Children of God Sect: Is Theirs the Way?
By Jane Perlez, New York Post
March 2, 1973, North America
On the third floor of a dilapidated shingle house on Staten Island, where the veranda floor boards are falling in & a “for sale” sign hangs forlornly by the front door, the Children of God are seated around the dining room table studying & reciting the Bible.
Today’s session, led by 22 year-old Lehabim (real name Ian Gillis) is aimed at two new converts, both 18 year-old dropouts from city schools. If they remain in the sect after their two-week introductory course on Knowing Your Bible, they’ll give up their personal possessions, assume a Biblical name & join the 12 member “family” at 25 Henderson Av., as dedicated disciples for spreading the Gospel.
These 18-to-28- year-old devotees of the fundamentalist sect founded in California five years ago by preacher David Berg live in apparent communal happiness planning their Jesus takeover of the world. They believe their God-directed existence, based literally …
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January 8, 1973, Latin America
Ellenville’s Children of God
All That Believed Were Together
By Steve Rago, The Union-Gazette
August 2, 1972, North America
ELLENVILLE – The light after noon rain flittered down to the floor of the forest in little drips. As the droplets gently touched down on a bed of browned pine needles, a Child of God opened her Bible to read from the Book of Acts.
“And all that believed were together and had all things in common…” (Acts 44). This simple statement from the Bible, is the basis for an organization called the Children of God. It is part of a religiously oriented drug rehabilitation “family” in Ellenville with members throughout America and parts of Europe.
But it is more than that. It offers spiritual sanctuary and solace to those in desperation, be it from drug abuse or personal dissatisfaction with the world and its hypocrisy.
The family feeds the hungry. Those who hunger for love and brotherhood find it here by basing their lives on the Bible.
“We are …