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Tomax7 – Thoughts from a former attendee, and current Faith Assembly apologist
Feedback to Tomax7 by former members, as edited by Tomax7 – Tomax7 has not posted some of the negative feedback that I have requested that he post, so don’t take the list as all inclusive.
01-08-15: Tomax7 responded to my assertion that he did not post my negative feedback:
Well it is sad when people who are bitter post that they are not.
I for one don’t recall you ever asking me to post negative posts, I post them as they arrive in my mailbox. HOWEVER if they are slanderous, swearing, and just plain old bitter, no, those (all 2 of them) I don’t post. If I didn’t post yours, possibly it is one of those two. I remember someone going off on the deep end, so please tell me you are more intelligent that that.
Oh, would be nice to get credit for my pictures you have on your blog. Something about Integrity that your blog is missing.”
I’ve since added credit to the pictures. Thanks Tom!
Faith Assembly Forum – A forum run by people that still believe the teachings of Dr. Hobart E. Freeman
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and most specifically, those who were a part of the previous incarnation of Faith Assembly and it’s various outreaches under the direction of Hobart E. Freeman, Th.D.
Factnet.org – A less biased forum about Faith Assembly
Faith Ministries and Publications – Order cassette tapes of sermons and books written by Dr. Hobart E. Freeman here
Two Controversial Religious Sects From The 1970’s Have Impact On Noble County -Unknown date article by The News-Sun in KPC News archives. Faith Assembly is the second religious sect discussed in the article
The result was that more than 100 deaths among sect members were attributed to a lack of medical attention.
My family was friend with the Ricks, and I knew their oldest son, Michael, quite well.
Another Noble County couple, Michael and Dianne Ricks, pleaded guilty in April 1991, also in Noble County Superior Court, to one count each of neglect of a dependent in connection with the April 8, 1990, death of their son, John David Ricks. He died of bacterial meningitis after developing a fever and a common respiratory illness five days earlier.
More than 103 deaths occurred among Faith Assembly members in various locations as a result of following their religious beliefs, according to AFF, a Bonita Springs, Fla.-based nonprofit, tax-exempt research center and educational organization that studies psychological manipulation and cultic groups.
Hobart Freeman: Mystic, Monk or Minister – 4 page 1983 article in the Times-Union by John J. Davis
Refusing Treatment Brings Death In Sect – November 27, 1982 article in the Free-Lance Star by John M. Doyle
Death Joins Choir At Indiana Church – November 28, 1982 article in the Milwakee Journal from AP and UPI
Indiana Faith Healing Couple Convicted In Child’s Death – September 12, 1984 in the Lakeland Ledger from the Associated Press
Parents Convicted – September 8, 1984 Herald-Journal article from AP reports (2nd article in National Digest section)
Faith Sect’s Beliefs Tied To 88 Deaths – September 29, 1984 article from Eugene Register-Guard from AP
Two Sentenced In Baby’s Death – October 30, 1984 article from the Star-News from AP, NYT News Services
Faith Healers Convicted Of Child Death – August 30, 1984 article in the Lewiston Daily-Sun from AP
88 Deaths Documented in Faith-Healing Sect – September 26, 1984 article in The Fort Scott Tribune from AP
This post was edited 7-26-11 to add the Children of Faith Assembly Facebook Group link and information.
Churches that Abuse, by Ronald M. Enroth discusses Faith Assembly and Hobart Freeman, particularly Chapter 9. Search the pdf for “Faith Assembly” and “Hobart Freeman” to read the discussion.