Has Anyone Ever Heard of Radiant Life Church in Sacramento
Date: May 23, 2007 01:00AM
So from where I stand, there are many disgruntled people who feel abused, misled, and so on. I want to say that (with the exception of a few clearly slanderous comments) I agree with the sentiment of you guys/gals. Here's the deal: I have been in and out of radiant life for the past 4-5 years. I have experienced alot there. By the way, both good and bad! I have been to SOMA (not for the full three years, however). I have seen and heard many appalling things. I was discipled by a guy that ended up turning out to be nothing more than a "mini-me" of the person that discipled him. His wife was the same way and did the same thing to my wife. They acted like they really cared for us and that they loved us like Christ and so on... but then I stumbled upon their sins issues and then they treated me differently ever since. But he has since lost his authority and no longer leads any ministry. I also know of a guy at the church that led people that ended up going off the deep end recently. And I know of another that lost his position on the worship team because of personal issues (marriage, etc.). I have thoroughly questioned the whole "spiritual parenting" thing and have found much corruption within it. I have taken note of unwholesome living situations, unwholesome relationships, and odd teaching down the line.
However, here is what I have resolved within myself about radiant life (I am sorry if this sounds preachy, but I have to say this as a precursor to my point): Every man and woman must make their own choices to live out what they believe. Jesus said the pharisees were dirty on the inside and clean on the outside. But true transformation is being cleaned from the inside out (take it or leave it, its what I believe). The problem at Radiant Life is that many people, because they want to "fit in" with leadership and have approval, put on a front without ever having an inward change. The result of this is that something that is pure and wholesome becomes utterly filthy and adulterated (but subtlety). My point is, although what Tony has been teaching may actually start out as something that is good, someone else then takes it, tweaks it, and then regurgitates onto someone else. It is just like the telephone game.
I will have nothing to do this crap, personally. All I know is that I can affect change from within, by living rightly and speaking the TRUTH, not half-truths. And as long as I love others as Christ has loved the church, I know it will all work out.
But at the same time, I do urge this warning: do not go to RLC and just take anyone's word for anything. It is likely to have an agenda attached.
Test those that you listen to and make doggon sure that they are legitimate.
What are your thoughts?