Image of the Day – La Luz del Mundo

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.

La Luz del Mundo's headquarters in Guadalajara

Bonus image: the inside of La Luz del Mundo’s headquarters during a service:

A service inside La Luz del Mundo's headquarters.

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About Colin M. Snider

I have a Ph.D. in history, specializing in Latin American History and Comparative Indigenous History. My dissertation focused on Brazil. Beyond Latin America generally, I'm particularly interested in class identities, military politics, human rights, labor, education, music, and nation. I can be found on Twitter at @ColinMSnider.
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4 Responses to Image of the Day – La Luz del Mundo

  1. Anonymous says:

    Rumors of course

  2. Anonymous says:

    COMO PUEDEN CREER EN ALGO QUE NO ES CIERTO .
    SER MANDADOS POR ALGUIEN POSESIVO Y QUE NO TIENE RECONOCIMIENTO DE NADIE MAS QUE SUS SEGUIDORES QUE SON MUY SIEGOS

  3. Anonymous says:

    si no saben nada mejor no digan nada! yo so de La Luz Del Mundo y por FE creo en el que Dios a enviado! si tu no crees en el pues no creeas en el pero aguarda tus absurdos comentarios que no son necesarios! Nosotros respetamos las creeiencias de cada quien so respeten a la de nosotros porfavor! que Dios los Bendiga.

    • Golbert Rangel says:

      PDS, hermano en dejar que te provocan tu mismo das mal testimonio de lldm, mejor no digas nada porque sabemos q Dios y su apostol no necesitan que nosotros lo defendemos. han de venir mas absurdas commentarios pero dejelos que no tienen la culpa como dijo Cristo, asi nosotros sabemos que el diablo los usa. Dios te bendiga mi hermano quierido. soy Gilberto Rangel de fresno ca.

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