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An Official Statement from the Founders of the Children of God!
"We do not approve of sex with minors, & hereby renounce
any writings of anyone in our Family which may seem to do so! We
absolutely forbid it!"—Moses David, 12/88.
(c) March 1989 by World Services, PF 241. 8021 Zurich, Switzerland
Thankfully, we are usually so busy in our work of bringing the light of God's Love & Salvation to others, we have little time to worry about—much less try to answer—the many false accusations that our misguided & misinformed opponents may level at us. However, their charges have recently taken an ugly new twist, & a very serious criminal claim has been raised against us—an accusation we find so odious & repulsive that we feel compelled to give cm answer to those of you who may have been tainted by it!
The absolutely false accusation that is currently being trumped up & circulated against us is that we cruelly subject our own children to all kinds of "child abuse" & "sexual molestation!" This is a preposterous lie which we vehemently deny & challenge anyone to try to prove!—In or out of a court, of law!
We love & cherish & thank God for our dear children, & would never even think about, much less condone, any abuse or mistreatment of them whatsoever!
The founding father of our group, Moses David, has consistently emphasised through the years the importance of our children & their welfare. He has repeatedly stressed to our communities the God-given responsibility of every parent to faithfully, lovingly & sacrificially care for, protect & "train up their children in the way they should go."—Proverbs 22:5. The following quotations taken directly from his writings make this apparent:
"Children are some of the most wonderful gifts that God gives us, & the most vital part of our Work is our own children. As the twig is bent, so the tree is grown, & the present is built on the foundations of the past. If we fail or neglect our children, we will have failed to preserve the future!—They are our greatest task!
"When God gives you children, then your first duty to God is to those children! And though raising children can be one of the toughest & most trying & difficult jobs, it is also one of the most rewarding. Caring for your children is a very serious & sobering responsibility, for which God will hold you responsible if you don't take care of them properly.
"Your own children should be one of the greatest influences in your life, perhaps second only to the Lord. They should help you to be serious & inspire you to be a good example & to train . them up in the way that they should go, to do your best to do what's right. As a parent, you should realise the serious, sober responsibility of a little child's life in your hands, &. that they're going to . be what you make them.
"We put children first in our Family!—We put our children's education & training & knowledge of God's Word first! We are concerned not only for their physical welfare, but for their spiritual welfare as well."
We have highly-qualified & dedicated teachers in our schools, & we give our children the best education possible. In the highly-personalised atmosphere 'of our small Home classes & within our schools, our children benefit from individualised instruction. Most of them begin to read by the age of two or three, & many become fluent adult-level readers by the time they are five!
We have developed our own Bible-based textbooks & curriculum, designed by our own fully-accredited educators & editors. We've also published our own teachers' manuals, ensuring that each of our children receive the same education, & that the same high standards are upheld throughout our communities worldwide.
The following are a few of many reactions, comments & impressions given by different professionals—educators, doctors, lawyers—after having visited our schools:
"I thought I'd been doing a good job teaching, giving my students the education they need. But after observing your classes, your teachers with their pupils, I am ashamed. I realized for the first time that I have really been lacking love.— You have taught me that love is the key to train & teach children."
"I'm amazed how even your two & three-year-olds get along so well with each other, playing together without fighting.—lt must be the result of your teaching them the Bible & Christian principles at an early age"
"I believe most educators would envy what you have here. I've never imagined a school with so much spiritual wealth within its walls! The children here in your school are getting a much better education than we offer our youth in normal schools."
We do believe that sex is a beautiful God created gift given to Man for our enjoyment & procreation, but we do not advocate nor practice sex between adults & minors!—And never have!—And certainly not between adults & young children, as some very wrong sources are now accusing us!
In order to try to substantiate these absolutely false charges against us, some of our opponents have begun reproducing & distributing an article which was published within our group over ten years ago. Although the article in question does make reference to an unusually loving relationship between the young woman who wrote it & the child she was caring for, even a quick glance makes it clear that, the article is only the writer's account of her own personal experience & opinions.—And is by no means any kind of policy-setting or instructional text.
Such inornate relationships between minors & adults have never been officially encouraged or condoned within our fellowship & it was a very unfortunate oversight & mistake on our part ten years ago to have allowed such an article to be published. Since then, we have expressly forbidden & condemned any such conduct among our members!
Had our critics kept up with our current policies & publications, they would know that we have not only banned any kind of adult/minor sex within our group, but that we have also adopted much more conservative & universally-accepted policies regarding sex between adults as well.
For example, in the '70's, some of our members employed a rather controversial witnessing technique known as "Flirty Fishing." In their efforts to share God's Love & Salvation with others, some of our women members found that some lonely men had such a deep need for companionship—for a sympathetic ear, a comforting touch, an understanding friend—that they could not receive spiritual or theological sermons about God's Love without some tangible proof that Someone up there really did love them. Therefore, to try to prove God's spiritual Love for others, some found it necessary to manifest it physically—sometimes even sacrificially going "all the way!"
Of course, some religious folks were outraged by this method & branded it as "religious prostitution," & condemned us as heretics for going to such radical extremes to try to prove God's Love to others! But it cannot be denied that many souls who would never have darkened the door of a church were reached & came to a solid & lasting faith in the Lord as a result of the sacrifice of women who were willing to give their all to try to show God's Love to others.
However, now—in the late '80's—we have officially discontinued & banned this controversial witnessing technique. Just as the whole World has tightened up on its sexual freedoms—due largely to the AIDS epidemic—so we also have become much more conservative & restrictive along these lines, & we now stick to more conventional means of witnessing & telling others about God's Love. But despite such liberties & freedoms we may have exercised in the past, our group has never officially promoted or practiced any kind of sex between adults & minors! And since the publication of the above-mentioned questionable article of ten years ago, we have explicitly forbidden & unequivocally banned any such intimate expression of affection between minors & adults within our fellowship. In early 1985, when it was called to our attention that some questions had arisen concerning sex between adults & minors, we issued an urgent directive to all of our communities worldwide. In this missive, all of our members were strongly reminded that any such activities are strictly forbidden within our group. The following excerpts are taken verbatim from this directive:
"Nudity & sex can be wonderful & beautiful, & we have a good, Godly, healthy attitude regarding it, but adults must refrain from practicing it with minors! The best thing we can do is to just not do it at all. Adults should refrain from any sexual involvement with underage minors!"
For a final word on this subject of child abuse, here is a written statement by the founding father of our group when he was recently asked what our official stance was regarding any of our past publications that purportedly condoned adults having sex of any kind with minors:
"They are highly involved in the parenting process with their children, with both fathers & mothers actively involved in all aspects of the rearing of the children. The relationships in each of the family groups are, in my opinion, solid, well-rounded respective & warm. "I've seen many families throughout the many years of my work as a psychologist,& I would be hard pressed to recall other families where the relationships among parents & children are more clearly functional, adaptive, productive & loving. "I am impressed by the straightforward care'& devotion demonstrated by the parents towards each of the children, to each other, as well as the strong sibling bonds & the strong parent/child bonds that exist,
"At no time in any interviews with any of these family members was there any evidence whatever that sexual improprieties may have occurred among their children. 1 observed no clinical signs of sexual deviance whatsoever. These parents & children, in my view, are highly credible family-oriented individuals."
"The parents ascribe to open & mature attitudes towards their children's sex education: They don't make up fairy tales to explain sexual behaviour & proclivities. Anatomical terms are labelled & described accurately & maturely, as is sexual behaviour. I have seen no evidence whatsoever that there is any kind of sexual relationship or abuse between these parents & their children."
"I have found no evidence whatsoever to support the allegations against these families or their children. The children clearly state that they have neither been allowed to, nor encouraged to, participate in any sexually deviant practices.
"There is no evidence whatsoever, either in my observations of the children at play with family dolls, or in my direct questioning of the children, of any sexual improprieties. "I am satisfied that all these parents have very proper, culturally-acceptable attitudes towards their own & their children's sexuality, & that they have given no evidence whatsoever of having encouraged, supported, condoned or otherwise allowed sexual improprieties among their children or themselves."
—And speaking of the Gospel, have you found God's Love? If not, you can right now, by sincerely praying & asking Jesus to forgive your sins & come into your heart—He loves you & will give you Eternal Life right now if you will simply receive Him! If you have any more questions or would like more information, please write us today at the following address:
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