Tuesday, March 16, 2010

10 years ago: Almost 1,000 die in cult holocaust in Uganda

But the prophet, which shall presume to speak a word in my name, which I have not commanded him to speak, or that shall speak in the name of other gods, even that prophet shall die.

And if thou say in thine heart, How shall we know the word which the LORD hath not spoken?

When a prophet speaketh in the name of the LORD, if the thing follow not, nor come to pass, that is the thing which the LORD hath not spoken, but the prophet hath spoken it presumptuously: thou shalt not be afraid of him.
Deuteronomy 18:20-22

And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?

And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you.

For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.
Matthew 24:3-5

In an abomination reminiscent of Jonestown and Waco, an estimated 530 people paid the price for following a false prophet when they died in a church fire in Kanungu, Uganda on March 17, 2000. The deceased were members of the Movement for the Restoration of the Ten Commandments, whose leader, Joseph Kibwetere, had erroneously predicted that the world would end on December 31, 1999. Authorities suspected that the incident may have involved murder, as the windows and doors of the church had been locked before the fire began. Within a month after the fire, further investigation found another 444 bodies in various locations. On March 24, 153 were found in two pits used as a base by the cult. On March 27, 74 were found on a cult leader’s land. On March 28-29, 81 bodies were found in a nearby house. On March 30, 81 more were found at the home of a cult member. On April 27, 55 bodies were found in a garage rented by a cult leader.

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