Community Chapel Continues To Lose
Coming as quite a shock to Chapelites, a Chapel mother not only lost
custody of her five children, but was forbidden to take them anywhere
near the Community Chapels when she has visitations. The Court battle
in Vancouver, B.C., at times very high pitched, lasted ten long days
with the Colossian Fellowship being called as expert witnesses. The
Chapel support for the mother was great, but to no avail against truth.
In her ruling, Justice Jo-Ann Prowse noted that the dancing involved
"physical contact...not only between adults, but also between adults and
children." "The evidence has left me with serious doubts as to (the
mother's) judgment as it relates to the children," the judge continued,
"I conclude that the clouding of her judgment is due in large part to
her fervent and apparently unquestioning commitment to the Community
Chapel Church...Her most serious error in judgment was the removal of
the children from their school. But there are other judgment calls
which are also disturbing. These include removing the children from all
of their outside activities, the regular late night attendances at
church services...the willingness to see them enter into connections
with adults, the encouragement of secrecy about the church, and the
unwillingness to seriously consider that the evidence about the Seattle
church should give her some pause for thought."
Coming on top of this, was the closure of the Victoria, B.C.
Community Chapel in early January 1988. The Satellite closed after a
Victoria Police Officer went undercover and investigated it. He found
the same problem with children that plagues the main Community Chapel.
This is not the only loss for the Community Chapels. From the
1986/1988 telephone directory for the main Community Chapel, there has
been a loss of over 500 members; down to 1,597. Their satellite
churches have also experienced losses. From claiming 22 satellite
Churches, they are down to about 12 satellites churches according to
their "Our Satellite Churches," minus Victoria. And according to their
own listings, the total membership for all the Chapels, now stand at
less than 2,337!
The C.F. PREVUE
P.O. Box 12933
Seattle, Wa., U.S.A. 98111
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