The New Jerusalem Coming to a Continent Near You?
I came across an older news item that “The Universal Church of the Kingdom of God” is building a replica of Solomon’s Temple, larger than a soccer field, 18 stories high and seating for 10,000 with a $ 350 million price tag in Sao Paulo, Brazil. There will also be a made to order “Ark of the Covenant” and an altar – no mention about livestock as of yet. However, if after construction is complete any one sets up a throne and declares himself “god” I would head for the exit quickly…
Also, from Brazil comes news of a group (“Paz do Senhor Amado” – Peace of the Beloved Lord”) in the interior of Brazil that forbids its followers to use any USB technology by contending that it uses a symbol that shows sympathy for the devil. According to its founder, the “Apostle” Welder Saldanha says that this is just another symbol of Satan, which is always present in all Christian homes. “The symbol of that name (a name which he doesn’t even like to pronounce) is a trident, which is used to torture souls that go to hell. Use only a symbol of those shows that all users of that vile technology are actually worshipers of Satan”
Its been hard to verify the veracity of this story but sad to say (as I have loved traveling to Brazil and the wonderful people I have met there) it seems that spiritual nuttiness is not only an American industry.