Churches >Lakeview Christian Life Church
1 Lakeview Pl, Bridgeville, PA | Directions 1501740.317729 -80.145883
I grew up in this church, went to their school and my parents were completely devoted members. I remember giving my allowance and Christmas money to help build the church building. My parents gave much money. As I got older, I questioned where the money was going. They would ask the congregation from the pulpit to write personal checks directly to the apostle for $1000 dollars. When they didn't get enough money from that, they refinanced the property and stripped out the equity without telling the congregation. When I left they told me I was "deceived" and leaving the "kingdom of God" and that they hoped I would fail in life. They compared me to a sorcerer and said I would go to outer darkness when I died. After I left they pressured my family to cut all communication with me. So my family hasn't spoken to me in years. These experiences were a big stumbling block to my faith. I think the leaders of this church are wolves in sheeps clothing, and there are lots of church members who know it's wrong, but keep writing checks, keep showing up on Sunday, look the other way and assist the leaders in cutting down Christians. Who's deceived? I hope these reviews will save even one person from falling into their trap. I hope people will find the courage to leave. I found out after I left that people in the community call it the 'Stepford Church', because everybody wears a big smile and dresses well, but hides dark secrets and acts like a robot. Very true.
There is one thing as an EX-member I find more disheartening than the clear fact that Lakeview Christian Life Church passed up being a church many years ago, and has digressed into being nothing more than a Carnie Show w/ bibles.
It is the people that continue the cycle. Those that are still in the church & have identified it for what it is, YET choose to stay.You are the ones that have supported the church for years. You have either raised your children under these legalistic perversions or grown up in it through the school into adulthood. You have been the ones that have stood silently alongside our moms, dads, brothers, sisters, friends and supported them as they have decided to disown us year by year.
Leaving will initially be difficult for a long term far BETTER outcome!!
I wish I could say shame on you, but I can't. I was there. I waited till I was old enough & then I left. ( I hope you will be able to say the same) I could no longer exist in something so reprehensible.
You will either find living under the hypocrisy unbearable & STOP MAKING EXCUSES FOR NOT LEAVING and leave, or continue the cycle of destroying family's, assimilate, and stay.
Unfortunately, what you read about this place in the reviews below is true. I was very good friends with Pastor Norman Jame's third daughter. She ran away in the middle of the night to get away from this place. The leaders are still trying to track her down through social media. It's very sad. She left everything in her life behind, including her substantial financial debts, which I assume will be passed along to the congregation through tithes and offering. I think of her often. I would try to contact her to see how she's doing, but I am afraid of the consequences that will come down on me and my family if I do. I am sure she thinks of me too, but she doesn't want me to suffer any of those consequences either. I am free to leave the church, and yet I am trapped here. It's a feeling shared by many young families like mine. Please don't add to this to your list of churches to visit. Just stay away.
I added a photo of the church sign. If you see it in your travels, just keep on driving. But don't give up on your search for a healthy church family in the Pittsburgh area - they are out there!
I was hoping that someone could point me to the Scriptures that this church uses to justify its actions. Recently, the wife of the "apostle," a woman with no ordained role, but extremely involved and manipulative at Lakeview told a former member (who had left the church to start a ministry as a pastor elsewhere) that she was praying daily that the Lord take his life.
I am not sure if this is being disseminated to the congregation there or if it is covered up like everything else.
Is the praying death upon fellow Christians discussed in the Old Testament or the New Testament? Obviously since this church has the "absolute truth" it must be in there somewhere.
I would hate for this simply to be yet another example of the evil that grows in this place. There must be some mistake, I must just not be looking hard enough for the appropriate Scriptures.
Ok, in 1997 our family moved into the area and were looking for a Church to attend. Our boys were 7 and 5. Anyway, we went on a Sunday, my husband thought it odd that EVERY MAN was wearing a suit and tie! (My husband did have dress pants and dress shirt on) I think I remembered that all ladies had dresses on. Well after the worship, the pastor of the church started going on and on about another minister on TV, no preaching, just bashing this person and their ministry. Now my husband really didn't care for the mentioned minister, but didn't feel that the pulpit should be used to just bash another minister. He should have been preaching the Word. Anyway, we didn't stay and left. What was really and truly weird was that we got a call from someone from that church (they got our name and number as a guest) and this person was related to my husband's father!!! She asked about him, and was happy that she found some family and to think we were going to the church (what is weird is this lady hasn't been around the family since I knew the family which was about 11 years, didn't even know she existed) Anyway, when we told her we choose another church, she sounded sad and said, "Oh, I see". She NEVER called us again!!!! Then a few months later we met a nice young teenager girl in our neighborhood who went to that school. She was saying how they don't really hang around anyone outside of that church!!!! This is when I truly felt that this church is not healthy, not a true Christian church but a cult!!! There are enough of great churches where the Spirit of God is there, you don't need to go here!!!!
As a current member, I read these reviews and though sometimes people are dramatic and take some liberties, these are frighteningly accurate. I am trapped in this place, and don't know how to extricate my family from this place that has destroyed so many lives. The pastors follow a book they wrote more than the Bible, and this place has produced NO FRUIT. Whenever I go to my extended family's churches I always see such community involvement, outreach, love, and growth. Here, there is nothing but broken families and shady dealings. If I wasn't so involved with my family, my kids, and a lifetime being conned here, I would get out. Please do not ever come here - not that you need to worry, new memberships are incredibly rare.
The review written by Bethany K. (below) is sickening...and frightening. There are so many things wrong with it that I cannot go into it on a sight like this. I don't know if it is written tongue- in-cheek by someone who has left or if it is the serious thoughts of someone still within the church. Either way, it exemplifies the mindset and expectations that have been ingrained into those who remain. The message taken from it should be...run!
Pope Norman James is to be revered, beyond all understanding. I don't question HIS authority. He is all powerful. His words are mighty, like his appetite. He writes HIS own prophetic ideologies, and I TRUST AND OBEY. Thank you Fr. Norman James, for I am truly blessed to have grown in this church- the only true church.
Amen and Amen
I have thought long and hard before posting, and I will keep my opinions, especially those of my personal exodus from the church at bay, while merely focusing on presenting the facts that have given me peace about leaving. The following are not my words, but those of a group that monitors the activities of cults. I will also not name any names, rather, just present these findings and allow you to come to your own decisions.
1. Church members must sign "covenants" stating that they will obey the church leadership.
2. To not submit is to rebel against God's will and condemn you to a barren Christian life outside the protection of the Super Apostles magical "umbrella of authority".
3.They practice "enforced giving", where tithes and offerings of church members are recorded. Members who do not give the "correct" amount are disciplined and held back from leadership.
4. People are banned from going to other churches and working for Para church organizations not under the apostle's control.
5. They control relationships, ordering people to stay away from friends and family outside the movement.
6. Some even demand Christian members seek permission to marry each other.
7. Church members are given the impression that they can only be saved by being part of the Super Apostles church. Churches outside the "kingdom" are fallen and dead. Not all of these apostles state this so blatantly, but this is the impression they cultivate within their churches.
8. These apostles and their families (nepotism is rife) receive significant incomes from their work. They drive expensive cars, live in luxury homes
If you have emerged from this church, this will feel familiar. If you are in this church and this strikes too close to home, maybe you should reconsider the Lord’s calling on your life. My prayers are with you all.
Part of the Association of New Testament Ministries which also includes Northridge Christian Life Church in Cleveland, Christian Life Church of Westerville in Columbus, and Church of the Living Word in Maine. Practices shunning of former members (including fellow Christians who choose to attend church elsewhere). The leadership instructs members to sever ties with former members including parents, children, siblings, other family members, and friends. This review is not judgment or persecution, but information one may want to consider before getting involved in this church or association.
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