Strong City Archive

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NewsChannel 10 allowed inside self proclaimed messiah’s compound

Clayton, NM — Nearly two years after the arrest of self proclaimed messiah Wayne Bent, NewsChannel 10 became the first media allowed inside the Strong City compound north of Clayton.

Even after their spiritual leader went to prison, life continues for the group that says they’re leaving everything in God’s hands.

If you spend a day walking around the remote property of the Lord Our Righteousness Church in Northern Union County, and you wouldn’t believe you were amongst what New Mexico State Police call an apocalyptic cult.

One member of the group, Anaiah, says, “God brought us out here into this wilderness place, to bring us into a quietness not only in our environment but into our hearts.”

The 2008 arrest of their spiritual leader, self proclaimed messiah Wayne Bent, rocked that quiet.

Since then, the group of about 35 say they’ve become even closer.

Bent’s son, Jeff Bent, says, “When persecution comes, people tend to drop whatever remaining differences they have, and kind of collectively pull together.”
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Now, while they wait for their messiah to return to Strong City, they look forward to the time God takes them and all Christians off this earth completely.
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Bent’s lawyers have filed an appeal, and are awaiting the response from the state.
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– Source / Full Story: NewsChannel 10 allowed inside self proclaimed messiah’s compound in Union County, KFDA, NewsChannel 10 (NM)– Summarized by Religion News Blog

Cult?

Theologically, the Lord Our Righteousness Church (aka Strong City), is a cult of Christianity since its teachings and practices fall far outside the boundaries of the Christian faith it claims to represent.

Sociologically the group has cult-like elements as well.

Note the differences between theological and sociological definitions of the term ‘cult.’

See Also

Cult leader Wayne Bent found guilty
More about Wayne Bent
Background of Bent’s ‘Strong City’ cult

New Mexico Supreme Court denies cult leader Wayne Bent’s bond petition

New Mexico’s highest court has denied sect leader Wayne Bent’s petition to be released on bond from prison while he appeals his convictions for sexual misconduct with teenage female followers.

The Supreme Court denied the petition without explanation, as had the Court of Appeals.
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– Source / Full Story: NM high court rejects sect leader’s bond petition, AP, Oct. 27, 2009– Summarized by Religion News Blog

AP also says Bent is being force-fed. A judge cleared the way for that after the cult leader tried to starve himself by means of an extended fast in protest of his imprisonment.