Adam Brooks fully expects to be vilified for exposing the inner workings of Gwen Shamblin’s Remnant Fellowship. He’s seen it happen before. Unable to accept the fact that something may be wrong with her teachings or practices, Shamblin routinely attributes the “strong desire to keep their strongholds” (translate: “they’re choosing their sins over God’) as the reason people leave her new “church.” Surely it can’t be anything she’s said or done! After all: she’s God’s latest prophetess. Right?
But despite his knowledge that some of his closest and dearest personal friends will repay his honesty by thinking the worst of him, he also feels compelled by his love for God and for other Christians who may be lured into Remnant Fellowship to share what he knows.
Sadly, we’ve seen this scenario all too many times. Cult leaders and spiritual abusers are expert table-turners, skilled in the fine art of character assassination. And they know how to make examples out of exiles, as Stalin did Trotsky, in order strike just enough fear into the hearts of their remaining followers to keep them loyal.
This nauseatingly common dynamic of cultic cowardice helps display the courage inherent in Brooks’ article, even as (and most likely because) it stands in stark contrast to it. We thank him for it, and ask you to stand with him in prayer as you read his story.
– Ron Henzel