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Warning WARNING!!  Thinking about taking one of Gwen Shamblin's various Weigh Down classes or attending Remnant Fellowship?

Please... PLEASE do not get involved with her material!!!!

Warning

Coming Soon:

Still active and  respected Remnant members Jospeph and Sonya Smith found guilty of murdering their child Josef:
Autopsy Report of Josef Smith
(Coming soon)

Original Murder Trial Transcripts
(Coming soon)
This web site will be dedicated to show the other, not-so-pretty side to Gwen Shamblin's weight loss programs and how they are a recruitment tool  for her Remnant Fellowship 'church' she leads.  I am convinced from what I have seen that Remnant Fellowship is a cult... and has no doubt has destroyed many families (mine included).  There are so many horror stories about Gwen's church ... many testimonies from ex-members who call it a cult, ruined families and marriages where one spouse got involved but the other spouse didn't, etc.  This website will be dedicated to listing out these various stories and listing out many other links showing 'the other side' of Gwen Shamblin, her Weigh Down programs and her Remnant Fellowship church..


Here are some of the nation's top cult experts (both secular and Christian) who say Gwen Shamblin's Remnant Fellowship is a cult:
  •     Steve Hassan thinks Remnant Fellowship is a cult.

Steven Alan Hassan is one of the foremost authorities on cults and mind control. He is a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC) and Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) and the author of two of the most respected books on the subject of cults. His first book, Combatting Cult Mind Control: The #1 Guide to Protection, Rescue and Recovery from Destructive Cults (Park Street Press, 1988) is published in seven different languages. His second work Releasing the Bonds: Empowering People to Think for Themselves (FOM Press, 2000) received critical acclaim from both peers and members of the clinical psychology communities. In 2012, he released Freedom of Mind: Helping Loved Ones Leave Controlling People, Cults and Beliefs (FOM Press).

With more than 30 years of cult awareness activism, Hassan’s insightful perspective and expert commentary have made him a definitive source for hundreds of national, international and local media outlets including: USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Newsweek, People Magazine, Oprah Winfrey Show, Larry King Live, The Today Show, Geraldo, 60 Minutes, Night Line, and Good Morning America.

Hassan is the founder the Freedom of Mind Resource Center Inc., and holds a Masters degree in counseling psychology from Cambridge College. His website is: www.freedomofmind.com

  •     Rick Ross thinks Remnant Fellowship is a cult.. 
Rick Ross is the founder and Executive Director of the Rick A. Ross Institute. He is an internationally known expert regarding destructive cults, controversial groups and movements. Since 1982 he has been studying, researching and responding to the problems often posed by such groups or movements.

He has personally assisted thousands of families in an effort to help the victims of destructive cults, groups and movements.  Ross has been qualified and accepted as an expert witness and testified in court cases across the United States. He has also frequently assisted local and national law enforcement and government agencies.  Rick Ross is one of the most readily recognized experts offering analysis about destructive cults, controversial groups and movements in the world today.

He has been a paid consultant for the television networks CBS, CBC and Nippon of Japan. And also was retained as a technical consultant by Miramax/Disney.  Ross' commentary has been quoted within publications such as Time, Newsweek, The Chicago Tribune, The Boston Globe and The Washington Post.  His appearances on national television have included a wide range of venues from news programs such as the "Today" show, "CNN World News," "Dateline", and "48 Hours" to popular interview shows such as "Oprah," "Dr. Phil" and "Inside Edition."

Ross has lectured at such prestigious institutions as Dickinson College, the University of Chicago, Carnegie Mellon University, Baylor University, and the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.  Ross' analysis has been sought on virtually every major cult story for more than a decade.

His website is: www.rickross.com and he has a whole archive of articles on Gwen Shamblin and Remnant Fellowship

  •     Bill Honsberger thinks Remnant Fellowship is a cult.. 
Bill Honsberger is the head of a Christian organization called Haven Ministries whose purpose includes to directly evangelize and disciple the lost, particularly those trapped and deceived in non-Christian religions, the New Age Movement, cults and the occult. They seek out the lost, going to their events, bookstores and seminars, sharing the Gospel and challenging the errors of the evil one.
                   
                    Gwen Shamblin recently got mention in Haven Ministry's quarterly newsletter under the "Non Prophet Section":
THE HAVEN NEWSLETTER

NON PROPHET SECTION
So many targets, so little space. I was told recently that Gwen
Shamblin, chief apostle and prophet for the Weigh Down Workshop/
Remnant Fellowship is coming to Denver in February. Oh joy. This self appointed
prophet denies the Trinity, the deity of Christ, salvation by grace
and the sufficiency of scripture - and those are her good points. The
control and manipulation exercised by this apostate are horrible and deadly.
Pray for her followers as we share the Gospel with them in February.

                     His website is: www.havenministry.com  
  •     Don Veinot thinks Remnant Fellowship is a cult.  
Don Veinot is the president of a Christian ministry called Midwest Christian Outreach whose mission is to give clear answers, and a solid defense of the orthodox biblical faith, to all types of unbelievers — atheists, agnostics, as well as members of cults and new religious groups.

He has written multiple articles on Gwen Shamblin (links below).

His website is:  www.midwestoutreach.org

  •     The late Dr. Paul Martin (who passed away August 14, 2009) thought Remnant Fellowship was a cult.  
Dr. Martin had testified in a child custody case arguing the court should give custody of the children to the father since the mother was in a cult called Remnant Fellowship.  Dr. Martin was the founder and director of  Wellspring Retreat and Resource Center which is a nationally known treatment center that has treated 100s of people that have been abused in cults.  Dr. Martin dedicated his life to studying cults and helping people coming out of cults.  He is the author of the book Cult-Proffing Your Kids.  Martin received the American Family Foundation's John G. Clark award for distinguished scholarship in cult studies. 
    





If you are interested in a Christian weight loss program, please know there are many alternatives to Gwen Shamblin's material.
Click here for Alternative Faith Based Weigh Loss Programs



Links regarding Weigh Down/Remnant Fellowship/Gwen Shamblin that aren't so rosey...


(Please pardon the temporary disorganization of these links.  I'll try to clean these up and organize these better, but I wanted to at least get some links listed for starters.)

 

http://www.midwestoutreach.org/fractured-families Fractured Families
http://www.midwestoutreach.org/category/gwen-shamblin Various blog entries regarding Gwen Shamblin
http://www.midwestoutreach.org/Pdf%20Journals/2000/00fall.pdf MCOI* Article -
"Weighed Down with False Doctrine"

* MCOI is Midwest Christian Outreach. They are a Christian Counter-Cult and Apologetics Ministry.  The have many articles on religions like Jehovah Witnesses, etc.  They really shine some good light on Gwen Shamblin's teachings.
http://www.midwestoutreach.org/Pdf%20Journals/2001/01win.pdf Another MCOI* Article -
"Weigh Down Workshop - A Cult?"
http://www.midwestoutreach.org/Pdf%20Journals/2002/02sprsum.pdf Another MCOI* Article -
"Camping with Gwen: Or Will the True Remnant Please Stand Up?"
http://www.midwestoutreach.org/Pdf%20Journals/2008/Spring_Summer_2008.pdf Another MCOI* article -
"The Pied Piper is Shamblin"
http://www.midwestoutreach.org/RahabInnkeeperMCO.pdf  Writeup by MCOI*
"Was Rahab Really an Innkeeper? A Response to a Comment in an Article by Gwen Shamblin"
http://www.midwestoutreach.org/free-resources/the-great-commission-of-gwen-shamblin-and-remnant-fellowship The ‘Great’ Commission of Gwen Shamblin and Remnant Fellowship
http://childrenshealthcare.org/wp-content/uploads/2010/10/2007-01finallayout.pdf CHILD, Inc's article on Gwen Shamblin and Remnant Fellowship.  CHILD is an organization to protect children from harmful religious and cultural practices, espically religion-based medical neglect.
http://www.self.com/health/2007/05/diet-spawns-a-church SELF magazine article "Faith-based weight loss diets:  A do or a danger?" critical of Gwen Shamblin's diet and her church.
http://www.rickross.com/reference/weighdown/weighdown1.html Gwen Shamblin's New Jerusalem
http://www.rickross.com/groups/weighdown.html Rick Ross' various links ofn Gwen Shamblin, Weigh Down, and Remnant Fellowship
http://mycropht.blogspot.com/2007/01/gwen-shamblin-me.html Gwen Shamblin & Me
http://chetday.com/weighdown.html Weigh Down Diet: No Way to Health
http://www.religionnewsblog.com/6064/newschannel-5-investigates-firm-beliefs-part-1
http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2000/september4/1.50.html Christianity Today article -
The Weigh and the Truth
http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2002/december9/6.15.html Another Christianity Today article -
New Sect: Weigh Down guru Gwen Shamblin's Remnant Fellowship grows, but critics see 'graceless legalism'
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Georgia_v._Smith Wiki article on Joseph & Sonya Smith
http://www.charismamag.com/site-archives/134-peopleevents/people-events/204-diet-author-triggers-doctrinal-controversy Diet Author Triggers Doctrinal Controversy
http://www.blacksunjournal.com/religion/886_gwen-shamblins-weigh-down-gets-a-wet-kiss-from-cnn_2007.html Gwen Shamblin’s ‘Weigh Down’ gets a wet kiss from CNN
http://anna.xanga.com/762041/item/
http://spiritwatch.org/remnantcultism.htm An Unhappy Proximity: Cults, Cultism and Gwen Shamblin's Remnant Fellowship
http://spiritwatch.org/RFfearxtianity.htm Fear Christianity:  The Religious Terrorism of Gwen Shamblin's Remnant Fellowship and Weigh Down Workshop
http://spiritwatch.org/RFblingmedia.htm Fellowship of the Bling:  How the Remnant Fellowship Cult Uses the Media
http://www.ptm.org/05PT/SepOct/skinnyPerson.pdf Never Trust A Skinny Person
http://www.bpnews.net/bpnews.asp?ID=6666 Religious discrimination lawsuit filed against Weigh Down founder Shamblin
http://spiritwatch.org/rebeccamead.htm Article critical of Gwen Shamblin - Slim for Him: Gos Is Watching What You're Eating
http://web.archive.org/web/20050422083047/http://billhobbs.com/hobbsonline/005866.html A New Cult?
http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2000/september4/1.50.html The Weigh and the Truth
http://www.apologeticsindex.org/s35.html
http://www.fitsugar.com/Fat-People-Dont-Go-Heaven-Since-When-94217 Fat People Don't Go to Heaven? Since When?
http://web.archive.org/web/20041212095226/http://www.wkrn.com/Global/story.asp?S=1332450 Church Protest in Franklin
http://www.popcrunch.com/15-of-the-craziest-cults/ 15 of the craziest cults
http://www.newschannel5.com/story/13606519/remnant-fellowship-couple-loses-murder-appeal Remnant Fellowship Looses Murder Appeal at Georgia Supreme Court
http://www.newschannel5.com/story/5412250/religious-movement-at-center-of-child-death-investigation Religious Movement at Center of Child Death Investigation
http://www.newschannel5.com/story/5412283/mental-illnesses-are-more-sort-of-fabrications Mental Illnesses Are More Sort of Fabrications
http://www.newschannel5.com/story/5412303/diet-guru-considered-prophet-by-followers Diet Guru Considered 'Prophet' by Followers
http://www.newschannel5.com/story/5412519/judge-finds-evidence-to-continue-child-death-case Judge Finds Evidence to Continue Child Death Case
http://www.newschannel5.com/story/5412646/police-raid-weigh-down-workshop Police Raid Weigh Down Workshop
http://www.newschannel5.com/story/5412673/new-information-in-investigation-of-brentwood-church New Information in Investigation of Brentwood Church
http://www.newschannel5.com/story/5412872/childrens-services-warned-about-possible-remnant-abuse Children's Services Warned About Possible Remnant Abuse
http://www.newschannel5.com/story/5419494/indictment-reveals-new-details-about-child-death-case Indictment Reveals New Details About Child Death Case
http://www.newschannel5.com/story/5909117/shamblin-remnant-fellowship-sue-cults-critic Shamblin, Remnant Fellowship Sue Cults Critic
http://www.newschannel5.com/story/6036618/parents-charged-in-childs-death-go-on-trial-monday Parents Charged in Child's Death Go On Trial Monday
http://www.newschannel5.com/story/6045842/remnant-fellowship-tape-could-be-evidence Remnant Fellowship Tape Could Be Evidence
http://www.newschannel5.com/story/6099138/georgia-parents-found-guilty-in-childs-death Georgia Parents Found Guilty In Child's Death
http://www.newschannel5.com/story/6286091/parents-sentenced-to-life-plus-30-years-in-sons-death Parents Sentenced To Life Plus 30 Years In Son's Death
http://www.newschannel5.com/story/6045950/opening-statements-expected-today-in-parents-trial Opening Statements Expected Today In Parents' Trial
http://www.newschannel5.com/story/6054160/testimony-continues-in-abuse-death-trial Testimony Continues In Abuse Death Trial
http://www.newschannel5.com/story/6096598/jury-sees-home-videos-in-murder-trial Jury Sees Home Videos In Murder Trial
http://www.newschannel5.com/story/6077326/church-members-testify-in-murder-trial Church Members Testify In Murder Trial
http://www.newschannel5.com/story/6296759/church-stands-behind-convicted-couple Church Stands Behind Convicted Couple
http://www.newschannel5.com/story/6083702/parents-dont-testify-in-childs-murder-trial Parents Don't Testify In Child's Murder Trial
http://www.newschannel5.com/story/6048859/jury-selected-in-abuse-trial Jury Selected In Abuse Trial
http://www.newschannel5.com/story/6087110/jury-recesses-for-day-after-emotional-closing Jury Recesses For Day After Emotional Closing
http://www.newschannel5.com/story/5419494/indictment-reveals-new-details-about-child-death-case Indictment Reveals New Details About Child Death Case
http://www.newschannel5.com/story/6058962/judge-rules-against-mistrial-in-murder-case Judge Rules Against Mistrial In Murder Case
http://web.archive.org/web/20050413200052/www.nashvillecitypaper.com/index.cfm?section=9&screen=news&news_id=40661 Brentwood election may have church tie
http://news.helium.com/news/13150-gwen-shamblin-loses-court-appeal-against-defamation-of-character Weigh Down's Gwen Shamblin loses court appeal against defamation of character
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB972863852671088281.html Church Lady of Diet Weighs In On Trinity and Her Flock Flees
http://www.11alive.com/news/local/story.aspx?storyid=92302  Local Nashville news article of Smith's guilty verdict (2/16/07)
 "At the trial, witnesses for the state called it one of the worst cases of child abuse they'd ever seen."

The church issued this statement Friday:  "The Smiths are innocent, and so we will appeal this and fight for justice for the Smith family. This case is not over.'

(Note: Gwen Shamblin and Remnant Fellowship tried to get this conviction overturned by taking it all the way up to the U.S Supreme Court.  The conviction stands.)
http://www.scribd.com/doc/15087205/The-Christian-Dieting-Cult The Christian Dieting Cult
http://www.mazeministry.com/othersects/weighdown/weighdown.htm The Weigh Down Workshop: A New Cult?
http://www.probe.org/site/c.fdKEIMNsEoG/b.4223009/k.EA96/
Is_Gwen_Shamblin_Weigh_Down_Workshops_Remnant_Fellowship_a_Cult.htm
Is Gwen Shamblin (Weigh Down Workshop)'s Remnant Fellowship a Cult?
http://www.digitaljournal.com/article/318655#ixzz1ksv6iDAF Op-Ed: Diet gurus making millions from exploiting Christian dieters
http://www.culthelp.info/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=2130 (Gwen Shamblin — Remnant Fellowship) Teen testifies she heard father hit son
http://bibleforums.org/showthread.php/161362-Remnant-Fellowship Forum Thread: Remnant Fellowship
http://www.worldmag.com/2000/10/the_skinny_on_weigh_down The skinny on Weigh Down
http://www.nytimes.com/2004/05/29/us/religion-journal-seeing-overeating-as-a-sin-and-god-as-the-diet-coach.html Seeing Overeating as a Sin, and God as the Diet Coach
http://www.disinterestedparty.com/archives/2007/01/praise_the_lard.htm Praise the Lard!
http://www.equip.org/articles/gwen-shamblin-weighed-found-wanting/ Gwen Shamblin: Weighed & Found Wanting
http://www.helium.com/items/2021443-the-weigh-down-advanced-diet Diets: An overview of Weigh Down Advanced
http://www.helium.com/items/2021469-is-the-weigh-down-diet-really-a-recruitment-diet-for-cultists How a church evolved from Gwen Shamblin's Weigh Down diet
http://www.bpnews.net/bpnews.asp?id=6481 Thomas Nelson pulls plug on Gwen Shamblin's book
http://www.str.org/site/News2?page=NewsArticle&id=5571 The Birth of a Cult?

Videos

http://religiousfreaks.com/2007/02/10/remnant-fellowship-church-freaks-are-among-us/

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Video from local news (News channel 5 - CBS affiliate) on Joseph Smith and spanking with Investigative Reporter Phil Williams

- 6:20 Gwen Shamblin: "I totally deny that … that tape was made up.  That was not on there."
Tedd Anger: "That is untrue".
- Phil Williams: "As for the tape, she now admits it's legitimate."
 


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News Channel 4 (local Nashville NBC affiliate) news story
http://vimeo.com/59834876


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Fox's 'Geraldo At Large' segment.   If you can get through the typical Geraldo intro, the story itself includes some revealing interviews
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HtnzkWOSXno


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New Channel 4 (local Nashville NBC affiliate) news story
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BtqCY35LZEs

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CBC Television (Canadian television network) news story
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fyk1S0XHOhE


NewsChannel 5 - Remnant Fellowship Couple Loses Murder Appeal
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1wnqtkt7UNg


Good Morning America - Diane Sawyer
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y161ED25aew





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