How did the COG compare to other Jesus movement groups, in doctrine and in practice?
There is little question but that the COG was a key element of the Jesus movement, and that was certainly the self-understanding of Berg and his young followers. While generalizations are risky, I think it is fair to say that the Jesus Movement was in tune with the radical youth revolution of the 1960’s. These young people and the often loosely knit organizations that drew them were idealistic, “counter culture”, centered on experience, generally held a high view of scripture, and were highly evangelistic. There was a widespread and deep sense of alienation from not only the conventional culture, but also from the churches that resided in that culture. Most groups tended toward an apocalyptic vision and most were charismatic, to one degree or another. The COG fits neatly into such a general description. However, the COG stands apart from the broader Jesus Movement on several fronts, most notably the Prophetic role of Father David and the authoritarian leadership of the Prophet and the
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