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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.
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