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EXPLORE GROUPS: Universal Church of the Kingdom of God

Universal Church of the Kingdom of God

Igreja Universal do Reino de Deus, IURD, Iglesia Universal, Cenacle of the Holy Spirit, Cenacle of Faith, Pare de Sufrir, Oración Fuerte al Espíritu Santo, ArcaUniversal, Universal Ark

Edir Macedo Bezerra (1945-)

Edir Macedo Bezerra (1945-)

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (1977)

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

TV Record (with outlets in Latin America, Africa, and Asia)

Ark TV

The group is known for its high-pressure tactics in proselytizing, emphasis on deliverance of the demon-possessed, and fundraising, as well as its aggressive work in broadcasting and politics. Also controversial are its syncretistic use of elements drawn from Roman Catholicism and Umbanda spiritism.

CFAR Brazil director Paulo Romeiro, a longtime observer, says that he no longer considers the Igreja Universal an evangelical denomination; instead, it is a "pseudo-Pentecostal" church focused primarily on raising money. A major splinter group, the Igreja Mundial do Poder de Deus, is growing rapidly.

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