The Living Word Fellowship

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Not to be confused with Living Word Fellowship, founded by Bobbi Morris.
The Living Word Fellowship
A map of Living Word centres worldwide
Formation 1951
Type Religious and commercial
Founder and leader John Robert Stevens

The Living Word Fellowship is a group of nondenominational Christian churches located in the United States, Canada, Brazil, and Mexico,[1] described as a new religious movement or cult.[2][3] The group was founded in South Gate, California, by John Robert Stevens in 1951.[4] It has been known in the past informally as "The Walk" or "This Walk", reflecting the view that every Christian should have a personal walk with Jesus Christ.[4]

At its peak in the 1970s, the fellowship had about 100 member congregations. It was based at Shiloh, a farm and retreat site near Washington, Iowa. Membership declined after founder Stevens' death in 1983.[2]

Anthony Cox's 1985 documentary film Vain Glory deals with his experiences as a member of "The Walk".[2] Cox, who was involved in the group from 1971 to 1977, described the Church of the Living Word as "a pseudo-Christian cult" and said that John Robert Stevens prayed for the deaths of several U.S. political leaders and practiced a form of mind control and hypnotism with the church's followers.[3] Cox also said that Stevens had considered himself to be an incarnation of Jesus Christ and that church members expected Stevens to be resurrected after his 1983 death.[3]


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