In Reply to: Sold on Berg is an understatement posted by Quasimodo on August 09, 2005 at 08:35:49:
He's really grasping at straws, trying to demonstrate Berg's prophetic abilities with such flimsy evidence. He accomplishes the opposite of his intention to show Berg is a prophet.
Did you see his statement on Ricky? It's really pathetic, and not unsurprisingly, he uses the same weak arguments as TF's leadership to deflect blame away from TF and on to former members. He states:
"I did not feel that he was the slightest bit bitter about the past. I did not feel any bitterness from him toward his upbringing, or toward his mother, or toward David Berg, his foster father."
He cites this as evidence (as did TF's statement) that Ricky was completely happy in TF and, therefore, it had to have been apostates who led Ricky astray.I knew James in Japan and I thought he was smarter than that, but apparently not. As if Ricky, or anyone in TF for that matter, would openly express doubts or bitterness towards Berg, Zerby or any leader. Not only that, but James basis his assessment of Ricky on two very short encounters. Yet, without any other evidence, he declares that Ricky was led astray by others.
He doesn't even have the courtesy to give Ricky the respect he deserves for having the intelligence and fortitude to make the break from the cult all on his own. In other words, like so many others who left TF, Ricky realized all on his own the true nature of the way of life he was raised in, and didn't need the coaching of others. In fact, I'd suggest that the process of mentally and physically leaving TF is the first truly autonomous act an ex-member does.