GWEN Shamblin Lara, leader of the Remnant Fellowship Church, who died in 2021, lived a luxurious lifestyle – despite her claims that her money was used to help others.
Details on Shamblin Lara’s lifestyle are revealed in a new HBO documentary.
‘Not for God, it was for Gwen’
After her death in May 2021, an investigation into Shamblin Lara’s will involved an estate that may have been worth millions.
But that doesn’t necessarily mean Shamblin Lara handled her money the way she said she would when she was alive.
“It suggests to me — maybe I’m being cynical — it suggests that the buildup wasn’t for God, it was for Gwen,” Nashville attorney Gary Blackburn told News Channel 5 Nashville, who led the investigation.
In 1998, Shamblin Lara told CNN anchor Larry King, “Half of that money goes to the government, the other half goes to keep it going so someone else can be helped.”
That would have meant Shamblin Lara’s family would have been left with nothing, which she insisted was the truth.
In fact, her daughter Elizabeth maintained that claim for years after that interview — she even mentioned it in 2017, saying, “You [Shamblin Lara] my inheritance and Michael’s practically given away.”
However, according to Shamblin Lara’s will, everything was left to her two children.
The investigation also found that Shamblin Lara’s will left no money for the Remnant Fellowship Church, despite her public claims.
But the church released a statement to News Channel 5 Nashville, saying Shamblin Lara “donated Weigh Down Ministries and its proceeds and all of its intellectual property to the church.”
“Regarding Gwen’s estate, almost two decades ago, Gwen, Michael and Elizabeth decided to donate approximately $10 million of what would have been Michael and Elizabeth’s inheritance to the building and grounds of the Remnant Fellowship Church.
“This was an incredible gift of generosity from Gwen and her family’s legacy, and the Church could not ask for more.”
It was also revealed that Shamblin Lara’s divorce from husband David Shamblin in 2018 revealed the couple owned 18 properties worth more than $20 million.
Those properties included a Florida beach house worth more than $4 million, another mansion in Brentwood worth about $7 million, and the jet that went down killing Shamblin Lara and several others.
“Breakthrough approach to weight loss”
Born in Memphis in February 1955, Shamblin Lara was the author of the 1997 book The Weigh Down Diet, “a groundbreaking approach to weight loss,” according to the book’s description.
“People who never know when they’re hungry and who can’t control their nightly binge eating have learned through the Weigh Down Workshop that they can eliminate irresistible food cravings,” the Amazon summary reads.
“This is not a diet like others because it is not food-centric.”
Shamblin Lara was one of seven people to die in a plane crash in May 2021.
A Cessna C501 crashed into Percy Priest Lake near Smyrna, Tennessee after taking off from a nearby airport around 11 a.m. on May 29.
“Finding renewed hope, deep love and deep purpose”
The Remnant Fellowship Church is located in Brentwood, Tennessee.
The church has, according to the organization’s website, “an international fellowship of people who are finding renewed hope, deep love, and deep purpose by putting into practice the pure teachings of Jesus Christ.”
“While divorce, depression, obesity and runaway children are increasingly the norm these days, at Remnant we are witnessing healed marriages, increased joy, restored health, restored finances and children who love to follow their parents’ lead. “
More than three decades ago, Shamblin Lara initiated the Weigh Down Workshop – a Bible study series that “teaches hurting, trapped souls to turn away from destructive vices and unwanted behaviors and emotions – such as overeating, drinking, anger and depression can point them to a genuine relationship with God.”
Her book – and the founding of the Remnant Fellowship Church – would follow later.
“Gwen ruined my family”
Part two of the HBO documentaries, The Way Down: God, Greed, and the Cult of Gwen Shamblin, examines what happened to Shamblin Lara’s church following her shocking death in May 2021.
Her daughter Elizabeth now leads the Remnant Fellowship Church.
In the trailer for the new part of the series, a churchgoer says: “Gwen ruined my family,” says a woman in the trailer.
“The only thing I can do is pick up the pieces.”
The first part of the docuseries aired in September 2021 and takes a look at Shamblin Lara’s rise to fame through her diet program and starting her church.
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