The coverage of the Living Church of God shootings seems to be focusing on the apocalyptic emphasis of the church, not some of the other oddball theologies they have; that will cast a rather broad net to cover a good hunk of orthodox evangelical churches.
Here's one AP piece that seems to do a good job of covering the LCG's heterodox quirks.
The Charlotte, N.C.-based Living Church of God grew out of a schism in the Worldwide Church of God, formed in 1933 as the Radio Church of God by Herbert W. Armstrong. Armstrong, an Oregon advertising man, preached that Anglo-Americans were Jews, descendants of the lost "ten tribes of Israel.''
The Worldwide Church of God changed their doctrine after Armstrong's death in 1986, but more than half the membership withdrew and formed splinter groups.
Meredith and Raymond McNair led one of the numerous groups that broke away, forming what was then called the "Global Church of God'' in 1992 to perpetuate Armstrong's original teachings.
Armstrong's followers worshipped Saturday mornings, as Ratzmann did, and often rented facilities rather than erecting its own buildings. Adherents believe in faith healing and strict opposition to divorce, among other things. Members are told to shun worldly involvements, including politics, military service or participation in juries.
This is an oddball sect/cult that isn't representative of orthodox evangelical thought. However, the media coverage elsewhere would have you think that this is another area where the Left Behind buffs hang out.
It was unclear what specifically upset him, but Ratzmann was a member of the Living Church of God (search), a denomination whose leader recently prophesied that end times are near.
He regularly attended services at the Living Church of God, an evangelical group that met at Brookfield's Sheraton hotel to mark the Sabbath on Saturdays.
The group is an evangelical church that observes the Sabbath on Saturday, not Sunday
Mr. Ratzmann was affiliated with the Living Church of God, which had been meeting at the hotel every Saturday morning for four or five years.
The born-again denomination focuses on "end-time" prophecies, and places a strong emphasis on using world news to "prove" that these are end times.
His church, Living Church of God, a denomination that focuses on "end-time" prophecies.
The Living Church of God, according to its Web site, is "a new organization with an old history," led by Dr. Roderick C. Meredith, who was ordained in 1952. Its 200 congregations observe Saturday as the true Christian Sabbath - Mr. Colwell said Mr. Ratzmann refused to attend his wedding because it was on the Sabbath - and "members today view themselves as the spiritual heirs of the original Jerusalem Church of New Testament time," the Web site says.
The church's mission statement includes "preach the end-time prophecies and the Ezekiel warning, particularly to the 'Israelitish' peoples"; "learn and practice servant leadership in all our dealings with others"; and "build an atmosphere of radiant faith within God's Church." The goal, the site says, is to "restore Apostolic Christianity, and all that this implies."
With the exception of that NYT piece, most of the coverage makes the LCG look like a standard-issue evangelical church.