"Congregants of the Word of Faith Fellowship were regularly punched, smacked, choked, slammed to the floor or thrown through walls in a violent form of deliverance meant to "purify" sinners by beating out devils, 43 former members told The Associated Press in separate, exclusive interviews."
The information in this post is NOT for the faint of heart. Please proceed with caution…
Several days ago there was a barrage of information from news outlets about a church in western North Carolina – Word of Faith Fellowship (WOFF) – which former members accused of being a cult. The Associated Press conducted a year long investigation and broke the story (see opening commentary below).
SPINDALE, N.C. (AP) — From all over the world, they flocked to this tiny town in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, lured by promises of inner peace and eternal life. What many found instead: years of terror — waged in the name of the Lord.
Congregants of the Word of Faith Fellowship were regularly punched, smacked, choked, slammed to the floor or thrown through walls in a violent form of deliverance meant to "purify" sinners by beating out devils, 43 former members told The Associated Press in separate, exclusive interviews.
Victims of the violence included pre-teens and toddlers — even crying babies, who were vigorously shaken, screamed at and sometimes smacked to banish demons.
And if that's not horrible enough, here is an AP Exclusive video that reveals how terror continues to haunt former members of Word of Faith Fellowship.
WYFF Channel 4 filed the following report.
And WSPA Channel 7 News aired two segments about WOFF (see below).
Word of Faith Fellowship has issued a statement in response to the AP investigation. Go here.
This isn't the first time Word of Faith Fellowship (WOFF) has come under scrutiny. In October 2015 a former WOFF member was interviewed by WLOS News 13. His name is John Huddle, and he has written a book entitled "Locked In". In it he describes what it was like to be a member of this large, controversial mountain church from which he escaped in 2008. Unfortunately, Huddle still has family involved in WOFF, and he is understandably concerned about them.
But there is MUCH MUCH MORE to this story. Believe it or not, Inside Edition did a shocking segment on Word of Faith Fellowship way back in 1995. And that's not the only instance where it has garnered scrutiny in the past. Next week we will continue our coverage on this terribly disturbing story and share some of the history of the church and its leader.
Please keep those who have been hurt by leaders in Word of Faith Fellowship in your prayers — from grown-ups to babies. 🙁