In the Vine House Days

The Vine House was the main household of the first of the Twelve Tribes communities that began in Chattanooga, Tennessee, in 1972. This article reveals the secret of why this community thrived and multiplied when all the other communities of the Jesus Movement declined and died out...

In the Vine House days, during the waning of the “Jesus Movement” of the ’70s,1 following Jesus seemed hip2 enough. That was in the beginning, but that was because many of us had not followed Him very far. It soon became apparent to some that being a disciple of Christ involved far more than merely a joyful acceptance of Him and you’re on your way to heaven. Because of our earnest desire to follow this Savior, the gospel and its terms began to slowly dawn on us.
Sadly, a number of those in the early days who had only believed in Jesus found it difficult to fully entrust themselves to Him, and He to them.3 Many of those who we presumed were disciples at first, still believed in the false one4 (the false gospel and savior) they came in with, not knowing the difference between the True One5 and the phantom spirit they had received before.6 Over time, of course, they became disenchanted and disillusioned with the demands required by the good news.7 Those who left us8 left with the same Jesus they came in with. They couldn’t stand with their Christian Jesus in the midst of the True One and all that is required by the commands of the gospel and the leading of the Holy Spirit in the Body.9 They tried to live this new life in the Community while hanging on to their old life, which can’t be done with the real and True One who calls us to complete surrender.10 Those who tried to live this life without the power of the Holy Spirit found living together11 with their supposed brothers and sisters to be a torture chamber.
Those who made a claim to follow Him and know Him, without absolutely surrendering to Him in His Body, were like those described by our Master in Matthew 12:43-45:

When an unclean spirit goes out of a man, he goes through dry places, seeking rest, and finds none. Then he says, ‘I will return to my house from which I came.’ And when he comes, he finds it empty, swept, and put in order. Then he goes and takes with him seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter and dwell there; and the last state of that man is worse than the first. So shall it also be with this wicked generation.”

They were like those who have a conversion experience in Christianity, or any other false religion, where they find the determination to take a stand against certain negative aspects of their life and to walk in a new way. They may have freed themselves from certain destructive spirits, but opened themselves to whatever spirits are there to give them a greater form of godliness.12 If they had truly surrendered to the True One, by obeying the true gospel, then they would have had the power to stand in the day of testing. The demands of love were too high. They had a form of godliness, but denied the power of it.13
The only real confidence one can have that he has passed from death to life is that he loves his brothers and sisters by laying down his life for them every day14 in His Community.15 Without His righteousness, which is characterized by self-sacrificing love, all one can hope to attain to is self-righteousness. In the case of those who claim to know Him apart from obeying the truth, the last state is really worse than the first.16 For as the Apostle John said, “The man who says, ‘I know him,’ but does not do what he commands is a liar, and the truth is not in him.”17 And it is written that all liars will have their part in the eternal Sea of Fire.18 Those who were only living in the environment of the Community with a mental concept of being clean were eventually offended by the demands of the True One on their lives and turned into Judases and liars.19
We didn’t really know in the beginning that following Him was going to be a road20 lined with so much opposition — from within and from without.21 We used to have a saying back in those days, “It wouldn’t be so hard if it weren’t for self-regard.”22 When hardship came, self-regard took over23 for those who lacked the faith to absolutely entrust their life to our Master.24 But, as our Master instructed us, we would continually water every person, considering them as true disciples, and trusting that the testing of our life would purify the true ones, and purify the Body of the false ones.25
Many of those who came to us more or less joined with their same old Jesus, not knowing then the difference between the True One and the false one,26 or Billy Graham’s gospel which they accepted as the true one. But over time we could see their self-regard, which was very apparent and obvious. Since selfishness is at the root of living independently from the Father and His sons,27 it is the very nature of what sin is — living for yourself.28 It was soon realized that following Jesus meant the denying of one’s self in all its many aspects.29 We began to understand that all those who believe in John 3:16 will live together and share all things in common, just as it was with the early Church,30 but is no longer in the fallen Church of our day.31
But the gospel we knew required the absolute surrender of one’s entire life to the Master we served in absolute submission to His absolute sovereignty, and there could be no compromise in order to be saved!32 We learned that there could be no serving of two masters, and that we had to hate the one and love the other, or else we would be trying to serve two masters.33 We learned that one could only serve Him where He is34 — where He sanctifies His people, setting them apart into communities or clusters in every town35 through the one true Holy Spirit who is set apart for them,36 to help them endure through the process of becoming holy.
There is no working independently from the Body.37 We learned that there had to be a complete leaving and forsaking of all that could cause compromise — something that many didn’t want to know or understand, since they loved their own life more than the life He offered them.38 The terms of peace — complete surrender to Jesus and fellowship with Him and all who loved Him39 — began to become clearer and clearer, “all too clear” for many. The requirement to obey Luke 14:26,33 could not be understood by Christians, since “discipleship” to them was only going to church on Sunday and going back to their own home, and going back to work on Monday, independent from their supposed “Body,” which is actually supposed to describe the Church.40 But today what is called the Church is not what is described in Ephesians 2:10; 4:16 and Colossians 2:19.
We were learning what Romans 6:2-5 actually meant — the parallel between His physical death and our own spiritual death:

How shall we who died to sin live any longer in it [self-life,
2 Corinthians 5:15]? Or do you not know that as many of us as were baptized [immersed] into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. For if we have been united together in the likeness of His death, certainly we also shall be in the likeness of His resurrection.

What baptism is, in reality, took on a whole new meaning and perspective for us when applied to truly forsaking our lives in order to gain His life.41 Forsake means to quit or leave entirely, to abandon — no less than the words of our Master, who called us to absolutely surrender everything that constituted our former life, including our families, all our possessions,42 and our occupations in this world,43 when it came down to Mark 10:17-22, 28-30. This is the essence of what it means to drink the water of life freely, or gratuitously,44 meaning without any other cause which would prevent one from drinking the water of life, which is the Holy Spirit.45 So we learned that our death in baptism had to be as real as His death. Otherwise, His life was not our life — we would not belong to Him.46 Baptism was the guard into the life of our Savior and into His one Body on earth, which expresses itself in community — families and clans making up a whole nation of twelve tribes.47
We began to understand that are two ransoms.48 A ransom is to give up something you love for something you love more. A ransom is Jn 3:16 — God loved the world so much that He gave His only begotten Son as a ransom, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life. As He did for us, dying and going into death on our behalf, so we too had to “suffer the loss of all things”49 as a ransom, even our loved ones50 and all our other things.51 It is a life for a life — or nothing at all.
So gradually, the good news started to make more and more sense to us. Having been forgiven of our former sins and now renewed in our conscience, with deep unrelenting gratitude we surrendered to the One who was the source of our new life. We started becoming disciples of the Real and True One.52 In time, we even learned His true name, Yahshua.53 He is the one from whom all the so-called “hard sayings” 54 of the gospel originated. We understood that spiritually our old thought patterns, habits, and pleasures had to be forsaken.55
Along the way so many came in with their backpack and kept it on, waiting to be offended by something. So many kept just enough money to buy a bus ticket back home in case it didn’t work out, but still claimed to believe in Him who called us to absolute trust and surrender.56
As we continued, the solid foundation of our faith, based upon our obedience to the gospel, started to be established: no one who followed Him could be conformed to the world at the same time. “The cross before us, the world behind us,” we sang with joy. We (each of us) had decided to follow Yahshua:57

I have decided
to follow Yahshua,
I have decided
to follow Yahshua,
I have decided
to follow Yahshua,
No turning back,
no turning back.

Though none go with me,
still I will follow,
Though none go with me,
still I will follow,
Though none go with me,
still I will follow,
No turning back,
no turning back.

The cross before me,
the world behind me,
The cross before me,
the world behind me,
The cross before me,
the world behind me,
No turning back,
no turning back!

To come to this conclusion, the Holy Spirit had to be our helper and teacher,58 in contrast to another spirit59 who inspired its followers to sing these words with no real conviction to walk that way.
Those who take this unrelenting and uncompromising stand will be despised and rejected as our Master was hated by this world,60 but not so for those who follow this phantom Christ. Satan doesn’t persecute himself or his own spirit, which has replaced the Holy Spirit for almost 1900 years with this phantom Jesus and a false gospel.61

Most assuredly, I say to you, he who receives whomever I send receives Me; and he who receives Me receives Him who sent Me. (John 13:20)

It is essential to understand that only a true disciple62 who knows and obeys the True One can be sent by Him to call others to follow.63 This exposes Billy Graham and others like him who preach a phantom Jesus as Satan’s servants.64 There is a false one who deceives the whole world,65 and there is One who is faithful and true.66 Those who left us mostly came into the Vine House with this phantom Jesus, and left with it. But the ones who were willing to do God’s will67 received the good news from true disciples, thereby receiving the True One Himself.68
This gospel is the same gospel preached at Pentecost, which resulted in all the true believers dwelling together, sharing all things in common.69 To obey this gospel means one must come out of the world, and also come out of “her” — the fallen Church70 — and be baptized into the true Body of Messiah, which is the Twelve Tribes of Israel.71 This gospel of the Kingdom will always include the example of the woman who poured out her alabaster jar on our Master’s body,72 as this is what every true disciple will spend his life doing in the Body.73 All those in this kingdom will be compared to the man seeking fine pearls, and for joy he sells all he has to gain that Pearl of great value.74
Yes, the kingdom was our goal75 — to be with Messiah, to be there eye-to-eye with Him. Even so, now we are “where He is” in these sanctified places around the world.76 Just as He said, we had to hate our own life in this world to be able to follow Him “where He is” and serve Him there, in the Community, and be honored by His and our Father.77 Living together as one body in community, in harmony and unity with one another as the Father and Son,78 was as close to being with Him as we could possibly be in this life, and the fulfillment of all that was prophesied about His people.79
The so-called Beatitudes of Matthew 5:1-7 and even Matthew 5:29-30 started to make more sense.80 What could be compared to the value of eternal life? Also, the many “hard words” of Luke 6:20-49, and the call to follow Him completely, totally, in Matthew 5:48 was now our only standard of discipleship in the Body of Messiah. This is what was and is being taught and learned in the Communities of the Redeemed.81 We had found the way to gaining understanding and revelation — obedience to His word:82

He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest Myself to him.

There is no way we could do this without being a disciple. No Christian can do it.

Jesus answered and said to him, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him.” (John 14:21,23)

These words, and all the gospel, prepared us for our life in the Spirit: we no longer lived for ourselves, but for our Master.83 Strong words indeed! Sadly, we found that many84 could not take it. A lot of people liked it at first, being numbered among the true followers of Jesus at such an exciting time. But, when we started talking about the true and only way one who is actually saved could live, and the sacrifices necessary to live that way,85 many of our Master’s presumed disciples left us,86 and so we also began to hear, “This is a hard saying. Who can bear it?”87
He didn’t run after them and try to get them to stay on His membership role. He was doing something much greater than trying to look impressive by having lots of followers: He was training apostles for the Kingdom. He knew that “even greater works” would they do than He, in the future, if they would remain loyal to Him. If they were willing to pay the price to be His followers, and leaders and shepherds, they would become fit for the kingdom to come. It would cost them everything.
So, in the Vine House days, those who were not fully persuaded and determined to follow Him eventually fell by the wayside.88 Many became Judases and were exposed as accusers or slanderers (which, by the way, is all that the word devil means in the Greek language), as Judas held on to an appearance of piety, until what he loved more overtook him.89 Greed would often raise its ugly head, and love for this world, the life we presumed they had forsaken for our Master.90 But you cannot serve two masters.
Yahshua said one must count the cost to follow Him and be His disciple.91 So our Master had only a handful of followers left, and asked them, “Do you also want to go away?”92

But Simon Peter answered Him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? Only you have the words of eternal life. Also, we have come to believe and know that You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” (John 6:68-69)

Yet, after hearing these words from His disciples, He began to instruct them all the more about His suffering and death. These apostles-in-the-making had to learn a lot from their teacher.93 They bickered among themselves about who would be the greatest in the kingdom.94 But they soon learned from their Master that the greatest among them was the least or last and servant of all.95 So they took it on for their Master, to be the ones willing to shoulder the weight of responsibility without complaint or grumbling, since their earnest concern was to serve their brothers and seek their welfare, not their own.96 They were content to be the least or last of all because they were the very ones who promoted everyone else, not looking out to make a name for themselves, or seeking their own glory, but rather the well-being and welfare of others,97 seeking the Kingdom first.98 He said, “The last shall be first and the first shall be last.”
If there was ever any selfish pursuit in anyone, desiring prestige or honor for himself, he would be short-lived as a true disciple. To a significant degree, this is how we came to realize the difference between being called disciples rather than Christians. Disciples are those who follow Yahshua by the daily laying down of their lives for the sake of others, doing only the works prepared for them to do in building up the Body.99 This is how Messiah taught and referred to those willing to follow Him.
Being a disciple meant you were a constant attendant — one under the discipline and authority of another. As disciples of Yahshua, the apostles were called out and separated from the religious society of their day — Judaism. They were no longer numbered among those who were engaged in the affairs of the world, but were constant companions, attending to the needs and purposes of their Master in all things.100 They were separated from civilian affairs,101 as those called to accomplish a specific task or purpose in keeping with the One they followed.102 They were in the world, but not of it.103
Having been baptized into the Body of Messiah,104 the Commonwealth of Israel,105 anxiety for material things is no longer an issue, since we are free to seek first His Kingdom, trusting that He will care for us through our brothers and sisters.106 Our Master said, “Woe to you who are well off and have more than you need.”107 There is no concern for the things the whole world seeks after, since we who are in Messiah’s Body live no longer for ourselves, but for Him who died and went to death on our behalf.108 As disciples of Yahshua we were learning to walk as He walked.109
When we started calling ourselves disciples (those responding to the commands of the gospel), we suddenly appeared unconventional — as fanatics with a strange, religious cause — as if obedience was completely detached from the commands of the Jesus of the Scriptures. But Christians are completely detached from His commandments.110 Since we were living the only way disciples could live,111 we were soon branded by Satan’s servants112 and liars113 as a cult.114
But we simply wanted to follow the One who said we must deny ourselves, pick up our cross daily, and follow Him in order to be His disciples.115 We knew that true disciples of Yahshua are the only ones who have eternal life, and cannot do otherwise than John 13:34-35 and Luke 14:26-33.
Thus, it was at this time, in taking a stand for Yahshua and the gospel’s sake, that we began to receive persecution — not so directly from the secular society, except for the city officials who supported kidnappers who forcefully carried disciples away to “deprogram” them. The workings of the Church and State in cahoots allowed the anti-cult kidnappers to not be hindered.116
Most of the persecution we experienced was from the sanctimonious,117 Pharisaical,118 Christian religious system of our day. So, in many ways, it was a spiritual parallel to the very beginnings of the first-century church.119
Those among us who desired glory for themselves were soon exposed as to what was at work within them. There must be an inward preparation before our Father can use anyone to build His Kingdom. It is a necessary work, required by our Father, in order that we would be healed120 as true disciples and as leaders who are living examples for others to follow.
The witness that must go to the ends of the earth before our Master can return,121 is the reality of this salvation in people’s lives — a living demonstration of His love working in, and overflowing from, the hearts of those who make up His holy nation.122 Then those who have a will to do the will of God,123 and desire His salvation,124 can see with their eyes and hear with their ears, and know where to turn for true healing.125
The future establishment of the communities by those leaders from the early beginnings of the Vine House demanded that this work be done, in order to have a solid foundation based on love, not self-interest. The inner motivation of all who follow Yahshua and serve in leadership must be love for Him and for His purpose.
As Yahshua was with His first disciples, so He is with those who desire to follow Him today. He patiently deals with each one of us, despite all of our shortcomings. At one point, some of those early disciples went back to their old fishing business,126 but that breakfast by the sea with Yahshua described in John 21 is when they finally realized what it was He was calling them to do: “Leave your nets behind.” As our Master asked Peter, “Do you love Me more than these [nets]?” Those nets represented the life he was to leave behind in order to carry out the Master’s business: “If you love me, feed My sheep.”
And that is what all the difficulties we went through in the Vine House days and afterward were preparing us for: to feed the tender sheep He loves and is saving out of the world. Many in the early days of the Vine House would not give themselves to this task of purification with the same humility and determination as Peter had. Those who left us left with the same Jesus they came in with.

They went from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us they would have stayed with us. But they went out from us that they might show that they were never of us. (1 John 2:19)

How could we ever know who the “us” is unless we are together,127 allied in the same cause?128 In the Christian Church who knows who the “us” is, for when one leaves or goes on a vacation or moves to take another job, who would know? Would the “Body of Christ” have any say in their movement, since there is no independent movement in the Body? We planned to always stay together in the covenant we made with our Master and one another, and to be subject to one another in the fear of Messiah.129 So it was always surprising and painful when people would leave. We always hoped they had just lost their way, and would soon return.
But, praise God, many others did endure together130 through the winnowing process, on the threshing floor of the Community — the purifying fire of our life, which eliminated the dross in us that worked to separate us. So a movement began to form in Chattanooga, Tennessee — a movement to restore all the things that have been lost since the early church (which can by no means be found within the churches of Christianity today). Those Vine House disciples went on to help establish many communities worldwide, and are experiencing a growth that is from God.131 Their fervent desire is still to reach out to find His lost sheep around the globe in order to form that witness of His Kingdom which will herald their Master’s coming again.132 Does that hope of doing His will still burn in your hearts? Then come back and see and hear and understand with your heart, and be healed, and be born again this time into a brand new life and culture.133

  • 1. We started to have our first rap sessions in the Light House the very time of Explo ’72 in Dallas, which was the fatal blow in the demise of the Jesus Movement. Explo ’72 was a Christian rock festival sponsored by Campus Crusade for Christ, featuring Billy Graham and many Christian Rock personalities. The agenda and net effect was to draw the zealous “Jesus Freaks” back into the fold of mainstream Christianity. They went from playing guitars and praising on the beaches and city sidewalks, to sitting silently back in the same pews they once despised.
  • 2. Hip — Following the latest style, trend, or movement, such as the hippie movement.
  • 3. John 2:23-25
  • 4. “Another Jesus” as Paul referred to in 2 Corinthians 11:4
  • 5. 1 John 5:20
  • 6. John 13:20; 2 Corinthians 11:4
  • 7. Acts 5:32; John 14:15; John 3:16; Acts 2:44
  • 8. 1 John 2:19
  • 9. 2 Thessalonians 1:8-9; John 3:36; 1 John 2:5,15; John 14:15,21
  • 10. Luke 14:26-33
  • 11. Acts 2:44; 4:32
  • 12. 2 Timothy 3:5
  • 13. 1 Corinthians 13:1-8; John 13:34-35; 14:15,21
  • 14. 1 John 3:14,16,23,24; Luke 9:23
  • 15. Acts 2:44; 4:32
  • 16. John 9:39-41; 2 Thessalonians 1:8; Matthew 12:45
  • 17. 1 John 2:4
  • 18. Revelation 21:8; 22:15
  • 19. Proverbs 17:4; Matthew 26:16; John 12:3-4
  • 20. Matthew 7:13
  • 21. Acts 20:28-30
  • 22. 2 Corinthians 5:15
  • 23. Matthew 13:21
  • 24. John 2:23-25; Matthew 13:18-23
  • 25. Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43, 47-50
  • 26. 1 John 5:20; 2 Corinthians 11:4
  • 27. 2 Corinthians 5:15; 1 John 3:14,16,23; John 13:35
  • 28. 1 John 3:14,16,23; Matthew 6:31-33; Acts 2:44-45 Selfishness had to be put aside forever.
  • 29. 2 Corinthians 5:15
  • 30. Acts 2:44; 4:32
  • 31. Revelation 18:2-4
  • 32. Luke 14:26-33
  • 33. Luke 16:13
  • 34. John 12:25-26
  • 35. place, township, localities
    1 Corinthians 1:2; 1 Timothy 2:8;
    1 Thessalonians 1:8; Malachi 1:11; Deuteronomy 12:11-14; Revelation 2:5
  • 36. 1 Corinthians 1:2; 2 Thessalonians 2:13; 1 Peter 1:2
  • 37. 2 Timothy 2:4; Ephesians 2:10
  • 38. John 7:17
  • 39. John 14:15
  • 40. 1 Corinthians 12:12-13; Colossians 1:18
  • 41. John 12:25,26; Mark 10:17-22,28-30; Philippians 3:8-11
  • 42. Luke 14:26,33; Matthew 10:37
  • 43. 2 Timothy 2:4
  • 44. John 4:14; 7:37-39; Revelation 21:6-8; 22:17
  • 45. John 4:14; 7:37-39; Revelation 21:6-8; 22:17; See the article “The Water of Life” on page 17
  • 46. Galatians 3:29; 5:24
  • 47. Isaiah 49:6; Acts 26:7; 1 Peter 2:9; Acts 2:44-45; 4:32-37; Matthew 24:14; 21:43; Jeremiah 31:1
  • 48. See our book, Two Ransoms.
  • 49. Luke 14:26-33; Matthew 10:37-39; Philippians 3:8
  • 50. Matthew 10:37; Luke 14:26
  • 51. Mark 10:28-30
  • 52. 1 John 5:20
  • 53. Yahshua is the original Hebrew name of the Savior; see also The Name Above All Names.
  • 54. Matthew 16:24-26; John 12:25; Luke 12:20
  • 55. Proverbs 28:13
  • 56. John 2:23-25
  • 57. 1 John 2:4,15
  • 58. John 15:5
  • 59. 2 Corinthians 11:4
  • 60. John 15:18
  • 61. 2 Corinthians 11:4; 13-15
  • 62. John 7:18
  • 63. Romans 10:13-17
  • 64. 2 Corinthians 11:4,13-15
  • 65. 1 John 5:19
  • 66. Revelation 19:11; 1 John 5:20
  • 67. John 7:17,18
  • 68. John 13:20; Luke 10:16; Matthew 10:41
  • 69. John 3:16; Acts 2:44-45;
  • 70. Revelation 18:2-4
  • 71. Acts 26:7; James 1:1; Revelation 21:9,12
  • 72. Matthew 26:13; Mark 14:8-9
  • 73. 2 Corinthians 5:15; Ephesians 2:10; 4:16
  • 74. Matthew 13:45-46
  • 75. Philippians 3:12-16
  • 76. Malachi 1:11
  • 77. John 12:25-26; 1 Corinthians 1:2
  • 78. John 17:20-23; Psalm 133
  • 79. Matthew 21:43; 24:14; Genesis 18:19; Malachi 1:11; Hebrews 10:13; Acts 3:21
  • 80. John 14:15,21
  • 81. 1 Timothy 3:15
  • 82. John 14:15,21; John 3:16: Acts 2:44
  • 83. 2 Corinthians 5:15; Matthew 5:48; Mark 8:34-38; 10:32-45; Matthew 16:24-26; 10:17-18; Luke 9:23-25; John 12:25-26; 13:1-20.
  • 84. Matthew 24:10-13
  • 85. John 6:25-59
  • 86. John 6:66
  • 87. John 6:60
  • 88. See the parable of the sower in Luke 8:5-15, especially verses 5 and 12.
  • 89. Mark 14:10,11,43,44; Matthew 26:14-16; 47-50; Luke 22:3-6; 47-49; John 18:2-9
  • 90. Luke 9:57-58; Matthew 8:21-22; Luke 9:59,60,62
  • 91. Luke 14:33; Mark 10:21; Matthew 19:21; Luke 18:22
  • 92. John 6:67
  • 93. Matthew 16:22-23; Mark 8:33; Luke 22:24-30; John 13:1-2
  • 94. Mark 9:33-37; Matthew 18:1-5; Luke 9:46-48; Mark 10:35-37; Matthew 20:20; Mark 10:41; Matthew 20:24; Luke 9:51-54; Mark 10:13
  • 95. Mark 10:44; Luke 9:48
  • 96. Matthew 6:31-33
  • 97. Philippians 2:3-4
  • 98. Matthew 6:31-33
  • 99. Ephesians 2:10; 4:16
  • 100. Mark 3:31-35; Matthew 10:37
  • 101. 2 Timothy 2:4
  • 102. 1 Corinthians 1:2,10; Acts 2:44; 4:32
  • 103. John 17:15-17
  • 104. 1 Corinthians 12:13
  • 105. Ephesians 2:12
  • 106. Matthew 6:31-33
  • 107. Luke 6:24-26; 1 Timothy 6:8
  • 108. 2 Corinthians 5:14-15
  • 109. 1 John 2:6
  • 110. 1 John 2:4
  • 111. Acts 2:44; 4:32
  • 112. 2 Corinthians 11:13-15
  • 113. Proverbs 17:4
  • 114. John 15:18-27
  • 115. Luke 9:23
  • 116. See Cult Scare in Chattanooga.
  • 117. sanctimonious — making a hypocritical show of religious devotion, piety, righteousness
  • 118. Pharisaical — practicing or advocating strict observance of external forms and ceremonies of religion or conduct without regard to the spirit; self-righteous; hypocritical
  • 119. 1 Thessalonians 2:14-16
  • 120. Matthew 13:15
  • 121. Matthew 21:43; 24:14
  • 122. Isaiah 49:6; Acts 13:47; Acts 5:20
  • 123. John 7:17; 1 John 2:17
  • 124. Luke 1:77-79
  • 125. Matthew 13:15
  • 126. Mark 1:16; Matthew 4:18; Luke 5:2-5; John 1:35-42
  • 127. Acts 2:44
  • 128. Proverbs 17:17; Psalm 133
  • 129. Ephesians 5:21
  • 130. Acts 2:44
  • 131. Colossians 2:19
  • 132. Matthew 24:14
  • 133. Matthew 13:15

The Twelve Tribes is a confederation of twelve self-governing tribes, composed of self-governing communities. We are disciples of the Son of God whose name in Hebrew is Yahshua. We follow the pattern of the early church in Acts 2:44 and 4:32, truly believing everything that is written in the Old and New Covenants of the Bible, and sharing all things in common.

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