The shocked staffers promptly warned Loretta Murray that her son “wasn’t walking with the Lord and could be planning violence.” Within days, an ornery local pastor was allowed to burst into the young Murray’s room, rifle through his belongings, and leave with a satchel full of secular DVDs and CDs–apparent evidence of his depravity.
Murray’s mother searched his room for satanic material every day afterward for three months, stripping him of his privacy and whatever was left of his love for her.
Gone are the days of courtship; of dating sustained by solid friendship.
We are now in a time where dating is nothing more than lust and infatuation.
Multiple people contacted me concerned because their family member was not allowed to speak to their family whilst attending DTS (Discipleship Training School). I hadn’t looked at my stats for awhile what searches people used to land on my site, so I looked today and I was astounded and my heart ached that people have been so despondent in some of their searches.
The top search is still “ywam cult”, but there are so many others that have to make one think about the impact this organization has had on so many people. The shooting at the Arvada, Colorado YWAM in December 2007 spurred me to write about YWAM possibly being a cult.
Take this as an example: our model for marriage is the image between Jesus and the Church. I’ve never heard a Christian couple say, “I wish we’d have gone faster.” It’s always, “I wish we hadn’t moved so fast.” 9.
He realized that, as another student of YWAM bluntly put it, the school’s training methods resembled “cult mind-controlling techniques.” Murray became paranoid, speaking aloud to voices only he could hear, according to a former roommate.After the trauma-inducing raids, in which Murray estimated his mother and her friends destroyed 0 worth of his property, he concluded, “Christianity is one big lie.” These situations I personally experienced over my years with YWAM and many others have experienced the same.Hindsight is 20/20, but during my time within YWAM, all of these beliefs seemed normal.That’s why the most common dating apps only require a two-sentence bio and a picture of yourself.It’s all about how attractive you make yourself out to be.