Offshoot churches destroying Christianity

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Recently a church leader named Tony Alamo came under allegations of arranging child marriages. This isn’t the first time Tony Alamo has had problems with the law. When his wife died of cancer, Alamo claimed she would be resurrected and kept her body on display for six months while their followers prayed. He also went to prison for tax evasion.

For years self appointed preachers have distorted truth and interpreted the bible to fit their own twisted ideas. Sure, throughout history every religion has had its share of people abusing the beliefs of others to fit their own agenda but there seems to be a surge in the United States in recent decades. All this has led to Christianity being mocked by many.

In the New Testament it states that in the end there will be many “anti-Christ”. I believe that these self professed and often confused “preachers” are, in many respects, anti-Christ. You see, an anti-Christ twist the truth to deceive others and to lead many away from the truth. Isn’t that exactly what preachers like Tony Alamo are doing?

In a recent interview of Tony Alamo I heard him state that many old testament leaders had many wives. He used this to justify polygamy. I would think someone who professed to be a preacher for over 40 years would know the facts. There are many writings in the New Testament to dispute his teaching. For example… “Tit 1:6 If any be blameless, the husband of one wife, having faithful children not accused of riot or unruly“.

Sure that is a small point but lets look at the big picture. He claims to be a Jew….his church is the “Tony Alamo Christian Church”…he follows many teachings of the Old Testament. Yes, the Old Testament does have wonderful teachings but Jesus taught a “New Testament”. I would not know first hand but I would guess his followers are a confused lot. Unfortunately, I am sure they don’t even realize this.

Whenever someone like Tony Alamo high jacks a pulpit, Christianity takes another hit and another mocking joke is born. This further drives away those that may otherwise have joined the faith.

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