Problems with the Geftakys Assembly Teaching and Practice

Puzzle piecesGeorge Geftakys taught that the Assembly was superior to other churches, because it was an expression of the "Heavenly Vision." Events have shown that the Assemby was far from superior.  G. Geftakys' excommunication from the group revealed major problems in the Assembly, in both teaching and practice.

For an alphabetical list of all articles on this topic see the Index of Assembly Teaching and Practice Articles.


Aberrant Assembly Teaching

Most evangelical Christians would agree that the following teachings contradict the Bible:

The following teachings seriously compromise the message of the Gospel ( that we are saved by faith alone, by grace alone, on account of Christ alone, through the power of the Holy Spirit):

Aberrant Assembly Practices

These practices are distortions of Biblical truth:

  These practices are extra-Biblical and tend in a cultic direction

Tendencies

It is important for people who have left to become informed on these issues, and not just walk away hoping these things will sort themselves out. Unexamined assembly beliefs will hinder recovery.

The article, Moving from Christian to Cultic, by Dave Breese of Youth For Christ, suggests certain tendencies that show a direction of movement away from Christian thought and behavior to cultic thought and behavior. The Assemblies that are still meeting should carefully consider the following:

Examples of this kind of movement in the Assembly over time are George's introduction of the teaching that not all believers will be part of the Bride of Christ. This made costly what God freely gives us in salvation. The teaching that Adam was created on the seventh day confused what God has made plain. Although G. Geftakys deplored creeds, confessions and formal statements of faith, they have been a bulwark of the church to prevent such "creative theology."

The New England Institute of Religious Research uses the word "aberrant" to describe Bible-based groups with problems such as Breese enumerates.. The Institute concludes that these problems stem from an undue emphasis on minor doctrines and a tendency toward spiritual totalitarianism.

The Institute lists "transitional" as one of the eight distinctives of an aberrational Christian group: 

"Doctrines and practices tend to mutate further and further from healthy belief and expressions. Aberrational groups are never static but tend to devolve theologically. Many begin fairly orthodox, but over time become heretical in major doctrines. The practices and rituals of aberrational groups also tend to take on divine authority. Practices that were optional or conditional in the beginning become absolute standards whereby commitment and spirituality are measured. "

The rules multiplied, enslaving those whom God made free. For example, all-nights of prayer were established after several years, and attendance was required--coercion trumping invitation. Although the Assembly began with many hippies, after a few years short hair and shirts and ties were required for men, long hair and no earrings for women, etc.

This is a brief overview of problems with Assembly teaching, practice and tendencies. Many articles examining these issues in depth can be found in the Assembly Teaching and Practice section of the website. Anyone thinking about joining one of these groups, and those evaluating whether to remain "in fellowship", should look for answers to some important questions.

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