She Reads Truth, IF:Gathering, and women bible teachers. Part 2 (What They Do)

She Reads Truth, IF:Gathering, and women bible teachers. Part 4


Further Reading

Six months after the conclusion of this series, Lighthouse Trails researched the IF:Gathering also. Please read their extensive research here

What does the bible say about doubt?

Study Guide: Making Disciples

Woman to Woman: Answering the call of Titus 2
This article has excellent practical advice for both older women and younger women.

Being a Titus 2 Woman
Also practical advice

'IF:Gathering' Of Evangelical Women Focuses On Social Justice In Austin, Texas

If a Brand-New Christian Women's Conference Goes Viral, Then What?


  1. Emergents. Avoid.

  2. Elizabeth, thank you for your very informational post. I appreciate seeing this so that I might be informed before it heads out my way....

  3. Wow, Elizabeth, I had no idea any of this was going on. What a dangerous (world wide) web that is being woven to ensnare countless women, who as you said, then poison the next generation.

    Like you, the word "unleashed" jumped off the page at me. To unleash means to free from a restraint. Yet is not the Holy Spirit called "the restrainer" (2 Thess 2)?

    It is GOOD to be restrained by the Lord. Proverbs speaks of restraint as a virtue, not a vice (ie, as in retraining your tongue/words).

    And 1 Timothy 2:15 in the NAS, states, "women will be preserved... if they continue in faith and love and sanctity with *self-restraint*."

    Regarding Titus 2 women, my husband and I just spoke with the leadership at our church, stating that our church needs more active Titus 2 discipling of the young women. That is something that has been on my heart for a while, particularly as I see the young women embracing the world's standards for apparel.


  4. "Doubt is not noble."

    I might have to quote that in my little book of epic quotes from Christian history.

    1. Most Christians struggle with doubt at some point. That's OK. Eventually they come out of it.

      The ignoble doubt I'm speaking of here is doubt as a way of 'Christian life'. To believe one is humble by doubting God's existence but pursuing His doctrines anyway is just stupid. Is that my opinion? No, it;s biblical. This IF:Gathering is to me an EXACT representation of the women spoken of in 2 Tim 3:7

      For among them are those who enter into households and captivate weak women weighed down with sins, led on by various impulses, 7always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.

    2. Exactly! Going from conference to conference. I heard of "IF" for the first time today while visiting a large church in our city. I went to the church's web site for more and found nothing but a registration form; there was no list of speakers or explanation of the weekend. I located the IF website and it was shrouded in mystery leaving me with questions. When I found the conference premise, "IF God exists," my questions were answered. I wanted no part of it! Scratch off another in our church search.

  5. Just want to add: One of the first things they said at the Gathering (assuming you missed it) was, "We know at some point we have all asked "Is God Real." And we are here to tell you that He is..."
    There are non-believers that are attending my Gathering and asking that question. God is using IF: Gathering and She Reads Truth to bring people the Gospel of Jesus Christ. There are people you will MEET in Heaven b/c these women were called to encourage other women to seek the Lord. Praying you get a chance to view this content from the Gathering.

    1. What the ladies say and what they do do not match up. The premise of the entire curriculum is "IF God is real", as seen by their statements in the devotionals online.

      In addition, we can see that their discernment is at a low by the fact of who they associate with and consider a sister, and by their misplaced attitudes regarding motherhood, and unbiblical pursuits (especially in the social justice arena).

      Praying you get a chance to respond to the Spirit's conviction hat there are more worthy curricula and 'gatherings' to attend and learn from. Remember, discernment is seeking the best, not settling for less.

  6. Well, I guess there's sinners everywhere...I'm sorry you weren't taken under wing when you were younger. Thank you for being a mom. We need more moms who actively love being "just" a mom!!

  7. I just came across your post and it made me sad in between the laughter. I attended an If Table but not the gathering. It was so vague and obscure I didn't walk away mad. Women embraced and were nice to me. But maybe that's just it. There was no substance. I had a good time but it didn't do much else. The woman facilitating it was a homeschool mom I have known for awhile. It seemed more like a bandwagon to jump on because everyone else is. I wasn't blown away. Women in large groups generally annoy me. And emotionalism mixed with sob stories bother me. I don't want to be defined by a movement. I already have a purpose as Gods daughter. On one level, this appeals to my need for justice. I do tire of old fashioned men telling women what they can and can't do. Most of us end up doing nursery duty when Gods gifted us in other ways for the church. So I appreciate that women are seen for the beautiful people they are. Seems like we are often put in roles even if they aren't things we are meant to do. I wish the church would stop doing that. On the other hand, the IF gathering seems too dependent on a movement and not the Holy Spirit. I think that should give most of us pause. Isn't Jesus enough? Isn't the Bible, Gods Word, all we need to learn and grow? IF not, then what will be enough?

  8. Totally agree with "anonymous" above! When you have non believers attending church/gathering/bible study....they should feel that they IF they are questioning God...they are in the right place....that they will be (hopefully) LOVED and encouraged in God's word and come to have a personal relationship w/HIM. I don't think you have enough information to be making such a huge statement against this whole group of women who are doing what Jesus has called them to do! I hope they keep reaching more and more people and loving more and more people! If you have never been to an IF Gathering or Table...find one in your area....try it out for yourself....why listen to someone else about who has it all right and who doesn't? I think we can all count on our Heavenly Father to let us know when we are reading/listening to/going to a speaker/conference/small group etc...that we shouldn't be...don't you think?

    1. Mel, the premise of the IF in IF:Gathering is "IF God exists." How can one have a bible study, studying someone they doubt even exists?

      Additionally, their organization focuses on "social justice" which has nothing to do with the Bible. (

      Third, individually, these women elsewhere have been shown to have a weak-to-no understanding of theology nor of the Jesus of the Bible. I have all the information I need to make an assessment they are to be avoided.

      PS: The heavenly Father DID let us know who to avoid. You are right on that one. Those instructions are in the Bible. Interesting that you didn't respond to any of the Bible verses here.

    2. First of all, you have truly misjudged this ministry, I am saddened by your perpetual need to put women who are serving God outside of their homes down. God is not against this. What about Anna who lived in the temple? Or the Proberbs 31 woman? I know Jennie Allen personally and you will not find a woman more passionate for Jesus and the truth of His word and in seeing people brought to Him. And she is very much in tune with the Holy Spirit.
      Secondly, Micah 6:8 very much does make social justice a Biblical mandate - He has shown you, o man, what is good and what the Lord requires of you - but to act justly, and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.
      I would really encourage you to spend less time being decisive and more time encouraging one another and ALL THE MORE AS YOU SEE THE DAY APPROACHING. It truly saddens me to see you devote yourself to attacking believers,

    3. Hi Rachel,

      Thank you for reading the series (I'm assuming) and for commenting. I appreciate it. I usually delete comments like yours, which are not a response to the article but simply an attack on the writer (the kind of comments like yours, 'you're a big poopy-head for writing this' kind of comments) and also demonstrate massive misunderstandings of both the article and the Bible, but I'm going to respond and treat this and an opportunity to teach.

      Your Misunderstandng #1: I do not put down women who work outside the home. Lydia worked. Other modern women today do, out of necessity. I am against two things though, and I do 'put women down' who do them-

      --women who SAY their priority is the home, but show by their lifestyle that it isn't. The Proverbs 31 woman, you notice if you carefully read the verses, worked AT HOME. Her reason for doing so was because her PRIORITY was...the home- her husband and her children.

      I object to women like one of the IF women (I forget who) who SAYS she has home/children as a priority but shuttled her tots off to daycare so she could write her books at home without distraction. Or the one who gallivants off to Africa while her husband stays at home to watch the kids and the kids watch her being interviewed on TV thru the laptop, her priority is not the home. That's hypocrisy and I 'put women down' who say one thing and do another. Titus 2 says women should-

      'Love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled, pure, working at home, kind, and submissive to their own husbands,'

      When a woman disobeys scripture it’s bad, and I do not see these women providing a healthy role model for the kind of women the Bible says we ought to be. I see disobedient career seekers who have other things as a priority besides the home, husband and children.

      Misunderstanding #2:
      That "passion for Jesus' equates to a proper understanding of our roles and obedience. It doesn't. Case in point, The Pharisees. They were very passionate weren't they? Yet they totally misunderstood the scriptures. Case in point #2- Paul. Same deal. Case in point #3- the Sons of Sceva. They were pretty passionate too. Passion is an outward display. By your definition, women like Jennie Allen, 'so passionate' striding all over the world solving the world's ills while her kids are at home watching her on TV is doing the right thing while the quiet, humble, praying and working at home woman day after slogging day in her laundry room, fitting in quiet times when the kids nap...isn't passionate. You can't go by outward displays of emotion, they can be faked, or they can be real but completely off biblical script.

      continued below

    4. Misunderstanding #3:
      That Micah 6:8 is anything to do with global social justice. Here is the Gospel Coalition to explain where you're wrong on Micah 6 being about modern social justice.

      here is number 1 in DeYoung's series with the explanation of why he's writing it and the listed common passages social justice adherents claim as their basis-

      Misunderstanding #4:
      Your warped view of what "attack" is. Comparing what people say with what they do and to the Bible is not an attack. It's being a Berean. If someone comes along and doesn't handle the word of God rightly, it's up to us to warn. Here is a page listing the verses about what we are to do with false teachers:

      These ladies are attacking the Bible by mishandling it and living a disobedient lifestyle. I object to their attack on the Bible and their attack on our Jesus, and I wrote against them in a way I hope was scriptural and solidly showing why.

      As for telling me to be "less decisive" well, that's the entire mantra of the IF:Gathering, isn't it? "IF God is real, then what?" No thanks. Let’s say I claim my own mantra- “God IS real, now what? Obey His word!”

      Rachel, I'm settled on my convictions. After examining them against scripture, I've decided that the IF Gathering ladies do not handle scripture well, that their foundational premise (IF)is simply doubt-ridden Swiss cheese, and their lifestyles show they are disobedient career seekers using the words 'ministry' and 'social justice' to cloak their naked ambition.

  9. I was aware of the danger of the "IF" movement, but now I have a better and full understanding. Thank you for taking the time to do so much research and test it against the Word of God.
    I am almost tempted to attend a gathering just so I can speak truth into the lives of those who do. This is all very troubling in deed.

  10. Dear Ms. Prata –
    I do appreciate you posting my comment. The fact that you delete a lot of dissenting comments explains why I don't see many of them in any of the responses. If you are as settled in your convictions as you say, why not entertain those who disagree? Perhaps you will delete this one as well, I hope not though.
    I went back through my response and disagree that I am attacking you, nor do I feel that in any way I called you names or indicated that I thought you were a big poopy head, as you write.
    I want to take a moment and correct a misspelling in my original post that greatly changes what I was saying- I meant to say that I wish you did not feel the need to be so DIVISIVE (autocorrect is sometimes not my friend). One of Satan’s greatest ploys is to keep believers fighting among themselves. It does 2 things – one, it turns off non-believers and two, it distracts us from the cause of Christ. There are definite instances where things should be addressed, Rob Bell, for example, turned his doctrine away from the very plain truth of the gospel. There are other times, however, where a blog dedicated to tearing down believers seems counterproductive and counterintuitive to the gospel.
    I want to take your point about the Pharisees being passionate and turn it back to you a bit. I do believe that you love Jesus and His word and are intent on defending it. I admire that. Please know that the Pharisees also loved God and in their attempt to defend the letter of the law, missed seeing Jesus for who He was, why He came and who He cared for and that legalism was not needed anymore because there is now grace.
    I have been both a stay at home mom and a working mom. Both because I believed that God was calling me to whichever one at whichever time. Neither was easy, both felt holy. The Lord calls us each and we answer to Him. The bottom line is, the If women and other Christian leaders are not gallivanting around the globe, neglecting their families. These are prayer-discerned trips that husbands and families agree with and support. It's a bold statement to assume that you know the inner workings of these women and families based on a travel schedule. I know that Jennie Allen’s husband has felt calls that coincide with hers and work with her calling. And what better way to give our families a heart for the lost than to lead by example. You assume there is no balance between ministry and home, but that is not the case.

  11. Hi Ms Bass,

    Divisive, ahhh, OK, there we go.

    Misunderstanding #5: it is the false teachers who are divisive. If you care to read the page I'd linked to regarding false teachers, you will see it is they who bring poor modeling of obedience and false doctrine to the faith that are the divisive ones. Discernment does not bring division, it brings unity.

    We are supposed to separate, or divide, from false teachers. IF ladies, (I mean really, IF God is real???) are divisive and thus we unite around the truth and divide from them. This is how it's supposed to work. Here is a good essay for you and the readers of this comment
    Does exercising discernment cause division?

    Misunderstanding #6:
    This blog is not dedicated to tearing down believers. Your comment is exactly why I don't post many of these kinds of comments, sadly. Your unwillingness to understand the negative impacts women like the IF ladies bring through your lack of discernment is counterproductive to the faith.

    Another reason I don't post many comments like yours, but DO post comments that use scripture even if they dissent, is that scripture is the only mechanism that brings light to hearts and minds. If someone does not understand discernment, obedience, and comments without using scripture, it is just opinion. Like this one you stated:

    "I know that Jennie Allen’s husband has felt calls that coincide with hers and work with her calling."

    That's opinion. Not scripture. We don't build a life on felt callings but obedience to the word, like the scripture in Titus 2 which says women are to be self-controlled and busy at home and Proverbs 31 which demonstrates a priority of the home, not social justice. Since you "feel" it's OK to go forward in conversation based on feelings and not scripture, any conversation is striving after wind and ultimately void. This is why I don't post "dissenting" comments like yours very often even though they are polite. :)

    Your comment above did mention Proverbs 31, in a wrong context, so I decided to teach through that. You did not comment on any other scripture as your basis, like the Titus 2 in the essay or the reply I'd made, but simply told me to stop what I was doing because I'm being divisive. This is another reason a back-and-forth like ours will end here and is ultimately counterproductive.

    My best to you Rachel. Thanks once again.

    1. And I noticed you commented twice more and in your third reply you used Isaiah 58 as your basis for social justice. This tells me you did not listen to my earlier encouragement to read the DeYoung article of common falsely used scriptures as the basis for social justice. DeYoung taught through a series of 6 articles where people like you and the IF ladies and others misuse certain scriptures as the basis for attempting to solve the world's ills through a form of social justice. He did an essay on Isaiah 58 and what it really means. I'd encourage you to go back thru and read his articles. I feel they are balanced. A correct view of scripture is supremely important and unfortunately the IF ladies' mishandling of it and their teaching others (like you?) to mishandle it also is divisive in the extreme, and sad.

  12. I do not know anything about the If gatherings, but I wanted to point out that the statement, "If God is real, then what?" does not necessarily mean that there is doubt. Even the Bible uses "if...., then.." statements such as in Romans 8:31 "If God be for us, who can be against us?" It doesn't mean that we doubt God is for us, in that case. It doesn't necessarily mean that SRT doubts that God is real either.

    1. Hi Mary,

      I understand what you're saying, but there is a difference betweens aying 'If God is for us" (which in this case means 'SINCE God is for us', establishing a fact) and "if God is real..." Satan in the garden asked the same question, sowing doubt and confusion. IF:Gathering does the same.

  13. I am saddened by this. I think you have a slight misunderstanding of the true intent of the organization. Sometimes we place too much emphasis on key words in a mission statement that we hear and throw the baby out with the bathwater.

    In my experience walking with Jesus, studying the Word and applying its principles to my own life, and prayerfully trying live as Christ, I’ve found the IF: Gathering supports the careful study and application of the Bible. Perhaps taking part in one of these gatherings would help clarify the actual intent of the organization. I have witnessed women carefully studying God’s Word together, women coming to salvation, women praying through very difficult times and carrying each others’ burdens, and true discipleship taking place.

    After taking part in these gatherings myself, I understand that the concept of “If God is real, then what?” is to say “If you believe God is real, where is the evidence in your life and the way you approach the world? Is your perspective completely changed in light of this fact?”

    I encourage you to take part in one of the studies before solidifying your opinion. If you are in the Jacksonville, FL area, you are always welcome to join me at the study I attend.

    God bless!

    Ashley (

    1. Hi Ashley,

      Thank you for your very kind and gentle comment. I appreciate where you're coming from, I do.

      In reply, I'd like to say that of an organization comes out with a mission statement, I will take them at their word. It's their raison d'etre. The mission statement IS the baby.

      I am not so sure that they inculcate careful Bible study. Remember, the entire organization was founded by a woman who one day, out of the clear blue, said she heard "a voice from the sky" speak and say to her "Gather and Equip your generation." That's a direct quote. If she indeed heard that voice, then it wasn't God. It was either vain imagination, or satan.

      The ladies' mentors and inspirational teachers give me pause for concern, too. Angie Smith, one of the original women involved with IF said that her two favorite Bible teachers are Priscilla Shirer and Beth Moore Moore is wildly false and Priscilla is false. If they indeed study the Bible, then they certainly lack any modicum of discernment and I should not be following their studies! Other folks involved with the conference such as Jen Hatmaker, Ann Voskamp and Tony Campolo are also false.

      Sometimes it's best to attend and see first hand. Other times, like in this case, I don't need any further confirmation of an organizations whose mission statement doubts God's existence, was started by a voice from the sky speaking mantras, and whose favorite teachers the organizers look up to are false. Combine that with an overt social justice bent and an over-emphasis on emotion, and that is all I need to know about the organization.

      I urge you to heed these things and mull them over and perhaps, if the Lord is gracious, open your eyes to the subtle but very real way this organization distances women from traditional and proper Christianity. Much love and thank you for your kindness in commenting,

  14. Thank you for research on IF. Our church reviews the conference then holds the gathering at later date and eliminates certain speakers. After reading your research and other's on IF, I'm going to speak up and skip it. IF gathering is what I would call line walking. I need to be prepared for eternity not playing both sides of the fence.


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