Re: The Living Word Fellowship, The Walk, John Robert Stevens
Date: July 29, 2013 09:24AM
Larry that is a very good post. You mentioned the spiritual return of the Lord (JRS used the word parousia, which by the way, means presence, whether spiritual presence or literal physical, I checked it out in interlinear bibles) anyway, the jist was always assumed to mean the coming of the Lord in His body, BEFORE His physical coming, however I have heard LIVING WORD adherants and former ones claim the Lord might not ever return at all, see, many have taken that much farther. I am wondering if you remember what JRS taught, if he was specific or not. I can't remember.
I have also mentioned that Latter Rain is exactly JRS teaching, one hundred percent of the way. What comes to mind is a member of the church in Atlanta, thinking that JRS had a direct revelation from God to store food down in the cellar (tunnel?) at Shiloh to preserve it. This guy thought nobody ever did that before in the history of the world. He was completely in bliss to the 'revelation' that the American Indians for one group, as well as thousands of other civilizations have stored food below ground level for thousands of years. That is the mindset of Living Word members.
It is sad, but true, there is a cult mentality. The idea that a leader can not be wrong, the belief that a leader is original in every precept, in every idea, that a leader is the one person connected with the mind of God, of all people on the face of the Earth, is the state of mind that caused Germany to give itself over to Hitler, that causes another "mainline Christian" religion to believe whatever head honcho is elected at the moment is the vicor of Christ, infallible and perfect. It is the same mentality that causes over nine hundred followers to go to a South American jungle to find heaven on Earth only to wind up with fly infested bodies with swelling bellies lying in the sun, or dozens of other followers to end up in well made bunk beds wearing new tennis shoes as their souls I guess are happily riding a comet to eternity.
The Living Word Fellowship is a sad case. The people in it are a sad lot. Thinking themselves to be wise, they have become fools, while the leaders laugh on the way to the bank.