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March 14, 2005

Setting the record straight

This weekend's violence in Michigan has brought out a flurry of media guessing in the absence of facts. The police are also to blame for spouting their guesses, which the media then run with as “official”. The latest spin is that the gunman, Terry Ratzmann, was angry at a sermon and then shot up the church. Yet the “proof” offered is the mention of a fellow church goer that Ratzmann walked out of a sermon, “sort of in a huff”

What's not being focused on is that fact that the church is a spin-off of a known cult. The Worldwide Church of God, started by the late Herbert W. Armstrong, had quite a few wild teachings. After the death of Armstrong, the leaders of the church tossed most of his teachings, and adopted a theology based on the Bible itself, rather than Armstrong's wild, rantings. Most of the members of the church left into various spin-off cults. The “Living Church of God” being one of them. Armstrong's teachings are laced with wild prophecies, in a framework of quasi-white-supremacy.

In spite of media reports (we know how “accurate” those can be, eh) The “Living Church of God” is not an Evangelical Church, it is a cult. The cult focuses on frightening members with doom and gloom prophecy.

Posted by Danny Carlton at March 14, 2005 11:48 AM

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