This is an excellent article with thorough reporting that connects a lot of threads in the wider FCC movement.

http://www.dailycamera.com/news/boulder/ci_30267624/resurrection-church-boulder-accused-cult-ministry

A blog has been created by former members of Hope Christian Church at Arizona State University. The blog explains that a report of over 100 pages detailing experiences of spiritual abuse at Hope has been submitted to the ASU administration. The blog promises to offer updates as the investigation proceeds and can be found at http://www.hopechristianchurchasucult.blogspot.com

http://tucson.com/news/unm-ousts-arm-of-church-that-some-at-ua-called/article_5e7c8286-ba3e-556d-90ac-ad6d9e6db971.html

http://m.tucson.com/news/struggles-continue-for-controversial-tucson-church/article_5011ffe1-bba7-5647-b0a2-b1b6dec83d48.html?mobile_touch=true

The following is a compilation of the current media attention attracted by Faith Christian Church and some of its affiliates since March 7, 2015 (and don’t forget our Facebook page Former Members of Faith Christian Church Tucson and Its Offshoots).

Arizona Daily Star

  1. March 7 – Tucson ministry a cult, former followers say – http://tucson.com/news/local/star-investigation-tucson-ministry-a-cult-former-followers-say/article_8824efc5-f210-5041-8088-a654585e4673.html
  2. March 12 – UA asks church’s campus recruiting arm for answers – http://tucson.com/news/local/ua-asks-church-s-campus-recuiting-arm-for-answers/article_8ca014fc-3c10-54ac-8712-b5979675d0ae.html
  3. March 15 – Religious Council opens separate inquiry into church – http://tucson.com/news/religious-council-opens-separate-inquiry-into-church/article_a2dcbdfe-38f0-578c-95ca-d413cefe482f.html
  4. March 19 – Church accused of abuses to talk with UA – http://tucson.com/news/local/church-accused-of-abuses-to-talk-with-ua/article_671cfb39-5a6e-5add-bfcd-549160b9ba23.html
  5. March 25 – New Zealand university bans Faith Christian offshoot – http://tucson.com/news/local/new-zealand-university-bans-faith-christian-offshoot/article_d3631513-c2d7-53c6-a05e-fa909ff3620f.html
  6. March 31 – Web Update – UA religious council revokes Faith Christian’s membership – http://tucson.com/news/local/web-update-ua-religious-council-revokes-faith-christian-s-membership/article_1af01208-d7ea-11e4-8617-5f9fadcfc557.html
  7. April 1 – UA religious council revokes Faith Christian’s membership – http://tucson.com/news/ua-religious-council-revokes-faith-christian-s-membership/article_9998a6c3-08a9-5b08-8935-b0ceefa189dc.html
  8. April 10 – Faith Christian resigns from oversight group amid questions – http://tucson.com/news/faith-christian-resigns-from-oversight-group-amid-questions/article_6be65c89-dc98-5c05-bd53-f12c8ebc51c3.html
  9. April 16 – Amphi investigating its links to Faith Christian Church – http://tucson.com/news/local/amphi-investigating-its-links-to-faith-christian-church/article_cf52f01f-c677-51e0-bb72-a68f3543bcaf.html
  10. Controversial Church is Without a Home – http://tucson.com/news/local/controversial-church-is-without-a-home/article_98c54dc2-0c7c-57d0-8ce0-0dfbac147c37.html

Arizona Daily Wildcat

  1. April 9 – Religious clubs are questioned – http://www.wildcat.arizona.edu/article/2015/04/religious-clubs-are-questioned
  2. April13-Letter to the Editor – http://www.wildcat.arizona.edu/article/2015/04/letter-to-the-editor-april-13-2015
  3. April15–FCC, Case about more than just one church – http://www.wildcat.arizona.edu/article/2015/04/fcc-case-about-more-than-just-one-church
  4. April 15 – FCC, church or cult? – http://www.wildcat.arizona.edu/article/2015/04/fcc-church-or-cult

Christianity Today

  1. March 12 – Arizona church says infants should be smacked with cardboard, former staff members allege – http://www.christiantoday.com/article/arizona.church.says.infants.should.be.smacked.with.cardboard.former.staff.members.allege/49815.htm
  2. April7 – Church Clubs Expelled from University of Arizona Religious Council – http://www.christianitytoday.com/gleanings/2015/april/church-clubs-expelled-university-arizona-faith-christian.html?paging=off#bmb=1

KVOA News 4 Tucson

  1. April 8 – Campus church revoked from university religious organization – http://www.christianitytoday.com/gleanings/2015/april/church-clubs-expelled-university-arizona-faith-christian.html?paging=off#bmb=1
  2. May19 – Investigation Launched into Tucson’s Faith Christian Church – http://www.kvoa.com/story/29117519/n4t-investigators-investigation-launched-into-tucsons-faith-christian-church

     3. Coming end of July/early August

Audio Podcasts

  1. March 9 – 940 KGMS A Reason for Hope – http://www.scottrichardslive.com/kgms_upload/201503/arfh030915.mp3
  2. March10–940KGMS A Reason for Hope – http://www.scottrichardslive.com/kgms_upload/201503/arfh031015.mp3
  3. March12–1030KVOI The Voice – http://kvoi.com/podcast-window/?yourKey=4024434.
  4. March 14 – NPR’s local Arizona affiliate, KJZZ – http://kjzz.org/content/112586/reporter-emily-bregel-and-author-nori-muster-discuss-cults

Patheos Blog

  1. March 8 – Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability Defends Tucson Church at Center of InvestigativeReport – http://www.patheos.com/blogs/warrenthrockmorton/2015/03/08/evangelical-council-for-financial-accountability-defends-tucson-church-at-center-of-investigative-report/
  2. March12 – Former Members: Faith Christian Church (Tucson, AZ) Coerced Donations – http://www.patheos.com/blogs/warrenthrockmorton/2015/03/12/former-members-faith-christian-church-tucson-az-coerced-donations/
  3. March19 – Former members of Faith Christian Church (Tucson,AZ) to Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability: Talk to us – http://www.patheos.com/blogs/warrenthrockmorton/2015/03/19/open-letter-to-the-evangelical-council-for-financial-accountability-from-former-members-of-faith-christian-church-tucson-az/
  4. March 22 – ECFA Agrees to Hear from Former Members of Faith Christian Church – http://www.patheos.com/blogs/warrenthrockmorton/2015/03/22/ecfa-agrees-to-hear-from-former-members-of-faith-christian-church/
  5. March 30 – Update: Faith Christian Church, the ECFA and Continuing Backlash – http://www.patheos.com/blogs/warrenthrockmorton/2015/03/30/update-faith-christian-church-the-ecfa-and-continuing-backlash/
  6. March31–Universtiy of Arizona’s University Religious Council Revokes Membership of Faith Christian Churchand Related Groups – http://www.patheos.com/blogs/warrenthrockmorton/2015/03/31/university-of-arizonas-university-religious-council-revokes-membership-of-faith-christian-church-and-related-groups/
  7. May 4 – The ECFA Will Not Release Faith Christian Church Investigation –  http://www.patheos.com/blogs/warrenthrockmorton/2015/05/04/ecfa-will-not-release-faith-christian-church-investigation-results/
  8. July22-Faith Christian Church Student Groups Cleared by University of Arizona,Banned by UA ReligiousCouncil, Looking for New Home – http://www.patheos.com/blogs/warrenthrockmorton/2015/07/22/faith-christian-church-student-groups-cleared-by-university-of-arizona-banned-by-ua-religious-council-looking-for-new-home/

Washington Post

  1. March 9 – There’s a cult ‘love-bombing’ students at the University of Arizona, former members say – http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/grade-point/wp/2015/03/09/theres-a-cult-love-bombing-students-at-the-university-of-arizona-former-members-say/
  2. April1-“Love-bombing”group at University of Arizona called a cult, thrown out of religious council – http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/grade-point/wp/2015/04/01/love-bombing-group-at-university-of-arizona-called-cult-thrown-out-of-religious-council/

Colorado Offshoot – Grace Christian Church

  1. May 4 – The Collegian Central – Cult or community? Questions about Fort Collins’ Faith Christian Churchoffshoot, Grace Christian Church – http://www.collegian.com/2015/05/cult-or-community-questions-about-fort-collins-faith-christian-church-offshoot-grace-christian-church/124483/

Florida Offshoot – Cornerstone Christian Church

  1. April 1 – The Tampa Tribune – USF ministry is affiliate of church under scrutiny as a cult – http://tbo.com/news/education/usf-ministry-is-affiliate-of-church-under-scrutiny-as-cult-20150401/?page=1
  2. April 25–The Tampa Bay Times – Offshoot of controversial Faith Christian Church comes under scrutiny at USF – http://www.tampabay.com/news/religion/offshoot-of-controversial-faith-christian-church-comes-under-scrutiny-at/2227024

New Zealand Offshoot – Victory Christian Church

  1. March 13 – “Cult-like’ church sparks concern in Palmerston North – http://www.stuff.co.nz/manawatu-standard/news/67319454/Cult-like-church-sparks-concern-in-Palmerston-North
  2. March19–People bullied into giving cash to Palmerston North’s Victory Church – http://www.stuff.co.nz/manawatu-standard/news/67441096/people-bullied-into-giving-cash-to-palmerston-norths-victory-church
  3. March19–Pastors control marriage pairings, say former members – http://www.stuff.co.nz/manawatu-standard/news/67454711/Pastors-control-marriage-pairings-say-former-members
  4. March 21 – Former pastor speaks out on ‘cult’ claims – http://www.stuff.co.nz/manawatu-standard/news/67467155/former-pastor-speaks-out-on-cult-claims
  5. March24–Massey Universtiy warns of ‘cult-like’ church – http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/education/67487872/massey-university-warns-off-cultlike-church.html
  6. March25–Former Palmerston North ‘cult’ members tell of emotional scars – http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/67499399/former-palmerston-north-cult-members-tell-of-emotional-scars.html
  7. March 26 – UCOL second education institute to bar ‘cult-like’ Victory Church leaders – http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/education/67509643/ucol-second-education-institute-to-bar-cultlike-victory-church-leaders.html
  8. March27 – Churches reject ‘hands-off’ approach to Victory Church – http://www.stuff.co.nz/manawatu-standard/news/67523368/Churches-reject-hands-off-approach-to-Victory-Church
  9. March 28 – Victory Church leader disputes claims of “cult” – http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/67536122/victory-church-leader-disputes-claims-of-cult.html

http://www.kvoa.com/story/29117519/n4t-investigators-investigation-launched-into-tucsons-faith-christian-church

FCC and 1 Cor 13:1-3

Posted: May 21, 2015 in Uncategorized

The last couple of days I have been listening to some sermons that Steve Hall preached about 5 years ago. I was struck by how much he appealed to the occurrence of miracles and works of faith at FCC to validate his ministry. Then today, the Lord brought the passage from 1 Cor 13:1-3 to my attention in two quite distinct and unrelated ways.  The Apostle Paul wrote these words to the church at Corinth, another church with great manifestations of the Spirit but also with lots of strife and division, selfishness and pride. Paul told them, “If I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but do not have love, I have become a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy, and know all mysteries and all knowledge; and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. And if I give all my possessions to feed the poor, and if I surrender my body to be burned, but do not have love, it profits me nothing.”

This reminded me of when I went to Florida with the Coopers and Saucedos to start Cornerstone Christian Church. One day we sat around discussing the problems that existed in FCC and pondering how Steve could hurt so many people, including ourselves. One of the people there brought up the triad from 1 Cor 13, “faith, hope, and love.” She remarked how Steve always emphasized faith and hope, but love seemed to be glaringly lacking from his ministry and his teaching.

On another occasion in Florida, after talking with Steve and hearing reports of some miracles that were taking place in Tucson, Bill remarked to me that Steve seemed to be using the miracles as proof that he was doing the will of God and his church was in the right. Bill brought up to me the Scriptures where Jesus had sent out the seventy, and they had come back bragging that even the demons were subject to them. Jesus warned them not to rejoice in their works of power but in the fact that their names are recorded in heaven (Luke 10:17-20). Jesus told the disciples that he had seen Satan fall from heaven like lightning, implying that the seventy were in danger of such pride and such a fall.

My prayer is that Steve and his leadership would see the danger in boasting in miracles while neglecting love. May they turn and repent from their abusive and controlling practices, seek to make reparation and find reconciliation, and cry out for the love of God to transform them into agents of His love, a love that can keep them from falling headlong and God’s sheep from being scattered.

–Jeff Phillips