I watched 20/20 last evening and part of their program was about a church that was started by 3 young men down in Texas called “The Church of Wells.” When they began speaking about their teachings or beliefs I knew instantly that this had to be a cult. There are three leaders who control their members and these people are cut off from all family and friends on the outside and made to believe that their family members are unbelievers/unsaved and are going to hell and could pull them down if they fellowship with them. No TV’s are allowed into their homes, and it is said that many do not feel they can leave. Women are to wear prairie dresses and speak to no one and the men also will not speak, if you ask them anything they will say “no comment” or many say nothing at all.
Many families have lost loved ones to this church and have tried to have contact with their family member, but they rarely have been allowed to see them or have any contact with them.
One family they spoke to, their daughter joined the group and she got married to one of the other members after joining. She had 3 children from a previous marriage outside of the group, but she gave birth to a baby girl, of which she actually contacted her parents and shared a photo of her child with them, which is not really allowed. But within a couple of days the baby took a turn for the worse when they noticed her hands were blue looking and she looked rather pale a few hours before she died. The father called the police department reporting that their baby had died – 14 hours after the death. When asked why he waited so long he stated they were praying over the baby because the church had believed the baby would be resurrected.
In this report from 20/20 some who have wanted to become a part of the church were not allowed in and many believe it was because the elders had problems with what these wannabe’s teachings and beliefs were.
They state that one is to be cut off from any ties to people or things that will not allow them to fully worship God – so family, jobs, friends, cars, things, etc. The elders state they are not cutting people off from their families, but if this is the case, why do these people refuse to allow their members to speak to their families, it is difficult to see family members because they have a “No Trespassing” ordinance in the area where these people and families live, they state they do not tell them they cannot see their families, but everything about their teachings say otherwise. And if you come onto the property they will call the police for trespassing.
This article I am attaching for your reading is close to what 20/20 aired last evening and what was said.
These are two videos on YouTube that are of the parents of Catherine Groves. You can decide for yourself if this church is a cult, but I truly believe it is. I do not believe that to be a born-again Christian that one is to totally cut ties to their family and should not be allowed to speak with them freely and when they wish without someone sitting in to listen in on the conversation. I would consider that “control” and that is not from Christ.
I wanted to write about this church to warn people so they can be informed about what some of these families have been experiencing. There are many false teachers and prophets out there today in full force. I read an article today that shocked me about who in ministry are considered false teachers and yet it saddens me as well because they are leading many astray. In 2 John 4:2 it tells us: “Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world.” And in 2 Peter 2:1: “But false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, bringing upon themselves swift destruction.”
And the Bible states in 1 John 2:18 that: “Children, it is the last hour, and as you have heard the antichrist is coming, so now many antichrists have come. Therefore we know that it is the last hour.” I truly believe we are living in the last hours and we are called by God to guard our hearts from false prophets, false teachings, and churches that portray themselves as true followers of Christ, but speak with a forked tongue. In Romans 12:2 it states: “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” Let God guide you when you encounter teachings…many false teachings can be subtle, just like Satan works in this world – he sugar coats and twists the truth to sound good, but is it sound biblical teachings or is it someone’s version of one verse or belief from their point of view only – that is a question to ask yourself always?
Guard your hearts and be watchful for false teachings and false prophets – their intent is to lead you astray and alienate you. We are encouraged to share the Word of God and to fellowship with others – to reach out to others. God is not about alienating, manipulating, or control.