There's a bizarre scenario unfolding in Uxbridge, Massachusetts, where two brothers, suspected of leading a cult, were charged with resisting arrest and disturbing the peace last week.
For quite some time, Pastor David Stanley and his brother, Dennis, have allegedly been engaged in odd and concerning behavior at a makeshift church inside the same building that houses their driveway paving business. Family members and the community, alike, have accused David and Dennis of cultish religious fervor.
Community members accuse the "Church of the End Times" of entering into concerning territory by using brainwashing, rituals and other sentiments that have no place in a mainstream Christian house of worship. Even Andrea Gault, David's and Dennis' mother, is speaking out against her sons' activities.
"It's definitely a cult," she told CBS News. "I just don’t know what to do except try to bring the church down. I love my sons. But I pray this nightmare will be over soon."
Below, see a YouTube video of David purportedly casting a demon out of a young man (caution: disturbing):
Beth Stanley, Dennis' wife, also decries the church's activities. She has secured a restraining order against her husband, who was once her high-school sweetheart, and is speaking out about the "Church of the End Times." While she said the house of worship was once pure, the situation has now radically changed.
"When your husband brings home 10 girls and tells you to sleep downstairs while he sleeps upstairs with them – you realize it’s the end," she told CBS. "He’s been brainwashed by his brother. He wants to live the life of a rock star – adored by many women through that fan club at church."
WBZ-TV has more about the situation:
However, as CBS News notes, Dennis dismisses these claims, saying that his wife is "being greedy" and trying to get a leg up in divorce proceedings.
"She’s trying to get the house, the money – and everything else," he said. "This is her way of going about doing it."
The legal drama commenced when police, who admit community concerns about the church and the brothers' activities there, tried to enforce the restraining order. Officials' efforts led to a tense stand-off during which the brothers reportedly said they are "not bowing to men."
Here's one of David's sermons:
The brothers are denying any wrongdoing and claiming that they are merely helping minister to troubled youths (police evicted seven teen girls from the home the day after the stand-off). David also denied that he is at the helm of a cult, claiming, "Jesus is Lord – not David. If we were a cult, then David would have to be God. No one is being controlled. No one’s been asked to do anything."
However, Gault, their mother, maintains that there's less-than-innocent behavior going on at the church, calling the house of worship "a crazy, crazy, crazy place." Adding fuel to her accusations is the fact that police recently arrested two women with a stockpile of stolen jewelry, cell phones and painkillers; they listed their address as the "Church of the End Times."
(H/T: CBS News)