"CHRISTIANS"

(Investigator 30, 1993 May)

 
8/12/92

Dear Doug,

You see, most people think they need a job and/or money to survive, whereas Jesus taught that we need not worry about any of our needs; so that we can concentrate on the important things in life, like serving others. (Matthew 6:19-34) Have you thought about actually leaving your job and selling all your possessions to lead a life of fulltime service to others?

(Extract from a letter to Doug Davies by a "Christian")

 
"Do any of you do any secular work at all?" I asked.
"What’s that?" he replied.
"It’s when you work for an employer for money."

Warwick is a member of a cult which insists on no other name for itself but "Christians". According to this cult to be a complete Christian you have to sell your house, car and other valuables, donate the proceeds to their group and move into their communes. There you live off unemployment benefits, student allowances, charity and donations from the public.

Booklets, letters and personal testimony of the cult all come straight to the point which is that you must sell your possessions and live in poverty.

The main commune where about 20 members live is in Geelong, Victoria. There’s also a commune with seven members in India, one in Queensland with three members, one in Liverpool, England, with three members and currently one in Adelaide with three people.

Warwick was distributing free booklets in Port Adelaide. The booklets had cartoon drawings which promoted the message that all other religions are inadequate and greedy.

Of the twenty in Geelong eight are on a Government student allowance. If they complete their course, however, they won’t seek employment because that’s against their doctrine.

Prior to joining up a year ago, Warwick had lived with Aborigines for five years, in Esperance for five years and on a farm in Albany for another five years.

The founder of the "Christians" David McKay, 46, left the Children of God (the "Family") in 1977 because of their "flirty fishing" which involved girl members giving sex to prospective converts.

In 1992 the "Christians" set up a tent embassy with the flag of India at Geelong’s Deakin University to highlight Third World living standards. Students pelted the cult with eggs and asked: "Why should we help India when they spend millions on arms?"

Warwick planned to join the commune in India and afterwards the one in Liverpool. Evidently donations are adequate for international travels!

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Letters by the "Christians" in response to inquiries from the public come straight to the point which is to sell any possessions of value and give up your job. The two letters below were sent to Doug Davies, a subscriber to Investigator, in Victoria.
 

Christians,
P.O.Box ___
Geelong 3220
Australia

23-11-92

Dear Doug 

Thankyou for your letter and your donation. We are a small community of Christians. We are trying to practise the lifestyle that Jesus taught his disciples to live. Jesus taught that we should sell all our possessions (Luke 12:33, Luke 14:33) and to share all things that we have with each other equally. (Acts 2.44-45, Acts 4:32)

Unfortunately most of the churches around today do not teach people to do this. They are offering short cuts to heaven that do not satisfy the soul…

Yours for Christians,

Jessica
 


 
Christians
P.O. Box 353
Geelong 3220
Australia

7/4/93

Dear Bernhard,

Thank you for writing. Warvrick is the name of the person you met in Adelaide. He has just recently travelled to India where he will be doing social work for a few months. Unfortunately we do not still have any members in Adelaide. The few who were there for the summer, returned to Victoria in late February. I'll try and answer some of your questions.

We are a small community of Christians. We are trying to practise the lifestyle that Jesus taught his disciples to live. Jesus taught that we should sell all our possessions (Luke 12:33, Luke 14:33) and to share all things that we have with each other equally. (Acts 2:44-45, Acts 4-32)

Unfortunately most of the churches around today do not teach people to do this. They are offering short cuts to heaven that do not satisfy the soul…

Yours for Christians,

Christine
 

 
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