Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

Biblical War Breaks Out

Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

Biblical War Breaks Out

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Carlie Walker

A WAR of biblical proportions has divided a congregation after the Churches of Christ evicted the Hervey Bay Bible Church splinter group from its Pialba premises earlier this month.

Terry Arnold, leader of the Hervey Bay Bible Church, said the conflict began about 12 months before when part of the congregation began to feel that the Church of Christ was not conservative enough in its teachings.

Mr Arnold said he had created the Bible church in an effort to return to the teachings of the Bible. Several meetings between himself and Churches of Christ representatives followed.

The representatives agreed that Hervey Bay Bible Church was diverging from the Church of Christ's direction.

That led to an eviction notice being served on the Bible Church, while Churches of Christ installed another pastor to preside over the Neils St church.

"It cut me to the bone," Mr Arnold said about receiving the eviction notice.

"We believe the way it was done was very ruthless. …

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