Wow. I’m getting a lot of responses to my post on R.L. Hymers—some in the comments section, and some via e-mail.
If what I’m hearing is correct, Dr. Hymers’ efforts to control the lives of young people has changed a little in its focus, but not at all in its intensity.
Apparently, these days Bob Hymers’ church, the Baptist Tabernacle of Los Angeles, is using different techniques to indoctrinate people into his brand of Christianity. As I’ve said before, my argument with his approach is not a doctrinal/theological one; I will leave those types of arguments to people who are qualified. My concerns have to do with the methods he and his wife, Ileana Hymers, use to gain followers: methods that mirror those of cults so closely as to be indistinguishable, as a practical matter.