Church of Scotland bans controversial sect whose founder claims to have met people raised from the dead after preacher at Edinburgh event said members would shoot intruders ‘in Jesus’s name’

THE Church of Scotland has banned a controversial sect whose founder claims to have met people raised from the dead.

The Scottish Episcopal Church has also slammed Glasgow-based Destiny Church for “abusing its hospitality” after it staged a rally in one of its buildings which featured a self-proclaimed “miracle healer” who insists he can cure cancer.


Gun nut pastor Rick Godwin told the audience at St John’s Episcopal Church in Edinburgh that he employed security guards carrying concealed weapons at his “mega-church” in San Antonio, Texas.

He told worshippers: “We have to have armed security officers in and around the church. The only answer to a bad person with a gun is a good person with a gun. In my country an ounce of protection is worth a pound of cure.”

To cheers, he suggested that female members of his congregation would be prepared to shoot any armed intruder entering his church. “And they will do it in Jesus’s name,” he added.

At nearby St Cuthbert’s, owned by the Kirk, Australian evangelist John Mellor claimed to heal people of serious illnesses by driving demons from their bodies and branded yoga, meditation and other faiths as false and satanic.

He insisted he has performed “miracle after miracle” during his visit to St Cuthbert’s, alleging that he made the blind see and the deaf hear.


Both events were part of a £50-a-head weekend conference organised by Destiny Church whose founder Andrew Owen claims that people can be raised from the dead through the power of prayer.
The conference – named Surge 18 –  raised thousands for the sect’s coffers.

Both churches have confirmed that Destiny would no longer be allowed to use the buildings as it gave them a platform to vent their extremist views.

And they apologised after believing it to be a mainstream Christian organisation.

A Church of Scotland spokeswoman told The Times: “Since the event we have heard reports which have concerned us.

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