section, you will find direct quotes from Goodwin that proved to be false.
Misc quotes by
from books and tapes. Was he power-mad or what?
accounts from former members of GAC. Don’t read these if you are easily
can hear Goodwin for yourself! In one of these sound bytes, Goodwin says that
Jesus visited him.
how much Goodwin was worth at his death; read “Goodwin v. US” and more.
Goodwin (current pastor of the Des Moines GAC) calls a child molester a
“great man” and more.
know he had sex with girls and women in the church? Did you know that he also
molested little boys?
Misc GAC photos
the church, the ministers and more.
info that does not fit
into the other categories.
articles about GAC
Goodwin made the entire church take 10 “covenants” which you can read here.
Yoke of Bondage
story of his
involvement in the Tom Jolly organization. Jolly was later convicted as a
pedophile – and was one of Lloyd Goodwin’s mentors along with others.
of William Sowder's ministry. (Sowders was another one of Goodwin's mentors.)
and links on destructive cults, mind control, brainwashing, and more.
information for us and Des Moines GAC
Other web pages about
Gospel Assembly Churches
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OVERVIEW OF THE BACKGROUND AND
BELIEFS OF GOSPEL
The Goodwin Gospel
organization is based in Des Moines,
Iowa. It has churches on 6
continents at last report.
The original movement started over fifty years ago along the banks of the Ohio River. William
Sowders was the founder. (His picture is still on the walls of many of
the churches around the country.) He began his movement by synchronizing the
doctrine of two alleged cults, the Jehovah's Witness and the Seventh Day
Adventist, while adding a mixture of his own views, including Pentecostalism.
Back then, it was called "The School of the Prophets." Other names
that we've heard it called by are: The Latter Rain Movement, The Body of
Christ and This Present Day Move of God. They believe that every church
outside of the "Body of Christ" is a part of "Babylon."
Individual churches from this movement call themselves by different church
names such as: Gospel Assembly, Gospel Chapel, Gospel Tabernacle, Gospel Temple, Gospel of Peace, General
Assembly and etc. (I'm sure there are others.)
It is essentially a Shepherding group and most of them have a central
doctrine that separate them from mainstream religions but most have their
differences to separate them from each other.
Common Doctrines that started with William Sowders: Two in the
Godhead, No literal Hell, Restoration of the five-fold ministry, 144,000 in
the Bride of Christ and The Body of Christ will exist as the Latter Rain Church.
They believe that only men could be in true leadership positions and that
essentially women were to submit to the man under all circumstances. They
have severe dress codes for both women and men.
Differences: William Sowders taught that we would have to be "overcomers" in the flesh. He taught that true overcomers would eventually overcome the desires of the
flesh such as sex. Lloyd Goodwin taught that sex was not something to
be overcome and it was taken to the other extreme in his church. William
Sowders taught that there is no literal devil but when you look in the
mirror, you see the devil. He believed that the devil is the flesh that you
have to overcome. Lloyd Goodwin taught that there was a literal devil and
demons and the practice of "casting out demons" was taken
way out of bounds in his church. There were paper towels and wastebaskets
around for every service to catch the phlegm that came with the outcast demons.
Glenn Goodwin and his followers still believe in this. Through the years
we were in this "church" it was commonplace to see members throwing
up into napkins when they "cast out demons."
Some of the other churches had more lenient hair and dress codes. Some
believed in sterilization for men and women to prevent children because there
just wasn't time to raise them-- meaning they believed Jesus was coming back
very soon. Goodwin encouraged people to have children to propagate the church
and indoctrinate them early on. We had our own school where
only the children of church members were allowed.
When William Sowders died, he named T.M. Jolly as his successor. In 1963,
Jolly-- who was later convicted as a pedophile--
sent Lloyd Goodwin to pastor the Gospel Assembly in Des Moines. In the early 1970s, Lloyd
Goodwin broke fellowship with the Jolly group because he said God was giving
him "special revelations" that his brethren could not accept.
Lloyd Goodwin believed himself to be "The Apostle" for our
dispensation-- and the only Apostle. He placed himself right next to Jesus
Christ. This is stated right in his "A Handbook of New Testament Order
for New Testament Churches" in the first chapter.
Lloyd Goodwin's church was-- and still is-- very controlling of it's followers. Some of Lloyd's rules were:
Wear long sleeves and long pants at all times, even in summer.
Television and movies not allowed.
Give at least 10% of your income to the church; preferably more.
Never miss a service, even for a relative's funeral.
Women must wear their hair up on top of their head at all times.
Women's skirts must be below the knee.
No members of the church could marry, or even date, without his approval; and
even then it MUST be to other members of the church.
Ask permission of the pastor before leaving the city for a vacation.
Approve EVERYTHING you do with the pastor before you do it. Things like
buying a car, choosing an investment, or buying a home all must be approved
by the pastor.
Actually, the doctrines of a group have no real bearing on whether a church
is considered a cult or not. Doctrine is merely the interpretation of an
individual or group. If you look at the definition of cult in the dictionary,
Jesus and his followers would have been classified as a cult. What we are
looking at here is a "Destructive
Cult" which is the type that controls every move of its members,
including "thoughts." They use manipulation, public humiliation and
deceit to control their members, which is actually a form of Mind Control.
Lloyd Goodwin taught that the only way to be saved was to go either to his
church, or to a church under his leadership, in his fellowship. He apparently
did not believe that Jesus was the Way, the Truth, and the Life alone, but
taught that if someone rejected Lloyd Goodwin, they could not be saved. Glenn
Goodwin and his followers still believe this.
Lloyd Goodwin died in July 1996. His brother, Vernon, took over the church, but only 16
months later, he died also. He put his son, Glenn, an
attorney, in charge of the church-- despite the fact that Lloyd Goodwin had
given instructions for others to be in charge.
is still holding up his uncle Lloyd as a man of God and an Apostle, despite
the fact that many of Lloyd Goodwin's prophecies were
wrong. In addition, it would seem that Glenn is still using the same
tactics of fear and mind control that his uncle used. He also has so far
refused to do anything at all about the charges of past rapes, sexual
molestations, and abuses of young girls in his church-- not to mention the
beatings that went on in the school.
In our opinion, the Gospel Assembly Church
in Des Moines, Iowa fits the description of a Destructive
Religious Cult, to a tee.
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