A&E is tackling controversial religions and is bringing a new series The Devil Next Door to viewers in November. Known for the groundbreaking look at Scientology with the series Leah Remini: Scientology And The Aftermath, A&E will be taking a closer look at Jehovah’s Witnesses as well as ex-members of the North Carolina Word of Faith Fellowship Church who allege they have suffered abuse, harassment, and shunning while in the church and after they left.
The ex-members are trying to share their stories and want to warn others of what they allegedly experienced in the church. They say they also want to help their loved ones who are still inside the church, leave and find freedom.
A&E is giving voice to the ex-members with a six-part series that will premiere on November 27, 2018, at 10 p.m. ET/PT.
Elaine Frontain Bryant who serves as A&E Network’s Executive Vice President & Head of Programming released a statement about the new series. She stated the following in a release.
“A&E Network prides itself in finding truth and conviction through powerful storytelling. The victims of the Word of Faith Fellowship Church have shocking and timely first-hand accounts that need to be shared and A&E is proud to provide them this very necessary platform so we can ensure their voices will be heard.”
You may see an inside look of the upcoming docu-series in the video player below.
According to reports, Sam and Jane Whaley founded the Word of Faith Fellowship in 1979. The church has grown to a membership of approximately 600 people. Additional churches have been established in Ghana, Sweden, and Brazil. Over the years, allegations of abuse have surfaced from former members.
The church runs a school and has also been accused of child abuse.
A 1995 Inside Edition expose revealed secret footage of the church practicing a technique called “blasting.” Blasting was described as a form of driving demons out of people and adults.
You may see the Inside Edition footage in the video player below.
Many former members allege that it is Jane Whaley who is the head of the church and exhibits control over the congregation. Ex-members accuse Whaley and others of controlling every aspect of their lives from the moment they wake up until they go to sleep.
They say they must seek permission from the church before attending school or college, getting married, or even engaging in marital relations.
Are you going to watch The Devil Next Door?