Brent T. launched the original website The Geftakys Assembly.com in November 2002 to expose corruption in the Geftakys Assembly ministry and to publicly call the leaders to take action. The site was hard-hitting and didn't pull any punches. Within a few months George Geftakys was removed from the Fullerton Assembly. The website had accomplished its initial purpose.
In 2003 Brent handed over the site to Steve and Margaret Irons to take it in the direction of understanding and healing. We renamed it "Reflections...on the Geftakys Assembly and Spiritual Abuse." Margaret is now the editor and webmaster. In 2015 the site got a facelift and new name to better engage many new readers who come from a host of harmful Bible-based ministries.
is an archived forum on the Geftakys Assembly that was active from 2002 through
2010. Over a thousand topics related to the Assembly and aberrant Christianity
were discussed with fervor. There was no administrative connection between the Assemblyboard and this site.
The Elements of Spiritual Abuse section of the site covers how to identify abusive churches and Christian leaders, unethical influence and mind control, clergy sexual abuse, narcissism and other psychopathology. Articles throughout the site pertain to many legalistic and/or abusive Christian groups. SGA's (adults who grew up in spiritually abusive groups), even PK's (pastor's kids) and MK's (missionary kids), will find many issues in common with Assembly Kids.
Recovery from Spiritual Abuse addresses social, psychological and spiritual issues that result from spiritual coercion and betrayal. Spiritually abusive systems and/or leaders employ psychological manipulation, whether intentionally or in ignorance. To recover, information is needed on how this works, the residual effects, and how to deal with it. Domestic violence and family abuse are addressed in a separate section.
A clear understanding of the gospel is the single most important factor in recovery from spiritual abuse, transforming the distorted image of God built up by the coercive group. Biblical perspectives include proper understanding of salvation, sanctification, the limits of spiritual authority, and more. Articles and media in Faith after Spiritual Betrayal help restore damaged trust in God.
The Geftakys Assembly archive preserves material posted on the original website, as well as additional stories, analysis and documentation submitted by former members:
· The Geftakys Ministry at a Glance
· The Assembly Story
· The Final Weeks
· What's New
· Status of Groups & Leaders
· Assembly Teaching & Practice
· Assembly Documents
· People Tell Their Stories
· Creative Writing
· New Directions
We were former leaders in the Geftakys ministry. Our story tells how we got involved with George's ministry and how we left. It is crushing to realize that for twenty years we gave our lives to something that was wrong on so many levels. We are deeply grieved for the damage we perpetrated on others (more about that here.) Our work on this website is part of our effort to try to make amends in some small way.
In addition to being the main repository of information on the Assembly ministry of George and Betty Geftakys, this site is a library of information on abusive dynamics that develop in other Christian settings. The divisive and inflammatory words 'cult' and 'cultic' appear in some articles and links. On this site they are used in the sciological sense, to describe the way a group functions, not to imply heresy. The point is not to label or attack Bible-based groups, but to shed light to help hurting people.
Some people will disapprove of the secular content on this site, feeling that people who've been caught in a spiritually abusive situation need spiritual help only. Our view is that both the Biblical and the psychological perspectives are necessary in order to recover from high-demand groups. We agree that spiritual damage will only be healed by God's grace, but in our own recovery we were helped by information from a variety of sources. Secular wisdom is not complete, and much is erroneous, but we believe that some of it derives from ultimate Wisdom, is compatible with it, and gives much-needed tools to disentangle reality from deception.