Who are the Twelve Tribes?

The following are some of the beliefs and practices of the Twelve Tribes.

  1. They live, work, and worship together: every morning and every night.
  2. They practice the Sabbath.
  3. They will NOT take the Lord’s Supper with anyone who is not a part of their group.  Outsiders who visit on Saturday night will be offered to eat apart from the main group.
  4. They believe that for someone to be a disciple of Christ, he or she must live in a commune of like-minded believers.  
  5. Their most commonly quotes Scriptures are Luke 14:33 and Acts 2:41-47 and 4:32-37.
  6. Some of the Scriptures they ignore are: Luke 12:21, John 6:37-40; 10:14-27; Rom. 14:1-13; I Cor. 11:28; and Col. 2:16-17.
  7. To join one must first give up all of one’s earthly possessions or donate them to the group.
  8. If the Lord has called you to work in a ministry other than what they are doing you will have to give it up and come under the authority of their leadership.
  9. According to their beliefs, the only way that you can receive the Holy Spirit and be saved is to receive a “sent one.”  Since “sent ones” are only sent out through (and by) The Twelve Tribes, this means that before 1972 nobody could be saved since that is the year they began to live together and share their lives with one another.
  10. They have about 100-200 homes around the world, with about 4,000 – 5,000 members.

Commendations:
We Highly Commend the Twelve Tribes for giving up their earthly lives to live and work together as a body of believers.  And in this respect they are very similar to the early Church in Jerusalem.

We commend the Twelve Tribes for taking in those who come to them who are in need of help:  Isa. 58:1-14; I John 3:14-18 also tell us to do such things, and to open up lives (and houses) for His use.

We commend the Twelve Tribes for not spending their time immersed in worldly entertainment or listening to the worst things that happened in you area, or on the other side of the world (on TV).

We commend the Twelve Tribes for allowing those who have something to say to say it.

We commend the Twelve Tribes for saying that they would join together and fellowship with other Christians who begin living together and sharing their lives together: and in this regard, it is a fact that they share their lives in a much more intimate way than most Christians today.  And for those who are wondering, about half of them are married, and I don’t believe that there is any wife-swapping going on; but rather that they have as high, or higher, morals than most Christians.

Criticisms:
We believe that I Cor. 11:28 is still valid.  They seem to think that they are the only ones on Earth who know and Love the Lord, or who are using their Time, Talents, and Money to promote God’s kingdom on Earth: seven days a week.

We do not believe that for someone to become a part of the body of Christ he or she must join the Twelve Tribes, or live in a commune:  See John 3:16; 6:37-40; 7:37-39; 14:6; Rom. 10:4, 9-13; I John 3:10-19; 4:1-8; 5:1-13 and the Scriptures below.

We do not believe the Twelve Tribes have a monopoly on God’s Spirit, or that to be a true Disciple one MUST join a commune; however, we do acknowledge that living together has advantages over not living together.

We believe that (at least) some believers in the early church had homes and possessions: Acts 2:42-47; 4:32-37; 10:17, 22.  How else could they have SOLD them???  The issue was not that a believer could not (temporarily) “own” something on earth, as much as it was the attitude of his or her heart. See also Acts 16:15; I Cor. 11:22; Heb. 10:34, and Job 42:10-16.  See also Mark 3:31-35; 8:34-38; Luke 12:21; 33-34; Rom. 12:3-5; 14:7-12; Gal. 3:26-28; I Cor. 2:10-13; 3:16-23; 4:1-5;
Col. 3:1-4; 12-17; Phil. 3:8-21; I Tim. 3:3, 8; I Pet. 1:17-19.

We do not believe that drinking coffee is a sin: Rom. 14:1-21; Col. 2:16-17.

We do not believe that Christians should abandon the public sector.  For example, the Twelve Tribes don’t vote, but DO pray for Godly leaders to be elected.  They also Home School their kids, but will probably not fight to keep doing so, but will pray for other (apostate) Christians to take up the fight.

We do not believe that the Lord only works through the Twelve Tribes.  The prophet Jeremiah “sat alone” and was told not to take a wife, nor have kids, nor go into a house where people were eating and drinking and having fun, but simply to warn the people to repent: Jer. 15:15-21; 16:1-9; and 17:10-13.  We are all told to “Go” out (into the world) and seek the Lost (Matt. 28:19-20; Acts 13:2-3) and that where two are more are gathered in His name, that the Lord is in their midst.  Campus Crusade for Christ has over 28,000 full time missionaries.  Are not all people who surrender their lives to the Lord and follow and serve Him true Disciples of Christ? 

Our land was founded by Christians and upon the principles in God’s word.  Because of this, public schools in America used to teach about the true and living God and Jesus in the schools. 

This changed because God’s people gradually abandoned the public sector, after Darwin’s followers began to proclaim that they were the ones who were seeking and speaking the truth, and that the facts of “science” supported their beliefs much better than ours. 

This will only turn around WHEN we realize that the truth and the facts are on our side, and we come out of our hideouts and take back our schools and our government: for the Scriptures make it clear that God Created the world and the life forms on it: including man: and science and logic are proclaiming louder and Louder that there MUST be a Creator behind creation’s curtain.  See also: The Twelve Tribes of Israel, or visit one of their communes. 

Their web site at www.twelvetribes.org.