Adventist Media Response and Conversation

Thursday, May 01, 2008

Adventist offshoot makes news.

15 years after the Branch Davidian's Waco standoff another Adventist splinter groups gets some national attention. The following is from ABC News :

Three teenagers have been removed from a remote New Mexico compound run by a self-described messiah in a new case involving a religious sect and allegations of sex abuse.

The three teens, a 16-year-old boy, a 16-year-old girl and a 13-year-old girl, were taken into custody over a three-day period starting April 22. They had been living at a compound called Strong City, home to the Lord of Our Righteousness Church.

"The state police are investigating what has happened there,"…

Travesser, who also goes by the name Wayne Bent, broke from the Seven Day Adventist church in 1987 to form his Lord of Our Righteousness Church. On the group's Web site, Travesser, 66, describes being annointed the messiah by God in 2000, shortly after moving to the New Mexico property in the state's northeastern corner.

The Lord Our Righteousness Church

* This undated photo, supplied by the The Lord Our Righteousness Church, shows group leader Wayne Bent This undated photo, supplied by the The Lord Our Righteousness Church, shows group leader Wayne Bent, 66, who is also identified on the church's Web site as Michael Travesser. New Mexico state police have removed three children from the church compound following an April 22, 2008, investigation. Collapse

Apparently this group is made up of many former SDA’s at least according to their website which says.


During the 1980's, a Seventh-day Adventist minister by the name of Wayne Curtis Bent created and conducted a seminar called LifeSupports. The intent of these seminars was to present practical illustrations and training of how the laws of life function, and how individuals create their lives to be precisely what they are. The seminar was based on Scripture and the writings of Ellen G. White, a founder and prophet of the Adventist church.

In 1987 Bent and a number of people who were associated with him through his ministry formally separated from the Seventh-day Adventist church, founding the aforementioned The Lord Our Righteousness, using the Scriptural authority found in Jeremiah 33:16: "... and this is the name wherewith she shall be called, The Lord our righteousness."


  • 1987 - The Lord Our Righteousness separates from Adventism.
  • 1988 - 300 baptized at Hat Creek, near Redding, California.
  • 1989 - The church split. One third of the membership leaves.
  • 1990 - 320 acre ranch property purchased near of Sandpoint, Idaho.
  • 1993 - Entire church congregates at Castle Dome near Yuma, Arizona, for the winter.
  • 1994 - Church begins to study the hidden hand controlling the world through money.
  • 1995 - Tax issue with Bonner County, Idaho. Shillum published. Booklet distributed around the country.
  • 1996 - Church focuses on Internet outreach. WINDS website established.
  • 1999 - WINDS work completed. Church prepares to leave Sandpoint.
  • 2000 - After wintering in Safford, Arizona, church relocates to Travesser Creek in New Mexico. Messiah appears in Wayne Bent, and Two Witnesses are anointed.
  • 2001 - Michael Travesser writes prophecy on September 10 regarding destruction of the Twin Towers the following day.
  • 2002 - In June, FBI and State Police visit Strong City. KOB-TV runs sensationalized broadcast about Strong City in November.
  • 2003 - Michael Travesser Family website launched.
  • 2004 - State Police raid Strong City. Messiah "cut off" in the "midst of the week" according to prophecy of Daniel 9. Work of teaching and intercession ends. Judgment begins.
  • 2006 - Seven last plagues announced on Shillum website.
  • 2007 - Plagues poured out. Church awaits final fulfillment of seventh plague and the end of the 490 year prophecy.

The group became known among Adventists as the L.O.R. or more pejoratively as "LOR-ites", and were widely regarded as an off-shoot of Adventism. Members of the L.O.R. view the Seventh-day Adventist denomination as one of the daughters of the great harlot of Revelation 17, exhibiting the worldly corruption pervasively found in other Christian denominations that constitute Babylon.

Churches of The Lord Our Righteousness were located mostly throughout the Pacific northwestern United States, with one congregation in southern California. At first, services were conducted in public parks, rented halls and private homes, with Wayne Bent providing spiritual leadership from his residence in Sandpoint, Idaho, which served also as the church's administrative headquarters.

In August of 1988 the church gathered outside Redding, California at Hat Creek Campground for its first general meeting. Approximately 300 people were baptized into the faith near the conclusion of that camp meeting.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

David Koresh truly was a great hero.
Not only he and his friends where murdered by these Catholics that also murdered 7 off your presidents, but the Roman Catholic, although official Baptist, Bill Clinton bombed the Russian Orthodox Patisans in Serbia also. Mass muderered for the pope Bill Clinton, hell should be created for such, if it wouldn't have been already.

The attacks on Wayne Bent AKA Michael Travesser by the romanists is again more than interesting. Just found a website by a supporter, that was able to bypass the romish censorship, but Google did not let me in because of Trojans on that website. All this panick over a mere humble preacher for the Lord, who's in put in jail now by the child molesters that the heathens call courts.

Hell is a real place.
Check the folks who have been there on Youtube lol.
Maybe we should not disturb folks on their path there. Righteousness exists, and hell is full of Judges, police, military and other folks with selfrighteouss attitudes.