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  1. Mt 5: 43You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor’ and ‘Hate your enemy.’ 44But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,s 45that you may be sons of your Father in heaven. He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. 46If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Do not even tax collectors do the same? 47And if you greet only your brothers, what are you doing more than others? Do not even Gentiles do the same? See, you can get blessings whether you are righteous or unrighteous - whether you do what TWI says, or whether you are a grease spot by midnight. You get sun and rain just the same. God's blessings don't depend on us being part of some organisation, or indeed on anything at all apart from God's goodness. However: Php4:Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you. If you want God's peace as well as his general blessings, there are things that you need to do. And: John 16:23In that day you will no longer ask Me anything. Truly, truly, I tell you, whatever you ask the Father in My name, He will give you. 24Until now you have not asked for anything in My name. Ask and you will receive, so that your joy may be complete. You get blessings because of your confidence and trust in God. Not because of your confidence and trust in some orgnisation. Especially a corrupt one.
  2. I don't think they were cunning, most of them. I think they too were brainwashed. Had learned sychophantic and spying techniques. Definitely learned "reporting back" and if instructed, harassing or threatenig perceived offenders. But weren't cunning as such.
  3. If you haven't already done this, or haven't done it recently, it would be worthwhile checking out EVERY scripture that Jesus quoted and referring back to the OT and reading the whole context surrounding the quote. Why did he say that thing at that time? To which people? What situation is being referenced in the OT, and how does that reflect on the situation that Jesus is addressing? Certainly the whole context would have been part of the whole reference brought in with just a few words, to the hearers. Just as the saying "The word of God is the will of God" brings with it to Wayfers a whole raft of connotations, so what Jesus said would bring with it a whole raft of scriptural and rabbinical teachings of the time.
  4. Exactly! Even all these years, decades, later, I can't easily the epistles in AV (KJV). Too much negative background. The way I overcame this was to read The Message version, which is so simplistic whilst still delivering the same message. My mind simply could not run in PFAL tramlines. And then, I read various other versions. Now, I read one or two particular versions. My church uses NIV, which I don't particularly like.
  5. Hi Extremist. I read here at the Cafe for a few months before I got posting. I couldn't stop reading! It was so shocking - and enlightening. Later, I found The Subtle Power of Spiritual Abuse (recommended above) a real eye-opener. With each chapter I read, it seemed as though everything in my heart was getting lighter. Couldn't put it down. Felt like I was floating on air when I'd finished it because all the burdens laid on by TWI had been taken away. And it doesn't even mention TWI, just goes on about typical culty behaviour. As the Good Book says: the truth will set you free. I'd suggest you read some of the better threads - first few pages are usually the most interesting, then they sometimes get derailed, but may get back on track. You will find a variety of opinions and views here, some of which will annoy you and some of which you will agree with. That's fine! Means you are beginning to think clearly again. Form your own opinion. It's very interesting when we see new people here, still a bit Waybrained and parroting the company line, and then we see them starting to put it together for themselves and really engaging with - with themselves, mostly. Enjoying the right to look outside of the Way tramlines. You may find it helpful to join a good church that preaches the gospel. Try not to be too critical in what you think of people and the gospel message presented. Are the congregation pleasant, welcoming; or aloof and disengaged? Do they appear to care about each other and socialise before or after the service? Is the message soothing and uplifting, or condemnatory? You do not have to share anything about yourself that you are not truly comfortable doing. Most of us here don't discuss our culty pasts with people we don't know well - or even then. Some people have found Divorce self-help groups useful to deal with the trauma of separation from what you've invested your life in. But having said that, a true and trusted, empathetic, non-judgmental friend or maybe a couple of friends (no more) with whom you can be very honest, may be very helpful in being a sounding board to help you sort yourself out. Your recovery strategy may to some extent depend on how you left TWI - voluntarily or kicked out, M&A'd or less viciously, and how long you'd been in. Feel free to post your wackiest thoughts here. We have all been through the process of re-setting our courses post-TWI. Some still espouse Christianity, others don't want a shred of it. We want to help people like you.
  6. It's interesting. People have received this postcard and it has brought some old posters back to this site, people who haven't been seen in a while. Perhaps they have been lurking, watching without posting. Would be good if we could get the database that TWI is using, and send everyone The Other Side (GSC) postcards . Not going to happen, of course.
  7. You got one too, BecomingMe?!! Hmph. Couldn't get the Weirwille family to "stand," so they think they'll have a go with the Martindale family?
  8. Waysider! Naughty, naughty! Ouija board, maybe...?
  9. Actually, I think that sums things up very nicely, T-Bone. We here can all see the counterfeit "GP" at work within us (well, all of us except one).
  10. How do they know who to send these postcards to, anyway? If someone's been kicked out, especially out of the WC, who knows where that person might have departed to - and where those individuals might be now, several if not many, years later. Please don't tell me that they have a "research department" to research where ex-Wayfers are now living - by trawling through phone records, previous addresses, any recorded next of kin for ex-Wayfers, and contacting current Wayfers in the last known state. That would be akin to stalking.
  11. Heh heh, all of us here have well "shared our testimony." I don't think it's the testimony TWI will want shared with potential new recruits. Or with current members who want to call us back to Wayland.
  12. In all honesty, if the "great principle" causes such blindness in understanding the things of God; if it causes such stubbornness in recognising evil; if it causes one to think that Jesus Christ will return with the orange book in his hand - well, all I can say is I really don't want it, I don't want any of that. What works for me is praise and thanksgiving, acknowledging God in all my ways, and respecting (and to the best of my ability obeying) the things expected of me by God. Then I have peace, and, somehow, gentle knowledge manifests itself and I "just know" the right thing to do or say or understand. Seems a lot simpler than tying oneself in knots understanding some "great principle" that nobody can agree on - and that God didn't think important enough to spell out in minute (or any) detail in his Owners Manual.
  13. Twinky

    Open Up!

    There's another work party tomorrow (Saturday) with a view to cleaning the inside of this tatty old building. The idea is to do "warm space" in here, and bring it back into community use. (However the actual church building next door is fully heated, so why move to this horrible temporary building for Warm Space?) Anyway, it will be good to get the community back into going to the building for something. And the work party will be good. Hopefully some members of the wider community will come and help, not just church members. Working together will build links, too.
  14. Who cares? Mike's playing games again. Mike, don't you get it? Most of us here have moved on - moved way on - in our thinking from the little box in which VPW wanted to imprison us. Do YOU remember what the one single key idea that should have run through all the Way ministry's teachings ought to have been? Unlike you - I will give you a clue. It is to do with the fact that GOD LOVES US unconditionally and would really like it if we would love HIM back. Love him. And not some man, or some idol, or some book or some thing.
  15. Not sure this is true. Where did VPW get this "claim"? It's not "awareness" of fault, but genuine repentance and a change of lifestyle that will "transform into grace."
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