Thursday, April 10, 2008

Polygamous Cult


So who else has been following the news story of the polygamous cult in Texas where all of those children evacuated? This is soooooo interesting and has really been bringing back alot of memories. Good and bad. Not that I was in a sexually abusive poligamist cult. But a controlling legalistic cult none the less. Also unfortunately there were some within the group that did act sexually inappropriate towards me.

I came out on my own determination with God's guidance. It was intense enough and the thoughts of doubt and fear.... Whoa man... I can't imagine these poor kids (and women). I have been praying for them and the adults on the outside that are caring for them. I'm also praying for the people who will councel them. These people(from the compound) are so brainwashed that they are going to be in a hard shell waiting for the 'persecution' to end. They will wait for it to end and I would venture to guess want to go back. It's all that they know and they have been told anything else will send them to hell. They aren't to doubt this... this is what God wants of them. If you doubt then you are doubting God. And why would you want to do that???

Pray for the Holy Spirit to work on these kids and prepare their hearts. Also I have been praying for all of the people around the world that are watching this news story. 15 years ago when the Branch Davidians story was on the news from Waco was very important for me. It is what planted the beginnings of my realization that I was in a cult. Listening to those around me defending the fact that if we were in that situation, people would call us a cult too. But then going on to say how we possibly couldn't be... and then listing off some really shallow reasons. One being we didn't all live in a compound.

All of this has also brought to mind a Bible verse that had explained so many things within my mind when I was in the process of coming out. Colossians 2:20-23*** Since you died with Christ to the basic principles of this world, why, as though you still belonged to it, do you submit to its rules: "Do not handle! Do not taste! Do not touch!"? These are all destined to perish with use, because they are based on human commands and teachings. Such regulations indeed have an appearance of wisdom, with their self-imposed worship, their false humility and their harsh treatment of the body, but they lack any value in restraining sensual indulgence. ***

I'm also praying that self worth will be restored to these individuals. They have had ever last ounce of their true value as their Father in Heaven created them to be destroyed by psychological abuse.

Anyhoo... that is my 2 cents worth. If it comes to your mind... please pray for them. They need it. They also need to discover what true faith in Jesus Christ looks like. What His unfailing love and grace looks like. How much value they really have in His eyes. And what it is to serve a loving God. To do things out of your love for your Saviour and not doing things because you fear it's the only way you might make it to heaven... or whatever planet they will rule.