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On August 2, 2012, Edwin Young, former United Pentecostal minister, unexpectedly resigned as pastor of Faith Tabernacle Apostolic Church in Junction City, Kansas. It is an independent Apostolic church. Police say he is under investigation. His son, Jordan Young, was charged with numerous sexually related felonies involving minor boys, from 2008 to 2012. On January 13, 2014, Jordan was sentenced to 24.5 years in prison. He appealed in the fall of 2014 and it was summarily dismissed by the Kansas Supreme Court.
An in depth look at past events at this church is here. A separate page on Jordan Young, the charges and background info is here. A third page on Nathan Dudley and more recent events is here. Information on the 1978 disappearance of Beverly Ward, the sister of Brenda Young (Edwin's wife) is here. New evidence was discovered in late 2014 by reporter Lynette Richards.
****In another situation, 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. It is also known as The United Pentecostal Church Of Modesto. After the initial report on March 24, 2015, pressure was placed on the author who broke the story, as people were contacting his pastor. He fell under the pressure and removed it, but it is yet available. See here or here.
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. Attempts to contact Odeman and Gilmartin went unanswered.
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 and called her a devil. Crystal has made posts on lying, judging & hypocrisy in Dec/Jan.
"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 a PDF of the book here. 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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REFLECTING THE GLORY REVIEW
The teachings of Ruth Rieder, now Ruth Harvey, have long created a controversy in Apostolic churches. Women are being told they have special power and protection through uncut hair and are the protectors and guardians of God's glory.
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. In the many convictions, arrests, charges, and news reports there is a disturbing trend. Read here for more info.
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