The Church of Christ movement, which preaches that all converts must be “ready to die”, is using London’s world-famous Leicester Square Odeon cinema as a base to add to its ever-swelling numbers.
Odeon manager Bill Weir even came on stage to thank cult members for backing a cinema charity at a recent meeting attended by Daily Mirror reporters.
The Boston-based movement is controlled by “Apostle” Kip McKean.
Like David Koresh’s Branch Davidian sect in Texas, where 27 Britons perished, McKean’s movement has an obsession with guns, fire and damnation.
In public iG world leaders — or “evangelists” profess a love of God. Secretly they prefer power and money.
McKean’s world movement made S60 million last year, mostly donations from followers.
IN Britain the church, founded by American Douglas Arthur, is a registered charity with 5,000 members and branches in major cities. It has a turnover of 21.2 million.
Complaints abound of brainwashing, blackmail and financial skuldug-gery. Yet management at the Odeon — flagship cinema of the Rank Organisation — display alarming innocence about recruiting activities.