I may come across as cynical. I will never understand nor accept any of our Struthers experience.(see previous posts).
However, why are people putting up with it all? Are they still too scared or embroiled or under the influence to speak up? I do hope people from OSCR read this forum . The truth will triumph in the end. Why are all you Struthers people too scared to stand up for yourselves ? If You were fulfilled and happy there surely you would want to speak up for the Lord? why the silence? Does anyone recall the camp with Rosemary? Wesley Gault`s sister. (are Grace and Wesley still married) or Johnny Hamilton.... married to ZITA... ?
Hi again Lyntar
As Ifellaway has said (in their usual encouraging pastoral way) you are not coming across as cynical. We are all supposed to be truthful and if the Struthers leadership hurt you claiming God wanted them to you have a 100% right to ask them to explain how that works. And if they can't you are quite right to suggest it is time they stopped doing this to others.
Some other points on what you have said:
Your story about the funeral rings very true. Many of the Struthers church leaders behave appallingly towards those who have left and actually regard speaking to them as somehow descending (in their view) from their own exalted spiritual heights to an undesirable level. Many of us have had the same treatment. It is nothing to do with Christian conduct - it is exclusivity and snobbery - both banned behaviors for all Christians. It is ironic yet abundantly clear for all to see that someone who calls themselves "Ifellaway" still behaves towards you in a more pastoral manner than Jennifer Jack ever did.
It is mysterious that the ever fewer remaining Struthers people don't stand up for themselves and ask questions and leave but there may be reasons. Remember that the actual population is about 250 people across all the churches.
Over 40 of these are employees (though who is paid isn't clear)
Possibly as many as another 20 or so are church leaders or deputy leaders
Perhaps another 40 or 50 are family directly related to one of the leaders
Others may not like what is happening but have their kids in the school so don't want to leave just yet.
An alarmingly high number, maybe 60 or 70, have been there for over 40 years or longer and don't have a life outside Struthers and all their their friends are there. So no matter how bad it gets they are quite likely to stay.
Maybe 30 or 40 are the mindlessly loyal. A leader could hit them and they would go away and feel guilty that they made them do it.
An increasing number are very old - in their 80s or older and may not even be aware of the websites.
So it may be a very small number of the small number remaining are really free to weigh up the real issues and decide to stay or leave. Yet I agree with you - of that number it appears not one is able to come onto this forum and defend the church and its unbiblical practices in any way. So there are still people there but not anyone who is likely to set the world on fire for God, or even for Struthers.
As you point out the truth will triumph in the end and the end may now not be far away as OSCR ask the 6 Struthers company directors the same questions we have been asking. Public answer time for Struthers is now probably only a few days away. But we should not be too impatient. The longer the dialogue between the 6 directors and OSCR goes on the more illuminating the final answers will be.
Johnny Hamilton died a few years ago. His wife was called Zilla. He was never part of Struthers and as a result was a very interesting and capable Godly man. For some reason known only to Hugh Black he was one of the only people who was an "outside" speaker we were ever allowed to hear speak in Struthers meetings during the 1980s. He was badly let down by Struthers and ceased contact when they published his life story and testimony in one of their books without asking his permission. In the circumstances it is a disgrace that this book is still on sale in the 2 Struthers bookshops. Although fortunately, and perhaps because of things like that, sales of New Dawn books have never been strong. I think about 10% of all the New Dawn books ever printed at great expense to the church have ever been sold. Johnny advised many people to leave Struthers and many did in the process moving on to new and powerful Christian service once they had left behind the false and destructive beliefs.
Grace and Wesley are still married.