There is a Twelve Tribes cult up in New England. Do they have anything to do with McKay? Do they share any important "doctrines" that affect their daily lives
with the McKay cult?
I ask this question because the direction in which a cult leader pushes his followers is related to those doctrines that affect their daily relationships. Former members of one cult can easily feed another cult if they do not understand the full picture of what happened in their first cult experience. McKay is not the problem in the McKay cult. The entire group dynamic is the problem.
That is what a successfully-exitted ex-member needs to understand.
So, since I have a lot of relatives up in the Boston area and I have been hearing about this 12-tribes cult, I want to know if there are any similarities.
Not much similarity to the JCs, no.
The Twelve Tribes are a very high-control, totalistic and destructive group, or a "cult" if you prefer.
I have personally spent a good deal of time among this group (participant/observer for research purposes) and know them pretty well.
Further, I have visited and spent time in four different Tribes communities in two different states and have been to a couple of their weddings.
I have been to their communities in Hyannis, Boston, and Plymouth, as well as their farm in CA.
So I could tell you all about this group if any of you have specific questions. Basically, I'd characterize the group as being a cross between the Hutterites and a hippieish, Rainbow Family type group. Hippie Hutterites.
...they are a classic study of how a group begins with the best of intentions but, over time, evolves into something far different than what was originally intended. The "apostle" of the group, Elbert Eugene Spriggs, essentially has a "direct pipeline" to God and no real accountability. This is a very dangerous combination in any situation.
Does this remind anybody of somebody we know? Oh yeah, that statement could apply equally well to David McKay!