Oct 23, 2018

CultNEWS101 Articles: 10/23/2018

Twelve Tribes, The Way, Grace Mountaineer Tabernacle Church, Exorcism, Sexual Abuse, Legal, Grace Road, Korea, Dr, Gillie Jenkinson, Cult Recovery

" ... Over the last couple weeks, she's received an influx of messages, nearly 100, she said, from people speculating Graves may have joined an insulated religious group known as the Twelve Tribes."

"Police, who have received similar tips, say there's no evidence to support that theory."

"The fundamentalist Christian faction, deemed by some to be a cult, was formed by leader Elbert Eugene Spriggs in Chattanooga, Tennessee in the 1970s. It now has an estimated 3,000 members living on communes in multiple continents with heavy concentrations in New England and Canada."

"The various locations run commercial businesses, such as Yellow Deli cafes or various bakeries and farms operated by Twelve Tribes' volunteers who aren't paid, but are provided room and board in exchange."

"In Michigan, near Battle Creek, Twelve Tribes operates Bear Creek Farm, a small commune and organic commercial farm in Marshall that sells energy bars, granola and soaps."

Charlene L. Edge: Plagiarism & V. P. Wierwille
" ... [T]he second of two posts about Victor Paul Wierwille and the books he “borrowed from.” These two posts are especially for former followers of The Way International, what I now consider a fundamentalist cult. In my memoir, Undertow, readers find out how I discovered, while working in The Way’s biblical research department, evidence showing that Victor Paul Wierwille (1916 – 1985) blatantly copied from another man’s work and led us to believe it was his own. This is called plagiarism and it is serious. That book was J. E. Stiles’, The Gift of the Holy Spirit."

"A Brooklyn Center pastor sexually assaulted an unconscious woman under the guise of performing a “deliverance” session to exorcise a demon from her body, a jury found [October 2nd]."

"Meally Morris Freeman, 56, was convicted of two counts of third-degree criminal sexual conduct for the private prayer session assaults, according to the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office."

"Freeman is scheduled for sentencing Nov. 9, when prosecutors said they will ask for a sentence just short of five years in prison."

"According to charges and courtroom testimony, the 28-year-old victim told police that she had met Freeman, her pastor at Grace Mountaineer Tabernacle Church, several years earlier and considered him her “spiritual father.” In September 2017, she sought spiritual guidance from him, and he told her she needed the deliverance session before Bible study to exorcise a demon from her body."

" ... Lee claims to have escaped from the Grace Road Church, a Christian-inspired group founded in South Korea by Pastor Ok-Joo Shin in 2002. The group claims to have members from South Korea, Canada, the United States, Japan, Australia, Vietnam and New Zealand, according to its website. Its corporate arm, GR Group, has over 400 members and more than $10 million in business investments in Fiji."

“It presents itself as a harmless church — a religious organization that has all these businesses — but it’s a complete façade,” Lee said. “Grace Road is a cult.”

" ... Dr Gillie Jenkinson ... uses her psychotherapeutic skills to help ex-cult members break the vicious psychological hold."

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