GobeTracker| As humanists worldwide try to stop pentacostal preacher Terry Jones from burning Qur’ans on September 11, the current leaders of the Christian Community of Cologne, which pastor Terry Jones founded in the 1980s, have spoken out against him.
“We distance ourselves from this plan of his and don’t want to be seen to have anything to do with it,” said Stephan Baar, the church’s deputy leader.
“We are as shocked as everybody else. This has nothing to do with our beliefs.” via The Guardian
Terry Jones founded the Cologne Church in 1982, saying he had “received a sign from God”. At its height, the group had 800 to 1000 members, and friction grew until his departure in 2008, a former followers told Stern magazine.
Jones was fined €3,000 Euros (£2,478) by a Cologne court for falsely stating that he held a doctorate decree.
After Jones’s dismissal, a new dispute broke out over allegations that he owed the community a five-figure sum of money, Thomas Müller, a community member, told regional newspaper Der Westen. Jones eventually repaid the money, Müller said. via The Guardian
Jones arrived in Cologne, Europe, sponsored by US businessman Donald Northrup, the founder of the Dove World Outreach Centre that Terry Jones now leads.
“He only considered his version of Christianity as the right faith and didn’t listen to anyone else,” said Baar.