Cultic Groups Stalk Harvest Crusade Attendees

cults When Lynn’s son Bryce went to the annual Harvest Crusade, a Christian music and evangelism event, she had no way of knowing he would be lured into a cultic group known as the Twelve Tribes.

As Lynn discovered to her dismay, behind the quaint “freepapers” and homespun clothing is a religious system marked by exclusivism, racism, manipulation, and the spiritual domination of a man who calls himself “Yoneq.”

Seventh-day Adventists are among the other groups that chase down Crusade attendees.

Twelve Tribes groups in Southern California insists it’s not a cult

Twelve Tribes Theologically the Twelve Tribes religious movement is a cult of Christianity, but sociologically cult experts see some cult-like problems as well.

Among other things critics have drawn attention to the group’s recruitment practices, its strict rules and the lack of wages paid to members.

Controversy continues to brew over Twelve Tribes sect cafe

Twelve Tribes The practices of messianic Christian sect The Twelve Tribes continue to divide opinion in the Blue Mountains, Australia, with an ex-member and a potential new member throwing another log into the fire of debate.

Winmalee resident Matthew Klein, is sounding another warning to Mountains residents to recognise the Twelve Tribes as a potentially destructive cult.

1984 Vermont sect raid had similar judicial conclusion as Texas case

“It’s very apparent from these two cases that at least two courts are looking for specific, direct information regarding each family unit,” said Washington attorney John Easton, who in 1984 was the Vermont attorney general and involved in the decision to launch the Island Pond raid. “To remove a child from a family is a high burden. The courts are going to be looking for a substantial amount of proof” of abuse.

Twelve Tribes sect subject to scrutiny

The general manager of the Royal Easter Show said he would not be surprised if a cafe run at the event by a Christian sect was inspected by the state’s workplace watchdog after revelations its workers were not being paid.

Spare the rod and spoil the …

It is the Twelve Tribes’ attitude towards children that has proved most controversial. Harsh discipline is one of the group’s central tenets, as detailed in its 267-page Child Training Manual, copies of which have been handed out to parents at Picton. Written by Spriggs, the manual codifies when, why and how to hit children, saying “you must make it hurt enough to produce the desired result” and that “stripes or marks from loving discipline show love by the parent”.

Australia: Sect woos recruits among the fairy floss at Easter Show

The Common Ground cafe is one of several businesses owned and operated by the Community Apostolic Order, also known as the Twelve Tribes, a messianic Christian sect accused by former members of harsh child discipline which in some cases could amount to child abuse, family break-up and thought control.

Maté with a message

The Twelve Tribes, theologically a cult of Christianity, supports itself in part by running restaurants.

The path of righteousness

A look at the Twelve Tribes — an intentional community considered to be, theologically, a cult of Christianity.

Hillsboro embraces Twelve Tribes Farm

They pool their finances, home-school their children — whom they sometimes discipline with small reeds — and have been accused in other parts of the country of being a cult and breaking child labor laws. But in western Loudoun County, their neighbors wouldn’t trade them for the world.

Members of religious sect want to open cafe, market in Hillsboro

The Twelve Tribes — theologically a cult of Christianity — runs a series of popular cafes.

The great escape: Quitting a cult takes determination and expert help

The beginning the rest of Matthew Klein’s life began one crisp morning in October 2001, on a street corner in a red light district of Winnipeg, Canada. That was the day he got thrown out of The Twelve Tribes, a fundamentalist Christian cult with about 3000 members worldwide.

Supreme Court rules that Twelve Tribes member must pay support

The Vermont Supreme Court has ruled that a former Vermont woman must pay child support despite her religious beliefs.

Germany: Twelve Tribes fundamentalist Christian group gets school of their own

A group of fundamentalist Christians in Bavaria has won a long battle for the right to privately teach their children — without sex ed and lessons on evolution. Bavarian officials are calling it an “emergency solution.” Homeschooling is illegal in Germany, and yet the members of the fundamentalist Christian sect “Zwlf Stmme” (Twelve Tribes) have […]

What is the Twelve Tribes?

The Twelve Tribes was started in 1973 as one of several communal groups sprung from the so-called Jesus Movement in the 1960s and 1970s. But, while other groups have long since disbanded, the Twelve Tribes has endured for more than 30 years. Members adhere to a Judeo-Christian belief system, based on both Old and New […]

Twelve Tribes opens its Plymouth home to curious neighbors

A festival of peace PLYMOUTH — The imposing cedar-shingled house, set on a steep hill overlooking Plymouth Bay, has been a source of curiosity for many who have passed 33 Warren Ave. since the Twelve Tribes bought the former nursing home seven years ago. What is the Twelve Tribes? Most passersby wonder, as they gaze […]

Twelve Tribes: Religious group in psychedelic buses captures citys curiosity

NEWBURYPORT, Mass. The city is used to summer visitors, but the three buses that rolled into downtown Wednesday drew more attention than most. The lead vehicle a small bus with a psychedelic paint job adorned with the symbols of the 60s counterculture pulled up in front of the tourist information booth on […]

Twelve Tribes: Travelin’ salvation show

Members of the Merrymakers Caravan bring their message of God by bus to Kennedy Plaza. PROVIDENCE — In lots of ways, they looked like veterans of the Jesus and the hippie movement of the 1960s. What other way was there to view 30 pilgrims, some with babies, who rolled into town yesterday in three buses, […]

Twelve Tribes: Chattanooga Yellow Deli Reunion Draws Crowd

A reunion held Easter Sunday for former employees and patrons of the Yellow Deli drew a sizeable crowd. The event, which occurred in the shadow of one of the restaurant’s original Chattanooga locations, offered food, fellowship and a glimpse into what the future might hold for the one-time area dining fixture. “Coming back to Chattanooga […]
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