Mon 23 Jul, 2012 03:46 pm
I am in my mid 40s. I was raised in an extremely restrictive environment by parents steeped in Pentecostal influences; it develops I spent quite a bit of time around people associated with the Christian Missionary Alliance, and some other loosely associated groups, including Latter Rain and Christian Identity splinter groups. I was isolated from family and society, and 'homeschooled'. There were some principles that I've recently been looking into thanks to the magic of the internet.
Anyway, I have the very recent recognition that the entire time my dad was working on principles that are EXACTLY and PRECISELY David Berg and COG (without any sexual anything. In fact, the family was extremely sexually repressed). However, I have absolutely no memory or knowledge of any mention of any kind of anything about COG, MO Letters, or 'David Berg'. Nothing. I'm baffled as to how, exactly, that guy could have somehow inculcated a complete COG doctrine ( I stress: COMPLETE COG DOCTRINE, without the sex) and never once talked about it in explicit terms, or done all of it without me ever once seeing any recognizable literature, or ever once meeting a COG member. Is this possible?
I mean, the parallels are so striking as to really make me doubt the possibility of coincidence. Reading the non-sexual MO Letters is like reading a transcript of my dad. The 'homeschooling template' and the 'teaching' I got matches EXACTLY the COG manifesto about homeschooling education, including 7000 years of History. My dad rambled endlessly about 'The System', and used terminology unique, and I mean, unique, to COG, starting, I think, about c. 1972. How is this possible? And, we were, eventually, entirely alone. It was one family. I never knew anyone else to be even close to anything my dad practiced.
Not only was my homeschooling direct COG, but at exactly the time frame, 1978-1981, Berg dissolved COG and did his purge, my dad was discussing selling everything and 'disappearing'; not even six months after that pronouncement he did a complete about-face, consolidated, and moved us into a shattered ghetto neighborhood in a major city! His rationalization was a near-perfect quotation of Berg's MO Letter about moving to cities.
I grew up in wrecked homes in really, really dangerous areas, most of the time without heat or running water, working endlessly, subjected to endless harangues about 'The System' and such COG stuff. I'm very, very interested to know if there were, for lack of a better term, isolated, independent 'cells' of individual families in the US, c. 1980?
The location was the Chicago area, 1967-1982; I know he had previously been in Boston, Madison WI, and Detroit, but never in California or the West. Oh; and he insisted on naming his first kid, my only brother, Jeremiah, in 1966! What is that all about?
Anybody? It's just too weird to not ask. Up until last week I'd never even HEARD of a 'MO Letter', and reading them is like being 11 years old again.
I'd appreciate any honest information. It would mean a lot to me.
Hi Lenard, I see you found http://groups.able2know.org/xfamily/
I hope you find the answers you seek.
That`s very interesting. My guess is that he was a member for a short time in the early days and then kept in touch and followed at a distance. The Mo letters were sold on the street in the late seventies. That`s one way I got information when I was not living in a community. Many people believed and followed even on their own sometimes without direct contact for years. The sex part didn`t come into it till the late seventies so he was fortunate to miss that part.