Three churches across the South have been raided by the FBI, all of which are located in close proximity to military installations and have previously faced accusations of being cults.
Multiple reports shared that the three churches are associated with each other and located near a U.S. Army base:
- The Assembly of Prayer Christian Church near Augusta, Georgia is just outside the gate of Fort Gordon
- The House of Prayer Christian Church in Hinesville, Georgia is less than eight miles from Fort Stewart
- The Assembly of Prayer Christian Church in Killeen, Texas is less than four miles from Fort Hood
As previously stated, the churches have faced accusations of being cults that prey on military veterans and active duty service members to profit off their government benefits.
Numerous veterans have stated that the church is a culture that “deceives the VA during inspections and targets veterans to access GI Bill funding, VA disability compensation, and VA home loans”.
The FBI raided three Southern churches that recruited soldiers and have been accused of fraud and cult-like behavior.https://t.co/o6gCf8TfGD
— Hemant Mehta (@hemantmehta) June 25, 2022
The FBI has not yet released a statement regarding the raids, however reports are suggesting that agents have been executing search warrants without making arrests….at least not at the moment.
Veterans Education Success sent an 11-page letter to the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Georgia Veterans Service back in 2020 alleging that the churches “target veterans in order to access GI Bill funding, VA disability compensation and VA home loans.”
Currently, the FBI has not confirmed whether the raid in Texas is connected to the others, however the two raids in Georgia have been confirmed to be connected.
‘The Killeen Daily Herald’ reported “Dozens of Google and Facebook reviews of the Killeen church refer to it as a ‘cult’ with a habit of recruiting Fort Hood soldiers.”
Yahoo News shared these details:
The FBI on Thursday raided three churches associated with the House of Prayer Christian Church in Georgia and Texas.
The FBI has not released a statement regarding the raids.
The House of Prayer is owned by the foreign nonprofit company House of Prayer Christian Churches of America Inc., which registered with the Georgia Secretary of State in 2004. The business’s listed officers are affiliated with the Georgia churches and use Hinesville, Georgia, post office boxes as mailing addresses.
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Its churches, which are primarily located near military bases throughout the country, have been accused by former members and a veterans’ advocacy group of operating like a cult and targeting soldiers.
In August 2020, Veterans Education Success, an advocacy organization based in Washington D.C., asked the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and the Georgia Veterans Service to investigate alleged abuses of the GI Bill program by House of Prayer Christian Church’s bible seminaries.
Veterans alleged the House of Prayer Christian Church “deceives the VA during inspections and targets veterans in order to access GI Bill funding, VA disability compensation, and VA home loans,” according to the organization’s letter to the VA and Georgia SAA.