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Reported by Janice Broach

Action News 5 Special Report: Deliverance

Neighbors who live near the small town of Tyronza, Arkansas have concerns about a group of people they call a religious cult.

Though many of those neighbors have spoken to Action News Five about this so-called cult, only one would talk about it on camera, and only if we disguised her face and voice.

The main concerns center around children associated with the group, and the group's leader, a man Action News 5 Investigator Janice Broach came face-to-face with just a few days ago.

The man, Earl Woods, says truth can't be taught in church, because only he knows the truth.  More than 30 people meet with him weekly at his trailer outside Tyronza to find out what he knows.

Out in the middle of farm fields near Tyronza, Arkansas, sits a double wide trailer, where people in this area say Woods lives with his wife.

"They believe that he's the only one that hears from God," said the unidentified neighbor. "That he has the truth.  They know the truth now because of him. He's almost God Like."

Woods sat down to talk with Janice Broach about the accusations.
 
"I say they are totally stupid and have no source of information," Woods said. "Out of their own carnal mind, they're imagination has run away with them by hearsay with whoever it is they talk to."

According to Woods, what happens at his trailer is bible study.  More than 30 people, including children, meet there three times a week.
 
"Two hours on Sunday, from 6:00 to 8:00, and on Tuesday, we go from 7:00 to 9:00," he said. "On Thursday, we go from 7:00 to 9:00, and they get up and go home."

The adults go home, but the kids come back on the weekends.  Woods says several young children spend the night at his house with him and his wife. According to Woods, on one Saturday several young girls will spend the night. The next Saturday, a couple of boys spend the night.

"I just don't know what's going on inside of it with the children," the unidentified neighbor says.

According to Woods, the children like it at his place.  Sometimes the Bible group listens to Woods' sermons on cassette.

"Then I go deeper in to what I have already pre-recorded for them to hear," he said.

Woods says if a member of the group can't be present for his teachings, they call in and listen on the phone.

Three times a week - six hours of Bible study.  Janice Broach asked Woods- if it's just Bible study, why would so many people call it a cult?

"Stupidity, and let me put it to you this way: Are they not jealous of their routine? They can't be what they think this is. What does that mean, 'they have a routine?'" All out in the world, this stuff goes on- rape and everything else, right? They have they're own routine, after the carnal sensations, and that order.  They are jealous of this situation from what they think it is, and they raise up against it," Woods said.

Woods said he believes the end of the world is near.

"It's on the brink," he said.

Law enforcement in Tyronza reports that no one has officially complained about Earl Woods.  Other law enforcement agencies in the area said the same thing.


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