Los Angeles, CA – Netflix’s newest three-part documentary series, “Dancing for the Devil: The 7M TikTok Cult,” is set to make waves with its gripping exploration of Shekinah Church and its affiliated talent management company, 7M. 

The docuseries promises to be a Top 10 hit on the streaming platform, given the widespread attention and intrigue the story has garnered through social media and coverage from major outlets like Daily Beast and Rolling Stone.

Despite its compelling narrative and emotionally resonant moments, “Dancing for the Devil” leaves viewers with a sense of incompleteness. The series delves into the lives of young, talented dancers with millions of followers, under the influence of Robert Shinn, the charismatic yet controversial pastor of Shekinah Church and founder of 7M. 

Shinn, whose sermons are filled with grandiose proclamations, once fancied himself a Hollywood player, even earning a producer credit on an unremarkable rom-com co-starring Meghan Markle.

The series is visually engaging, utilizing stylish screen grabs, TikTok video snippets, and heartfelt interviews with former members and their families. Central to the story is the Wilking family from Detroit. 

Sisters Melanie and Miranda Wilking, who gained fame on TikTok, found their lives dramatically altered after crossing paths with Shinn and his organization.

The Wilking sisters’ journey is at the heart of the docuseries. Miranda’s full immersion into Shinn’s world led to a profound transformation, including a change in appearance, a romance with fellow influencer James Derrick (a.k.a. BDash), and a significant estrangement from her family. 

Melanie, skeptical of the organization’s controlling nature, opted out, leading to a family rift that unfolded publicly on social media.

The series highlights the concerning practices within Shekinah Church and 7M, raising questions about financial exploitation and alleged cult-like behavior. Melanie Lee, a former member who left over a decade ago, and her sister Priscylla, who recently fled after 23 years, provide poignant testimonials that underscore the emotional toll of their experiences.

As the series concludes, viewers are left with unresolved questions and ongoing civil litigation against Shinn. Allegations from former members include assault and severe control tactics, painting Shinn as both a manipulative figure and, potentially, a criminal. However, no criminal charges have been filed to date.

“Dancing for the Devil” offers a fascinating yet unsettling glimpse into the dark side of influencer culture and religious manipulation. The series, while incomplete, shines a light on a troubling narrative that continues to unfold.