Churches >Lakeview Christian Life Church
1 Lakeview Pl, Bridgeville, PA | Directions 1501740.317729 -80.145883
I know that members of the association at Lakeview feel that they are being persecuted. I am sorry that they feel that way- however, at some point they- or should I say YOU who are reading this have to ask sooner or later if everyone who has posted on this website is being false. We are not. Most of us are hurting or have been seriously hurt by the leadership. YOU know of many families torn apart. I for one have letters, dated and signed by the highest members of leadership and members of the congregation that tell me that I am no longer welcome, that the pastor is ashamed of me because I stood up for my family. We are telling YOU the truth and eventually the house of cards will come down. It is true- by their fruits you will know them- look at the fruits in the leadership. Read Toxic Faith or Churches That Abuse. Those books will help. Also, many of us are still here waiting to help.
There is an “apostle” at Lakeview
Whose pleas for your money would make you
Supply him his fund--
Or else you’ll be shunned;
For out of his “church” he would take you.
The doctrine at Lakeview is hazy.
The pastor’s exposits are lazy.
His sermons are skewed--
His message untrue.
This man: a true brother? That’s crazy!
You think this a frivolous verse?
Your spouse he may have you divorce!
If outside his will
Your spirit he’ll kill
You’ll be thrown in the street with his curse!
With stories so commonly true--
(They number a hundred or two-)!
It isn’t your fault
This place is a cult.
Just get out. FORGIVE HIM—don’t sue.
I recommend to all at Lakeview that you seriously study the Bible DAILY. Spend more than ten minutes in your devotions. Use a lexicon, and consult multiple, reputable commentaries. Read entire books of the Bible with an understanding of the historical context. As you become skilled in rightly dividing the Word of Truth, for each sermon that is preached, you will typically find five or ten passages, which in context, will directly refute the faulty doctrine that is being taught at Lakeview. Yes, the preacher uses scripture to support his topical sermons; but they are typically simple “word studies” where SCRIPTURES THAT DON’T SUIT HIS POINT OF VIEW ARE DISCARDED! As your understanding of scripture grows, you will CLEARLY SEE gross misapplication and twisting of God’s Holy Word from the pulpit of Lakeview.
The Holy Bible is in total harmony with itself when it’s properly understood. Evaluate this Sunday’s sermon IN LIGHT OF THE SCRIPTURES THAT ARE CONVENIENTLY OMITTED! When it becomes obvious to you that what is being preached does not sync with the whole of God’s Word, take notice!! It will become more and more difficult for you to reconcile the teaching and the actions of those in authority at Lakeview with the Holy Scriptures. You may begin to ask yourself “Why am I still here?”
For me, the continual misapplication of scripture, along with the blatant ethical inconsistencies of the leadership, became too much to endure.
I am praying regularly for the repentance of the leadership of Lakeview so the false doctrine that has been preached for so many years can be corrected. These leaders have destroyed many lives, and they will have to give an account to God. I fear greatly for them.
I was dismissed from Lakeview under false pretenses, but have gone on to mature in the Lord under sound teaching and continuing repentance.
Meanwhile, if you, as a member, are questioning your faith because of doubts and inconsistencies in the leadership, you should find your way out of this place.
When you leave, be careful to find a good church, so that you can begin to heal. Sadly, many churches have succumbed, to some extent, to the world’s unscriptural moral views, or are only interested in entertaining their congregations with “feel good” sermons and exciting, but shallow programs. Be aware, too, that any church that practices directive prophecy has the potential to become manipulative. This, and some of the things I’ll mention below may run counter to how you’ve been programmed at Lakeview, but truth is helpful, if you’re able to receive it.
You are safer to find a church which understands that, with the completion of the canon of scripture, extra-biblical revelation from prophets and apostles is no longer necessary—or even scriptural. For instance, look at 1 Corinthians 13: 8-10: “but if there are gifts of prophecy, they will be done away… For we know in part and we prophesy in part; but WHEN THE PERFECT COMES, the partial will be done away.” I know that Lakeview says that the word “perfect” in this verse is referring to Jesus’ return (not the completion of the canon), but that interpretation really doesn’t fit the original language. (Why would the word “perfect” be neuter if it’s referring to Jesus?). A correct understanding—that perfect (or complete) refers to the completed scripture—fits the context of church history since the verse was obviously written before the final books of scripture were finished. It makes sense logically, too, because it confirms that the scripture alone, in its entirety, is given by inspiration of God, to be the rule of faith and life.
Unfortunately, today, the encouragement of “prophetic utterance” enables the unscrupulous to practice serious mind control since the hearer is led to believe that the word is from God, and not simply from the imagination of the speaker. In this post apostolic age, no one can know the mind of God apart from what He Himself has revealed in Holy Scripture. Anyone who pretends that God discloses things that can’t be directly deduced from the Bible has fallen into serious error.
As far as knowing the will of God for your life, it’s explained very simply in 1 Thessalonians 4:3: “For this is the will of God, your sanctification…” You will find the will of God in your life if you find a healthy church, exercise your brain, and faithfully use the gifts that God has given you—practices that, strangely enough, are discouraged at Lakeview.
Finally, pursuing a correct understanding of the Bible is critical. Like the faithful Bereans, we are each responsible to examine the Word of God to ensure that our own understanding is correct. “All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.” 2 Timothy 3: 16-17.
Speak the truth and it will set you free. I have known about this website for a couple of years and there were sporadic reviews written, but what I find interesting is that just in the last couple of months there has been an outpouring of people who are willing to share their stories and tell others of the inner workings of LCLC. Families torn apart simply because they did not bend their knees to the apostle and his wife and family. Or marriages sent to divorce court because a spouse no longer wanted to attend LCLC. In your vows doesn't it say and let no man put us under, or something like that? I wonder what the Lord is thinking when he looks down and sees His people separating and telling people who is right and wrong. Man is going to fail, make a bad decision - because man is man not God. It hurts my heart knowing that God's people are being separated because one man's way (his interpretation of the word) is not being followed. It is funny how people who share the same DNA treat you as if you were a complete stranger. I had to ask God to forgive me for the feelings that I had about my family and friends who cut me off. They don't answer the phone or return emails. To those of you who live in denial that LCLC is "everything that you need" you are missing the big picture. God is suppose to be everything that you need - not a church, pastor, or a pastor's family. You are so busy trying to look good on the outside that you are missing the big picture. Restore what has been lost. Don't continue to be stubborn. Life is too short to live it in fear. I have not turned to a life of sin unlike what they might tell you about those who have left- supposedly we are doing what we want to. We are serving the Lord depending on Him for our every need not the Pastoral Staff. There is life after LCLC. Thankfully God is God and He never changes and His love never fails unlike supposed family.
During the darkest time our country faced, there were men and women scattered like good seed along the pathway to freedom. For the fugitive, there were lights in windows on that long, hard road to a promising future. There was rest, support and supply for the remainder of the journey. You will find all that should you decide to make that way into a new, full life. We are waiting to help. We are loved ones cast away and maligned but we still love, we still care. There is a light in our window and there is still love in our hearts. Reconciliation is a phone call away. We are praying for everyone of you.
There are hundreds to support and encourage you.
History is the great teacher. Many have come and gone, as we all will, but in the wake of all that has been accomplished, the question is where will you be and where will your family be in 10,20,30 years? Where have you been the past 10,20,30 years? What have you lost? What have you truly gained? All the rest is illusion or perhaps delusion. Either way, Time with those that love you is being squandered and you cannot get that back. You have given the ultimate sacrifice...your irreplaceable time and shelved your love. The children you raised or perhaps the parents you forsook, still love you, they always will and that love comes without condition. How about yours? The kingdom of God is not any church, it is the body of Christ. We will all sit at the same table, there is only one. All the seats are occupied and the version of any definition of the Kingdom of God will have to be adjusted.
Time is the judge and ultimately the judgment of any ministry. What happens after one leaves this earth is their legacy. What they said and did is their legacy. What they omitted to do is their legacy. What have you personally done or not done?
There is still time, there is still an opportunity to reconcile, there is time to repent and make restitution.
We stand waiting for a phone call. Our hands outstretched and our love unabated and indefatigable. It is because we love...this stands the test of time.
-- The underground railroad.
Ahhhh, Thank You, you're back again. Did you miss us? You've been gone for over a week! Or, were you hoping we would stop posting?
Well, we're not going to stop until false doctrines, laws of men, and the shunning/disfellowship cease to be the norm at LCLC.
BTW...we are NOT attacking those held captive. We only hope to set the captive free!
We have heard with our own ears the threats, lies, vile names, and curses spoken about us.
We sat in those very pews and heard with our own ears the anger of MAN against those who have left.
Deny what you will, but we have seen and heard what you deny!
Slanderous ...NO! Lies..NO! Malicious..NO! TRUTH...YES!
Those in leadership deny their own childeren who have left. Is "your house in order"? Have you stepped down from your position because of it? Or, do you only require that from others?
If we showed up for Sunday morning service would you welcome us with open arms of Love? Or would the armed policeman at the door order us away with threat of being arrested?
I know you will not address any of our direct questions, but I put them out there for consideration.
Wash, rinse, repeat. lol
I would recommend this church to everyone. The presence of God is here, the preaching is sound, the people demonstrate the love of Christ in such a beautiful way. Anyone seeking a good home church will find what they are looking for here at Lakeview Church.
For those who have been unfortunate enough to have read the curiously negative reviews, that were written by people who admittedly do not attend this church and use attacking words and divisive actions to attempt to destroy a church and its ministries, they should listen to the counsel of Gamaliel, given to the Jewish council when they were considering action against the church. It is in Acts 5:33-39:
33 But when they heard this, they were cut to the quick and intended to kill them. 34 But a Pharisee named Gamaliel, a teacher of the Law, respected by all the people, stood up in the Council and gave orders to put the men outside for a short time. 35 And he said to them, “Men of Israel, take care what you propose to do with these men. 36 For some time ago Theudas rose up, claiming to be somebody, and a group of about four hundred men joined up with him. But he was killed, and all who followed him were dispersed and came to nothing. 37 After this man, Judas of Galilee rose up in the days of the census and drew away some people after him; he too perished, and all those who followed him were scattered. 38 So in the present case, I say to you, stay away from these men and let them alone, for if this plan or action is of men, it will be overthrown; 39 but if it is of God, you will not be able to overthrow them; or else you may even be found fighting against God.”
True Christians do not fight against churches or the men and women who lead churches, as they may find themselves fighting against God Himself. No one can try to divide and attack a church and the people within it and be without guilt. "Good trees do not produce bad fruit."
But we rejoice in all who are led to the true knowledge of God our Savior, and if that path leads you to Lakeview Christian Life Church we will be glad to share in the new life you have received from Jesus.
The people at Lakeview, to whom we address these comments are intelligent, rational men and women—created in the image of God—who are responding logically to what they are being taught. The root of all the problems at Lakeview lies entirely with the pastoral staff whose hearts are deceitful and who do not understand Truth.
Most of what is taught at Lakeview has a kernel of truth, but the teaching becomes distorted by the leadership’s basic erroneous premises and faulty reasoning. Therefore, ironically, the logical reasoning of the congregation results in wrong conclusions. I believe that the Holy Bible is the final authority for the rule of faith and life. So-called “prophecy” that is spoken at Lakeview comes only from the mind of man, and has been demonstrated to often be incorrect. In our post-apostolic age, sound preaching is a more correct application of prophecy. Prophetic direction can be helpful to the hearers only to the extent that it is backed up with proper application of scripture.
Beloved, as many others have suggested, use your heads. Our faith must be grounded in the Word. The Bible takes amazing pains to prove itself, so that we can safely stand on its correct application. We NEVER need to walk by “blind faith.” If you hear something from the pulpit that doesn’t jive with scripture—whether at Lakeview, or anywhere else—investigate it carefully with all the reliable resources that you can find.
Doubt is the opposite of Faith. If you can’t reconcile teachings at Lakeview with the inerrant Word of God, then search for, and find the wrong premise or bad logic in the teaching which has led to the faulty conclusion. Our relationship with Jesus must be our primary concern. Correct doctrine is vital because it enables us to understand His attributes and who our Lord really is. At Lakeview, bad teaching distorts the message or our precious Savior, and has catastrophic consequences.
Your children get married. Your children start families of their own. Your children get sick.
It is your privilege, it is your right, it is your job, to experience these things with them.
You have forfeited your privilege, squandered your right, and failed at your job if you have willingly cut off your children.
If you have done this out of a ghastly misinterpretation of the Scriptures, please, by all that is holy, reacquaint yourself with the Founder of your Faith, and as you meet Him, ask for humility and the grace to undo the damage.
If you have done it out of fear of the James family and their henchman extraordinaire Chris Otis, etc., you are a coward. And I'm sorry to say, you are a fool.
Leave now. And begin the work of reclaiming what should have been yours this whole time. Jesus will guide you. Trust him. Believe in Love.
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