Jan 122015
 

Last year around this time, David Hulme’s COGIC imploded spectacularly. This year, it’s LCG that is coming apart at the seams, and cult leader Roderick Meredith hasn’t even died yet.

There are numerous reports we’ve both read across the XCOG blogs and heard firsthand. The volume of information coming from various sources is a sure sign of widespread malcontentment as the cult’s usual stranglehold on information loosens.

Meredith’s impending death will certainly shred LCG. But that inevitable schism might just be an insult to the injuries the cult is sustaining in Meredith’s final years at the top.

Here’s the latest, and this post will likely be the central place for new LCG development for weeks to come as updates manifest.

  • The head of LCG’s inquisition, Bob League, died this past week. He was 82.
  • Rumors suggest that James Meredith may be moving up in the cult following League’s death.
  • LCG’s inquisition against dissidents in the cult has continued unabated despite setbacks and more people have been thrown out in recent weeks.
  • Meredith recently commanded that sermons on ministerial authority and “God’s government” be played in all congregations, a sure sign of serious problems with members losing faith in their leaders.
  • LCG minister James Wells has complained that excerpts of his sermons are ending up on Facebook, indicating members are openly griping among themselves.
  • Wells also suggested that LCG is bleeding members.
  • LCG’s shrinkage is backed by numbers released by Bob League prior to his death quantifying LCG’s largest congregations, which looks like this:
  1. Charlotte, North Carolina 258
  2. Kansas City, Missouri 195
  3. Chaguanas, Trinidad 128
  4. Ft. Lauderdale, Florida 116
  5. Houston, Texas 115
  6.  Dallas, Texas 113
  7. Phoenix, Arizona 107
  8. Quezon City Metro, Manila, Philippines 99
  9.  Kingston, Jamaica 96
  10. Christ Church, Barbados 94
  • If LCG’s tenth largest congregation in the world is 94 people — which likely includes kids coloring on the floor during services — what was once the second largest COG group has shrunken considerably. And those numbers are likely also inflated by teens and the otherwise unbaptized. If most adults are married in these LCG congregations — as is usual in the COG — and if each couple had one under-aged kid, that would discount about 33 percent of each congregation — a very minimalist guess. And it’s also reasonable to guess that if these are the largest LCG congregations in the world, the rest of its flock is likely broken into groups of around 20-30, similar to what UCG is experiencing. And UCG got that way following the COGWA schism. LCG doesn’t have such an event to blame for this attrition.
  • Minister Douglas Winnail reported 650 people attended LCG’s Charlotte Family Weekend over the holiday — roughly half the number of its ten largest congregations (1,321). These events are often mostly comprised of kids. However, this is up from 2011’s 400 people at the event and last year’s 600. We surmise the effects of disunity aren’t necessarily being felt equally across LCG and farther-flung congregations may be feeling more persecuted and marginalized than the cult’s flagship church areas.
  • New rumors about Meredith’s health have reached our ears. He’s long been in bad shape, so this isn’t surprising.
  • We’re told private Facebook groups are popping up among LCG members wondering what steps to take next, very similar to those that cropped up among the people destined to join COGWA during UCG’s crisis.

More as it comes to us.

Update 01.24.2015:

Update 03.23.2015:

  • Meredith has started monitoring the emails and social media communications of LCG employees and scouring them for any signs of dissent to further fuel the persecution of anyone deemed disloyal to the cult.

    Meanwhile there are so many issues and unhappy employees / ministers at LCG headquarters that Meredith has now begun to check private emails of his employees looking for dissenters, negative comments about himself or his soldiers or communication with the ex-communicated. Any emails sent to or from private @lcg.org email accounts is scrutinized by someone in IT for offending statements. Nothing is private. If it goes through their server, it is theirs. Meredith’s paranoia is unfathomable. Of course people are smart enough to send email that they truly want to be private via web-based email such as Hotmail or gmail. Roddy probably hasn’t figured that out though since he’s stuck in 1957 (when it was widely acceptable to discriminate against blacks and homosexuals). It is somewhat amusing to imagine that someone gets paid to monitor Facebook accounts and private emails over at LCG. Is there nothing better these people can do with their time.

Update 03.24.2015:

  • Meredith publicly lashed out against Banned by HWA! by name in a sermon last week, apparently pissed off over the blog’s commentary on James Meredith’s purported life of excess within the cult. The XCOGosphere is getting under the skin of these lunatic cult leaders.
Mar 252015
 

Cult survivors might enjoy the Netflix original series, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. The Tina Fey-written comedy is the humorous story of someone rescued from a doomsday cult who has to adjust to life in the real world.

Jon Hamm plays cult leader Reverend Richard Wayne Gary Wayne who predicted a Juny 6, 2006 (06/06/06) apocalypse and Ellie Kemper plays the titular character who was whisked away from his Indiana bunker. While much of it is tongue-in-cheek, some things will certainly strike a chord with XCOG.

The more doomsday cults get exposed and laughed at in our popular culture (this, Doomsday Preppers, etc) the less seriously people can take Armstrongist propaganda and are even more unlikely to ever join up.

If you have a Netflix account (who doesn’t these days?) check it out.

Rescued after 15 years in a cult, Kimmy Schmidt decides to reclaim her life by venturing to New York, where she experiences everyday life with wide-eyed enthusiasm. On a whim, she rents a room from Titus, a gay wannabe Broadway actor, who makes ends meet as a street performer in Times Square. The unlikely pair find they’re well-suited to help each other out, with Titus reintroducing Kimmy to modern life, and her providing him with the inspiration that you should never give up. Together they’ll make it through whatever life throws at them.