A Letter on Leaders Who Abuse Authority

I received this email and the author agreed to let me share it here…praise God for His truth and Charles’ courage

Dear Athena,

You may not remember me, but we talked once back in the end of 2004. I had signed up with WinePress books to publish a book called “Where is the Fear of God? Finding the Treasure of the Lord”, but I was never able to get it in print through them. I was going to the mission field to Kenya at that time and was trying to get it published before I left. At the time it was so frustrating, for each time we did what they said to do, and each time they came back and blamed the problems on us, when we did exactly what they said. After a year of trying I (and my friend back here in the states, Ros Chin) gave up, forsook the money we had paid to get it printed, and walked away. Little did we know what was taking place at WinePress and that this was right when the takeover was occurring.

When I came back from Kenya in 2009 I tried again to get it published through a ‘secular’ company and in 2 months time I had books on my doorstep, super easy. I never understood why it never worked with WinePress, until you ‘told your story’. So today nearly a decade later I finally understand why God never allowed to be published by WinePress, and I am truly thankful, for God’s ways are higher than our ways. So thank you for not being afraid to tell your story, it has truly encouraged me in several ways.

One of the things that goes far deeper than the publishing of the book was how you and I both were delivered from the snares of the devil. I also found myself in a cult (though for many years I truly felt I was in the best church on earth). But through the years it began to change and more and authority was brought in which abused and manipulated and bullied the members of the church, until finally there in Kenya Nov. 2011 I finally took a stand to say I was not going to compromise and not going to obey a man’s word over Jesus Christ. Well, that was the end for me in that ministry.

Once I brought correction to the leader on where he was contrary to Jesus’ example and his words, now men and women from around the world were stirred up against me to condemn me, strive with me, shame and rebuke me – ‘How could I dare question the man of God?’ Didn’t I know he was ‘Moses’ and the ground would open up and consume me for even questioning him? Now for the first time I felt what so many who were dis-fellowshipped before me must have felt: judgments, condemnations, curses, warnings I would go to hell and my wife and children die if I left their ‘perfect’, ‘loving’ fellowship that was so of God, how deceived I must be even to think they had any error.

Apparently I was even denser in understanding, than others as to what this ministry had become, because I served there faithfully with my whole heart for 22 years. Every friend I had in this world was there. Yes, we did the same things as you. We cut off every one who did not agree with us, we separated ourselves from family members who didn’t submit/agree with our doctrine, Yes, I mortgaged my home, as well as many other church members, and gave it all to the ‘Set Man’, the Lead Elder, so that he could run the ministry. We were not as extreme as some of the practices that you went through (like living in other peoples homes), but it is amazing how many of the practices were identical.

So I know a little of what you went through, and I can honestly say I am sorry you had to endure such things at the hands of one who called himself a man of God. It is the greatest shame. Sadly such men because of the extreme self-deception and over-abundant pride that is in them, cannot see that they are doing ANYTHING wrong. They have an amazing ability to discard their conscience, to justify EVERYTHING they do and to shift blame on others. I just wanted to know I will be praying for you that God will heal your heart and that you will continue with God in fellowship with other believers. That of course is one of the boasts of such men, that ‘everyone that leaves us is shipwrecked’. They truly believe they are ‘messiahs’ and that people are lost without them.

Those who abuse authority in the church always want to gloat that those who leave their ministry are always shipwrecked and don’t serve God anymore and their lives are destroyed. But if we truly received a good foundation at a ministry which prepared us properly as the bride of Christ, shouldn’t many of those who leave continue on faithfully in the Lord? Isn’t that a test of every ministry? Isn’t that the hope of every true parent? “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” Pr 22:6  Is it possible that God will inspect the devastation in the lives of those who were associated with a certain man of God and credit that as bad fruit?

Thank God we are not shipwrecked. We will go on to serve God without Diotrephes lording over us. We will be a testimony of those who have been delivered by the Lord himself from the oppressions of unjust men. Such men do not know the devastation which they have caused in the lives of so many who have left their ministry and the condemnations those who leave have had to endure. First, they make those under their rule dependent on them, removing every support they have. Then when some can no longer endure the hypocrisy and are tired of being used and abused, finally decide they must leave. Then they are condemned, shamed, and evil spoken of, so they leave broken, disillusioned, deeply wounded. When such people wander spiritually or many forsake altogether the things of God, such leaders use that as ‘proof’ that they never should have left?! Amazing how such leaders never hear Jesus’ words: “whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea.” Mt 18:6

I could hear in your words on the Blog, some of the same things I have had to pass through and still at times struggle with: How could I be so stupid not to see what was going on for so long? Why did it take me so long to get out? Why did I let another talk me into what I knew in the depth of my heart was not right. This surely is one of the tools of the devil, to try to crush with shame those who come out of cults. But I pray all who come out of such abusive groups will in time become even stronger through such things to help deliver others who may still be caught in such groups and not even know it.

So thank you and God bless you and lead you. May he heal the places of your heart that were trampled on by the proud and arrogant. They will meet their day, if not before the courts of men, then surely before the court of God. Where will all the men who exalted themselves before God’s people hide themselves on the day of the Lord when he returns?! On that day: “The lofty looks of man shall be humbled, and the haughtiness of men shall be bowed down, and the LORD alone shall be exalted in that day. For the day of the LORD of hosts shall be upon every one that is proud and lofty, and upon every one that is lifted up; and he shall be brought low.” Isa 2:11-12

Praise the Lord for his mighty deliverances! He has set the captive free. The day will come when he will show “strength with his arm”, when he will scatter “the proud in the imagination of their hearts”, when he will put down the mighty from their seats”, and he will exalt them of low degree (Lk 1:51-52). I have to say I was grieved by the first person that responded on your blog. It truly shows how so many have no understanding of the abuse and pain people pass through when they are in such groups. In reality why did we get involved in such? Simply because we had a pure and humble heart and wanted all that God had for us. That is what prideful men of God take advantage of, when they begin telling us what we need to do in our walks with God, and stepping into the place in our heart which only Jesus the Lord is to occupy.

There is a spirit that is working in the earth which works in men who wield authority in the church and subtly they become lifted up just like Lucifer was and now they expect people to listen and obey WHATEVER they say. They become leaders after the manner of the Gentiles exactly like Jesus warned his own 12 that they were NOT to do: What you encountered was none other than the very same spirit of Diotrephes where a man wants preeminence in the church and in the hearts of God’s people, so that he may rule over our faith. But Paul, though he was a man of great authority was never like that. Notice how he and those with him did not “have dominion over”, they did not ‘rule over’ the faith of the believers, but were “helpers of [their] joy: for by faith ye stand.” (2Co 1:24).

Some ministers it seems that their truest joy is not in bringing joy to the believers, but rather in keeping them under their control, in lording over the sheep, and reminding the sheep of all the ‘great things’ that such a minister has done. In such places the leader often gets more attention that Christ Jesus himself! Such ministers want to convince the sheep that they ‘stand’ by their obedience to that man and to his subordinates. But scripture is clear, we stand by faith, faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, not faith in men. But I have even heard it said from such men, “All I ask is that you trust in the Lord and trust in the servant of the Lord and when we ask you to do some thing, just to do it.” That may sound innocent to some, but that is unbiblical. That is EXACTLY what the antichrist wants from each of us – just to trust him and do what he says.

I was blessed just yesterday with a scripture. Even God shows us why we should trust him. Why do “the children of men put their trust under the shadow of [his] wings”? because of “how excellent is [his] lovingkindness” (Ps 36:7). But men want to say that “ALL” they want is for you is to just trust them?! We are truly in the last days when men are deceiving and being deceived (2Tim 3:13). When men partake of such a spirit, requiring people to trust them, they indeed have drunk of the Luciferic principle. Praise God for the scriptures, which set us free when we see them rightly.

Ps 146:3: Put NOT your trust in princes, nor in the son of man, in whom there is no help.

Ps 118:8: It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man.

It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in princes.

How sad some church leaders use the word of God as a club to beat the sheep into submission, to intimidate and to bully, the very opposite of what Jesus said to do (Mt 20:20-28). Truly many have forgotten the servant model that Jesus left us. Who should be the greatest servants in the church? Many men make it be the sheep, but Jesus said it should be the leaders! How then can a church leader call himself “the Shepherd” (which in truth is no different than saying he is “the Senior or Chief Pastor”) when only Jesus is “the Shepherd” and certainly he is the Chief Shepherd?! How can this be, unless such a man is already drinking of the Luciferic principle! How can a church leader call himself “the set man” or “the lead elder”? unless he is blinded by his own pride and self-importance. How can men praise themselves in the house of God while God is watching, and feel no shame? unless they are Pharisees inside their heart.

Some of the very things you have experienced I also have gone through, although not to the same depth. But it is the same spirit of antichrist authority that would put God’s sheep in bondage to the will of a man and keep them under his control, rather than growing in maturity and being able to discern the will of God for themselves. I pray that you again rejoice to here your Shepherd’s voice (Jesus) as he leads you into the green pastures he has for you.

Sincerely,

Charles von Hammerstein

An Amazing Story of God’s Faithfulness

I first attended the Summit (Evangelical Free Church of America) in January of 2012, just 2 months after being delivered from my 12 years in captivity. My good friend Jessica Gambill and her family attended there and I finally decided to go with her to church. I’d finished 2 months of intensive counseling and was ready for the next step. They started a 13 week session on Emotional Healthy Spirituality and it seemed to be just what I needed for the next step of my healing.

Ross would preach about the study topic for the week each Sunday. I can remember sitting there in church and listening to him preach. I’d think to myself, “Lord, can I please have a husband like that some day?” He loved God, was authentic, humble, sensitive, not afraid to admit his faults, and did not have wandering eyes. He loved his wife and family and he loved his flock.

In May of 2012 while all the men were at Trout Bums, I attended a get together of some women in the church. Ross’s wife, Cathy, was there, and about an hour into the evening she said to me “You know, Athena, I told Ross if anything ever happens to me, he needs to marry you!” Needless to say that totally freaked me out and plenty of mind games ensued (does he know that she told me that? Etc., etc.) I found myself distancing myself just because I didn’t know what to do with that information.

Not long after that I got interested in a widower from Colorado and spent the next 6 months waiting and wondering if anything would develop, which it did not…but it’s interesting how God allowed that distraction to keep me busy with other interests so I didn’t think about Cathy’s comment.

Then in November the Lord took me down to Texas to help my brother with our 90 year old Momma who was on hospice. For the 14 months I was there I experienced more healing, bonding with my older brother, and ended up with a radio ministry. On a few occasions I tried online dating and God just shut me down every time. I whined and complained that I’d been single for 14 years and let God know in no uncertain terms that I was ready for a husband! I had no interest in dating unless it was someone I would be interested in marrying. So I waited, and I waited. No dates. No nothing. Intermittent whining to God.

Last summer I reconnected with an old author friend and we had a great friendship. I thought maybe God wanted me to wait for him while he healed from a traumatic end to his marriage of three decades. (see my post entitled “Speed Bumps, Benches and Trees, Oh My!” for a better idea of my struggles with waiting!) This gave me something to look forward to, and I was committed to waiting, thinking that this was God’s plan. I was so committed, in fact, that when I heard the news that Ross’s wife had passed away I freaked out thinking that was a distraction to what God was asking me to do…wait for my friend. So, I decided I needed to draw a line in the sand and let Ross know that I wasn’t available. I wrote him a letter addressing the “elephant in the room” with what Cathy said to him and to me and let him know I felt God wanted me to wait for my friend. His response was gracious. He made sure to let me know he did not find the thought of being married to me unpleasant, and that he wanted to make sure we stayed friends in the future.

By the end of the year God was helping me to see how much I had tried to make this other relationship happen, and I spent the entire New Years’ Eve repenting for idolatry, for pursuing, for assuming I knew what God was doing. I told the Lord, if this is not the man You have for me, then I surrender my will and what I thought my future was going to be like, and I say HAVE YOUR WAY, LORD.

On January 8th I land in the ER and end up having my gallbladder removed. While in the hospital, WinePress announces on their website that they are closing their doors (and of course it’s all my fault). Two days later the question is posed…would I be willing to return to Washington to start a company to help all the orphaned WinePress authors?

I’d been telling God for 14 months that I was NOT returning to Washington…too many reminders of the trauma and the loss and the abuse I’d endured, so when the question came I was a little taken aback. I committed to pray and ask for Godly counsel from my family and others I knew I could trust. All responses were positive, and on January 14 I felt confident that this was God’s will. (You can listen to the podcast of my Always Faithful radio show from February 1 where I told the story of how this all played out).

I had already purchased roundtrip tickets to come to CA and WA to visit grandkids, and all of I sudden I am realizing that I wouldn’t be using the return ticket. As I prayed through the transition to Washington I felt compelled to try to stay under my Commission to Every Nation banner and expand my radio ministry to include publishing. In order to do so, I had to explain my plans to CTEN and my pastoral care couple and see if they would approve it. They asked who I would be accountable to, who would be my pastor and where I would worship. Well, of course I would go back to the Summit…that was my church, and I was returning to Enumclaw to live and work in the same building that used to be mine. My pastoral care couple called Ross and asked him many questions…could I meet with him weekly, and would he be my overseer? He was happy to oblige, and I began to wonder what God was up to!

As my time to travel back to WA drew closer, communication by messaging on Facebook increased, and just before I left on the 23rd of January Ross told me he was glad I was coming back to WA and asked me to call him some evening since he now has so much free time on his hands. This really sent me into a tizzy! He was pursuing me! That was one of the things on my list of what I wanted in a man…if it was really the man God had for me, he would pursue me, not the other way around. I finally got up the nerve to call him while I was traveling to CA and sitting in the Sacramento airport waiting for my shuttle to Redding.

That phone call was a defining moment. Within the first 5 minutes he asked to take me out. My first date in 14 years! And from there we both asked questions to see if each other fit the requirements we each had on our “list”. It didn’t take long to find out each non-negotiable on our lists were checked and confirmed. It was quickly proving to be a perfect match.

Ross picked me up at the airport when I arrived in Washington on January 27. Walking off the concourse and into his arms felt like coming home. We talked for hours and I was stunned at many of the facts I discovered. I found out that Cathy had made a list of potential wives once she knew her cancer was terminal. And who was #1 on the list? Yep. I was. And guess what else? Ross had a sailboat for about 14 years, and when he bought it, the name was, yes, you guessed it…The Athena. He changed the name of the boat, but the curtains on the inside still have Athena embroidered on each one of them…what a hoot!

I also found out that if God hadn’t taken me to Texas, and I was still a member of The Summit, he wouldn’t have been able to date me! There’s an unwritten rule in the church world that pastors don’t date in the congregation because of the tension in causes between people. God took me away and brought me back right at the right time… amazing!

I look back and see that on September 5 my daughter wrote me an email saying that God was releasing the word Marriage to me and is sending me my match made in heaven. I thought it was referring to my friend that I was waiting for, but in reality it was all about Ross and I, but I couldn’t see it. Turns out that word from the Lord through Roby was right after they realized the chemo wasn’t working, and she passed just 25 days later. While God was bringing me to a place of realizing that I’d been trying to make this other relationship happen, Ross was asking God to send him a wife because he didn’t want to spend the summer alone. He even began telling his staff that he was going to get married…he just didn’t know who to yet! All that was going on while I was realizing I was in sin and needed to repent.

There’s so much more to share, but this is the basic timeline of events and a testimony, once again, to God’s faithfulness. We knew pretty quickly that this was it, what we’d both been looking for and dreaming of in a relationship. It just blew my mind that every single line item on our individual lists of what we wanted in a mate got a resounding “check” … God really was blessing me for being willing to wait for the right guy and Ross for being faithful and true for 49 years of marriage.

It was important to wait to announce it to the church family until Ross’s adult children felt good about his decision. That’s definitely the bittersweet part. The kids and grandkids suffered a huge loss, which enabled me to experience great gain. Ross didn’t want to rush them and encouraged each of them to process their own grief in a way that would be authentic. Once that was moving forward and they were all supportive of their dad’s decision, we announced it to the church family on the weekend of March 15 & 16 that our marriage date is set for June 13. 1902986_10200804226623107_1847260727_n While Ross had grieved ever since June of 2013 when the diagnosis first came, there were still a few women in the congregation who felt he was too easily replacing his wife of 49 years. I was so amazed at the analogy God gave Ross to share on that day. He recalled the time when Cathy found out she was pregnant with their second child and was overly emotional. She could not see how she could possibly love another child as much as she loved her firstborn, Bret. But, as time went on, she not only loved Thad well, but Nathan and Elizabeth too. She found she had the capacity to love each child as an individual without taking away any of the love for the others. And just the same with me, Ross’s love for me in no way diminishes the love he had for Cathy for 49 years of marriage.

As I read over all that has happened in such a short time, I stand amazed at the faithfulness of God. In fact, a good friend told me she’d been sharing my story with some ladies, and just how evident God’s blessing is for my being willing to repent and obey His call. She said I’m only the second woman in her life who she knows who walked away from the wrong guy to really get God’s choice. I am SO glad I did…so glad He gave me a tender enough heart to lay down what I thought was His will and surrender all my plans in exchange for His. I am, literally, stunned by the goodness of God!

An Update from Chip MacGregor re: WinePress and Me

Chip MacGregor is a hero in my book…a well-respected literary agent who has refused to be intimidated by the thugs at WinePress. This is his most recent post…be sure to read the comments as well!

http://www.chipmacgregor.com/current-affairs/last-last-word-winepress/

The Latest from Well-Known Literary Agent, Chip MacGregor

You know, Chip always knows how to shine the light in the darkness and expose the hard, cold facts.

Here’s his latest blog post about WinePress Publishing and their final demise. I’d encourage you to read it and share with your social media networks.

http://www.chipmacgregor.com/current-affairs/last-word-winepress-publishing/

And as a side note, I think his timing is impeccable. We just announced the founding of Redemption Press, where we are doing everything we can to help the authors who have been abused and orphaned by WinePress Publishing. Pass the word!

The REAL Reason WinePress Went Out of Business

I just found out the reason the WinePress landlord changed the locks on the building.

He was going to let them stay and continue on in business, as long as Tim Williams signed a document taking responsibility for the business.

And guess what?

He wouldn’t sign it.

So while WinePress employees tell authors that the reason WinePress is closing it’s doors is because of attacks on the business, or landlords who wanted their money, once again, they are lying.

The truth is, they could have carried on if Tim would have signed the document. The landlord was willing to start from a clean slate as long as Tim would guarantee using his personal assets.

But he refused to do so.

Funny how his name isn’t on any legal documents. He has never been a guarantor on any WinePress or Sound Doctrine bank loans (oh, but many of the other church members and employees were, including me!), and his name has never been on the incorporation papers. I doubt his name was even on the rental agreements after the company was transferred over…it was probably Josiah and Malcolm who put their names on the line. He was a master at having other people do his bidding and others put their assets and credit on the line.

Incredible how he took in a quarter of a million dollars a year from WinePress from 2005 until I left late 2011, but still spent Sound Doctrine money to make improvements on his cabin in the mountains, and spent WinePress money on all sorts of personal purchases.

It’s very telling that the ONLY reason that WinePress was shut down is because Tim Williams refused to sign his name to take responsibility for the cash cow that has paid him well over the years.

Yep, very telling.

The Double Standard of Tim Williams

I heard from an author that WinePress is finally admitting that they are, in fact, going out of business. The cult member/employee said “it was the result of attacks on the business and the landlord’s desire to get paid, which he wasn’t.”

Hmmmmm. Their landlord let them go ONE FULL YEAR without paying their rent, and finally said enough is enough. Start paying or get out, to which they whined and made more excuses.

One of the most recent employees to leave said “The last thing I heard from Josiah was that Mike was jerking them around.”

Here is a perfect example of the Sound Doctrine / Tim Williams /WinePress  double standard.

Their landlord gives them way more grace than they deserve, and they accuse the landlord of jerking them around.

HYPOCRISY!

If you are more than 15 days late on a bill you owe WinePress, they charge you exorbitant late fees.

But if they owe you money, they expect you to wait for months, and if you complain, YOU are in sin.

HYPOCRISY!

Tim Williams convinces his followers that I constantly beat Carla down when we went to writer’s conferences together.

The truth is, when we had a chance to talk without Tim around, and I showed her how we were wrong to charge so much for authors to buy copies of their books, and that some of the decisions Tim was making were BAD FOR BUSINESS, she completely agreed with me and tried to get Tim to listen. Uh oh. Bad idea. He doesn’t listen to anyone.

In reality, Tim was the one who constantly beat her down once we returned from the conferences. Verbally beat her into submission. She even told me once that because of our conversations at conferences we attended together, they nearly divorced more than once!

And here’s the last example I’ll share for the moment. A deaf woman who almost got sucked into the cult many years ago makes comments on this site and forwarded me an email she just received from the man himself.

Greetings Colleen Simsa,

You do understand that spreading lies is a sin and places you under God’s judgment – unless you repent?

Like Jesus, the book is very clear that all is a matter of love. It can’t be helped that you only want to love with human sinful love, rather than the selfless love of Jesus in you. However, it is stupid to attack those who love by the power of the Holy Spirit.

We are of God. He who knows God hears us; he who is not of God does not hear us. By this we know the spirit of truth and the spirit of error.  (1 John 4:6)

That you have aligned yourself with a self-confessed manipulator proves you need to do some serious repenting.

Timothy Williams

For someone who spreads more lies than anyone I’ve ever known, both on the internet and in his scripture-out-of-context preaching, I find it almost laughable that he thinks he can continue to get away with his intimidation tactics. I must admit I laughed out loud when I read it, as did Colleen.

The last line, however, was the most telling…the master manipulator himself refers to me as a self-confessed manipulator.

Yep. I wrote all about it in my first book Consumed by Success. I admitted it and actually REPENTED for it.

Something he has yet to do.

If anyone is wondering why WinePress isn’t answering their phones…

I was asked by the attorney for the landlord to take these posts down because they were getting harassed by Tim Williams…the last thing I want do to someone who is trying to deal with the leadership of WP in a civilized fashion is make things difficult for them.

Well, now that their landlord finally kicked them out of the office building, I think it’s safe to say that the world should know the truth about why they aren’t answering their phones today. Of course, anything bad that happens to WinePress is blamed on me, or on the employees who won’t “repent” to Tim Williams’ liking.

But the truth is, just as I’ve been saying all along, the Williams family will pay themselves, their lawyers, the church building rent, and whatever bills they deem to their advantage, but will not pay their rent, their printer bills, their editor bills, their employee salaries or their author royalties! Here is the letter I received in early September showing them owing $150,000+ in back rent, and this doesn’t even count what they owe on the warehouse!

Amazing that this letter came in the DAY AFTER Tim Williams told the reporter for Publisher’s Weekly that WinePress was doing great.

And what does that prove? Just what I have been saying all along. The people in charge of WinePress are liars, and they use scripture to justify lying (hey, Abraham lied about Sarah, right?!). They lied on the witness stand, and they continue to lie even now. The truth is, they have only been living on the good reputation WinePress had when I still had some control of the company.

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I’m sorry so many authors didn’t believe the bizarre story I’ve told here could possibly be true, but it was then and it is now, even moreso. Especially since 2 key employees just left WinePress and Sound Doctrine a few weeks ago. The stories they will tell will only confirm everything I’ve been saying for two years.

If you are one of those authors who paid for a special deal on books in December and never got them, that’s because they owe the printer $50,000 and have not paid it down far enough so the printer won’t print any more books. Did they know that when they ran the special? You bet they did. And who got your money? Hmmmm….I will let you speculate on that one. If I were you, and if you paid by credit card, I would immediately do a charge back since you did not receive your product. And even if WP made you sign an agreement that disallows you any option to do a charge back, that’s ridiculous. If you paid for a service or product and didn’t get it, your credit card company is there to protect you!

You Must Be Kidding Me!

I heard today from my friend at the Courier Herald that he reported the latest on the Sound Doctrine and WinePress scandal last week: Sound Doctrine pastor Malcolm Fraser files appeal of child rape and molestation conviction.

I find it disturbing that “Pastor” Fraser is claiming indigent status and trying to get a state appointed lawyer to appeal his conviction…Williams has always been the master of making it look like people make hardly any money so someone else will have to foot the bill…whether it’s trying to keep divorced wives from receiving their due by setting an employee’s wage at the absolute minimum, to appealing to the State of Washington to get them to waste their resources on this ridiculous appeal…it’s all the same strategy…get everyone else to spend their dollars so he doesn’t have to put HIS money where his mouth is.

To learn from the most recent former employees/cult members that so many workers have gone without pay (ummmm…that’s illegal!), landlords have continued to be strung along with promises to pay which never materialize, and estate sales have disallowed “church” members from purchasing any of the Williams Buckley estate until the very last day of the sale. It just makes me nauseous to see the hideous and greed-laden control Williams continues to have over his followers.

I was even told by someone who attended the funeral for Carla that Tim Williams spent the service declaring his sacrifice of laying down his life for his wife for two years while she was sick…without a word to memorialize her as a person. So sick. So blatantly trying to keep his minions in tact so he can continue to be supported by his blind loyal followers.

Lord, please cause the scales blinding the eyes of those still following this madman to be removed…so the Truth can set them free! In Jesus’ Name!

Another Hitler?

A friend who has researched the 35 year “ministry” of Tim Williams sent me this article about 18 months ago, and asked me if Tim did any of these control tactics…I was absolutely dumbfounded at how every single tactic was used.

I hope some of those still deceived by this man will begin to connect the dots and have the courage to admit the truth…that they’ve been manipulated and controlled by a man who, not only has a fascination with Hitler, but also uses Hitler tactics to further his agenda.

Below is the article with the comments I made back to her at the time…this was such a healing process for me to recognize what I’d endured and how I’d been under such powerful mind control!

Hitler and mind control

Do you see this picture of children so strongly cheering their leader, Adolph Hitler?  How did Hitler control these young people?  Could this happen again today?  If we learn how Hitler was able to control his youth, then we can help to prevent a repeat of such Nazi-style mind-control brainwashing in the future.

Germany, of course, rose from the ashes of World War I, (“The War to End All Wars”), as both a democracy and a country that was heavily in debt.  Inflation was rampant.  Social problems were also rampant.  Hitler promised to fix his Germany and restore the “respect” that many Germans thought was so unjustly taken from them by the Armistice marking the end of World War I.

Hitler also wanted to build a “master race”.  The children of Germany were viewed by Hitler as his future hope for such a success.  Children were also more naturally teachable and would therefore be more easily molded by Hitler than older adults.  Many of these adults also remembered living under democracy, and therefore might not be so easily fooled by Hitler’s lies against democracy.  Children could also be a future asset in his war efforts, since Germany was still a small country going up against the combined military forces of most of the world.  These children could become his future soldiers and leaders of his “Third Reich”, an empire which was to last for a thousand years.

How Did Hitler Control The Children?

(1) Hitler used his image as a father figure

In the traditional German home, the father was the one in control.  The rest of the family was expected to always obey the father — to obey their father “without question”.  By projecting such a “father” image before the children of Germany, Hitler was able to transfer power from the institution of the home to his own social and political institutions.  Hitler also persuaded “his” children into thinking that, since Hitler was their “father”, this also meant that he also cared about them, and about their future.  Of course, Hitler actually only cared about one man — himself.  Hitler’s Youth were just his “pawns” in his great political and military scheme to take over the world.

Tim started early on having us call he and Carla “Mom and Dad” since they were our “spiritual parents”. They also told moms and dads in the body that they didn’t know how to be a godlly parent, so they moved into many of those relationships and took over. One friend told me Carla told her “I have a better relationship with your son than you do!”  And they told me I didn’t know how to be a grandma (I agreed that I didn’t know much about parenting because I was always busy working instead of being a mom) so Tim and Carla took over my grandparenting with Anna and Ezekiel (although it started out only “sharing” my grandkids with her since the only ones she had at the time were Shelby’s).  When I didn’t repent well enough, Tim told all the kids I had a grandma relationship with  in the church not to call me Grandmama anymore, including my own grandkids.

Tim also expects obedience without question…completely. He uses scriptures about being in unity to back himself up, but there is absolutely no allowance for questioning or disagreeing on ANYTHING. Many obedience scriptures are used to encourage blind obedience…like God gives the Holy Spirit to those who obey Him (I think that one is in Acts).

(2) Hitler extinguished dissent

Children were only allowed to hear one view of Hitler – the positive view.  This was especially true after 1933, when Hitler became the undisputed leader of Germany.  After 1933, Hitler was able to silence all public opposition against him and thereby gain even more influence, (including more influence over the children).  Anyone who disagreed with any of Hitler’s ideas was immediately considered to be “suspect” and might therefore get a knock on the door late at night and be “shown the door” to his or her own house, (or even worse, I might add).

This is EXACTLY what Tim has done with the no gossip policy. COMPLETELY. If you question or doubt you are called a Judas or Saul. He uses scriptures like “take the plank out of your own eye” and  Proverbs 19:3 A person’s own folly leads to their ruin, yet their heart rages against the LORD. Any time you get an attitude at something Tim does that is hypocrisy or just plain abuse, you are told you are just raging against the Lord. I understand people over the years have been disfellowshipped, (I’ve seen it happen a few times) put outside the camp for a period of time, or other discipline for having a “bitter root”.

One thing I noticed right before I left the church was a post Tim put on the church message board, essentially saying that if our heart is not pure, and we are still liars because we have not repented or denied ourselves, that no matter what is said, even if technically true, it’s a lie because our hearts are bad. In other words, he set himself up to keep people from hearing about the things he was doing…he must have sensed it was coming soon.

(3) Hitler used an organized program to keep his kids occupied

Hitler used his now famous “Hitler Youth” program as a kind of “Boy Scouts” for the training of children to obediently follow him, and to prepare them to become his future soldiers.  He learned that “youth’s loneliness” could be used as a powerful tool to influence (and then gain control) over these young, impressionable kids.  Hitler therefore tried to keep these children busy, keeping them organized so that they would not be “lonely”.  (By the way, the current Pope of Rome, Joseph Ratzinger, was also kept busy as a boy as a part of this same “Hitler Youth”.)

Kids and adults alike are allowed very little free time. Must have a schedule and do many chores, serving others, etc., to stay busy. Only rarely do you have down time, usually only on Sundays where you can’t really do anything because you’re supposed to give God everything on the Sabbath and “not do what you please” on that day. They don’t want you to have time to think as then you might start questioning.

(4) Hitler made certain that children were kept as ignorant as possible

Generally, the more ignorant children are, (or adults for that matter), the less apt they are to question the validity of their leader’s claims of authority.  Therefore, Hitler made sure that these children did not learn any information that was not “needed” by them. These kids were also instructed never to “think for themselves”.  No, such thinking for one’s self was considered to be very “dangerous thinking” and therefore “suspect”.

Such children were also not to read any books or listen to any radio programs that might “confuse them”, (i.e. anything other than Hitler’s propaganda programs.)  Nevertheless, Hitler made sure that these children always had the “proper information” that they needed, (i.e. as little as possible, in order to always keep his children as ignorant as possible.)

Information control is rampant. Books and movies are reviewed before the kids are allowed to watch, which is not necessarily a bad thing, but then the same things are done with the adults…we were encouraged early on not to read books by other current day authors, but only books by dead people, old saints, who preached a similar message to Tim.

They intercepted letters from family, phone calls and emails from family, so that we would not be “defiled” by things they might say to us.  My son sent me letters for 10 years and I never saw any of them after the first year or two…

(5) Hitler gathered the children into frequent rallies

Large groups of children congregating together in youth rallies can have a strong peer pressure effect in strengthening the grip of an authority figure.  This is especially true when loud music and many standing ovations are made a central part of this control effort, (as in the picture above).  In such rallies there would be strong peer pressure for children to conform to the “Hitler worship” which their peers exhibited.  Winston Churchill once passed through one such Hitler rally while visiting Germany.  Churchill was both shocked and quite dismayed by what he saw in this rally filled with loud music, and many standing-ovations.

N/A – it never got big enough for him to do this…although we did have an annual retreat over thanksgiving that was always very much centered around Tim and Carla being held up as great spiritual people, and any other events put on over the years (double wedding, WinePress events, etc) always pointed back to Tim and Carla being so godly.

(6) Hitler used uniforms

By enforcing a dress code, (as can clearly be seen in the uniform shirts and ties of those in the above photograph), Hitler’s youth were taught to act and think the same, namely to “believe without thinking”.  They were taught to have “blind faith” in whatever Hitler told them to believe.  The mandating of the wearing of ties and other such dress codes was therefore used to help reinforce such “uniform thinking” among his youth.

Certain guidelines were set down early on to dress in modest biblical ways, definitely taught us to have blind faith allowing them to become our Holy Spirit. We were encouraged to be set apart and come out from the world, and not to look worldly. Pretty soon everyone looks the same, cookie cutter.

(7) Hitler used the Jews as a focus of blame

Children are often simplistic.  Hitler was able to use this simplicity in his blaming of the Jews for many of Germany’s social problems.  Jewish families were often “shown the door” in his society, (or worse still, shot or herded into “camps” like Auschwitz).  Jews and their families were made to take the blame for any problems that Germany faced, and therefore they suffered under great persecutions by Hitler.  These frequent public persecutions of “troublemakers”, therefore helped Hitler to control his youth.  (In the book “1984″, children were given certain people to blame for their problems, often Jewish people, so that they would not rightly blame “Big Brother” for those same problems.)

With Sound Doctrine, the church in America was to blame at first, then it was the people in Sound Doctrine who don’t repent who are to blame. The public humiliation was first about all other churches in sermons, and then it transferred into public humiliation of church members….Tim’s anger and rage just has to have someone to blame…he will never take the blame for anything himself.

(8) Hitler believed that having too much money was a real problem for children

Hitler thought that money was a problem for children for many reasons.  One of these reasons was that children might buy things with money that might get them into “trouble”.  For example, such money might be used to purchase foreign books or other items which might tend to erode Hitler’s base of authority in his country.  Hitler also wanted as much money as possible to support his war efforts to destroy Churchill, (and anyone else Hitler disagreed with) — as he sought world domination.

Therefore, for these and other reasons, Hitler made sure that his children were kept as impoverished and disadvantaged as practically possible.  Such poverty also helped to keep such children more dependent on him, more docile, and more pliable as well.

Exactly….all of us were programmed to give everything and rarely buy things for ourselves, otherwise we were greedy. A huge double standard since the Williams family lived high on the hog and everyone else was always scraping by, which was God’s discipline on them because they weren’t repenting well enough. They also made a point to pay those who were divorced the absolute minimum they could get away with so that their ex-spouses would get the absolute least amount possible, or if the ex was the father, then he would have to pay the most in child support, which means more for the member to give to the church. Also, whenever someone was coming into money, inheritance or tax return, they would have to show exactly how they would spend the money, and if most of it didn’t go to the church they were in big trouble. Sick use of authority in regards to money.

(9) Hitler used a propaganda program

Hitler built up a effective propaganda program in order to make sure that Hitler’s (and only Hitler’s) ideas were advanced.  Through the effective use of organized propagandizing and lying efforts, a false view of Hitler and his war efforts was always doled out to his kids.  What “really went on”, (such as Hitler’s constant lies and deceptions and Hitler’s persecution of Jewish families or anyone else who might have dared to disagree with Hitler about anything), was always kept carefully hidden from view.

The false image of smiling and happy Germans dutifully following and cheering their leader, helped to fool many gullible “visitors” to Hitler’s rallies.  (This did not fool Churchill, however.)  Through the use of such deceit, Hitler’s propaganda efforts were quite effective in enabling him to “spin” the truth into a lie.  (Hitler was a very effective and proficient “spin doctor”.)

Early on there were tracts and sermons given away freely, then Even the Demons Believe became the main thing to give away to show people what the “real gospel” is about. Tim was made out to be a generous, spiritual giant (of course the children were never allowed to see his rage and anger at others so he kept his front up very well around the children….he gave them candy, bought them things, spoiled them so the kids would love him and not question him).

Whenever people would visit the church everyone would put on this happy face and seem all joyful, when in reality they were always in trouble and getting rebuked. It just seemed so phony to me whenever outsiders would visit WinePress or potential members would come to church. Just look at the message board picture of Tim smiling….but then read some of his ragaholic posts….sick!

(10) Hitler installed “spies” within these ranks of children

Hitler’s children were taught to distrust each other and to only trust Hitler.  Any person deemed “suspect” was to be immediately reported to Hitler or one of his assistants by letter, phone call, or through other means, so that such “rebels” could be effectively “dealt with”.  (This was another theme of the “1984″ book as well.)

No one was to ever actually trust anyone other than Hitler.  A child would therefore turn in his or her best friend to be “disciplined”, if such a friend was at all suspected of committing the “thought crime” of disagreeing with any of Hitler’s personal opinions or ideas.

This was true with adults and children….even sometimes they had children ratting on the adults! Things would always get back to Tim and Carla and mole hills would be made into mountains because there were always people spying and repeating what was said or done. It would get to the point where you couldn’t voice any disagreement because you knew you would be ratted on. So you are left with the thoughts inside your head, or you start to believe you are wrong for having the thoughts and then confess them as sin.

(11) Hitler wrote books and other propaganda materials to promote his views

The book “Mein Kampf” was one of Hitler’s most famous works.  Through use of this and other books and writings of his, Hitler was able to present his views to the children under his authority.  Such children were expected to read these books, and therefore to absorb his lies into their young and impressionable minds.  Such writings therefore greatly helped Hitler in his goal of brainwashing and controlling these children.

Uh, yeah!! He’s written 12 books that promote his agenda, the most misused is Gossip and the Gospel. Tim and his family just finished writing a children’s book so now they can start them early.

Conclusion

There were many other methods Hitler used to effectively gain and hold control over his youth.  Hitler always liked the ideas of political control and mind control.  (Hitler was what we now call a “control freak”).

Tim is a total control freak….to the point of micro controlling everything in a person’s life!

Hitler took away those kids’ rights, so that he could gain yet more power, control, and money in his quest for world domination.  Nevertheless, despite his many lies, deceptions, and claims to the contrary, Hitler was really only concerned about Hitler.

This was evident when Tim put up with editors being paid late, landlords being paid late, vendors being paid late, and even employees being paid late, but once when we were ONE day late on his pay he absolutely went into a tirade on the message board. He truly only cares about himself, even though his wife and kids promote him as a generous godly man. It is all a lie.

If millions of children never grew up and got married, always lived lives of poverty, or died in obscurity, serving Hitler week after week on the battlefield, that was all fine, as long as Hitler himself benefited personally from such deprivations suffered by these youths.  Such is the great evil that can come from one deranged man lacking self control, love for others, and the fear of either God or man.

This sounds just like Tim though he portrays himself to be godly and loving God with everything. Sick and twisted.

Many of the personal characteristics and methods of Adolph Hitler will probably one day be also shared by the coming Antichrist.  Hitler tried and failed to become the Antichrist.  Soon, this “Beast” with the number “666″ will succeed where Hitler once tried but ultimately failed.  (Many think that the Antichrist’s “666″ number will mean that his first, middle, and last name will each have six letters to them.)  The day of the unveiling of the Antichrist and his Great Whore is coming very soon.  Will you ready for the next “Hitler”?

(this article can be found at http://www.knowthelies.com/node/3944)

All I Want for Christmas is the Captives Set Free

What do I want for Christmas this year?

I want Jesus to proclaim freedom to the prisoners, recovery of sight for the blind…I want Jesus to set the oppressed free.

Luke 4:18

“The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free,

My former daughter in law Tia Dean (who changed her name to Abigail Davidson after she divorced my son) and my grandkids, Ezekiel and Anna, are prisoners of the evil one, who is at work through Tim Williams and his cult “Sound Doctrine”…these three dear ones are blinded by the lies of satan, and oppressed by legalism and manipulated by extreme spiritual abuse.

tia-anna-ezekiel

This is the way I remember them…my last picture of them.

Oh that they would have the courage to finally admit they’ve spent the last 14 years believing a lie, and walk…no run…away from the control and manipulation they are under.

There are many other captives that need to do the same, but this little trio is the one I’m most longing to finally see set free.

Will you pray with me to this end?