Quitting a destructive cult is one of the best things to happen to an individual. But that is just the initial step in a long journey to recovery, which often involves undoing false believes, practices and lifestyle, and embracing a healthy state of the mind necessary for general wellness and continuity of life.
Depending on how long someone was in a cult and the extent to which they were indoctrinated and influenced by the cult’s believes and practices, life immediately after quitting a cult, can be quite challenging. While others will easily assimilate back to society, some are usually caught up at the crossroads, not knowing how to proceed, especially in the matters, faith. Some, unfortunately, cannot resist the urge to revert back to the cult to get the only ‘support’ they ever knew for months or years.
It’s no secret, that destructive cults have a way of literally sucking the energy and the life out of its followers through brainwashing, mind-control, and by instilling fear upon its members. After spending years in such an environment, it is not unusual for cult survivors to feel frustrated, guilty, bitter, cheated, lost, and alone, not knowing whom to trust, where to start, which church to join, and so forth.
This blog was created with such people in mind. We particularly focus on being a supportive resource for those who’ve quit or are in the process of quitting the Repentance and Holiness (R&H) ministry in Kenya, led by Dr. David Owuor.
Dr. Owuor started his ministry ‘humbly’ in Kenya back in the year 2004 and has since evolved to the current Repentance and Holiness ministry characterized by various extra-biblical claims that are sure to raise your eyebrows. For example, Owuor teaches that no one can enter heaven without him. In other words, Jesus is not the only way to the Father.
A close examination of his claims and doctrines against the Scripture is very misleading and shows a great deviation from the basic tenets of the Christian faith. Stick around to discover many other ways in which R&H checks all marks of a destructive cult, all while preaching the message of “repentance and holiness.”
Thanks To Social Media
Had it not been for the power of social media, many of Owuor’s heresies would have otherwise slipped by.
Actually for many years, he made blatantly heretic claims which didn’t make it to the limelight and it was not until the year 2015 that his former personal confidant, Mr Kevin Okwara gave us a glimpse into the rot in R&H through an interview on YouTube by Corporate Media.
By then, Owuor had already managed to whisk many from other churches into R&H and we also learn from Kevin’s interview that many people were already feeling the negative impact of R&H on their families. Apparently, some wives were abandoning their homes to follow Owuor.
The writer had already also lost many of her loved ones to R&H and in her quest for the truth, she couldn’t be any thankful to have bumped into a certain Facebook group by Ikev, that focused on exposing the heresies and the deception of Dr. Owuor.
It was in that group that Owuor’s heresies were thoroughly unmasked. We quickly learned that his doctrines were very deceptive and they couldn’t be any obvious than through the obvious brainwashing of his followers, who couldn’t hesitate to swarm the group in defence of “the glory.”
For a moment, some Owuor’s diehards in the group made it look like it was very difficult to win a typical Owuorian to Christ.
But something good was happening behind the scenes! Many were beginning to see the light of Jesus! It was apparent that many others were following along silently in the group and taking some bold steps.
It was absolutely exhilarating to wake up to news of one more person who had called it quits with Owuorism, a term coined for “following Owuor.” One by one they they shared their testimonies and letters of resignation from R&H. Some quit silently, and that also gave us hope, knowing that some major steps were already taking place in their journey to recovery.
Urgent Need Identified
But it wasn’t too long before their need for urgent discipleship and support was felt.
Apart from wondering what they needed to do next, a majority expressed frustration in assimilating back to society, including their own families. Unfortunately some of them experienced depression, and some others considered atheism as others were tossed back and forth to and from R&H while they were being caught up in a state of limbo.
Many stated that they were being followed by insults, slander, baseless allegations and threats as to what will happen to them for “blackmailing” Owuor. Some even shared with us some threatening letters from the cult leaders, purporting their betrayal despite being helped by Owuor, among other reasons.
By the way, if you are wondering how much money blackmailers paid Owuor to keep a secret, wonder no more! Basically, “blackmail” is a term used by Owuor and his followers to describe anyone who opposes his claims, actions and his often bizarre ideologies.
You read that right! according to them, It has nothing to do with the dictionary meaning you know about, and everything to do with Owuor.
Back to our story..
By mid-2019, there was a good number of Ex-R&H followers in the heresy exposition group. It was clear that something more than just quitting R&H needed to happen. The burden to create a support group for them was growing by the minute, prompting the writer to take immediate steps. Thus, the Facebook group, Life After Cults — Surviving and Rebounding with Grace was born.
This blog is being created to supplement the group, whose aim is to captivate an environment where former followers can discover sound Christian teaching and experience healing and restoration through faith in Christ Jesus. Our goal is to point them to Christ, the author, and the perfecter of our faith, and by whose love alone, through His Word, and through the support of other brethren, they can find their God-given purpose and direction.
Our mission is to be a resource in providing spiritual, psychological, and emotional support through the various challenges in life after quitting R&H so that Ex-R&H survivors can be grounded in Christ as well as flourish in all aspects of their lives.