Several dozen former parishioners of an Evangelical church in North Carolina have accused the church for using brutally abusive behavior in an effort to control the lives of its members.
According to The Associated Press via WYFF, former congregants of the Word of Faith Fellowship in Rutherford County, N.C., claim that their previous church would regularly physically abuse parishioners, which included children and babies, and also strictly regulated the adult parishioners’ sex lives.
The former parishioners told the AP that “they were regularly punched, smacked, choked, slammed to the floor or thrown through walls in the name of the Lord.” Even babies faced physically abusive acts like shaking in an effort to clean their bodies of “demons.”
The parishioners marriage and sex life was also strictly regulated to guidelines set up by the church. No more than a peck on the check was allowed on the wedding night. Even the sex was limited to a maximum time of 30 minutes for married couples, and foreplay was prohibited.
Evangelical minister Jane Whaley, who leads the church, claims they did nothing wrong./theoswatch