Faithful told to shun doomsday cult

A Bishop has termed as ridiculous and shameful reports from a Christian sect that the world will end on September 12, 2006 and that Kenyans should prepare for an apocalypse.

Presiding Bishop of the Church of God in East Africa Rt Reverend Dr Byrum Makokha dismissed the reports saying they lacked substance and were only aimed at causing confusion among peace loving Kenyans.

Bishop Makokha asked Kenyans to believe what is in the scriptures that it was only God who knew the exact day of the end of the world.

The bishop said although events being witnessed in the world today such as disease and other calamities are predicted in the Holy Bible as signs of the end of the world, the exact day is not given and no one should play God in the matter.

Bishop Makokha made the remarks yesterday when he officiated the opening and dedication of the Changamwe Church in Mombasa in a ceremony attended by the church overseers and officials from all parts of the country.

The House of Yahweh sect followers in Kenya are reported to have started constructing burrows where they hope to hide claiming that North Korea will soon unleash its nuclear arsenal that will elicit the response of the United States and thus herald a nuclear weapon apocalypse.

The church leader also challenged the Mombasa Municipal Council to urgently repair the dilapidated road network in the town saying it impacted negatively on the town’s image considering that it will host the World Cross Country Championships next year.

Bishop Makokha expressed dismay at the poor sanitary conditions of the tourist town and blamed the council for failure to manage refuse disposal properly. Makokha pointed out that it is a sin for church ministers to demand payment for special prayers, and cautioned his pastors against engaging in the vice.

The Church of God in East Africa with its headquarters at Kima, near Maseno in Western Province celebrated 100 years of existence last year and has a membership of about 850,000 in the region.

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Kenya Times, Kenya
July 17, 2006

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