Wednesday, February 15, 2012
WHY I LEFT THE PINK CROSS FOUNDATION - PART 2
First off, let me just say that this was a very difficult blog to write. I have toiled over this for weeks now, and have tried my best to approach this matter with wisdom and grace. While I certainly do not believe in slandering other Christians, I also believe that no one ministry, or person, is above scrutiny. I also do not believe in keeping silent when leaders abuse their authority and take advantage of well-meaning individuals. Those of you who have donated to the Pink Cross, or are considering it, I ask you to please read my words with an open mind, and ask yourself if this group is worthy of your hard-earned donations. Even if a ministry has good intentions, a good missions statement, charismatic leadership, etc., if it is not faithful to the principles of God’s word, or does not operate according to Biblical standards, then it stands to reason that it is not of God.
In her ministry as a chaplain and self-appointed prophet, Shelley has made no bones about her so-called “prophetic authority.” I, personally, do not believe for one millisecond that she is a prophet, but I know that she would disagree. She has deemed herself a “rebel prophet” and a “prophet to the nations.” In one of her videos on YouTube, she claims, from the pulpit, that she “might be a prophet.” In an interview with Howard Stern, she compared herself to Martin Luther, and she even had a twitter page calling herself a “porn prophet.” By her own admission, she is a prophet, so let’s examine her ministry in light of God’s Word. Since she claims to be a prophet, I will treat her as such in this expose.
First of all, what is a prophet? By definition, a prophet of God is a morally upright person commissioned by God to proclaim the truth and lead people away from sin....someone who, by his/her conduct, inspires people to do what is right according to the will of God. Examples of prophets of old include John the Baptist, Moses, and Jeremiah.
On the contrary, a false prophet is any person who claims to be a servant or messenger of God, but is not. They will detract people from the true message of the gospel through preaching of a false gospel, or by placing the focus of their ministry on themselves rather than Christ. The ministry of Pink Cross easily falls into the second category (although there are certainly problems with the name-it-and-claim-it doctrine that Shelley espouses, but in this essay, I plan to focus on her conduct and character).
Through pride and vain-glory, false prophets elevate themselves, boasting in their good works and their superior knowledge of all things spiritual. As a result, they are themselves amoral, inclined to misleading and deceiving others and abusing the trust that people have placed in them.
While Shelley claims to be a prophet, other people claim that she is a false prophet. So, which is it?! What does the Bible say?
Mt. 7:15-19 Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. You will know them by their fruits...Every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit...Therefore by their fruits you shall know them.
Fruits, in the Scripture and Jewish phraseology, are taken for works of any kind. “A man’s works,” says one, “are the tongue of his heart, and tell honestly whether he is inwardly corrupt or pure.” By these works you may distinguish these ravenous wolves from true ministers. (A. Clarke commentary)
Most people define a false prophet as one who proclaims a false or blasphemous gospel that runs contrary to the word of God. While this in itself is true, we must also consider the character of a false prophet. Jesus Christ SAID that a false prophet can be distinguished by his/her behaviour. A prophet is not one who simply stands on a stage, preaches, and proclaims authority. Anyone can do that. Personal charisma is not a sign of prophetic authority – but personal conduct IS. If his/her behaviour doesn’t jibe with Scripture, then that person is a charlatan.
In my time working for Pink Cross, I noticed that Shelley’s personal conduct, sadly, wasn’t conducive to how a minister should conduct herself. It is not so much Shelley’s doctrine that I have a problem with, but rather her personal character and the focus of her ministry, which seems to be primarily self-centered rather than Christ-centered.
IS SHELLEY LUBBEN A PROPHET?
The book of 2 Peter gives the most extensive description of false prophets; therefore, I will use this passage to examine Shelley’s claims.
1 Peter 2:1 tells us that there arose false prophets among the people. This implies that these were self-appointed prophets; in other words, they were not appointed by any council of leaders, nor did they have any real authority behind them, other than their own word. The Lord did NOT appoint them, but they appointed themselves.
Hebrews 1:1 God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in times past to the fathers by the prophets, has in these last days spoken to us by His Son.......
What this passage tells us is that God NO LONGER appoints prophets, like He did in the Old Testament, to proclaim His word. There are modern-day prophets, but they are appointed THROUGH THE CHURCH.
“The chief ministry of the O.T. prophet was a hortatory one to his own generation. That is, he was a preacher who rebuked Israel because of its sins, and pointed the way of righteousness....In the case of the N.T. prophet in the church, the preaching of the gospel of grace to the unsaved and the exposition of the Word to the saints constitute his responsibilities.” (Wuest’s Word Studies)
If Shelley IS a modern-day prophet, she would be prophesying under the authority of the church, but by her own proclamation, Shelley does not need to BE under the authority of a church, because her and Pink Cross ARE the true church. Ironically, that is what cults typically proclaim, as well….that THEY are the true church. She is basically a self-appointed prophet, as the passage in 2 Peter warns us. Because she is not under the authority of a church, she is not accountable to anyone – just herself and what she believes God is telling her.
Shelley Lubben is NOT a prophet, because she is not prophesying in the manner which God sets forth in His word. She calls herself the “rebel prophet” – well, at least she got one part of it right.
JUST WHO IS AT THE CENTER?!
I have always been very uncomfortable with how Pink Cross focuses its mission endeavours, which seem geared more towards promoting Shelley’s work in the lives of porn stars, than the work of Christ. Shelley boasts that she has helped “hundreds of women” escape from a life of porn, and provides testimonies on her site which glorify the heroic deeds of Shelley. The Bible teaches that we are to do our good deeds before men, that God in heaven may be glorified – yet in many of these testimonials, it seems Shelley is the one who is being glorified. Many of these girls describe how awful their lives were until they found the Pink Cross website, and Shelley reached out, encouraged, and loved them.
Shelley’s facebook page is filled with comments such as “You are my hero” or “I am in awe of you.” I find it sad that whenever Shelley posts one of her updates on the Pink Cross facebook page, for example a link to someone’s testimony, or an update on condom legislation, she gets numerous posts praising her and telling her how wonderful she is. Even if she does not encourage this kind of behaviour, she certainly does not discourage it, either. On the contrary, I would argue that she DOES encourage it, by telling people to post “ONLY positive, encouraging comments.” No negative feedback is allowed. I have personally seen how comments are censored and negative feedback is erased, both on her social networking pages and on her website (back when the chat forums actually had a section to post comments to Shelley). Point blank, Shelley will NOT address criticism. Like most other cults, she will do her best to silence her dissenters.
Christians, I ask you – is this how Christ encouraged us to minister?! Did He instruct us to silence those who might challenge us, or to engage them? Did Christ tell people to only come to Him with “positive, encouraging comments?” No!! When people would challenge Him, He would engage them, countering their arguments with truth. THIS is why the Scriptures say that He “spoke as one having authority.” Beware of ANY LEADER who refuses to be challenged, or engaged, but will only acknowledge positive feedback.
THE PINK CROSS TESTIMONIALS
Take heed that you do not do your charitable deeds before men, to be seen by them (Mt. 6:1)
The Lord will not share His glory with any man, but that is exactly what is going on in the testimonies on the Pink Cross website. Without fail, somewhere in every testimony, Shelley is lauded in her heroic philanthropic efforts. Jesus is mentioned too...but not always.
How honest are most of these testimonies?! While I cannot speak for everyone, in my own case, Shelley did revise my testimony, and at least one other girl has admitted to having her story embellished by Shelley:
This raises the question: How many other testimonies might have been embellished, or tampered with?
Shelley knows just what elements make for good drama. When I was working for Pink Cross, Shelley would always ask me if I got any STDs in the porn industry. I would always tell her no, but she continued asking. One particular incident, I remember, was when we were set to speak at UCLA. Again, she asked me if I had contracted any STDs during my time in porn. When I told her no, she asked if I was sure. When I told her yes, she asked if I had been tested after my exit from porn. At the time, I suspected that she was trying to coax something out of me, or pushing for me to come up with some fictitious STD. I actually felt bad that I did not have any more juicy STD stories than the occasional yeast infection.
It wasn’t just speaking engagements and written testimonies, though. For the upcoming Killer Fantasy movie, Shelley wanted to conduct a candid interview with me about my time in the industry....basically, share my testimony. What should have taken about 30 minutes took a few hours to film. Shelley made sure that my “performance” was on par with the dramatic element of the documentary. She would constantly start and stop the camera, make me say things 3 or 4 times to “get it right,” and tell me how I needed to express myself. She completely led the interview. Many times, she would stop the camera and say “I like that, that’s good, but you need to say it THIS way.” She made a comment about how I had trouble crying and expressing emotion. The entire interview was totally directed by Shelley. That is because it was all for show.
I have participated in filmed interviews before, but unlike this experience, I was encouraged to speak freely, and be myself. I just thought the whole thing was very contrived and dishonest.
YOU SHALL KNOW THEM BY THEIR FRUITS
I worked closely with Shelley for 8 months. During this time, I witnessed a lot of conduct which I strongly feel did not coincide with how a minister of the gospel should conduct herself. Again, we can look to 2 Peter, as he sets forth the classic profile of a false prophet. I will focus on 3 in particular.
Scripture describes false prophets as covetous and greedy, motivated largely by monetary or personal gain. Ministries that constantly try to press people for money, rather than trusting God to supply its needs, typically fall into this category.
2 Peter 2:3 By covetousness they will exploit (literally “make merchandise”) you with deceptive words.....
The Pink Cross Money Machine
While finances are certainly a concern for any Christian ministry, for Shelley and Pink Cross, it was an obsession. Shelley would talk a lot about securing that one big donor, and that she was praying that someone would donate a million dollars to Pink Cross. Money was a HUGE concern with Pink Cross – and overly so.
Every time a girl would come out with her story on the Pink Cross site, it would turn into a plea for money. As Shelley’s executive assistant, I was in charge of writing her newsletter. Shelley would propose the articles that were to be included, and would always remind me to make sure to ask for money. She would tell me which Scriptures to use, such as Matthew 25:40
Whatever you have done to the least of these, you have done unto me
to tug on people’s heartstrings to give (If you will notice, this isn’t even used in the right context). Whenever donations went down, or were not at the level that Shelley deemed they should be, she would put the pressure on us to raise funds quickly. We were to do this by constantly promoting her book and CD on social networking sites like facebook, and contacting as many donors as we could. She said that our main goal in life should be to promote her CD and book, to raise funds for Pink Cross. Moreover, she would constantly boast about her own fund-raising skills, saying that she was able to raise a lot of money quickly, so we should be able to, as well. As an employee, this put enormous pressure on me, and I found myself losing sight of the real focus of my ministry, which was to help people.
Matthew 6:33 says “Seek ye first the Kingdom of God, and His righteousness, and all of these things shall be added unto you.
Working for Shelley, I found myself seeking money first. This was not right.
Shelley would constantly tell me how she was not making any money off of the CD or book, and how she was actually losing money, because she was giving so many copies away. It wasn’t until I left Pink Cross that I actually found out how much Shelley Lubben Communications was bringing in.
Shelley would always say that Pink Cross would have to shut its doors if more people didn’t step up to the plate and give generously. This I never understood, as Shelley ran Pink Cross from her home, and the level of expenses didn’t really seem to match the level of need that we claimed. In addition to the monthly donations, and the money from her online book and CD sales, during my employment with Pink Cross, I accompanied Shelley to different speaking engagements, mostly at churches. Not only did she receive a speaking fee for these engagements, but she also collected donations, and sold books and CDs. These were pretty good-sized crowds, and while I don’t know exactly how much she collected, it had to be substantial, as I manned the table, and saw how many people were donating. Even so, Pink Cross always seemed to be in “great need” (I often wondered where the money was going, since we seemed in such desperate need all the time and, and not a lot of outreach was going on), and we were constantly asked to step up the fundraising efforts....especially when the conventions rolled around. It was at this time that we received a generous influx of supplies and monetary donations, including make-up, books, etc. On the surface, it seemed we were receiving more than enough to meet our needs, but not according to Shelley, which was strange, because she claimed that the sales of the books and CDs were going to support Pink Cross. We should have had more than enough.
Even before I started working for Shelley, I had concerns about how they were handling money. I saw the videos on YouTube, exposing the discrepancies in their tax forms.
Shelley did address this before I came to work for them, and said just to ignore them, as they were done by mean-spirited people who only wanted to bring down the work of God. Even so, there was really no denying the validity of these videos. It wasn’t until I started working directly on their fundraising projects that real concerns began to arise regarding the integrity of their financial dealings. When I did their profile for Guidestar, which is a network of non-profit organizations, I noticed that the tax forms that they submitted to the IRS in 2009 were different than those which were on the Pink Cross website. It was like 2 completely different forms, with a different set of numbers. I don’t know – perhaps it was a discrepancy (more like several) on their part, or bad bookkeeping, but it just seemed fishy to me. When I approached Garrett about this, he told me to take the tax form off of Guidestar, but by this time, I was unable to do this. The form they posted was directly from the IRS. What made it even more irritating was that Shelley would constantly brag about the whole thing, saying “I don’t see the IRS knocking on my door.” I took it as her boasting that she had gotten away with something.
I was never directly involved in the financial aspects of Pink Cross, but I can say that it just didn’t seem to add up.
The Bible says that false prophets will use deception to exploit people and make merchandise off of them. Shelley would publicly proclaim how no other organization did more than the Pink Cross to fight porn, and rescue women from the porn industry. In my 8 months with Pink Cross, I do not recall “rescuing” one girl from porn. Other than helping one or maybe two girls with some utility bills, sending out cards and care packages every once in a while, not much outreach was going on, aside from the 1 porn convention that I helped to organize. I do remember that during that time, Shelley sent some flowers and a care package to porn star Kacey Jordan, while she was in the hospital....of course, as soon as she received them, Pink Cross made sure to post it all over the internet, along with a picture and a message from Kacey, thanking Pink Cross. Pink Cross was never able to quietly help a woman in need. It was always about exploiting every single outreach endeavor, and publicizing everything – my guess is in order to generate donations.
Meanwhile, as the Pink Cross outreach contact, I was told that in NO WAY did we help with rent or phone expenses, even if the girl desperately needed it. The only thing we could really help with was food and utilities. Catholic Charities and other philanthropic organizations help people pay rent all the time. Why couldn’t we?! I remember in particular, one girl I counseled was 3 months behind on her rent, with 2 young children. The most we could do for her was pay her electric bill and send her some food cards. She came to me several times expressing her fear that she would get evicted, but my hands were tied. The most I could do was refer her to churches and social services. I simply didn’t understand why we couldn’t help out more, especially since we seemed to have plenty of funds.
(2) ARROGANCE/BOASTFUL ATTITUDE
Jude 16 These men (false prophets)....boast about themselves and flatter others for their own advantage
2 Peter 2:18 For they mouth empty, boastful words and, by appealing to the lustful desires of the sinful human nature.....
True prophets of God are humble and meek. Moses, one of the greatest prophets in the Bible, was described by God as more humble than anyone on the face of the earth (Num. 12:3). It would make sense, then, that false prophets are just the opposite – full of themselves, vainly puffed up by (their) fleshly mind (Col. 2:18), often glorifying themselves to gain advantage.
Peter describes them as “presumptuous and self-willed” -- arrogant and self-pleasing. Other passages indicate that they are prideful, and boastful in their self-proclaimed authority. I witnessed this kind of behaviour a LOT when I was working for Pink Cross....excessively, as a matter of fact, and towards the end especially, I found it extremely troubling.
I have seen Shelley boast in her authority as a self-proclaimed “high prophetess of God.” For many of you who have followed Shelley and Pink Cross, I’m sure this comes as no surprise. She has referred to herself as a prophet in her message to the Crossing Church (on YouTube), and has released a video where she prays with an 8-foot staff (a rod or staff in the Old Testament is a symbol of prophetic authority). I have also heard her make some outrageous claims; for example, that she knew more Bible than anyone, and even comparing herself to the apostle Paul in terms of greatness. She basically implied that she was greater than him because “he didn’t have to deal with pornographers.”
Because she was a prophet of God, no one was allowed to question or correct her. She would complain about people who “really didn’t understand the high calling” trying to give her advice or input. She would get offended when churches would ask her to tone down her testimony, saying that they were only hindering the work of the Holy Spirit. Because she was the one with the high calling, no one else really had anything worthwhile to offer in terms of wisdom or guidance, and she would complain when people would offer their two cents.
One of the things I remember most about working with Pink Cross, was the constant obsession with supposed “spiritual warfare”, and the Satanic attacks that we constantly seemed to be under. There were a lot of inherent problems with the organization, and naturally there was a lot of criticism. Like everyone else on the team, I would attribute any sort of disapproval to “Satanic opposition.” This was the mindset of Pink Cross – do not engage or listen to anyone who comes against us, for they are merely tools of Satan, who hates us and wants to bring down the ministry of Pink Cross. We were constantly in “heavy spiritual warfare,” and demons were constantly harassing or attacking us. As a team, we were to try and shield Shelley from any sort of opposition that might try and distract her from her calling. Any sort of disapproval against Shelley or Pink Cross was automatically attributed to the devil, and whoever criticized us was basically a tool of Satan – especially those in the porn industry, when Shelley would come under fire. We were told not to listen to any of it, as it was all a direct result of Satanic attacks on Pink Cross – none of it had any credence -- after all, we were always in “heavy spiritual warfare.” Looking back, I realize that it most of this was not spiritual warfare, but spiritual confusion.
Shelley made some absolutely bizarre claims – claims that appeared highly irrational. Shelley would always say that God directly told her these things, but I knew in my heart that NONE OF IT was from God.
For one thing, she claimed that God gave her the authority to bless and curse people. This is a classic case of spiritual manipulation. Many false prophets will try to silence their objectors with fear by taking verses from the Old Testament out-of-context, which is exactly what Shelley tried to do with me on several occasions. She would sometimes re-iterate 1 Chronicles 16:22: “Do not touch my anointed ones, and do my prophets no harm.” I remember one e-mail in particular that she wrote to the entire Pink Cross team, telling us that God told her that He would come against ANYONE who stood in the way of her ministry. By the tone of the letter, and the way it was worded, I took it to mean us as a team. I’m sorry, but the Bible does not give ANYONE the authority to curse people....and the whole “do not touch my anointed” reference wouldn’t even apply.
She would talk about being taken up into the heavenly places and battling thousands of demons, and doing battle with the spirit of Jezebel. She talked about being the prophet Elijah spoken of in the book of Revelation, citing her house on Elias (Elijah) Avenue as evidence of this.
Oftentimes, we would commute to Los Angeles, to attend conventions or CalOSHA meetings. We would often drive past the Vivid offices. Shelley would always extend her hand and call for utter destruction of the porn industry, calling on God to rain down “fire and brimstone from heaven.” I found this bizarre, since Jesus rebuked His apostles for trying to do the exact same thing, saying “You do not know what manner of spirit you are of.” (Luke 9:55)
These are just a few of the bizarre claims that I heard her speak. I suppose it is easy for anyone to be manipulated. In my case, I took my eyes off of the Lord, and tried to justify all of the contradictions that were so glaringly obvious. Like everyone else on the team, I elevated to Shelley in my mind to the level of super-saint, and neglected the innate problems and disturbing behaviour that I witnessed every single day. There was so much that contradicted sound doctrine, but I didn’t want to confront it.
Last but not least, the Bible (Jude 19) tells us that these false prophets will separate themselves from the church, and conduct themselves in ways that are sensual, or fleshly.
2 Peter 2:2 And many will follow their destructive ways, because of whom the way of truth will be blasphemed
Because of the conduct of these false teachers, “Christianity is spoken against by the world” (Wuest). Sadly, I have noticed much of Shelley’s behaviour has brought disgrace on the very gospel she is trying to proclaim, especially within the porn community – the very people that she is trying to reach. Shelley’s antics have become fodder for Christian-bashing on porn websites. A minister of the gospel is supposed to be above reproach, but sadly, much scandal has rocked the Pink Cross. The Pink Cross defends itself against these accusations by either ignoring them, or saying that they are perpetrated by “evil pornographers trying to bring down the ministry.”
The following video represents Shelley’s idea of “outreach evangelism.”
This is not outreach, but rather lewd and carnal behaviour.
Shelley has been accused of abusing prescription drugs and alcohol, by more than one person. I can personally attest that these accusations are true. I have also smelled alcohol on her breath, and I, along with other Pink Cross members, have drank at her house.
Her own brother has come forth and called her a liar, as seen on this YouTube video:
Even if she was not lying (which I personally believe that she was, or at least embellishing), the vicious attacks that she puts forth against her parents in her book blatantly go against the fifth commandment – Honor thy Father and thy mother. Notice this commandment doesn’t have any stipulations attached, such as “unless you have been hurt by them, or they kicked you out of the house,” yet Shelley has bashed her parents in almost every interview and talk she has given, in flagrant disobedience to the only “commandment with promise.”
LIKE BEING IN A CULT
If I had to describe what it was like being involved with Pink Cross, I would have to liken it more to a cult than a ministry…at least, that is the way I felt. I have read personal accounts from people who have been involved in religious cults. Like them, I felt manipulated, persuaded into blind, unwavering devotion, and consumed with pleasing Shelley.
On several occasions, Shelley would talk about her own experience in church ministry, serving under the leadership of pastors. She said that under no circumstances did she ever challenge the leader, but would always submit herself under his authority, even if she knew he was wrong. According to Shelley, this was the model that I, as a servant of God, was to follow. I was not to question or call out the leadership that the Lord had placed me under, even if I KNEW that what the leader espoused was wrong, for to do so would constitute going against the Lord Himself. She never specified her own name, but I knew what she was getting at.
This was the pattern that we, as Pink Cross ministers, were to follow – unquestioned loyalty. Although I never completely abandoned my sense of spiritual discernment, there were many times I held my tongue and went along with Shelley’s leadership and decision-making, even when I knew that there were problems. I understood that Shelley would not take criticism.
People in cults report feeling controlled or intimidated by their leader. This is exactly how I felt during my time with Pink Cross, especially when it came to my interaction with other people. Because “evil pornographers” were trying to destroy the ministry, we were urged not to talk to anyone outside the Pink Cross circle about Pink Cross-related issues or concerns. If we needed prayer, or were discouraged and needed encouragement, we were to seek out our fellow Pink Crossers. Moreover, Shelley told us who we could talk to, and who we were to stay away from. There were certain individuals who under no circumstances were we to talk to.
Radical cults are known for doing this same kind of thing. Members are not allowed to talk to people outside of the organization. I also find it ironic that Shelley takes legal action against people who challenge her using her You Tube videos, filing DCMAs and citing them for copyright infringement. This is the same technique used by the Church of Scientology to silence their critics.
Much of the time, I felt intimidated by Shelley. I was afraid to approach her with anything that I thought she might see as interfering with the work of the ministry. This fear started on the day that Shelley yelled and cursed at me for suggesting that another team member (who shall remain nameless) stay behind from working at one of Shelley’s speaking engagements because she was extremely ill. With every reprimand I received from her, I grew more and more intimidated.
Most of the time, I knew I could not approach her with any of my needs, as she directly told us, on several occasions, that bothering her with our problems was unacceptable. She was too busy battling pornographers and demons to worry about our problems. For us to bother her with our problems would be to distract her from her “high calling.” She told us directly in an e-mail that our job was to “hold her up.”
Did Christ ever tell His disciples that their job was to “hold Him up?” Christ said that He came, not to be served, but to serve. Ironically, Shelley once said that the Lord told her that her and Garrett had spent so many years serving, that it was time for them to be served.
When I came to her with my financial concerns, she would respond by telling me that I didn’t have enough faith. In one particularly scathing e-mail, Shelley told the Pink Cross team that their financial worries were from the “pit of hell,” and that we had better not bother Shelley or her family with our petty concerns. Her and her family were under no obligation to help us, because God was more than capable of carrying us through.
She reminded us how God had blessed her and Garrett, and cited their great faith as reason for this. At the time, I believed her, because she was well-respected and seemed to have a high calling. Who was I to question her? I was not thinking rationally.
Looking back, I see how I was being manipulated, intentionally or not, by Shelley. I felt beat down and faithless, and admired, even envied, Shelley’s “incredible walk of faith.” By reprimanding me for my lack of faith, Shelley was more or less putting the blame for our financial situation on us, while beating us down for our “lack of faith and trust in God.”
Her and Garrett were wealthy because they trusted God, and if we would just have faith, all of our needs would be met, and we wouldn’t have to complain. God had opened the door for us to be involved in a “powerful worldwide ministry,” and we were accept our calling without whining or bellyaching.
We were to pray and seek God, and trust Him for our needs, rather than bothering her and her family. Shelley was always too weary from spiritual battle to be bothered with our basic needs....all the while claiming how much she “loved us.”
Working with her was very confusing. One day, we were mighty warriors for God with special gifts and a high calling. The next day, we were weak, undependable, and not grounded enough in the word. Moreover, she would continually tell us that we needed more of the word, and more Holy Spirit, like her. I always felt inadequate. It was very difficult to know where I stood with her.
All of this, along with her proclamation that Pink Cross Foundation is “the true church,” her declaration of “prophetic authority,” boasting, and outlandish claims, all add up to a profile of cult-like mentality.
What I have presented here is just the tip of the iceberg. There are other issues with Lubben and Pink Cross, but what I have laid out should be more than sufficient in proving my point. Shelley claims to be a prophet of the Most High, yet her personal conduct runs counter to the message she proclaims. I implore every one of you reading this – examine the evidence I have presented, in light of God’s Word, and judge for yourselves.
If you need further evidence, I can post more, but I do not wish to drag this on much longer. If you are supporting Pink Cross, I ask that you prayerfully consider what I have laid out here. God expects us to be good stewards of the money He has given us, and just like those servants in the parable of the talents (Mt. 25), we will be held accountable for how we invest our money. Do you really want to contribute to a person who causes the gospel to be blasphemed, who has let down and hurt the very women that she claims to help, and misappropriates the funds that she claims are being used to help porn stars