Yea, I gather a lot of other Christians in the area felt CLC was a cult! Not wrong.
I'm really interested in learning more about your research, Ify! I think groups like SGM are under-studied and there's a lot to be gained out of looking more closely at them.
I actually just finished a draft of a piece on this lawsuit...pulling together some of the threads I've been writing about for the past couple years to put the charges in context. The full picture is really, really alarming.