Vulnerable to Deception

On September 9, I shared my story of being vulnerable to deception with a full room at the Tacoma Day Aglow meeting. God had me throw away my notes at the last minute and present extemporaneously…totally out of my comfort zone!

11 thoughts on “Vulnerable to Deception

  1. Looking forward to getting home and listening to this! You were the first blogger who inspired me not to be afraid to tell mine!

  2. WOW, WOW! Wonderful Athena- tears here- God is faithful and longs to make all of us whole- I hope you keep sharing your story and graciously warning others to not be deceived. Your testimony shows what an amazing God we serve who loves us so much not to leave us in the valley but redeems and restores what the enemy took away and adds blessings upon blessings- to the glory of God!

  3. Tim Williams is not a leader, he is not a business man.

    Tim Williams is a grifter and his family are shills using religion as a prop against the most vulnerable people who would do anything to seek God.

    Keep it up Athena! The reason the words slander and slurs are thrown around is; if people become aware of the con, its harder to repeat. The more people start talking about this the more it will be forced to go away.

    I went through the same thing as you by Tim and luckily got out. May you find peace, and know that Tim will be judged for his works in the end.

    Grifter commonly refers to: A practitioner of confidence tricks

    A confidence trick (synonyms include confidence scheme, scam and stratagem) is an attempt to defraud a person or group after first gaining their confidence, used in the classical sense of trust. Confidence tricks exploit characteristics of the human psyche such as dishonesty, honesty, vanity, compassion, credulity, irresponsibility, naïveté and greed.
    An individual who operates such scams is known as a confidence artist, con-man or con artist, and such people can operate alone or in concert with others.
    A short con or small con is a fast swindle which takes just minutes. It typically aims to rob the victim of everything in his or her wallet.[2]
    A long con or big con (also, chiefly British English: long game[3]) is a scam that unfolds over several days or weeks and involves a team of swindlers, as well as props, sets, extras, costumes, and scripted lines. It aims to rob the victim of thousands of dollars, often by getting him or her to empty out banking accounts and borrow from family members.[4]
    Confidence tricks exploit typical human characteristics such as greed, dishonesty, vanity, opportunism, lust, compassion, credulity, irresponsibility, desperation, and naïvety. As such, there is no consistent profile of a confidence trick victim; the common factor is simply that the victim relies on the good faith of the con artist. Victims of investment scams tend to show an incautious level of greed and gullibility, and many con artists target the elderly, but even alert and educated people may be taken in by other forms of confidence trick.[6]
    Accomplices, also known as shills, help manipulate the mark into accepting the perpetrator’s plan. In a traditional confidence trick, the mark is led to believe that he will be able to win money or some other prize by doing some task. The accomplices may pretend to be strangers who have benefited from performing the task in the past.

  4. No problem… There’s lots more light to be shed on the subject… I’ll know I will be getting close when I get my own smear blog / smear web cast / smear infomercial / new smear domain name / smear rant / smear online put down with neon lights around it of what ever that tim comes up with against me…

    I have a feeling that people will start coming forward – Christ’s love is evident when you look at it in people. If people are built up over time, I could see Jesus in that. If people are constantly being literally destroyed… Something may need some proper thinking, along with Gods guiding Spirit, applied.


  5. Sound Doctrine is not a cult…

    ok, my mind’s got all this information coming in – I hate to go on and on, but thoughts keep coming… why now? I don’t know… I am religious… I do try… I do pray… God says now…

    Sound Doctrine USES the truth… That’s part of there play… Most everything said is true… Please contemplate this for a while, with God…

    Saying it’s a cult plays into there hands, this would be a good time to spend some time with God quietly gathering your thoughts about this… I wish people would quit using that term (cult) regarding SD… You are being manipulated!

    So… Let’s stop calling it a cult and just start saying what it is… A SCAM, having nothing to do with God (other than claiming it)… A tuff pill to swallow if you have been involved. God’s word is just, and yeah, most of the stuff they quote (SD people) may be true, although bent, twisted, and contorted in there favor… Woe to the people who use it against God’s followers. I’m not the most connected to God (but trying), but hey… if / when they are doing that, I figure they may want to hide…

    It’s up to us as Christians to validate what is truly of God. Lets go forward, using God’s truth, understanding mistakes and building on that. Maybe we weren’t where we needed to be when bad things happened… We got beaten down, had to go through the desert… Going forward, maybe better decisions, will be tempered by Gods Grace…


    a servant.

    • That’s a good point, Gary…it is a scam, pure and simple. All cults are! When I realized I’d been duped for 12 years that definitely was a bitter pill to swallow, but God has done his Romans 8:28 thing and used it for good…that’s for sure! Thanks for giving me more to ponder 🙂

  6. Athena,

    Please can you email me I really need to speak to someone about my experience with SD 10 years ago I am still trying to find healing. I am going to listen to your testimony now.

    Thank you.

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