One of our readers had this leaflet put through her door?
Leaflets have been dropped in letter boxes around the north Dublin area regarding the “I believe you can event” at Croke Park this Sunday. The small print indicates this is UCKG.
It is a very clever leaflet targeting the vulnerable. They have pictures of people claiming they were saved from “years of addiction, family problems, ulcerative colitis (!!),spiritual problems, loneliness & unemployment.”
How many people will innocently get sucked into this tomorrow unaware of what it is ??
We have been receiving reports for over 8 years about this Church. They are clearly very active in Phibsboro where they have a rented building near Doyles Corner.
They have these glossy adverts but seem to be very focused on tithes and offerings and getting people to become obsessed in working for them which = working for the Kingdom of God. (more…)
By Alex Cuadros on April 25, 2013
Edir Macedo is 5-foot-6, slight, and 68 years old. He has deformed fingers, a sparse crown of graying hair, and more than 5 million followers, whose donations over the last 36 years have made him a billionaire. In Brazil, where he was born and raised, he is a major national figure, the subject of dozens of criminal inquiries, and the owner of Rádio & Televisão Record, a media conglomerate that runs the country’s second-largest television network. He is known to most everyone by the title he created for himself: He is—“The Bishop.” Macedo is the founder of the Universal Church of the Kingdom of God, a Pentecostal denomination specializing in prosperity theology, which links faith to financial success. He preaches twice a week, often in two different cities, and the sermons are fervently watched on church websites, his Facebook page, and the miniature TV sets that Brazilian taxi drivers like to keep on their dashboard. Now and then he holds outdoor events that draw crowds of half a million. In February he addressed 5,000 of his parishioners at one of his churches in Belo Horizonte, in southeastern Brazil. High overhead, a stained-glass cross lit by fluorescent bulbs took up most of the ceiling while a theater-size screen blew him up for the pews in the back. He paced back and forth on the stage, explaining the intersection of God and money. “Which is the largest country in the world, economically speaking? It’s America, the United States. Do you know why? Because way back—this is history, you can look it up on the Internet—the colonization was done by men who believed in the word of God. And they were tithers,” he said. “That’s why you see on the dollar bill: ‘In God we trust.’ ”
Anti-cult activist, with the aim of exposing fraudulent cults, sects and movements posing as self-help and religious organisations.
To help and advise families of those involved in such organisations, by educating them as to the tactics and abuses implemented therein. To act as a point of contact for those who have left, or who wish to leave the confines of such groups.
Universal Church of the Kingdom of
God (UCKG) Background
The Universal Church of the Kingdom of God (UCKG) was formed in 1977, in Brazil. It owes its origins to a Canadian missionary, Robert McAlister, with a Pentecostal tradition. An early convert was Edir Macedo who has been a key figure in the growth of the movement. (more…)