"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:
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
to elderly, and children are home schooled within the compound. At
least one of the residents may not be an NCCG member.
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:
The more deeply involved members of this cult, including Warren
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".
- Grammar: Warren's writing emulates Early Modern
English throughout the book (like the The King James Version
- Organization: It does not use page numbers but
"PWNC" and "Section" instead, which works the same as the Bible's
"Book" and "Chapter"
- Cover design: It has a very dark blue cover,
almost black, with a texture that looks like a hardcover Bible. It has
gold inlaid print on the front that says "The Olive Branch" where "The
Bible" would have been.
- Its page layout is double-column, very much like
- Its physical dimensions resemble a Bible
- Its written content emulates the Bible,
containing some of Warren's prophecies, revelations, historical
accounts from the cult's history, rules, and similar.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
THINGS WHICH HAVE NOT CHANGED OVER TIME
- Warren's writing of large amounts of material
- Warren's claiming to have divine
prophecies/visions/revelations (often received in the form of dreams),
or sometimes other cult members' having them.
- Warren's position as the functional leader
- Warren's title of "Presiding Patriarch" within
NCCG. He has
also been called other titles, like "Lev-Tsiyon haEfrayim"
- The display of large, colorful banners with
symbols at cult functions
THINGS WHICH CHANGED OVER TIME
- The cult's beliefs about God.
- The cult leader's titles for himself, not
including "presiding patriarch".
- The cult's name for "God" (IE:
Yah'shua and Yeshua and
Jesus) and other religious deities
- The members in the cult other than
- The methods and means of evangelizing (internet
vs. in person),
- The country in which the cult is based (1984 -UK,
1988 - Norway, 1997 - Sweden)
- NCCG's perceived "direction" from God
- The cult's name.Some of the names used have been:
- Messianic Evangelicals
- New Covenant Church of God
- New Covenant Christian Fellowship
Nya Förbunds Kyrka
Gan Lev-Tsiyon", supposedly meaning
"Family of the Garden of the Heart of Zion" or "The Birth of Josephite
- B'rit Chadashah Assembly of Yahweh
- New Covenant Ministries
- Chavurah Bekorot/The Holy Order
- Restoration Christian Fellowship
- Independent Church of Jesus Christ of
CULT RELIGIOUS BELIEFS
At the time of this writing, NCCG could be
described as a messianic, prophecy, polygamy cult with many additional
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
always reflect the current decisions of
it's leader, Christoper C. Warren.
apparently involved in the Mormon Church before starting NCCG. In the
beginning, the cult maintained primarily Mormon beliefs, but that has
As of the time of this writing, these precepts are noteworthy:
- there is a cultist living at the cult's compound,
Sharon Harvey, who reportedly consults God and gives Warren answers to
- Multiple Personality Disorder being induced in
some cult members.
- acknowledgment of Satanic Ritual Abuse (SRA) as
- demonic manifestation
- illnesses being caused
- persecution by supposed "satanists"
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.
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,
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
The new recruit's behavior changes as the indoctrination and chatroom
contact with Warren and NCCG members progresses. Some of the new
- Changes in dietary habits - - recruit begins
eating habits, possibly in spite of any social or family friction this
- Actively rejecting Christmas and other typical
holidays, insisting instead upon celebrating holidays that will appear
more in-line with Judaism.
- Time spent using the internet may increase. The
extra time may be due to extended conversations with individuals, or,
communication in the group-at-once medium. Internet use may be rigid at
certain days and times (due to attending internet cult sessions at
- May demonstrate a "Saturday Sabbath" observance
pattern in which the
recruit will refuse to do work, trading, or travel on Saturdays,
possibly in spite of any social or family
friction this may cause.
- Disregard or
disrespect for parents may increase (attitude: You're not really my
- Attitudes of
recruits of both sexes may change to be more in-line with male
chauvinism/polygamy. For example, a husband may begin to claim to his
wife that the Bible gives him the right to have more than one wife in
his family at the same time.
- The recruit expects his or her family and friends
them due to their
beliefs, while at the same time, an attitude of rejection toward them
is being fostered through indoctrination. Parents may be vilified
by the cult as having caused demonic influence to the recruit. The
recruit will tend to begin isolating themselves from their
biological family and non-cult friends, possibly including moving away
- The recruit may send money to the cult.
- The recruit may receive directions from the
cult regarding big changes in his or her personal life, such as ceasing
a friend or family member, relocation to a new residence, or
- The recruit may come to believe that the cult
leaders, above all
others, "know what is best" for that individual, and feel driven to
obey directions from them.
- Some recruits may make plans to move to Sweden to
live at the compound. In the past, this has most frequently involved a
female recruit who was intending to become one of Warren's wives, but
men have b
- Women may begin to wear headscarves.
- Recruits may be interested in making temporary
visits to the compound in Sweden, most likely during the cult's
declared holy periods.
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:
- Much cult discussion and activities were led by
people using chat usernames "Community Moderator" (usually Christopher
Warren) and "Female
Moderator" (who was one of Warren's wives who lived at the compound);
- Chat participants kept referring to Warren and the wife as "Dad" and "Mom", and it was extensive
and repetitive. Warren and female_moderator
were being treated as parent-like
figures by chat participants.
- When chat participants would describe their
strange dreams and other mental phenomena,
including those which
resembled psychotic episodes or psychological problems, the cult would
often say that they were being caused by demons.
- Chat participants who do not follow what appears
to be an expected path of accepting the determinations provided by
Warren and others are ejected from the chatroom.
- Young people who have relationships with
non-cult biological parents were being coached to cut the
cultural ties off.
Things which were seen to happen in either group internet chat or
private Instant Messenger chat were:
- "Deliverance sessions" were being performed in
which the recruit was supposedly having demons ejected from their
minds. Psychotic eposides in the
person receiving the deliverance (called a "client") have happened to
some victims as a result of these sessions.
- Participation in an altered state of
consciousness called "The Garden".
- A dependent and controlling relationship between
the cult member and the cult's leadership can be fostered through the
cult's internet chat.
EXTREME VOLUME OF CULT RELATED WRITTEN MATERIAL ON CULT WEB
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
to state conclusions about NCCG without Warren being able, at least
superficially, to explain away the
conclusions to cult members or others.