The Childress Index from Childress, Texas on July 19, 1979 · Page 2
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Childress, Texas
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Thursday, July 19, 1979
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PAß* WO THE CHILDRESS INDEX, CHILDRESS. TEXAS Secluded Religious Group Is Pioneering For Christ By JAMES. I. KING Associated P tmm Writer FRANKSTON, Texas (AP) ~ They are “pioneers” living in • remote area of East Texas and using treadle sewing machines and other implements of a bygone era--but they feel they hold the future of the world in their hands. "As far-fetched as it sounds, we plan to actually take over this earth for Jesus,” says the group’s leader, Tom Crotser, 46 . Crotser does not speak in generalities. “Jesus Christ will return on the night of the 10th day of God’s seventh month.” That’s Sept. 18, 1988. on a regular calendar, Crotser said. Crotser, who has made nine trips to Turkey in search of proof that the Biblical stories are not just tales but are historically accurate, has worked out a scenario between now and 1998 that includes a global war, worldwide disasters and suffering, and the deaths of more than 200 million persons-all to be followed by 1,000 years of peace. “We’ve researched the Bible and we feel we’ve proved it,” he said. Crotser, the son of Vaudeville magicians, himself a former magician and once a minister in the Christian Disciples of Christ Church, established his Holy Ground Mission 10 years ago on 43 acres of rolling hills and woods hidden a few miles south of this East Texas town and about halfway between Palestine and Tyler. His group now numbers 70, including 30 children. Their women cook on wood- burning stoves and their men work with their hands. Their children go to the mission’s own school. But their purpose is not to escape the cares and worries of the modern world. “It is to restore the old paths," said Crotser, holding the hand of his attractive wife, Margie, 40. The Crotsers have had five children, including one 21-year- old daughter who is married, and all of them live on the Holy Ground Mission in cottages they built. Crotser said the women wear ankle-length dresses, light their homes with kerosene lamps and use foot-pedal sewing machines to make their clothes because "we have been called to restore all things to the original paths.” He said restoration was also the reason he has taken nine expeditions to Turkey where he has brought back photographs he says prove he has found the remains of Noah's Ark lodged atop Mount Ararat in Turkey. Crotser also says his group has located the Tower of Babel in llrfa, Turkey-not 1,500 miles away in Iraq where it has been generally placed by historians. “These artifacts must be restored to the people before the second coming of Christ," Crotser said, explaining that was his interpretation of Ecclesiastes 3:15 and Acts 3:20, 21, in the Bible. In fact, all of his predictions are derived from the Bible. He said 1988 is significant because it is exactly 40 years-the Bible’s definition of a generation-from 1948, the date of the founding of Israel. Crotser was born in Denton, Texas, the son of traveling magicians and "by the time I was 12 years old 1 had been in 12 foreign countries and 46 states.” He said his parents, who live in Tulsa, Okla., were "kind of disappointed" at first when he set up his Holy Ground Mission. "They groomed me to become a magician.” But Crotser went off to college. He said he wanted to be a lawyer. Then he met Margie, they got married, and Crotser gave up his ambition to finish law school. He and Margie put together a traveling magic act which they took on the road for about three years in the mid-1950s. "We did some television, some one-night stands, a few night clubs,” said Crotser. Crotser said he gave up magic for good when strong religious feelings were awakened in him. He served as pastor of churches in Smithville and Irving, Texas. “At Irving we had quite an experience,” Crotser said. “TTie people of the congregation actually rose up and threw us bodily out of the church because of the message we bore.” But he set up another church in nearby Grapevine, preaching there until he had a vision that caused him to set up the Holy Ground Mission. The community is self supporting. The men work as a group at such jobs as construction, hauling hay, and painting. The money they earn goes into a central fund, and individuals draw allowances depending on their needs. The women buy groceries once a week in Tyler, spending about $300 a trip. They grow some of their food in a garden of about four acres. Children play team sports or take the group’s four horses for rides-once their chores are done. The community makes a few concessions to technology. They have one telephone in Crotser s home-office. They use electricity for lights in the meeting hall and ringer-type washing machines, and the men use trucks and some heavy equipment in their work. There are no televisions, although Crotser said some members have radios. Crotser says because the Bible does not specifically instruct people to celebrate the birth of Jesus, the group does not recognize Christmas Day. "It’s a day just like any other," he said. Crotser, who denounces present-day churches because their stand "is so lukewarm” says anyone is welcome to join is group in East Texas or a branch--he claims missions in four foreign countries and four other states. He says he and his followers have 10 years to recruit 144.000 "soldiers" who will journey to Israel in 1988 to receive the second coming of Jesus Christ. Crotser said this meeting will be followed by seven years of worldwide disasters and suffering, culminating in the Battle of Armageddon. After that, he said, Jesus will reign as king and there will be 1,000 years of THURSDAY, JULY 19, 1979 peace. "This is no pie in the sky,” Crotser said, "It is God’s will. It will be done.” ON THE LIGHT SIDE PENNSBORO, W.Va. (AP) State employees who are hot under the collar because of President Carter’s policy on office temperatures are being offered some relief by Secretary of State A. James Manchin. Manchin said Tuesday he will be passing out cans of deodorant to state employees and others "who have been sentenced to office ovens whose temperatures have been set by President Carter’s indiscriminate energy policy.” The federal government recently ordered that thermostats in public buildings be set no lower than 78 degrees during hot weather. ALBANY. N.Y. (AP) - If your pet swan is bagged by your neighbor’s dog, you could coll­ ect $15 from the state under a bill signed into law by Gov. Hugh Carey. The new law adds swans to the list of domestic animals, whose owners can be reimbursed by the state under the Agriculture and Markets Law for damages caused by raiding dogs. The money comes from dog license fees. But if your pet dog is bagged by your neighbor’s swan, you may be out of luck. The bill signed into law Tuesday makes no provision for damages done to dogs by swans, which can be formidable animals when aroused. WILSON CERTIFIED BACON 1 LB. 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