we follow the opportunities, we go through the doors

So a few weeks ago I say to Julie something like, “here, I pass the torch to you,” and I think what I was implying was, I am approaching 70 next year (hard to believe), and I wonder, can I ever just let it go? When is it enough? Maybe after they’re sentenced? Maybe after the next documentary, or after I finish the book I think about more than I write? I don’t want to keep looking back. I want to live life in the now.

But then, it’s all for the good, right? It’s about creating awareness regarding cults, or basically regarding mind control, because that’s what cult leaders do—they control their followers minds by controlling how they perceive and interpret the world, but first they strip them of their past identities, and plaster them with their own.

So tonight I told Julie that I’ll support her in the documentary ahead. At first I wavered. But she’s supported me more than a few times, and I’m thankful she’s been given this opportunity to share her story, because she was an ACMTC member for over 20 years. Her kid was born and raised in there. And tho my story continues to unfold and reveal more of itself as I age, Julie’s story is more recent, and therefore more telling of life as it evolved behind the scenes of ACMTC, up until about 12 years ago.

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.”

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

in walks a fire-cracker—meet Julie!

You’ll be hearing a lot more from Julie, and others whose lives were tangled in the web of Deborah and Jim’s ACMTC.

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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 he 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, I think it’s mostly Deborah’s doing. I really don’t wish for either to suffer, but needless to say, I am glad they’re behind bars, that their works of deception, manipulation and hatred are stopped.

persecution and isolation

The International Cult Studies Association (ICSA) speaks at length about isolationism and its effects on members.

“Many cults have instilled an active persecution complex in the minds of their members. They have been trained to believe the world hates, fears and misunderstands them. This often results in cults isolating themselves from the outside world. The leader cultivates, and the cult maintains, a sense of “outside” persecution.

Herbert W. Armstrong taught WCG would be persecuted, and even set dates for when that persecution would begin relating to his 1975 apocalyptic predictions. Armstrong and his acolytes kept Chruch of God members frightened and constantly looking toward an impending crackdown on their church, similar to the massacre in Waco, Texas in 1993 when their spiritual cousins the Branch Davidians were besieged by federal agents.

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,” a term 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.”

from Silenced. Cult Spotting

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 makes their stupid-is-as-stupid-does videos.

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

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CYFD has special team investigating ACMTC compound

This was August 22, 2017, 11 children are now in custody.

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