© Colleen Johnston (revised 2002)
We've all heard about Jim Jones of the ill-fated Jonestown in Jonestown, Guyana and in recent years, named groups such as a few deaths surrounding the group Scientology, David Koresh of the Branch Davidians, and the UFO Cult, Heaven's Gate led by Marshall Applewhite.
Recently another fatal religious cult in Rushojwa, Uganda led by Dominic Kataribabo, a defrocked Roman Catholic priest who some locals believe ordered the death of nearly a thousand of the 'Restoration of the Ten Commandments of God' believers. According to survivors of the movement, sect members demanded the return of possessions they had surrendered to the cult after the world failed to end on Dec. 31, when UFO filled with Demons didn't attack as the leaders had predicted - supposedly was the reality that triggered the killings. Do you know that a few of these above-mentioned groups have an underlying UFO ideology behind their philosophy?
Followers of the Stella Maris Church, headed by Rogelio Perea, which describes itself as a Gnostic based organization that believes in alien life. In December of 1999, 100 members headed out to the Sierra Nevada Mountains in two groups disappeared in northern Colombia after they went to rendezvous with a UFO they believed would save them from "the end of the world."
Prior to mass suicide/murder of the aforementioned cult group members, little warning was given nationally to the nature of such groups and if anything, their inner workings or belief structure. No one had heard about these groups because at best they were reported on local levels. Reports locally might have come in the form of a police report usually called in from a concerned cult member's family or a disturbance/nuisance report by a neighboring citizen. Is history going to be repeating it's self once more? I am a firm believer in the constitution, which allows for all religious freedom, we should have a right to worship God in a way we understand him. Yet, we have to look closely and monitor dangerous groups. What defines the normal perimeters of how a majority of society worships God verses cultic behaviors? There are factors, which separate the two, even though some groups come close to crossing into each other.
The word cult comes from the Latin cultis, which means in the secular term, worship. Cults (both UFO or otherwise) will tend to place conventional as well as non-conventional beliefs into one basket. To someone who is confused about their belief system, or having a true paranormal experience, alien abduction, some cultic doctrines will make sense to them because of the conventional overtones. Not all cult groups result in death, but from those that do, there are significant factors involved, which could potentially lead members to commit mass suicide.
There is one such group with a membership that's between 600 and 800 called the United Nuwaubian Nation of Moors that resides near Eatonton, Georgia, which bears watching. The movement also goes by other names, including ''Right Knowledge'' and ''Ancient Mystic Order of Melchizedek.'' but bills itself as a "fraternal organization." The Nuwaubians blend ancient Egyptian, Christian, Islamic, as well as Judaism, UFO mindsets into an apocalyptic end time’s belief system, which will most likely produce fatal results. According to the groups doctrine headed by Nuwaubian leader "Malachi Z" who's name is actually Dwight York, who served time in New York in the 1960s for assault, resisting arrest and possession of a dangerous weapon.
The Nuwaubians, primarily consisting of African Americans, first came to Eatonton, GA in Putnam County in 1993 from Brooklyn, N.Y., where the group was known as the Ansaru Allah community, a segregationist religious sect that incorporated Muslim traditions. Nuwaubian leader Malachi York was then known as Isa Muhammad. Nuwaubians initially dressed in cowboy-type garb and claimed York was an extra-terrestrial from the planet "Rizq."
York, 55 has claimed to be from a galaxy called Illyuwn and has said that in 2003 spaceships are going to descend from the sky and pick up a chosen 144,000 people for a rebirth. Most recently, York has referred to himself as Chief Black Eagle, a reincarnated leader of the Yamassee Indians. They believe, according to reports that the spaceships will come to complete this rescue.
What makes this group so dangerous is it charismatic group leader York and the basic UFO ideology behind their belief system. His doctrine indicates an "end" will come but not giving an actual date when the spaceships will come. All groups who have committed suicide had such a doctrine firmly laced within its overall philosophy. One of the members, who is now group spiritual advisor Marshall Chance, a former Baptist minister, was quoted as saying, "We're all awaiting the coming of the real Messiah. We are a biblical people. If it's not in the Bible, then we're not concerned about It." which contradicts the unusual belief of its founder and some of the members with the UFO ideology. The group has all the earmarks set in place to become the next Jonestown. Although they claim to allow its members to come and go as they please, the group encourages communal living on the 19-acre tract where the fraternity-gathering hall in the Nuwaubian village of Tama-Re the "new Egypt", is located. It is said that the famous actor Snipes is also involved at some levels with the group.
We live in a time of paradox; many theologians agree we are slipping deeper into in the midst of planetary/social/religious upheaval with worldwide political destabilization. Signs that seem to indicate we are entering a time of apocalyptic prophecy are evident. Many false revelators are currently cashing in who proclaim to have the answers behind these exceptional events. In the midst of those, there are many dangerous apocalyptic groups who will ultimately destroy themselves. The list includes those who lead charismatic UFO groups, self-styled Christian or new age Christ/alien channeling cult groups.
With increasing numbers of regular people experiencing paranormal phenomena, alien abduction or other UFO related anomalies on an up close and personal basis, it's becoming easier for cult groups to intercede. Someone gets involved because they are at a loss for what's happening and are looking for clarification; often coming up empty handed after searching traditional routes. Sequentially, experiencers turn to UFO/Christian/new age blended groups trying to make sense out of their personal experiences. These pseudo alien indoctrinated/Christian congregations are extremely dangerous, because they will provide feasible explanations often combined with traditional Christian convictions.
This makes it feasible such ideologies can in fact hold a semblance of reality. The groups are ingenious masters in their presentation and once a person genuinely relates in some way to the cult infrastructure, it is almost guaranteed they will get indoctrinated.
Don't snicker; if conditions are favorable and you experienced an unexplainable event repeatedly, and you had to have answers to the enigma -- you could end up being targeted. There are key elements that cult groups look for in a person's overall persona that can play a major roll in cult recruitment. They often look for people who are searching for answers to help them understand a traumatic or anomalous event in which they have no explanation. A divorce, family crisis, UFO sightings or possible alien abduction experiences including other extraordinary events leave a person bewildered and in a defenseless state of mind. Other circumstances include single parents who are having difficulty raising their children. People that have little or no family contact who have a low self-esteem, or place others before their own needs. Also targeted are people who have difficulty in saying no to anything even when they want to.
Cult leaders look for positive attributes as well. Anyone who is open minded, inquisitive, creative or who are unsure and searching in his or her belief about God. Leaders look for people who donate time energy or money to humanitarian projects or people who are very enthusiastic in their belief in God, Jesus Christ, or alien life forms. Cult leaders are on the lookout for anyone who fits the above criteria, regardless of gender, race, education, religious affiliation or social standing. It happens to thousands of people a year, people who seriously believe they were too intelligent to get involved, Think it can't happen? Think again! There are hundreds of these types of groups around, some boasting membership that excels into the tens of thousands.
Jim Jones of the People Temple, (who by the way had an extreme interest in the UFO ideology) leader of the 1978 Jonestown sect had this written over his altar. "Never forget the past, if you forget the past you're doomed to repeat it." Are the Nuwaubians, Raelians, Scientologist or other UFO millennium-spurred groups next to repeating this type history as the group who’ve come before them? Marshal Applewhite the leader of the Heavens Gate group appeared to be a very benevolent and innocuous to the majority people who came in contact with him or his followers. Such groups, if left unchecked, will become another part of history within the ranks of cult members who have given their lives so senselessly all in the name of some of these Universal gods and alien deities.