This is not a book about physical or sexual abuse. It is not a theological book. This is simply a story about my personal journey from complete faith and belief in one particular religious group to a personal faith in Jesus as Saviour.
Clearly Elizabeth has found a personal faith and found that her own upbringing did not assist her spiritual development. However, clearly she has accepted the logic that any group which does not agree with a particular theology which she believes in, is a cult. I suggest this definition is not adequate and is purely a theological one and does not conform to the notion of cultism which involves undue influence which is much broader than a purely theological definition.
Elizabeth was born and raised in a nameless and secretive worldwide cult that claims exclusive origin from the New Testament apostolic ministry and blatantly describes all other churches as ‘false’ A fourth generation member, she professed faith at the age of sixteen and fully intended to remain there, even when she discovered that the system she believed in was based on a lie. This confronting and deeply personal account gives an inside perspective into the mind-set of cult members, and reveals the fear and trauma associated with being forced to investigate your own beliefs even if it could mean destroying the very foundations of everything you believe.
Eminently readable in a personal narrative style, many have said they could not put it down from the moment they opened the cover.
A Journey out of Spiritual Bondage – message from the author
This is not a book about physical or sexual abuse. It is not a theological book.
This is simply a story about my personal journey from complete faith and belief in one particular religious group to a personal faith in Jesus as Saviour. It look me a long time to realise that the faith I thought I had was completely dependent on one group and its leaders. Apart from the group, I didn’t know what I believed. I couldn’t answer questions about my faith. I had no assurance or confidence that I was acceptable to God.
This is a book for those who want to know how to ask the hard questions about their own spiritual life. It is a book that will resonate deeply with anyone who has been subject to the spiritual trauma of trying to make sense of what they are taught to believe and not allowed to question. This is a book about breaking free from the bondage to any one particular group that claims exclusive spiritual authority and obedience to its own subjective rules. This is a book about finding the freedom that only true faith in Christ alone can bring.
Background on the Church With No Name
Who and where are the members of this group? Believe it or not, they exist in many – if not most – towns and cities across Australia, Britain and America. They have also extended into many other countries on every continent. They meet in private homes on Sunday mornings, and in rented halls (school, community) during the week. They hide in plain sight, being almost impossible to recognise even if you stumble across them, as individually they claim no name, denomination, affiliation or even organisation. In truth they are a highly organised worldwide ministry with an extensive following that carefully hides its origins even from its own members. They refer to each other as “the friends” and to their clergy as “the workers”. They are now commonly referred to by ex-members and outsiders as the “Two-by-Twos”, in reference to their style of ministry in pairs. They cannot be located by any name or address or website. Members of the public will only come across them by responding to small advertisements in public newspapers.