The life of Rasa Von Werder, similarities.
2nd New Rules for Devotees!
This is the blurb on the PBS story and Sutton book given us by Dharmashaiva:
Aimee Semple McPherson, famous for her trademark props, dressed as a
motorcycle cop for a sermon entitled "Arrested for Speeding." International
Church of the Foursquare Gospel.
In 1999, All Things Considered aired a story about Aimee Semple McPherson as
part of its "Lost and Found Sound" series.
Morning Edition, April 2, 2007 · Tammy Faye Bakker Messner may come to mind
when you think of controversial female evangelists.
RASA: NO COMPARISON. TAMMY BAKER HAS NO ANOINTING OR HEALING POWER. How
irresponsible the media can be, how they latch on to only surface realities
and do not amplify the Truth inside, how callous and careless they
PBS report: But in the early decades of the 20th century, a charismatic
RASA: MUCH MORE THAN THAT. THE GREATEST FAITH HEALER WHO EVER LIVED.
named Aimee Semple McPherson used the new medium of radio to spread the
gospel to millions of loyal followers.
Sister Aimee, as she was known, made her name in Hollywood
RASA: IN LOS ANGELES AND THROUGHOUT THE WHOLE WORLD, BUT SHE WAS THE
SPIRITUAL LEADER OR 'GENERAL' OF LOS ANGELES.
in the 1920s, and was one of the first preachers to wed Christian
fundamentalism with Hollywood-style theatrics and tabloid-worthy
controversy, including her own mysterious disappearance.
RASA: OF COURSE, THAT IS ALL THAT INTERESTS YOU, AND THOSE WHO ARE OF THE
WORLD. SHE WAS 'MY KINGDOM IS NOT OF THIS WORLD' AND BROUGHT THE POWER OF
GOD TO EARTH, BUT ALL YOU SEE IS THE SURFACE.
She founded the Church of the Foursquare Gospel and built a monumental
temple in Los Angeles.
A documentary on Sister Aimee airs Monday night on PBS. It's based on a new
book by Matthew Avery Sutton, Aimee Semple McPherson and the Resurrection of
RASA: BY WHAT I SAW OF THIS, MATTHEW SUTTON HAS NO VISION OF AIMEE, AND
WITHOUT A VISION, HIS BOOK PERISHES.
Renee Montagne talks to the author about the woman who became a symbol for
religious manipulation and extravagance.
RASA: IT WAS SHE WHO WAS MANIPULATED, IT WAS SHE WHO WAS USED AND EXPLOITED
BY THE MEDIA AND BY THOSE WHO WANTED TO BE HEALED BUT GAVE NOTHING IN
RETURN, NOT EVEN RECOGNITION TO HER. SHE RECEIVED MEAGERLY FOR WHAT SHE
GAVE, AND WAS GREATLY PERSECUTED. THIS IS NOW CONTINUING IN THIS DEPLORABLE
BOOK AND BY THE PBS DOCUDRAMA, AND NOW SHE IS BLAMED FOR THINGS SHE NEVER
DID. ALL SHE DID WAS PRAISE THE LORD AND PASS OUT HIS HEALING POWER, YET
SHE IS BEING BLAMED FOR THIS? SHE MANIPULATED NO ONE, SHE WAS NOT
EXTRAVAGANT, SHE GAVE ASKING NOTHING IN RETURN, HER EXTRAVAGANCE WAS IN
DOING GOD'S WILL AND SPENDING ALL HER MONEY ON GOD'S MISSION.
NPR.org, March 30, 2007 · Prologue
On a brisk fall evening in 1934, six thousand people jammed into the exotic
Shrine Auditorium, the largest and poshest theater in Los Angeles. The
crowds on this particular night had come to witness the only showing of a
spectacular religious pageant like nothing they had ever seen before. At
close to 9:00 p.m., the orchestra came to life, launching into a rendition
of patriotic songs. The curtains swung open and the show began. America's
"Pilgrim Fathers" stepped onto the stage to rousing applause. They reenacted
the landing of the Mayflower at Plymouth Rock and proclaimed the new
nation's foundation on conservative Christian ideals. The Founding Fathers
appeared next. They drew up the U.S. Constitution, a document "conceived in
prayer and executed by Christian gentlemen." The third scene featured
Abraham Lincoln on his knees in prayer, "seeking guidance of his God in the
times of national stress." Without a doubt, the Protestant God had blessed
the United States.
This harmonious vision of the United States' Christian past began to
disintegrate in the next few scenes, however, as subsequent generations of
Americans who spent too much time trying to be "modern" forgot "that God
founded this nation." They removed the Bible from schools, embraced the
concept of biological evolution, and, "determined to blot out the God who
had led and nurtured the United States," turned away from the "old-time"
religion. At this point in the spectacle the orchestra fell silent and a
hush stole over the capacity crowd. The audience tensed, as a sinister
villain, an atheist and a communist, appeared on the stage. He began his
diabolical work by tiptoeing up to an oversized dollar bill and, using a
hammer and chisel, chipped away the words "In God We Trust." Then he sneaked
over to a massive poster featuring the lines of the national anthem. He
reached down, grabbed a brush, and began splattering red paint across all
references to God. The stunned audience "gasped in horror" as the scoundrel
obliterated the ideas that had been "the very blood and body of our
nation-the very foundation upon which it has stood through the years."
RASA: IT IS OBVIOUS TO ME THAT THE AUTHOR IS SNEERING, LAUGHING AT THIS
DISPLAY OF LOVE FOR GOD AND COUNTRY. ALTHOUGH I HAVE DISAGREEMENTS WITH
RELIGION IN THE FORM OF PATRIARCHY AND MALE DOMINATION, THESE IDEALS,
EXAMINED HERE, ARE NOBLE AND RIGHTEOUS. SURELY YOU WOULD RATHER HAVE GOD AND
LOVE INSTEAD OF ATHEIST COMMUNISM AND MATERIALISM!
But he wasn't done yet. The curtains opened again for the climactic final
scene, revealing the villain's ultimate target-the United States Capitol.
Above the Capitol building flew an American flag, while below it stood the
"sturdy foundation stones" of "government, order, faith, and home." Miss
America was supposed to be protecting these cherished institutions, but she
had fallen asleep on the Capitol steps. The fiendish burglar laughed
disdainfully as he snatched the foundations of the nation right out from
under her. Then he replaced the flag with the red banner of communism. Just
when it appeared that the rogue had completely undermined the United States,
onto the stage stepped a stunning woman dressed entirely in white-Aimee
Semple McPherson. The crowd went wild, cheering and screaming for the
radiant cultural icon who had created this show.
McPherson smiled and bowed. Then, in her high-pitched, nasal, singsong
RASA: OH, HOW SUTTON WAXES ROUGHSHOD OVER AIMEE. SHE HAD WON MANY
ELOCUTION AND DEBATING AWARDS AND WAS FAMOUS FOR BEING ELOQUENT. LISTENING
TO THE OLD TAPES AND MOVIES YOU CAN HEAR A BEAUTIFUL, MELODIOUS VOICE,
FILLED WITH LOVE, JOY AND ENERGY, SAYING WONDERFUL THINGS.
strained by decades of preaching without amplification,
RASA: NOT STRAINED AT ALL, I HEARD NO STRAIN AT ANY TIME.
she shouted, "America! Awake! The enemy is at your gates! They have
penetrated your walls! America! You are in danger! An enemy power is
penetrating your strongholds! There is death in their hands-the bombs of
atheism and of communism and of anarchy! America! Awake! Defend your own!"
RASA: TO THOSE WHO THINK THIS SOUNDS NAIIVE, IT IS NEVER A WASTE TO WARN
THE PEOPLE ABOUT ATHEISM, LACK OF LOVE AND RESPECT FOR WHAT GOD HAS GIVEN
US. APPRECIATION AND GRATITUDE FOR ALL THAT WE HAVE ARE IN ORDER, AND
ALTHOUGH OUR COUNTRY, LIKE ALL COUNTRIES, IS FLAWED, IT COULD BE WORSE. LOOK
AT THE THIRD WORLD, LOOK AT CHINA AND INDIA, THE POVERTY, THE LACK OF HUMAN
RIGHTS, THE KILLING OF 40 MILLION GIRL BABIES IN INDIA AND 40 MILLION MORE
Responding to her cry, Uncle Sam jumped onto the stage. He sprinted forward
and grabbed the villain, issuing him a ticket back home-"a ticket back to
Red Russia, a ticket that will take him to the lands where the Stars and
Stripes do not wave." At the end of the scene, McPherson approached the
Capitol. With the entire audience cheering her on, she removed the
subversive's flag and returned Old Glory to its position atop the dome. The
crowd again erupted into applause. Thanks to McPherson and Uncle Sam, the
Christian foundations of the nation were safe once more.
Dazzling religious theatrics and a penchant for publicity
RASA: WHAT DO YOU MEAN BY PENCHANT? I HAVE THIS, AS I CONTACT THE MEDIA,
BUT MZ MCPHERSON DID NOT CONTACT THE MEDIA, THEY HOUNDED HER AND WROTE LIES
ABOUT HER BECAUSE SHE SOLD PAPERS, SHE MADE NEWS. NEWSREELS ALSO.
made McPherson one of the most famous American personalities of the interwar
years. The first religious celebrity of the mass media era, she mastered
print, radio, and film for use in her evangelical mission.
RASA: THAT, SHE DID. SHE USED ALL MEDIA FOR THE LORD. FIRST, HER CAR WAS
A VEHICLE AS FEW PEOPLE HAD THEM, AND IT HAD REVIVAL SLOGANS WRITTEN ALL
OVER IT. WITH A WOMAN PREACHER DRIVING THIS BIG CAR, SHE ATTRACTED A CROWD.
BUT THAT WASN'T ALL. SHE HAD A MANUAL TYPEWRITER WITH HER, ON THE ROAD,
WHERE SHE CRANKED OUT A REGULAR NEWSLETTER THAT REACHED THOUSANDS! ALL THIS
WHILE TOWING TWO LITTLE KIDS WITH HER, WITH NOT A GREAT DEAL OF HELP, BUT
SOME. FIRST HER HUSBAND HAROLD (WHO MANAGED THE TENT AMONG OTHER THINGS)
AND WHEN HE QUIT, HER MOM TRAVELLED WITH HER. (HER MOM, WHO GOT MARRIED TO
AN OVER 50 MAN AT 15, WAS NOT MUCH OLDER THAN AIMEE, AND LATER, TRIED TO
TAKE AIMEE'S CHURCH AWAY FROM HER, AND DID ALIENATE THE AFFECTION OF AIMEE'S
Her integration of the latest media tools with a conservative creed
established precedents for the twentieth century's most popular ministers,
from Billy Graham to Oral Roberts to Pat Robertson. Possibly more
significant, she brought conservative Protestantism back from the margins to
the mainstream of American culture, by arguing that Christians had an
obligation to fight for the issues they believed in and boldly proclaiming
that patriotism and faith were inseparable.
RASA: WHAT ARE YOU SAYING HERE, THAT ONE CANNOT LOVE THEIR COUNTRY AND
THEIR FAITH AT THE SAME TIME? ONE CAN APPRECIATE ONE'S COUNTRY, WITH ITS
FLAWS, AND EVEN BE A LOYAL DISSIDENT, FIGHTING FOR REFORM, AND ONE CAN
CERTAINLY BELIEVE OUR COUNTRY IS UNDER GOD AT THE SAME TIME...WHY IS THIS
Contemporary evangelical politicians from local school board members to
President George W. Bush are indebted to McPherson for convincing the
faithful that their citizenship in heaven did not nullify their citizenship
on earth, but rather that they should work for a more Christian nation.
RASA: AGAIN I SENSE THE SNEER OF SUTTON. TO COMPARE AIMEE TO BUSH AND OTHER
HYPOCRITES IS LIKE SAYING SHE WAS RESPONSIBLE FOR THEM, SHE WASN'T LIKE THEM
AT ALL, SHE WAS 100% HONEST ABOUT GOD AND LOVE.
THE VALUES OF GOOD CHRISTIANS ARE THE VALUES OF GOOD JEWS, MUSLIMS, HINDUS,
CHRISTIAN SCIENTISTS, UNITY, WICCA, MOTHERGOD AND ALL THE REST. WHOM DO YOU
WANT TO LEAD THE COUNTRY AND WORLD, THOSE WHO HAVE NO SPIRITUAL OR RELIGIOUS
AFFILIATION NOR FAITH? WHAT DO YOU WANT AT THE HEAD OF THE COUNTRY,
MATERIALISTS AND ATHEISTS? IS THAT WHO YOU CAN TRUST?
LOOK, LET'S FACE IT, THERE IS A DIFFERENCE BETWEEN PAT ROBERTSON AND RASA
VON WERDER, ALTHOUGH BOTH ARE RELIGIOUS AND SPIRITUAL. PAT ROBERTSON
BELIEVES IN ONE RELIGION, ONE WAY OF FAITH, AND NO OTHER WAY, AND THIS WAY
SHOULD TAKE OVER OUR COUNTRY. BUT RASA VON WERDER BELIEVES IN A MOTHERGOD
WHO LOVES ALL, AND ALL THOSE WHO ARE TRUE CHRISTIANS DO NOT JUDGE AND
CONDEMN OTHER FAITHS, THEY, LIKE JESUS WITH THE PARABLE OF THE GOOD
SAMARITAN, LOVE ALL PEOPLE, ALL PEOPLE ARE GOD'S CHILDREN AND SHOULD BE
RESPECTED AND CARED FOR.
Finally, with her extraordinary religious fervor and theatricality,
McPherson helped shape one of the twentieth century's most explosive
religious movements-evangelicalism. And she did it, of all places, from just
McPherson's religious revival caught the nation off guard. With rapid
urbanization, the discovery of new technologies, the perfecting of powerful
forms of mass media, the rise of the modern university system, and the
growth of a celebrity-centered culture, many Americans in the early
twentieth century predicted the extinction of classic evangelicalism. Yet
from her location in the burgeoning show business capital of the world,
McPherson changed the way American religion is practiced. She combined the
old-time faith, show biz sensibilities, marketing savvy, and passionate
Americanism to revive a seemingly dead movement.
RASA: I DON'T KNOW WHY HE CALLS IT SEEMINGLY DEAD. PENTOCOSTALS, THOSE WHO
BELIEVE IN THE HOLY SPIRIT, WERE ABUNDANT IN THIS ERA, AND TRAVELLED THE
UNITED STATES PREACHING AND DOING HEALINGS. THIS DID NOT DIE OUT UNTIL
KATHRYN KUHLMAN IN THE 70'S, BUT I AM PLANNING TO REVIVE IT.
Rather than wither away, evangelicalism, with its careful integration of
cutting-edge technology, American patriotism, and social conservatism, has
become one of the most influential forces in U.S. history.
Although many men and women from a variety of different traditions
contributed to the regeneration of evangelicalism, none compared with
McPherson. As the most famous minister in America during the interwar years,
she became the personification of the old-time religion, by transforming a
conservative religious creed into something as exciting as a swashbuckling
Hollywood adventure. Yet the rapid expansion of this culturally attuned
faith was not without its pitfalls, for McPherson constantly blurred the
boundary between the sacred and the profane. Many critics despised the
seeming irreverence of combining show business with an ancient creed.
RASA: THEY WERE JUST JEALOUS.
Others questioned the creation of all-powerful celebrity preachers who
marketed little more than their own personalities to the masses.
RASA: THAT WAS NOT AIMEE, SHE NEVER CLAIMED ANYTHING BUT JESUS CHRIST AS
THE POWER AND GAVE HIM ALL THE GLORY.
Still others who decried the mixing of faith and politics warned that the
First Amendment was under siege.
RASA: SHE WAS NOTHING LIKE PAT ROBERTSON, SHE LOVED EVERYONE AND GAVE FOOD
TO EVERYONE OF ALL FAITHS. YOU JUST HAD TO CALL HER CHURCH AND ASK FOR FOOD
AND NO QUESTIONS, A BOX WAS SENT TO YOUR HOUSE, WHEREAS PAT ROBERTSON IS A
BIG-TIME BUSINESSMAN WHO OWNS GOLD MINES IN AFRICA USING CHEAP LABOR, AND
USES HIS MONEY TO BANKROLL HIS MINISTRY WITH STRONG POLITICAL AMBITIONS.
AIMEE NEVER WANTED TO BE A POLITICIAN OR BIG SHOT POLITICAL LEADER, SHE JUST
WANTED TO FOLLOW THE WILL OF GOD, GET PEOPLE SAVED, HEALED AND FED.
And there was an even darker side to this evangelical culture, fueled by
McPherson and her allies' constant search for signs of the impending rise of
the Antichrist. Like the Puritans before them, they tended to interpret
daily events within the framework of a continuous cosmic struggle between
good and evil. Because they never knew when and where the devil might
strike, they remained very suspicious of "outsiders." Regardless of how
successful such believers became, they saw themselves as a besieged
minority, a faithful remnant, charged with holding back the forces of the
apocalypse. This ideological commitment, which kept them constantly on the
RASA: THE WORLD IS 'THE CHURCH MILITANT,' A PLACE OF THE BATTLE OF GOOD VS.
EVIL, AND THE DEVIL DOES GO ABOUT 'LIKE A ROARING LION SEEKING WHOM HE MAY
DEVOUR' SO SHE WAS RIGHT. THESE DEMONS ARE IN HIGH PLACES, INCLUDING OUR
AND ALL GOVERNMENT, BIG BUSINESS, BIG CHURCHES AND ALL PLACES OF INFLUENCE,
AND THESE ARE MOSTLY PATRIARCHAL FORCES. HERE EVIL HAS SOLIDIFIED ITS CLAWS
IN DISCRIMINATION, EXPLOITATION, LYING, STEALING AND KILLING. WE LIVE IN A
WICKED WAR ECONOMY WHICH WANTS OVERPOPULATION IN ORDER TOHAVE A POWERFUL
MILITARY AND LOTS OF BODIES TO SEND OFF TO WAR, SO YES, WE DO HAVE TO LOOK
OUT FOR THE INTERESTS OF GOD AND LOVE. HERE SUTTON IS MAKING AIMEE SOUND
LIKE A PARANOID WEIRDO, BUT SHE WAS A LOGICAL AND EFFECTIVE WARRIOR FOR GOD.
fueled a nativist tendency that occasionally surfaced in damaging ways.
RASA: HE SHOULD EXPLAIN WHAT HE MEANS BY DAMAGING WAYS.
But the greatest controversy affecting McPherson centered not on her
religious innovations or her sporadic xenophobia but on her personal life.
When, at the peak of her fame, she became embroiled in what appeared to be a
major sex scandal, she nearly landed in jail. She discovered that the same
publicity tools that had helped her create a religious empire could just as
easily destroy her. Ultimately, however, she rebounded from the controversy
and returned to the national spotlight during World War II to solidify the
marriage between evangelicalism and patriotic politics.
On one level this is the story of the rise, fall, and redemption of one of
the most fascinating characters in American history, Aimee Semple McPherson.
But it is much more than that. It is also the story of how Americans came to
embrace a thoroughly modern form of evangelicalism that had its roots in
McPherson's innovations and concerns, one that has flourished to this day.
Indeed, the tensions and controversies that characterized McPherson's world
have come to define faith and politics in the twenty-first-century United
RASA: OK, YOU GET IT BUT YOU DON'T GET IT. YOU SEE THE EFFECT SHE HAD IN
ONE AREA, BUT YOU DON'T SEE HER. I WILL CHANNEL AIMEE AND REVEAL WHAT WAS
INSIDE HER SKIN.
Excerpted from Aimee Semple McPherson and the Resurrection of Christian
America by Matthew Avery Sutton. Published by Harvard University Press.
RASA: OH HARVARD, OF COURSE HARVARD, THE HOME OF THE WISE ASSES, THOSE WHO
KNOW THE PRICE OF EVERYTHING AND THE VALUE OF NOTHING, THE KNOW IT ALLS WHO
DON'T KNOW ABOUT GOD AND HEAVEN. HEY, ALL YOUR BOOKS - YOU CAN'T TAKE THEM
RASA CHANNELS AIMEE SEMPLE MCPHERSON:
Rasa: Aimee, does anything bother you about this book and the PBS
AIMEE: WELL, IT KIND OF BOTHERS ME THAT THEY FAIL TO SEE THE TRUTH OF WHAT
MADE ME TICK, THE GREAT LOVE OF GOD. THEY DON'T SEE IT THAT WAY, AND YOU
ARE RIGHT TO CHASTIZE THEM FOR THEIR POINT OF VIEW. THEY JUST DON'T SEE THE
Rasa: Even Richard Rossi, whom I like and respect, did not do justice to
your story because he thought you had a conflict between the flesh and
spirit, in falling in love with the whoremaster after you had your
breakdown, etc., and he portrayed it that way in his movie. I am pretty mad
AIMEE: WHAT DO YOU EXPECT, HE'S A MAN. ONLY YOU AND OTHERS LIKE YOU, WHO
ARE ONE WITH GOD, COULD REALLY SEE IT MY WAY. UNLESS A PERSON IS THERE,
THEY PROJECT THEIR OWN IDEAS AND OPINIONS AND THEIR OWN DESIRES ONTO ME.
Rasa: What should I do to make sure that my life is portrayed properly
while I am living and after I'm dead. I can see by your example they will
make mincemeat out of my life. If they find fault with you, they will
surely skewer me over the coals, as they are now, even as I live, and I
expect from some quarters it will get worse after I die. They have all my
adult media work to use against me, while they had practically nothing
against you except people's imaginations.
AIMEE: THIS IS YOUR CROSS, SO BEAR IT WELL. SPEAK UP FOR THE WOMEN IN THE
TRADE, THEY NEED REPRESENTATION. ALTHOUGH THEY WILL TRY AND USE IT AGAINST
YOU, IT WILL HELP MANY, WHEN THEY SEE THAT A WOMAN IN THE TRADE WAS SO CLOSE
TO GOD AND DID SO MANY GOOD THINGS, AND WHEN YOU START YOUR HEALINGS, I WILL
BE WITH YOU AND JESUS WILL WORK THROUGH YOU. YOU WILL LEAVE MUCH MORE
FAITH-BASED WORK BEFORE YOU DIE THAN YOU ALREADY HAVE, SO IT WILL RUN IN
TO MAKE SURE YOUR LIFE IS WELL REPRESENTED, WRITE AS MUCH AS YOU CAN ABOUT
YOURSELF, LEAVING IT IN BOOKS, AND THEY CANNOT IGNORE IT COMPLETELY. MAKE
IT EXPLICIT AND STRAIGHTFORWARD WHAT YOU SUFFERED, WHAT YOU FELT, WHAT YOU
REALLY DID, SO THAT UNLESS THEY ARE TOTAL LIARS AND IDIOTS, THEY CANNOT MISS
Rasa: I have some of your books and you represented yourself so well, but
do they consult your books? No, they mostly consult the media and the
slander and sensationalism of your life, what others did to you. I totally
believe your kidnapping, it all makes sense, they didn't even try to find
the shack where you were held captive, they did not even examine the ransom
notes - they just didn't try at all.
AIMEE: RASA, DON'T WORRY ABOUT ME, WORRY ABOUT YOURSELF. I DO APPRECIATE
YOU STICKING UP FOR ME, BUT I WOULD RATHER STICK UP FORYOU. I WILL BE WITH
YOU IN SPIRIT. FIGHT FOR YOUR LIFE, FIGHT FOR YOUR MINISTRY, IT IS
PRECIOUS. NO WOMAN HAS CARRIED A CROSS SUCH AS YOU, WHO ENTERED INTO
MINISTRY AS YOU HAVE. IT IS REFRESHING AND DELIGHTFUL, JUST GO FOR IT.
TALK ABOUT THE TRADE, DON'T BE ASHAMED, AND OTHER WOMEN WILL BE EMBOLDENED
TO STAND UP FOR THEMSELVES AND HAVE SELF RESPECT. TALK ABOUT IT IN THE
MEDIA, JUST SAY WHAT YOU THINK AND FEEL, IT WILL ALL COME OUT GOOD.
Rasa: Aimee, I feel I am not doing enough no matter how hard I try. I need
to get into the media again, but I am having trouble. The first book did
not get me across, and I did not try with the next two. Will the dream book
give me any more success? Unless I get some publicity, the books will
remain on the shelves.
AIMEE: YOUR DAY IS COMING, OH, HOW IT IS COMING. I AM LAUGHING INSIDE WHEN
I SEE YOU TRAVELLING AND NOT EVEN HAVING TIME TO ANSWER YOUR MAIL. IT WILL
HAPPEN SOON, NO MATTER WHAT YOU DO OR DON'T DO. JUST TAKE IT EASY, TRY AND
ENJOY YOUR LIFE AND YOUR DAYS, AND DO NOT DESPAIR OR FEEL ANXIETY. DO
CONTACT THE MEDIA AND SEND YOUR BOOKS TO THE BIGGEST ONES, DO WRITE THEM AND
DO NOT GIVE UP. YES, YOU WILL GET SOME RESPONSES. SOMETIMES YOU FORGET HOW
HARD IT WAS IN THE BEGINNING WITH STRIPPING FOR GOD AND BODYBUILDING. THINK
OF IT LIKE THAT, A NEW PROJECT, A NEW NAME, EVERYTHING NEW, AND IT CANNOT BE
DONE QUICKLY BUT IT WILL BE DONE.
Rasa: We Matriarchs are just a small group, working together, and I feel
especially sorry that William Bond gets so discouraged in spite of all the
work he does, he gets so little in return. What do you think of the coming
Matriarchy? What do you think of our part in it?
AIMEE: OH, HOW I WISH I COULD BE BACK ON EARTH WHEN MATRIARCHY FLOWERS
AGAIN! IT'S BEEN LONG IN COMING, BUT IT'S COMING. WHAT YOU GUYS ARE DOING
IS IMPORTANT, JUST KEEP ON, IT IS IN THE DOING OF IT YOU WILL BE BLESSED.
HOLD ONE ANOTHER UP. IF ONLY YOU ALL COULD SEE ONE ANOTHER TO STRENGTHEN
EACH OTHER. THINK OF SOME WAY YOU COULD BE FRIENDLIER AND CLOSER TO EACH
OTHER, AS IT WOULD HELP, BUT YOU ARE ALL TOO ISOLATED.
Rasa: When I begin to travel, certainly we can meet if I am in England, but
closeness on a regular basis seems possible only with the internet. Perhaps
some day we will have webcams, perhaps there will be many more of us to keep
us company. How can we keep up our enthusiasm over Matriarchy?
AIMEE: BY THINKING ABOUT IT. I KEPT MY FAITH ALIVE BY READING THE BIBLE,
THINKING OF OUR LORD, ANSWERING QUESTIONS AND DOING THE PRAYING AND HEALING.
BOTH YOU AND WILLIAM WILLNEVER GIVE UP, YOU ARE BOTH MATRIARCHS FOREVER, NO
MATTER WHAT YOU DO, YOU WILL BE THAT WAY AND NEVER CHANGE, SO IT WON'T GO
AWAY. TRY NOT TO WORRY, AND IT WILL ALL GO SMOOTHLY. THE ONLY BAD THING IS
YOUR WORRYING OR FRETTING ABOUT IT. YOU ARE BOTH A SUCCESS, YOU ARE ALL
DOING SUCCESSFUL WORK, AND SO, DO NOT BE TROUBLED.
Rasa: Thank you, Aimee, that is it for now, Eternal Rest to you in your
Comprehension of God, how Beautiful it must be!
AIMEE: WORDS CANNOT DESCRIBE THE BOUNTY AND THE BEAUTY HERE IN ETERNITY,
FOR THOSE WHO LOVED GOD. IF ONLY ALL COULD SEE IT, THEY WOULD SUFFER
ANYTHING TO GET IT. TELL THEM THAT.
Rasa: We have. Until we speak again, Infinite Love.
AIMEE: SAME HERE, MY DAUGHTER AND MY SISTER IN LOVE.
NEW RULES FOR DEVOTEES: From now on, in order to be a devotee IN GOOD
STANDING, OR ACTIVE DEVOTEE WHO RECEIVES MY POWER, you are required to do
the following: Each month send ONE DOLLAR to my Post Office Box 643,
Windsor, New York, 13865, and IF YOU CANNOT AFFORD THE DOLLAR write me and
tell me, asking me to SEND THE POWER OF THE ANOINTING NEVERTHELESS. If you
do not request the anointing monthly, it might get cut off, (unless you have
donated properly in the past) and this request insures you that you will
continue receiving my Power. I will no longer allow my devotees to take
this Anointing for granted, believing that they have to do NOTHING and can
ask me for favors while doing NOTHING for myself and the church. Obviously,
one dollar is a pittance, a small amount and a token. But since ALL OF YOU
HAD EXCUSES WHEN I ASKED FOR DECENT CONTRIBUTIONS IN THE PAST, and most of
you SIMPLY IGNORED ME FOR A LONG TIME NOT WANTING TO DONATE, I have changed
the conditions so that NO ONE WHO IS POOR CAN SAY THEY CANNOT AFFORD TO
DONATE, so here it is, the requirement to receive my power. Fulfillment of
this requirement will keep you in good standing and lack of fulfillment may
cut you off. You will see the difference when you disobey. Those who are
in Europe may send a Euro or a Pound, whatever denomination your country