Church Allegedly Imprisons Gay Member

A church in North Carolina has been accused of falsely imprisoning a man who was a member of the church after he came out as gay. The church is called Word of Faith Fellowship Church and it’s located in Rutherford County. And it isn’t the first time they’ve been accused of seriously creepy behavior:

As the Charlotte Observer reports, 22-year-old Michael Lowry says he was physically and emotionally abused by leaders of the Word of Faith Fellowship Church while being kept in confinement in a dorm-like facility from Aug. 1 to Nov. 19, 2011. The article cites statements given to a local sheriff’s department investigator last week in which Lowry, 22, claimed he was knocked unconscious on the first day after being confined.

“They hit my head with fist(s), and I was out on the floor…held my hands and feet down, and were pushing on my chest,” Lowry told ABC 13. The abuse, he says, was part of an effort to “expel the demon” that church members believed caused his homosexuality, according to the Observer. “You can’t stay on the grounds unless you want God,” he told the news station…

Former members interviewed by the Observer in 2000 say they were told where to live, where to work, what to read, how to dress and even when to have sex with their spouses.

I don’t know if this church is affiliated with the larger Word of Faith movement, but it sounds like they are. That is a movement among charismatics and Pentecostals and it’s deeply weird.

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  • “That is a movement among charismatics and Pentecostals and it’s deeply weird.”

    Sure, but how does that make it different from regular charismatics and Pentecostals?

    I was a Pentecostal for a while. Not Charismatic, but Asthmatic. Services sounded like the Math Club in gym class.

  • machintelligence

    Modusoperandi @ 1

    Damn, that’s two LOL comments in a row. Are you going to try for the hat trick?

  • MikeMa

    Difficult to separate this church’s practices as loonier than Scientology or Jeffer’s adaptation of Mormonism (as examples). (I wonder if Mitt was wearing his magic underwear when he conceded?)

    I suspect there will be no charges either because the DA is in on it or the potential witnesses will deny, as part of their faith, any wrongdoing. These morons are part of a personality cult very like Charles Manson’s followers. The sooner they come to that realization, the better. I am not holding my breath.

  • That’s near my neck of the woods.

    These loonies are pretty well known. They dress alike (blue button-down shirts), move in lock-step, women are … well … they’d have to move up a couple of rungs to be considered third-class citizens.

    There are not a lot of functioning brain cells in evidence.

  • baal

    @#2 machintelligence I keep thinking that modus has to be some extremely successful comic / writer for a big name somebody and is just slumming here for kicks.

  • baal, I’m the same as you and machintelligence; just a simple person, doing 3-5 in Solitary in Terre Haute on two counts of Felony Nudity, Transporting Nakedness Across State Lines*, Armed Nudity, and Conspiracy to Commit Nudity.

    * Damn you, Commerce Clause!

  • cry4turtles

    This just in…There’s a column of smoke billowing from behind BYU. Witnesses say it smells like magic underwear burning.