I have to be selah wrote:
I know it's because of the teachings of Berg that gave this so-called "brother" the "faith" to "share" with his daughter... Berg's teachings should be confiscated and burned from off the face of the planet.
Another point: this man may have had pedaphile tendancies and kept them in check like a normal human does in the civilized ... but after reading the teachings of Berg... he get's "faith" to live out his dreams... but then he gets excommed for obeying the GN's.... talk about sending mixed signals...
I just can't make sense of this.
can you imagine a gay guy reading the Loving Jesus Revelation?
It was always like that in the group, you never knew when it was right or wrong. That verse "According to your faith be it unto you" was so universally applied, such a 'one-size-fits-all' application. I know many people who used that verse when they wanted to do something that went against Berg's teachings, or was outside of the Family's presently approved list of do's and dont's. I HATE that verse!!
There was that one question and answer FN or something where a mother asked if it was wrong for her to have sexual intimacy with her son, and the response was "according to your faith...". Even though I was only a teen when I read it, I choked over it. Not because I thought it was wrong, I had no clue that it could be morally wrong, but because I could see myself being in the same position and some guy wanting to jump my pants, and using that verse to justify himself in doing it, and accusing me of not having enough faith to have sex with him, it was a scarey upbringing.
One thing that kept (at least myself) in a lot of fear and a constant state of trying to obey, was that you really never knew when you were going to be in trouble, when you would be accused of being demon possessed, or foolish, or out of it, or proud, or unyielded, or whatever. It was a constant state of fear, every meeting, every look from your shepherd, every talk-time. Even though I've been out of the group for 5 years now, if someone says "Do you have a minute, can I talk to you?" or "I just need to have a word with you", I immediately fall into a panic, and have to work hard to shake it off and regain my confidence, tell myself that I'm not 'in trouble', and that even if I did do something to piss them off, so what, that's their problem, it's not that I'm wrong or a bad person.
Anyway, that goes back to your point about the father 'confessing' his sin and being excommed, but simultaneously the Family seemed to advocate that such relationships were ok, so he was following the letters, as instructed, and gets kicked out for it.
I'm not advocating what he did, it wasn't right. But the Family created the situation for it to happen, then he got punished for it. It's really twisted.