I was a member from 1990-2004. There were some surface reforms made after a high-up leader released a letter of scathing rebuke to the leaders and it 'leaked' to the members. But the changes did not go nearly deep enough (which is why I finally left). And his statement that "The people leading the Church at the time, are no longer members"... I have NO idea where he got that from!! That is totally not true. Most of the same leaders stayed in their positions, except for those who were forced to resign or the very few who stepped down for conscience reasons. Ooooh, I know what he's talking about: he's talking about the ICOC's founder Kip McKean, who was forced to step down and then started his own new group. But the leaders who kicked him out weren't any better than him, really, and didn't change what he set up while he was leading.
And many (if not most) branches since the "upheaval" have reverted back to the old ways, which absolutely follow the classic cult characteristics. I compare it to that old toy, Stretch Armstrong, where it stretched out for a while, but then sprang back into its original state. It was sad to watch.
Even in ICOC branches where the cult characteristics are no longer in place, I would not consider it a healthy church. Its foundation is sorely flawed.
There is a very active forum about the ICOC which has a lot of good information: [forums.delphiforums.com
]. It's open to anyone, including current members, and their posts are just as telling about the state of things in the group as posts by former members.
Edited 5 time(s). Last edit at 03/11/2013 03:07AM by Splash90.