Rascal: Yoneq aka Elbert "Gene" Spriggs, Leader, 'The Twelve  Tribes of Israel'

Rascally Act:  Claiming direct communication line with God; Enslaving weak brains to farm work in return for food and a bed (and nothing more); Cavorting around town and the world enjoying debauchery and pay-to-see nekkid ladies.

Rascally Details: Yoneq aka Elbert "Gene" Spriggs, former high school teacher, decided at some point in the late 60's or 70's to quit teaching and start talking to God. The result of these talks with God led Yoneq aka Elbert "Gene" Spriggs to create and lead the Twelve Tribes, an international religious cult with origins in Chattanooga, TN in the early 70's. Twelve Tribes dogma is based on Old Testament Jewish Law and Christian Gospel (with a few of Spriggs direct quotes from God thrown in for a good controlling measure). 

This Rascal and his underlings prey on the weak- and narrow-minded by requiring members to give up all their possessions and then confining them to various communes aka slave labor farms where they toil the land for a pittance of food and ramshackle housing. Meanwhile, Yoneq aka Elbert "Gene" Spriggs jetsets around the world, or can be found in town at the local titty club.

Like most Rascal-based organizations, the Twelve Tribes has burned through afew different names, only to be changed when additional child abuse or wife beating charges were filed, to keep up "image" (see Altria aka Phillip Morris).  Some of those names include: Northeast Kingdom Community Church, Church of God, The New Apostolic Order in Messiah, The Church in Island Pond and generally, The Communities. Speaking about people that either leave or oppose the cult, Spriggs says, "both those who lie and those who listen to lies are worthy of the lake of fire."

Members of the Twelve Tribes must give up all physical possessions to begin a life of volunteer slave-based farmwork. Families are expected to love God above each other, the women are subservient and often "kept in-line with a strong hand from God" (delivered, of course, by God's loving servant, the husband). Children are disciplined by the long tail of a whip, and it is the responsibility of all adults to "discipline" the children, regardless of who are the parents.

Yoneq aka Elbert "Gene" Spriggs is a special kind of Rascal, and the type that is so endearing to us here at Rascal of the Day: the Rascal with a direct communication line to the Big Man Upstairs (because God obviously has a penis).

At left: Circle up for a Maypole-inspired peasant dance!

This band of peasant attire-wearing hippies represents the Twelve Tribes. These missionaries travel around the country seeking those psychologically-weakened individuals to "climb aboard" and "come slave away with us on one of our farms." The bus can be found at hippie rock festivals posing as "First Aid" or "Organic Kitchen", fertile grounds for the saving of lost souls, especially the young and drugged-out kind that are easily convinced to live a communal lifestyle. Once people join Twelve Tribes, they must give up all Earthly possessions, so that Yoneq aka Elbert "Gene" Griggs will have the funding to visit as many international titty bars as possible.


"I knew something was awry when I climbed aboard that bus full of hippies and didn't smell any smoke."


All cult leaders need financial resources to successfully pull off their ruse, and Yoneq aka Elbert "Gene" Spriggs is no different. In addition to the capital raised by selling off members' possessions, Spriggs has relied for nearly thirty years on proceeds from the Yellow Deli. First operated in Chattanooga, the Yellow Deli has spread to other areas where Twelve Tribes groups are organized and locked onto some remote piece of farmland.


It seems that the vegan sandwich and confiscating possessions businesses are going quite well for Yoneq aka Elbert "Gene" Spriggs. So well, in fact, that he bought a sailing vessel aka 'Peacemaker' to sail through the world's loveliest ports, in hopes of snaring a few wayward souls to come "help out" on one of the slave farms.


At left: Just another flashy method to lure in those wayward souls willing to give up their labor for a piece of bread and dirt floor. Coming soon to a harbor near you.


At left: Yoneq aka Elbert "Gene" Spriggs poses, smiling with his dear wife, or "his whipping post" as he affectionately calls her.

Yoneq aka Elbert "Gene" Spriggs: communicator with God, beneficiary of weak-brained slave labor, international titty club king, Rascal Extraordinaire, we give ya a twenty-one whip salute, ya Rascal!!!

5/3/2011 06:35:07 pm

The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today.

H J Howe
12/11/2011 03:30:24 am

tis easy to take shots aat others as you do. shame. i know this group. they have also helped many wayward folks. you capitalize and sensationalize. search your own heart and motives please.

1/15/2014 07:14:01 am

i was like yoneqs child. he and his wife took me from my mom wen i was2. they r pure evil wraped up in a veil of "truth and godliness" but they r just opportunist with really good manipulation skills. they hav set it up that no one can even question anything they do or say. for if u do u will surely burn in an eternity in the lake of fire.
they r predators of the worst kind.

Justin Johnson
8/11/2012 09:31:24 am

None of that stuff Is true prove to me yoneq hangs out in titty clubs

11/13/2013 01:33:31 am

CHILD PUNISHMENT is frequent and painful for even the slightest attitude or foolishness.
Corporal punishment may be applied by any adult Twelve Tribes member with love.
“The blueness of the wound drives away all evil.””
(October 1980 Child Training -Notes from Teachers Meeting - Page 5)
“Unless your son has blue wounds, by this standard, you know what kind of a
standard is in you — it is the spirit that hates your son. If one is overly concerned about
his son receiving blue marks you know that he hates his son and hates the word of God.”
(No date – Execution of Justice – Page 1)
“We must beat respect into our children. [Unraveling The Races Of Man]

11/13/2013 01:35:31 am

Elbert Eugene Spriggs "Yoneq" Twelve Tribes Teachings on the following:
BLACK SLAVERY is taught, for dark-skinned people who do not join the Tribes.

“What a marvelous opportunity that blacks could be brought over here to be slaves so that they could be found worthy of the nations. A good master would work by the sweat of his brow. If his slaves were lazy and disrespectful he would beat them, which is what he was supposed to do.” (Cham, Island Pond, 3/19/91)

“Striving for civil rights is of the world – it is disorder to the established social order. In the social order of the world there is distinction between black and white. We shouldn’t try to change it and mess it up. It is going against something fundamental. Cham (blacks) should have been a slave all through history.” (Unraveling the Races of Man)

“If the slaves were mistreated, it was the fault of the slave. Even if the master was unreasonable the slave was to bear up under it. This was Cham’s (black people’s) discipline. For 4000 years Israel had slaves….Cham was a servant (slave) to Shem. This is the Word. You can’t break the Word. The more men try to liberate Cham (black people), the worse he gets. It is more destructive for man to try to redeem himself, changing social order. The three races are to be distinct.” (Unraveling the Races of Man)

“Niger means black. When people first started saying this word, it wasn’t bad, but it became a curse word, having a bad connotation. Before civil rights black men would say, ‘Yes, boss man’ in the south. Yes man, no man. This was respect. We need respect in people. We must beat respect into our children. Cham must get this respect in them. These blacks during the pre-civil rights time, were really slaves – they had respect for people. They got along well because they were submissive…” [Unraveling the Races of Man]

“Cham is no longer, to his detriment, slaves or servants to Shem. This is a terrible thing, a great deception. It is of the anti-Christ to think Cham is emancipated when he really is not emancipated.” [Cham, Island Pond 6/26/90]

“This is what Cham should be like in the world – like black nannies – this is sort of what they were to do. They were to be helper to Shem. It was to be a natural thing. There is nothing wrong with this. Civil Rights, forced equality is anti-Christ, trying to change the heart – it can’t be done.” [Unraveling the Races of Man]

“The politicians and Martin Luther King have taken the provision away (a place in the “Nations”). There is no equal for the hatred Martin Luther King had for the black people.” [Cham, Island Pond 3/19/91]

“Martin Luther King was filled with every evil spirit there is to say Cham doesn’t have to serve Shem. All manner of evil filled that man.” [Cham, Island Pond 3/19/91]

11/13/2013 01:36:58 am

The main purpose of the communities is to try to eventually raise up the 144,000 celibate male evangelists from the "Twelve Tribes" mentioned in the Bible Book of Revelation. The members are taught that they alone are the "true Jews" "the chosen people of God" and only they are being forgiven by God. So there's frequent punishment of children to "obey on the first command" with the hope that the children will always "obey without questioning and reasoning" and remain as adults in the Tribes, and raise up more obedient children, so the 144,000 can be born someday. They believe if they don't produce the 144,000, then Jesus cannot return, and the Earth will remain under the control of Satan. They refer to all Christian churches as the Whore Babylon mentioned in Revelation. It's interesting to note that the writing style in the original languages of Revelation is not similar to St. John's writing style in the Gospel of John at all. When you are a Tribes member, you have to believe everything you are told to believe without question, it's "apostolic" (from Apostle Gene Spriggs, "Yoneq"), if you don't you will be asked to leave the communities. If your children are deemed to deserve punishment, they will be punished, whether you agree with it or not. You either punish them, or someone else will. I and other ex-members left the Tribes due to the Child Training Manual, and having to hit our children so frequently. I won't get into the home circumcisions, required home births, and tight "swaddling" and "restraining" of babies, and medical neglect cases.


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