GOD TV Co-founder Rory Alec has today announced he is leaving the Network, standing aside as Chairman and CEO with immediate effect. This follows what he terms ‘a moral failure’ concerning his marriage.
GOD TV Co-founder and Director of Television, Wendy Alec will continue to lead the Network along with its senior management team and the support of the GOD TV Board.
GOD TV has confirmed the organisation will continue its international operations as well as the work it is doing in Plymouth, UK. This includes the completion of its Revival Prayer Centre on Union Street and new staff building at Burrington Industrial Estate.
Mrs Alec told GOD TV staff in Plymouth that she will address the issue further on 8 October while in GOD TV’s Jerusalem studio to host a series of live Revival Alert broadcasts.
“I will take responsibility on the first night of Revival Alert to share with transparency and authenticity regarding the situation to all our viewers and partners,” she said.
In a separate statement, Mr Alec told GOD TV staff: “After 20 years of service, I have had a moral failure this year. For this reason, I am stepping down. Please forgive me for the disappointment I’ve caused, but I know your eyes are on Jesus who is the author and finisher of your faith and not on me, an imperfect man.
“It is with a heavy heart that I confirm my season with GOD TV is over for now.”
In her role as Co-founder, Creative Director and Director of Television, Wendy Alec has overseen all content on GOD TV for the past 19 years. Her remit includes oversight of the Network and Programming Planning teams; Scheduling teams; Production teams; her Commissioning team and approval of Ministry Airtime Sales and Programme Acquisitions. She has been in charge of GOD TV’s Creative Direction, both on air and in print, from the time of the Network’s inception, including the internationally acclaimed and distinctive GOD TV logo. She is fully supported by GOD TV’s executive management team and financial departments.
Rory AlecApparently a UK production company knew about this affair prior to Justin Hughes (LucasLabrador) breaking this on YouTube last week. Wendy Alec, who is rumored to have had a past affair with a producer, was in hospital when her husband visited his mistress in Austria and the adultery could no longer be hidden.
His mistress is a musician, God TV has been quiet about how long Alec’s adultery had been going on. Rory Alec apparently resigned (for now) September 29th. The announcement was made today. He has already been removed (for now) from the God TV website. God TV watchers say a lot more will be coming out in the days ahead.
God TV was started in the UK in 1995 and entered the North American market in 2006.
prior post – God TV, not quite in the poor house
Justin Hughes mentions a production company has been looking into God TV. Over at The Governmental Goals of God TV (a God TV watch blog) the comment below was left. It’s fair to conclude this current ‘moral failure’ would have remained hidden if bloggers and vidbloggers and others weren’t asking questions.
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October 24, 2014 at 7:30 am
You are not worthy…………….
October 24, 2014 at 7:58 am
You are not wothy –
To enter into my hope
unless you show some modicum of respect!!!! Cobbled Stones for you would steal its gift of life, love and passion.
Since 2011, the people behind the website Recovering Grace have been “ helping people whose lives have been impacted by the teachings of Bill Gothard, the Institute in Basic Life Principles (IBLP), and the Advanced Training Institute (ATI). ”
Recently Recovering Grace has been publishing stories of young women who worked directly for Gothard; giving them room to detail the sexual harassment, and the emotional spiritual manipulation they experienced. As well the inability of people to expose and stop him in the past has been made public by the website team. Recovering Grace initially looked at the harm created by Gothards theology:
When we launched our website in July of 2011, we did so with the express mission of helping people whose lives have been impacted by the teachings of Bill Gothard through the Institute in Basic Life Principles (IBLP) seminars and the Advanced Training Institute (ATI) homeschool program. We have attempted to fulfill that mission through regularly posted articles primarily written by former students of ATI—articles that have covered a wide variety of issues such as theological discussions of IBLP teachings, personal stories of discovering grace, and bringing to light some of the darker aspects of working at an IBLP Training Center. What we truthfully did not realize at the time of our launch was the strong undercurrent of depravity displayed for decades at the highest levels of IBLP leadership. Our thought at the time was that the most viscerally damaging effects of Gothardism were spiritual,and that Bill Gothard’s worst flaws were theological and hermeneutical. As such, most of our attention for the first year of our website was focused on these areas.
In early 2012, this all changed for us when a young lady shared with us her experiences working for Bill Gothard at Headquarters.
Recovering Grace recently published documentation of attempts in the 1980′s to hold Gothard to account (unsuccessfully) and of the dismissal of his brother for sexual misconduct with several female staff.
News outlets have been picking up on what Recovering Grace has been posting and getting the attention of Institute in Basic Life Principals senior leadership.
George Mattix, executive international director at IBLP, told The Christian Post Thursday that the board was aware of the accusations made against Gothard and would prayerfully consider what course of action members would take before releasing any public statements. Mattix had initially passed CP’s request for comment on the allegations to the nonprofit’s attorney, whom he said subsequently turned the matter over to outside counsel.
b. gothardThat was February 14th. Yesterday, the current board of directors has placed Bill Gothard on administrative leave.
“After completion of the review, the board will respond at an appropriate time, and in a biblical manner.” Until then, the statement said, Gothard “will not be involved in the operations of the ministry. The board of directors will be prayerfully appointing interim leadership.”
…Gothard’s Institute in Basic Life Principals was once a popular gathering spot for thousands of Christian families, including the Duggar family from TLC’s “19 Kids and Counting.” Gothard”s Advanced Training Institute conferences were also popular among devotees of the Quiverfull movement, who promote large families and eschew birth control.
He’s also rubbed shoulders with Republican luminaries. He and former presidential candidate Mike Huckabee were photographed at a campaign lunch together; former Georgia Gov. Sunny Perdue spoke at one of Gothard’s conferences; and Sarah Palin, when she was a small town mayor in Alaska, attended his International Association of Character Cities conferences anddeclared Wasilla among Gothard’s “Cities of Character.”
Gothard is 79 and unmarried.
IBLP headquartersGothard had been dismissed in the past from his organization (his dismissal lasted 17 days) and he came back even stronger. It is believed his seminars have been attended by 2.5 million Americans. According to former workers his predatory behavior continued after his short lived dismissal in the 1980s.
Religion News Service:
The allegations against Gothard dovetail financial woes. In recent years IBLP’s net revenue has dropped significantly, and the ministry is losing money each year. In 2009, they reported a net income loss of $1 million, a loss of $4.1 million in 2011, and a loss of $3.5 million in 2012, according to their most recently available tax forms. Its net assets dropped from $92 million in 2010 to $81 million in 2012.
The Institute in Basic Life Principles, based in Chicago, is registered as a Canadian charity, called Basic Life Principals International. IBLP has offices in several other countries. The Canadian branch appears to be in financial decline. There is also Chinese language Canadian website for IBLP.
The story of Bill Gothard, IBLP, ATI, his other groups and his associations with powerful people is, frankly; scary and sobering. As you read Recovering Grace, you’ll begin to understand how he gained so much influence and control and how he has remained unaccountable for so long. The courage of those who have stepped forward to tell their stories cannot be underestimated.
I’m back. Sort of, still a bit sleep deprived and fuzzy, it feels like I spent more time on trains than I did on the ground.:^)
It was interesting to be in one of the largest cities in North America and to beÂ unconnected. I don’t own a cell phone, a blackberry,Â mp3 playerÂ or aÂ laptop; only accessed email once, didn’t bother watching or listening toÂ the news, clean spam or check blogs.
While I was waitingÂ for travelÂ connections, I parked myself, put the book awayÂ and people watched.
Being unconnected has it’s pleasures, and being unconnected in a city is quite different than choosing to live off the beaten path.Â
What a great trip.
I don’t knowÂ productive words to useÂ to explainÂ the experience of meeting face to face with people you have known online or on the phone, peopleÂ whoÂ call you friend.Â
Blessed. Joyful.Â Still not big enough or productive enough.
I don’t knowÂ clear words to use because friendshipÂ isÂ deeper than relating facts, experiences and emotions, and while IÂ believe words are wonderful things, IÂ fumble and drop themÂ easily when people occupy such a big place in my heart, and carve out even a bigger place just by being themselves.
Rachel and Regan stayed with long time real lifeÂ friends, and I hopped another train to make the final leg of the journey to meet them. Upon arrival I phoned, got a business answering machine and decided to just try to findÂ where they were stayingÂ on my own. So I hopped over snowbanks to get to a main street I figured would send me in the general direction. And there they were, they’d gotten the message and had come toÂ meet me.Â Our hostsÂ were gracious, hospitable, lively and welcomed me warmly.Â
We picked up like we saw each other every week,Â a post can’tÂ convey thatÂ level of trust and comfortableness. I’ve said it before, while I’veÂ certainly messed up a lot of things in my life, I’ve managed toÂ find incredible friends, or perhaps more honestly,Â they’ve found me.Â Either way, I am grateful and humbled, and wonder if I felt any fuller if I’d burst.
Our conversationsÂ flowed through all kinds of topics, and the silences were friends silence, not the awkward silences I’ve experienced at times in getting to know someone. We didn’t talk a lot about blogging and bloggers and the past, there were so many ranges of interest, we certainlyÂ weren’t at a loss.
Rachel and Regan had a plane to catch so we headed closer to the airport and met up with Darryl and CharleneÂ Dash. Â Darryl has found better words than I’m able to. I’m acutely aware of being in special moments with friends, I’m also aware in those momentsÂ of how quickly time flies, and while I’m sure we all could have talked for days, I didn’t leave feeling things were left unsaid. Being fullyÂ presentÂ in ‘now’Â Â without thinking back or thinking ahead is aÂ unique kind of freedom.Â
My friendsÂ left me with joy, a state of being that is lingering, even with long travel hours, passing timeÂ and too little sleep. I am left bubbling overÂ withÂ thankfulness and a sense of wonder that such honest, kind and committed people consider me a part of their lives.Â Â Â
We agreed joyfully, we disagreed graciously, we shared honestly; life doesn’t get much better than that, at least not for me. We weren’t consumedÂ with talking about stuff or goods, superficial didn’t haveÂ room to play around the edgesÂ of our time together.
ToÂ experience face to face thatÂ we share so much more than blogs will always be a surprise for me, andÂ we have grown, we have changed, and we’ve allÂ been through personal losses andÂ adventures.Â Rather than be stuck in losses and fear, I saw growth and depth and a willingness to honourÂ theÂ treasure of our livesÂ with integrity.Â
Darryl and Charlene wereÂ immediately recognizable even after a couple of years, and of courseÂ they slid into the merriment and threads of conversations delightfully and with dashing ease.(groan)Â And though they had another engagement they took time to go out of their way to connect me up with the train,Â saving meÂ a lot of travel time.Â It was anÂ opportunity toÂ catch up with their livesÂ a bit. What thoughtfulness. The extra time together was an unexpectedÂ gift.
Rachel got her maple syrup, Regan got his snow.
Wow, did he get his snow.
While I am left with lifelong memories of our time together, there is one I shall keep just to chuckle at any time I jolly wellÂ want to.
Heading to the car we had a quick snowball fight, and of course he turned his back just in time to get nailedÂ right at the baseÂ ofÂ his neck.
As I watched the snow slide into his collar and himÂ laugh and scramble to shake it off, I apologized.
A moment of absolute dishonesty on my part.
I’m not at all sorry.
Not one bit.;^)
God speed on the rest of your journey and thanks for making mine so unforgettable.
The assistant pastor of a Washington state church which has been called a cult, was found guilty today of sex crimes against a child, after a two month trial.
40 year old Malcolm John Fraser is also the Development Officer at WinePress Publishing, a business connected with Sound Doctrine Church.
Background here and here.
The Enumclaw Courier-Herald:
Fraser had been charged with two counts of first-degree child rape and two counts of first-degree molestation. The case involved a girl who was 11 when the incidents took place; she is now 18. The incidents occurred in the girl’s home, while Fraser was living with her family.
The jury found Fraser guilty on all counts.
Updated and detailed report.
Update: Fraser has been sentenced to 20 years.
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May 31, 2013 at 4:40 am
And there will still be a few supporters who actually believe that he is completely innocent and the that the entire prosecution is the work of the devil.
Bene Diction says:
May 31, 2013 at 4:04 pm
Very few actually go to this church, but yeah. Fraser being charged and convicted is about Satan, evil, sin and being attacked for being Christian.
Timothy Williams, founder of Sound Doctrine has a couple of websites that tell ‘the truth’ about the witnesses, prosecutor, police, newspaper editor, ‘liberals…
Christianity Today continues its investigative coverage of David Jang, his theology and his North American business expansion.
In August Christianity Today published an investigative article on the ongoing controversy over a businessman/church leader named David Jang titled The Second Coming Christ Controversy.
The reaction to the Christianity Today piece by David Jang followers at The Christian Post was aggressive and swift. The Christian Post published what Jeff Dunn at The Internet Monk called a ‘non-denial denial‘ and swiftly followed with a clumsy smear piece on Ken Smith, co-author of the CT article. The sock puppeting and borderline hysteria in the comment section at The Christian Post was over the top, even for internet chatter. Why?
In an editorial published simultaneously in August (Monitoring Controversy) Mark Galli, Christianity Today Senior Managing Editor wrote:
In the weeks leading up to the publication of this story, Smith and CT have received threats of lawsuits by people associated with Jang. We have also been accused of reporting this story with predetermined conclusions. But the story took so long to report precisely because we had no predetermined conclusions. Read the story, and you’ll see many questions still unanswered. We held off publication because we are committed to running stories when they’re ready and when we can fully stand by them.
In the second installment, The Second Coming Christ Controversy: More Leaders Speak Out Christianity Today takes a deeper look at the theology and beliefs taught by Jang leaders, and the aggressiveness toward critics and former followers in Jang operations. A former editor of the Singapore edition of The Christian Post Edmund Chau and his wife Susan are featured in the second part of the CT investigative article.
As Christianity Today reported in August, several former members of Jang’s organizations similarly described encouragements to believe that Jang is the Second Coming Christ. But most spoke on condition of anonymity. Now, in exclusive in-depth interviews with Christianity Today, the Chuas are among the first to speak out on the record about their experience in Jang’s group, the theology behind their belief that he was the Second Coming Christ, and why they left.
Employees of the Jang-founded Olivet University, meanwhile, say the community has no secret teachings that Jang is Christ or the Second Coming. Meanwhile, a National Association of Evangelicals committee is meeting again today in its ongoing inquiry into whether Olivet is theologically compatible with the Southern Baptist Convention’s LifeWay Christian Resources.
While the sale of a Southern Baptist Convention conference centre to David Jangs Olivet University is being debated, intimidation of critics continues.
Not everyone in Jang’s community seems to agree that the group has nothing to hide. In one email provided to CT, Johnathan Davis, the chief content officer of IBTimes, declined to participate in a Christian industry association being organized by leaders of other Jang-affiliated publications like The Christian Post, because, he said, “My commission is inherently covert.” In another email string from mid-August 2012, Will Anderson, the publisher and CEO of The Christian Post, requested that Edmond delete from the Singapore site any articles by a writer suspected of being a source for CT’s article.
Another email announced that “PD [Pastor David] just announced that the use of Facebook and other networking sites is now forbidden for obvious security reasons… Facebook makes it easy for organizations that persecute us to link us all up together including the ministries we work for.” That email itself contained the final instruction, “CLEAR THIS MESSAGE AFTER READING.” (The command to abandon Facebook seems itself to have been abandoned, since many members and organizations in the community are currently active on the social networking site.)
In a different email thread discussing whether to include The Christian Post’s history as part of its employee handbook, one senior leader wrote, “I don’t think we should include the history in the handbook. The issue is that PD [Pastor David] doesn’t want the history in written, audio or video form to fall into a non-members’ hands. Once you make a hard copy of something it is set in stone and he still wants some things to remain vague.”
Jang’s associates did not only challenge Edmond Chua’s account by email. Edmond says he has found himself threatened with a lawsuit, locked out of his website and email, and harassed by Jang associates coming to his home late at night. (Members have also harassed his father, who accompanied him to the 2006 New York evangelism training, Chua said.)
…Similarly, a lawsuit from Christian Today Japan against Yamaya Makoto, a blogger who has repeatedly criticized Jang, is in its fourth year. An independent journalist from Canada, Ann Brocklehurst, as well as two Christian newspapers serving the Korean American community, Christian Today US (no relation to either Christianity Today or to the Jang-affiliated Christian Today newspaper) and News-N-Joy US, have also reported receiving legal threats from Jang’s community for publishing critical articles.
An aside: (Olivet president and The Christian Post and The Christian Post board chair Bill Wagner, told The Tennessean yesterday that David Jang resigned from Olivet University this summer).
David Jang has denied he condones his followers and employees teaching or believing he is Second Coming Christ. “‘By the grace of Jesus Christ, I accepted Jesus as my one and only Savior, and since I was forgiven of my sins, I have never abandoned faith in Jesus Christ. Also, I have never preached any other gospel other than that of Jesus Christ. Furthermore I have never taught that I am Christ.’ ~ David Jang
Jang has not responded to CT, nor does it appear he has made any overt effort to clean up the bible study teachings in Asia and the US over the years. Aggressive legal manoeuvres toward critics and downplaying of Korean investigations are not addressing the legitimate concerns now being raised in North America regarding his teachings and his expanding businesses. It is apparent by the open responses by leaders at Olivet University and The World Evangelical Alliance who have financially partnered with Jang, the ongoing effort to legitimize Jang’s media and business expansion in North America have been successful.
Lists of David Jang holdings have been published online.
Netherlands – WEA and Jang organizations
David Jang Domain Names
Previous post with links to media coverage and a Canadian connection to The Christian Post
The Tennessean – Lifeway rethinks plan to sell camp to Christian college
Timothy Dalrymple – Strange Things Afoot in Christian Media – a must read
Court records show Bartlesville Police filed a request for an order so White’s cell phone provider could ping his phone as they searched for him.
In that request, police said White had been accused of molesting a juvenile female. Police said they were beginning an investigation when White disappeared.
Bartlesville Police found a note in his vehicle “that he was suicidal or possibly fleeing to avoid investigation.”
On Friday, the Examiner-Enterprise obtained a copy of an order, filed on April 18, by BPD Sgt. David Hackler, requiring mobile telephone service provider T-Mobile to provide “real time GPS pinging of (White’s) phone” in an effort to locate the device, as well as “any technical assistance requested by (the BPD) or any other employee of the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation.”
The public document states that the “requested records and information are relevant and material to an ongoing criminal investigation,” and provides a brief summary of allegations that were apparently made against White prior to his death.
“Subject, Walter Thomas White, was had been reported to have molested a (age omitted) juvenile female. Police had begun to investigate and Mr. White had disappeared. His vehicle was later found, but he was not located. A note was located in the vehicle that he was suicidal or possibly fleeing to avoid investigation. A search had begun to locate Mr. White but was unsuccessful. It was learned that this was his cell phone and needed to run a ping on the phone to locate Mr. White to check his safety.
“Applicant further believes that by learning the GPS location of the above cellular telephone, it could lead law enforcement to the person(s) responsible in this molestation.
“Applicant further requests this Court to order that the TELEPHONE COMPANY (T-Mobile) not disclose to the subscriber, or customer, the existence of this Application …”
Statement from The Voice of the Martyrs:
The events of the last week are tragic. On Wednesday we learned that Tom White, VOM’s executive director, had died.
Allegations were made to authorities this week that Tom had inappropriate contact with a young girl. Rather than face those allegations, and all of the resulting fallout for his family and this ministry and himself, Tom appears to have chosen to take his own life.
None of those in leadership at VOM, including our Board of Directors, were aware of these allegations at the time of Tom’s death.
There is no doubt that Tom cared about his wife, his children and his grandchildren. And there’s no doubt that he cared about VOM.
We are deeply saddened by these events. Our hearts are broken.
However, the work that God has called VOM to do is bigger than any one of us. There are persecuted Christians who need our help. The legal process will go forward, and we will continue serving with our persecuted brothers and sisters.
We appreciate the many who are praying for our work, and we encourage you to join us in praying for Tom’s family during this difficult time.
The police chief in Bartlesville Oklahoma is a board member of VOM.
The young girl White is alleged to have had ‘inappropriate contact’ with was 10 years old. If the molestation allegations are true, she is never going to be the same. While I can appreciate the board is in shock at what their statement acknowledges as an apparent suicide of their colleague in the workplace, this girl and her family need prayer and professional support. An alleged victim is not secondary to an executive directors death. What troubles me is this: will other allegations be forthcoming? Are there other girls and their families who have not gone to authorities?
USA National Sex Offender Registry:
The average child molester will molest fifty girls before being caught and convicted.
A child molester that seeks out boys will molest 150 boys before being caught and convicted and he will commit at least 280 sexual crimes in his lifetime.
The standard pedophile will commit 117 sexual crimes in their lifetime.
Most sexual abuse happens between the ages of 7 and 13.
There are over 491,720 registered sex offenders in the United States.
80,000 to 100,000 of the above offenders are missing.
Molesters known by the family or victim are the most common abusers. The Acquaintance Molester accounts for 70-90% of reported cases.
The Voice of the Martyrs was founded in 1967 and is an advocacy agency operating in 13 countries. Each branch is autonomous. The US VOM had revenues of 47 million in 2010. White worked for The VOM for about 30 years with a salary of 145 thousand dollars. The VOM US employed about 125 people and the organization moved into a state of the art secure facility in 2011. White’s funeral will be held at US The VOM offices.
Bartlesville Examiner-Enterprise editorial: Confronted with the awful truth
I will not even pretend to imagine the pain that White’s family, his friends, co-laborers at VOM, and the many people around the world who admired and respected him, are experiencing at this time. It has been a lot to absorb in a very short time.
I can with all certainty, however, tell readers that this week was also very difficult for the newsroom staff of the Examiner-Enterprise.
Some observers erroneously assume that the media in general, and the newspaper specifically, takes some perverse delight in reporting such stories. I cannot speak on behalf of all “media,” but I can tell you with utmost sincerity, that absolutely no one associated with this newspaper took any satisfaction whatsoever in reporting this heartbreaking story.
I can also tell you that for me personally, the decision to pursue and ultimately publish our Friday front-page news was one of the most gut-wrenching that I have ever had to make in my newspaper career.
As much as I might wish this tragic and unseemly story would go away, it will not. I and my staff are duty-bound to report the truth — all the truth — not just the truth that makes us feel good, but also the truth that is sometimes awful to acknowledge and even more difficult to accept.
We know full well that some readers would prefer the newspaper not report this news. Some accuse us of sensationalism. Others argue that the information should be hidden in order to protect family members and others close to the situation from further emotional distress.
Still others will lash out at the newspaper for what they perceive as a smear against a man’s legacy or the organization to which he devoted so much of his life’s work. Others accuse us of showing a lack of “decency” or of even being “anti-Christian.”
I vigorously disagree with these criticisms, but I also understand where they come from.
When most of us (journalists included) hear news that is just too painful to believe, we tend to initially direct our anger and frustration at the messenger. The one who delivers the unpleasant news often becomes the object of our misdirected scorn.
Update: Wade Burleson is a SBC pastor in Oklahoma. He has an open letter to the 10 year old girl.
Update: The father of the 10 year old girl reaches out to Wade Burleson after reading his post.
Update: The investigation into molestation allegations has been closed by Bartlesville Police. They are waiting for the report from Medical Examiner re: White’s c.o.d.
In February I blogged about Afshin Javid, a Canadian speaker/author who lost his ministerial credentials when Christians in BC publicly stepped forward to express concerns about his conduct.
Javid’s book As Easy As Drinking Water was published in 2010 by a Washington self-publishing company named WinePress Books. WinePress Books is affiliated with a Washington state church called Sound Doctrine. Javid publicly said on more than one occasion that ‘the Lord told him’ to use this publishing company.
WinePress Publishing is staffed by people from Sound Doctrine Church, a non-denominational authoritarian group which has been in the news. The assistant minister, Malcolm John Fraser, is the Executive Officer of WinePress. WinePress has also been written about. In 2000, the founder of Sound Doctrine Church, Timothy Williams published with WinePress, and his book, Hating for Jesus garnered controversy.
Sound Doctrine Church has been labelled a cult. WinePress Publishing sued an author in 2009 and lost.
This information is a click away. Yet, Javid decided God told him to use this company?
There is a great deal more being made public about this church and company.
The assistant minister of Sound Doctrine Church and Executive Officer of WinePress Publishing, Malcolm John Fraser was charged yesterday with first degree rape of a child.
Fraser is a Scottish citizen, police consider him a flight risk. Bail is set at one hundred fifty thousand dollars.
The alleged victim may have felt enabled to come forward and find the courage to speak because of this blog from the woman who started WinePress Publishing and helped start Sound Doctrine Church – Athena Dean. Last month she started blogging about her 12 years with the church and what happened with WinePress Publishing at Not Afraid to Tell My Story. She tells a frightening and convoluted story about control and spiritual abuse.
So many times people have asked me, “How is it someone as bright and strong and capable as you could be sucked into a cult like Sound Doctrine?” I have been pondering this question and looking for all the ways I was vulnerable.
However, I thought it may be helpful for any of you who are interested to see how the progression occurred over the 12 years I was involved.
The following is a bullet point chronicling of the events that resulted in my company being stolen from me. Over these years I was brainwashed into thinking anything done to benefit the Williams family and Sound Doctrine would be honoring to God and therefore justified many things that I would never have allowed under normal circumstances.
She has not been out of this environment for very long, and is in therapy. Prior to her conversion she was a Scientologist, her healing and recovery is going to be a long journey.
Needless to say Sound Doctrine Church came out swinging, on the church website and on a site set up to refute prior news about the church and particularly to refute Deans.
Sound Doctrine Church/WinePress Publishing threatened this man a few weeks ago – Chip MacGregor of Literary MacGregor, coming at him for a comment on a Facebook page. He tells what happened on his blog in a post titled Conspirators R Us.
The current situation is an interesting study in business ethics and church governance and arcane theology, but you’d have to go somewhere else to find the details, since I’ve never blogged about it before. I haven’t said anything about it on my corporate website, either. Nor have I written about it for any other magazine, e-zine, or journal. I could have — I mean, I’m a trained journalist, talking about the publishing industry, and the allegation that a big company that’s very involved in Christian publishing has acted unfairly toward employees or tried to intimidate people is news. But I didn’t. Not because I was afraid to (and yes, I’ve heard a couple people warn that Wine Press has used lawyers and intimidation tactics on others in the past), but because I wanted to wait and see what the facts brought out. I don’t have a dog in this hunt — but I’m very interested in the hunt itself and the story surrounding it.
My sole reference to this particular cat-fight is a comment I left on a Facebook page. That’s right — I once read an article and left a comment on the piece I saw, since I found it shocking. Here’s what I wrote upon reading about the allegations: “Holy cow. I mean… WOW! This will blow the socks off of anyone who’s been involved in CBA publishing in recent years. Wow…”
That’s the sum total of my verbiage so far on the topic.
Sound Doctrine Church and WinePress Publishing can’t bully everyone. As news of Fraser’s arrest spreads in Washington state and on blogs more of the inner conduct of this group will come out.
I wonder if other Canadians have a connection to this group – if other Canadians believed the Lord told them…
2009 Judge takes heat for home school ruling ABC news
Court ruling – WinePress Publishing d/b/a Pleasant Word v. Mark Levine
Tekton analysis of Sound Doctrine Church theology
Christian message board and forums Sound Doctrine Church
Moriel Ministries – Timothy Williams of Sound Doctrine and His Article ‘God’s True Grace’
The Fine Print of Self-Publishing – WinePress Publishing (author Mark Levine was sued and won)
Update: Fraser entered a plea of not guilty to both counts. He has been prohibited from all contact with minors. Next court date is April 19th. The trial is set for November 8th.
Update: The trial has been pushed back to January 16th, after Fraser’s lawyer asked for a forensic audit of police department computers for emails ‘potentially relevant to the case.’
By Rick Hiebert. All Rights Reserved. Used By Permission.
I’ve created a post in case there are any updates on the Benny Hinn and Paul White rumour that Bene D reported on earlier today.
As Bene D reported, The Toronto Star was first off the mark about an hour ago, in writing a story alluding to the rumour. They are assuming the National Enquirer is right and their very careful story treats the matter in this way:
Reports this week suggest a still-married Benny Hinn is now romantically involved with Paula White, another television preacher with a colourful past..
It then goes onto reporting the background on the two evangelists. No sources are cited.
(The hotel in Italy details come from the National Enquirer.)
Speaking of The National Enquirer, the next, August 2, issue of the tabloid, will tag Hinn and White on the cover. a fellow on Twitter has taken a photograph of the story, which he has put on Twitter. Their online teaser may be correct, as they do have a picture of Hinn and White holding hands, which the paper captions as bering taken in Rome on July 13.
There is swedish talk about Benny Hinn on Twitter, but so far it seems to be talk about his crusade in that country, except for one tweeter who can apparently read English and tweeted about the affair in Swedish.
Hinn had better hope that the story broke too late for the English tabloid press. I assume they are working like crazy at this moment, and Sunday is their biggest day of the week.
UPDATE: (Saturday evening). The Toronto Star story is up in a new version that apparently adds no new information. No other periodicals are picking the story up yet…
Swedish news outlets are reporting on Benny Hinn, but not also on “Paula White”, so the stories are probably about his ongoing crusade there.
Update: Benny Hinn statement on his relationship with Paula White
Of the about 10 bloggers that have picked up on this, one writes in Italian. This could be interesting…but he links to the TorStar story, so my guess is that he’s not someone at the Rome hotel, say.
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49 Responses to Benny Hinn/Paula White updates
Bene D says:
July 24, 2010 at 9:17 am
Without saying who I wrote, yeah, there are reporters on the job.
Catching this was a fluke, and I have honestly never read the Enquirer.
The reality is they are very good at breaking this kind of story.
Check the comments. The Swedish tweets and blogs I contacted are also hard at work.
Thanks for taking over on this Rick, I think it’s important people see this contextually.
The Toronto Star was right on top of this. Like BDBO they can only report what The Enquirer has, but I suspect there will be verification and more soon.
Bene D says:
July 24, 2010 at 9:19 am
Oh Rick, just so you know as you dig, the divorce is not final (that answers my question from a few days ago) there is discovery and some other processes the Hinns have to go through according to a reliable US friend.
July 24, 2010 at 9:56 am
Whats worse? A tryst with a woman or a man who burns $ 10, 000 per night on hotel rooms to save and heal the lost with the hard earned monies that sincere Christian souls give to this man as unto the Lord. This wolf who has connections to the Knights of Malta preaches at times with a demonic guttural voice. That isn’t the Lord’s Spirit! That is a demon spirit. Yet we the Christian community have been dummed down by our infiltrated laity that we cant discern between the Lord’s Spirit and a demon spirit. If Jude the brother of our Lord is to be believed and trusted, well then, wolves are much more wicked then a fling hear or there. I could go on, but why. Let the Todd Bentleys and the Benny Hinn’s and the Rick Joyner’s of this world continue to expose the Church as it is today.
July 24, 2010 at 10:25 am
I’m not trying to be funny, but I wonder who will restore him.
July 24, 2010 at 11:16 am
“…who will restore him”
I was already wondering the same thing. It will be one of two things.
1. Whoever has the most to gain.
Ex: Ministries that stepped into to rescue Jim Bakker, er, gain control of PTL assets.
Ex: Joyner restoring Bentley, er, let’s bring the outpouring over to MorningStar.
2. He’ll take a few months off for restoration, a la Swaggert, without relinquishing an ounce of control over his empire, though perhaps putting a trusted family member or stooge in as figurehead. And, he’ll shed some crocodile tears, and get some “counseling” from his inner circle who feed at his table.
I doubt he’ll humbly leave town, in Haggardesque style, but will just as inevitably pop right back up to carry on the ministry.
Assuming the allegations true.
And if not, both Hinn AND White are both overdo for issuing a simple comment denying the affair. No taking the high road here and dithering around about crafting a PR response. Just say, “I didn’t do it”, and end the mess now. Seems the time for a quick and effective denial has already come and gone.
Robert Winkler Burke says:
July 24, 2010 at 1:16 pm
Who am I?
By Robert Winkler Burke
Naughty doxie is my trollop,
How I love her so.
Naughty doxie is my lover,
I cannot let her go.
Naughty doxie lets me do things,
I otherwise could not.
Naughty doxie is my mistress,
Who never tells me, Stop!
Naughty doxie is killing me,
Everywhere I turn.
Naughty doxie lets me do exactly,
Everything I yearn.
Naughty doxie is my broadcast,
Most every Sunday.
Naughty doxie underlies my method,
Of my brazen way.
Naughty doxie is my comfort,
I give others worldwide.
Naughty doxie is my support,
For having so much lied.
Naughty doxie is my stealth pornography,
I do what I do in the open,
To make the world want to be like me,
That’s what my god is hoping.
Naughty doxie is my moxie,
Demanding I be paid,
For pandering hell’s perdition:
My professional charade.
Who am I?
John W Sharp says:
July 24, 2010 at 1:35 pm
Benny Hinn has a hard core of followers. 90% will continue to believe in and support him.
His ability to command thousands upon thousands all over the country and around the world lifts him above what they will consider as petty local criticism.
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July 24, 2010 at 2:02 pm
this is stupid so what if him and paula white end up together he is in the middle of a divorce. why do we need to judge him to prove we are better or something? we are not perfect even christians are not perfect and noone claims to be only God! the way we judge others we will be judged dont you see? we are not accountable for what he does with the money he gets God can bless his own and even though he is caught up in some kind of sin he still is Gods chosen. you will know them by their fruit mathew 7:16 if he is not doin the will of God then his ministry will never prosper the way it has. people still get saved and healed and even king David was called a man after Gods own heart by God Himself even after he commited adultry and murder God has mercy and forgiveness and when people fail to be perfect it is only to show how much more we need the Lord….
July 24, 2010 at 7:14 pm
Brandy how do you know God choose him? Did God consult with you personally and did God give this wolf permission to exploit His people? Fruits? Being a flaming liar is not a fruit of the Spirit. Is being friends with the Vatican a fruit of the Spirit? Your arguments are circulatory. You have no grounds to defend the enemies of God.
July 24, 2010 at 7:27 pm
this is not a rumor this is fact. this us a very trye story as things play out you’ll see.
Bene Diction says:
July 24, 2010 at 7:46 pm
Hey knowledge – how do you know?
July 24, 2010 at 8:03 pm
Something is really sick about your reasoning in your last post Brandy. I dont believe you love Gods people, you do love Benny Hinn, however. Get a room!
Say What? says:
July 24, 2010 at 11:27 pm
@ Brandy and any1 else: I don’t understand why whenever some one does something in the church they wanna run N get David! Oh David sinned, He was a man after God’s own heart! Correction.
1Sa 13:14 But now thy kingdom shall not continue: the LORD hath sought him a man after his own heart, and the LORD hath commanded him [to be] captain over his people, because thou hast not kept [that] which the LORD commanded thee.
David was (SIN FREE) @ this point. This is when God set Saul down and put David up he had just came off the back side of the desert. SO this was not the Whore David but the younger innocent 1. David whole generation until this day was punished BC he openly had the ppl mocking God through his sins. God said the sword would never depart from his house! Now read all the mayhem that came after that!
2Sa 12:10 Now therefore the sword shall never depart from thine house; because thou hast despised me, and hast taken the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be thy wife. Yes God forgives but he said the guilty would not go unpunished!
Exd 34:7 Keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, and that will by no means clear [the guilty]; visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, and upon the children’s children, unto the third and to the fourth [generation]. THis is why David’s ppl suffered and ours too!
Bud Press says:
July 25, 2010 at 12:43 am
I have a two questions for you: While sitting in your livingroom, you notice a strange man watching you through a window. Would you simply ignore the man and close the curtain? Or, would you call the police and report the man as a “peeping Tom”?
If you ignore the man and pull the curtain, he will go to your neighbor’s house and watch another woman. But if you report the man to the police, and he is caught and arrested, you may save a woman–or a child–from being molested.
Think about it, Brandy. If you sit back and do nothing, you are compromising and endangering the welfare of others. But if you choose to take a stand, you are protecting the welfare of others.
Love protects. Compromise destroys.
In his informative article, “To Judge or Not to Judge,” G. Richard Fisher stated that,
“Peter, Paul and John did a lot of judging the right way. Every second epistle is a judgment on apostasy. In 2 Timothy 4:10, Paul judges and warns about a man named Demas. In the same epistle (2:17) he warns of the heresies of two others by name. Paul did a lot of judging and evaluating when it came to false teachers. We are mandated to judge false doctrine” ( http://www.pfo.org/notjudge.htm ).
In John 7:24, Jesus instructs the believer to “Do not judge according to appearance, but judge righteous judgment.”
Therefore, Christians are to judge righteously, expose evil, and defend the faith (Ephesians 5:11-12; Jude 1:3).
And as far as Matthew 7:16 goes, when it is read in context with Matthew 7:15-23, we find that Jesus warned about false prophets, and the rotten fruit they produce, and that false prophets will not make it to heaven. Throughout the Bible, God has zero tolerance for false prophets and false teachers.
Yes, David sinned. However, David was a believer in the true God of the Bible, and repented of his sins. On the other hand, Benny Hinn is a documented false prophet, false teacher, and false healer, who has spent years leading the innocent and gullible to a false “Jesus”. He also believes he is a “god” and a “messiah,” and that Jesus Christ sinned, among other things.
Benny Hinn is not a Christian. Anyone who defends Benny Hinn and speaks against Christians who expose him, do not know the real Jesus of the Bible. Those who truly love Jesus stand strong for Him and His words, and warn others about Hinn and his fellow wolves within the Word of Faith movement.
Sincerely in Christ,
Bene D says:
July 25, 2010 at 2:52 am
Hinn’s latest statement (sans slamming his wife) is similar to his statement in March. In March he denies immorality and makes it sound like his kids are kids instead of adults with children of their own.
The I ‘haven’t been immoral’ refrain seems to be sent out to someone other than the public.
Have a listen to his March statement here.
Bene D says:
July 25, 2010 at 3:06 am
Naxus and brandy:
If you don’t know what that means read the about page.
I expect Hinn and White fans to come over and a few will comment. Keep it self-respectful and other respectful.
This can be an opportunity for people who have been immersed in Hinn’s world to have some synapses fire and start to question what they’ve believed. Getting away is difficult and I expect healthier Christians to treat Hinn/White fans as they would people coming out of a cult.
July 25, 2010 at 5:33 am
I do apologize, sorry Brandy. I was out of line.
July 25, 2010 at 5:57 am
Thanks for the Hinn statement. It’s here along with the White statement – BD
July 25, 2010 at 10:03 am
Benny Hinn is a Svengali character, for sure, and I put Paula White, Kenneth Copeland, Creflo Dollar and other TV preachers in the same category. Taking money from the poor, sick, desperate, disenfranchised and otherwise marginalized is dishonorable.
But in this case, I withhold further commentary unless/until multiple LEGITIMATE news sources uncover irrefutable evidence of indiscretion. Unless/until then, this is hearsay and gossip.
… Although I will say the Enquirer’s photos did raise my eyebrow.
john doe says:
July 25, 2010 at 9:31 pm
Knowledge is correct. The denails from both parties prove the story is real. Photos are real. They were caught being all lovey-dovey in Rome. What went on behind closed doors, only they and God know. The fact that they were stupid enough to let it get that far is unfathomable for two “Christian” preachers and leaders.
I don’t think Naxus was out of line. Maybe he came down on Brandy kind of hard, but he spoke the truth. We HAVE to make judgements everyday. Whether it’s which tomato to pick at the grocery store or which friend to let your daughter play with to which stock to invest in. There’s nothing wrong with judging if it’s done properly and as long as you know you too will be judged accordingly. Bible doesn’t say don’t judge at all, it says judge not lest yea be judged. I.E.: be able to take what you dish out.
I have worked for Benny Hinn for years. The guy is really nice. The guy is also a tyrant. One minute he’s practically a saint, the next he seems like he’s demon possessed. There are two sides to Benny. He is a human as we all are. But he also claims special favor, anointing, presence of the Holy Spirit, etc. If this man is SO very close to God, how is he also SO easily tempted by material possessions, mood swings, temper tantrums, able to make critical comments about his wife in public, able to lie about he family’s personal life, deceive partner’s about the expense of hotels, private jets, and ministry finances?
Why does a healing minister/man of God/carrier of the mantel of Kathryn Kuhlman/etc. have to act like the worst politician/businessman/Hollywood mogul? Where’s the difference? Where is the exemplary lifestyle? Where’s the proof that living a Godly and holy life lifts us up? Why should we believe anything this man talks about or teaches when you can’t be sure he’s ever telling the truth? As stated above by someone else, where’s the simple statement that he screwed up, he’s sorry. Or the simple statement that there is NO truth to the story and it’s a complete lie.
What we get are parsed words and carefully crafted denials that remind us of when Bill Clinton took the stand to testify.
Bene D says:
July 26, 2010 at 12:40 am
Naxus, thank you.
July 26, 2010 at 12:51 am
What your saying John doe is that he has a personality that is unstable – deceptive, questionable, and ‘better to keep your distance when the ‘fat begins to fly’, – In other words he’s not based in a solid foundation – never mind on one! His idolatory of himself has taken over.
john van dinther says:
July 26, 2010 at 6:46 am
Read the latest about Benny Hinn in Sweden: http://www.johnvandinther.org/leadership-and-truth-benny-hinn-questioned-in-sweden-and-the-word-of-life-church-after-his-sermon-livets-ord
July 26, 2010 at 11:16 am
Benny Hinn’s statement says, quote ” was invited by Vatican officials to visit the Vatican to discuss future ministry opportunities there. Paula was likewise invited to have meetings in the region,”
But Pastor Paula White was on VACATION from July 10, 201- to July 17, 2010 according to Shirley Kofee the MC of Without Walls International Church on Grady Avenue, Tampa, Florida, Pastor Paula’s OWN church.
Shirley and her husband Bill announce in BOTH the 9a. and 11am services that Pastor Paula was on VACATION and would NOT be in the church from July 11, 2010 to July 18, 2010.
The ENTIRE congregation AND the internet watchers heard this clearly.
So WHO is lying? Was Paula on vacation as her OWN church staff announced to her loyal congregation that she fleeces, or are Benny Hinn and Paula White lying about her trip to Italy being for MEETINGS with the Vatican?
July 26, 2010 at 11:06 pm
“Paula and I also recognize that being seen in such settings is unwise, and we have independently determined that we will have no further social relationship until such time as my divorce has concluded and only if we feel direction from the Lord to do so.” –Benny Hinn
The Lord would NEVER direct them to be together when his divorce is concluded!
Jesus said: “Anyone who divorces his wife and marries another woman commits adultery and the man who marries a woman divorced from her husband commits adultery.”
We do not understand this today…
Step 1: Divorce Your Spouse
Step 2: Remarry Another Person
Step 3: Commit Adultery
MyTwoCents – Daniel says:
July 27, 2010 at 4:04 am
hassan voltage says:
July 27, 2010 at 4:43 am
Whaz the big deal?
Benny is human and a man first, then a preacher second, and so is Paula – human and woman first, then a preacher second.
Whaz the big deal?
You guys not tweetting about every woman and man holding hands, sleeping around the world – why benny and paula? Be the first to cast the first stone!!!!
July 27, 2010 at 9:56 am
Why reason among yourselves who is at fault here. Isn’t the bible clear that we shall not judge unless we shall be judge according to our sinful and fallen nature. In the heart lies the issues of life and death. Who can trust their own heart, for even lucifer being an angel of light felt because of the inequity found in his heart, he was cast down. Don’t be surprise if the snake deceipfully sets you up to sin. For we shall give an account of every word that comes out of our mouth. Although the Lord Jesus Christ is the judge and all judgement from the Father has been rendered to Him. The word, the spirit and the blood bear witnesses of our actions. Who from here are free to cast out a stone. Although I personally don’t approve the relationship or the affair, how many of you here have sin in your heart through the lust of the eyes on another woman or men. How many of you if today will depart from this world, would be found guilty of adultery because of the sin in your heart. Don’t trust your heart, unless you also fall.
July 27, 2010 at 10:25 am
I am not surprise if the Benny Hinn and Paula White affair is true. Both are
false prophets anyway who teaches lots of heresies. Paula White, divorced twice as
a female preacher is a violation of biblical truth that women are not allowed to
teach/preach in the church. Benny Hinn signs and wonders contradicts the true
biblical spiritual gifts and many of his preachings are rooted from catholicism’s
heresies.Sad to say millions of Christians (who do not know the truth or refuse to
accept the truth) are seduced by these false prophets. We are living in the last days
and the bible prophesied that in the last days of age, false prophets shall arise
and shall deceive many, if possible even the elect (Matthew 24:24), and we
are witnessing the rise of false prophets such as Benny Hinn, Paula White, Morris
Cerullo, Joyce Meyer, Robert Tilton etc.
walter kambulow says:
July 27, 2010 at 3:42 pm
People who preach about judge not or don’t throw stones don’t know scripture at all but are just deceived ones just like Benny and Paula
Jesus told us clearly MT 7:15 “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. and MK 8:15 Then He charged them, saying, “Take heed, beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and the leaven of Herod.”
To beware of something you obviously have to be a fruit inspector and to judge things properly so you can come to the same conclusion as Apostle Paul who told us 2 Corinthians 11:13 For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into apostles of Christ. 11:14 And no wonder! For Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light. 11:15 Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also transform themselves into ministers of righteousness, whose end will be according to their works.
And Apostle Paul told such people not to be unwise and fools but rather expose them Ephesians 5:5 For this you know, that no fornicator, unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God. 5:6 Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience. 5:7 Therefore do not be partakers with them. 5:8 For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light 5:9 (for the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness, righteousness, and truth), 5:10 finding out what is acceptable to the Lord. 5:11 And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them. 5:12 For it is shameful even to speak of those things which are done by them in secret. 5:13 But all things that are exposed are made manifest by the light, for whatever makes manifest is light. 5:14 Therefore He says: “Awake, you who sleep, Arise from the dead, And Christ will give you light.” 5:15 See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, 5:16 redeeming the time, because the days are evil. 5:17 Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is.
July 28, 2010 at 2:12 pm
Heu, I in know way mean this as a personal attack to you, but you do not know the scriptures at all. Your loglically and biblically making no sense.
July 28, 2010 at 3:44 pm
Hue, that is okay because I did not make sense either. I guess I could not understand what you were saying, but never mind. God Bless
July 30, 2010 at 1:04 pm
Late May 2010 when Paula white was on Benny Hinn show, he had his wedding ring on. July 4, 2010 at Rod Parsley church he did not have his ring on. Thanks
July 30, 2010 at 1:46 pm
Hollywood ‘christianity with disneyland people preachers – soon we won’t be able to tell the difference between fantasy and fallacy as they fabricate with fascinate and whirl us in a never ending rendition of pharisee farcical furtherance of their own ID’s
God help the Vatican – Maybe they think its hallowed halls need some razzle dazzle – Looks like they may have got more than they bargained for on this one –
I do hope we are not going to end up with just trash and infighting at the end of all this!
Bene Diction says:
July 31, 2010 at 9:46 pm
Another nice catch Teresa, thanks.
August 1, 2010 at 4:28 am
You are welcome, Bene D
August 1, 2010 at 4:32 am
Oh by the way, You want to hear a clear teaching from Benny Hinn on tritheism. Holy trinity then angels, holy spirit and god parts 1-4 part 3 is the worse. Here is the link
Ex VCC Staff In Edmonton & Vancouver says:
August 6, 2010 at 1:13 am
All The PROSPERITY Pastors ARE CROOKS/FRAUDS From All Victory/Word of Life “Christian” City “Churches”, CHURCHES Or Honestly They Are CULTS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Ex VCC Staff In Edmonton & Vancouver says:
August 6, 2010 at 1:18 am
Get Back With GOD/JESUS Prosperity Pastors
Or We Heard Gloria Copleand Says Your Healing Is a Dinner Bell Maybe You Need A Dinner bell to WAKE YOU UP DUE TOO LIES of THE WORD OF FAITH CULT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!MOVEMENT !!!!!!
Jan & Sharon Told Us This In Our VCC “Churches”
August 9, 2010 at 7:50 pm
List of false Preachers that brought unbiblical influences in the Philippines.
Rodney howard Brown- laughing revival! Demonic manifestation.
John Avanzini- 13th month pay taker! Prosperity gospel. a hundred
fold return to those who give their 13th month pay.
Benny Hinn- attracting crowds on fake healing resulting
Rehnard Bonkie- He revived a dead man in Ghana!???Heresy.
Robb Thompson- Self claimed walking bible! but know nothing a
Paul Yonge Cho- Teaching leaders to follow him to draw a large crowd
like he did in Korea. Prosperity gospel preacher!
Ted Haggard- Has New Life church branch in Manila with the same
style of the founder.
Cindy Jacobs- Prophesied for Jesus is Lord church founder Eddie Villanueva
to win the Philippine Presidential Election but lost with wide
margin. False Prophete!
Bill Hammond- Prophesied for the Philippines to become a missionary sending
nation to the ends of the earth. How can a gentile with false
theology be sent by God. False Prophet!
We are so sad to see our people, being exploit by these charlatan Preachers.
The vast majority of Philippine churches are proliferated and controlled with
Pentecostal/ Charismatic/ oneness whose doctrines are based on human
reasoning and opinions. Laodicians!!!
September 7, 2010 at 11:07 am
That is exactly what you can expect from a false prophets…
Rebecca F. Hoffman says:
September 14, 2010 at 5:53 am
So happy to find that I am NOT ALONE IN FEELING THAT BENNY IS A “SNAKE OIL SALESMAN” AND taking millions of dollars over the years from the poor and dis-enchanted, makes me want to write TBN to ask Paul Crouch to get this thief off the air. They are all in it together…….it is a money making deal. So I did e mail TBN to express my dismay and disgust. The pen is mighter than the sword so please encourage your friends to do the same and perhaps we will get results. Also, contact Charles Grassley, Senator, who is supposedly running an investigation of several of these unbelievable situations of lying and graft.
September 19, 2010 at 3:52 am
Listen, all of you interested in gossips and entertaining stories. Don’t you guys have anything else to do rather than poking noses in other people lives. Benny Hinn or Paula White are not taking anyone to Heaven but you will be judge on the day of judgement for your own charcater. Leave them alone whatever they have done they will go through consequences and no immunity from God to behave in eveil way. ” The wages of sin is death”. Let’s not mock them and be mocked. Suzanne Hinn side no ones knows so don’t blanket someone because she is woman. Let the God in heaven deal with all of them and yes Benny Hinn is rich not because poor gave him the money it’s his own ” hard earn” money like any other fortune 500 CEO makes. God is not against owning and spending big, I just don’t understand where people get that idea of living poor. I guess people need to read the bible carefully with glasses on. The end is leave them alone and if you don’t like what they do just ignore them but pls don’t bring the wrath and the judgement upon your lives.
January 9, 2011 at 11:44 pm
Isaiah 2:22 “Cease to trust in [weak,frail, dying] man, whose breath is in his nostrils [for so short a time]; in what sense can he be counted as having intrinsis worth?”
Isaiah 3:1″ FOR BEHOLD, the Lord, the Lord of Hosts, is taking away from Jerusalem and from Judah the stay and the staff [ every kind of prop], the whole stay of bread and the whole stay of water.”
Why put trust in frail people who are only alive for short time? Lord is removing from His people their props–the external things on which they depend. The reason? HE wants His people to trust and listen to Him. Amen (amplified bible)
jumai abioye says:
February 15, 2011 at 7:47 am
i pray that the Sovereign God would forgive you… specifically He said ‘touch not my anointed and do my prophet no harm’…. You create lists and name names… i tell you ‘ if there is one without a sin amongst you…..’ We live by faith and in the consciousness that Christ is our righteousness…… If you have the Holy Spirit within you, you wouldnt slander people who have being chosen by God… Christianity is lived out not spoken….. in your multitude of words.. u’ve shown foolishness and d futility of man’s wisdom… awake from your slumber and stop letting the devil use you as an instrument to prevent and discord the spread of the gospel…. don’t be used to make Christ’s death and resurrection in vain…..
April 25, 2011 at 12:14 pm
Paula White is a good lookin lady, I can’t blame ole Benny for that.
misterious man says:
May 4, 2011 at 12:18 pm
I care what a man or a woman do in their lives. However, They got the personal (private) responsability to go to God and repent If there is something in their lives. If God forgets their sins and people keeps talking and pointing with fingers then you are wasting your time since there is only one judge. They can be false prophets or unbelievers or even christians but repenting before God will clean their sins before him trough Jesuschrist. Just pray for them as Jesus will.
Jackie V says:
May 5, 2011 at 4:45 am
There’s an excellent You tube documentary called ”The Many Faces Of Benny Hinn” which is self explanitory.
There is also another excellent HBO documentary called ”A Question Of Miracles” which you might also be able to access via Google Video.
To his supporters, if these documentaries (not to mention the countless expose shows on him over the years) don’t open your eyes, nothing will.
You are under the ”strong delusion” that God said he would send in the last days. Why? Because you DIDN’T receive the love of the truth and you DIDN’T take what they said and heard and match it against the Bible.
Bottom line is that Hinn has given countless prophecies that DIDN’T come to pass, so he has failed the Bible test for a prophet SEVERAL times over !!!
Also, when the people who claimed to have been healed by him, were followed up several months later, many of that either died or stayed the same. In other words, they didn’t get healed but instead, were caught up in the hysteria of the moment. He’ll take your donation check just the same though.
A video of a Texas judge verbally abusing and beating his daughter is being seen all over the world.
This beating of Hillary Adams occurred when she was 16 – seven years ago. She is now 23, and she uploaded the 7:35 video on October 27th. It’s been seen by well over a million viewers and has sparked huge outrage. Adams video came to world attention through Reddit, where her account there and at YouTube was hacked. Reddit members restored the accounts and alerted media to her video.
If you experienced verbal and physical abuse as a child, be aware that viewing the video could trigger you. Triggers include anxiety, anger, flashbacks and depression. This video triggered me, and the way through is by grounding. Grounding involves focusing on the present. Use your senses. Be aware of the chair you are sitting in. Touch it, use your sense of smell, your sight to bring yourself back to the present. Look out the window and focus on the weather Walk around. Feel your feet touch the ground. Breath slowly and consciously. Self talk is valuable. What’s past is past, you did not deserve to be abused, Call a trusted friend and talk out your feelings, to help you stay present.
Remind yourself Adams is okay, and that the steps she’s taken are part of her journey of healing. Practice healthy self care. I’m going to.
A lot has occurred in the past 24 hours.
Judge William Adams was interviewed on his way out of town by a local news reporter after the video went viral. He is not doing himself any favours, blaming his daughter:
I really don’t want to get into this right now because as you can see my life’s been made very difficult over this child.”
Hillary Adams is no longer a child. She is an adult who has taken steps to get her life back. Adams told him she was going to upload the video:
“I told him that I had the video, and he acted like he had nothing to worry about,” she said. “And I said, I can post the video, of you beating me on the internet, and he said, ‘well, you can do that if it makes you feel better.’ So I did.”
The Aransas County Court has beefed up security and a news release has been sent out asking people to please stop calling the sheriff department and court.
The sheriff’s department is investigating.
Children’s Services are doing an investigation (possibly into child custody and abuse cases the judge has heard).
The Texas Judicial Board is deliberating.
Judge William Adams is now on paid leave and understandably fled his home with his girlfriend. It’s doubtful he will be prosecuted for beating his daughter seven years ago. The statute of limitations on child abuse in Texas is five years. He is up for re-election in three years, his professional fate can be decided by voters, if it isn’t adjudicated by his peers before his term is up.
By far the best coverage of this video has been by Corpus Christi station KRIS TV. The station is focusing on the people involved and maintaing humanity in their coverage.
Adams mother left her husband in 2007, and apologized to her daughter long before she was aware of the video. Mother Hallie Adams made an appeal on Facebook when the video went viral:
”I am praying for my daughters and me and my family to heal in all ways from emotional and physical abuse, for the current and continuing abuse of my children and me that has been ongoing to end – starting now – for my daughters to both finally be able to go to counseling both individually and as a family group with their Dad’s approval, encouragement, involvement and support, for him to finally make amends to all of us, talk openly with us, and take the first steps to letting our broken family heal.”
This is an opportunity for people to examine their views on discipline and abuse.
Make no mistake, this is abuse.
I’ve seen a lot of comments about ‘spare the rod and spoil the child.’
As someone who was abused as a child, and who had therapy as an adult, I’m not going to mince words. Judge Adams behavior is not about disciplining. It has to be called what it is. Desensitization makes comparisons, empathy sees the pain of another. Abuse by a parent is never the fault of the child. Ever.
The bible does not say ‘spare the rod and spoil the child.’
Prov 13:24 says: ”He who withholds his rod hates his son, but he who loves him disciplines him diligently.”
What is the difference between discipline and abuse?
Child abuse consists of anything that endangers or impairs a child’s physical or emotional well being and development. There are four types of abuse: physical, sexual, neglect and emotional.
Discipline is training. Training requires patience in teaching cause and effect. Training does not have room for anger, frustration, demands for submission, or humiliation. The bible warns parents: ‘Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord. (NIV) or more commonly known: ‘Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up by training and instructing them about the Lord.’ Ephesians 6:4. Discipline nourishes, abuse crushes.
It is naive to think this level of dysfunction occurred in this family only once. It is naive to believe that world wide attention is going to help this family in the short term. What we can hope is what Hillary Adams and her mother hope for; that qualified mental health professionals will step forward and give this family the tools they need to get on with their lives. We don’t know if the father wants help, right now he’s in danger from internet warriors. I get the impression he has not seen this video and has not been confronted with his behavior.
Naming abuse is a step toward freedom. Hillary Adams wants more:
She also told a Texas news outlet that, “we do need to try to move on past the anger and just concentrate on getting counseling and help.”Threats to Judge Adams are mixed in with online rage. Let me be very clear, if you in your disgust or anger express what you’d like to do to him (or to Hillary – for those blaming her for posting), then you have stooped to the level of an abuser. Is that who you are? Associated Press:
“I’m very relieved that these things have been brought to light and not because I want to see my father burn or anything like that. That’s a hideous way of thinking and I don’t want to inflict that upon him,” she said. “I cannot stress enough — I cannot repeat myself enough, that he just needs help.”
One more thing I’m not going to mince words about: Hillary Adams notes on YouTube that she has ataxic cerebral palsy. Ataxic cerebral palsy occurs in between 5 to 10% of CP cases. It is characterized by low muscle tone (hypotonia) and poor coordination of movement. Depth perception and balance are affected, people with ataxic CP appear shaky and unsteady, and often walk with a wide gait. They experience tremors and have difficulty with fine motor skills. Understandably symptoms can be more pronounced when the person is under stress. CP has no cure, treatment focuses on relief of symptoms. Ataxic CP is not progressive, and CP sufferers live an average life span, arthritis occurs at a younger age, along with worsening symptoms. It makes complete sense to me that Hillary Adams was drawn to computers, she found a way to thrive and find her sense of competency.
Two of my family members have CP, and as frustrating as kids can be, I cannot fathom ever raising my hand to either of them, let alone using a belt. I see the shakes, the pain, the struggles to keep up with peers in physical activities. I see the joint and muscle pain and fatigue in our older one, and it breaks my heart that any father could do this to his daughter. The verbal abuse Judge William Adams hurled at his daughter was even worse for me to watch because both our family members are emotionally sensitive, and speaking to them in such a controlling and cruel way would cause damage I don’t even want to think about.
Hillary Adams is a survivor, she did what she had to do to get through her family dysfunction and I hope and pray that every step she continues to take as an adult leads her toward maturity, healthy boundaries, happiness, fulfillment and peace.
Bibby 2000: Child Abuse Statistics and Effects
Hillary Adams is on ABC’s Good Morning America NBC Today in the a.m. Media being what it is, I don’t want to see her inadvertantly become a poster child for abuse, no one could have anticipated the video going viral, and media can devour someone who hasn’t had the luxury of time to heal. Too much attention can backfire, pacing can be difficult for anyone who comes from a dysfunctional background, and again my hope is that qualified trustworthy professionals will step up.
If you need to direct the strong emotions you experience as you watch the video and catch up on the ongoing developments, how about donating to your local transition house?
Update: Judge William Adams released a ”I did nothing wrong, she’s looking for sympathy and it’s her fault” statement through his lawyer. Whatever dysfunction is in this family, the video of William Adams beating his daughter isn’t going away. The custody of the younger daughter is playing out behind the scenes; this message from Adams was sent to his ex-wife today. Let’s hope Hillary Adams is able to gain financial independence from her father sooner than later. Also, Texas police say William Adams won’t be charged.
Update: William Adams has been suspended (with pay, without admission of guilt) and is only allowed supervised visits with his younger daughter. He and his wife have to complete parenting classes, he has to undergo a drug test and is not allowed contact with his ex-wife.
TBN’s legal spokesman didn’t have much to say this week other than “Paul Jr. has resigned from the organization to pursue other ministry work.”
TBN is the largest Christian network in the world and was founded by Paul Crouch Sr. and his wife Jan in 1973. Paul Jr. and his brother Matthew have worked with thier parents since thier teens. In 1980 Paul Jr. went out on his own and started a successful production company.
He returned to his parents tv network in 2000 and with his brother oversaw the networks operations. Crouch Jr. divorced after an affair in 2007, and was a VP and Chief of Staff for TBN. TBN settled an employee sexual harassment suit in 2010 which named Crouch Jr. He recently oversaw the upgrading to HD and expanded TBN’s presence on digital platforms including the recent launch of iTBN. There was no hint on twitter and Facebook this week that Crouch Jr. would abruptly leave the family business. The networks newswire was touting his achievements and goals with and for TBN just a few months ago, and he was quoted in an iTBN pr October 8th.
Update: Crouch has accepted the position of Project Manager at The Word Network, started in 2000 and based in Michigan.
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46 Responses to Paul Crouch Jr. abruptly leaves Trinity Broadcasting Network
Rick Hiebert says:
October 15, 2011 at 4:56 am
Woah…anything yet on why?
Rick Hiebert says:
October 15, 2011 at 5:14 am
I see that Paul Jr. is involved with ChristianCinema.com.
I was recently reading Tim Chey’s novel Final, which I enjoyed. At the end of the novel there is a Q and A with Chey. Chey directs Christian movies and he mentions a tax advantage that helps Americans support Christian films. Apparently, all that they donate to a Christian movie project that is made in a way that is tax-deductable can be 100% deductable on your taxes in the US. It’s no longer spread out over time, but you can write off all of your donation in the year that you donate. (This was brought in as part of a 2004 US jobs creation bill.)
How this would work I am not sure, but Chey sees it as a definite advantage for those who want to help. [Chey gives producer credits to his donors, eve, I think, small ones.]
Maybe this is a much more attractive model for Paul Crouch Jr. Christian movie projects could be seen as a lot more fun and interesting than the usual evangelism model. It may be much easier to raise money for films than evangelism.
(Remember that Patricia King is starting to make little movies and trying to take over social media…maybe she has twigged onto the same reasons as Paul Jr has…)
Bene Diction says:
October 15, 2011 at 11:34 am
When your son not only leaves his job, but is no longer a member of the board, and is not given a send off, I can’t see how this was amiable.
There is gossip online from TBN fans, but nothing that can be substantiated.
Bene D says:
October 15, 2011 at 11:59 am
Courch Jr. certainly has the skills to work in movies, it appears he did fine with his production houses before heading back to TBN to help dad and mom.
The Sherwood brothers have gotten attention now that movie #4 is going to surpass #3 in box office sales (let alone product sales), and they are starting to show good production value and less preachy scripts.
The US ‘Christian’ market is huge, Fox, Sony etc are in it, I could see Jr. wanting to make his mark. His brother Matt has his own company Gener8Xion Entertainment and Code Productions.
Even if Crouch Jr. left TBN under tense circumstances, he’s connected enough in the media industry to write his own ticket.
October 15, 2011 at 4:32 pm
If you run a christian ministry like a family business, then I’m thinking there was a lot of tension. That is, if there was not any indication, and this was an abrupt resignation. If Paul Crouch, Jr. came on board to help his elderly parents in 2000, then they would need him more now than ever. Sometimes I think, even with the best of appearances, obstacles get tangled into the mix. For any family, nothing is worth a broken relationship. If that is the case, I hope they resolve it soon.
October 16, 2011 at 8:00 pm
Maybe he had his fill of the gift crap with tbn’s logo on it and decided to part ways.
Jack Van Impe spoke recently on his broadcast about the two Crouch brothers something to the effect that they aren’t as godly as their parents. Also said that the younger of the two or his dad “lied.” However, it was probably the younger of the brothers responsible for TBN dumping JVIM in favor of the forked tongue Rick Warren and the Crystal Cathedral etc. Most people dislike him more than this brother that just left.
Perhaps this is God cleaning house, or a power struggle inside a “family” business that oversees vast power and money raised from people that either want to help preach the Gospel around the world OR are in great need believing they will be helped by making a huge faith promise they are always pushing on their fund raising campaigns.
A lot of good Christians regard most of the programming as trash and on very shaky Biblical ground. In these days of apostacy, we sure have a lot of heretics, wolves in sheep’s clothing, compromising preachers and liars all over the air at TBN and in the churches. I’m all for God cleaning house but my guess is things will get worse not better on TBN’s network. Regardless, I wish Paul Jr. well, and perhaps this is the best for him and others.
October 17, 2011 at 6:03 am
Bene Diction says:
October 17, 2011 at 10:51 am
TBN is not broadcast in Canada (though not for lack of trying). The Miracle Channel is nicknamed TBN north, and is run by like minded Canadians.
From what I understand from our US friends, Paul Crouch Jr. does not adhere to to most of the aberrant teaching his parents do.
At any rate, he’s moved on.
October 19, 2011 at 7:19 am
i love tbn
Christian Sister says:
October 19, 2011 at 3:09 pm
How do you know that Paul, Jr. had an affair?
I remember writing once to an editor at Charisma magazine, asking why (to my knowledge) Charisma never published anything about Paul, Jr.’s divorce.
The response I received was that they had tried to investigate the situation but that TBN was not cooperating.