Attorneys argue over Jim Green’s bond

Screen Shot 2017-09-21 at 6.32.18 PM—>Source: Attorneys argue over the bond for a religious leader accused of child abuse, kidnapping

Four religious sect members plead not guilty in child abuse case | KOB 4

And so the tide turns, or as I like to say, “you reap what you sow.” I know they’re calling it PERSECUTION.Screen Shot 2018-01-23 at 10.46.52 AM

—>Source: Four religious sect members plead not guilty of child abuse KOB 4

in walks a fire-cracker—meet Julie!

You’ll be hearing more from Julie, a key witness in the trial tentatively scheduled for may. She and I are on different pages as far as our spiritual understandings go, but she’s a good-hearted woman, motivated by truth and by love, and I am proud of her for finally coming forward with her truth.

—>Source: Former Aggressive Christianity member speaks out 

Police video shows deputies arresting “general” Jim Green

—>Source: Police lapel video shows deputies arresting the remaining “general”

Watching this makes me sad. I know that’s weird, because Jim helped create this mess. He has his own delusions of grandeur, but he was always the kind one, the one who actually showed some care. As narrow and as screwed up as I think he is in his mind, most of the darkness within ACMTC I think is the bitter-rotten fruit of his wife Deborah Green. I really don’t wish for either to suffer, but needless to say, I’m elated that they’re behind bars, that their works of deception, manipulation and hatred are stopped.

persecution complex and isolation

Persecution complex is a term given to an array of psychologically-complex behaviors that specifically deal with the perception of being persecuted, for various possible reasons, imagined or real. Its common for unhinged abusive cult leaders to instill a persecution complex in the minds of their followers. They train them to think that the world misunderstands them, even hates them. They cultivate a a sense of us vs them, which pushes them to isolate from the world.

The founder of the Worldwide Church of God (WCG), Herbert W. Armstrong, preached coming persecution to his followers, frightening them with visions of an impending crackdown on their church, like what happened to the Branch Davidians. Lila and Jim Green preached this too, way before David Koresh. The day’s coming! They will persecute us! The government will raid us with guns! I remember how scared I was.

“Incidents such as these and the constant drumbeat that ‘secular, godless liberals’ are destroying society creates a cohesion of fear where members band together and tend to socialize internally to the exclusion of the outside world. Members are taught to believe everything that happens in the world they disagree with is an affront to their beliefs and values, and thus a direct threat to their community.”

This also takes the form of ‘mean world syndrome,‘ coined by communications professor George Gerber to describe the ways people believe the world is more dangerous than it actually is, based on mass media portrayals. Cults tend to feed upon this phenomenon by convincing their members the world is a harsh and dangerous place that will erode their values. People outside the cult are viewed as ‘sinners,’ bad influences who will drag them down and threaten their salvation or enlightenment. This paranoia only fuels cult isolationism.”

Silenced. Cult Spottingthe International Cult Studies Association

“…there is a sense, spoken and unspoken, that others will not understand what we’re all about. There’s an assumption that (1) what we say, know or do is a result of being more enlightened (special, among the elite, chosen by god ), (2) others will not understand unless they become one of us (other people don’t know God); (3) others will respond negatively (they’ll criticize us, try to hold us accountable).

In a place where authority is legislated, persecution sensitivity builds a case for keeping everything within the system. Why? Because of the evil, dangerous, or unspiritual people outside the system who are trying to weaken or destroy us. This mentality builds a strong wall or bunker around the abusive system, isolates the abusers from scrutiny and accountability, and makes it more difficult for people to leave.”

—David Johnson, Jeff VanVonderen, The Subtle Power of Spiritual Abuse

regarding repentance

Screen Shot 2017-09-04 at 8.47.37 PMThis is how I think it works. When we’re really sorry for our wrongs, we acknowledge them, we speak the truth, and then we go about the work of making things right and embracing change. Lesson learned. Our wrongs fade and become faint wisps of our past. The truth sets us free.

But when we tell lie upon lie to justify or cover up our dirty deeds and point the blame to others, our wrongs only increase, they never go away, and in the end they bind us.

Family refuses to give up, despite being turned away at ACMTC compound

According to Julie, this is the guy who created the videos for the Green’s nasty fraudulent PX2 files.

—>Source: Family refuses to give up, despite being turn away at commune

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Family trying to visit loved one’s grave at ACMTC compound turned away

—>Source: A family was turned away after trying to visit their sister’s grave site at a commune

Family learns of sister’s death on NM commune

—>Source: Family learns of sister’s death on NM commune