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The Family International

Children of God, Family of Love, The Family, The Family International Fellowship; Fellowship of Independent Missionary Communities


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Christian The Children of God: The Inside StoryOff-site Link By Deborah (Linda Berg) Davis - the oldest of four children born to David and Jane Berg. By the late 1970s, Deborah Berg would renounce her father and return to her mainstream evangelical roots. (see: Daughter of Family's Founder Renounces His Teachings)
Christian Cults, New Religious Movements, and Your FamilyOff-site Link by Rich Abanes. Chapter eight deals with The Family.
Christian Heaven's HarlotsOff-site Link Subtitled: "My Fifteen Years As a Sacred Prostitute in the Children of God Cult"by Miriam Williams, who spent 15 years in the Children of God
Christian "Not for a million dollars"Off-site Link by Una McManus.
Judge Gillie pondered, then punctuated his decision with one emphatic whack of the gavel. "This court awards Una McManus one million dollars in compensatory damages and one-half million dollars in punitive damages against the Children of God religious cult and its leader, David Brandt Berg, also known as Moses David, for alienation of her husbandís affection and for the misrepresentation of their ideals."
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• Books Online
Christian The Children of God: The Inside StoryOff-site Link By Deborah (Linda Berg) Davis - the oldest of four children born to David and Jane Berg. By the late 1970s, Deborah Berg would renounce her father and return to her mainstream evangelical roots. (see: Daughter of Family's Founder Renounces His Teachings)
Christian Heaven's HarlotsOff-site Link Subtitled: "My Fifteen Years As a Sacred Prostitute in the Children of God Cult"by Miriam Williams, who spent 15 years in the Children of God
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• COG / The Family Publications
» ExFamily.org has posted an extensive and growing collection of original Children of God publications onlineOff-site Link This is a tremendous resource for researchers. Note that the publications come with the following ExFamily.org disclaimer:
DISCLAIMER: This/These page(s) is/are being shown here to document the existence of a publication produced by The Family International a.k.a. The Family a.k.a. Family of Love a.k.a. Children of God--for education and research purposes only. This does not imply that exFamily.org endorses the views expressed in this publication, nor that it justifies the existence of such a publication. Reader discretion is advised. The material may be unsuitable for minors; it may contain disturbing words of racism, hate-mongering, directives to unhealthy living &/or criminal activity, &/or contain plagiarised works.

THIS PUBLICATION MAY HAVE BEEN SANITIZED! This particular publication was obtained in digital format from the HomeARC 99, and was subject to editing to hide controversial writings by The Family International/Family/Family of Love/Children of God, which in order to escape moral &/or legal accountability, has attempted to cover up its past/present core beliefs and directives from the public through sanitizing (editing) and purging (deleting, destroying, burning) its texts in all forms, printed and electronic.

exFamily.org's proof-readers will comb through this material at a later date, comparing it to printed versions to ensure that this publication which affected the lives of many, appears as in the original uncensored version. For now, exFamily.org has high-lighted the places it has found where obvious/potential sanitation has occured, with bright red [DELETED] or [EDITED] markers.

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The ExFamily.org site also carries the text of the 'Pubs Purge' 'advisory'Off-site Link

After reading The Family's Pubs Purge instructions, check these comments by Karen Zerby, the spiritual leader of The Family International:
WE CAN RENOUNCE LIT, BUT NOT DOCTRINES CONTAINED IN THE LIT
Someone suggested that we say, "These radical far out doctrines from the past, we no longer espouse them". Yes, well, I donít have any quarrel with that either. What I had even said was that we're going to drop these practices. You see, that could be interpreted several different ways. We can just drop them from our practice, but not from our heart. You may say that's a question of semantics also, but I don't think so. It can be, of course, to the hearer, but I want to speak the truth. And I know at the same time we have to give them something that they will be able to agree with or that will seem to clear us.

I could easily say, "We renounce our lit", & that's abandon, surrender, give up etc. You'll see that "renounce" means to abandon, surrender, give up, forsake. I can renounce the lit & I can say that we've renounced the lit, so I don't have any problem with that. And Dad [David Berg], I think, in the child abuse tract--which, by the way, was very good, it's tremendous, & it's still just as good as ever--I think he said he renounced the lit too. Well, we can easily renounce the lit, but renouncing the doctrine or renouncing our beliefs that are contained in the lit, we don't, & we can't. You could say that if you say you renounce your lit, the public figures you've renounced your doctrine, at least some of them might. Of course our enemies, I think they know us better than that.

Whatever they interpret it as, that's one thing, but I want to say the truth. I don't want to lie to them, especially in something as important as denying our beliefs, which aren't just Family or Children of God beliefs, as I discussed with Pipi [Sara Davidito] last night.--They're Godly, Scriptural, Biblical doctrines, & in denying them, we're denying the Lord. So I can easily say I renounce my literature, that's one thing, but to say, "I renounce these doctrines & these beliefs..." I can even say "I renounce these practices," but to say, "I renounce these doctrines, I renounce these beliefs, I can't do that. And I think it's important. What's in a name? What's in words? I want to be truthful, & I think it's important to be truthful. Like Dad has said, we don't have to tell them the whole truth, we can let them interpret it any way they want, but we need to be truthful & we can't deny our faith.

Non-Christian Mo LettersOff-site Link A small collection of Mo Letters, posted at the official website of The Family
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• First posted: Dec. 1, 1996
• Last Updated: Apr. 7, 2005
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