I remember attending a meeting that Jack Hickman lectured at where he told us that he brought us into the world to be perfect. According to Jack, he astrally traveled to this holding pen of souls (Guf) and handpicked our souls because he took over god’s job in our case. We were told that our souls are special Adomic souls that only get one chance at life and this chance is during the end of days. Jack said that everyone else reincarnates except the children of the cult members.
If we did not become perfect, we would go to hell (he taught a form of Annihilationism) and Jack literally said that his spirit would dance on our graves if we did not become perfect.
My question to the youth still involved in the cult is this: How can you be perfect if the rules are always changing?
Jack Hickman and G. the Catspaw took the group through “phases.” These “phases” were supposed to be necessary because cult followers could not handle the real truth. Apparently they have never been ready for the truth since the truth always seems to be different from month to month or year to year.
Here are some examples of the “phases”:
1) Lutheranism Phase. Lutheranism is a true form of Christianity. The group is not yet a cult, but the youth minister, Pastor Jack , severely manipulates young people.
2) Pentecostal/Charismatic Christianity Phase. Followers are suppose to have righteous experiences that include the need to evangelize and convert others, to be possessed by the Holy Spirit and speak in tongues (glossolalia), and to perform exorcisms that are needed often.
3) Orthodox Jew Phase. Follow hundreds of rigid rules, but remember to love Jesus.
4) Orthodox Secret Bloodline Jews. Cult members must sign a special contract with extra rules that supersede the torah so they can join Jack’s special secret bloodline and he can become their adopted Daddy.
5) No Longer Orthodox Jewish Phase. Jack tells his cult followers that the Rabbis are ignorant, that they do not love people the right way, and that only he knows what the true rules are.
6) The Way Phase. Cult members are supposed to follow “the Way.” The Way is a nebulous path that is never clearly explained, except by strange anecdotal stories of Jack’s life that make no sense. The Way includes becoming Hickman Vegetarians. Hickman Vegetarianism is a diet where you tell people you are vegetarian, but you eat fish because fish have no souls and are pure because they live in water. Strangely, Hickman Vegetarianism mirrors the diet prescribed by Jack’s doctor for his diseased heart.
7) Evil Aliens In The Earth Phase. Jack said that there are evil aliens trapped inside the earth that must be fed by cult member’s prayers, because Abensur Family members are the only ones that have special souls and that means they have especially tasty prayers. If you don’t pray enough, god will let the evil aliens (angels are aliens according to cult doctrine in this phase) kill you and the evil aliens will feed off the fumes of your burning corpse. I am not even joking.
8) The Book Of The Month Phase. Jack would read a book that would inspire him and other cult members would be taught the parts from the book that Jack liked best. The explanations and book passages would often times be vague and contradict other books and cult teachings.
9) Ripped Off Version Of Transcendental Meditation Phase. By chanting the name of Jesus in Hebrew, you would become better spiritually. Certain members were allowed special teachings for completing different tasks.
10) G. And The V. Family Are Prophets Phase. 25% of the money taken from cult members goes to G. and 75% goes to certain members of the V. family. In exchange for your money, G. and certain V. family members work themselves up through hyperventilation and hysteria (this can cause hallucinations and other altered states) and they give “prophecies” that are vague and meaningless. God also forgets to tell you everything the first time in a prophecy prayer meaning, even though god says after a prophecy that “it is finished” (the message that is), so stick around until the end of the meeting because you never know what god may have forgotten the first time he spoke during the meeting.
It is hard to believe, yet these are not the only phases! There are sadly more.
I may explain some of these phases in more detail in another article, including all the books Jack Hickman used to come up with his different phases. What I have written above is a extremely truncated version.
Our parents like to reminisce and laugh about the Abensur Family cult’s journey.
What legitimate spiritual leader or group constantly changes what they tell you is the truth? I cannot think of one. Only other cults do this.
There are only a few real rules that you must abide by in the Abensur Family cult to be considered righteous and these are stressed regularly by the cult leaders, usually subtly.
- Do whatever the cult leaders tell you. Even if you do not understand what is being “taught,” pretend to.
- Do not challenge or seriously question what the cult leaders tell you.
- Give at least 10% of your yearly income to the cult leaders.
- Do not criticize anything the cult leaders do or say privately or publicly. If you do, god will punish you because you are committing lashon hara (one of the few things from Orthodox Judaism that Jack decided to keep) and this is worse than being a murderer.
I spent years feeling guilty for not being “perfect,” until I realized I was twisted and confused by all the opaque teachings that I couldn’t even figure out what “perfect” meant. G. has tried to throw many of the vague and contradictory teachings together into a patchwork belief system, but the only things that are ever consistent in the cult are the real rules that allow them to maintain control.