NCCG Overview




"PATRIARCH" CULT LEADER

Christopher C. Warren has been described to me by several former members. My impression was that their descriptions of him resembled what experts describe as a "charismatic" cult leader. Some web links about this are:

http://www.skeptictank.org/hs/cprofile.htm

http://www.freeminds.org/Psychology/Cults/take-back-your-life-chapter-5-characteristics-of-a-cult-leader.html



COMPOUND DWELLING

NCCG has a small compound about 18.5 miles from Arvika, Sweden. It is in a fairly rural area, in an isolated location that is difficult to see from the main road. The compound was purchased in piecemeal, with the first sections being purchased in 1997. Residents on the property are varied in age, from small children to elderly, and children are home schooled within the compound. At least one of the residents may not be an NCCG member. The address published by NCCG is a post office box, Box 120, S-671 23 ARVIKA, Sweden. More information about the compound may be available, see the "exit counselors" link for details.

A diagram of the compound, taken from the cult's web site and rotated to an approximately correct compass orientation, is shown below:





POLYGAMY

The more deeply involved members of this cult, including Warren himself, practice polygamy (one man, multiple wives, with the man as the authority in the household). The extra marriages are not legally official within Sweden. Warren has fathered a number of children with the young women who live at the compound.


BIBLE KNOCK-OFF PUBLISHED

Warren is the primary author of a book named "The Olive Branch" that closely resembles a Bible. It's an obvious Bible "knock-off".


The pictures shown below demonstrate some of the content and language use of "The Olive Branch" (and should be within the book's  copyright permissions based on a stated word count maximum of 500 words). The text depicted in the images and quotes below is Copyright 1997, 1999, The New Covenant Church of God, B'rit Chahdashah Assembly of Yahweh, Box 120, S=671 23 ARVIKA, Sweden. URL: http://www.nccg.org | email: nccg@nccg.org.





THINGS WHICH HAVE NOT CHANGED OVER TIME


THINGS WHICH CHANGED OVER TIME


CULT RELIGIOUS BELIEFS

At the time of this writing, NCCG could be broadly described as a messianic, prophecy, polygamy cult with many additional things. The cult leader has been inventing the cult's belief system by combining aspects of other religions and various concepts. This belief system changes from time to time.  NCCG's religious beliefs always reflect the current decisions of it's leader, Christoper C. Warren.

Warren was apparently involved in the Mormon Church before starting NCCG. In the beginning, the cult maintained primarily Mormon beliefs, but that has since changed.


As of the time of this writing, these precepts are noteworthy:


VISIONS AND PROPHECIES

Christopher C. Warren has a history of making prophecies and having visions and revelations that are supposed to be of divine origin, or, of having his cult members do it. Sometimes these prophecies, etc. attempt to predict the future or explain current events. Should these prophecies prove to be incorrect, he is often able to persuade members that the situation is acceptable.


CULT RECRUITMENT

At the time of this writing, NCCG brainwashes victims using the internet. This process usually begins with the victim reading portions of the cult's web site and becoming more or less hypnotized by it. The hypnotic state causes them to start believing things which normally they would not have (for example, they will begin to accept that Warren and certain cult members are prophets of God). Brainwashing can also involve internet chat and forum communication between the cult members and the victim. Some victims have been made mentally ill as a result of internet chat with the leadership of NCCG.

The cult's web site has an initial draw for victims because on the surface, it appears to contain Christian content. The less mainstream, non-christian beliefs are not brought to the attention of new recruits immediately, but will eventually be revealed through the recruit's thorough exploration of NCCG's websites or in the private cult chatrooms and forums.

Cult members/leadership have been known to adopt fake personas and misrepresent themselves in Instant Messenger chats to others. In the directly observed cases, the cultist would pretend in IM and email to be in need of some sort of rescue or counseling. At first she would pretend that the victims were talking her through her rescue/counseling problems and succesfully helping her. Then, the nature of the contact would change, and the cultist would pretend that the victims' attempts at counseling her were now failing. The intent was to induce stress in the victims and, ultimately, cause mental illness and instability. Then, in specific moments when the victims appeared to have been made mentally vulnerable, she would inject the cult's ideas and precepts into the conversation to try to gain undue influence.

The new recruit's behavior changes as the indoctrination and chatroom contact with Warren and NCCG members progresses. Some of the new characteristics are:


GROUP INTERNET CHAT FOR CULT RECRUITMENT AND PARTICIPATION

The conversations within one of the cult's intended-private chat rooms was observed on a number of occasions (
"Deliverance from Demons" on the former "groups.msn.com" messageboard/chat system). This chatroom was a clear example of what cult researchers call a "milieu control environment." For an explanation of this, see:


Some characteristics of this internet chat were:

Things which were seen to happen in either group internet chat or private Instant Messenger chat were:


EXTREME VOLUME OF CULT RELATED WRITTEN MATERIAL ON CULT WEB SITE

This cult's web site contains a huge amount of writing authored by the cult leader. As a result of the sheer volume of material provided and its writing style, the information is difficult to absorb in a comprehensive, organized way. Some of this material is contradictory, even within the same piece of writing.

Some of Warren's self-contradictory writings are in regard to the more radical beliefs of NCCG, such as demonically-induced sickness. In effect, the extreme volume of writing plus the contradictions mean that it may not be possible to state conclusions about NCCG without Warren being able, at least superficially, to explain away the conclusions to cult members or others.