The Cult of the Narcissist

Having failed to impress the world with his greatness, the narcissist withdraws into a “pathological narcissistic space”…and draws in unsuspecting followers.

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This Blog

“The Geftakys Assembly began in 1970 in Orange County as a group of young people earnestly following the teaching of George Geftakys. My husband Steve and I were among them for twenty years. This blog grows out of my reflections on the impact of that experience.” –Margaret Irons

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Gretchen’s Story – Part 9

“The group’s totalist environment emphasizes that the members are part of an elite or special group. Outsiders are considered unworthy or unenlightened. This leads to the thinking that their whole existence centers on being in the group. If you leave, you join nothingness. This is an extension of doctrine over person. Existence comes to depend […]

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Gretchen’s Story – Part 8

Doctrine Over Person “As members rewrite their own personal history or ignore it, they are simultaneously taught to interpret reality through the group concepts and ignore their own experiences and feelings as they occur. Members learn to fit themselves into the group’s way of life and individuals are valued only as they conform to group […]

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Gretchen’s Story – Part 7

George Geftakys taught that the saints had a “heavenly language” that most of the world couldn’t understand. There were words and activities that only someone in the group understood.

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Gretchen’s Story – Part 6

“The teachings of the group are viewed as the ultimate, unquestionable truth. The leader of the group is likewise above criticism as the spokesperson for God on earth, whose Truth should be applied to all humankind. Anyone who disagrees or has alternative ideas is not only irreverent, but also unscientific. Mystical manipulation often lends credence […]

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Gretchen’s Story – Part 5

“Past and present behavior, and undesirable feelings are to be confessed. However, the information gained about you can be used against you to make you feel more guilty, powerless, fearful and ultimately in need of the group and the leader’s goodness. This environment is set up by the unreasonable demand for purity.” There was a […]

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Gretchen’s Story – Part 3

Mystical Manipulation “The group attributes supernatural influences where none are present: attributing an accident to a member who left to be due to “God’s punishment”, or manipulating situations so they appear spontaneous. Members believe that their new feelings and behavior have arisen spontaneously because of joining their new group. The effect is enhanced by the […]

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George Geftakys has died…

George Geftakys slipped into a coma on August 11, 2014, and died at 6:15 p.m.  He was buried in a private service at the Riverside National Cemetery. Your reflections prompted by this event are welcome here, on the website, and on the Facebook groups, “George & Betty Geftakys – Geftakys Assembly”, and “The Geftakys Assembly”. Elizabeth Esther Geftakys […]

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My Theological House

Sandy Blank went through the big doctrinal changes in the Worldwide Church of God, became thoroughly disillusioned, and walked out. After having a powerful conversion experience she went back to Worldwide (now Grace Communion International) to try to make a difference, but left again after 10 years. In “My Theological House” she describes her experience […]

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God’s love letter….

Here is the message of God’s love in paraphrased words from scripture in a six minute video. Be blessed! Or maybe not. If you’ve experienced spiritual abuse, you might be thinking, “But what does that mean?? God let me get really hurt – how is that ‘love’?”

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“What is God’s Will?….”

“How can I know what God wants me to do?” Ask this question, and often the answer you’ll get is, “You need to hear from God, see his hand in circumstances, then expect confirmation.” Missionaries recount marvelous examples of this. Bakht Singh, a famous indigenous church planter in India, used to tell how he was […]

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Childhood conversion….

In all the discussion about child-rearing methods, one aspect that hasn’t received much attention is how the issue relates to children’s conversion. In an Assembly-type group there’s the assumption that the parents’ “child training” is the underpinning of a child’s salvation. It’s up to you to discipline your children into the Kingdom. The problem is […]

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Does discipline really produce godly character…?

I was talking with someone who visited the Assembly once in 1992 with her husband and children. Once, mind you. And that was a long time ago. “We never came back,” she said, “because I just couldn’t make the commitment to raise my children that way. It was too hard.” After that, she felt for years like […]

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“The Happy Room”

Just finished reading The Happy Room by Catherine Palmer, a fictionalized account of growing up as a missionary kid in Africa. Very interesting parallels with the Assembly. Children of missionaries are now termed “third culture kids”. I think many Assembly kids fit that category. Some AK’s were allowed a certain level of cultural participation. They […]

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“Spiritual power”….

Electrical Plut

A Christian cult uses the term “spiritual power” to motivate people to have daily devotions, and manipulate them into wanting to become “power centers of divine authority” over others in the hierarchical system.

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