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Occult: They Didn't Think it Could Happen in Their Church Paperback – September 25, 2005

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 350 pages
  • Publisher: Global Strategic Resources; First Edition edition (September 25, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0975421484
  • ISBN-13: 978-0975421482
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.6 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,759,655 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book seems to be a great work of fiction that outlines real events of an actual destructive cult near Seattle, WA. The actual name of the cult written about is "Community Chapel and Bible Training Center" of Burien, WA. The pastor, whose name was "Marc" in the book, was Donald Lee Barnett.
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The book revolves around a Pentecostal type church called Grace Church, pastored by Mark Garrett. His wife, Donna, regularly "prophesies" and gives "messages" in tongues and interpretation. She has been kept in the dark as to what really has transpired between her husband and other women in the church.

We're introduced to a woman named Penny who doesn't really know God, who hopes to marry Rick, a professional golfer. However, she moves to a different state and when a co-worker invites her to Grace Church, she is touched during the singing and gives her life to God. Penny jumps right in at the church and even signs up for their Bible College. Rick comes to visit and is disturbed at the changes in her and doesn't enjoy his visit to the church.

In the opening chapters we find a church which covers up sexual improprieties. In the past, the pastor has covered for a senior elder's affair with a 16 year old member. The pastor himself is currently facing two different accusations of inappropriate contact.

Laurina, one of the accusers and the one the elder had the affair with, has a meeting with the pastor and some church officials and is persuaded by them that nothing wrong happened (an interesting section to read). She agrees to support the pastor in the other accusation brought by Jolene and her husband. Jolene and her family are disfellowshipped during a three hour Sunday evening service and members are no longer to have contact with them or speak of them. It's portrayed by the pastor as an effort of the devil to destroy him and thus the people at Grace Church.

While the church appears at first glance to be a large, healthy, thriving body of believers, we soon discover the many fractures in its foundation.
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This book is an important read for anyone whom has been effected and/or afflicted themselves, or via a loved-one, by control of another person or group. "ocCult" puts into perspective how an innocent desire and search for the truth takes a horrific turn to an unreasonably contrary heartbreak.

The main character, Penny, becomes SLOWLY enchanted by externally well-meaning people that only have internal corruption in mind.

What is even more powerful is that this story is based upon true accounts of an event that took place in the Pacific Northwest.

Many lessons to be learned here - be it spiritually or humanitarian.
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By Sally Smith on September 11, 2006
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This is a very good book. It is not speaking about all charismatic churches, but one specific one that did go astray. The book did not put down the charismatic movement, but showed how we are all human and can be deceived if we are not careful.
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Did June Summers actually study the Pentecostal/Charasmatic movement when writing this book? She makes the assumption that any church that holds to a "new move of God" is involved with these sexual escapades. However, should we then assume that Catholic churches that hold to a "traditional move of God" all support the abuse of children? Absolutely not!

Just as a majority of Catholic churches do not have occurences of child abuse, neither do Pentecostal and/or charasmatic churches support this view of sexuality.

This book sensationalized a few isolated, rare incidences of such a problem and positioned it as the norm for these types of churches.

I shudder to think of what novel she would write about regarding the Catholic church.
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