Michael Travesser and the Strong City Cult

So, Charlie Manson’s now elderly and will no doubt die in prison. Jim Jones exited life while taking 900 other followers along with him. And Koresh went completely up in smoke. But, the spirit of Christ-inspired cult leading has not perished as is evident with this charming and glassy-eyed bunch of end-times devotees…

from Wikipedia: The Lord Our Righteousness Church, sometimes called Strong City, is a religious community near Travesser Park, Union County, New Mexico. It originated with a group of about eighty adherents who migrated to the area from Sandpoint, Idaho in 2000; in 2008, the community consisted of approximately fifty people… Its leader, Wayne Bent, born May 18, 1941, is known as Michael Travesser within the church. Bent, once a Seventh-day Adventist pastor, left his denomination with others of like mind in 1987 and has since referred to that church as one of the “daughters of the great harlot” condemned in the book of Revelation. Bent claims that, during an experience in his living room in June 2000, God told him, “You are the Messiah.” Bent has since stated, “I am the embodiment of God. I am divinity and humanity combined.”

Inside a Cult was broadcast on the National Geographic Channel in the United States, examining the Strong City cult…

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Matt G. Paradise is Executive Director of Purging Talon, a media company responsible for releasing groundbreaking and often imitated audio, video, print, and Web work since 1993, including the internationally respected Satanic magazine, Not Like Most. Paradise is also a Magister in the Church of Satan and, since the early-1990s, has also done media representative work for the CoS through all major media forms — network television, radio, print publications, and the Internet. He is the author of Bearing The Devil’s Mark, a collection of writings on Satanism; as well as editor of The Book of Satanic Quotations (First and Second Editions). He was also producer and co-host of Terror Transmission, a horror movie commentary podcast; and is currently the producer and host of two podcasts (The Accusation Party and Strange Moments in Cultural History) on The Accusation Network.