Investigating Hope: Looking ahead
"In our estimation, the compiled facts and experiences contained within this report demonstrate beyond a reasonable doubt that Hope Christian Church often violates University policies, rules and regulations, applies emotional, psychological, and spiritual damage to students, and is more than just a Christian Church, but is in fact a bona fide religious cult. These experiences cover a range from 2005 (shortly after Hope was first established) up until the current year. The experiences catalogued over this 11-year period demonstrate a clear pattern of code of conduct violation, abuse of students, and cult practices. Each and every editor of this document, at some point in the last 11 years, approached Hope Christian Church leadership with his or her concerns, and for 11 years, the pattern has not yet changed. We are confident and have full faith that whatever response is forthcoming from the University, it will be the correct one to protect the well-being of ASU and its students." (pg. 119)
The above excerpt from a complaint submitted to ASU explains why former members came together to write the complaint, and where they hope it will go from here.
For former member Cameron Hernandez, his attitude toward church may never be the same. He attends a new church that he enjoys, but said he will never feel comfortable trusting church leadership again. He said he continues to feel guilty for leaving and speaking out against a place he once called home.
“You’ll be fine if you go to Hope Christian Church,” he said. “Just don’t ever become a leader. Don’t go to any event. Just go to church. Don’t accept their invitations to anything ... because the sole purpose of all that stuff is to get you to become an intern — eat the bait, so they can use the leverage against you.”