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Re: Were the rumors about the Walk true or persecution from cult hunters?
Posted by: Amos ()
Date: December 02, 2018 03:59PM

Onion Wrote:
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> Some of the financial claims against Stevens were
> not true but yes he had everything done for him by
> "volunteers." "Kingdom businesses" like Living
> Word all had either volunteers (which is illegal
> to the businesses) or who were so underpaid as to
> be shocking and all the money went as directed by
> Stevens.
>
> Sexual improprieties and multiple affairs were
> mostly true about Stevens - true as in rampant,
> including that he sired a bio son with one of the
> church ladies and that person has been kept hidden
> and lied about to an extreme lest his and others'
> existence threaten Stevens' stepchildren's only
> claim t0 fame.

When you write that sexual impropriety is rampant is that based on rumors or on first hand evidence or witness testimony?

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Re: Were the rumors about the Walk true or persecution from cult hunters?
Posted by: Onion ()
Date: December 04, 2018 08:04AM

Hi Amos - It is usually not possible to give a first-hand account of sexual improprieties unless the information is being told by someone who participated in the sexual act.

I have been told by people who were abuse victims, seduced women (by both JRS and by G&M) of sexual conduct that can only be called improprieties because many times those involved were married - both perpetrator and victim. I have been told first hand by women seduced by JRS and/or G&M of the circumstances of the seduction and many abuse survivors have communicated directly on this forum, on the TLWF survivors group on Facebook and to me privately.

On occasion, there have been witnesses to hanky-panky, for example between G&M when JRS lay dying, who have confided information to me that I cannot disclose just yet.

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Re: Were the rumors about the Walk true or persecution from cult hunters?
Posted by: Amos ()
Date: December 04, 2018 12:02PM

Onion Wrote:
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> Hi Amos - It is usually not possible to give a
> first-hand account of sexual improprieties unless
> the information is being told by someone who
> participated in the sexual act.
>
> I have been told by people who were abuse victims,
> seduced women (by both JRS and by G&M) of sexual
> conduct that can only be called improprieties
> because many times those involved were married -
> both perpetrator and victim. I have been told
> first hand by women seduced by JRS and/or G&M of
> the circumstances of the seduction and many abuse
> survivors have communicated directly on this
> forum, on the TLWF survivors group on Facebook and
> to me privately.
>
> On occasion, there have been witnesses to
> hanky-panky, for example between G&M when JRS lay
> dying, who have confided information to me that I
> cannot disclose just yet.

Onion,

Thank you for responding and I understand the fine line between candor and confidence.

G&M are largely irrelevant to me and nothing they have been purported to have done is a surprise even though I know nothing to it. I realized years ago that they were cooking up their own personal fiefdom -- but Stevens really bothers me.

I held JRS with some regard and struggle with the notion that he was a perpetrator. I suppose I should not be too shocked since this sort of thing seems to be rife in the Christian Church (not just in the Fellowship and the Walk as it was known). But the possibility does mean re-evaluating the assumptions on which much of my youth and adult years were based. The horror of cognitive dissonance!

I feel like Elijah trying to answer the Shunammite woman:

“Let her alone, for her soul is troubled within her; and the Lord has hidden it from me and has not told me. (2 Kings 4:27)”

Amos

(and Onion, we know each other, perhaps not well, but we know) ...

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Re: Were the rumors about the Walk true or persecution from cult hunters?
Posted by: Onion ()
Date: December 04, 2018 12:53PM

Amos - I know what you mean about re-evaluating what so many years of our lives were based on. It took me a very long time regarding JRS. What made the truth click for me was the extent to which even he went to protect his secrets and the many lies that were told directly and indirectly by him and many others.

If we know each other, please send me a pm back channel on this forum. I would love to say hey.

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Re: Were the rumors about the Walk true or persecution from cult hunters?
Posted by: NancyB ()
Date: January 06, 2019 05:46AM

Dear friends

I was out of the loop for awhile. Check out the news flash...
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Kalona Church Ending Agreement with Living Word Fellowship
Posted: Friday, January 4th, 2019 at 6:26 am
Author: Brandon Shanahan - KCII News
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The Shiloh Church in rural Kalona announced they are ending their legal agreement with The Living Word Fellowship.

This announcement comes after reports of sexual misconduct from a former leader of The Living Word Fellowship. According to their website, the Shiloh Church is committed to remaining open and serving the community as an independent church.

After the allegations, The Living Word Fellowship announced that members Richard Holbrook and Scott McDonald have been removed from their roles in the congregation. A former member of the congregation, Shalom Abrahamson-Caples posted on Facebook about her experience of being a victim of sexual misconduct, which then motivated others share their own similar stories, according to Senior Pastor Gary Hargrave. The Living Word Fellowship has hired attorneys to lead an investigative committee to look into these claims.

Filed under: Today's Local News"
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http://kciiradio.com/2019/01/kalona-church-ending-agreement-with-living-word-fellowship/

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Re: Were the rumors about the Walk true or persecution from cult hunters?
Posted by: NancyB ()
Date: February 01, 2019 01:19PM

howmidoing Wrote:
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> Hi Nancy,
>
> I went to the LA school COL in the 90's. Probably
> a bit after your son as I will be 36 this year,
> but it's possible that I know who he is.
>
> My name is Anne.
>
> ~Anne

Hi Anne, My older kids are mid 40's We were gone in '83 but still had family ties in.

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