Salutations, long-time-listener-first-time-poster here. Had used Factnet back in the early 00's when I 'blew out' but it appears to be shut down now. I shed some tears and let out some laughs reading many of these posts and would like to thank you all for your heartfelt empathy toward all who are left questioning after leaving "the source." TLW is all that many people have, and I think that's all very intentional on their part, which makes forums like this so important for survivors. Maybe Survivor is a harsh word, but there is a certain re-programming you have to do when you leave and I think that qualifies as emotional abuse. Not to mention some of the very direct ways people were abused and exploited you all have detailed on here. Those make me shudder! And my heart breaks for those that have been exploited by this movement. That was all very hush hush for those of us in the body, especially in the 90s.
Question for rr or any others. Are you considering detailing any of this in a more organized forum? I'm sure I'm not alone in wanting to contribute to that. The flow here is very good for dialogue0--which is important!-- but there are many specific topics that I'd care to go back to scattered throughout the page 100-500 marks. I've done a little work in compiling a sort of alternative biography after I realized Factnet closed down. my friend told me that reddit may be a good community, so I posted there the other day. I like that they sort posts by topic, is there any way to do that here?
Here's some of my sources, pulled from my reddit post:
Sources: 1. Apologetics Index, [www.apologeticsindex.org
] 2. Culteducation, [forum.culteducation.com
] 3. Another Gospel: Cults, Alternative Religions, and the New Age Movement, by Ruth A. Tucker, Zondervan, 2004, ISBN 0-310-25937-1, pages 360-362 4. Vain Glory: John Robert Stevens, Violent Intercession, and The Walk 5. Ronald Enroth: Churches that Abuse. Available at [www.reveal.org
] 6. Woodrow Nichols: The Occult Metaphysics of John Robert Stevens [www.dialogueireland.org
] 7. George Chryssides, Historical Dictionary of New Religious Movements. Available at: [books.google.com