Some 35 years after his death, Lester Roloff is still venerated as a great faith hero in some fundamentalist circles. A Facebook page maintained in his name has a link saying:
‘Lester Roloff was one of the most greatly used preachers of his generation. Although he went to Heaven in 1982, his legacy continues to this day with thousands of lives being changed through the many ministries he founded.’
‘Brother Roloff’ is also known in SFL tradition. Darrell posted about him on the original blog, where an example of his ‘preaching’ still remains.
Roloff maintained a network of ‘homes’ where troubled youths were largely vanquished from society. Even so, horror stories of abuse did emerge, and comments at the earlier work are illuminating as they are disgusting. Roloff has been dead for decades; David C. Gibbs III emerges as a replacement figurehead for this issue, if in a mixed way.
Last week, R. L. Stollar did a piece for Homeschooler’s Anonymous identifying Gibbs as ‘The Fixer.’ The piece itself explains why. And unlike the original SFL post on Roloff, Stollar’s piece is not. It also leads into the ongoing Gothard/IBLP case. Abuse is an ongoing theme in fundamentalism, and vigilance is needed on behalf of the weak.