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[Fredric Rice, The Skeptic Tank: The authorship of these files on cults has his or her own motivations for providing them and will contain his or her own bias. What I find typical is that individuals and organizations which report on cults are usually themselves a competition cult yet like to think of themselves as "a religion, not a cult." In actual fact, _ALL_ religions are cults by the primary, secondary, and terciary usage definition of the term. Some of the information you find here is inaccurate and contains urban legend -- take what you find with a grain of salt. If you wish to acquire a copy of the Law Enforcement Guide on Occult Crime, contact myself at or at The Skeptic Tank (818) 335-9601 and I'll forward the address and information you need.] Jesus Fellowship The Jesus Fellowship Bugbrooke (Jesus Army) As a strong-arm, radical offshoot of the Pentecostal movement, The Jesus Fellowship was set up in the 1970s by Noel Stanton, who claimed to have experienced 'Baptism in the Holy Spirit' at his parish in Bugbrooke, Northamptonshire. Bugbrooke subsequently became a Mecca for young Christians, who moved into communes around the parish and saw Stanton as their leader. In 1986, the Baptist and Evangelical Churches expelled the Fellowship from their umbrella organisations, citing 'isolationism'. 'House of Goodness', the movement's profitable parent company (for which members work for a negligible salary), owns a haulage firm, a chain of wholefood shops andmore than 60 community houses. In 1988 it had a turnover of £15million. In 1986, the movement's recruitment tactics were broadened and the Jesus Army was formed. Drug addicts, down-and-outs and drifters were targetedfor hard sell missionary work, known as 'love bombing'. Camouflage jackets,badges and crew cuts are a frequent sight at rallies and mass baptisms presidedover by Stanton. At a recent rally, Stanton told his audience that in mostchurches 'there is a majority of women. But the early church was built on apostles. We need apostles today. We need men.' Homosexuality, like drug addiction, is considered curable by the Army. All earnings go into a 'common purse', marriage partners must be approved by Army leaders and external friendships are strongly frowned upon. To comment about this Website, our paper and all associated articles, you can mail us at the Observer:


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