Honor Academy

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ESOAL 2009

ESOAL starts tomorrow. I just want to encourage any current interns who will be participating that there is NO SHAME in ringing the bell (or not even starting in the first place). Often, the environment…


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Jesus Wasn’t in the Military

It’s no secret that Teen Mania has a fascination, perhaps even obsession, with the military. In a blog post from 2006, Dave Hasz talks about where some of this fascination comes from: This summer I…


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Spiritual Elitism

Spiritual elitism is the second characteristic of a spiritually abusive environment. Unlike some of the other traits we will explore, Teen Mania does not attempt to hide their elitism. In fact, they seem to revel…


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Blame the Victim – Ron Luce Does!

One of the more cruel abuses of the Honor Academy is blaming the victim. If you are depressed, sick, can’t seem to feel God’s presence, or any other hard situation – it’s usually because you…


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Pillars of the Honor Academy

According to the handbook, there are 4 Honor Academy pillars. They are: VisionDiscplineWisdomLeadership I would certainly agree that these are emphasized throughout the year. However, when its all said and done, you are left with…


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Is Teen Mania a Cult? Conclusion

UPDATE JUNE 2011: For the first 2 years of this blog, I was not willing to call Teen Mania a cult. I instead referred to it as “cult-like” or a “spiritually abusive group.” However, after…


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Is Teen Mania a Cult? Part 3

This is part 3 in examining the list of cult characteristics from the International Cultic Studies Association and how it relates to the Honor Academy internship. – The group teaches or implies that its supposedly…


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Is Teen Mania a Cult? Part 2

This is part 2 in examining the characteristics of a cult in relation to the Honor Academy as listed by the International Cultic Studies Association. My comments are in italics. ‪ – The leadership dictates,…


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Is Teen Mania a Cult? Part 1

This question has come up time and time again. As an intern, we joked about how the townsfolk nearby thought we were a cult. It was funny, because of course we weren’t a cult! It…