Cult Survivor’s Faith Journey Brings Her Full Circle

Press Release from Icon Media Group – Media Contact: Katie Powell Bell

Athena Dean Holtz shares the deception that wrecked her life and how she found her way back into the arms of Jesus in new book.

NASHVILLE, Tenn., February 2017— From a young age, Athena Dean Holtz chased affirmation and attention from all the wrong sources, leaving her empty and alone. A victim of physical abuse and spiritual deception, she was deceived by Scientology, forays into mysticism and 12 years in a restrictive and legalistic cult, she lost everything—her marriage, relationships, home, business, money and reputation. In her forthcoming book Full Circle: Coming Home to the Faithfulness of God (Redemption Press, Feb. 27, 2017), Holtz candidly tells her story of self-discovery, redemption and freedom as she surrendered to Jesus.

“This is the story of how God brought me full circle,” writes Holtz. “How he brought me home . . . to a place I had always longed for, but never knew how to find.”

In Full Circle, Holtz vulnerably shares her journey and gives readers a front-row seat to her story of a shattered life restored. An important story for anyone who has questioned his or her worth or direction; Holtz proves that anyone who believes God and invites Him to join in their trials welcomes the result of His triumph. Full Circle offers not only her life story but biblical answers to the raw questions she asked during the peaks and valleys of her life.

“Knowing how much God loves me, I am finding my significance in Him rather than in what I do or with whom I am associated.”

Holtz is available for interviews. Potential interview topics include:

  • Good grief: how to embrace life’s most painful moments to find true peace
  • If God is good, why does he allow bad things to happen?
  • Five ways to fight the thorns of insecurity
  • From hurt to happiness: three steps that healed me
  • Seven common pursuits that rob us of true joy
  • How I escaped life in a cult
  • Bless this mess: God’s perfect love for your imperfect life

About the Author

Athena Dean Holtz has been at the forefront of Christian custom publishing for the last 30 years. The co-founder of WinePress Publishing, she now leads Redemption Press. Author of three previous books and a highly-rated personal blog, she serves as president of the Northwest Christian Writer’s Association, is a president’s club member of the Christian Women in Media Association, and a member of the Advanced Writer & Speaker Association. She serves as host and interviewer on “Always Faithful Radio,” KCIS, Seattle. Married to Ross Holtz, pastor of The Summit, Athena enjoys her grandchildren and time spent sailing. The couple makes their home in Enumclaw, Wash.

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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.


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”?

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