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Gospel Outreach Christian Church

A judge has dismissed a suit brought by the Pequannock, NJ, Gospel Outreach Christian Fellowship, a 30-member evangelical group stemming from a 1970s California commune, accusing critics of falsely claiming it is abusive, that it extracts a great deal of money from members, and breaks up families. The judge — who dismissed the case on technical grounds — suggested that the church’s suit was retaliation for a former member’s lawsuit against it alleging it was cult-like. The defendants were the Hawthorne Gospel Church, three ministers of the Route 208 megachurch, and 11 individuals, including former members of Gospel Outreach and their relatives. [csr 5.2 2006]