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Date Posted：22/05/2014 11:21 AMCopy HTML
hi there.my name is allen,from tasmania,im a christian,and ive never been to a revival church,but i did attempt to,just once.Around 20 years ago,i was driving past the bible salvation assembly in launceston,and decided to pop in,and see what it was like.I didnt stay long at allfinding it downright creepy,and left in a real hurry.I was met at the door by two very hard faced men,with horrible cold eyes,one of whom had a full beard.Some of the congregation turned around and stared at me,with fearful or suspicious eyes,and they were all seated,singing a song i hadnt heard of.Its a long time ago,but i think i saw a british flag,and nobody was standing up,although some had their hands raised.I made up some sort of excuse and left. I was suprised at the size of the congregation.There may well have been 180 people there,perhaps slightly less,but the church hall as reasonably full,and immediatly i picked up an air of control and fear in the place.Ive since found out its a revival church,the same denomination as the big church in geelong.Their pastor has ruled the church with an iron fist for 40 years,and a minister friend has since told me about half the people in the cult,belong to the same family.Eventually i moved house,and lived quite close to the church,and occasionally id see a large gathering of their men chatting to each other in the adjacent park.They would all be dressed in suits and ties,and the effect was creepy.does anyone else know about this large cult,in the middle of launceston? again,i was struck at the size of the congregation,although perhaps its not as big as i remember it as being.Are all revival churches that severe?
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Re：launceston bible salvation assembly
Date Posted：02/08/2014 7:30 AMCopy HTML
I'm not sure if you will see this message but thought i'd send it anyway upon reading yours. I cannot comment if all revival churches are that severe but......
I know that church well that you visited along with it's pastor and elders, etc and you are perceptive in picking up on the air of control and fear. It is without doubt the most lawful and cultish of churches I have ever attended or been indoctrinated into then fled but not without damage and pain that followed.
Their lawfulness and severity is enforced under the guise of love but tainted with spiritual blindness and ignorance.
The bouncers at the door would have greeted you with suspicion no doubt (potential spy) - if you did not arrive as invited by a congregation member
Some of the people in the church are lovely and loving but some are wolf in sheeps clothing and very very selfish and cruel.
How did you find out it was affiliated with the GRC? From what I know the church is much smaller these days and average age is much older. Young people are put under very severe control and once reaching marrying age are not permitted to marry outside the church (including their affiliated churches which they attempt to do matchmaking). So you can see that such lawfullness will lead to young people leaving for one reason or another even if their heart is for the Lord - their life is under the microscope and becomes everyone's business from what I'm told.
I hope you enjoy the joys of a friendly and love and life filled fellowship as I do. I'm so glad you didn't get drawn into the cult and pay a price as many have.
Love and light :-)