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The family of Angus T. Jones, the "Two and A Half Men" star whose video testimony recently went viral after he called the show "filth," is concerned that he may have joined a cult that is taking advantage of him.
"I'm concerned he's being exploited by the church," Carey Jones, the star's mother, recently told Mail Online. She refused to offer further comment on the issue.
Jones began trying to live for God after realizing he had been living a materialistic lifestyle, he says in the video created by The Forerunner Chronicles. After spending some time searching for a home church – sometimes visiting up to four churches in one Sunday – he heard a message that was "tailor made" for him at a Seventh-Day Adventist Church in California, and decided that was where he would attend.
Though Jones says the things he began to learn seemed obvious and true according to the Bible, some members of his family thought he had joined a cult.
"It didn't seem like I was being tricked...But some of my family were like, 'He's going to that SDA church – those cults'...trying to tell me to get out of there," said Jones in the video.
Unlike many churches, the SDA church celebrates the Sabbath day on Saturday instead of Sunday. It also believes the writings of Ellen G. White, a woman who lived during the 19th century and was believed to be a prophet, are "a continuing and authoritative source of truth which provide for the church comfort, guidance, instruction, and correction," the denomination's website states. White's writings also "make clear that the Bible is the standard by which all teaching and experience must be tested."
In his now viral testimony, Jones pleads with people to stop watching the show he works on.
"If you watch 'Two and a Half Men,' please stop watching 'Two and a Half Men,'" he said. "I'm on 'Two and a Half Men,' and I don't want to be on it. Please stop watching it, please stop filling your head with filth."
Jones later added, "You cannot be a true God-fearing person and be on a television show like that. I know I can't. … You go all or nothing."
Jones has played the character Jake Harper on the show since he was just 9-years-old, and currently makes $350,000 per episode, Mail Online reports. After his video testimony was released, the 19-year-old actor apologized to his colleagues for telling viewers to not watch the show, saying he was "blessed" to have the "extraordinary opportunity" to be on the program.
He also told the Voice of Prophecy, another Seventh-Day Adventist website, that he is still on the show for a reason. Although he wanted to stop acting on the program, he says, God "pushed" him into it for another year.