Sects: Run for Your Life

God is about to destroy Southern California for its sinfulness. Driven by this conviction, nearly 600 members of half a dozen pentecostal churches in the Golden State are pulling up stakes and getting out before the holocaust.

The inspiration for the exodus comes from the Rev. Donald Abernathy of the Apostolic Gospel Church of Bell Gardens, a Los Angeles suburb. Last spring he had a series of visions that convinced him that the Los Angeles area would soon be torn apart by an earthquake. In his graphic revelations, Abernathy said, "buildings crumbled, freeways...

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