United Faith “Church” — Close Encounters Of The CULT Kind [Us-Versus-Them Mentality]

On UFC’s official website under the tab “ministries”—–>”Sunday Services,” there is an outline of some of the things visitors should expect if they attend.

The outline says that visitors can expect vibrant praise and worship, relevant Scriptural messages, the Lord’s supper, children’s church, and prayer from “trained leaders” who can “help you in releasing the anointing and promises of God for your life.”

This all sounds nice and flowery from the surface, but there is something missing from this outline that visitors should expect: a polarized us-versus-them mentality.

Us. Vs. Them

What is the us-versus-them mentality?

Many religious cults see themselves as “God’s special remnant,” “the only true church,” or “the only ones who are saved.” This common character trait among cults is called elitism.

Elitism is the distorted lens through which many religious cults view outsiders as “unsaved, in darkness, evil, unspiritual, worldly, lost, agents of the devil, demonic, reprobates, etc.”

Cult members are convinced that all outsiders are a “negative influence” and will hinder them from growing and “being fully dedicated to God.”

In religious groups with this mentality, there is no such thing as good or godly people outside of the group. ALL outsiders are lumped together under one label as “enemies of God” and thus “enemies of God’s true church” and its leaders.

The constant programming is: “Only our group is right. Everyone else is wrong” “Only our group has the absolute truth and can be trusted. Everyone else is deceived, prone to lying, and untrustworthy.” “Since all outsiders are evil, all information from outsiders about our group and its leaders is evil, and is considered blasphemy, attacking God, and persecuting God’s true church.” And here you have the sharp division between cult members and everyone else, i.e. the us-versus-them mentality.

The us-versus-them mentality cultivates feelings of hatred, rage, and paranoia within cult members towards outsiders, and creates conflicts with the general public.

The Us-Versus-Them Mentality & UFC

One of the most pronounced signs of a cult at UFC is the us-versus-them mentality. Below are a few examples:

“One lady [a UFC member] screamed at me and called me the devil nice and loud in Walmart.” -Pat Sharkey

“I believe we just started up bible study again and it was being held at David Leonetti’s house [at the time his eyes were opened up and he came out of the group]. His ex-wife Linda and his daughter Lissa stayed [in UFC]. Linda knew we were all coming over, so she was not at home. Still not being unsure about the whole UFC thing, we did have bible study, and when we were about finished Linda came storming into the living room and started yelling at all of us and told us we were not welcome and ordered us out of the house. It was her eyes, they looked directly at me, and it was like she was in some kind of trance. There was anger and fear in her. . . ” -Kristine Wark

“Tonight, I went to a high school football game with a few of my friends. Before the game we usually hit up Friday’s to have dinner and get a drink or two. The word of God does not say I can’t drink. It says do not be drunk, but be filled with the spirit, and it also says do not be a lover of wine. So I am on my way out of the football game. As I was leaving the game, somebody starts to yell “Ryan.” I turned around, and it was A.J. Smith with Jason DiCorcia behind him. Now let me explain the setting. There were bleachers full of people, and people standing against the fence watching the end of the game. I walked toward A.J., and he got in my face and said ” are you saying stuff about me on the internet?” I responded by stating that I have shared different testimonies of experiences I have had with his leader. He responded in a very nasty tone by saying, you wrote stuff about me, so I responded by saying everything that I wrote was the truth. So he proceeded to get closer to my face and say, “The next time you have anything to say to me, you can say it to my face”. I responded by saying, I do not have a problem with you, I have a problem with the way I was treated by your leadership.” He continued to give me a dark stare, and it was evil. Jay DiCorcia was also giving me dirty looks in the background. I said fine and attempted to walk away. A.J. then says to me, “Go drink another one, you lush.” So now I ask, when is it biblical to name call and attempt to publicly humiliate somebody in front of a crowd of people.” -Ryan Wydra

The final example is an audio recording from September 1, 2013, when my husband and I attended a Sunday service at UFC held in the gym at Brackman Middle School. We entered peacefully and we exited the gym peacefully, yet we were bombarded and attacked by the leaders of UFC and eventually most of their members. Be mindful that this happened in front of children, in a public setting at a middle school.

This incident is a perfect example of the us-versus-them mindset in full throttle, resulting in conflicts with the general public.

At UFC, there is no such thing as questioning or disagreeing with any of their teachings and practices, and still remaining on peaceable loving terms with them.

There is no such thing as voicing even a HINT of criticism about their leader, and maintaining friendships with them.

There is no such thing as sitting down with them for a civil conversation about the destructive things happening in their group, and still being considered a genuine and kind concerned person.

You’re either ALL the way in, or “an emissary of Satan.” And the only way to be “in” is by condoning everything they and their leaders say and do. But if not. . . then you’re not “with them” but “against them” which equals being “against God” “spiritually sick” and on the highway to hell.

If you are a member of UFC, please know that God brought people into your life for you to love and for them to love you. To worship together, fellowship together, pray together, cry together, and just hang out and have fun together.

Some of your loved ones on the outside have felt some of the same emotions you feel, shared similar experiences, suffered similar hardships, had the same doubts, questions, and fears. But they were painted out of your life by Janeth and her elitist us-versus-them teachings.

You are basically being taught to “quarantine” all Christians outside of your group, and being told that we all think you’re evil. That’s a lie! There are many people on the outside who love you, pray for you, and would love nothing more than to reunite with you!~

If you have any questions or simply need someone to talk to confidentially, please email me at freedomforufc@gmail.com.

“United” In DIVISION

One tragic theme that I hear over and over again is the division of families.

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Parents divided from their children. Children divided from their parents. Husbands divided from their wives. Wives divided from their husbands. Grandparents divided from their grandchildren. Siblings divided from one another. The loss of aunts, uncles, cousins, and in-laws to a destructive religious group.

There isn’t enough time to retell every horror story of a family being broken up by Janeth Santiago at UFC.

Every brave soul that has come forward could write a book about the devastating experience of being separated from a loved one. And there are many others who have left UFC that have yet to speak out.

Former UFC members and Christians all around the world can clearly see that this division is not the work of God, but a spiritual wrecking ball smashing apart the family unit.

But sadly, UFC members believe that this division is the result of Jesus separating them from the world. And keep in mind that from their perspective, “the world” includes Christians outside of UFC — especially Christians who left UFC.

They have been led to believe that they divided from their family “for God” [their “god” being Janeth and UFC] and that they made some type of “sacrifice for the Kingdom of God.”

They have been led to believe that relatives who left UFC “walked away from God” “left the only true church” and should be separated from and disowned.

I have received reports that Janeth twists Matthew 12:46-50 to justify this divisive attack on the family unit.

It says “As Jesus was speaking to the crowd, his mother and brothers stood outside, asking to speak to him. Someone told Jesus, “Your mother and your brothers are outside, and they want to speak to you.” Jesus asked, “Who is my mother? Who are my brothers?” Then he pointed to his disciples and said, “Look, these are my mother and brothers. Anyone who does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother!”

I know that Janeth has put her own twist on this passage, but now we are going to UNTWIST it. We are going to pay attention to what it does say and what it DOESN’T say. We are not going to put any words into Jesus’ mouth and add to the word of God. We are going to leave this verse IN CONTEXT and keep in mind what the rest of the Bible teaches about family.

So, let’s take a look at what happened in Matthew 12:46-50.

Jesus was teaching a crowd of people, and meanwhile, his mother and brothers were standing outside, and they asked to speak to Him.

So someone walked up to Jesus while He was talking, to tell Him that His mother and brothers were outside waiting to speak to Him. Since this was Jesus’ own mother and brothers — one would think that they were more important to Him than the crowd of people. Surely Jesus would put the crowd on hold and go talk to His mother and brothers. But instead, Jesus said something startling. . .

He pointed to His disciples and said that they are His mother and brothers. And that anyone who does the will of God is his brother, sister, and mother.

Now please pay attention to what Jesus didn’t say. . .

He didn’t say that His mother and brothers weren’t His family anymore and that He disowned them.

He didn’t say that the disciples REPLACED His mother and brothers as His “new family.”

He didn’t say that His mother and his brothers weren’t important to Him.

He didn’t tell anyone to disown their relatives, shun them, or divorce their spouse.

He didn’t yell at His mother and brothers, and talk down to them.

He didn’t tell anyone not to communicate with their relatives anymore.

What Jesus DID say is that His disciples were His family members. He used the opportunity to teach an important lesson: That people who love Him and believe in Him are just as important to Him as His own mother and brothers. He didn’t CUT OFF His mother and brothers — He EXTENDED His family to everyone who does the will of God in heaven.

What we can learn from this passage is that Jesus does not play personal favorites — not even with His own mother and brothers. His mother and brothers were important to Him and He loved them dearly, but His disciples were just as important to Him and He loved them just as much. They were His family too. He does not love Mary and His brothers more than He loves Believers.

Mary and His brothers were not an “exalted inner circle” or a “special elite group” closer to Jesus based on the fact that they were related to Him. Jesus considered the disciples to be His family just as much as Mary and His brothers.

This was also a very important lesson for the Jews who knew Jesus. Some of them thought they were closer to God, better than everyone else, and extra-special just because they were related to Abraham. Yet here is their very own Messiah saying that in the Kingdom of God, anyone who does the will of the Father is His brother, sister, or mother. In the eyes of Jesus, the definition of family is not excluded or confined to genetics — but extended to anyone who trusts and obeys the Lord.

John the apostle put it this way “But to all who believed Him and accepted Him, He gave the right to become children of God. They are reborn–not with a physical birth resulting from human passion or plan, but a birth that comes from God.” (John 1:12-13)

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Paul the apostle put it this wayFor you are all children of God through faith in Christ Jesus. And all who have been united with Christ in baptism have put on Christ, like putting on new clothes. There is no longer Jew or Gentile, slave or free, male and female. For you are all one in Christ Jesus. And now that you belong to Christ, you are the true children of Abraham. You are His heirs, and God’s promise to Abraham belongs to you.” (Galatians 3:26-29)

Somehow, Janeth has twisted Matthew 12:46-50 to convince UFC members to disown and shun their parents, children, wives, husbands, siblings, cousins, grandchildren, grandparents, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and in-laws. She is clearly putting words in Jesus’ mouth, because He didn’t tell anyone to basically trash their own family and cut them off as if they don’t exist.

In Exodus 20, Jesus said to honor your parents. Ephesians 6:1-3 says “Children, obey your parents because you belong to the Lord, for this is the right thing to do. “Honor your father and mother.” This is the first commandment with a promise: If you honor your father and mother, “things will go well for you, and you will have a long life on the earth.” You can’t honor someone that you don’t communicate with and spend time with. You can’t honor someone that you don’t love. You aren’t honoring someone that you yell at, slander, and disrespect.

Ephesians 6:4 says “Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger by the way you treat them. Rather, bring them up with the discipline and instruction that comes from the Lord.” Parents at UFC, are you instilling anger and resentment in your children by the way you treat them? Are you pushing them away from Jesus Christ and putting a bad taste in their mouth towards the Lord? Parents have a responsibility to raise their children in the teaching of Jesus Christ. But you can’t do that if you contradict the teaching of Jesus Christ yourself, and follow a leader who forbids you from even talking to your children. Children are a blessing from the Lord. It is an amazing gift to conceive and birth them into this world. Yet somehow you have been persuaded to abandon and neglect the fruit of your own womb and your own loins. This persuasion does not come from the Lord.

In Matthew 19:4-6 Jesus said that “from the beginning ‘God made them male and female.'” And He said, ‘”This explains why a man leaves his father and mother and is joined to his wife, and the two are united into one.’ Since they are no longer two but one, let no one split apart what God has joined together.”

No one, absolutely NO ONE, has authority to divide a husband from his wife. God is the authority over marriage — because He is the one who created men and women to compliment each other and become one flesh through holy matrimony.

Marriage is suppose to illustrate Christ’s Covenant relationship with His Bride, the Church. “As the Scriptures say, “A man leaves his father and mother and is joined to his wife, and the two are united into one.” This is a great mystery, but it is an illustration of the way Christ and the Church are one.” (Ephesians 5:31-32) Just as a husband and his wife are one flesh, Jesus and His Bride are one flesh. By faith in His sacrifice, we receive His Spirit and His name, and become a part of His body.

Considering that marriage is suppose to illustrate Christ’s Covenant relationship with His Bride, the Church — we can understand why God hates divorce and speaks against husbands divorcing their wives without a real cause. Jesus said that He would never leave us nor forsake us, and that He is with us until the end of the age. Similarly, a husband and wife vow to love one another in sickness and in health, for rich or for poor, until death do they part. . . and never leave nor forsake each other. Bearing with one another in love demonstrates the everlasting love and grace of Jesus Christ for His Bride.

According to Jesus, the only justifiable reason for leaving one’s spouse is adultery: “Jesus replied, “Moses permitted divorce only as a concession to your hard hearts, but it was not what God had originally intended. And I tell you this, whoever divorces his wife and marries someone else commits adultery—unless his wife has been unfaithful.” (Matthew 19:8-9)

Another justifiable reason for divorce is abandonment. But if there is no abandonment, and your spouse loves you and is willing to stay with you, you are to remain with them and not look for a loophole to divorce them: “But for those who are married, I have a command that comes not from me, but from the Lord. A wife must not leave her husband.But if she does leave him, let her remain single or else be reconciled to him. And the husband must not leave his wife.Now, I will speak to the rest of you, though I do not have a direct command from the Lord. If a Christian man has a wife who is not a believer and she is willing to continue living with him, he must not leave her.And if a Christian woman has a husband who is not a believer and he is willing to continue living with her, she must not leave him. For the Christian wife brings holiness to her marriage, and the Christian husband brings holiness to his marriage. Otherwise, your children would not be holy, but now they are holy.(But if the husband or wife who isn’t a believer insists on leaving, let them go. In such cases the Christian husband or wife is no longer bound to the other, for God has called you to live in peace.)Don’t you wives realize that your husbands might be saved because of you? And don’t you husbands realize that your wives might be saved because of you?Each of you should continue to live in whatever situation the Lord has placed you, and remain as you were when God first called you. This is my rule for all the churches.” (1 Corinthians 7:10-17)

None of the divorces that were filed under Janeth’s direction were justifiable. There was no adultery, abandonment, physical abuse, or any other serious breach or violation of the marriage covenant. They were filed because a spouse decided to leave UFC and refused to submit to the corrupt leadership of Janeth Santiago. Whatever happened to “til death do I part”? It seems that the vow has been changed to “til my spouse leaves UFC” or “til my spouse refuses to submit to Janeth.”

Bob and Judy Cucolo on their wedding day. What a beautiful symbol of Christ and His Bride. Sadly, the evil handiwork of Janeth has separated them. Please pray that Bob will see the truth, and return to the Lord and his wife.

There is not ONE Scripture that justifies divorcing one’s spouse if they leave your “church,” refuse to join, or speak critically of your leader. These reasons are not grounds for divorce, and the Lord will not sign off on such division and contempt for the institution of marriage. Divorcing your spouse for Janeth and UFC is not a “sacrifice unto God.” This is how the Lord feels about it:

“Here is another thing you do. You cover the Lord’s altar with tears, weeping and groaning because he pays no attention to your offerings and doesn’t accept them with pleasure. You cry out, “Why doesn’t the Lord accept my worship?” I’ll tell you why! Because the Lord witnessed the vows you and your wife made when you were young. But you have been unfaithful to her, though she remained your faithful partner, the wife of your marriage vows.Didn’t the Lord make you one with your wife? In body and spirit you are his. And what does he want? Godly children from your union. So guard your heart; remain loyal to the wife of your youth. “For I hate divorce!” says the Lord, the God of Israel. “To divorce your wife is to overwhelm her with cruelty,” says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies. “So guard your heart; do not be unfaithful to your wife.” (Malachi 2:13-16)

What some of you call a “sacrifice for God” — the Lord calls cruelty. The Lord is not paying attention to your hypocritical worship. But He is paying attention to how you treated your husband or wife, and how you overwhelmed them with pain and suffering by divorcing them.

It is shameful that people who have left their families are being propped up before UFC as “heros and martyrs for God.” UFC members, let me explain something to you. . .

True martyrs for the Faith do not walk away from their family (as you have done). It is always their family who walks away from them. True martyrs for the Faith do not shun their family (like Janeth told you to do). It is always their family who shuns them.

At this very moment, there are Christians overseas in Muslim nations who are divided from their family — but not because *they* choose to shun their family or because their pastor told them not to talk to their Muslim relatives anymore. But because their Muslim relatives disowned them, shunned them, kicked them out, and even threatened to KILL them. They were put into extreme predicaments where they had to RUN for their life and go into hiding from their own family members. It is not safe for them to be around their family anymore because they would be persecuted to the point of torture, imprisonment, a public stoning, or beheading. So as you can see, they didn’t divide from their family by choice or out of misguided loyalty to a religious group or leader — but because their relatives severely persecuted them, disowned them, and shunned them.

To my knowledge, no one at UFC has been put into an extreme predicament where they had to physically separate from their family. They were not shunned and disowned by their family members. But rather, they chose to shun and disown their family at Janeth’s direction. They chose to disassociate from their own husbands, wives, mothers, fathers, children, siblings, etc. When you take it upon *yourself* to disown your own family — against their wishes and pleas for you to stay, it is not a “sacrifice for God,” you are not being “persecuted for righteousness sake,” and this is not what Jesus meant when He said to forsake all to be His disciple.

“A large crowd was following Jesus. He turned around and said to them,“If you want to be my disciple, you must hate everyone else by comparison—your father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters—yes, even your own life. Otherwise, you cannot be my disciple.And if you do not carry your own cross and follow me, you cannot be my disciple.” (Luke 14:25-27)

In this passage, Jesus used a strong word “hate” to drive home a strong point — that we must love Him more than we love everyone else. He was not saying that we should literally hate our own family and treat them with cruelty and contempt. We must always interpret Scripture in light of other Scriptures so that we don’t arrive at a false conclusion. In other Scriptures, Jesus told us to love one another and also love our enemies.

The message in Luke 14:25-27 is not to HATE our family and disown them for the sake of “following Jesus.” The message is to love Him above all– this is the first and the greatest commandment, to love the Lord our God with all of our heart, soul, mind, and strength. Loving our family falls under the second greatest commandment, which is to “love thy neighbor as thyself.”

It should be noted that you can’t keep the first commandment without keeping the second commandment. In other words, you can’t love God without loving your neighbor as well. Both go hand in hand. How can you love God, and not love your neighbor — in this case, your own family?

“If someone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for the one who does not love his brother whom he has seen, cannot love God whom he has not seen. And this commandment we have from Him, that the one who loves God should love his brother also.” (1 John 4:20-21)

How can you love someone that you don’t talk to? How can you love someone that you don’t spend time with? How can you love someone that you disown? Is it possible to love someone who doesn’t exist to you? Can you love someone that you have abandoned and thrown away?

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Perhaps some UFC members think that they are putting God first by putting Janeth and UFC first. However, putting a leader and a local religious group first is not one-in-the same as putting God first. Because Janeth is not God, and UFC is not God. The LORD alone is God, and according to His word, the family unit is very important. In the book of Genesis, we see that God created the family unit before any church leaders and local congregations ever existed. No so-called “pastor” or local church comes before your husband, wife, children, etc.

I have also received reports that Janeth twists Luke 12:51-53 to justify dividing families.

It says “Do you think I have come to bring peace to the earth? No, I have come to divide people against each other!From now on families will be split apart, three in favor of me, and two against—or two in favor and three against.‘Father will be divided against son and son against father; mother against daughter and daughter against mother; and mother-in-law against daughter-in-law and daughter-in-law against mother-in-law.’”

In this passage, Jesus was speaking in front of a huge crowd. And He warned them that He did not come to bring peace to the world — because the world rejects Him. And a world that rejects Jesus will not have peace. But instead, Christ brings division — even division within families.

The division that Jesus is speaking of here is spiritual division. Some people believe in Him and others do not believe Him. Some people receive Him and others reject Him. This is a spiritual division between those who believe in Jesus and those who do not. So as you can see, the coming of Jesus Christ did not bring peace to the world — it created division and drew a line in the sand between those who believe in Him and those who do not believe.

Sometimes this division can bring conflicts and hostility — and as I shared above, sometimes it can lead to extreme persecution, shunning, and the need to physically separate from one’s unbelieving family members for safety reasons. But once again, the shunning will always come from the unbelieving family members and not the Christian. As Believers, we do not take it upon ourselves to cut off our own family members — especially not for a local “church” or a leader and then claim that we are “persecuted martyrs” “making a sacrifice for God.”

If our family members do not believe in Jesus, then our faith in Him will bring a spiritual division — but He will not lead us to push them away, disassociate from them, abandon them, divorce our spouse, and treat them as if they don’t exist. If one’s family members don’t believe in Jesus, then how on earth can you minister to them and show them the love of God if you don’t even talk to them or spend time with them? Not all of Jesus’ siblings believed in Him immediately — but He didn’t cut them off. He continued to love them, and at least one of them [James] became a disciple.

Jesus definitely will not bring spiritual division between family members who believe in Jesus. And from what I have personally witnessed, many people who have family members in UFC are Christians. They believe in Jesus and long to be reunited with their loved ones, yet Janeth and her deceptive teachings have erected a wall of unholy division between them and their family. Division between family members who believe in Jesus is not of God, but the enemy Satan, who sows discord and division between brethren. The division at UFC has nothing to do with Jesus Christ, and everything to do with blind loyalty to a false shepherd Janeth Santiago.

Is there *one* healthy, whole, and complete family at UFC? Or are they all unhealthy, broken, and divided?

Ironically, Janeth named her group “United” Faith, when it seems the only thing they are united in is division. In order to be *UNITED* in the Faith, you have to be united with other Christians. Yet according to Janeth and UFC members, there aren’t any “real Christians” outside of UFC and Iglesia Fe Unida. Everyone outside of their group is wrong, lost, in darkness, and unsaved. So riddle me this. . . . how is it a “united faith” when you aren’t united with any Believers outside of your little circle? What type of “united faith” leads you to DIVIDE FROM Believers all over the world? Can one little group be “united” with itself?

I submit to you that any “faith” which leads you to divide from the family of Christ is no faith at all, but a religious cult. And being “united in division” is an oxymoron. It is a contradiction in terms — yet it is a contradiction which exists in the twilight zone of UFC. I pray that UFC members will notice this contradiction and return to their families and be truly UNITED and reconciled!~

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UFC Members: Which Jesus Do You Follow?

In Matthew 24, Jesus warned His disciples about false christs.

He said “Be careful! Don’t let anyone deceive you. Many people will come and use My name. They will say, ‘I am the Messiah.’ And they will deceive many people.” (Matthew 24:4-5)

“False christs and false prophets will come and do great miracles and wonders, trying to deceive the people God has chosen, if that is possible. Now I have warned you about this before it happens.” (Matthew 24:24-25)

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Since Jesus warned us about false christs, it is very important for us to know what a false christ is.

To keep it simple, a false christ is someone who tries to stand in the place of Jesus over your life. It is someone who speaks and behaves as if they are your “lord” and savior” or “messiah.”

Let’s read some Scriptures about the True Jesus Christ and compare them to how a false christ behaves.

“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.” (John 3:16)

The True Jesus Christ is the one and only source of eternal life. And anyone who believes in Him will not die in their sins, but have eternal life.

Angels are not the source of eternal life. World religions are not the source of eternal life. Religious leaders are not the source of eternal life. Religious groups and organizations are not the source of eternal life. JESUS is the one and only source of eternal life.

Now here is why Jesus said to “Be careful!” . . . A false christ is very slick. . . . they will quote John 3:16, but they will deny this Scripture through their false teachings.

For example, they will teach you that if you leave their leadership and leave their group — you will lose your salvation and go to hell. They will teach you that eternal life and salvation can only be found in their “special teachings” and that no other leaders or churches have their “special teachings.”

When you first met them and joined their group, they taught you that you weren’t “fully saved,” and that you had to submit to their leadership and “special teachings” so that you could have eternal life and salvation. This was done to make you question your salvation and accept their false teachings.

They slowly but surely brought you to the point where you felt like their leadership and their group is your source of eternal life. This is the behavior of a false christ.

Through various false teachings — they made themselves and their group the source of your eternal life, instead of Jesus. They exalted themselves, they exalted their group, and they exalted their “special teachings” to the place of Jesus over your life.

Some of you are afraid to leave UFC, because you were taught that UFC, Janeth’s leadership, and her “special teachings” are your source of eternal life. However, you have nothing to fear, because that’s all a lie. Jesus is the only source of eternal life and He offers this wonderful gift to anyone who believes in Him.

Let’s take a look at another Scripture:

In John 14:6 Jesus said I am the way, the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.”

Jesus is the only way to the Father. By very nature, He is The Truth. And He is everlasting life.

If someone wants to come to God, they must come to Him through Jesus — because He is the only way. If someone wants to know the truth about God, they must seek Jesus because He is the Truth — knowing Him is knowing the Father. If someone wants to have eternal life, they must receive Jesus because He *is* everlasting life.

Through Jesus, we are able to have a personal relationship with God, know the truth, and have eternal life. We cannot receive these blessings through anyone else — not through a religion, our family members, religious leaders, or religious groups and organizations.

A false christ may quote John 14:6, but once again, they will deny this Scripture through their false teachings.

For example, they will teach you that if you want to come to God and have a personal relationship with Him — then you have to submit to their leadership, stay in their group, and follow their “special teachings.” In this manner, they make themselves “the way to God” in your life.

They will teach you that if you want to know the truth about God — then you have to stay in their group, throw away everything that you learned outside of their group, and let them “re-teach you” their “special teachings” which they claim “no other church or pastor has.” They don’t encourage you to learn the truth from JESUS and be taught by His Holy Spirit — they exalt themselves as your MAIN teacher, and they exalt their “special teachings” as “the absolute truth.”

Gradually, you start believing that your leader is “the truth,” that their “special teachings are the truth,” and that only your group has “the truth.” This is definitely the case at UFC. Everything that Janeth says and does is considered “the truth” — not Jesus and His word.

Even though Jesus is given lip service at UFC, Janeth is actually considered to be “the way, the truth, and the life” and that “no one can come to the Father except through Janeth”. . . this is the behavior of a false christ. She has replaced Jesus in the lives of UFC members.

Let’s look at two Scriptures where Jesus speaks about the Holy Spirit:

“I will send you the Helper from the Father. The Helper is the Spirit of truth who comes from the Father. When he comes, he will testify about Me.” (John 15:26) “The Spirit of truth will bring glory to Me by telling you what he receives from me.” (John 16:14)

Jesus said that the Holy Spirit will lift HIM up, testify of HIM, and bring glory to HIM. We see a similar teaching in Philippians 2:9 which says “So God raised Him [Jesus] up to the most important place and gave him the name that is greater than any other name.”

As you can see, one of the jobs of the Holy Spirit is to lift Jesus up and exalt Him to the highest place of honor — because He is LORD, and He is the only Person who humbled Himself to the point of death, to sacrifice His life for our sins.

A false christ may speak of Jesus, but it’s only lip service. . . it’s superficial — because they lift themselves up, testify of themselves, and bring glory to themselves. The group exalts them to the highest place of honor instead of Jesus, and constantly speaks of their leader’s name instead of the name of Jesus.

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I have heard many reports that UFC members speak of Janeth more than Jesus, and bring up her name in conversations all the time. Did God give the most important place to Janeth or Jesus? Did God give Jesus the name that is above all other names, or Janeth? Is the body of Christ suppose to revolve around Janeth or Jesus? Is Janeth the focal point of God’s Kingdom or Jesus? Is Janeth the centerpiece of UFC meetings, or Jesus? Is Janeth always in the spotlight of UFC activities or Jesus?

In the early church, a leader named “Diotrephes” wanted to sit in the position of Jesus. Diotrephes loved having the highest position among the saints. He loved being first and in the limelight. John the apostle wrote about him in 3 John 1:9-12:

“I wrote something to the church, but Diotrephes, who loves to be their leader, will not listen to us. So if I come, I will talk about what Diotrephes is doing, about how he lies and says evil things about us. But more than that, he refuses to accept the other brothers and sisters; he even stops those who do want to accept them and puts them out of the church. My dear friend, do not follow what is bad; follow what is good. The one who does good belongs to God. But the one who does evil has never known God.”

Diotrephes loved to be the most important person in the group. When John wrote letters to this church, Diotrephes would reject John’s letters [does this type of behavior sound familiar?]. Diotrephes would tell lies to the church about the apostles and make up evil things about them — because he wanted to convince the church that the apostles were evil and not to listen to them [does this type of behavior sound familiar?]. When other Christians tried to visit that church, Diotrephes would reject them. And if anyone in the church accepted those Christians into their homes, Diotrephes would punish them by kicking them out of the church [does this type of behavior sound familiar]?

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John the apostle said do not follow bad examples like this, follow what is good. People who do good belong to God. But people who do evil [like Diotrephes] have never known God. God included this letter in the New Testament to warn us not to follow such leaders, and not to behave this way ourselves.

Jesus didn’t kick disciples out of His presence and fellowship. He didn’t tell lies about people and make up evil things about them, to convince His disciples not to listen to them. Nor did Jesus exalt Himself and pull rank over others to make Himself first. He humbled Himself and made Himself the Servant of all:

“Jesus called them together and said, “You know that the rulers in this world lord it over their people, and officials flaunt their authority over those under them. But among you it will be different. Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first among you must become your slave. For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give His life as a ransom for many.” (Matthew 20:25-28)

“But you must not be called ‘Teacher.’ You are all equal as brothers and sisters. You have only one Teacher. And don’t call anyone on earth ‘Father.’ You have one Father. He is in heaven. And you should not be called ‘Master.’ You have only one Master, the Messiah. The greatest among you must be a servant.” (Matthew 23:8-11)

The Holy Spirit lifts up Jesus and exalts His name to the highest place of honor, not Janeth. If you notice that people are constantly praising Janeth and mentioning her name in every other sentence — that is not a work of the Holy Spirit. That is a work of the flesh and the spirit of Antichrist.

Let’s take a look at some Scriptures which show that Jesus is the Head of the Church, His Bride:

“For a husband is the head of his wife as Christ is the Head of the church. He is the Savior of His body, the church.” (Ephesians 5:23)

Christ is also the Head of the church, which is His body. He is the beginning, supreme over all who rise from the dead. So He is first in everything.” (Colossians 1:18)

“But there is one thing I want you to know: The head of every man is Christ, the head of woman is man, and the head of Christ is God.” (1 Corinthians 11:3)

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When my husband and I visited UFC, we noticed that Jerry said he was “the head” of UFC. But how is this so when Jesus said that HE is the Head of His church? So who is the head of UFC, Jerry or Jesus?

There can’t be TWO heads of the church. A healthy body only has ONE head. It is abnormal and defective for a body to have more than one head. Maybe this is one of the reasons why UFC members are spiritually-paralyzed and don’t know whether to listen to their leaders or the still small voice of Jesus. Because they are being told that Jerry and Janeth are “the head” of the church, when in fact Jesus is the one and only True Head.

Not only that, but the men at UFC [particularly the husbands] are told that Janeth is their head. This violates the order of God, which clearly says that The head of every man is Christ.” Why is Janeth sitting in the position of Jesus as your head? Men, why is she dictating orders to you [a grown man] and ruling over your own household, marriage, and children?

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Janeth has inserted herself between you and Jesus, so that she can be your head, control your mind, your household, and boss you around. Her and Jerry claim to be “the head” of UFC as if they died for your sins on the Cross. This is the behavior of a false christ.

RUN for your life from leaders who try to insert themselves between you and God, and be your “personal jesus.” 1 Timothy 2:5-6 says that Jesus is the one and only Middle-Man or Mediator who stands between us and God. A mediator is someone who makes peace between two parties, in order to bring about agreement, harmony, and unity. This Mediator is Jesus:

“For there is only one God and one Mediator who can reconcile God and humanity–the man Christ Jesus. He gave His life to purchase freedom for everyone. This is the message God gave to the world at just the right time.” (1 Timothy 2:5-6)

Jesus is the only Head and the only Middle-Man who stands between us and God, to represent us before the Father and intercede for us. He alone brings people back to God and makes peace between them and God through His sacrifice on the Cross. This is why He is called the Prince of Peace.

Through Jesus, we can have a personal relationship with God and hear His voice directly. We do not need to rely on a prophet or any other leader to hear from God FOR US, because Jesus filled us with the Holy Spirit so that we can hear from God for ourselves. With the Spirit of Jesus inside of us, and the Scriptures — we can hear from God directly.

My sheep hear my voice; I know them, and they follow me.” (John 10:27)

“But when the Father sends the Comforter as my representative—that is, the Holy Spirit—he will teach you everything and will remind you of everything I have told you.” (John 14:26)

“When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own but will tell you what he has heard. He will tell you about the future.” (John 16:13)

“In the past God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets many times and in many different ways.But now in these last days God has spoken to us through his Son. God has chosen his Son to own all things, and through him he made the world.” (Hebrews 1:1-2)

A real servant of God will encourage you to listen to Jesus who speaks to us through the Holy Spirit and the Scriptures. They will encourage you to listen to God’s voice and obey Him over all other voices.

A false christ will tell you to “listen to God’s voice” but what they really mean is for you to listen to THEIR voice. Because in their mind, their voice *IS* God’s voice. They will teach you that when they are speaking, it is the same thing as God speaking. Therefore, you must “obey God’s voice” by doing everything that they say [even if it’s wrong, false, and contradicts Jesus]. Disobeying their voice is considered “rebellion to God” and “disobeying God’s voice.” They will teach you that if you disobey their voice, God will punish you “just like He punished Miriam for speaking against Moses.”

A false christ will discourage you from listening to the voice of Jesus and relying on the Holy Spirit to teach you. They do this by making you feel insecure about what God told you and by making you question if you really heard from God or not. For example, let’s say that you prayed about attending a college in another state and God told you to go ahead and go. So you tell your leader, but then they make you doubt God’s voice by saying “Are you sure that God told you to go out of state for college? Were you really hearing from God? God would never tell you to go out of state for college because He would never tell you to leave your church.”

Rather than praying with you about your decision and respecting what God told you, they discourage you from listening to Jesus, make you feel insecure in your ability to hear from God, and lead you to doubt God. They make you question everything that you hear from God, because they want you to feel so insecure, so uncertain, and so confused that you look to them for all the answers and put their voice over God’s voice. Everything you hear from God has to be run by them for approval to make sure that you “really heard from God.” And they never encourage you to verify what they say against God’s word. You’re expected to blindly accept what they say as if it were God speaking. This is the behavior of a false christ.

The apostles never behaved this way. They expected the saints to be able to hear from God on their own: “I am writing these things to warn you about those who want to lead you astray. But you have received an anointing [the Holy Spirit], and he lives within you, so you don’t need anyone to teach you what is true. For the Spirit teaches you everything you need to know, and what he teaches is true—it is not a lie. So just as he has taught you, remain in fellowship with Christ.” (1 John 2:26-27)

I can think of a few other ways that Janeth is a false christ.

She said that when she goes to heaven, she will have the most crowns on her head. This is blasphemy [meaning a false claim to be God/Jesus]. Because the Bible clearly teaches that Jesus has the most crowns on His head in heaven. Read the Scripture below:

 Then I saw heaven opened, and a white horse was standing there. Its rider was named Faithful and True, for he judges fairly and wages a righteous war. His eyes were like flames of fire, and on his head were many crowns. A name was written on him that no one understood except himself. He wore a robe dipped in blood, and his title was the Word of God.” (Revelations 19:11-13)

The only person with many crowns upon their head is Jesus, not Janeth. She is extremely prideful and deceived to say such a thing. She is on dangerous grounds for blaspheming and lusting for the glory that only belongs to Jesus.

The saints do receive a crown, but we cast our crowns before the throne of God! “the twenty-four elders fall down and worship the one sitting on the throne (the one who lives forever and ever). And they lay their crowns before the throne and say,“You are worthy, O Lord our God, to receive glory and honor and power. For you created all things, and they exist because you created what you pleased.” (Revelation 4:10-11)

Another thing Janeth does is compare herself to Moses — especially when she is threatening people not to question her, correct her, and hold her accountable. She teaches that she is the “Moses” of UFC, and that God will punish anyone who “comes against her” just like He punished Miriam for coming against Moses. The problem with this is, Moses has NOTHING to do with Janeth, and everything to do with Jesus Christ.

Janeth makes the same mistake as many other religious leaders — she equates herself to Moses and parallels herself to his prophetic ministry, when in fact, the Bible teaches that Moses paralleled JESUS CHRIST. The fancy word for this is intentional parallel is “foreshadowing.”

The word “foreshadow” means “to indicate or suggest in advance; to show or represent beforehand by a figure or type.” Foreshadowing [as this very word implies] is when the shadow of an object is thrown before the advancing object itself, in order to present an image of that which is to come. The purpose of foreshadowing is to give a hint or a sign of something that will happen later.

In the Old Testament, God used various individuals, objects, and events to foreshadow New Testament events, the body of Christ, and above all Jesus Himself. It can be said that the Old Testament was intended to give God’s people a sneak preview of their coming Messiah and things to come.

One example of foreshadowing is Noah’s ark which pointed to Christ as the Ark of Salvation. Another example of foreshadowing is the Old Covenant Passover lamb which pointed to Christ as the Lamb of God.

The Scriptures clearly teach that the life and ministry of Moses foreshadowed Jesus Christ.

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In Deuteronomy 18:15, Moses said “The Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among your fellow Israelites. You must listen to him.“

Then a few verses down in Deuteronomy 18:18-19, God reaffirmed that He would raise up a prophet like Moses I will raise up a prophet like you from among their fellow Israelites. I will put my words in his mouth, and he will tell the people everything I command him. I will personally deal with anyone who will not listen to the messages the prophet proclaims on my behalf.”

The Scriptures above show that God promised to raise up a prophet like Moses. This prophet and His message would be so important that God will personally deal with anyone who rejects Him. My friends, this prophet is not Janeth who blasphemously sees herself as “the 2nd coming of Moses” — It is the Lord Jesus Christ.

Let’s take a look at a few similarities between Moses and Jesus:

1. Moses was an Israelite, and according to the flesh, Christ was an Israelite.

2. Satan tried to murder both Moses and Christ while they were infants to prevent the deliverance of God’s people (Exodus 1:15-22; Matthew 2:16-18).

3. Both Moses and Christ spent their early years in Egypt (Exodus; Matthew 2:13-15).

4. Both Moses and Christ were brought up by men who were not their biological fathers (Exodus 2:9-10; Luke 2:33). Moses was raised by Pharaoh and his daughter, and Christ was raised by Joseph.

5. Both Moses and Christ saw their brethren in bondage and had compassion on them (Exodus 2:11; Mark 6:34).

6. Both Moses and Christ sat at a well to rest, and were kind to women by offering them water. Moses watered the flocks of the the daughters of the priest of Midian. And Christ offered living water to the Samaritan woman (Exodus 2:15-17; John 4:5-15). Both went outside of cultural customs by speaking with women.

7. Both Moses and Christ performed extraordinary miracles to confirm God’s word and prove that they were sent by the Father (Exodus 4:1-9; Exodus 4:28-31; Exodus 14:31; Deuteronomy 34:10-12; Mark 2:10-11; John 3:1-2; John 5:36; John 10:37-38, John 14:10-11; John 20:30-31; Acts 2:22).

8. Both Moses and Christ gave God’s people commandments and a Covenant. The Old Covenant came through Moses, and the New Covenant came through Christ (Exodus 24:8; Joshua 23:6; Hebrews 12:24; Hebrews 13:20; Matthew 26:26-28; Romans 8:2; Galatians 6:2).

9. The children of Israel rejected Moses and Christ and wanted to kill them both (Exodus 17:1-4; Mark 15:12-14; John 1:10-11; John 58-59).

10. Both Moses and Christ gave up riches and made themselves poor servants, choosing instead to suffer persecution with God’s people as pilgrims in this world (2 Corinthians 8:9; Hebrews 11:24-26; Philippians 2:5-8).

11. Moses was a shepherd, and Christ is our Good Shepherd (Exodus 3:1; John 10).

12. Moses was called to deliver God’s people from slavery in Egypt (Exodus 3:10). Jesus was called to deliver people from slavery to sin and out of spiritual Egypt (Luke 4:18-19; Luke 19:10; John 8:31-36, Acts 7:35).

13. Moses was a ruler of Israel, and Christ is our Ruler (Acts 7:35; Micah 5:2; Matthew 2:5-6).

14. The children of Israel were baptized into Moses and we are baptized into Christ (1 Corinthians 10:1-2; Mark 1:8; 1 Corinthians 12:13; Romans 6:4; Ephesians 4:5; Colossians 2:12).

15. Both Moses and Christ fasted for 40 days and 40 nights (Exodus 34:28; Matthew 4:1-2).

16. Both Moses and Christ washed their brethren with water to consecrate them for service unto God (Leviticus 8:6; John 13:3-5).

17. Both Moses and Christ interceded for God’s people (Exodus 32:9-14; Deuteronomy 9:25-27; Numbers 14:11-20; Numbers 21:7; Luke 23:34; Romans 8:34; Hebrews 7:25).

18. Both Moses and Christ are complimented in Scripture for their humility (Numbers 12:3; Philippians 2:5-11).

These similarities are not a coincidence. God planned out the life and ministry of Moses so that it would foreshadow the life and ministry of Jesus Christ. The apostles understood this very well and proclaimed that Jesus is the Prophet who would be like Moses (Acts 3:22-23; Acts 7:37).

“Philip went to look for Nathanael and told him, “We have found the very person Moses and the prophets wrote about! His name is Jesus, the son of Joseph from Nazareth.” (John 1:45)

“If you really believed Moses, you would believe me, because he wrote about me.” (John 5:46)

“For He [Jesus] was faithful to God, who appointed Him, just as Moses served faithfully when he was entrusted with God’s entire house. But Jesus deserves far more glory than Moses, just as a person who builds a house deserves more praise than the house itself. For every house has a builder, but the one who built everything is God. Moses was certainly faithful in God’s house as a servant. His work was an illustration of the truths God would reveal later. But Christ, as the Son, is in charge of God’s entire house. And we are God’s house, if we keep our courage and remain confident in our hope in Christ.” (Hebrews 3:2-6)

During the Gospels, Jesus often ran into conflicts with leaders like Janeth — they were full of pride and also equated themselves to Moses.

“Then Jesus spoke to the crowds and to His disciples, saying: “The scribes and Pharisees have SEATED THEMSELVES in the chair of Moses.” (Matthew 23:1-2)

The term “chair of Moses” isn’t referring to a literal chair that Moses sat on. It’s a phrase which refers to the authority of Moses to teach the law of God and lead the children of Israel.

The scribes and Pharisees wanted the same authority that Moses had over Israel. Yet God did not appoint them to the chair of Moses — they appointed themselves, as Jesus said, they “have seated themselves.“ The only one with authority from the Father to sit in the chair of Moses is Jesus Christ, not Janeth.

I pray that you will overcome your fear by God’s grace and the power of His Holy Spirit. I hope that your eyes will open and that you will see the spirit that Janeth is operating in. It is not the Holy Spirit who exalts Jesus, but the spirit of Antichrist who exalts the flesh and idols. It is the spirit of Satan who lusts after the position of Jesus and seeks false worship from mankind.

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“How you are fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! How you are cut down to the ground, You who weakened the nations! For you have said in your heart:

I will ascend into heaven,
I will exalt my throne above the stars of God;
I will also sit on the mount of the congregation on the farthest sides of the north;
I will ascend above the heights of the clouds,
I will be like the Most High.’
Yet you shall be brought down to Sheol, To the lowest depths of the Pit.” (Isaiah 14:12-15)

UFC, how long will you follow a false christ?

Come to the True Jesus Christ, and He will surround you with His grace, love, comfort, and peace. He will give you everlasting life and rest for your soul.

“Come to me all of you who are tired from the heavy burden you have been forced to carry, and I will give you rest. Accept my teaching. Learn from me. I am gentle and humble in spirit. And you will find rest for your souls. Yes, the teaching that I ask you to accept is easy. The load I give you to carry is light.” (Matthew 11:28-29)

What Barnegat Locals NEED To Know About UFC

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Some of you might remember “Harry Wormwood,” Danny Devito’s character from the movie “Matilda.”

Harry is a flamboyant, loud, insulting, slick egotistical man. Yet he makes quite a pretty penny as a rich car salesman by selling stolen lemons — janky cars that are repainted to look new and shiny to unsuspecting customers.

If you’ve ever bought a lemon, then you know how upsetting, frustrating, and financially-draining it is to end up with a “pretty” car with a bad history.

When buying a used car, a reputable car salesman [one who is honest and has integrity] will let you know if the vehicle has any problems and welcome you to research the vehicle and its history before making a final decision. He or she would want you to know the relevant facts about the vehicle, so that you can make an informed decision about whether you want to buy it or not.

Harry Wormwood on the other hand, is not a reputable car salesman. He puts on his best suit, his best smile, and polishes up stolen cars for customers who have no idea that they’re buying a piece of junk. Harry would probably be livid and paranoid if you showed up with an independent mechanic to check out the condition of the car.

Unfortunately, there are people like Harry Wormwood in the automotive sales industry. But thankfully there are services which provide vehicle history reports, and independent mechanics who assess the condition of used vehicles.

People have a right to know important information that can impact their decision to buy a used vehicle or not. Without such services and reputable independent mechanics, it would be very difficult for many people to gather facts about used vehicles and make an informed decision. And there would be a lot more Harry Wormwoods selling lemons that people would otherwise NEVER buy if they knew the truth.

Sadly, some religious groups are like Harry Wormwood.

They put on their best smile and their “nicest” act to impress potential members and newcomers to their group. At Sunday service, the band plays the best songs [the most emotional ones] and the leader ‘preaches’ their most electrifying message. The group puts on a dazzling performance, and after the service everyone seems so friendly and loving.

But it’s not genuine — it’s “LOVE-BOMBING.”

Real friendships take time to build and grow. And no religious group is perfect. There are always flaws, imperfections, growth pains, and bumps in the road. A healthy church is up front and transparent about these things — both the good and the bad. They aren’t so desperate for you to join that they pretend everything is perfect and flawless, and that their leaders are infallible.

A healthy church doesn’t mind if people ask about their history or what you should expect if you join. In fact, a healthy church ENCOURAGES and INVITES questions, inquiry, and research about their assembly — the Bible calls that discernment.

No honest pastor or healthy church wants people to join out of ignorance [a lack of knowledge] and make an uninformed decision about something as important and life-changing as joining a church.

No honest pastor or healthy church wants people to join without knowing their doctrine or teachings, their traditions and practices, the character and history of their leaders, their current activities, how they manage and allocate their finances, etc.

Honest pastors and healthy churches do not operate in secrecy, concealment, and deception. They don’t hide important information from potential members and newcomers, so as to prevent people from making an informed decision. They don’t coverup relevant facts to gain members. They are open and honest, because they have nothing to hide and nothing to fear. Whether people join or choose not to join, they respect their decision.

But when a “church” is a cult or a lemon, dysfunctional behaviors lay beneath a cloak of secrecy. Behind the love-bombing lies a dark history and a toxic environment of hatred, rage, conceit, fear, paranoia, control, domination, financial exploitation, abuse, condemnation, blind obedience, shaming and false-guilt, brow-beating, walking on egg shells, exhaustion, isolation, broken families, lack of accountability, punishments, and harsh unloving “discipline.”

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It’s only after joining UFC that people are exposed to the dysfunctional behaviors and corruption. But often, once they’re involved, they feel like they’re in too deep to get out and the cost is too high to leave.

So. . . Barnegat locals, look deep before you LEAP. Before you decide to attend or join UFC, it’s critical that you know the following:

1. Janeth Santiago teaches that UFC and its sister ‘church’ Iglesia Fe Unida are “the only true church.” As far as UFC is concerned, all other churches are false and Christians outside of their group aren’t saved. In order to be “truly saved” one must join UFC, submit to Janeth, and her teachings. And even then, you still wouldn’t be “as saved” as Janeth. Apparently she has a “greater measure” of salvation than everyone else because she’s “the closest to God.”

2. Since UFC believes that it’s the only true church and that salvation exists in their group alone, if you join UFC and your family members don’t, you will be told to separate from your family members and “disown them for God” because “they aren’t saved,” they’re “in rebellion to God” “in darkness” and “will defile you.” Through this destructive teaching, Janeth has divided husbands and wives, divided siblings, turned children against their parents, and parents against their children. Disowning your family members is called a “sacrifice for God” at UFC.

3. If you are married and you join UFC but your spouse doesn’t, you will be told that you are in an “unequally yoked marriage” and need to file for divorce.

4. If you have children, your children will be subjected to a “mentor” in a “mentoring program” which doesn’t teach them the truth from Scripture about Jesus, but instead drills them for personal private confidential information about their thoughts, feelings, actions, background, childhood, your sins, etc. They will be taught to spy on you and others and report this information to their mentor and/or Janeth. They will also be subjected to bonafide mind control, wherein their past memories are gradually erased and replaced by dark false memories that never happened. The main purpose of the mind control is to make them hate you, separate from you, and cling to Janeth. Your children will be told that you are merely their “earthly parent” [not their spiritual guardian as well], and that you only provide your children with earthly material things — but Janeth is their “spiritual mother” and therefore she over-rides your parental authority. Your children will be taught to listen to her over you and disown you if you don’t join UFC or remain a member.

5. If you joined UFC, you would be forbidden from joining any social networks or looking at “unapproved materials” [specifically materials which expose UFC and Janeth Santiago, and Christian teachings from Believers outside of UFC]. Members are told that if they look at “unapproved materials” demons will jump on them through the computer and attack them. This is all information control to keep UFC members away from the truth and in the dark under Janeth’s control.

6. UFC members are forbidden from socializing and communicating with Christians outside of their group. They are not allowed to attend other churches. Since they believe that salvation exists solely in their group, they see all other churches as “unsaved” or at the very least “not as holy as they are.” You would be allowed to socialize and communicate with nonChristians, but not with other Believers.

7. ALL decisions must be run by Janeth for approval. Who you marry, date, where you work, educational pursuits, activities outside of UFC. Since Janeth is considered to be closer to God than everyone else, it’s assumed that she can hear God’s voice clearer than everyone else and is in the best position to make decisions for the group. If you make a personal decision without Janeth’s approval, you will be verbally blasted and and punished. If God tells you something, then you would have to run it by Janeth or your mentor to make sure that you were really hearing from God.

8. If you joined UFC, you would be taught that if you leave, bad things will happen to you including death. Janeth will tell everyone to shun you and not communicate with you. If UFC members see you in public, they would ignore you or yell at you angrily.

9. If you joined UFC, you wouldn’t be allowed to question anything, disagree, use discernment, or bring any attention to errors and ungodly behavior. That’s ILLEGAL and considered “blasphemy” at UFC. You wouldn’t even be allowed to THINK or feel that something is wrong with the group and its leaders. You wouldn’t be allowed to pray about red flags or signs that something is wrong. It’s considered a sin to simply pray “Lord show me the truth about Janeth” or ask yourself “Why did Janeth scream at sister so and so at service today in front of everyone?”

10. Your tithes and offerings would be illegally spent on personal items for Janeth, Jerry, and their family.

11. If you joined UFC, you would be taught to confess your innermost thoughts, feelings, and sinful actions to Janeth. But it will not be held confidential. Your personal business will be used to blackmail you, emotionally manipulate you, belittle you, and keep you in the group.

These are the facts that you will not hear from UFC members while they are love-bombing you and putting on their best presentation to get you to join. The “happy face” they wear before potential members and newcomers is very different from who they really are and how they operate.

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I hope that this information helps you to make a clear and informed judgment about the group and its leaders. You deserve to know what you are in for if you decide to attend or join. Please forward this article to everyone that you know so that they’re made aware as well.

The Generosity of God -vs- Janeth Santiago

When I think about who God is, I think of the words holy, righteous, faithful, loving, gracious, merciful, unchanging, eternal, glorious, magnificent, all-knowing, all-powerful, wise, truthful, perfect, patient, peaceful, just, kind, and good.

I also think of the word generous.

The word generous means “willing to give or share, unselfish, charitable, giving more than necessary, big-hearted, warm and kind.”

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There are several Scriptures which speak of God’s generosity.

John 3:16 says “For God loved the world so much that He gave His only Begotten Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life.”

The most generous act of all time is the sacrifice of Jesus Christ. The King of glory humbled Himself and came into this world in a fragile human body, and suffered to the point of death, in order to give us everlasting life.

“There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” (John 15:13)

“Christ died for us when we were unable to help ourselves. We were living against God, but at just the right time Christ died for us. Very few people will die to save the life of someone else, even if it is for a good person. Someone might be willing to die for an especially good person. But Christ died for us while we were still sinners, and by this God showed how much He loves us.” (Romans 5:6-8)

Most people would say that they are generous. But the truth is that many people are only willing to give to their friends, not their enemies. Or they are only willing to give if they will get something in return, not if there’s nothing in it for them. This is not true generosity.

Jesus is a perfect example of true generosity. He is big-hearted, charitable, and willing to give and share with His friends AND His enemies. He doesn’t give with impure motives — only to get something in return. He blesses people simply because He loves them.

Jesus’ generosity was not a religious act or a mask that He put on to look holy and loving to others. He didn’t pretend to be generous just to impress His disciples or anyone else. His generosity was genuine and real, because it flowed from His loving, gracious, merciful heart. When He gave, it was sincere.

Just look at the Lord’s generosity in the following Scriptures:

“Jesus traveled throughout the region of Galilee, teaching in the synagogues and announcing the Good News about the Kingdom. And He healed every kind of disease and illness. News about Him spread as far as Syria, and people soon began bringing to Him all who were sick. And whatever their sickness or disease, or if they were demon possessed or epileptic or paralyzed–He healed them all.” (Matthew 4:23-24)

“Large crowds followed Jesus as He came down the mountainside. Suddenly, a man with leprosy approached Him and knelt before Him. “Lord,” the man said, “if you are willing, you can heal me and make me clean.” Jesus reached out and touched him. “I am willing,” He said. “Be healed!” And instantly the leprosy disappeared.” (Matthew 8:1-3)

“When Jesus arrived at Peter’s house, Peter’s mother-in-law was sick in bed with a high fever. But when Jesus touched her hand, the fever left her. Then she got up and prepared a meal for Him. That evening many demon-possessed people were brought to Jesus. He cast out the evil spirits with a simple command, and He healed all the sick. This fulfilled the word of the Lord through the prophet Isaiah, who said, “He took our sicknesses and removed our diseases.” (Matthew 8:14-17)

Jesus healed the sick, clothed the naked, fed the hungry, and cast devils out of people who were demon-possessed. It didn’t matter who they were, what their background was, or whether they were one of His disciples or not — Jesus was generous to everyone.

Jesus knew that many of the people who followed Him around were only following Him because He performed miracles and fed them fishes and loaves — yet He was generous to them anyway.

As a matter of fact, Jesus knew that one of His disciples [Judas Iscariot] was a devil, yet He was kind and generous towards Judas anyway. He wasn’t mean, cold, and cruel towards Judas.

“You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’But I tell you, love your enemies. Pray for those who treat you badly.If you do this, you will be children who are truly like your Father in heaven. He lets the sun rise for all people, whether they are good or bad. He sends rain to those who do right and to those who do wrong.If you love only those who love you, why should you get a reward for that? Even the tax collectors do that.And if you are nice only to your friends, you are no better than anyone else. Even the people who don’t know God are nice to their friends.What I am saying is that you must be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect.” (Matthew 5:43-48)

Jesus commanded His disciples to show the same generosity to others: “Give as freely as you have received!” (Matthew 10:8)

“Giving help to the poor is like loaning money to the Lord. He will pay you back for your kindness.” (Proverbs 19:17)

Is Janeth Santiago generous? I am sure that UFC members would say “Yes!”

Perhaps some of you would point to Janeth’s involvement and support of Iglesia Fe Unida which allegedly helps poor people in Honduras.

Perhaps you would bring up the orphans that she took in when she was 16 years old.

Perhaps you would bring up the $40,000 that she’s trying to raise for another building in Honduras.

However, none of these things prove that Janeth is generous. How is that?

Because the facts show that anything “nice” Janeth does has strings attached and would be taken away from you if you don’t do what she wants . . especially if you leave UFC. She’ll also brag about whatever “nice” things she does for you and constantly bring it up to make herself look good and emotionally manipulate you.

What type of “generosity” is that? That’s not true generosity. That’s selfishness, hypocrisy, a form of godliness, and manipulation.

Janeth pretends to care about poor people in Honduras, but if they went to UFC and decided to leave, she would take away their job, their medical care, break up their marriage, turn their children against them, and refuse to feed them. And she would tell everyone at UFC not to help them and to let them starve and end up homeless. Is this generosity? Is this how Jesus treated people? Of course not. Yet Janeth treats DOZENS upon DOZENS of people this way and claims that she is a servant of God. Not so.

Bob and Judy CucoloAm I making this all up? Nope. And here is the evidence. . .

The photo to the left is a beautiful couple named Bob and Judy Cucolo. At one point, they both attended UFC, but eventually Judy left and Bob stayed.

One of the false teachings at UFC is that a couple is “unequally yoked” if one of them attends UFC and the other doesn’t. This false interpretation of unequally yoked is a destructive lie.

The term “unequally yoked” is referring to a Christian being teamed up with a NON-BELIEVER [someone who doesn’t believe in Jesus] — not a Christian couple who attend different churches. I will untwist Janeth’s false interpretation of “unequally yoked” in another article and share what it really means.

But the bottom line is that if you are married and you leave UFC — Janeth will say that you have left God, fallen away from salvation, and are unequally yoked — therefore you need to file for a divorce.

Janeth put all types of lies in Bob’s mind about his marriage and his wife, and counseled him to divorce Judy and not provide her with medical care, dental care, transportation, food, and now housing.

My husband and I personally visited Judy recently and stayed with her, so I know how terribly she is suffering. Her Spirit is strong by God’s grace and her love for her husband is obvious — but she is hurting emotionally and physically.

The house that her and Bob built together is in foreclosure and she is about to be homeless and living on her relatives’ couch. I have video footage of boxes filled with sentimental items from their wedding packed in their dining room. My husband and I slept in the bed that Bob took the mattress off of when he left. Would you call this generous?

I saw the food pantry which barely has any food in it. I ate the food that Judy lovingly prepared for us from Dollar Tree [which her son bought] because she didn’t have money to buy any groceries. I played with Judy and Bob’s sweet-natured 80-pound dogs [Zeus, Paris, and Prince] who don’t have anywhere to go once Judy ends up homeless.

My husband and I drove in the car that belongs to Judy’s mother [which Judy and her son share], because Bob refuses to help his wife with basic transportation. Is this generous? Is this the love of God? UFC members, can you twist and stretch any Scriptures to justify this cruelty and make it seem “holy”?

While Judy struggles to eat and faces homelessness, Janeth receives THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS in tithes from Bob each month. I am not telling you what I heard, but what I KNOW and what is documented.

Judy is losing her home while Janeth lives in a nice home and profits off of Bob’s money. Yet Janeth has Bob convinced that Judy is a gold-digger using him for an “easy meal ticket” when that’s the very thing Janeth is guilty of. Just because she doesn’t preach about tithes and offerings at Sunday services doesn’t mean she isn’t a wolf in sheep’s clothing using people for money behind the scenes.

1 Timothy 5:8 says that Christians who don’t provide for their own relatives are denying the Faith and are worse than unbelievers — because even unbelievers know that they’re suppose to provide for their family. Yet Janeth has convinced Bob that he is serving God by withholding basic provisions from his wife.

“But those who won’t care for their relatives, especially those in their own household, have denied the true faith. Such people are worse than unbelievers.”

Ephesians 5:25-29 says that husbands ought to love their wives as their own body, just as Christ loves His Bride and washes Her with the word of God.

“For husbands, this means love your wives, just as Christ loved the church. He gave up his life for herto make her holy and clean, washed by the cleansing of God’s word.He did this to present her to himself as a glorious church without a spot or wrinkle or any other blemish. Instead, she will be holy and without fault.In the same way, husbands ought to love their wives as they love their own bodies. For a man who loves his wife actually shows love for himself.No one hates his own body but feeds and cares for it, just as Christ cares for the church.”

As you can see, Janeth is instructing Bob to do the exact opposite of what Scripture says.

UFC members, deep down inside you know that it’s dead-wrong for Janeth to do “nice” things for people ONLY IF they blindly obey her and ONLY IF they join UFC and stay there forever. You know that it’s dead-wrong for a so-called “pastor” to destroy someone’s employment, break up their marriage, turn their children against them, hinder them from getting medical care, take away their home so that they end up homeless, and let them go hungry all because they left UFC.

You know that this is wrong because God gave you a sense of right and wrong, and the Holy Spirit is convicting you. But a part of you is trying to twist her wrongs and make them seem “right” in your mind because you want to be faithful and obedient to your leader, and you were taught that it’s “blasphemy” to question her character and think bad thoughts about her.

However, being faithful and obedient to God is more important than being “obedient” to a leader. And God expects us to examine the fruit of leaders and compare their character and teachings to His word. So rest assured, you are not blaspheming God by questioning Janeth and thinking about how ungenerous she actually is. God gave you a mind so that you can think things through and carefully evaluate things.

Being a Christian doesn’t mean that we throw our mind away and blindly follow leaders and never question what they say and do. That is a very dangerous way to live. Jesus said that if blind people follow blind leaders — both of them will end up in the ditch. So don’t be blind. . . ask God to open your eyes, and use the mind that He gave you. Study the Scriptures that He inspired, and rely on the Holy Spirit to show you the truth.

Beware of anyone who discourages you from thinking things through and asking questions. Beware of any leader who says that it is “blasphemy” to question them or even think about the ungodly things they say and do. They are equating themselves to God and trying to escape accountability by silencing you. They know that no Christian wants to commit blasphemy, so they pull the “blasphemy” card to do whatever they please without consequence.

But it appears that Janeth’s time is up. The truth is out and the evidence is in — the “emperor” of UFC has no clothes.

“Take no part in the worthless deeds of evil and darkness; instead, expose them.It is shameful even to talk about the things that ungodly people do in secret. But their evil intentions will be exposed when the light shines on them, for the light makes everything visible. . . ” (Ephesians 5:11-14)

Do not be fooled by Janeth’s false religious act of “generosity.” Do not be fooled when she helps someone find a job. Do not be fooled when she finds someone a place to stay. Do not be fooled by her so-called “charity work” down in Honduras. It’s only to further her own agenda, make herself look good, and give her leverage to manipulate people with. Just as quickly as she gave people these “nice” things, she’d take it away if they left UFC or disobeyed her.

Does Janeth help ANY Christians outside of her circle? Does she help ANYONE who isn’t associated with UFC? Can you name *ONE* person that Janeth helps who she considers an enemy? If you disagreed with her, questioned her, or left UFC — would she be generous towards you? Or would she tell everyone not to talk to you and to treat you with cruelty like she did Judy?

I pray that you will recognize the difference between true generosity which flows from God’s love, and a false outward act of “charity” which flows from pride and hypocrisy.

“Watch out! Don’t do your good deeds publicly, to be admired by others, for you will lose the reward from your Father in heaven. When you give to someone in need, don’t do as the hypocrites do—blowing trumpets in the synagogues and streets to call attention to their acts of charity! I tell you the truth, they have received all the reward they will ever get.But when you give to someone in need, don’t let your left hand know what your right hand is doing. Give your gifts in private, and your Father, who sees everything, will reward you.” (Matthew 6:1-4)

“This is how we know what real love is: Jesus gave his life for us. So we should give our lives for each other as brothers and sisters.Suppose a believer who is rich enough to have all the necessities of life sees a fellow believer who is poor and does not have even basic needs. What if the rich believer does not help the poor one? Then it is clear that God’s love is not in that person’s heart.My children, our love should not be only words and talk. No, our love must be real. We must show our love by the things we do.” (1 John 3:16-18)

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“My brothers and sisters, if people say they have faith, but do nothing, their faith is worth nothing. Can faith like that save them?A brother or sister in Christ might need clothes or food.If you say to that person, “God be with you! I hope you stay warm and get plenty to eat,” but you do not give what that person needs, your words are worth nothing. In the same way, faith by itself—that does nothing—is dead.” (James 2:14-17)

“Good people want to do what is right for the poor, but the wicked don’t care.” (Proverbs 29:7)

“Whoever takes advantage of the poor insults their Maker, but whoever is kind to them honors him.” (Proverbs 14:31)

“But when the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit upon his glorious throne. All the nations will be gathered in his presence, and he will separate the people as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats.He will place the sheep at his right hand and the goats at his left.“Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the Kingdom prepared for you from the creation of the world.For I was hungry, and you fed me. I was thirsty, and you gave me a drink. I was a stranger, and you invited me into your home.I was naked, and you gave me clothing. I was sick, and you cared for me. I was in prison, and you visited me.’

“Then these righteous ones will reply, ‘Lord, when did we ever see you hungry and feed you? Or thirsty and give you something to drink?Or a stranger and show you hospitality? Or naked and give you clothing?When did we ever see you sick or in prison and visit you?’“And the King will say, ‘I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me!’

“Then the King will turn to those on the left and say, ‘Away with you, you cursed ones, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his demons.For I was hungry, and you didn’t feed me. I was thirsty, and you didn’t give me a drink.I was a stranger, and you didn’t invite me into your home. I was naked, and you didn’t give me clothing. I was sick and in prison, and you didn’t visit me.’“Then they will reply, ‘Lord, when did we ever see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and not help you?’“And he will answer, ‘I tell you the truth, when you refused to help the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were refusing to help me.’“And they will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous will go into eternal life.” (Matthew 25:31-46)

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How To Lose Your 501(c)(3) Status. . . Spend Your Members’ Money On Personal Assets

UFC is currently registered with the IRS as a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt “nonprofit” organization. Click on the image below to see the evidence.

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Click here if you would like to see the evidence on the original website.

The term “501(c)(3)” refers to the section in the US Internal Revenue Code that allows for federal tax exemption of nonprofit organizations — specifically those that are considered public charities, private foundations or private operating foundations. Basically, 501(c)(3) organizations don’t have to pay taxes, and donations are tax deductible.

There are strict rules for 501(c)(3) organizations. And if these rules are not followed, the IRS will revoke the organization’s 501(c)(3) status.

One of the rules is that no part of an organization’s net earnings may inure to the benefit of a private shareholder or individual who, because of the person’s relationship to the organization, has an opportunity to control or influence its activities. This rule is stated on the IRS website as follows:

“A section 501(c)(3) organization must not be organized or operated for the benefit of private interests, such as the creator or the creator’s family, shareholders of the organization, other designated individuals, or persons controlled directly or indirectly by such private interests. No part of the net earnings of a section 501(c)(3) organization may inure to the benefit of any private shareholder or individual. A private shareholder or individual is a person having a personal and private interest in the activities of the organization.”

Click here to read this rule on the IRS website for yourself.

To put it simply, the leaders and family members who run 501(c)(3) organizations are FORBIDDEN from using your donations for their own personal benefit, profit, or selfish gain.

They are not allowed to collect and spend YOUR MONEY for their own personal private interests.

They are prohibited by law from spending ANY of the organization’s net earnings to unfairly benefit themselves.

If for some reason, the organization shuts down, the leaders [nor their family members or other designated individuals] are allowed to share in the distribution of any corporate assets. The fancy term for this rule is “the concept of inurement.”

Janeth and Jerry Santiago are in violation of this law, and may very well have their 501(c)(3) status revoked by the IRS. How so? Where is the evidence?

Let’s take a look at the $400,000 5-acre property located at 1150 West Bay Avenue Barnegat, New Jersey.

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UFC members have been lied to, deceived, and hoodwinked to believe that the West Bay Avenue property is church property. They believe that it is a shared/corporate asset belonging to the group.

However, the truth is that according to public tax records, the West Bay property is the personal property of Janeth and Jerry Santiago. . . yet they bought it with UFC donations which is illegal. Click on the images below which shows that Janeth and Jerry are listed as the owners of the property.

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Click here to see the evidence on the original website.
Click here to see the evidence on the website for the Ocean County Office of the County Clerk.

Click on the image below for more evidence.

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Click here to see the image above on the Ocean County Clerk’s website.

So there you have it. . . according to legal documents, the West Bay Avenue property is not church property or a shared/corporate asset under the law, but the personal property of Jerry and Janeth Santiago who are listed as the owners. They purchased this property with the tithes and offerings of UFC members and put it in their own name, which is illegal. And if for some reason, UFC shuts down, UFC members would not share in the distribution of its value.

If you scroll back up this page and look at the very first image, you will see that under “assets” there are NONE listed. There is a ZERO “0” — yet UFC members, YOUR MONEY is being used to buy personal assets for Janeth and Jerry. They can sell the property and not give you a dime in return because it isn’t yours. It’s in their name. This is why they could not claim a tax-exemption when they bought the property with YOUR MONEY, because it is not owned by UFC, but owned by them. If the West Bay Property were church property, then the Santiago’s would not have paid taxes on it [501(c)(3) organizations do not pay property taxes] — but if you scroll up to the 6th photo on this page and look where it says “exemption” you will see ZEROS listed.

The Santiago’s are not allowed to turn this property into church property because it is a personal residence.

UFC members, why do your leaders have you meeting in a gym — when they spent HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS of dollars of your tithes and offerings on a personal property?

Did you know that the house on West Bay Avenue is THEIRS and not UFC’s? Did you know that it’s illegal for them to spend your money on houses in their own name? Why is there NO real financial transparency and financial accountability at UFC? What else is going on with the money? Is there more? Yes there is! And it will be revealed in the next article.

UFC members, you have a right to know where your money goes. You have a right to see receipts, bank statements, and quarterly financial reports. It’s your money and you are accountable before God to spend it wisely and make sure that your leaders are following the laws of the land. And well, as you can see here. . . they aren’t.

Janeth, you claim that there aren’t any prisoners at UFC and that you’re doing the will of God, but talk is cheap. If your followers are so “free” in Christ, then stop forbidding them from going online and looking at the evidence for themselves. Stop telling them not to join any social networks. Why is Kris the only person that is allowed to see this website? Why is he monitoring what we say and reporting back to you like a spy? What are you so paranoid about? Are you scared that your followers will discover the truth? Many of them already have, and more of them will. Where in the Bible did Jesus or His apostles try to control and filter what Believers read and listen to? Nowhere.

It’s a shame that an outsider had to post this information online for the whole world to see, all because a few leaders refuse to be financially accountable to their organization.

It’s a shame that any UFC member who approaches Janeth about this issue will be verbally blasted, emotionally manipulated, and possibly shunned and kicked out.

It’s a shame that UFC members feel afraid just for looking at this information — as if it’s a “sin” to know how their money is being spent and whether their leaders are following the law.

It’s a shame that Janeth and Jerry have their followers meeting in a gym while they lavish donations on a house in their own name, and give their followers the false impression that the house is “church property.”

It’s a shame that a former UFC member is losing her home because of Janeth’s influence, yet Janeth illegally spent $400,000 to buy a house on 5-acres of land. She oppresses the poor to make herself rich. Yet Jesus made Himself poor to make us rich in salvation. What a contrast!~ I pray that UFC members will notice the drastic difference. I also pray that the IRS will hold Janeth and Jerry Santiago accountable, as well as any other guilty parties.

Beware of false prophets who come disguised as harmless sheep but are really vicious wolves. You can identify them by their fruit, that is, by the way they act. Can you pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? A good tree produces good fruit, and a bad tree produces bad fruit. A good tree can’t produce bad fruit, and a bad tree can’t produce good fruit. So every tree that does not produce good fruit is chopped down and thrown into the fire. Yes, just as you can identify a tree by its fruit, so you can identify people by their actions.” (Matthew 7:15-20)

Jessica, you said that you’re “next in line.” But do you really want to be next in line?

“Then this message came to me from the Lord: “Son of man, prophesy against the shepherds, the leaders of Israel. Give them this message from the Sovereign Lord: Woe unto you shepherds who feed yourselves instead of your flocks. Shouldn’t shepherds feed their sheep? You drink the milk, wear the wool, and butcher the best animals, but you let your flocks starve. You have not taken care of the weak. You have not tended the sick or bound up the injured. You have not gone looking for those who have wandered away and are lost. Instead, you have ruled them with harshness and cruelty. So my sheep have been scattered without a shepherd, and they are easy prey for any wild animal. They have wandered through all the mountains and all the hills, across the face of the earth, yet no one has gone to search for them.

“Therefore, you shepherds, hear the word of the Lord: As surely as I live, says the Sovereign Lord, you abandoned my flock and left them to be attacked by every wild animal. And though you were my shepherds, you didn’t search for my sheep when they were lost. You took care of yourselves and left the sheep to starve. Therefore, you shepherds, hear the word of the Lord. This is what the Sovereign Lord says: I now consider these shepherds my enemies, and I will hold them responsible for what has happened to my flock. I will remove them from tending the flock so that the shepherds can no longer feed themselves. I will rescue my flock from their mouths; the sheep will no longer be their prey.” (Ezekiel 34:1-10)

“Why Are People Attacking My Church And Our Pastor??”

I’m the middle-child of 3 sisters. We were all very close growing up, and I remember my older sister being very protective. Not overprotective, but protective in a good way. If anyone tried to mess with my little sister and I, my older sister had our back. She would not let anyone talk bad about us, bully us, or take advantage of our kindness.

If someone picked on one of us, then they picked on all of us. We were united as sisters and naturally came to each others’ defense. That is what family members do because we love one another.

If you have siblings or close friends that are like family, then I’m sure you can relate. It is a natural inclination for us to automatically defend people that we love and have close relationships with. No one wants to hear bad things about their family and friends. No one wants their family and friends to be accused of horrible things.

We have so many good experiences and memories with our family members and friends, it’s hard to imagine that someone had a bad experience with them and that our loved one was at fault. Our automatic reaction is to perceive the accusation as an “attack” and assume that the accuser is lying. So we defend our family and ignore the accusations.

When the family that is being accused is a spiritual family, a church . . . it can make us even more defensive because that puts God in the mix. It is very natural to associate God with church. Church is suppose to be a family of Believers who love Jesus Christ and demonstrate His love to one another. It is suppose to be a gathering of Christians who worship God together, grow together, and learn about the Lord together. It is suppose to be a pillar of truth, grace, and righteousness in the community. It is suppose to be a city set on a hill and a light to the world.

When people share bad things about a church and its leadership, at first glance, it can seem like they are attacking God and the Bride of Christ. It can be difficult to listen with an objective ear, because your leaders might be telling you that the accusations are “persecution from the enemy” and that former UFC members are “accusers of the brethren.”

Plus, you have made some wonderful friends at UFC and experienced wonderful things. I know this, because former UFC members have shared sweet memories about some of you — the friendships, the good times, the moments of fellowship while spending time with one another. They miss you a lot and they would never take away from the positive experiences and friendships that they had at UFC.

But please understand, the positive experiences and friendships at UFC do not excuse the damaging and terrible things that have happened and are still happening under Janeth Santiago’s leadership. We cannot ignore the bad things just because there are good things happening. We should acknowledge the good things, but also deal with the bad things that are damaging lives and misrepresenting our Savior and His Gospel.

This means that we must be brave and walk in the light as our God is in the light, and not hide in the darkness of denial. This means that we must be honest and truthful, because our Savior is the Truth (John 14:6) and the truth sets us free (John 8:31-32).

Many former UFC members have taken that brave step to freedom by sharing the truth — not to tear you down, but to rescue you from suffering years of abuse, immense emotional pain, and the loss of loved ones.

I am not asking you to blindly believe me and assume that all of the information is true, but NOR should you blindly believe Janeth and assume (without investigating and evaluating the information) that anyone who says anything bad about her or UFC is lying and “attacking/persecuting” God’s Kingdom. All I ask of you is that you carefully consider the information.

Joining a church and becoming actively involved is a serious commitment. You deserve a full disclosure (including financial transparency) about any organization that you join, participate in, and financially contribute to.

You deserve to know the background and history of your leaders, not just what they tell you, but also what other people have experienced under their leadership over the years. And you should not accept anything less, especially from an organization that operates in the name of God.

If UFC is truly of God, then Janeth has nothing to fear and everything can be evaluated openly in the light. And if Janeth and UFC pass the test with flying colors, you would be doing the right thing by defending your church and leaders.

But surely, you don’t want to mistakenly defend an organization or leader that has indeed damaged many people and left a trail of victims. You don’t want to be uninformed and mistakenly enable spiritual abuse, only to find out in the end that the allegations were true and people were only trying to warn you because they care for you.

Will you take a courageous step to find out the truth? I hope that you will stop back by.

Peace and Grace to you,

Evelyn