IDENTIFYING MARKS OF A
HIGH CONTROL GROUP
Can community members make
decisions for themselves?
The community does
not operate on the basis of discussion and debate leading to some sort
of democratic resolution.
-David Jones Current Member
We cannot tolerate one second of someone who would accuse the body.
So he is cut off- he has to leave. Never will he be with us again until
he repents. There is no room for anyone who complains against anyone
or thing in the body .....
-Breaking of Bread 2/24/90
When I think of the tribes I think not much sleep, not much sleep, work
hard, work hard, work hard, get corrected, get corrected, confess, confess,
sins, sins, dance, go to sleep.
We are waiting for you to conform to the body, to take on the mind of
the body. It is this very thing we are watching you on that we have
a good conscience about you..
-Body Meeting Re: Zaccai
If there are any opinions contrary to the anointing (Spriggs) then we
are a potential hazard to the body. It shows that we are receiving another
-Receiving The Annointing 8/2/88
There is no underground in the community. It can't even be tolerated
in your own family (with your own husband or wife). Somehow our children
grew up with an underground. Love your brothers and sisters and tell
on them. They won't be deceived and they will live because they heeded
-Diligence/Expose The Deeds Of Darkness
If the elders tell someone something, for their own good, and the person
does not do it, it is stubbornness, rebellion and unwillingness to heed
the voice of the elders and leaders...
It is the aim of the Twelve Tribes community to obliterate all independence
(thought, action, freedom of movement, opinions, access to information,
access to families) and to drive them into a hopeless, dispirited, gray
herd of robots. They have lost all personal ambition, are easy to rule
willing to obey and willing to exist in selfless slavery to the community.
- Former Member
Just like our physical bodies have many parts, all the parts of the
body are working in coordination to build up the kingdom. If you're
not here to build up the kingdom then go - leave! Don't hold everyone
else back. We'll even give you bus fare to leave.
-Seeking First His Kingdom
Community members are taught absolute obedience to those in authority.
(Elders). I think it is dangerous to the people's minds.
-Melinda Horton, Former Member
If we have our Father's choice of elders and leaders then we are to
render absolute obedience to them. An elder doesn't have to defend his
authority. Attitude of elders is fear and trembling for they represent
the authority of Yahweh on the earth.
-Elders and Deacons
In the body of Messiah there is no independence of will, action, movement,
or feelings - leading to behavior not becoming to the head. The members
of the body never act independently or in opposition.
-The Trinity 7/94
If an elder questioned Spriggs' Teachings he could lose his place of
Dissenting elders were also talked about in the apostolic Workers Meeting.