I was just reading some of the originating posts from Hawk in 2006 again. I'm glad I did because I began to feel I was being "over the top" in regards to my posts. Or posting too much. But I believe thats due to still doubting myself to a degree. One thing I've realized is that its still difficult to receive kindness and encouragement because for so long I have been told I was wrong, overreacting or "in the flesh." If you ever even hinted as to not being with "the program" the ostracizing would begin but it was so subtle to begin with you always think its just you.
Re-reading the originating posts keep my from "doubting" myself.
What I really want to express now is in regards to some of my research that is right out in the open so its not like I am exposing anything. Only putting what's on the web in context with my experiences. On www.praisechaple.com Larry Neville posts an article 10 Steps to Church Mutiplcation - its a breakdown that expresses perfectly how PC views the education and training of their pastors (or the lack thereof), the financial aspect of planting churches and how what they do is different than the Church Growth Movement; in that they are not trying build a "Mega Church" but smaller churches that can reach more people in their own neighborhoods. I had to laugh a little; I don't think he realizes that we are all not the not-so-critically-thinking" sheeple that he thinks we are.
Praise Chapel may not be building a single "Mega Church" but they have and are continuing to build a "Mega Franchise/Conglomerate/Branding" organization. In that the churches pay tithes to the mother church or their mother church (the perameters for this keep changing). What it really is, in my opinion, is a monthly licensing fee to the franchise.
Something else I found is a PDF of a book from 1985 "An Open Door" [home.exetel.com.au
] on pg 168 it clearly states that Larry Neville went to work for Wayman Mitchell in Prescott as an assistant. If you go on Larry Nevilles personal page its still lists Wayman Mitchell as the No.2 person who has had made the most impact on his life. From 1985 to 2011 its still there even after the "so called" split. After all the documented abuses of CFM/Potters House.
Also, through the years we would had visiting evangelists preach at church and conferences and I would think to myself - who are these guys and why haven't we heard of them before, where do they come from? Well, when I started reading the above pdf names just started popping out at me they were or from CFM from years back some of the orignating members of Potters House. These men would often "prophesy" over Larry or Donna Neville always a ringing endorsement from the Lord - how great they are or how great they will continue to be. Always the same.
You can't make this stuff up. Its all in black and white for anyone who takes the time to look to see. Now, I can only imagine what some people will say. You have too much time on your hands, whats the big deal, so what - what difference does it make? A few years ago I would have agreed with them. Heck, there's still a part of me even now that says that to myself. But, once again I have to go with my gut and say - this is very relevant.
A huge conflict of interest and double-speak. How can you say you are nothing like something but stay so connected to it and your company model is exactly the same? You can't.
Regarding education and the PCCF bible college. Know who are the main instructors and overseers are? Donna Nevilles mother and step-father and a couple orignally from CFM. I have known this couple for years and have spoke to the wife several times. She does not have a very high regard for the Huntington Park congregation based on conversations I can fairly say almost contempt. Yet, her and her husband travel extensively to other praise chapels as evangelists and instructors I've seen the photos. The people who attend the bible college, in my opinion, are being told alot of what they hear in church does not always line up with the Bible and being told this by Donna Neville's own parents.
When everything is a contradiction something is seriously wrong.