aka: Followers of the Lamb
Also calls itself ''Followers of the Lamb,'' ''Rappville Christians,'' or simply ''Christians.'' However, theologically this high-demand group is a cult of Christianity. The manipulative group also displays sociological cultic characteristics. Among other things, it insists members reject their families, friends, and jobs. Based in Australia, but is active elsewhere as well (notably, England and India). The group makes extra-Biblical demands, has a theology based on unsound Bible interpretations. Leader: David McKay - believed to be a former member of the Children of God. While the group militates - often in extreme ways - against established churches, denominations, and Christians who do not share the group's theology, ''Jesus Christians'' itself appears to have somewhat of a persecution complex.
Bobby KellyJuly 27, 2000
Bobby Kelly, the 16–year–old, who disappeared to join the Jesus Christians religious cult, a month ago, was found safe and well today, police said. Officers from the Metropolitan Police kidnap and specialist investigations unit found Bobby in a tent with two men in a forest near Mytchett in Hampshire this morning, a Scotland Yard spokesman said.
Cult boy found living in a tent Independent (England), July 27, 2000July 26, 2000
Missing teenager Bobby Kelly says he wants to dedciate the rest of his life to the religious group he disappeared with a month ago. The 16-year-old from Romford, Essex, is thought to be with members of the Jesus Christians, whom he met handing out leaflets just before he ran away from home. In an interview with BBC Radio 4's Today programme on Wednesday, Bobby said the religious group was made up of "normal people". The interview was broadcast after the BBC successfully challenged a gagging order in the High Court on Tuesday which had prevented it from reporting any interviews with the teenager. The emergency ruling was granted to his family amid fears that the religious group planned to use the boy as a platform for its own ends.
» Listen to the July 26, 2000 BBC Radio 4 Interview with Bobby Kelly (RealAudio).Background
A boy of 16 who vanished after joining a religious cult must be found, a judge
Bobby Kelly met a member of The Jesus Christians handing out leaflets in Romford shopping centre, Essex, on June 27.
The same afternoon, he packed some of his belongings and told his family he was 'going with them'. He has not been seen for more than two weeks.
Mr Justice Sumner made Bobby a ward of court at a private hearing and the Official Solicitor, Laurence Oates, issued a statement in an attempt to find the student.
'He wanted to clear his room and give all his possessions away, but his grandmother would not let him,' it said. 'Since then, he has been with members of the movement. He has telephoned his grandmother on several occasions and she describes him as sounding very strange and most unlike the Bobby she knows.' Bobby lived with Mrs Kelly in Romford and was planning a business studies course at college after completing his GCSEs.
The Jesus Christians were formed by an Australian, David McKay, and target impressionable teenagers.
Many of those who have lost children to the cult believe they have been brainwashed.
The cult's literature calls on converts to forsake their jobs, boss, even their family and friends.
'God is now your Boss and he has a new job for you that will not wait,' says a leaflet handed out by members.
Find teenage boy who ran off to join cult, orders judge, Daily Mail (England), July 14, 2000
The leader of the religious cult suspected of kidnapping a 16-year-old Essex boy
has said he will return him in exchange for continued access.
Australia-based David McKay, head of the Jesus Christians, also said he planned
to appeal against a decision to make the youth a ward of court.
His offer appeared to contradict his claim on Saturday that the teenager - who
left home two weeks ago hours after meeting sect members - was not with the
» Jesus Christians' statement about Bobby Kelly
The Group's theological message is based on poor Bible interpretation:
Our message is this: God sent his Son, Jesus, to earth about 2,000 years ago, not only to die for us, but also to tell us how to live our lives. The entire world now measures time from the birth of Jesus Christ. Although his name has become very popular and there are so-called Christian denominations which number their membership in the millions, the fact is that none of these are following him. They have taken his name, ''claimed'' his promises, sung ''Lord, Lord!'' in almost every song they sing, but they stubbornly refuse to obey him. And God is not happy with that. This same Jesus is going to return to earth very soon... but probably not as soon as you think! Before he returns there will be a false Christ who will be followed and worshipped by the entire world (including these false churches). It is almost certain that you too will worship this false Christ. In fact, it is almost certain that you already worship him. You see, his power over the world will be represented by a ''mark'' without which you will not be able to buy or sell anything. Every time you express the belief that you cannot survive without money, you are voicing the praises of this false Christ, this Antichrist. Jesus Christ taught that we cannot work for both God and money at the same time (Luke 16:13-15), that we will end up cheating one in order to be loyal to the other. The world today (including all the churches in it) has been more loyal to the god of this world (money) than to the Creator of the universe. Jesus Christ said that the test of loyalty to (i.e. faith in) him is our willingness to give up everything that we own (Luke 14:33), stop working for the food that perishes (John 6:27), take no thought for food or clothing (Matthew 6:19-33), and go into all the world sharing this good news with others (Mark 16:15). This is not some cunningly devised doctrine based on obscure and isolated proof texts. This is the heart of the teachings of Christ, and it has been thrown out, along with all of the other teachings of Christ. The churches today are full of adultery, lies, rebellion, and idolatry. And it is all justified on the basis of the ''grace of God''. You have been told that you can disobey Christ all you like as long as you attend mass or say a little prayer ''asking Jesus into your heart''. But nowhere in the teachings of Christ does he support such myths. Your eternal salvation dangles on the slender thread of hope offered by the most obscure proof texts. Ephesians 2:8-9, for example, is the cornerstone of this whole perversion of Gods grace. But you only have to read the next verse (''For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.'') to realise that such ''faith without works is dead'' (James 2:26). The time when you can hide behind your pastor, priest, or denomination is fast disappearing. If you want to be a part of God's family, then you, like us, must forsake all others and cleave only unto Christ and his teachings. He said that when the storms come, only those who have heard his teachings and obey them will survive. Those who heard his teachings and disobeyed them will be like a foolish person who built on sand and was destroyed in the storm. (Matthew 7:24-28) You will hear many lies about us. If you believe them without hearing our side, God can forgive you for that. But if you reject the voice of God's Spirit of Truth speaking through the message that we deliver, then there is no hope for you at all, not in this life nor in the next.
Among other things, ''Jesus Christians'' believes that in the last seven years before Jesus returns, "America will be destroyed in a sudden military attack by Russia, which will result in communist control of the United Nations.". The group believes a "universal identification system will be enacted, which will probably take several years to become fully functional. ". In a drawing accompaying its online book, Armageddon for Beginners (written by David McKay), this identification system is equated with the universal product bar codes.
On the term ''Cult''
Like other high-demand groups, Jesus Christians attempts to explain the meaning of the term ''cult'' in effort not to be identified as one:
The religious masses are controlled by a universal fear of something called ''cults''. Few dare to openly discuss what the word actually means; but they all fear it. The dictionary says the word ''cult'' has no objective meaning; it's an emotional term used to put down anyone who does not conform with mainstream society. A religious cult could be anything from a group of Satan worshippers to a Baptist Church that worships on Saturdays instead of Sundays. The masses can't tell the difference; but then they don't need to tell the difference. They just run from anyone whom their masters say is a ''cult''.
And where does Jesus Christ fit in with all of this cult paranoia? He did not conform with the religious mainstream of his day. He was hated and killed because he represented a threat to orthodox Judaism. And he was considered a ''cult'' leader. (Acts 24:5; 28:22) So, in order for anyone to follow him, they needed to have the courage to step out from under the safety net of status quo respectability.
Followers of the Lamb were rugged individuals, able to tell the difference between real truth and superficial religious double-talk. The Bible says that when Jesus finished his famous Sermon on the Mount, the crowds were amazed because he spoke "as one having authority" (Matthew 7:28-29) and not like the scribes and Pharisees.
But wait a minute! The scribes and Pharisees were the religious authorities in the eyes of the general public. So there must be more than one measure of religious ''authority''. The real message of this book is that if you want to follow Christ, you must recognise that real authority only comes from speaking the truth in obedience to the ultimate Authority, which is God. The underlying revelation of all Bible prophecy is that authority which comes only through acceptance by the political powers of a godless world is not authority at all in God's eyes.
Summing Up , Armageddon for Beginners
» Information about the term ''cult''
Note: The publisher of Apologetics Index considers this group to be a cult, both theologically (from an evangelical, Christian point of view) and sociologically. In an Update to its online book, ''Armageddon for Beginners,'' the following names and addresses are listed:
Christians, Box A678, Sydney South 1235 In India, it is:
D. McKay, Box 8617, Thiruvanmiyur, Chennai-41 In the United Kingdom it is:
Christians, Box 580, Guildford, GU1 1GR Our email address is: firstname.lastname@example.org
The groups also goes by the name ''Followers of the Lamb'' and advertises comics under the name ''Godstuff Comix.''
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(Jul 16, 1999) Mother slates police for not preventing her son going off with religious cult
Jesus Christians Official web site
Jesus Christians Home Page Secondary official web site. A popup window at this site includes the ''Warning'':
The material on this site is not for the fearful. As you read through what we are saying, you will be spiritually assaulted with fears about things that do NOT appear in what you are reading. Whatever your own worst thoughts are will be transferred to us, and you will IMAGINE that we are the ones doing what you would secretly like to do. Please proceed in FAITH, and with much prayer and confidence that the TRUTH will set people free... even if it proves to be a bit uncomfortable along the way