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  1. No, I don't have Rinker's book.....but it sounds like something I'd be interested in pursuing.
  2. No, it was Dr. Higgins who introduced wierwille to the works of E. W. Bullinger. She sat in the first "The Gifts of the Spirit"[Bullinger's class]........er, pfal class.
  3. Interesting background information on Bishop K.C. Pillai ...... from Mrs. Wierwille's book. "Bishop Pillai had made arrangements with Dr. Williams to be our host in India. There couldn't have been a better person for this assignment. It was definitely God's providence that we should be making our missionary teaching tour at a time when Dr. Williams could be our host." [p. 125] "During the years prior to India's independence in 1948, many of the Indian revolutionaries were imprisoned for trying to oust the British. During those times, Dr. Williams contributed to the independence movement by personally carrying communications to and from these patriots. He was trusted to take correspondence and messages to those who would later become the highest political leaders in the Indian government, men such as Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru, Vice President Dr. Radha Krishna, and Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, the father of India." [p. 126] "Because of Dr. Williams's contacts and credibility, it was possible for Dr. Wierwille to meet personally, if he so desired, with the current president and any of the cabinet members in India's government and many governors of provinces." [p. 126] Note: emphasis added to Mrs. Wierwille's quotes. ################# So.....Bishop Pillai had personal communications and access to Dr. Williams and requested that Dr. Williams host the Wierwille family during the travels throughout India. ################# Now....background on Pillai. Page 96 Exact quotes from her book. Look at Dorothy's statements in second paragraph......LOL "In the summer of 1953 Dr. Wierwille's brother Harry went to Tennessee to visit a Christian children's camp called the 'Tennessee Mountain Mission,' which he was financially supporting. While there, Harry decided one evening to attend a nearby Baptist church in Chattanooga, where an Anglican bishop from India was scheduled to speak. This speaker was Bishop K. C. Pillai. After hearing Bishop Pillai that evening, Harry called Dr. Wierwille and enthusiastically told him of the teaching and asked Dr. Wierwille if he should bring him to Van Wert since 'the Bishop,' as we called him, had a couple of days open before his next engagement. Doctor responded, 'If he's that good, you better bring him here!' Hastily we scheduled a few meetings, and Dr. Wierwille set aside personal time to spend with the Bishop." "It is no secret that Dr. Wierwille was always in search of greater knowledge and understanding of God's Word. He felt there was so much more to know than he knew. One reason he had inadequate knowledge of the Bible was that he had in his formal education studied theological and other writings instead of having focused on the Bible itself. So he was forever continuing his quest to see God's Word, rightly-divided." Hence.......vpw was always plagiarizing from others to present himself as someone he was not.
  4. BACK TO TOPIC ...... ################ YET.... wierwille didn't believe it [this *Christ-in-you* scriptural truth that he, vpw, gave extensive theatrics to drive home its significance]. Else he would have structured his ministry on Christian truths, not lockstep obedience. Individuals within this ministry would have flourished with personal sovereignty, boundaries, dignity, integrity......rather than denigrated, ,manipulated and exploited. This histrionic performance was a "hook" that snagged youth into his boat. His theatrics were classic "bait and switch" in every sense of that concept. ################ From 1976-1982, I do not remember ANY TEACHING BY WIERWILLE where he drilled down on this "Christ-in-you" truth and made it the centerpiece of his teaching. To me, it was one of those pfal-hallmark *truths* that I could see clearly from the scriptures. From this launching pad of truth.....EACH INDIVIDUAL IS FULLY UNIQUE AND A MEMBER IN PARTICULAR. Thus, the corps-clone factory in Emporia made NO sense to me. Sure, some basic discipline training..... but not the harsh treatment of individuals. Does God want a campus of clones? Heck, the Old Testament is rich in detail of strengths and weaknesses of men like Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Moses, Joshua, Samuel, David, etc. And, after Pentecost.... the scriptures don't show us men and women who walked out of a clone factory. We were railroaded by a charlatan, folks. Wierwille NEVER submitted to a program where he was someone else's servant. Even more so, rules be damned as wierwille eloped with Dotsie to Kentucky.... when they both clearly knew of the rule that pre-seminary students were NOT PERMITTED to get married before completing their seminary training [p. 28 BATS]. When wierwille came to the campus.....why was he singling out corps and dishing out such harsh public criticism? Why was he flaunting his smoking at lunchtime and forbade any one else to pull out their smokes? He was a striker. This intimidation and combative environment fed into his malignant narcissism. Wierwille used the vehicle of a "ministry" to gain access and control over others. Period.
  5. Desperation has set in. More and more people are going to the internet and seeing twi's ruse.....and leaving this cult. The corps program is dismal. Hundreds of corps and advanced class grads have abandoned them in the past ten years. Very few want to be worker bees at twi's compound. As twi's relevance fades into obscurity, the ONLY THING THAT THEY CAN CONROL IS THE MYTH OF WIERWILLE AND PFAL. Controlling this "information" is the key to their survival. Nothing else would hasten their collapse faster than losing "the high ground of this narrative." Yes, pfal was a stolen class from Leonard. They don't care. Yes, there are flaws throughout pfal. They don't care. Yes, wierwille was a liar and a thief. They don't care, GSC has exposed twi in every possible way, from soup to nuts. They cannot shut down this information. They cannot silence their critics. The only thing twi can do is to command (threaten) their followers NOT TO GO ON THE INTERNET. Yeah, that works...LOL. For many, it only heightens they sense of suspicion and concern that twi is hiding something. Yes, they are hiding information. Thought Reform and the Psychology of Totalism In the book, Lifton outlines the "Eight Criteria for Thought Reform": Milieu Control. This involves the control of information and communication both within the environment and, ultimately, within the individual, resulting in a significant degree of isolation from society at large. Mystical Manipulation. The manipulation of experiences that appears spontaneous but is, in fact, planned and orchestrated by the group or its leaders to demonstrate divine authority, spiritual advancement, or some exceptional talent or insight that sets the leader and/or group apart from humanity, and that allows a reinterpretation of historical events, scripture, and other experiences. Coincidences and happenstance oddities are interpreted as omens or prophecies. Demand for Purity. The world is viewed as black and white and the members are constantly exhorted to conform to the ideology of the group and strive for perfection. The induction of guilt and/or shame is a powerful control device used here. Confession. Sins, as defined by the group, are to be confessed either to a personal monitor or publicly to the group. There is no confidentiality; members' "sins," "attitudes," and "faults" are discussed and exploited by the leaders. Sacred Science. The group's doctrine [PFAL] or ideology is considered to be the ultimate Truth, beyond all questioning or dispute. Truth is not to be found outside the group. The leader, as the spokesperson for God or all humanity, is likewise above criticism. Loading the Language. The group interprets or uses words and phrases in new ways so that often the outside world does not understand. This jargon consists of thought-terminating clichés, which serve to alter members' thought processes to conform to the group's way of thinking. Doctrine over person. Members' personal experiences are subordinated to the sacred science and any contrary experiences must be denied or reinterpreted to fit the ideology of the group. Dispensing of existence. The group has the prerogative to decide who has the right to exist and who does not. This is usually not literal but means that those in the outside world are not saved, unenlightened, unconscious, and must be converted to the group's ideology. If they do not join the group or are critical of the group, then they must be rejected by the members. Thus, the outside world loses all credibility. In conjunction, should any member leave the group, he or she must be rejected also.[3]
  6. The only way to hold to this cognitive dissonance..... is to stay in an "endless present." No matter that some 150 way corps exited twi between 2007-2016. No matter that very few want to sign on as hq-staff employment. No matter that another exodus happened in 2017....with corps coordinators & clergy leaving, no less. No matter that Steve L0ngley, one of twi's foundational class teachers (2004) cut ties with twi. No matter that twi has backtracked on their "debt policy" they established in 1994. The cult keeps them from REVIEWING HISTORY.....even within the last 10 years. The followers are thought-conditioned on obedience to their leaders. They are institutionalized by Nurse Ratchet and sedated with their daily dose of medicine pills. Lunchtime announcements keep the daily lecturing of "us versus them" pertinent so that they do not stray into questioning authority. Subtle. Daily. Indoctrination. If every day one STAYS IN PRESENT CONFORMITY...... then it shuts down ACCUMULATION OF HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVES from which to catalogue, analyze and discern truth from error.
  7. Nothing else matters to this cult except preserving the narrative....ie wierwille was called and destined by God to "teach this word that hadn't been known for centuries." Problem was..... preachers and ministers HAD been teaching these truths. Twi is a classic example of an authoritarian, thought-control cult. Manipulation of 1) behavior, 2) information, 3) thoughts, and 4) emotions. The only way twi can function is thru deception at every level. Notice how they skewer twi-history and ONLY focus on the 1967 pfal-filming as a seismic shift in the spiritual universe. Why do they AVOID.... Wierwille's beginnings of teaching Leonard's class (1953) in the Van Wert Church basement? Vpw's staying on church payroll until August 1957. New Headquarters and Independent Beginning: Thursday, December 19, 1957. Ten years of vp's driving from city to city to teach pfal classes (1958-1967). Meager abundant sharing.....until confiscating Heefner's and Doop's independent works (March 1972) Really, wierwille only had 10 years of exponential growth AFTER cunning deceit and exploits. Wierwille lost an eye, had cancer.... keeping this cancer secret from the body of believers. Reminds me of something I recently read about George Orwell's character Winston Smith in Nineteen Eighty-Four. Winston worked in the Records Department of the Ministry of Truth where his job was to rewrite historical documents so they matched the constantly changing party line (twi's "present truth"). This involved revising newspaper articles and doctoring photographs -- mostly to remove "unpersons" (mark and avoid people/corps). In manipulating and altering historical realities......in essence, “history had stopped. Nothing existed except an endless present in which the Party (Cult) is always right.” Another thing, twi avoids any mention of all other attempts of these foundational classes.....Another pfal class full of dead men's bones Power for Abundant Living (1967). Wierwille plagiarized wholesale from B.G. Leonard (stolen class) PFAL '77. Wierwille attempted to update this class in 1977 (failed) Way of Abundance and Power Class (1996). Martindale's attempt. A class filled with sport analogies and jockstrap ego. (crash & burn) WAP Class Update (2004 ?). Three Amigos teach sections. Still has the lingering effects and questions of Craig Martindale's presidency and cover-up. Power for Abundant Living Today (2022). Shiny and new. Makes it looks like twi is actually doing something rather than just serving refried teachings over and over again. With each passing decade..... twi has become the "unpersons."
  8. Wierwille took this histrionic-homiletics to absurd levels. His stories in pfal were zingers.... implanting a coded-message of intimidation and fear into the minds of youth. Even in the 12th Session of pfal, wierwille closes out his class with telling students to spend the next three months reading his pfal collaterals. Indoctrination 101. Keep them involved. Keep them addicted. Keep them indoctrinated. With each new class/program level came more aggressive measures of commitment. Seal your corps vow to twi with salt. No matter how much debauchery, plagiarism, drunkenness, or evil you uncovered at the top levels of twi..... you were "salted" for life? Screw that!! The Scriptures state plainly to flee even the appearance of evil. Oftentimes, especially in closed-session meetings with corps..... it was debasing and mean-spirited. Wierwille ruled by fear.
  9. Thank you BecomingMe for your courage and honesty. Your willingness to address these issues openly (imo) is a testimony to your mental strength and stamina to acquire personal autonomy of your authentic self. Good for you! Never give up, never give in. Like many others who went thru the gauntlet of twi, some have endured great tragedies of family separation and estrangement. You are not alone. I hear you. I, too, went thru a valley of emotional stress and trauma after my deprogramming episode in 1981. Wierwille fanned the flames of this episode by giving me FALSE PROPHECY.....stating, face-to-face with me, that "Your parents will be dead in five years for having done this to you." Still, to this day.....I find it alarming how few understand the depths of the wierwille/pfal mystique. One of the many things that those *deprogrammers* brought to my attention was Robert Jay Lifton's book --Thought Reform and the Psychology of Totalism. Well, now.... it seems apparent to me that the charismatic wierwille, cunning, deceiving, lazy and a malignant narcissist, displayed an uncanny grasp on how to indoctrinate people. Immersed in that environment for nearly five decades, Craig had his conscience seared with a hot iron and cannot recover his moral, psychological compass to generate compassion and empathy for others (like so many other top-tier corps leaders). He is stuck on the hamster-wheel. One of the things that I've found very helpful is writing and posting my thoughts. Thru the years, posting on GSC has been like "running a clear, mountain stream thru a muddy creek." It washes away the filth and disease. Thus, I hope you BecomingMe continue to voice you thoughts, opinions and critical thinking via posts here or elsewhere. If there is anything that I could possibly ever do for you, please send me a private message. You are such an inspiration to us all. Take care.
  10. The 1967 pfal class was a mixture of plagiarized information, scriptures, stories and theatrics. Wierwille was nearly 51 years old and had spent 14 years (1953-1967) teaching this material and honing his skill of histrionics. Wierwille inserted "zingers" into pfal via his stories. Who could forget the story of a mother and her little boy. As the story goes..... with each passing month, she feared that something tragic would happen to little son. Wierwille builds the story with melodramatics and accelerating voice inflection.... "....and she held that fear and held that fear UNTIL ONE DAY IT HAPPENED, HER LITTLE BOY WAS KILLED OUTRIGHT!" You know what killed that little boy, wierwille proclaimed. So, you just quit your yakking. It was the fear in the heart of that mother that killed him. FEAR is negative believing. It is the law of believing in reverse. God would have to change all the laws of the universe for this not to happen. Fear killed her little boy. That's the law of believing. But the theatrics of *Christ-in-you, the hope of glory* was not a story, but scriptural truth [Colossians 1:27]. Once again, with immense theatrics....wierwille highlights this truth with repetitive emphasis. Over and over he repeated the phrase....Christ in you, Christ in you, Christ in you, the hope of gloooory!! Animated, on his feet, shaking his fists, overacting in theatrical drama.....wierwille claimed its significance. Colossians 1:27 To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. YET.... wierwille didn't believe it. Else he would have structured his ministry on Christian truths, not lockstep obedience. Individuals within this ministry would have flourished with personal sovereignty, boundaries, dignity, integrity......rather than denigrated, ,manipulated and exploited. This histrionic performance was a "hook" that snagged youth into his boat. His theatrics were classic "bait and switch" in every sense of that concept. Seemingly, wierwille could NOT pull off the same theatrics ten years later......at PFAL '77. The re-filming of his pfal class was a failure. Why the failure? Were the stories and zingers and theatrics THAT IMPORTANT to pfal's success? Or, had the plagiarized material that wierwille once taught repetitiously escaped his grasp? And, if the importance of *Christ in you* was shout-to-the-Lord glorifying.....why did wierwille rarely teach it nor expound upon it? Well, seems to me that wierwille used theatrics to ensnare a following, but wierwille's malignant narcissism was his wheelhouse. He used every tool in his woodshed to keep people from finding out his true and authentic self. With power and control firmly established, the depths of his narcissistic pathologies came to the fore. His enablers and inner circle kept the mystique growing as Drambuie-wierwille stepped out of the back room for another late-night corps meeting or night owl. But for many staff and corps, this wierwille family heritage was hard to stomach. The theatrics no longer work.....when one sees behind the curtain.
  11. Lest we forget..... wierwille's teachings on "spiritual adultery."
  12. Rocky, OldSkool, Waysider, WordWolf, T-Bone, Twinky ---- ALL of you are right. "Spiritual Goals" was (is) a nebulous, vague concept that wierwille injected into the twi-lexicon to coerce followers to the next higher level of twi-servitude. In its most basic form, having "spiritual goals" was OBEDIENCE TO WIERWILLE/TWI. Occam's razor ...... ie. the simplest answer is most generally right. Like Scientology, many groups have their own brand of "spiritual achievement." For reasons known by psychologists, people seem more motivated when there is a "level to climb" in front of them. Not only does it give the person personal satisfaction, but it broadcasts to others in the group that this person has reached another level. Like crabs in a bucket.... each one trying to climb over each other to get to the top. Wierwille stumbled along for decades until he grasped onto the three main "levels" that would define his ministry......1) staff, 2) advanced class grad, and 3) corps. The College Division group was short-lived......as was Fellow Laborers. IMO, wierwille did not promote fellow laborers, because it was state-run and did not involve headquarters. Thus, wierwille had no use for it. Here at GSC, we've discussed and dissected wierwille's attributes, characteristics, carnality and modus operandi thousands of times. But the reasons why wierwille built a pyramid-system (and all its trappings) and levels to scale this manufactured spirituality known at The Way International was because..... wierwille was a man of the flesh. Wierwille did NOT know God....in the biblical sense. Therefore, he tweaked around the edges and worked in the shadowy terrain of a deceiver.
  13. Time and time again, the vpw-apologists take the stance that vpw's "doctrine" (i.e. pfal class) stands alone and should be exclusively embraced WITHOUT vpw's manner of life as an issue. BUT........when I read the Scriptures I find that this incongruous acceptance is UNACCEPTABLE in God's eyes. Without delving into the countless issues of things like 1) hypocrits, 2) deceivers, 3) seducers, 4) wolves in sheeps' clothing, 5) know them by their fruit, 6) leaven overtaking the whole lump, etc....I would like to make note of the following Scripture: I Timothy 3: 10 But thou hast fully known my doctrine, manner of life, purpose, faith, longsuffering, charity patience... Interesting how the apostle Paul's doctrine AND manner of life AND purpose AND faith AND longsuffering AND charity AND patience were [past tense] FULLY KNOWN by disciples and followers. Paul lived his life in open view for all to see. How many times do we see where THE DEMONSTRATION OF THE POWER OF GOD superceded any eloquent words of man? IMO, doctrine and manner of life are the "hammer and the anvil" that STRIKE FORCEFULLY against the adversary's realm to impact his evil kingdom. And, when a true minister lives blameless and upright in "the zone of godliness and true righteousness" THEN he/she is worthy of double honor. Then, he is a strong vessel fit for the Master's use. Jesus Christ was the perfect sacrifice, for all of mankind. He was THE MAN FOR ALL TIME, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down on the right hand of God [Heb.10:12]. And, He was the new and living way that made my heart soar to the heavens and strengthened me to carry on his work of reconciling men and women back to God. When I read through accounts from threads like A few big things I learned in PFAL.......where one elevates the man, vpw, and "his doctrine".....I am reminded of the Scriptural references, "...there are contentions among you...Now this I say, that every one of you saith, I am of Paul; and I of Apollos; and I of Cephas; and I of Christ." Those of you that basically say, I am of Victor Paul Wierwille......aren't you DISSING aspects of pfal by your statements of allegiance? Yeah......I learned some good things in pfal. Yeah......at the time, I swallowed its whole -- hook, line and sinker. Young and naive and rebellious, I found a group that had a bigger-than-life zeal to "go and grow with God." And, I fully invested years (decades) into teaching and ministering to others in the valleys of life. Little did I realize that wierwille and his cronies were deceivers and being deceived. Clearly, I had no idea that wierwille was raping and drugging and pillaging the hearts and lives of young and innocent twi girls. BUT WHEN I BECAME A SPIRITUALLY ACUTE MAN.....I discarded much of pfal's indoctrinations that were based on private interpretation and innuendos and cliches and the following of a cult personality. And, what basic truths that I cleave to regarding the pfal class.....many of these truths were Scripturally-based and taught by Rev. BG Leonard, Kenyon, Stiles, and others. Regardless......this thread is one of highlighting DOCTRINE and the complementary fruit of MANNER OF LIFE. Seems to me, that God's Holy Writ bonds these TWO ASPECTS in an unbreakable hold to help His people discern good men from evil men, good doings from wrong-filled doings. And therefore......I do not understand how vpw-defenders can separate wierwille from his savage, sexual plundering of many women while at the same time, hold high the pfal class and all they "learned.".....................????? Thou hast FULLY known my doctrine and MANNER OF LIFE [Repost of thoughts from 2007.......ring true more today!] .
  14. Chockfull.....I absolutely agree with your last point. The most GENUINE acts that I experienced during my twi-tenure were outside the pfal and corps framework and patterns of twi's multi-level-marketing of pawning off hocking classes and material. Rarily, do I ever talk about the many "God-moments" that I experienced before, during or after twi.... but those high points in life sustained my Christian faith. With humility of heart, trusting in the Lord with all my heart and knowing that He will direct my heart....THAT was true Christianity. Putting Jesus Christ as savior, lord and mediator FRONT AND CENTER......in daily practice and doctrine far surpassed twi's false teachings and counseling. IMO.....that's why many of us stayed too long in twi. We attributed "the good" to twi.....when, in actuality, it was the Lord's workings of long-suffering, grace and mercy. Peace.
  15. Having studied and reviewed wierwille's history of failures and bloviating.....and reading thru Mrs. W's book a few times.....wierwille traveled up and down the highways for 10 years [1958-1967] running pfal classes and LOTS (90%?) of those pfal grads WENT BACK TO THEIR CHURCHES. People, even after taking the pfal class, did "not stick" with twi. TWI-Gatekeepers No More Wierwille, the malignant narcissist, could not understand this. Why would people having heard "the Word" (cough, cough) NOT want to continue in fellowship and support of The Way Ministry? So, what's an authoritarian to do? Well......tweak language, insert directives and mandates, disguised intentions, etc. ... all with subjugation [control] over others. Inserting little one-liners like "The Word is the ministry and the ministry is the Word"......to ensnare them. "The Word" was/is a generic, all-encompassing term of claiming ownership and sole biblical authority "the ministry" was/is those who faithfully support and affirm that pfal class is foundational truth Deception.....making it appear that two things are congruent, in agreement Wierwille wanted to weld these two terms/concepts together Much like Jesus Christ is THE WAY and twi's corporation "followers of the way" Thus, anyone who LEFT "the ministry" ALSO LEFT "the word" And further, any clergy (or anyone) who left twi did NOT have "the word" Lots of wierwille's one-liners and cliches, when further inspected, were deceptive Wierwille was an opportunist, hustler and grifter. The Van Wert church board voted unanimously to have his name stricken from the church's clergy register. Erased. Forgotten. Good Riddance. Wierwille, then, spent 10 years trying to peddle Leonard's "The Gifts of the Spirit" class to church goers. Very few people thru the years stuck with vpw....except a couple of dozen enablers who got fiefdoms in twi for their efforts. The 1967 film class gave wierwille more time to recruit youth as "class instructors" while he promoted summer camps. More youth. Music. Counterculture. Distance from parents. Night owls. Sex, drugs and rock and roll. Finally, wierwille figured that his best strategy was to have Youth Firebrands front the ministry.....while he drives the country in his secluded motor coach. And, when in public....surround himself with an entourage of yes-men, body guards. Build the mystique as "the man of God" and let the adulation pour in. Marketing 101
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