Comments from Readers December 2004, Bob Franzese, an AK from Omaha: “I would like to commend Gretchen W. on her well thought-out and extremely well written article about the Assembly in Omaha and the major issues that surrounded it. It… Read More ›
Wellspring Retreat characterized the Geftakys Assembly as a T.A.C.O. — a Totalist Aberrant Christian Organization. [….]
“The group’s language serves the purpose of constructing their thinking and shutting down critical thinking abilities. “Groupspeak” forces members to censor, edit and slow down spontaneous bursts of criticism or opposite ideas. Soon members find it easier to talk among… Read More ›
Demand for Purity “Unreasonable rules and unreachable standards are imposed upon the members. The critical, shaming essence of the cult environment is gradually internalized by the members, which builds lots of guilt and shame, further magnifying their dependence on the… Read More ›
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… Read More ›
Nancy would spend hours with me on the phone, teaching me the “right way to think”.
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.
This morning I ran across something I had written a year ago about recognizing God’s presence in daily life: I was reading through the really great encouragements in the “Light from the Word” section of the GA.com website this morning. It struck me… Read More ›