• Report: #973019
Complaint Review:

Ocala Foursquare Church

  • Submitted: Sat, November 24, 2012
  • Updated: Sat, November 24, 2012

  • Reported By: John — Atlanta Georgia United States of America
Ocala Foursquare Church
114-118 Tuscawilla Av. Ocala, Florida United States of America

Ocala Foursquare Church Mentally and emotionally abusive and very controlling Ocala, Florida

*General Comment: nothing new

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Do not go to the Ocala Foursquare Church in Ocala, Florida in which I was a member of for many years. They are running two ministry houses on the side of this church known as the Sheepgate ministries in which they bring in people in that are in need.  It started out to be a very good idea. They tell you how much they love you and consider you part of their family which is acceptance at first and convince you that they love you unconditionally. The people are then put in mental and emotional distressing positions, for instance I had to be hospitalized three times in the last few months with chest pains. I have personally lived in this house several times. One of those times was for two years strait. 

The Pastors wife is the ultimate authority there striping her husband of any and all authority and almost everyone in the congregation sees it. I have personally witnessed the present manager of the Sheepgate Ministry houses scream at and correct the Pastor in public and the Pastors wife allows him to do so. They convince people that they cannot survive anywhere else but there. I have personally been taken into the office where the Pastors will throw things around with no regard of safety to anyone in there, cussing and screaming at me and I was not allowed to say a word. I have never been belittled like I have there. I would be taken into the office by her , the Pastor, and the manager one to two times per day for anywhere from 1 to 2 hours per time every day instilling fear into me accusing me of things I didn't even know about or did not do or say. I am not the only one who will testify to this because they would also do this to others in front of the congregation to further belittle the person.

The Pastors also allowed men and women live in the same house. There has been at least three women get pregnant there. One of them that got pregnant when she was 17 and the man was 36.

The Pastors wife uses the pulpit for correction to those in the ministry to instill her will, not Gods. If you were to talk to the people on the streets they will tell you that she has turned more of them away from God than to Him. She has been seen during church throwing things around on the stage, cussing, belittling people, screaming at them and calling them names. When a couple has problems in their relationship she convinces them that the other person is no good and that they should not be together. My bible says that God is a God of reconciliation not division. Right now the people in the ministry house will defend her and them completely because of their fear of her. 

I know out of experience from being there for so long that they control who you talk to and if they do not like the person they will verbally, emotionally, and spiritually abuse you. They will go through your cell phone and read texts and look at the call log to see who you are talking to. If they see anything they dont like then they will take your phone away from you for a period of time. They took mine away for three days at a time on two occasions. I was also told by the manager that per the Pastors wife after two very close family members passed away that I was not allowed to mourn their deaths and that no matter what, I had to keep a smile on my face. That is not biblical at all.

During the years I was there I did a lot of work there which I do not regret because I did it for God. They would work us sometimes till 3 or 4 AM and sometimes all night then require us to be ready by 7 AM to start our day again at the church with little or no sleep then tell me that I never did anything for them or the church and I was worthless. She would make a person feel like they were worthless and suicidal and then start kicking me when I was down. I was to the point that I wished I were dead than there.

My bible tells me that God is a God of love, forgiveness and reconciliation, not of resentment, hate, division and condemnation. She is never wrong. Ever! She is feared by almost everyone. To disagree with her is the same as disagreeing with God according to her. She will claim to have direct authority from God to control almost all aspects of your life. Questioning her or the so called program is seen as a sign of rebellion.

Guilt will be used to control you. If you seem to have problems of any kind, which everyone does from time to time it's always your fault, you are always wrong, and so you must try harder! You will also be made to feel very guilty for making a mistake. When you do exactly as you are told you still get in trouble because she will say she changed her mind but wont tell you till you get done. She has told me and others she does that because she can. She says she is the ultimate authority placed there by God and you will do exactly as you are told, right or wrong. You have no choice because most people that are there have nowhere else to go and she knows that and uses that as a tool.

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#1 General Comment

nothing new

AUTHOR: hubcap144 - ()

From experience this is how it goes:

I have nowhere to go and I need aplace to live.

I am an addict and theres nothing I want more than help.

Becoming a disciple of Jesus is my number one priority in life.

What do you mean I have to get up at seven in the morning?

What do you mean I have to do chores?

I have to follow rules. Are you serious?

Well theres not really anything wrong with me. Its this church. Its this pastor.

This ministry has hurt me so bad Ive got have a drink.

Ive got to find the rest of the complaints because a place this horrifying must have a bucket load.
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