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!!!!
Still active and respected Remnant members Jospeph and Sonya Smith found guilty of murdering their child Josef:
Autopsy Report of Josef Smith
Original Murder Trial Transcripts
web site will be dedicated to show the other, not-so-pretty
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
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
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:
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
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 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 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 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
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.
|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?"
"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.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
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://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.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?|
|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?|
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."