Even though Herr Kuhnigk isn’t worthy of a response to his cheap propaganda (lies movie), for those viewers who are interested in the truth, we have this response.
All things in common
Life in the communities of the Twelve Tribes is the natural consequence of our faith. For this reason, we look to the Word of God, the foundation of our belief, to guide us in regards to our finances. The Book of Acts describes the life of the early church. There we can see how the first ones who came to faith dealt with the matters of ownership and income; as described in Acts 2:44:
“So those who received his word were baptized, and there were added that day about three thousand souls. And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. And awe came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles. And all who believed were together and had all things in common. And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need. And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food; with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved.” (Acts 2:41-47)
Those who believed lived together as one big family. What they owned, they shared in common. And in Acts 4:32,35:
Now the full number of those who believed were of one heart and soul, and no one said that any of the things that belonged to him was his own, but they had everything in common. And with great power the apostles were giving their testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great grace was upon them all. There was not a needy person among them, for as many as were owners of lands or houses sold them and brought the proceeds of what was sold and laid it at the apostles’ feet, and it was distributed to each as any had need. Thus Joseph, who was also called by the apostles Barnabas (which means son of encouragement), a Levite, a native of Cyprus, sold a field that belonged to him and brought the money and laid it at the apostles’ feet. (Acts 4:32-36)
They were of one heart and one soul. Nobody viewed their belongings as their personal possessions, but rather as being shared in common. ‘And what money was there, was distributed so that there was no needy among them.‘ So they voluntarily refrained from owning their own possessions and rather practiced a community of goods, so no one had to suffer the lack of anything. It is a way of life in which there are neither rich nor poor in which everyone comes voluntarily and no one takes advantage of the other.
In Germany today, however, only one type of community of goods is recognized and that is the family. People can legitimately form a family, and view all of their income as one. That’s a good thing people can do this. The state even gives the family tax benefits that single persons do not have. Since we also live together like one big family, we have given much thought and long sought a structure that we can work in the business structures of Germany and how we can organize ourselves in accordance with the existing tax laws in Germany. The form we have today is due to intensive professional consultation (people well-versed in these areas).
“The Community in Klosterzimmern has a transparent and common structure for their entrepreneurial pursuits that reflect their faith. The operative businesses of the Community in Klosterzimmern are handled through these two companies: Unternehmen Baufach GKR GmbH and Co. KG sowie Naturalich Gemeinsam GmbH and Co. KG. In both businesses die Custos GmbH acts as a complementary company. According to the faith of the Community the operative entity, Unternehmen Baufach GKR GmbH and Co. KG as well as Naturalich Gemeinsam GmbH and Co. KG the people in the community are the same as those in the businesses.
“Above these entities is the GKR Gemeinschaftsverwaltungs-AG. This company is non-operational in business. More so it is responsible for the administration of the income and its distribution. ~ Lawyer E.”
We are not afraid to pay our taxes and have paid our business tax very diligently in recent years:
From 2009 to 2013, we have paid approximately 650,000 € in taxes.
Whoever has a little bit of knowledge in this area knows that companies like ours, in which everyone is the owner and there are no employees, pay considerably more taxes than conventional businesses with employees. Therefore, what some people call a “confusing company structure,” is actually just an attempt to live according to the Bible and still fit into the norms and responsibilities of German society. If anyone knows a better solution than our current approach, he can feel free to contact us. We would be very happy to have help with this.
Now in every group there are always some fall aways like CR and RP, who, like many before them, for unfounded reasons, try to move both our company and the community into a bad light because they are disgruntled.
“Therefore, the victims/crown witnesses/apostates are representative only with a view to the confirmation of the sect stereotypes – and it is not rarely to be noted with what an effort an experience is forced into the framework of these stereotypes sometimes. Thus, for instance, a social obligation then taken on within the community in hindsight is interpreted as “totalitarian coercion.“ Such a perception is one thing, but such an interpretation obviously is done in complete ignorance of the difference between a social obligation taken on by oneself and “totalitarian coercion.“ Such interpretations are particularly hair-raising when self-proclaimed “sect experts“ take such trains of thought further, e.g. comparing the innerscientologic facilities of rehabilitation with Stalinistic Gulags or the National Socialist concentration camps. Other people have been thrown in jail for this undoubtedly original way of relativizing history. But again: it’s not the subjective experiences that need to be questioned, but the partly hair-raisingly, naive notion that the personal fate could be made adequately understandable only with standards and terms of world political relevance.”*
One should internalize this and begin to understand what‘s really going on.
Moonlighting and child labor are now the subject
And again Herr Kuhnigk is using the same primitive marketing strategy as in all his films.
Moonlighting is a problem we are aware of in today’s society. When we helped our neighbors in the early 80’s in France (bringing in hay), we always had our children with us. We would organize our children into groups that would walk in front of the tractor gathering the bales (rolling them together from multiple rows). By doing this, we minimized the use of the tractor and since we also had 15 men that loaded the bales onto the wagons, bringing in the hay went much faster than normal. This neighbor, a great horse farmer, was delighted how well everything went, and especially that the children were involved. With fondness he told of the days when all the families went together to the fields. This was such a great time for him as well as us and our children – who had a lot of fun. Unfortunately this is now over because we wouldn’t stop helping him and it got to the point where he couldn’t accept our help any more.
After their academic classes, our children love to spend time with their parents and are happy to participate in community life. This cannot be compared to child labor.
The essence of our faith, our motive to share everything with each other, is contradictory to any kind of exploitation. And it is also clear that this can only function on the basis of free will and mutual trust. For this reason, our community is not organized as a formal organization or as a legal person, association, etc. We trust each other.
We try to make this very clear to all those who are considering our life. Unfortunately, despite our earnest efforts and their own testimony, not everyone who joins our community has revelation about these things. We can only take people at their word. Even though those who eventually become apostates seemingly believe everything we believe, and say everything we say, they apparently never had, or at least no longer have, the same revelation. Therefore it did not go well for them. Regrettably, they had no share in the reward, but learned what all learn who do things without revelation (Proverb 29:18). Without revelation you can’t be a son, but only a slave. Revelation or not is the difference between servants or slaves and sons. The slave does not remain in the house, but the son endures forever (John 8:35).
All of a sudden they complain that they get paid nothing. The funny thing is that no one gets paid anything from the community, and they knew it would be that why and why it would have to be that way (according to our beliefs).
All proceeds we earn go into a common fund from which the needs of all are covered. Whoever has no revelation about this will never be content with this wonderful way of caring for other people. Therefore, inevitably, they will leave. Which is fine, but then to turn around and tell stories and slander the truth are only the actions of those who are offended.
The failure to be honest with yourself and take responsibility for your own actions leads to estrangement.
As already mentioned, the social scientist Dr. disc. pol. Gerald Willms describes this phenomenon in his book, “The Wonderful World of Sects”:
“When someone is falling away from a “so-called cult”, the subjective experiences gained there are often pressed into the pattern of the general stereotypes of cults. For example, a social obligation of the Community is interpreted then in retrospect as a totalitarian force.”
Therefore, apostates are not representative of faith communities, but only of the widespread cult stereotypes.
The statement that J. K. was working on our construction sites at age fourteen, as he said in “Germany Undercover” is a lie, which is very easy to refute. We got his family a visa to come to the United States, where the whole family remained for 3 years. At 14, he was still in America. We have the entry and exit stamps in our office. Also what Robert says about our sister communities, that they send illegal workers on our construction sites, is false. The Spanish, the French, and the American companies have worked on many of our construction projects as subcontractors… and we have worked for them as well — all perfectly legal.
It is simply amazing how people do business with lies.
In the Word of God it is declared:
An evildoer listens to wicked lips, and a liar gives ear to a mischievous tongue. (Proverbs 17:4)
*Willms adds this comment, too, after the above quote:
“The only thing that is really always comparable with the crown witnesses is their self-perception as (innocent) victims and their desire – which often goes along with that – to at least point out the (guilty) “offenders,“ or to expose the evil machinations of the “sect,“ to publicly ostracize or even deliver them over to punishment. But just as little as you should ask fresh divorcees what they generally think about marriage, you also shouldn’t ask “apostates“ about the community that they left during a quarrel or which simply kicked them out, not seldom even against their own will. And the people least to be asked are those who see themselves in the now terminated relationship as blameless victims and who utterly dismiss any share of responsibility for anything which may have transpired. Nonetheless, the existence of such victims is of primary importance for divorce lawyers on the one hand and for sect makers on the other hand.“