Originally Posted by homer_simpson
My wife and I help head a small outreach to cultists in Eastern Tennessee and about 7 years ago in October 2002, we were asked to speak to a gathering of parents and loved ones meeting outside Franklin, Tennessee who had children and other family members getting involved in a church I'd never heard of called "Remnant Fellowship." I'd just had some videotapes of the group sent to me a couple months before, had speed read through the books of the church's "prophetess" Gwen Shamblin concerning her Weigh Down Diet philosophy and saw all the red flags flying in the breeze there. Joy and I had just driven to where the well-attended gathering was assembled and went in.
I then went outside to get some things I'd left in our car. It was in the cool fall night in that parking lot that I immediately felt something was wrong. Very wrong. I sensed but never saw that the place was ringed with unseen eyes. I remember feeling there were shadows lurking about that had substance behind them on the fringes of that lot and walked in such a way to communicate to them that I knew someone
I will let the testimony of an ex-leader of this group who came out years later explain why I felt this way ..
The next morning, ________ drove me to Gwen’s house. I arrived about 9:30 AM. .. I was totally unaware of the events that were to come: One by one, the young adults began to show up, sitting at the feet of Gwen, listening to her wisdom she had to share.
.. About 11:00 AM Saturday, with a room full of innocent young adults and Gwen’s inner circle of adult friends, Gwen says, “OK, go ahead and put the video in.” I was in the dark about what was to follow: For the next hour or so we all sat and watched a video that was taped on Friday evening by about eight Remnants, ___________ being one of them, who was the leader. The video consisted of three hours of waiting and shooting and waiting and shooting of non-Remnant parents and other interested people (the “enemies”).
The video consisted of “the enemies” getting out of their cars and walking into the church where the meeting was held. Later on that evening, video shots were taken through the window of the kitchen where they were eating during the break. After the meeting was over at 10 PM, more shots of the people were taken getting into their cars.
How were the Remnant able to take this video without being seen? They hid behind cars, they hid behind trees, they hid behind bushes which was done by the approval of their leader, Gwen Shamblin. This one incident should be enough to make anyone question why he would want to be under this kind of “leadership”.
Every time a couple would go walking up to the church from their car, Gwen would frantically ask, “OK! Does anybody know who these people are?! Whose parents are they? Do you recognize them?!” If there wasn’t a good shot of their faces, we would go back and play it over and over and over until somebody stood up and recognized who they were. I saw one by one, these young adults’ face drop with fear, knowing what Gwen was going to instruct them: Gwen told every one of them that their parents are MOCKERS OF GOD and THEY were the “ENEMY”! Because of Gwen’s teachings, many of these young adults already had broken relationships with their family and this meeting that was attended by the parents just added more fuel to the fire for Gwen to manipulate control over them.
After we figured out who most of the parents were, Gwen began to have fun with the whole thing. She would poke fun at the parents who were standing in the church kitchen. “Well,” she said, “I guess they can’t think of enough bad things to say about me so they have to come into the kitchen and stuff their faces!” And then she would laugh at how fat most of the people were.
At noon, Gwen told some of us to go back out to the church since they were meeting on Saturday afternoon to try to get more video shots to see if new people had come to the Saturday meeting. The church was 45 minutes away, and about eight of us went out there to try to get more shots of people, but because of it being light it was too risky that we would get caught by them. So we didn’t get any more video shots. We came home empty-handed.
This is one sick, twisted story…it’s called mind control, and I was a part of this.
I knew something was up. And that was my introduction to the lunacy of what is surely one of the most warped cults around, the diet cult Remnant Fellowship.
I've been working among cults since 1983 and RF is by far the most vicious one I've ever personally seen.
Among cultic wolves like Scientology and the Watchtower, Remnant in comparison comes off like a chihuahua - but one with the bite radius and jaws of a 30 foot great white shark. They are as dangerous and destructive as any cult around primarily because they're in stealth mode and seem so imperviously innocuous as they use their Weigh Down Workshop "Christian diet" organization as a front group for recruitment - as slickly as the Moonies might use the FFWPU. They glide in and off soundstages for tabloid TV shows as well as global media networks like Fox News and NBC as well as clogging popular magazines like Good Housekeeping parading starry eyed dieters with amazing weight loss stories out for the world to see.
There's almost no attention drawn to their cultic wiles whatsoever. THAT is the tough part. Yet the trail of ruined lives, broken marriages, wounded children and grotesque abuses are as real as any path of destruction left by the Family. You can read about them on our website and here's one thread on a Christian bulletin board where I touched on some of this.
For more information, visit our website www.spiritwatch.org and view the video channel of our countercult ministry on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/user/Rafaeldamian and check out some videos we have on RF there.
Yes, this cult is FOR REAL.