What Patmos Is Really About

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  1. LInn says:

    A long time ago, the summer before my freshman year of college, I went up for a weekend of orientation. We stayed in the dorms, toured the campus, etc. That Saturday evening we had a hayride. Being a city kid, I was pretty excited. It stated off well enough in a wagon pulled by a tractor along country roads. All of a sudden, two motorcycles pulled up beside the tractor with men dressed in what were supposed to be PLO (Palestinian Liberation Organization) attire. Think Arab terrorists. They had fairly real (probably replica guns), were quite threatening, and made us all climb out of the wagon. I was absolutely terrified, as were the other students on the cart. They took us to a bonfire for singing and S’mores, but you can be quite sure that it took some of us a long time to get over it and some parents were very ticked off. If that’s what happens with a “prank”, I can’t even begin to fathom what several weeks at Patmos would be like.

  2. Kevin H says:

    Hey, remember that story in the gospels where Jesus dressed up like a Roman centurion and then woke up his disciples in the middle night, chased them around with a spear and then waterboarded them? ……. Yeah, me neither.

  3. Michael says:

    Linn, Kevin…exactly.

  4. bob1 says:

    Good grief.

    I can’t even comprehend…

  5. Steven says:

    We have a young friend who was directed to CBI (Calvary Bible institute), who reported to us that they have a lot of abuse there (nothing in the level of Patmos, though)… Lots of overworking, little pay, no direction from leadership… all in the name of “training” them to be faithful to the call of the Lord when things get difficult.

    Not even close to the same level of abuse as Patmos, I know, but definitely of the same origin.

    Abuse is still abuse.

  6. Michael says:


    Same stuff, different only in degree…

  7. JD says:

    When is a cult not a cult?


  8. steve says:

    What do Patmos and Pottersfield both have in common? Calvary Chapel. So glad, I’m no longer part of that.

  9. The New Victor says:

    It’s really sad that some Christian movements use LGAT (Large Group Awareness Techniques) where they otherwise eschew or reject the otherwise secular. There’s nothing Christian about LGAT, quite the opposite. What’s scary is that LGAT works, an extreme and sometimes abusive application of emotional contagion.

  10. Muff Potter says:

    The New Victor wrote:
    “What’s scary is that LGAT works, an extreme and sometimes abusive application of emotional contagion.”

    Little difference from a Nuremberg rally in the 1930s.

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