85-1 “Those who have a critical eye must discipline themselves in this way so that they do not lie, by injecting their own opinions, standards, and expectations into what God is saying, especially about someone else’s life. Woe to those who mix man’s opinion with God’s word and man’s effort with God’s work.” Lack of Overweening Self Confidence, undated, p. 4.
To get the sense of the teaching as when it was taught (a good exegetical principle), the sentence preceding it in the teaching should be included:
We must respond in love, seeing the needs of others and seeing their heart, not in reaction against their faults.
85-3 Nobody decides to join a cult. They just prolong the decision to leave. Source unknown.
Well, it may ultimately be unknown, but the source is Mr. Hassan’s book.
85-5 ... some people have a psychological flaw to control.
Yoneq does not have it in his nature to control everyone within his environment. This is the clear testimony of those who actually know and live with him. We don’t sense that from him at all, that he has some need to control us. On the contrary, we have always seen him giving tremendous amounts of liberty to people — more and more as time goes on.
85-5 Messianic Communities, under the leadership of Spriggs, has tended towards an extreme authoritarianism.
The authors are not connected to the reality of our life if they can say that the Communities have tended towards an extreme authoritarianism. It is just not true. The very notion is antithetical to our belief and hope in Yahshua’s coming Kingdom. As we go on, responsibility is being shared by many more people, and Yoneq now functions kind of like an advisor to people in government. He really doesn’t tell them what to do. You can’t get him to tell people in government what to do. He only makes suggestions because He knows God’s government has to be raised up on the earth. One man is not the Kingdom. God will not cooperate with that.
Very rarely now does he express himself strongly about anything. He allows us to learn from our mistakes. He allows us to find out. He acts this way because of the faith he has in our God’s ability to hold it together. We teach not steadying the cart (1 Chr 13) as Uzzah did. It’s the arm of the flesh. This has been taught from the very beginning. It is Yoneq’s own words and that’s what he practices in his own life.
85-f1 A short time later Edwards did visit for an afternoon and commented that “people looked like they were living in terror.”
It is funny that Gene Edwards would say this. We used to go to Quebec City all the time. Not one time ever did Gene Edwards say anything to Yoneq, Hakam, or anyone else to the effect that people looked like they lived in terror. If he did really feel that, he made no effort to try and help us to understand. The whole thing is a lie on his part.
86-1 It is our conclusion that had the Messianic Communities truly been led by a “Responsible Ten” who were accountable to one another and shared in all decision making the group would be radically different and far less controlling.
This — the responsible ten — is exactly what happens in every single community. It’s exactly what Yoneq has established. There are brothers who work together in every community. The reality of brothers functioning governmentally in every community, and tribally in the apostolic workers’ meeting, undoes everything said about a domineering authority. Their characters, their schedules, and the love they have for the sheep under their care give them the authority from God they are to have as elders and the respect of the people they live with.
86-f2 And when a person leaves the group, they have not left the Kingdom of God, having only the “Lake of Fire” awaiting them.
We don’t teach that when someone leaves us they have nothing left but the Lake of Fire awaiting them. This has already been explained to the authors both personally and in the preceding pages of the Analysis.
87-1 Major concerns for Communities members now consist of the “correct” name of Jesus, beards, ponytails, Sus pants, head coverings, complete obedience to authority, establishing the 12 tribes, dietary restrictions, name changes, Sabbath keeping, etc. This appears to be Phariseeism.
To say that these are major concerns is grossly misleading. It implies that a majority of our conscious effort goes into ?obeying the rules” in these areas. But most of the subjects mentioned describe the culture of our tribal people. These are mostly external details which give outward expression to our identity as a holy nation of priests. Our major concern is by loving one another to earnestly serve our God night and day out of gratitude for sending His Son. It is He who has made us what we are, and when by His divine power he gets a twelve-tribed nation who will be a light to the world, the end of this age will come.
87-3 This (Phariseeism) is all managed with the greatest sincerity.
Many statements in the Sociological Section and the Conclusion effectively hedge us and our motives in as evil just as thoroughly as we allegedly hedge the world and all critical contact out as evil. This closes the circle of judgment around us, and makes into totalistic mind-control any concern of the shepherds for the state of the souls they will be called to account for one day (Heb 13:7 and Acts 20:26-28). The effect of such a view is to place us beyond the pale of human decency. What has happened to groups placed there in the past makes for grim reading, however.
87-3 The devastation in most ex-members lives ...
There is a great difference between what ex-members have to say and what people in the Community have to say. The fruit is going to bear itself out — it already does. It would be wise for Mr. Pardon and Ms. Barba to pay attention to their colleagues and not put so much emphasis on the interpretation of the people who leave. They had better judge the fruit, and not forget the love they said they saw in the beginning. I think that is what the world is going to see. That’s what we are going to strive to demonstrate wherever we go.