The History of the Children of God

Founding of CoG

Name: "The Family" (also "The Family of Love"); founded as "The Children of God."

Founder:  David Brandt Berg (1919-1994) born in Oakland, California. Berg adopted various names including "Moses David," "Mo," "Father David," and "Dad."

When/Where/How:  In 1967, David Berg moved to Huntington Beach, where he assumed the responsibility of a youth ministry. Shortly after he abandoned the ministry and began his own youth movement called the Light Club. He then took the children to a Southern California desert where they became the first members of the Children of God in 1968.

The putpose of the Children of God is to bring the message of God to all. The favored reason for joining the Children of God was for sex, and the only real motive not to join was family value.

During the 1970's COG expanded to over 100 countries in Europe, the Far East, Australia, and South America boasting of over 25,000 members. Berg explains that in "late summer 1970, we decided it was time to obey Jesus' command to 'go ye into all the world and preach the Gospel to every creature!'" Letters were written by Berg, which came to be known as "Mo Letters," in which he explains, "I never really found my life's calling until we were far away from our precious children in the Lord and we started writing letters! That was what was really my calling and what the Lord had designed me for and ordained me for from the very beginning! --To write letters to feed and lead His Children! --The perfect situation to hear from Heaven, put it on paper and pass it on to our flocks everywhere."

Berg taught that Jesus was "created" by God (not begotten), and that the Holy Spirit is a semi-naked woman who has intercourse with the Father. According to Mr. Priebe, who left the movement in 1989 after 18 years, Berg once claimed that he visited the throne room of God and had sex with the Holy Spirit. Berg claims, "I certainly never expected to be a prophet. I never planned to be a prophet! I never wanted such a responsibility, but God finally had to do it supernaturally by almost forcing prophecy through me to give me the true living water for today! He almost forced me to write what needed to be written and to show me that the Bible alone was not enough!"

Members were disassociated from their extended family, and the adherence to the writings of Berg was mandatory. Children were home-schooled because the Family disagreed with the "policy of dumping children indiscriminately in [public schools] for a socialization experience in disrespect, lack of religious conviction, lack of discipline, drugs, alcohol, sexual problems and perversions, gangs and crime." Berg also spoke out against institutional religious practices: "I am convinced, therefore, that the Church Buikling system is of the Devil. I believe with all my heart that the Churches have sent more people to hell than anything else in this world, because of the God-damned counterfeit religion and their God-damned hypocrisy! Therefore, we in our worldwide revolution for Jesus have declared war of the Spirit against the System's Godless schools, Christ-less churches, and heartless Mammon (materialistic God).

Death of Berg: The COG founder, "Moses" David Brandt Berg, died in November of 1994 at the age of 75. He had remained in hiding for years prior to his death.

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