Have Praise Chapel moved on from the Potters House ways? Here is one pertinant question I would like to ask.
Does Praise Chapel still hold to the shepherding doctrine?
The Shepherding doctrine also known as spiritual covering, headship ect has caused great damage and brought complaints whereever it has been endorsed and enforced. This is because of the erroneous belief that God has appointed a 'covering, headship or shepherd' to be over every saint. That person covers or spiritually protects them. This gives them a great degree of illigitimate authority over that person in the name of God and so gives them a degree of licence to abuse that person while the victim feels they have no moral right to break away from the abuser because they were placed above them by God himself.
If a Praise Chapel church taught this doctrine then I simply would not go there. End of story. It is more than a wrong doctrine. It is a licence for abuse. It is the same founding principle upon which the Potters House was built. We can talk all we want about financial accountability and holding leadership to account but any attempt to do this in a shepherding movement will be little more than window dressing because they will not undermione the fundamental principle of the shepherding doctrine upon which for many their very salvation hinges.
Does this sound over the top? After I parted company with the Potters House I endured great mental anguish until I grasped the fact that I didn't need to be under an AUTHORITY and didn't need to be going to a CHURCH to be SAVED. Shepherding groups may deny they teach these things yet those who leave go through a lot of anxiety over these things.
Wayman Mitchelkll himself denied that you couldn't leave the Potters House and be right with God but said in all his years he'd never come a cross a single case of a person who WAS right with God. You see how tricky these people are. Mitchell knows full well that attendance of a Potters House church as essential to right standing with God is untenable as a doctrine but he finds a way round it. That's hypocrisy and that says all you need to know about the shepherding movement.
It's the same abusive doctrine holding your salvation hostage. Some are just more overt about it than others. If you are in a church that teaches this then the best thing you can do is just leave and not go back. God won't strike you down. You won't backslide, you won't go mad. The only thing that will happen is that you will be free of abusive religion that attempts to put a man between you and God.
Here is a link to a site by author Adam Harbinson. I've just finished reading his book entitled 'Savage Shepherds@ where he shares his own experiences witha shepherding church in Northern Ireland. Do take the chance to check out the video of Harbinson on the web site. If you 've been involved in a group such as this you will likely relate to what he is saying. I think it's well worth a look.
God bless you...naboth675