To move from the known to the unknown is never easy - but to find yourself compelled to go beyond the boundaries of what you thought was the ultimate haven of happiness and holiness is certainly one of the most painful and unnerving of decisions one can make.
And in leaving an environment like Remnant Fellowship, where the only "reality" that matters is it's inner culture called "Zion", grappling with that question is no exception. The decision isn't made easier when the hothouse culture of Remnant, as in any totalitarian social circle, tightly redefines and controls the mindsets of its membership into thinking every thing beyond its "fair" borders as "the Matrix." There can be no middle ground, no honorable or valid way to question, much less leave "Jerusalem," and when all of those you count your friends, family, business associates and social circle all reinforce the same Remnant worldview you've been indoctrinated with, there's isn't any legitimate way to make your concerns known, much less act upon them.
We know and have known for years that there are indeed scores of Remnant Fellowship members who are there for reasons other than belief that Gwen is a prophet and that her "Message" is the Gospel truth. Faith has been long tempered in Remnant by other far more deeply rooted primal experiences for years, no matter how much haranguing about "legalism" that she and her band of leaders may do:
Conviction: belief that the "Message" is indeed true and that any doubts are of Satan - no matter what it costs one personally - since it's "results" seem so undeniable (even if they came about due to unethical forms of threatening, intimidation and social pressure)
Fear: fear of losing one's salvation, wife or husband, children, social status, favor from God .. the fear of facing one's shepherds or circle of "friends" .. and fear of gaining the most "certain" gauge of sin, unwanted weight gain ..
Pride: refusal to admit one's judgment might be questionable and unwillingness to consider that their personal choices could be wrong, reinforcing one's self-centered denial of alternative perspectives that actually square with reality
These and other powerful human impulses that span the range of human experience within close-knit social groups are hardly unique to Remnant. But they are indeed there, and they are part of the maze of mirrors that Gwen Shamblin's Remnant has erected at every entrance into the fellowship of the "saints" .. and it's what flashes blinding reflections of your own weaknesses back into your eyes when you try to look beyond them.
We assure you that there's hope and life beyond Remnant Fellowship .. and that it's not the end of the world.
You can email, call or speak with any of the people featured in our Spiritwatch.org testimonies who have been in and out .. and they are still very much alive, serving God, and who would say to a person that their faith soars like never before above the sectarianism of the Remnant vision.
After years of helping people who have been where you are, I assure you that your experience is not only valid yet is hardly unique. Scores of men and women have been at the divide that hundreds in Remnant are in. We beseech you to consider today where you stand and to reconsider the pathways you've been on. If you'd like a nonjudgmental ear who will keep confidences, contact us at Spiritwatch Ministries and we'd be happy to call, visit and share.
You can speak to [email protected] and rest assured, you and the Remnant nation have long been in our prayers. And you will continue to be so.