Maranatha Church

★★★☆☆
  • 7800 NW 36th St

    Bethany, OK 73008

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  • 405-495-1104

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I grew up in and attended Maranatha Church until the age of16. My mother taught in the "prep school" (their term for children's religious instruction). This church is a perfect example of religion gone bad. I was personally involved in the pedophilia scandal. A friend of mine confided in me that his uncle was molesting him and other family members. I told my parents, and they met with the parents of the molested, the deacons, and the pastor (Jack M. Ballinger). The group was instructed that the church would handle the matter. The pedophile was allowed to continue attending the church and law enforcement was not involved (a police officer was a deacon at that time). This is not a post to defame Maranatha, but an attempt to affirm the posts serving as warnings to anyone considering this church. There have been a litany of scandals involving this church, but adultery among church staff pales in comparison to allowing a child molester to continue his evil. One of the victims of this crime eventually committed suicide as a result of the cover-up and continued exposure to the pedophiles acts. This church preaches separation from all (including other Christians) that do not hold the EXACT understanding of Maranatha's doctrines (see link to Maranatha's website for doctrines-doctrine of separation detailed here http://www.versebyverse.org/doctrine/separation.html) . I posted this after seeing a blog that was written by one of the pedophiles victims, and was reminded of the lifelong damage that this church has visited on the children of its past and present members. Link to blog can be found here ( http://personalinjustice.blogspot.com/ ).

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I grew up in and attended Maranatha Church until the age of16. My mother taught in the "prep school" (their term for children's religious instruction). This church is a perfect example of religion gone bad. I was personally involved in the pedophilia scandal. A friend of mine confided in me that his uncle was molesting him and other family members. I told my parents, and they met with the parents of the molested, the deacons, and the pastor (Jack M. Ballinger). The group was instructed that the church would handle the matter. The pedophile was allowed to continue attending the church and law enforcement was not involved (a police officer was a deacon at that time). This is not a post to defame Maranatha, but an attempt to affirm the posts serving as warnings to anyone considering this church. There have been a litany of scandals involving this church, but adultery among church staff pales in comparison to allowing a child molester to continue his evil. One of the victims of this crime eventually committed suicide as a result of the cover-up and continued exposure to the pedophiles acts. This church preaches separation from all (including other Christians) that do not hold the EXACT understanding of Maranatha's doctrines (see link to Maranatha's website for doctrines-doctrine of separation detailed here http://www.versebyverse.org/doctrine/separation.html) . I posted this after seeing a blog that was written by one of the pedophiles victims, and was reminded of the lifelong damage that this church has visited on the children of its past and present members. Link to blog can be found here ( http://personalinjustice.blogspot.com/ ).

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most people can't handle the truth.

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most people can't handle the truth.

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www.versebyversecultorg The glowing review below this one was made by a fellow "pastor-teacher" of the pastor of Maranatha Church named Stuart Wolf who started his own sister church in Sarasota Florida, so let that review be judged as so.

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www.versebyversecultorg The glowing review below this one was made by a fellow "pastor-teacher" of the pastor of Maranatha Church named Stuart Wolf who started his own sister church in Sarasota Florida, so let that review be judged as so.

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I have known many members of this church. I have done business with a few more. Outside of business they were unable to be my friends, however they were able to participate in many activities that would be questionable at best. I was

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I have known many members of this church. I have done business with a few more. Outside of business they were unable to be my friends, however they were able to participate in many activities that would be questionable at best. I was

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While it is easy to bash a church (any church) for the failures of its members, and to use words like "cult" to describe what you don't like, this church has been around for over 35 years with the same pastor-teacher. It is a sound ministry that is devoted to verse by verse teaching from the original languages. Believe me when I say that those that have posted previously could not exegete one verse in the Bible by themselves, but seem to have no problem attacking those that can. It is a rigorous hour of Bible teaching four times a week, which is designed to mature the believer spiritually, instruct him as to the issues of the faith, and equip him for the work of the ministry. Eph. 4:12 Do not go to this church if you have a problem with sinners that need God's grace, but since we are all in that boat, it is a good place to learn God's plan.

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While it is easy to bash a church (any church) for the failures of its members, and to use words like "cult" to describe what you don't like, this church has been around for over 35 years with the same pastor-teacher. It is a sound ministry that is devoted to verse by verse teaching from the original languages. Believe me when I say that those that have posted previously could not exegete one verse in the Bible by themselves, but seem to have no problem attacking those that can. It is a rigorous hour of Bible teaching four times a week, which is designed to mature the believer spiritually, instruct him as to the issues of the faith, and equip him for the work of the ministry. Eph. 4:12 Do not go to this church if you have a problem with sinners that need God's grace, but since we are all in that boat, it is a good place to learn God's plan.

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Spent my whole life there until I was 18. This place will mess you up. The "pastor-teacher" is really a cult leader. The "church" is a place where anything goes as long as you parrot the dogma coming from the pulpit. The other two reviews below are 100% accurate from my experiences. I cannot over emphasize how bad this church is. Do not be sucked in by the lies. You may think you are being taught the Bible in a very intense, thorough way but you are actually being taught heresy from a psychopath. If I could give Maranatha a rating lower than one star, I would. Do not go to this church.

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Spent my whole life there until I was 18. This place will mess you up. The "pastor-teacher" is really a cult leader. The "church" is a place where anything goes as long as you parrot the dogma coming from the pulpit. The other two reviews below are 100% accurate from my experiences. I cannot over emphasize how bad this church is. Do not be sucked in by the lies. You may think you are being taught the Bible in a very intense, thorough way but you are actually being taught heresy from a psychopath. If I could give Maranatha a rating lower than one star, I would. Do not go to this church.

Pros: None

Cons: It's a cult with pedophiles, adultery, drunken parties, etc.

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Grew up there most my life, your taught to hate outsiders who don't belong to the church.They got wife swapping, pedophiles, you name every evil deed and it exist at Maranatha Church.I wouldn't recommend
this "cult" to anyone, they destroy families and lives!

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Grew up there most my life, your taught to hate outsiders who don't belong to the church.They got wife swapping, pedophiles, you name every evil deed and it exist at Maranatha Church.I wouldn't recommend
this "cult" to anyone, they destroy families and lives!

Pros: Well if your looking for a license to sin, you will prolly fit right in..

Cons: adultery, pedophiles, and teen suicides...

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My wife and I tried to attend this church once back in 1997, and we were shocked at how militaristic it was. The pastor started teaching verse-by-verse, and got angry at one of the ladies near the front of the church because she 'flicked' her fingernail. He stopped and told her and angrily told her that she was to either quit or leave. My wife and I were shocked not only at that, but the overall almost 'cult-like' attitude. We got up to leave, and we were followed closely all the way to pick up our child out of the nursery, then followed out to our car, like we were criminals or something.

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My wife and I tried to attend this church once back in 1997, and we were shocked at how militaristic it was. The pastor started teaching verse-by-verse, and got angry at one of the ladies near the front of the church because she 'flicked' her fingernail. He stopped and told her and angrily told her that she was to either quit or leave. My wife and I were shocked not only at that, but the overall almost 'cult-like' attitude. We got up to leave, and we were followed closely all the way to pick up our child out of the nursery, then followed out to our car, like we were criminals or something.

 

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