By John Bowers
I was not a minister. I was never ordained to anything. But upon long reflection, I realize that even in my capacity as a "nobody", I also did harm to innocent people.
I did lead songs.
For a time, I gave sermonettes.
I was president of Spokesman Club.
I was president of Graduate Club (twice).
I gave at least one in-home Bible study.
I gave at least one YOU Bible study.
I gave many, many speeches in the clubs.
I encouraged people not to leave the cult.
I encouraged people to "trust God" rather than have cancer surgery (and at least one of them died).
I shunned those who quit or were thrown out.
I paid ten percent of my income to finance the enslavement and imprisonment of other cult victims.
I coached YES basketball.
I was a YES Bible study "teacher". I led my wife from a normal life into the cult.
I raise my three children in the cult through their formative years.
I probably did other harmful things that I do not remember.
I was a Party Man all the way.
For these and any other crimes that I may have committed, I can only apologize. I can never right the wrongs that I did.
I have no excuse.
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