Monday, February 27, 2012

Bible Missionary Church Experiences

I was 5 years old in 1958 when my Mother joined the Bible Missionary Church.  We stayed in the church until I was around 15 years old, and those 10 years were a nightmare!!  My older sister was the most affected, as we had had a "normal" life before BMC.  My younger sister was so young that she was able to be "molded" easier.  My older sister and I were affected psychologically from the experiences we had as a result of being a part of what I can only call a "cult".  It was not unusual for a service to turn into a revival that lasted for hours or days. Numerous altar calls, with approaches by the "elders" to ask if we had any sins to confess, were very scary. A result of this experience was that I could not go into a church without feeling panic attacks upon hearing certain phrasing, or being approached in a certain way. The Bible Missionary Church did a number on me and my family, and I am glad to see there is someone else out there who can understand the damage done.

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  1. This comment is taken from another Blog, which has apparently been abandoned. The responder says "My Parents joined the Bible Missionary Church in 1955 and I was born in 1956. For the next eighteen years I was in church twice on Sunday and on Wednesdays. However my parents had a problem because we were a military family and whenever we moved to a new place we had to start a new church. We started a church in El Paso, and The Phillipines, and then I guess they got tired. When we moved to Vista Califormnia they started going to the Wesleyen Church and later back to The Nazarenes. I have a great deal of respect for the love and devotion of these people but they definitely have the wrong idea about Grace and Works."

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  2. I was 5 years old in 1958 when my Mother joined the Bible Missionary Church. I had 2 sisters, one older and one younger. My older sister and I were most affected by the ultra strict doctrines of the BMC. It was a nightmare for 10 years. My younger sister was young enough to be "molded" by the church and was not harassed by the elders to always confess any sins or faults at the alter. It's been more than 50 years since we began the 10-year nightmare, and my older sister & I are still discussing the after-effects.

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  3. This posting was taken from a Blog I found while trying to get answers to the cult-like church I attended with my family from the late 1950-s to the late 1960-s. I hope wasabiblemissionary won't be offended. I just want to start a conversation "Hello -
    Have you ever been a member of the Bible Missionary Church? I was. I was thrown into that denomination as a 13 year old. I never knew what my father was getting me in to - but he had already been involved in that church since I was about 7 years old and I had lived with my mother.

    He gained custody of me and my siblings - oh my. My life was forever changed! I was afraid! There were some wonderful people in that church - but my father was someone to be feared! We were to NEVER make a mistake! I guess if I had grown up in that denomination, it wouldn't have been such a big deal, but NO! I was born and almost completely raised in the WORLD (as dad would put it!).

    I FEARED God - literally! I thought that if I did not go down to the altar and ask God to forgive me EVERY time there was an altar call - that God would cast me off as he did Satan and I would burn forever in hell! Wow! I was brainwashed that once I asked God for forgiveness, I had to live a "perfect" christian life or I would backslide and go to hell! Then I would have to be sanctified and I would never sin again! Can you belive it!

    I wore long dresses with long sleeves and high collars - Little House on the Prairie! Showing an elbow was a "sin". My sister and I used to laugh at that!

    After looking back on the past, I realize that the church was a cult. They judge everyone - if you don't look like them you are a sinner. It is so sad! It took me a while - but I know I didn't have to go through all of that to gain God's love. He loves me unconditionally! I don't have to beg God to save my soul! All I had to do was ask, believe and confess! So simple!

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  4. I'm not a victim. My mother & father were founding members and for some "unknown reason" my family name was well known throughout that denomination. I left home at 18 and joined the US Navy and always felt somewhat invisible most of my life. I and my young family moved back to Idaho in 1985 and my wife & I did our best to raise our three children in a united home. I did get reacquainted with my Mother and Father as an adult-adult relationship and while I never adopted their ways, I honored and respected them in the best way I knew.

    My troubled marriage finally ended in July 2010 when I moved out and proceeded to obtain a divorce. I do not have an adult-adult relationship with our three children, they have always had a relationship with me through their mother and that too was one of my reasons for letting go of a dysfunctional marriage.

    I choose to stay in the marriage, it was part of my dance too, it was just time to end, let go, be at peace. My relationship with the creator is wonderful and full on. The judgment and rules of a church world that is nothing more than a control system was one that I experienced fully. Some experiences were good, most in my opinion were not.

    I am happy to be alive, fully aware, for the end of the age that is foretold in the Bible. I would say that I am uniquely Christian in my perspective.... I would not be judged to be Christian by anyone in the "BMC".

    Check out my blog post at http://aneaglessight.blogspot.com/

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  5. I to was affected and to this day I resent what happened to me and others at that time. I was thrown out of the Church at age 15 and asked to never come back as I asked way to many questions. I also was thrown out for going to see a Movie with a friend. I left home also at age 15 to never return. I remember the Old Midway Church (Barn) with sawdust floors. Then my Mom and Dad Donated most of the money to Build the new church near Caldwell. My dad also worked every working day he could to help build the new church.
    I also am betting I know each and everyone on here also.

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    1. Your name sounds familiar, but I don't think we've met. Franklin Bacon from Michigan here. Richard Chaffee was my pastor in Six Lakes.

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  6. Sounds to me like some folks full of carnality, who need to die out to their carnal nature, get their eyes off people, and call on God to save them first, and then go on and get sanctified wholly. The Bible Missionary Church is not a cult. It has faults as ALL human organizations do. Its standards are scriptural.

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    2. Amen. This is truth. There are a lot more churches besides BMC that teach the same true holiness doctrines that are completely scriptural. The reason so many feel freedom when leaving a conservative holiness church is the devil stops fihhting them so they feel a peace that is straght from the pit of evil. If you are not free from your sins you are not God's child. Read 1Jn 3.4-10 and Jn 8:34-36. Real victory in Christ brings a life delivered from sin. You won't have panic attacks if you filly mind God and stop resisting God and the Holy Word! Glad to see someone posted a correct view of the BMC. And by the way I am not BMC.

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  7. I was raised in the BMC. and i believe they followed the bible more than any other church. I guess to someone that is a sinner it would be scary. Just like when Jesus returns to a sinner that will be so scary they will want mountains to fall on them. The BMC is not a cult! It is a church that does what the bible wants them to do. They do not believe in unknown tongues. They believe the devil comes out in people that say they talk in tongues. He is speaking through them. God makes it so no one can understand him by making what ever they are saying not understandable. The church is very strict,but if you follow the bible you would be too!

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  8. My family joined the BMC when I was 12. My father pastored a church for quite awhile. I do not believe they are a cult, not at all. Though I do not believe all that they teach, I do believe they are on the right track. There are some really nasty ppl there that are bitter and will do anything to destroy someones walk with God. I do not attend a BMC anymore, my parents and some siblings do. I am still friends with many BMC ppl and enjoy their company. I attend a little country community church and don't have any "problems". I just figured I don't believe everything they teach, they don't believe everything I teach, so its all good. I don't let other ppl problems and issues affect my walk with God.

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  9. I go to another Weslyan holiness church called Christ's Sanctified Holy Church. I was exposed to BMC through a brother who gave me a CD of Bro. Rick Yancey. I called him with questions. After several months of texting and phone calls, I went to his church in Pleasant Grove, Al. I live in middle Georgia. When I went to a revival there, I fell under conviction and went to the alter where the Holy Ghost gloriously sanctified me. If I didn't belong to our church, I would be at BMC. The negative review I read convey to me that those people were trapped into legalism where they are more concerned what they couldn't do versus having a sanctified heart where they could have been set free carnality to experience freedom from worldliness and experience a life lived in the beauty of holiness resulting in true love, joy, and peace.

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    1. I've met Bro. Yancey. If I remember correctly, he preached a revival at my church. He's very kind and pretty funny too.

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  11. The Bible Missionary Church came to Barbados in 1961 as "missionaries" who came to "Christianize" the native heathen black population.I was just 13. They are still there on the same rented land after 54 years with no permanent church or congregation.From the outset, the locals noted that the adults exhibited racial prejudice. They would wipe hands after shaking yours- little things like that. They rented a wooden church in the countryside; but lived, not in the community that had come to "save" but in a big old plantation house in the city of Bridgetown. From 13 until about age 21, I was involved with this cult like church, which preached "holiness";but were obviously prejudiced. The son of the pastor told me on one occasion that the people of Barbados were " no better than the people of Africa". Successive "missionaries" have come and gone. The current ones, a young couple are there just for the sun, sand and beaches. You should see the Christmas cards they create= ones with their family on the beach. The Bible Missionary Church destroyed my faith in ever becoming a member of any evangelical church again. Their cult like policies prevent young people from coming to the church. I can write volumes about my negative experiences with this church. I am currently trying to petition the Barbados Government to take a closer look at allowing these so called "missionaries" into the country.

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  12. The Bible Missionary Church came to Barbados in 1961 as "missionaries" who came to "Christianize" the native heathen black population.I was just 13. They are still there on the same rented land after 54 years with no permanent church or congregation.From the outset, the locals noted that the adults exhibited racial prejudice. They would wipe hands after shaking yours- little things like that. They rented a wooden church in the countryside; but lived, not in the community that had come to "save" but in a big old plantation house in the city of Bridgetown. From 13 until about age 21, I was involved with this cult like church, which preached "holiness";but were obviously prejudiced. The son of the pastor told me on one occasion that the people of Barbados were " no better than the people of Africa". Successive "missionaries" have come and gone. The current ones, a young couple are there just for the sun, sand and beaches. You should see the Christmas cards they create= ones with their family on the beach. The Bible Missionary Church destroyed my faith in ever becoming a member of any evangelical church again. Their cult like policies prevent young people from coming to the church. I can write volumes about my negative experiences with this church. I am currently trying to petition the Barbados Government to take a closer look at allowing these so called "missionaries" into the country.

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  13. I first became to know about the Bible Missionary Church through a CD of one of their preachers preaching about being saved and sanctified. I google searched his name and found his pone number and address. That was about 2 years ago. I go to a holiness church, but became intrigued by BMI folks. I went as far as to go to meet this people for the first time at a revival in one of their southeast churchs. About a year ago, I went to their campmeetings for a weekend. Even though I am in another holiness denomination, I can say that there is something different and special about these folks. They are holy people. Their modest standard of dress and conduct is a life style that I wish I could follow. Most holiness denominations move one step to the left everytime the world moves further to the left. I know God looks on the intent of the heart, but there should be no shame in the BMI folk who choose their standards as their convictions. For those who have resentments against this church, I ask you to read the Beatitudes in the Bible preached by Jesus. I felt welcomed in their church. It was refreshing to see the ladies dress modestly with long hair. The Spirit was strong in their services. I feel that they have more compassion and love for those outside their church than the folk outside their church have towards the BMI church, The same would be for any holiness church that practices the same standards as the BMI church.

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    1. Mr. Stan, I am Glenn Myers. I went to the Bible Missionary Church In the Quad Cities (Rock Island, Moline Illinois )in the late 60's early 70's. Reverend James Todd was my neighbor. They moved to Rock Island from Barbados via West Virginia I believe. Mrs. Todd worked at the Bible Missionary College for many years. Their son, David became a Rev. I am looking for either one of the sons, David or Steven (Steve) Todd or their sister Nina Beth. I grew up with Steve but lost track of him after I joined the Army. Last I heard Steve was in Florida, Nina was in Virginia and Davis was preaching in Alaska. If you know anyone who might know where they are could you help me? I really would like to speak to Steve one last time. Thank you sir. Glenn Myers email at gharrisonmyers@gmail.Com. phone 406.698.2774

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    2. Mr. Stan, I am Glenn Myers. I went to the Bible Missionary Church In the Quad Cities (Rock Island, Moline Illinois )in the late 60's early 70's. Reverend James Todd was my neighbor. They moved to Rock Island from Barbados via West Virginia I believe. Mrs. Todd worked at the Bible Missionary College for many years. Their son, David became a Rev. I am looking for either one of the sons, David or Steven (Steve) Todd or their sister Nina Beth. I grew up with Steve but lost track of him after I joined the Army. Last I heard Steve was in Florida, Nina was in Virginia and Davis was preaching in Alaska. If you know anyone who might know where they are could you help me? I really would like to speak to Steve one last time. Thank you sir. Glenn Myers email at gharrisonmyers@gmail.Com. phone 406.698.2774

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  14. David Todd, if we are speaking of the same person, married Margaret Watson. They were missionaries to Mexico for some time, now he is back in the states living the Idaho/Oregon state border area. His oldest daughter is currently attending BMI in Rock Island...I'm good friends with her. I'll get David's number from her and will post it here in a couple of days.

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