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There was the mysterious church in Michigan that this whole saga supposedly started at. Very little is publicly known about what happened in Michigan with Doug. Then there was Valleybrook. Thanks to all of you who have read and shared this website, a lot is publicly known about what happened there.
It seems that Part Three will take place in Grapevine, Texas, at a new “church” called The Narrow Pathway. A website for the church circulated through several online communities on August 24th, and by the morning of the 25th, the website was pulled offline. However, a PDF was obtained via a Google cached page search, and is posted here for public knowledge.
“The straight and narrow path” was another buzzword at Valleybrook, however, it was different than the “core lies” buzzword in that it actually has biblical roots. Matthew 7:13 says “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it.” What it ended up becoming, though, was basically a moniker for obedience. And that obedience was to Doug.
As far as the brief appearance and abrupt departure of this website goes, it’s textbook to how Doug has operated so far. When Valleybrook came under scrutiny early this year, controversial documents were removed from the website to hide behind anonymity. Those documents were all recovered, and are posted in the Media section. When the website was found (conceivably by someone in the Chippewa Valley) on August 24th, it spread like wildfire through communities of ex-Valleybrook members. The “Contact Us” link at the bottom of the website got a lot of use. Doug was under attack, and he hid behind anonymity. Delete the site, and no one can prove anything, right? Wrong.
Additionally, Doug went to some extra trouble to protect his identity when registering for a web domain. The original link was to a Weebly site, which looked somewhat like the URL to this very site, except replace WordPress with Weebly. I looked into the WHOIS information (which is basically a record of who owns what domain on the internet, along with some personal information about them) and found that Doug used a registrar notorious for its use by criminals and dangerous or illegal activities called Domains By Proxy. There are very, very few legitimate reasons that you’d want to have some privacy with your domain registrations. There are MANY more under-handed reasons that you’d want it, one of which being, of course, anonymity. Another is deniability, and since the only way to get the personal information for a registration out of a company like Domains By Proxy is issuing a subpoena, it’s easy to deny any ties to a site that is called into question for any reason.
When looking for a different church to call home, be guarded about what newly formed churches you go to, especially if you’re in Grapevine, Texas. By all means attend and join new churches. Just do your research and know who your pastor is. Know what the leadership team believes. If you don’t like something, you don’t have to keep going there.
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