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Jane Gibb

Jane and her husband Steve ministered at Trinity Baptist Church in Cairns, Australia for fourteen years before moving to serve as missionaries in Port Vila, Vanuatu. Jane has a bachelor of education. Jane is active in ministry in Vanuatu as well as being a busy mother of six.


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    Wow, Jane… I really like your posts! They’re really thought-provoking and interesting!! Thanks for sharing them!! =)

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    Robert Apps

    Jane, couldn’t some of the scenarios you have mentioned be just manifestations of say obsessive compulsive behaviour or other disorders (that is also displayed in other areas of life)?

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    Jane Gibb

    Rob, that’s true. Certainly some people seem more psychologically inclined to obsessive behaviours including in the spiritual realm. But when those behaviours are motivated by distorted theology, I don’t think it’s unfair to label them as spiritual addictions. And when a truly biblical view of God corrects those compulsions, couldn’t we say that the behaviours were spiritual addictions rather than just general OCD? I hope next week’s follow-up post makes that clearer. Please keep the discussion coming. I’m very interested in your take on spiritual obsessions.

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