Building new Solomon’s Temple by robbing in the name of “Jesus”

Universal Church of the Kingdom of God builds God’s temple by robbing people in Brazil.

A copy-cat Zion, build by World of faith preachers of prosperity in Brazil.

The controversial movement, based in Brazil. The movement also uses the name ”Stop Suffering.” Promotes word-faith teachings, with a particular emphasis on the seed-faith doctrine.

 The controversial Universal Church of the Kingdom of God in Sao Paulo Brazil has received permission to build a new church building and it will be a replica of Solomon’s Temple.  At a cost of $200 million, it will seat 10,000 people and house a replica of the Ark of the Covenant.

Source: Apologetic ministry.

Since its theology and practices are far outside those of normal, biblical Christianity, this movement is considered to be a cult of Christianity.

Believers are promised healing and riches – for a price. The more one gives, the more miracles one will reap, The Post heard preachers say in church branches in four boroughs.

‘Give USD 500, USD 100, USD 50,” a Brooklyn bishop pleaded recently in a branch in a converted movie house on Fourth Avenue in the Boerum Hill section of Brooklyn. ”When you give freely, you will prosper.”

In Woodside, Queens, a pastor bellows out to his followers: ”Unless you give, you cannot be blessed.”

Regina Cerveira, the Universal Church’s chancellor and spiritual administrator in New York, insists that a higher donation doesn’t buy a better blessing.

”A person who gives $500 is not going to get more blessings than someone who just gives USD 100.”

But ex-pastor Mario Justino said that during a decade of preaching for the Universal Church in Brazil, Portugal and Brooklyn, his superiors instructed him to ”tell the people, ‘If you don’t give, God does not look at your problems.”’
Holy-roller church cashes in on faithful, New York Post, July 23, 2000

It claims to offer protection from black magic and attracts millions of followers. But the murder of Anna Climbie – in one of Britain’s worst ever cases of child abuse – has raised troubling questions about the Universal Church of the Kingdom of God.
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  The Universal Church has already got into trouble over its claim that evil spirits are the cause of people’s woes. In 1997, the Advertising Standards Authority banned a church poster that said: ”Constant headaches, depression, insomnia, fears, bad luck, strange diseases . . . These are just a few symptoms caused by demons.”

 But now the deliverance service has dragged the church into its darkest controversy yet. It was to one of these services that eight-year-old Anna Climbie, the little girl who died of hypothermia after being tied up in a bathtub in one of Britain’s worst ever cases of child abuse, was to have been taken by her adoptive mother, Marie Kouao.

The exorcists, The Guardian (England), Jan. 15, 2001

My comment:

Many scoffers will come using the Bible to extort money, and to demonize all kind of issues.  They also appear on so-called Christian TV, and shouts “praise Jesus” and “Halleluja”.

Jesus the Messiah gave us a stern warning:

 Matthew 24:4-5
Jesus answered: “Watch out that no one deceives you. For many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am the Messiah,’ and will deceive many.

Written by Ivar

40 thoughts on “Building new Solomon’s Temple by robbing in the name of “Jesus”

  1. If you do not in believe in giving and receiving do not judge or critisize. No one is forced to give anything besides why don’t you publish the givers’ side of the story and why they continue to give? May God have mercy on your soul

    1. This “church” is Evil and the Evil would come as the Bible preaches to preach in the name of the Lord. This organization which is just for the profit of very few should not be allowed in any country in the world as it is false and where the Evil preaches using the name of God!
      If you do not agree is because you are also part of the Evil that resides within this organization.

    2. And more Sir, the very one Demon that called himself “Bispo Macedo” is a liar, thief, and more Evil himself. I call him the AntiChirst which aim money on politics and so would rise from it. Any intelligent soul in this planet shoud believe a single letter of any single word that that Monster Human Evil preaches and that he teaches and inserts in the minds of idiot people that get poorer contributing to the riches of the so called Evil bispo macedo (lower case). That person is the Evil encarnated in human form to cheat you. The Bible says it right: The Evil would come to rob and destroy. Whatever you like it or nor Mr. evil yourself. This is the true!

  2. I too was the pastor in the chrch, God will bless them if they are doing what is right,yet if the motive is to make money then,may God deal with them. My advise to you is that look at God not man………..cause man is full of fault.

    God bless your’ll
    Nicholars Maphasa

  3. YES that church demands a lot of money and if you don’t have it after a couple of months being a member, there is something wrong with you or should i say “you have demons” is that right? one pastor said that making the members those with little fill very little in did. the more money you give the greater is your faith. someone might say that is not true but I was there and I saw it all and saw them all to the one who droped the uckg in SOUTH AFRICA macelo Bira willinton crivella and them pastors big ones and small ones

    1. If you want tO give a charity there is nothing wrong . It’s for making the church better everything is free there. It’s better not tO say anything . God bless.

  4. There are many souls that are save in the Universal Church,through offering we have manage to spread the gospel more than 200 countrys,many people have receive Jesus Christ in their life all over the world,In the church we dont force people to give,but they believe that when they give,they shall receive its written in the bible,and we have many people who we suffering but Jesus bless them,

  5. I’m sorry to burst your bubble but no one is forced to give anything.
    we give out of love ,fear and respect to our
    Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.many lives have been changed as well as my own in this church.while it is true our pastors ask for offerings that may exceed your liking,(the writer Ivar’s) ,some people have a very blessed financial life acquired while becoming members so therefore are willing and able to give more then others.How is that a robbery?
    I myself have never heard any pastor say there is a set price for salvation other then what is written in the bible and that is your 100% belief in the Lord.you should ask yourself , How is this a church robbing people of their money and yet is contributing the funds to a temple to glorify GOD? a place of worship? woudn’t the Bishop Macedo rather buy mansions , fast cars , jewels and expensive paintings for himself instead? I mean common that’s what you would do MR Ivar,Right? what Bishop Macedo and the church are doing is no different then what is asked of the members to do,and that’s give to help spread the word of God.either way Ivar, I pray for you and welcome you to one of our churches so you can “see for yourself” what really goes on at The Universal Church Kingdom Of God.

    1. Your comment: How is this a church robbing people of their money and yet is contributing the funds to a temple to glorify GOD? a place of worship? woudn’t the Bishop Macedo rather buy mansions , fast cars , jewels and expensive paintings for himself instead? I mean common that’s what you would do MR Ivar,Right? what Bishop Macedo and the church are doing is no different then what is asked of the members to do,and that’s give to help spread the word of God.

      My comment: The church I attend- the members can give to the church. The money is used to feed the hungry, clothed the homeless, and to preach the Word of God in poor countries-such as Guatemala, which my pastor recently came from. The pastor of my church do not drive fancy cars, does not have a home paid for by a mortgage. He takes public transportation, and rents an apartment like some of us. The rest of the money is used to run the small one story church I attend.

      So no I don’t believe that “many” would take the Lord’s money and put it to their own use.

      Acts 20:35 In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’

  6. Hi Everyone, I am actually member on that church and what I know is: I was sick with hepatitis A and C, Anemia, used to drink, smoke, very hot temper, anger issues, nervous, no money, debts, misery and to day I am: healed from all diseases, free from addictions, no more anger, depression, completely transformed, blessed financially and possible ways. This work is serious, I ask you when you went there personally to see with your own eyes their work? Don’t tell me you are writing based in what other say, internet etc? I believe that we should right about what we really know.

    May God forgive you for your words, you don’t know what you say.

    1. Dear Jorge,

      Jesus healed you, “your faith has made you well” (Luke 18:42) and it had nothing to do with this “church” or building.

      Praise the Lord, for the Psalmist proclaimed: “If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast. If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me and the light become night around me,” even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you. For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. Praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” (Ps. 139)

      And just like Jacob when God manifested His favor toward Him at Bethel (a place of prayer), you don’t need to continue going to this “church” or any building that spreads error to find Him.

      His great grace and mercy found you when you sought Him by faith — even though at the time, you were not aware of what made you well.

      “When Jacob awoke from his sleep, he thought, “Surely the LORD is in this place, and I was not aware of it” (Gen. 28:16).

      1. Excuse me.

        Those that claim to follow the Lord go to his house. Even Jesus parents and Jesus himself went to the temple. This only makes sense. For example, if you wanted to talk to a friend and had the ability to talk to them over the phone or see them face to face would you not choose to go to their house instead? (remember your first crush…think about it). The same goes for our God. What you are referring to is when we call to God by faith we know he is there. The church or any church for that matter that practices the word of God and is not afraid to tell the truth to its members is the church I know God lives in.

        The UCKG church just happens to be that church for me and for you to say that you do not need to go to church to have a relationship with God shows how far away from God you really are because those who have a relationship/marriage with our Lord Jesus Christ are thirsty for him and congregate in a place or places where he can be found in truth and in spirit.

        You are mistaken my friend. On Sunday you should be at God’s house thanking him for your week, Before you eat you should thank him for the food you have been given. When you wake up or you go to sleep you should thank him for the blessings and opprotunities and the very air you breath because HE has given all of this to you. The Lord expects you to tithe 10% of all of what you receive this is the ring on your finger and his finger simbolizing fidelity. THIS my friend is being a follower of God and there is more but I wont get into full detail because you my friend need to be born again and be born of Water and God. If you dont know what this means read: John3:5 (Jesus answered, “Very truly I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless they are born of water and the Spirit.) your salvation may depend on it.

        May God bless and guide you and give you his wisdom.

  7. If universal church is ” robbing the church” then why is it expanding. God is justice right .? Then he hasn’t stopes the bishop you can see what kind order it is by it’s fruits. The church isn’t robbing if it was it would have been exposed already . The church has been there for quite a lot of years already. Haven’t you seen the testimonies ? Over more than a thousand.! HAve you been there? Look at it , it is expanding it’s even in China! Wow . It’s a good church . For the benefit of the people.

  8. Mr Gaona said it all! I had my encounter with God in this church and I was baptized with the Holy Spirit and today my life has been transformed and I glorify God in everything I do. Yes I give tithes as it is our OBLIGATION to give back to God what is rightfully HIS. God bless all those who speak so wrongfully about a church that is saving so many souls and lives! ““Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.” Matthew 5:11-12
    To those who don’t believe in this church, don’t be so religious, if you practice EVERYTHING the Holy Bible teaches you, you will be doing God’s will and pretty much everything this church teaches too. God bless!

  9. God is not a God of Magic, if you dod your part he does his, but there’s also something you have to understand abou the church, like so many other church in the world, the UCKG is not perfect, and some pastor of course say things that are not correct, and this you can observe the same in politic, at work, etc. NOBODY is perfect, it doesn’t mean that we have to keep on doing wrong, we have to improve. I’m a member of the UCKg, I’m free to not give or to give my money, I dont tell anyone in the church because they will say I losing trust in God’s promises. I dont agree of the money issue at the UCKG but still going to the church

  10. God loves a cheerful giver my dear friends. This is what blesses people in UCKG. The Pr may speak strong about offering to awaken your faith but at the end of the day the choice is yours no one is pushed to give in any form. May God give U wisdom n understanding.

  11. May the Lord forgive those who are still in the dark, by accusing the uckg church for robbing people they don’t kn what they saying, it is written in the script that the Lord like a cheerful giver, wake up my dear friends the world is coming to an end seek him while u still can, so as it for u still in the dark I INVITE U TO COME TO JESUS

  12. I have been attending the church in Brooklyn as well as Queens for almost 8 years now.. My mother first came to the church around 20 years ago when my father who is muslim kidnapped my brother and I and took us to Pakistan and never planned on returning. For a month my mother didnd hear from him and on the first day she recieved a prayer my father called and said we were coming home. My family lived in misery. We lived on welfare, but thanks to the blessings God has given us through the offering, tithes, and sacrifices we have given we live abundantly and we have prospered beyond our wildest dreams!! Because whoever gives will recieve. My family is restored. We have pesce prosperity and love. All of this God has done in my life… How can you speak against the men God uses on this earth to manifest his power if you have no vision to see that God has soo much more to give us than what we can offer.

  13. I luv my Church UCKG, I LUV MY FATHER EMANUEL, JESUS, I luv everything that has anything to do with Jesus, I luv the Pastors since they so strongly FEED and NOURISH me The WORD, JESUS, I was lost and they showed me the place of refuge, Jesus, i was hungry and they showed me where the food was, Jesus, they asked for money, which they are supposed to do,( by the way, i never heard of a Pastor carrying a knife forcing anyone to give their money) and i myself know whom I’m giving the money to, what do you think,? to my FATHER of cause, JESUS. LEAVE MY CHURCH ALONE!!! Marie Muzinda.

  14. You dont throw stones at a tree thats barren. The Universal Church of the Kingdom of God is fruitfull. The members that are faithful to the almighty God and decide on their own free will to sacrifice for whom they believe to be the almighty God are blessed. I can say this because I am one of them. The problem with you people is is that you have malice in your heart because even king Solomon himself offered (on his own free will) 1,000 burnt offerings and if you know anything about the Bible which I hope you do you will know that all men that feared God and believed in the almighty God offered animals as sacrifices. Back then, these animals and crops were considered the richness of the people almost as much as Gold. If someone owned a cow or two that was that persons valuable belongings. King David offered from his own personal treasures the Gold, Silver and Bronze to bring to the House of the Lord. The people with opened hearts followed suit and gave to the Lord in his temple. Another example, the old woman who gave two coins because it is all she had and Jesus was watching her and used her as an example of someone who gave more than those that were offering thousands. Another example, the prophet who went to visit a woman who lived alone with her child and only had a bit of flour and oil left to her name. The prophet asked her to make him something to eat and then make herself and her child. And yet another example, Jesus telling the rich man to give all his riches to the poor and follow him and what about Zacheus who offered up on his own free will his belongings to the poor. Again, you do not read the bible enough to know what a true follower of Jesus Christ is because each and everyone one who followed Christ gave either of themselves, of their belongings or sacrificed something on their own free will and God did indeed bless them. The Universal Church lives that faith. The funds givne freely by the people you can see with your own two eyes where they are going. They work day and night, are open 7 days a week and are always available to help people in need. What are you doing with your time? are you doing the same? or are you sitting here bad mouthing what you really dont understand. THose that left the church it was for the best because if you arent connected to Christ and are contaminating others within the church its best that God vomit you straight out from the midst of us. it is for the best. You are no one to judge, you are a simple person like me and will need to answer to God one day. Instead of contaminating others, feed someone who is hungry, help a person you see that is suffering, give shelters to those that have been abandoned. Dont waste your time because the church has been opened for 37 years. You think God would allow for such a temple to be built in his name if it were evil? Look at your life, how is your life? I will tell you how I am, I am at peace, prospered, I have a healthy fruitfull marriage, my children are blessed and growing stronger everyday, I sleep very well and eat very well. I have everything I need and it wasnt because of the church but because of the Word of God and the strong believe I have in the God that I serve. I serve the Lord and he honors me. Have a grat day.

  15. How can we be sure if this person who wrote this post is nt an anti-christ dear sir am sure u know that even jesus was persetuted by the pharases because they did not understand his ways of doing things

  16. People God wants you to be blessed,through the UCKG I have been transformed I do not remember a single day that I went to the church and I regreted.there are many churches that claim to be of God but they tell people how much to give EG:issac offering of wich people give around R10 000 P/P to buy cars for bishops and pastors.

    Instead The UCKG with such offerings they build churches to spread the Gospel. I urge you to open your eyes and see that the Universal church is the last door to the kingdom of God, there isn’t any other church that preaches the truth like the UCKG.and I don’t know why you don’t publish testimonies of how peoples lives have Changed in the church.

    GOD bless you,you foolish man who look at the mistakes of man and never take account of their good deeds

  17. These are comments of people jelous of the growth of the Universal Church of the Kingdom of God. My wife was sick and could not be helped even by professional doctors. The first day we were in the church, she got her healing. If building this church was robbing people then why wasn’t the money used for personal gain.

  18. WELL I’M CONVINCED THE PERSON WHO WROTE THIS IS AN ANTICHRIST. I KNOW MY CHURCH, I KNOW MY AUTHORITIES AND I KNOW MY GOD. SO I’M NOT GONNA SAY MUCH

  19. Thank you very much for persecuting UCKG,for I now that we are on the right track. Who will throw stones on the fruitless tree. Bishop Macedo, may God bless you abundantly for if it was not of your greatest sacrifice, many of us will be dead.

  20. I have been to uckg and they use demons to manifest different things like healing and wondrous works and said it was Jesus but when The Lord told me to look during prayer I saw demons everywhere touching people and making them different. Follow the Lord Yeshua the Messiah and be blessed.

  21. How can the UCKG rob people??wouldnt you have seen Bishop Macedo driving fast cars,living in mansions and dressing with thick gold jewels etc.? Think my friends I am inviting you to visit one our branches in ur country

  22. CHURCHES OF TODAY ITS A BUSINESS.WHEN JESUS WENT TO EGPT DID HE TELL PEOPLE TO TAKE OUT MONEY?COZ HE WAS DOING HIS JOB N PASS.I WAS A MEMBER OF UCKG BUT NOW IM NO LONGER GOING THERE THOSE PASTORS THEY SCAM PEOPLE.THE OTHER THING Y DO THEY COMMUNICATE WITH DEMONS?COZ JESUS SAID JUST CAUST OUT THE DEMONS.MXM IS BORING XEM.

  23. God has found pleasure in the UCKG because of FAITH that is manifested there,,,my life was miserable before I came to the Church infact beyond misery…..Jesus has changed my life through the faith I learned in the UCKG, if they “rob” then how would they rob someone who was suffering as I was?, someone who would sleep without food in the stomach?, Why didn’t they go to higher places where there are rich people only??, The miserable life I had ended the moment I used my faith that was awaken by the Lord Jesus through the Universal Church of the Kingdom of God. The writer of this article is an anti-Christ….spreading lies about the work of God and the servants of the Messiah…..just because your pastors and you don’t have the same faith that we at the UCKG have to change our miserable situations and to Glorify our Living God doesn’t mean you should criticize our work in God. Jesus was also persecuted by people like you, He even prophesied that we will also be persecuted as He was, for no servant is greater than his Master. UCKG visits prisons, hospitals, homes, street beggars etc and preaches up to the ends of the earth.

  24. Jesus Christ Himself told us, “In this world, you will have troubles. But I have overcome the world.”
    Nowhere in scripture does it say that you can buy blessings. People who give in faith will receive in faith. But to say someone who gives $100 gets more blessings than someone who gives $500 is blasphemous.

    The poor widow only gave three mites. Less than a dime. But her gift was honored above all the riches given by the Pharisees. It is what is in your heart when you give, rather than what you give, that either touches God’s heart or makes Him turn away.

  25. In deed every one should base discuss on experienced realities, not from what people say. You want to see what happens at UCKG, visit the church. We will not take an opinion from someone who still need to be saved, we can’t take advice from pawers of darkness. We forgive people who criticised the Church for we know they too need delivarance as we were once in need. We pray that our Father can reveal to them the secret of Giving which You our Father as done and all the bibical figures including Solomon. Up until today, blessed is the hand that gives, the one that put sacrifice into practical pespective so that many souls are saved. Iam the one amongst others who gave in order for the Tample of Solomon to be constructed. Give me power to continue to give for construction of many Beautiful Churches like the Tample mentioned. Praise be the name of our Lord who gave us means to build the Alter of God. Come people let us build many houses.when I arrived in the Church I had nothing but today I have 3 cars and a beautiful house.

    Must I stop Giving to that church that prayed for me when adversities were topping my life?

    1. “when I arrived in the Church I had nothing but today I have 3 cars and a beautiful house.”
      What a pity… that’s so lame
      “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. ” Mathew 6 19

  26. I’m from Brazil, and yes, this church is very rich… the major priest is Edir Macedo, they teach things like: “If you don’t pay the dizim for our church, God will not bless you”. They are crazy for money, a lot of christians of Brazil don’t like this church (including me, as you can see).

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