FOUR PART SERIES--Boston Church of Christ recruitment tactics subject of controversy
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After the first Bible Talk, the disciples will build friendships with the prospectives, and encourage them to spend more and more time with the BCC, both in religious and social events. Those who abandon the Bible study abandon most of their friendships in the church. In the studies, disciples will reveal more and more of the church's doctrine; they will press the non-members to accept the doctrine, commit to more church activities, and share more of their personal lives.
If they accept the doctrine, their next step is to repent all their past sins and be baptized into the BCC.
Many students have gone to a few talks, refused further study, and were ignored by the church for months or years afterward. Many others have complained of intense pressure to join the church.
It appears that the more time a given non-member has spent with the BCC, the more negative his or her opinion of the church is.
Have you made a commitment? Do you want to be a Christian?
Do you love God? On and on and on. A week before then, she told Sharon Belville '89, a disciple she studied with, that she would be going to the BCC's Palm Sunday services, and asked Belville to give her a wake-up call. Then, she changed her mind, without telling Belville. Belville worked desk in Bateman's dorm at that time.
On the morning of Palm Sunday, when Bateman would not answer Belville's calls, the disciple got Bateman's key from the desk area, came in, and woke her up. Bateman calls Belville's actions a "flagrant violation of desk ethics. I just didn't know what to do at the time. Yet Bruce Lower, who spent two years in the BCC as a teenager, said that his leaders privately told him, "Don't take 'no' for an answer. Simon remains a conservative Christian; he likes to read the Bible and tell others about Jesus, and says that others shouldn't be afraid to do so.
But he advises caution. If necessary, he insists, you have the right to be obnoxious to get disciples to stop bothering you. Associate Dean Robert M. Few people complain about them. People exploring any religion, he said, should understand what cults are, and what groups are alleged to be cults. He calls anti-cult and anti-BCC literature "spiritual pornography. Get it out of the house! Disciples; doctrine - Obey, bear fruit, be happy Like all disciples of the Boston Church of Christ, Ose Manheim has to go to twice-a-week church services, a weekly Bible Talk, and occasional devotionals and seminars.
She must read the Bible daily. Also, she has a "discipler," who gives her one-on-one spiritual guidance and hears her confession every day. But Manheim doesn't tell non-members about these duties when she first "shares her faith" with them; she said they would think her "weird" or "stupid" if they didn't understand other church principles first. Also, "it's a spiritual understanding. God allows us to understand. They applaud the church for exposing so many people to the Bible, and concede that the church's basic theology is valid.
However, they say, some of the church's techniques are un-Biblical. The BCC's leaders reply that other church leaders are jealous of its high growth rate, and are not committed enough to following Jesus. Since Jesus was persecuted by religious leaders of his day, they argue, if the BCC is arousing controversy, it's a sign that the BCC is on the right track. Thou shalt obey All BCC disciples must have disciplers. Critics say that the disciplers, and other church leaders, exercise dictatorial control over their disciples' lives.
Manheim denies that church leaders even give orders; rather, they're suggestions or guidelines. She says she follows those suggestions because she trusts that the leaders have her best interests in mind. Manheim said she has sometimes refused to follow a leader's advice for this reason, but would not give any examples. The relationship between disciplers and their disciples should mirror that between Jesus and his apostles.
Furthermore, disciples should be best friends with their disciplers, according to church literature. One disciple explained that there is a difference between "constructive criticism" and "criticalness;" it depends, he said, on the critic's attitude. The BCC justifies its leaders' authority with Hebrews In the translation used by the BCC, this verse reads, "Obey your leaders and submit to their authority.
Gholston wrote that exousia appears times in the New Testament, but never refers to any church leaders except the apostles.
By contrast, in Matthew Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be your slave He said that a few days after they received his letter, the elders fired him from his position as House Church Leader; they forbade other disciples from talking to him or reading copies of the letter. Marty Wooten, a BCC evangelist, complained that religious critics of the church interpret passages like Matthew 20 "through the eyes of materialistic, self-indulgent Americans rather than through the eyes of disciples willing to go anywhere, do anything, and give up everything [to save souls].
No other excuse, he said, is acceptable. To make converts, in the BCC's argot, is to "bear fruit. If anyone does not remain in me, he is like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. If he had, half of them would have been informers and Roman soldiers. Your life is not your own Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, is for God.
He says that he spent so much time with church duties that he had hardly any time left for problem sets. According to Lovejoy, his Bible Talk Leader argued that Lovejoy flunked because he was not committed enough to the church. Peter Simon not his real nameanother former disciple, concedes that the church motivates some individuals to study harder. However, he says, most disciples will get lower grades, switch to easier classes, or find ways to get good grades without actually learning.
Robert Watts Thornburg, Dean of the Chapel at Boston University, said that when he expressed concern about disciples' academic problems, Baird gave him a list of the BU disciples' grades. Thornburg claims that those grades were inaccurate.
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Some will skip meals, delay significant purchases, or dip into savings. And now, for something completely different So, I rewrote this article. It was a mess of conflicting interests -- one could surmise that most of the individual edits were good, but they didn't fit together cogently; it seemed biased, though it was at times unclear in which direction. One of the flaws, I think, was that the authors were afraid to use the word "cult". This is a legitimate fear, of course, because one doesn't want to seem biased; however, if an NPOV-editor omits the term from an article like this, he'll feel obligated to embed it somehow within the text -- that is, he'll want the reader to come to the conclusion that the organization is a cult or cult-like because this is accurate by all accounts but without saying it outright he'll perhaps compensate for the word's absence with a slightly undue anti-ICoC bias.
Perhaps I'm wrong, but that's what it seemed like to me. Anyways, I wrote this basically from scratch, because I wasn't sure what in the existing article was trustworthy and what was not. I'm accustomed to doing research, and I enjoy it; I sought out the most reliable, scholarly sources I could find on the web. It was complicated, of course, by three facts: I did manage do find a good deal of fairly scholarly material dating to the mids, when the ICoC was at its prime; but it's changed considerably since then, and I wanted to make the reader aware of that.
Still, the cult-like tendencies remain, at least in places, as evidenced by the several recent news stories I've cited. It appears that the only thing that has changed is that Kip Mckean got thrown out of the first cult, the ICOC, and went on to start his own cult. So now there are two cults; Kip Mckean's cult and the original cult. I don't really give a damn about ICoC; or at least, I didn't at the onset. I encountered this article as most by random chance, and decided it would be a good candidate for a complete rewrite.
I think I'm in a good position to evaluate it objectively: As for the images -- I crafted them myself. The map, though, I think turned out perfectly.
The original had a dirth of visual stimuli. It is coherent and usable. It will be a great new starting point to expand the article as needed. I appreciate you putting in the time to make this a legitimate article. It includes a nice graph. Kelcy the editor may be willing to let you use it here.
It is a relief to have a good writer and research from an outside perspective re-do this article, with all of Tranny's horribly biased and bad writing taking over for so long.
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Thank you, thank you, thank you. Looking forward to seeing further contributions. Arguments are for a different forum than wikipedia. Christianity and Islam are the world religions traditionally obsessed with precise belief. Precise pratice is traditionally important in Judaism and in some Eastern religious movements. Even within these religions, though, there are many who are not so concerned about precise belief.
Xiaphias vandalized the original version, he deleted a lot of information and deleted a lot of caracter. This is not okay, because the original version was discussed from to Exchange the aricle without, discussion?
I dont know of the kind rule in the wikipedia. It's commonly done with articles that are in need of major changes; someone makes those major changes to improve the article. Xiaphias' version is so completely and obviously superior to the previous version that no one but a major ICoC partisan could argue otherwise.
It's that much better. Any missing information can be added back in piecemeal. Tranny, your version was so incredibly biased and sorry to say, poorly put together, and one could argue that your version was also a vandalism of the prior version to that.
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It continues to be incredibly frustrating how incredibly unaware you are of even basic principles of objectivity, and writing. Many former members and former leaders call the ICOC a cult and tell horror stories of cult abuse: Before you make a fundamental alteration -- that is to say, before you add something controversial or delete something extant -- please post here first and get approval.
Not from me, of course, but from any person who cares to give their opinion. Indeed, I'd say that mine would be of the least importance, given my inherit bias to preserve the condition of my witting.
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With regard to references -- I'm a stickler for them, as you may have noticed. Some have objected to my midsentence citations "First he did this, but later this. If I added citations after a comma or semicolon, it's because the sentence contains two or more separate statements, each requiring verification and each obtained from a different source.
Though it looks prettier to move them all till after the period, this makes it substantially more difficult for a reader to access the specific source he's looking for Wikipedia's a research tool, not a postcard.
I used only internet-accessible material, so you should be able to confirm everything for yourself. But when I search "International Christian Churches" it redirects to a different church called the "International Church of Christ" Did you know that this is a different church? See for your self by wiki-ing "kip mckean," city of angels international christian church, portland movement or even "international christian church" with out the "es".
Thank you in advance. The "International Christian Churches" is a separate church entity from that of the "Portland International Church of Christ" who announced their separation August . Both Kip Mckean's new movement and the movement that broke away from Kip Mckean are cults. The same people run both of them and the same practices are in both organizations.
The movement that broke away from Kip Mckean will condemn Kip Mckean as a cult leader; and while this is true; the new movement continues to be a cult that enslaves people and and leaves former members telling horror stories of cult abuse.
Conflict between Mormons and the U. Soon thereafter, church president Wilford Woodruff issued a manifesto that officially suspended the practice. Relations with the United States markedly improved aftersuch that Utah was admitted as a U. Relations further improved afterwhen church president Joseph F. Smith again disavowed polygamy before the United States Congress and issued a " Second Manifesto ", calling for all plural marriages in the church to cease, as they were already against church doctrine since Woodruff issued the Manifesto.
Eventually, the church adopted a policy of excommunicating its members found practicing polygamy and today actively distances itself from " fundamentalist " groups still practicing polygamy. During the 20th century, the church grew substantially and became an international organization, due in part to the spread of missionaries around the globe.
Inthe church reported 60, missionaries  and global church membership stood at just over 11 million. One significant change was the ordination of men of black African descent to the priesthood inwhich reversed a policy originally instituted by Brigham Young in For example, since the early s, the church has instituted a Priesthood Correlation Program to centralize church operations and bring them under a hierarchy of priesthood leaders. During the Great Depressionthe church also began operating a church welfare system, and it has conducted numerous humanitarian efforts in cooperation with other religious organizations including Catholic Relief Services and Islamic Reliefas well as secular organizations such as the American Red Cross.
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