I blogged about reading this book- Not Without My Sister.
Out of curiosity,
I decided to 'wikipedia' more about this religious organisation.
Here's a timeline of this group:
- The Children of God (1968–1977)
- The Family of Love (1978–1981)
- The Family (1982–1994)
- Transformation in the 1990s
- The Family (1995–2003)
- The Family International (2004–present)
TFI's founder and prophetic leader, David Berg, who called himself "Moses David," communicated with his followers via Mo Letters—letters of instruction and counsel on a myriad of spiritual and practical subjects—until his death in late 1994.
After his death, his widow Karen Zerby became the leader of TFI.
Here are some of their theologies:
The Law Of Love
A central tenet to their theology is the "Law of Love,"
which, stated simply,
claims that if a person's actions are motivated by unselfish, sacrificial love and are not intentionally hurtful to others,
such actions are in accordance with Scripture and are,
thus, lawful in the eyes of God.
This is a term that TFI members use to describe their intimate, sexual relationship with Jesus. TFI describes the "Loving Jesus" teachings as a radical form of bridal theology.
It is their understanding of the Bible that the followers of Christ are his bride,
called to love and serve him with the fervor of a wife.
They take bridal theology further than mainstream Christians by encouraging members to imagine that Jesus is having sex with them during sexual intercourse and masturbation.
Male members are encouraged to visualize themselves as women, in order to avoid a homosexual relationship with Jesus.
Additionally, TFI publications frequently liken prophecy from Jesus to receiving Jesus' semen, or "golden seeds," as a result of oral or vaginal intercourse.
David Berg introduced a new proselytization method called Flirty Fishing (or FFing), which encouraged female members to show God's love by engaging in sexual activity with potential converts.
Flirty Fishing was practiced by members of Berg's inner circle starting in 1973,
and was later introduced to the general membership.
By 1978, it was widely practiced by members of the group.
In some areas, Flirty Fishers used escort agencies to meet people.
Children born as result of Flirty Fishing were referred to as "Jesus Babies."
By the end of 1981, more than 300 "Jesus Babies" had been born.
Source taken from :
They spread their 'love' around via a radio programme,
Music With Meanings.
And also wrote songs about 'loving God'.
I found one of the songs.
To know more,
go to Youtube and search for 'Children Of God'.
Source taken from:
Children(now grown up) from this organisation,
Ricky Rodriquez aka Davidito,
Celeste, Kristina and Juliana Zones,
Karen Zerby aka Techi etc
have come forward to talk about them having sexual intercourse with
the adults and even their own parents!
Some even have a whole autobiography with photos!
Ricky Rodriquez killed his nanny in 2005 and committed suicide hours later.
He had a pre-suicide video why he wanted to do that.: http://www.xfamily.org/index.php/Ricky_Rodriguez_Video_Transcript
I'm just being nosey because of the book, Not Without My Sister.
If you want to know more,
there's neverending interviews,videos, music and even information
about them on the internet.
I am just giving you a rough idea of what it is all about.
I'm going to search for more now! =p