Re: The Living Word Fellowship, The Walk, John Robert Stevens
Date: June 16, 2019 12:55AM
> Continuing with your WHEN PROPHECY FAILS theme,
> I'm posting what I wrote on the community page.
> THE WALK of John Robert Stevens
> I have mentioned previously that the greatest
> disservice done to all, regardless of which
> generation, is what was initially advertised as a
> 'walk with God' devolved into John Robert Stevens'
> (JRS) version of a 'walk with God'. This may seem
> obvious, but it deserves closer scrutiny.
> Many of us who have come out on the 'other side'
> of our TLW involvement have actually found a deep
> personal relationship with our 'still small voice'
> with or without any religious context, much like
> many in humanity have over the ages. Attributing
> this relationship to Spirit, Universe, Creator,
> Higher Power, Jesus, Buddha, Energy, or Donald
> Duck, doesn't really matter. Unfortunately, there
> are also those who feel so lost they have
> completely discounted the idea that there is
> 'anything out there' at all, and thereby fail to
> recognize what is actually 'in here' -- but that
> is a story for another chapter.
> Those of us in the second generation that enlisted
> in the JRS era were actually allowing everything
> to be defined by JRS' 'walk with God', which
> consequently, discounted our own. The current
> JRS-hardliners keep referring to their allegiance
> to 'the word' JRS spoke as equally infallible as
> they believe the Bible is, meaning, even though
> JRS may have had his weaknesses in the flesh, 'the
> word' was still true. This is what needs closer
> 1) In both his affair with Naomi Klein in the
> '60s, and his affair with Marilyn in the '70s, he
> fully endorsed praying for the death of his then
> current wife, Martha -- was that a 'true word'?
> 2) Does anyone even today (hardliner or not)
> engage in 'violent intercession' as an accurate
> representation of their relationship with 'god' --
> was that a 'true word'?
> 3) Did the 'kingdom' actually come in 1979 -- was
> that a 'true word'?
> 4) Was he the 'first fruits' to break into
> resurrection life -- was that a 'true word'?
> 5) Did a 1000 prophets march across the land
> taking over the 'seven realms' (which I cannot
> remember) -- was that a 'true word'?
> 6) Did his death 'bring down Satan' -- was that a
> 'true word'?
> 7) Do people really battle principalities and
> powers hiding behind every fire hydrant -- is that
> a 'true word'?
> 8) Are only the people who profess to be
> 'christians' the 'chosen ones' of god -- is that a
> 'true word'?
> 9) Does God demand a 'sackcloth & asses'
> foundation to our relationship -- is that a 'true
> 10 ) Did any of his 'lofty visions' chronicled in
> the 'Shape of Things to Come' ever manifest -- was
> that a 'true word'?
> 11) Feel free to fill in all the ones I am failing
> to remember . . .
> The point being, there was quite a bit of the
> 'word according to JRS' that held no water at all,
> and with so many holes in the bucket, one would be
> hard-pressed to justify carrying his water at all,
> in spite of all his frailties, deceptions,
> cover-ups and cons that are now coming to light.
> What is even more painfully clear, he spoke out of
> one side of his mouth and 'tickled our ears' while
> loving the limelight, but made little or no effort
> to demonstrate an adherence to walk in the very
> word he spoke.
> I would venture to say that all those I served
> with for decades had/have more integrity in their
> little finger than the very man we professed to
> follow as the 'apostle to the kingdom'. God only
> knows how this even got translated into the G&M
> era when the 'lamp' was more of a 'tramp', with
> little more to say than narcissistic babblings
> that made little sense even to the most
> simple-minded, which we had obviously become after
> being worn down for decades by 'words from God'.
> I for one can say my relationship with the 'still
> small voice' looks NOTHING like the 'walk of JRS',
> for which I am thankful on a daily basis. Those
> who know me well know that I 'walk my talk',
> something TLW leadership has failed to do from the
> start--with a few exceptions.
> Thus endeth the epistle.