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Sis Lois Best’s Testimony: Still a believer

I Still Believe!

Unfortunately, it seems we live in an era where someone can sit on one side of the church, and be angry with another brother or sister sitting on the other side of the church, without ever feeling bad about it. They can go on being mad at each other without ever saying “I’m sorry,” or “I forgive you.” I remember a time when something was wrong between the hearts of two people, and we couldn’t sleep at night. We would be bothered about it. We could try to carry on, but our days were miserable. Nothing would seem to go right simply because of this difference with someone in our hearts, that we felt convicted about. We’ve allowed this conflict go on until bitterness builds against one another. This bitterness hardens our heart to the point that we can go to church, lift up our unclean hands and pray to God for forgiveness, and not ever feel convicted about our own unforgiving, hateful spirit. The prayers of the Saints are now hindered because we can’t forgive one another causing the church to become cold. A place of help for the lost souls no longer exists.

Here we are now in a moment that we all knew was coming. Tragedy has struck America, it has struck our communities, and it has struck our churches. There are some days, regardless of the “unprepared condition” of my heart, that I look at the state of this world, and anxiously wonder, “Please God, is it the end of the world yet?” Rev. Robertson once said, “I have always believed that the greatest opportunity ever given to mankind is that we can change.” God help me, and God help us all.

This was something I had written to the church when I left House of Prayer in 2009. I was called a reprobate. I had been broken down to the point of complete hopelessness, and I believed that I was doomed. I needed help and I let them destroyed me. If there was no hope for my soul, then what was the point in living? I couldn’t sit in a church service anywhere for years. I started to believe that the preachers were right. They had taken everything thing that mattered to me, and I had nowhere to turn. I loved and missed all my brothers and sisters in the church, and they were completely shut out to me.

I had kept silent about the abuse I endured from my husband at that time, Michael Best. The only ones who really knew what was going on in our house was Denis, Robertson, and Bradeen. This abuse was the reason that I was separated from my husband on several occasions. At one point, I stayed with the Bradeen’s. I was pushed into going back home time and time again only for things to get worse each time. My breaking point was at a late night prayer meeting, where I prayed at the altar and cried. I stayed there until I fell asleep because I was afraid to go home. The last time I had to leave my home, I stayed with Sis Chong. By this time, so much damage had been done. I couldn’t sleep at night. I was having nightmares that caused me to cry out in my sleep. My fear was that I would be made to go back again. How could they be helping me by continuing to let me get hurt?

This drove me to flee in the middle of the night in my pajamas with as much of my belongings that could fit into a pillow case. This was not before I had already fallen. There was another sister that I confided in and told her everything. We ended up in the church office with Bradeen and Robertson. They talked to this sister first. I don’t know what was said. When they called me into the office and began to ask me what all I had said to her. I told Robertson that I had told her my whole story. She came with me when I left. I tried to get her to understand the urgency, and the fact that I was not coming back. I ended up bringing her back to Georgia only to be met by the Friars pushing me to come back. I got on a plane and went  to Texas.

The phone calls from Robertson and Bradeen started instantly. This is where the real damage came. They convinced me that my soul was damned. On top of dealing with all the trauma, this is what pushed me into the idea that there could be no hope for my soul.

I later learned that no one was allowed to contact me. Everyone in the church was told that I was gay and sleeping with sisters in the church. I was even asked over the phone by Bradeen about my relationships with sisters that I was close to in the church. Because of my fear and lack of desire toward my husband, this somehow turned into me having unnatural affection towards my sisters.

It has been 8 years since I left. That was 8 years of hopelessness. I thought so much about all my brothers and sisters that I loved and truly missed. This led me to google House of Prayer, and I found this site. This site confirmed so many things that I thought made me seem crazy. I have found some of my brothers and sisters only to learn that they had also been hurt by the church. I just talked to Sister Jen Rodriguez a few days ago on the phone. For the first time in 8 years, I felt hope. After reading all the testimonies, I believe God knows my struggle and can heal and restore. Please pray for my strength. Words can’t express how grateful I am to have found so many brothers and sisters fighting for what was taken unrightfully. I love you all and miss you so much.

Sister L. Best

9 thoughts on “Sis Lois Best’s Testimony: Still a believer

  1. Hi Lois. It’s really good to hear from you. Even after all these years I think about you often. I remember meeting you at the bradeens. You were a very fun loving person and just a blessing to be around. I also remember how troubled you were before you left. I didn’t know your exact situation but I knew it was something serious. I would pray for all the time. It tore me up inside to see you hurting like that and not being able to help. Braden and Robertson kept me on a tight leash. Anything I said or did was under scrutiny. When I didn’t see you in prayer anymore I asked about you and was given that “mind your business” look so I left it alone. We were sad to hear you left and even after hearing the so called reason I still prayed for you. God loves you and there is hope for healing and restorstion. We love you and are here for you.

    1. Sis Green! Indeed it very great to hear from you. You all were such a blessing! Thank you for your prayers and concern. I hope you and the family are well.

  2. I do remember you. You were in the army and yes I remember them saying those things about you. You can and will heal. “For who hath despised the day of small things? Zachariah 4:10
    My husband and I just found a church and it’s on the base. I really like it and there 2 chaplains that are the pastors. HOPCC talked negatively about chaplains in the military. Yes there will be those chaplains that are not meeting the qualifications in what a chaplain should hold. However, these two chaplains are terrific they love God. Hopcc conveys that their the only ones that love God and no one but them are right with God. That statement always bothered me because of what Jesus says in his word. “And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd.”
    ‭‭John‬ ‭10:16‬ ‭KJV‬‬
    I hope and pray only the best for you. Yes, this website has been a true blessing to many and will continue to be..

    1. Praise God, that we can still worship God and be an encouragement to others and they be an encouragement to us especially in our military! Whoa!

  3. I’m am so glad Sis Best that you have finally found Hope! Your story has sure inspired us to continue in this fight against Rony Denis and his minions, not a physical fight but a spiritual fight. No one should have to experience the abuse and tormoil that you experienced in the church.
    The sad part about it all is that your former husband is now remarried to another poor sister. She told me that her husband was crazy, and she told me that her husband was on medicine, but you still don’t want to mess with him. After hearing your testimony and and the recordings of Michael Best I am assured that his abuse has not stopped. His new wife wanted to move to Greensboro, NC but her husband didn’t.
    For these ministers to remarry a man that they know is abusive is so sad, and shows no care for people. Your story is not an isolated case. There are many more that are trapped in the cult, but maybe when they read the testimony they will feel more emboldened to take a stand.
    Love and Prayers ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

  4. Praise God!

    It’s good to finally know the truth of what happened Sis Lois. Like Peter said, “It’s good for us to be here!” This is very close to home for me because I knew you and Mike very well. To think that these hirelings at hopcc who claim to be preachers would put you through this is astonishing. God will get him honor upon all their heads. We will pray for your strength my sister. We still love you and all those that love Jesus in sincerity. Denis doesn’t like this site because it’s exposing him for the fraud that he has always been. He spoke in a service one time about never leaving his first love. Now I see exactly what he loves. Even though evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, I am glad that the grace of God can still abound today like it did in the days of the early church. Praise God!

  5. The three pillars of evil: Denis, Robertson, and Bradeen! It’s amazing how these “ministers” can do so much evil to people who trusted in them. What kind of heart can “preach” like these men and live like they live?

  6. What a truly powerful testimony, thanks for sharing it with us! To me it seems like the true reprobates are Denis, Bradeen, and Robertson. I have lost complete respect for Denis and Robertson, especially when Robertson lied to my face when I last confronted him in Georgia. I thought that there was some hope for Bradeen seeing how I heard that he actually had the guts to stand up to Denis a time or two, but after reading your testimony and realizing that he was knowledgeable of all or at least enough of these wicked atrocities in this so-called “church” fuels my righteous indignation as I write this comment. Bradeen is no better than the rest of these wicked men who call themselves preachers. My mind is continually blown away every time I realize that I was apart of such a wicked organization! I had no idea this was happening to people. Denis is a master at lying and manipulating people and now I see that he was aided by Robertson and Bradeen. All three of these men are straight up cowards! God is certainly able to restore you! That was an amazing letter you wrote about bitterness. They completely tried to destroy you but you are still fighting and believing in God, that is powerful! We certainly keep praying for you and pray that what you have shared unashamedly and boldly will help liberate the oppressed both physically and spiritually! God bless you sister Lois.

    Ray Yorke

  7. it is a blessing when someone sees hope once again it brings the strength to move on and experience the healing power of God . Healing the scars deep within thank God for the good news of the gospel of grace. Like the song we sing…Jesus knows all about our struggles, he will guide till the day is done. Theres not a friend like the lowly Jesus no not one no not one.

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