[b:551b0d0c7f](Quote from Boanerges)[/b:551b0d0c7f]
As painful as these memories are for we expatriates; it is most painful to me because it was my throat that O~ had a hold of. Yes, he, in fact, meted out his self-styled divine justice on me, which left me voiceless for a week or more. But then, this is only one of several such episodes –to a greater or lesser extent – that he saw fit to exact over the years… to a number of us.
I have been reluctant to enter into this dialogue, until now, because, unlike many of my fellows, the pain of my decade-long relationship with O~ remains with me every day and still denies me sleep on an all too regular basis. Writing to you now forces me to recollect these acrid events and encounters that I would rather not bring the surface; however, after following this discourse for a while I would like to set the record straight for you about the person you have became an apologist for.
Let me begin by saying that I have no financial, literary, theological, or artistic interest in anything that has anything to do with O~ or his surrogate, TFI. Nor do I care to debate theology (I’ll leave that bone to ya’ll). Wendy’s book stands alone as a thoroughly accurate account of her life “on the block” and differs from my personal experience considerable but the roots of our commonly experienced pain are exactly the same and are shared, almost unanimously, by those escapees still alive. Yes, some five or six of the most fragile former members are no longer able to speak to these atrocities!
For reasons I cannot comprehend, you have taken a stand for a person, a place, and a business that you have never met, been to, or participated in. Moreover, you have likewise discounted the experiences of a number of us who spent years under the “authority” of O~.
Unlike my fellows, who have given you tremendous counsel in these conversations, I would strongly encourage you to abandon your home, your family, your possessions, your conformability, “pick up your cross”, and move to the block. Spend a few years under O~’s rod and prove us all wrong. Perhaps, you will be the instrument for change that we were not. Perhaps, you’ll be the emissary that can create a bridge to reunited us all. At the very least, you will come to know what we have all learned to well: the operative definition of what it means to be the “Chief of Sinners”
And, one more thing, we got this new person, Boanerges, who gets involved in the discussion even though he didn't really want to, and Cherenuff1 and NathanA, just ignore it! What is up with that??[/quote]
To paraphrase Zueszor a bit when he responded to NathanA. You need to seek (no pun intended) information on both sides. You have read one book concerning Trinity and have made a blanket judgement without bringing any true discussion to the table. I grow bored with you and until you have actually met people, interviewed people here, I have to say that you are being narrow-minded in your pursuit of this. Why are you here? To me that is trolling. You have out and out written that we are basically wrong in our viewpoints YET you have only read ONE book on the subject. Have you read the 50+ other articles concerning Trinity? Tell you what...perhaps I'll write a book in response to this and send you a copy so that I KNOW someone will blindly believe what I've written.
I'm very glad that you've read 'books' on cult subjects. I'm sorry that I don't deem you qualified to take your word that Trinity is a cult. I've read books as well but I do my hardest not to make a blanket judgement on a group of people without doing some research especially if I aim to defend my thoughts about said book.
As for Boanerges, I will be more than happy to listen to him if he agrees to tell the whole story...not just part of it. He tells the end. What about the beginning and middle? Also, this is an open forum. How do I know he is who he is? I would appreciate an email from him if he will privately contact me so that I know it is really him.
Also for the record, I NEVER said the book or Wendy or Doug lied. I've been through what most of the ex-members were through. What I had a problem with is that what is written is the conclusion of ALOT of stuff that was left unwritten but as I've stated...I will not be the one to tell other's stories...that is for them to tell.