Further down the page of the first link, next to last paragraph:
"The name ‘Church of the Living Word’ also designates two other Christian fundamentalist organizations. The first originated as a house group in Euclid, New York in 1972, and with Robert J.Mazur as its first pastor, it gained early support from ex-hippies. It has now expanded to larger premises in Syracuse, New York. It is fundamentalist, with leanings towards Calvinism—affirming the ‘universal depravity of man’ and emphasizing hell—and the Holiness Movement, along with which it advocates the Spirit’s sanctification and the acquisition of’ tongues of the Spirit’. The organization claims ‘many hundreds of members’ and owns its school for pupils of all ages."
I think that is the group that you experienced. Not related to the one JRS started.
As for the other link, I couldn't listen to the whole thing. (Too triggering.) I skipped around. It did remind me a bit of TLWF a long time ago. My guess is that the Syracuse group, like JRS' group, traces it's roots to the Pentecostal movement. Some of the sounds might be speaking in tongues (glossilaia). I also heard a lot of moaning at one point. So we know that the people are encouraged to be very demonstrative in their worship.
I no longer participate in any church, so I'm not the best person to give advice to those seeking a church home. But I will say that the most telltale sign of a cult is the level of control exercised by the leaders. Here is a link that might help: [www.culteducation.com
I just have one question. How on earth did they get all those people to dress in suits and ties or dresses for church? It's been years since I've seen that anywhere. Could that speak to the level of control? Also, the people on the platform had matching outfits?
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