• Report: #1166004


  • Submitted: Tue, July 29, 2014
  • Updated: Tue, July 29, 2014

  • Reported By: KC7747 — Fenton Missouri
1416 Larkin Williams Road Fenton, Missouri USA

LIFE CHURCH CULT/WITCHCRAFT INCENTIVES unwelcoming, lying, two-faced, emotional and spiritual neglect, "cursing", "screaming at me", kicking family off of church property Fenton Missouri

*Author of original report: Seeking Unity in Christ Jesus

*General Comment: Why I love Life Church and some thoughts regarding the post against it.

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I am a victim of a church known as LIFE CHRISTIAN CHURCH formerly located on Gravois Rd, Sunset Hills, I had been a young girl at the time the abuses with that pastor and his leadership started as the church sold multitudes of cassette tapes of a copy of my 'families spiritual deliverance from demonic oppression'; which was an incident that helped me realize how real our Lord Jesus Christ is. I was young and didn't receive any spiritual counseling from the church as they promised my family and never received the amount of money that people were telling my parents that "God was going to bless them big with money" etc., all the while attending LIFE CHRISTIAN CHURCH turned into a isolative, depressing and suicidual journey as the pastors verbally abused my father, walked away from us, laughed at our "need" and destroyed my father's vision of a true ministry that touched the lives of people through healing, counseling and helping those in need by treating him as a "unteachable man" who didn't know anything about God and just a poor man who didn't have money for ministry nor submitted to the church in the ways that I know many of the greedy men who had been "close" to me during my times of difficulties though no true friends.

Later on with LIFE CHRISTIAN CHURCH I was told by a pastor that someone was going to buy me a car, help me with a place to live and etc., that I had a bright future a head of me, my bright future turned into being "kicked" out of church and trying for years to get an answer from the church about what was going on, the things that was happening to me and the such. All the while this was going on there were many problems going on with Pastor Rick Shelton as he was having finanical issues and became so greedy he had to give up his church to another man to take this little establishment in Fenton.

I never attended the church until the year 2011 as a visitor though a "member" of LCC, baptized, and dedicated my child there the new church seemed to be a "new start" which then turned into a house full of medicore hyrocrites. I was so astonished to return a year later - gone through college with a Criminal Justice/Sociology degree writting a book about my life story which could be a very awesome testimony one day. I had been basically lied to and turned away after I had asked my pastor if the church could help me with a car payment because I had lost my father and had been sick though a student I was battling multiple MS symptoms and still get tested every year as my symptoms increase, but when another pastor got a hold of me on the phone and was speaking to me he started trashing my siutation and told another man that the church couldn't help me because I "wasn't an active tithing" member and pretty much I didn't receive any help nor did I go back after that. My daughter's picture is on the wall of the church with the other babies with the dedication pictures.

I ended up going through a journey of things and wrote a letter to my pastor rick - as I love the man with all my heart and always looked up to him to give messages that seem to co-relate with mine and things that I really felt that God was putting in my heart and in my life. I wrote this letter to him and a man at the church had "confirmed" the whole letter nearly word per word and I was really stoked about it. I really wanted to talk to him but as he was speaking to another person he ended up walking right past me with this strange look in his eyes; like he seen how "pretty" I was and caught himself and kept on walking. I ended up trying to contact him to tell him that I knew he was busy etc., but what had happened with the confrimation of my letter, the following Sunday my Pastor Rick said more things in the letter and neither of them STILL had seen the letter.

I ended up volunteering for choir for Christmas and because I wanted to become part of the church etc., and the pastor who confirmed the majority of my letter, "MIKE LEMP" a former, Anhesuer Busch - employee had promised to speak with me about those things, unforunately I had seen a strange "vision" at the church that NO ONE was adult, spiritually equipped, or open to really discuss with me prior to meeting Mike face to face for the first time. I seen this "thing" and this man is leaning against the church wall staring at me. He didn't make me feel uncomfortable but because I did notice that he was getting rather excited like he was in a "bubble love" state I started to think that since were were "alike" that he crushed on me; which was innocent as he didn't do anything inappropriate to me. I just really wanted to share with him my testimony, but during christmas practice his wife began to do strange things like "mistreat" me and stare and glare at me and put her coat on with an attiude and stomp off when I didn't even know what the hell for. No one was able to explain the problem and I was hurt by this woman's treatment towards me.

I wasn't thinking anything doing anything or feeling anything other than I started to realize that this man's wife had an issue with me and was jealous because of the whole "confirmation" letter. This lead to me asking the man to call me and talk to me as he promised he would, but he would not and before I know it his wife is hollering out that I am "stalking her husband", and he's constantly speaking to other people after church and didn't show that he had time for me; as things increased because I disclosed the immature, childish, and rude behaviors of half the church staff and that I seen this vision Mike and Kristi Lemp, "attack" me by using stupid, childish, medicore and ridiculdous sarcasm in announcements, plargisizing things that I would state in an email to take credit for it to look important, turning on the tears when talking about the "woman's convention" and Mike looking at me and stating, "My lovely wife". I nearly got up and left the church because of the "attack" they made on me and was offended greatly by the pastor's sermon making rude comments and statements about "NEVER HAVE BEEN MARRIED", "COVENANT BREAKERS", "DIVORCE RATE" etc., like as if I were there to dismantle a married couples amazing christian marriage that was insulting me for no apparent reason.

Needless to say Mike Lemp never spoke to me or called to make arrangements with me to hear my testimony that I wanted to share at the church, instead he and his wife and others got together to verbally attack me by using abusive and harassing language which would biblically fall under "witchcraft" and "breeching the spirit" legally slander and harassment. I was attacked and cornered by two strangers in the church who terribly hurt my feelings one day when I came to church early for choir practice on a Sunday Morning, the things they were saying to me was bringing up my past at LCC, that i was disturbing and fixated on Pastor Mike, telling me not to join the choir, to go to leadership class, or serve in the church and to just be an attendee, to sit out for a season etc., and all the while I sat out Pastor Mike Lemp is cutting me down during his amazing sermon while I had tears rolling non-stop down my face, while his wife is mocking me by raising her hands to praise God for the first time since I been in the choir at church when I'm not on stage. I was hurt by the way these couple presented themselves towards me and I am very disappointed in their behaviors and what they sent to me through others to cause "DRAMA" and "PAIN". 

I received more messages that I heard on Crosstv. where they post media messages and from Mike Lemp he had gotten in front of the church and he had started to verbally abuse me without using my name because of "incidents" he mentioned that only I would know about what he was saying. He boosted about how he was on stage at LIFE CHURCH and people at Anhesur-Busch were thinking that he was nuts for leaving to become a pastor at a church and for this minstry and yet cutting down a young woman who he confirmed the whole foundation of a ministry letter that she wrote November 24,2014.

I am a 32 year old single mother and I have been extremely offended by the behaviors of this man as he compared me to "Kim Kardashian" "Flirted me with giving me a sexy smile", "turning me on by doing cute things", "leading me on", "acting like he was in love with me" and not only that but RUNNING TO THE ELDER AFTER CHURCH after these series of events, but because I was having feelings for him I was scared and only just tried to remain cool about the whole "sharing my testimony" and talking about "ministry". I wasn't trying to present myself in a wrong manner; though I fail sometimes I am a Christian working on "how to be a true christian", but during the Walking Biblically 30 day challenge led by Mike Lemp he had cut me down and when I told him that he should just talk to me about those things and stop violating my FREEDOM OF INFORMATION and to stop telling people things about me in the church which were defaming my character and removing me from the planning center for choir and basically "sending" a strange woman to verbally harass and insult my whole entire family at the church on the last Tuesday Night we were there in Febraury 25th, nearly 5 months ago, she made my daughter cry and say, "I hate you you big bully I want to go to church' all while my other family members are completely insulted and ticked off about what was happening. I had been feeling ill and had not ate in a week and this woman is verbally insulting me trying to get me to physically assault her. She starts screaming in my face, "Leadership is done with you!, don't come back here!" and I look at her and smile and say, "Rick Shelton said something about me being a leader here must he be a false prophet of God then if you are kicking me out of church."

My family left - and while I lived in Fenton and worked and went to another church every so often. I ended up finding a book called, "In the Arms of Satan" from a woman who had been a victim of LIFE CHRISTIAN CHURCH and refers it to the "CULT CHURCH" whose husband tried to kill her and kept her up in a trailer in Fenton with nothing while he worked at LCC as a 12-step counselor and the truth behind the abusive and cult behaviors of Rick Shelton. How he hides behind the philosophy of his "poor leadership" and you will be treated like a stalker and a killer if you try to make contact with him and anyone else that is staff at the church won't respond to you if you aren't "one of their kind". I can relate this this woman's story as I have one of my own and share similar incidents with her. I had been "told" by another man who verbally attacked me on whim and got in my face with a terrible attitude to "NOT TO TELL ANYONE WHAT WE TALKED ABOUT" and has hurt me.  There were people going around the church saying I had issues, that I was stalking this Pastor and that's not what was going on and it has terribly hurt me that the church has harmed me.

I recieved a message though through another local pastor and that was "Before you came here you were in a place where you were tithing, where you were worshipping, and where you were serving and Satan stole that from you" I can only disclose how much money I spent buying clothes to match the choir's color code and how much money I gave out of love from my heart and how I truly felt about my pastor and the things that God was doing inside of me just to have people trash me and steal my joy all over a man who said he'd talk to me about God.  I will go back one day but to not be answered, to be called or checked on when I have tried to just talk etc., I find that very rude. There has been much negative and demonic forces that have been used by the staff at LIFECHURCH and the sad thing is none of them will ever become responsible of the damages they caused my family.



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#1 Author of original report

Seeking Unity in Christ Jesus

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Thank you very much for what you have written; by all means, when I posted what I did over a year ago was merely hurting and devasted by the things that were occuring in the church, which seemed like a soap opera. Trust me, I love LIFECHURCH, I love my Pastor, although he has moved on from being Senior Pastor. But there were things that happened to me since then, as I was attending church and suddenly four men that I didn't know come up to me and start calling me worthless and telling me how I wasn't welcomed at church. I was present with my mother as one of them grabbed her by the arm and told her she wasn't welcomed at church as well. I feel that though these things happened, it was unspoken things that I kept to myself, as sometimes we get told things in the church and the behaviors followed. 

There is no perfect pastor, we all fallen short of the glory of God, but I feel that my problem, or anyone's problem in the church when I was there, was being biblically addressed, the purpose of the church is to walk accordingly to the bible and showing others this. I was treated horribly at church like I wasn't good enough when even Pastor Mike, was sharing that we were to imitate Christ's humilty, Pastor Mike, may love Christ and wish to be like him sooo much, and I have looked up to him as my brother in Christ, dispite his awarkwardness towards me, but even he is still growing spiritually and has quite a ways to go, just like all of us, that is why so much hurt and division came into the church to begin with. 

How will the church deal with "people's issues" do they just ignore them, and expect a person who has selective mutism to come up to them and ask, or do they practice what the vision of the church is in the first place, to get off their seat and aid the one in desperate need? I was in desperate need, I was scared, shy, confused a little, going through strange things, hurting, and grieving over the loss of my father, but no one kept a promise to me, and I am not badgering that person, but it is definate that as a pastor you are to aid the needs of another person, you are to gather the lost sheep and bring them back so that is rejoiced! 

I felt very lost - lonely and confided greatly in someone who I trusted, but that trust was broken, and led to sad things in my life that I did not want. I don't hate LIFECHURCH - I want to be that one individual that Pastor Rick said that I was, that has that generational calling on their life, we all have a calling on our lives, but as a member I have come such a long way understanding exactly what it was that he said. It's not about our timing, but God's timing when he does something big, and sometimes it hurts like hell, in order to get to that moment. It's a lesson to be learned that in the church the reasons why there isn't this great spiritual movement, and it's our personal lives and the lives of others that affect the flow in the body, when the body is missing it's parts, through the division of the people that God has called to the church for certain tasks. 

I come to test the spirit - and in turn learned about my own spirit, my own heart, but I do know as a pastor, that I wouldn't necessarily ignore the needs of another person, no matter what it was, ignoring is abusive and that's that. I wouldn't tell another person they were unwelcomed at church because there was a spiritual egocentric moment between a married man and a younger chick - it's called being like minded and sharing a collective conscience - it's a scary thing, but even the bible said, that the body is to be like minded, and it is used in ministry. The church is supposed to be there to help others and support others in their call for ministry; and that is solely what I was looking up to and searching for, but when I got my calls, emails ignored, or someone at church was watching me and following me around to tell me how I wasn't welcomed at church, over nothing. I'm glad some people get to be loved and welcomed, because churches aren't supposed to cast out and unwelcome people, reject them, it's not being a very good place if you can treat one person a certain way, but do this to a certian person, I am still a human being and the bible says, "What done to the least of these you also done unto me." 

I find light at the end of the tunnel and most certainly pray for the pastors at LIFECHURCH - not all of them are perfect, loving, welcoming, Christ - like individuals, they still have a lot to learn, still a lot to go through, and a lot to experience and I do hope a person like me, does touch them in a special way. No one is perfect, expect Christ, and we are to model is character, the only reason why I would return to the church is because of the vision, that Pastor Rick had of the sea of humanity, I too had a vision of a sea of humanity, and been a part of that sea and now that I am two years older than what I was when I wrote the first one, and didn't write the most horrible rumors down about some of the pastors, that affected me and started all the drama. I know good and well, Christ has better things to say about all of us. I hope LIFE CHURCH can improve it's ways of handling situations in stead of sending legalistic attacks against certain members in the parking lot. It's happened again since the last report - and I don't want to say it again; but I fought for everything that I stood for that day and there is nothing worse than someone else coming along and telling you how worthless you are, and hurting your soul down to the very core of your existence. I might be condemned for not being this strong person - but 2 Corinthians 12:9 says, "But he said to me, 'My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.' Therefore I will boast all the more glady about my weakness, so that Christ's power may rest on me." 

I feel that LIFECHURCH is where I am supposed to be, and regardless of the incidents there, those are incidents that shouldn't have to take place, but they happen for a reason, and that reason is because it is to bring CHANGE, the CHANGE that is needed for the spiritual awakening that Pastor Rick talks about, and he says, that I am the reason why that is going to happen.



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Why I love Life Church and some thoughts regarding the post against it.

AUTHOR: Seeker of peace in God - (USA)

I am a Christian who was also called by God to attend Life Church. I have been blessed there and love the faithful people who minister to me there through great, thoughtful, balanced, sermons filled with wisdom from scripture and anointed by The Holy Spirit. I too have seen things in the body in the Bible reporting the problems we see with any group of humans. Churches are like hospitals and we are all weak and flawed and yet made in Our Wonderful Creator's image and filled with The Holy Spirit to serve God and each other. When we draw close to God the Word promises that we may have peace even with those we distrust. We are not to walk with an angry person and where there is strife God does not dwell. Conflicts and suspicions can be dealt with in a Godly and dignified way that always seeks to help and not harm. A careless and thoughtless word may ignite great fires and wound others.  I am deeply moved by Rick's devotion, integrity, wisdom, humility, and his desire to never yield to the flesh and what quenches the Spirit. Pastor Mike is a man who seeks to model Jesus and loves his wife and children. If the person posting could only think that by some weird looks that others were sinning and then publicly sought to bring them dishonor this is serious and will only cause harm to the one judging by what went through their mind. I do believe you felt concern. If I do not like what a leader does I go to them and seek what is right. I will not allow my mind and fears to rule over me and cause other's harm. Please know I can underatnd your feelings as I am also a person who is sensitive. We do need to be careful to not judge by feelings alone. It is important.

 I am a person who believes deeply that God came into my life to set me free. If others really do sin against me I do not need to allow them to control me or put me in bondage. This is what Life Church is about. I doubt you could find a church that is more set on the freedom of each member to seek God and not be subject to being controlled by others. The Riverfront Times had an interesting, true, article about Life Church. Some transvestite skinheads started attending Life Church. They said, "We have been rejected by everyone including others like us and at last have found love and acceptance at Life Church." This is way over the top I’d say- like something Our Lord would foster in reaching out to all lost. Some people struggle with not trusting and keep having bad experiences, as they need help. I was paranoid for much of my life. I had been raised in a most confusing situation that caused a state of constant hyper-vigilance. If you have that kind of past you must find a guide to help you know when you are spot on in your fears or it’s an automatic response that is not flexible or reasonable. Mental health feels great! Paranoia can make one hate themselves and/or fear others and the inability to give and receive love may also leave them stuck as their fears cause a kind of self fulfilling prophecy- that others are the reason I have such terrible pain. I have done many things to grow beyond not being a normal person with good boundaries and an open heart. Rick’s sermons have been used by God to turn a key in me to set me free. I had depression my whole life until I read, Taking Your Life Back by the pastor of Life Church. His candid humility was motivated by an urge to set other’s who have unreal fears free. It put an end to over 50 years of daily suffering!  Thank you Rick for baring your soul before others!! People may take considerable time to find peace and order in their lives but God is there and we grow together.

I once had no clue what was causing great turmoil and distrust in me. When I really reached bottom no personal fears could keep me from doing what brings more wholeness. Mental health feel good!!! I saw this on a wall when I was a street person without any friends and who wished to die. We must move in small steps sometimes to overcome our misunderstanding of how to do life and treat others and ourselves. If we have too much strife with others sometimes finding a really gifted counselor cannot just get us through things but will help us heal so we stop repeating the same things. Really! We can be made new inside and out! God can help you find the right place to be yourself and find healing. People are usually not as great monsters as we imagine. While being imperfect and flawed, they will often hear your pain if you take the care to really give them the same benefit of a doubt that you would expect to receive yourself. Some people make sense and are the Good Tree that bears good fruit. If you cannot find this now in the communities you frequent perhaps a smaller body like a house church may help you trust more. Many times we are the problem! We feel sad when we don’t fit and other’s may critique or even criticize us but if we ask, then God can provide people who we can trust to be there for us. He wants us to ask. If we can only go to counseling for a season it is better than to harm ourselves and others when we just can’t seem to connect. It takes faith, humility, obedience to God’s Word, (not man’s!), and then trust to get up each day and just do right things and focus on His love for us! May we be blessed with the wisdom to know when to just walk away and when to adjust to the situation living out our walk, as Our Savior Himself would do. He will not quench a shouldering wick and has wonderful plans for us if we live not by our flesh. We have old hurts but we must not let our feelings of rejection rule over us. We are not victims but are instead ransomed from the evil one’s plans to do harm. The Lord will bring us the right fellow servants to do mighty things for His kingdom. I will pray that you may find peace and just walk on if you see a closed door that is not the right one for you. No one but God knows what’s best for you. God will bless you if you humble yourself and accept His yoke which will in fact set you free from man and your old self that seeks to limit you. We must hear His quiet voice first and then act instead of the opposite. Hate is easy and misunderstanding also. God is our defender and advocate when we feel wronged. God bless you beautiful daughter of The Most High God!!!!! You are priceless! May He always guide your path and make your way beautiful in His grace and wisdom! Everything to accomplish this is already in you as He lives in you now!!!






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