"YOUR DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE!"--MO July 4, 1972 NO.173--GP
Copyrighted July, 1972 by The Children of God
P.O. Box 31, London WC2E 7LX, England or GPO Box 3141, San Juan, Puerto Rico 00936
Precious Children: Greetings in Jesus' Dear name! Thank you so much for your many unique Father's Day cards and the multitudes of other tokens of your love. We cherish each one and love and pray for you each day! Most of all we appreciate your love for the Lord and his children and your loyalty to His Cause! Keep up the good work!
PRACTICES WE DON'T AGREE WITH AND SHOULD NOT DO!
2. RECENTLY OUR ENVIOUS ENEMIES HAVE BEEN TELLING MANY ATROCIOUS LIES about us! Praise God!--This is a sign we're hitting the mark, because it's the hit dogs that howl! Nevertheless, to set the record straight, WE DEFINITELY DO NOT APPROVE OF SOME OF THE THINGS OF WHICH THEY ACCUSE US, such as: Drugs, drunkenness, profanity, lying, cheating, stealing, violence, immorality, covetousness, idolatry, nor even disrespect of parents! We trust that none of you are guilty of any of these things, but if you are, may God correct you! If we find out that any of you are guilty of any such things, we'll do our best to remove you from your position! If you suspect any of our members, including leaders, of any of these sins, we would be very grateful if you would report them immediately to their supervisors in order that they might be dealt with, and, if necessary, removed from our ranks!
SCRIPTURAL DOCTRINES WE'RE COMMANDED TO DO!
3. WE ARE NOT ASHAMED, HOWEVER, OF OUR SCRIPTURAL DOCTRINES AND PRACTICES OF FORSAKING ALL TO FOLLOW JESUS; that we cannot serve both God and Mammon, but must seek first the kingdom of God; to live and share together that we may pray, praise, study His Word and work together to keep His commandment to go into all the world and preach the Gospel to every creature! Hallelujah! This is the Word of God and these are His commandments and we must follow them regardless of the commandments of men and the traditions of the disobedient Christians! We trust that you, too, are pledged to obey these commandments of the Lord and will LET NOTHING STOP YOU, NEITHER MAN NOR FIEND, NOR ENEMY--NOT EVEN ANY ONE OF US!
IF YOU DO NOT AGREE WITH SOMETHING YOU ARE FREE TO REPORT IT, OR LEAVE!
4. WE THEREFORE AGAIN MAKE THIS DECLARATION OF YOUR PERSONAL
INDEPENDENCE and your right of freedom from any form of control whatsoever, either by us, your leaders, or anyone else who would try to hinder you from following your own personal leadings of the Lord! We therefore suggest, indeed exhort you, that if you feel that any of your leaders are not of the Lord or are not following God, that you immediately endeavor to tell them so and try to correct them if you can, or, if they will not listen, report them to us that we may deal with them accordingly!
5. IF YOU DO NOT AGREE WITH OUR DOCTRINES, PRACTICES OR LEADERSHIP AND WISH TO BE FREE OF OUR FELLOWSHIP, YOU ARE WELCOME TO LEAVE at any time! If you don't like your leader, leave! If you don't like your Colony, move to another! IF YOU DON'T LIKE THE REVOLUTION, REVOLT and start your own! IF YOU DON'T LIKE MOSES, FOLLOW HIS ENEMIES, some of whom, like Judas, have returned as dogs to their vomit and as sows to their wallowing in the mire! If you prefer their mud and vomit to God's Word and His truth, if you prefer the Pharisees and their hypocritical synagogues to the fellowship of His children, if you value their pieces of silver more than the riches of God's Word, I'M SURE THEY'LL BE HAPPY TO HAVE YOU UNTIL THEY'VE CRUCIFIED US! But once they've used you as their tool to bear false witness against the work of God, they'll cast you aside, as they did Judas, and there'll be nothing left for you but the agony of his fate: to live and die with the horrible guilt of having failed God and betrayed his people!
6. HOWEVER, I WOULD RATHER SEE OUR OWN LEADERSHIP REMOVED THAN TO HAVE IT HINDER YOU FROM SERVING THE LORD AS YOU FEEL LED. So I suggest that you IMMEDIATELY DO WHATEVER YOU FEEL IS THE WILL OF GOD! IF YOU FEEL IT'S TO LEAVE US AND GO ON YOUR OWN, SO BE IT! If you feel it's to leave your Colony or your Country and go to another, the sooner the better! DON'T WAIT ANY LONGER FOR CLEARANCE OR APPROVAL from us or your leaders! I'm tired of waiting for leaders to let you go! If you have the funds or the faith, just take off!--But please notify your Colony leaders or supervisor that you're leaving! And remember that, as long as you remain in a Colony, you are still under the authority of its leaders to keep the Colony rules, unless you want to leave!
THE SCRIPTURAL COMMISSION TO GO!
7. IF YOU ALL DECIDE TO LEAVE AT ONCE AND SCATTER UNTO THE UTTERMOST PARTS OF THE EARTH WHEREVER GOD LEADS YOU, I HOPE YOU'LL EXPLODE with such power you'll be heard 'round the world! Even if you only go two-by-two, you'll be obeying His commandments and have His promises that He'll be with you even unto the end of the world!
8. WHEN HE SENT OUT THE SEVENTY TWO-BY-TWO "INTO EVERY CITY AND PLACE", HE SAID, "THE HARVEST TRULY IS GREAT!... PRAY YE THEREFORE.... As lambs among wolves... Be ye therefore wise as serpents and harmless as doves!... Into whatsoever house they receive you, there leave thy peace.... Eat and drink such things as they give: for the labourer is worthy of his hire.... As ye go, preach, saying, The Kingdom of Heaven is at hand! Whosoever shall not receive you nor hear your words, when ye depart out of that house or city, shake off the dust of your feet against them! It shall be more tolerable for Sodom and Gomorrah in the Day of Judgement than for that city! When they persecute you in one city, flee ye into another: for ye shall not have gone over all the cities till the Son of man be come again!" (Matthew 10 and Luke 10).
9. WHEN THAT COMMANDMENT WAS FIRST GIVEN, the population of the earth was more than 70 million souls, but that tiny handful of disciples finished the job in their generation! But then the Church became so involved with buildings and theological arguments that it hasn't done the job since! However, today, nearly 2,000 years later, with the WORLD POPULATION NUMBERING OVER 40 TIMES AS MUCH AS IT WAS THEN, I BELIEVE OUR LITTLE BAND OF DISCIPLES, JUST 40 TIMES AS GREAT AS THEIRS WAS, CAN STILL DO THE JOB LIKE THEY DID!--If we obey the same commandment like they did!
LEAVE THE CHURCHES ALONE!
10. SOME CHURCH PEOPLE OF TODAY, mimicking our own terminology, are claiming they're going to "Explode" into all the world someday!--But how can they when they're still tied to their church buildings and churchy traditions, the world's worst handicap! So LEAVE THE CHURCHES ALONE!--THEY'RE JOINED TO THEIR IDOLS and they'll never make it!--Seek the lost! Come thou and follow Jesus and He'll make you fishers of men! Hallelujah! I believe you can do it if you don't let us or anything else stop you! Just GO!--If you feel so led, no matter what anybody says!--EXPLODE!--Or STAY!--and stand by the stuff to support those who are in the field, and don't let anybody move you, if that's your calling! Let God lead! It's gotta be God! The job's gotten too big for your leadership! Don't wait for clearance! You're going to have to forge ahead on your own, even if you go on with God alone!
BEST PLACES OUTSIDE AMERICA!
11. THE POPULATION OF THE EARTH IS NOW OVER THREE BILLION, AND LESS THAN ONE-TENTH OF IT IS AMERICAN! GET OUT OF AMERICA IF YOU CAN!--She's had it!--And God is about to pour out His judgements upon her, as the most wicked, violent, and anti-Christ Nation on the face of the earth! They think Russia and China are anti-Christ, but how can they be when they don't even know Christ! America has known Him and rejected Him and us; therefore, she is the most anti-Christ of all!
12. FLEE AS A BIRD TO THE OTHER 90 PERCENT OF THE WORLD'S POPULATION, WHERE THERE'S MORE HOPE, MORE TIME, AND MUCH MORE FREEDOM and friendliness and a greater hunger amongst the vast love-starved masses for the true riches of God!--And where it's no crime to be a Christian like us! You've yet to see the best parts of the world and the best, sweetest, poorest, and humblest peoples! God's got a treat in store for you! You Americans have a surprise coming: America's not the only place on the face of the earth!--It's not even the best or the most beautiful or the most free!--In fact, it's the most putrid and polluted and corrupt, a stench in the nostrils of God! Come to lands where the air is clear, the earth is clean and their peoples free, and you can live for a song! You'll love them!
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13. JUST KEEP IN TOUCH WITH US and each other by "neglecting not to communicate"! Send us a little report on your activities each week for our newspaper, the "New Truth" and our magazine, the "New Nation News", so we can share the good news with all of you!--At least drop us a postcard to tell us where you are and what you're doing, and send us a few pictures if you can, so we can include them for all to see! "Let your light so shine before men that they may see your good works and glorify your Father which is in Heaven!"
14. WE LOVE TO HEAR FROM YOU, AND IF YOU NEED HELP, PLEASE WRITE OR CALL your nearest Colony. You can reach us by mail through any of our headquarter addresses. Be sure you keep us posted as to your own address so we can send you all the latest news, tapes, pictures, etc., and can visit you when possible! Our nearest Colony is a good place to pick up your mail! Be sure to take along warm clothing for cold countries like Canada or Europe year round, your sleeping bag, and an absolute minimum of necessities for hiking: like your Bible, tracts (you can even make your own of you have to), and lessons--or pick up the latter in the local language at your nearest Colony!
15. JOIN THE EXPLOSION AND WIN THE WORLD! See you in the "Fall-Up!" God bless and keep you and make you a blessing to the whole world till Jesus comes! Love, MO
TO LEADERS AND ALL CONCERNED:
16. P.S.--DON'T MISS THE LATEST LETTER: "SURVIVAL!" It's a Wow!--40 pages of inside dope!--The whole story of the Revolution by MO himself! Be sure to get your personal copy to take along!
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