PART XX-E: Christian Reconstruction, ATI, Abuse & Submission – The Cult

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Screen Shot 2014-07-21 at 12.49.47 AMThe list of cults continues. This is not an inclusive list, just a few, to give you a sense of what is going on in the religious world, to put things into perspective.

  • Irish Travelers
  • Japanese Sects
  • Jewish Defense League

“…I just read over 40 hours of abuse regarding IHOP-KC and over 40 hours of Calvary Chapel. Christians need to get unbrainwashed and think for themselves and start questioning like where the money goes and follow that trail because God doesn’t get any money, nor does the poor. You’re supporting spiritual vampires, spiritual cannibals and habitual liars for the the most part. You’re supporting their business and their philanthropic lifetyle. One day you wake up and you realize that you lived your life for someone else and through someone else and why and what for? Don’t Call Me Brother by Austin Miles exposes how corrupt churches are run. READ YOUR BIBLE. Not to mention there’s a lot of books exposing church abuse keeping the people suppressed and in bondage and coming back for more and how healthy are people and families. It’s not big buildings and big numbers, much of the church is mental illness sorry to say….”

  • Jews for Jesus
  • Jehovah’s Witnesses
  • John Birch Society

“…While many Americans have been puzzled by the use of the term “anti-colonialist” within the context of such accusations, author Claire Conner has helped illuminate the historical and rhetorical linkages among the JBS, opposition to civil rights, anti-Communism, and accusations of anti-colonialism. Her recent book, Wrapped in the Flag, is an autobiographical account of growing up as the daughter of two of the organization’s earliest and most dedicated members. (See an interview with Conner by Theo Anderson, editor of The Public Eye.) Conner’s descriptions of the JBS’ opposition to the Civil Rights Movement are further supported by many primary sources, including the JBS’ own media campaigns. Examples include pamphlets republished as advertisements in newspapers in the mid-1960s, in which the Civil Rights Movement is described as a communist conspiracy to form a “Negro Soviet Republic,” as well as a pamphlet written by a member of the JBS National Council most famously known as the father of the Koch brothers. Both publications are described below…”

Stop IHOP Cult
Stop IHOP Cult
  • Kabbalah Centre
  • Kenneth Copeland Ministires

“…Additionally, as numerous former Gothard followers have discovered, developing character traits like meekness and obedience can set individuals up for abuse. Gothard has long been criticized for counseling victims to give up their personal rights, to remain in abusive relationships, and to look for how their own poor choices (lack of character) could have caused the abuse. He is also known for habitually blaming victims of sexual violence. The secularized Character First approach does little to correct that imbalance in favor of abusers….”

  • Ku Klux Klan
  • League of the South
  • Mannatech

“…Wives, however, are not ontologically inferior to their husbands; that is, there is nothing about women as human beings that makes them any less than men. So it is unhealthy for wives to emulate the same degree of dependence and submission towards their husbands that Jesus had towards the Father and Spirit while he was on earth. Furthermore, it is downright harmful for women to be generally submissive to – let alone “affirm, receive and nurture” – the strength and supposed leadership, of “all worthy men” as is taught by John Piper (e.g. Recovering Biblical Manhood and Womanhood, 1991, pp. 21, 29, 37, 39-41). This degree of one-sided submission from women has no biblical basis whatsoever and breeds male pride and female passivity in marriage and in the church….”

  • Mars Hill Church
  • Morman Church
  • Nation of Islam
  • National Alliance
  • Navigators

“...A political operative named Wayne Johnson, who had been an architect of California’s 1990 term limits initiative, managed the campaigns of several Ahmanson-backed candidates in 1992. The practical impact of term limits is to remove the advantage of incumbency (both Democratic and Republican) which the extreme Christian Right is prepared to exploit, having created a disciplined voting bloc and the resources to finance candidates.

At a Reconstructionist conference in 1983, Johnson outlined an early version of the strategy we see operating in California today. According to Johnson, the principal factor in determining victory in California state legislative races is incumbency, by a factor of 35 to 1. The legislature at the time was dominated by Democrats (and

Republicans unacceptable to conservatives). The key for the Christian Right was to be able to: 1) remove or minimize the advantage of incumbency, and 2) create a disciplined voting bloc from which to run candidates in Republican primaries, where voter turn out was low and scarce resources could be put to maximum effect. Since the early 1990s, Christian Rightists have been able to do both. Thanks to Ahmanson, Hurtt, and others, they also now have the financing to be competitive. Since the mid-1970s, the extreme Christian Right, under the tutelage of then-State Senator H. L Richardson, targeted open seats and would finance only challengers, not incumbents. By 1983, they were able to increase the number of what Johnson called “reasonably decent guys” in the legislature from four to 27. At the Third Annual Northwest Conference for Reconstruction in 1983, Johnson stated that he believed they may achieve “political hegemony. . .in this generation.” In 1994, they were not far from that goal. Rob Hurtt won a 1993 open seat by election for State Senate. In 1994, State Senator Hurtt was also the chairman of the Republican campaign committee for the State Legislature, an important power brokering role for a freshman State Senator. The GOP, led by conservative Christians, was only four seats away from majority control in 1994….”

  • National Heritage Family
  • Neo Nazis
  • Network International Investment Corp.
Talk 2 Action
Talk 2 Action
  • Newest Way to Wealth
  • North Korea
  • Nu Skin

“...Vyckie Garrison, who runs the website No Longer Quivering, “a gathering place for women escaping and recovering from spiritual abuse,” told me that she and her now ex-husband, although they lacked the money to attend Gothard’s seminars, followed his teachings through his homeschool curricula. She said her husband had believed, based on Gothard’s teachings, that he was responsible for his family’s salvation through the authority he exercised over his family, a role which turned him into a “tyrant.”

While many evangelical couples follow complementarian theology, Gothard’s twist on that teaching, said Garrison, is that “the man has ultimate responsibility with eternal consequences,” meaning that it “gives him the authority over every aspect of family’s life and thoughts.” In Garrison’s family this meant her husband exercised control of her and the children’s every move to ensure compliance with Gothard’s 49 character traits….”

  • Objectivism
  • Opus Dei
  • Oral Roberts University & Ministries
  • Promise Keepers

“…Many of you know that I’m particularly unnerved by leading dominionist “prophet” Rick Joyner’s recent rise to prominence because he’s based just a few miles south of me. His operation is headquartered at the old PTL complex in Fort Mill, South Carolina. But there’s another reason–he’s recently joined hands with the former leader of a group that gave birth to an outfit that burned me badly back in my college days.

One of the board members of Joyner’s activist group, the Oak Initiative, is Bob Weiner. If that name is familiar to some of you guys, it’s because Weiner was the founder and leader of one of the more notorious “campus cults” of the 1980s, Maranatha Campus Ministries. They caught all kinds of hell for abusive and controlling tactics with its members–most notably, a ban on dating. It was also one of the more prominent promoters of the same dominionist crapola that Joyner preaches now. Weiner claims to have “repented” of his past teachings, but that seems hard to believe given that he’s linking up with Joyner….”

  • Raelians
  • Republic of Texas Militia
  • Restored Church of God

“...07/15/14 a.m. Spoke with a man who was recently part of RCG (Restored Church of God) late yesterday. He brought up his view that David Pack and RCG are highly focused on money. So much so, he stated that a disabled person had been told by an RCG representative that he had to get a job so he could have more tithes/offerings to give to RCG. He said this person was told that if he did not, although he would still be allowed to attend RCG services, that he would not be granted salvation.

The individual I spoke with was horrified by this, and then quoted Ephesians 2:8-9, “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, 9 not of works, lest anyone should boast.” He realized that RCG added a non-biblical requirement for salvation. He also mentioned other problems associated with David Pack and RCG. While I knew that David Pack has long been obsessed with money, what I was told yesterday was even worse than I had heard before.

Years ago, in late 2007, David Pack basically told people to get into debt and cash out any retirement savings they had to give to him so he could build an impressive headquarters (see also David Pack of the Restored Church of God Declares: “Go get those assets and get them here”). David Pack indicated that this would be signal for all in the various COGs to come to him….”

  • Ron Paul Bots
  • Rosicrucians
  • Scientology
  • Silva Mind Control
  • Skinheads
  • Solar Temple
Gary North
Gary North
  • Sovereign Citizen Movement
  • Teen Boot Camps
  • Trinity Broadcasting Network
  • UFO Believers
  • Unification Church

“...Several years ago, we noticed Doug Phillips of Vision Forum was a speaker at one of Bill Gothard’s conferences. Of course, not everyone who speaks there is aware of Gothard’s false teaching on authority, circumcision, etc. Since then, however, we have received requests for info about Vision Forum via e-mail, regular mail, and phone calls. Suddenly, churches are having divisions and splits erupting as Vision Forum advocates insist that Sunday schools and youth groups be disbanded, and all church functions become all-family events. Anything else is being called unbiblical. Christian parents who do not home school their children are leaving some churches, because the Vision Forum home-schoolers are looking down on them and referring to them as “Canaanites.” We are well aware that followers can distort the teachings of a leader or organization, and they can do and say things that were never intended to be promoted…”

The series concludes, tomorrow.

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