A FORMER member of an alleged cult that has multiple TikTok stars claims the leader is “a parasite that brainwashes members with satanic threats.”
In an exclusive interview with The Sun, former Shekinah Church member Lydia Chang stated that the sect’s followers are being tightly controlled through tactics such as “brainwashing, manipulation and fear-mongering.”
The church, led by founder Robert Shinn, 63, has been accused by the TikToker family of 25-year-old Miranda Derrick of recruiting her and other influencers with millions of followers to work with the company, producing and running 7M Films of Shinn.
Shinn was struck by claims online that he ran a “cult” that recruited top dancers through his production and management company, 7M Films, and brainwashed them.
Chang sued the church and its founder for fraud in 2009 after alleging she was caught with nearly $4 million. She lost the case after the trial.
The elder, who was a member of the Shekinah Church from 1996 to 2008, believes that Robert teaches current church members that “attacking the church on the news and on social media is currently persecution because they are the only true followers. God. »
She claims that the church has been preaching that “all people in the world are satanic” and that these teachings are likely to continue in the current church and will apply to the controversy currently facing its leaders.
Chang claims that 7M is using TikTok dancers like Miranda Derrick and their many followers as a way to infiltrate entertainment and media, which was launched when Shinn first plotted in California about 30 years ago.
She told The Sun that Robert said, “Where do all the people who want fame and money go?” They go to Hollywood. »
Chang said, “At first he tried to present the church in the media and entertainment, but it didn’t work at first. He claimed that God had called him to California. God didn’t call him to California; power and money did it. »
A statement posted on the new Instagram account for 7M Films reads: “It is true that 7M CEO Dr. Robert Shinn is also the pastor of the Shekinah Church.
“It is not true that there is a commercial connection between the two organizations.
“The Shekinah Church and the 7M are managed and operate separately and independently of each other.
“It is quite common for a believer to own and operate one or more secular businesses for profit.
“You do not need to be a member of the Second Church to be represented by the 7M, and you do not need to be a member of the 7M to be a member of the Shekinah Church. Any claim to the contrary is simply false. »
The former member of the group said her own experience was particularly devastating due to her personal wealth.
Chang was recently attacked because of 7M and Shekinan Church pro’s newly created Instagram account.
Whoever maintains the account suggested in the comments that she is in love with Shinn.
They also attacked his intellect and business acumen.
“When you watch this, you can understand how much I was psychologically manipulated and traumatized. They say that I was not smart enough and smart enough. They had to break me, they had to destroy me to get my money,” said Chang, whose allegations that Robert conned him out of $4 million were not dismissed in court.
“They made everyone in the church think I was the dumbest person. They physically broke me,” she added.
Regarding the love for the founder of the Shinnu church, Chang chuckled and said, “He thinks that all women want it. This is the biggest problem for the narcissist, they completely believe in their delusions. »
“I never wanted Robert, I knew who he was – he was poor, ugly and married. »
Shinn and the other defendants would have won in the 2009 court all claims in the lawsuit.
Chang told The Sun that she believes the lawsuit is unfair and hopes to pursue other remedies.
In a 2009 lawsuit against Robert Shinn, Chang claimed that he was described online as “a former physician who successfully practiced medicine for seven years before God spoke to him and brought him into full-time ministry.”
Chang is said to be in the lawsuits, which would have been dismissed with prejudice after the trial. – that Shinn and other members of the Shekinah Church deprived her of at least $3.8 million worth of property and funds after she joined the church in 2000.
Lydia was also ordered to pay Shinn’s legal fees, which he refused.
The lawsuit alleges: “Defendants used undue influence, mind control, coercive persuasion, harassment, and other intimidation tactics in the name of ‘openness and honesty with God’ to trick the plaintiff, Lydia Chung, into disclosing and giving them control of all of her personal financial information.
The 2009 case was reported to have gone to trial, with the court ruling in favor of Shinn and the other defendants on all charges brought before the court.
Robert Shinn was recently featured in an exclusive photo of The Sun running errands outside the $2.5 million North Hollywood mansion where he appears to live and where many of 7M Films’ TikTok dance videos were filmed.
TikTok star Wilking’s family troubles
Miranda Derrick’s TikToker family has raised concerns about her involvement with 7M, a management company set up by Shinn’s 25-year-old son Isaiah.
Miranda’s sister Melanie and her parents Dean and Kelly Wilking tearfully denounced the church for allegedly cutting them off from Miranda in an Instagram Live video last month.
“They are not in control of their lives – someone else is in control of their lives and they are all victims of it,” the Wilkings said of the 7M recruits.
The Wilking family claims they split from Miranda in January 2021 after she refused to go to her grandfather’s funeral.
She is said to have then married her husband James Derrick without telling them or inviting them to the wedding.
Melanie, 22, said in a family video message: “We know it’s not her. We didn’t say anything because we always had hope that she would come back. We didn’t want to embarrass him.
Melanie claims she also briefly became involved in church, but was not invited back after she missed one church service, which she considered a “red flag”.
Asked if they went to the authorities, Melanie replied: “We don’t find anything illegal other than complete brainwashing, which you can’t prove in any way.
“So, unfortunately, since they are all adults, there is nothing anyone can do. »
She added: “Every day I wake up hoping to wake up from this nightmare because I don’t feel like it has to be true. »
Shinn and 7M vehemently deny the allegations and accuse the Wilkings of turning “Miranda’s private family affairs into a sly public scandal of clicks and influence.”
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