Numerous old reports of organized Molokane outside of Northern California are false. Congregations that use the Dukh i zhizn' (short title) are loosely networked transformed faiths not in koinonia (unity, fellowship, brotherhood, partnership, full communion : They have no uniform liturgy, no central office, no public phone number, no official representatives or central organization,(7) no official website or centralized world-wide network, and no journal or newsletter.
Please properly use these 3 transliterated Russian terms in honest respect, to set the record straight. Her bir topluluk 1 ya da daha fazla peygamber vardır. ——————————— Short answer to question 1: Why do so many falsely call themselves "Molokan"? They are more than 3 different categories of faiths/ religions. ——————————————————————————— A simple historical classification system (below) defines confused sub-groups of non-dukhobor* Spiritual Christians, who, a century ago were told by Demens and Young in Los Angeles that they should all claim to be "Molokans" in America no matter what or who they were in Russia, or became in America.Avoid confusing English labels, except to define the original labels in the Russian language. To hide a complicated, confusing and illegal history in Old Russia, which misled descendants' understanding of their origins; and it is a safe easy incorrect word to use in English. Though many resisted name hijacking, the false identity transformation was gradually adopted until it passed a tipping-point by W. II, probably because outsiders used this simpler label and real Molokane 400 miles away in San Francisco did not object.Avoid misinformation and disinformation published after 1900. The false label confuses histories of diverse faiths which are not Molokan, and should not be used except for actual Molokane. Molokane have a central hierarchy (a bureaucracy), published contacts and content on the Internet, meetings, conventions, buildings, interfaith representation, and a long a history of publications in Russia.Other Spiritual Christian (non-Orthodox, sectarian) groups with origins in Old Russia that resettled in North America (Adventisty, Baptisti, Dukhobortsy, Evangeliki, Pyatidesyatniki, Shalaputi, Subbotniki, Svobodniki, etc.) are not the focus of this taxonomy, though they are also sometimes mixed with, intermarried, and naively mislabeled as "Molokan" along with other faiths and people in the Russian Empire and North America. It's silly, like calling all animals with 4 feet and a tail "cats" because you don't know the other names (dog, horse, mouse, sheep, wolf, etc.); or a mechanic/ carpenter/ cook not knowing the names of their tools (calling everything "hammer" because it has a stick handle). They are Bible-centered Christians in Russia, not Orthodox, who kept about 10% of Orthodox ritual.* This is label best matches the short name for the holy book. Can you imagine working with someone who always calls a screwdriver "hammer," a frying pan "hammer," or a pipe-wrench "hammer"? A more accurate label for this faith is Non-Fasters, because they were Christian people in Russia who did not comply with the ~200 fasting days required by the Russian Orthodox Church.
They intentionally mislabeled all Spiritual Christians from Russia in Southern California as "Molokans" for their own different altruistic reasons.
Young, independently at different times intervened to help diverse groups of immigrants from Russia to resettle in the United States and Mexico.
Much misunderstanding results from erroneous history about migration to North America about 1900.
Too often Molokane are confused with Dukhobortsy and many other sects that pretended to be Molokane when they fled from Russia, and/or arrived in California.
Only about 500 Molokane (100 families) migrated to California where most settled in San Francisco and Northern California.
After February 1906, there was never an organized Molokan congregation in South California, Mexico or Canada, only in San Francisco and later in Sheridan (north of Sacramento). A., not in Russia, as new religious movements which use the Russian language holy book Kniga solnste, dukh i zhizn' in addition to the Russian Bible.