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Re: The Living Word Fellowship, The Walk, John Robert Stevens
Posted by: NickleandDimed ()
Date: May 15, 2018 02:59AM

kbyrne Wrote:
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> Hi! I'm new to the group. I've only gone back a
> few years' worth of posts, I haven't read them
> all, there's so much to read! Some of the stuff
> blows me away.
>
> I was in the Walk from '74 to '84. I spent 5 of
> those years at Shiloh. When JRS died I was living
> on Blix and answering phones on Kling. For
> several years, when things struck me as strange, I
> just filed them away as something I didn't
> understand. When people left, like the Corbetts
> and then the Finneys, I just wondered why, but
> never questioned it. And sadly, I never saw them
> again, so I couldn't even ask them what had
> happened. I just accepted it. I had babysat
> their kids! I totally looked up to them and loved
> them. I just didn't get it, but I questioned very
> little.
>
> Things got strange for me after John died.
> Instead of running from the Walk, I backed out
> slowly. There was so much going on, no one even
> noticed. I honestly don't feel bitter for the
> time I spent involved with TLW, but I do feel a
> sadness. >
> (I do, of course, remember being afraid that if I
> left I would get hit by a bus, or a train, or
> something. OMG!)

kbyrne posted 5 days ago. About recognizing she was deceived by John. I reposted her first post. Because she lets us know. She was a Blix girl. I didn't want that piece. Of her story. To get buried.

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Re: The Living Word Fellowship, The Walk, John Robert Stevens
Posted by: GoingRogue ()
Date: May 15, 2018 05:23AM

My thoughts regarding the quote below:

"The hardest day of freedom is better than the best day inside a cult."

After the constant psychotic pace of doing REALLY important busywork for years, and the neurotic seeking of approval and "words from God", living apart from the cult has been positively relaxing.

It was definitely an adjustment that took some time. After all, I had been under the false impression that I was bringing in the Kingdom! It takes some time to get used to being a mere human being again. I thought that I had many wonderful friends. They all disappeared nearly overnight. Think about it. The relationships were often based on work that you were assigned to do together. If you stop doing that and you no longer attend services, they really don't have time for you. Belonging to a group where everyone has a common purpose (even if it is a complete lie) can give you the feeling of importance.

It doesn't happen all at once, and it takes some work, but that quote has definitely been true in my life. Repairing family relationships has been key. Developing hobbies that I enjoy (what???) has also been a new experience. Becoming human rather than a "Kingdom" drone has been very liberating. I highly recommend life outside the cult.



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Re: The Living Word Fellowship, The Walk, John Robert Stevens
Posted by: changedagain ()
Date: May 15, 2018 09:00PM

> kbyrne Wrote:

"For several years, when things struck me as strange,
I just filed them away as something I didn't
understand. When people left, like the
Corbetts and then the Finneys, I just wondered why, but
never questioned it. And sadly, I never saw
them again, so I couldn't even ask them what had
happened. I just accepted it. I had babysat
their kids! I totally looked up to them and
loved them. I just didn't get it, but I questioned
very little."

I don't know what motivated the Corbetts to depart, but I do recall Brent Finney being vocal in his opposition to Gary leaving his first wife (Donna) and later marrying Marilyn. He was one of the few authorities that took this stand openly--at least that I am aware of. That likely precipitated his departure, and his family along with him.

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Re: The Living Word Fellowship, The Walk, John Robert Stevens
Posted by: GoingRogue ()
Date: May 17, 2018 04:23AM

changedagain Wrote:
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> I don't know what motivated the Corbetts to
> depart, but I do recall Brent Finney being vocal
> in his opposition to Gary leaving his first wife
> (Donna) and later marrying Marilyn. He was one of
> the few authorities that took this stand
> openly--at least that I am aware of. That likely
> precipitated his departure, and his family along
> with him.

Good for the Finneys. That was an extremely weird time period. It's too bad that G didn't announce his divorce and remarriage at the same time. They had to dispense the information in semi-palatable doses. Otherwise a lot more people would have left.



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Re: The Living Word Fellowship, The Walk, John Robert Stevens
Posted by: changedagain ()
Date: May 17, 2018 06:33AM

GoingRogue Wrote:

> Good for the Finneys. That was an extremely weird
> time period. It's too bad that G didn't announce
> his divorce and remarriage at the same time. They
> had to dispense the information in semi-palatable
> doses. Otherwise a lot more people would have
> left.

It certainly was a strange time period ('82?). Hargrave Family Ministries was also established around this time (a year or so prior to John's death).

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Re: The Living Word Fellowship, The Walk, John Robert Stevens
Posted by: changedagain ()
Date: May 21, 2018 05:08AM

There have been two royal weddings already this month. Here is a link to the more significant of the two:

[garyhargrave.com]

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