Yes, and I've been abused by other people at TFI too. It is a spiritually unhealthy place. When he found out that I was speaking to the Duncans, he squeezed me out of my job and my place to live, using BS excuses. That's for starters. He said that I had to move because the fact that I had savings, was not broke, and that my room above The Lair was "meet need only", meaning that it was reserved for the indigent. Well, he knew I wasn't broke when he hired me in the first place, so why is it a problem that I have money all of a sudden when I start associating with people that he doesn't want me to know? Why did he let me move up there in the first place? Robert Fox had a job and lived in that very same room for like two years. It must have been because his mother was Ole's secretary. So that excuse about I had to move because I had money was a lie. I wound up basically homeless over this. How come every time I would express that I disagreed with or did not understand something he taught, he would tell me that I have the mind of a brute beast and needed to repent? You'd never hear that in the edited, prerecorded Bible studies, huh?
I have a couple of problems with this. First, why are you angry about being 'kicked out' if you think Trinity is a cult. I'd figure you would be happy that a cult wanted you gone? Also, if Trinity was a cult, wouldn't Ole try to appease you and take your savings before making you leave? From what I understand and please let me know if I am wrong about this because I really don't know very much about your situation here.
You came because you were interested in Trinity's involvement in exposing cults and you needed a place to stay for awhile. Did you pay rent? Did you pay for any meals at the Lair? Did you pay for electricity, water, etc? If not, then a group of people took you in, let you stay in a warm place without rent and fed you three meals a day. The room is for the indigent and those that need a place to stay while they ACTIVELY search for something else. You admitted that you smoked weed while you were there. Frankly, you were given a home from a church yet smoked pot when they preach against it. From what I understand you were asked to find another place to live BEFORE you spoke to the Duncans. Your earlier posts back this up. Remember...you were pro-Trinity when you left and posted as such but met the Duncans for dinner AFTER you left Trinity and they 'opened your eyes' so to speak.
Maybe I'm confused about the timeline but when I read your very 1st few posts it certainly seems to me that you left Trinity, was pro-Trinity for a bit THEN met the Duncans, read the book and now are anti-Trinity.
Robert was working for Trinity when he lived there and was fine just being the chef for the Lair. As for his mother..LOL.. his mother wasn't Ole's secretary as far as I know. She's actually living in another city and we all keep in touch with her still.
I was hired to do a job. I was not "taken in". I laid the groundwork by phone from Chicago before I ever came to Dallas. I was working with JPUSA up there and was not satisfied so called TFI and asked Pete if I could visit their community. I was not broke nor homeless and deliberately came to TFI...like I said, I was hired to do a job on my second day there by Ole himself. I had thousands of dollars in the bank and could have done anything I wanted, could have gotten a job, an apartment, all that, and what I wanted to do was live in community and do Christian service work. I was assigned to be Pete's assistant. The terms and benefits of my employment were were clearly explained to me and I agreed to it. My room and board, plus the $80 weekly were part of the terms in exchange for my services. I was not "taken in". Now, I abused my freedom and betrayed their confidence. I made this clear and outed myself in front of the whole world here on this message board. Give me some credit. I am not proud of this, in fact I am ashamed of myself. Did I pay rent? Did I pay for meals? Did I pay the bills? Well, it was explained to me that my room and board, as well as $80 a week (minus $25 for meals, meaning I cleared $55 dollars a week) were what I'd recieve as an employyee of TFI, a Levite. I was told that I was at that point in the "Levite corps". So, yes, these things were a part of what Ole and I agreed to when he hired me. I EARNED EVERY MEAL I ATE AND EVERY CUP OF COFFEE I DRANK AND EVERY SHOWER I TOOK. These were the benefits of my employment there. Remember, I was an employee, not a volunteer. I was moved into that room and it was explained to me that I'd be living there indefinitely. Nobody put the squeeze on me to move until after it became known that I'd met with the Duncans. So that's not true, Ole wanting me out before I'd met them. If that's what he told you, he lied. (Ole lie? No way!) Everything was trucking along fine until I met them to hear their side of the story. I used to call the Duncans from inside the dining room in the Lair after I ate dinner, fully in everybody's presence. I thought to myself, "well, if I get in trouble or something for talking to them, there's my proof that this is a cult." And get in trouble I did. Do you think that raised some eyebrows? Hell yes! Shoot, I liked my job. I watched TBN all day. Do you have any idea how tripped out it is to watch Benny Hinn and the Crouches after smoking some kind bud? :lol: My earlier posts do not back up the idea that they wanted me to move out before I met the Duncans. Hell, the first time I met them, I did not let anybody know what I was doing. I kept it a secret until after the fact. So Ole comes up with some BS excuse about I can't live there because he didn't realize that I was not broke before he hired me. They had some interns and that guy Jeff and before I knew it they were doing my job and I felt the squeeze. I first met the Duncans in June and moved out in August, for Pete's sake. I met the Duncans well before I moved. Again, if that's what Ole said he lied to you. Doug and Wendy will testify to this. The new information that they introduced me to was very very confusing and alarming at the time. They'll testify to that too. The cognitive dissonace was so strong that at one point I tried to have myself committed at the VA! I thought I was going crazy, I couldn't sleep or eat and barricaded myself in my room for days at a time. You must understand my recent exit from Iraq before arriving there, so there was some PTSD going on too. Why do you think I deliberately wanted to live in community in the first place? TFI was making me sick and I praise God for bringing the Duncans into my life.