Here is part of an articole taken from the Guardian
One of the world’s largest and most controversial Pentecostal churches has been given permission to build a $200m (£130m) replica of Solomon’s Temple in Brazil’s economic capital, São Paulo.
The 10,000 capacity “mega-church”, which is the brainchild of Brazil’s Universal Church of the Kingdom of God, will also house a replica of the Ark of the Covenant and be built according to “biblical orientations”.
According to the Estado de São Paulo newspaper, planning permission was granted this week and church officials say it should be completed in four years.
“We are preparing ourselves to build the temple, in the same mold as Solomon’s,” the church’s leader and founder, Bishop Edir Macedo said in a televised service, posted on his blog. “[Solomon’s] Temple … used tonnes of gold, pure gold …We are not going to build a temple of gold, but we will spend tonnes of money, without a shadow of doubt.”
Macedo said his church had signed an $8m contract to import stones from Israel. “We have signed the contract and commissioned the stones that will come from Jerusalem, just like the ones that were used to build the temple in Israel; stones that were witnesses to the powers of God, 2,000 ago,” he said. “It is going to be a knock-out, it is going to be beautiful, beautiful, beautiful — the most beautiful of all. The outside will be exactly the same as that which was built in Jerusalem.”
The 55-metre high temple, the equivalent of an 18-storey building, would tower over central São Paulo and be “twice the height of [Rio’s] Christ the Redeemer statue”, the blog said.
The project, drawn up by Brazilian architect Rogério Silva de Araújo, includes a car park for 1,000 vehicles, TV and radio studios, and classrooms for 1,300 children.
Founded in Brazil in 1977, the Universal Church of the Kingdom of God claims an estimated 8 million followers in 180 countries worldwide, with a TV channel and a free newspaper, the Folha Universal, which it says has a weekly print run of 2.5m. The church claims its leader’s blog receives up to 4m hits a month.
The church supports so-called “prosperity theology” – by which acts of faith including donations are rewarded with material wealth.
Watch this video, which is in Portuguese, to see the Temple Project
This Church is led by people who “are the enemies of the cross of Christ: Whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things” (Philippians 3:18-19).
All you members of this Church, “come out from among them, and be ye separate”, and leave alone these pastors, for they are servants of Mammon.