Episode 13: Children of God Pt. III: Our God is a Sexy God

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In today’s episode, we continue our discussion on the religious sex cult, The Children of God. We’ll look at the case study “Lustful Prophet: A Psychosexual Historical Study of the Children of God’s Leader, David Berg.” We also discuss several families within the cult that had their lives changed forever. Merry Berg, Amy Bril, Vivian Shillander, and the Padilla family are a few ex-members that we focus on in this episode. With rampant sexual and child sexual assault, a distrust of medical science, and religious prostitution, few ex-members escaped unscathed.

Listen for the history, stay for David Berg’s poetry.

For full context: the recording heard at the beginning of the episode is an audio excerpt from a 1981 video created and sent to David Berg and Karen Zerby. In this video, a man describes how his younger children have both “shared” sexually with their stepmother. Names have been censored to protect their identities.

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Sources:

https://skent.ualberta.ca/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/COG-Lustful-Prophet.pdf

http://www.exfamily.org/index.htm

http://www.exfamily.org/hist/index.html

https://www.xfamily.org/index.php/Main_Page

https://www.xfamily.org/index.php/Mo_Letters

https://www.xfamily.org/index.php/ABC_News_20/20:_To_Bring_Her_Children_Home

https://www.xfamily.org/index.php/Flirty_Fishing

https://www.xfamily.org/index.php/Berg_on_Incest

https://pubs.xfamily.org/

https://www.xfamily.org/index.php/David_Berg

https://www.xfamily.org/index.php/Merry_Jolene_Berg

https://www.xfamily.org/index.php/Vivian_Shillander

https://childrenofgod.com/

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