Mexico’s La Luz del Mundo, in Guadalajara, has its origins in 1926, when Eusebio Joaquin Gonzalez claimed to have a revelation formed a church based on ancient Christian doctrine and practices. At the time, the Cristero rebellion had broken out, pitting Catholics against Plutarco Elias Calles’s post-revolutionary [in the strictest sense of the word] government. Given Gonzalez’s own anti-Catholic sentiment, he was able to form his church with little opposition from the Calles administration. Its teachings include the belief that there was no resurrection from the late first-century A.D. until 1926 and that La Luz del Mundo is the only Christian church in the world. The church separates men and women during services, and women are prohibited from wearing pants or makeup. The church is no stranger to controversy; Eusebio Joaquin Gonzalez was accused of exploiting minors, and son of Eusebio (and current leader) Samuel Joaquin Gonzalez has been accused of rape; fears of mass suicide among believers have also dogged the church. La Luz del Mundo now has congregations throughout the world, and its church in Guadalajara is unofficially the largest non-Catholic religious structure in the Americas.
Bonus image: the inside of La Luz del Mundo’s headquarters during a service: