ACMTC is an updated, ferocious version of the Salvation Army, bringing Captain Jesus to demon-possessed heathen all over the globe, with missions in India, the Philippines, Nepal, Nigeria, Zimbabwe and Malawi. The founders, Brigadier General Lila Green and husband Brigadier General Jim Green both served in Miami's Salvation Army in 1978, and credit them for ACMTC's military structure. Like the Salvation Army, ACMTC's emphasis is on spiritual warfare against Satan and his demonic slaves. But while the Salvation Army ministered to the drunk and vagrant of yesteryear, ACMTC ministers to modern teens, possessed by drugs, rock 'n' roll, occultism, Dungeons & Dragons, Video Games and sex, as well as to heathens, possessed by their native deities.
ACMTC battles against Satan on all fronts, with just a handful of recruits. Though they could probably spend all their time saving drug-crazed teens, they also target smaller groups such as Native Americans. But most of ACMTC's printed matter is directed to troubled teenagers and young adults, in the form of offset printed booklets boldly illustrated with clip art; they also publish comics, drawn by Jim Green. On first glance these publications look like they might be punk rock or heavy metal fanzines, but the text accompanying pictures of "satanic" symbols, Twisted Sister and Sid Vicious give them away:
The end of the age has come, and the devil's disciples are hard at work. They are mean, they are ugly, surly, and perverted. They sing a message of destruction, decay, and debauchery. They glorify death, drug addiction and sexual perversion. Their message is one that is aimed at taking as many to hell as possible, for the end has come and the devil has commissioned his disciples!!!!Teenagers who listen to Rock Music aren't merely influenced by it, they are controlled, via the music, by Satan's agents:
The master magician, satan, continues with his cheap tricks, and unsuspecting listeners become caught in his spell. Soon, their bodies become the vehicles for demons, and they are saying and doing the thoughts of demons. They become part of the demonic scheme, while they think that they are having fun, they are actually selling their souls to the devil.
Sensory bombardments, is the medium of rock music, for it is sounded everywhere and everyone is rocking. While the world is yielding itself to the rock, the devil continues to mock, thinking smugly of all those he has persuaded to follow him to hell. Through the blasting of the continual degradation, people are taught to behave as animals, to act as vampires, and to eat the flesh of others. All the acts of paganism are glorified and personified as desirable, and the actions of men and women become more VILE than words can express and the workings of EVIL are allowed to manifest through their lives and satan is delighted because he desires to reduce man who was made into the image of God into a state of utter depravity. The repetition of his brainwashing tactics is evident as morality and decency continue to erode and youth are swept away to the sea of death. More and more youth are dying of Aids having fallen to the trap of homosexuality, brainwashed by rock.
Human sacrifice will be the next step taken by these demons incarnate. With all of the glorification of satanic ritual, the offering of children is the next in the sequence of events. The land is already being polluted with blood.
With the sounds being produced today, there is quite commonly a coven of witches who place a spell on everyone who listens to the recording. Satan is very serious about his work for the witches hold a special mass, invoking the spirits of evil to come through the recording. The music of Satan is sensual, arousing the sensual side of man. Often times, people say, "I love the music, it turns me on." But, what does it turn on? It turns on the demons who have found domain in the heretofore innocent listener who thinks that it is him or her that the "music is turning on." But, the truth of the matter is that from experience in working in deliverance, I have found many, many demons in people that came in through Rock Music.The Greens themselves were once themselves possessed of demons; in fact, each of them, in their own way, had gone off the deep end as flower children in the sixties and seventies. Former ACMTC member Maura Schmierer, who later sued the group for maltreatment, says that she met Lila in 1970, after which they became quick friends, joined the hippies, and tried to "find God through nature." The two women met Jim Green when they joined a "radical, back-to-nature" group in Montana called the "Bear Tribe." Jim, then known as "Buffalo Sun," was experimenting with "blood ceremonies" where he found "pleasure inside of pain." "We used to run around the mountains and live in teepees," Schmierer says. "Jim used to run around in a loin cloth and howl at the moon."
The Greens don't deny their past, and, like many a preacher, use their own history of spiritual confusion to gain the trust of young people, and as an object lesson in demon possession.
Long before he donned a loin cloth, Jim Green had left his good Christian home in Kentucky, to seek worldly pleasures in California. When he arrived, he was "as green as the Kentucky countryside," but it wasn't long before he was spending hours wired on Crank, throwing his hunting knife and screaming, "KILL, KILL, KILL." He confesses, "the blaring HARD ROCK MUSIC provided inspiration to my insane frenzy."
Though Lila was introduced to Rock Music at an early age, her descent into Hell was no less dramatic. As a young fan, first of Elvis Presley and then the Beatles, Lila confesses that "the seeds of ROCK MUSIC were planted deep within me. Little did I realize that as the years passed and the ROCK MUSIC got rockier, that my life would follow the trend and as the music which was to lead a generation into rebellion, drugs, illicit sex, and bondage to sin, that I too would become one of many caught in the web of mesmerizing sounds. ... I seemed to flourish on wild, wanton music."
Lila and her generation weren't simply having a good time as rebellious teenagers, they were becoming tools of Satan, who caused Lila to attempt suicide no less than three times, "the last time narrowly escaping death." She had become "addicted" to marijuana, and experimented with all the hard stuff as well. At 24, Lila was completely burned out as a result of Rock Music, drugs and sex; she had fallen for the "flower power dream," following the commands of the "ROCK MUSIC PROPHETS," until "Jesus Christ reached down His hands of mercy and brought me out of the captivity of sin, freeing me from a life of drugs, free sex, and Rock Music"
Released from Satan's grip, the Greens then embarked on the fundamentalist warpath, and by 1981 had established Free Love Ministries in Sacramento, which, according to Schmierer, began as an "orthodox christian" ministry. But both Lila and Jim are natural extremists, as evidenced by their descents to the depths of rock 'n' roll depravity. Over the years, Schmierer laments, their teachings became more and more radical, and eventually, Lila began to claim that she was God's number one prophet. Religious services included Lila's sermons and prophecies, chanting, writhing on the floor, and speaking in tongues.
According to one Sacramento resident, the ACMTC maintained a "very high profile." They appeared in public in marine style clothing with a golden winged logo on their jackets; all members donned short hair, polished shoes and exhibited a "general lack of emotion." Their show on a Sacramento christian radio station, KFIA, regularly warned listeners to brace for war against Satanic forces responsible for such modern scourges as homosexuality, psychoanalysis, fornication, rock 'n' roll and pride. ACMTC's fanaticism was apparently too much for the station, and they removed ACMTC from their airwaves in 1984. By this time, not only their christian brethren but also their neighbors had begun to worry about ACMTC's activities.
In 1985 the El Dorado County sheriff's office investigated ACMTC in response to neighbors' accusations that ACMTC had been conducting armed war games in the desert. However, no weapons were found on ACMTC property. In response to the accusations, Jim Green protested, "we're nothing but a missionary training group. The only military operation out there is running and jogging."
Indeed, ACMTC literature makes it clear that, at least officially, ACMTC is concerned with spiritual, not bodily warfare; firearms are uncategorically prohibited from ACMTC grounds. But the literature also makes it clear that they are deadly serious about the DEVIL, and that they consider mainstream christians to be not only wimps, but also dupes of Satan, who "don't even know that there's a war going on."
They think that being a Christian is smiling, touching one another in love, chatting, having social parties together, hearing nice little sermons, raising nice little families. That is superficial! ... I call it "Churchianity" because that is what it is, it's not real! True Christians are going to have to fight the devil, and they are going to have to know the Lord, and they are going to have to come under command. ...Normal christians have been duped by the Devil into thinking of Jesus as a wimp, when in fact he is a fierce warrior, with a military title. According to scripture, Hebrews 2, to be exact, Jesus is the "captain" of the salvation of many sons. When Captain Jesus said "blessed are the meek," he wasn't talking about wimps:
JESUS CHRIST DIED TO REDEEM MANKIND FROM THE CAPTIVITY OF SATAN, NOT TO MAKE FALSE PEACE WITH THE DEVIL AND CALL HIM BROTHER.
There is a misconception being preached based on Matthew 5:5, "Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth." The misconception in modernism or "modern" Christianity is the portrayal of God's people as soft, meek, passive, and compromising Christians. Let me point out to you that "meek" doesn't mean "weak." Jesus Christ, our captain, doesn't want His soldiers to be weak, soft, or soggy, but rather strong in the Lord and the power of His might (Eph. 6:10). Meekness is a quality of having strength under control, being calm and confident when there is a battle being fought around you. ...With Jesus Christ as their official "Commander-in-Chief," ACMTC was keenly aware of the battle being fought around them. Their war with the Devil heated up in early 1988, when Maura Schmierer filed a lawsuit against Free Love Ministries, asking for $20 million in damages. Schmierer had escaped from a small shed at the ACMTC compound the previous year. She claimed that the Greens had accused her of loving her husband more than God, brainwashed her, changed her name to "Forsaken," and then forced her and another brainwashed member to stay in a 5 x12 foot wooden shed for ten weeks, their only nourishment consisting of tiny peanut butter sandwiches. Schmierer's 5-year-old son's name was also changed--to "Demon"--when the Greens accused him of being possessed.
For the Greens, Schmierer's lawsuit, among other conflicts, was just further evidence of their constant battle with Satan. In a personal letter to a correspondent--a few months after the lawsuit was filed--they wrote, "Please be aware that the message that we preach is one that Satan hates, and if you step forward into spreading the message to others you are asking for a big fight with the devil. The messages are anointed and they set people free through the power of the Holy Spirit, so be prepared to fight if you start distributing the army message." They knew this all too well from experience.
The Greens were used to this kind of warfare, and it seemed as though the lawsuit didn't faze them; they never even showed up in court. However, late in 1988, the Greens must have begun to worry, because Lila got word from God that Schmierer's lawyer, Bob Blasier would soon be run over by a truck. When that prophecy didn't pan out, she predicted that he would be struck down by God's wrath. When that prophecy didn't pan out either, the Greens were in serious trouble.
In 1989, the court ordered ACMTC to pay Schmierer $1.2 million; they had lost the lawsuit by default. Not too surprisingly they didn't come up with the money, so Blasier had their compound seized by the court. When an attempt was made to assess its value, however, Free Love Ministries had vacated the premises, which was found to be in ruins. They had apparently demolished the Sacramento compound shortly before fleeing to one of their missions in Mozambique, though the Greens deny this. Neighbors, however had observed them tearing down parts of the buildings, and loading them into vans.
ACMTC attempted to set up new headquarters in Butte County, about 80 miles north of Sacramento, but Blasier was hot on their trail, and had a lien put on their new property, as well. Around this time, in a letter to another correspondent, they explained that they had been forced to close their doors because of "extreme persecution." Though they might give in to a judge, they'd never stop fighting Satan. "We're busier than ever. Our work has tripled because of persecution!"
Free Love Ministries was on the run, but finally settled in Klamath Falls, Oregon, only 3 months after they had set up in Butte County. But by then, ACMTC had dwindled to only about 19 people.
As of 1992, the Greens would appear to be back in full force, focusing their printed attacks on abortion, homosexual rights, animal rights, rap music and christian rock. Lila now signs her articles, "Deborah L. Green," and ACMTC now calls itself by yet another name, the "Life Force Team."
In substance, ACMTC hasn't changed. Whether or not they learned anything from their experiences in the eighties, remains to be seen. It would appear from their latest newsletters that the Greens are indestructible.
© 1995, Donna Kossy