Over the weekend people gave $25,582 to pay off Charlotte Cummings' legal bills. In response, Arise Church decided to distort the truth (again).
Message to Charlotte - imagine all those $$$ from complete strangers are hugs & thumbs ups!!! And smiles & offers of coffees and the loan of a beautiful bach for a quiet getaway ... Imagine it is a stadium full of people rising to their feet & applauding you ...
We gave $$ but it was really messages of warm support & appreciation for a) you having done a great job under difficult circumstances and b) having been forced to give up your privacy because of the actions of bad faith so called "Christians" and c) having your character impugned just for doing your job
I am literally vomiting in my mouth reading this 🤮
🤯🤯🤯It is a total anathema to me that this is branded Christianity
What does this teach the world about institutions like Arise or any other Mega Church They are a pile of💩and to never ever walk through their doors
I feel absolutely gutted for Charlotte that she is caught up in a waking nightmare 💔
The whole thing is reprehensible so I don’t know why the blatant lie that they reached out to Charlotte to offer assistance particularly irked me. But seriously what the fucking fuck
I really have to stop reading the Arise content. The abject cruelty they show both as an organisation and as individuals (as shown by that comment) boils my blood. They’re bullies with far too much money
I’m going to start a religion called WebWormianism. We worship a giant stubbly worm with glasses who lives in The Cloud and delivers sermons to us by our inboxes on a semi-regular basis. Using the tax-exempt status of a religion we shall do good works, like buy our apostles — David, Hayden, and Tony — cat print clothes, Baileys Irish Cream, and houses on Waiheke Island and other good works like buying Bird Hat Grift Club NFTs.
Charlotte im so sorry.
They are disgusting.
But please take the support from all of us and the wider community as the true reflection of reality in terms of your standing and respect within he community.
David they may as well be QAnon. Gross gross gross.
Charlotte must feel emotionally exhausted, I would imagine you do too David. They’re the abusive narcissist that always needs the last toxic word. I really hope now that these fees have been settled and the dust settles, once the media stop asking for comment, that you and Charlotte can put some distance between you and this terribly upsetting set of events. Just awful deceptive dishonest people behaving appallingly in the name of God.
I'm sure it is tiresome, but thank you for sharing this information with us. I just illustrates how these churches can exhaust us with so many empty words in the hopes that eventually it all fades into white noise. We need someone to cut through the BS even if is a never-ending battle. We need to hold these monsters accountable!! I feel as fired up about Arise as I did when I read your first Webworm about them. Just gross.
How can they possibly claim to be a church? I don’t know if they didn’t hear, but Jesus makes it very clear ya ain’t takin’ it with you to the pearly gates. The way I view arise is as a “Christian” (evangelical) business venture, a corporation hocking books of guest speakers and conferences and seminars and studies. There are so many in a single year, seriously IT IS A BUSINESS MODEL. It is an EVENT company. Jesus left the building quite some time ago
The only things these new wave churches save ( actually most, if not all churches) is 10c a litre off with a fuel voucher.
Absolute scam artists.
The thing that confuses me is how do they think that the truth won't come out?
Are they so blind to their own bullshit that they think that everyone else will just eat it up as well?
Arise’s statement is an example of extreme gaslighting in its most putrid and disgusting form. My heart breaks for Charlotte; I can’t image the living nightmare she’s going through. She was hired to do a job for these grifters, and this is how she’s treated? The fact that they had the gall to mention Jesus at the end of their gross statement gives away their ignorance of what Christianity is supposed to be: treating others with love, empathy, and compassion.
I had some email exchanges with them over this this week - and the second they opened by calling me "Dave" I knew I was in for a really fucking annoying time.
I was right.
I didn't send this out as a mail-out as it's not worth it - but I did want to document it on the site: https://www.webworm.co/p/lowerdepthsofhell
Theres so many condlicting emotions in response to this. On the one hand, the way Charlotte has been treated by Arise is absolutely appalling and disgusting. I hope she finds some peace in all this soon 😭😭. And on the other hand, the response from this community as a whole has been completely wholesome, encouraging, and pure love.
Grateful to you, David, for helping expose all this ❤️! Continuing to put the pressure on them must be so tiring and I wish there was more ways we could help (even here in the states!)
I’ve always wondered if these types of religious leaders are self aware enough to realize the scam they’re pulling? Or are they so deluded to truly believe that they’re in the right? I just can’t wrap my head around someone being that dense; they *have* to be in on the scam, right?
Poor Charlotte. Arise is just fucking despicable. I just can’t get my head around how anyone calling themselves a Christian would consider this the right way to treat a person! Fucking hell. Thank you David for everything you’ve been doing, even though it’s been hideous