How to tell if you’re being followed by a Christian cult
A Christian church has been accused of recruiting members to spy on its members in a bid to prevent them joining the organisation.
The group is believed to have recruited about 20 to 30 church members in recent years to help with “mission work”.
The church, Liberty Baptist Church, in Victoria, has denied the claims and said the claims are “completely false”.
Liberty Baptist Church said it was “committed to protecting and nurturing the relationship between the church and its members”.
The news has prompted a number of Christian groups to take to social media to denounce the church.
One post from the Liberty Baptist website reads: “We are so saddened by the allegation made by this church that we have decided to publicly condemn them and offer our full support to them and their members.”
A spokesman for the Liberty Baptists’ Victoria branch said it had contacted the state’s police and local councils, as well as other authorities in the state.
“We have contacted police in Victoria and have contacted the local councils in the area,” the spokesman said.
A statement from the Christian organisation, said: “Liberty Baptist Church has been engaged in a long-term and ongoing dialogue with the police and other agencies to discuss all of our policies and procedures relating to our relationship with members, including our commitment to protect the confidentiality of our members.” “
Our church is committed to protecting the relationship with our members and to supporting them in their faith journey.”
A statement from the Christian organisation, said: “Liberty Baptist Church has been engaged in a long-term and ongoing dialogue with the police and other agencies to discuss all of our policies and procedures relating to our relationship with members, including our commitment to protect the confidentiality of our members.”
The church has previously denied any involvement in recruiting church members to join a Christian group, and said its actions were purely voluntary.
The statement said the church had received complaints from the media about Liberty Baptist’s involvement in Christian cults.
“As far as we are aware, Liberty Baptist has not engaged in any activities of any kind with any Christian group or cult,” it said.
A number of Christians have previously been forced to sign up to the group’s online training course in the hope of joining it, which they say aims to help them better understand their faith.
In a Facebook post, Liberty said: ‘Liberty Baptists, a Christian congregation, has an ongoing dialogue on issues of faith and spirituality.
“For our members, this includes helping them understand how they can better live out their faith.”
“It also includes learning more about the faith and how to support one another in the midst of their struggles and difficulties.”‘
I’m not going to be intimidated’ After Liberty Baptist denied the allegations, the church was inundated with angry messages from people accusing it of recruiting church followers for the group.
One woman wrote: “The way the news story is portrayed is not accurate.
I’m not a member of Liberty Baptist church, but I feel betrayed by this news.
I’ve been a member since 2010 and I’m still a Christian.
Another said: “[Liberty’s] tactics are very disturbing and have no place in a Christian community. “
It’s been a year and a half since I joined and I still feel like a stranger in my own house, even though I have a job and a home to return to.”
A woman wrote on Facebook: “It is shocking to me that someone who is not a Christian would be so arrogant and take it upon themselves to recruit people in order to gain the trust of people they are trying to gain.” “
I don’t see any other way to deal with these accusations.”
A woman wrote on Facebook: “It is shocking to me that someone who is not a Christian would be so arrogant and take it upon themselves to recruit people in order to gain the trust of people they are trying to gain.”
‘It’s like they want to turn the church into a drug store’ One of Liberty’s former members, a woman who would only be referred to as Emma, said the group was “like a drugstore”.
“We just want to go to church, go to Bible study, to worship and we’ve been doing that since 2010,” she said.
“[But] they’re trying to turn us into a cult and a drug dealer.”
Ms Emma said she had felt “threatened” by Liberty Baptist in recent weeks, and felt she needed to leave the church “immediately”.
“I’m scared that they are going to take me to the police or to a court,” she told the ABC.
“They’ve called my phone a lot and I don.
I think they’re going to come and see me at the police station or I don.”
‘Lack of accountability’ The comments have sparked an outcry on social media, with many people saying Liberty Baptism had failed to hold itself to account and should be forced to hand over all members who had been involved in recruitment to the church, or to the authorities.
“If you want to take my membership away from me, you should be arrested and prosecuted,” one woman wrote.
“You can’t turn a blind eye to your own recruitment efforts, or let the church dictate what is or is not in our religion.”
The Christian Association of Victoria has written to the Victorian Police to urge