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9 years ago
AW Stevens
The police don't have any way of knowing whether the perp will continue to confine himself only to "hookers", or that he hasn't already attacked some that are not hookers, or that he will necessarily be sure that the person is a "hooker" before he attacks. Therefore it is very important to the police that they find the guy and take him off the streets. QuoteDon
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9 years ago
AW Stevens
QuotefindtheliesQuoteAW Stevens I can assure you that Christian colleges have textbooks for their religion courses. There are all kinds or choices available for books that fit the theology of the institution. I don't dispute that. What I was saying is that because there is so much out there in terms of various theologies and "truths" that it would cut down on confusion if you ta
Forum: "Cults," Sects, and "New Religious Movements"
9 years ago
AW Stevens
QuotefindtheliesNot when I was there, no. Which, to a degree, is probably good. If they're teaching from the bible, and that's all anyone is expected to bring to class (that and a pen and notebook), I don't think that's altogether a bad thing actually. I can assure you that Christian colleges have textbooks for their religion courses. There are all kinds or choices availabl
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9 years ago
AW Stevens
QuotefindtheliesThey do - it's a very small room in the front of the school facing Chamberlayne. There is little to nothing there (there wasn't the last time I was there anyway). The classes they teach (such as New Testament Survey) are done out of a book the teacher holds onto, the students don't get copies. It helps to keep down on confusion, or people reading things and discover
Forum: "Cults," Sects, and "New Religious Movements"
9 years ago
AW Stevens
It comes up #3 on the first page when I Google "Richmond Outreach Center". :-] QuotefindtheliesSo I wonder how this finally got knocked off of the front page of google results?
Forum: "Cults," Sects, and "New Religious Movements"
10 years ago
AW Stevens
QuotehismercyThere are 7 yrs. of postings on this blog. If G has done all this stuff, (not saying he hasn't), why hasn't his wife taken the kids, left him and moved back to CA. ? Who really wants to be with someone like that? I guess a better ? is, what's wrong with her, to stay in that life? Well let's see now ... they probably dismiss these postings as inspired by "th
Forum: "Cults," Sects, and "New Religious Movements"
10 years ago
AW Stevens
QuotehismercyWe have approx. 7+ yrs. of posts here and one thing I don't recall reading (but it might be in here) is that G & his possee (may be spelled wrong) were on staff at Victory Tabernacle Church of God on Genito Rd. in Chesterfield County when they first came to VA. They make it sound like they came here and opened the ROC the 1st week they were here. No, they were hired staff at
Forum: "Cults," Sects, and "New Religious Movements"
10 years ago
AW Stevens
House of Prayer in Chesterfield, VA, pastored by Steve Stells, is a non-denominational church that has planted some other churches. Not affiliated with the HOP in Hinesville, Georgia. QuotezeuszorTasha is referring to House of Prayer (HOP) churches, HQ-ed in Hinesville GA. HOP is a group that is an offshoot from the New Testament Christian Churches of America, Inc. (NTCC), founded by R
Forum: "Cults," Sects, and "New Religious Movements"
10 years ago
AW Stevens
Not affiliated with the House of Prayer of this thread. QuotenotperfectyetI was a member of House of Prayer in Chesterfield, VA Pastor Stell.......I WAS A MEMBER, lol.......I wanted to make that really clear.....when I left that ministry.....all the pastor said to me as he gave me his blessing was.....you know you're gonna have to start all over from scratch at whatever ministry you get
Forum: "Cults," Sects, and "New Religious Movements"
10 years ago
AW Stevens
QuoteMomOfTeensIt's my understanding that he filed multi million dollar lawsuits against people who posted the molestation allegations on this site. Isn't that how most pastors respond? I am still concerned as to why he is still allowed to be around teenage girls. Shouldn't his wife be concerned, too? Is she standing by her man? How did he find out their identities? Quote Did
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10 years ago
AW Stevens
QuoteBobsmithhttp://www.allaboutworldview.org/mark-16-faq.htm Notice that they make a bald claim without any citations. The vast majority of current translations include those verses as Scripture.
Forum: "Cults," Sects, and "New Religious Movements"
10 years ago
AW Stevens
No posts in over 2 months ... this means that the ROC has been fixed ... correct?
Forum: "Cults," Sects, and "New Religious Movements"
10 years ago
AW Stevens
QuoteBobsmithMost scholars do NOT believe they are part of the original. Search the ancient greek texts. Misguided people aren't necessarily part of a cult. Wrong. Most Bible scholars DO believe they are part of the original. The vast majority of English translations include them as Scripture, only a few footnote them.
Forum: "Cults," Sects, and "New Religious Movements"
10 years ago
AW Stevens
I believe that those verses are part of Scripture. Most scholars place them in the original Greek text. I have heard of people dying from intentionally doing those things, namely handling snakes and/or drinking poison in a church service. I would not attend a service where snakes were being handled ... that would come within the definition of 'tempting God'.
Forum: "Cults," Sects, and "New Religious Movements"
10 years ago
AW Stevens
The verse in Mark 16 refers to a situation where you -inadvertantly- encounter a snake. Intentionally handling a a poisonous snake in a church service, comes under the principle of "tempting God" and "foolish behavior". It's a cult.
Forum: "Cults," Sects, and "New Religious Movements"
10 years ago
AW Stevens
I was thinking that Focus on the Family would actually interview him, rather than just play a tape of him speaking in a public meeting.
Forum: "Cults," Sects, and "New Religious Movements"
10 years ago
AW Stevens
Quote12recoverAnyone know why the buses didn't run yesterday? Saith the ROC -- "Unfortunately, due to extreme heat, we canceled our Whosoever Bus Ministry, last week, but God more than made up for it on Sunday at The ROC on the Road in Mosby Court!" .... It's called SUMMER. Warm day, but plenty of folks enjoyed the outdoors.
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10 years ago
AW Stevens
Quote12recoverAnyone know why the buses didn't run yesterday? Still wondering ... The 6:00 pm service apparently was held, as the parking lot had a couple hundred cars in it at about 5:45 pm.
Forum: "Cults," Sects, and "New Religious Movements"
10 years ago
AW Stevens
What gives? ...no childrens bus ministry today? I rode past the ROC at about 11:00 am today, and all 24 buses (I counted them) were parked in their storage places along the fence, and there were only about a dozen cars parked in front of the building. I attended the ROC at the old location for 3 years, and I don't recall a week without the childrens bus ministry operation.
Forum: "Cults," Sects, and "New Religious Movements"
10 years ago
AW Stevens
Were these gifts or was someone effectively selling equity to a business with a contractual agreement to share in any profits via a contracted rate of return on equity? ROC is incorporated as a business, and there are already a number of businesses operating under that name. Here's an interesting article, to cogitate upon ... excerpt follows ... An angel investor or angel (also known
Forum: "Cults," Sects, and "New Religious Movements"
11 years ago
AW Stevens
The index finger and little finger extended, and the two middle fingers held down? That is the "satanic salute", commonly seen among hard core rock-n-rollers. I think that most ROC attendees don't know what it really represents; they just think it "looks cool". Diagram here: .... Deuteronomy 7:26 Neither shalt thou bring an abomination into thine house, l
Forum: "Cults," Sects, and "New Religious Movements"
11 years ago
AW Stevens
You may be correct, but don't underestimate what desperate irresponsible people can do if they feel that their interests are 'threatened', and are in a gang mentality. That said, I think that by all means people here should continue to speak out on the issues. QuotehismercyPardon the bad grammer, but he and none of the other ROC'ers, THEY AIN'T GONNA DO CRAP!!!! I agr
Forum: "Cults," Sects, and "New Religious Movements"
11 years ago
AW Stevens
Anybody who is at all 'Internet savvy' will be able to discern that these are real people, and anybody who knows the ROC will understand the reason for anonymous posting, namely because of fear of reprisals and retaliation from ROCers. Pastor himself has threatened in sermons to “punch out” people who criticize certain ROC leaders. He is a very muscular weightlifter guy, and could do
Forum: "Cults," Sects, and "New Religious Movements"
11 years ago
AW Stevens
G said in a sermon that he has a "baccalaureate" degree from a school of ministry. If I recall it was from when he was about 20 years old. Of course, the RSUM degree is also called a "baccalaureate", even though it is a 9-month program that has 1/4 of the credit hours of an actual 4-year baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university. I’m sure that they
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11 years ago
AW Stevens
Any info on this site about how to deprogram someone from this cult? La Luz del Mundo (The Light of the World) is a Christian denomination with international headquarters in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico. The church is based on a Pentecostalist doctrine centered around two charismatic leaders, Eusebio Joaquin Gonzalez, known as "Aaron the Apostle" to his followers, and since 1964,
Forum: "Cults," Sects, and "New Religious Movements"
11 years ago
AW Stevens
Most likely they have indigestion on a daily basis as this thread goes on and on and on and on .... given how rare it is for any minsitry to be criticised on this website, let alone for over 2 years. QuotetrulyblessedHismercy... Im starting to agree with you posting here in a waste of time, it goes nowhere and nobdy takes action anyway & not sure if there is a way to take action. I moved
Forum: "Cults," Sects, and "New Religious Movements"
11 years ago
AW Stevens
They could rationalize that a bunch of anonymous posters don't have much credibility in their criticism if they are not willing to post their names. As I have said before, the ROC leader has made public threats against critics, both of a legal nature and of a physical violence nature; and back when this thread of posts had barely gotten started. Therefore the ROC has nobody to blame but
Forum: "Cults," Sects, and "New Religious Movements"
11 years ago
AW Stevens
Has he discussed it in his services recently? It's been a year since I have attended any services there. It was his comments in a service in Feb 2009, implied threats to sue people posting critical things on the Internet, that led me to this website and thread of posts. In a service a few months before that he threatened to "punch out" people that were engaged in "church
Forum: "Cults," Sects, and "New Religious Movements"
11 years ago
AW Stevens
QuotehismercyI've been reading these posts for a while and even posted before myself. I have a Couple of questions: Can anyone explain the ROC Real Estate Foundation (listed on the VA Faith-Based Services website)? How did this become established? Isn't the purpose of a foundation to give away money? (see dictionary) How can a community leader allow 36 PAGES OF ALMOST ENTIRELY
Forum: "Cults," Sects, and "New Religious Movements"
11 years ago
AW Stevens
Mr. G "blew it" with me when during a sermon he threatened to "punch out" people who were engaging in "church gossip", and during another teaching he said that he had a "bad lawyer" ("bad" as in aggressive), who wanted to sue people who were posting critical things about the ROC on the Internet. The latter comment was what prompted me to do a G
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