Posted by: changedagain ()
Date: June 29, 2019 09:23AM
Do you think JRS was fooled by this guy (Dr. Kerry Reams)...or was he receiving kickbacks from him, after allowing him access to members of the fellowship? I suppose both propositions could be true.
I wonder the same thing about the mine scam. Was JRS really fooled by his son-in-law's scheme...a display of ignorance which alone should invalidate claims he was a manifestation of Christ (John 2:24-25)...or were they in it together? Conveniently, John was holed up in Shiloh when his son-in-law was facing the law, eventually serving time. It was his son-in-law, correct?
Interesting discussion, NancyB, changedagain and fool me twice. As far as Kerry Reams, I have no idea if JRS had ulterior monetary motives for pushing his questionable medical expertise
. As NancyB said, JRS was constantly looking for new things, new revelations, new medical treatments, etc.
As for the mine scandal, there is a thorough account of behind the scenes machinations in Chapter 11 (Silver and Gold Have I None) of Woodrow Nichols' research titled EXPERIMENT IN END TIME APOSTASY: THE WALK of JOHN ROBERT STEVENS;
The History, Beliefs, and Spiritual Dynamics of a Christian Cult. This chapter reads as a strange tale of deception, in-fighting and revenge. People lost their life savings by "investing in the Kingdom" at the urging of JRS.
The only person ever prosecuted in relation to the mine was Paul Holder. Here is a quote from the end of this chapter:
Stevens' guilt is so obvious it sounds like a replay of President Nixon's actions during the Watergate affair. All in all, there were two 1000 oz. silver bars missing and approximately 3400-3500 other ounces unaccounted for, which at the time, was worth over $65,000. It is interesting to note that Martha is attempting to get at least half of 3500 ozs. of silver in the safe of John Robert through her recent divorce. It is interesting to speculate on where this silver came from. In fact, Hostetter told the Halla's that he was under the impression that the profits of National Mint were to go towards "blessing the Apostle," claiming that he had never been informed that it was to go to Logos Mining Corporation.
The only person to be prosecuted out of all of this was Paul Holder. He was eventually convicted of felony grand theft in June 1978 in San Diego for raising money for a mine that did not exist. It is humorous to note that the whole time the trial was taking place, John Robert was spending an extended sabbatical in Washington, Iowa. In fact, when the trial was officially over, he returned back to Southern California. The first meeting he spoke at after returning is recorded in the Prologue. This is why the congregation was so anxious to hear from their Apostle again....
Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 06/30/2019 12:31AM by Reepicheep.