Cooper said he had to endure watching his wife being fondled by his father and young girls were sometimes told to join community elders in hot tubs.

Phil Cooper’s sister, Miracle, also defected from the cult with her husband and ten children. She is James Ben Canaan’s aunt.

The latest defection prompted one cult member – Fervent Stedfast, a “community brother” who’s been a Cooperite since 1970 – to declare: