Posted by: Reepicheep ()
Date: September 27, 2019 07:48AM
I have also posted my personal knowledge that JRS NEVER commissioned Gary and Marilyn to take the Apostolic mantle.
I wonder what would have happened if just one person would have stood up in a service during their power grab and said that what they were doing wasn't what John wanted. Not to say what John did was really any better but would it have rocked the boat just enough. Would they have been murdered, because people were pretty crazy back then. Would anyone have listened?
Lilith, unfortunately, any person standing up and telling the truth about the power grab for "the mantle" would undoubtedly have been ridiculed, harrassed and alienated. Anyone attempting to speak the truth at that time was publicly demeaned to such an extent that the implied warning was "stand with this person and you're next. And by the way, we have your children, your friends and your family. Don't think you'll get out of here with anything but yourself. And that's if you're lucky".
Just to revisit this topic, many people were floundering and undecided how to proceed after John's death. I was devastated, as was everyone else. To stand up in a service and speak the truth AND have people listen would have taken someone very respected within the fellowship. Unfortunately, no one did that. So we'll never know. I like to think that I would have listened to a trusted friend. But again, we'll never know.