The Real Jesus Healed Me of Deep Damage: Man Rescued From Drug-Taking Cult by THE CHRISTIAN INSTITUTE via Charisma News
A man forced to live in an Australian drug-taking cult until he was 15 says Jesus Christ healed the damage he suffered.
Ben Shenton was handed over to cult leader Anne Hamilton-Byrne at just 18 months old. In the years that followed, he and other children were abused and indoctrinated.
But now, more than 30 years after police freed him from the cult, he says knowing Jesus has given him lasting transformation.
The Family—as the cult was called—believed Hamilton-Byrne was a reincarnation of Jesus Christ and would help to re-educate people after an apocalyptic event.
At one point, 28 children lived together and were forced into a strict routine that focused on meditation and yoga.
“Aunties”—who included Shenton’s biological mother—physically and emotionally abused the children.
Adults and some teenagers were forced to take LSD, while children were mandated to take sedatives.
Shenton told the BBC’s World Service that his life changed in 1987, at age 15, when police arrived to rescue him.
“I think for the first time in my life, I realized I was free,” he said.
But because he had been hidden away for so many years, he struggled to integrate into society and spiraled downward into having suicidal thoughts.