In response to the recent spate of articles about Rose McGowan which paint The Family International in a negative light, TFI’s Public Affairs desk issued the following statement:
The Family International is a Christian community currently present in over 90 countries, committed to sharing the message of God’s love with people around the globe. Our fundamental beliefs are generally in accordance with those held by Christians the world over; we also embrace some untraditional doctrines. (See the Family’s statement of faith) We seek to bring hope and spiritual renewal through the unconditional love of Jesus Christ that knows no borders or boundaries of race, creed, or social status.
The usage of the label “cult” in reference to the Family International (TFI) by the media is pejorative and discriminatory. Such labeling is an age-old tactic—Jesus and his followers were also maligned as the “cult of the Nazarenes” in their day. Founded in the late 1960s, TFI has expanded into an international missionary fellowship that has led millions to faith in Christ, and has assisted the needy in a multitude of volunteer and humanitarian efforts.
Our sincere hope for those who were once part of TFI is that they can lead constructive, fulfilling lives and progress in the new goals they set for themselves. Our prayer is for reconciliation and mutual respect in the path that each one has chosen of his or her own free will. Continue reading