Thursday, 20 February 2014
From the blog Secretary: Debbie Mackenzie
Having been reading BOTH blogs, ‘He is still my dad’ and this one, but I am a supporter of the victims of Agape (AFANMI) and will fight till the end for justice. I have written this to show the difference between the two blogs and the dirty tactics of the ‘others’. So let’s see….
Taking that the ‘church’ is basically called Agape, I want to remind you what it actually means:
AGAPE = Definition: Agape is selfless, sacrificial, unconditional love, the highest of the four types of love in the Bible.
This Greek word and variations of it are found throughout the New Testament. Agape perfectly describes the kind of love Jesus Christ has for his followers:
Whoever has my commands and keeps them is the one who loves me. The one who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love them and show myself to them. (John 14:21, NIV)
AS FOLLOWERS OF JESUS CHRIST (I assume), we are called to love our enemy; forgive our brothers/sisters - these are very difficult to do when people become hurt through sharp, careless words, unthinking actions, and abuse, yet we are able to turn to Jesus time and again for forgiveness in this time of grace. We also need to learn to forgive those that have hurt us, so that we can move forward in life, however, forgiving does not mean that we lie down and accept abuse towards up in any manner. We are able to pursue justice for wrong doing, forgiveness is totally separate, as there are laws we need to abide both biblical and of the land. The Lord teaches we are to follow the laws of the land. (1 Peter 2:13-17)
The whole saga of Jean vs cheaters in Agape; the other blog vs Jean has become a witch hunt of who did this and that, many are being hurt, but it has also enabled to give a voice to all concerned. It is time to start to turn away from the personal vendettas but to seek the truth behind the abuse that has taken place. This abuse is: Sexual, Financial, Bullying, Lying, Cutting off families and silence of many whom knows the real story. (This is just the tip of the iceberg!)
The other blog is determined to expose Jean’s past life is not only degrading, but it show how low morally they are using personal information to get back at her, and her family. They would disagree here by claiming that they are only exposing the truth; but, isn’t it true we all have something in our past we are not proud of, where we have done wrong? As far as the ambulance story….there is always differing views on any event that takes place. People will recall the scenario as they view it from which side of the fence they are sitting. There is always a right and a wrong and where there are many people they will each give their own account of what happened, sometimes people have their own agenda and fear to tell the truth for fear of being an outcaste from where they want acceptance. These situations are complicated; however, having witnessed a similar event in Liverpool (Satellite), I can honestly say the event did happen the way Jean has told us on her blog.
As far as the sexual abuse visited in these blogs.... just because a person has been abused previously in their life, it does not mean that it won’t happen again. In fact, it is more likely to happen again as people tend to put themselves into similar situations (http://www.cirp.org/library/psych/vanderkolk/) this does not make them a liar, or someone who makes it up. We can only surmise, as we were not involved at the actual happening of the abuse; hence we take a side. Again, many factors need to be reviewed: has the accused, Dr Masocha done this before? This must have happened as according to the charges, two people have reported sexual abuse. A woman, who we presume to be Jean, and a minor, who cannot be named for legal reasons. Also, others are saying they too have been abused by the accused, Dr. Masocha. So it has to be something much bigger than we can see, we again can surmise that people are just saying this, or that as you have implied Jean is posting anonymously, or maybe there is truth in these cries. I would say that there have been others, many are afraid to speak out, many are blaming themselves, all because of who the accused is and how he used his position to manipulate and take advantage of vulnerable people, including children.
Having been abused myself, there have been posts of how an abused person should be smiling and posing. How does an abused person look? Have they got a tattoo on them saying ‘I am abused’ – or do they put on a mask and hide what they truly feel inside? For me, I blocked it out for many years, and then it came back and I had to deal with it. So, don’t judge a person by what you see, because you do not know the inner turmoil of hurt and pain.
The other blog, He is still my dad, has been talking about a book Jean wrote they call it the ‘300 book’ – firstly, this book was written and given to Dr. Masocha and ONLY him, even though they say differently. It was written and given to in confidence to Dr.Masocha so he counsel and give spiritual guidance to Jean to bring healing from her past. It was NEVER MEANT FOR OTHERS to read or use against the person who wrote it. Most of us, if not all have personal secrets, some worse than others –many people use the art of writing to express their troubling events to see them clearly. Jean did this and gave it to a leader of a church (Agape) to help with healing and prayer in the strictest confidence. I shudder that this confidence has been broken; I ask who can one trust, especially if it is someone who says they are of God? So, from the way that the other blog is using this personal information given to Dr Masocha, I ask…… The self-proclaimed ‘man of God’ has broken trust and confidence with one of his flock. If he can do it once, who says he doesn’t always do it?
On the blog, ‘He is still my dad’, they say they are ‘Children of Agape’, if this is true, they do not understand the meaning of the word Agape. Within Agape we were taught, ‘Agape is love, unconditional love’ – seems it is only for those within that church, as when you leave, immediately you are called demonic, evil, dangerous and those in Agape are told to cut all ties – strangely, this is even to family members, husbands and wives who do not want to be in that church. I can already see the comments how this is not true…. Let me tell you IT IS TRUE, IT HAPPENED TO US.
Our Mission now is to expose the truth, not through back stabbing comments/posts, but by going step by step through the teachings of Agape, to show how we have been groomed, manipulated and brainwashed, so much so that we believed we were true Christians. We will be exploring:
· Dr.Masocha’s qualification to start and lead a church - where he worshiped before starting his own church.
· The Vision of Agape – how it was born, the contradictions within it
· The Dr.Masocha’s teaching in: Threshing Floor (both editions); Dynamics; finance
· Financial records
· Surgeries: the dark secrets of these meetings
· Conferences: Men’s; women’s; youth; couples, family and others
· Prayer retreats and Missions: what really happened?
· Other topics that arise.
I leave you with these words:
Ezekiel 34:4: "You have not strengthened the weak or healed the sick or bound up the injured. You have not brought back the strays or searched for the lost. You have ruled them harshly and brutally."
Ron Henzel writing about Battered Sheep explains the above verse: This was a terrible indictment against the prophets, priests and governing officials of Israel in Ezekiel's day. It was their job to strengthen the spiritually weak, heal the spiritually sick, and bind up the spiritually injured. It was their job to bring back the strays and search for the lost.
Former Agape Attaches Debbie and husband Arthur Mackenzie