We will begin here by discussing the 4th Watch doctrine. Doctrine encompasses all of the beliefs, philosophies, and regulations of a religion. Use of the term "doctrine" is generic in this chapter. Religions often have an actual document known as a doctrine which lays out the beliefs, philosophies, and regulations of the religion. What we are going to examine here in this chapter is not the official 4th Watch doctrine, but those beliefs, philosophies, and regulations of the church that are already known, or have been observed or investigated by the Watchers of the 4th Watch. Also, this chapter is not meant to be a complete manual on 4th Watch beliefs, but it should provide anyone with enough knowledge of what these persons believe to understand their cultic presence.
It is important to understand that certain beliefs, philosophies, and regulations mentioned here are officially held by the 4th Watch, perhaps even in their actual doctrine, while some are not officially held, yet implied as being so, which have been interpreted by us to be a part of their doctrine, even if it is not official. In other words, there are many beliefs and such in which the 4th Watch states as true, while other statements and actions by them have shown to be conflicting to their doctrine.
Here are a couple of examples of what we mean. An official regulation held by the 4th Watch is that the Bible is to be followed literally. Yet, they don't follow the Bible in many instances, which shows that it is not an actual regulation of the church. Another example is donating money. Of course, the 4th Watch does not officially hold the philosophy that money should be given to the church in order to make their leader rich, but it is obvious to us that it is.
It is also important to understand that some of the beliefs, philosophies, and regulations that are official to the 4th Watch, we actually believe are true, but are stated in a misleading way, and we restate them with their true meanings as evident. For example, it is stated by the 4th Watch that money is to be donated to the church as instructed by God. We agree that that is held by the 4th Watch. However, in reality, all the money goes to the cult leader, which might or might not be handled by a treasurer, and which might or might not be used for expensive purchases for the leader's expensive lifestyle.
Also, there is somewhat of a significant difference between what the top leaders of the cult believe, and what everyone else in the cult believes. An example is that we have little doubt that the top leaders are in on the leader's scam to steal money from its followers, while the followers actually believe that the leader is a special man sent by God.