A Question I Was Asked:



Who Are 'The Assembly'?








Who are 'The Assembly' who have recently hit the news? Yet another cult?


UK Apologetics Reply:

Yep, I'm afraid so - yet another cult, at least as far as one can tell, although the case, perhaps, is not yet finally proven.

The full name appears to be 'Christian Assemblies International,' their website is HERE. They are a Pentecostal-type group. The particular branch of this group which has had the recent controversy is in NSW, Australia, under one Pastor Scott Williams. Apparently CAI mainly operates through house churches, though - as is normal throughout charismatic groups - the leaders will typically be biblically-untutored with no theology degrees nor serious diplomas being in evidence anywhere.

I always keep warning that the particular emotional/psychological make-up of charismatic and pentecostal-type groups always makes them 'near the edge' and in constant danger of tipping over into becoming cultic groups and showing all the usual characteristics of the cults and sects, including a demanded slavish obedience to some trumped-up leader. Too many of these groups seem to be ruled by emotionalism, subjectivism, impressions, hype and poor biblical understanding.

Some recent appalling allegations have been made about this group, at least with reference to its NSW, Australia operations, these include dreadful sexual manipulation and abuse of members and massive mishandling of financial funds which have been contributed to the group. Having stated this, we must remember that newspaper reports are usually sensationalist and unreliable.

When I looked at the CAI website, it appeared to carry no real 'statement of faith,' and a flawed understanding of healing was being upheld, more than this one cannot say without very deep and serious investigation. The tragic thing is how the gullible and naive can be so easily manipulated by such groups.

Robin A. Brace. July 29th, 2014.

See:

WHERE WE MAY AGREE TO DIFFER, AND WHERE WE MUST DEFEND THE TRUTH

HOW CAN I DISCERN WHETHER I AM IN A HEALTHY OR ABUSIVE FELLOWSHIP?

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