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RECENTLY OUR CAMP WAS INVADED by a famous TV show camera crew and Private Investigator (such is common with us over the years, but most of us were out on missions, so the BIG “SCARE” had NO effect!!). Without going into too much detail about what was said and done, the interviewer asked one of our officers something like this: “You know people call you (ACMTC) a cult. Don’t you think that is the worst thing you can be called?” Of course our people have been taught properly about what a cult is, so we always answer that being a cult or being called a cult does not bother us. We’ve learned to become impervious to that term. Sorry, “cult-catchers”!
Some (usually self-appointed/self-righteous “Christians”) think that the quickest way to DESTROY any group (be it religious or secular) is to label it a “cult”. In reality, this term has gone thru many changes over the years, as we have taken note. Once attacked by “cult-catchers” or branded a “cult”, a group is marked as a THING to be feared and hated! We can certainly testify to this. And those in a “cult” are automatically judged as misguided, brainwashed, deceived, and usually dangerous. And, of course, the leader or leaders of a “cult” are assumed to have power-lust and devious motives and satanic intentions. Therefore, the majority usually and generally take it for granted that he, she, or they are a danger to society and must be stopped at all costs or killed!
Wow! That Sounds Like Jesus!
Yes, my dear scared “Christians”, by the standards of all this “cult labeling”, Jesus was a “cult” leader and His disciples were “cult” followers. Were not Jesus and troops labeled as such? They were! Was not Jesus hunted, slandered and finally killed by misguided and HATE-FILLED “cult-hunters”? He was. So were many of His disciples. So it is today.
It Is A Privilege
We count it a privilege to be called a “cult”—WE ARE A CULT OF THE LIVING GOD! Does that scare you? And we ARE armed and dangerous! I have a right arm and a left arm, and I have God’s Sword of the Spirit as my weapon. Furthermore, I obediently follow my “cult” leader, Jesus Christ the Lord, and take His teachings seriously.
Oh, Yes, Let Us Not Forget Secrecy
We find it humorous that the folks (usually the insecure church folks) out there think we are so secretive. Sure! We’ve been public as a group since 1981, have gone to 50 countries (some many times over), have been seen on local/national/international TV, heard on radio, been seen and written about in newspapers and publications, have teams constantly working—OPENLY—all over the whole wide world; we publish what we believe, what we do and how we live, in millions of tracts/booklets, and also give out radio tapes and teaching videos; for years we never had a gate upon our property, so any and all could visit (we currently have closed our camp to keep out vicious and hateful media folks); we’ve let family members visit (if they come in the right spirit—most do not!); and so on. So, my dear SCARED “cult catchers”, where is our secrecy? There is NONE!
It erps our enemies that we do not allow them to come in and cause us trouble. But it is a concern to our well-being—we despise troublemakers!—and there are plenty of troublemakers out there that have NOTHING BETTER TO DO than monitor us and call us a “secret cult”—which means we won’t allow the uninvited troublemakers to run over us at will. The latest attack (TV show) was aimed to do just that—run over us and destroy us. When told to remove themselves from our peaceful camp, they scream that we are dangerous and aggressive!! So be it! Learn some manners before you pay us a visit.
Mistrust and hostility usually escalates between the accusers and the accused—this is, of course, one of the Devil’s tactics. All the harassment of a group is done in the name of “You are dangerous; we are good!”—you are good for nothing, my dear enemy, if you do not have better things to do, like live the Christian life and show better Christian fruit. You are no better than the enemies of old that hated Jesus and followers.
We DARE To Be Different!
Get used to it—we are not like the average church slave. We believe in being AGGRESSIVE (“active” is a better word so as not to scare our already frightened enemies!). We believe in living and doing the Gospel thing.
We dare to defy the backslid Church, especially here in the USA, and this does not sit well with the dull and dumb leadership or their backslid “saints”.
Rewards Of Persecution
Oh, yes, there are blessed rewards for being persecuted for Jesus’ sake. (You look up all the Biblical passages.) This latest attack caused a great interest in our organization. Our website was visited by lots and lots of curious folks—this is good!
For those of you who wrote and asked to visit/join, we are out on missions right now: please understand and be patient. Also, we are not an open community for everyone. We have a limited capacity here, for we are an International Headquarters only! We recommend you to start an ACMTC branch in your area/state/country. Our main task is to publish free reading/visual/audio materials, not to increase our camp by numbers. We do not play the “numbers” game. We have camps/libraries all around the world. You can start one of these; we’ll supply freely.
Noble And Honest
Despite all the HATE that is aimed at us, we do try to be noble and honest in our work. But, again, we do not allow just anybody (or thing!) to come among us to cause trouble. Conversely, we make enemies because of our strong convictions. GET USED TO IT!! We realize, all too well, that this generates an enormous force of suspicious and judgmental folks, both in and out of the Church. We can’t apologize.
Because we dare to dress, act, and do differently than the dull and dumb syndrome, we are constantly singled out and attacked. Read the life story of Jesus, His TRUE followers, the Church Fathers, and so on.
The Mob Behavior
Oh, yes, we’ve had the mobs, lots of them, trying to stop us. Sorry, we’re still here! (Smile.)
It is no new thing. We still have Satan-inspired folks that cry out for our blood. All I can say is that we’ll do God’s work till He is finished with us. Until then, scream, cry, beg, curse on. Crazed mobs do not frighten us. Salem witch trials are common against us, but we still operate freely. The mob mentality just proves that the Devil is MAD at our stand and that he uses dupes that call themselves “Christian” to do his dirty-work.
Did You Know...
Many spiritual/religious movements in times past that were called “cults”, today are actually part of the accepted Church? Such is REVOLUTION. America has been full of “cults” and revolutions.
FOR YOUR INFORMATION:
adapted from Cults: Origin of our Culture, by Steven Fuson
A FASCINATING WORD STUDY can be done involving the words CULT, CULTIVATE, and CULTURE. Take this short semantic journey. It will provide some “eye-openers.”
All three terms are derived from Latin. CULT comes from “cultus,” which means “worship,” and this primitive root evolved to “colere,” which means “to cultivate.” Right away some intriguing possibilities become obvious. Juxtaposing “worship” and “cultivate” opens the door to the origins of all religious movements. One cannot help but to reflect on the Garden of Eden imagery wherein man and woman experienced their sacred worship as an integral aspect of cultivating the Garden. In respect to the Garden, the man was instructed to “dress it” and to “keep it”. His sense of worship and his walk with Deity were inextricably united with his responsibilities to cultivate his Edenic estate. Here was the birth of religion. If there had existed a status quo [status quo—“the existing condition: state of affairs”; see COLLEGE DICTIONARY, Houghton-Mifflin Company, Boston, 1984] in Eden, then certainly this original religious endeavor would have been viewed as a cult.
In a strictly spiritual dimension, there must be a sowing of seed-ideas into other earthen vessels of flesh and blood. After the seed is sown into open, fertile minds, then begins the cultivation, bringing the seed to germination, tender young plants to be watered and tended—“to dress it and keep it.” Eventually a mature crop is harvested. Mature members of the religious movement, in like manner, sow seed-ideas in others, keeping the growth cycle alive and their religion on the increase.
If every religion has its start according to this universal pattern, then each and every religion, in its origin, could be referred to as a cult. Each religious cult had its founder, leader, father, the master seed-sower—and to this dynamic mentor came an original group of disciples and followers. This original group was the first planting. Their spiritual lives were watered and cultivated. In time they became seed-sowers producing a geometric increase in their religious movement: generations of believers, harvest after harvest.
This extended metaphor, if universally true of the growth of religious movements, can also be applied to other “fields” of human endeavor. For it appears that all movements, whether they be political, religious, economic or scientific “in nature,” fit the reproductive cycle implied by the “root meaning” of the word cult. Does this mean that all new movements can be considered cults in their beginning stages?
One of the dictionary meanings of cult—“OBSESSIVE DEVOTION TO A PERSON, PRINCIPLE, OR IDEAL”—is often construed as a negative aspect of groups deemed as cults. Using the garden analogy again, one can reasonably question whether or not the gardener shows excessive devotion by spending long hours in the hot sun weeding his precious plants...on his knees, head bowed, a worshipful pose. Were the founding fathers of America obsessive in their devotion to the “ideal” of a new nation according to the “principle” of democratic freedom? These founding fathers pledged not only their worldly goods but their lives for this cause. Excessive? Maybe to the English authorities. Certainly not to history.
Were the disciples of Ghandi excessive in their loyalty to their mentor and his “principle” of pacifistic resistance to status quo tyrannies? Maybe they were excessive to the capitalistic overlords. It was this “excessive devotion” that helped create political hostilities and bloodshed and so much pain, and yet this same devotion was key to the success of India’s ultimate independence.
Shall one conclude that the “obsessive devotion” is part of the negative tag that goes along with the smear-word “cult”? A group’s devotion is only obsessive to those comfortable and satisfied with the way things are. To those who are well-conformed to the status quo, the obsessive quality of each new cult is something to fear...to hate...to destroy.
Another dictionary meaning of cult—“AN EXCLUSIVE GROUP OF PERSONS SHARING AN ESOTERIC INTEREST”—is also used in a derogatory manner. Howbeit, physicists who study the origins of the universe form an “exclusive group.” And with unusual intensity they explore the invisible world of neutrinos and quarks. This appears to be an “esoteric interest.” Such scientists speak to one another in their own secret code, using terminology foreign to all except true initiates. They exchange documents filled with indecipherable symbols and equations. Is there a devious plot here? How can anyone know for sure? If it’s exclusive and it’s esoteric, it most obviously must mark the physicists as a cultist group. They manifest the markings of a cult. How dare they be different from the general run of humanity!
And this same suspicion, by the law of association, must also be applied to cults of scientists known by their aliases:
BIOLOGISTS: their exclusive conventions arouse suspicion.
PALEONTOLOGISTS: what are they really doing with those old bones?
ZOOLOGISTS: no normal person cares that much about animals!
CHEMISTS: everyone knows how dangerous chemicals are, don’t they?
ASTRONOMERS: anyone that is obsessed with outer space must be strange.
et cetera. . . .
Politicians are another exclusive lot. Even the Conformed Masses realize that politicians are possessed by “esoteric interests”—their agendas are obviously not in the interest of normal folk—and their inclination to do much hurt gives rise to suspicion. Their incomprehensible speeches. . .their secret committee meetings. . .wonder why no one has called the politicians a cult? Or are they the status quo?
Much suspicion is due the preachers with their rabid devotees, their exclusive sects, their esoteric interpretation of the unfathomables....
Enough! Such tongue-in-cheek examples are only meant to stir the mind to think beyond the stereotypes.
Referring again to the semantic study of CULT, CULTIVATE, and CULTURE, one can see that the original planting of any new movement is a cult. It’s newness sets it apart as different. But the planting will not grow without proper care and nourishment. Hence the need to cultivate. Interestingly, the word “cultivate” derives from the same Latin roots as “cult”—cultus and colere—meaning “to till.” When reading the definitions for CULTIVATE, keep in mind their symbolic implications.
* To prepare and improve land, as by fertilizing or plowing for raising crops: TILL.1
Or for raising political and religious movements....
* To nurture
This applies to all aspects of life. Everything in its infancy must be nurtured if it is to sustain growth.
* To form and refine, as by education.
Here the agrarian symbolism yields to the development of social institutions. The original birth, the planting, the cult, is not enough. As a movement grows it gains acceptance by the status quo. In time it becomes a part of the status quo. To reach this point the movement develops methods of education to more efficiently inculcate its beliefs and practices. It is ironic that total success by a cult means total inter-meshing with status quo society. Tenets of the cult, once offensive to the establishment, are adopted into the mainstream. Enculturalization, accomplished through various blendings and compromises by the cult and the dominant culture, eventually produces a true synthesis of the two.
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NOTE 1: TO CULTIVATE and TO TILL: once again the terminology hearkens back to Eden’s Garden. After man s default, it is written: “Therefore the Lord God sent him forth from the Garden of Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken” (Gen. 3:23).
The Hebrew words for TO TILL mean: to work, to serve, ENSLAVE, KEEP IN BONDAGE. Was mankind’s destiny herein sealed to the ceaseless endeavors of the starting of cults? Looking back, history says, Yes indeed, humans are forever locked in the reproductive cycle of movements that have an origin (planted), are cultivated (tilled), reach maturity, then die and fade away. Man is apparently enslaved in these magnificent endeavors. The Conformed Masses of all ages are kept in perpetual bondage in this effort to till, to till, to till religiously, politically, economically, ad infinitum.
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This leads to the third part of the semantic study, that of CULTURE. Again, the root word for “culture” is the Latin “cultus”—identical to its usage in “cult” and “cultivate.” Cult refers to any dynamic movement in its initial stages of growth. This is the period of its greatest nonconformity and uniqueness. Cultivation refers to the particular methods used to nurture the developing cult. If the efforts in cultivation are successful, this implies a gradual acceptance by society. To some important degree, large or small, the cult has made a lasting influence upon the status quo. At this point the cult has become an integral feature of culture, and is indeed accepted and recognized as part-and-parcel with the culture in question.
* CULTURE: The totality of socially transmitted behavior patterns, arts, beliefs, institutions, and all other products of human work and thought typical of a population or community at a given time. (Refer to dictionary.)
This broad definition leaves plenty of room for the specific contributions of manifold cults. The profound impacts of cults upon evolving society make up the composite wholeness referred to as culture.
Notice again the semantic association with agriculture (literally, culture of the field):
* Cultivation of soil: tillage
* The growing of plants or breeding of animals, especially to produce improved stock (author’s italics).
Horticulturists introduce radically new genetic hybrids with the hope of producing improved stock. It is common practice to “cross” two varieties of extremely unlike characteristics. Out of such dynamic genetic crosses emerge the marvelous assortment of fruits and vegetables available to the modern consumer. This blending of vegetative extremes and its resultant cornucopia of improved stock is an analogy to the vast possibilities set in motion when conformed culture meets non-conformed cult. The blending of such “crosses” produces the on-going saga of societal development.
Cults, therefore, have proven to be invaluable in the evolution of every culture. Our American culture is indeed the grand syntheses of cult influences. Let it suffice for now to illustrate the positive potential of cults and to issue an admonition to beware the negative stereotypes.
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Raging controversy surrounded Jesus and His followers way before the word “cult” was used in excess. Raging controversy has always surrounded true followers of Christ.
Derogatory “news” travels fast. Had there been mass media in Jesus’ day like there is today, the word of the accusers could have been spread faster—along with lots of “blessed persecution”.
When people are scared of a cult, they naturally exaggerate (following Satan’s inspiration), imagine evil, have confounded suspicions, spread false rumors, etc. True, there are real, dangerous “cults” and groups out there, but let the fruit speak for itself, not what someone merely says about them.
Revolutionary change has literally transformed the whole American society. Get used to more change—both good and bad. Tradition and conformity have taken on new dimensions. Practices and teachings have changed. Echelons of demonic powers are re-imaging the family unit, the State, and certainly the Church.
The American establishment has been challenged and changed by militant homosexuals and numerous other bad and sinful elements.
Jesus was a true REVOLUTIONARY in His day. Should not we be the same? Why are we afraid to stand for sound Biblical teachings today? Were not Jesus and His troops innovators and non-conformists? Did not He challenge the backslid generation of His day? Were not He and they persecuted for doing good, not evil? Did not the “religious” of His day give Him/them lots of derision and ridicule? So, dear frightened churchites, WHY DO YOU CLAIM HIS NAME YET REFUSE TO FELLOWSHIP HIS/THEIR PERSECUTIONS AND SUFFERINGS? Are you a coward?
Wrath Of The Authorities
Again, we have faced the wrath of both secular and religious authorities. I could tell you plenty of “scary” true stories here, but space limits it. No matter what, we must still stand for what we believe is true, pure, and noble.
We just refuse to succumb to the wishes of our enemies. Sorry about that! We have a tremendous conviction in which we live and operate by. We believe it is our duty to be committed and courageous in our service to our Master and King. We will not, I repeat, WILL NOT BE BOUGHT OFF!
Trying to live according to the Bible in an evil and adulterous generation is highly offensive. In fact, it offends the modern sensibility of both Churchianity and State-ism (Political-Correctism). This of course puts people like us in a despicable and dangerous situation. For both the religious people and the State see us in view of THEIR PREJUDICES, PERCEPTIONS and MISCONCEPTIONS. But we can only say, “We are committed to following Jesus and His teachings.”
“They Hated Me...”—Jesus (John 15:25)
If Jesus was HATED, and He was, it goes to reason His followers will be hated—even today. Why should we think being labeled a “cult” is evil? It is a privilege.
Jesus’ calm, unwavering resolve, in the face of wrathful, hateful hierarchical leaders, ought to give us hope for our own trials.
If Jesus’ accusers ritualistically chanted “Crucify Him!”, should not we expect the same today to come against His people? Frankly, I’m amazed at the LACK of persecution directed towards the Church today. For the most part, the modern Church is BACKSLID AS HELL!—this is the reason for the lack of persecution.
Sin is accepted, holiness hated. By modern religious and psychiatric standards, if you’re not a sick pervert of some kind, you are abnormal.
Labeled As “Hatemongers”
This is laughable for sure! Most, and I say most of our accusers label us as “hatemongers”; but they, like the religious of Jesus’ day, are the ones who are full of hatred and murder. I’m not exaggerating. We’ve had our share of life threats by so-called “Christians”.
Our accusers accuse us of wanting “power over people”. If we wanted this, we would not use religion. There are other means out there to have “power over people”.
We turn away thousands of people who want to come here to live. And we do not extort $$ out of them as do churches. In fact, we make it HARD on the flesh to live the way we live, knowing full well that most people will NOT want to live as we do.
However, we do demand group unity for the Gospel’s sake. The Bible demands that. Read it yourself. We work as a team (read John 17:21). We strive for”oneness” and we do not need to use guilt manipulation or threats of Hell as we’re accused of doing. Jesus was dependent upon His Father (see John 8:28; 5:19). Is it a sin to be dependent upon His Spirit today?
Obsessed With Control
If we were guilty of the above, why do we DISMISS sinning members (as some of our ex-members well know, and this is why they are mad as Hell against us!!), and why do we REFUSE unrepentant or sinning inquirers? In reality, most of our enemies are guilty of wanting to control others, not us. We are looking for a FEW GOOD SOLDIERS.
All this Cult Hysteria proves one thing: the status quo and Churchianity fear and despise that which they CANNOT CONTROL. Try that one on.
If the fearful cannot get us all to bow to their sickly and fearful ways (and they do try), they will always form a conspiracy against the leadership. This conspiracy against the leadership aims at accusing the leaders (and the whole group) of conspiracy. Pretty neat, hugh?
Once a group is labeled a “cult”, this necessitates the attempt to discredit and destroy it. Thank God we have been kept over the years. The ways and means to destroy us have been numerous, but we are still here by the grace of our great God.
Since You Can’t Destroy Us...
Since you can’t destroy us, why not join us? You too can become rabid devotees in an exclusive cult...and learn esoteric interpretations of Scripture. You too can become obsessed with reaching the lost with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. You too can proudly wear the ACMTC uniform. You too can explore the neutrinos and quarks of aggressive truth and expose this sin-sick world.
—General James Green
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