The Children of God
by Deborah (Linda Berg) Davis with Bill Davis, 1984
The husbands practically have to be pimps for their own wives! God
bless them! They've got to help manage them and protect them and guide
them. They need the fisherman to help them fish. Oodles of men do it
for money in the world! Why not for God?94
How many ways can we explain the phenomenon of Moses David—his
character, his personality, his movement, his perversion?
How could David Berg, once kind and tender as a father, become so
perverted and base, leading thousands of people into sinful darkness?
Is his mind diseased? Is he mentally deranged? Is he a psychopath?
In that I am neither a psychiatrist nor a psychologist nor a
sociologist, I am forced to see my father through the eyes of a
daughter—through the relationship of flesh and blood, through emotion
and filial love. He is my father, and I cannot alter the fact. In
viewing him as such, I have a perspective no one else has.
However, human weakness can cause that perspective to be distorted,
and consequently dull the sense of vision. Because I am his daughter,
there exists the temptation not to see him as he really is.
My father is a man of exceptional intelligence. He is a most charming
man, highly mannered and quite gracious to those he meets in public
places. I often tell people that a child could not have had a more
concerned and loving father. I remember vividly the day I graduated
from eighth grade. My father had been traveling in another state on
business, but he flew hundreds of miles just to be there. He came late
to the graduation ceremony, marched right down the main aisle, and
pinned a beautiful corsage on my dress just as I was walking up to
receive my diploma. There wasn't a sacrifice he wouldn't make for his
children. Yet, like a psychopathic killer, Moses David calculates with
an uncanny genius the realization of his desires.
A psychopath, according to medical definition, is a person with a
constitutional lack of moral sensibility although possessing normal
intelligence. This definition fits my father's character acutely.
What causes psychopathy? Psychologists or psychiatrists would most
likely interpret Moses David according to the dynamics of the mind.
They would cite the behavioral patterns developed as a result of his
personality, social environment, parentage, and so on. Through
inductive reasoning, they would establish why "he is what he is" by
looking back on his life, and piecing together past actions and
circumstances that resulted in his present condition.
Thus the phenomenon of "Moses David" can be explained in many ways in
the social sciences. Yet none of these explanations deal with the
vital issue. They do not confront the moral problem, namely, the
presence of evil. Given that others were exposed to the same
circumstances of life as he, the question persists, Why did my father
become psychopathic? Secular psychology doesn't have all the answers.
To answer the question, we must view David Berg from a greater
perspective than mind science or even filial bonds. I began to understand my father's condition when I was able to see him
through the eyes of a repentant sinner.
There is but one way to view my father honestly. There is only one way
to account for what he is and why he has become Moses David. It is to
recognize the overpowering and consuming consequences of sin. Lewis
Sperry Chafer wrote:
Moral evil is an ultimate fact in the universe which can neither be
explained nor explained away. When traced to its inception as
committed by the first fallen angel, the truth is developed which
estimates sin to be a mystery, irrational, and exceeding sinful.95
The personality of David Berg is the epitome of self-centeredness.
Once a warm and loving father, he is now a man consumed with
fulfilling his desires, promoting his ideas, advancing his own form of
morality, and satisfying himself in every way. He is a man consumed by
the forces of lust whose heart continually screams, "I want it, and I
want it now!"
This self-centered personality reflects the very nature of sin. Chafer
The creature—whether angel or human—is created to be God-centered.
To become self-centered is a contradiction of the basic law of
creature existence. The falsification of God's moral order, is, when
I have seen through the years that the character of Moses David has
become a mirror-perfect image of the sin of Satan.
Satan, through whom sin entered the universe, has a distinct and
predictable nature, because his being is wholly evil and self-
centered. Chafer explains,
The fall of this mighty angel was not a compromise between good and
evil. He became the embodiment of evil and wholly void of good. The
essential wickedness of this being could not be estimated by the
finite mind. His wickedness, however, is constructive and in line with
vast undertakings and ideals which are evil because of their
opposition to God.... Satan is a living personification of deception.97
How much like Satan is Moses David, who has systematically con-
structed, since his days at Huntington Beach, a network of deceptive
doctrine designed to fulfill the lusts of his heart and bringing
moral, spiritual, and physical destruction on the lives of thousands! What a master deceiver he is, promoting all manner of sexual
sin in the name of Christ!
Does David Berg consciously know that he is an unrestrained tool in
the hands of the devil? No, I am sure he does not. Do his followers
know that their works are evil and that their Prophet walks in
darkness? No, I am sure they do not. Satan is the deceiver of the
whole world, and, Chafer reminds us, "Few indeed would knowingly march under his banner. Yet, it will be
seen that there are but few who do not, to some degree, give allegiance
How else can we explain why husbands in the Children of God would
continually give their wives to other men? It is unnatural. Why would
thousands of youths throw their lives away following a sex-mad old
man? It is not normal. Why would people, infected with herpes and
other venereal diseases, knowingly pass these afflictions to other
people and call it "the love of God"? Why would men feel no obligation
to the children they have fathered, walking off at a second's notice,
and abandoning wife and child, so that they might be free to "serve
These questions can be answered only by understanding sin. I cannot
look at my father in any other way. Scripture teaches us that "sin is
any want of conformity to the character of God, whether it be an act,
disposition, or state."99
There is abundant evidence in my father's writings of the
self-centered life and its destructive consequences. Mo Letters
expound the "All Things" doctrine, perverting the words of the apostle
Paul and becoming Moses David's license for immorality.*
|*In I Corinthians 6:12 Paul writes, "All things are lawful unto me,
but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but I
will not be brought under the power of any." Moses David exploits the
first four words, ignoring the rest and ignoring the context.
For example, Mo berates a husband who worked on his personal staff
during the FF revolution in Tenerife, because the young man had
countermanded his orders. It seems the husband was reluctant to let
his wife commit adultery. Mo wrote:
Our wives are not our own!—They belong first to the Lord, and then to
me as their commander-in-chief.100
Like cattle, Mo claimed a right to all the wives and girls in his
movement. He backed this husband into a corner, forcing him to give up
his wife to FFing. Mo relates the discussion this way:
They're my soldiers, and it is not up to you to give her contra orders
just as she's about to carry out my counsel.
If you flatly refuse to let her follow the Lord, and you start giving
her orders contradictory to my counsel, then what's going to happen?
(Hubby: I'll have to go.) If she wants to stay and continue but you
But the choice is yours. What do you want to do? (Hubby: I want her to
be bait.) Why? (Hubby: Because I know it's the Lord's will.) For whom?
(Hubby: For both of us.) For whom? (Hubby: For Jesus!) Right!"101
By coercing, intimidating, and playing on a person's sense of pride—not wanting to be the one left out, or the one who failed the Lord,
Moses David brought his disciples into line. As for leaders who were
dragging their heels and not following Mo's dictates, he said,
"You don't deserve to be a leader if you're not leading. . . . Report to
us any leader who's not doing it [FFing] and not enthusiastically
supporting and encouraging it!"102
I could easily fill this book with examples of his depraved mind, and
how he treats both adults and children like objects on a game board,
to be moved around, used, abused, and exploited for the sake of his
personal pleasure and the "cause."
He revels in the sexual immorality of his followers throughout the
world. Through video cassettes he has begun to circulate pornographic
films among the Colonies. Yet he calls it just "seeing the beauty of
God's creation." Disciples are required to participate in these videos
to prove their "spiritual freedom."
This is not the man I once knew as my father. Moses David is not my
father; Moses David is a man consumed by sin. I still love David Berg
and pray for his soul.
But I came to a point in my life when I decided I must be honest with
myself and others: David Berg is a man given over to evil. The
Scripture has been fulfilled in his life: "Wherefore God also gave
them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts. . . . For
this cause God gave them up unto vile affections! . . . As they did not
like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a
reprobate mind . . ." (Romans 1:24, 26, 28). Three times in Romans 1,
the apostle Paul declares, "God gave them up."
Paul deals with the condition of reprobation in Romans 1. Reprobates
are people who see this world through the tainted glass of wickedness.
In verse 28 Paul writes,
And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God
gave them over to a reprobate mind to do those things which are not
The frightening truth affirmed in this verse is that God will not
always strive with the wickedness of man, but will "give him over" to
a mind intent upon doing evil. Being programmed by divine decree to
live a life of evil is a terrifying judgment. I believe that Moses
David has been given over to a reprobate, or depraved, mind to do
things that are not proper. Paul describes the consequences of
reprobation in verse 29-32.
They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and
depravity. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, and malice.
They are gossips, slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant and
boastful; they invent ways of doing evil; they disobey their parents;
they are senseless, faithless, heartless, ruthless. Although they know
God's righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death,
they not only continue to do these very things but also approve of
those who practice them. (NIV)
The King James Version of the Bible says in conclusion, ". . . but have
pleasure in them that do them." I can easily see how my father has
fulfilled this catalog of sins. He has become filled with
greed and depravity of mind. He is jealous of anyone or anything that
threatens his position. His heart is full of murder. In a tirade
against the Jews in April 1978 he wrote:
May God damn the Jews! My God, I think if I could get over there and
had a gun, I think I'd shoot 'em myself!
. . . God damn them! O God, if
I had a gun, I'd shoot them myself.
Lord . . . do something to annihilate them! There's not one of those
civilians that's innocent! May God damn every Israeli! They're all
guilty. They all deserve slaughter.103
He culminated his denunciation by threatening God:
If He's going to allow the anti-Christ oppressors to oppress the poor
this way, I'm through! And all hail the oppressor, all hail the
Anti-Christ, all hail the God damned Jews, all hail the rich, all hail
iniquity, all hail evil, all hail the Devil.104
My father is arrogant, continually inventing new ways to commit evil.
He is heartless, having lost all natural affection. He no longer loves
those he should. He is motivated by a lust for power and sensual
pleasure; to him, love is lust. He states that "God is sex!" He thinks
nothing of taking wives from their husbands, or sending fathers away
from their children, never to see them again. He has proudly
proclaimed, "I don't like that word 'married' anymore either!"105
People in the movement are now "mated" for convenience' sake. When one
tires of another, move on. And as for the children? God will take care
Scripture says that God has no alternative but to give up a person to
be totally consumed by his lusts. I am shocked at what my father has
There is a definable path to reprobation. Individuals and societies
alike follow this route. It begins with natural curiosity, the
temptations common to all people: the lust of the eyes, the lust of
the flesh, the pride of life. Drawn by lust, we fall into sin. Once
drawn into evil, our conscience—the awakening of guilt and the law of
God within us—sounds an alarm. As the conscience amplifies the guilt,
we feel frustration, spiritual irritation, and a sense of alienation.
These are God's warning signs, His method of drawing us to Him. The
pain of guilt can be relieved only by the remission of sin. But rather
than turning to God, confronting our sin and confessing it, our
tendency is to deny its reality and our accountability to God.
My father's involvement in sexual immorality, incest, and adultery,
(beginning when he was a boy), caused him to reexamine the laws of God
as revealed in Scripture, and twist and interpret them to satisfy his
moral condition. In 1980 he wrote,
"No, I don't have to keep the ten commandments! All I have to do is
love and do whatever I do in love! Nothing else, no more! That's all
there is to it, thank God!106
More recently he wrote:
I almost laughed in my father's face when I was twelve years of age
and he set me down in his office to tell me about sex!
By the time I was twelve, I knew about all there was to know about
I can remember at the age of four I was very interested in little
girls and what they . . . (Sara: That proves how sexy the Holy Spirit
really is! Because you were filled with the Holy Spirit from your
mother's womb, yet as far back as you can remember, you were always
interested in girls and sex, and Davidito has your spirit, and he's
the same way!) Fascinated!
So I started at an early age and engaged in sex all my life, but I
don't think it's hurt me, thank the Lord! Maybe it was good for me.
After age seven, when I finally learned how to do it with my little
cousin, I was a confirmed addict!"107
As a young man, having been unable to free himself from sensual lusts,
he threw himself into religious works. But this gave him neither peace
nor freedom. When a person never fully repents of his sin, the first
reaction is usually an attempt to counterbalance guilt with religious
works; but this provides no lasting satisfaction.
My father eventually reached a state of total frustration. He
was bound in sin and he knew it. Pride and rebellion hindered him from
seeking true forgiveness in Christ; and consequently, he was unable to
"let go" of those sins. Unable to find freedom, only one alternative
remained for my father: Define Scripture in such a manner as to make
room for sin. Hence, the "All Things" doctrine was promulgated.
Bill Gothard wisely observes, "There is a continuous mental effort to justify personal moral behavior
on the basis of the existing moral code [in my father's case, biblical
morality]. Thus, if that code can be 'reinterpreted' to include as 'moral'
what was previously immoral, the mind is eager to accept this, and to
reject previous codes as 'straight-laced,' 'mid-Victorian,' etc."108
This is precisely what my father did at some point in his life. I
can't specify exactly when, but I believe at some point in his
marriage, perhaps during the time he worked for Fred Jordan, he con-
sciously rejected scriptural morality and redefined God's laws to suit
his lustful passions.
Reprobation is seen in its final, completed stage when a person begins
to argue and teach others his redefined morality. A reprobate will
attempt to bring others into his perversion, because sin loves
company. The apostle Paul states, "They perish because they refused to
love the truth and so be saved. For this reason God sends them a
powerful delusion so that they will believe the lie and so that all
will be condemned who have not believed the truth but have delighted
in wickedness" (2 Thessalonians 2: 10-11 N IV). Moses David has
steadfastly taught thousands of people a corrupt moral code based on
his weakness and inability to conquer moral impurity.
Perhaps the cruelest thing the Prophet has done is to set thousands of
people on a sexual rampage without any thought for its results.
Specifically, what will happen to the children? Mo casts the future
well-being of thousands of children to the wind and says "Oh, just let
the Colonies take care of them. Everyone can be a mommy and daddy!" In
July 1976 he announced:
Pregnancies from sex of FF'ing need no longer be considered as
obligations to marry as before. Some have not felt free to help each
other for fear it might require marriage if pregnancy occurs. That's
In other words, sex is no different than eating, and carries as little
obligation as having dinner. In one quick word from the Prophet, all
personal responsibility surrounding sex was dismissed. Children born
through adultery and FF'ing would be collectively cared for in his
marvelous family of love! He arrogantly proclaimed,
Our children belong to the Family and all of us, and we are all their
parents and they are all our children, so no "unwed" mother need fear
for herself nor her children. Several of our children call every adult
in the Home 'Mommy'or 'Daddy', and that's as it should be!
Marriage in the Family is to Jesus, and they are all "Jesus Babies!"—and we are all married to each other in His love. Read "One Wife",
"Law of Love", "All Things Tree", etc.110
But Mo's "heavenly ideals" were as foolish as his morals were
perverted. To command that the disciples "treat all as one" does not
work when people's lives are ablaze with lust. There is but one
thought: Me. Me First! One disciple tells how Moses David's edict of
"universal love" worked out in her life:
"In November 1977, I fell in love with a brother named Elkanah. He was
already married when I met him. (It was his third wife, and she was
pregnant with his baby—his fourth child by three different women.)
Having two wives is not uncommon in the Family, and at first things
seemed to work out quite well in our threesome. In fact, things were
going so good, that Elkanah and I prayed for a son. Shortly
thereafter, I left our Colony in Naples for Malta to begin an FF
ministry among the Libyans that frequent that island. I was pregnant
with Elkanah's baby when I left. Visa restrictions to Malta are
strictly limited to three months, and although I would be gone just a
short time, Elkanah encouraged me to go, as he strongly believed it
was the Lord's will to FF the Arabs.
"I returned to Naples several months later, but the tables had turned.
I was no longer wanted in his Colony. At that point, Elkanah decided
to move from Naples to Sicily, and so the Colony packed up and headed
South. About two weeks after we arrived, things went from bad to
worse. He literally threw me and my two children out on the streets.
At the time I was four-and-a-half
months pregnant and of no apparent value to him. I was in a terrible
predicament, as I couldn't speak enough Italian to get by. My
five-year-old son translated for me.
"We returned to Naples and squatted a deserted villa. Each day I went
litnessing with my two children, (aged five and one and a half), in
order to survive. It was the rainy season in Naples, and for two
months we were forced to go out in the freezing rain and distribute Mo
Letters. I'd have to say it was one of the most depressing periods of
my life. For four months we lived like that. Due to the stress and
difficult living conditions, I started premature labor. I sent word to
Elkanah informing him of my condition, and the potential threat to the
baby's life—the danger of death was imminent. I asked him to pray for
the baby, but the only reply I received was, 'Work out your own
"At that point, I contacted all the Colonies in Southern Italy, and
none of them would help. No one wanted the extra responsibility of a
pregnant mother with children. No Colonies would take me in. It was a
time in my life when I felt it was not worth it to go on living.
Little did I know worse things were to happen yet."
In the experience of just this one disciple we see the reality of my
father's All Things doctrine. Sin has caused this man, Elkanah, to
become a self-centered, insensitive, product of Moses David's
teachings, and, like my father, devoid of natural affection.
The abominations of Moses David are thus being passed on to his
followers. We cannot look at what he is doing as anything but sin.
There are many people who have in their minds a knowledge of God, but
as the Scripture says, "they do not retain Him there" (Romans 1:28).
The knowledge of God is cast aside because it inhibits the full
expression of lust. What does God do in such a case? He patiently
endures for a season.
When I was seven, Dad's lusts burned within him and drove him to
desire incest. When I was twelve, he attempted it once again. When my
sister reached the age of ten, he burned with lust toward her. Now he
teaches his followers that incest is not forbidden by God. God's
patience can endure only so long. There comes a point of rejection.
Consequently, because of Dad's stubborn willfulness, God gave him over
to unrestrained desires to commit the grossest of sins as a reprobate.
My father is chained in sin, his
conscience is seared, he is beyond the point of feeling. I have
witnessed, in the life of my father, one of the most frightening
punishments of God—to be cut loose from restraining forces and set
adrift in the boundless sea of sin.
Matthew Henry writes, "It is a great aggravation of sin when it is committed against knowledge.
It is daring presumption to run upon the sword's point. They 'not only
do the same, but have pleasure in those that do them.' To be pleased with
other people's sins is to love sin for sin's sake: it is joining in a confederacy
for the devil's kingdom. Our own sins are much aggravated by our
concurrence with the sins of others.111
How painfully the words struck me: "to love sin for sin's sake." I see
the thousands upon thousands of people following Moses David in his
insanity, "running upon the sword's point," as if in gleeful madness
impaling themselves upon the deadly sword of sin—and my father
praising it, glorifying it, reveling in it. He has joined "a confederacy
with the devil's kingdom." Abrahim. Goddesses. Flirty Fishing, Jesus
To varying degrees, COG disciples are taking on the nature of Moses
David. Sin never sits still. With our finite minds we cannot begin to
estimate the essential wickedness of Satan or the unbelievable horror
of sin. The apostle Paul writes ". . . that sin by the commandment
might become exceeding sinful." (Romans 7:13). So too, it is beyond mv
finite mind to fathom the wickedness flourishing under my own father.
Moses David is indeed a psychopath. But he is far, far more: he is
reprobate. In consequence to the unrestrained lusts of his
unregenerate heart, God has given him over to a mind of reprobation to
do those things which are purely wicked. He has created for himself a
world of unmitigated evil.
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