The Potters House Fellowship
The Potters House fellowship Fremantle is christian pentecostal (evangelist) church and community of born-again christians; a branch of the larger Potters House congregation, started by Wayman Mitchell in 1970 in Prescott, Arizona.Due to disagreements concerning the Training of future Pastors Mitchell segregated from the International Church of the Foursquare Gospel and quickly began to amass a large following that has steadily risen up to todays’ 1,716 churches in 110 nationsI throughout the world.
Described by many as a Cult or Sect it is in my opinion still questionable whether these terms and analysis methods such as the BITE model are sufficient for a critique that seeks to contextualize Religion,Christianity and its community modi within Capitalism and Ideology.
The Fremantle ‘fellowship’ is a small,multicultural and devout community led by pastor Glenn Anderson who was previously pastor at the South-Western Australian Geraldton ‘fellowship’.Speaking in Tongues,Witnessing (miracles and conversions),Street Preaching and Establishing Missions in ‘3rd ‘ world countries are some of the tasks and duties of the Potters House Fellowship members who are drawn into the group by the these activities and hereby act as multipliers. Depending on the members’ Gender and age-group Creche,Leisure,’Study’,Drama or Musical activities are on offer by the Fellowship and help to incorporate isolated members of the fellowship and enable further conditioning.
But it is not my intention to categorise religion into moderate (good) and fundamentalist/cultist (bad) as it is religion and belief itself which has to be analysed as an ‘inverted consciousness of the world’- using text and image.
I. Upstairs and Roof
If in all ideology men and their circumstances appear upside-down as in a camera obscura, this phenomenon arises just as much from their historical life-process as the inversion of objects on the retina does from their physical life-process.
“I” am in the place from which a voice is heard clamouring “the universe is a defect in the purity of Non-being.” And not without reason, for by protecting itself, this place makes Be-ing itself languish. This place is called jouissance and it is the absence of this that makes the universe vain
II.Basement and Storage
The domination of the thing over man, of dead over living labour, of the product over the producer…at the level of production…we find the same relationship as obtains at the level of ideology, in religion: the subject is transformed into object and vice versa…
Objects inscribed with their own histories and becomings -Documents.Subject to document.Witnessing entails the communication of a story of being born again,a miracle,a healing or overcoming evil in one’s life.Hereby each person itself is a document inscribed with the narrative and dependencies of the community and the respective families.
III.Garden and Street
The Emerald Cockroach Wasp is mostly native to the Pacific islands and Southeastern Asia, and it’s unique in that it is a brightly coloured, solitary wasp with a complex, paralytic venom.When it comes time for the female wasp to lay her eggs, she seeks out a cockroach and stings it in a precise spot in its nerve cell tissue to paralyze its front legs, then stings it the thorax region to disable the escape reflex. She then chews off half the roach’s antennae, and uses the stubs to lead the zombified roach around like a dog on a leash until they reach her burrow where she lays her eggs in its stomach, and buries it alive. The lobotomized roach then rests paralyzed whilst the larvae Inside of it hatches, and proceeds to systematically eat the roach’s internal organs in a specific order that keeps it alive until the very end, at which point the hatched wasp finishes hollowing out the shell and emerges from the burrow.
“Man makes religion, religion does not make man. Religion is indeed man’s self-consciousness and self-awareness so long as he has not found himself or has already lost himself again. But, man is no abstract being squatting outside the world. Man is the world of man – state, society. This state and this society produce religion, which is an inverted consciousness of the world, because they are an inverted world. Religion is the general theory of this world, its encyclopaedic compendium, its logic in popular form, its spiritual point d’honneur, it enthusiasm, its moral sanction, its solemn complement, and its universal basis of consolation and justification. It is the fantastic realisation of the human essence since the human essence has not acquired any true reality. The struggle against religion is, therefore, indirectly the struggle against that world whose spiritual aroma is religion.”