The Arresting Behaviour Of Brother Stair
Shortwave radio preacher R G "Brother" Stair was arrested
Thursday May 16th 2002 at his South Carolina commune. Heavily under
fire for months on the Internet and Shortwave radio over allegations
of sexual misconduct with underage girls at the "farm," the
fiery 69 year old is now seeing his international ministry unravel.
As Internet bulletin boards instantly posted triumphant and jubilant
commentaries from inarticulate and scripturally illiterate enemies of Brother
Stair, I am saddened by his long developing fall from grace.
Although Christian Media has known about Stair's
impending disaster for months, we've chosen only to observe the
action from the sidelines.
The full story, with a scriptural analysis, is in the new 2 hour tape
program Stair Wars: The True Story Of Brother Stair (see
the online Christian Media tape index for details).
Briefly stated, Brother Stair is implicated in more than sexual
impropriety. Former members of what many are calling a cult
have also accused him of providing herbs that induced spontaneous
miscarriages (read abortions) in 2 young women that he had
impregnated. Even more sordid is the accusation that more than one
female victim has been infected with a venereal disease.
As if that isn't bad enough, Stair opponents claim he sent husbands
from the commune off to various projects in order to attempt a
seduction of their wives. With the alleged victim count rapidly
escalating and eyewitnesses coming forward, his arrest almost
certainly signals the end for Brother Stair.
Over the years, Ralph G Stair has been soundly criticized for
clustering Christian believers on small, self-sufficient farming
communes in several locations. This approach is ostensibly due to
Stair's view that America is scheduled for utter devastation in
a forthcoming nuclear war. Although we don't follow the communal
approach, we can't find fault with this provisionist perspective.
Indeed, some people are very comfortable with their lives structured
in the fashion one finds on a commune. Although that way of life is
not for everyone, others find it completely satisfying. In the wake of
many publicized defections from Stair's farm, I have yet to document
one person who wanted to leave Stair's farm that wasn't allowed
to leave, or was being coerced into staying.
That's not saying much as a common characteristic of cultic mind
control is a continual programming that "convinces"
followers their eternal souls will be in danger if they choose to
break away from the control of the cult leader. This is the
primary weakness of the kind of overt control one finds in a communal
Having been accused of being a cult leader myself, I can categorically
state that the Godly course of leadership requires that the personality
in control of a ministry is supposed to be Jesus Christ
- pointed towards Him through the power
of the Holy Spirit working through the agency of leaders
and followers in a scripturally sound environment. This is but
one of the reasons Christian Media has rejected the communal
Conversely, we've been told Stair's recorded messages were
played on loudspeakers 24 hours per day at every place on the farm.
That kind of Orwellian immersion is reminiscent of Jim Jones
& the Guyana disaster at "Jonestown." It is also
evident that verbal manipulation and the Hitlerian "divide and
conquer" form of pitting members against each other is standard fare
in Stair's spiritual arsenal.
Apparently, the policy for entrance into Stair's way to heaven
required the initiate to give everything they own in order to
join the "Overcomer" group (the proper name of the ministry).
Rather than seeing the classic cult pattern of enslaved followers that
wanted to leave but couldn't, the opposite seems to be true.
For example, former members have cited several examples of families
that gave substantial sums of money to the 501(c)(3) federally
sanctioned ministry, and then were maneuvered into leaving so Stair
could make room for more "new" members that would, in turn,
generate new endowments.
In Acts 2:44, where we find a description of the first
Christian commune, there is no provision for leaving the group
with what you started with. Obviously, before committing to such a
radical lifestyle, the scriptural imperative of "counting the
cost" comes to mind.
As a Shortwave radio prophecy teacher who has many enemies, I
am deeply concerned at this turn of events
- but not surprised. While Brother
Stair has much to answer for, I can categorically predict
that Satan will manipulate these events to seek to discredit
those that preach the truth of impending judgment on America.
Indeed, this is a classic tactic of the adversary as he will take the
little portion of truth from Stair's doctrine and seek to distort it
with the leaven that has clearly overcome the Overcomer ministry.
While there are responsible Christians in the geographic area of the
farm that are seeking to find ways to minister to those that
physically live with Brother Stair, Christian Media
hopes to focus on reaching Stair's radio audience with a balanced
scriptural perspective on what has occurred.
While the mainstream corporate counter-cult "ministries" are most
likely salivating at Stair's de facto demise, many Christians
that have been following Stair were not in error in many things they've
come to believe. As Brother Stair repeatedly stated on
Shortwave radio, America IS scheduled for a horrifying judgment
in the near future.
We should be preparing our hearts and our homes with spiritual
(and physical) provisions for the epic battle that is just ahead. The
Bible still tells the Remnant believer to "come out"
of the Beast sanctioned whore of Babylon
- the commercial religion of Christianity,
The challenge before all of us is to truly hear the voice of
- because in Mystery Babylon, that
"voice of the bridegroom and of the bride shall be heard no more at
all...." (Revelation 18:23). Apparently, the voice of the bridegroom,
"the great God and our Savior Jesus Christ" (Titus 2:13),
hasn't been heard at the farm of Brother Stair for quite some
May 20, 2002 -- James Lloyd
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