Constance Cumbey

A controversial Detroit lawyer has hit the lecture circuit with an end-times message.

“Be forewarned! The end is coming. The Antichrist is already in the world, and a network of thousands of organizations and millions of people all over the world is preparing to introduce him. He will appear to have the solutions to all the world’s pressing problems and will be accepted as a world leader. But eventually his true colors will show, and he will demand the worship of Satan and submit the church to the greatest persecution it has ever known. So beware. Don’t take the mark of the beast.

Is this the message of another fiery-eyed backwoods doomsayer trying to frighten his listeners into a firmer resolve for God? Not quite. This is, in sum, the message being advanced by an aggressive, urbane, 39-year-old Detroit lawyer named Constance Cumbey. And hundreds of thousands are taking her message seriously. Having spoken at more than a hundred churches throughout the United States in the last year and a half, Cumbey remains in near constant demand as a lecturer. She has been endorsed in church bulletins and newsletters and featured on numerous television programs and radio talk shows, including KDKA in Pittsburgh. WLAC in Nashville, and WXYZ in Detroit. Phones rang off the hook the night she appeared on Chicago’s WCFC-TV, whose potential audience of 11 million makes it the largest Christian television station in the country. Cumbey’s book, The Hidden Dangers of the Rainbow (Huntington House), sold 30,000 copies within three weeks of its release in June, and is now in its second printing with a huge backlog of orders.

The conspiracy she speaks of is called the New Age movement. Cumbey says its leadership is tightly organized, ...

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