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11 months ago
Reepicheep
Sometimes I wonder if the info about cults should be taught in school. There are just too many evil people in this world. I'm just now coming to grips with what a horrible, disgusting person JRS was. Some days it still gets to me. Fifteen years after leaving. In the seventies, I was married to his nephew. I had an arranged marriage in 1971 and an arranged divorce in 1978. I was groomed and t
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11 months ago
Reepicheep
Reveal wrote in part: "4.Command submission of every decision in people's lives to include dating, marriage, having children, where to live, what job to take, to go to University or not, etc. and if people decide not to submit these things, to at a minimum withdraw affection and ostracize them from their church family, or disparage their character, make a pariah out of them, gossip a
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11 months ago
Reepicheep
Hi Onion, Nice to hear from you. Yes, so much water under the bridge. So many layers of damage. May we all find some closure and peace.
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12 months ago
Reepicheep
Hmmm...along the same lines... What could TLWF do better? Gary should definitely bring more sermons with the theme "It's a new day". You can never get enough of that BS. (GAG) Signed, Susie Submissive (also GAG)
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12 months ago
Reepicheep
Changed wrote: Question: Name something you have received by serving Christ in the Flesh Answer: PTSD Ding! Ding! Ding! You win. I think that we all got a hefty dose of that! Once I was filling out one of those 360° evaluations. Lol. At the very end it asked what TLWF could do better. I wrote about not understanding the Christmas truck. Why did we have to do that, it didn'tmake
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12 months ago
Reepicheep
Posted by: Richard M. Date: February 21, 2019 But one thing I was sure about was the insidious scheme of creating what was known as the woman group of "intercessors," some five or six?, ostensibly protecting Stevens from "demons." For me, a joke of monumental proportion. While it might be embarrassing to some from revelations of the past, and with the truth confronted in t
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12 months ago
Reepicheep
And one more thing, to Ms. "Monitor" and Mr. Davison, I don't recall ever teaching either of you to treat some people better than others. You didn't learn that from me. Respect leaders, yes. But squash people who deserve to be heard by those leaders? Absolutely not.
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12 months ago
Reepicheep
Wow! You really do find and repost great observations, Changed. I like Reveal's takeaway from the time my husband received the anonymous letter. It was from someone claiming that it's their "job" to monitor this forum and report activity back to Gary and Kevin. And it was asking him to shut me up and keep me from posting here. Reveal said "If they spent even a fraction of
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12 months ago
Reepicheep
It was during the nineties at a conference that I got busted by the sound booth guys for unauthorized musical accompaniment with a shakere. It was a gourd instrument with a net of beads covering the outside. I had purchased it from a man calling himself Shakere Joe in Echo Park. Great fun!
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1 year ago
Reepicheep
Changed wrote: "The decision to leave was rooted in sanity--but the toxic culture we all were immersed in made it seem otherwise. It's refreshing to think our own thoughts, rather than the thoughts of those who seek to exploit our lives, and get a 'bad spirit' when they can no longer do so. The line is drawn. :)" Oh, yeah! I like that. This time, we draw the line o
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1 year ago
Reepicheep
JRS had many, many vices and was not a safe person to be around. But, try as I might, I just cannot picture him in a golf cart with guards running along beside. In a van being driven by a bodyguard, drink in hand and surrounded by adoring servants, yes. Golf cart, no. Lol.
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1 year ago
Reepicheep
Lilith wrote: Yeah, we should explain ourselves. The heads of the cult required very, very, very special treatment. It was annoying in the extreme especially when they were always banging on about the ground being level at the foot of the cross. Not from where we were sitting! Changedagain wrote: True Can't stand the sight of golf carts to this day! Let alone golf carts with secu
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1 year ago
Reepicheep
Oh, Changed and Lilith. You guys made me LOL! : } For anyone reading this that doesn't understand the train of thought here, our friends are being facetious about the lifestyle of the TLWF cult leaders. Please see the newest the Living Word Cult video for context:
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1 year ago
Reepicheep
Posted by: katnmouse91265 () Date: April 23, 2023 12:53PM I just watched the film by Macie Chadwick about her abuse in Grand Junction Colorado and I started shaking because I was there for awhile. I hope if she is here she will pm me because I often wondered why people were shipped shipped to GJ when they messed up in Shiloh. I need to know if my dad at any time was involved in any of this. H
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1 year ago
Reepicheep
Katnmouse91265, I'm so glad that you mentioned the new YouTube video by @thewalkdoc. I hope that everyone will watch. Powerful.
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1 year ago
Reepicheep
Changed wrote: ANNOUNCEMENT: "O.K.---just letting everyone know there is no more room to post your sins on the crosses. Rick just posted his, and we're going to need to construct a few more. Also, the woman who wrote about making out with her boyfriend while her husband lay dying in another room never signed her name. No confessions without signatures!" What a spectacular id
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1 year ago
Reepicheep
changedagain Wrote: ------------------------------------------------------- "Reep wrote: Then, he signed the apology letter: 'In Christ's Blood'" Did this mean that 'God in the Sky' forgave him for his role in covering up the abuse that went on for decades, much of it involving his wife's son, and then directed him to a "higher calling?"
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1 year ago
Reepicheep
On second thought, I will post a link to Gary Hargrave's "apology letter", but it also has a response from former TLWF member Caleb LaPlante. Here it is:
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1 year ago
Reepicheep
Please excuse. I was still working on this post when I unknowingly clicked post. Oops! As I was saying, on October 25th, 2018, Shalom publically posted several letters that she had sent over the course of a few years to Gary & Marilyn Hargrave, asking for help. These had gone unanswered and ignored. She was blamed and harassed by underling shepherds for sexual molestation done to her. Gary
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1 year ago
Reepicheep
Shalom posted her letters to shepherds of The Living Word Fellowship (which had gone unanswered and largely ignored) in a public Facebook post on October 25th of 2018. By November 1st of the same year, Gary Hargrave had posted an apology letter on the internet. This, after years of privately responding to these crimes by saying things like "eventually abuse happens in all churches".
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1 year ago
Reepicheep
Here is the latest video interview from The Living Word Cult on YouTube: . These videos all aid in recognizing the disjointed havoc that many of us experienced for so many years. They also give insight into the differences in experience of the various generations. Thank you, Scott Barker! Two thumbs up!
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1 year ago
Reepicheep
Changed wrote: Someone 'gossiping:' "Hey, I heard Rick has been screwing around again, and there will probably be a 'special service' warning us not to gossip. When the hell are they going to do something about him, and leave us out of it?" #BanSpecialServices Aren't the shepherds and apostolic ministries told to protect the sheep from the wolves? Or ar
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1 year ago
Reepicheep
Good posts from cultfree during the months leading up to Shalom's letters heard 'round the world. I remember when, about ten years prior, there was a lot of fur flying regarding Rick's impending third divorce and soon, his fourth marriage. It was getting to be beyond ridiculous in a very unfunny way. Everyone was called to a special service. Apostolic company members were lined up
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1 year ago
Reepicheep
This latest video brought up so many strong feelings for me. Charity's candor and composure are powerful. She mentioned being young and being groomed by leaders. Being sexualized by them. How confusing it was. How you become confused and think that something is wrong with you. I've definitely felt those same feelings as a teen and a young woman in The Walk back in the sixties and sevent
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1 year ago
Reepicheep
Correction: Shalom's Letters: I Can't Be Silent Anymore.
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1 year ago
Reepicheep
Must see...Episode 2 of TLW Documentary. Shalom's Letters: I Can No Longer Be Silent.
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1 year ago
Reepicheep
Katnmouse91265, sounds likes you weathered many very difficult situations at a young age. I remember Lee and Becky Baily. Were they running the school? Hard to imagine. Yes, there are still a few areas where former Walk churches are still affiliated with Gary Hargrave and still study JRS teachings. One is in the San Fernando Valley in California. Another small group of what's left from Sh
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1 year ago
Reepicheep
Posted by: changedagain () Date: December 11, 2022 01:20PM A new documentary being made by two ex-members of this cult. I'll certainly be watching this. Here is the trailer on YouTube: ************** Yes!!! Please follow this documentary and share, share, share!!!!
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1 year ago
Reepicheep
Happy 4th anniversary of Shalom's post heard 'round the world, the beginning of the end for TLWF. Let freedom ring!
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1 year ago
Reepicheep
Changed wrote: Living word authority: John is dead. Emboldened sheep: Yes, I know. Did you kill him? Living word authority: Of course not! Emboldened sheep: You sound defensive. I think you did it. ************************************* Lol! If only I would have been that brave back then! That "John is dead" stuff was an extremely far cry from the accusations of Walk me
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