Tim Maurice’s fall to the dark side

When I met Tim at MCF (Melbourne Christian Fellowship) in the late 1990s he was a really nice young guy from Sydney, brimming with confidence and friendliness. But sometime around the 2000s he succumbed to the dark side, from everything I’ve seen and everything I’ve heard. He’s played major roles in Simon’s miseries and otherContinue reading “Tim Maurice’s fall to the dark side”

The timeline of MCF’s destruction of my life (Part II)

After around three good years (see Part I), in 1987, I started realizing that MCF had some genuine semi-cultish ways: 1. The elders seemed aloof. And we almost worshiped them, especially the top dogs. But wasn’t it supposed to be a Priesthood of All Believers? And a truly multiple eldership without top dogs? 2. MyContinue reading “The timeline of MCF’s destruction of my life (Part II)”

The cult of MCF: Part I (pre-1992)

There was always something cultish about MCF. For us plebs inside we rationalized it in two or three ways: (1) about the commitment level: as simply ‘taking a stand’ for Christ, or about the stories of control, shunning or womanizing, (2) we didn’t believe the stories or (3) just accepted that nothing’s perfect. But pre-1992,Continue reading “The cult of MCF: Part I (pre-1992)”

At least 25 families destroyed

It wasn’t just us. It is true that my local elders, Laurie Holland and David Bonham, and their apprentices, Steve Anderson and Steve Holland, were among the harshest (or most robotically obedient to Vic Hall’s crazed teachings) in the entire franchise. But we know of 25 other families affected significantly. Probably scores more across theContinue reading “At least 25 families destroyed”

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