Despite allegations of
serious sexual offenses, Martindale still retains an elevated position in The
Way and still sets doctrine for all Way followers
In keeping with many
other outrageously self serving actions on the part of Way trustees, it is now
reported that Craig
Martindale (former Way president who resigned amidst sex abuse
allegations), has been assigned as The Way's "Biblical research
This move is said to be angering many within the
ranks of The Way because instead of being fired from staff, dropped from the
Way Corps, dropped from the rolls of Way clergy , and ordered off the property,
it appears that the new Way president, Rosalie
Fox Rivenbark, is willing to turn a blind eye to the outrageous activities
of the former president while at the same time allowing others be cast out and
denounced for offenses far less serious than what Martindale has been accused
of or even what he himself has admitted to.
Now the Way faces a
second lawsuit and further allegations that Martindale has sexually victimized
yet another woman and still the Way leadership see fit to house, feed and
support this man in his exalted lifestyle
It is believed that
Martindale continues to live in a Way provided multi-million dollar log home
(The President's Home), a "million dollar plus" private office suite,
4 - 6 full time servants at his home and many other benefits that Way
follower's abundant sharing provides. The average Way staff family live and
share a trailer with another family - oftentimes as many as eight permanent
occupants per trailer.
Martindale (who has long
taught Way followers to look for devil spirit influence and/or possession in
anyone who continues in sin despite knowing that they are sinning) appears to
be STILL at the helm of all Way doctrine. Perhaps this doctrine will be
conveniently put aside for the moment?
Martindale has no formal
training in any bible languages (Greek, Hebrew, Aramaic), and no formal
training in any field of biblical research. He does however have a bachelors
degree in psychology (which he has learned to put to good use).
If Martindale's past
doctrines are anything to go by, The Way will likely depart even further into
the field of highly speculative and controversial teachings than what were
previously presented in Martindale's "Way of Abundance and Power"
Teachings such as "The Original Sin"
in which Martindale plainly stated that Eve had a lesbian affair and had sex
with the devil (who disguised himself as a beautiful woman) and Adam also
sinned as he took part in it somehow.
painting used to further illustrate the bizarre teaching that the devil took a
female form to seduce and have sex with Eve.
have pointed out that this sex scenario (two women and one man - closely
resembles a "ménage a trois, " a "three-some" sexual
encounter), is more likely the favorite fantasy of the teacher, Craig
Martindale, as opposed to biblical doctrine, as this "Eve had lesbian sex
with the devil" doctrine appears not to be substantiated by the
bible. Time will tell.