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Jesus Army denies cult allegation

Website: Birmingham Mail
Date: 22/09/2011
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JESUS Army spokesman John Campbell denied the organisation was a cult and said Birmingham should welcome its plans.

He said: “Being labelled as a cult is a serious allegation. We are a Christian Church and are recognised by other church leaders. People are free to come and go of their own free will and we seek to do good in the community.”

He did not deny some of the group's members chose a celibate lifestyle or handed over all their cash and possessions.

“That is an option that exists in many religious groups,” he said.

Mr Campbell forecast that fellow residents and businesses in the area would welcome the Jesus Army.

He said: “There is a lot of ignorance about the Jesus Army and, when we are up and running, people will be very happy.”

He said a similar project in Coventry had been praised by police.