Experts weigh in on Word Of Faith Fellowship abuse allegations

Experts weigh in on Word Of Faith Fellowship abuse allegations


WE HAVE ANOTHER ROUND OF RAIN FOR THE TOMORROW WHICH COULD INCLUDE SOME SEVERE STORMS. I WILL HAVE MORE ON THAT IN A FEW MINUTES. WE ARE STILL FOLLOWING THE SHOCKING REPORTS OF ABUSE WITHIN A WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA CHURCH. BRIANNA SMITH TALKED TO THE EXPERTS TODAY. Reporter: HOW THEY DRESSED WHAT THEY READ TO WHO THEY MARRY FORMER MEMBERS SAY IT IS ALL DECIDED ON BY WORD OF FAITH FELLOWSHIP LEADER JANE WHALEY. IT IS A TIGHT KNIT RELIGIOUS ORGANIZATION OR IS IT A CULT LIKE FORMER MANAGER — MEMBERS STATE? THE SKYLINE A SMALL TOWN SPINDALE IS FILLED WITH STEEPLES AND WELCOMING CHURCH SIGNS. RIGHT OUTSIDE OF THE CITY LIMITS YOU WILL FIND ANOTHER CHURCH ONLY VISIBLE TO TREE LIMBS WITH THE PURPOSE TO KEEP THOSE WHO ARE NOT WANTED OUT. NOW WE ARE GETTING A LOOK INSIDE THROUGH THE EYES OF FORMER MEMBERS. WE WERE SO ISOLATED FROM THE REST OF THE WORLD. EVERYBODY OUTSIDE OF THE CHURCH WAS EVIL. Reporter: PAST DETAILS OF ABUSE SAME WORD OF FAITH FELLOWSHIP DECIDED THAT THEY WOULD BOTH BECOME LAWYERS FIRST ASSURING THEM TO THE GARDEN OF WEB UNIVERSITY PICKING A COLLEGE CLASSES AND PUTTING THEM ON THE BUDDY SYSTEM. FINDING SOMETHING THAT THE PERSON IS REQUIRED TO TELLING YOU. Reporter: THE CONTROL DIDN’T STOP THERE. HE WAS GIVEN NEW PARENTS WITHIN THE CHURCH AND JANE PICKED OUT THE RING THAT WOULD SERVE AS A PROMISE RING FOR MICAH. ALL STEPS OF MINE CONTROL OVER MEMBERS LIVES. IT IS THE FEAR THEY HAVE INSTILLED THAT JANE WHALEY IS NEXT TO GOD AND JANE WHALEY IS ULTIMATELY A PROPHET OF GOD AND PEOPLE DON’T WANT TO LOSE THEIR SALVATION. TRUCK WE CAME TO SEE IF ANYBODY FROM THE CHURCH WOULD TALK TO US. I ALSO SPOKE TO THEIR ATTORNEY BY PHONE. WHILE THEY STILL DON’T WANT TO TALK ON CAMERA THEY CONTINUE TO DENY ALL OF THE ALLEGATIONS FROM THE AP ARTICLE. ANY GROUP THAT HAS A CHARISMATIC FIGURE THAT HAS A CLAIM TO SPEAK FOR GOD AND HAS GOD’S AUTHORITY WHO CONTROLS PEOPLE AND THEIR BEHAVIOR AND INFORMATION AND THOUGHT AND EMOTION AND MAKES THEM DEPENDENT AND OBEDIENT, FULFILLS THE CRITERIA OF A DESTRUCTIVE CULT. TRUCKS DIVA SON IS A MENTAL HEALTH PROFESSIONAL WHO HAS WORKED WITH PEOPLE TRYING TO ESCAPE CALLED. SOME OF HIS FORMER CLIENTS INCLUDE WORD OF FAITH FELLOWSHIP MEMBERS. I BELIEVE FREEDOM OF RELIGION BELIEVES — STARTS WITH FREEDOM OF THE MIND. PEOPLE NEED TO UNDERSTAND WHAT MIND CONTROL AND BRAINWASHING IS. Reporter: NOW THAT THESE ALLEGATIONS ARE OUT WE CONTACTED RUTHERFORD COUNTY SHERIFF CHRIS FRANCIS TO SEE IF HE WOULD INVESTIGATE THEM. HE SAID SIMPLE ASSAULT IS A MISDEMEANOR AND MOST OF THE CASES HAVE REACHED A STATUE OF LIMITATIONS. HASSAN SAYS PROSECUTING CULT CASES IS A LONG WAY TO GO. WE ARE TRYING TO UPDATE THE LEGAL SYSTEM BUT IT IS GOING TO TAKE WORK. THROUGH THIS I HAVE GOTTEN TO TALK TO A LOT OF PEOPLE. Reporter: THEY ARE SAYING THEY HOPE THIS INVESTIGATION WILL CATCH THE EYE OF THE DEPARTMENT ARE — OF JUSTICE OR OTHER LEGAL AUTHORITY. SOMEONE CLAIMING TO SPEAK FOR GOD OR CLAIMING TO HAVE GUIDES AUTHORITY. THAT IS A FINE LINE BETWEEN RELIGION AND CALLED. IT IS THE ABUSE ALLEGATIONS THAT MAKE IT DIFFERENT? Reporter: YOU GET TO USE YOUR OWN THOUGHTS WHEN YOU’RE WORKING IN YOUR LIFE OR IF SOMEONE ELSE IS TELLING YOU HOW YOUR THOUGHT SHOULD BE.

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9 Comments

  1. Jane Whaley is a damn lair! And by the by Jane go ahead and drink the kool aid just so the world can see you go to hell signed CGM Mafia!

  2. Amazing. I went there for years and love these folks. Jane is a Godly woman and I have known her since I was in High School. I still love them! I am an ordained Southern Baptist minister, and have always been welcome to come and go AT ANY TIME. They allowed me to come to their Bible College everyday when I was on summer break from college. I would hope that ANY PASTOR would be able to speak with God’s authority or I wouldn’t want to hear them preach. I have been prayed for there MANY MANY TIME and thank God for it. Some folks are really trying to do a number on WOFF. I remember when lifting our hands to worship music at church was “heresy” now about EVERYONE DOES. The Baptist Hymnbook said lift your “heart” to heaven instead of hands lol.

  3. This has been going on for decades. They used to come over to the group I was brought up in as a child. JW was and is terrifying, abusive and crazy!

  4. Cults: Does it require adherents cut themselves off from family and friends outside the group? (YES)
    Is corporal punishment, intensive-hours long psychological conditioning a part of the programming? (YES)
    Does it claim to have special knowledge that can be revealed only to insiders? (YES)
    Does it demand that its adherents cease to think critically and evaluate rationally? (YES)
    CULT!!!
    (Christiano,K., Swatos,W.,Kivisto,P. 2016)

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