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An in depth look at Edwin Young, L. E. Westberg and past events at Faith Tabernacle Apostolic Church in Junction City, Kansas may be found here. Separate pages on Jordan Young, the sexual charges with minor boys and background info, and Nathan Dudley and later events are available. Information on the 1978 disappearance of Beverly Ward, the sister of Brenda Young, is here.
There is controversy over a loss of several buildings owned by the Revival Center of Modesto, California, pastored by UPC ministers Randy Keyes and Todd Johnson. After the initial report on March 24, 2015, pressure was placed on the author who broke the story. He removed it, but it is yet available..
October 2015 found members of the Word of Life Christian Church in New Hartford, NY facing manslaughter charges. Journalist Max Kutner wrote an Newsweek article that ties what happened with spiritual abuse.
A former UPC woman has current Oneness Pentecostal parents who have demanded certain attire for visits. She has been dressing as they desire, but had wanted to be free to make quick unplanned visits even if she might be wearing pants. Her mother wrote a six page response.
In September 2013, Bradley Russell Odeman Sr. announced on Facebook that he believed there was inappropriate behavior toward him from UPC minister Lee Stoneking. He stated nothing physical occurred. UPC minister Garth Gilmartin confirmed it. No documentation has been released.
David Bassette, a UPC minister, married former porn star Crystal DiGregorio on December 20, 2014. According to posts on David Bernard's Facebook, Alan Bassette, David's father and UPC pastor of 3 churches, has divided the Fulton church, by removing David. He allegedly falsely accused Crystal, calling her a devil. Crystal made posts on lying, judging & hypocrisy in Dec/Jan. The couple had their first child, Carter, born in October 2015.
"The Journey Out Of The United Pentecostal Church," written in 1994 by former UPC minister Dan Lewis, is now available to read for free here, thanks to the generosity of the author. With the permission of Mr. Lewis, you will find a link to PDF and Word versions of the book here and a Kindle version is available here for $9.99. Below is an excerpt from the book.
"Is there life, Christian faith and spiritual peace after coming out of the United Pentecostal Church? Yes, there is, but I would be less than honest if I did not also warn that one will not find it either quickly or easily. There will be a period of time when the person coming out will be like the "man without a country." Life will be confusing, and one's spiritual comfort zone will be exceedingly strained. Will it be worth it? A thousand times, yes! Perhaps this book will help ease the strain and give food for thought as one makes the pilgrimage.
"Coming out is no easy task, but it is possible. If you are one of those who are coming out, I wish to assure you that you can survive with your spirituality and faith intact. In the end, you will find a new love for the Lord Jesus, a new appreciation for his church, and a new compassion for those who have not yet understood his grace. There will be dangers, of course. Some are internal, such as the danger of bitterness. Others are external, such as the superficiality of much that comes under the guise of Christianity. Be patient with yourself. Trust in God. Remember, truth is more than a set of doctrines. It is first of all a relationship with our Lord. Yet even in the doctrinal arena, truth has time on its side. It is error that is usually in a hurry."
Just as emotional abuse affects one emotionally, while physical abuse inflicts pain and bodily injury on its victim, spiritual abuse affects one spiritually. It is the result of a spiritual leader or system that tries to control, manipulate, or dominate a person. This control is often in the form of fear. This is considered a major factor in mind control/coercive persuasion or thought reform. There are those who feel the latter comes into play in cases such as these, while others feel the thinking is in error. No matter where one stands, it does not lessen the affects of spiritual abuse. (read entire text and watch interview with Stephen Arterburn, co-author of "Toxic Faith")
We cover spiritual abuse in Bible based churches and have a secondary focus on the United Pentecostal Church.
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Art Wilson and the United Nations
In mid 2013, United Pentecostal Church minister Art Wilson started services at a chapel across from the UN and a handful of people have been baptized and spoken in tongues since then. He was invited in April 2015 to address the General Assembly of the United Nations, along with other clergy people, but instead requested Lee Stoneking to speak. Wilson wrote the speech he gave. Wilson claims they were the first Apostolics to address the United Nations. This article attempts to clarify what happened. You may find some troubling information. A second article about Lee Stoneking's claims on Osama Bin Laden having 40 wives held captive in a cave is also available.
Sexual Abuse in UPC Churches
This article presents disturbing evidence of both wide scale pastoral sexual abuse and pastoral and organizational cover up of sexual abuse within the United Pentecostal Church. Read here for more info. A second on Mack Charles Andrews, former UPC pastor, is now available.
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