Category: Gwen Shamblin / Remnant Fellowship
The ruling from the Georgia Supreme Court comes three years after Joseph and Sonya Smith were sentenced to life in prison for the beating death of their 8-year-old son. The child’s death put the focus on how the Remnant Fellowship taught its members to discipline their children.
Weigh Down and Remnant seem to do more harm to those who join than good. Goals are set, and if they are not met, Newsome said members are told they will go to hell. Guilt and shame are used to keep the members in line, and eternal damnation is said to be the punishment for overeating.
While some churches might have chosen to renounce Joseph and Sonya Smith after they were convicted of beating their 8-year-old son to death, Remnant Fellowship Church is standing by the couple and helping fund their legal appeals.
A couple was sentenced Tuesday to life plus 30 years in prison in the beating death of their 8-year-old son, a case that prompted authorities to raid the family’s Remnant Fellowship Church because it supports corporal punishment.
Former members of a Brentwood-based church said they hoped Friday’s conviction of Georgia couple in the death of their 8-year-old son would prompt the church and its followers to re-examine their child discipline teachings.
A suburban Atlanta couple was found guilty Friday of one count each of felony murder and involuntary manslaughter in the death of their 8-year-old son, in a case that prompted authorities to raid the Tennessee-based church where the parents are members.
A jury today convicted Cobb parents Joseph and Sonya Smith on one count each of felony murder and involuntary manslaughter in the death of their 8-year-old son Josef.
What that jury of ten women and two men decides could send the parents to prison, possibly for as long as the rest of their lives, or release them to the embrace of family and friends and fellow church members who have shared their grief over the loss of their son.
One of the crimes the state of Georgia has charged the Smith’s with is using glue sticks to punish Josef. It’s a form of punishment they learned at Remnant Fellowship Church.