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Captive Congregation: My Fourteen Years in the Church of Bible Understanding (English Edition) eBook Kindle

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The Church of Bible Understanding (COBU) had a presence in many cities in the United States during the late seventies and eighties. It was well known in New York City for its Christian Brothers Carpet Cleaning business, which was such a regular part of the fabric of city life that it was parodied (as Sunshine Carpet Cleaners) on an episode of Seinfeld. Its 39.95 Carpet Cleaning Special flyers were slipped under many doors and left in many apartment lobbies. Unlike other religious organizations whose zealous devotees stood on corners selling flowers, the COBU brothers and sisters gave live demos of the cleansing power of their carpet cleaning machines on city street corners. The carpet cleaning business raised money to start orphanages in Haiti.

COBU still has a presence in the New York City and several other cities. It left the carpet business for its more successful architectural antique business called Olde Good Things. COBU was recently in the news when Haitian authorities threatened to close its orphanages down because of the poor conditions there. News stories contrasted the high earnings of these stores with the run down condition of the orphanages.

This book describes how James LaRue, a young seeker of truth, was approached in a mall by a cult member and how he joined the group and stayed in it for fourteen years. It is not as much a history of The Church of Bible Understanding as it is a story from the viewpoint of the average member of a cult. Though James's descriptions of daily cult life, the reader has a front row view of the manipulation, lies, harassment and abuse practiced by the cult's leadership and particularly by Stewart Traill, COBU's self-appointed pastor who had "the only true method of Bible interpretation," a man who portrayed himself as a right Christian example and the restorer of Christianity to its original purity (which he said had been lost since the time of the Apostles), who, behind closed doors, kept a harem of young women while denying marriage to his followers under the pretext that they were not faithful enough to God to be able to get married. He was a man who preached poverty, chastity and obedience to his followers, while amassing a private fortune, having many female devotees and being accountable to no one.

Stewart Traill began his career preaching about being born again and the second coming of Christ, but over the years, his teachings increasingly centered on death, hell and damnation. The man who once told his followers to go out into the highways and byways to compel people to come to God's kingdom was now slamming the gates of heaven in their faces and telling them they were not worthy of entering and that instead, the fires of hell awaited them.

Many people left the organization because of this treatment, but what this meant for those who remained was that there was a smaller and more dedicated group of those who believed in this way and who were willing to put up with this treatment. This meant an ever-tightening net of social pressure among members to conform to cult life. Fanaticism and a militant way of life replaced church members' original zeal to proclaim the gospel. It was a live-in situation where church members monitored one another and reported to "Brother Stewart," as he was called. The treadmill of work in the church's businesses and sleep deprivation caused by meetings that lasted until the early hours of the morning made sure members were too tired to think rationally, and combined with a highly loaded language and sloganizing that stifled thought, it created an undertow that swept members off the normal moorings of life and along with the current of cult life. The story documents James's entry into the cult as a true believer, his experiences there and finally, his effort to come to terms with this way of life, to understand the processes he was being subjected to and controlled by and finally, how he was able to break free from its influence.

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James LaRue was a young and impressionable seeker when he first came to the Church of Bible Understanding (COBU). He was a kid from the suburbs of New Jersey with a love for life and an interest in fitness, photography, art and nature. Several setbacks in his life caused him to search for answers about the meaning of life. He met many interesting people along the way, however, not all of these people had good intentions. One conversation with a guy in a mall, who James thought was a Jesus freak, led to his life being changed forever. He spent fourteen years in COBU, from ages 23 to 36, which means that for all intents and purposes, the early years of his adult life were molded by the influence of COBU, which is considered by many to be a dangerous mind control cult. The cult provided many benefits at first. He learned discipline and hard work, overcame shyness and learned how to talk to anyone. He began to learn foreign languages as a way to spread the Gospel message. But it would be only over time that he would become aware of the cost of any benefits he was receiving. This book chronicles his journey from true believer to his emerging awareness of the true nature of the organization he was in and how he finally left it. James lives in New Jersey now with his wife. He is a translator who works from a number of European languages into English. He is also a writer and illustrator. The common thread that runs through all of these abilities is his eye for detail. Foreign languages require the knowledge of a large vocabulary. He draws in the photorealism style and wouldn't know how to draw an abstract shape if his life depended on it. His writing style is also detailed, engaging and interesting. The aim of his writing is to portray events as they happened, in a way that might make you feel you had been there yourself. The source material for the book Captive Congregation, aside from James's long stay in COBU and the memories of his experiences there, are the journals he kept while in COBU, where he wrote down events as they happened and his impressions of them.

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  • Número de páginas: 210 páginas
  • Editora: James LaRue; Edição: 2 (16 de junho de 2015)
  • Vendido por: Amazon Servicos de Varejo do Brasil Ltda
  • Idioma: Inglês
  • Leitura de texto: Habilitado
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4.0 de 5 estrelas An Eye Opening Book 25 de junho de 2015
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If you are still in the COBU Church, just take a quick overall examination of how you feel most of the time and whether or not you believe that the things you are hoping for will to come to pass or have a chance to actually happen. What are the chances of you ever getting married? Be honest with yourself. I promise you that there are many good bible believing churches with many committed Christians outside. There are many committed, loving, and devoted Church Christians! This is not what we were led to believe. You only have to ask God to lead you to the right place. Presently, I am married to my wonderful wife. I have a 5yr. B.S. Science degree and I have written 3 books with more to come. I have helped people publish their own books. I manage a Christian Website. I have a Son who has graduated with a business degree. I am very proud of his accomplishments. I am not saying any of these things to boast in me or my accomplishments, but only to boast on the Lord and what he has done and what is also available to you. Psalms 35.27, Psalms 103.1-5

Jesus came with a ministry of reconciliation that is the true Gospel. In John 3.17 it says He did not come to condemn. Do you feel condemned or depressed a lot even though you're trying hard to serve Jesus. Do you see an uplifting ministry of reconciliation, bringing people to Jesus' s mercy or are you observing something else?

As far as ex-members this is a great book to help you take a guided tour on what happened personally to you. As Jim explains his experiences it allows you to bring to light the things that seemed, at the time, unexplainable and not make any sense to you, only for you to forget about it, write it off, or file it away somewhere in some lost mental folder archive.

As far as for those who are just looking to find out about cults, excessive legalistic churches or things of this nature, this allows you to see into just how messed up things can get. This can happen in marriage or in business. It sheds light on the difference between an Old Testament based legalistic merit seeking system attempting to please God kind of view, as compared to the gospel of mercy and grace and the ministry of reconciliation good news of the gospel view.

This book will also create a sense of gratitude in you for the things you have and what God is doing for you in your life. I recommend this book also for any Christian High school or College as it really does explore this subject deeply and creates a lasting impact.

The reason I gave it a four star instead of a five star even though I consider it very well done is there were only a few typos or missing words which is minor. I also believe that the book would even have more credibility if the author included perhaps a bonus chapter or two eliciting several other testimonies thus firming up his argument even more. Other than that, I think the book was very well done as it caused me to spend some time to reexamine a few things in my own life.

I will say a couple more things finally in that had a member who did believe in Jesus not come to me with the gospel of salvation message I may be still very much lost and in the world. So I will give credit to where credit is due. I did get an opportunity to work at an orphanage in Haiti and help in a medical mountain clinic. It was not all bad. I believe that the Leader in his heart wanted to follow Jesus. That is what he spoke about all the time. This is not a personal attempt to speak against the leader as many subordinates do not realize the things that a leader goes through until they themselves sit in the same chair, to face the same things (many people complain about their bosses all the time), but rather this is an attempt to comment on a book that illustrates a process of how things that may have been started with the best of intentions later go awry. This same kind of thing has happened in some marriages as well. However, and very importantly, the Leader himself on audio tape did admit with remorse at one time that he had missed the doctrine of grace. This is important because the law came through Moses, Grace and Truth came through Jesus Christ. So then this book will also show some types of detrimental effects that missing the doctrine of grace can produce. It states to us all the importance of building one another up as this produces and maintains an environment of hope, reminding us, as well, how important it is in how we treat each other, and how we behave inside and outside of Church and to the world, as we are the lights of the world.
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5.0 de 5 estrelas Great book it exposes all the manipulation that goes on ... 4 de dezembro de 2015
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Great book it exposes all the manipulation that goes on in COBU. More brothers and sisters should write there experiences at COBU.
5.0 de 5 estrelas Great book! I was in COBU and his views ... 7 de outubro de 2016
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Great book ! I was in COBU and his views are accurate .
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3.0 de 5 estrelas I think it is a great book to read for anyone who has been involved ... 14 de outubro de 2015
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Fascinating topic to me since I was involved in this group from the age of 13-15 years old. That being said, the writing could have been more polished. It is hard fro me to see how someone who had not gone through the abuse from this cult would read it. I think it is a great book to read for anyone who has been involved with COBU, but may not be that interesting for those who have had no contact with the COBU ("Forever Family" when I first joined).
5.0 de 5 estrelas The best book I have read so far on what it ... 6 de fevereiro de 2016
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I appreciate this book so much and more so the writers willingness to bare his soul in what seems to be a sincere effort in shining the light on a place of darkness. The best book I have read so far on what it is like to be in a cult and also how one is drawn into one and the processes that occur to keep one in. It was heart breaking to read of the abuses this man suffered and the oppression he and others were made to live under. The cult leader of church of bible understanding, will have a lot to answer for and will go to the lake of fire. I believe he is a reprobate and beyond repentance. People that evil are, there is a point of no return.

But back to my main reason for writing: James LaRue, I am so thankful you were caring enough to write this. I know you wrote from a place of truth and not for any notoriety or such. Your observations of the cult and also life after the cult were so helpful and insightful, including the observations of a mans worth in modern day society and the small talk that goes on in 'churches'. I truly hope you have a close relationship with Jesus as you sound like a precious soul.

You are also a great writer and would love to see other non fiction books from you.

God bless you abundantly.
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