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KIT XI #6 June 1999
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KEEP IN TOUCH ------ Table of Contents -------Margot Purcell - Ohiopyle Reunion Elizabeth Bohlken-Zumpe - Winifred Hildel Item - JCA review in Publishers Weekly Sea Welham - Inverell Report Ruth Baer Lambach Renatus Kluver to Christian Domer Mel Fros to Joe Keiderling Miriam Arnold Holmes Janet Stevens Paul C Fox MD to Editor, Christian Living Konrad Kluver to Johann Christoph Arnold Andy Harries ------ excerpts ------J SanGiacomo, W Chesley, B Purcell


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W Chesley, W Chesley, W Chesley P C Fox, Tim Domer Ramon Sender Pauline Ellison Davies John Stewart

Newlyweds Phil & Aline Hazelton - May, 99 PKIT: Lee Kleiss had surgery in late May, hopefully to repair the nerve damage to her lower back and legs. Cards can be sent to her home: 1012 Westmont Drive, Fayetteville, NC 2830. Hospital room phone: 919 6844706; home phone: 910 323-0700. Ricia Bernard has been visiting the Bay Area on the way to a family reunion on the Big Island. Thanks for all the help naming faces in photos, Ricia! And the yummy Costa Rican coffee! PMargot Purcell, 5/22/99: We are just back from the Ohiopyle reunion weekend, unpacked, with the first load of laundry in, dishes washed, food put away. Tents are still packed, waiting for a sunny day to dry and air out. We had a great time! Three families camped, all arriving Friday evening at 7:00, tents set up and fire made. Thanks to a dear cousin we had dry firewood. Stars were out in glory and it was not too cold. Slept well except some of us were kept awake by some campers who had sites all around us and who were all part of a Christian singles group outing. Some seemed to be first-time campers. Our three sites were lovely, quite grassy and easily connected, so we used the center site for our gathering. Cicadas were coming out of the ground at night and hatching. In the morning they were all over the bikes, tents and trees. I had never seen them come out of the ground and out of their pupa stage. Someone indicated that this area was in for its seventeen-year cycle of lots of cicadas.


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Saturday morning was sunny, and after breakfast we drove the bikers to the town of Confluence (this is where our family had gone to highschool for one year while we were out). Blair, Emily, and others all biked along the old western Maryland railroad bed. It is downhill ten miles to Ohiopyle. We dropped them there, then parked the cars at the end of the line so they could drive back. Then the rest of us did some walking, and luckily finished our walk just as the bikers finished their trip. Back to camp while dark clouds loomed. Upon our return to camp, we found that several other families had arrived. Around 5:00 PM it started to rain and would not stop. We had anticipated thunderstorms and hoped that they would pass by quickly. We soon decided to go out to eat. Some went to Glisens on Route 40, past the hof, while we campers all went to the Pizza Hut in Farmington. By the time we were done and had a short drive around the NMR hof, we returned to camp. By this time it was only a drizzle, so we lit the fire and sat around with marshmallows and talked. By 10:00 the rain started again, although just a short shower and drizzle. Those who were motel-bound departed and the tenters retreated. Blair and I were roused at 3:00 AM by a loud car engine and headlights shining into our site. When we looked out, we saw a man bending down to retrieve some sticks we had in our site. We asked if we could help and the answer was, ÒThis is Andrew.Ó Andrew Bazeley had driven in after attending a wedding elsewhere. He got lost because we did not know he was coming and had not had the chance to send him any information. It took him a while to locate our site. He was so happy to get to our site that he closed the car door with the engine and lights on and in error locked the door. He finally found a stick that he could pry off some moulding around the window and managed to open the window and shut off the ignition. He settled into the car to sleep and all was quiet again. Rain fell on and off during the night and more cicadas kept coming out of the ground. By morning we managed breakfast and a nice fire. After packing up the site, wet tents and all, we drove to the picnic area. It was a cool, foggy day, but luck was with us as both shelters were available. Soon hamburgers, hotdogs and lots of food were ready. I have not tallied how many were there, but I think we were 42-45 for the picnic. The weather did not participate too well, but the spirit and joy of being together was great. Yes, two vans of Bruderhof families did go by looking for --? They waved politely -- I donÕt think they knew who we were. When the second car came by, Nadine and I and others stood right next to the road so they could see us. They again waved and smiled as they passed. ThatÕs all the news for now,


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PITEM: The June issue of Publishers Weekly reviewed the new book purportedly written by Johann Christoph Arnold, Cries from the Heart. A brief quote: "Although the stories are sometimes moving, Arnold's brief interpretations of them are not profound and fail to teach lessons that cannot be found elsewhere in a livelier form." PIn Loving Memory Of Winifred Hildel by Elizabeth Bohlken-Zumpe, 5/23/99 Winifred Pacy was a young Oxford student when she decided to join the Cotswold Bruderhof in 1939-40. She had studied music and French, and was a very happy, warm and joyful person. She left for Primavera in the second group, I think, and helped build the community in the back woods with literally nothing. When my mother was diagnosed with TB Meningitis and when Margot (who had been our 'mother' for many years) married Dr. Cyril Davies, Winifred came to look after the Zumpe children. Rudi, whom we knew well and loved as children, came to help her out with the five of us and it was not long before their engagement was announced. We loved Winifred, although we made life difficult for her at times. She had to see to it that we washed and went to bed before 7:00 PM when she would go to supper, but it was always at 7:00 that we seemed to be terribly thirsty and she would run to the kitchen to get us a jugful of water and then be late for supper. She used to sing a lot with us and taught us many French songs. Throughout all the following years, the warm contact with both Rudi and Winifred remained. They had seven daughters. The only little son died at childbirth. They went to the Wheathill Bruderhof in 1952 and Winifred was housemother there for many years. I met her again in Woodcrest in 1984, and it seemed she had not aged at all, joyful, happy and very enthusiastic about every new idea. On the Michaelshof in Germany, I saw her for the last time. She prepared tea for my family when we popped in on our way to a holiday in Switzerland. I will hold warm memories of a dedicated, intelligent and loving person when I think of her. In many ways she was special. click here to return to Table of Contents Sea Welham, 5/28/99: What's happening at Inverell, Australia? My view: Alex McLeay rang me last week to invite Geoff and me to attend a public meeting called by "the concerned citizens of Inverell," a group recently formed to protest the way the Inverell Shire Council is pushing the Bruderhof development application through without proper consultation with them, the people who will be the most affected. Geoff and I were


5 to 2 million dollars Australian. at Elsmore Hall. Kim and Ulrich Comer. 2) The proposed amendments to the LEP. is a village and farms comprising the roughly 200 households that surround Danthonia. Bruderhofers now living there had been invited to the meeting but declined. who were living at Bruderhofers now living at Danthonia. This process could take four to five months. The Inverell Council has given approval to their application to build two workers' cottages (these will be 4-bedroom houses).perefound.html 27/10/2007 . 7:30 PM. Three motions were proposed. The situation at present: the Bruderhof has bought "Danthonoia" and the adjacent "Shanta-Clare" properties totaling about 1100 hectares. Costs so far: about 1. The matter now moves on to the office of the Minister of Department of Urban Affairs and Planning at New South Wales State level. There were many questions and concerns from the floor. He did a great job. They did not want changes to the LEP just to accommodate the Bruderhof. However the mayor and five other councilors arrived on time. had the meeting well organized with the headmaster of an Inverell School as chairperson to manage proceedings. Each property had one familysize farmhouse and outbuildings. (It's a pity that bruderhofers weren't there to witness democracy in action). May 26th. On to the public meeting. 8/11/95: Enclosed find a photo of me with a torch. school and village of up to 500 people without a change to the Local Environment Plan (LEP) which does not make provision for these activities on prime agricultural land. had left a day or two before. Elsmore. voted on and then adopted by the meeting. The council cannot give approval to their further development plans for manufacturing industry. PRuth Baer Lambach. The issues to be debated were: 1) The question of availability of water for domestic and agricultural use at Danthonia.former Bruderhof members/residents KIT Newsletter June 1999 Volume XI #6 Page 5 of 49 happy to go lend support and catch up with friends we are making in Inverell. 3) Council's handling of the matter. Inverell Shire Council will lodge their application for amendments to the LEP. which the Mayor and the other councilors answered with varying degrees of evasiveness. and they censured the Council for being more interested in promoting the Bruderhof than in listening to their concerns. The committee for the concerned citizens. about 25 km from Inverell. Several weeks ago for our July 4th celebration I found myself holding a http://www. as did about 70 local residents and a number of media representatives. I'll keep you posted. all Elsmore residents. The content of the motions: the residents do not want a closed settlement of 500 people in their midst.

The Bruderhof also went over the edge when they attempted to get my father to wash dishes. a used toilet plunger. just as we had Cambodians and Vietnamese and Iraqi and Iranians in the past during their feuds. Greetings to all.yes. Thus he exhibited 'the wrong spirit. A toilet plunger frees things up. Some of that stuff is positive. So he kept track of all the names on the dish-washing list and figured out that some pigs were 'more equal' than others and never got their names on the list. It symbolizes freedom. It's a miracle.and it probably could not be duplicated. in front of several hundred refugees and saying: "This is a toilet plunger. you can free yourself from old prejudices and hardened which he thought was woman's work. and the students who understood the language roared. The teachers hid their faces in embarrassment at my talks.' Those spirits sure are ephemeral! They love to play havoc in people's lives by trading places frequently. 4/13/99: Brother Witless -. The talk was not premeditated -.I loved the rubber-tipped knitting needles! And I loved Migg Fischli's recounting of life in the original Bruderhof. this is what Chairman Mao was trying to teach his people when he took the privileged classes out into the good earth. only they took it too far." I do believe we will eventually have Serbian and Bosnian refugees sitting in the same ESL [English As A Second Language] classes. a used toilet plunger.html 27/10/2007 . The scene he described of ex-lawyers and professionals sweating in the garden along with ex-convicts and derelicts. exchanging ideas and experiencing the warmth of the sun and the dirt under their feet -. That's what you have the opportunity of doing here in America.former Bruderhof members/residents KIT Newsletter June 1999 Volume XI #6 Page 6 of 49 torch. click here to return to Table of Contents http://www. They loved the symbolism.perefound.

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actually state. http://www. out of which grew the Rhšn Bruderhof. My parents joined the new beginning in the early thirties. since this also reflects my attitude of a believing Christian towards someone who is in need of help. Bohlken-Zumpe is referring to. The organisation to which you seem to belong. Bohlken-Zumpe dated 3/18/99 -. who the dickens do you think you are that you have the gall to think you have the right to give "advice" to someone whose grandfather was the founder of the movement called the Bruderhof. You state that -. the name of which you have now usurped?! You then glibly claim that it is "our history. that Mrs. which I find quite funny for someone to state who holds such a dominant position. I am glad to note that you still have the capacity of "being astonished" when referring to people you have no control over. because that beginning in community of goods was actually dissolved by Eberhard a few years later.and the following. Now my dear boy. it's not funny at all but it actually is rather pathetic ."let me advise you that we at the Bruderhof have checked our sources" where you imply.former Bruderhof members/residents KIT Newsletter June 1999 Volume XI #6 Page 8 of 49 Ruth Baer Lambach as 'Liberty' holding the plunger/torch PRenatus Kluver . Interesting. bad-mannered way. No. You refer to the time of Sannerz in August. There was never any mention of "The Law of Sannerz." So what does that prove? If your sources are so overpoweringly accurate. 4/14/99: Dear Christian. Bohlken-Zumpe is "ignorant of the majority of facts" and claim that it is "our history." They are founder members of Woodcrest. The Alm Bruderhof." First of all. it is not your history at all because your parents are not founder-members of "The Bruderhof." which has been confirmed by Bruce Sumner and others who then joined in the 1930s. Your less-than-mature outburst that "we at the Bruderhof have checked with our sources" -. I am using the polite form of address. The Bullstrode Bruderhof and Sinnthal." obviously referring to yourself."which by the way are hundreds if not thousands of times more complete and exhaustive than your sources. being absolutely sure that you will also receive and read my 'open letter' to you. the Primavera Bruderhof.Open letter to Christian Domer." certainly is not the organisation Mrs. 1923. and which is using the name "Bruderhof. and that is a fact. the El Arado Bruderhof. no.html 27/10/2007 .perefound.and I quote from your letter to Mrs. since you are an avid reader of the KIT newsletter. I refer to the letter you wrote to Elizabeth Bohlken-Zumpe [KIT XI #3 p 4] where you write in the most astonishingly aggressive and I am using this forum to write to you. on second thought. The Cotswold Bruderhof. The Wheathill Bruderhof.

perefound. which. It does not envy. Last year. in August." to clear matters between individuals 'before the sun sets. and read Paul's letter to the Corinthians. always perseveres. daughter of Eberhard Arnold. "there were outstanding matters to be discussed?" And then you advise Augusto and Nadine that you would have like to meet with them. Ch. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. that you have me blocked to see someone I could have had a talk with. referring to the same visit that I tried to make.' This leads me to another point. Bohlken-Zumpe wrote you a very good. Love never fails!" Christian greetings to you. Now why did you not show up and have a word with me if. I find that your actions are contradictory to what you say. when I showed up at New Meadow Run. it does not boast. Bohlken-Zumpe wrote in the April KIT issue in response to your vitriolic attack on her. It is not rude. as you instructed Wayne to tell me. in the New Testament. it is not easily angered. which I hope you give the respect that it deserves.' As Christians we believe in only one first law and that is to "love your neighbour as you would yourself. or anyone on the Hof. it keeps no record of wrongs. loving letter. It always protects. and you question them as though you have a right to give them instructions. regarding the 'First Law of Sannerz. incidentally is Biblical and not "Sannerz. I had very much hoped to be able to see my sister" It might help you to go to Acts. to clear up "outstanding matters" and you then offer "talking-terms" to someone else who has not the slightest interest in talking with you. http://www. 13. in which she points out the essence of people not talking behind one another's backs. love is kind.former Bruderhof members/residents KIT Newsletter June 1999 Volume XI #6 Page 9 of 49 and running into "thousands.html 27/10/2007 . always trusts. it is not self-seeking. always hopes." then why for heavens sake do you feel so threatened by one individual to whom you deny correspondence and visiting rights with her ailing mother. it is not proud. 4-8: "Love is patient. I endorse absolutely what Mrs. I Cor. founder of The Bruderhof? I think Mrs.

whom I wish to address. Hartmuth & Renatus Kluver. It is you primarily. Front L to R: Andy Harries. Margaret Jeffries Adlington. Joanie Pavitt Taylor. Julius Rubin. Ben Zablocki.perefound. I would like to respond to material you.EuroKIT '92 PKIT. Chris Z. 4/25/99: Dear Regarding the First Law in Sannerz. PMelchior Fros to Joe Keiderling. Norah Allain & Carol Beels Beck . there has been no response to the following letter. and Christoph have recently written and sent to Ramon. Carolina Kluver Friedemann.html 27/10/2007 . I personally have little doubt that Papa Eberhard did indeed write such a document for his infant community.former Bruderhof members/residents KIT Newsletter June 1999 Volume XI #6 Page 10 of 49 Back L to R: Sol Sender. You will recall that Eberhard had a great reverence for Scripture and a disdain http://www. Leonard Pavitt. 6/2/99: As of this date.

Ramon.perefound. I recall seeing a translation of it hanging in my parent's family room around the time of my return to the community in 1973.html 27/10/2007 . none of Bette's sources can remember seeing it. chosen by Eberhard to help lead his young band of Christians. a sinner like you and We need people who will turn their proverbial "swords into plowshares" and not their ploughs back into 'sword-shares. is not what motivates me to write to you. It is his memory and the suffering of his widow that only one of his children is willing to defend in a public forum. only to remind you that you have deeply grieved the spirit of Eberhard's words and those spoken by Jesus in your dealings with "us. we need people who are willing to put the most essential of Jesus' teachings regarding the enemy into practice. whom you refused the gracious. My friend Bette feels an acute need to speak up on behalf of one who is dead -. a man broken and contrite over his sin and one whom the brotherhood would not forgive and reaccept into its circle. I believe Bette is even now working on translations of her father's letters in the hope of demonstrating his remorse and heartfelt longing to make right what was wrong. however.her much-loved father. I am not trying to point fingers at you today. based on the words of Jesus as we have them in Matt. click here to return to Table of Contents http://www. Apparently. That person is Bette. 18. Instead." Today we need persons who can be courageous and proactive. Bette and myself included. I am saddened to see how the three of you Bruderhof representatives have failed to apply the teaching in your dealings with your enemies. This does not mean it did not exist.former Bruderhof members/residents KIT Newsletter June 1999 Volume XI #6 Page 11 of 49 for quoting it lightly. It is his memory that continues to be trodden upon in Christoph's books. only that it may have served a specific need in a specific period of time. I see the need for people on both sides of the schism who are willing to risk much in an effort to honor Jesus. You will also recall that there was a great deal of coming and going in those days: the Hans-im-Glucks and the likes. Heini and the brotherhood had felt a need to introduce the aged document into the life of the community. Will the three of you join me and others in seeking a lasting peace? Will you dare to create peace rather than only hoping for it? In hope. Evidently. It is also possible that 'The First Law in Sannerz' remained exactly that and the author felt no need to post it in the Rhšn or the Alm communities. It is this man. I can well imagine that Eberhard saw the need to post something known as "direct address" among the Quakers.' In short. forgiving words spoken by Jesus to repentant sinners. Proof of the existence of the First Law in Sannerz.

Remember that the "law" was violated in the top servants' home all the time.html 27/10/2007 . What bothers me about this whole "First Law of Sannerz" controversy is that it is really not a controversy. We were asked to leave on one day's notice. PPaul C. Lots of love. as a "vocal former member. while everyone else keeps their mouth shut. to the Editor." although well intended. After his death. When Heini came to power he dusted off the old Law and had it posted all over the place again. Nolt also raises some interesting questions about how the Bruderhof has developed over the years. who would have been the rightful heir. 4/18/99: That letter from Chris Zimmerman (KIT XI #5) was truly Annamarie. that the editorial policy of KIT does not allow foul language." I can think of a good deal more that could be said about aspects http://www. After school he always took two glasses of whole milk when the ration was one for each high school student. Of course "The Fist [sic!] Law of Sannerz" exists. I see that as the time of change to the hierarchy. Christian Living magazine: The article "Would Eberhard Arnold join the Bruderhof today?" by Steven M. Heini's wife. etc. My father Hardy mentioned it often and told us it was posted in every home and place of work while Eberhard Arnold was alive. In considering the change from Eberhard Arnold's time. it was sort of in oblivion. even though it was always said that we are not to talk behind people's backs but should confront them directly if we had a problem with them. and Prof. was an excellent housemother. However. 1999) was an accurate summary of the "public facts" about the Bruderhof. PJanet Stevens. had disastrous consequences. but the servants had the nasty habit of ambushing people in the brotherhood meeting or in their office surrounded by witness brothers. At 85 I am now in the assisted living section of a retirement complex. Nolt (March. All goes well." Maybe we should tell Joe K. Many of the "plain" people followed this rule. And Heini's older brother. 5/3/99: You may well receive other copies of the article from Christian Living magazine by Steven Nolt. but I held out for three. If the issue could not be resolved. Yes. Maybe Bruce and Bette never knew about this "Law. Christoph's father. let out. My sons and I were in Woodcrest in the middle 1950s before the big shakeup of a while later.former Bruderhof members/residents KIT Newsletter June 1999 Volume XI #6 Page 12 of 49 Miriam Arnold Holmes. I remember Christoph as a teenager. he does not mention the reign of Heini Arnold.. In my opinion the "Law. Emmy Arnold sat out under the trees in fair weather. Fox MD. a third person should be invited etc.

or with what little the community sees fit to give them. Ultimately. an essentially autocratic spirit. Being expelled from the Bruderhof is not like being disfellowshipped from a non-communal church.. the "radio-zo'o" is spreading the news that you are planning some sort of settlement in Australia. Johann Christoph Arnold. Now this reminds me of http://www. and who had married Bruderhof women. I simply want to point out that it comes at a cost. Members of the Bruderhof have given up all property. This is not to deny that there are many positive. Eberhard's successors appear to lack any deep spirituality of their own.. Moreover. The price. beneath the "fairy-tale village" impression that the Bruderhof gives the casual visitor is a system that routinely and systematically abuses and oppresses its members and former members -.a system ultimately based on what amounts to a personality cult centered on Christoph Arnold. or correspond with elderly parents. or even (in some cases) their own small children. Nor is this anything new. is freedom of thought and conscience. and may even be expelled. Eberhard Arnold. even beautiful aspects of Bruderhof life. also ruled the Bruderhof with an iron hand. Christoph's father. They are not permitted to visit. and expected full obedience from Bruderhof members.bruderhof as well as the website of the Peregrine Foundation at www. PKonrad Kluver to Johann Christoph The ultimate source of correct opinions and behavior is the Elder. Recently four Nigerian men who joined some years ago. 5/23/99: My dear friend Johann Christoph. ultimately. grandchildren. Thus.perefound. the Bruderhof organization is highly centralized and totally undemocratic. and those who are expelled leave with nothing. Contrary to its public image. I believe. only the autocracy remains as Eberhard's Heini.former Bruderhof members/residents KIT Newsletter June 1999 Volume XI #6 Page 13 of 49 of Bruderhof life which only those who have lived there as members can know. the pattern was set by Bruderhof founder. Woe betide any brothers or sisters who persist in disagreeing with Christoph -. Though a genuinely spiritual man.perefound.html 27/10/2007 . Interested readers may want to visit the newsgroup alt. and were told they would "never see their children again!" In short.they will find themselves under church discipline. He laid great emphasis on his role as "Wordleader" (Wortfuehrer). Eberhard had. brothers and sisters. former members and many "Bruderhof children" who grew up there but never joined have been completely cut off from their Bruderhof families by Christoph Arnold and his associates. Many of the expelled have suffered hardships and poverty because of this. were expelled.

I think that we would all agree that this is very important. I am talking here about going through things of our past that bother us. Have we the right to judge other peoples beliefs and actions? This has often come up at KIT meetings something like. What is good for us might not be good for somebody else. "You cannot understand me unless you have walked one mile in my shoes. e. which were quite different from ours. If somebody believes in the power of religion. not in a critical way http://www. and I can't recall why. anything they can remember from the age of perhaps 3 or 4 years. if you would take into consideration my offer of cooperation on location.. 4/25/99: There is something I feel I want to write about. Just because we belong to the KIT organisation does not mean that we have the same views or opinions. We never finished it. but have we the right to demand it of others? No! Because we have not walked in their shoes. If we want to stop talking about the past. Modern counselling is based on the principle that a person can talk about whatever is bothering them whether it is the present or the past." I think that statement says such a lot. I still am keenly interested in adventures of that style and colour and wonder. It has to do with free speech and thought. 'Isn't it time that we put the past behind us and stopped talking about the past? Let's just look to the future. As it is stated in what is I think a Chinese saying. in fact we have as varied opinions as anywhere else when it comes to religious or political or other points of view. our boys-group in Ibate. It is so easy for us to judge other people. I now would be free to devote my time and efforts to such a worthy project as you have planned. The first 5 or 6 years are the most formative years of our life. building a represa in a dry creek. I believe everybody has the right to talk about their past if they want to.html 27/10/2007 . we have not lived their lives. that is OK.perefound. Please keep me informed! Your schooltime friend. then that is good for that person. We all have a right to be able to speak freely what we feel or think.former Bruderhof members/residents KIT Newsletter June 1999 Volume XI #6 Page 14 of 49 childhood days when we. This is good and healthy and should not be discouraged.g. started a venture in the woods. This also applies to us when we write in KIT or when we meet each other in groups. click here to return to Table of Contents Andy Harries. It might be any time in their life. but we must not expect everybody else to believe the same." That might well be right for one person but not for another. where most of what we are is formed and developed. to criticize and condemn. This way of thinking can run through all areas of life.

"I am angry or bitter or sad or depressed or whatever because my daddy beat me up when I was small. I have since also learned from others sharing with me. constructive way with somebody who takes us seriously and believes in us and what we say. but if it is good for us. "Dad -. Jim should know this pretty well because he lives and eats with Africans. some of us had not http://www. they are trampling on our feelings and our feelings are being hurt again.former Bruderhof members/residents KIT Newsletter June 1999 Volume XI #6 Page 15 of 49 but in a positive way. I even had to feel guilty about it. That has been my experience in life. They also eat bread when they can afford it. One day we were discussing with him about the sort of food the average person in Kenya would eat. This need to be able to work through our past is not good or necessary for all people. but I also know that I did the best I could at the time so I do not need to feel bad about 27/10/2007 . as no one else at the 'shopping centre' where I was buying it even had so much as bread by itself! I had to get through about three beggars just where I was buying the bread!" 5/6/99: Since writing this letter we have met here at Rookwood School for a 'KIT' day on Sunday 2nd May. We all want to be valued. but it is a known fact that if we can work through some of our pain and stress from childhood or later. not necessarily exBruderhofers. On a different subject again: our son Jim has been over here on a visit from Africa for four months. That means we don't go around saying. warts and all. but for most people that is not affordable. It was again a lovely sunny warm day. then that can help heal wounds and help us have a better life and a more healthy self-image. Not to criticize or blame. that is a human's biggest need. then why not face the truth? None of us are perfect and no adults treat all children perfectly. I am also a parent and I know that I was far from a perfect parent. I just want to quote one paragraph from a letter he has just sent us. The main food is Ugali. for example. who believes what they say and values that person regardless of what they say. then that helps us a lot. If somebody will value us now and accept us as we are. and then other people rubbish it.I had bread and margarine for lunch today. I think one can say that nobody is valued enough as a child and perhaps also later on. He said that the better off people will put on margarine. I especially enjoyed meeting old friends and chatting. I asked him what they put on the bread." but if we can talk about these events in a positive. that will help heal and overcome some of the damage which painful experiences have caused. which is like a porridge made from maze meal. This is not said to criticize our parents or others who were responsible for us but if it is true. The best thing that ever happened to me was meeting KIT people and others who believed in me. that they need to talk with someone who takes them seriously.

THANK YOU! I really enjoyed the day and. at least for me. At KIT gatherings we have complete freedom to be ourselves and do as we want. We had a little discussion about the KIT Newsletter distribution in Europe. but there is no pressure. but unlike the Bruderhof. it is open both ways. to sing. this was amongst the men. that we could have a good long sing-song. I have been thinking. to talk.html 27/10/2007 . distributing the newsletter.on the top of the head. I really enjoyed the singing session. 'Why do we meet like this? Why do people take a day out of their busy lives just to meet and share with others when we owe each other nothing?' I am quite impressed. to kick a ball around or to enjoy a nice walk in the park on a sunny day. etc. We can come freely and we are also free to go when we want (and we can take away everything which we have brought).and I am sure I can say that on behalf of everybody. I hasten to add.: If anybody would like copies of photos from that day. For many of us. whether we come just to be sociable.. It is also worth remembering that some people who come are not ex-Bruderhofers or perhaps not even married to ex-Bruderhofers. Partly I think it is because we do have a bond from our past. Nobody was put into Ausschluss! I want to take this opportunity to say a big 'thank you' to Joy for all the work she has done for KIT in Europe.former Bruderhof members/residents KIT Newsletter June 1999 Volume XI #6 Page 16 of 49 met for quite a few years. especially by some who came a long way just for one day. and being a general linchpin for all of us -.S. I think we sang every song that was in the books I had compiled for the Rookwood KIT conference some years ago. P. but have had similar experiences of living in a situation of control and abuse. We have an open door. It was the first time. apart from enjoying it. doing the finances.or lack of them -. all the way from Shropshire and north Wales. let me singing the songs that we grew up with is one part of community life which we always treasure.perefound. because Joy would like somebody else to take over from August. some others also took photos. I also find that I learn a lot by talking and listening with different people. http://www. Some of us also spent some time comparing our gray hairs -. organising conferences.

Pete Holland. Zena Holz. he found a letter from somebody on the Bruderhof. Let me explain here that Jim went over to visit my three sisters in America when he was 30. So then we and Jim were in their good books. he found this letter from somebody on the B'hof. Pauline Ellison Davies.html 27/10/2007 . written in a bit of a cautious style. When he got back to Kenya. He has been over here on a break for 4 months. Susan Johnson Suleski. XXXXX. gathering . photo by Ben Cavanna Talking about Jim.May 1999. Anyway. 4-5 months before Ruthie was rescued. Carol Beels Beck. mostly of people on the B'hof talking and sending messages and greetings to Gudrun and me and of singing etc. This letter was written about three years after she escaped. He spent two weeks on the B'hof and met many different people. I think this really goes to show http://www.perefound. He is our oldest son who lives and works in Kenya. K. Joy Johnson MacDonald. Jeanette Holland. Dot Ellison.former Bruderhof members/residents KIT Newsletter June 1999 Volume XI #6 Page 17 of 49 L to R: Phil Ellison. Ruthie and Jenny were both then still on the B'hof. He also wanted to see for himself something of this strange place where his parents had grown up. but in essence asking him whether he knew anything about what 'Ruthie was thinking' when he visited in 1995. Rose Holz. Dieter Holz Rookwood U. He brought back about two cassette tapes from there. Andy

including holding all her private papers and identification despite their wonderful security department. When some family members help one of their sisters to escape from a controlling. all of us were cut off completely. http://www. Greetings. Jim did not know anything about what was going on. to get back together with the man whom she had been engaged to 35 years before. They still do not know how we did it because none of us who were involved have written anything about it -. If anybody does not agree with the leadership. ostracized?! There is something wrong here! I must say I have to question how genuine is the book written by Christoph Arnold called The Lost Art Of 'Forgiving' if he cannot forgive some of his brothers and sisters just because he does not agree with some things they have said or done. they are suddenly treated as outcasts.html 27/10/2007 . From that day on. help her to find we managed to get her away and out of the country so quickly despite Christoph's henchmen doing everything they could to stop her and to get her back. It makes me wonder what criteria they use for deciding whether somebody should be treated respectfully or shunned. abusive system. including Jim.former Bruderhof members/residents KIT Newsletter June 1999 Volume XI #6 Page 18 of 49 how angry they were that we managed to spirit her away from right under their noses.perefound. so they obviously thought he had helped plan it when he was there. I especially had not told him anything before he went there. Why do they not print some stories or letters about the lives of ex-members who happen to think differently? It is no good preaching forgiving and not living it. they are condemned.

there was this group that spent a lot of time fighting for the rights of death-row inmates http://www. photo by Ben Cavanna click here to return to Table of Contents -----.bruderhof -----P"J.html 27/10/2007 .support.former Bruderhof members/residents KIT Newsletter June 1999 Volume XI #6 Page 19 of 49 Andy Harries and Dot Ellison at Rookwood Gathering ." 4/5/99: To Wit: Once upon a time.from SanGiacomo.May 1999.

so they shamefacedly detracted the suit.former Bruderhof members/residents KIT Newsletter June 1999 Volume XI #6 Page 20 of 49 and campaigning for free-speech. carrying on the torch of self-righteousness and superiority high in the air. nothing ever wrong in and of itself. but the dirty laundry continues to be thrown under the bed. the community becomes less and less recognizable to those who lived in it at one point (those that have lived there are fully aware at the organization's penchant for changing their habits overnight -. shall any man ask another man for a lifetime commitment to an earthly organization? Should Christian baptism serve one purpose (commitment to God) or dual purposes (commitment to organization. What is it about the ex-members that posed such a great threat to the COB [Children of the Bruderhof] organization? How should so few people be able to become a legitimate threat to such a powerful. http://www. the God part seems to be a mere afterthought in some folks' minds!) These and other questions beg to be answered. "I also kindly explained that I was still very opposed to some of their [the Bruderhof's] corporate actions such as phone harassment of the COB phone number. airlines. industrial-complex of an organization? Also. Those individuals have been expressly forbidden from making contact with other exmembers. Discuss amongst yourselves (and in this forum). PWayne and that it seemed to me that Wayne Chesley had been standing on the right side of things when he challenged this action and was dismissed from the brotherhood. The organization later realized that a lot of things they were doing such as filing multimillion dollar lawsuits against those that would dare defame the name of the Society were not exactly biblical.enough leftist causes to sink a ship. and in the end all they actually did was make complete fools of themselves. and the feelings of its ex-members and children flagrantly trampled on in a most unseemly fashion. free-speech for everyone except their children who decided that "the way" was not for them.although seemingly in the case of the organization. Jay Ortiz and Chip Wilson. The saga continues. with anyone who ever had a whisper of an affiliation with the Peregrine Foundation and its affiliates being treated with gross disrespect by the organization. 4/20/99: David Goodwin wrote. radio stations. once again proving that they thought they were a great deal smarter and funnier than any ex-member could ever be. resorting to silly tactics like inventing imaginary characters such as Dr. or the group's children. and to God -.which shows what amazing control is exerted over it's body of members!!!) -.perefound. on pain of being cut off from their families.html 27/10/2007 . all the while. They soon began to soften their approach to the whole faction of dissenters.

I can only surmise from what Andreas stated to David that the right way would have been to enthusiastically embrace the wrongdoing and remain silent. I'm glad I did not go wrong together with the rest of the Brotherhood. because the 800 number mentioned above was posted around on bulletin boards in their local high school and in local http://www. but this is wrong. I first apologized. He said that "we would rather we all go wrong together. Reaction from the Bruderhof followed swiftly.perefound. that I may have been right (in some degree) but that I objected in a wrong way. harassing phone calls began to arrive: May 9th 27 calls May 10th 28 calls May 11th 57 calls May 12th 280 calls May 13th 329 calls May 14th 443 calls Ultimately. over 2. It was about four years ago that this happened. May. because so long as we are together God can lead us back to the right together.html. 4/29/99: (As published in that a right thing can be done in a wrong way. The response from one of the ministers was strong to say the least. Perhaps the Bruderhof will release the transcript of the meeting at which this occurred and then people interested can make their own judgment as to how wrong my way was. When will the Bruderhofers listen to Jesus? PBlair Purcell. it was simply what Jesus said. and that this must have been the case with Wayne." To keep the record straight. I wonder when they will hear God's voice calling them back? What I said in that meeting in which I objected to the harassing phone calls was not some special revelation from God. In a discussion I had with Randy Gauger from the Bruderhof (see "Strange Meetings" [KIT XI #3 p 4]). he very emphatically told me that the harassing phone calls were needed to protect their children. Dave Goodwin wrote: "This is quite interesting to me.html 27/10/2007 . It has been said often to me and to people who have asked about the incident.former Bruderhof members/residents KIT Newsletter June 1999 Volume XI #6 Page 21 of 49 "He also said that although Wayne's challenge may have had some truth to it." I then quoted what Jesus said regarding how we should treat our enemies.perefound. saying something to the effect of "I'm sorry phone calls appeared on our phone billing. On the following days. 1995) As starters we installed an 800 number (1 800 742-3052) See: http://www.

It was shortly after that that the tone in the calls changed to serious harassment and the calls were now being made (generally) by younger folk who did not identify themselves. We did discuss how to get this number to Bruderhof folk who.former Bruderhof members/residents KIT Newsletter June 1999 Volume XI #6 Page 22 of 49 phone books etc. if they needed it." Oddly. the small display ad (rather large in comparison to the Bruderhof one-liners) appeared between the two listings (in the NY book) for the 'hofs located at Woodcrest and Pleasant View. the calls had dwindled substantially to no more than two or three a day instead of the hundreds received earlier. phone book a couple of months later. but we were particularly taken to task for that specific positioning. NY. That was done by the telephone company. They indicated their belief that we were trying to lure away children from the Bruderhof. The first calls that came from the Bruderhof (immediately after the number and its original purpose was announced in KIT) were made by servants and older people who did in some cases identify themselves. Yes. If we recall correctly. We sent an e-mail further clarifying the purpose of COBI to the Bruderhof. We did want the ads to be effective. would know about it. Obviously. We believe it is a bit disingenuous for Randy to state the harassing calls were made because of the ads in the phone directories. Still. the ad in the Kingston book read as follows: "HUTTERIAN BRETHREN. the three death threats were made after the phone books appeared. the criticism would have been as sharp no matter where the ad appeared. not us. there is no way one could possibly believe http://www. CHILDREN OF Ex-Bruderhofers provide Help/Information for those leaving Hutterian Brethren East Toll-free dial 1 & then 800-xxx-xxxx. By the time the two ads appeared in the phone books. We received only one or two calls from non-bruderhof individuals and they were referred to one of the hof numbers. It was explained the name we had adopted came from our identifying ourselves as children who had grown up there and still identified with much of it. By the time the books were distributed. They questioned why we wanted to turn their children away from life in community.perefound. phone book several weeks after the single note in the KIT newsletter and also in the Uniontown. they had not yet appeared." The 800 number was never posted at the high schools by any KIT folk. in an evil effort to influence their children against the Bruderhof. it was advertised in the Kingston. PA. This is when the calls per day ranged into the hundreds.html 27/10/2007 . A few asked as to the reason for the listing and it was explained to them. the vast majority of harassing calls had already been made and they did not resume (in volume).org/KIT6_99.

who might feel a similar desperation and who might not have relatives on the outside to whom they could turn." Did he explain how this protected the children? Didn't they understand a harassment campaign would bring discredit to the Bruderhof? Would that not have harmed the children even more? Would not an effort of this magnitude reflect poorly on their faith? Why didn't they take these considerations seriously? Who damaged the Bruderhof's reputation by making those calls? It wasn't us. there have been frequent references to "facts" which. My request has never been honored. She had brothers on the outside who came to get her on the night she escaped and our concern was for others. About the Bruderhof. We're not even sure he knows them. Randy. We cannot believe the ad shown above is sinister in any way. It would not have appeared. They were out http://www. Dave Goodwin wrote: "Randy overtly implied that if I only knew the 'facts' as he did. young or old. What we're saying is that Randy may have stated the truth as he knew it . You should also know the reason it did appear was based on the fact that a young woman had run away from the Bruderhof the year before. Nor was the ad in any way ambiguous. yes. I have asked to be informed of the facts so I could be as knowledgeable as they. back in the winter of '94 and the spring of '95 was a recognition that the Bruderhof had no interest in reaching any sort of accommodation with former members and their families. but not by the Sometimes we wonder if folks like Randy have simply been told things on which they base their assertions? When Randy indicated that if you only knew the "facts" you would have a clear understanding of the sinister nature of KIT. that I would soon agree that they were up against something very sinister with the 'KIT stuff' that really needed to be stopped.but he didn't really know the facts at all. We paid extra to have a larger ad that was completely clear as to its purpose. if Elder Arnold had decided to accept our invitation to talk as originally requested. I think they expected that former Bruderhofers would roll over and not complain -. Or maybe he did. they always had in the past.html 27/10/2007 . She had considered suicide if she could not leave. we doubt if he will now. In the few (and unfruitful) conversations I've had with Christian Domer and Joe Keiderling.former Bruderhof members/residents KIT Newsletter June 1999 Volume XI #6 Page 23 of 49 this ad was placed by the Bruderhof. What really happened.perefound. then we will ask him here what those "facts" are. would change my mind about the character of certain people. He didn't tell you the facts then. if I only knew as they knew. if we have made any errors in the above statement. we would be pleased to consider your corrections and will gladly apologize for any mistakes we made in writing this.

org/KIT6_99. one case. husband. a man disguised himself as a woman (so that he might not be identified.former Bruderhof members/residents KIT Newsletter June 1999 Volume XI #6 Page 24 of 49 looking for their "fugitive from justice" Jason Barton. whatever and expect (as you always have) to get away with not being accountable. for the first time in their history. we talked to lawyers about it and the statute of limitations hasn't expired -. click here to return to Table of Contents http://www.000. We tried to say it privately (those avenues are still open) but it will be said publicly if there is no alternative. The fact is.html 27/10/2007 . And they don't like it. They attempted to bug the church where the Kingston meeting took place. somebody will end up in jail.00 for harassment and death threats. They appeared to lie repeatedly both to the press and to individuals who attempted reconciliation." Former members were just plain fed up. The result was a collective determination by former members and their families to finally say (after thirty years or more of misdeeds and misstatements) "you can't do that anymore.perefound. they were seen outside the homes of several former Bruderhofers -. reportedly. but it sure is a better form of pacifism that they have practiced. We simply say stop doing those things. We didn't entrap them at breakfast in Manhattan to serve the lawsuit papers. No alternative has been offered. They bugged the home of one of their former ministers. they are being held accountable for what they do.000. That doesn't make us saints. Those of us who had never been members took the stand that you can't do that to my wife. Was it nonresistance on our parts? Maybe that isn't exactly the right word -but we didn't sue them for $15.but we've decided not to sue them no matter how much they deserve it. sister.

" Unfortunately.html 27/10/2007 . I once did a fairly complex search of newsgroup messages while working on positively identifying 'charlie997' and "awsome" was one of the key words that uniquely identified Christoph as Charlie (and Charles. well read and deeply spiritual and widely experienced author to the degree that they would actually compare "his" published words with his plainly spoken words in http://www. I was struck by this when some young men from the Bruderhof started posting some stuff on the newsgroup. It's interesting how distinctive Bruderhofers are. the marvelously literate. KIT Conference at Friendly Crossways August. and at least one other personality). 5/2/99: I missed the spelling [of "awsome"] there which would have triggered suspicion in my mind. At the same time I was receiving some messages by e-mail in response I won't give away the keys I have detected. but there are very distinct styles and wordings Bruderhofers have that pretty clearly identify an individual as a Especially the young people who have not been out "in the world. 1998 PWayne Chesley. On those same lines. I will say that one distinctive feature is the strange use of certain obscenities.perefound.former Bruderhof members/residents KIT Newsletter June 1999 Volume XI #6 Page 25 of 49 Blair Purcell and daughter Emily. I have never understood why someone has not taken interest in Christoph Arnold.

then all the young men. it seems. The only way to conform is to follow the template set by Christoph and the senior leadership." but now I think. 'Charlie' is not so articulate. Ben Cavanna wrote: "Have you noticed how many of the men there speak in a style imitative of Christoph? It is quite spooky actually as this kind of hero worship could and almost certainly will end badly. It is so obvious that his authorship is fraudulent. of course.former Bruderhof members/residents KIT Newsletter June 1999 Volume XI #6 Page 26 of 49 spontaneous interviews. PWayne Chesley 5/9/99: Ben Cavanna wrote: "Yes it is interesting how patterned the behaviour of most of the Bruderhof young people is. Betty observed something interesting in this regard. It would be interesting to see what some religious folks had to say about Jim Jones before it became plainly obvious that he had turned his church into a http://www." I would not have thought the Bruderhof would sue anyone or harass their "enemies. she knew they had become "company men"." It's interesting to consider that the whole break with the Hutterites was probably just to save the Bruderhofer's "hero" from facing disciplinary action by the Hutterite church. I had sent a letter to Sojourner's magazine in response to a review of one of "his" books. It was not. And of course the greater religious community adds to the aura of Christoph's heroism by heaping praise on him while ignoring the voices of his victims.perefound.html 27/10/2007 . I don't think CD or JK or CA are responsible for the garbage that ends up on this newsgroup at times. then the older men. the closer one conforms oneself to Christoph's image. At that point the Bruderhof really became Christoph-centered. When Christoph shaved off his beard. murder and acts of terrorism become easier once the members' will has been broken by myriad acts of conformity and tests of loyalty such as cutting off family members." Conforming to Christoph's "style" is certainly the safest way to live at the Bruderhof community. as they have not repented from their present course. published. When she noticed several men from "outside" (Rick Burke especially comes to mind) starting to wear the Bruderhof men's hairstyle. Quite frankly I think it discredits their cause(s). I hope their Australian soon-to-be neighbors are prepared for the worst. letters and posting here on the Internet. don't you? Still. Suicide. although let's hope it never come to that. especially those on the "religious left" choose not to see through the fraud. all the ministers shaved. It astounds me that so many. You used the term "hero worship. that anything is possible. the greater they will It's really true. in spite of the Charlie-isms.

Granted. in consideration of his earlier book. PWayne Chesley. or through serving humanity.former Bruderhof members/residents KIT Newsletter June 1999 Volume XI #6 Page 27 of 49 personality cult. more are Bruderhof members who are not so identified. where he lives the lifestyle of an elite cult leader (let's face it. Johann Christoph Arnold is described as "a natural storyteller" and "a counsellor" who "lives at the Woodcrest http://www. a whistling in the storm so to speak. and the whole is stitched together by "Christoph's" narrative. A few of the people are identified as Bruderhof members. or whatever. The last one looked at inner peace. and he offers no forgiveness and rejects reconciliation (seeking instead retribution) to those whom he considers enemies. An interesting observation? click here to return to Table of Contents Paul C. Fox. Perhaps someone will some day study Christoph and "his" writings and discover that the real Christoph and the real Bruderhof are revealed in contrary of what they claim. but others in the book find their peace through Zen. It consists of stories written or told by various people about how they found peace after turning away from given Christoph's lavish lifestyle. This one is called Drained! Stories Of People Who Wanted More. he sets himself between his flock and the God who gives true inner peace and is obviously insecure and perhaps paranoid. Fox wrote: "Yes. as much in what it doesn't say as in what it does. some stories are of people who found inner peace through encountering Christ. before that we had one on forgiveness. I wonder if he has a fear of death. or hatred. this book is less specifically Christian than the previous ones I've read. he was the one who wanted the jet plane(s) for his own personal use). The themes seem really antithetical to Christoph's life. and others are non-Bruderhof people. 5/9/99: Wayne Chesley wrote: "Here is one [Bruderhof book] that (by the title Drained. I'm beginning to wonder about the books being produced under Christoph's name. The last one looked at inner peace. this one is also about finding inner peace. Here is one that (by the title at least) looks at greed." Actually. There are many lengthy quotes from other peoples' writings. Perhaps these books are an attempt to mask weaknesses in Christoph's character and in the Bruderhof itself." Interesting idea. or a threat to his empire. Interestingly. 5/9/99: Paul C.html 27/10/2007 . before that we had one on forgiveness. Christoph has 'written' another masterpiece. at least) looks at greed. The epilogue about "The Author" is extremely interesting.

No specific reason has ever been given. My wife. This is the second year that she has not received any card or call. Desmond I no longer wanted to have a "special relationship" the elder of the Bruderhof. Mumia Abu Jamal. PTim Domer. The blurb emphasizes Christoph's "encounters" with the likes of Fidel Castro. Though raised in the Bruderhof I had never become a member. Lisa Potts. as a friend. Mohamed Gemeaha of the Islamic Cultural Center of New York. I sensed something wrong. are members of the Bruderhof." Once again I get the feeling that the Bruderhof is being drained of any specific Christian character.former Bruderhof members/residents KIT Newsletter June 1999 Volume XI #6 Page 28 of 49 Bruderhof in New York. it is an exaggeration to describe these carefully arranged 'photo-ops' as 'encounters' in any meaningful sense. as power seemed to be corrupting him. I counted the elder. May 2nd. my parent. I had remained friends with them and had visited often over the years.perefound. Mairead Maguire. MD. and shows photos of him together with Fidel. Lord Eric Reginald Avebury. family and love of neighbor. Thich Nhat Hanh. and Philip Berrigan. Prof. P. Steve Chalke. It would be interesting to hear from any of those who have been exiled since we left (1996). My father wrote that I had now "gone the way of KIT" and would not be allowed to have any kind of relationship with him or my http://www. with the possible exception of Mumia. a group that professes to follow the life of Jesus. Christoph really has a talent for being photographed with famous people! However. I asked him questions about a multimillion dollar lawsuit the Bruderhof had filled against three critics and how such a suit squared with his writings and the principles I had been taught as a child in the Bruderhof. however. Mother Teresa. is my daughter Stephanie's 15th birthday. Arnold never answered my questions. Bernard Haring. Mr. In recent years. Is the blurring of distinctions that is so evident in this book happening to the same extent within the community? PS: Endorsements from the following people appear on the jacket and the front matter: Scotland on Sunday. Her grandparents. Richard Donkin of The Financial Times. Bo Lozoff of the Human Kindness Foundation. 5/2/99: Today. our two children and I one were cut off from any relationship or contact with them a year and a half years ago. Johann Christoph Arnold. Nelson Mandela. or recognition of her birthday from her paternal grandparents. the "heart of their commitment" is a deep-seated dedication to service. Pope John Paul II and Thich Nhat Hanh." Not a word about his being the Elder of the "eight communities" (evidently they are still counting Deer Spring). Although the Bruderhof way of life is said to be based on Jesus' teachings. and the Pope.html 27/10/2007 .

As a 15-year-old she faces all the challenges of being a teenager as well as the challenges and burden of being handicapped. A heartfelt.html 27/10/2007 . or "friends" of the Bruderhof who do not know the facts. give radio and TV interviews. innocent children in particular. God. Christmas and other special times of the year. On the rare occasions that he does write to people it is generally sarcastic and unloving. This rejection just adds to the burden she already carries. The later was the case with a card I sent for my mother's birthday. however." By cutting off children who do not join and who question. as I once did. I would strongly encourage anyone who has an interest in the Bruderhof. families of members. This is especially true at Since that time they have either refused to reply to letters from my children and me. raising children. I have no doubt that my parents firmly believe they are doing God's will by cutting us off. As long as he does not live by the words he writes and speaks. an "enemy. speak at various public protests etc. http://www. She rarely talks about how much it hurts to be ignored and rejected by her grandparents. write books. tag along on overseas trips with better known religious or political figures. Much has been posted on this site regarding the hypocrisy of Mr.former Bruderhof members/residents KIT Newsletter June 1999 Volume XI #6 Page 29 of 49 mother. anguished letter my daughter wrote to her grandparents was answered coldly by her uncle. they believe they are serving God. with some sort of special relationship to. with significant neurological defects. or who might believe. that the Bruderhof "lives out the truest expression of Christian love". but the deep hurt is evident nonetheless. or have returned them unopened. The elder has been elevated to a very high and unhealthy level. Arnold. seeking peace. yet he is responsible for a great deal of suffering among former members. My daughter Stephanie has spina bifida. The Bruderhof labels anyone who questions its' elder. He may try to become famous. He has dismissed or ignored numerous attempts at true reconciliation by children and former members of the Bruderhof. or understanding from. personally responsible for a great deal of anguish and suffering among many people. he is a fraud. I am apparently an enemy long as I do not hold Christoph Arnold up a special person. Many Bruderhof parents have sacrificed their relationship with their children in order to prove their commitment to the Bruderhof. children and grandchildren of members and former members Ð people he calls "enemies". into believing he has a valuable message. loving one's enemies. He writes books about forgiveness. to look at the fruits of Bruderhof practices.perefound. He is. a Bruderhof spokesman. They seem to view any questioning of the elder the same as questioning the will of God. or Bruderhof practices. He may fool the Bruderhof membership.

Arnold. you too will be cut off. Read the postings of Bruderhof children such as Mel Fros. your grand children and I have been cut off. He too has ignored it. To cut off one's child is extremely serious. others. Arnold and Bruderhof members will tell you "these are all liesÉ" Please be warned not to take what they say at face value. The relationship between parent and child is so sacred that God spoke of it in the Ten Commandments that were given to Christoph in particular. God knows that that is not true.perefound. The things that have been said about me in the last two years are lies and are said in an attempt to justify my being cut off. My impression is that I was cut off because I did not have the "right relationship" with the Bruderhof. God knows the truth. however. Ask questions. You wrote "you have gone the way of KitÉ" but that does not mean anything to me. Even though I was cut off. I asked questions and received no honest answers. Paul and Diane Fox . If you say I was cut off because I am an "enemy" of Jesus. perefound. 1-23-99 Dear Daddy: It has been over a year since we were cut off. I do not know how much longer you and I will be on this earth together. If you do not accept their version of the "truth" without I love Jesus. God knows the truth. Margot Purcell. When we ultimately meet God I think we will be asked what kind of relationship we had with those whose lives He entrusted to us. I love God. I would like a clear explanation of why my wife. I have never been given a reason for being cut off. Over the years you have said that the issue is not my relationship to the Bruderhof. The entire issue seems to have been my relationship to the Bruderhof. Mr. If I was cut off because you felt that I do not love God and Jesus. The following is a letter I wrote to my father. "Honor thy father and mother. There is no Commandment that says I must revere a human or honor some We will not be able to convince Him of a lie. I long.html 27/10/2007 . I do not think that is actually the truth. I am still your son. and myself who have been cut off from their families. Read the postings from the last two years. God knows that that also is a lie. I was only asked about my relationship to the Bruderhof . Read the KIT Newsletters on the Peregrine web site http://www. You never asked me about my relationship to God and Jesus or what I believe. So far there has been no reply. dig just a little and see what happens. especially its' elder." You know in your heart of hearts that I have tried to keep this Commandment and over the years have done far more than just talk about it.former Bruderhof members/residents KIT Newsletter June 1999 Volume XI #6 Page 30 of 49 Read the postings by Wayne and Betty Chesley.all former members. that there can still be reconciliation between us. We will be asked how well we kept His Commandments. A copy was sent to Mr.

He errs and may succumb to the corruption of power like all of us. Your son. I do not question God. based on God's love and truth. You said that it was blasphemy for me to say that I felt the Bruderhof treats Christoph in an almost worshipful way. or the Bruderhof. be based on my relationship to a human organization or another human being. To question the Bruderhof. to serve God and to live for the Time is growing short. I want to live an honorable life. with the Center? Isn't Jesus the Center? I have many failings. When I spoke in the Brotherhood a few years ago you said that what I spoke was the truth. I cannot blindly follow any human being. however. however. It was and still is.perefound. You said you wanted not only to be my father. I want to have a loving relationship with my parents. however. its' elder or the Brotherhood is not the same as questioning God. There is still time. but also to be my friend. Isn't it actually blasphemy or idolatry to equate Christoph.html 27/10/2007 . to find God's genuine love and genuine truth.former Bruderhof members/residents KIT Newsletter June 1999 Volume XI #6 Page 31 of 49 leader. I fail daily in being the kind of person God wants me to be. there can be reconciliation. I do. I believe that if we look for what is God's truth. I do not believe that any human is the center. The elder of the Bruderhof is a human being. you have asked of me. You said I attacked Christoph and "to attack the head is to attack the center". and feel. especially when I feel they are wrong. however. rather than what is of the Bruderhof or human beings. I do try to keep God's Commandments. That. http://www. It is blasphemy to treat any human being in such a way. is what I felt. I want to be able to have a genuine relationship with my parents. That relationship cannot. get up and try again. with human failings just like all of us. I do not show enough love to everyone. Sixteen years ago you and I fought something through.

Eileen & Stephanie Domer with their dogs Red.bruderhof ------ http://www.Xmas 1998 click here to return to Table of Contents Tim.former Bruderhof members/residents KIT Newsletter June 1999 Volume XI #6 Page 32 of 49 L to R: Elizabeth. Amber and Molly .end of alt.html 27/10/2007 . Belle.

there has been a lot of controversial talk and discussion in KIT as to whether or not living in community is the truly Christian thing to do. 4/10/99: Over the years. 1 in her book Torches Extinguished) of Eberhard Arnold's reply to Hans Zumpe's question: "What is the difference between a spiritually led group and a religious sect?" "E. they are much more like their outside high school contemporaries in the use of obscenities. as is everything else that he does. Personally. it goes against the Bruderhof's track record to enter into any dialogue that includes divulging facts on their whether in fact the early Christians did live in community or whether living in community was just the dream of a few well-meaning but ill-informed idealists. I find myself travelling back into time. the third generation has the vivid memory.html 27/10/2007 . the second generation has the good example. as someone expressed. arriving at the tine of Pentecost 33 A. PPauline Ellson Davies. In order to paint an accurate picture of the truth about the early Christians. Eberhard's "note" to his children not to gossip about newcomer guests behind their backs has become a LAW. I do believe that their agenda also includes sowing seeds of misunderstanding among KITfolk (JCA's sarcastic letters to various people regarding the ghostwritten Drained book). It seems that Eberhard's predictions are right on target because for this generation.A: 'The first generation has the spirit. What about the fifth generation that is now emerging on the Bruderhof? What will they be like? If what we are receiving in the ways of messages is accurate. I'd like to quote Elizabeth Bohlken-Zumpe's quote (p. now mostly in their twenties and thirties. I would not want to see anyone assist them in their attempts to bend Bruderhof history to their own twisted agenda. I am certain that JCA's hateful comments were approved by JK and CD before he sent them along with the Drained copies. we find that the Bruderhof's fourth generation would be that of Eberhard's great-grandchildren. and the fourth is often stuck with the rules and regulations. This will turn them into a sect -a cult!'" Now.perefound. Although Domer and Keiderling claim to have the 'proof' in hand. 4/12/99: Regarding the ongoing 'First Law of Sannerz' discussion.former Bruderhof members/residents KIT Newsletter June 1999 Volume XI #6 Page 33 of 49 PRamon Sender.D. I would like to add my contribution to this discussion. if we assign twenty years to each generation and we use 1920 as the founding year of the Bruderhof. (or 33 http://www. However. I continue to believe that the Dynamic Duo basically acts as Christoph's trainers. Also. I do not believe that they will produce it because they probably have much more to gain by not providing it.

in order to finance those in need. Now it's important to understand here that the disciples do not sell all their possession and move to a community.html 27/10/2007 . sell a field. they want to hear more about this Jesus. That's an awful lot of people. but some at least have servants as well. This is interesting.perefound. How do the disciples solve the problem of accommodating all these visiting Jews? Well. they stay for a while in Jerusalem. All these people speak their own languages but now. Egypt. they are speaking real languages. Why? For what purpose? Well. 3. a journey they make each year before returning to their homes and families in their own countries. Crete. This is an emergency situation and a temporary one. Many of the disciples start to sell property. so their money is running out.E. they are hearing the disciples speaking to them in their own language and they can understand what they are saying! They are preaching about a Savior Jesus Christ. those who choose to do so. and use the money to help those in need. To their surprise. These people have only brought along with them money and supplies for a week's taking their new-found faith with them. the newly converted Jews of Jerusalem. to their astonishment. In fact. Hundreds are becoming Christians and getting baptized. in fact makes it very clear that only those who desired to sell some of their property do so. when suddenly the holy spirit that Jesus had promised comes down onto each one of them like flames of fire. a house or private possessions. which was wrongly explained by the Bruderhof. They are not speaking 'gobbledygook. -. They bring the money they make to the Apostles who distribute it to those who need it. generously open their homes to the visitors and share what they have. Jesus has been killed and resurrected to heaven. the new disciples. Asia. So instead of returning to their homes after the festival. thousands of Jews have travelled to Jerusalem from all parts of the world to celebrate the festival of Pentecost. Arabia and even from as far as Rome. They have travelled from Mesopotamia. they all start speaking in different tongues.former Bruderhof members/residents KIT Newsletter June 1999 Volume XI #6 Page 34 of 49 C.' that no one can understand like some modern churchgoers who speak in tongues in unrecognizable speech. fields and possessions.000 were baptized in one day. Imagine how many communities would be needed with all these thousands of converts! No. with thousands of foreigners wishing to extend their stay. No. a situation that will be resolved as soon as the newly converted disciples from abroad travel back home to their own countries. The story of Ananias and Sapphira.our common era). The disciples of Jerusalem not only have their own homes and properties. A handful of 120 faithful disciples have gathered together to pray. and then it is up to them how much of the http://www. Imagine the chaos this causes. Libya. on one occasion. or languages. things they don't need.

But then. not the fact that they wanted to keep some of the money for themselves. They pretended that they were giving all the money that they got from the sale of the field. Peter said to the. said that "The form of worship that is clean and undefiled from God's standpoint is to look after orphans and widows in their tribulation. and not their house or other property that they needed. but of course there are those who have no family to care for them and it is for these that the Apostles have arranged for a daily distribution of food and other needs. It brings to mind at this point all those hundreds of widows. did it not continue in your control?" It was therefore theirs to do with as they pleased. a daily distribution would not have been necessary because they would have been provided for along with all the other brothers and sisters. This is primarily the responsibility of the family of the widow. Back with the early Christians: as their persecution becomes more severe. not their house.html 27/10/2007 .former Bruderhof members/residents KIT Newsletter June 1999 Volume XI #6 Page 35 of 49 proceeds they donate to the disciples for distribution. They held onto those things quite legitimately. not communities with all things held in common. After all. They wanted to look good in the eyes of the disciples. There was no compulsion to sell. forming a governing body to help coordinate and unite the rapidly spreading numbers of Christians. but God made Peter aware of their deception. but it was really because they lied. Not in a thousand years could they convince Jesus that they were right in what they did. But they go on preaching wherever they It was the deceit that warranted their death. One of the arrangements the disciples have is to take care of their widows. But others continue to travel and preach. did it not remain yours? And after it was sold. In fact James. the brother of Jesus. idols and blood. making decisions on such issues as circumcision. and even after they had sold they were not obliged to hand over all or any of the money. forming new congregations. They always said that Ananias and Sapphira died because they did not give everything. and then they secretly held back some of the money. they sold a field. There is no mention of any of these new converts leaving http://www. It is obvious that had these widows been living in community." They would not be suffering tribulation if they were living in community (in theory). 'Why did you play false? As long as it remained with you. not living in community. They lied about it. In the case of Ananias and Sapphira. It was their free choice. many of the disciples are scattered throughout the land. the cruel ethnic cleansing of the Bruderhof could never be mistaken for a Christian act.perefound. it was only a field they sold. A small number of Apostles remain in Jerusalem. leaving them helpless and vulnerable to care for themselves. This is where the Bruderhof goes wrong. orphans and needy persons that Bruderhof so callously chucked out.

Rather the record shows that the majority of Christians continued in their homes and jobs. 4/18/99: (The following is part three of a three-part essay entitled. How different from what the Bruderhof demands that all should give their money and possessions to them. Rather He expects us to use whatever we have in the way of health. go and follow Him.not "the good news of community!" There was an example of Jesus speaking to a rich man who wanted to be a disciple. But I think the concepts reflected in the edited portion presented here will give a beneficial perspective to many KITfolk.perefound. I recently became involved in a faculty discussion about "community of goods" with some professors at a Christian college in New York state. cut off from the world.former Bruderhof members/residents KIT Newsletter June 1999 Volume XI #6 Page 36 of 49 their homes or selling everything and joining a community. or to the disciples.' would be preached in all the inhabited world as a witness to all the nations." Through a teacher friend. and come and be my disciple.html 27/10/2007 . strength and possessions to serve Him as best we can." or to the congregation. The rich man said that he kept all the commandments. This is the obligation of all his followers. yes. but how could we possibly do this if we all cut ourselves off from the world and lived in community? Idealistic. those whose only known picture of "all things common" was painted by groups like the Bruderhof and the Hutterites. and the only adjustments they made was to clean up their lives and live a moral." and then with nothing. click here to return to Table of Contents John Stewart. He said "give to the poor. "How difficult a thing it will be for those having money to make their way into the Kingdom of God. maybe even attractive. but practical and scriptural? Definitely not! Greetings to all. honest life. http://www. I wrote the essay originally for the benefit of these academics.' not 'community. The man's test was that he was rich and materialistic and did not want to part with his riches.) Though this work has been limited in essence to a consideration of the fifth chapter of Acts." I wonder where the materialistic. greedy Bruderhof stands on that score? It's comforting to know that God does not require us to sacrifice all that we possess and go and live in a community." Jesus did not say "give to the community. Jesus foretold that this good news of 'the kingdom. Jesus added. and Jesus said that there was "just one thing lacking: sell all the things you have and distribute to poor showing love to all by "preaching the good news of the kingdom" -. "The Truth About Ananias and Sapphira. I feel it necessary before concluding to also address the account of the Church that we find in the remainder of the New Testament.

save for Jerusalem. The religion called Christianity does not in any way recognize the gospel teaching on the renunciation of mammon that I outlined above as "normative". apart from my exegesis of the Ananias and Sapphira affair. http://www.html 27/10/2007 . simply did not live in accordance with a doctrine of shared ownership of they have also wrongly characterized the community life of the churches that were established by the apostles outside of Jerusalem. in particular the Gentile congregations founded by Paul. If they are correct. And a great deal of the basis for their judgment in this regard concerns their assertion that the New Testament churches.former Bruderhof members/residents KIT Newsletter June 1999 Volume XI #6 Page 37 of 49 For the established Christian tradition has not only corrupted the truth about Ananias and Sapphira. virtually all else that I have stated in this work would be seriously undermined.perefound.

org/KIT6_99. defined its quality in a false and legalistic way that puts their contentions in mighty conflict with the overall record of scripture. sadly. It is actually the contentions of radical communitarians like the Hutterites. K. Rookwood U. they have also. Matt Ellison at the barbeque. gathering .former Bruderhof members/residents KIT Newsletter June 1999 Volume XI #6 Page 38 of 49 Gudrun Pfeiffer Harries.perefound. sought to embrace the communal life of the Jerusalem church. http://www. Shakers.May 1999. Though these movements have. photo by Ben Cavanna Ironically. by definition.html 27/10/2007 . what has really served to obscure this entire issue throughout the ages is the false doctrines of the communitarian Christian movements themselves.

.former Bruderhof members/residents KIT Newsletter June 1999 Volume XI #6 Page 39 of 49 Oneidans. It is however an overview that I believe will lend the reader a needed perspective on all that has been written in this treatise thus far. every individual cannot possibly be aware of the daily needs of every other individual. etc. One of these functions concerns "administration" [12:28]. that traditionalist Christians find incompatible with the whole of the New Testament record. This has occurred First we must recognize that the true Body of Christ is one. Why? Though contrary to popular Christian belief. apostolic Church ever knew. and will thereby be in absolute accord with the economics of compassion that are depicted in the book of Acts. What follows is a short depiction of the biblical Church and its internal economic functioning. established church community. Hence the traditionalists unquestioningly accept as biblical the "Jerusalem pattern" as defined by the communitarians and end up reacting to that false construct when considering whether or not all the New Testament churches operated holding "all things common". If we understand what holding "all things common" really means in practice for a large.html 27/10/2007 . the answer should be obvious: It is because it is the one and only revealed pattern that the true. Monastics. My own study has unearthed no accurate spokesperson before me. so let me be the first to try and remedy this beguiling situation. It will serve to demonstrate the fundamental harmony that existed between the community life birthed in the first church. we will see that this revealed pattern is fully evident in every church of God named by the Bible. not the pattern actually established in Jerusalem. In a church community of multiple hundreds or thousands. The church that is a product of the Holy Spirit will call on men to obey the teachings of Christ regarding mammon literally. Jerusalem. both the traditionalists and the communitarians begin with the same exact error: They both read a communal construct into Acts chapters two and four that is far more totalistic than what is actually recorded there. as that would call for a completely separate and lengthy apology. and that each of its individual members has a very specific function that serves the upbuilding of the whole [1Cor. So if a corporate assembly truly seeks to love their http://www. and the life of those churches that were raised up afterwards by the apostles. 12:14-26].perefound. We must never forget why the explanation of a "community of goods" found in this book is the only clear and precise revelation of the Body's internal economic function found anywhere in the New Testament. It is certainly not intended to be a thorough treatment of the subject. though following their folly to quite opposite end results. strangely enough.

For example. Before going on to describe the mechanics of this administrative distribution. This simple matching of needs to provisions was exactly the work that the apostles. if it is truly of God. Possessions that were shared by means of a distribution "as is. these converted cash proceeds then being likewise distributed and shared. The Bible's account of the community of goods (described separately in Acts 2:44-45 and 4:32-35) enjoyed by the church at Jerusalem makes an important distinction between: 1. It would not even be an example of logical human action. There is no other church community documented in http://www. When the very first church was birthed in Jerusalem. would it be practical for her to first locate a buyer for her bed outside of the Body and then turn the proceeds over to the church so they could pass some money on to the brother. they must entrust some of their number to the "full-time" task of distribution. that poor fellow might be sleeping on the floor for a very long time. and later those upon whom they conferred the duty.html 27/10/2007 . Also essential is the knowledge that one method of renunciation is no more or less honorable or sacrificial than the other. begins and ends on the basis of love for the poor and needy. Possessions that were sold and turned into cash. were carrying out in accordance with the love of God. as we have already read. we must also make special note of the fact that the church in Jerusalem was birthed under some very unique circumstances. and a sister owned an extra one. Eventually they turned this administration over to "the seven.former Bruderhof members/residents KIT Newsletter June 1999 Volume XI #6 Page 40 of 49 neighbor as they do themselves in matters of material goods. enabling him to eventually shop for and purchase a bed of his own? If the sister had to go about it in this way.perefound. much less the living and active love of the Kingdom. We must never forget that such forsaking of property. not on the basis of man's rules and formulas. "Sell your possessions and give alms" only makes sense if a person's possessions are not immediately needed by those that Christ would foresee receiving the alms. if a brother needed a bed. the apostles themselves handled this responsibility." those men who have often been referred to as the Church's first deacons [Acts 6:1-6]." 2. and the apostles would have passed the information on to the bedless brother at the point he made his need known to them. Keeping in mind the difference between the goods that were liquidated for currency and those that were shared it is essential to clarify a point that may otherwise stumble us in our understanding. we can conclude that a sister like the one above would have either given her extra bed directly to the man who needed it (if she was personally aware of his condition). According to the testimony of Acts. or she would have made the extra bed's existence known to the church.

Barnabas was a native of Cyprus. This was a major religious event that attracted Jewish pilgrims from many different lands all over the Mediterranean and beyond. for example. The Jerusalem church came into being during the Jewish festival of Pentecost. This rare quality specific to Jerusalem had great effect on the proportion of goods sold by their owners to goods shared by their in this way: In Jerusalem the people had.) We can compare the unique origin of the Jerusalem church to the shared origins of the Gentile churches planted by the apostle Paul. and needy souls were provided with food. did not return to live in their various homelands but remained in Jerusalem. "come to the Church. but perhaps it was accomplished by a letter sent from Barnabas to relatives still in Cyprus. The former action would prove more prevalent in this Judean city than in those locations of the Church that were to come afterwards. And moreover. clothing and shelter. and therefore it had to be forsaken. once baptized into the Body. Again. ostensibly. or by a personal messenger from Jerusalem." The specific scriptural example of Barnabas is a case in point.perefound. This was accomplished by selling the land for a price and then using those proceeds to obtain whatever was most needed by the saints in Jerusalem at that time. Given the logistics. This man's field could therefore be of no possible use to the church in Jerusalem." http://www. It is quite irrelevant. those communitarian Christian movements that have established "the" proper "regulations" for such things have missed God's mark entirely. the professed disciple of Messiah. The important point is that one way or the other it got done.html 27/10/2007 . Acts 2:510 lists just some of the far flung locales from which these Jews had sojourned to reach the temple in Jerusalem in order to celebrate the festival. click here to return to Table of Contents (Note: The Bible does not relate exactly how the land was put up for sale. This helps us understand why quite a number of the believers' possessions are reported to have been sold for money as opposed to simply being shared "as is. that these converts. many of those who first received the gospel preached by Peter in Jerusalem were not native to Jerusalem. But the property was still one of the things owned by Barnabas. It is even possible that Barnabas himself took a trip back to his homeland to settle his affairs. the apostles could have neither utilized the land for farming (if it was arable) nor for the building of dwellings. So we must realize that many. Cyprus is an island in the Mediterranean Sea located over 400 miles from the city of Jerusalem.former Bruderhof members/residents KIT Newsletter June 1999 Volume XI #6 Page 41 of 49 the New Testament that was raised up under these same conditions.

Timothy. the sale of their possessions is neither expressly commanded nor in most cases even reasonable. received salvation through the word of the apostles. be held as common property by all the members of the church in the city of Phillipi. but would. is a perfect example of this [Acts 16:14-15]. what would have been the result? All the above mentioned individuals would have been living in the streets for as long as it took Paul and his coworkers to locate and purchase a new home. After she believed the gospel and was baptized. knowing that the administrators. the seller of purple goods. They are given the authority to determine which means will most expediently meet the Body's needs. It simply means that where new converts are coming into freshly established congregations in their native cities. Lydia understood that in accordance with the commandment of her Master her house was no longer her own. Lydia. We have already touched on those disciples newly baptized into the Body and their surrender of the possessions they had A fool's errand. with her. Let us return to our description of the mechanics of material distribution in the churches of God. Luke. Silas and Timothy to live in her home. Lydia of Phillipi." In fact. Ultimately the question of how specific possessions are to be shared will be decided by the administrators. in cities and towns all over the world. from the day of her new birth forward. Those who recognize these facts understand why the book of Acts' narratives depicting the genesis of churches in locales outside of Jerusalem would not include accounts of new believers immediately selling their houses and lands. in keeping with the divine objectives of the common life. the manifestation of God's holy rule on earth. Instead. this is the entire purpose of true evangelism.former Bruderhof members/residents KIT Newsletter June 1999 Volume XI #6 Page 42 of 49 But by means of Paul's missionary work. by the very fact of their office. proclaiming the good news of the Kingdom's arrival by establishing church communities. These men were her fellow disciples in Messiah and they had no established residence in her city. and those previously of her household who had. Silas. are positioned to be acutely aware of the temporal condition of every brother and sister throughout the community. Thus her house was given to the purposes of the church directly and the needs of she and her brethren were all met. If in accordance with some legalistic so-called "Jerusalem-based" formula she had sold her house and land and given the proceeds to the apostles. that "church" consisted of just Paul. Luke. This is not to say that a circumstance of economic need could not arise in which the administrators of the church would put the house of a person in Lydia's situation up for sale. the Church "came to the people. At the time chronicled by the Acts narrative.html 27/10/2007 . she asked Paul. The members of the Church gladly submit to their judgments.

5:8]. if possible. let him not eat" [2Thess. Remember. having entered the Kingdom. for if men provided for their own flesh and blood alone. For "if anyone does not provide for his own relatives. a great and necessary addition to the Body. the church community was composed of tens or hundreds of households scattered all throughout a given city and often that city's surrounding towns as well. In the Church of God each able-bodied male member of the community is responsible for generating an income through his occupation that will support the needs of himself and his entire Though this is only true if they remain faithful to the commandments of their Savior and follow http://www. those Paul termed "the rich in this world" [1Tim. Far from the believers gathering together to live in one huge. where would be found the resources to support the apostles and evangelists or the widows and orphans or the infirm and elderly who's families are not numbered within the church? The call on the strong. this is exactly how the church in Jerusalem was arrayed. And. Those who's livelihoods generate large amounts of income are by definition a godly blessing to the poor. Yet we can only call this the "minimum requirement". Now we will consider the manner of life of those disciples who. It is only the Father's desire to feed the hungry and clothe the naked.former Bruderhof members/residents KIT Newsletter June 1999 Volume XI #6 Page 43 of 49 accumulated prior to receiving the gospel. he has disowned the faith and is worse than an unbeliever" [1Tim. are living in ongoing daily obedience to the Way.perefound. 3:10]. but it certainly did not stop them from holding "all things in common" if one believes the biblical record. The church is certainly not called to distribute monies and/or goods to every member of the congregation on a daily or weekly basis. The church should not be "burdened" in these matters anymore than it needs to be [1Tim. 5:16]. not burden His children with a massive centralized bureaucracy. In fact.html 27/10/2007 . 6:17]. "if anyone will not work. The very nature of this process of course makes wealthy believers.The task of distribution is meant to be as simple and limited as possible. cloistered compound. The fact that all able-bodied wage earners are intended to first personally subtract from their "pay check" what is needed to support the care and feeding of their own families serves to substantially limit the number and scope of those brethren to whom the administrator's distribution must ultimately be applied. healthy brother. is to work and earn MORE than is necessary to support himself and his own family so that what is left over may be given to the administrators for fair and proper distribution to those who are incapable of fully providing for themselves. such a process is not even feasible when one understands the "geography" of the New Testament churches. as some "communitarian Christians" contend. and especially for his own family.

willing to share" [6:17-18].former Bruderhof members/residents KIT Newsletter June 1999 Volume XI #6 Page 44 of 49 the counsel of the apostle. Paul said that such prosperous brethren were "not to be haughty. lies in Christ's commandment.html 27/10/2007 . The faithful servant rejoices in the knowledge that his Father's house allows for none in the household to be neglected. Indeed. that the godly and righteous servant of Christ delivers to the treasury of the 8:15 ref. to be rich in good deeds. and understands that when his own day of sickness or enfeeblement arrives. He entrusts it to the brothers and sisters who's task it is to see that the needy are clothed.000 per week is likewise considered "rich. When the Son of God taught his disciples to pray to their heavenly Father http://www. the other is generated wealth.perefound. and he who gathered little had no lack' [2Cor. those who fill their storehouses for the future while others do not even have their daily needs met are enemies of the cross of Christ. click here to return to Table of Contents As we have seen earlier. 16:18]. nor to set their hopes on uncertain riches but on God. a person whose occupation nets them $10. It is only the latter type of "rich man" that may rightfully dwell within the Body of Christ.. One is accumulated wealth. And thus the scripture is fulfilled that says. It is just this type of excess income. This is the true faith that prays. 6:11] and really means exactly that and no more. In our modern world such things are the very definition of "treasures". 6:19]. "Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth" [Mat. "Give us this day our daily bread" [Mat. the real key to understanding the fundamental distinction between the true disciple's handling of mammon and the unbeliever's or false believer's handling of it. Ex. and those who possess them have already proven that their hearts are NOT set on God who is in heaven. much less a 401K retirement plan or investment portfolio in the life of the one who is a member of Messiah's Body." even if they go on to perpetually donate $9. he will be cared for in like manner by the able-bodied brethren of his community.. Just as a person with no job or income but 10 million dollars in the bank is considered "rich" by today's standards. Along these lines we must never forget that there are always two basis on which the "rich" are defined by a society. ready to distribute. fed and housed.700 of their weekly pay check to charity. For this is where all such money pots reside [6:21]. the superfluity that the worldly man would selfishly save for his own future. "He who gathered much had nothing over. There is no such thing as a "savings account". They are to do good. but instead set on the earth.

Those who claim membership in the Lord's Church but store up their "bread" not just for tomorrow but for many years hence are demonstrating that they have NO FAITH in the Word of God. Such faithlessness cannot save them from sin nor. Unless the servants of mammon who pose as servants of the Living God repent of their idolatry. But Yahweh also gave specific command regarding the handling of this food. He said that it was to be gathered by the people in the morning. just as the stored manna was eaten by worms. death. Based on various non-canonical early Christian writings we know that the "first day of every week". He forbid them to store any of the manna overnight because His promise to them was that He would replenish this food day by day and He wanted His people to put their trust entirely in the Lord Yahweh. We can see the fact that the righteous members of the first-century churches kept no private monetary funds of any consequence reflected in some of Paul's other words to the church at Corinth as well. the Body of Messiah. he said. 9:48]. But because Paul wanted the Corinthian brethren to aid their persecuted brothers and sisters in but only in a quantity that could be eaten by each person in a SINGLE DAY (except for the sixth day when they were to collect also for the Sabbath). The 2Cor. It is no coincidence that Paul. 16:2]. 8:15 verse. They are living instead exactly like those citizens of the world's kingdom who make no claim to faith in Christ.former Bruderhof members/residents KIT Newsletter June 1999 Volume XI #6 Page 45 of 49 for their "daily bread" he was making specific allusion to his Jewish disciple's forebears. In encouraging the Body to collect money that he wished to deliver to the saints in Judea. therefore. the manna they set aside in hopes of eating the following day "bred worms and became foul" [Ex. quoted above. the food which they called manna [Ex. Sunday. sin's wages. each of you is to put something aside and store it up. 16:20]. Those Israelites were fed by their Sustainer God with "bread" that fell from heaven.html 27/10/2007 .perefound. and the fire is not quenched" [Mk. When some of the Israelites manifested their lack of faith in God's word by defying this commandment. the Israelites. 16:13-15]. is used by Paul specifically to show the Church how it must rightly handle the monetary provisions that come from the hand of the Almighty God. so they shall be sentenced to a place "where their worm does not die. not in themselves. references this account as a spiritual foreshadowing that is to be prophetically applied to the New Covenant Israel. so that contributions need not be made when I come" [1Cor. like his Master before him. "On the first day of every week. who had sojourned with Moses forty years in the wilderness. as he may prosper. was usually the day that the members of the church in a given locality would deliver their monetary contributions to the administrators of the community's treasury.

the true believers of Paul's generation HAD NO personal monetary reserves. Paul realized that if a sizeable amount of money was to be raised for the Judean saints he would have to ask the Corinthians to start growing private stock piles of cash well in advance of his arrival. But. because such contributions could only be made once a week given the church's system of distribution. all Christian disinformation to the contrary. This is because they were living in obedience to the gospel. He asked them to "Put something aside and store it up" as opposed to giving all of their excess income to the church treasury. The evidence is clear. Consider: If it was standard practice for the members of this congregation to be storing up money for themselves.html 27/10/2007 . Fully aware of this fact. he asked them to approach this day in a way that was completely foreign to them.former Bruderhof members/residents KIT Newsletter June 1999 Volume XI #6 Page 46 of 49 Jerusalem. Otherwise.perefound. why would the apostle Paul have to instruct them to do so? And why also would Paul see a problem with contributions for Judea being collected from the Corinthians upon his arrival? Certainly when a missionary visits one of this generation's so-called "churches" asking for financial relief it is a simple matter for those seated in the congregation to whip open their check books and make a donation out of their personal monetary as Christianity today would contend. trying to take up a meaningful collection once Paul had actually reached Corinth would be a very long and time consuming process indeed. http://www.

it is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced their hearts with many pangs" [1Tim.Boston.perefound. The apostle wrote to his beloved Timothy. the disciple is called upon to make the decision to love his brethren every day of every week of every month of every year. who's love for God and neighbor were becoming lukewarm. into a snare. Heidi Kleiner Strickland. Judy Levy-Sender. as outlined above. with these we shall be content. Joy Johnson MacDonald. into many senseless and hurtful desires that plunge men into ruin and destruction. the working membership is supplied directly with all the various necessities of life. Would one wander "away from the faith" in order to accrue riches if that faith was already granting one the freedom to get wealthy? Of course not. For the love of money is the root of all evils. 1995 (?) click here to return to Table of Contents Just as the communitarian Christian model of the "Church" as a cloistered compound is a distortion of scripture.former Bruderhof members/residents KIT Newsletter June 1999 Volume XI #6 Page 47 of 49 L to R: Ramon Sender. 9:13] would indeed prove too much for some. "If we have food and clothing. 6:8-10].html 27/10/2007 . Instead. He is granted a daily freedom to either obey Messiah and keep the Teacher's commandments or rebel and begin feathering his own nest at the expense of the poor. so too is their contention that the giving up of money and goods is a "one time only" sacrifice for the disciple. http://www. Usually these communes form corporations through which they own their own businesses and their members work for the businesses for no literal pay. His service to God and renunciation of mammon does not end the day he comes out of the world to enter the Church community -. These goods are purchased with the profits generated by the members' labor and get doled out to the membership by those who control the commune's finances. We can see how the financial expectations of the gospel would weigh heavily upon one who's faith was waning. But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation. The communes established by these movements operate in such a way that their members are never even given an opportunity to earn money for themselves once they have handed in their previously amassed wealth upon joining the is only just beginning. Barnabas Johnson . as the Bible itself relates. What Paul called "the test of this service" [ It is all not only without biblical precedent but also an ungodly shackle on the free will of the individual to either give or not give to the church based on the condition of his/her heart towards God. In the churches of the New Testament.

Let this be a judgment on the heads of her servants. handicapped and ill. In fact. it points to its members' personal financial successes in the world as evidence of "God's blessing" in their lives. I contend that there are nosuch texts to be found. very much to the contrary. as long as they are willing to give out of their abundance to pay their pastors' salary. but a desire to become wealthy certainly isn't one of them. But how can the words of Paul quoted above POSSIBLY be applied to the religion of Christianity today? They cannot. Such a notion is almost laughable. a product of idolatry and its end result. apostasy. click here to return to Table of Contents Books/Articles Currently Available: Cast Out In The World by Miriam Arnold Holmes Through Streets Broad and Narrow by Belinda Manley Torches Extinguished by Bette Bohlken-Zumpe http://www. People may leave the Christian "faith" for many reasons. The Christian lifestyle deemed "normative" by Christianity does not in any way create impediments to the individual's attainment of earthly rewards. There are certainly a number of "proof-texts" that have been used by socalled orthodoxy. elderly.html 27/10/2007 .former Bruderhof members/residents KIT Newsletter June 1999 Volume XI #6 Page 48 of 49 People who desire wealth will leave the true Church because by Her very nature She compels Her members to surrender those treasures that are superfluous to them but urgently needed by the widows. This brings to a close my overview of the biblical Church and its internal economic functioning. the counterfeit gospel of Christianity today has nothing to do with the gospel proclaimed by the apostle Paul. Hopefully the reader can see that nothing found in the whole of the New Testament presents a contradiction to the pattern of shared goods divulged in Acts 2:44-45 and 4:32-35 once that pattern has been correctly defined and understood. to contradict the tenants of the communitarian Christian viewpoint. I have even used most of them in the preceding. orphans. This mammon loving religion even produces books and holds seminars on "godly" investing and money management that will help the individual Christian get the maximum return on his hard earned dollar and thereby fatten his bank account. and used rightly. the gospel which produced a life of faith from which lovers of money were forced to flee. But I challenge anyone so inclined to present even one such biblical "proof-text" that in any way displays inconsistency with the community life of the Body that I have outlined in this work. That is. and that the entire traditional Christian assumption regarding the "aberrational" quality of the Jerusalem church economy is fraudulent.perefound.

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