The Lord Our Righteousness Church is a tiny apocalyptic offshoot of the Seventh Day Adventist Church and tallies about 50 lunatics out in “Strong City,” New Mexico. These people follow a man named Wayne Bent, also known as Michael Travesser, who claims to be the messiah. The group believed that the world was coming to an end October 31st, 2007 (what a disappointing Halloween that must have been). Apparently Bent was informed by God himself in 2000 that he was indeed the second coming of Christ, the “Messiah.”
The LORC was documented in a film by National Geographic called Inside A Cult, in which Bent admitted that female members of the church lie naked with him, though without sex. Many followers have split over the years due to Bent’s apparent insistence on sexual matters regarding underage girls, such as sleeping with virgins. Bent has now been arrested on sex charges after two young girls and a boy were removed from the church last month. In response, the enlightened Wayne Bent had this to say:
“Jesus had not committed any crimes, so the authorities had to invent some crimes to crucify him over. It is the same for me also. I have committed no crimes, but many crimes are being imagined and concocted in the minds of men to try and kill me again. Men are so stupid, though, for they do not know that they cannot kill Spirit.”
And when questioned as to why women were required to lay naked with him, a more direct assertion: “It was God. God came down and told them to do it.” Sounds like Wayne Bent is a perfectly reasonable individual. Perhaps while he spends Christmas in jail this year his followers will send him that elusive sack of marbles he’s been searching for.