LaPorte Church of Christ
LaPorte Church of Christ is an independent church in Laporte, Colorado, led until 2011 by Pastor Peter J. Peters (November 13, 1946 – July 7, 2011), who proclaimed that Europeans comprise the twelve lost tribes of Israel and that contemporary Jews are satanic impostors (based on Revelation 2:9 and ) and the descendants of the Biblical Esau (Edom) -- the brother and nemesis of Jacob (Israel). Critics labeled his message to be that of Christian Identity, although he rejected this label. Peters and his church are not associated with the decentralized group of churches that use the name "Churches of Christ".
The LaPorte Church of Christ, like the 'mainstream' Churches (or 'Church') of Christ, teaches that water baptism is essential to salvation.
They only recognize and practice water baptism by immersion.
Peter J. Peters
Peter J. Peters, who lightheartedly described himself as a "has-been cowboy wannabe preacher", was born and raised in Western Nebraska. After graduating from the University of Nebraska School of Agriculture, he earned a BSc from the Colorado State University in agricultural business and economics.
He subsequently became the pastor of the LaPorte Church of Christ in LaPorte, Colorado and established Scriptures for America, a world-wide outreach ministry to evangelize by means of shortwave radio broadcasts, the mailing of audiotapes, CDs, and DVDs, his Dragonslayer Newsletter and eventually by web-casting via the website ScripturesforAmerica.org.
On July 7, 2011, Peters died in his home of natural causes.
- Anti-Defamation League. "Peter J. "Pete" Peters"
- Scriptures for America. "Be Wise as Serpents--Reject the 'Identity' Label".
- "Pastor of LaPorte Church of Christ dies; preached 'virulently racist' message".
- Scriptures for America Worldwide (Peter J. Peters' church website & radio show)