TEAM Family Radio
I watched with amusement the news reports this weekend of the disillusionment, confusion, and steadfast belief by followers of Family Radio leader Harold Camping. The Rapture didn’t happen as he predicted (twice) on May 21, 2011. Life went on, and no cataclysmic event happened that plunged the world into darkness, save for an Icelandic volcano exploding.
Some of his followers devoted significant amounts of time, money and faith into Camping’s false prediction. Now they are left with mounting bills, no jobs, no savings or worse yet, no hope. From an LA Times article:
Keith Bauer, a 38-year-old tractor-trailer driver from Westminster, Md., took last week off from work, packed his wife, young son and a relative in their SUV and crossed the country.
If it was his last week on Earth, he wanted to see parts of it he’d always heard about but missed, such as the Grand Canyon. With maxed-out credit cards and a growing mountain of bills, he said, the rapture would have been a relief.
Bauer said he was not bitter. “Worst-case scenario for me, I got to see the country,” he said. “If I should be angry at anybody, it should be me.”
In my opinion, Bauer’s should be bitter or angry because he’s been brainwashed by a cult leader. What I find to be incredulous is that some people still believe in Camping despite obvious evidence to the contrary. Here’s a quote from another Family Radio’s follower:
“You can imagine we’re pretty disappointed, but the word of God is still true,” he said. “We obviously went too far, and that’s something we need to learn from.”
Despite the failure of Camping’s prediction, however, he said he might continue working for him.
“As bad as it appears—and there’s no getting around it, it is bad, flat-out—I have not found anything close to the faithfulness of Family Radio,” he said.
Does this sound familiar? MLM Motivation Organizations like Orrin Woodward’s TEAM do a fantastic job of making people feel like it was they who failed as opposed to the MLM being fundamentally flawed. Stop me if you’ve heard quotes like this before:
Oh, we didn’t succeed in MLM because we just follow the System enough. The System works for those who work it, 100% of the time.
Yeah, they kinda lied to us about not making money on the tools, but I’m such a better person because of them. I don’t mind giving them the money to motivate me and turn me into a leader.
TEAM is truth. I would never, ever, ever leave Orrin Woodward and his godly organization.
No, no, no. People have been hoodwinked, snookered and brainwashed into believing all of this! These MLM Leaders have taken advantage over their flock, and caused them to give them or their organization significant amounts of their time, money and faith. What do these followers get in return? Brainflushed brains that, when the gig is up, THANK the leaders for brainwashing them! The leaders wield such influence that they get off virtually scot-free in the end when their scamming schemes are revealed to the public. Stop apologizing for THEM and start demanding apologies and restitution. People like Orrin Woodward talk big about being accountable. Yet at the first accusation, he’ll start deflecting and blaming the blamer. “Oh it’s not my fault, it’s yours.”
In my opinion, Orrin Woodward, R3Global’s Brig Hart, and others are no different from Harold Camping. They’ve been scamming people of their money, time and faith for decades now. This blog and others are revealing the truth about their snake-oil ways for the public to see. They may have devoted followers, but they can’t stop the truth from being revealed.
The final point from the article:
“Harold Camping will never hand out poisoned Kool-Aid,” Bynum said. “It’s not that kind of a cult. But he has set up a system that will destroy some people’s lives.”
Sadly, the financial and emotional Kool-Aid has already been handed out.