the Final Judgement
Robert de Grimston
Founder and Leader of
As It Is,
is a look at the "Death" Issue of the "The Process" magazine
from January 1972 which includes the infamous "Manson Article" written
by Charly himself. Also a look at the last issue of the "Processeans"
magazine from May 1974. The same month when the Process Church became the
"Foundation Faith of the Millennium" through a 'SCHISM' instigated by Robert de Grimston's wife Mary "the Oracle.' This insight
into "The Process," through two of it's magazines, is brought to you
through four successive pages.
the Final Judgement
The Process Church is totally unrelated to
"Process Theology" which is a belief system promoted by some liberal
Protestant theologians and developed by Charles Hartshorne. It looks upon God
and the rest of the universe as being in process, in a state of constant change.
The Process evolved out of a self-help group
founded in London, England by Robert de Grimston ("The Teacher").
To a Processean, "The Process" means change - specifically, the
changes necessary to avoid the end of the world with its associated judgment.
From 1964 to 1974, Processeans were traveled
throughout Europe and North America and organized Traveling, Administrative, and
Open Chapters. Church leaders wrote books such as "Exit", "As It
Is", "For Christ Is Come", and other titles which the Church used
as its reference texts. By mid-1974, several Chapters in the US and one in
Canada were operating, with headquarters in Washington DC Free shops for
clothing and Free Kitchens for food dispersed donations in all of the Chapters.
In the communities where Chapters were located, Processeans took on a variety of
projects and received grants from local and state government agencies. Mass
feeding stations were established in 'skid-row' areas where Chapters were
present; these operated on a daily basis for years. Ministers and Lay-members
took part in community action programs and responded to natural disasters
alongside the Red Cross and the Salvation Army. Weekly visitations to homes for
the elderly, blind, and mentally handicapped were a regular weekly occurrence.
In some Chapters, prison ministries were set-up.
The Process welcomed all through its doors. The
Church legally ordained women as Priests. The was an equal balance of the sexes
in the ruling body and in the operational and administration of the Church and
its Chapters. It performed wedding ceremonies, baptisms and ordinations. The
Church opposed the Vietnam War but left the decision of military enlistment up
to the individual.
A crisis occurred in 1974. Robert de Grimston
gradually removed himself from daily Church administration & activities.
Disputes arose between the ruling body of the Church and The Teacher. This
ultimately led to the dismissal of Robert de Grimston as Chief Theologian. The
ruling body legally dissolved The Process. After unsuccessfully trying to
reorganize a group of Processeans in Massachusetts, the Teacher returned to
In 1979 The Process was reformed as a loosely knit
group, under new leadership. In 1987 a vigorous expansion effort began. Private
Chapters were established in which individuals operated programs aimed at
helping the homeless become self-sufficient.
In 1988, the Society Of Processeans was
formed as a largely secular organization. In 1993, the faith and teachings of
The Process were declared obsolete, the Archives were destroyed and the Church
dissolved. Members continue, organized as a self-help organization. The future
The Process Church published the magazine "Process"
and a monthly newsletter "The Processeans".
The Church taught that Love conquers Evil, and thereby
eliminates conflict. The basis of their religion was the book of Matthew in the
Christian Scriptures (New Testament). They believe in a single unknowable God;
God simply "is". Jesus Christ was seen as a Unifier; Satan as a
separator, perhaps created by God to test mankind. They believe in the "Law
of the Universe" which is "as you give, so shall you receive".
All matter is seen as sacred, because it stems from God. In its earlier days,
Ministers wore large surrounding black capes to promote their "mourning the
death of the world unless we change" message.
Christ's teachings to "love your enemies"
became their prime rule of behaviour. They love the individual, but not his/her
evil deeds. These beliefs led to a love for Satan - not to his acts but to
Satan, the Being.
The Process taught a dual concept of divinity. That
is, that there are two more or less equal powers in the universe: Christ and
Satan; one all good - the other all bad. The historic roots of this belief are
traceable to the Zoroastrians in Persia in the 6th Century BCE.
Deviating from traditional Christianity, God and
Satan are not opposite and conflicting supernatural entities. They are both
believed to contribute to the world and the rest of the universe. Their long
standing enmity has disappeared. Jesus is pictured as the judge at the end time,
while Satan becomes the executor of Christ's judgments.
Misinformation about The Process:
The Process held to a unique theology which worshipped
God while loving Satan. Being an open and proselytizing religious organization,
they were exposed to criticism by other Christians. Having such an unorthodox
response to Satan, they were easily misunderstood.
A book about Charles Manson, "The Family",
claimed that Manson was a member of The Process. The Church obtained apologies
and retractions to the book after it brought about a suit against the publisher.
Because of the time it took to bring about the retractions, a large portion of
book sales had occurred; so many of the books (without retractions) are on
shelves today. The connection between Manson and the Process has not completely
been corrected. Manson was never a registered member of The Process. A group of
Processeans visited him in prison and confirmed that he had never been involved
in the local Chapter.
More recently, a book was published that claimed a
second mass murderer, David Berkowitz, the "Son of Sam" was
also a member of The Process. The book stated that The Process was a network of
killers and that Berkowitz was a look-out and did not take part in all of the
killings. This conflicts with the police investigators who believed that
Berkowitz was operating on his own. If they thought otherwise, the police
certainly would have investigated the Church. Berkowitz claimed to have been a
Satanist, and to have converted to Evangelical Christianity in prison. He
claimed that the "Sam" in "Son of Sam" came from the name of
the Celtic God of the Dead, Samhain (which he pronounced "Sam-hane").
His story is suspect, because his pronunciation is incorrect, the Celts never
had a God of the Dead, there is no God by the name of Samhain and because
Satanists do not worship Celtic Gods. In reality, Samhain means "end of
summer", was a Celtic seasonal day of celebration, and remains a
Assemblies were held in a room that had a Christian
Cross on one wall and, on the opposite side of the room, a Goat of Mendes (a
goat's head in a pentagram) which symbolizes Satan. The Process version of this
symbol had the pentagram placed upright. The Goat of Mendes was later removed as
part of Process symbolism. An round altar was in the centre of the room, covered
with a Process motif. Candles were arranged on the altar pointing to the four
cardinal directions; this symbolized their unity with all of creation.
Frankincense was burned in the center of the altar as a symbol of Christ being
at the heart of The Process. Members attending the ritual sat on cushions on the
floor in concentric circles around the altar. To the rear was a music section
usually with guitars, singers, sitar, piano and drums. Because Saturday was the
traditional Sabbath (Sunday being the Christian day of rest), the main service
of the week was called the Sabbath Assembly. It was held Saturday Evening at 7
p.m. The Christmas Assembly was held on Christmas Eve. Weddings occurred in all
Chapters. The Process married same-sex couples in the same fashion as
opposite-sex couples (however registry's tended to differ on the legal part of
same-sex weddings). Chapters were closed on Sundays and Christmas Day.
OF THE FINAL JUDGMENT
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Here are over five hundred pages of internal Process Church of the
Final Judgment documents. Everything available from chants & hymns
to more well known works such as "A Candle in Hell" to otherwise
unavailable foundational documents like the "Xtul Dialogues" is
collected here. The Process Church of the Final Judgment was a group
that operated in the '60s into the very early '70s that believed in
a worldview that accepted Lucifer, Jehovah, Satan and Christ as
partners in a larger godhead. Lucifer and Satan were not the enemies
of Christ and Jehovah but instead were aspects of the self to be
explored, just as the other two were. Since Satan and Lucifer are
both worked with it could be argued that this collection is like a
second Satanic Bible, albeit one that also includes otherwise "white