Lack of Faith in God is the Cause of Nigeria’s Problems-CAC Pastor

The  lack of faith in God is the cause of the myriad of problems, confronting Nigerians.

This assertion was made  by Pastor Joseph Akin Akinade of the Christ Apostolic Church, Dizengoff, Wafun,Olodo road, Ibadan Nigeria , in a chat with Federationews2day.

”Unless Nigerians believe that Jesus Christ is coming back, then there is a problem. The problem that we are having in Nigeria,  that we don’t know God, we believe in  juju,  we believe in idols and small gods. Until we give God  His honour, that is when Nigeria will have peace and rest”, Pastor Akin Akinade concluded.


anti-Semitism taking shape worldwide, even threatens America, warns top US Jewish leader

‘We saw anti-Semitism in Britain, we saw it in France, and now we see it’s spreading everywhere,’ says Malcolm Hoenlein, calling for global summit to combat the phenomenon. Stresses: ‘Any accusations that Trump is an anti-Semite are unfounded’


Anti-Semitism is taking on potentially “pandemic” dimensions globally, even in the US, and if left unchecked could grow into an immensely serious threat, one of American Jewry’s most senior leaders said this week, calling on world leaders to convene a global summit to forcefully denounce the phenomenon.

Anti-Semitism is taking on potentially “pandemic” dimensions globally, even in the US, and if left unchecked could grow into an immensely serious threat, one of American Jewry’s most senior leaders said this week, calling on world leaders to convene a global summit to forcefully denounce the phenomenon.

“I think we’re seeing a pandemic in formation,” said Malcolm Hoenlein, who heads the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations. “I don’t think it’s here. I think America’s situation is different from Europe. But the potential is there.”

In a far-reaching interview, Hoenlein, who is currently in Israel, also spoke about widespread concerns over the Israeli government’s total alignment with US President Donald Trump, which some fear could turn Israel into a partisan issue in the United States. He called on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to invite to Israel the newly elected head of the Democratic party, Tom Perez, in a bid to cement bipartisan support for the Jewish state.

“We saw anti-Semitism in Britain, we saw it in France, and now we see it’s spreading everywhere,” Hoenlein told The Times of Israel in its Jerusalem office on Sunday. “Look at the numbers of incidents in Germany, Scandinavia and other parts of the world. And now we see in America swastikas being painted, other expressions [such as phoned-in] threats or aggression against kids on campuses. So it spreads. It’s not isolated to one geographic locale. It’s like a virus that spreads. And you have to declare it for what it is.”

The interview with Hoenlein was conducted mere hours before news emerged of an apparently anti-Semitic act of vandalism that took place in his hometown of Philadelphia. Several tombstones in the city’s Jewish Mount Carmel Cemetary had been toppled  in what the Israeli government called a “shocking” and worrying act.

“I don’t think now it’s a direct threat to Jewish existence or Jewish survival,” Hoenlein said about general trend of anti-Semitic acts committed recently in the US, including the desecration of Jewish cemeteries or bomb threats made to Jewish community centers. “I do think that this cancer, left unchecked, spreads and becomes more and more of a threat.”

Damaged headstone at a Jewish cemetery in Philadelphia on February 26, 2017. (screen capture: 6ABC)

The best example of such a process can be identified in France, where anti-Jewish sentiment “metastasized over a period of time,” he said. “It didn’t just happen,” he added, citing recent reports of attacks on Jews, and information from his own relatives who live in France telling him life has become “intolerable” there.

European governments have denounced such incidents and increased measures to protect Jews, Hoenlein said. “But we can’t deny the fact that anti-Semitism today is no longer something that has to be done under the cloak of darkness, with the fear of repercussions. Those restrictions are gone. And I think we have to reimpose it and there have to be standards set. That’s why I want government officials saying this is not acceptable, just like racism and bigotry in any other form is not acceptable.”

‘It’s everybody’s problem when there’s hatred against Jews. We’re the victims, we’re not the cause of it’

To effectively fight anti-Semitism, Hoenlein called for a “global summit” similar to the one convened on behalf of Soviet Jewry in the last century. He urged leaders from the US, Germany, Britain, India, East European and South American countries to attend and unequivocally declare that “hatred of Jews has taken too heavy a toll and that we gotta draw the line now.”

Combating anti-Semitism starts with the Jewish community, “but it doesn’t end with it,” posited Hoenlein. “This is not our problem. It’s society’s problem. It’s Christianity’s problem. It’s everybody’s problem, when there’s hatred against Jews. We’re the victims, we’re not the cause of it. It’s not because we did something wrong. It’s because of who we are and our values.”

Surveys and the high rate of intermarriage indicate that the American public generally accepts and appreciates Jews, Hoenlein said. “At the same time we are seeing an increase in anti-Semitism. We are seeing increased hostility in campuses in particular. We are seeing threats against institutions.”

It does not take much to pick up the phone and threaten a Jewish community center, he said. But, “it does have an impact,” he added. “People are not sending their kids to programs; they won’t attend if they feel if they feel they’re in danger. And a phone call does that — it disrupts the pace of Jewish communal life. I don’t dismiss those things.”

However, he is more troubled by “what happens on campuses and the greater acceptance of charges against Israel.” Many Americans accept the claim that Israel is an apartheid regime. For the last decade or two, it was okay for Americans to say that they are anti-Israel. “Today it is accepted to say I am anti-Jewish,” Hoenlein said. This, he suggested, is partly to due to the anti-Israel Boycott, Divest and Sanctions (BDS) movement, which, he said, provided a “cover for anti-Semitism.”

An image from the documentary 'Crossing the Line 2,' which depicts rising anti-Semitic activity on North American campuses. (Courtesy)

Hoenlein, who has been heading the Conference of President since 1986, credited Trump for speaking out against anti-Semitism and hatred, but acknowledged his organization wished he had done so earlier.

After long weeks in which the president remained mum on a series of evidently anti-Semitic events, last Tuesday he denounced them as “horrible,” “painful” and a “sad reminder” of evil.

US President Donald Trump, right, and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu shake hands during a joint press conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC, February 15, 2017. AFP/ SAUL LOEB)

“Certainly any accusations that Trump is an anti-Semite are unfounded,” Hoenlein declared. “We have to be very careful — and it’s a warning you cannot exaggerate — about using the label anti-Semite. It’s a very powerful accusation. If you demean it, if you make it commonplace, you remove the strength of the accusation. It has to be used carefully and only when you can substantiate it. And it should be reserved for occasions when it is really necessary.”

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While some in the Jewish community had misgivings over the White House’s refusal to mention Jews  in its International Holocaust Memorial Day statement, the administration should be judged by its deeds, Hoenlein argued, citing Trump’s appointing many Jews and voicing strong support for Israel.

Donald Trump, left, shakes hands with Jared Kushner, husband of his daughter Ivanka, during a campaign stop at Concord High School, January 18, 2016, in Concord, NH (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

While careful not to appear criticizing the prime minister, Hoenlein noted “concern” in the American-Jewish community over Netanyanhu’s defense of the President  from charges that he stoked anti-Semitic and xenophobic sentiment.

“The post-election divisions are still very deep. It’s a very sensitive time still,” Hoenlein said. “The one thing we have to protect is that Israel is a bipartisan issue. We cannot allow it become associated with one party or one ideology. It’s not a conservative issue; it’s not a liberal issue.”

Prime Minister Netanyahu with the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations Chairman Stephen M. Greenberg (center) and Executive Vice Chairman/CEO Malcolm Hoenlein at the opening of the organization’s 42nd Leadership Mission, February 14, 2016. (Avi Hayoun)

Netanyahu’s tweet in support of Trump’s plan to build a border wall with Mexico “did create some negative reaction with some of of our Hispanic friends and supporters,” the veteran Jewish leader said. “It is always better for Israel and others to stay out [of domestic US politics]. Sometimes it’s required. We don’t hesitate to speak out on anti-Semitism in European countries, which is really a domestic affairs of theirs.”

It is appropriate for an Israeli leader to seek to close ties with a new US president, but one needs to “be sensitive of how it’s interpreted,” Hoenlein went on. “There has been concern expressed that if the prime minister is seen as too close to one party or another, you the risk alienating others. At the same time, being close to the president of the United States is an asset.”

Former Labor Secretary Tom Perez, winning candidate to chair the Democratic National Committee, speaks during the general session of the DNC winter meeting in Atlanta, Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017. (AP Photo/Branden Camp)

Netanyahu did well in meeting with leaders from both sides of the aisle during his recent trip to Washington, DC, Hoenlein said. In that spirit, the prime minister should immediately move to establish good ties with Tom Perez, who on Saturday was elected as the Democratic National Committee’s new chairman. His chief rival, Keith Ellison, was controversial among American Jews due to his past record of associations with known anti-Semitic figures and critical stances on Israel. Perez named Ellison his deputy.

“I think it’s positive that Mr. Perez was chosen,” Hoenlein said. “We look forward to working with him and hope the government of Israel will reach out to him and invite him to visit.”

Source : The Times of Israel

Shafaudeen In Islam Worldwide Rounds Off Annual Ishrat

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The 34th  annual Ishrat and  19th Walimot ‘L Qur’an, of Shafaudeen Is Islam Worldwide was rounded off on Sunday at its international headquarters, Wakjaye, Iwo road, Ibadan, Nigeria, with the grand finale featuring a lecture  titled  ” Restructuring or Revamping the Recessed Economy : The Preferred Alternatives”, delivered by the Founder and Spiritual  Head, Prof. Sabitu Olagoke.

The grand finale also included the   the launching of three books written by Prof. Olagoke: 1) Religion, Beyond the Opium 2) Nigeria and Issues of Security 3) Disability in Voyage of life and an award ceremony.

An official of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Chief Benjamin Maduka Obiechiena and the Oyo state Police Public Relations Officer, Superintendent of Police, Adekunle Ajisebutu, received awards among others.

In addition, the Chief Imam of Ibadanland, Alhaji  Sheik Abubakar Agbotomokekere performed the Walimot Quran blessing for newly anointed spiritual title holders.

Zimbabwe: Pastor Arrested Over Mugabe Death Prophecy

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Kariba based pastor Patrick Mugadza who last week predicted the death of President Robert Mugabe by claiming 93-year-old would breathe his last on October 17 was arrested this Monday at the Harare Magistrates Courts.

In a message sent to the media via WhatsApp, Mugadza said police were still holding him without any charge but claimed to have overheard them saying he would be charged with undermining the authority of the President.

“Police arrested me right at the door when I was coming out of the Court. Right now, I am at (Harare) central police station for the prophecy I gave that the President will die in October.

“They say I have undermined the authority of the President though they have not formally charged me. I have not seen anyone yet save for arresting officers,” Mugadza told

The pastor was due to appear in court later later on Monday for a trial in a case where he is charged with offences against the country’s flag which was wrapped around his neck during his one-man protests demo along in the capital last week.

The outspoken Pastor, in his Mugabe death prophecy, said: “I just want to tell you something concerning the year 2017.

“It is a very special year because of number SEVEN and at the same time also 2017 collides with 37 years by which Zanu PF has been ruling this beautiful nation of Zimbabwe, but something is going to be happening also, which is very critical for us to know.”

He continued: “It is not to say that I am glad to announce this but, I am just saying it because that’s what God told me

“It was on the 26th of December 2016 when I was in prayer and God said to me this coming year 2017 the President is dying and he told me that he is dying on 17th of October, like I said earlier on that I am not happy for somebody to die but, this is something that is going to happen.

“People may ask me if what he does not die. I do not know how much he believes in prayer but he has to do something about this prophecy.”

The clergyman said if the President does what he has to do he may not die, giving reference to the biblical Hezekiah and quoting the book of Isaiah 38 which says “this is what the Lord says: Put your house in order, because you are going to die; you will not recover”.

Source : New Zimbabwe

False Teacher Claims Single Christians Don’t Have to Be Celibate

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One pastor and author says Christians have wrongly confused chastity and celibacy and that single believers don’t necessarily have to be married to engage in sexual relationships.

Writing for the Washington Post, Bromleigh McCleneghan says Christians can have sex outside of marriage provided it is “mutually pleasurable.”

“There are those who feel that they are called to seasons of celibacy, or even years of celibacy, and if answering that call is life-giving and purposeful, then they should take it up as a spiritual discipline. But no call can be forced on an unwilling person, especially not if they find themselves single only by virtue of circumstance,” McClenghan writes.

The op-ed is an excerpt from her new book, Good Christian Sex: Why Chastity Isn’t the Only Option-And Other Things the Bible Says About Sex

“Plenty of women and men love sex, and need it—we need bodily pleasure, remember—and the abundant life for them will involve seeking out relationships of mutual pleasure. Chastity, or just sex, requires that whether we are married or unmarried, our sex lives restrain our egos, restrain our desire for physical pleasure when pursuing it would bring harm to self or other,” she says.

Except that Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 7 that if people cannot restrain themselves from sexual desires, they should be married.

Her argument also seems contradictory to what is in Matthew, that we should pick up our crosses and follow Him. In John, Jesus told us we will have persecution, but He has overcome the world. In Hebrews, we see how He was tempted in every way we would be, but He resisted. And in Mark, Jesus tells us fornication is considered as evil as adultery.

The only Scripture reference in McClenghan’s article is John 10, where Christ called us to have life, and have it abundantly.

McClenghan is a pastor at Union Church of Hinsdale in Illinois.

According to the church website, she “is a pastor for the whole congregation, with responsibilities in worship, pastoral care, ministry leadership, teaching, and more. Her special focus is on helping people with children at home better their ability and commitment to raising those children in the Christian faith.”

Source : Charisma News



By Engr. Prof. S.A. Olagoke, JP

Theme: Clerics and Community Security


The vision of God (Allah, Yahweh, Jehovah, Chukwu, Olodumare etc.) in establishing religion is to inform and reform mankind (adherents) for enhanced improved quality of life through scriptures for reproof, correction and instruction into righteousness which educational institutions cannot offer on knowledge because wisdom sources its strength from God, to be thoroughly furnished into all good works[1].


Religious institutions today fail to achieve these with their products not better than the infidels they are charged to correct and improve!  This is because Clerics teach the theory without demonstration; condemn others with air of discrimination without being role model forgetting that example is better than precept[2].  The mission statement therefore crumbles for lack of back up with practical follow up:[3]


  • Be united as purposeful pressure group on goodness with ethical guides for a sanitized system and environment free of fraud with outstanding reward of success from God


Human failure to keep up to the above vision and mission have over the ages till date resulted into nations and empires crumbling, poor governance and under-development resulting into various degrees of insecurity.  Human systems are fraught with virus of corruption and indiscriminate state of indiscipline, for example, in Nigeria government and MDAs are constituted through human wisdom of education but the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God for the wise are taken in their craftiness because their thoughts are in vain[4].


Resuscitating religion activism and functionality in practical sense is therefore the theme of this workshop – Clerics and Community Security as relevant and veritable tool to curb future lapses on the part of government to forestall break down of laws and order and maintain very low degree of insecurity (entropy).



The first challenge government and religious leaders must address is creation of effective data bank local government, state and federal levels.  Departments of Statistics are very relevant here:


  • How many Christians/Muslims/Other faith based religions exist in Nigeria with dates of establishment and other demographic data?
  • What are the guiding principles for the establishment of sects, denomination etc?
  • What are the population profiles of each of them at every level of government geographical contraption?
  • What are their vision and mission and how relevant are they to government objectives and the scriptures they claim to uphold?
  • What is the level of compliance to societal norms and the scripture of the religion they claim to represent?


It is remarkable to note that government and religious bodies have a lot of things in common in term of administration, management and security: the very type and class of people with their sociological and psychological challenges that go to places of work – private, public and civil are the very people that go to different places of worship.  Ironically most of them are far from meeting with their President, Governors etc. but they are very close to Clerics most especially those who minister into them in their houses of God.  The same set of people go to the same markets to shop for their living where capitalising on the above, there is a dire need for government to work naturally with Clerics without deepening religious colouration.



The following case studies from the Pew Reseach Center for the people and the press and Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life undertake a collaboration to survey Americans on their views toward religion, politics and public policy refers:


  • What should have more influence on US laws?
  • What American are hearing in Church
  • What should be the more important influence on US laws?
  • Houses of workshops and politics
  • A variety of issues addressed from the pulpit (and how well)


Table 1: What should have more influence on US laws?

The will of the American people (%) The Bible






Total 63 32 5 = 100
White Evangelical 34 60 6 = 100
White Mainline 78 16 6 = 100
Catholic 72 23 5 = 100
Secular 91 7 2 = 100
*Question:  Which should be the more important influence on the laws of the United States?  Should it be the Bible or should it be the will of the American people, even when it conflicts with the Bible


Table 2: What American are hearing in Church

Does your clergy ever speak out on …*  (%)
Hunger and poverty 92
Abortion 59
Situation in Iraq 53
Laws regarding homosexuals 52
Environment 48
Evolution/intelligent design 40
Death penalty 31
Stem cell research 24
Immigration 21
*Based on those who attend religious services at least monthly


Table 3: What should be the more important influence on US laws?

The Bible


The will of the American people (%) DK


Total 32 63 5 = 100
Men 29 67 4 = 100
Women 37 58 5 = 100
White 30 65 5 = 100
Black 50 48 2 = 100
18-29 22 74 4 = 100
30-49 33 62 5 = 100
50-64 32 63 5 = 100
65+ 44 50 6 = 100
College graduate 20 75 5 = 100
Some college 30 66 4 = 100
HS graduate 38 58 4 = 100
Less than HS 46 47 7 = 100
Conservative republican 49 45 6 = 100
Mod/Lib Republican 29 63 8 = 100
Independent 25 71 4 = 100
Conserv/Mod Democrat 36 60 4 = 100
Liberal Democrat 19 77 4 = 100
Total Protestant 44 51 5 = 100
White evangelical 60 34 6 = 100
White mainline 16 78 6 = 100
Black Protestant 53 44 3 = 100
Total Catholic 23 72 5 = 100
White, non-hispanic 21 75 4 = 100
Secular 7 91 2 = 100
Religious attendance
Weekly or more 52 43 5 = 100
Monthly or less 25 70 5 = 100
Seldom or never 12 84 4 = 100
Biblical literalism
Take Bible literally 65 31 4 = 100
Word of God, not literal 20 75 5 = 100
Not word of God 3 95 2 = 100


Table 4: Houses of workshops and politics

Should houses of worship express views on politics? Keep Out


Express Views (%) DK


Total 46 51 3 = 100
July 2005 44 51 5 = 100
March 2001 43 51 6 = 100
June 1996 43 54 3 = 100
February 1968* 53 40 7 = 100
March 1957* 44 48 8 = 100
White 47 50 3 = 100
Black 35 62 3 = 100
18-29 43 54 3 = 100
30-49 42 56 2 = 100
50-64 49 48 3 = 100
65+ 52 44 3 = 100
Conservative republican 34 65 1 = 100
Mod/Lib Republican 49 48 3 = 100
Independent 48 49 3 = 100
Conserv/Mod Democrat 45 52 3 = 100
Liberal Democrat 59 38 3 = 100
East 53 44 3 = 100
Midwest 46 52 2 = 100
South 41 56 3 = 100
West 46 49 5 = 100
Total Protestant 39 58 3 = 100
White evangelical 34 63 3 = 100
White mainline 52 44 4 = 100
Black Protestant 29 68 3 = 100
Total Catholic 52 45 3 = 100
White, non-hispanic 54 44 2 = 100
Secular 59 36 5 = 100
*1957 and 1968 figures from Gallup


Table 5: A variety of issues addressed from the pulpit (and how well)

Religious Affiliation
 Does your clergy ever speak out on … Total White Evangelical White Mainline Black Protestant Catholic
Hunger and poverty 92 90 91 91 96
Abortion 59 62 37 58 75
Situation in Iraq 53 54 50 65 51
Laws regarding homosexuals 52 54 35 62 50
Environment 48 45 42 60 45
Evolution/intelligent design 40 48 37 45 27
Death penalty 31 26 19 41 41
Stem cell research 24 21 11 18 38
Immigration 21 16 12 24 31
Based on those who attend religious services at least monthly



  • Response is based on the level of understanding of the scripture and achievement level of vision and mission of religion.
  • Table 1: people’s will is high. May not be favourable if the will is anti-scriptural
  • Table 2: contemporary issues is low due to cleric knowledge and scripture in our case it must address issues
  • Table 3: religion must address issues as it concerns their life, clerics must equally be socially relevant in preparing the congregation or public life and working for aid with government to achieve sanity
  • Table 4: theo-democracy is applied religious lessons by intuition to enhance natural social life style without divine default. House of worships should only objectively express views on political issues to moderate government activities
  • Table 5: house of worship must not be theoretically rhetorical but should also inform and educate congregation and the public on contemporary issues


Generally there is a dire need to re-orientate the activities of the houses of worship to be relevant in social upkeep of the people and government.



2007 to date.  Nine (9) years of struggles to correct the wrongs due to infiltration, exfiltration, incursion, inclusion that have changed the face of governance, social economic and environment into an hybrid of heterogeneous materials and dendrite ———————- materials at the expense of unity, brotherhood, homogeneity and natural ecological design of God for mankind.  The AECF is not happy about the situation in Nigeria in particular and the world in general:

  • Iraq, Somalia, Turkey, Syria, Burundi, Kenya etc. records of upheaval
  • Indiscipline, injustice, corruption, hunger, poverty, kleptocracy in Nigeria
  • High toll of destruction of properties and humans – kidnapping, terrorism, insurgence, militancy, internally displaced people etc.
  • Mirage of good governance and development, credible leadership, trust, transparency, patriotism etc.

The AECF is therefore a united front of Muslims, Christians, Media practitioners and other professionals on the issue of non-bias face ad phase of ethical practices that are out to unite people for a well ordered society for the sustainability of workable unity in diversity.



Experience of Boko Haram as an example of wickedness against humanity considering how government officials trade with fellow human lives:

  • More than two thousand innocent souls displaced with 65% of them orphaned with dim hope of returning home of nightmare. Imagine the absence of schools utilities etc. for basic human comfort?
  • Sharing of the $2.1bn meant for the purchase of fire arms to quench the menace of Boko Haram insurgence by defence custodians!
  • To the North East, South-south, and even Shiite Muslims area of Kaduna and Kano, security is now more meaningful than ever. Integrating over this to spread security consciousness to the rest of the country, for permanent peace broker, the workshop will now look into how best to achieve peace and security culture for all Nigerians through government – house of worship (clerics) work relation:
  • Determination of right leadership skills and status for cleric (Pastor and Imams) on issue of human relation to most especially on issues of community security.[5] To this effect, a Personality Trait Test is administered.


  • Your type, nature, weakness and areas of strength must be determined
  • Leadership training must be followed[6]
  • Can you then after assess yourself as being fit to manage for government community peace and security?
  • Leadership building
    • Assess yourself on management issue against the backdrop of the following verses of the scripture:
  • Q4 vs. 59, Rome 13 vs. 1-3 – followership and leadership essence
  • Q4 vs. 64, Ezekiel 33 vs. 1-6 – responsibility of leaders in management
  • Q3 vs. 159 – classical management theory: prime movers, ———————–, system destroyers



Model 1:                                                  Model 2:                                          Model 3:

Social responsibility
Spiritual responsibility

of leaders

Forgiveness Essence
Mistake, Confession
Figure 2: Responsibility of Leaders
· Administration

· Warnings

· Information

· Instruction

Management Attitude
Prime Mover
Management Attitude
Management Training
Apply as appropriate to the indentified



Rules of law

The people
Figure 1: Followership and Leadership sence


  • Government-Cleric relation on issue of security

Let us establish the relevance of houses of worship in keeping the peace and security of the community[7]

Data bank
Police station
House of Worship










  • Cleric as chief security stakeholder of his immediate stakeholder must keep surveillance on his members of congregation and neighbourhood
  • Government (LG) must create a databank of the existing houses of God that will lead to effective planning for future establishment of religious houses to be environment friendly
  • The Police-house of God relation allow for ease of transformation transfer
  • The remuneration for motivation by government for service continuity
  • The questionnaire below is to guide us into the working mechanism for feasibility


The questionnaire


Part A –For Cleric

  • Is it easy to combine personal work with community service on security effectively?
  • Are you being remunerated by your church or mosque and in what ways?
  • If the government is to intervene in the remuneration, how much of a token would you appreciate?
  • Do you realize your credibility is equally at stake on this kind of service to your community?
  • How would you feel working for your community through the Police?


Part B

  • Do you find it necessary for religious sect or denomination to register with government through the local government?
  • How much of a token do you feel the LG should give to remunerate each cleric on community security service?
  • How would you monitor the effectiveness and sincerity of cleric on this matter to justify the remuneration for motivation?
  • How important is community security service to you as government officials?
  • Would you want this sensitization programme to continue and to spread across all 774 local governments in Nigeria?









Issues of security must be a concern of every Nigeria.  There is need for government to recognize houses of worships in every community as relevant organ of keeping the peace and community security.  There is equally a need to create harmonious working relation among the three sensitive organs of the society – government, cleric, Police (security agents).


Remuneration is mostly ……………………….. should be a token of recognition of service and must be justified through keeping the peace and ensuring community peace.  There is a need for precise demographic data of all religious bodies and houses of worship for ease of monitoring of religious and people’s activities in the community, society, state and the nation at large for ensured security.


Under a good democratic setting, people must be carried along with the policy and programmes of government before implementations through sensitization, opinion poll and/or referendum tools of decision making as it affects their lives and the state.




Andrew, K. Luis, L. (2006): America Views on Religion, Politics, and Public Policy. Pew Research Centre for the People and the Press, Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life.


Olagoke, S.A, (2016):  Change Mantra for Inclusive Society. Shafaudeen Annual

Workshop, January 23, 2016, Ibadan.
































Personality Type Code




  1. Direction of Focus/Source of Energy

E – Extraversion (Lively)

  1. Sociable
  2. Happy around others
  3. Know many people
  4. Speak before thinking
  5. Interest in different things


  1. Ways of Taking Information

S – Sensing (Logic)

  1. Rely on 5 senses
  2. Very ware of the here and now
  3. Detail oriented
  4. Tend to be specific
  5. Like to use established skills


  1. Decision Making Style

T – Thinking

  1. Logical – reasonable
  2. Business-like – Formal
  3. Question until satisfied-probing
  4. Straight forward frank
  5. Motivated by accomplishment – achievement


  1. Organisation Style

J – Judging

  1. Feel stress until work is done
  2. Work first, play later
  3. Complete things
  4. Want to be right
  5. Do things as they come


  1. I – Introversion (Calm)
  2. Reserved – unwilling to show feelings
  3. Energized by thoughts – deep thinker
  4. Have a few close friends
  5. Think before speaking
  6. Expert about area of interest


  1. N – Nutrition (Instinct)
  2. Rely on their 6th sense – sensitive
  3. Future oriented
  4. See possibilities
  5. Tend to be general – optimistic
  6. Like to learn new skills


  1. F – Feeling
  2. Make decisions based on value – principles
  3. Naturally friendly
  4. Likely to agree
  5. Tactful – diplomatic
  6. Motivated by appreciation – approval



  1. P- Perceiving
  2. Open minded
  3. Enjoy now, finish job later
  4. Start new things
  5. Want to miss nothing
  6. Likes pilling work

[1] Q2 vs. 185, II Timothy 3 vs. 16-17

[2] Q61s. 1-4

[3] Q3 vs. 104

[4] 1st Corinthians 3 vs. 19-20

[5] Hadith, Proverb 27 vs. 23


[7] Q37 vs. 1-3

Mad Rush for Wealth Responsible for Evil in The Church-Pastor Fadipe


The mad rush for the acquisition of wealth has been described as the major factor responsible for evil practices in the church.

This assertion was made by Pastor Femi Fadipe of Radiance Saints Chapel International, Aiyegun road, Odo-Ona Elewe, Ibadan, Nigeria.

”Most people are after material things, they want to buy the latest cars and live in mansions in estates. Worldliness also brings about immorality in the church between the Pastor and members of his church and between the Pastor and ordained leaders in the church”, he noted.

Pastor Fadipe advised against stealing and occultic practices in the church, while lamenting that such acts result in the introduction of strange doctrines in ministries.

”Fornication, occultism and stealing are the results of xcommunication lag with God. Nigerians should return to God and follow His ways”, he concluded.

King David’s Descendents Making Case to Reclaim Ownership of Temple Mount

”Then Shlomo began to build the house of Hashem at Yerushalayim in mount Moriah, where [Hashem] appeared unto David his father; for which provision had been made in the Place of David, in the threshingfloor of Ornan the Jebusite”. II Chronicles 3:1 (The Israel Bible™)

In another manifestation of Biblical precepts interacting with modern life, a private foundation representing the descendants of King David recently launched a lawsuit presenting a legal claim to ownership of the Temple Mount.

While their claim is legally sound and verifiable, it faces significant political hurdles. One of the suit’s beneficiaries, who claims descent from the Davidic Dynasty, is ready for the legal battle but cautiously pragmatic.

This story has simple beginnings. In 2004, Dr. Boruch Fishman, then a recent immigrant to Israel from America, went to tour the tomb of Samuel the prophet north of Jerusalem, which led to a chance meeting with Israel Aurbach, the owner of a nearby farm. Inspired by the Biblical roots of the setting, they began to discuss the link between the House of David and the Temple Mount. They noted that King David purchased the site, originally for a simple altar.

So David bought the threshing-floor and the oxen for fifty shekels of silver. And David built there an altar unto Hashem, and offered burnt-offerings and peace-offerings. II Samuel 24:24-25

The pair concluded that since the site was originally the property of King David, and no one else has legally purchased it in the interim, the Temple Mount should have been passed along as an inheritance to his male descendants.

As a result of the discussion, Dr. Fishman hit upon the idea of creating a legal entity to represent all the descendants of King David. Anyone who could prove male lineage from the house of David would have a legal claim to inherit the Temple as property. Dr. Fishman established a foundation to advance the claim of Temple Mount ownership by King David’s descendants, naming it Canfei Nesharim L’maan Hakahal (Wings of Eagles for the Assembly).

At present, the legal entity created by Dr. Fishman represents two claimants who have genealogical records documenting their lineage back to King David through male descendants.

Genealogy from the Royal House of David can be traced through oral tradition, rabbinic sources, historical data and extensive research. Several families claim descent “ben akhar ben” (father to son) in a direct line, most notably the Dayan, Shealtiel and Charlap/Don Yechia families. The descendants of King David are believed to have settled in Aleppo, Syria, so most claimants trace their lineage back to that city. An online project has been set up to maintain a list of these claimants.

By definition of the foundation, any other all male descendants of King David who wishes to join the suit can do so at any time.

Breaking Israel News asked the foundation’s lawyer, Baruch Ben Yosef, about the strength of their case.

“Surprisingly, the Temple Mount is not listed in Israel Land Authority,” Ben Yosef explained.

Ben Yosef is referring to an aspect of land ownership in Israel, where less than ten percent of land in Israel is privately owned. Over 90 percent of the property in Israel is owned by the Israeli government, via the Jewish National Fund (JNF) and the Israel Lands Administration. When land is purchased in Israel, it must be registered with these authorities and is, essentially, a long-term lease. Since the Temple Mount is not registered under these authorities, it can be considered privately owned.

“The fact that it is under the authority of the Waqf or Jordan is not a legal claim to ownership. It is a temporary condition based on power and not a valid legal claim,” Ben Yosef said. “You would think that the State of Israel owns it, but by not registering it, they have clearly expressed they don’t have an interest in owning it.

“Since it can be privately owned, the people who claim lineage to King David have a legal claim,” Ben Yosef concluded. “If we make a claim in court, the court would have to disprove the claim. The burden of proof would be on them. But in the meantime, the Land Authority won’t do anything without a court order from the High Court.”


Mitch Dayan claims descent from King David. (Courtesy)

Mitch Dayan claims descent from King David. (Courtesy)

Breaking Israel News contacted one of the litigants represented by the legal entity. Mordechai Mitchell Dayan from Chicago has verifiably traced his family lineage back 87 generations via male descendants to King David.

“A militant takeover of the Temple Mount is certainly not my goal,” prefaced Dayan. “You don’t have to establish that we legally own the land in order to bring Messiah. We also have to deal with world opinion and the opinion of the Israeli government in a realistic manner.”

World opinion contradicts his claim. UNESCO has denied any historical Jewish ties to the site. Dayan felt that the obstacle preventing the Jews from taking their rightful place on the Temple Mount had little to do with the justification of his claim.

“It is universally accepted that King David purchased the Temple Mount,” he said, clarifying, “Well, everywhere except the United Nations.”

Dayan acknowledged that on that basis, he has a valid legal claim and, as a religious Jew, his interests are for the good of the Jewish people. Nonetheless, he feels the question is not one of legality, but of political interests.

“Who is going to judge this? Who do I make my claim to? Even if I wanted to make this claim, the High Court of Israel doesn’t want to hear this. The State of Israel doesn’t want to hear this. The world is willing to lie about it. My entire ancestry has been wronged, but there is no court I can take this to.

Source: Breaking Israel News

Focus On Shafaudeen In Islam 2

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Branch Administration

Branches are administered by  members with prererquisite qualification of Terkiyas and Terbiyas. Neighbourhood Da’awah iscarried out by branches in their mosque within the neighbourhood.

Empowerment Needs

On empowerment needs of the general populace and members in particular, this organization establishes :

* Shafaudeen Group of Schools-Nursery and Primary, Secondary. The University project is ongoing.

*Shafaudeen Medical Centre

*Shafaudeen Vocational Training and Development centre comprising -Victory soap industry, Block industry, Media Resource centre, Fashion Design, Catering etc.

Religious Harmony

To extend  the organization’s service to all without religious bias, the organization established Centre for Religious Cooperation and Tolerance,(an NGO) to address human problem of diseases, fight oppression, women’s human right, and to practically foster an environment of peace, progress, development and politcal stability.

Annual Islamic Fellowship/Convention
The organization always has her Annual  Islamic Spiritual Fellowship usually in the month of Ishrat in the month of January.

Contributions to Human Emancipation

*The organization engages in various Radio and Television  programmes awakening and channeling  the physical and spiritual development of  people. These includeds :

*Weekly Friday sermon on Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria(Amuludun FM)

*Ramadan sermon on Broadcasting Corporation of Oyo state, Osun state Broadcasting Corporation and Ogun  state Broadcasting Corporation.

*Featured interviews bordering on human emancipation, good governance, on Print and Electronic media.

The organization has a vocational Training and Development  centre in Ibadan where people are trained in vocations ranging from soap making, fashion design, catering, media editing etc. to enhance their earnings capacity.

*The organization has an NGO-Centre for Religious Cooperation and Tolerance, which organizes capacity building workshop and conferences with respect to emancipation, religious tolerance, national cohesion and global peace.

*The organization through its Oyo branch organizes annually, programmes bordering on women issues, with resource persons from across the country in Oyo town.

*The organization networks and collaborates with like minded  NGOs-Baobab for women’s rights, Centre for Grassroost Women Advancement and Development(CEGWAD), National Association of Woem Journalists etc. in  advancing the cause of the women folk.

*The organization, since 1995, annually marks various associations’ week
-Shafaudeen Yound Mne and Women

-Shafaudeen Daawah Circle

-Shafaudeen Brothers Movement

-Shafaudeen Association of Concerned Mothers

-Shafaudeen Association of Fahters

Lectures cover issues affectin humanity like women and nationa development, Youth and Functionality in sphere of life, women in religion, parenting etc.

*Members of the organization are actively involved as volunteers with Baobab for Women Human Rights with workshops organized for the  Girl Child, Teachers, Journalists, Women Police and Warders, Women Heads of Departments/Ministries in Oyo state, in the areas of gender sensitzation, leadership and paralegal training.


Twelve Tribes: The Church Preached Child Abuse & Slavery


According to ex-members of Twelve Tribes who spoke to The Daily Beast, children are regularly beaten and leaders preached “slavery is necessary.” Now, an escapee has taken over the Facebook page of the Plymouth bakery run by the commune so he can broadcast its ills.

Growing up, Kayam Mathias said he was beaten 20 to 30 times a day.

“I grew to be numb to it, to quell the rage within and just not feel anything.”

That didn’t bother him so much, he said. He could take it.

“What I cared about was when my infant sister was beaten and there was nothing I could do about it. To hear her screams and be powerless … and that even if you tried to stop you couldn’t, is a crushing thing to go through. It broke my spirit, man. I still remember her screams to this day.”

It’s been almost eight years since Mathias, now 22, left the Twelve Tribes, the controversial commune and religious sect he was born into, but the memories, and the anger at the way he and his family were allegedly treated is still fresh. He says he—and other members of the sect—were regularly beaten by adults in the commune as a form of discipline.

“The first time I used an ATM or a vending machine was when I left,” Mathias said. “I knew nothing about the world. It was all so strange and new and was like being born suddenly with an adult body, feeling like a child or an alien, but needing to act like an adult to survive.”

This year, he finally decided to say something about it. In June posts began showing up on the Facebook page of the Blue Blinds Bakery, a quaint and well-reviewed business located in Plymouth, Massachusetts, for the first time since 2012. “[W]e have decided to use our Facebook page as an active evangelism tool,” someone wrote on Thursday of last week. What followed was a couple of outrageously offensive screeds, including one that began, “As promised, let’s talk about the blacks!”

“One of the most frequent questions we get is, ‘Are you racist?’ The answer is no,” the author wrote. “But we do believe that slavery is necessary. There’s a difference.”

It was speculated that the post, which picked up steam this week among the Boston food community and has since been shared over 300 times, was the work of a hacker. It was actually Mathias. He’d set up the Facebook page years ago, he claimed, and still had access to it. The Daily Beast reached out to Mathias through the Blue Blinds Bakery Facebook page, and he was able to confirm his identity by forwarding us a photocopy of his passport. A member of Twelve Tribes confirmed that Mathias is an ex-member, who had access to the Facebook account.

Blue Blinds Bakery

“It’s time this ends,” Mathias said, referring to the church’s alleged secrecy.

“We completely disavow all the stuff on that Facebook page 100 percent, without any exception,” said a man, who identified himself as Zahar, who would not give his last name, when I called the bakery to ask if they indeed advocated for slavery. (Only  Twelve Tribes members work at the bakery.) “If you want to know what we believe, we actually have a website.”

Based on their website, prior reporting, and firsthand accounts, it appears that what they do actually believe isn’t too far off.

The website Zahar referenced is, the home of a group founded in 1972 by a man named Elbert “Gene” Spriggs in Chattanooga, Tennessee, that promotes a sort of hybrid of Christian fundamentalism, Hebrew Roots, and Messianic Judaism. The group has some 3,000 to 4,000 members in isolated, self-sustaining communes around the world that operate businesses like Blue Blinds, a chain of restaurants called The Yellow Deli, and a large construction business. It has dodged accusations of cult-like behavior ever since its inception.

“The group went from being this hippie thing that was kind of cool to turning into this cultist, religious, fucked-up kind of thing,” a second former member told me. “It’s like the frog-stew analogy. You throw a frog in cold water, and he doesn’t realize he’s getting hot until he’s boiled to death.”

According to former members of the Twelve Tribes, Spriggs, the group’s leader, has allegedly preached that black people are destined for slavery and that homosexuals should be put to death—as transcripts of his past sermons appear to show. The half-dozen former members who spoke to The Daily Beast also allege a culture of systematic child abuse, subjugation of women, and psychological torment.

A couple of years ago, a German documentary uncovered video of children in a local branch being beaten so terribly that the government led a raid and took the children away. In the video, Wolfram Kuhnigk, an RTL journalist, filmed 50 instances of beatings on camera, as the Independent reported. One former member who appears in the film recounts being regularly beaten for such trivial offenses as pretending to be an airplane. According to the group’s teachings, children are not permitted to engage in any type of playing or fantasy.

It’s a pattern of controversial behavior that has persisted in stories about the group for decades. “There are so many teachings that keep you from being who you are. They keep you from being human,” a former member named Joellen Griffin told the Boston Herald in 2001. “You get so absorbed in the teachings that you lose your emotions and your ability to respond to situations. They seem like a tight-knit family, but you just don’t know all the misery behind those eyeballs.”

In 1984, authorities in Vermont undertook a similar raid, liberating over 100 children from a Twelve Tribes compound, according to The New York Times. A judge determined that the raid was unconstitutional and the children were returned. Interestingly, as the San Diego Reader reported, the public defender at the time, Jean Swantko, joined the group soon after.

An investigation by the Sydney Morning Herald in 2013 told similar stories of members who had escaped the group, as did an investigation last year by Pacific Standard, which reported that children were allegedly beaten multiple times per day. In 2001 the New York Post launched an investigation that resulted in some of the group’s New York businesses being cited for violating child labor laws.


Despite in-depth investigations into several locations by newspapers and magazines, both current and some former Twelve Tribes members have repeatedly insisted in the press that they do not “abuse” their children.

“Most are gross exaggerations of scandalous, isolated activity throwing all members of Twelve Tribes under the bus,” the third ex-member, who also asked not to use his name because he had family still in the group told me. “The fact is there have been untold scandals within the Twelve Tribes communities, but the actions or misdeeds of a few can by no means accurately or rationally surmise the beliefs, practices, or daily lives of the many individuals that make up the whole.”

“Every person has their story,” he went on. “Every family has their secrets, their dirty laundry, their bad habits or poor decisions. Everyone must find their way in this world and we don’t do it perfectly all the time. We learn from mistakes, things are most often not as they first seem to be.”

That’s no doubt the case when it comes to the Twelve Tribes, but according to many who’ve made their way out of the group, those mistakes have been adding up for a long time.

A man who answered the phone number listed on Twelve Tribes’ site refused to give his name and would not answer any questions. He directed me to the Blue Blinds Bakery for any questions about their Facebook page.

“We believe in corporal punishment, and we stand by that, but we do not believe in child abuse by any means,” Zahar, the bakery employee, told me. “And we believe that a lot of the problems that you see in the world today probably could have been avoided if children understood cause and effect and understood consequences.”

Internal documents from the group reviewed by The Daily Beast lay out the justifications for their treatment of children, including the use of wooden reeds for punishment and training.

“The rod must be used to correct wrong thoughts, wrong words, and wrong deeds; thoughts are powerful—there is no sin without thinking about it,” Our Child Training Manual explains. Materials on the group’s website lay out similar practices.

“Train your child to submit willingly to his discipline; make sure he bends over submissively; guilt will not be removed unless he submits willingly.

“Discipline is vital. If you don’t discipline your child according to the Scriptures, you are not going to enter the Kingdom of Heaven,” it continues. “When we see a child receive what we consider mistreatment from such parents, we must remember that God is in control and has chosen to place the soul life of that child under those parents, specifically.”

The documents compare provisions against corporal punishment to the laws of totalitarian states, and deny the right of the government to intervene: “The governments of such nations as Sparta, Hitler’s Germany, and communist Russia have usurped the parents’ role, but today parental authority is being undermined in the USA through compulsory public education, child advocacy agencies, and child-abuse laws. Parents must not allow government to usurp their authority in those areas in which God holds the parents alone accountable.”

Corporal punishment is rooted in the Twelve Tribes’ literal reading of the Acts of the Apostles, according to Zahar. “We’re fundamental Christians and we take the Bible literally,” he told me. “We follow the pattern of the early church, early Christians, and they shared everything in common. We believe that Christianity kind of went off that pattern of living together and sharing everything and actually taking care of each other. That’s what we’re trying to get back to, to the pattern in Acts II.”

While he said they do not condone homosexuality, they also allege they do not believe in violence and would welcome an LGBT person into their home. As for the slavery question, he countered that the group has black members. In fact, he said one was working with him at the bakery as we spoke.


The second former member who spoke to The Daily Beast (and also asked to not use his name because of concerns about his family) said that corporal punishment is rampant. He told me he was hit 30 to 40 times a day growing up in the church.

“I remember getting whipped so hard I didn’t know if I was going to survive. I couldn’t breath, I was gasping for air.

“They used to teach that anyone in the group could spank any children, so some random, creepy motherfucker could grab you and beat your ass.”

The former member, a construction worker who was born into the group, laughed when I asked him if the Facebook posts were consistent with the group’s beliefs.

“That’s pretty much spot on. Basically, if you want to show the world what they believe, get your hands on their teachings about black people, Jews, children, women—there’s about 50,000 of these ‘teachings,'” he said.

“Multiculturalism increases murder, crime, and prejudice,” reads one such teaching on the group’s website. “It goes against the way man is. It places impossible demands on people to love others who are culturally and racially different. This is unnatural it forces people to go against their instinctive knowledge, like trying to love sodomites. They are told, ‘You can’t discriminate.’ Although discrimination is viewed as an evil sin, it is still within a person’s prerogative (right) to segregate himself.”

“Their teachings on black people are that they’re supposed to be slaves, about how God cursed black people back in the day,” said the same former member. “It’s crazy. Unless a black person is in the community, they need to serve white people. It’s so racist it will blow your mind.”

Copies of sermons given by Spriggs in 1998 and 1991, and reviewed by The Daily Beast, lay out the group’s attitude on race. “Martin Luther King and others have been inspired by the evil one to have forced equality,” states one titled “Châm and the Civil Rights Movement Unraveling the Races of Man.” “Slavery is the only way for some people to be useful in society. They wouldn’t do anything productive without being forced to. They would be worthless fellows.” (Châm is a reference to Ham, the son of Noah whom Biblical tradition credits with populating Africa.)

It goes downhill from there.

“What a marvelous opportunity that blacks could be brought over here to be slaves so that they could be found worthy of the nations,” read a second sermon. “A good master would work by the sweat of his brow. If his slaves were lazy and disrespectful, he would beat them, which is what he was supposed to do.”

It should be noted that the group does have black members, although they were not able to be reached by press time. When The Daily Beast reached out to the Twelve Tribes about the contents of the sermons, a spokesperson declined comment. The ex-members I spoke with explained this contradiction by noting that minorities who give themselves over to the Twelve Tribes are viewed differently than those who do not.


Women are meant to subjugate themselves to men, are allegedly required to wear head coverings that “serve as an outward symbol of her subservience to her man,” and are infrequently allowed to talk, claimed one former female member I spoke with, who asked not to use her real name for fear of retaliation, and provided photos of herself today and during her time in the group. She said that when she was 14 years old, a boy her age kissed her innocently. From that point forth, they were separated on opposite sides of the country and not permitted to communicate, but nevertheless were sentenced to be married when they turned 18.

She told me that she first tried to escape when they were married. She was gone for three months, but she claims the group guilted her into coming back, saying her husband would burn in hell for eternity if she didn’t. The pair was relocated to Florida, where family members outside of the group who’d taken her in couldn’t find her. Three months into their marriage, they were reprimanded for not yet having any children, she said. Previous reports on the group outline persistent pressure for young women to give birth to many children.

“There are a lot of good people there, but they don’t understand, they’re so brainwashed,” the male former member told me. “They find themselves defending stuff that doesn’t make sense.”

One way for the group to ensure total loyalty, he said, is by divesting members of any ties to their former lives, requiring them to donate all of their possessions and money to the church. “My ex-girlfriend’s dad died of cancer after he left the group. They realized he’d had it for 14 years. If they’d caught it any time before that he might’ve lived, but they neglected his health for so long. They do not go to the doctor ever, unless there’s some sort of catastrophic injury.”

The Boston Herald story cited numerous instances of stillbirth, with women allegedly being refused medical treatment during labor. “In fact, stillbirths are so common that the cult’s private burial ground in Island Pond, Vermont, includes several unmarked graves of dead children,” the story reads.

Mathias said he took over the bakery’s Facebook page in part to expose Twelve Tribes, but also as a means of explaining what his bizarre life inside the group was like.

For those who leave the Twelve Tribes, the assimilation process isn’t just difficult practically speaking. As Mathias said, it comes with a lot of psychological stress.

“Having talked to people who have left, it’s a five-year cycle of depression, self-loathing, doubt, hopelessness, and then finally acceptance and recovery. In my weird way, this is the acceptance stage,” he said. “I’m putting everything that happened out there in the hopes that people will realize what’s going on, but also as a way just to talk about it. Think about trying to have this conversation with a friend: ‘Hey, so I was in a religious cult that abused me. I just left a few years ago.’ It puts people off.”

Attempts by The Daily Beast to reach Mathias’ family for comment were unsuccessful.

Chris Pike is another former Twelve Tribes member—he belonged to the group for 14 years. He came to the community, like many others, through the Grateful Dead scene, and after a period of bereavement and loss in his life. While Twelve Tribes recruiters do prey on people in his position, he said, he was clear that it was his choice to join.

“It doesn’t need to be sensationalized. It’s just screwed all on its own. But I also want a clearer picture portrayed of the community,” he said.

“It’s not all demonized. There’s some of the nicest salt of the earth people there, and it’s not all creepy. That’s the delicate thing people don’t realize. Why do people join in the first place? What do you think I was attracted to, beating children? Are you kidding me?”

While the teachings instruct parents to “encourage their children seven times before disciplining them,” that’s not always how it works, said Pike, who was a teacher himself for a time.

“I can tell you everyone you come across that’s a former member will tell you that just doesn’t happen, it’s actually the opposite,” said Pike. “They spank seven times more than they encourage. Some parents are very good and do try, and then there’s the ones that are not. It’s all on an individual basis.

“It has the potential to be that wonderful, but also has the potential to be that horrible. And it does.”

Chris said he’s exasperated by the coverage of the Tribes over the years, as it never leads to any real help. What he wants to see is someone step up and show a real path forward for ex-members. He particularly wants help for the children, he said, who are often lost, entering a world they don’t know, with nothing to their names.

“I’m so tired of watching the media selling papers off the Twelve Tribes and they’re not helping. I hope somebody extends a helping hand and says, ‘Hey, any philanthropic people out there want to help these people, because they need some help. They need some help,’” said Pike.

“There’s got to be a landing strip. There’s got to be a cushion—and there’s not for these kids. We don’t need Bible reeducation, we need a helping hand out of the mess so that we can build a solid support system to help the children and ex-members.”


The former female member I spoke with, said one of her first memories was of being beaten so badly with a 2×4 that she went home black and blue from her neck to her kneecaps. She was four years old.

“I couldn’t get myself to raise my kids the way they wanted me to. That’s why I left, because of them. The way they brainwash you and stuff—I probably would still be there if I didn’t have children,” she said.

Still, says the ex-member who is skeptical of media reports about the group, the despicable actions of a few do not fully represent the group as a whole. All six of the ex-members I spoke to, in fact, said there are many decent people involved.

“Is the Twelve Tribes a religious sect full of manipulation, nepotism, elitism, haves and have nots in spite of their ideals of equality for all? Yes!” he said. “Does the Twelve Tribes have a leadership system full of egomaniacal religious fundamentalists? Yes! Have there been cases of child abuse within families of the Twelve Tribes? Yes…Does the Twelve Tribes have a system of belief regarding race that is misleading? Yes! Does it promote or practice hate against different races of the earth within or without? No! Do the teachings of the Twelve Tribes come from one man? Yes! Do all members of the Twelve Tribes adhere to said teachings? No!”

Many of the members, he and others explained, want to live simple lives in the hopes of pleasing God in the way they’ve been taught. But, he added, that gets complicated when they’re not encouraged to think on their own, or draw their own conclusions about life outside of the group.

“Do members work without pay? Yes, it’s a commune with a common pot. Everyone that moves in knows that. There’s no secret there. Children born and raised know that it’s just life. Food, clothing and shelter are provided for. Some Twelve Tribes communities are rich while others are very poor. Some members have access to computers, the Internet, social media, news etc while others don’t.

“Does the Twelve Tribes believe they are the harbinger of the return of Jesus? Yes! Are there current members of the Twelve Tribes that live in turmoil every day doubting, struggling against believing that what they’re doing is right? Yes. Are there current members that wish they could leave but don’t know how? Yes! Should Twelve Tribes be exposed for what it really is? Yes!”