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Woman Pastors, Keep Silent In The Church, Simeon And Anna, Circumcision And Purification, Jezebel's Sex Cult, Defining "Offend", Children Of God Or The Family Sex Cult, Child Sex Abuse, The Family's Cloak Of Deceit, Maria And Peter's Reign Sun Myung Moon And The Moonies, The Family's Cruel Tactics, Marriage Of The Generations, Loving Jesus Revolution, Evil Fruit From An Evil Tree, Will Maria and Family Self-Destruct? Under Jezebel's Spell, Spiritual Blindness, Wheat And Tares
Recently, I was counseling a Christian woman regarding a certain problem she was experiencing in her marriage. The gist of it was that, for various reasons, the woman was not happy with the church she and her husband were attending, so she decided to not attend all, leaving the husband to go alone. I first addressed this problem in the article called "Churchianity or Christianity: Which Do You Practice?", which I wrote over eight months ago. In spite of the advice I offered at that time, it seems that the problem was not fully resolved; thus the need arose for me to exchange a few more email messages with this woman. In her latest messages to me, she informed me that her church is temporarily being shepherded by a female pastor, being as the previous pastor had resigned, or moved on to another church. I don't recall the precise details at this time.
While I have addressed this topic before, allow me to state again that, as far as I am aware, nowhere in the Bible are women instructed to lead the Lord's Church; nowhere. While we do find a few isolated examples where certain women were granted a degree of political and/or spiritual authority, particularly in the Old Testament, such as with the case of Prophetess and Judge, Deborah, and Queen Esther, God never granted this same degree of spiritual authority to women in the New Testament. To the contrary, the Apostle Paul, tells us quite plainly that Christian women are to keep silent in the church. This most certainly prevents them from accepting the role of a pastor or minister:
"Let your women keep silence in the churches: for it is not permitted unto them to speak; but they are commanded to be under obedience, as also saith the law. And if they will learn any thing, let them ask their husbands at home: for it is a shame for women to speak in the church."
1 Corinthians 14:34-35, KJV
While Paul was writing specifically regarding those women who desired to exercise the Gifts of Prophecy and Tongues, common sense dictates that his words apply even more when we speak of a woman spiritually leading an entire church. Some liberal-minded souls seeking to invalidate my understanding, might point to the incident concerning the Prophetess Anna found in the second chapter of the Gospel of Luke. While it is true that Anna was present in the Temple during Jesus' circumcision on the eighth day after His Birth, she was by no means usurping the authority of the priesthood of that era. She was an old woman of eighty-four who was temporarily inspired by God's Holy Spirit, as the text clearly relates. The same thing occurred with the old man Simeon only a few minutes earlier. These people were not recognized leaders in the Temple:
"And, behold, there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon; and the same man was just and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel: and the Holy Ghost was upon him. And it was revealed unto him by the Holy Ghost, that he should not see death, before he had seen the Lord's Christ. And he came by the Spirit into the temple: and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him after the custom of the law, Then took he him up in his arms, and blessed God, and said, Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, according to thy word: For mine eyes have seen thy salvation, Which thou hast prepared before the face of all people; A light to lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of thy people Israel. And Joseph and his mother marvelled at those things which were spoken of him. And Simeon blessed them, and said unto Mary his mother, Behold, this child is set for the fall and rising again of many in Israel; and for a sign which shall be spoken against; (Yea, a sword shall pierce through thy own soul also,) that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed. And there was one Anna, a prophetess, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Aser: she was of a great age, and had lived with an husband seven years from her virginity; And she was a widow of about fourscore and four years, which departed not from the temple, but served God with fastings and prayers night and day. And she coming in that instant gave thanks likewise unto the Lord, and spake of him to all them that looked for redemption in Jerusalem. And when they had performed all things according to the law of the Lord, they returned into Galilee, to their own city Nazareth."
Luke 2:25-39, KJV
For informational and historical purposes, allow me to also share with you the part of the Levitical Law where the rites of circumcision and purification are mentioned by Moses:
"And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, If a woman have conceived seed, and born a man child: then she shall be unclean seven days; according to the days of the separation for her infirmity shall she be unclean. And in the eighth day the flesh of his foreskin shall be circumcised. And she shall then continue in the blood of her purifying three and thirty days; she shall touch no hallowed thing, nor come into the sanctuary, until the days of her purifying be fulfilled. But if she bear a maid child, then she shall be unclean two weeks, as in her separation: and she shall continue in the blood of her purifying threescore and six days. And when the days of her purifying are fulfilled, for a son, or for a daughter, she shall bring a lamb of the first year for a burnt offering, and a young pigeon, or a turtledove, for a sin offering, unto the door of the tabernacle of the congregation, unto the priest: Who shall offer it before the LORD, and make an atonement for her; and she shall be cleansed from the issue of her blood. This is the law for her that hath born a male or a female. And if she be not able to bring a lamb, then she shall bring two turtles, or two young pigeons; the one for the burnt offering, and the other for a sin offering: and the priest shall make an atonement for her, and she shall be clean."
Leviticus 12:1-8, KJV
Returning to the Prophetess Anna, to be temporarily inspired by the Holy Ghost, as was her case, is by no means the same thing as spiritually leading the entire Body of Christ in a regular capacity, and on a regular basis as we see happening with some women preachers today. In fact, I would dare say that this modern phenomenon is more akin to the rebellious false prophetess Jezebel, who by the Word of the Lord, John describes for us in the Book of Revelation. This proud, deceitful woman set herself up as a spiritual leader over what basically amounted to an ancient sex cult. Consider these verses:
"Notwithstanding I have a few things against thee, because thou sufferest that woman Jezebel, which calleth herself a prophetess, to teach and to seduce my servants to commit fornication, and to eat things sacrificed unto idols. And I gave her space to repent of her fornication; and she repented not. Behold, I will cast her into a bed, and them that commit adultery with her into great tribulation, except they repent of their deeds. And I will kill her children with death; and all the churches shall know that I am he which searcheth the reins and hearts: and I will give unto every one of you according to your works."
Revelation 2:20-23, KJV
As you can see by the previous verses, the Lord strongly condemned this woman due to her heresies and fornication, which led His children astray. In the Gospels, Jesus issued a similar warning to those who would cause His children to fall away from the faith, and from sound doctrine, when He said:
"But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea."
Matthew 18:6, KJV
As I point out in several other articles, in the original Greek, that word "offend" does not have the same meaning as it does today. It is from the Greek word "skandalizo", and means to place an obstacle in one's way, so that they sin and fall away from the truth of the Gospel. Placing the sin of sexual perversion before a person, so that they fall to temptation and forsake the true Gospel of Christ will not go unpunished, according to the Lord's own words in Matthew and the Book of Revelation.
Since Jezebel's time, other so-called Christian sex cults have been founded as well. In our more recent history, some of you are undoubtedly familiar with the Children of God; a fundamentalist group started in the late sixties by the now- deceased David Brandt Berg, who went by the various names of Moses David, Mo, Father David and Dad. During the late 70's and early 80's, this group underwent several name changes, in order to reflect some doctrinal changes which are clearly a radical departure from traditional Christianity. These new doctrines included what became known as "Flirty Fishing", or prostituting for Jesus, and sexual "sharing" amongst group members, both between adults and children alike. During the past twenty years or so, they have been known as the Family Of Love, and more recently, simply as the Family; however, in local situations, they also adopt unique names as a way to conceal their true identity, and thus avoid harassment due to the unscriptural doctrines associated with them. At their primary website, thefamily.org, they are fond of using the name of the "Fellowship of Independent Missionary Communities".
Due to heavy worldwide persecution, and a highly-publicized British court case in the 1990's, on more than one occasion the Family has publicly claimed that it abandoned its Flirty Fishing doctrine around 1987 -- possibly due to the threat of AIDS -- and that it has supposedly put an end to adult-child sexual relationships. Initially, the group claimed that such sexual abuse was non-existent; but upon being pressured by Judge Ward, several years later, they recanted David Berg's sexual doctrines, and claimed that while there were isolated incidents of child sexual abuse, it was never sanctioned by the Family leadership. The people who say this are blatant liars, as well as outright hypocrites, as reliable, firsthand evidence on the Internet, and elsewhere --including their own private publications -- will clearly reveal. Not only did the Family leadership promote the sexual activity between adults and minors, but to this day they still remain convinced that there is nothing wrong with their sex-related doctrines and practices, in spite of the subtle veil of deceit and false respectability they try to cast over the eyes of an unwary public.
And believe me, they have indeed been quite successful with their campaign of deceit. If you visit their main website, or any of their various other worldwide websites, you won't be given a clue of what really lies behind all of the many smiling faces, the inspiring Christian testimonies, and the examples of reaching out to the sick, downtrodden and poor of the Earth. For an example closer to America, consider the fact that during the Clinton administration, year after year a singing group called the Family Singers performed at the White House during the Christmas season. As their name obviously implies, this group is comprised of second generation members of the Family. Through public deceptions such as this, the Family is trying to prove to the world that they have indeed changed; but let the facts be known: The only reason they curtailed the adult-child sexual liaisons within their communities, was due to serious legal threats. The Family has not totally forsaken its sexual perversions. If anything, it has gotten much worse, as you will see in a moment. Knowing what I do, I can't help but wonder how many politicians in Washington, D.C. have been "Flirty Fished" by the Family. That is an awfully big, influential, and rich fishing pond; a perfect target for the Family!
Prior to his death in 1994, Mr. Berg appointed Karen Zerby, -- his long-time lover, secretary, and second wife -- who is known to cult members as Maria, or affectionately as Mama, as the heiress to the Family's top leadership position. This development was anticipated by Family members, not only due to the fact that Zerby, and her new mate, Peter Amsterdam, had already begun to take the reins of the organization a few years before, but also because, since their early years, Berg and Zerby have been recognized by the group as God's Endtime prophets. In fact, as I discovered quite some time ago, the Family's membership charter includes a clause which states that all full-time members, known as CM's, or Charter Members, must unconditionally accept the so-called "Divinely appointed" status of the pair. From material I have read recently, Peter Amsterdam is also now recognized as having received of Berg's spiritual mantle, and thus is referred to as "King Peter".
In this regard, the Family is no different than Sun Myung Moon's so-called Unification Church --commonly known to most people as the "Moonies" -- where he and his wife, Hak Ja Han, are respectfully referred to as "True Parents". Tragically, the "Moonie" deception is even worse, because Reverend Moon and his wife claim to fulfill what, according to them, Jesus was unable to fulfill. Consider the following deceptive info taken from the tparents.org website. It clearly reveals the driving force and belief behind the multi-million dollar worldwide empire known today as the Unification Church:
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This website is dedicated to Heavenly Father (God) and True Parents (Reverend and Mrs. Moon).
Adam and Eve should have been the True Parents of humanity. A physical and spiritual ideal world (Kingdom of Heaven) should have stemmed from them. However, they fell by sexual sin.
Heavenly Father worked with fallen man to make a foundation to send a Second Adam, Jesus. Jesus, the Second Adam, should have fulfilled what Adam did not. Jesus should have grown to maturity, married a Second Eve, had children, and established a Kingdom of Heaven on Earth and in Heaven. However, he was not received by those prepared to welcome him, resulting in Jesus going the way of the cross. The cross gave spiritual salvation, but could not solve the entire problem of sin.
Since, Jesus could not fulfil his entire mission, Heavenly Father had to rebuild the foundation for True Parents, by sending the Third Adam, Sun Myung Moon. Rev. Moon fulfilled the mission of True Parents that Adam and Jesus had failed to fulfil. By uniting with Rev. and Mrs. Moon humanity can fulfil their purpose of creation and enter the Kingdom of Heaven both spiritually and physically.
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Returning to the Family, together with her new lover/helper, Peter Amsterdam, Karen Zerby not only oversees the general administration of the group, but similar to evil Jezebel of old, she establishes new doctrine for them as well; which is said to come by prophetic revelation from the Lord. In other words, if a member does not accept Maria's royal edicts as "Thus saith the Lord", his or her loyalty to the Family, as well as to the Lord, is seriously questioned; and his or her status with the Family is placed in jeopardy. In short, the Family leadership employs a cruel array of tactics, such as psychological manipulation, fear, coercion, intimidation, isolation, self-doubt, etc., in order to keep each Family member in line. There is little room for self-expression or unfettered thinking. In fact, like other cults, the Family uses these very same tactics to keep members in the first place. Many are the stories of ex-cult members who, upon leaving the cult, feel that they have failed God, and are fearful of His imminent judgments. It can take many years to overcome such feelings of fear and inferiority, if ever.
Besides the fact that sexual liaisons, or "sharing", between unmarried adults has not abated within the Family, some of Karen Zerby's more shocking revelations during the past five years include the "Marriage of the Generations" doctrine, as well as the "Loving Jesus Revolution". The primary purpose of the first was to encourage SGA's, that is to say, Second Generation Adults, to have sexual relations with the older members of the Family's founding generation; their parents. From what I have read, Maria's goal was to use sex to break down the barrier between the two age groups. What a novel approach to breaking down the Generation Gap; and yes, I am being sarcastic! It was only after being warned by other Family leaders, that such a volatile doctrine might totally destroy what was left of the organization, that "the Lord" instructed Maria and Peter to place this new revelation on hold; at least for the time being, until the group's libido could be adjusted a bit through more subtle indoctrination; and that is indeed happening even as I write this! Read on!
So exactly what is the so-called "Loving Jesus Revolution" all about? According to this strange doctrine -- which can easily be verified, by the way -- while engaging in private masturbation, or regular heterosexual sex, Maria encourages their male cult members to imagine that they actually possess female genitalia; and that Jesus is penetrating them. Besides imagining that they are being penetrated by the Lord, female members are likewise encouraged to pretend that they are performing oral sex on Jesus. As if this weren't already sickening enough, both male and female members are also encouraged to use sexual pleadings with the Lord, while they touch themselves. This is to be accompanied by words which you will only find on the worst websites, or in X-rated movies and magazines!
Just last night, I acquired some actual excerpts from this "Loving Jesus" series by Zerby. It is extremely graphical in nature; and it is for this reason that I am hesitant to even include any of it here. Believe me; not only would you find the excerpts quite offensive, but our servers and website could face some legal problems as well if I were to post it; even though it would be for the sake of exposing the heinous sins of this demon-inspired group. As a final shocker, allow me to inform you that two different versions of the "Loving Jesus" series were released by the Family leadership; one for adult CM members, and the other for CM members fourteen years or older. In the latter, Maria clearly tells the young readers that the reason why they cannot read the unedited version, is not because they don't trust them, but rather it because they are fearful of the legal ramifications which may result if they were allowed to do so. Here are Maria's own words. Please note that "DO" in the heading means that it is "Disciples Only" material. In other words, what you are about to read is NOT meant to be seen by anyone outside of the Family. These excerpts are very mild compared to the rest:
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LOVING JESUS!--Part 3 for Junior Teens--By Maria DO 3029Jnr 12/95
25. As you were told earlier, you are reading an edited version of these Letters . . . It's not because we don't trust you, or because we think you're just little kids, or because we're trying to humiliate you, but there are legitimate reasons, security reasons, and other good reasons as to why you have your own version.
26. The message of these GNs deals in part with sexual matters . . . Some parts of the message are applicable to you, but other parts are not. Some portions needed to be slightly edited to make them less graphic and more appropriate for your age group.
27. We have prayerfully gone over the material in these GNs to make sure that it is suitable for your needs . . . Also, we don't want to be guilty of giving you junior teens reading material that would be offensive or not legally permissible for people your age from the System's point of view. We want to give you as much Word as we can, without going too far or causing any legal problems for the Family. We need to try to stay within the law.
125. By worldly standards, it is not very proper for a Christian to say "____" and "____," as those words are considered dirty slang words, but the Lord instructs us that if He chooses to use them, then they are clean, and we shouldn't be offended or disgusted or turned off by them. However, just as you don't make "____" a part of your normal everyday vocabulary, so you shouldn't with these words either, especially not to outsiders!
126. He [The Lord] makes it clear that using such words as "____," "____" or "____" is not wise or loving with outsiders.
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With the above, Maria is telling them that it isn't that the Family leadership believes that their doctrines regarding sex are wrong; it is simply that they must watch out for the law! In short, Maria and Peter are teaching the children to be deceitful with the outside world, just as the leadership has been for the past thirty-two years, and continues to be to this day. They are teaching the teens to be liars just like themselves in order to protect themselves, and their perverse doctrines; and what did Jesus say?:
"Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them."
Matthew 7:15-20, KJV
If left to themselves, Maria and Peter will continue to spawn an evil generation which is even worse than their own! From everything I have read recently, it is clear to me that Karen Zerby is a modern-day, power-mad, sex-driven Jezebel; who through fear and coercion, is driving her deceived flock to the depths of physical and spiritual sin. Unless she is stopped, she will destroy herself, and destroy the group in the process. During the past several years, some of the top leadership of the group has left, because try as they might, they cannot stop the speeding train from self-destruction. Zerby has set her course, and it appears that she has become totally immune to sound reasoning and judgment. If the group comes to this, it would indeed be sad; because in spite of their many weird, unscriptural, and sinful doctrines, there are some sincere, dedicated Christians within the group who truly want to serve the Lord with all their hearts; but they are under very strong deception by their own choice. They are caught under the sexual spell of the evil witch Jezebel!
Some of those people have spent their entire adult lives in the Family; as much as thirty-two years in fact! Just imagine how totally indoctrinated / poisoned they must be! They have become so blind to the truth, that even seeing how their own children are being sexually victimized, with their consent, no longer even affects them! They think that it is natural, normal, and even godly! As the Apostle Paul said, these kind of people have become totally blind; they are past feeling; they are beyond the conviction of God's Spirit:
"Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart: Who being past feeling have given themselves over unto lasciviousness, to work all uncleanness with greediness."
Ephesians 4:18-19, KJV
In case you don't know what Paul means by lasciviousness, uncleanness and greediness, he is referring to selfishly fulfilling one's own unbridled, lustful, sexual desires in a life without boundaries. Look up the Greek words if you don't believe me. How fitting these verses are for the Family! In thinking about this sad situation, I can only find consolation in the following verses:
"And now I say unto you, Refrain from these men, and let them alone: for if this counsel or this work be of men, it will come to nought: But if it be of God, ye cannot overthrow it; lest haply ye be found even to fight against God."
Acts 5:38-39, KJV
For me personally, the above verses present a real dilemma; because world courts and governments have tried repeatedly for many years to put a stop to the Family, but without full success. They have been persecuted, imprisoned and deported; and a few have even lost their lives; yet this small group of under 5,000 full-time adult members, continues to carry on their world mission. If the Family has indeed become this evil, and this corrupt, as it seems it has, it is up to God now to stop it, if He so chooses; and it may be the weight of their own sins which brings them down. I am reminded of an example of sexual perversion in the Epistles where the Apostle Paul addresses the church at Corinth concerning a case of incest. In that incident, Paul warns them with the following sobering words:
"To deliver such an one unto Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus."
1 Corinthians 5:5, KJV
Perhaps it won't come to that. In the case of Maria, Peter and the Family, maybe judgment will be delayed until the End, and the tares -- the Family -- and the wheat -- true God-fearing and Bible-believing Christians -- will be allowed to grow together until the Final Harvest, as we see here:
"So the servants of the householder came and said unto him, Sir, didst not thou sow good seed in thy field? from whence then hath it tares? He said unto them, An enemy hath done this. The servants said unto him, Wilt thou then that we go and gather them up? But he said, Nay; lest while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them. Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn."
Matthew 13:27-30, KJV
This story of the Children of God - Family of Love - The Family, is a clear example of what can happen when a woman is allowed to usurp the spiritual authority which God has clearly given to men in the Bible. It is just another sign of this liberal "women's lib" spirit, and "equality" spirit, which has invaded the world, and more specifically, modern Christianity, in these Latter Times. If David Brandt Berg was corrupt and deceived, Karen Zerby and her sex crew are even more so; and I honestly don't know what will be the end of them. Lest I be accused of being a woman-hater, allow me to clarify that I am not by any means stating that all women are evil; or even that all women would become as Karen Zerby; that is, Maria. It would be ludicrous for me to even make such a statement; however, Miss Zerby's wayward example does reveal how bad things can become, unless they are kept in check by the Lord's Spirit. For the record, I have known a number of Christian women during my lifetime, who do have a humble and submissive spirit, and they are definitely not like the woman I have described here.
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