(RNS) — A spokesman for La Luz del Mundo, a Mexico-based Pentecostal motion that claims thousands and thousands of members worldwide, mentioned congregants are frightened and nervous after an tried housebreaking and a capturing passed off at two of its church buildings in Nevada and Texas in current weeks.
“That is insanity. That is so unhappy and irritating that people are doing this,” mentioned Jack Freeman, the motion’s U.S. spokesman and a La Luz del Mundo minister in California.
The incidents occurred only a couple months earlier than trial is about to start on Sept. 27 for Naasón Joaquín García, the chief of La Luz del Mundo, who faces counts of forcible rape and forcible oral copulation of a minor, human trafficking and possession of kid pornography.
Two weeks in the past, police in Texas arrested Josue David Cordova, 27, after authorities mentioned he fired a dozen gunshots simply earlier than midday at a La Luz del Mundo church in north Houston, in line with the Houston Chronicle.
About 50 or so congregants had been on the church, however nobody was damage, the church mentioned.
Citing courtroom data, the Houston Chronicle reported that Cordova “took purpose on the church for believing that the church was liable for brainwashing his household.”
Within the Nevada case, police mentioned the preliminary investigation advised “this incident was an tried housebreaking and never a hate incident concentrating on the place of worship.”
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Between 12:30 and 1 a.m. Wednesday (July 21), two suspects tried to get right into a La Luz del Mundo temple in Henderson, Nevada, mentioned Alan Olvera, a spokesman for the Henderson Police Division. After failing to get in by way of a rear door, they fired an airsoft BB/pellet gun right into a entrance window, Olvera mentioned. There have been no accidents or inside injury to the church.
However Freeman mentioned the church sees the incident as an act of aggression and mentioned the church quickly suspended prayer companies as a precaution.
“All we all know is our church, which is one among many within the instant space, was the sufferer of this example,” he mentioned.
In a press release, the Nevada temple urged the trustworthy to wish “in order that religiously motivated hate crimes could also be eradicated.”
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Based in 1926 by García’s grandfather, Eusebio Joaquín González, La Luz del Mundo rejects the Christian idea of the Trinity. It teaches that Jesus is God’s son and that church leaders, equivalent to García, his father and grandfather, are his apostles.
They eschew non secular symbolism, viewing crucifixes as idolatry. Throughout worship, genders are segregated within the pews, and ladies cowl their hair and put on lengthy, modest skirts.
Followers of La Luz del Mundo don’t have a good time Christmas or Easter however do acknowledge the birthdays of García and the opposite apostles.
Stated Freeman: “We’re very conscious that there’s a scenario occurring, however the trial shouldn’t be concerning the church. The trial is about a person.”