History- From Wikipedia

The movement started in the early 1960s through Sam Fife's ministry first at his church in New Orleans then in his prayer group in Miami. Soon other groups following Fife's teachings sprang up throughout United States, Canada and later other countries. Considered by some to be an apostle, Fife drew together a group of other ministries who believed his vision of the role of the church in the end times. In fall 1971, Fife began to preach what was referred to as the "Wilderness Message" and within a few years thousands of his followers had moved to a number of communal farms mostly in Canada, Colombia and Alaska.[1]

Sam Fife was the author of a large number of booklets outlining his beliefs. He was killed in a plane crash in Guatemala on April 26, 1979[1], despite claiming he would never die. Many of his followers still believe they can achieve eternal life on this earth.[citation needed]

Following Fife's death, his teachings were carried on by other ministries in "The Move", notably C.E. "Buddy" Cobb. In 1982, Cobb and others founded Covenant Life College to educate young people in the group in theology, teaching and other skills. The Move's traveling ministry now operate under the name International Ministerial Association (IMA).

The number of people involved in The Move has been in a long, slow decline, which began with the closing of some Move farms in BC in the early 1980s. While some farms did close, there was another influx of people in the early 1990s to the farms in northern BC, with some of the communes numbering over 100 people, many of them youth.

This influx lasted about ten years until people began to leave again in the late 1990s. Since then, some of the farms have closed, some are reduced in population, and some thrive.

Culture of The Move

From Wikipedia:

Culture

Following a doctrine of separation from the world, women formerly always wore dresses or skirts, and most men kept their hair short and facial hair.[8] This was a common stance among most communes until after the year 2000.

If a man and woman are interested in each other, they can "walk out a year," with the permission of their local Elders. "Walking out a year" is a distantly similar concept to courtship. The couple isn't allowed to be physically affectionate or spend time alone together, or even hold hands. At the end of a year if the couple wants to get married and the eldership approves and confirms with visions from the prophetic ministry, they can then get married.[8] The details of the rules vary from farm to farm.

Members who do not live on the communal farms often congregate, sometimes in members' homes, in groups numbering from a half dozen to several dozen people. This is punctuated by large gatherings called Conventions which are held several times a year. At these conventions, several hundred people meet for several days to praise and worship God and listen to the preaching of elders and traveling ministry. The traveling ministry consists of elders who travel from group to group, convention to convention, with special messages and are often highly respected by the rest of the people, while elders were more the day-to-day leaders of the groups.

Conventions are held in Bowen's Mill, Georgia; Lubbock, Texas; Shepherd's Inn, BC; Sapa, Alaska; Upsala, Ontario and various other locations throughout the world.

Criticism

Critics point out that although the Move teaches that everyone is free to hear from and be led by God, in actual practice, this is only encouraged if the local ministry agrees with them. The practical outworking of this is that members must turn over their headship to the local ministry or be labeled divisive and rebellious.[9]

The Move has also come under criticism from some ex-members who report suffering physical, sexual and psychological abuse while involved with this group.[10] Many other members have endured long-term social, psychological, and spiritual damage, usually stemming from the Move's teachings of complete submission to an often impure and corrupt system of leadership.[10] Reports have been made of financial exploitation in the form of work without pay and encouragements to hand over entire life savings to The Move.[10] Some have even gone so far as to label this group a cult.

Glossary

Father ministry = group of leaders who make all the rules for everyone in "the move"

Deeper in = A place to hide from the world where not even a nuke can get you, deep in the literal forest, where you eat roots and bark and woman use moss as sanitary products.

The body = the entire group of movites around the world who make up the church, or ?body? of Christ.

Body house = a literal house where body members live in communal living, and where the farm people can stop for a rest when in town shopping.

Family = a word used to gather the people for dinner, May Moore made this popular with her unique shout ?FAMILLLLYYYY? Actually "family" consisted of anyone and everyone in "the move"

The Flesh = anything and everything to do with reality and a desire to enjoy it.

Outer Court = Christians but not movites

Inner court = Movites, better than other Christians , God's chosen few

Walking out the year = sneaking around behind buildings and holding hands without getting caught for 12 months before being allowed to get married.

End times = the last days before the world ends, these were the days just before 1975, 1982, 1986, and 2000 when the world was supposed to end. Apparently we live in these times stil and again!

Praises = 1 ? 2 hours of knee-buckling worship with kids fainting

Confirmation of the Prophet ministry =

Deep calling unto the deep = Have you ever seen "Finding Nemo"?

I witness to that = Someone in the move agrees with someone in the move to something that is totally irrelevent!

Sister = Every woman in the Move, and nuns

Brother = Every Man in the Move, and priests

Spoiling the Egyptians =

The many membered body of Christ = All the Christians in the world, but the members in the Move are the "head"

Line Upon Line =

Precept upon Precept =

Rebellious spirit = Me

Foolish Spirit =

The Spirit =

The Lord spoke to me =

I heard from the Lord =

Visions =

Seeking confirmation =

Babylon = Everything out side o f the move

Submission = do as you are told without question.

Death to Self = Giving up everything that is not approved by the elders and the father ministry, giving up everything enjoyable and fun.

Prophesy (a la Move) =

Higher revelation = When Sam Fife told us he was not going to die, he had anotehr revelation he was going to tell us but he die before he could tell..

Mountain top experience = very one who ever climbed Pink Mountain

Going on to perfection = being so into The Move that all of what was you, is gone.

Sons of God =

Sword = the bible, usually King James version, used to cut apart anyone who tries to challenge the move or the elders of the move.

Calling =

Falling out = Somthing that happened to many of us when we left The Move

Confirmation =

Harlot = women who wear pants and makeup

Darts and Arrows = What are hurled at movites anytime anyone challenges the religion. They really hurt!

Going on to perfection =

Traveling ministry = Those who really don?t want to live on the farms and eat whole wheat bread and onion soup all the time.

Deeper calling =

Deceived = Every one not in The Move is wrong even if they think they are right because Sam said so!

Rule and reign = To be the bosses of everyone on earth after the Nuclear bombs hit.

One world government = What George Bush is trying to do right now, be the big boss of everyone!

Beast = Satan and everything to do with Satan

Nature of the Beast = Sex, Drugs, and Rock and Roll, oh yea and Rapp!

First Fruits =

30 / 60 / 100 fold =

Devine order =

Order of Melchizedek =

Don?t touch the Lord?s anointed = you dare not question authority ie., the "move " leaders.

Redeeming creation =

Five Fold Ministry = apostles, prophets, evangelists, elders or pastors

Board of education = a wooden board used to educate children by smacking on the behind

Seat of learning = the padded part of ones anatomy that God gave us all as a place to apply the Board of education.

Whore of Babylon = mainline churches

Satan Clause = Santa Clause

Manifested Sons of God = People in the move

The Bride = The Move

New creation of old things passed away = no pictures of anything from our past

many-membered manchild

going through a battle

listening to the flesh