Posts Tagged ‘Cults’

Former Exclusive Brethren members hit with dawn raids, legal suits after speaking out

Monday, August 10th, 2020

On June 30 Braden Simmons attended an informal session with the Royal Commission of Inquiry into Abuse in Care. Eleven days later, two lawyers, a private investigator and a forensic expert showed up at Simmons’ Mangere Bridge home just before dawn. They had a court order to search every electronic device in his home. The Read more

LouIs Theroux’s special guest for NZ Live Show

Thursday, September 26th, 2019

Megan Phelps-Roper, a former member of the infamous Westboro Baptist Church, the subject of some of Louis’ most famous documentaries, will make a special appearance with Louis on stage in Auckland. Phelps-Roper is the granddaughter of Fred Phelps, founder of the Westboro Baptist Church known for picketing funerals of U.S. service members. Since leaving the Read more

NZ resident healer faces murder charges in Fiji

Monday, September 16th, 2019

Huge crowds are gathered at the Nadi Magistrates Court in Fiji today after news broke a man had been charged in relation to the deaths of a family in the Nausori Highlands last month Police have charged a man who holds Permanent Residency status in New Zealand with five counts of murder and one of Read more

The Ark of the Covenant coming to Auckland!!

Monday, September 9th, 2019

An event to be held in the ASB Theatre in Auckland has been advertised where it is claimed people will “receive the ‘Answers’ to the problems that just won’t go away plus the arrival of the Ark of the Covenant. Also, a bottle of anointing oil, blended with olive oil from the Holy Land will be given Read more

Students approached by religious group

Thursday, August 22nd, 2019

The University of Otago is encouraging students to come forward and report any inappropriate behaviour, on or off-campus, after reports, a religious group dubbed a cult is operating in North Dunedin. Read more Related Posts:Atheist chief chaplain at HarvardIncreased chaplaincy services needed at UniversityYouth19 survey – Asian label hides health…Medical students: More study more opposition Read more

Trust established to support former Gloriavale members

Thursday, July 25th, 2019

During the past six years about 70 former members of the Gloriavale community based at Haupiri, on the West Coast of the South Island, have resettled in South Canterbury, Liz Gregory says it’s now time to set up a trust to help support those who had made the “massive” decision to leave the community of Read more

Coca-Cola is used in religious ceremonies in this church

Thursday, August 30th, 2018

The “Coca-Cola Church,” which is really called St. John the Baptist, sits in the heart of San Juan Chamula in Chiapas. As Dan Bobkoff reports in Business Insider’s new podcast, “Household Name,” the church service mixes Catholicism with a local religion, and it’s said that parishioners at the church believe that burping purges evil from Read more

How were 300 Koreans allowed to work in Fiji?

Monday, August 20th, 2018
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The Fiji government needs to explain how hundreds of South Koreans have been allowed into Fiji to work for firms connected to the controversial Grace Road Church, a union leader says. Social Democratic Liberal Party leader Sitiveni Rabuka is also calling urgently for an investigation into the running of the Grace Road Group. The Grace Read more

Doomsday cult leader held 400 followers prisoner in Fiji

Monday, August 6th, 2018

Reverend Esther, the leader of a South Korean doomsday cult, has been arrested for allegedly holding some 400 followers captive in Fiji. Esther, whose legal name is Shin Ok-ju’, is the founder of the Grace Road Church. The church has a corporate branch called the GR Group. Esther was arrested with three other cult leaders Read more

Cult infiltrating New Zealand churches and educational institutions

Monday, July 16th, 2018

Rose Labone’s article in the June edition of North and South investigated the activities in New Zealand of a cult known as Providence. She says it has infiltrated university campuses, schools and mainstream churches in New Zealand under the guise of being a Christian movement. It also uses the names Nikau Church, Christian Gospel Mission and Jesus Morning Star. Providence was Read more