In my research, I have found that the Bill Matthews' Ministry exhibits all (100%) of the
characteristics of a cult as defined by the Cult Information Centre in the United Kingdom.
Further, many people in Matthews' ministry have given up their ability to reason or to be
reasoned with. This is not godly wisdom. It is the common thread between both groups.
These are the reasons why a comparison between the two groups is valid. Quite frankly,
Sack sums it all up with his cartoon.
But the wisdom from above is first of all pure (undefiled); then it is peace-loving,
courteous (considerate, gentle). [It is willing to] yield to reason, full of compassion and
good fruits; it is wholehearted and straight-forward, impartial and unfeigned (free from
doubts, wavering, and insincerity).James 3:17 Amplified
Come now, and let us reason together," Says the Lord, "Though your sins are like
scarlet, They shall be as white as snow; Though they are red like crimson, They shall be
as wool. Isaiah 1:18 NKJ
If you can't reason with your minister, he (the minister) does not possess Godly Wisdom. It's
that simple. I found this to be the case with Bill Matthews. I found a cult that uses the name of
Jesus for personal and family gain. Matthews "uses" his congregation.
After I left Bill Matthews' Ministry at Solid Rock Church, I read the book "The Subtle Power of
Spiritual Abuse" by authors David Johnson & Jeff VanVonderen. This is an excellent resource
book on how spiritually abusive ministries operate. It describes Bill Matthews' Ministry to a
tee and in-depth. From the "false spiritual authority" that Matthews' exerts over his
congregation to the "abusive" interactions with the congregation. It informs you on how to deal
with these types of ministries. Bill Matthews' Ministry ranges from being a spiritually abusive
ministry to being a "self-serving" cult.