Who are the children of God?
DURING the late 1960’s, David Berg formed a little-known movement called Teens for Christ.
However, it rose to fame under the name Children of God after its leader claimed he received a revelation that a major earthquake was about to hit California.
Who are the Children of God cults and where are they based?
They originally called themselves “Teens for Christ” and soon developed into the “Children of God” movement.
Consisting mostly of runaways and “born-again hippies,” it originated in Huntington Beach, California.
After concluding that the area was about to be hit by a major earthquake, David Berg took his movement and followers on the road.
It is believed that Children of God had about 15,000 members at its peak.
It wasn’t long before the movement had hundreds of communes advocating a “group living” lifestyle.
The communities were very isolated and no one in them would work or leave the community.
It linked the worship of Jesus Christ to the “free love” era of the 1960s and preached a prophecy that the apocalypse was coming very soon.
As a result, he encouraged members to live a hand-to-mouth life without encouraging anyone to make long-term plans.
It has been claimed that by its peak the movement had branched out into over 50 countries.
What happened to cult leader David Berg and how did he die?
David Berg went into hiding in 1971.
He communicated with his followers through a series of letters, which he called “Mo letters,” derived from the name he gave himself of Moses David.
A spokeswoman for the movement was informed of his death by his wife in November 1994.
Although no one within the group knew where he and his wife were when he died, it is now believed that he was in Portugal at the time.
Maria Berg (also known as Karen Zerby), the wife of the movement’s leader, ran “The Family,” as it was now known, after his death.
What are the allegations against the group?
The group was known for their “flirty fishing” technique, in which female members were ordered to have sex with men in order to recruit them into the cult.
Former members of the Children of God movement have alleged child abuse while living in the communes.
Ex-members have told how the group has extended its sex policy to children, allegedly allowing and even encouraging child sexual abuse.
Sadly, many members of the movement have taken their own lives over the years, haunted by memories of their time with Children of God.
Over the years there have been horrific reports from people who were formerly members of sexual violence, incest and brainwashing.
Why is the Children of God cult so notorious?
When it was revealed that celebrities like Joaquin Phoenix and Rose McGowan both lived in shared apartments with their parents as children, interest in the group skyrocketed.
Joaquin Phoenix’s late older brother, River, told Details magazine in 1991 that he was four years old when he first had sex in the group.
While ex-members came out and spoke about the mental and physical torture they suffered, they were still plagued by those memories in later life.
In January 2005, the movement made headlines when Ricky Rodriguez, the former leader’s son, murdered a former member of the group.
The person in question was a former nanny of Rodriguez who lived in the community for a number of years.
After stabbing her, Rodriguez killed himself. He had left the group in adulthood, previously telling the New York Times that he wanted his mother “prosecuted for child molestation.”
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