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As the sun rises, cool blues and grays begin their slow transition to glowing golds and ambers. Like a child's pop-up book, dimension is added and a valley is transformed.
To look upon this beauty in the western U.S. state of Oregon is to understand what people mean when they say this is God's country, and that's exactly why Brother Gregory lives here.
He is part of a wider movement of conservative Christians who are choosing to live their lives on the edge of society, unplugged from civilization as much as they can, living under basic biblical principles.
Brother Gregory -- the "Brother" is more of a nickname than an occupational title -- ministers from the Oregon desert where he lives with his wife, some of his grown children and grandchildren.
Like other conservative Christians in this growing movement, Brother Gregory believes that Christianity has strayed too far from its roots, and has given its role in people's lives over to the government -- as with welfare programs or health care.
"We are not living off the grid as much as we are creating a new grid, a more wholesome grid," he said.
"We are following a different path that we think is healthier, promotes better families, and better communities."
oh my goodness....I have seen so many wrong answers here. first and foremost, mennonites are strong christians. Not all mennonites where kapps. and the different colours? different "versions" of mennonites wear different colours of kapps (black or white). typically, the amish wear white kapps, along with some groups of conservative mennonites. in the kansas area, the holderman mennonites wear black kapps.
the purpose of the kapps is showing respect for the Lord. the most defining characteristic of the mennonites is anabaptism. this means that one is not baptized as a baby, but rather when they are old enough to understand the bible and accept the Lord Jesus Christ. this started in the 1600s and the anabaptists (mennonites) were persecuted for their beliefs by the Roman Catholic church. the reason that they are called mennonites is because of the founder, Menno Simons. another defining characteristic of mennonites is that they are passafists (spelling error?)
this means that we do not believe in fighting at war because of the fact that it would most likely require killing another human being that God has created. this is as much as i can tell you as my anabaptism class is fuzzy in my memory...and yes, i am a general conference mennonite. oh and about the black car...for that "version" of mennonite, any other colour is considered "worldly"...everybody in that mennonite church wants to be on an even playing field....as so somebody doesn't have something better than the other person leading to a pursuit of consumerism rather than a pursuit of the Lord.
Personal secession are things like homeschooling, house churches, home gardening, home-based economics, just regaining privacy and a sense of community rather than worrying about what's going on in Washington, D.C... What's the latest thing from the Supreme Court? "You know, who cares? I don't care about what they're saying in D.C. because they don't represent me hardly more than Pyongyang."
Originally posted by ogbert
I hear that some of the old hippy communes are flourishing in Tennessee.
Originally posted by IntastellaBurst
Some may call them rolemodels, ....
I say cowards.
True men can only be forged in the heart of a fire.
I'll be where the action is.
Originally posted by JohnPhoenix
I strongly disagree with this.
It's just like the Monks who hide themselves away. The Christains job is to live In the world and be an example. Separating themselves like this is unbiblical.