Newfrontiers, British New Church Movement
Posted by: bea ()
Date: September 08, 2009 12:47AM

I grew up in the "new church movement", of which New Frontiers was a part of, and I had some horrific experiences there. I was prayed over and subjected to rituals similar to that of the toronto blessing. I had trance states induced and had convulsions as a result of 'laying hands'. I was told that if I ever left I would be a reprobate and God would punish me. I was told that every negative thing that happened was a result of me sinning. I witnessed people being hypnotised into trance-like states, laughing hysterically, having emotional outbursts, having fits, rolling on the floor, barking like dogs, speaking in tongues all which was attributed to the movement of the Holy Spirit. I went to a new church school so was completely emerge in the lifestyle. I was physically and sexually and spiritually abused within the church and by my own father, who was a church leader/elder.

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Re: Newfrontiers, British New Church Movement
Posted by: crashov3ride ()
Date: August 14, 2012 09:48PM

I had and saw similar things i almost got sexually abused but i warned them i would phone the police in the end i stayed longer so i could stop the child abuse i saw going on but i had to leave. I'd liken the atmosphere to being in a room full of mental people but i'm sure mental hospitals don't have such extreme behaviour. It was terrifying at times. The humiliation they put on me and my family i will never forget.

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Re: Newfrontiers, British New Church Movement
Posted by: Servant Victoria ()
Date: August 08, 2017 01:11AM

To both of you who have posted, I am deeply troubled by behavior exhibited toward you in this "movement" and am extremely grateful for you stepping forward and making your stories public. May God heal you and surround you with love and support...

I actually have had some experience with the Toronto Blessing in the Detroit area, and much of what you described, bea, brought back memories, but the abuse was not part of my personal experience.

Anyway, my reason for posting was to thank you. This really could help someone, although my hope and prayer is that these churches have fizzled out or diminished in numbers in the few years since you have posted. Any update from anyone regarding New Frontiers or the New Church Movement would be helpful. Let's continue to shine the light on this.

Blessings...

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Re: Newfrontiers, British New Church Movement
Posted by: Trebor25 ()
Date: August 19, 2017 12:04AM

I don't believe most of the post you have published on here. I have been a member of a church that is part of NF, and never seen any of this. I am not saying there could never be a wayward church, I am just saying of all the NF churches I have encountered there has been none of it. We used to have a Bible week at Stoneleigh with over 20000 people there, as far as I am aware nothing bad happened. Since NF broke into smaller areas, my church have been having the same thing as at Stoneleigh, and again nothing has happened.
New Frontiers believe in the Bible being the inerrant word of God, so must be the ultimate authority on Earth. The Bible says leadership is male, women can lead children and other women, but not men. However they can preach under the leadership of Elders.
NF is not diminishing in fact it is growing at a furious pace, and more and more churches are joining or being planted, at home and abroad.
I am sorry this does not follow the drift of this site,but I felt that the discussion needed a balance.
I do agree on one thing, I did not like the period following the Toronto Blessing, with the laughing, braying and barking. I do of course speak in tongues.
As for being brainwashed, this is pure rubbish, I have disagreed with Elders at certain times, and never been thrown our of the church or been punished. I also left for a few years to a non NF church and was welcomed back.

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Re: Newfrontiers, British New Church Movement
Posted by: Henri ()
Date: October 16, 2017 05:52AM

To Trebor25:
If you attended a bible week with 20000 people, how could you possibly know what was/was not going on?
Abuse of any sort rarely occurs out in the open. Just because you don't believe it goes on in your church doesn't disprove bea's own horrific experience. I hope the police got involved, especially if there's a likelihood it's still going on. Even if the church bea refers to no longer exists the abusers do and are probably ruining lives somewhere else, as we speak. This should be very troubling to everyone.

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