Pierced By “Patmos”: Survivor Stories “Baxter”

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13 Responses

  1. Bride of Christ says:

    May God bless you and provide a full healing from the emotional wounds of your childhood and from the scars left by what sounds to be a horrible cult even worse than Potters’ Field. I note that you have some happy memories from your earliest years growing up and that tells me that God was indeed with you even then preserving your spirit. I believe that it is also evidence of a very resilient Christian – someone who will go on to overcome years of early abuse and who is destined to become a beautiful Christian filled with God’s love who will be able to help others experience God’s love. Thank you for sharing your story – it was very brave of you!

  2. Anna says:

    I am so deeply sorry for what you went through. Patmos is an abusive (cult) program and Chet Lowe is an abuser. He has no place in ministry. They preyed on your weaknesses, which is what cults do. Thank you for being brave and telling your story. This will help others who have been abused at Patmos, and need help putting words to what they went thru. People need to know that they are not alone in what they have experienced. God Bless you!!

  3. bob1 says:

    My admiration and respect for those of you who’ve been through this hell really knows no bounds. Especially the folks who’ve found the courage to speak out…but really, everyone.

    God bless you all.

  4. as someone who used to attend Calvary Chapel, I heard these same stories from the young people. I never understood why the church was selling and praising this program. Where in the Bible does Jesus say to break the spirit of anyone, or put them through torture to help them become a ‘better Christian”…oh… and have them pay for it??? Disgusting

  5. Em says:

    That is a horror story – God keep you and I’m pretty sure i know wjat He is “keeping” for those demented abusers. May they repent, if that is possible – dunno

  6. Les says:

    I’m confused

  7. Jim says:

    Thank you Baxter.

  8. Wally says:

    Heard from a friend that in a staff meeting at Calvary Ftl. it was said they are now distancing themselves from Patmos. Sad there is no loyalty and when people are questioned they don’t defend or stick by them they turn their backs. Just my opinion…..This is so sad and it breaks my heart. May we become people who validate the broken. Thank you mike for giving people a platform to share their stories. Many people want them to be silent or just go away….

  9. Julie says:

    I am so sorry that you had to endure that and the total opposite of what Christ calls us to do and be for one another – loving, encouraging, building each other up. No where are we to destroy others to change them. That’s for God alone to change hearts and lives. Praying for you! So much bad came out of Potter’s Field. Satan has had a field day under the guise of “godly” men. Hang on to the love of God of the Bible and don’t let what happened to you ruin you. You are dearly loved!!!!

  10. Julie Murphy says:

    I am so sorry that you had to endure that and the total opposite of what Christ calls us to do and be for one another – loving, encouraging, building each other up. No where are we to destroy others to change them. That’s for God alone to change hearts and lives. Praying for you! So much bad came out of Potter’s Field. Satan has had a field day under the guise of “godly” men. Hang on to the love of God of the Bible and don’t let what happened to you ruin you. You are dearly loved!!!!

  11. Em says:

    Therr is a fine line. We are best taught, i think, in the letters to the seven. churches which begin the book of Revelation. My take away was, don’t tolerate the wolves or the members who disrespect the grace and instruction from God. I don’t think it says anything about destroying the sheep, the whole church, does it?

  12. The sin lies with the wolves. Yet I can’t help but think parents don’t do enough to teach their kids healthy boundaries, though many parents don’t know themselves so how can they model for their children? Especially since adults themselves get caught up in trusting those who may be wolves.

    “That first week was Hell week. I don’t know if that is what they call it but that is what it felt like. We worked out constantly, did team building exercises, were woken up constantly throughout the night and made to work out while they were drenching us with water.”

    Many organizations that aren’t cults use LGAT (Large Group Awareness Training) techniques to mold participants, but LGAT is dangerous… in that it works. The story you bravely tell, Baxter, is full of LGAT techniques.

    “weak,” give me a break. The meek shall inheirit the earth, and the last shall be first.

  13. Jettman the Janitor says:

    Thank you for speaking up about this. Many of my close friends at CCFTL had very uncomfortable and demeaning experiences with him. I never cared for him so I stayed away from him and his core group of followers

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