Re: Struthers Memorial Independent Pentecostal Church
Date: October 04, 2013 06:10AM
Sorry, Weary, I think I may be at fault for reading too much into your message. I really just took, from your post, that you were understandably weary of the struggles against SMC. We here have all been completely and utterly wearied by them at some point in our lives and sometimes, when we are opening our hearts here, it can become too much to bear. Raking over old memories and past hurts, opening old wounds which, till now, have never properly healed but this is how the healing process begins. It's a bit like going to a psychotherapist but I believe it's much better because, whatever doctor you visit, it's highly unlikely that they will have any first-hand knowledge of what it means to have been a member of SMC for any length of time.
Some time ago the Petitor mentioned that most people, including friends and colleagues just didn't understand the enormity of what SMC does to your mind, spirit, soul and heart. People who have not had the first-hand experience think the whole thing is no worse than having a bad tooth removed and it's almost impossible to explain the pain and confusion to someone who has never experienced long-term mass hypnosis. Make no mistake about it because that's exactly what it boils down to and this is provable, as shown by Derrin Brown, whom we discussed at great length during the times the programmes were aired.
This, I believe, is the cause of the mental strain everyone has felt and some have needed medication due to the severity of this stress and the metal strain is due to the constant hypnosis (where key words and phrases are used again and again until they are implanted in the brain - like a software program) - the effect of which is cemented by the mass hysteria used to induce the release of endorphins - the resulting euphoria is then portrayed as a spiritual experience. I personally had one during a Red Arrows Fly-past, but that's another story on another page :-)
Tell me if I'm wrong: - All the people deemed to be 'Holy' in SMC have the same condescending and affected way of speech and the same stuck-on plastic (and somehow unsettling) beamy smile, not only do they all talk the same way but they also walk the same way and use the same phrases while talking to other people. If I was a betting person, I would just bet that they are still spouting the same tired old phrases from my day: such as the standard phrase used by a single person regarding whether or not they will get married: "I told God that if he wanted me to have a relationship he'd have to slap me in the face with the man/woman". I first heard that one in 1968, I wonder how many times it's been used since.
Getting back to the psychotherapy, since finding this thread on the forum all of us have found comfort just in the knowledge that we were not alone and we are all here now for two purposes:
1. To try and help each other to heal - since we can empathise with each other because we have all had first-hand experiences of the damage caused by being under the mass hypnosis of this unscrupulous organisation.
2. Make people aware of what's going on behind SMC walls and warn them of the corruption in the organisation, with a view to ending the influence and control these few people have over so many.
When I made my last post I was trying to say loving your enemies is extremely hard, if not almost impossible without some real strength and soul-searching and that contrition has to come before forgiveness can be given. I was making the assumption that you didn't know how to take these verses in light of the behaviour of SMC leaders which has been exposed at great length on this forum. I think the combination of your handle and the verses may have given the impression that you felt we should all just turn the other cheek and get on with life. I don't actually know if that was your intention or not - it's a very short post and you don't really explain whether you quoted the verses as a question about how you can relate to them when you feel spiritually damaged by SMC rather than as an admonishment to us.
Sometimes it's easy to make assumptions - but, as my dear friend is fond of saying "assume" makes an ass out of you and me and sometimes, as Cornelius Dredd says, we make the wrong assumptions from someone's post but we admit to getting things wrong and make our apologies (which is more than can be said for the leaders of SMC).
So if my assumptions were wrong, I do apologise profusely and ask you to forgive me.
If you posted the verses as a question rather than as an admonishment, my answer to you would be that God doesn't require this behaviour from us where spiritual leaders are concerned because THEY are more accountable, to God and the people, for their actions than we are and the Bible is quite clear about how we should deal with such false prophets. So, in these circumstances, I don't believe these verses actually apply to us but they most certainly apply to the SMC leaders who should (if they are as holy as they claim to be) be loving everyone and not just those members of SMC who choose to sit in the pews and revere the leaders more than God. In fact, the verses actually show - yet again - just how UN-Christian the leaders of SMC are when they can't follow the letter of God's word themselves but claim to have some divine power which makes them so much more holy than everyone else. That just doesn't make any Biblical sense at all.
Anyway, I do apologise if I upset you in any way - folks here (especially Clive :-) will tell you that once I start on a certain line I find it very hard to stop.
Of course, Corboy is completely right to remind us that the issue of loving your neighbours and your enemies is not really an important one here because we are talking major corruption in an organisation which holds itself in Holy-high esteem, while lying to and hoodwinking all they come in contact with - including school boards, the charities commission and any other organisation which pokes it's nose into SMC's business. One of the leaders even preached a character assassination of a certain person who was required to work in the school at one point, as part of their assessments by relevant outside bodies - that was completely against everything the Bible teaches and reinforces what we've been saying all along about the UN-Godliness and UN-Holiness of these so-called leaders.
It would be good though, Weary, if you could share your experiences with us, whether positive or negative. I actually didn't think your choice of handle was facetious in any way, I just thought you were expressing your weariness with trying to cope with the conflicting messages and outrageous demands, of SMC, on your life and time. But I hope that you will stay with us and accept my humble apologies for any wrong assumptions I've made.
Happy Survivor, the damage is deep and I know you have a hard time ahead of you. You will heal eventually but right now your brain will be experiencing a sort of withdrawal because it's been so used to getting regular massive hits of endorphins and this is likely to affect your health in other ways too. But keep your faith in Him and, with the help and support of a doctor or counsellor, you will eventually learn to live again. Incidentally, I would advise if possible to find a counsellor who has some knowledge of the effects of long-term mass hypnosis on the brain - not because I'm in any way qualified to give the advice but just because I think they will better understand the problems and confusions and may give more adequate help.
Of course, it's not so easy to treat the spiritual damage, but that's where God comes in and He will be your strength and spiritual guide on your road to recovery. In addition, we are all here to support you, love you and pray for you.
I've come to the conclusion, that no matter what the outcome of all this is, we will never hear the SMC leaders acknowledging the damage they have caused so many much less get any apologies from them so that's one cross I think we will all be bearing for a long time and will probably have to give up on eventually, with God's good grace. But if we can prevent them from causing any more harm, then we will have at least saved some other poor souls from the same fate.
Biiiiiiiig love and huge hugggggs
God Bless xxx