Re: Struthers Memorial Independent Pentecostal Church
Date: September 27, 2013 10:40AM
I'm afraid, Happy Survivor that Bingowings has already been banned from the forum and would be unlikely to be able to enter the debate again, unless they use completely different details to create a new account. Even so, it would hardly be helpful if the person continued to resort to SMC tactics of answering the questioners with accusations rather than logically, decently and Biblically backing up some feasible answers. It's so much easier to try to bully and antagonise people, after all that's exactly how the leaders treat their members.
I find myself astonished at the small core number of people who still revere these so-called leaders. When you consider that even Nostradamus got quite a lot of predictions (or prophesies) correct and many of the events he foretold have happened in the intervening years. Now I remember being told, in SMC, that Nostradamus was the devil's spawn (or somesuch). Now, I have to wonder if that was just because they didn't want us to question why NONE of the prophesies made by SMC leaders EVER came true and yet they were always given as 'coming imminently'. Everyone used to 'hang' on the 'New Year Word' to hear what wonderful promises God had made and what miracles could be expected in the coming year. Did any of it EVER happen? Not to my knowledge but perhaps the current members are privy to some prophesy actually becoming fact, which has cemented their belief that the leaders of SMC are not false prophets.
Once you accept that nothing they have prophesised for the past 50 odd years has actually come to pass - you are left with only ONE conclusion: These are the quintessential False Prophets and, as such, are dangerously unbalanced. I agree wholeheartedly with Chris19, narcissism is a word I have also used to describe the iffy mental state of these few families. I think Ma Jewell was perfectly right to have feared greatly for her grandchildren since it seems they have had no choice but to become totally hypnotised and embroiled in the power-struggle and I do feel some sympathy for them, having been brought up that way myself. It's so totally ingrained in you that you really and truly believe that everything you have been told is the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth.
But I'm preaching to the converted here, we all know how difficult it is to break free from the clutches of the Fat Controllers in SMC. :-)
This is why they insist that you spend all of your time within SMC or with other members of SMC because it stops you receiving any outside influences - until your whole life revolves around the church and you eventually become dependent on it - like a drug. This is how these unscrupulous people extend and enforce their ultimate control of the members lives - and basically keep them 'sheep-like', as the Petitor suggested recently.
Happy Survivor, you may come across many more 'fast' friends who suddenly lose contact but you will gain many more healthy, normal and decent friends who will be 'true' friends no matter what. At least you will begin to feel sane and whole again but you are right to remain wary of people who are in or have been in SMC - at least until you are sure whether or not they have reached a true understanding of what's going on in SMC.
Many people have left but are still confused and worried that what they were taught might just be right and are therefore loathe to say anything bad against the church and, while you can sympathise with their confusion, you still need to be careful what you say around these people. Others who have left just don't want to talk about their experiences at all and that's OK too since it's unlikely you would be able to draw these people into any kind of debate over the issues here and equally unlikely that they will set foot inside the church again let alone talk to any of the current members.
The point is, you will eventually know who to trust and you will find much support here - but ultimately, it doesn't really matter what people say about you and it's better to find out who your REAL friends are even if it is a painful process. It might seem very difficult just now but you really will begin to heal now that you're away from the brain-poison in SMC. Just remember that you have made a huge leap in the right direction and we're all right behind you!
As always, biiiiiiiig love and huge huggggggggs to all
God Bless xxx