Hi. My step Grandmother followed John Robert Stevens for awhile, then she did not think he was "ok" any more -I didn't know why at the time, by then we were in the Living word fellowship church & fully dedicated. I was a kid at the time. I lived in Gainesville, and later Cedar Key -Florida. They held church meetings in a house. I think they have disbanded now. (That was when I was in 2nd & 3rd grade). Then we moved to Detroit Michigan. Near Detroit they had an actual church building, the church was called Beracha chapel -if I remember correctly. A couple of times we went to house held meetings in Canada. I've visited Shiloh, in Iowa several times. When I became a teenager I left the cult, then most of my family did as well. All except for my (our close family friend, although I used to call her my aunt) -she moved to Iowa directly into shiloh at first. Now I think she has bought her first home near shiloh. She is still very committed to that cult & denies that it is one. She moved away from her entire family. Although she is not totally inaccessible. The church in Detroit collasped & everyone either quit, knowing it to be the sham that it was, or moved to another location in order to remain in that cult.
There was an additude of that church being "IT", like if you left it -you left God. So thats what I figured I did when I left, & I wanted to. Now thankfully, after many years of healing -I have a recovered & much better relationship with Jesus. "Jesus" the name they rarely ever said....unless it was something which is public or open to a larger group of listeners (especially if the public will see it)....Their current web page still models this bait & switch tactic. A few correct services (sounding very Biblically correct)....then once you're in, a whole bunch of Biblically incorrect sermons. Its very suddle though....then you slip further & further into the abyss of this very deceptive form of witch craft. They have lots & lots of tapes that the public will never hear & they protect them, even from many members of their own cult. The member has to be "safe" for them to expose their most core beliefs to.
When John died there was a lot of grief, which is expected. But they used the pulpit to express it in a very bizarre manner. I've been through a lot of grief in my life, but I have never wanted to "rent the veil" that Jesus already rent "from the other side". They were calling out to all these dead people (they're dead! who does that in a legitamate church?) (no one). Regardless of if they were in grief or not, they were ALWAYS trying to remove the diety of the Messiah -Jesus christ- & give that position to whoever they were worshipping at the time (John Robert Stevens, or themselves...etcetera). The reason they rarely said the name "Jesus" is because they did not have a personal relationship with him. Christ -is his position, not his name. When somebody has a personal relationship with a person they call them by name, if they don't know them very well they might call them by thier last name -but people don't label other people by thier professions all the time unless they don't actually know them at all.
Well its been awhile since anyone has been on here. It was nice to find this site, I will check back again. If there are any members or ex members out there who want to chat, my email is firstname.lastname@example.org
Faithful TO JESUS,