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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 10, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Saturday, Augutt LETHBRIDGE NORBRIDGE COMMUNITY CHURCH a School (Classes for all ages) Service Message Conquest of Anxiety Story for the children. Special Music Message- "IS THIS THE HORSE" Church In Ceneda 1402 8 Ave. N. Pastor: D. Sipe EVERYONE IS WELCOME BETHEL BAPTIST CHURCH Morning Service Evening Service CHRISTIAN TABERNACLE Cor. 5th Ave. and 13th St. S. SALVATION HEALINGS MIRACLES Pastor- REV. T W ROYCROFT Service Service LETHBRIDGE PENTECOSTAL TABERNACLE PASTOR M. L. ISRAELSON 520 7th Street South Home o< the Sunshine Evangel Hour Listen every Sunday p.m. CJOC 1220 K.C. School (Classes for all ages) Worship Service p.m. (Tues.) Prayer and Bible Study p.m. (Friday) Young People's Service A hearty invitation is extended to all and a warm welcome awaits you LETHBRIDGE CATHOLIC CHURCHES WEEKEND MASSES ST. PATRICK'S CORNER 4th AVE. and 10th ST. S. SATURDAY. p.m.- Sunday Obligation SUNDAY, a.m., a.m., 12 Noon ASSUMPTION 2405 12th AVE. S. SATURDAY, Obligation SUNDAY, 8 a.m., a.m., a.m.. p.m. Folk Mass Hall ST. ST. PAUL'S (BYZANTINE RITE) CORNER 7th AVE. and 12th ST. 'B' NORTH SUNDAY LITURGY 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. THE UNITED CHURCH OF CANADA A UNION OF PRESBYTERIAN, METHODIST AND CONGREGATIONAL CHURCHES Moderator: RIGHT REV. N. BRUCE McLEOD, Toronto President of Conference: Dr. Nelson R. Mercer Chairman of Presbytery: Rev. T. Medicine Hat SOUTHMINSTER 4th Ave. and 11 in St. s. MINISTERS: Rev Kenneth W Morris. B Sc B D. Rev. William Calderwood. M.A. DIRECTOR OF MUSIC-Mr Wilfred Woolhouse. ORGANIST EMERITUS-Mr A. K Rutland SUNDAY, AUGUST 11 United Church Services SERMON: "SOME GREAT THING" Rev. Blake Anderson Guest Soloist: Mrs. K. R. Mills McKILLOP UNITED CHURCH Serving Southeast Lethbridge from 15th Ave. and 24th S. MINISTER REV. BLAKE ANDERSON Choir Director: Mr. H. Van Egteren Organist: MRS. C. GREENF SUNDAY, AUGUST 11 United Church Service To be held at Southminster United Church FIRST UNITED CHURCH Corner of Slh Avenue and 13th Street North MINISTER: REV KEN JORDAN B.A. B.D. Director of Music MRS. DOROTHY CLOCK ATCH. RMT SUNDAY, AUGUST 11 worship service Joint Summer Services at Southminster SOUTHERN ALBERTA JAPANESE UNITED CHURCH Corner of 9th Ave. A Street North Minister: Rev. Ben Murata BD SUNDAY, AUGUST 11 Japanese joint worship service to be held in Lethbridge They are here, they are there, they are everywhere. They collect crowds, followers and, in some cases, a lot of money. They speak of redemption and salvation. Are they voices crying in the wilderness or are they smooth con men of the Elmer Gantry stripe? TOM TIEDE reports on THE NEW REDEEMERS WASHINGTON (NEA) When Sun Myung Moon was growing into manhood in Korea, his biographers say he received a series of revelations from Jesus Christ. One of the revelations was a saintly admission by Jesus that He had failed in His own earthly attempt to bring about a perfect world and thus had decided another messiah must return to the bosom of man and try again to save humankind. Guess who the new messiah is? Sun Myung Moon has become Rev. Sun Myung Moon today and though he coyly refuses to link his own person with that of the new messiah, he does not object when his followers do. And they do. Oh. they do. "Rev. says one disciple at age 16Vz, "is truly the new savior." If he is, he seems to have a lot of company. In the wake of a religious revival that ranges from super-serious to spiritual chic, new redeemers are a dime a dozen. Several appear weekly to pass out literature in front of the White House. The University of California's campus at Berkeley is said to have more new redeemers per hectare than any other spot on earth. "Anybody with a says California's Dr. Stilson Judah. who is writing a book on Eastern mysticism, "can gather a following of believers with a single speech." Identify One reason for this susceptibility is, as a Berkeley theologican, the Rev. Donald Heinz, says, everybody is looking for a private savior, "someone with whom he can personally identify." The search is neither historically unusual nor especially sudden. Heinz says that even the diehards who stick with Jesus do so for different reasons; some see Christ as a disciplinarian, others view him as hearts- and-flowers. In a recent book on the subject, author William Emerson says that people through the ages have revised the real Jesus into the sort of redeemer "they could live with." And when Jesus can't be made over adequately, many look for a more fitting alternative. Thus at a time when the religious experiment is growing in one minister's words, "everywhere but in the virtually every group, sect, race or woodworker's union has adooted i ts own redeemer. Hollywood children go to rhytrn and religion baptism in Pat Boone's backyard swimming pool. The sick, the old and the feeble claim new hope in the hands of a variety of psychic "healers" such as ex-convict Norbu Chen and Chicago "minister-miracle worker" John Scudder. Even the poor who want to be rich certainly a substantial congregation haver found in black preacher Frederick Eikentrotter something to believe in. Rev. Ike, as he's called, appears before his minions dressed in patent leather shoes and silk shirt to concentrate more on the mortgage money here on earth than any kingdom in heaven. "You can't lose with the stuff I he insists. He claims those who send him the necessary key money will unlock the secrets to personal treasure. He has such as one time "down-and- outer" Ernest Henry Adams, who claim to have gone from rags to riches simply by listening to a Rev. Ike radio program or sending away for a Rev. Ike prayer cloth. But Ike and most of the other newcomers simply can't hold Sun Myung Moon's bible when it comes to attracting devotees. Despite a curious mixture of patriotic pronouncements and discomforting rituals Moon preaches a n t. i commtinism and claims to communicate with the dead the redeemer's "Unification Church" claims members in America and 2 million more throughout the world. In Washington alone, hundreds of believers peddle flowers in the street for Moon's mission and plaster his picture on every available wall. Puzzle The Korean's success puzzles orthodox religion. Moon had been labeled a fraud in his native country and booted out of an early alliance with the Presbyterian Church. Once divorced himself, he has totalitarian views concerning marriage, insists on approving all unions among his staff members has been charged by some with interfering in the private lives of followers. One woman says he broke up her marriage, then placed her children in a nursery where they have been taught that Moon and his second wife are their parents. Yet his partisans increase. Why? Theologian Heinz, who is researching new religions for a National Council of Churches study, says there is an "apocalyptic mood" in the nation today which has opened a gap needing to be filled. "People are realizing that the old solutions are not working anymore. Sex roles are changing, the family structure is being altered and political leaders are suspect." Thus the search for new faces, new hope and new salvation possibilities. The search has been aggravated by failures in the established religions. Dr. Norman Vincent Peale says that for years, while a spiritual vacuum grew in the congregations, many ministers "just sat back and shuffled papers." "As established religion adds the NCC's Dr. Jorge Lara Braud, "Our generation became almost biblically illiterate and the spiritual market went up for grabs." Grabbed Young people have been grabbed most easily. As Maureen Orth in The Whole Earth Catalogue writes: "Acid trips in seventh grade, sex in the eighth, Vietnam and irrelevant parents no wonder Jesus is making a Many evangelistic new redeemers have taken to white bucks and bell bottoms to push their salespitch, "Brother-do-you- But the redeemer movement is not only of the young and of Jesus. Sophistication has set in. Eastern meditation has attracted a half million faithful in a short time, Satanism is openly practiced, Catholics have taken to Pentecostalism and the grabbing now is as likely to be for the middle-aged middle class as the teenyboppers. "I'm 40 years says former public relations man Joe Anctil, "but up until a few months ago I had no idea of becoming religious." Then he attended a Texas rally for a 16-year-old Indian guru named Maharaj Ji and "got hooked." Anctil, sharp and nobody's fool, says he sees God in the guru and the guru sees God in him. "We have a little over 8 million people who've received knowledge from the Maharaj Ji, and increasingly we are getting business men and women." Thus it is that observers feel the faddistic elements may be leaving the redeemer movement. "The says author-minister Ed Plowman, "are now attracting quality people." Many of whom apparently, but still inexplicably, believe Jesus and Buddha, the Devil, etc., have come again in the form of Koreans, Indians, itinerate southern preachers and, occasionally, more obvious ne'er-do-wells." God's law versus man's law NEW YORK (NEA) The freakish fringe of religion is developing so rapidly and with such confusion today that the initiated warn anything can happen. Indeed, perhaps even murder in the name.of God. A reporter in Thailand was recently found shot after writing a series of expose' ar- ticles on a radical group of theological kooks called the Children of God. The sect denies implication but suspi- cion is the reporter paid dear- ly for the news. The news in essence was that the Children of God in Thailand is not so much different from what it is in France or Georgia: a clan of mostly young and super- stitious people led some say enslaved by a totalitarian "Godhead" who calls himself King David. The king is actually David Berg, whose poison pen name is Moses David. He has form- ed a fanatical following through the flimsiest of philosphical thought. He believes parents are women are at their best in the prone position and followers owe him total allegiance including all per- sonal property. In one of his "Mo Letters" setting down the structure of his theism, Berg has written sternly to newcomers: "The consequence of holding back money (from me) is the heavy judgment of God in this case: death." Hotline Curiously, considering the claims of many of today's new redeemers, Berg does not equate himself with God. Rather he acts as if God is his domestic who will do what he is told. And in spite of con- siderable proof to the contrary Berg predicted the Comet kohoutek would hit the earth on or about Jan. 31 his devotees cling to the notion their redeemer has a hotline to heaven. Despite their investigation. New York authorites are reluctant to police redeemer Berg and the Children of God. The interim report suggests the leader and his outfit are being probed for a myriad of possible law violations including draft evasion, theft of services, false claims, the involuntary imprisonment of a Texas mother and daughter and the domestic relations statutes. "I'd like to see them broken up." says one state official, "but since it's a 'religious' organization we've got to go slow Indeed, care is especially important and prudcent in a legal case involving a religion. Despite the objectionable nature of many new redeemer religions today, even the out- right nuts are often protected by the Constitutional separa- tion of church and state Infringement of the First Amendment in such matters is avoided by the courts unless there is a compelling state interest. "If a preacher shoots says a Manhattan judge, "that's compelling state interest But if he is just getting rich or is enticing teenagers from their homes well, there are many gray areas." Grey areas There is growing suspicion that a great deal of fraudulent religious activity is being protected by the "grey areas" of constitutional interpre- tation. Police in numerous towns have received complaints about the philosophy religion known as Scientology (for a steep fee, the organization promises inner Other times the religion or redeemers are "small potato" sects or people covering up il- legalities: a South Texas citizen once tried to forbid a fourflusher from selling autographed pictures of Jesus Christ but got so enmeshed in the legal question "I had to give up." Still, there is a dividing line between spiritual and secular legitimacy which religions cross only at risk. Mormons were forced to stop polygamy. Jehovah's Witnesses have lost court oases involving com- pulsory vaccinations and the Amish have to obey the laws of compulsory schooling. New York authorites privately believe the ac- tivities of the leaders of the Children of God have flagrant- ly crossed over the grey line of legitimacy and into the black of obvious deception. But it is a single example in an avalanche of harmful hum- bug cascading over the nation. Those who follow the religious scene regularly believe "hundreds" of new redeemers and new religions are nothing more than rackets. (NEXT: Marketing The Faith) THE SALVATION ARMY 1302-4th AvenueS Corps Officers MAJORS THELMA M CORNEY, JOAN M. PIERCE School Worship Service WE INVITE YOU TO MAKE THE ARMY YOUR CHURCH HOME WORLDWIDE CHURCH OF GOD (Affiliated with Ambassador College SATURDAY, AUGUST 17 to p.m. LETHBRIDGE COLLEGIATE INSTITUTE LARGE LECTURE THEATRE 5th Ave. ft 18th St. South Minister Cecil Maranville. Ph 345-4705 (Collect) Listen to GARNER TED ARMSTRONG ON CFCN RADIO and TELEVISION CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER DAY SAINTS Everyone Welcome FIRST, SECOND and SEVENTH WARDS: 1912 10th Avenue South THIRD and FOURTH WARDS: 28th Street South and Scenic Drive FIFTH and SIXTH WARDS: 2223 6th Avenue 'A' North STUDENT BRANCH: 28th Street South PLEASE PHONE 328-8305 FOR FURTHER INFORMATION ___________ Lethbridge Independent Baptist Church Interested in Pure Bible Study? In What Christ Has For You? Meet With Us Around God's Word MONDAYS at p.m. 1714- 14th Ave. South Church of the Nazarene 9th Ave. South 16th St. Lethbridge Rev. R.G. Deasley 327-4786 Assist. 328-0130 School Worship Service Larry Spicer speaking on Law of Forgiveness Service Tuesday, Study A Friendly Welcome Awaits You LUTHERAN ________CHURCHES CHRIST TRINITY LUTHERAN CHURCH 41612th Street 327-0709 HAROLD MARTIN Hour Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd 11 in Avenue and 24th atree. South Gartke Phone 328-3445 Office; 328-1518 Homr Service EVERYONE WELCOME IMMANUEL LUTHERAN CHURCH Corner 6th Avenue and 18th Street South PASTOR: PAUL KOESTER Office: 327-4336, Home: 327-3858 Sunday Service p.m. Midweek Worship Service Listen to the Lutheran Hour Sunday, a.m. CFAC Calgary THE ANGLICAN CHURCH OF CANADA (EPISCOPAL) CAIUT AIIPIIOTIIIC'O Corner 4th Avenue and OAINI AUuUdlllltd 11th Street South REVEREND L FRANK LEE, B.A STB Rector REVEREND DEREK HOSKIN. L Th Curate DENNIS WHITELEY, A MuS. T C L A R C O. Organist and Choirmaster Communion Prayer (Nursery provided) MIDWEEK SERVICES Thursday, Aug. 15, Communion Thursday, Aug. 15, Communion St. Mary The Virgin Corner 12th St.'C' and 6th Ave. N. Rector: THE REVEREND CANON ROBERT W. COWAN, B.A., Lth NINTH AFTER TRINITY Eucharist Tuesday, St. Hippolytus: Thursday, St. Mary the Virgin: Saturday, for Communion ;