Prophet predicted the world would end in March 1990! On the night of March 15, 1990, hundreds if not thousands of members entered the bomb shelters they had constructed with an arsenal of weapons and armored vehicles, led in part by Prophet’s fourth husband, Ed Francis. Some had quit jobs and run up big debt, anticipating the apocalypse. When nothing happened the Church officials maintained the next day the whole thing had been a drill! Consequently the church began to fall in numbers! :-)
Explains the importance of money to them!
''I have spoken to many sincere people who, when they have had tithing explained to them, have said, "This sounds wonderful and I really want to begin. But right now, it is impossible. As soon as I get my bills paid, then I'll start to tithe." This is not the idea at all! The greater your present difficulty is, the greater is your need for the increase that comes from God when you begin to tithe to him.''
''There is no such thing as "part tithing." A tithe is one-tenth, and not to tithe one-tenth is not to tithe—only to make contributions from time to time.''
''Pay your tithe first, before you pay your other bills, and you will find that, miraculously, there is enough left to pay the remaining expenses.''
Strangely enough the title of the extortion is ''Are you in Financial Trouble at the Moment?''
Well, if you weren't before you will be afterwards! Is this really sane advice to vulnerable low income people? Is this spiritual advice? Why does God need one tenth of YOUR Money? Isn't God the source of all prosperity? It's the same power hungry thought pattern upon which bankers and speculators use to take from the poor and give to their own ever growing assets and executives. The Summit Lighthouse and it's subsidiaries must be doing ok as they have grown into the multinational
Church Universal and Triumphant (CUT) corporation parent!
It seems discrimination and critical thinking here has been replaced by it's corporate media manipulation. How many people I wonder have been dubbed by simple advertising!