Website owner: James Miller
For many years I have had in the back of my mind an organization that I have called "The Christian Brotherhood". The organization exists only on paper, only in my imagination. A sketch of it is as follows: The Christian Brotherhood is a conservative, non-denominational Christian organization that emphasizes morality, chastity and decency as core values of true Christianity. The emphasis is on moral living and a wholesome lifestyle consistent with true Christianity. Christian Brotherhood in brief: - members live under an "umbrella" of Brotherhood institutions. The Brotherhood provides its own schools, day care centers, care for the elderly, jobs, churches, recreational programs, etc.. These institutions provide a protective umbrella from a godless world, with all its coldness, immorality, violence and badness. - schooling is provided for all from grade school through college. Teachers are all Brotherhood members. Learning through self-study is emphasized. - the Brotherhood owns its own farms, businesses, and enterprises. All Brotherhood enterprises are staffed solely by Brotherhood people. - Brotherhood people are encouraged to invest their money in Brotherhood enterprises. - the purpose of the Brotherhood is to provide a wholesome, high-quality life for its people and to provide a haven from a godless world. - Brotherhood people are required to live a life of discipline, free of bad habits. There is no drinking, smoking, gambling, cursing, profanity or use of drugs. - in the schools, at all grades and levels, there is a strong emphasis on the importance of serving God and your fellow man; on the right priorities in life; on moral virtue, character, living a life of principle; on the importance of strict honesty, integrity, honor, decency and goodness. - the Brotherhood carefully censors what can be read or watched on television. Any kind of pornography or indecency is strictly censored and prohibited. - the Brotherhood is a world within a world, a society within a society, a culture within a culture, a country within a country. Key elements in the Christian Brotherhood outlook - emphasis on the practice of Christianity and the importance of morality, chastity and decency - rejection of the modern 9-5 rat race in favor of a simpler, slower, more wholesome lifestyle - rejection of the modern school system Christian Brotherhood Objectives. - the pursuit of spiritual and mental health - the quest for a wholesome, satisfying lifestyle - the quest for a means of self-support that is healthy and satisfying (an alternative to the traditional 9-5 job) Main teachings. Love of God. Upright, godly living. Obedience to spiritual and moral law. Self-sufficient living. Breaking free from the system. Attention to physical health. Right diet and exercise. Quest for Truth and Understanding. Eight point message. 1. Repent and turn to God. Be faithful to him through godly, upright living. 2. Pursue self-reliance and independence. 3. Pursue simplicity. Let your needs be few. Be content with little. 4. Pursue good health through exercise and a healthy diet (low fat, vegetarian or semi-vegetarian). 5. Avoid bad habits (drinking, smoking, drug use, bad language, gambling, etc.) 6. Reflect. Seek wisdom, knowledge, understanding, truth. 7. Try to exit the rat-race, get off the treadmill. Avoid competition. Pursue a slower, healthier way. 8. Avoid waste. Pursue the way of economy and frugality. Brotherhood behavior. The Brotherhood places strong emphasis on moral behavior. The following types of behavior are strictly prohibited: drinking, smoking, gambling, teenage dating, drug use, sexual misconduct, homosexuality; profane, indecent or coarse language or humor. Attendance of movie theatres is strictly prohibited. Watching of television is either prohibited or severely restricted. Listening to worldly music is prohibited, allowing only classical music and some types of religious music. Women must dress modestly, in accordance with 1 Tim 2:9-10. Courtship is not allowed before the age of 21. Children are raised in a strict manner and carefully supervised. Brotherhood social activities. Wholesome indoor and outdoor activities: Discussion groups, picnics, weenie roasts, hiking, camping, fishing, canoeing, etc.. Retreat House Retreat House, operating under the auspices of the Christian Brotherhood, is a combination religious retreat and school for self-sufficient living. The main themes that are emphasized at Retreat House are the importance of the following: faith in God; principled, virtuous living; self-discipline; honesty; chastity; decency; modesty; consideration for others; unselfishness; peaceableness; self-denial; simplicity in living; solitude, quiet reflection, and the quest for spiritual truth; looking to God and conscience for guidance and striving to live true to the highest that lies within you. Topics of Study. - Homestead living - Homestead gardening - Livestock care - Food storage and preservation - Carpentry and building construction - Plumbing - House wiring - Homestead cooking - Automobile repair - Health care Motivation for the Christian Brotherhood We live in a sick, degenerate society. The society is awash in drugs, alcohol, and pornography. The populace lives under constant bombardment of moral lie from a Godless mass media. Badness has a monopoly, filling the air with its subtle messages glamorizing lust, immorality, profanity, and wrong. Goodness and right has no voice and no vote. There has been a moral flip, a moral inversion. The good are derided and vilified and the bad are applauded. The spirit of Evil rules. Sexual promiscuity, fornication and adultery are everywhere. Millions of couples brazenly cohabit (everyone is doing it, it is now socially acceptable, the old stigma against it that derived from knowledge of right and wrong is gone). One third of the births in our country are illegimate. Sexual perverts, homosexuals, are in high profile, everywhere shamelessly demanding their rights, with the support of much of the public. The land is deeply perverted. Lust, pornography, immorality, profanity and sexual perversion is pervasive; it is everywhere, sanctioned, accepted and glamorized. Crime and violence is rampant. The populace doesn't know right from wrong. Knowledge of right and good is gone from the land. The moguls of Hollywood, television, the mass media, along with liberal religion, have wrought their great work. The land is lost. Our public schools are cesspools of evil influence. They are ravaged by the drugs, violence, profanity and immorality of the society as a whole. They have come to function more as day-care centers than as places to learn. The old order and discipline of the classroom has given way to chaos. Violence is rampant. Children live in fear. They carry weapons to school to protect themselves from other children. The teaching has been gutted by the educational philosophies of the liberals who, experimenting with new teaching ideas and techniques, emphasize things like self-esteem, diversity training and sex education instead of the old, proven basics --- reading, writing and arithmetic. They employ methods that are a teaching sham and shortchange both the children and the taxpayer. Students are passed from grade to grade whether they deserve it or not to prevent hurting their egos (it is no surprise that children pass through without being able to spell, write a grammatically correct sentence, express an idea intelligently, or even read). In addition, the youth are subtly indoctrinated in beliefs, views, attitudes and values which are in deep conflict with those of the Bible. A system supported by tax-payer dollars that is theoretically non-religious is in fact dominated by a religion (or philosophy) that is deeply at odds with the teachings of the Bible (we are talking about Humanism). In this new religion wrong is right and right is wrong. Part and parcel of the student's education is indoctrination in moral and spiritual lie to the peril of his eternal soul. The schools echo the same lies being proclamated by liberal religion, government and the mass media [our students are being taught, for example, that sexual perversion (i.e. homosexuality) is simply an alternate sexual orientation, to be accepted and respected]. Not all of the problem with our public schools is the fault of the teachers. Our schools are filled with children who are disruptive and uninterested in learning (mostly children from certain poor minority groups). Teachers are expected to do the impossible. For teaching anyone not interested in learning is impossible. You can take a horse to water but you can't make him drink. So while our teachers are spending all their time and energy trying to make horses drink who don't want to drink, or, perhaps, spending a lot of time with children who don't know our language (children from foreign countries), serious children who would like to learn are being neglected and shortchanged. So what can we say? The system is just all clogged up and bogged down. And if the above can be said of our public schools, what can be said of our colleges and universities, where the leaders of the new America are being trained? The most of the major campuses of our country are hotbeds of liberalism. Instead of representing some balance of conservative ideas and liberal ideas, an environment in which all ideas are considered and allowed to compete, only one outlook is represented (with all their emphasis on "diversity" there is very little diversity in the ideological, philosophical make-up of the professors). And with all the emphasis that this liberal outlook places on tolerance there is little tolerance for outlooks that don't agree with theirs. Conservative, traditional ideas and values are out --- and not well tolerated. The new morality is in. True Christianity, with its outlooks and values, is out. Humanism is in. And along with this new moral outlook is the coed dormitory, where young men and women live together, commingle, drink large quantities of alcohol, and enjoy all those personal liberties given to them by an outlook that is without God or morality. The minds of our children and young people are being engineered and molded. And what they are shaped into is what our nation will become twenty or thirty years from now. So this is the situation in our society at present. Nor is the situation anywhere improving. In fact we have been going downhill toward the present situation for at least the past 50 years. Is there any hope on the horizon? No. Is our government going to solve these problems for us? No. Will it clean up our society? No. Why not? Because there is no will. Because we have a democracy that is run by the people. The government only carries out the will of the people. It only echos their own attitudes, outlooks and values. And the problem is that the people are diseased. Their hearts and minds are diseased. They are too much in love with their wicked ways. Their vision is blinded by their own corruption. So what is the answer? Can I suggest anything? I can. There is no point in waiting for someone to solve these problems. No one is going to. You cannot change the system yourself. That is not within your power. But there is something you can do yourself. What do I have in mind? The Christian Brotherhood. That is my solution. It is the only solution I can think of. You form a closed society, a society within a society, as the Amish or Hutterites have done. And you must do something. For the sake of your children you must do something. I have just mentioned some of the motivation for my idea of the Christian Brotherhood. There is yet another one. The day may come in this country when the climate is so anti- Christian that the Christian will have a difficult time surviving. In particular, the workplace may become so hostile toward him and people of his outlook that he will have a difficult time keeping a job. He may need to find some alternative to the traditional job in order to survive. The forces of evil are growing stronger and stronger in this country. Atheists, homosexuals, and other such groups are seeing their agendas and outlooks implemented everywhere. Liberal judges and liberal court decisions are causing great and profound changes in this society. The society is undergoing rapid transformation. Right now new antidiscrimination laws, made to legally protect homosexuals from discrimination, can put Christians, both on the job and off the job, into difficult moral positions. Christians are increasingly being forced to choose between their job and their faith, their job and their God. That is a difficult choice because a person can get very hungry and cold without a job. And it may not be just them that becomes hungry and cold, but also their spouses and children. NOTE. Many people feel the same way I do about our public schools. As a consequence a great many people are now either sending their children to private schools or homeschooling them. Some prominent people are now endorsing an action almost as radical as the one I have proposed: doing away with public schools completely and getting the government out of the business of education. See the following: T. C. Pinckney. We are losing our children Alliance for the Separation of School & State Exodus Mandate Homeschool World Nov 1984 Later note. See the following: Weyrich letter Apr 2013
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