Angolan Seventh-day Adventist Splinter Group Turns Violent


(Spectrumbot) #1

A Seventh-day Adventist splinter group was involved in a shooting with police and security units in the central Angola province of Huambo, leaving nine officers and 13 members dead. The police and security officers were attempting to arrest José Kalupeteka executing an arrest warrant issued after some of his followers attacked 10 unarmed police officers in neighboring Bié province.

The Seventh-day Light of the world sect was established by Kalupeteka in 2000 after he was disfellowshipped from the Seventh-day Adventist church on charges of practices that violate the standards of the church. Kalupeteka who has an estimated 3,000 members, has predicted that the end of the world will come on December 31, 2015 and has dictated that followers to sell everything and move with him the mountains of Huambo province. The members are scattered in several provinces around central and southern Angola.

Today the vice president for communications for the North-Eastern Angola Union Mission, Teixeira Mateus Vinte was quoted clarifying that the group involved is not part of the Seventh-day Adventist church in Angola. Vinte said “do not confuse the sect involved in the murder of nine police officers with the Seventh-day Adventist Church.” On April 20th, the president of the Republic of Angola, José Eduardo dos Santos commented on the deteriorating relationship between the splinter group and the state. He said that the group represents a threat to “peace and national unity.” The president of the Republic stated that “this doctrine promotes the disintegration of society and the separation of families, encourages sin and is against the values, moral and civic principles, practices and customs of the Angolan people.”

Meanwhile, in the southern city of Lubango, the provincial government of Huila has made a commitment to provide aid to 58 people who were displaced after they followed the dictates of Kalupetaka to sell all their property and belonging and move north to the mountains of Huambo province and await the predicted end of the world.

Carolyn Parsons was born at Bongo Mission in the central highlands of Angola and writes from Albany


This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at http://spectrummagazine.org/node/6774

(Jared Wright) #2

Thank you, Carolyn (@bongoangola) for providing this report!


(Rheticus) #5

Someone got that right!


(Bb Yeaton) #7

Now hang on a minute! I thought when somebody had practices that violate the standards of the church (erotic acts between same-sex for example) that we were supposed to mind our own business, worry about our own sins, not cast stones, not condemn (after all, Jesus never did that to the woman caught in adultery), and by all means…let the wheat and tares grow together so you don’t pull up any good wheat by accident. What happened to all the understanding around here? Where did all that amazing grace disappear to all of a sudden? You’ve turned judgmental and I want to know what the difference is.


(Tihomir Odorcic) #9

It would be interesting to know something more about this splinter group. What were their motifs for killing the police officers? How do they relate to other social issues, like equality and justice? Are they fundamentalists or just a weird group of people? Can we compare them with other religious extremists (e.g. Islamic)?


(Elaine Nelson) #10

Yes, by their actions they are terrorists–they come with different baggage but same methods.


(Tim Teichman) #11

Wow, yes, they sure are a light to the world all right. Do you think they sing “this little light of mine” around a campfire before a terrorist rampage or after?


(George Tichy) #12

He is certainly a very pessimistic prophet… And people follow him anyway? :wink:


(George Tichy) #13

Apparently their “light” comes from the guns…


#14

99% of Christians believe the Sabbath is only for the Jews


(jeremy) #15

this time setting phenomenon attracts a lot of innocent, conscientious people…


#16

Because of Adam & Eve’s fall.
.humans have the propensity to be God wannabes, greedy, guilt shifters, gamblers, GULLIBLE, and gluttons…along with a subtle suicide/death wish.


(Randle Patrick) #17

It appears with about 3,000 members he is about 141,000 short.of the mainstream SdA belief.

Must be a LGT Super Select believer.


#18

1 Kings 19:18 Yet I have left me seven thousand in Israel, all the knees which have not bowed unto Baal, and every mouth which hath not kissed him.

Out of 2-2.4 billion “Christians” on Earth…how many would God consider safe to not be troublemakers in heaven or the new Earth?


#19

Indeed, and Paul even warned those in his time of such things:

so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes. (Ephesians 14:4)

The Pulpit Commentary explains this verse and situation in Angola (Branch Davidians etc) so well:

Verse 14. - That we he no more children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of teaching. The apostle goes back to illustrate in another way the purpose of the ministry; it is designed to remedy childish fickleness and the causes that lead to it. The ignorant and inexperienced lie at the mercy of abler persons, and, when there is no regular ministry provided by Christ, are liable to be swept along by any plausible person that professes to be a Christian teacher, and such persons are often very dangerous, working by the sleight of men, i.e. the cunning legerdemain by which the teachings of men - teachings devised by the hearts of men - are made to appear to the uninitiated the same as Christ’s teaching. In craftiness, tending to the scheme of error. Such teachers employ crafty methods, apparently harmless, but tending to further the method or scheme of error. The strong language here used corresponds with that in which, at Miletus, the apostle warned the elders of Ephesus of the “grievous wolves” that were to come in among them, and of the men “speaking perverse things” that were to arise among themselves, not sparing the flock (Acts 20:29, 30).

It seems that the spirit at “Miletus” still lives.


(Elaine Nelson) #20

Why the attraction to an event that is not predicted to happen for more than two thousand years?


(Elmer Cupino) #21

This is what happens when leaders become deluded and their ego-self fusing with their conscience. There is no other mental agency left to counter their delusions and they become as gods, able to dictate to the weak and believers. You see the same mechanism in religious denominations and it is a constant struggle to keep priorities in check. This is the same dynamics involved in the LGT movement, the belief that they can become perfect.


(jeremy) #22

and then there’s the question of whether jose kalupeteka knew he was wrong, but was being deliberately deceitful, or whether he sincerely believed what he was teaching…

i can think of three reasons:

  1. the event itself is so overwhelming, it eclipses rational consideration and calculation…
  2. people didn’t necessarily understand that “soon” meant thousands of years…
  3. people knew that their death was the effective moment christ would return in their case, and they didn’t know when they’d die…

#23

That is what we see occurring in 1 Thessalonian 4:17:

Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we will always be with the Lord.

Seeing as they did not have the book of revelation yet, they must have believed that Christ was to return soon (their life time). And when their loved ones and friends started dying (old age), questions probably arose as to what would happen to those who had died.

Also interesting, notice the word Paul uses “Then we who are alive,” seems to suggest that even Paul didnt really know and possibly believed that he would be alive at Christs coming.


(jeremy) #24

on the other hand, paul also wrote this:

“Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him, that ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand.” 2 Thessalonians 2:1-2.

somewhere between the first and second letter to the thessalonians, it seems, paul began to understand that none of his generation would live to see christ return, because the prerequisites for that return, which he goes on to describe in 2 thessalonians 2:3-12, is obviously indicative of a long time line…but one gets the feeling this growing realization was wide-spread amongst the apostolic church, especially in reading 2 peter 3:1-15, in which peter all but says christ wouldn’t be returning soon…

those early christians knew so much less than we do, yet look at the characters they developed, and the trials they withstood…it could be that some of them may have been recipients of pentecost, which would have meant they had memories of supernatural power working through them…also, they were listening to people who were eye witnesses of christ, if they weren’t eye-witnesses themselves…