thanks for posting, great to have your contribution
I don' t know your status -if you've left CAI (recently or otherwise) or not.
.. hopefully you`ve made the dash for the border (or are thinking about leaving or areat least open minded to question a few things) … well done if
A) you have left,
B) can think about leaving or question things.
C) ...if you haven`t, hopefully in the nearfuture you`ll be slightly more open – we are extraordinarily narrow-minded in the CAI.
I believe the CAI has been beneficial to people (but in very limited way) – there are several members ( may be yourself too) who have battled addiction or similar, and havefound hope and deliverance via the CAI.
This is a genuine experience.
The circumstances in thesepeoples’ lives led them to the CAI, but also creates a very real and strong bond tothe CAI.
I knew a few in theassembly who similarly were set free from drugs or other addictions.
I thinks these were/are inspirational good-newsstories (unfortunately they give the CAI credibility)
I hope these people ( may be yourself included) can continue withoutfalling on old ways.
The thing here is to separate very personal experience from thecollective experience and the motivations of the CAI and it’sleader(s).
Especially if you’ve hada massive deliverance from addiction,it’s extremely hard to be objective about CAI and Scott.
Scott is truly an charismatic and inspirationalleader.
But he`s fundamentally flawed - putting it nicely.
The other thing is, CAI does not have a monopoly on deliverance from drugs etc- actually many faiths and non-religious organisations also have success.
Other people achieve deliverance /freedom for apersonal experience – not necessarily religious.
.. to thebenefit of the CAI, it happens that somepeople come our way - making for great testimony.
I AM not belittling your own experience and wish you good health…. But it is not unique.
YOUR EXPERIENCE IS GENIUNE .. although there may be different ways to understand how thisoccurred
It is true there are moments the fellowship can be good, even the music - theseare often things that keep people in CAI .
For me this probably delayed mydeparture for a couple of years –through the fellowship we invest in relationships in the CAI it`s hard to make a break or think independently. We`re emotionally committed to the CAI and our CAI friends.
I too had great moments of fellowship and loved the music (though a little limited in style).
oddly looking back - some (fairly) good memories !
Even after leaving, I too for a long time was of the opinion Scott`s `just a misguided` but well intentioned Leader.
It didn`t occur to me Scott was massively wrong, nor even something more sinister.
… I suspect I thought of him much like how you think at the moment.
But, Scott is a wileyfox..... he is a deceitful hypocrite.
He smiles and laughs a lot, he is very good at connecting to people.
He is believable.
He is someone you can believe in.
... he is unrepentant and decidedly so.
... he is deceitful and blatently so on many levels (scriptural, financial, personal).
I was in awe of him when in the CAI.
When in his presence, everything seems to make perfect sense.There`s clarity and conviction.
He says something though not necessarily scripture,but sure sounds fabulous and deep.
We hang on every sentence he utters or writes.
We will do anything he asks.
We are not objective free thinkers in his presence.
He becomes our conscience !
But, Scott isn`t a mis-lead agent of the Lord.
Watch the documentary… there are some very very serious accusations against Scott from the most senior members of theCAI. (now ex-members)
The folks in the documentary were the inner circle of the CAI… these aren`t just normal members in a small back-waters cell group.
Scott hasn`t come to court to clear his name – rather done his best to avoid court. WHY ?!
Scott and the CAI
- Are motivated bypower and money and possibly particulartype of sexual stimulus
- This may be hardto believe, but it`s true…. I could n`t believe this for a long time.
- The CAI isabout controlling all aspects of member`s lives, coercing believe to accept and obey `teaching`
You are perfectly right, Scott `puts through the teaching` (his teaching, with veryselective scriptures)
LEST WE FORGET … wasn`t so much a reference to Scott`s teaching of WWI WWII, rather, least we forget our experiences of the CAI (LEST WE FORGET in the CAI ... is all about remembering the CAI teaching `putting through the teaching and the will of the overseer`).
- This documentary is a timely reminder, things aren`t all rosy and wonderful at the CAI, but there rather a lot that stinks
- There is a lot ofbad things
- Financially stripped of their savings and forced to pay heavy `offerings` and fines
- Almost allare psychologically & verbally bullied
- Sexual abuse also occurred.
- Some are physically beaten
- Forced to take on huge / onerous tasks
- Forced to attendmeetings (sometimes summoned to other countries)
- Forced to movecountries and give up their livelihoods