Tag Archives: Jesus Movement

One Way

I became a Christian during the Jesus Movement of the early 1970’s.  I look back with a fond nostalgia to that time.  It was an exciting time to be alive, to be a believer in Jesus.  Yes, there were many troubling things happening in our country, in the world.  Yet despite the troubles God was moving in mighty and dramatic ways.  How many thousands, if not millions, of young people came to Christ during that time?  Some of the excitement of that era is captured in the film Woodlawn.  (If you haven’t seen it, you should check it out.)  At the climax of the movie emphasis is placed on an iconic image from the Jesus Movement—the “One Way” symbol.  It was a common emblem in those days.  Young believers would hold up their hand with the index finger extended.  You would see posters emblazoned with a picture of a hand with one finger raised, boldly proclaiming “One Way.”  (I used to draw that symbol on the back of my school notebooks.)  It was a simple yet effective statement of faith in Jesus.  We all were declaring, “Jesus is the only way!” Continue reading

The Family/Children of God

It is not uncommon for a cult to go through various phases of development. Since the beliefs and practices of a cult are usually based on the teachings of the founder/leader, these can change on the whims of the leader himself. This group is a perfect example of this tendency. The group was originally called the Children of God, then it became The Family of Love, then The Family, and now it is called The Family International (TFI). Along with the name changes have come several changes in doctrine and practice. Continue reading