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