Organization says two men claiming to be God are blocking its service to homeless people
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WTVC) Two men who claim to be God and several other things have forced the shut down of an organization that helps Chattanooga’s homeless.
Mercy Junction rents out parts of its building to fund its mission.
The director of Mercy Junction said its the actions of the two tenants that are keeping homeless people from receiving the services they need to survive.
They call themselves co-founders of The Church of Urth and say they aren't leaving.
For the last six days, Beth Foster says the men have been posting frightening things about cults and demons on Facebook.
"We don't feel like with the unpredictability of the situation that it's a prudent thing to do to invite the public in," Foster said.
Ryan Homes and Tyler Short both claim to be God and say anyone who wants to can be Good too.
The pair says nothing about these posts is supposed to be threatening.
"We are intergalactic missionaries from the Gemini constellation and what we are here to do is reveal the truth to you that you are not alone in the universe," Homes said.
They say they've been using space in Mercy Junction's building for the last year and a half to formulate a plan but wouldn't tell us the details of it.
"I am not at liberty to discuss that it is classified," Homes said.
Foster says what they’re doing now though is hindering people who rely on Mercy Junction's services.
"Our elders have just been meeting them at the door to say we're sorry we're closed," she said. "They've been handing some snacks out the door to people."
Foster says the Church of Urth is breaking the clause in its lease that prohibts tenants from hindering others using the building.
Foster says the sheriff's department served an eviction notice to Homes and Short Thursday morning.
Now, Mercy Junction's council that approves renters is reconsidering the policy they use to do so.