Sectarians defile an Orthodox church in the Crime
- 2005.08.29 Interfax:
29 August 2005, 15:48
Sectarians defile an Orthodox church in the Crimea
Simferopol, August 29, Interfax - Participants in the music festival
'White Nights in Tarhankut' organized by the 'Ambassadors of God'
sect defiled the Orthodox church dedicated to the Great Martyr
Barbara in the Olenevka sea resort on the Crimean western coast.
In a report to Metropolitan Lazar of the Crimea, the head of village,
Yuri Shchelok, clergy and laity of the church assert that a group of
young people was shooting a clip in the church. During the shooting
they covered doors and windows with wooden boards and shouted insults
to the Orthodox Church.
'They insulted religious sentiments by their behaviour and violated
the current Ukrainian legislation', says the document cited by the
Novy Region site.
The Orthodox church parishioners said that there was no service
celebrated in the church during the incident, as the church has no
permanent priest. The believers reported that a group of young people
had blocked up the doors and windows of the church building with
wooden boards and begun tearing them off in front of the camera. The
design of the authors was to symbolize the revival of spirituality.
The Ukrainian Orthodox Church press service notes that the
'Ambassadors of God' sect is a typical financial pyramid built up on
the patter of network marketing that besides commonly used
methodology of wringing out money, blasphemously exploits Christian
holy objects. The sectarians declare from the church pulpit that 'God
is the most reliable bank that never goes bankrupt. Therefore, your
donations to Him will bring you hundredfold returns'.
The press service of the canonical Church notes that collecting of
donations in the sect is preceded by moving sermons about the
importance of paying one tenth of one's income and is accompanied by
hymns on popular melodies. The parishioners, who do not donate a
compulsory tithe, are anathematized. As a result, many sectarians
donate not only money, but also securities, cars, apartments, houses
and land for the promised benefits and goods, including the eternal