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3 years ago
Reepicheep
changedagain Wrote: ------------------------------------------------------- > I didn't know Craig well, but the impression I had > of him based on relatively few encounters was that > he operated from a place of integrity. Maybe what > John was referring to as socializing, was just > someone allowing himself to be accessible. That was my impression too, changedagain.
Forum: Former Cult Members and Affected Families
3 years ago
Reepicheep
corboy Wrote: ------------------------------------------------------- > No one has to answer any of these questions about > the back room meetings Puddington mentions. > > I came up with the questions just in case they > help clarify what people remember and wish to > describe. > > Since those back room meetings were kept a secret, > no one who was not in th
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3 years ago
Reepicheep
lily rose Wrote: ------------------------------------------------------- > I used to feel the most extraordinary anointing > when I prophesied in an Italian accent. "The Lord > has prepared for you a table of resurrection life, > sonship, and spaghetti." Sorry about that. Haha! I always felt the most anointing when I just kept quiet. Or prophesied in Pig Latin. That
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3 years ago
Reepicheep
larry bobo wrote: _______________________ > Reepicheep – Are you serious in implying that God > has not limited Himself to speak in King James, as > He did through John in the early days of The Walk? > How can we lowly congregants possibly distinguish > true words from God from the ramblings of men? At > least it’s not in Latin! After all, if Jesus > spoke in King J
Forum: Former Cult Members and Affected Families
3 years ago
Reepicheep
TheycalledmeJonah Wrote: ------------------------------------------------------- > One aspect of the Living Word Churches which > always made me feel weird was that as a church, > they are always pushing toward something - > breaking through. What does that even mean. It > seems as though all the words brought are meant to > "fix" us so that we can break through
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3 years ago
Reepicheep
puddington Wrote: ------------------------------------------------------- > Corboy, by my estimates > > 1) What proportion of people in LW were also > attending the back room meetings? Probably only > 10% > > 2) Were these back room meetings generally known > about, or secret? Only known to those invited > > 3) What did a member have to do before he or
Forum: Former Cult Members and Affected Families
3 years ago
Reepicheep
changedagain wrote: ____________________________________ > BTW, I recall Gary stating that John's death > actually brought down Satan, which if people > believe it, would make John even more revered (if > that is possible). I remember that too, changedagain. I think he reappeared, didn't he? Also, I distinctly remember sermons in which the members were blamed for &
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3 years ago
Reepicheep
Changedagain, puddington, corboy, lily rose: (Nickleanddimed and Larry, you too. Didn't mean to leave you out, your posts just magically appeared.) You all make excellent points. Sometimes you hear the same dogma over and over, until it just sounds normal. Everyone in your group agrees and confirms. If you have a contrary thought, you ignore it, stuff it down and go on. After awhile you
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3 years ago
Reepicheep
Sounds like a good idea, corboy and puddington. lily rose Wrote: ------------------------------------------------------- > I wonder if the idea of infallibility in JRS's > divine order scheme is confusing to people and > leading some people to feel it is the unpardonable > sin and somehow blasphemous to question what they > feel is the voice of the spirit. I thin
Forum: Former Cult Members and Affected Families
3 years ago
Reepicheep
Acesanates wrote: _________________________________ All that Martha stuff was a snore. Maybe to you, acesandates. But probably not to Martha, or the daughters of John and Martha, or to the grandchildren. Pretty sure it was no snore for them. In hindsight, I didn't appreciate "the Apostle to the Kingdom" praying for God to kill his wife, and teaching his followers to do like
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3 years ago
Reepicheep
TheycalledmeJonah wrote: _____________________________ > Thanks for your kind words, Reep. My parents are > still in the church, but their relationship with > it has definitely changed quite a bit. I see them > as being in the same place I am with the church - > Love the people with all our hearts, but need > something different for ourselves. > > Our relationshi
Forum: Former Cult Members and Affected Families
3 years ago
Reepicheep
Acesanates, I believe you said that you left the Walk when it all became "too political" back in the late seventies. What does that mean? Please help us to understand why you left. This forum is made available through the Cult Education Institute, and the topic is The Living Word Fellowship, The Walk, John Robert Stevens. You can call people who post here "bitter" in order
Forum: Former Cult Members and Affected Families
3 years ago
Reepicheep
acesandates Wrote: ------------------------------------------------------- > Lastly, in my experience and belief, I do not > believe JRS was a false prophet or false ministry, > money and property issues be damned. Because what > i experienced, beginning in the early 70s in San > Diego, Anaheim, Southgate, Sepulveda was the > return of the apostolic anointing. Acesand
Forum: Former Cult Members and Affected Families
3 years ago
Reepicheep
So sorry for what you're going through, Cult Widow. This is an older post, but I believe you'll be better off without the person who left you and the family for a cult leader. Hope things are getting better for you by now.
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3 years ago
Reepicheep
acesandates Wrote: ------------------------------------------------------- > Even if he was a charismatic ego (whatever that > psychologically entailed) he also was an > authentic apostolic vessel of Christ's spirit. Acesandates, with all due respect, what is your evidence of JRS being "an authentic vessel of Christ's spirit"? It seems that you used very subj
Forum: Former Cult Members and Affected Families
3 years ago
Reepicheep
changeagain wrote: > The risks were veiled. They were only revealed > after a person became immersed into culture. Trust > me...if from the outset you were told this > movement had 'the Apostle to the Kingdom', there > were Nephilim resisting his ministry (among them, > his wife), we were to pray for their death (or the > death of the spirit moving through
Forum: Former Cult Members and Affected Families
3 years ago
Reepicheep
Welcome, TheycalledmeJonah! Good for you! Many people who post here are very regretful that they didn't see the light and leave TLWF while they were still young. I think it's rather interesting that Craig told you that being a musician is not you. That takes some colossal nerve, if you ask me. I don't know you, but IMO the leaders in TLWF only know what they WANT to know about the
Forum: Former Cult Members and Affected Families
3 years ago
Reepicheep
corboy Wrote: ------------------------------------------------------- > Cult leaders hate being accountable to objective > guidelines of any kind, hate anything that is a > reminder that there is something outside of their > group that they cannot control, standards where > they are falling short. > > So...one cult building strategy is for the leader > to persuad
Forum: Former Cult Members and Affected Families
3 years ago
Reepicheep
larry bobo Wrote: ------------------------------------------------------- > In hindsight, it is curious to see how normal > healthy behavior was considered to be “religious”. > In exchange for “freedom”, we tolerated another > human taking the place of God and completely > controlling every aspect of our lives. Coming out > of a Baptist background, it made the legalism I
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3 years ago
Reepicheep
lily rose Wrote: ------------------------------------------------------- > There's so much "new thing" in the LW. I remember > the 1970's were banner years for new things. We > eagerly awaited each new JRS tape and the next new > thing God was doing. Funny that all the new things > JRS said he (the anointed one) received from God > were the teaching of
Forum: Former Cult Members and Affected Families
3 years ago
Reepicheep
Repeat sermon alert: The New Leaven of the Kingdom December 30, 2017 - by Gary Hargrave Monte Sião, Niterói, Brazil. God is doing a whole new thing in the earth by bringing forth His Kingdom, and it is totally different than anything we have ever known or experienced. Are we willing and ready for the new? A new thing called The Kingdom?!? Wow! We'd better all rush down to Braz
Forum: Former Cult Members and Affected Families
3 years ago
Reepicheep
changedagain Wrote: ------------------------------------------------------- > John would quote scripture to justify his hold on > people's lives, and thwart those who might > question him. Marilyn would wholeheartedly back > him in this, since it kept the power structure > intact. I recall the phrase "cutting out their > tongue" being attributed to Marily
Forum: Former Cult Members and Affected Families
3 years ago
Reepicheep
I never heard of the self-styled guru, John de Ruiter, until now, corboy. Control and deception seem to be the trade secrets of these people. Here are a few quotes from an article about him that seem very apropos to the Walk/TLWF: "He was their guru and teacher, to some even a saviour, a humble messiah they called simply 'John.' They left their lives and families to be with h
Forum: Former Cult Members and Affected Families
3 years ago
Reepicheep
Also, Lily Rose, I'm not aware of any investgations, but how would we know? My guess would be that if anything of that nature had happened it would have been after Jonestown. Cult Crashers...great idea! Lol
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3 years ago
Reepicheep
lily rose Wrote: ------------------------------------------------------- > Try this link. > > > You quoted from the Hulu production about a cult, > "Once you've seen the freak show, you can't unsee > it." So true. It's interesting the recent > appearance of movies and mini series about cults. > I think stories from the LW would be fodder
Forum: Former Cult Members and Affected Families
3 years ago
Reepicheep
Tknc Wrote: ------------------------------------------------------- > "The leader's illnesses are caused by demonic or > astral assaults because of > negative thinking from former disciples or from > doubts held by current disciples" > > So many of these things ring true as they concern > the secret LW Outpost my parents ran with me and > my siblin
Forum: Former Cult Members and Affected Families
3 years ago
Reepicheep
changedagain Wrote: ------------------------------------------------------- > Reepicheep: > Changedagain, did Gary make a huge deal about not > celebrating Christmas when he was your pastor? > Just curious. > > I don't recall him making a big deal about it. The > main focus was on the violent intercession for the > apostle, and the judgement of his enemies.
Forum: Former Cult Members and Affected Families
3 years ago
Reepicheep
By Rick Ross, Expert Consultant and Intervention Specialist Ten warning signs of a potentially unsafe group/leader. •Absolute authoritarianism without meaningful accountability. •No tolerance for questions or critical inquiry. •No meaningful financial disclosure regarding budget, expenses such as an independently audited financial statement. •Unreasonable fear about the outside world, suc
Forum: Former Cult Members and Affected Families
3 years ago
Reepicheep
lily rose Wrote: ------------------------------------------------------- > Hi Invisible, > > When I joined I didn't do an exhaustive analysis > of world religions and decided the LW presented > the best theology available. I had no biblical > discernment skills and did not realize then that > many of JRS's teachings go against the Bible. But > I probabl
Forum: Former Cult Members and Affected Families
3 years ago
Reepicheep
Invisible Wrote: ------------------------------------------------------- > We can find fault with anyone or anything if we > choose to do so - we can even cry about how we > were robbed of all the presents we didn't buy, > give or get because some one told us not to > celebrate Christmas (easy now) - or one might ask > - why did one join the church, if they had to gi
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