Wolves In Sheep’s Clothing

John Davies Christian New Today
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1 Wolves In Sheep‘s Clothing Content PREFACE WORKERS OF INIQUITY INTRODUCTION CHAPTER 1 Prosperity Teachers Followers: Pastor's gospel of wealth yielded little return Preacher's focus on fundraising raises questions Kenneth Copeland – Prosperity Preacher CHAPTER 2 John & Carol Arnott The Deceivers Lying And Lawlessness Perjurer and Liar John Arnott Visits Florida Revival John Arnott - President SPECIAL NEWS BULLETIN TACF CRIMINALS MUST BE INCARCERTED CROOKED CHARITY TACF is hateful, selfish, greedy, arrogant, proud and self centered Subject: TACF Is Not A Christian Church But A Cult TACF Another Weird Cult TACF Is A Cult Toronto Blessing CHAPTER 3 Rodney Howard-Browne & Friends Weeping for those who laughed CHAPTER 4 Rev. Karl Strader – Senior Pastor CLEMENCY BID DENIED Rolling the Dice With the Jury Clemency for Strader? Don't Buy It Carpenter's Home Church Sold to Without Walls Strader Seeks Reduced Sentence Judge Denies Strader's Last-Chance Appeal Writ CHAPTER 5 Benny Hinn Benny Hinn A Real Scoundrel Benny Hinn Sues A Former Colleague Hinn's lavish lifestyle not defensible BENNY HINN CURSES ALL WHO SPEAK AGAINST HIS MINISTRY Quotes by Benny Hinn CHAPTER 6 Bishop Randy White Tampa televangelists draw Senate scrutiny Without Walls Says Interest In Properties Spurred Sale Talk Trying To Fill The Void At Without Walls The Loss Of Paula CHAPTER 7

2 Wolves In Sheep‘s Clothing Laughing Anointed Pastor Ron Clark Went Down In Flames Crying Pastor Ron Clark Fired! Judge approves Living Water Church sale Clarks Saga Continues Tampa church imperiled by pastors' bitter divorce Accusations Fly Between Pastor, Wife Funding Surprised Church Members CHAPTER 8 Bi- Sexual Felon Or Hero - Jim Bakker? Bakker a born-again huckster The Man of The Hour? Jim Bakker's back Bakker says riches aren't Jesus' way Don't Call Me Brother: Check Out Also Preface

WORKERS OF INIQUITY
God Does Not Endorse An Unrighteous Preacher Of The Gospel "It is always God's desire that those who proclaim the gospel be righteous, yet when an evil or immoral person preaches His Word, God can still work in the hearts of those who receive His Word, with commitment to Christ. God does not endorse an unrighteous preacher of the gospel, but, He will endorse Biblical truth and these who accept it in faith." - The Full Life Study Bible "The power of working miracles had no necessary connection with piety." - Barnes' Notes "Success, as the world counts it, is not a criterion of one's knowledge of Christ and relation to Him." - Robertson's Word Pictures God cannot and will not endorse an unrighteous Preacher of the Gospel - even though he may be operating in the miraculous. This is where the multitudes are deceived. They think that because there are signs and wonders performed in a man's ministry that he is of God... God is well pleased with him...or that He is endorsing his ministry. Nothing could be further than the truth! The Lord Jesus in Matthew 7 "blasted" all the false professors who would do things in His Name, yet not do the will of His Father. In His statements, He made it plain and clear that He doesn't accept shadows without substance. He doesn't endorse any ministry that calls Him "Lord," yet lives to please Self. He made it very evident that the acid test for every ministry or every Christian life the decisive test of being in the Kingdom - is obedience to the will of the Father. This marks men and women as true followers of Him. In Matthew 7:21-23, He said - "Not every one that saith unto Me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of My Father Which is in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Thy name? and in Thy name have cast out devils? and in Thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from Me, ye that work iniquity." Here Jesus emphasized the sharp contrast between the mere talkers and the doers of His will. There were those who were calling Him Lord and Master - who were professing subjection to Him. Because of their mere profession, they were consequently claiming admittance into the "kingdom of

3 Wolves In Sheep‘s Clothing heaven," yet they were destitute of piety, holiness, or being separated unto Him. Their outward profession of Christianity - however remarkable - was not enough to bring them to heaven - that is, without being totally committed to the Truth and righteousness as revealed in His Word. One thing that is definitely overlooked in the Christian circles of today is this fact - ministerial success is not the standard by which to judge one's relation to Christ. There are those who are calling Jesus "Lord" and yet have not gotten the bad tree rooted up and the good tree planted in its place...they do not have a hearty love to Christ nor a true faith in Him...nor do they have a true concern to preach His Gospel, advance His glory, and promote His kingdom and interest. They can be likened unto the Roman soldiers at the whipping post who put a gorgeous robe on Christ, bend the knee, and then say - "Hail, King of the Jews!" That is, after they had just scourged and whipped Him! We want you to notice one word that Jesus used in His discourse which is rather shocking. That word is "many" This is what He said - "... Many will say to Me in that day, Lord, Lord..." What He was saying is this - "Many" would call Him Lord and Master..."Many" would profess subjection to Him..."Many" would call upon His Name..."Many" would make use of His Name in public ministry..."Many" would make mention of His Name in their sermons...and "Many" would seek to cover themselves, take away their reproach, gain credit with, or get into the goodwill of the people by being called by His Name. The sad thing about it is that it would be the "few" who would show a hearty love to Christ...seek unto, look unto, commit themselves to...trust in...rely on...and believe on Him for righteousness, salvation, and eternal life. It would be the "few" who would be faithful dispensers of His Word...declare His whole counsel...keep back nothing profitable to the souls of men...not be afraid of the faces of men...speak the Gospel boldly with all sincerity...or seek to please Him rather than men. Resultantly, "many" professing obedience will find themselves self-deceived. It will be the "few" who will be counted as the faithfully obedient. "In that day" - the last day...the great day of the Lord...or the day of judgment when the secrets of hearts are made manifest and every one's true colors are shown for what they are - the pretenders as well as the true ministers will be made manifest. The "many" had great success in their ministries. They were involved in three of the highest services rendered to the Christian cause - prophesying, casting out devils, and working miracles. Yet, Jesus called them - "workers of iniquity" - "...Many will say to Me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Thy name? and in Thy name have cast out devils? and in Thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from Me, ye that work iniquity." What Jesus is stating here is rather shocking! He is actually saying that "workers of iniquity" can prophesy...teach the Word...write excellent books...preach excellent sermons...give good advice...cast out devils...and perform wonderful works or miracles. They can make an external profession of Christianity, yet walk unworthy of its precepts - being lukewarm or indifferent to Christ in their hearts - while loving the world and its pleasures. In spite of their claims to intimacy with Christ, they are evil doers - evil doers who are performing great works in His Name!

4 Wolves In Sheep‘s Clothing It is to be understood from this passage of Scripture that not all miracles are of a divine origin. And not all miracle workers are divinely sanctioned. When we examine the meaning of the word "miracle" and see that one definition states - "a supernatural power that is at hand" - we have to reason that that power may or may not be divine. It can be demonic! Fervent gospel preaching...having a zeal for righteousness...and operating under a powerful "anointing" - can all be the workings of Satan. Jesus will say to the "many" who deceived the multitudes with their phenomenal signs and wonders ministries - "...I never knew you: depart from Me, ye that work iniquity." One way of interpreting this is by saying - "I never approved of your conduct...I never regarded you are My servant or friend...or I never acknowledged your ministry as one of Mine." Who would be included in this - "I never knew you" - group? They would be all the Preachers or individual believers who were unholy in heart...unrighteous in conduct...or held the truth in unrighteousness - while preaching the pure and holy doctrines of the Bible. "Depart from Me" - Could there be more terrible or dreadful words found to be spoken by God to any man or woman than these?

"I never knew you" - In other words, Jesus would say that these "many" were never "real" in their relationship with Him. They didn't build their life on His Word...they didn't build their church on His Word...and they didn't hear the Word and do it. Instead, they claimed to believe the Bible, while, at the same time, supporting things contrary to it. In spite of what the Bible said, they walked contrary to it. They ignored God's Word to go forward in sin. They constantly reasoned around their sinful lifestyle - looking for loopholes to cover it up. Jesus made it plain and clear that the "many" would be successful in their ministries. They would surely operate in their gifts. "Many" would be deluded as a result. There are two kinds of professors in Christianity today. There are those who acknowledge Jesus as Lord of their lives and then there are those who acknowledge Jesus as Lord and back it up with obedience. Read again what Jesus said here in this passage of Scriptures - "...Not every one that saith unto Me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of My Father Which is in heaven..." Here He laid the law down. No one gets to heaven without living a life of continual obedience to His Word. This is the acid test that marks all men and women as being true or false. Are they doing the will of the Father? Are they glorifying His Son, or are they bringing glory to themselves? Don't forget - Balaam, Caiphas, and King Saul all prophesied, while Judas cast out devils - but they were not pleasing in God's sight. They did what they wanted rather than the will of the Father. They were actually a law unto themselves. Whenever you see a minister or ministry that is a law unto themselves - WATCH OUT! Warning sirens should immediately be going off in your spirit. These are a part of the "many" of whom Jesus warned us. In closing, we leave you with some thought-provoking quotes relating to this message. Our prayer is that your spiritual eyes will be opened, and that you will grow in discernment as far as who is true and who is false that is ministering in Jesus' Name in our day and time! "They think that they shall go to heaven because they have been of good repute among

5 Wolves In Sheep‘s Clothing professors of religion (Christianity), have kept fasts, and given alms and have been preferred in the church; as if this would atone for their reigning pride, worldliness, and sensuality; and want of love to God and man." - Matthew Henry "Everything short of doing the will of God is merely saying, 'Lord! Lord! and it is working iniquity." - Pulpit Commentary - New Testament "A great truth proclaimed. The religion of Christ (Christianity) is to be practised, For the teachings of Jesus are only understood as they are put into practice. They are only honored as they are put into practice." - Biblical Illustrator - New Testament "A man shall be as vigorous as a panther, as swift as an eagle, as fleet as a stag, and as strong as a lion, to do the will of his Creator." - saying among the rabbins (Adam Clarke) May God Bless His Word. Connie © COPYRIGHT Connie Giordano - All Rights Reserved

6 Wolves In Sheep‘s Clothing Introduction MT 7:15 "Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. ACTS 20:26 "Therefore I testify to you this day that I am innocent of the blood of all men. 20:27 "For I have not shunned to declare to you the whole counsel of God. 20:28 "Therefore take heed to yourselves and to all the flock, among which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the church of God which He purchased with His own blood. 20:29 "For I know this, that after my departure savage wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock. 20:30 "Also from among yourselves men will rise up, speaking perverse things, to draw away the disciples after themselves. 20:31 "Therefore watch, and remember that for three years I did not cease to warn everyone night and day with tears. 20:32 "So now, brethren, I commend you to God and to the word of His grace, which is able to build you up and give you an inheritance among all those who are sanctified. 20:33 "I have coveted no one's silver or gold or apparel. 20:34 "Yes, you yourselves know that these hands have provided for my necessities, and for those who were with me. 20:35 "I have shown you in every way, by laboring like this, that you must support the weak. And remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that He said, 'It is more blessed to give than to receive.' " Jesus told us to beware of ravenous wolves and Apostle Paul told us to beware of savage wolves. So we can assume they knew something that we don‘t know because after all they were authorities on the subject while we are only dumb sheep? Since 1995 Christian News Today has been writing articles and making postings about wolves in sheep‘s clothing. This book is a compilation of some of the articles about particular evangelical wolves! Importance is not given to any particular wolf because they are all part of the same family and are to be avoided such as Todd Bentley, John Arnott, Rodney Howard Browne, Karl Strader, Benny Hinn, Peter Marshall, !

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Prosperity Teachers Followers: Pastor's gospel of wealth yielded little return
By Sally Kestin South Florida Sun-Sentinel May 11, 2008 To a chorus of "Amens" and "Thank You, Jesus," the Rev. Daniel S. Mundell tells followers God will free them of debt, even make them millionaires. Then comes the sales pitch: Back up your faith with donations. Give, even if it's your last $100. Write a check. Pay by credit card. Preaching mostly to a low-income following, the Hallandale Beach-based evangelist has raised millions of dollars through services and crusades in South Florida and across the country. Former followers say the only one who seemed to attain wealth was the preacher. Before starting New Generation Ministries in 1991, Mundell had filed for bankruptcy protection and lost a home in a foreclosure. By 2005, he was living in a $1.8 million estate in Safety Harbor, near Tampa, with basketball and tennis courts and a putting green. The ministry paid the preacher $206,000 in 2005 and once provided him a Mercedes-Benz, a Jaguar and a Corvette, according to court records. Mundell, 55, declined to be interviewed, citing "pending litigation." His wife of 20 years and former co-pastor, Kimberly, filed for divorce in October. "I'm not going to deny that it was lucrative," Kimberly Mundell told the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. For 10 years, Mundell preached in the Fort Lauderdale area at the Solid Rock Family Worship Center under the umbrella of New Generation. He raised money for a new church but then left the congregation in 2004. The church was never built. Mundell traveled the country on crusades, soliciting donations for overseas mission trips he never took and making predictions to followers that they said never happened. Mundell is now back in South Florida, preaching at Good Shepherd Ministries in a strip mall in Hallandale Beach and rebuilding his ministry after filing for bankruptcy protection a second time last June. He hosts a weekday radio program broadcast in South Florida on WEXY (1520 AM) and several other cities. "Do you need a miracle? Do you need someone to talk to?" Mundell asked in a Feb. 6 broadcast. "Well you can have that happen today, right over the telephone. As you're getting ready to dial the toll-free number that I'm going to give you, your life's getting ready to change." APPEAL TO THE POOR At its peak in the late 1990s, New Generation took in about $3 million a year, Mundell testified in a July bankruptcy court hearing. In addition to his Solid Rock

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8 Wolves In Sheep‘s Clothing congregation, he preached on the radio and TV through paid programming in multiple cities. Mundell's message of "abundant living" helped the white preacher attract worshipers, most of them low- and middle-income blacks. "What I believe was that he felt like he was called to help the rejected, the downtrodden, the forsaken," said Kimberly Mundell, who is black. Mundell is part of an unregulated network of traveling evangelists who say they can heal the sick, perform miracles and make the poor rich. They hold crusades in mostly poor neighborhoods, stay until the money stops coming in and split the proceeds 50/50 with the home church, said Kimberly Mundell, who traveled the revival circuit with her husband. In April, Mundell hosted Apostle J.G. Rice of Columbia, S.C., for a "Flame of Fire" crusade at Good Shepherd. Rice blessed attendees with "miracle oil" and at one service encouraged them to give $300 each in collection envelopes that included options to pay by credit or debit card. Last year, Mundell teamed with the Rev. W.V. Grant of Dallas. Grant spent more than a year in federal prison after a 1996 conviction for failing to report $375,000 in taxable income in the purchase of two homes, including his $1 million residence. Grant's "miracle revival" at Good Shepherd lasted more than six months. "Fifteen thousand souls have been saved. Scores have come out of wheelchairs, off the crutches, canes and out of their braces," Grant wrote in an October letter to prospective attendees. "My short leg grew out 3 inches!" said the caption over one man's photo. "I no longer have epilepsy!" said another. Grant could not be reached despite messages left at his Dallas church. Phillip Umphres, a former assistant U.S. attorney in Dallas who prosecuted Grant, described the traveling evangelists as a small community. "There's a whole little subculture and they know each other," he said. "They'll borrow each other's written materials if they're successful." NO 'SILVER SPOON' Born in southern California, Mundell describes in sermons a childhood of poverty. Raised by his Pentecostal grandparents, Mundell says he was saved at the age of four and began preaching the Gospel at eight. "I didn't come from no family with a silver spoon," Mundell said in a Feb. 25 broadcast. "My daddy was a prisoner in San Quentin (Calif.) Prison. The whole time I was growing up we had to go visit him there." California archive records show Mundell's now-deceased father spent less than four months at San Quentin. He first entered prison in 1961, just before Mundell turned nine, for writing a bad check and returned twice for parole violations, serving a total of

9 Wolves In Sheep‘s Clothing less than four years, according to the records. Mundell preaches that he is living proof of miracles, paralyzed from the waist down from a 1976 car accident in California. Told by doctors he'd never walk again, Mundell says Jesus healed him one night two and half years later. California police agencies no longer have records from that time. Kimberly Mundell, who met her husband after he says he was healed, said she pressed him for evidence, but he never produced any. "If what he says is true, it truly is a miracle," said Maria Amador, director of education at the Miami Project to Cure Paralysis at the University of Miami School of Medicine. Preaching financial prosperity, Mundell tells followers that above all God wants them rich. "God made me debt-free and blessed me with multi-million-dollar wealth," he said in a sermon dated Nov. 10, 2006, on his Web site. By then, Mundell had stopped making mortgage payments on his Safety Harbor home, which he lost in foreclosure in January. In his bankruptcy petition last year, he listed debts of $1.5 million on the home, credit card bills including $10,385 to Saks Fifth Avenue, and $28,041 in unpaid child support for a daughter from a previous marriage. "We believed and taught that there was nothing wrong with being prosperous, so the lifestyle fit what he was teaching, preaching, except we weren't debt-free," said Kimberly Mundell, who was not a party in the bankruptcy filing. "We were in debt trying to live the lifestyle." That lifestyle included European vacations, $1,000 shoes, Rolex watches, and fine Italian suits, she said. And it took root in South Florida. TRUST GOD AND GIVE The ministry's success soared after Mundell settled in Fort Lauderdale in 1994 and started Solid Rock. "We hit big," Kimberly Mundell said. Within three months of his first service in a Lauderdale Lakes office park, Mundell was drawing crowds exceeding 800 worshipers. Annette Hopkins of Margate, who met Mundell on a crusade, was so taken by the preacher that she moved from St. Louis to South Florida in 1998 to be part of his ministry. "People believed in him," she said. "You were encouraged not to hold back in your giving, to trust God." Hopkins said she donated tens of thousands of dollars. Former Fort Lauderdale resident Winnie Francis, now of Land O' Lakes on Florida's west coast, said she gave about $20,000 one year. "I wasn't even earning that much," Francis said, adding that she used savings and proceeds from property she sold. Preaching mainly from schools and leased buildings, Mundell told his congregation he would build a church. "It was going to be beautifully decorated," Hopkins recalled.

10 Wolves In Sheep‘s Clothing "I gave, we gave." Property records show New Generation purchased 4.5 vacant acres in Oakland Park in 2003, land upon which Mundell said a church would rise. A little more than a year later, Mundell closed Solid Rock without ever breaking ground. "The very night he said the church was closing, he took up a collection," Hopkins said. "We never knew what happened to the money." In June 2005, New Generation sold the land for an $800,000 profit. Two months later, Mundell and his wife bought their $1.8 million estate, putting down $525,000, records show. Kimberly Mundell said the couple used some of the proceeds from the land sale in the purchase of their home. She provided New Generation bank records that show four payments totaling $189,366, three to an escrow account and the fourth to a title company. "We felt that was the church's money," Hopkins said. Now 71, Hopkins said she had planned to retire but is working as a substitute teacher as a result of the money she gave to Mundell. "I have no regrets," she said. "I gave it to the Lord." As for the preacher, Hopkins said: "It's over for me and his ministry." MONEY FOR MISSIONS Sandy Miller met Mundell at a crusade in Dallas in 2006. "He just was friendly, knew you on a first-name basis," she said. "He did a lot of promising, that it's your time for the Lord to bless you financially." Miller said she gave the preacher about $16,000. Her daughter, Kelly Smith of Santa Monica, Calif., said she reviewed her mother's financial records and calculated the total was $43,000. Mundell talked about his missionary work in poor countries. Skeptical, Smith attended a crusade he held in Los Angeles and pressed the preacher for details of his work via e-mails, copies of which she provided to the Sun-Sentinel. Mundell sent Smith photos from India, though he was not in them, and an e-mail that he described as confirmation of an upcoming trip to Africa. "We are under a great burden of finance for our upcoming mission trips," he wrote to Smith on Aug. 13, 2006. "I want to ask you if you can give an offering any thing would help, also you may have some friends that might want to help… I have to send a payment next week." Miller said the mission trips never occurred. Kimberly Mundell said they were canceled "because we did not have the money to go." Miller, 66, now resides in an assisted living facility in Glendale, Calif., unable to pay her bills, and is financially dependent on her daughter. She said her once-trusted preacher stopped taking her calls.

11 Wolves In Sheep‘s Clothing "He dropped me like a hot potato," Miller said. PROMISING MONEY Mundell's message of prosperity struck a chord with his mostly poor followers in North Carolina, said Monte Carr, who had heard Mundell's radio show and helped bring the preacher there for crusades, the last one in 2006. "He promises in his broadcasts that somebody's mortgage is going to get paid, somebody's bills are going to get paid," Carr said. "That's what appealed to us was the idea and concept of giving back to the people of need." Mundell urged crusade attendees to give donations and in return God would bless them, Carr said. Carr said one follower took out a $600 loan. Another, a Hurricane Katrina evacuee from New Orleans, gave the preacher her $1,000 tax refund. Carr herself gave the preacher $1,000, she said. "I'm in the middle of a divorce," Carr said. "He said, 'God's going to send you a wonderful husband; he's going to be a minister.' I haven't seen this man yet." Carr said attendees complained to her when their blessings never came true. "He continues to send these people letters saying, 'Give me money and in seven days this and that is going to happen to you,'." Carr said. "These people believe in him and they're sending their hard-earned money, and these things never happen." Mundell continued holding crusades and in March 2007, started a ministers' training school in Norfolk, Va. He held Sunday services and again raised money for a church. "Today's offering is going to be the first offering going into the property, not because I need it, you need to give," Mundell said on a videotape of a class last spring. "He never said where the property was, who he was trying to buy it from, but he wanted us to give," said student Vera Jackson. The church never materialized. Within several months, Mundell left Norfolk and the 300 students who enrolled in his school. LaVerne Johnson, a school bus driver, said students gave donations, including $100 for a cap and gown and graduation banquet to be held in February. "We did not get to graduate," Johnson said. Mundell had returned to Florida amid mounting personal debt and allegations of domestic violence. FAMILY TURBULENCE On Oct. 7, sheriff's deputies were called to the Mundells' Safety Harbor home. The preacher told them "he had called a family meeting so he could fire Kimberly and her daughter" from the ministry board, said sheriff's spokeswoman Cecilia Barreda.

12 Wolves In Sheep‘s Clothing On Oct. 9, Kimberly Mundell sought a domestic violence protection order from her husband, saying he had "slapped me, punched me, dragged me by my hair, choked me," she wrote in Pinellas County court records. Kimberly Mundell's mother, Loyce Alexander, who lived with the couple, wrote in a court statement that she saw Mundell "beat and kick my daughter on many occasions." One time, "I was told if I called 911 he would stomp her to death and beat me, too," wrote Alexander, 78, who said she needed a walker to get around. "These fights would always take place when he would return home from doing a revival. He would be very drunk." A judge granted the order, prohibiting Mundell from being within 500 feet of his home or the ministry's office, also in Safety Harbor. On Oct. 22, Pinellas sheriff's deputies arrested Mundell at the ministry office on a misdemeanor charge of violating that order, according to records. Mundell has pleaded not guilty, and the case is set for trial in June. In an e-mail to the Sun-Sentinel, Mundell said his wife obtained the order after she had been fired, "listing my office as her place of employment." "She did so to shut the ministry down, knowing it was no longer her place of employment," he wrote. "I went to my office to collect docs [sic] and equipment." While in the Pinellas County Jail, Mundell was served with divorce papers. He has filed a counterclaim, calling his marriage "irretrievably broken." Now preaching at Good Shepherd in Hallandale Beach, Mundell said during an April 27 service that he was called back to South Florida and predicted that soon lines would form outside with people waiting to get into the mostly empty but growing church. He urged the crowd of about 40 to pledge donations of $100 a month and told them they were on their way to a "debt-free life." On his radio program, Mundell has announced plans to start a minister's school on May 17 and recently sent a letter to prospective donors with a packet of "gold dust" and instructions to sprinkle it on their bills and credit cards. God "is poised to bless you with prosperity and abundance," Mundell wrote. "However, He can only do it as you OBEY HIS FAITH INSTRUCTIONS!" Mundell urged "SEED-OF-FAITH" donations of $7.23 to $25.23, in reference to a Biblical passage that says God rewards faithful servants. The letter ended with a voucher containing payment options and the words, "Dear Pastor Mundell, I would like to sow my seed offering on my credit card." Staff writer Georgia East contributed to this report. Sally Kestin can be reached at skestin@sun-sentinel.com or 954-356-4510.

Preacher's focus on fundraising raises questions
Hallandale Beach church cuts ties with evangelist after Sun-Sentinel

13 Wolves In Sheep‘s Clothing report By Sally Kestin South Florida Sun-Sentinel May 20, 2008 A Hallandale Beach church where the Rev. Daniel S. Mundell has held revivals and preached for nearly a year has cut ties with the evangelist, a church spokeswoman said Monday. The action came after the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported May 11 that Mundell had raised money for a church in Fort Lauderdale that he never built, solicited donations for overseas mission trips he never took and made predictions that followers said never came true. "I told him he had to leave," said Melody Gustafson, vice president of Good Shepherd Ministries, where Mundell has been preaching out of a storefront in a strip mall on Hallandale Beach Boulevard. "This is a 55-year-old ministry. I couldn't let his scandal bring it down." Mundell did not respond to an e-mail Monday. He has declined to comment but told the Sun-Sentinel he would grant an interview after a June 11 court hearing in Pinellas County. Mundell, 55, was arrested there in October on a misdemeanor charge of violating a domestic violence protection order obtained by his estranged wife, Kimberly, by going to his ministry office. He has pleaded not guilty. The Mundells, married for 20 years, are in the midst of a divorce. Gustafson, the daughter of Good Shepherd's Pastor David Epley, said she was aware of Mundell's personal turmoil but not the allegations from former followers. "When I read how adversely other people had been affected at other churches . . .if it's true, it goes against everything the church stands for," Gustafson said. "People come to church for hope and faith, and if you destroy that hope and faith, then you have nothing." The Sun-Sentinel reported earlier this month that through church services and crusades across the country, Mundell had raised millions of dollars from mostly poor worshipers, encouraging them to give, even if it's their last $100, and God would bless them with wealth. "Church isn't about raising money," Gustafson said. "It's about healing and uplifting people, and if that becomes the primary focus, then something is very, very wrong." She said she informed Mundell last week that he would no longer be allowed to preach at Good Shepherd. Mundell had advertised on his weekday radio program, broadcast on WEXY, 1520 AM, that he was starting a ministers training school at Good Shepherd, with the first class to be held May 17. Gustafson said she allowed Mundell to come Saturday to inform students the school would be moving and canceled his Sunday church service. "He will never be back," she said. Gustafson described Mundell as a "guest pastor" and said Good Shepherd was

14 Wolves In Sheep‘s Clothing "totally separate" from Mundell's New Generation Ministries. Literature distributed during services in recent weeks and the sign on the door of the church listed both New Generation and Good Shepherd ministries. By Monday afternoon, the sign had been removed. "I did not know his name was on that door until this morning," said Gustafson, whose office is in the same strip mall as the church. As recently as last week, Mundell said on his radio program that God had joined him with Epley, whom he described as a "wonderful soldier in the army of the Lord." Gustafson said her father has suffered health problems and is recovering from surgery. She said Epley helped Mundell for several weeks last year and, with his own health failing, let him continue preaching "so the members have some place" to go. Gustafson served on the board of New Generation until she resigned in February. "I was not comfortable being affiliated with him," she said. Raised by Pentecostal grandparents, Mundell says he has been preaching the Gospel since he was 8. He says he was paralyzed from a 1976 car accident and bound to a wheelchair for two and a half years until Jesus healed him. Mundell preaches financial prosperity and is part of a network of traveling evangelists who hold crusades throughout the country, telling followers they will be debt-free, even millionaires. For 10 years, Mundell preached at the Solid Rock Family Worship Center in the Fort Lauderdale area, raising money for a church that was never built. Mundell closed Solid Rock in 2004. The next year he moved to Safety Harbor, near Tampa, where he bought a $1.8 million house with basketball and tennis courts and a putting green, the Sun-Sentinel reported May 11. Mundell filed for bankruptcy protection last June and in January lost his Safety Harbor home in foreclosure. On his radio program last week, Mundell said the newspaper report had actually brought former followers back to him. He did not address his fundraising or spending of donations. "Is it something I'm ashamed of?" he asked on his Thursday broadcast. "No, I'm holding my head up high." Sally Kestin can be reached at skestin@sun-sentinel.com or 954-356-4510.

Kenneth Copeland – Prosperity Preacher
Defiant Texas televangelist further scrutinized amid GOP fundraising By ANNA M. TINSLEY Star-Telegram staff writer North Texas televangelist Kenneth Copeland remains defiant in refusing to cooperate with a U.S. senator's request for information about his finances, and despite the controversy he continues having a prominent role in helping raise funds for

15 Wolves In Sheep‘s Clothing Republican presidential contender Mike Huckabee. Copeland, whose ministry is based in Newark, northwest of Fort Worth near Eagle Mountain Lake, is one of six televangelists receiving inquiries from Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, about their finances and their compliance with tax laws. Copeland has said he won't be turning over any documents anytime soon, because they belong to God. "It's not yours, it's God's, and you're not going to get it, and that's something I'll go to prison over," Copeland said during a Jan. 22 closed-circuit broadcast of a ministers conference in North Texas that was first reported by the Capitol Hill newspaper Roll Call. "So, just get over it!" A spokeswoman for Grassley said that the senator is not pleased with the response and that new letters for information could be sent any day. "A dialogue is ongoing with the ministries to get responses," Jill Kozeny said. "We have let Copeland's attorneys know the response from the ministry falls short of answering the questions ... regarding the tax-exempt policy." Supporting Huckabee Copeland held a fundraiser last month for his friend Huckabee, the Fort Worth-trained preacher and former Arkansas governor, during the national ministers gathering at Kenneth Copeland Ministries. The event pumped more than $100,000 into Huckabee's campaign and generated nearly $1 million more in pledges, according to the Trinity Foundation, a group that monitors televangelists. Trinity has posted a video of Copeland's remarks online. As the scrutiny from Grassley began generating headlines last fall, Copeland told the ministers at the gathering that he called Huckabee and offered to cut ties with him for the sake of Huckabee's presidential campaign. "He [Huckabee] hollered at me on the phone. He said, 'Are you kidding me? Why should I stand with them and not stand with you?'" the video shows Copeland telling the ministers gathering. "They've [members of Congress] only got an 11 percent approval rating.' Then he said, 'Kenneth Copeland, I will stand with you.'" Huckabee, who is courting evangelicals' votes, won the Iowa caucus but has not placed higher than second in other Republican contests. The investigation Copeland and five other prominent televangelists were asked for information about their finances late last year. After reports about televangelists' lavish lifestyles, Grassley said he wants to make sure they and their multimillion-dollar operations are following tax laws. So he has asked for everything from hotel bills to loan information. He sought information from Copeland and his wife, Gloria; Benny Hinn, whose headquarters is in Grapevine; Creflo and Taffi Dollar of Georgia; Bishop Eddie Long of Georgia; Joyce and David Meyer of Missouri; and Randy and Paula White of Tampa, Fla. Copeland, Hinn and Creflo Dollar are members of Oral Roberts University's board of regents. The Internal Revenue Service has said it is looking into several matters regarding the school's former President Richard Roberts. "I don't want to conclude that there's a problem, but I have an obligation to donors and the taxpayers to find out more," Grassley said last year.

16 Wolves In Sheep‘s Clothing Copeland's office issued a statement saying that about 2,000 ministers gathered for the conference. It said representatives from the Huckabee campaign rented a room there to hold a rally and fundraiser. Huckabee spokeswoman Alice Stewart told The Associated Press that he and Copeland spoke by phone recently. "Basically, Kenneth Copeland simply asked him how he could pray for him and the governor asked him to pray for physical stamina for the team and the financial resources that they need each day," Stewart told the AP. Watch the video: www.wittenburgdoor.com/huckabee-copeland http://www.star-telegram.com/news/story/448608.html

John & Carol Arnott The Deceivers

Chapter 2

The Holy Spirit is gentle. Jesus boldly drove the moneychangers out of the temple with a whip. But when He prayed for sick people, there is no record of Him headbanging or leg-dropping anyone. He rebuked evil spirits authoritatively, but He never hit, slapped, choked, mounted or kicked a person. He was meek, which means He knew how to control His strength, and He never threw His weight around. J Lee Grady, Bam! Pow! When Prayer Ministry Gets Violent June 18,2008 GAL 1:8 But even if we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed. Toronto Airport Christian Fellowship is different and unique from other Christian groups in that is a church/charity/cult led by con-artists/executives/pastors who conduct criminal activities including financial, crimes, hate crimes, perjury, slandering, etc. Yes they preach another gospel than the one that Jesus or Paul preached and call it Toronto Blessing when it reality it‘s Toronto Curse, Toronto Con-Artists, Toronto Hypocrites, Toronto Cult, Toronto Crooks, Toronto Cowards, Toronto Deceivers, Toronto Violence! So why should we be surprised to read the following emails: Good luck with your lawsuit. These people need to be made accountable for their violent actions against innocent people and their families. Have just printed off your articles on:- Todd Bentley & The Arnotts from Toronto, both are very well written and researched. Ray Kirkup

17 Wolves In Sheep‘s Clothing AND HERE IS A CLASSICAL EXAMPLE OF WHAT TACF AND JOHN ARNOTT THINK OF THEIR CRITICS Sent: Monday, June 09, 2008 To: Walter Kambulow From: Robin Rowan http://hisevents.org Dear Brother, I am in constant prayer for you and have released your name on my prayer listing for those who desperately need a visitation from the Lord and Mass deliverance. May the demonic spirits that wrapped up your soul and confused your mind be bound in the name of Jesus! John Arnott is a great man of GOD and has the fruit to show it. I have seen hundreds come to the Lord through his ministry and I personllay had a miraculous healing in his church at his hand. He walks in total LOVE, preaches LOVE, teaches the importance of Forgiveness and walks in gifts of healing. You obvously need to read his book on forgiveness. May God forgive you for attacking a man of God. info@hisevents.org Robin Rowan is the Director of His Events, (God is the creator). This assignment God gave to her in 2006 and is continuously growing. She is a student of Paul Keith Davis, serving White Dove Ministries as an active volunteer, and attends Church of His Presence under Pastor John Kilpatrick in Daphne Alabama. Robin is single, a devote servant of the Lord Jesus Christ, and works in the marketplace for the Department of Homeland Security, Office of the Inspector General, as an Auditor for Disaster Assistance Oversight in Biloxi, Mississippi. (Bringing the prophetic into the Governmental marketplace. Hallelujah!). Editor‘s note: In any civilized country this email from Robin Rowan is considered as a hate crime and it‘s a fact that TACF, John Arnott and Steve Long are guilty of hate crimes against Walter Kambulow and family!

JOHN ARNOTT’S FRIEND TODD BENTLEY EXPOSED BY ABC NIGHTLINE
Todd Bentley could not supply one name of a person healed to the news media http://www.benedictionblogson.com/2008/07/12/canadian-todd-bentley-leavesfrom-lakeland-revival-after-expose/ Todd‘s friends Patricia King asks Are you a Revival Cow? Lakeland Revival Cleanup Starts http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FZZ93PzKwaA&eurl=http://healtheland.wordpr ess.com/

Lying And Lawlessness

18 Wolves In Sheep‘s Clothing June 25, 2008 TO THE GOVERNMENT OF CANADA Prime Minister Stephen Harper Office of the Prime Minister 80 Wellington Street Ottawa K1A 0A2 pm@pm.gc.ca Subject: Toronto Airport Christian Fellowship, John Arnott, Steve Long and their supporters continue to believe in and practice lying and lawlessness ―it has been publically established by various individuals and published on the internet and to the Prime Minister of Canada and Members of Parliament and the news media, as well as the Supreme Court of Ontario, that the Plaintiff‟s TACF and Pastors John Arnott and Steve Long, are proven liars, slanderers, back stabbers and thieves who have continued their character assassination and slander in their lawsuit against the defendant, Walter Kambulow‖ "Many will say to Me in that day, 'Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?' "And then I will declare to them, 'I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!' Matthew 7:22-23 Loud noises, jerking, aggressiveness, character assassination, arrogance, intolerance, howling, eerie and hysterical laughter, lack of control, barking like dogs and roaring like lions are not the evidence of the Holy Spirit in believers but a sign of demonic activity even in Toronto Airport Christian Fellowship . These are temporary phenomena because the demonic activities occur in their physical bodies and in their souls for a period only. Demons do not tamper with your free wills. Even Legion, who probably had thousands of demons, had the free will to desire deliverance and salvation from our Lord (Mark 5:1-15). Dear Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Members of Parliament and the News media, Religious pharisaical liars, perjurers and thieves would tell us MT 7:1 "Judge not, that you be not judged? But they conveniently ignore 1COR 14:29 Let two or three prophets speak, and let the others judge? Believe it or not! It is true Toronto Airport Christian Fellowship (Toronto Airport Church of the Flesh or Cult of Fools), its executives and their friends such as Evangelist Benny Hinn, Pastor Stephen Strader, Rodney Howard Browne and Richard Roberts, believe that their ―Third Wave Anointing‖ allows them to lie, slander, steal, use dirty tricks, and perjure as they are only accountable to God or to their friends/partners!( Liars and Perjurers in Revivalhttp://www.a2zbookdepot.com/revival.pdf ). Mr. Kambulow would be more than pleased to give concrete examples of all this to the Superior Court of Ontario of their lawlessness and lies including the fact that on January 15, 2008 TACF‘s Solicitor Pamela Miehls promised Justice Clark to give Mr. Kambulow within ten days a statement of defense as ordered by Justice Clarke in regard to Kambulow v Toronto Airport Christian Fellowship et al Page 24 THE COURT: So you‘re going to do your Statement of Defence, you‘re

19 Wolves In Sheep‘s Clothing going to serve him by email, … MS. MIEHLS: Correct. Page 27 THE COURT: Transferring to Toronto — okay, thank you - and consolidating. Okay, I‘ve got it. I‘m going to make that order. Now, with regard to the Statement of Defence to be served and filed by email, as agreed, within ten days of today‘s order? MS. MIEHLS: That‘s fine, Your Honour. And later TACF‘s Solicitor, Howard Winkler, a litigation specialist, lied and told the Superior Court Justice Mossip on June 6,2008 that TACF, John Arnott and Stephen Long never promised to serve and file by email a Statement of Defense to Walter Kambulow as ordered by Justice Clarke on January 15, 2008. Amazing how Mr. Winkler could lie so freely in court? Pastor Stephen Strader in whose church John Arnott‘s protégé Canadian revivalist Todd Bentley is holding ―a revival of demons‖ in Lakeland Florida talking about his father Assembly of God Senior Pastor Karl Strader, a thief and a liar, said it was okay to make ―a heavenly exaggeration.‖ Specifically at a Sunday morning church service in September, 1995 Pastor Karl Strader lied to his members about the Carpenter‘s Home Church‘s financial situation. He said that the church‘s finances were in great shape. Pastor Stephen Strader, during a prayer meeting the following week, during a time of prayer and fasting, requested prayer for the church‘s finances and justified his father‘s statement to the group, ―My father made a heavenly exaggeration.‖ and he said, ―confidentially the church‟s finances were in terrible shape.‖ He remarked that ―some suppliers were not paid for months and CHC didn‟t have enough money to pay their huge electrical bill.‖ [For the record, there was nothing heavenly about it, it was simply a lie, and it was rather hellish rather than heavenly.] (Chapter 10 Consequences - Not Innocent‖ ) But lying seems to be a way of life with the Straders in spite of being Pentecostal Christians. The Tampa Tribune on July 8, 1995 reported the following that says it all about Dan Strader. Durden then pressed Strader on what his morals were all about. ―Do you feel it was wrong to lie to people? He asked. ―Yes.‖ ―But you did it anyway?‖ ―Yes,‖ Strader responded. ―I definitely feel I compromised on ethical and moral conduct.‖ ―What kind of value system do you have to enable you to lie to people?‖ the prosecutor pressed. ―I had a very poor value system.‖ At Dan‘s sentencing, Pastor Karl Strader asked from the Judge for mercy for his son because this is his first offense. Maybe this was Dan‘s Strader first offense at getting caught but reading the factual diverse material that I read, the pattern was already there in 1989 when Dan was in the insurance business forging signatures, and deceiving people. The prosecution had shown that in 1990-1994, Dan and a Christian friend and graduate also of Oral Roberts University ―floated checks between each other‘s banks off and on for more than four years‖ in what is referred to as a ―Check Kiting‖ scheme. It means checks are written even though the money to cover them is not in the bank.

20 Wolves In Sheep‘s Clothing Judge Doyle asked Pastor Karl Strader ―How he could show mercy when the defendant has not shown remorse for his crimes.“ Judge Doyle told the Straders the defendant unsuccessfully tried to convince a jury and the court that his only mistake was to make bad business decision because of this trust of other people .... The defendant quite clearly thought that he did not intend to hurt any one that he has not committed any crimes. He was unwilling to acknowledge the truth that it was criminal for him to lie to people to get their money and then use their money for his own purposes. He evidently believes that he is above the law and it is perfectly acceptable for him to defraud people [or deceive them]. There are many people who never will accept the truth of this case.” Judge Doyle as a Minister of God went on to say something that was amazing to me and explains why God gave Dan Strader a 45 year sentence. He said, ―I have prayed for wisdom on this, but how can I, as the conscience of the community forgive the man when, I have yet to hear Mr. Strader say he did anything illegal.‖ Almost 40 people, including Strader‘s sister and wife, in one day, spoke on Dan‘s behalf. Karla Dixon his sister stated that her brother had a dream and not a scheme. His dream was to build homes for families on fixed incomes.‖ Most of the 11 investors who attended asked Judge Doyel to impose the maximum sentence. Judge Doyel said ―Since he won‟t acknowledge stealing millions from the elderly, its not likely Daniel Strader will be rehabilitated‖ and sentenced the son of an Assembly of God preacher to 45 years in prison. Pastor Karl Strader and Dan‘s wife Melissa were visibly upset with the sentence. Karl Strader later said, ―The sentence was unexpected, though he couldn‘t understand why victims were so vengeful.‖ He said his son plans to appeal. Karl also stated ―we hurt with those who hurt.‖ [Another one of his heavenly exaggerations as his son Stephen would put it.] Smiling Dan Strader declined to comment on the sentence and told the reporters ―You can see me in jail.‖ So why should the Senior Pastor of Toronto Airport Christian Fellowship, Steve Long, be any different but an unrepentant liar, slanderer and back stabber? Yes on many occasion that Toronto Airport Christian Fellowship Corporation and its executives/pastors defamed Walter Kambulow by using the web to spread hateful untrue things about Walter Kambulow. For example Pastor Steve Long of Toronto Airport Church sent an email to Rick Meyers on April 25, 2006 stating: Sorry Rick, but Walter is as bad as they come. He has been disciplined by several churches in his past for rebelllion and blames every and all churches he has every been a part of. His wife wasn't stolen, she left him and if he had been a part of our church, which he wasn't; I wold be all over for him for slander. The way that he slanders his wife in public is horendous. He is not a part of our chrch so we are not responding to himIt seem that the ―spirit‘ that leads and guides and inspires TACF and its followers and causes them to lie, behave like animals, and shake just like the devil, who is also very fearful and cowardly, taught them to character assassinate people when they didn‘t know how to deal with substance of any serious issue, also taught them to persecute and sue their critics, who are calling for their prosecution, rather than to bless them as instructed by Jesus Christ – MT 5:44 "But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray

21 Wolves In Sheep‘s Clothing for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, It is also unethical if not immoral to have Pastors John Arnott and Steve Long start a fight with Walter Kambulow by ―remote control‖ using the services of highly priced ―Bay Street‖ lawyers saying all kinds of lies about Mr. Kambulow, character assassinating Mr. Kambulow, and charging all the legal costs of their solicitors, Aird & Berlis, to their family owned and run nonprofit charity loaded with family and friends and board of directors handpicked by founder John Arnott just like Richard Roberts did with his board of Regents of Oral Roberts University? Justice Herman in her ruling of April 18, 2008 stated Respect for the rule of law requires that a court order, however wrong … may feel it is, be obeyed until it is set aside by a court (see Boucher v. Kennedy, O.J. No. 1612 (Gen.Div.); aff‟d O.J. No. 3407 (C.A.)) at para. 54). So how come Toronto Airport Christian Fellowship, John Arnott and Steve Long are literally lawless and have no respect for the law including obeying Justice Clarke order? How come they want others to obey the law when they don‘t obey it themselves? How come they are refusing to give Mr. Kambulow a Statement of Defense? How come John Arnott and Steve Long can steal money from their nonprofit charity and pay off their own mortgage tax free and buy corvettes and charge anything they want to their charity? How come they can file a $ 50 million dollar lawsuit against Walter Kambulow that is based on perjury? How can they commit hate crimes by saying publically hateful things, untrue things about Walter Kambulow? How come they can run away and hide and do nothing to stop their crimes? What makes them so special that they can be lawless and have no respect for the law? This is something that the Prime Minister, the Government of Canada and the News Media must look into at how so called men of God can be liars and murderers about whom Jesus said: JN 8:44 "You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it. Regards, Walter Kambulow Burlington, Ontario

Perjurer and Liar John Arnott Visits Florida Revival
On May 20, 2008, President and founding Pastor of Toronto Airport Christian Fellowship, a Canadian Charity, (www.TACF.ORG) visit Todd Bentley‘s revival in Florida. Toronto Airport Church of the Flesh the home of conartists, thieves, liars and perjurers along with John Arnott and Steve Long (http://www.johnandcarol.org/) sued Walter Kambulow of Burlington Ontario for $ 50 million dollars and committed perjury by stating what turned out to be a lie and could not be established in the Superior Court of Ontario by claiming that Toronto Airport Christian Fellowship and John Arnott and Steve Long:

22 Wolves In Sheep‘s Clothing have suffered and will continue to suffer damages, their character and reputation, personally and in the way of their profession, office or calling, have wrongly been brought into public disrepute, their public and general reputation has been and will continue to be seriously damaged, and they have been subjected to embarrassment, ridicule and contempt. have had and will continue to have a detrimental effect on the ability of TACF to continue to serve its members and on the ability of Arnott and Long to continue to perform their work as pastors This Statement of Claim filed by Toronto Airport Christian Fellowship, John Arnott and Steve Long in the Superior Court of Ontario, Toronto Canada was not only a lie out of the pits of hell but perjury because there has been no proven detrimental effect on the ability of TACF to continue to serve its members and on the ability of Arnott and Long to continue to perform their work as pastors. http://www.a2zbookdepot.com/liars_and_perjurers_revival.pdf Arrogant proud and unrepentant John Arnott and Steve Long not only believe they are only accountable to God and no one else but also have no respect for the rule of law! They have refused to comply with the order of Justice James H. Clarke of January 15, 2008‖ which states: “THIS COURT ORDERS THAT the Defendants shall serve on the Plaintiff by email and file their Statement of Defense within ten days.” Mr. Kambulow has complained to Justice Clarke that: The Plaintiff has not received by email a Statement of Defense nor have the Defendants filed their Statement of Defense! The Plaintiff, Mr. Kambulow, requests that that Court note the Defendants in default in not submitting a proper ‗Statement of Defence‘ which they could have done as they definitely don‘t lack manpower or resources and be held in contempt of court. The Lakeland Ledger reported on May 18, 2008 about this lawless group: The Toronto revival began at the Toronto Airport Vineyard Church under evangelist Randy Clark just as the Carpenter's Home revival was ending. It drew attention - and ridicule - for some practices that were even more unusual than holy laughter, such as people roaring like lions, barking like dogs or flapping their arms. Eventually, at the request of the Association of Vineyard Churches, the church withdrew from the association and changed its named to Toronto Airport Christian Fellowship. http://www.theledger.com/article/20080518/news/805180341&tc=yahoo Yes, they are nothing but con men who on the surface are always kind, nice and pleasant just like Toronto Airport Christian Fellowship's John Arnott. But when you ask too much questions from them they show their true nature and become "vipers" and sue you in court for $ 50 million dollars and then use legal maneuvers to try avoid going through with their lawsuit because it's all a con job! One of the most prominent and common problems I encounter with this „blessing‟ movement is that it promotes a culture in which no one is allowed to question or critique the teachings, „revelations‟, latest book by a „Prophet‟, or the „manifestations‟ of the Spirit. I also notice that often the teachings coming from this movement have poor sources or misquoted sources which are often used out of the original contexts. Most

23 Wolves In Sheep‘s Clothing of the folks believing all these teachings either don‟t realise this or do not do their own study and research to verify the Scriptural validity or accuracy of the teachings. Matt http://www.theapologeticresponse.org/?p=235 John and Carol Arnott, the leaders of the Toronto Outpouring revival, at the Lakeland Revival blessing it. Filmed on Tuesday May 20th. http://video.aol.com/videodetail/toronto-blesses-lakeland-revival/771983197

John Arnott - President
Help a Pastor (John Arnott) Pay His Mortgage And buy him a Corvette Tax Free! I received this letter a few years ago, and for some odd reason, namely fair use, I decided not to make this public. Then, a few days ago, I figured "why not" and have decided to share this wonderful little letter with you. Isn't it great that you can help someone pay his $100,000 mortgage for being such a Godly man! Dear friend, Let me share with you a great opportunity to honour someone! I am writing on behalf of Toronto Airport Christian Fellowship to let you know our Senior Pastor, John Arnott is about to have a birthday. Not only is he having a birthday, but this next one is when he turns 65! John's birthday is on Christmas day, December 25th, 2005. Earlier this year, some of the guys in John's cell met to talk about how to honour John on this special day. We had some ideas. We thought of sending John and Carol on a trip. No, they already travel too much. We thought of buying John a corvette as he often talks of owning a sports car. Well, being a married man, I have learned that the safest thing to do is talk to a woman. So I talked to Carol and told her that we wanted to honour John in some way. Carol thought the idea was great and she began to probe as to what John would like to do next year id he had any extra money. At almost every discussion she had, John stated that he would love to pay off their house mortgage and be personally debt free. For those of you who don't attend TACF, let me tell you a little tradition that John began 5 years ago. My wife Sandra had a dream many years ago about us getting a house. In the Toronto area, like in other cities, if you don't have two incomes, you usually can't afford a house. We made the choice for Sandra to stay home while our children were small, meaning that we rented a house. One day the Lord spoke to us about our home and said that if we were to give away towards someone else's home that He would give us one. We were already in debt on our credit card and this was really a step of faith. We borrowed $1,000 and asked God to bless our gift a with a 100% increase. The very night we gave away the seed, John Arnott had a dream about helping us buy a house! Several weeks later, John took a second offering for us at TACF to help us buy a

24 Wolves In Sheep‘s Clothing home. There was no notice given ahead of time and it was a holiday weekend. Our church family enthusiastically responded and gave us $102,000 and the keys to a car! Amazing! Well, since then we have taken second offerings about once a year for our pastors who don't have a house. We have been able to bless John and Patricia Bootsma (now pastoring John and Carol's first congregation in Stratford ON), Darrin and Daphne Clarke (our children's pastors), Will and Madeline Walker (they headed up our Prayer and Care department) and Stuart and Lynley Allan (operations and prophetic). So, to say happy birthday to John, Carol is suggesting that we also help them to pay off their home. They have a little over $100,000 left on their mortgage and we would love to surprise John on Christmas Sunday by burning their mortgage. If there is more money than we need, we can also get him the car! Included in this letter is an envelope for you to send a birthday gift to John and Carol. Please make cheque payable to "Toronto Airport Christian Fellowship". If you live in Canada or America, we are able to provide a tax receipt for you. If you want your gift to be tax free to John, please specify that you do not require a tax receipt for your gift. Ideally, we are looking to have all the gifts returned to us by December 15th so that we can head tot he bank with Carol to pay off the mortgage. There are two other things I'd like you to join with us on. The first is that we are putting together a massive birthday card for John. We would love to include your greeting to John. We are asking that you send a note, no longer than 50 words, to my e-mail address at tacf.org If you don't have e-mail, you are welcome to include a note with your gift. The second item that we'd like you to include is a photograph of yourself so that John is able to identify you. Many of you he knows by name, but there are far more of you who know him. If you can add the photo to the email, that would be ideal, otherwise it can also be included in the envelope. Would you join us at TACF in honoring John Arnott? John for many of you has become a spiritual father, He and Carol has blessed you through their conference ministry, itinerant travel and television ministry. Many of you have had John and Carol pray for you and impart our Father's blessings. I am looking forward to a very busy December as our team put together this birthday card! I look forward to hearing from you and receiving your photo, your greeting and your gift towards paying off John's mortgage! Remember this is a surprise so no talking to John! Bless you and thank you for letting me share on behalf of the congregation at Toronto Airport Christian Fellowship. Steve Long Senior Associate Pastor. http://www.fstdt.com/forums/thread.aspx?t=15245

25 Wolves In Sheep‘s Clothing Senior Pastor Steve Long is the Vice President of Toronto Airport Christian Fellowship, a religious nonprofit organization, and here in his mass mailing letter we see a clear abuse of a classical ―Pentecostal family run and owned ministry‖ which exists for the benefit of its founder, John Arnott President of Toronto Airport Christian Fellowship. Steve Long is using TACF facilities and resources to ask friends and members to pay off John Arnott‘s $ 100,000 mortgage by making a check payable to "Toronto Airport Christian Fellowship" and if you live in Canada or America, we are able to provide a tax receipt for you. Note the phrases We thought of buying John a corvette as he often talks of owning a sports car. If you want your gift to be tax free to John, please specify that you do not require a tax receipt for your gift. How can a gift be tax free to Pastor John Arnott especially when it‘s given to Toronto Airport Christian Fellowship?

SPECIAL NEWS BULLETIN
As requested by the Brampton Superior Court Justice Mossip, Mr. Kambulow gave his letters and brief about the proven crimes of TACF and their executives John Arnott and Steve Long to the Crown Attorney on June 6, 2008 for immediate action.

TACF CRIMINALS MUST BE INCARCERTED
Toronto Airport Christian Fellowship ( www.tacf.org) a charity founded by John Arnott filed in 2007 a $ 50 million dollar lawsuit against Walter Kambulow of Burlington Ontario claiming THAT TACF AND IT‘S PASTORS: have suffered and will continue to suffer damages, their character and reputation, personally and in the way of their profession, office or calling, have wrongly been brought into public disrepute, their public and general reputation has been and will continue to be seriously damaged, and they have been subjected to embarrassment, ridicule and contempt. have had and will continue to have a detrimental effect on the ability of TACF to continue to serve its members and on the ability of Arnott and Long to continue to perform their work as pastors This statement of TACF is not only a lie out of the pits of hell but perjury because there has been no proven detrimental effect on the ability of TACF to continue to serve its members and on the ability of Arnott and Long to continue to perform their work as pastors. And it‘s also a fact that TACF Solicitors could not prove to the Superior court of Ontario that John Arnott and Steve Long have suffered and will continue to suffer damages, their character and reputation, personally and in the way of their profession, office or calling, have wrongly been brought into public disrepute, their public and general reputation has been and will continue to be seriously damaged, and they have been subjected to embarrassment, ridicule and contempt All THIS MAKES TORONTO AIRPORT CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP THE HOME OF LIARS AND PERJURERS IN REVIVAL! See http://www.a2zbookdepot.com/revival.pdf Jesus Christ never approved of having unrepentant proven thieves, liars & perjurers such as John Arnott and Steve Long to be pastors. Lying stealing suing, committing perjury and destroying people is totally against the teaching of the New Testament.

26 Wolves In Sheep‘s Clothing HOW CAN SO CALLED MEN ON GOD MEN OF INTEGRITY DELIBERATELY LIE AND PERJURY THEMSELVES IN A LEGAL DOCUMENT UNDER OATH TO THE COURT ABOUT THINGS THAT NEVER HAPPENED????? They are not men of God, men of integrity but liars, thieves and perjurers who used and use their personal family owned and run Pentecostal charity to pay off their own mortgages and buy themselves new cars – see Besides their financial crimes of stealing money from a nonprofit charity and hate crimes against Walter Kambulow, the crime of perjury is a very serious one that the executives of TACF are taking very lightly! They should not! As a result because a crime is a crime and cannot go unreported or not deal with, Mr. Kambulow has been properly asking the Honorable Prime Minister of Canada, Stephen Harper, through the different Canadian Government agencies, should order an immediate investigation of this nonprofit charity Toronto Airport Christian Fellowship and ensure nonprofit corporation status be revoked especially as the executives of TACF have used the charity to pay off their mortgages and purchase luxury cars tax free. See http://www.fstdt.com/forums/thread.aspx?t=15245 Mr. Kambulow has requested that the Justices and the Superior Court of Ontario take immediate steps to have the executives of Toronto Airport Christian Fellowship nonprofit charity be charged and incarcerated for the their proven financial crimes, hate crimes and perjury!

CROOKED CHARITY
June 20, 2008 Toronto Airport Christian Fellowship 272 Attwell Dr Toronto, ON Canada M9W 6M3 Attention: TORONTO AIRPORT CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP and Pastor/ President John Arnott and Pastor/Vice President Steve Long MT 11:12 "And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and the violent take it by force. Religious “rapists, liars and thieves” cannot pilfer the country and its people while the Justice system does nothing about it and the righteous cry out for justice. Walter Kambulow to Supreme Court of Ontario Justice I got a response from someone on my mailing who I had forgotten was a member of the TACF. He left because of lack of biblical teaching and integrity, scripture being taken out of context and historical Christian leaders being misquoted. He also left because of the misuse of church funds. David Upton To Walter Kambulow LK 6:38 "Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure

27 Wolves In Sheep‘s Clothing that you use, it will be measured back to you." Subject: Mr. Kambulow is waiting for TACF charity to pay of his mortgage and legal bills and buy him a new corvette, all tax free, just like they did for John Arnott and Steve Long Revivalist naturalized American Evangelist Pastor Rodney Howard Browne when he was robbed by Senior Pastor Karl Strader during revival meetings held in Carpenter‘s Home Church in 1993-94 did the noble thing as taught by Jesus Christ and blessed Senior Pastor Karl Strader with a much needed new Lincoln Town car. But of course Rodney wasn‘t stupid and he didn‘t use his own money to bless Senior Pastor Karl Strader, he ask the dumb sheep to give towards this noble cause and get donation receipts for tax purposes! (Not Innocent - http://crooksag.tripod.com/crooks.pdf) The law of the land both in Canada and United States clearly states that a nonprofit corporation/charity including Toronto Airport Christian Fellowship cannot exist for the benefit of any single individual including President John Arnott and Vice President Steve Long. Since Rodney Howard Browne and Jesus Christ are friends of Toronto Airport Christian Fellowship and John Arnott and Steve Long, and to make it fair to all Mr. Kambulow has requested that Toronto Airport Christian Fellowship not only as an example of Christian charity but of equity, fairness and justice, pay off Mr. Kambulow‘s mortgage, legal fees and buy him a new red corvette fully loaded. (See Mr. Kambulow letter of May 26, 2008 to TORONTO AIRPORT CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP and Pastor/ President John Arnott and Pastor/Vice President Steve Long on the subject: TACF Lawsuit against Walter Kambulow and Legal Costs). And since Jesus clearly told TACF and its executives, Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom and 'It is more blessed to give than to receive (Acts 20:35) there should be not problem for TACF in complying with the command of the King? If there is maybe you should take it up with Jesus Christ? Also since TACF and its executives as well as supporters are supposed to be unique anointed men and women of God, could you explain to me and the world why character assassination is their favorite weapon when they cannot deal with the substance of any issue? Do you agree with and approve the hateful unsubstantiated remarks made by your friends about Mr. Kambulow such as: May the demonic spirits that wrapped up your soul and confused your mind be bound in the name of Jesus! Robin Rowan Walter is as bad as they come. He has been disciplined by several churches in his past for rebelllion and blames every and all churches he has every been a part of. The way that he slanders his wife in public is horendous. Steve Long Was it Jesus Christ or the Holy Spirit who taught TACF and its executives to character assassinate people for that appears to be the Christian thing to do as demonstrated by the Senior Pastor of Toronto Airport Christian Fellowship! And what do you think about the remark of the distraught parent who said about Kambulow‘s lawsuit against Toronto Airport Christian Fellowship: Good luck with your lawsuit. These people need to be made accountable for their violent actions against innocent people and their families.

28 Wolves In Sheep‘s Clothing Some things in life do go away especially problems, sins, or crimes and they must be dealt with sooner or later and if not properly dealt with they seem to get bigger and bigger and more and more people become aware about them bring a reproach to the Church and body of Christ! And that is not a good thing? So I suggest that you send the money to pay off Mr. Kambulow‘s mortgage, legal bills, and new Corvette by express courier which you solicitors have done many times before! Awaiting the money and blessings! Walter Kambulow Burlington, Ontario Cc Prime Minister of Canada Newsmedia Aird & Berlis File P.S. Where is the TACF‘s Statement of Defense to Kambulow‘s Lawsuit as ordered by Justice Clarke on January 15, 2008?

TACF is hateful, selfish, greedy, arrogant, proud and self centered
Toronto Airport Christian Fellowship (TACF) claims to be a Christian Church but it‟s structure, ownership, doctrines, actions and deeds are total anti-Christian and shows it‟s not a church. Walter is as bad as they come He has been disciplined by several churches in his past for rebelllion and blames every and all churches he has every been a part of. The way that he slanders his wife in public is horendous. and if he had been a part of our church, which he wasn't; I wold be all over for him for slander. ; He is not a part of our chrch so we are not responding to himJanuary 19, 2008 TO THE GOVERNMENT OF CANADA Prime Minister Stephen Harper Office of the Prime Minister 80 Wellington Street Ottawa K1A 0A2 pm@pm.gc.ca

Subject: TACF Is Not A Christian Church But A Cult

29 Wolves In Sheep‘s Clothing Dear Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Members of Parliament and the News media, Canada is a beautiful democratic country that is tolerant and accepts all kinds of people of all races, creed, religion, sizes and nationalities. But it seems that we have in Canada some religious folks who are very intolerant of others and want to impose their narrow minded dogmatic views on others even to the point of getting involved uninvited in our homes, marriages and vocations such as Toronto Airport Christian Fellowship, a Pentecostal ―family owned and run‖ religious nonprofit corporation – www.tacf.org Jesus Christ the founder of the Christian faith told us to "Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. I trust that you and your colleagues especially the Honourable Rob Nicholson, P.C., Q.C., M.P. for Niagara Falls, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, are becoming aware of these ravenous wolves and are doing something about it? Wolves in sheep‘s clothing are not a laughing matter especially when they use their Government given nonprofit corporation to try to destroy and imprison their critics such as Pastor John Arnott of Toronto Airport Christian Fellowship is trying to do with Walter Kambulow. Yes the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada must look into TACF and what it is saying and doing! Jesus Christ also instructed His disciples to bless, not destroy, their persecutors. And Apostle Paul wrote to all Christians and stated: Romans 12:14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. 12:15 Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep. 12:16 Be of the same mind toward one another. Do not set your mind on high things, but associate with the humble. Do not be wise in your own opinion. 12:17 Repay no one evil for evil. Have regard for good things in the sight of all men. 12:18 If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men. 12:19 Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, "Vengeance is Mine, I will repay," says the Lord. 12:20 Therefore "If your enemy is hungry, feed him; If he is thirsty, give him a drink; For in so doing you will heap coals of fire on his head." 12:21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. So what kind of Church is Toronto Airport Christian Fellowship that doesn‘t bless its persecutors but rather repays their enemies with evil suing Walter Kambulow for $50 million dollars? What kind of Church is TACF which thinks that its leaders are men of God who are accountable only to God and not one else and lack transparency and accountability? Yes there is something wrong here and not with Walter Kambulow! Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley, the top Republican on the Senate Finance Committee, said he was investigating the finances of Benny Hinn and five other TV evangelists. Grassley is asking about Hinn's multimillion-dollar home in Dana Point, Calif., his private Gulfstream jet and his "layover trips" while traveling on ministry business. But not only ―birds of feather stick together‖ Benny Hinn is the friend and mentor of Pastor John Arnott who also travels on ministry business and lives in an expensive home! The Attorney General of Canada must also investigate the finances of John Arnott and Steve Long! Toronto Airport Christian Fellowship claims to be a Christian Church but it‟s structure, ownership, doctrines, actions and deeds are total anti-Christian and shows it‟s not a church. Jesus Christ, the author and founder of the Christian faith who called the religious

30 Wolves In Sheep‘s Clothing leaders of his days hypocrites, murderers, serpents, brood of vipers, liars, blind guides, sons of hell, etc. and told them they would not escape the condemnation of hell (Matthew 23:15, 33, Luke 11:24-25, 23:38-31), told us "Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. "You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thornbushes or figs from thistles? "Even so, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. "A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit. Matthew 7:15-18 And yes Pentecostal ―Family owned and run‖ Toronto Airport Christian Fellowship is not a true church of Jesus Christ but a ―profit‖ corporation headed by money changers, wolves in sheep‘s clothing, liars, slanderers, and back stabbers whose action, words and deeds, contrary to the teachings and principles of Jesus, prove it to everybody! In other words it‘s a bad tree that bears bad fruit and needs to be cut down because: A true church of Jesus Christ is transparent and accountable while a “profit” corporation is not! A true church of Jesus Christ doesn‟t sue people but blesses them while a “profit” corporation can and does! A true church of Jesus Christ isn‟t primarily concerned with money while a “profit” corporation can and does! A true church of Jesus Christ doesn‟t destroy people or tells lies about them while le a “profit” corporation can and does! A true church of Jesus Christ doesn‟t ask a judge to put a person in jail because he tells the truth about them while a “profit” corporation can and does! A true church of Jesus Christ doesn‟t do things in secret away from the eyes of the public while a “profit” corporation can and does! A true church of Jesus Christ doesn‟t take away the rights or freedoms of any Canadian guaranteed by the “Charter of Rights” while a “profit” corporation can and does! Rights such as a) freedom of conscience and religion; b) freedom of thought, belief, opinion and expression, including freedom of the press and other media of communication; c) freedom of peaceful assembly; and d) freedom of association. A true church of Jesus Christ is not run by pastors who are proven liars, slanderers and backstabbers while a ―profit‖ corporation can be! Its pastors tell lies such as: Walter is as bad as they come He has been disciplined by several churches in his past for rebelllion and blames every and all churches he has every been a part of. The way that he slanders his wife in public is horendous. and if he had been a part of our church, which he wasn't; I wold be all over for him for slander. ; He is not a part of our chrch so we are not responding to himHe was a former member of TACF He is divorced TACF‘s solicitors frown at passages of the bible being quoted in the lawsuit and before the court and instead they quote secular law cases about unions, nurses, etc. all of which cannot and do not apply in this case because in Toronto Airport Christian Fellowship by its own confession and website states that it‘s vision statement is "To

31 Wolves In Sheep‘s Clothing walk in God‟s love and then give it away to Toronto and the world" and it‘s mission statement is ―To impact Toronto and the world by welcoming and responding to God's presence, communicating effectively and developing world class leaders.‖ Yes Toronto Airport Christian Fellowship says it‘s a Christian Church and not a secular institution in any sense of the word? So it cannot be examined by the what other secular people say and do! The only way to measure and examine TACF is by the bible and especially the New Testament and the Words of Jesus and Apostle Paul and John who stated: Matthew 5:21 "You have heard that it was said to those of old, 'You shall not murder, and whoever murders will be in danger of the judgment.' 5:22 "But I say to you that whoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment. And whoever says to his brother, 'Raca!' shall be in danger of the council. But whoever says, 'You fool!' shall be in danger of hell fire. 5:23 "Therefore if you bring your gift to the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you, 5:24 "leave your gift there before the altar, and go your way. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift. 5:25 "Agree with your adversary quickly, while you are on the way with him, lest your adversary deliver you to the judge, the judge hand you over to the officer, and you be thrown into prison. 5:26 "Assuredly, I say to you, you will by no means get out of there till you have paid the last penny. MK 10:19 "You know the commandments: 'Do not commit adultery,' 'Do not murder,' 'Do not steal,' 'Do not bear false witness,' 'Do not defraud,' 'Honor your father and your mother.' " JN 8:44 "You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it. Romans 13:7 Render therefore to all their due: taxes to whom taxes are due, customs to whom customs, fear to whom fear, honor to whom honor. 13:8 Owe no one anything except to love one another, for he who loves another has fulfilled the law. 13:9 For the commandments, "You shall not commit adultery," "You shall not murder," "You shall not steal," "You shall not bear false witness," "You shall not covet," and if there is any other commandment, are all summed up in this saying, namely, "You shall love your neighbor as yourself." 13:10 Love does no harm to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfillment of the law. 1COR 6:1 Dare any of you, having a matter against another, go to law before the unrighteous, and not before the saints? 1 Corinthians 13:1 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. 13:2 And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. 13:3 And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing. 13:4 Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; 13:5 does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; 13:6 does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; 13:7 bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. 13:8 Love never fails. But whether there are prophecies, they will fail; whether there are tongues, they will cease; whether there is knowledge, it will vanish away. 13:9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part.

32 Wolves In Sheep‘s Clothing 13:10 But when that which is perfect has come, then that which is in part will be done away. 13:11 When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things. 13:12 For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known. 13:13 And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love. PHIL 2:4 Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others. 1JN 3:14 We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love the brethren. He who does not love his brother abides in death. 3:15 Whoever hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him. 3:16 By this we know love, because He laid down His life for us. And we also ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.. A simple perusal of TACF‘s Lawsuit against Walter Kambulow and its actions and words and deeds today shows that TACF has not only denied the words of Jesus, Paul and John but it has no love towards others including a stranger Walter Kambulow but are murderers and hateful people who are trying to harm Mr. Kambulow instead of doing any good for him. Yes TACF and its pastors John Arnott and Steve Long are very hypocritical in that they are angry with a brother without a cause and have not only judged him but slandered and defamed him and said awful things about him. They have not heeded the words of Jesus about wrong to their Christian brother "Therefore if you bring your gift to the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you, "leave your gift there before the altar, and go your way. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift. "Agree with your adversary quickly, while you are on the way with him, lest your adversary deliver you to the judge, the judge hand you over to the officer, and you be thrown into prison. They have born false witness and have not honored Walter Kambulow nor spoke the truth about him. They have ignored the words of Apostle Paul who told them ―Render therefore to all their due: taxes to whom taxes are due, customs to whom customs, fear to whom fear, honor to whom honor. Owe no one anything except to love one another, for he who loves another has fulfilled the law. For the commandments, "You shall not commit adultery," "You shall not murder," "You shall not steal," "You shall not bear false witness," "You shall not covet," and if there is any other commandment, are all summed up in this saying, namely, "You shall love your neighbor as yourself." Love does no harm to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfillment of the law. Their lawsuit is a complete rejection of Apostles Paul‘s admonition to them “ Dare any of you, having a matter against another, go to law before the unrighteous, and not before the saints? And Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. … Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. … And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love. And contrary to Paul‘s words “ Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others” TACF and its Pastors have not been like

33 Wolves In Sheep‘s Clothing the Good Samaritan that Jesus talked about who spent his own money to help the poor man who was robbed and beaten and left at wayside to die but have uses the money given to them in trust by the dumb sheep to try and destroy a private individual and his family with a $50 million dollar lawsuit and mean and evil motion that requested that Walter Kambulow be put in jail. Where is the love in all of this never mind their so called good deeds of Christianity in action? TACF and its Pastors have shown themselves to be non-Christians and not Christians in any sense of the word unless murder, raping, killing, lying, slandering, stealing are what professing Christians are supposed to do? Since when is it permissible in our society to have a so called Christian church continually stonewall somebody or sue him or her for $ 50 million dollars? It is not permissible! TACF and its Pastors have not laid down their life for Walter Kambulow and have ignored what Apostle John told them - We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love the brethren. He who does not love his brother abides in death. Whoever hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him. By this we know love, because He laid down His life for us. And we also ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.. TACF has demonstrated that it has no love and is hateful, selfish, greedy, arrogant, proud and self centered and doesn‘t deserve to exist or to be considered as a Christian Church never mind a religious nonprofit corporation. As a result it‘s ―Article of Incorporation‖ must be removed by the Federal Government.‖ So again for the good of all Canadians checkout, investigate and deal with all Pentecostal Family Owned and Run Ministries in Canada including Toronto Airport Christian Fellowship, the Prayer Palace in Toronto, Victory International Church in Hamilton, and 100 Huntley Street in Burlington, just like United States Senator Mr. Grassley is doing and as a result news media coverage of the letters to the six ministries, his office has been flooded with calls about them and other church organizations, too, the aides said. In other words the New York Times told us there is a serious problem with lack of transparency and accountability with Ministries in America! Thank You! Walter Kambulow Burlington, Ontario http://www.a2zbookdepot.com/revival.pdf

TACF Another Weird Cult
A number of emails have been coming in to me from a Walter Kambulow asking me, in caps no less, ―SO DO THE WORLD A GREAT FAVOR AND LOOK INTO TORONTO AIRPORT CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP OR TORONTO AIRPORT CHURCH OF THE FLESH AS I CALL IT‖. I do not know the man, nor do I know much about the Toronto Airport Christian Fellowship. I do remember, about 10 or 12 years ago, that the pastor of our church took a field trip to this ―movement‖ and came back shocked at what was taking place. People were barking and clucking. Acting as though they were possessed. And not in a good way. Another weird cult. Apparently, TACF are suing this Walter fellow for several million dollars. According to their statement of claim, Kambulow falsely and maliciously published, to specific individuals, which may or may not

34 Wolves In Sheep‘s Clothing include me, and to the world at large on the internet false and defamatory words. The defamatory words apparently included things like adultery, rape, robbery, exploitation, embezzlement. (Walter Kambulow is now suing Toronto Airport Christian Fellowship (TACF) for 100 million dollars for slander, lies, and defamation) I am not a lawyer, so I cannot comment on the merit of the claim. However, Wikipedia has a fascinating entry on the Toronto Airport Christian Fellowship which reads, in part: The church is also the source of the so-called Golden Sword Prophecy. Another notable phenomenon that broke out there in March 1999 was the outbreak of allegedly instantaneous, allegedly medically documented dental ‗miracles‘ including amalgam fillings or porcelain crowns being ‘supernaturally‘ changed to high-quality gold. At TACF Revival services, worshippers have exhibited unusual behaviours that they attribute to an encounter with God and the ―fire of the Holy Spirit‖. The most common described behaviours include laughter (or ―holy laughter‖), weeping, deep bowing, shaking, ‗drunkenness‘, falling to the floor under the Holy Spirit‘s power (aka ―slain in the Spirit‖) and speaking in tongues. Other less common behaviours include manifestations that resembled roaring like lions and crying like an eagle. At one time the TACF website described it thus: ―The Toronto Blessing is a transferable anointing. In its most visible form it overcomes worshippers with outbreaks of laughter, weeping, groaning, shaking, falling, ‗drunkenness,‘ and even behaviours that have been described as a ‗cross between a jungle and a farmyard.‘‖ If that is what these folks at TACF stand for, then I would stay far away. Here is one perspective that claims the group is led by false teachers. Richard Cleaver http://www.richardcleaver.com/?cat=3 It‘s to be noted that On June 29, 1994, in Rockville Centre, L.I., John Arnott spoke on many of the different origins of the outpouring that came to be known as the "Toronto Blessing." He and his wife, Carol, had spent much of 1993 and the beginning of January 1994 seeking the Lord for a fresh anointing. They spent all of their mornings with Him. They had been powerfully impacted many years previously by Kathryn Kuhlman, and then more recently, by John Wimber, "who really taught us that the anointing was available for everyone and in the context of team ministry things could be much improved [John Arnott to Richard Riss, Sept. 19, 1994]." The Arnotts were friends of Benny Hinn, who also had an impact upon them. - Richard Reiss, A History of the Revival of 1992-1995 It is a fact that John Wimber later severed relationship with the Toronto Airport Vineyard which was later renamed Toronto Airport Christian Fellows and had them leave his denomination (Association of Vineyard Churches), because of excesses. So the defendant is not alone in his criticism of TACF as a genuine Christian Church but rather a cult which it is! CBC News Fifth television documentary has portrayed Benny Hinn as a liar, a thief and a man of no integrity - http://www.cbc.ca/fifth/main_miracles.html Apologetics Index, Back to the Bible, Banner Ministries, Biblical Discernment Ministries, Cephas Ministry, Christ Church Virginia, Christian Witness, Christian News Today, Discernment Ministries Incorporated, Deception in the Church, Firm Foundation, God Net, In Plain Site, Personal Freedom Outreach, Sheep Trax Media and many others and most Christian Apologetic web sites, even since 1995, have been reporting that TACF is a cult, influenced by demons and has false teachings! Orthodox Christian Information Center which is not a cult has reported:

35 Wolves In Sheep‘s Clothing The Toronto Blessing (or TB, as it is now often called) is a worldwide spiritual movement within Pentecostal and charismatic churches. It is named after the Toronto Airport Vineyard Church in Toronto, Canada, where the movement first hit the headlines in January 1994. Its advocates claim that the Blessing is a "sovereign move of God", a new and glorious work of the Holy Spirit. Many of them call it a "revival." However, others, conscious that scarcely any unbelievers are being converted through this movement, do not call it a revival, but a "renewal" of the Church. Many of them add that this renewal of the Church is being done by God as a prelude to a revival. Others claim that this is more than a mere renewal of the Church; it is God bringing to birth a new super-Church for the end times—a view which fits in with the doctrine known as "Latter-Rain Restorationism," which has been around in Pentecostal and charismatic circles for some time. The claim is also made by many advocates of the TB that those who resist this great move of God will, if they persevere in their resistance, be guilty of blasphemy against the Holy Spirit, and various dreadful things will happen to them. What exactly will happen is often left rather vague; the language used is that opposers will be "swept aside," "crushed," that sort of thing. On his video, The Coming Revival, Rodney Howard-Browne warns that opposers will be struck dumb and blind. … I would suggest that we can account for the TB by a combination of hypnotic power and influence, and supernatural demonic power. To keep ourselves safe against such deceptive movement, we need a true understanding of how the Holy Spirit works in the believer; and Scripture leads us to the conclusion that He works through the Word of God, through the truth, and that the first point of contact that the Spirit uses in us is our minds, our understandings. We must therefore reject all so-called spiritual experiences that bypass or short-circuit the mind, or are not produced by the spiritual application of truth to the mind and heart. We must make sure that we have a spirituality that gives a prominent place to our minds, to understanding the truth, and we must make sure that Scripture is central in our relationship with God, and also in our worship of God, through the preaching and teaching of God's word. Isaiah [Esaias] 8:20: "To the law and to the testimony! If they do not speak according to this Word, it is because there is no light in them. http://www.orthodoxinfo.com/inquirers/toronto.aspx Walter Kambulow has only been repeating in his emails what is known to be an established fact in the Christian world that TACF is a deceptive movement which is contrary to Scriptures. Their so called leaders teach that they are anointed ones who are not to be touched or challenged by no one except God. They say they are accountable to no one but God! And when they are exposed for their obvious errors including being hypocritical, unkind, unloving, uncompassionate and unwise, they say ―Judge not, lest you be judged. They not only assume all prophecies to be from God but all supernatural manifestations to be from God as well including body jerking, animal noises and other kinds of weird manifestations. Many of their meetings are noted by the sheer stupidity of people who are not only out of mind but out of control. You have to see it to believe how crazy they are never mind their theology which they cannot and will not defend publically! They even threaten lawsuits against their critics, taking Christians to court and that a wife/husband can divorce or separate in any given marriage! TACF and Pastors by their lies, words, actions, deeds and lawsuit have shown themselves to be non-Christian there by leaving themselves wide upon to be sued by a Christian who is not as bad as they come, who has not been disciplined by several churches in his past for rebelllion and blames every and all churches he has every been a part of and who doesn‘t horendously slander his wife in public and is not a slanderer. John Wimber of Vineyard USA made some important position papers on what to do if a leader is slandered publically and nowhere in his papers did he advocate that Christians sue Christians like Toronto Airport Christian Fellowship has done. TORONTO

36 Wolves In Sheep‘s Clothing AIRPORT CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP et al. and WALTER KAMBULOW Court File No.C9cv-342052 pp3 See Vineyard Position Paper #1 entitled "Why I respond to criticism" http://www.vineyardusa.org/upload/criticism.pdf. See Vineyard Position Paper #2 ―Understanding Church Discipline in a Vineyard Context‖ - http://www.vineyard.ca/engine.cfm?i=62 ―Yes Pastor Steve Long of Toronto Airport Church of the Flesh (Toronto Airport Christian Fellowship) strayed from the faith and is false. He has never met me or spoken to me or known me never mind the churches that I have attended most of which I wasn‘t a member. So how can he lie and state Sorry Rick, but Walter is as bad as they come. He has been disciplined by several churches in his past for rebelllion and blames every and all churches he has every been a part of. … and if he had been a part of our church, which he wasn't; I wold be all over for him for slander. The way that he slanders his wife in public is horendous. He is not a part of our chrch so we are not responding to him- (Pastor Steve Long to Rick Meyers Tuesday, April 25, 2006)

TACF Is A Cult
On June 29, 1994, in Rockville Centre, L.I., John Arnott spoke on many of the different origins of the outpouring that came to be known as the "Toronto Blessing." He and his wife, Carol, had spent much of 1993 and the beginning of January 1994 seeking the Lord for a fresh anointing. They spent all of their mornings with Him. They had been powerfully impacted many years previously by Kathryn Kuhlman, and then more recently, by John Wimber, "who really taught us that the anointing was available for everyone and in the context of team ministry things could be much improved [John Arnott to Richard Riss, Sept. 19, 1994]." The Arnotts were friends of Benny Hinn, who also had an impact upon them. - Richard Reiss, A History of the Revival of 1992-1995 1COR 2:2 For I determined not to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified. 1JN 5:11 And this is the testimony: that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables. But you be watchful in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry. 2Timothy 4:2-5 The motto of Toronto Airport Christian Fellowship is ―To know the Father‟s love and to give it away” or ―You too can experience the fullness of God's love, the power of His Holy Spirit and his healing in your life.‖ Did you notice here that Jesus Christ is left out of their motto? Did you notice that Jesus Christ is not the center of all that they say or do but rather the Father‘s love and revival?

37 Wolves In Sheep‘s Clothing But there is no healing, wholeness or deliverance without Jesus Christ and His shed blood! It‘s Jesus Christ who is the centrality of the Christian faith and no other! Have you ever noticed how few pastors and preachers in America including those associated with TACF really do what the word of God tells them to do? When was the last time you heard a pastor rebuke those who are false or as a matter of fact give more of the word of God then his own thoughts or opinions? And can anybody who is associated with Benny Hinn have any brains? Check out CBC documentary on the vile character Benny Hinn, http://www.cbc.ca/fifth/main_miracles.html Many in the House of God claim they love but their love is based on their desire to serve themselves and their best interests. Their desire is not the best interest of the sheep. But it is for their own betterment that they draw near to them. This is especially seen when you contact them for whatever reason and then your mail is flooded with requests for money to support their ministry or special projects. But try asking money from them? Then see what kind of response you will get. Ask them for a financial statement and the salaries of the founder and his family members. Then see if they are any longer nice to you. They try in feeble ways to serve God and promote God His love on earth but even this is weak and watered down to the real love He has for His sheep. The sad part is they ‗think‘ they are doing God‘s perfect will yet they are missing the finer points of His truth. They have interpreted His Word in such a way and it is not what He really meant. They have missed the meaning behind the words and therefore missed the truth all together. They have no real understanding and therefore end up teaching what appears to be truth but is not truth. A literal lie clothed in what is supposed to be truth. The sad part is His sheep believe and accept this teaching as God‘s ultimate truth and live their lives according to it resulting in loss of life, peace, joy and God‘s personal safety. They are living on the fringes of the faith—not in the portals of the true faith. They are living in deceptions established by men and women misguided by the doctrines of demons. The promises of God are to everyone who will receive them. The promises are like metal girders in a great big building. They are the backbone of the faith within the church. If they are corrupted then the building will collapse and the revival will never begin there in that place. Half-truths corrupt the integrity of the girders and the building collapses. When the Word of God is not taken for what it says and is interpreted according to man‘s twisted understanding it becomes corrupted wisdom and it‘s end is a lie. Any and all who believe this half-truth ends in the same way-having believed a lie. The Word is clear: God‘s people perish for lack of knowledge-knowledge of the real truth! Knowledge of the real Jesus and His true intentions. TACF which is part of the ―Third Wave of the Holy Spirit movement‖ has this foolish idea that since prophecy originates from God then it carries the same weight as the Word of God. They also believe that prophecies can never be judged or contested. As a result you have fools making up prophecies to each other which are supposed from God but in reality are from the flesh and/or demons. These same fools prophesied numerous times that Pastor Jack Frost would live and not die while Walter said he would die. And in reality Jack Frost died unhealed a terrible death from cancer. Yes I have had, heard and read so many of their so called ―prophecies‖ and most of them are nuts, off the wall. Even many of the prophecies that had been made by Revivalist Todd Bentley had never come to pass and will never come to pass!

38 Wolves In Sheep‘s Clothing Their so called leaders teach that they are anointed ones who are not to be touched or challenged by no one except God. They say they are accountable to no one but God! Hogwash! And when they are exposed for their obvious errors including being hypocritical, unkind, unloving, uncompassionate and unwise, they say ―Judge not, lest you be judged.‖ In reality most of the deceived ones in the ―Third Wave‖ don‘t operate in the gift of discernment. They not only assume all prophecies to be from God but all supernatural manifestations to be from God as well including body jerking, animal noises and other kinds of weird manifestations. Many of their meetings are noted by the sheer stupidity of people who are not only out of mind but out of control. You have to see it to believe how crazy they are never mind their theology which they cannot and will not defend publically! They even threaten lawsuits against their critics, taking Christians to court and that a wife/husband can divorce or separate in any given marriage! Yes they are completely off the wall and should be put away for their own good or learn to do the right kind of fast! Isaiah 58:6 "Is this not the fast that I have chosen: To loose the bonds of wickedness, To undo the heavy burdens, To let the oppressed go free, And that you break every yoke? 58:7 Is it not to share your bread with the hungry, And that you bring to your house the poor who are cast out; When you see the naked, that you cover him, And not hide yourself from your own flesh? 58:8 Then your light shall break forth like the morning, Your healing shall spring forth speedily, And your righteousness shall go before you; The glory of the LORD shall be your rear guard. 58:9 Then you shall call, and the LORD will answer; You shall cry, and He will say, 'Here I am.' "If you take away the yoke from your midst, The pointing of the finger, and speaking wickedness, 58:10 If you extend your soul to the hungry And satisfy the afflicted soul, Then your light shall dawn in the darkness, And your darkness shall be as the noonday. 58:11 The LORD will guide you continually, And satisfy your soul in drought, And strengthen your bones; You shall be like a watered garden, And like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail. James 4:7 Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. 4:8 Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded. 4:9 Lament and mourn and weep! Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom. 4:10 Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up. 4:11 Do not speak evil of one another, brethren. He who speaks evil of a brother and judges his brother, speaks evil of the law and judges the law. But if you judge the law, you are not a doer of the law but a judge. 4:12 There is one Lawgiver, who is able to save and to destroy. Who are you to judge another?

Toronto Blessing
Jim Paul is the senior pastor of Metro Church International of Hamilton, Ontario, a satellite of Toronto Airport Christian Fellowship under John Arnott. Jim also serves on the Board of Directors for Godspeak International, an internet based prophetic/healing training school in California. He is a pastor who is a feminist and whose wife Diane suffers from bipolar disorder, and along with their church are praying for Walter Kambulow‘s repentance to return back to their church when in reality they are the one who need to repent from all their foolishness and doctrine of demons and allowing witches to run rampant in their midst. They are really foolish if they think that Walter

39 Wolves In Sheep‘s Clothing will repent in anyway proving they are really nuts and not in touch with reality or what is happening around them! Yes Jim Paul is a proven liar, a deceiver, a bankrupt one, and a false prophet, along with his church as well a proven failure not a success who not only filed for Personal Bankruptcy but whose church East Gate Christian Fellowship in Hamilton Ontario literally died when the majority of members left it because they didn‘t like the way Pastors Jim and Diane Paul did things. See http://torontoblessing.tripod.com/ Pastor Jim Paul was sent out by Toronto Airport Christian Fellowship to represent it! In other words he was created by TACF and is their representative of it in every way including being a bankrupt one and a feminist and false prophet! He is a good representative of the Toronto Airport Church of the flesh as a proven false prophet who prophecies are useless and dead the moment they are spoken. He is a liar who pretends that he is successful while he personally bankrupted financially as well as his church East Gate International which he is trying to revive under the new name Metro Church International and is now family-run and owned with his wife and in laws. Yes, his original church died when most of the 400 attendees left including the treasurer because they didn‘t like the way Pastor Jim Paul ran things or Pastor Diane running around the church backwards during the service including communion or her constant complaints about depression! Yes, true men of God do not go bankrupt in any sense of the world like Jim Paul did. You cannot argue with success or failure for they speak for themselves! Just like success speaks for itself so does failure. And Pastor Jim Paul is not successful in any sense of the word be it in marriage, finances, raising of children or being a pastor. Yes he is not a true man but a feminist who is being ruled by a wife who suffers and has suffered with bipolar disorder and manic depression for most of their marriage and has not been healed? There is nothing wonderful about defeated lying Pastor Jim Paul who is deceiving others that God speaks through him. – see http://www.godspeak.net/OpenHeaven Jim has been on staff with GodSpeak for many years, as one of the prophetic school list leadership core, and as a member of GodSpeak's board of directors. In addition, he is senior pastor of Metro Church, plus he ministers internationally in the prophetic, physical healing and in the releasing Open Heavens over various areas. To date, Jim has ministered in 26 different countries. He is internationally recognized and respected as a prophet, and his ministry is earmarked with a strong prophetic anointing, as well as with physical healing, signs and wonders and angelic activity. Jim was ordained as a Baptist in 1976 where he served as a pastor for twelve years. In 1986, Jim became associated with the Association Of Vineyard Churches (AVC) and stayed with AVC until Partners In Harvest was (affiliated with TACF) was formed. p> Jim was part of the original Church plant team for Toronto Airport Christian Fellowship, under John Arnott. Jim officially joined the TACF staff in 1994, where he was heavily involved in ministry there during the early days of the renewal. Jim served as the Minister of Church Planting and also as a part of their renewal itinerant staff. In February of 1996, he was "sent out" to become the senior pastor of their church plant (East Gate Christian Fellowship) in Hamilton. Jim also joined the leadership core of an online school of prophets in 1996, through GodSpeak International, and he joined the board of directors shortly after that.

40 Wolves In Sheep‘s Clothing Over the last few years, Jim's wife Dianne has started ministering prophetically in meetings with him. Jim also ministers frequently with Georgian Banov. Jim has authored a book titled Prophecy In Practice. Deceivers want to tell us that the ―Toronto Blessings‖ is from God but LAUGHING PASTOR RON CLARK WENT DOWN IN FLAMES CRYING is a great proof that South African Evangelist Rodney Howard-Browne is demonized and so is his laughter movement that is espoused by Toronto Airport Christian Fellowship or Toronto Airport Church of the Flesh. You cannot argue with facts including that Pastors RON CLARK and JACK FROST ended up being destroyed and cursed not blessed for trusting in men not God. So why is it surprising that anybody who gets involved with these Pentecostal fools and false prophets finds himself in places he never expected to be including being destroyed and cursed for not heeding what the bible tells them: 2 Corinthians 11:3 But I fear, lest somehow, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, so your minds may be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ. 11:4 For if he who comes preaches another Jesus whom we have not preached, or if you receive a different spirit which you have not received, or a different gospel which you have not accepted-you may well put up with it! Colossians 2:6 As you have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, 2:7 rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding in it with thanksgiving. 2:8 Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ. 2:9 For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily; 2:10 and you are complete in Him, who is the head of all principality and power. I do have not much respect for those who are slain the spirit or soak as espoused by the Toronto Blessing. I find very little change in their lives or character or faith except they become egotistic and even arrogant and proud and liars if not deceivers. A true experience must result in being like Jesus in the fruits of the spirit and ministering to others in the gifts of the Spirit especially to the poor and needy not the rich and mighty. Being slain in the spirit and soaking are a poor substitute for the Word of God and praying in tongues which is the main building blocks of the Christian faith. God‘s word is true: 2TM 3:15 and that from childhood you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. 3:16 All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, JUDE 1:20 But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit, 1:21 keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life. HEB 5:9 And having been perfected, He became the author of eternal salvation to all who obey Him, HEB 13:8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. Jesus Christ not man nor demons is the author of the Christian's faith and of eternal salvation to all who obey Him. Buying into any religion including the Evangelical Religion or the Third Wave is dangerous to your spiritual and even physical

41 Wolves In Sheep‘s Clothing health. All of God‘s true children are anointed ones and not just some lying thieving idiot such as Benny Hinn or Jim Paul who prophecy things that never come to pass and have proven to be false. Everything in life must be checked with the Blessed Holy Spirit and not some ―ding dong‖ who claims to be a man of God but is a false one. Religions come and go but Jesus Christ alone remains the same yesterday today and forever! And Jesus Christ alone can do what no other can do including save, heal, deliver, bless and prosper His true trusting ones! Scott Holtz states Unfortunately in all my travels the last 21 years, I have seen much compromise, gross Scriptural error, and demonic manifestations that have gone unchecked in the current prophetic movement. ...However, as we put quick distance between us and Paul Cain and especially those other ministries in North America who considered Paul Cain their "spiritual father" we noticed a very tragic thing begin to happen in that local Messianic Fellowship. Strife, division, presumptuous prophetic words, and then friends dying of cancer and many marriages washing up into the secular divorce courts. Read below how Pastor Jack Frost in spite of foolish soaking and prophecies died unhealed) Check out http://godnet.org/tb.htm where other people have a problem with the elitism that the Toronto Blessing seems to bring with it and Christian families that are in are in full crisis because of this movement. Our Findings: A group of people and I formed a panel to research the Toronto Blessing also known by the names of "The Pensacola Outpouring", "The Brownsville Experience", "The Great Renewal", "The Third Wave", "The Signs and Wonders Movement" and "Power Theology." This is our findings: We feel that there is an outpouring of the Holy Spirit going on today. However, we feel that there is also an indulgence of the flesh, not unlike John Wesley had in his day. Check out what John Wesley thought of this type of Phenomena. We have a problem with the elitism that the Toronto Blessing seems to bring with it. Those who do not embrace this movement are not only made to feel like Second Class Christians but are shown no tolerance for questioning it. Here in Pensacola this movement has been a mixed "Blessing". We know of churches that are on the verge of a church split over this. We also know of Christian families that are in full crisis because of this movement. John Wesley said [if you look for anything but more love, you are looking wide of the mark, you are getting out of the royal way. And when you are asking others, 'Have you received this or that blessing?' if you mean anything but more love, you mean wrong; you are leading them out of the way, and putting them upon a false scent. Settle it then in your heart, that from the moment God has saved you from all sin, you are to aim at nothing more, but more of that love described in the thirteenth of the Corinthians. You can go no higher than this, till you are carried into Abraham's bosom.] Red flags should really go up when "Benny Hinn Condemns People Seeking "Revival" More Than God.. Mr. Hinn said on July 4, 1997 in a Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN) interview: "Quit seeking revival and seek the Lord Who will revive you. You see, we are not seeking a move, not an experience. We are seeking Jesus, and when you seek Jesus, He'll breathe that mighty power of the Spirit. We're not seeking something that gives us a goosebump on the spine that only lasts on Sunday and is gone Monday. We want a genuine experience in the Spirit, and it only happens when Jesus is present."

42 Wolves In Sheep‘s Clothing Mr. Hinn went on to say: "Saints, I beg of you, come out of your little picnic sessions and get out on the streets and let the world know that Jesus lives! How much more do you want? How many meetings can you go to? My God, some people are so fat they can't move. They've been fed, they've been blessed more than they could ever contain any more blessings. They've had more, more, more, more than the world that's starving for the crumbs." John Wimber (the founder of the Vineyard Church) said: We need to move from a "["bless me" kind of focus to a "bless them" kind of focus.]" He said: "[I feel that it's very important that we direct this "refreshing" and "enabling" move of the Spirit to the New Testament works of the church, that is to say, having been refreshed, we now must channel these people into work that would express that refreshing in solid, biblical context.]" In other words we need to go out and do "MINISTRY". Many of the people that are into the Toronto Blessing are becoming so heavenly minded they are no earthly good. Case in point, a couple of youth at a local church were contemplating suicide so they could see Jesus sooner. This is, to us the most troubling aspect of this movement. This is NOT to say that the Charismatic type of worship is wrong. In my Fathers house there are many rooms and ALL ARE WELCOME, even the Non-Charismatic people. All we do know is the test of the Spirit is (Gal 5:22-26 NIV) (22)But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, (23) gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.(24) Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the sinful nature with its passions and desires. (25) Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. (26)Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other.

Rodney Howard-Browne & Friends
―It was the pastors job to fleece the sheep‖ RHB "One hundred million souls for Christ‖ GHB By John Davies Mark 4:22 "For there is nothing hidden which will not be revealed, nor has anything been kept secret but that it should come to light "Miraculous manifestations are never the test of a true revival — fidelity to God's Word is the test," wrote AOG Superintendent George O. Wood. "Jesus Himself said there would be many who would do miracles in His name and even cast out demons, but he does not know them. Jesus warned that 'many false prophets will appear and deceive many people.'"

Chapter 3

43 Wolves In Sheep‘s Clothing IT ISN'T HARD TO DISCERN THAT CRAWLING AROUND IN THE FLOOR ON YOUR BELLY AND HISSING LIKE A SNAKE OR HOWLING LIKE A WILD DOG OR CLUCKING LIKE A CHICKEN IS NOT OF GOD! NOT TO EVEN MENTION "HOLY LAUGHTER" WHAT I DO HEAR HEAR IN THOSE RHB SERICES WHILE HE LETS THIS LAUGHTER THING HAPPEN IS THE UNMISTAKABLE SOUND OF A CACKLING WHICH SOUND SOMETHING LIKE A COCK PHEASANT WHEN IT IS FRIGHTENED. – Russ Reese, Pensacola, Florida When I went to see RHB, the first night he looked around to a very unpacked church (one-quarter filled and a small church) -- he said, "I feel the spirit of poverty in this church.... I feel it very strongly." He was supposed to come to this church for four nights in a row.... he sent one of his helpers to come the next three nights......... no money to be made at THAT church... so why bother, right>? - Catherine, U.S.A Pastor Ron Clark, Randy White and Rodney Howard Browne were very close friends in the 90‘s, were also friends of the thieving pastors Karl Strader of Carpenter‘s Home Church, and all started their megachurches in Tampa around the same time! Ron Clark, the former pastor of Church of the Living Water, a "megachurch" in Tampa, Florida, and a very close friend of Oral Roberts, has become a police officer with the city of Zephyrhills, reported the Tampa Tribune. Clark became the center of controversy at the church in 2003, when the church unraveled as Clark and his wife, Belinda, became embroiled in a bitter divorce. The proceedings brought to light the church's hefty assets -- as well as the assets of the Clarks. The pair each drew salaries of $70,000 and owned a $500,000 horse farm in Dade City and a $275,000 rental home in Celebration, near Orlando, the case revealed. Although the Clarks never were charged with illegal activity, the information from their divorce case disillusioned the congregation's almost 2,000 members. By October 2003, the church filed for bankruptcy. Few had heard of Rodney Howard-Browne before he led a series of revival meetings in Lakeland, Florida in 1993. A lot has happened since then; some of it is commendable, and some of it is reprehensible. In theory Browne came to America from South Africa to "revive" a largely sleeping church. He quickly got labeled as a Holy Ghost "bartender" because of the manifestations of "holy laughter" dominating his ministry. In his meetings Rodney taught that not only it was the pastor‘s job to fleece the sheep but only God was to judge pastors, not the (dumb) sheep! He also taught that thieves were to be blessed and rewarded, not judged for this is what Jesus would want them to do! Rodney also taught that it was more important to give than to receive and spend a lot of time receiving offerings that he spent on himself and family members. Rodney learned about nepotism from his good friend Senior Pastor Karl Strader of Carpenter‘s Home Church, Lakeland, Florida, for the bible stated: 1TM 5:8 But if anyone does not provide for his own, and especially for those of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever. Christmas morning, Dec 25, 2002, changed the lives of Dr's Rodney and Adonica Howard-Browne forever. It was early hours of that morning, that Kelly, their 18 year old daughter, passed away in his arms. She had suffered from the incurable disease, Cystic Fibrosis for 18 years. As she passed away, Rodney and Adonica offered up to Jesus the best gift they had to offer, their daughter. Rodney then vowed, that because the devil had taken their daughter with this dreaded disease, he would pay with 100 million souls over the next 10 years.

44 Wolves In Sheep‘s Clothing Thus began the burning of the vision for 100 million souls. The Kelly May foundation was born and the beginnings of World Outreach began with the planning of two great crusades this year. The first in May/June 2003 in Mexico and the second Oct/Nov 2003 in Soweto, South Africa. There will be 6 crusades next year and 12 each year thereafter. Hence it was not a surprise to learn that Gil & Loraine Howard-Browne were moving to Tampa this March to help Evangelist Rodney Howard- Browne win "One hundred million souls for Christ over the next 10 years?" Considering the HowardBrownes are naturalized Americans who don't belong to ECFA and are accountable to no one but themselves, this is a very stupid and impossible vision, especially considering that there have never been one hundred million souls won for Jesus in a period of ten years through out earth's history. But the Howard-Brownes are nothing but liars, thieves, con-artists and wolves in sheep‘s clothing. A first-hand Account, Accurately Reported by Yves A. Brault. I saw him in Florida as he was a guest-speaker at the Orlando Christian Center. I also attended his services in British Columbia, where he held a series of meetings from Nov. 19 through 23, 1996, in a popular charismatic church of Vancouver. More than once in this 2,000-seat church auditorium, a member of his organization advised us to be careful at the altar and not step on those lying on the carpeted floor because "even if they are under the power of the Holy Ghost, they still feel pain!" Howard-Browne played a very active human role in the laughter manifestation. He joked again and again, "I'll read from The Amplified Bible, so if it comes out loud, it's because it's amplified." Himself a Caucasian, born and raised in Africa, now living in America, he came to this conclusion, "That makes me an African-American!" At the time of the offering he suggested, besides cash and check giving, "You can use your credit card: MasterCard, Visa, American Distress." The crowd was ecstatic. Adonica - his wife - also made a brief appearance on the stage. At the very first meeting she was asked to greet the audience. Estimating that the crowd's response lacked enthusiasm, she said, "Are you just shy Canadians, or what? Are you just as the Americans?" A remark that lacked some tact! The Holy Ghost "bartender" seemed to believe that he needs to instruct people on laughing and behavior. He even defied those who would not respond according to his expectations. It came close to threatening when he accused the more conservative people by saying, "We'll cast the religious devil out of you." He did not miss an opportunity to put his critics down, "Some people have got more faith in believing the devil can come into this place tonight to touch people. How dumb can you get and still breathe!" Referring to North American theologians, which he named dead heads, he said, "Bunch of whitewash, full of dead bones, like a constipated mule." Americans and Canadians, in particular, did not weigh much in his eyes. I don't know if his attitude has changed, but he said, "Jesus is alive. It's only North Americans that don't believe that." South African Pentecostal Evangelist Rodney Howard-Browne, a white supremacist in theology, who immigrated with all his brothers and parents to United States became a naturalized American and taught that "sheep needed to be fleeced or they would have too much hair and could not see where they are going.. It was the pastor‘s job to fleece the sheep had been credited with bringing the laughter revival to America. But from what really happened in Carpenter's Home Church in 1993 and 1994 and its devastating effect on the community including the robbing, raping and murdering of the sheep, was not much of a revival.

45 Wolves In Sheep‘s Clothing Roy Aldrich, a retired school teacher, was robbed of $100,000.00 by Pastor Karl Strader and his son Dan Strader of Carpenter's Home Church Lakeland, Florida. Rodney, who was a personal friend of Karl Strader who practiced nepotism, and bought him a Lincoln town car, was asked to help the elderly victims who were robbed by the Straders and he refused. But when German Evangelist Reinhard Bonnke‘s decided to relocate his ministry to Florida, Rodney Howard-Browne decided he would give Bonnke a house. At first he offered Bonnke his own house in Tampa, but Bonnke had to locate in Orlando to be closer to his operational base. It was then that HowardBrowne decided to build Bonnke a new $250,000 home in Orlando. Rodney then drove a brand new car to Bonnke‘s driveway. How gracious and wonderful of Rodney to be a respecter of persons to the high and mighty and to ignore the real plight of the poor and needy? Nepotism was also practiced by Rodney who had his parents on the payroll! Rodney‘s older brother, Gil Howard Browne, who was burnt out in his ministry, was asked by Rodney to move to Tampa and help him with the vision God has given him "One hundred million souls for Christ over the next 10 years." And Rodney‘s other brother, Bazil, was also a scoundrel who used a scheme to get rich by enticing other pastors ordained or not to join him – ―Come under the covering of River Family Church, and Pastors Bazil & Ann Howard-Browne, receive ordination through River Family Church, and as a ministry tithe to RFC.‖ Of course Bazil‘s ministry, the River Family Church, would profit from the tithes of all pastors who would join him. Hence it's not surprising that the Statement of Faith of Bazil ministry reflects the former bigoted white South African supremacy policy and states: The programs and activities of The River shall be based upon and at all times shall be consistent with the following beliefs: Section 1. Policy. The government of this Church shall be theocratic, recognizing that Jesus Christ is the Lord, head and pastor of the Body of Christ and that he has vested the authority to direct the affairs of the Church in the person of the Pastor, being assisted by the Board of Trustees and Staff. The Pastor shall be recognized by the members and all concerned as the leader under Christ of this local body. This Church maintains its inherent rights to sovereignty in the conduct of church life in accordance with the Articles of Incorporation, and voluntarily enters into a cooperative fellowship with the Body of Christ. The fact remains that multi-million dollars Family run Evangelistic Ministries in America be it the Hinn's of Orlando, the Straders of Lakeland, the Howard-Browne's of Tampa, the Falwells of Lynchburg, the Brights of Orlando, the Robertson's of Norkfolk, the Roberts of Tulsa, the Copelands of Forth Worth, and the Graham's of Minneapolis are notorious for hiding their total salaries and those of their family members and special friends in their indirect personally owned non- profit religious corporation while they live in palatial palaces like kings and royalty. Just like with the Bakker's of PTL Club fame personal misconduct, mismanagement, and pillaging of the treasury and misuse of Ministry resources are quite common. Benny Hinn had to flee from Orlando Florida, when the media started to dig into the different scandals in his ministry. The Straders of Lakeland, personal friends of the Jim Bakker, Benny Hinn, Oral and Richard Roberts and Rodney HowardBrowne, went through a major split of Carpenter's Home Church in 1989 when the Straders refused to relinquish the financial control they had on the ministry, the

46 Wolves In Sheep‘s Clothing church and its assets. Unlike Jesus Christ who owned nothing, Televangelists Jan and Paul Crouch who once had lost their tax exemption for their Trinity Broadcasting Network are definitely not lacking in any material possession. Their home is described as "a palatial estate with ocean and city views and was purchased for around five million dollars. It has six bedrooms, nine bathrooms, a billiard room, a climate-controlled wine cellar, a sweeping staircase and a crystal chandelier. The three-story, nearly 9,500-squarefoot house, has an elevator, also has a six-car garage, a tennis court and a pool with a fountain. Trinity Broadcasting, established in 1973, has more than 768 TV stations on the air worldwide. The Crouches oversee a $100-million-plus-a-year enterprise. One of the Crouch estates is TBN's ranch in Colleyville, TX, just minutes away from the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. The 80-plus acre ranch contains eight houses and horse stables, is estimated to be worth about $10 million. Mind you President Clinton did and President Bush does release his total salary and his personal income tax to the public while Billy and Franklin Graham and their friends do not. But adulterous and lying Bill Clinton seems to have more integrity and accountability than TV Evangelists do in this area? It seems that all of these family run ministries including RHB are bigoted and see the dumb sheep as God sent to be fleeced for their own hidden agenda and growth of their personal kingdom of which they are kings and rule supreme and are not accountable to the public but only to God. But they collect their money from people and not God? And their tax exemption comes from the people and not God? So whom are they fooling? Not God and not the people! Is it possible that they are really crooks who use the separation of Church and State to fleece the sheep as South African Evangelist Dr. Rodney Howard-Browne had said, it was their responsibility to fleece the sheep? The leadership of the Assembly of God denomination both in Lakeland and Missouri also would not accept the testimony of one of its members Roy Aldrich that he was robbed and raped by money changers and wolves in sheep's clothing in Carpenter's Home Church during the so called "revival". But the State of Florida who cared about justice, righteousness and truth accepted the words and testimony of Roy Aldrich about the Straders. The Florida State prosecutors proved their case and convinced the jurors that Dan Strader, the son of the senior pastor Karl Strader, devised an elaborate scheme to attract cash in the real-estate and mortgage investments. He was selling the securities without a license and that the securities were unregistered. This was done in an organized method amounting to Racketeer-Influence and Corrupt Organizations, or RICO Act. Daniel, 37, was sentenced to 45 years in prison in August 1995. He was convicted of 238 felony counts for bilking 57 mostly elderly investors, some members of the church, out of $2.3 million by selling investments in properties that didn't exist or already had liens against them. Others who were involved along with Dan Strader were not pursed by the State of Florida as they felt that the conviction of Daniel Strader was a good example for others to take notice. It is to be noted that Howard-Browne's standard biography claims he once served

47 Wolves In Sheep‘s Clothing as an associate pastor at Rhema. But according to Rhema church officials contacted, Howard-Browne was never an associate pastor-nor did he ever hold any pastoral credentials or responsibilities. Said Kelmeyer: "Rodney was never an associate pastor here. He was an ordained minister by the state and a lecturer at our Bible school, but was not involved in any form of pastoral work." Howard-Browne also claimed a "doctorate of ministry degree" from an obscure San Jacinto, California correspondence institution called "The School of Bible Theology." A state Department of Education employee contacted likened the tiny school, which bills itself as "The Seminary to the World" and has no faculty, to a "diploma mill." While most doctorate degrees are earned through serious study at through hard work at a credited University Life Christian University of Tampa, another diploma mill, gives out honorary degrees to prominent Charismatic Christians based on stupidity and has stated: "Many full-time ministers continue their education to the doctoral level through our Distance Learning program. These doctoral programs can include work in which the minister is currently involved and advanced standing is awarded for published works. Our illustrious alumni include such internationally-prominent ministers as: Dr. Rodney Howard-Browne Doctor of Divinity Doctor of Theology Dr. Joyce Meyer Doctor of Philosophy in Theology Dr. Kenneth Copeland Doctor of Philosophy in Theology Dr. Norvel Hayes Doctor of Philosophy in Theology Dr. Mike Francen Doctor of Philosophy in Missionary Evangelism Dr. Dick Mills Doctor of Sacred Theology Dr. Benny Hinn Doctor of Philosophy in Theology Dr. Kevin McNulty Doctor of Missiology in Missionary Evangelism So why are prominent Evangelical leaders in America so dishonest about Doctorate degrees and are hiding their total personal salaries? Are they ashamed that they earn so much or not enough? Or are they Crooks and Liars? Mind you the latter is more plausible for Evangelical Leaders in America, be they Billy or Franklin, Graham, Bill Bright, Pat Robertson, Rodney Howard-Browne, Benny Hinn, Jerry Falwell or others, have no integrity whatsoever; especially when it comes to their own personal salaries and those of their special friends.

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Weeping for those who laughed
Rodney Browne made his ministry known in the USA by playing to a large audience at the Charismatic Carpenter's Home Church in 1993 and 1994. Through approval by Benny Hinn, who launched him at his own meeting, and Kenneth Copeland‘s church meeting along with airplay by TBN He brought the new thing to naïve and silly Christians who were open for just about anything to happen and call it God. And so the new latter rain movement got a shot in the arm with laughing hysterically and being inebriated on the floor. Howard-Browne's biography states he once served as an associate pastor at Rhema. But according to Rhema church officials contacted, Howard-Browne was never an associate pastor-nor did he ever hold any pastoral credentials or responsibilities. Said Kelmeyer: ―Rodney was never an associate pastor here. He was an ordained minister by the state and a lecturer at our Bible school, but was not involved in any form of pastoral work.‖(Christian News Today) Browne claimed a ―doctorate of ministry degree‖ from an obscure San Jacinto, California correspondence institution called ―The School of Bible Theology.‖ A state Department of Education employee contacted likened the tiny school, which bills itself as ―The Seminary to the World‖ and has no faculty, to a ―diploma mill.‖ This is not surprising that most famous Charismatics who call themselves Dr.‘s have not gone through the college course, not having the time or endurance‖ (―It was the pastors job to fleece the sheep‖ RHB ―One hundred million souls for Christ‖ By John Davies) Dr. Rodney Browne‘s 18 year old daughter died just before Christmas 2002. This is a tragic event to happen in anyone‘s life. I feel for his loss. What I‘m about to write I don‘t take pleasure in, in fact I postponed doing so for a number of months until his program recently aired with his embellished fanciful story (Daystar network June 18, 2003). This needs to be said because of all the bragging of miracles that has taken place by Rodney over the years. I get a sick feeling just thinking about how far this all has gone and that so few have spoken up. I don't want to see anymore people hurt or deluded by what is being promoted by Browne and others. This is not to mock his loss but to make others do some thinking and reach the right conclusion- a biblical one. On Christmas Eve 2002, his daughter Kelly refused to be put on a ventilator. Her parents said it was the first time in her life that she began to consider she might die of the disease. Her body began to shake violently, Rodney Howard-Browne recalled, as she told him that her spirit wasn't afraid of death, but her body was. The couple prayed and sang to her, and rocked her until she died at 4:37 Christmas morning. Howard-Browne said Kelly's illness helped make the ministry strong because it kept them in constant prayer. ―Kelly caused us to fight,‖ he said. ―The more she suffered, the more we attacked the enemy. Right up until she went home, I just wouldn't quit. The article posted in the March 05, 2003 edition of Charisma states ―Despite their daughter's death, the Howard-Brownes continue to believe that God heals, and they pray for the sick and continue to see miracles in their ministry. They said they believed God would heal their daughter until the end.‖ In fact there is more to this story than the article would lead to. Rodney Howard-Browne's daughter was skiing on Christmas even though she was on oxygen. Evidently she had Cystic Fibrosis which can cause breathing problems, she went into a coma and died. They tried to resurrect her according to the report I heard according to those who were at his meeting at the River church at the Ala Moana Hotel right after Christmas here in Hawaii. Before she died she made a pact with her father that after death she should go to Jesus and get new lungs, and then Rodney would ―call her forth‖ and resurrect her. That's what they tried to do at her memorial service yesterday. But it was unsuccessful.

49 Wolves In Sheep‘s Clothing I have some problems with this considering all the promises of healing made by Browne. It seems that not only Browne, but others are unable to heal people they love the most despite the braggedeering attitude in all the stories they share; where the power of God fell or flowed out of his finger tips like a water hose. The story was that she must be enjoying heaven too much and that's why she wouldn't come back to life. So does this mean if someone does not enjoy heaven like earth they can come back? This is absurd to say and unbiblical to the max. The sermon given was Acts 2:15 and also a verse about ―joy‖ to explain the ―Holy Laughter‖ phenomenon. Browne in his service had people falling and laughing, the ministry was not affected at all. You would think one would take time off, I would think one would take stock after all the creative miracles they claimed to have fail. Browne‘s position has been that the anointing breaks the devil and his work, this is the problem with the 3rd wave and faith healing, all this talk and no action. His daughter was sick all along yet he claimed to have the anointing to heal people. Browne says, ―Kelly is totally healed now,‖ he added. ―She's better off than any other Christian on the planet.‖ He is turning his grief into action. ―My daughter dying is the worst career move the devil could have made. We're going after 100 million souls, and he will pay.‖ You would think with this tragedy Browne it would have had him come to a different conclusion, but he did not, it actually reinforced his false theology. Is not God in control of the believers life, does not he number our days. So the devil is now more powerful than God. Does the Bible not say Jesus has the keys of death and hell. How can the devil take a believers life? Rodney is placing blame on the wrong one. This is very sad to see such a reaction. Has there ever been 100 million souls won for Jesus in a period of ten years in earth's history. Browne has pronounced something no other braggart would think of saying, giving a number like this. But this is the extension of his latter rain theology. Rodney said the same at NY coliseum. Brownes six-week crusade in Madison Square Garden were nights the river did not flow. Only 3,000 a night attended most who were his trained workers in the 19,000 seat arena. Even though the free meetings include entertainment, Howard-Browne's ―Good News New York‖ campaign that was begun by a dream from God failed Howard-Browne boasted to the hosts of Dominion Sky Angel‘s satellite network ―We‘re believing for 150,000 souls to come to Christ,‖ (7/5/99 Sky Angle broadcast) Reinhardt Bonnke told Howard-Browne, ―I believe that the harvest will be three times that amount.‖ (Howard-Browne quoting Bonnke 7/5/99 Sky Angle broadcast). It failed because Browne is not an evangelist, he did well when he played to the Christians who laughed along with him to forget their problems and look for an experience. But to present the gospel, dealing with sin and salvation by the cross has always been his weak point. But it was this story that got me to write this article. On the Daystar network June 18, 2003 Rodney Browne shares about Dec.25 when his daughter died. He promised her that he would bring her back from the dead and she would have new lungs. He claims the funeral parlor could not bury her for several days later so he requested the body be brought to his office so they dropped off his daughter there. Not being able to carry the casket upstairs they carried her body upstairs into his office and put her on his couch few days. His family along with the assistant pastors gathered from 8-5 to pray for her. Rodney came in ever half- hour praying all day but nothing happened. The next day she was buried.

50 Wolves In Sheep‘s Clothing But this story is not finished. An assistant pastor had a dream or vision, he was taken out of his body and went to heaven. He approached a girl with her back turned to him, she was on her knees with her hands raised. He yelled Kelly and she turned and said to him you don‘t belong here. He could see Rodney underneath her praying over her body below. She looked at her body in disgust saying what an ugly thing (Hmm same words Rodney says to people who does not like). Then two lights appeared one went to the throne of God the other went into Rodney‘s room above his head. He said to Rodney ―I don‘t know if you know there was an angel in the room‖ Rodney says yes I felt the presence. He thinks God gave her a choice to go back to her body but she declined. ―why would I want to go down there when you guys are coming up here soon‖ It amazes me the lengths these men will go to have an excuse for the lack of power they claim to have and demonstrate. Well a number of things seem to come to remembrance. Browne is friends with Benny Hinn, and the Harfouches both claim miracles and healing in a unprecedented number. In TBN Oct.23 1999 Hinn had this outrageous prophecy to say ―You‘re going to have people raised from the dead watching TBN. Programs, just plain programs. Programs that haven‘t done much when it comes to supernatural manifestations. Teaching programs. It‘s not gonna be a Benny Hinn saying, Stretch your hands. It‘s gonna be your average teaching program, your normal Christian program that‘s blessing the church. There‘s gonna be such power on these programs, people will be raised from the dead. Worldwide. …People around the world who will lose loved ones, will say to undertakers, ahh, not yet. I want to take my dead loved one and place him in front of that TV set for 24 hours.… People are going to be canceling funeral services and bringing their dead in their caskets, placing them, my God, I feel the anointing here. … Placing them before a television set, waiting for God‘s power to come through and touch them. It‘s gonna happen time and time, so much it‘s gonna spread. You‘re gonna hear it from Kenya to Mexico to Europe to South America, where people will be raised, from the, so much so, that the word will spread that if some dead person be put in front of this TV screen, they will be raised from the dead. And they will be. By the thousands. You wait. ― Hinn describes this vision he is having on the set of TBN ―And I see them bringing them closer to the TV set. And as people are coming closer, I see ahh, a, actually loved ones picking up the hands of the dead and letting them touch the screen, and people are, are getting raised as their hands are touching that screen. With just programs. I‘m not talking about my program. I‘m talking about programs, plain programs airing. What a story to tell millions how many have died and not been raised? We are still waiting, and I predict that this is all we will do, wait. But why does not those who believe in Hinn do this, certainly Browne is aware of Hinns prophecy. And what of David Hogan who claims to have raised near 200 people (speaks at Brownsville), surely Browne and others are aware of this. Why was he not solicited for help. Something is amiss when you are surrounded by healers who claim miracles everywhere they go but are unable to work them among their own. Rodney Browne is also friends with the Harfouches; he dedicated their church. Robin Harfouche interviewed on the Sid Roth program said when she went to heaven Jesus told her ―your going to see my created hand created miracles, arms growing out legs growing out amputated limbs where there have been no limbs will begin to grow out… Jesus told me he said he gave us all power and authority over work of darkness...‖ This is the same thing Browne had said about the new Pentecost he was promoting, that ―Eyeballs will form, legs and arms will grow out, people will leap out of wheelchairs...‖ (Rodney Howard Browne, The Coming Revival p. 27)

51 Wolves In Sheep‘s Clothing Concerning the claims of miracle healings of incurable diseases, Rodney gives an example on pages 10-11 of The Anointing of a woman who was dying of cancer and only had a few hours left to live. Commanding the Spirit of death and cancer to leave her in the name of the Lord, he spent 20 minutes cursing the cancer as Jesus cursed the fig tree. He describes the Power of God as hitting her from the top of her head down to her feet, and shaking her and her bed as well as her nephew. She finally fell out of her bed healed. It seems surrounded by all these healers who claim these fantastic stories avail nothing. I suspect that the Lord is soon to be awakening many people to these facts as his last attempt of love and mercy to get them out of this deep deception of following these men‘s teachings. This should be evidence these men who claim all the grandiose miracles cannot produce any, their own loved ones die and they hang onto the same position as before, how sad this all is, how very sad. Please pray for the truth to set them free. http://letusreason.org/Popteac18.htm Rodney Browne is quite the character. Rodney believes that he has a special anointing from the Holy Spirit which makes people laugh. Not only laugh, but fall our of your chair laughter even during times of quite somber worship or during times of sorrow. It makes no difference. This supposedly holy laughter is truly a scary thing as people all over the world are now claiming it is truly something of God. Churches all cross America and other points are getting more and more into this type of behavior. Holiness for the Lord is thrown out the window.

Rev. Karl Strader – Senior Pastor
Carpenter‘s Home Church, Lakeland, Florida

Chapter 4

Pastor Karl Strader Is History One thing can be said for Assembly of God Pastor Karl Strader of Lakeland -- he just refuses to go away quietly. A year after giving up the most visible symbol of his one-time religious conglomerate -- the monumental Carpenter's Home Church sanctuary -- Strader is now 76 and fighting prostate cancer. And after experiencing the loss of a once-thriving ministry and seeing one of his sons serve years in jail, his theology now embraces a concept not much talked about in his Pentecostal tradition suffering. Karl Strader is also fighting cancer just like Pastor Jack Frost fought it and died!

52 Wolves In Sheep‘s Clothing One thing can be said for the Rev. Karl Strader -- he just refuses to go away quietly. Yet he still preaches twice on Sundays and has plans for new ventures, launching a satellite preaching ministry and an Internet "congregation." "I feel very fulfilled . . . because I've turned the baton over to younger men. I don't have to deal with the nuts and bolts of pastoring," Strader said recently in an interview. Like a Shakespearean king or a biblical patriarch, Strader has divided the dwindling Carpenter's Home Church into two congregations and given them to his son and son-in-law. Stephen Strader is remodeling a former Scotty's hardware store as a home for Ignited Church on the north side of Lakeland, and Shane Simmons has taken over the Auburndale Life Church. Technically, Carpenter's Home still exists as a "multisite" church in the two locations, with Strader as an overseer or bishop. Auburndale Life Church operates under the nonprofit charter held by Carpenter's Home, although Ignited Church now has a separate legal identity. But there is no longer a single congregation that bears the name so long identified with Strader. He preaches at a Sunday morning service in Auburndale and on Sunday afternoon at Ignited Church. Relaxing in his home not far from the sanctuary he built, Strader said he has no regrets about selling the building to Without Walls Central Church because it had become such a burden. Saturday, July 15, 2006 by The Ledger According to Karl Strader‘s Website (http://www.karlstrader.com/main/strader.aspx) even though he is a loser he still has big plans:  Plans to be on television with Channels 22 and 55 at Clearwater and Orlando to cover central Florida locally as well as other stations across the nation.  Plans to reach 30 million Russian speaking people with telecasts, shortly, in Russia, Europe, Iraq, Iran, Turkey, and Israel.  Has plans to reach 69 million Hispanic people in Latin America, Europe  Is On the way to institute Carpenter's Home International Internet Church, on a new web site to reach the total world O LORD my God, if I have done this: if there is iniquity in my hands, if I have repaid evil to him who was at peace with me, or have plundered my enemy without cause, let the enemy pursue me and overtake me; yes, let him trample my life to the earth, and lay my honor in the dust. Selah (Psalms 7:3-5) Roy Aldrich, a retired school teacher, who was robbed of a 100,000 by Dan and Karl Strader, knew that Karl Strader was an enemy of good men. In January, 1995 in regard to Pastor Karl Strader Sunday sermon on ‗Enemies‘ Roy Aldrich made the following remarks: I would like to join the ranks of those who Karl Straders counts as his “enemies.” by the following statements:

53 Wolves In Sheep‘s Clothing 1) I am the enemy of lying and deception which hurts and robs people. 2) I am the enemy of those who practice cruelty in the administration of any corporation, especially churches. 3) I am the enemy of any minister who allows the use of his pulpit for personal vendettas. 4) I am the enemy of any minister who uses his pulpit for soliciting public and personal sympathy over controversial matters involving his family. 5) I am the enemy of every minister in the world whose sense of right and wrong is based on nepotism and favoritism. 6) I am the enemy of the policy of Karl Strader who raised $52,000.00 for Dan‟s defense fund and $58,000.00 for repairing a roof and not one dime for his son‟s elderly and devastated victims. 7) I am the enemy of the disrespect represented in the Strader attitude towards the State Attorney and Judge Robert Doyel, a true servant of God. 8) I am the enemy of the policies of secret salaries which conceal huge benefits flowing from trusting church members to their leaders- salaries which provide sumptuous life styles, while at the same time, these same leaders are firing and traumatizing the “little people” under their care like Cindy Deaton, Patricia Aldrich, Jack and Betty Collins. 9) I am the enemy of huge personal gain to Karl Strader and Joe Perez derived from their secret management fees from the CHC Life Center Retirement Estates. 10) I am the enemy of the thinking that some claimed “anointing” or supposed special privilege with God gives anyone the right to turn a Christian church into their own personal “cash-cow.” 11) I am the enemy of the thinking expressed in the attached sermon outline which implies that the welfare of CHC is determined by any one man or family. We are supposed to worship Christ, and not the Straders. 12) I am the enemy of any minister who uses his oratorical ability to rally church audiences into cheerleading and other emotional excess as a device to shore up a crumbling personal empire. 13) I am an enemy of any organization that suggests opposing the leader‟s lifestyle and words is opposing God. Believe it or not Pastor Karl Strader actually preached on Psalms chapter seven and made it his prayer one Sunday morning. He actually mouthed the foolish words and asked God to do the same to him if he did evil to others. Well, God heard and answered Karl‘s prayer and his honor was laid in the dust. And now Assembly of God Pastor Karl Strader is history! The Assembly of God denomination unlike other denominations is not a democratic organization. It is an old boys club made up of pastors to support pastors. It‘s hierarchy including superintendents are appointed by pastors and not by members. Ministers instead of a church member preside over board meetings unlike in other more democratically operated Protestant churches. Many of its churches are owned by pastors rather than by members. In America it‘s a very small religious, arrogant and hypocritical denomination which produced the three Musketeers: Jim Bakker (1987), Jimmy Swaggart (1988), and Karl Strader (1989). Together, these so called men of God have robbed, raped and even murdered the defenseless elderly people in their communities and affected many lives across America. The money that flows through the Assembly of God denomination, as well as other denominations in America and is not openly accounted for, is in the hundreds of millions of dollars per year, and offers religious politicians and

54 Wolves In Sheep‘s Clothing unscrupulous scoundrels a gold mine or ―cash cow‖ as Roy Aldrich called it. Some of the things that go on in AG (Assembly of God) CHC (Carpenter‘s Home Church) and Baptist Christians make the soap operas on television appear mild in comparison. More money is embezzled from the church each year ($16 billion) than is given to foreign missions ($15 billion) reported the newly published second edition of the World Christian Encyclopedia. The exhaustive survey of global Christianity contains some good news. It notes that Christianity has become ―the most extensive and universal religion in history,‖ with some 2 billion adherents—one in three of the world‘s population—at the start of the new millennium.

CLEMENCY BID DENIED
Daniel Strader To Stay In Prison Son of religious leader is serving a 45-year sentence for stealing $3 million from investors. Published Friday, June 16, 2006 By Jason Geary The Ledger BARTOW -- A bid for clemency by Daniel Strader, a former insurance agent and son of a prominent Lakeland religious leader who is in prison for stealing more than $3 million from investors, has been denied. Strader, 48, has been searching for mercy since his 1995 conviction on 238 criminal charges. He is serving a 45-year prison sentence with a scheduled release date in 2033. In December, Karl Strader, the founder of the Carpenter's Home Church in Lakeland and father of Daniel Strader, and other supporters made their plea to aides to the state Clemency Board. They suggested Daniel Strader should be released from prison to begin repaying his victims. But the State Attorney's Office in Bartow received a letter Tuesday from the Office of Executive Clemency in Tallahassee with news that Strader's request to waive the clemency rules to allow his case to proceed had been denied. Gov. Jeb Bush and the Cabinet members, who serve as the Clemency Board, denied Strader's request on Feb. 6. "It has been the position of this office all along that his case wasn't appropriate for clemency," said Chip Thullbery, administrative assistant state attorney. "We believe the board made the correct decision." Calls to the Governor's Office did not glean any further detail about why the board came up with its decision. "There is not an in-depth explanation for decisions written in the files for the clemency hearings," said Russell Schweiss, a spokesman with the Governor's Office.

55 Wolves In Sheep‘s Clothing "The individual cases are decided by the board based upon the recommendations of the clemency office in addition to testimony and also records that are provided to the governor and Cabinet members." Strader may not apply for another waiver for at least three years from the date the waiver was denied, according to the rules of executive clemency. Jason Geary can be reached at 863-533-9079.

Rolling the Dice With the Jury

Let's be clear: Daniel Strader, the son of a prominent preacher, could have been out of jail years ago if he'd taken the option given to him in 1995: Confess to his financial scam and be sentenced to serve 14 years in prison (which would have been cut in half for good behavior) for bilking 60 investors, mostly elderly, out of more than $3 million. Many were members of a church at which his father, the Rev. Karl Strader, was pastor. He agreed -- and then renounced his guilt, rejected the plea, and tried to convince a jury to let him go. It is a decision that he and his family have much reason to come to regret. After five weeks in court, the jury spent a mere three hours convicting him of 238 out of 240 counts of fraud. One juror told The Ledger he was let go on those two counts because the jury "gave him the benefit of the doubt because he had paid back their money." Circuit Judge Bob Doyel imposed a 45-year sentence saying, "The court can have no confidence in the word of a man who is unwilling to admit his wrongdoing. The first step toward rehabilitation is an admission of guilt, so it seems unlikely Mr. Strader will ever be rehabilitated." Now Strader's family wants Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and the state Cabinet to let Strader out of jail. A Major Abuse of Trust Before the governor and Cabinet members vote to give Strader a full hearing on reducing his 45-year sentence, they owe it to Strader's victims and the cause of justice generally to familiarize themselves with how badly Strader abused the trust placed in him. Just after he agreed to plead guilty in exchange for a 14-year sentence, Dan Strader stood in the pulpit of his father's church while about 2,000 people listened. "So what did I do wrong?" Strader, then 36, asked the congregation as a way to explain away his guilty plea. "I didn't follow through with the intricate details of every business transaction to ensure the integrity of every investment I represented." There you have it: Sloppy bookkeeping, that's all it was. Evidently, Strader convinced himself it was exactly that. So he withdrew his plea and went to trial.

56 Wolves In Sheep‘s Clothing What happened to the sloppy bookkeeping defense? "The way he answered (questions on the stand) just sort of indicated his guilt," Linda Detwiler, a jury member from St. Cloud (jurors were bused in from neighboring counties because of the notoriety of the case), told The Ledger shortly after the jury delivered its verdict. If there had been accurate bookkeeping, it would have been embarrassing. During the trial, the former manager of a check-cashing company said Strader frequently cashed checks there in 1992 and 1993 -- so frequently that he ran up $30,000 in fees in one month. She also testified that he had given her $5,000 in tips. Other testimony showed he was going there because officials at three banks had closed his accounts because of bad checks. After conviction, Strader tried to claim his defense lawyer wasn't competent. That may have worked if the defense lawyer had been a novice. But Jack Edmund was representing Strader. Before his death in 2002, Edmund was considered one of the best criminal defense lawyers in the state, and he advised Strader to stick to his plea bargain. At a hearing last week in Tallahassee, family members told aides to Cabinet members how badly they want him out of prison. "I'm hurting. My wife is hurting," said the Rev. Strader. There are trust accounts set up more than five years ago that potentially could be used to repay victims. But supporters also said a bank account related to the fund currently has only $110 in it -- the minimum needed to keep it open. It's nothing compared with millions of dollars needed for restitution. If people are serious about wanting Strader out of jail, there should be serious money in it to make restitution for his crimes. And then there was the $500,000 mortgage on development property. Daniel Strader's supporters said it could be an asset used to pay victims. They claimed the mortgage's validity was being questioned in an ongoing lawsuit. But Lakeland lawyer Mark Miller, whose clients sued Strader's companies over that mortgage, told The Ledger last week that there's no dispute about it: "I have a final judgment from the court invalidating that mortgage," Miller said. `Earned Every Day' State Attorney Jerry Hill, whose office prosecuted Strader, attended the hearing. He told the aides that Strader "earned every day" he served -- and will serve. For some, said Hill, there is no restitution because the victims have died. Many couldn't afford their losses, and Hill said he thought some had suffered premature deaths as a "direct result of the deceit and harm" Strader's dealings caused. A Web site attempting to raise support for Strader's early release notes that one of Strader's business associates, Gary Pernice, received probation for his part in the scam. (He was also required to spend one weekend a month for

57 Wolves In Sheep‘s Clothing 15 years in the Polk County Jail, and ordered to pay 28 percent of any earnings toward restitution.) The site notes Stephen Smith of Winter Haven, another scam artist convicted in the late 1980s, served only four years of a 15-year sentence. And Alice Faye Redd, who also separated investors from their money, only served 18 months of a 15-year sentence. But here's the difference: Pernice, Smith and Redd all confessed to their crimes and settled for plea bargains. Pernice pleaded no contest to the charges. Smith pleaded guilty to charges involving oil and gas explorations. Redd, charged with selling bogus investments in a clinic where her husband worked, pleaded no contest and was sentenced. (She was granted a "conditional medical release" in 1998 because she had terminal cancer. She died in 2002 at age 65.) Strader rolled the dice and went to the jury -- perhaps believing they would trust him just as much as the people who had given him money. Members of the jury didn't buy any of Strader's excuses. Neither should the Clemency Board. (Published Wednesday, December 21, 2005 The Ledger)

Clemency for Strader? Don't Buy It
By Thomas Roe Oldt Supporters of imprisoned Polk con artist Daniel Strader say the 45-year sentence he received is too harsh and ought to be undone by a grant of clemency. But State Attorney Jerry Hill feels so strongly the other way that last week he journeyed to Tallahassee for a pre-clemency hearing to argue against an early release. Strader, who is the son of Carpenter's Home church founder the Rev. Karl Strader, was convicted in 1995 of swindling investors, many of whom were elderly and lost their life savings. Among his petitioners was Strader's father, who asked the state clemency officials to release his son, saying he would be better able to repay his victims if not incarcerated. The imprisoned man's 16-year-old daughter also testified, saying she and her brother missed their father and wanted him home. One can sympathize with the family tragedy the younger Strader selfishly created when he elected to steal his millions, but his family's anguish should not become a compelling reason to release him. Strader and his supporters can talk all they want, but not everyone who lost their money to Strader is able to be heard. Some of the victims can't speak for themselves because they are dead, having expired in Strader-induced poverty.

58 Wolves In Sheep‘s Clothing Hill is their advocate. On Friday, he talked to The Ledger about why Strader should serve out his sentence and about the damage Strader caused his victims and society. Though the clemency hearing focused on Strader's family, "what got us here," said Hill, "are 172 pages of charges, $3.5 million, 63 victims, 250 separate counts and a guilty verdict on each count. "It's not as if this was a petty, poorly thought-out, one-time scam," Hill said. "Among the things you have to remember is that Danny Strader didn't make cold calls. He went to people in the church, to old friends he sold insurance to. He picked on people he knew and who trusted him. Instead of using a gun, he used trust, a smile and the confidence people had in him. "He didn't just take a watch and a wallet," he said. "He took the trust and security from these folks, who generally were older and more vulnerable. . . . This involved people who were already close to the line financially. These were people who needed every dollar every month." As with other clemency hearings he's attended, Hill said, he "expected to hear how he's been a counselor, a teacher, started some religious classes. There was none of that. What he's in fact done in 10 years in prison is file grievances against a judge, file appeals in every court he can find, petition the U.S. Supreme Court and complain to the Bar about every attorney involved in the case, including his own. "His whole life is so self-centered that it has nothing to do with anything other than getting Danny out of jail," Hill said. As for the effect on his family, "if the love of a family or the harm done to a child are grounds for releasing a felon, then we can pretty much empty the jails tomorrow," Hill said. "He created victims in his own family. That's unfortunate, but no excuse for releasing him." Like most con artists, Strader arrogantly believed himself to be not just above the law but superior to most of the people he encountered in the legal system, including his own counsel. What else could explain his decision to renounce, on the eve of his trial, a guilty plea that would have given him a 14-year sentence. Instead, convinced he could game the system as surely as he conned his victims out of their money, he went before a jury. "He complains about the sentence he got," notes prosecutor Wayne Durden, "but he had his chance and gave it up." This is a good thing for society, Durden said. "Everybody's talking about sexual predators. Strader's a financial predator," Durden said. "Even if he were released, there would be significant restrictions on his financial capacity, so I don't know how he would pay back anybody. My concern is that others would be victimized if he were released." Among the victims Durden remembers are "an elderly couple he hit up on Christmas Eve for tens of thousands of dollars. Strader would tell his victims

59 Wolves In Sheep‘s Clothing anything he thought they wanted to hear in order to part them with their money. He had no scruples about what he had to do or say to get it." Circuit Judge Robert Doyel, who presided over Strader's trial and sentenced him, noted in his sentencing report that Strader "is unwilling to acknowledge the simple truth that it was criminal for him to lie to people to get their money and then use the money for his own purposes. He evidently believes that he is above the law and that it is perfectly acceptable for him to defraud people as long as he intends eventually to pay them back." To this day Strader has not acknowledged that "simple truth," which Doyel pointed out to the Clemency Administration in a Sept. 9 letter. Clemency, says Hill, "is nothing more than an act of grace or mercy. Strader is entitled to exactly the same amount of clemency he granted his victims -none." Thomas Roe Oldt is a Winter Haven-based columnist for The Ledger. His opinion column appears on Sunday. Published in The Ledger December 18, 2005

Carpenter's Home Church Sold to Without Walls
By Cary McMullen Ledger Religion Editor LAKELAND -- The 9,000-seat sanctuary of Carpenter's Home Church sits empty on Sundays these days. Worshipers walk past the massive building to gather in the auditorium of Evangel Christian School next door. Worship services are as lively as ever, but the worshipers easily fit in the much-smaller school auditorium. The Carpenter's Home congregation has been worshiping there for about two years, since not long after a deal fell through for a Tampa megachurch, Without Walls International, to purchase the sanctuary. Now Carpenter's Home is one step closer to having the burden of the idle sanctuary lifted from it, although the future of Evangel Christian School and Day Care is uncertain beyond next year. The Rev. Karl Strader, pastor of Carpenter's Home, told the congregation Sunday that the church's board has unanimously approved a contract that would sell the sanctuary to Without Walls. Carpenter's Home would receive $8 million plus a 3,000-seat sanctuary in Auburndale now used by Without Walls Central, a satellite of the Tampa congregation. The Auburndale church has been appraised at $5.7 million, Strader said. "We have a contract with a deposit in escrow, but there are several contingencies that must be met before closing, which must take place within

60 Wolves In Sheep‘s Clothing 60 days. We are not done yet," he said. He did not say what the contingencies are. As Strader outlined it, the deal calls for the Without Walls Central and Carpenter's Home congregations to exchange places, although there would be a transition period of one year during which Carpenter's Home would continue to hold worship services in Lakeland on Sundays and Wednesdays. Without Walls Central would worship at the Lakeland sanctuary on Thursdays. Carpenter's Home would continue to own and operate Evangel for one year, Strader said, but he implied that the school's future beyond that is unclear. Referring to Evangel's principal, Mike Cooper, and Without Walls Central's pastor, Scott Thomas, Strader said, "One of the things we're hoping is that Brother Mike will get Pastor Scott to take an interest in the school so it can continue on." Strader said the deal would enable Carpenter's Home to be free of debt and to use its resources for advertising and evangelistic outreach. "I can't tell you what this means to me. It's a new era for us. . . . We haven't gotten behind on any bills, but we've been living on our assets the last few years and you know you can't do that," he said. Following the service, church member Randy Baatz, who lives near the site of Without Walls Central in Auburndale, said he supported the deal. "I want whatever God wants. It would be good to be able to pay off our debt," he said. Without Walls International is an independent Pentecostal church that draws as many as 20,000 worshipers each week. Its pastors, Randy and Paula White, are flamboyant figures who have attracted celebrities from across the country to their services, and Paula White has a popular TV show on Christian cable channels. The church has a wide-ranging set of ministries, from food and clothing distribution to Spanish-language programs. Without Walls was close to a deal to purchase the Carpenter's Home sanctuary in 2003, and the Tampa church held regular services in the sanctuary for several months, but the two churches could not agree on a price. Without Walls subsequently purchased the Life and Praise Temple in Auburndale and established the satellite church, Without Walls Central, there. The church now has about 5,000 worshipers each week. The current deal between the churches was made public when the Whites told the Tampa Tribune last week that a contract was in the works. The report caught Carpenter's Home officials off-guard, and they were cautious in their comments, because the church board had not approved the contract and church members had not been notified about the deal. A letter was hurriedly sent out to members, and Strader said Sunday, "Randy and Paula got a little rambunctious. They're excited about it."

61 Wolves In Sheep‘s Clothing Strader led the First Assembly of God of Lakeland to build the sanctuary in 1985 at a cost of $12 million, renaming the church Carpenter's Home. At the time the church had about 5,000 worshipers, a TV ministry and an FM radio station, but its fortunes fell after an internal struggle in 1989 over Strader's leadership led several hundred people to leave and form Victory Church. The 1995 conviction on fraud charges of Strader's son, Daniel, further hurt the church. About 500 people were present at two services Sunday. In November, Carpenter's Home members approved a plan to put the sanctuary on the market and create what Strader termed a "multi-church," essentially what Without Walls has done, with multiple congregations under one name. Strader said Sunday the church had received several offers for the sanctuary and compared the process to the birth of an elephant. "Elephants have a gestation period of 18 to 22 months, and if ever there was an elephant, it's that sanctuary," he said. Strader thanked the worshipers for their faithfulness. "We hope to be in at least two new locations soon. We want to be sure you go with us wherever we go. We want the best for you," he said. http://www.theledger.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20050613/NEWS/506 130356/1134

Strader Seeks Reduced Sentence
Family helps convicted swindler with Web site, e-mails to governor. By Jason Geary The Ledger jason.geary@theledger.com BARTOW -- Daniel Strader is turning to the Internet and Gov. Jeb Bush for salvation, having exhausted his legal appeals. Nine years ago, a judge sentenced Strader -- son of Karl Strader, founder of one of Polk County's largest churches -- to 45 years in prison for swindling elderly investors out of more than $3 million. In March, a federal judge denied Strader's request for a writ of habeas corpus -- effectively ending his chance of reducing or overturning his sentence through the courts. So his family began a letter-writing campaign, focused on persuading Bush to reduce his sentence. About a month ago, the family created a Web site to jumpstart what it refers to as a "divine intervention." See http://www.danielstrader.com The site includes essays from the 46year-old inmate about his divorce and incarceration, updates on his appeals, pictures of Strader with his son and daughter and a "Free Dan" graphic that explains the clemency process and how to write a letter of support to Bush. "He needs to be with his family -especially his 16-year-old son who has

62 Wolves In Sheep‘s Clothing leukemia," said Karl Strader, the 75year-old patriarch of Carpenter's Home Church in North Lakeland. So far, Strader's cyberspace campaign has generated a relatively lackluster response -- between 30 to 40 supportive letters, Karl Strader said. "These are people (like) presidents of Christian television companies," he said. "They are really influential people who are writing. They say Jeb Bush reads his e-mail, but I don't know." The state's Office of Executive Clemency was created in 1975 to assist convicted felons seeking pardons and help in restoring their civil rights or to obtain relief from punishment. The governor and members of the Cabinet serve as the Clemency Board. Inmates make applications to the Florida Parole Commission, which investigates the cases and makes recommendations. In the past 24 years, the office has commuted 118 sentences, according to state records. That means the sentences were nullified or lessened. "Post-conviction relief is a rarity," said Tim Weber, the St. Petersburg lawyer who represented Strader on his last appeal. "In my experience, the cases where you get relief are where you are able to show the court clear innocence. "Clemency is not always an easy route because it becomes political." STRADER'S STORY Strader's is not the story of a man with a vast fraudulent scheme but one of a man who lied in a desperate attempt to save a failing business, Weber said. In his bid for clemency, Strader likely would argue that his trial lawyer, the late Jack Edmund, provided an ineffective defense and that he was given an unusually harsh punishment, Weber said. The harshness of Strader's sentence already appears to be a central element of his family's talking points and strategies. Karl Strader described his son as a "political prisoner" who fell victim to a media blitz in the early 1990s as eager prosecutors looked to win praise for defending the elderly. The danielstrader.com Web site contains a detailed chart comparing other local highprofile fraud cases. Daniel Strader's co-defendant, Georgia lawyer Gary Pernice, was sentenced to spend one weekend a month in jail for 15 years and to pay restitution. Another white-collar criminal convicted about the same time as Strader, Alice Faye Redd, received a 15-year prison sentence and served 18 months for bilking $3.6 million out of people who thought they were investing in Watson Clinic.

63 Wolves In Sheep‘s Clothing However, unlike those people, Strader rejected a plea bargain offering a 14year sentence. Instead, he went to trial and was convicted on 238 charges ranging from theft and conspiracy charges to securities fraud and racketeering. Another aspect separating Redd's case from Strader's is that Redd, who died at age 65, received a "conditional medical release" in 1998 because of terminal spinal cancer. WHAT INVESTIGATORS FOUND Assistant State Attorney Wayne Durden spent more than a year with three investigators working full-time to unravel the complex web of deceit in the Strader case. Durden said Strader claimed to have been investing money in discount mortgages, annuities, mutual funds, short-term loans, property development -- even hot air balloons. Instead, he cashed investors' checks and returned some money to victims as fraudulent interest or profit in what investigators described as a classic pyramid scheme. "The financial hardship that he (inflicted) on these victims in the case is enormous," Durden said. "To this day, there is no true indication of remorse or general acknowledgment of criminal wrongdoing. . . . Society is better off with Daniel Strader incarcerated." Karl Strader contends his son was an honest businessman who intended to repay everyone. "There are about half a dozen people involved in the investment who want vengeance and want him to rot in prison," he said. "They are full of hate. "He has apologized to everyone for making mistakes in business, but he never intended to defraud anyone," he said. THE VICTIMS' STORIES At Strader's trial, victims testified to being "financially ruined" and feeling "betrayed not only by the business community but also by the Christian community in which Mr. Daniel Strader is held in such high regard." Nora M. Kuppinger, 81, who retired to Lake Wales from Chicago, was one of 60 individuals and couples who testified against Daniel Strader. When she met Daniel Strader in 1979, Kuppinger said she thought he was a good insurance agent and was impressed with his morals. "You have faith in a man like that because he has a big religious background," she said. Kuppinger said Strader assured her she would not lose anything. She handed

64 Wolves In Sheep‘s Clothing over $100,000. Investigators calculate she lost about $56,000 in the scheme. "He took me into it," Kuppinger said. "I just felt he was so honest. Here I am a bigcity girl from Chicago, and he got me." For years, Kuppinger said she felt embarrassed and was grateful that her husband, John, died years before the scandal broke. "When he died, he thought that he'd taken good care of me," she said. Kuppinger said she has tried to forget Strader's lies but does not feel he should be given clemency. "In this case, it was absolutely pure greed, and I have no sympathy for him at all for what he did," she said. Some of Strader's victims said they do not believe they will ever see their money again. At the time of Strader's 1995 sentencing, five of his victims had already died. Karl Strader said his son continues to maintain his innocence and wants to get back home. The family has managed to stay together -- calling on the telephone, writing letters and making visits every couple of weeks to Avon Park Correctional Facility, where Strader is incarcerated. "We've kept close in touch, but it's like having four hurricanes in a row -- it begins to wear on you," Karl Strader said. http://www.theledger.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20041003/NEWS/410 030380/1004

Judge Denies Strader's Last-Chance Appeal Writ
By Jeff Scullin, The Ledger, March 27, 2004 BARTOW -- After nearly a decade, a federal court ruling this week all but ended Daniel Strader's appeals of his 45-year prison sentence for cheating elderly investors out of millions of dollars. Wednesday, U.S. District Judge Susan Bucklew denied Strader's petition for a writ of habeas corpus, declining Strader's request to review his claims that the state of Florida had violated his constitutional rights in prosecuting him for fraud and other charges. The judge denied Strader's petition with prejudice, barring him from filing a similar petition. Unless Bucklew or the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta grants Strader what is known as a certificate of appealability -- basically, permission to appeal -- Bucklew's decision means Strader is out of legal challenges. "An appeal is not automatic (because) the standard of review is fairly strict," Assistant Attorney General Trish McCarthy, who handled Strader's case, said Friday. "From our perspective, the case is at an end." Tim Weber, the St. Petersburg lawyer who represents Strader, said he

65 Wolves In Sheep‘s Clothing thought there were sufficient legal grounds on which to appeal Bucklew's ruling. He said he plans to discuss an appeal with Strader and his family next week. If Strader decides not to appeal or the federal courts were to deny a certificate of appealability, Bucklew's ruling would be the "end of the line" of Strader's legal challenges, Weber said. In 1995, Strader -- the son of Karl Strader, pastor of Carpenter's Home Church in Lakeland -- was sentenced to 45 years in prison after a jury convicted him of 238 counts of theft, conspiracy, securities fraud and racketeering. He's been in prison since August of 1995 and is currently housed at Avon Park Correctional Institution. As president of Interstate Financial Services, Strader, 45, organized a Ponzi scheme that bilked 56 investors, most of whom were elderly, out of $2.3 million. Strader's subsequent appeals and motions for post-conviction relief failed. Two years ago, Weber filed a petition for a writ of habeas corpus with the U.S. District Court in Tampa, arguing that Strader's due process rights had been violated. The petition included allegations that prosecutors had withheld evidence favorable to Strader's case and that Strader had received ineffective legal representation because his lawyer, the late Jack Edmund, had not adequately prepared for trial or investigated the case. But the heart of Strader's allegations was that prosecutors had coached their star witness and his former business partner, Gary Pernice, to change his testimony about promises they had made to him about receiving a lenient sentence in exchange for his cooperation. Pernice, a former Atlanta lawyer, pleaded guilty in 1995 to felony grand theft charges involving three of Strader's victims. He was sentenced to spend one weekend a month in jail for the next 15 years and ordered to pay 28 percent of his income toward restitution. Weber said Bucklew never addressed the allegation that prosecutors coached Pernice, which he called "the guts" of Strader's petition. "We do not feel that the court even addressed the primary argument that we made, which is a little disconcerting," he said. Other than appealing Bucklew's ruling, Strader's remaining option for lessening his sentence would be asking the governor for clemency. Weber said he thought Strader would have a case for clemency based on what he described as the inordinately lengthy sentence Strader received. Strader is scheduled to be released from prison in September 2024, according to the Department of Corrections' Web site. http://www.theledger.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20040327/NEWS/4 03270360/1004 Chapter 5

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Benny Hinn
Benny Hinn‘s Lawyers met Sen. Charles Grassley‘s Staff Lawyers representing the World Healing Center Church met Friday, December 07, 2007 with members of Sen. Charles Grassley‘s staff to discuss a Senate request for the church to turn over its internal financial documents. The Grapevine, Tex., church, which oversees the affiliated Benny Hinn Ministries, is one of six evangelical groups that Mr. Grassley has asked for information as part of an informal investigation into the groups‘ spending and compensation practices. (IN REALITY BENNY HINN IS NOT A CHURCH AND DOESN‘T HAVE A PHYSICAL CHURCH OR ANY MEMBERS IN HIS CHURCH AND LIVES AND WORKS OUT OF CALIFORNIA)

Benny Hinn A Real Scoundrel
Criticism and Controversy On November 6, 2007, United States senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa announced an investigation of Hinn's ministry by the United States Senate Committee on Finance. Grassley asked for the ministry to divulge financial information to the committee to determine if Hinn made any personal profit from financial donations, and requested that Hinn's ministry make the information available by December 6, 2007. The investigation also scrutinized five other televangelists: Paula White, Kenneth Copeland, Eddie Long, Joyce Meyer, and Creflo Dollar.[17] In March 2005, Ministry Watch, an independent evangelical organization which reviews Christian ministries for financial transparency and efficiency and advises potential donors accordingly, issued a Donor Alert stating that "the reported exorbitant spending of the Hinn family reveals that BHM has far more money than it needs to carry out its ministry" and advising Christians to "prayerfully consider withholding contributions to Benny Hinn" while praying for his restoration and repentance.[6] Benny Hinn Ministries is not a member of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability.[7] Hinn lives in an ocean-front mansion valued at an estimated $8.5 million in an exclusive gated community in Dana Point, California, travels by private aircraft, and stays in hotel rooms costing upwards of $3,000 per night.[8] In December 2006, he sent out a mailing asking for donations towards a new Gulfstream G4SP jet valued at an estimated $36 million.[9] Starting in June of 2007, at the end of his This is Your Day program, Hinn stated he is behind in his bills to TBN and said he needs "your love gifts" so he can become current and continue to preach the gospel around the world. Hinn stated the cost of his worldwide crusades and the increased price of everything else has left him financially behind in his bills, but says TBN founders Paul and Jan Crouch have been very supportive. On August 24, 2007 the CBC Television show the fifth estate did a special on the apparent transgressions committed by Benny Hinn's ministry. With the aid of hidden cameras and crusade witnesses, the producers of the show attempted to demonstrate Benny's misappropriation of funds, his fabrication of the truth and, the way in which his staff chose crusade audience members to come on stage for televised healings. According to the show the seriously disabled who attend his healings are interviewed and then weeded out from ever getting the chance to come on stage. Instead, those who have minor injuries are brought up in their place. Benny Hinn claims proof from the faithful's

67 Wolves In Sheep‘s Clothing doctors that healings have been successful. However according to the show none of these doctor notes have ever been produced as evidence to his claims. Hinn made a number of unfulfilled (religious) prophecies for the 90s, such as God will destroy America's homosexual community in 1995 or the death of Fidel Castro,[6] election of the first female president of the USA,[7] the East Coast of the United States will be devastated by earthquakes,[6] etc., all before the third millennium. Hinn also appeared on the Trinity Broadcasting Network in October 1999 to claim that God had given him a vision that thousands of dead people would be resurrected after watching the network -- laying out of scenario of people placing their dead loved ones' hands on TV screens tuned into the station -- and that TBN would be "an extension of Heaven to Earth." Hinn has also claimed that Adam was a "superbeing" who could fly to the Moon; that God froze the Red Sea with his breath when he parted it; and that Christ would make a personal appearance at a crusade in Nairobi, Kenya in 2001. In April 2001 HBO aired a documentary called "A Question of Miracles" on Hinn. [3] The director Antony Thomas told CNN's Kyra Phillips that they did not find cases where people were healed by Hinn.[4] Thomas told the New York Times about Hinn's claims, "If I had seen miracles, I would have been happy to trumpet it . . . but in retrospect, I think they do more damage to Christianity than the most committed atheist."[5] In 2002, Joe Nickell of the Skeptical Inquirer wrote a critical analysis of Hinn's healing claims.[8] Nickell cited information that Hinn's cures have not been documented by independent reviews, and said "there is a danger that people who believe themselves cured will forsake medical assistance that could bring them relief or even save their lives."[9] In March 2005, Ministry Watch, an independent evangelical organization which reviews Christian ministries for financial transparency and efficiency and advises potential donors accordingly, issued a Donor Alert stating that "the reported exorbitant spending of the Hinn family reveals that BHM has far more money than it needs to carry out its ministry" and advising Christians to "prayerfully consider withholding contributions to Benny Hinn" while praying for his restoration and repentance.[10] Benny Hinn Ministries is not a member of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability.[11] In November 2006 the CBC Television show the fifth estate did a special titled "Do You Believe in Miracles" on the apparent transgressions committed by Benny Hinn's ministry.[12] With the aid of hidden cameras and crusade witnesses, the producers of the show attempted to demonstrate Benny's misappropriation of funds, his fabrication of the truth, and the way in which his staff chose crusade audience members to come on stage for televised healings.[13] According to the show the seriously disabled who attend his healings are interviewed and then weeded out from ever getting the chance to come on stage. Instead, those who have minor injuries are brought up in their place. [14] Benny Hinn claims proof from the faithful's doctors that healings have been successful.[15] However according to the show none of these doctor notes have ever been produced as evidence to his claims.[16] I In December 2006, BHM sent out a mailing asking for donations towards a new Gulfstream G4SP jet valued at an estimated $36 million and costs over $600,000/year to maintain and operate.[17] Jesus had a money box which he used for the poor. Today‘s prosperity preachers, such as Benny Hinn, do nothing for any of their people who helped them but ask for more money and when the people give all they could they ask for even more and make the people feel guilty for not giving enough. It seems that ―Prosperity‖ Theology works for one person and one person only to make the pastors rich. We need to clean up these pastors and churches that prey on its parishioners, it‘s abhorrent!

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Benny Hinn Sues A Former Colleague
Dallas Morning News courts reporter Mike Grabell Benny Hinn began his healing ministry in Toronto by hosting his own evangelical program on local television. His success in Canada inspired him to travel with his healing missions. In Orlando, Florida he met and married Suzanne, the daughter of a local pastor and it was there that Benny Hinn began to build his evangelical empire. Today he is known as Pastor Benny . Without doubt he is one of the best known and possibly richest televangelists in the world. Each year he travels the world conducting so-called miracle healing crusades that are very closely patterned to a rock concert tour. He produces a daily television show called ―This is Your Day‖ from his studios based in California and has written several books about his life and ministry, which he markets and sells, along with video tapes of his crusades, music CDs and bibles. The World Healing Center Church, the Irving-based church run by televangelist Benny Hinn, is suing its former vice president of television operations, contending that he and his wife defamed the famous faith healer as ―wild and out of control.‖ In the lawsuit filed last week in Dallas County district court, the church contends that Truett Hancock, an employee since 1992, and his wife, Malena, an employee since 2004, revealed confidential information about the church several times last month in breach of their employment contracts. ―Specifically, Truett has communicated to third parties that the pastor of World Healing Center Church, Benny Hinn, was wild and out of control, painted him as wicked and accused him of alleging ‗death threats‘ to other staff members,‖ the lawsuit says. These hypocritical Pentecostal Ministers, including Benny Hinn, Prophetess Juanita Bynum, and John Arnott of Toronto Airport Christian Fellowship, talk about agape or unconditional love and then contrary to scriptures take Christians to court even though their own bible tells them : 1COR 6:1 Dare any of you, having a matter against another, go to law before the unrighteous, and not before the saints? They hypocritical talk about agape or unconditional love and state ―Agape is rational, reasonable and strong. It overcomes all the situations and circumstances. If you look at 1st Corinthians 13, it‟s the thing that stands when everything else has fallen and that‟s what‟s not happening,‖ But they don‘t practice it at all even though their bible states: And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love. (1 Corinthians 13:13) But if Suzanne Hinn is crazy and out of control why not Benny Hinn? Check out the Video of Suzzane Hinn being herself http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2jhw_5ye8Qo in ―you need the Holy Ghost Enema up your rear end.‖ B. H. commented Pretty crazy video of Suzanne…. K. G. commented She gives bachelorhood a good name. THIS VIDEO WOULD BE GROUNDS FOR DIVORCE IN ANY COURT ANYWHERE! CAN ANYONE IN THE CROWD CAST OUT DEMONS? SHE IS DEFINITELY IN NEED OF DELIVERANCE! Benny deserves her!

69 Wolves In Sheep‘s Clothing So why should anybody be surprised that Suzanne Hinn, the wife of Benny Hinn, would be speaking at Toronto Airport Christian Fellowship Signs and wonders conference September 26-29, 2007 Toronto, Ontario whose elite proud and arrogant leadership of Pastor John Arnott and Steve Long also are liars and deceivers if not cowards. Many have a problem with the elitism that the Toronto Blessing seems to bring with it. Those who do not embrace this movement are not only made to feel like Second Class Christians but are shown no tolerance for questioning it. Check out CBC documentary on the vile character Benny Hinn, ―Do you believe in miracles?‖ Download the free game Benny Hinn's Bible Blast For Cash at http://www.tojam.ca/games_2007/benny_hinn.asp Guide Benny Hinn in his quest to liberate the citizens of Toronto from their cash! Grab all the loot you can! Don‟t forget to send this website to all your friends so they can also play the game MT 5:44 "But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, People all over the world are waking up to the fact that Benny Hinn is evil and a liar and a thief who curses people openly on television, says stupid things and makes false prophecies. Under "the anointing" on a TV program on 12/31/89 Healing Evangelist Benny Hinn made several prophecies of things the Lord was showing him were to take place in the 1990s: "The Spirit of God tells me an earthquake will hit the east coast of America and destroy much in the 90s." "The Spirit tells me Fidel Castro will die in the 90's. . . Oooh! Holy Spirit just said to me it'll be worse than any death you can imagine." "The Lord also tells me to tell you in the mid-90s -- about '94 or '95, no later than that -- God will destroy the homosexual community of America . . . He will destroy it with fire." As a matter of fact none of Benny Hinn‘s prophecies have come to pass because Benny Hinn doesn‘t have discernment of the gift of discerning of spirits (1 Corinthians 12:10). It‘s a fact that familiar and unclean spirit plays all kinds of games with many Christians and they don‘t discern what is going on! When a person yields to a familiar spirit he becomes a medium for the spirit to speak through her/him! But what many of God‘s people are not aware that there are many sincere Christian folks who are unknowingly yield to familiar spirit who cause them to say and do foolish things and even prophesy things that come from a familiar spirit, not God.

Hinn's lavish lifestyle not defensible
The Star LETTER TO THE EDITOR August 18, 2007 Evangelist Hinn lands under a cloud Aug. 17

Toufik Benedictus Hinn, aka Benny Hinn, has been repeatedly exposed in the news media and through Internet websites, yet people continue to donate to his ministry and flock to his crusades, in spite of the prophecies that never came to pass and miracles that never transpired when the people were followed up months later. The latest exposé on The Fifth Estate is just another `drop in the bucket' and a rehashing

70 Wolves In Sheep‘s Clothing of the same revelations which came before it (CNN, Dateline, apologetic websites, books, videos, ad nauseum). Jesus lived a modest lifestyle and set the gold standard for righteousness. He never demanded the royal treatment, with private jets, motorcades, bodyguards, fivestar hotels, expensive suits, luxury cars and mansions by the ocean. In fact, he took on the role of a servant, came riding on a donkey, and had no place to lay his head (which is the direct antithesis to Benny Hinn's lavish lifestyle). There's no mention of tailored suits, luxury cars and multi-million dollar mansions in exclusive gated communities. Even if Benny Hinn donates some of his ministry money to charity, it doesn't address the underlying fact that he is still living a life of material excess above and beyond his basic needs, which contradicts everything Christ stood for and preached. You can twist Scripture to justify anything (such as bringing up the fact that King Solomon was extremely wealthy and that since you're a child of God, you also deserve to live like royalty) but you cannot fool God. If it walks and talks like a duck ... then walk out because you're in the wrong pasture. Jesus heals for free and doesn't qualify his miracles based on one's monetary donation.

Jacqueline Verville, Ottawa "People in my position will have threats," Benny Hinn told the Star. "If you ask for a secure (hotel) floor, you're going to pay more money." I always find it quite interesting that people like Hinn defend their stealing of, and spending of, mostly frightened peoples' money by saying the above. Real people of faith rely on that faith – in all circumstances. This isn't a theory, I have lived it. I did crisis work many years ago (sometimes with police accompanying me, sometimes not) where my life was threatened many times. I went into areas where the police wore bullet-proof vests when they came to assist me (we had none), where the police sent out a memo to all agency workers not to go into certain areas unless they were accompanied by the police (this was directly related to a case I was involved in). I was able to do this work because of my faith, which meant I prayed for protection, kept my head up and didn't knowingly do anything that anyone would personally want to harm me for. Benny Hinn, a man of faith? I think not!

Dorina Desjardins, Toronto

BENNY HINN CURSES ALL WHO SPEAK AGAINST HIS MINISTRY
Denver, September 17th, 1999 "Yes, Lord, I 'll do it. I place a curse on every man and every woman that will stretch his hand against this anointing. I curse that man who dares to speak a word

71 Wolves In Sheep‘s Clothing against this ministry. http://www.godtube.com/view_video.php?viewkey=04622c53ebc366a68c0a IT'S INTERESTING THAT MELODYLAND CHRISTIAN CENTER ORIGINALLY AN ASSEMBLY OF GOD CHURCH DIED AFTER BENNY SPOKE THERE AND CURSED PEOPLE Benny Hinn's Duplicity in Christianity Today, Oct. 5, 1992 Benny Hinn lies about heretical statements he made, as well as his testimony. He is credited as being a mentor for John Arnott of the Toronto Airport Christian Fellowship. "Television preacher Benny Hinn, whose sales in Christian bookstores in the last year-and-a-half have exceeded those of James Dobson and Charles Swindoll combined, told CT last September that he would submit to the counsel and constructive criticism of others (Christianity Today, Oct. 28, 1991, p. 44). But Hinn's rhetoric since then has raised questions in some people's minds about his sincerity. For instance: "Now I'm pointing my finger with the mighty power of God on me. ...You hear this. There are men and women in Southern California attacking me. I will tell you under the anointing now, you'll reap it in your children. You'll never win. ...And you children will suffer. You're attacking me on the radio every night; you'll pay, and your children will. Hear this from the lips of God's servant. You are in danger. Repent, or God Almighty will move his hand. ..." That is what Hinn told an audience on August 7 at Melodyland Christian Center in Southern California." http://www.deceptioninthechurch.com/bhinn.html 2TM 3:13 But evil men and impostors will grow worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived. JMS 1:16 Do not be deceived, my beloved brethren. Under "the anointing" on a TV program on 12/31/89 Healing Evangelist Benny Hinn made several prophecies of things the Lord was showing him were to take place in the 1990s: "The Spirit of God tells me an earthquake will hit the east coast of America and destroy much in the 90s." "The Spirit tells me Fidel Castro will die in the 90's. . . Oooh! Holy Spirit just said to me it'll be worse than any death you can imagine." "The Lord also tells me to tell you in the mid-90s -- about '94 or '95, no later than that -- God will destroy the homosexual community of America . . . He will destroy it with fire." As a matter of fact none of Benny Hinn‘s prophecies have come to pass because he is a false prophet! And, wonderful partner, remember YOU ARE A VITAL PART of such a ministry, for every time you give, the Gospel is being preached! Every time you sow a seed, men, women, and children are being saved, healed, and delivered. Every dollar you give to His dear cause is being spread around the globe for worldwide evangelism and will reap a harvest ―good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over‖ (Luke 6:38). Benny Hinn http://www.bennyhinn.org/articles/articledesc.cfm/id/222 YES BENNY HINN GIVES $20US TO A 'homeless woman with a baby' AND $1,0000US TO HOTEL CONCIERGE Tips given to the staff at the Savoia Hotel in Milan, Italy (see chit .pdf)

72 Wolves In Sheep‘s Clothing $5000US dollars cash given to Pastor Benny Hinn (PBH), no details for the reason (see chit .pdf) A gift from Benny Hinn to a 'homeless woman with a baby' of $20US (see chit .pdf) http://www.cbc.ca/fifth/main_miracles.html Watch the entire CBC documentary online DO YOU BELIEVE IN MIRACLES? (runs appox 41:30) THAT SHOWS BENNY HINN TO BE A LIAR AND A MAN WITH NO INTEGRITY CONCERING HIS FINANCES AT http://www.cbc.ca/fifth/main_miracles.html CBC's The Fifth Estate recently challenged his claims of miracle cures and described a lavish lifestyle of fancy cars, a 7,000-square-foot ocean-side mansion and luxury travel to five-star hotels on a private jet. In the show, reporter Bob McKeown estimates Benny Hinn Ministries takes in as much as $250 million a year in donations and proceeds from sales of such items as autographed bibles. Hinn has also criticized the CBC for using hidden cameras and old footage he says depicts his wife just before she had a nervous breakdown. Benny Hinn insists that every penny is spent on God's work. But the fifth estate obtained confidential financial records from inside the Hinn ministry. These documents were provided by individuals who say they want the public to know how Benny Hinn spends the money entrusted to him. (The documentary shows that Benny Hinn is a liar who has no integrity just like Steve Long of TACF See http://torontoblessing2.tripodcom ) The fifth estate asked Roddy Allan, a forensic accountant, to review the ministry's expense and travel records. He says, "I'm a mere bean counter, but it would be hard to persuade me that you had to incur that kind of expense in order to accomplish a business objective." Here is a very small sampling of financial records from the summer of 2003. At that time Hinn had crusades in St. Petersburg, Russia and Stockholm, Sweden then departed for a four day whirlwind trip to Italy and London, billing it as a simple layover. AND THEY SPENT ABOUT $200,000 IN ITALY AND LONDON FOR THEIR HOLIDAY LAYOVER AND CHARGED IT TO THE MINSTRY BENNY HINN'S FINANCES Under U.S. tax laws the Hinn Ministry is not legally obligated to makes its finances public because it is a religious organization. Although most major American churches and ministries release financial information voluntarily there are no public records for how much the Hinn ministry makes or how that money is spent. Dateline report has reported, for example: – Hinn‘s salary is somewhere between $500K and a million dollars per year. – he has a $10 million seaside mansion, – a private jet with annual operating costs of about $1.5 million (this is what is being replaced by Dove One) – and a Mercedes SUV and convertible, valued at about $80,000 each. On his evangelical ―healing‖ trips, Hinn has had ―layovers‖ between crusades piling up hotel bills ranging from $900 per night to royal suites that cost almost $3,000 for one night‘s stay in lovely

73 Wolves In Sheep‘s Clothing places such as: Hawaii, Cancun, London, and Milan.From The Theology of Benny Hinn, by Kim Riddleberger: Claiming to possess the power of God in his hands, Hinn maintains that his personal ―anointing‖ feels like electricity radiating through his extremities. Often, Hinn will call those in the audience, who claim that they have been healed, to come up onto the stage and testify about what they feel has happened to them during the emotionally charged crusade. Hinn may blow on them or ―lay hands‖ upon them individually, slaying them in the spirit. If they persist in remaining on their feet–in a somewhat embarrassing situation for all parties involved–Hinn ―slays‖ them in a rather aggressive manner, placing both of his hands upon them, then pushing them backwards into the arms of the waiting attendants who catch them. In the words of one reviewer, Hinn‘s ministry ―bears all the marks of manipulative, staged performances.‖

Quotes by Benny Hinn
The Bible warns us clearly that we must not attack men of God no matter how sinful they may have become or wicked in our eyes. Adam was a super-being when God created him. And here's what I said, if its in the word we accept it but if you dream it and your vision is not in the bible then you got to dismiss it because its not based upon the word. And let me add this: Had the Holy Spirit not been with Jesus, He would have sinned. Are you ready for some real revelation knowledge... you are god. Because we are continually growing in the Lord, preachers and lay people alike must be open to the Lord's correction. Because we're human beings, we're not always going to be perfect. Because when God heals a body, that is temporal; but when God saves a soul, that has eternal importance. But I don't believe we can just confess any Scripture and make it happen. But I'm going to focus on salvation as well as physical healing. Do you know that every unbeliever is filled with a demon spirit? God is shaking me. God sent Jesus as an example to see if we could retain and maintain the Holy Spirit in human flesh. God will begin to prosper you, for money always follows righteousness. God will not move unless I say it. Why? because He has made us coworkers with Him. He set things up that way. Healing most times needs an atmosphere of faith.

74 Wolves In Sheep‘s Clothing However, I do not believe it is right when a minister corrects his theology - or his view on a point of Scripture - and the critics continue to bring up that same subject. I am looking forward to even greater healings and miracles in my ministry. I can tell you this, if it wasn't for my book royalties, I'd be in debt. I do admit there have been times when I have made a statement that was incorrect. I don't believe confessing the Word works the way I taught it in the past. I feel terrible that I once put too much emphasis on material prosperity. I have come to realize that God is sovereign, and there are things I just don't understand. I know me, and those close to me know me. But sadly, the outside world thinks I'm some kind of a crook. I saw Jesus walk into my bedroom. I see rows of caskets lining up in front of this TV set... and I see actual loved ones picking up the hands of the dead and letting them touch the screen and people are getting raised. I use Hypnosis Techniques to people feel better at my crusades. I walk in the realm of the supernatural. I'd be a fool to be in this for the money. I'm a sample of Jesus. I'm a super being. I'm an open book. I'm not the healer. If I did not believe God healed, I'd quit tomorrow and go get a job. If you will come back and make that pledge, God will heal your heart tonight. In the future, rather than focus on healing, I plan to focus on Jesus Himself, and let Him heal whomever He wills to heal. It's not been a pleasant life. Look, any amount I make, somebody's going to be mad. My mom has diabetes, my daddy died with cancer. That's life. No, I'm not wealthy. Now I have quit teaching such things, and I have made it clear that I no longer believe them.

75 Wolves In Sheep‘s Clothing Our supporters support us for one reason, people pray for us for one reason - because of the healing ministry. Poverty is from the devil and that God wants all Christians prosperous. So we can't accept everything that comes our way, we have to be intelligent as Christians. The day is coming when there will not be one sick saint in the body of Christ. The Lord is showing me some things I have been wrong about. The teaching on prosperity has gone too far. There's the real and the genuine, and there's the phony. They are happier than many Christians I know in America who have everything. They think that God doesn't really heal, so these guys are just fooling the world. Though we are not Almighty God Himself, nevertheless, we are now divine. We believe our partners are entitled to know what happens to their money. We do way more than most ministries did in the past. We follow every healing and say go back to your doctor and make sure you are healed don't throw away your medication. We have documented miracles in our ministry that we done ourselves with doctors that we work with ourselves and they said no, they wanted people that they could document themself. We receive by faith and we keep it by faith. What does God the Father look like? Although I've never seen Him, I believe - as with the Holy Spirit - He looks like Jesus looked on earth. What happens between them and God is between them and God. What was the appearance of God the Father? Like that of a man... God has the likeness of fingers and hands and a face. When God heals them, they can't go right back in that wheelchair again because then he did it. And God doesn't do it and then take it back. When I taught the little gods doctrine, I was using Scriptures that didn't fit. When it comes to the income of the ministry, I have no problem talking about it or what happens to the money. When one is born again by faith in Jesus, he is given a new spirit man that wasn't there before - a spirit man that is divine in nature and God-like. Where in the Bible does it say I have to drive a Honda?

76 Wolves In Sheep‘s Clothing You are a little god on earth running around. You have so much today that is pure flesh, yet people have labeled it as the Spirit. It's not the Spirit, because it's not centered on Christ. You see, we are not seeking a move, not an experience. We are seeking Jesus, and when you seek Jesus, He'll breathe that mighty power of the Spirit. Check out CBC documentary on this vile character, ―Do you believe in miracles?‖ Ole Anthony — president of the Trinity Foundation — submitted a three-inch-think report to the Internal Revenue Service in an effort to show that Hinn‘s ministry fails to meet the IRS‘s definition of a church. Hinn started a church in Orlando in 1983, then sold it in 1999. However, Benny Hinn Ministries (BHM) is still classified as a church. Anthony has a problem with that. ―Claiming himself to be a church, he doesn‘t have any accountability,‖ he asserts. ―He has a revolving-door board of directors — in comes somebody who disagrees with him, he changes the board; and so he‘s using that ministry [and] its well over a hundred million a year [that he is taking in] as his personal piggy bank.‖ According to Anthony, Hinn lives in a $10 million parsonage, has charged to the ministry hotel rooms costing thousands of dollars a night, and provided thousands of dollars to family members for ―shopping sprees.‖ Anthony fears that Hinn‘s action are ―going to bring down the real churches if he keeps up these kinds of excesses.‖ The evangelist, he adds, has ―absolutely no accountability — he‘s just run amok.‖ It is because of Hinn‘s refusal to be held accountable that MinistryWatch.com has issued a ―Donor Alert‖ [PDF] encouraging donors to prayerfully consider withholding contributions to the ministry. BHM officials were given more than two weeks to comment on this story but did not return repeated requests for interviews. William Lobdell, a Times staff, wrote about Benny Hinn and the target-rich environment: the unregulated industry of televangelism is estimated to generate at least $1 billion through its roughly 2,000 electronic preachers, including 80 nationally syndicated television pastors. He told of the founder of the Dallas-based Trinity Foundation, Ole E Anthony, whose operatives struck dumpster pay dirt five years ago in south Florida when they found a travel itinerary for Benny Hinn, the Trinity Broadcasting Network's superstar faith healer who has filled sports arenas with ailing believers seeking miracles cures. Hinn's itinerary included first-class tickets on the Concorde from New York to London ($8,850 each) and reservations for presidential suites at pricey European hotels ($2,200 a night). A news story, including footage of Hinn and his associates boarding the jet, ran on CNN's "Impact." In addition, property records and videos supplied by Trinity investigators led to CNN and Dallas Morning News coverage of another Hinn controversy: fund-raising for a $30-million healing center in Dallas that has yet to be built. Hinn and other pastors ask viewers to send in donations for both specific projects and for general expansion of the television ministry. Donors aren't told of the opulent lifestyles led by some of the televangelists, but that fact isn't too much of a secret either--perhaps because it fits nicely with the message of the Prosperity Gospel they are spreading. A quick computer search of homes owned by Trinity Broadcasting Network, for example, reveals 17 residences in Orange County alone, including two hilltop mansions in a gated Newport Beach community. There's a darker side to Hinn and his organization. In 1998 two members of his inner circle died of heroin overdoses. In 1999, after one of his many vows of reform, he fired several board members and hired an ex-cop named Mario C. Licciardello to do

77 Wolves In Sheep‘s Clothing an internal investigation of his ministry. Licciardello was the brother-in-law of Carman, the popular Christian singer, so many think Hinn considered him "safe." But Licciardello did such a good job – taking hundreds of depositions and getting to the bottom of the heroin use – that Hinn then sued him. While Licciardello was still his head of security, the ministry filed a lawsuit demanding that all his files be turned over and sealed, because their public release could result in the end of the ministry. One day before Hinn was supposed to give his deposition in this case, Licciardello had a mysterious heart attack and died. The Hinn organization made an out-of-court settlement with Licciardello's widow, which included sealing the court papers. Hinn runs the largest evangelistic organization in the world that is NOT a member of the Evangelical Council for Financial Responsibility. That means his finances are private, his salary is secret, and his income is anybody's guess. Royalties from his books alone are estimated at $500,000 per year, but he essentially has carte blanche to take anything out of the till he wants. "He lives the lifestyle of a billionaire," says Ole Anthony, "all on the backs of false promises and selling false hope." As Hinn put it himself, in a moment of rare revelatory candor, "I don't need gold in heaven, I gotta have it now." During 1993, his one year of "reform," he talked about being stung by being portrayed as a millionaire and how he wanted to be "more Christ-like." His solution: "The Lord said sell the Benz and the watch." He got rid of his Rolex and his Mercedes. Notice he didn't give them away. He sold them – and then replaced the Mercedes with a $65,000 BMW. This is what God told him to do. And who better to know what God wants, because Hinn, after all, is only the third person in the history of the universe to have actually seen God and lived to tell about it. God, he says, is 6-2 or 6-3, with long hair of a light brown color, and eyes that can look right through you. (Jan/Feb 2004 issue of The Door Magazine) Ministry Watch in its Donor Alert of May 2005 recommended that Donors Withhold Giving to Benny Hinn Ministries The Issues MinistryWatch.com calls upon donors to prayerfully consider withholding contributions to Benny Hinn Ministries/World Outreach Church (BHM) in response to facts and allegations regarding reports that Hinn: • Lives a lavish lifestyle with funds intended for charitable purposes; • Preaches a self-serving prosperity theology message; • Manipulates individuals at healing crusades‖ for personal gain; • Makes unsubstantiated claims of healings; • Is nontransparent and lacks independent board oversight. These facts, aired in March on NBC DATELINE — coupled with Ministry Watch.com‘s previously stated concerns about Hinn espousing the self-serving ―prosperity theology‖ message — has caused MinistryWatch.com to recommend that donors consider redirecting their gifts to one of the many biblically-based ministries that are not only more transparent in their dealings with the public but also treat donor‘s funds as a sacred trust dedicated exclusively for the Lord‘s work. The Details DATELINE interviewed a number of critics, including current and former BHM employees, who argued that Hinn, instead of modeling the sacrificial life lived by Jesus, is motivated by his own self-interests, hence turning the Gospel of Christ on its

78 Wolves In Sheep‘s Clothing head. Hinn is founder, chairman, president and CEO of BHM. Through his crusades — which collect untold amounts of cash, as well as donations through checks and credit cards— and television program, This is Your Day,‖ Hinn raises upwards of $100 million annually, according to NBC. Revelations from the program also include: • Hinn‘s salary is somewhere between half a million and a million dollars per year. He also gets royalties from the sales of his books; • Personal perks for Hinn, family and his entourage include a $10 million seaside mansion; a private jet with annual operating costs of about $1.5 million; a Mercedes SUV and convertible, each valued at about $80,000; • What the church termed ―layovers‖ between crusades included hotel bills ranging from $900 per night to royal suites that cost almost $3,000 for one night‘s stay. Layover locations included Hawaii, Cancun, London, Milan and other exotic locations. • Beverly Hills shopping sprees; • Receipts showing Hinn‘s daughter receiving $1,300 in petty cash; her boyfriend getting $2,550 for babysitting; $23,000 in cash dispersed to Hinn and his wife; and, $25,000 in cash for expenses for a crusade — 30 minutes away from Hinn‘s home; • Hinn employs two primary methods to manipulate those that watch him — promising healings to those afflicted with chronic or terminal ill nesses, and claiming that donations are ―seeds‖ being planted by the donor that will result in the gift giver enjoying financial blessings; MinistryWatch.com Take Hinn‘s refusal to be accountable to anyone — rooted in a conveniently defiant view of accountability (he is to answer only to God since he receives extra-biblical words, hence the Word of Faith moniker) — is the primary precipitant for each of the critiques amplified above. MinistryWatch.com I believes donors are entitled to make an educated and knowledgeable giving decision based on all the facts about a church or ministry. The disclosures noted above raise issues of concern to MinistryWatch.com and the donating public it serves, Concerns include, but are not limited to: DATELINE, through its well-documented investigation, has raised serious questions as to whether the benefit and compensation package for Benny Hinn and many of his family members diverts funds intended for designated, charitable purposes. • The same investigations raise questions about BHM‘s board composition and whether the influences Benny Hinn enjoys on the board compromise its independence. • Because book royalties are made possible in part by the work of ministry and employees, and in keeping with the best practices of other published church and ministry leaders, all royalties should be returned to the ministry to be used for the ministry‘s designated, charitable purpose. • Hinn is in a position to exercise not just substantial influence over the affairs of the organization, but total control. He is pastor, president, and chairman for life, he appoints the vice president (who is also a board member), Hinn picked the board, and he can suspend any board member. According to a June article in The Dallas Morning News, shortly after Hinn announced his move to Texas, he said God had told him to build a "World Healing Center," and Hinn appealed for money. As much as $30 million was collected, but the center was never built. In April 2000, he told Trinity Broadcasting Network's Paul Crouch, "I'm putting all the money we have in the ministry to get out there and preach. The day (to build the healing center) will come. I'm in no hurry; neither is God." Also about April 2000, Hinn's ministry began building a 58,000square-foot office

79 Wolves In Sheep‘s Clothing building in Irving. A few months after that, in August 2000, a holding company that is a subsidiary of Hinn's ministry began building a "parsonage" -- a $3 million, 7,200square foot oceanfront home -- in Dana Point, Calif. The Associated Press reported recently But while others like Jimmy Swaggart, Jim Bakker and Robert Tilton have fallen from grace over the past two decades, Hinn plows ahead, relentlessly seeking souls and money. Like some colleagues, he embraces his worldwide followers who say he has cured them, like heavyweight boxing champion Evander Holyfield, who has credited Hinn with correcting his heart problem. For the most part, he brushes off scrutiny, though not always gracefully. He once wished aloud for a "Holy Ghost machine gun" to blow off the heads of his critics, who object to everything from his unverifiable healing claims to his perfectly coifed hair. While Swaggart's and Bakker's high-flying ministries were leveled by sex scandals, and Tilton eventually was brought down by reports of false promises and a legal battle with his first wife, Hinn has tripped over no such obstacles. Hinn has not joined the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability, a sort of Christian Better Business Bureau to which evangelists such as Billy Graham belong. The council assesses the financial integrity of Christian organizations that join it. Nor has Hinn publicly acknowledged his salary, though he told CNN in 1997 that his yearly income including book royalties was somewhere between $500,000 and $1 million. A spokesman has said Hinn generates about $60 million a year in donations. CBC has estimated that Hinn‘s revenue is around $250 milion a year. With an estimated total viewership of ten million, the money that TV preachers rake in by any reckoning, are immense. In his heyday Jimmy Swaggart was making close to US$140 million a year. The Bakkers were close behind with an estimated yearly income of US$130 million. Jerry Falwell netted, by his own reckoning, about US$60 million a year. The money, which was meant for their ministry, went to maintain their extravagant lifestyles. Swaggart bought himself a US$ 1.5 million mansion. In his show of fatherly affection, he bought another mansion, worth US$700,000 for his son, Donnie with money loaned by his ministry. The Bakkers had bought mansions and luxury cars, even the doghouse was air-conditioned. WILLIAM LOBDELL, Times Staff Writer in an article titled ―For Critics of Extravagant Faith Healer Benny Hinn, the Good Book Isn't Enough. They Want His Ministry to Be an Open Book.‖ Los Angeles Times Magazine, July 27, 2003 wrote: In an attempt to clear up his image, Hinn suggests meeting a Times reporter at the Four Seasons hotel in Newport Beach. Accompanied by bodyguards, Hinn arrives in his new Mercedes-Benz G500, an SUV that retails for about $80,000. He is dressed casually in black, from designer sunglasses to leather jacket to shoes. His trademark hair has been brushed forward, bangs hanging over his forehead like Caesar. Joining him at a table in the hotel's restaurant are a public relations consultant and two ministry associates, while his bodyguards and another public relations man wait in the lobby. Hinn fiddles with his cell phone, which sports a Mercedes logo. Because the World Healing Center Church is recognized as a religious institution,

80 Wolves In Sheep‘s Clothing Hinn is not obligated under federal law to release information publicly about its revenue or the identities of its board of directors. But at this meeting, he says he has nothing to hide. "I'll tell you this," Hinn says, a likable guy who is bewildered that he could generate so much hostility. "I'm an open book. I think it's time for me to just say, 'Let me give you the blunt truth.' " That's easier said than done. First, Hinn declines to divulge his salary. (He told CNN in 1997 that he earns between $500,000 and $1 million annually, including book royalties.) "Look, any amount I make, somebody's going to be mad," he says. He offers to make available his ministry's general financial picture, along with access to his accountant—both unprecedented. "When it comes to the income of the ministry, I have no problem talking about it or what happens to the money," Hinn says. "We believe our partners are entitled to know what happens to their money." But two weeks later, he backtracks, saying his board won't allow it. The pastor also promises to expand the ministry's three-member board—the guardians of the nonprofit—and to reveal their names. If they don't like the exposure, Hinn says, they can resign. Several months later, a Hinn spokesman says the board was expanded to five members, but the names will remain secret "for the board members' security." But just before this story went to press, Hinn and his board changed their minds and had their public relations consultant provide the names. The board veterans are Hinn; Bill Swad, described as an Ohio businessman who authors books such as "Don't Let Satan Steal Your Harvest"; and Steve Brock, a pastor and featured soloist for the Miracle Crusades. New members, according to the ministry, are Bob Inello, a businessman from Boston, and Doug Wead, former special assistant to President George H.W. Bush and author of "All the President's Children." (DOUG WEAD IS CONNECTED TO KARL STRADER'S WIFE WHO IS A WEAD AND SECRETLY RECORDED PRIVATE CONVERSATIONS WITH PRESIDENT BUSH!) Hinn does reveal that the $89 million taken in by his church in 2002 is a record for his Grapevine, Texas-based ministry, which has experienced double-digit growth during the past three years through direct-mail requests, viewer donations and offerings taken at the Miracle Crusades. By comparison, the Billy Graham Evangelistic Assn. had revenues of $96.6 million in 2001, the last year available. The hands of faith healer Benny Hinn—tools of a televangelist recognized around the world—are slim, almost feminine. The fingers are delicate, nails manicured and polished. A gold wedding band, so wide it covers the bottom of his left ring finger from knuckle to knuckle like a piece of copper pipe, bears the insignia of his church. The dove, symbolizing the Holy Spirit, sparkles with a cluster of diamonds. These small, soft hands could be one of two things: anointed by God to heal the sick, or props in a televangelist money-making scheme that preys on the vulnerable. Shades of gray aren't a part of the Benny Hinn story. Financially, at least, he's the world's most successful faith healer, having received $89 million in donations last year, according to officials with his ministry, World Healing Center Church. His followers pack stadiums here and abroad for his free events called "Miracle Crusades." He conducts about 24 of these each year, traveling in a leased Gulfstream jet. Attendance averages 50,000 to 60,000 people over two

81 Wolves In Sheep‘s Clothing days, with a crusade in Kenya two years ago drawing 1.2 million worshippers, organizers say. From his broadcast center in Orange County, Hinn's "This Is Your Day" show is one of the most-watched Christian TV programs in the world, with viewers in 190 countries. In the U.S., it runs on purchased air time more than 200 times each week on 80 stations, ministry officials say. The shows are translated into Spanish, Romanian, Norwegian, Italian, Hindi and Tamil. Hinn's disclosure in an interview that his ministry generated $160 million in revenue the past two years is a gold nugget of data that Christian watchdogs have been trying to get at for years. The Trinity Foundation, a nonprofit Christian watchdog group in Dallas, has sent undercover spies to infiltrate Hinn's ministry, as well as to dig through trash cans to gain access to financial records at the pastor's headquarters and television studios. "He promised me 10 years ago that his personal and ministry finances would be an open book," says Ole Anthony, president of the Trinity Foundation, dismissing Hinn's latest vow for more candor. "Hinn's incredible wealth and lifestyle does more harm to Christianity than all of his preaching." On March 21, 1997 on TBN live, Benny Hinn said, "THE DEVIL CANNOT TOUCH YOU IF YOU ARE A CHRISTIAN." This is a demon lie. Millions of people viewed that program throughout the world, and they were told a lie. Benny believes it. The devil does not believe it. We certainly do not believe it. No wonder so many "Christians" are DESTROYED FOR LACK OF KNOWLEDGE. On March 16, 1997, CNN "IMPACT" had a profile of Benny Hinn and his ministry. What was revealed were FACTS, and was very negative. Some of the things THEY DISCLOSED were. His ministry operates in a "veil of secrecy" as it will not disclose the financial status. Benny Hinn's salary was $500,000.00 a year, not counting benefits, which are many. Ask yourself what YOU would do with that much money a year. He lives in a $650,000 home in a guarded development. CNN reported on one of Hinn's trips HIS hotel room was $2,200.00 a night. One of Hinn's former body guards was going to go public about Hinn's ministry and the money flow. The guard was paid $103,000.00 to keep quiet. He did. Hinn's ministry receives 15,000 to 18,000 pieces of mail a WEEK. Think there may be money in some of those envelopes? They have "forty people working 40 shifts" to handle all the mail. Hinn's ministry intake increased 50% since 1995. Hinn talks and acts like deceased Kathryn Kuhlman. "The only difference between the two is she wore a white dress, and he wears a white suite". When asked why he had to drive such an expensive car, Hinn said, "what do you want me to drive, a Honda?"

82 Wolves In Sheep‘s Clothing On the CNN Impact Sunday Show of March 16, 1997 when questioned by CNN. Evangelist Benny Hinn had failed to provide for six months to CNN the promised financial statements of his ministry. Benny Hinn admitted that he made more money than the President of United States around $ 500,000 to $ 1,000,000. Personal profit which came to him as a result of love offerings, tithes and financial support given by the public and for which he and his friends refuse to give financial accountability while they hold others accountable for their spiritual state. Now If Benny Hinn wants to make a million dollars a year honestly, let him resign from the ministry and go to the private sector and do it. He and others are not entitled to make money from inside trading and complicity from their positions in the ministries. If Benny wants to become a book writer and make money from his books let him leave the ministry and become a private individual. There is no justification under heaven and before God in becoming rich off the gifts and love offerings of God's people. The Pentecostal faith in Nigeria is a veritable goldmine, judging by the opulence of most of its pastors. It is made even more attractive because incomes of churches are tax-exempt. Nearly all the churches are the private property of their pastors or founders and their immediate families. In an economic environment in which the majority of Nigeria's estimated 130 million population has been impoverished by unemployment, lack of basic social infrastructure and rising inflation, the church has become the last refuge for many people. The favoured churches are the new-generation Pentecostal assemblies, that are owned and managed solely by fast-talking American-style pastors. Rich and powerful Nigerians run after the pastors for "spiritual protection" from imaginary 'enemies' who, they are convinced, are lurking around the corner to pull them down. These are the big spenders in the churches. The attraction, perhaps, lies in the often-quoted biblical injunction that "givers never lack" and the fact that most pastors don't ask the donors how they make the money they give. Devoted service In March 2003, a cashier at a five-star hotel was arrested for allegedly stealing nearly 40 million naira (then about US$400,000) from his employer. His colleagues were shocked because there was nothing to suggest that he was living above his means - he had no car and he lived in a rented flat in a nonfashionable part of Lagos. The man confessed that he gave all the money to his Pentecostal church in cash and equipment. In another case a bank clerk stole 40 million naira from his employer and gave 10 million to his church as 'seed money' in the belief that the seed would germinate and yield several fold as promised by his pastor. Many Nigerians believe that a large number of pastors are honest and devoted to the service of God and mankind.

83 Wolves In Sheep‘s Clothing But they readily take umbrage under the Yoruba saying that "only God knows who serves Him truly." http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/4619733.stm

Bishop Randy White

Chapter 6

Tampa televangelists draw Senate scrutiny
Wednesday, March 12, 2008 By Lisa Myers and Rich Gardella, NBC News Investigative Unit Two U.S. Senators sent out a new round of letters today to some of the nation‘s most high-profile televangelists, urging them to turn over key financial records. The Senators told the ministries that they want to know how their ―non-profit organizations are structured and operate,‖ amid allegations that some of the televangelists have misused church funds to enrich themselves. One of the letters was mailed today to televangelists Randy and Paula White, who founded the Without Walls International Church in Tampa 16 years ago, calling it "the perfect church for people who are not." A half dozen former church employees and insiders told NBC News that they have questions about how millions of dollars in church offerings have been spent. They said that the Whites sometimes urged the flock to make checks out to them personally. A church spreadsheet obtained by NBC News lists $43,129 in so-called "personal offerings" to Paula White in May 2006. NBC News also saw cancelled checks made out to Randy White. One longtime former church insider, who asked to remain anonymous, said the checks were part of a troubling pattern. ―It says to me that they were shearing the sheep,‖ the former insider said, a charge that the church denies. The insider and five other former staffers say the Whites sometimes took cash from uncounted

84 Wolves In Sheep‘s Clothing donations, misused church funds for personal expenses and even pressured the faithful to take equity out of their homes to boost church donations. ―They came up with every kind of idea possible to get money, to make money,‖ the church insider said. Senators Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) and Max Baucus (D-Montana) of the Senate Finance Committee said they sent the new letters to the Whites and three other televangelists to remind them that ―the committee‘s jurisdiction includes the federal tax policy governing the billions of dollars donated to and controlled by the nation‘s tax-exempt groups.‖ Grassley first wrote to the Whites last November. He also sent letters to: Benny Hinn of World Healing Center Church, Inc. and Benny Hinn Ministries of Grapevine, Texas; David and Joyce Meyer of Joyce Meyer Ministries of Fenton, Mo.; Kenneth and Gloria Copeland of Kenneth Copeland Ministries of Newark, Texas; Bishop Eddie Long of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church and Bishop Eddie Long Ministries of Lithonia, Ga., and Creflo and Taffi Dollar of World Changers Church International and Creflo Dollar Ministries of College Park, Ga. Without Walls: The Whites‘ church, Without Walls, has grown over the years into a multi-media empire, devoted to preaching the ―gospel of prosperity.‖ That‘s the belief that God wants parishioners to be wealthy but that, for that to happen, churchgoers must first give money to God. "God is going to speak to you to sow a one-week's salary. He's going to speak to you to sow one month‘s salary,‖ Paula White has told her followers. ―I want you to get up and go to the phone and to obey God!‖ Cindy Fleenor was one such follower. ―We're taught if we don't pay our tithes and give offering and alms that we're robbing God and we're under a curse," Fleenor told NBC News. One church board member told NBC News that he was surprised when a 2006 audit reported the church had $25 million in debt, even though it had brought in $35 million that same year. During the same period, the Whites appear to have prospered with a $2.1 million waterfront home in Tampa, a $3.5 million condo on Park Avenue in New York City and salaries reported to exceed $1 million each. There‘s also a costly Bentley convertible, driven by Randy White. Many of the allegations regarding the Whites were first raised through a series of front-page investigative articles published by the Tampa Tribune newspaper last year. The Whites divorced last year, and Paula White is now pursuing an increasingly separate career through Paula White Ministries, the Without Walls church's media ministry, as a life coach and host of a syndicated religious program. But both Whites remain active in Without Walls and their organizations' finances remain entwined. The Whites' church is registered with the IRS as a 501(c)(3) church organization. According to IRS rules, it is not only tax-exempt but also not required to publicly release IRS filings. The church website does not include specific information about its governance - it does not even include a list of church officers or members of its board of directors. The Whites have claimed their wealth comes from appropriate and legal compensation, comparable to what other non-profit CEOs earn. They also have claimed additional wealth from for-profit business ventures - including a real estate company, a travel agency and sales of a nutritional supplement they themselves promote in an infomercial. But Senate investigators want to know

85 Wolves In Sheep‘s Clothing more. ―Questions need to be asked and questions need to be answered,‖ said Sen. Grassley. So far, the Whites have not provided any answers to the Senate. When Cindy Fleenor heard that, and learned more about the Whites‘ lifestyle, she stopped giving money. ―I felt like I was deceived and been taken advantage of,‖ she said. The Whites declined to be interviewed by NBC or to answer questions. They have denied wrongdoing, stating: "We take our financial responsibilities to our partners very seriously and to the best of our knowledge we comply with all tax laws." Grassley said that the Whites have now agreed to cooperate with the Senate investigation. The Senate has given them until the end of the month to provide documents, and answers. http://deepbackground.msnbc.msn.com/archive/2008/03/12/762204.aspx

Without Walls Says Interest In Properties Spurred Sale Talk
By BAIRD HELGESON and MICHELLE BEARDEN The Tampa Tribune Published: March 6, 2008 TAMPA - Interest from potential buyers of Without Walls International Church's campuses here and in Lakeland caused church leaders to put the buildings up for sale, a church representative said in a statement Wednesday. "The church's two properties are situated in areas of significant development and have appreciated significantly," said the written statement from Tucker/Hall Inc. public relations. "To keep the church's expansion options open, the executive leadership of Without Walls International Church decided that the time was right to list both properties." Without Walls leaders had declined to comment for a story in Wednesday's Tribune about their hiring real estate agents to sell the 13.3-acre Tampa property near International Plaza and the 75-acre campus in Lakeland. The statement did not elaborate on what expansion options the church may be considering. Attendance at Without Walls, once touted as the nation's fastest-growing church, has declined in recent months. Lakeland Campus Bought For $15 Million The church wants $30 million for the Tampa property. It's unclear how much it wants for the Lakeland property, (formerly Carpenter‘s Home Church) for which it paid about $15 million in 2005. In May, the Tribune reported about financial troubles at the church and broken promises made by its founders, Randy and Paula White. In August, the Whites announced they were divorcing. In November, U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, launched an inquiry into Without Walls and the teleministry it spawned, Paula White Ministries, along with five other multimillion-dollar ministries. The senator is concerned that the ministry leaders could be using money from their tax-exempt organizations to finance lavish lifestyles. The Whites have refused to answer the senator's questions. Without Walls' statement suggested the future could include a smaller church building.

86 Wolves In Sheep‘s Clothing "The church could consider using the proceeds on a more focused, functional church facility to meet the needs of its congregation," the statement said. "It could decide to use any excess proceeds to continue and expand its many current community outreach programs." Board's Approval Not Needed Yet The fact that the campuses are on the market came as a surprise to some congregants and at least one church board member. "I had no clue this was on the table," said Alick Clark, a board member from Acton, Calif. "You can't make a decision like that without the board's approval. Right?" The church statement Wednesday said the decision to list the properties did not require board approval, but a contract to sell would. Reaction to the potential sale was mixed and fueled speculation about the church's future. Sonja Krout, a former congregant who left the church when she moved to Riverview, said she wasn't bothered by the fact the decision to sell was made quietly. "The members don't always have to be told everything," she said, adding: "I learned so much while I was there. My heart goes out to" the Whites. Jill Wells, a private investigator in the Tampa Bay area, started taking an interest in the church about a year ago. She said she thinks the potential sale indicates that Randy White is in the final steps of shutting down the ministry. http://www2.tbo.com/content/2008/mar/06/me-church-interest-shown-inproperty/ http://www2.tbo.com/static/special_reports_news/tbo-special-reports-newswithoutwalls/

Trying To Fill The Void At Without Walls
By Michelle Bearden of The Tampa Tribune and Baird Helgeson of The Tampa Tribune Randy White stood before the congregation of Without Walls International Church and fretted about paying the $38,000 power bill, just one of many bills coming due. Speaking at a Sunday service in late October, the co-founder of the embattled megachurch said he would tally the weekend's offerings and decide which to pay. He urged those in the sanctuary to give all they could. These are not the best of times for Without Walls. Damaging revelations, one after another, have stung church faithful in recent months. In May, Tampa Tribune reports revealed financial problems and broken promises at the nondenominational ministry, ranked as one of the fastest-growing in the nation in 2005. Then in August, church founders Randy and Paula White announced they would end their 18-year marriage. The most potentially damaging news came last week when U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, challenged the ministry's nonprofit status and the Whites' lavish lifestyle. He requested detailed

87 Wolves In Sheep‘s Clothing financial information on their expensive homes, cars, private jet and plastic surgeries. They have until Dec. 6 to comply. The revelations have prompted one Christian radio personality to say the Whites must step down from their ministries. "A divorce is an indication of deeply personal, spiritual struggles that would warrant a minister stepping aside," said Paul Edwards, who hosts a Christian radio program in Detroit that featured Paula White as a guest in October. In the meantime, congregants are leaving and the offering baskets don't overflow like they used to. In church's heyday two years ago, those who didn't come early could expect to watch the 11 a.m. Sunday service from a television monitor in the lobby. Today, latecomers find ample space in the cavernous sanctuary. At recent Sunday morning and evening services, worshippers barely filled half the seats. Many who have followed the church wonder whether it will ever regain its vibrant ministry. "I am waiting for the church to close," said Charles Lucas, a former member who attended for three years and participated in a program to identify leaders in the church. Randy White offered a rosier picture. The slump in attendance after the divorce announcement wasn't as bad as he had feared. "We've lost 21 families, and offerings are down about 11 percent from the same time last year," he said in an interview this month. "Our church is going very strong and will continue to grow." The couple finalized their split about a month ago, he said. He wouldn't say where the legal documents were filed, only that they're not in Hillsborough County. Randy, 49, has no intention of leaving Without Walls, and he has put his plans for a Malibu, Calif., ministry on hold, he said. He also intends to make the church less independent and more involved in the community. This year, for the first time, it's joining several Bay area congregations in partnering with Metropolitan Ministries to provide food and volunteers for the shelter's annual holiday assistance program. "We're still here, focusing on evangelism and restoration," he said. That's not always easy, he acknowledged. On his darkest days, Randy does sometimes think, "I really don't need this in my life." But then, he can't walk away from his calling — or his sheep. "What people don't always realize is that I'm a successful businessman away from the church. You don't get the cars I drive or the houses I've owned with church offerings," he said. "But I wanted to remain faithful to my people, the way they've been faithful to me for 14 years." The church difficulties are only part of it. His private heartbreak is even more consuming, he said. His daughter Kristen, 30, had surgery for a malignant brain tumor. His father had open-heart surgery, and his daughter Angie, 28, was diagnosed with an ovarian tumor. All of that happened this

88 Wolves In Sheep‘s Clothing year. But Randy has reason to hope. Kristen's prognosis is good. The surgery removed 90 percent of the tumor, and she's undergoing chemotherapy. Angie just found out she's pregnant with her second child. White's father, a retired minister, is on the mend.

The Loss Of Paula
In May, the Tribune published several stories about financial and legal troubles at the church, which reported a revenue of nearly $40 million in 2006. Along with facing at least five lawsuits stemming mostly from unpaid bills since 2000, the Whites borrowed $170,000 from an elderly widow in 1995 and did not keep promises to care for her or pay it back. The church also failed to give a home to a single mother who believed she won it in a 2002 church-sponsored contest. The Whites have since paid back the widow and bought the mother a home. The congregation weathered the allegations of financial mismanagement with minimal fallout, members said. But the Whites' divorce dealt a blow. The split severed the spiritual bond of the pastoral union, Bishop Randy and Pastor Paula. Paula, 41, enjoys enormous success as a televangelist and life coach, selling her story of overcoming childhood sexual abuse. Her powerful preaching and worldwide television ministry drew countless fans and admirers to their home church. With the divorce, she stepped down as church pastor, though Paula White Ministries keeps its headquarters at Without Walls. Randy fashioned himself as the rock-star church CEO. He regularly preaches in jeans and designer shirts, and over the years he has driven a fleet of exotic luxury cars, most recently a Bentley convertible. Some wonder whether the church can survive without Paula, who has a $3.5 million condominium in New York's Trump Tower and recently purchased a $681,000 home in San Antonio, Texas. Several current and former attendees praised Randy for his vision and ideas, but they said he's no Paula. Her preaching filled the seats. "He's a great ringmaster, but as a speaker of the word, well, no, that's not his thing," Lucas said. Randy said it's difficult to compare styles. "I consider myself a local pastor. Paula is a televangelist and life coach," he said. "People who sat under my teaching would probably say I'm the stronger preacher." The proof is in the 4,000-seat sanctuary. At three services the Tribune attended after the announcement of the couple's breakup, Without Walls never came close to filling the auditorium. Seats remained empty even with the arrival of the Rev. Bernice King, daughter of Martin Luther King Jr., who spoke at two services Oct. 21. Richard Levy, who left Without Walls a couple of years ago to help his father start a church, said the

89 Wolves In Sheep‘s Clothing ministry will recover. Without Walls is essentially two churches, Levy and others said. The one Randy represents is showy, caters to high-profile members and is generally focused on money. But the congregation quietly leads what some see as a second ministry. That church is an alliance of fiercely committed members who feed the community's hungry and care for the poor. "The best part of the church has always been the people and the good deeds they do," Levy said. That church, he added, continues to thrive. $91 A Month Having fewer people has meant less money for the ministry. The church is $22 million in debt, according to a 2006 audit. Randy attributed most of that to the purchase of the Lakeland campus and building Paula's television ministry. Recently, Without Walls launched a fundraising campaign. Associate Pastor Dan Brockman told worshippers God had spoken about the debt to Randy, who was then inspired by a passage in Psalm 91. "Because he loves me," says the Lord, "I will rescue him." Brockman asked every family to pay $91 a month to clear the debt, and he passed out payment booklets. Asked about Brockman's appeal, Randy said he "absolutely" didn't speak with God about paying off the debt. "Danny just gets carried away in the moment. He gets inspirational," he said. That said, Randy isn't shy about merging Scripture with dollars. The church wages similar stewardship campaigns every two years. For those turned off by the church's emphasis on money, he makes no apologies. "If you're unhappy, there are a lot of great churches in the community that don't focus on economic empowerment. We deal with a lot of indigent people who haven't been taught how to balance a checkbook. We're here to empower them and teach them about economics." The troubles extend beyond declining attendance and offerings. The Whites' divorce, the second for both, polarized Christians nationally. Critics in magazines, blogs and on the radio have lambasted the couple for preaching about the importance of marriage, then appearing so casual about the split. The Whites said they underwent counseling for several years but couldn't salvage the union. They said they remain the best of friends. That angered many evangelical Christians who believe divorce is a last resort and justifiable only in the most abusive relationships. Paula wasn't able to dodge the issue when she appeared on a Detroit Christian radio program in

90 Wolves In Sheep‘s Clothing October to promote her new book, "You're All That!" Edwards, the host, spent the first few minutes asking her about the breakup and its effect on the congregation. Paula tried to steer the conversation away from the topic. Edwards, an ordained minister, has long taken issue with her preaching of the prosperity gospel, a theology that maintains God wants believers to be "abundantly successful" in every way, including financially. Rather than answering Edwards' questions, Paula criticized him for not asking about the welfare of her stepdaughter Kristen, whom she described as having a "death sentence." The outburst stunned Edwards. In an interview with the Tribune last month, Paula declined to discuss her personal life. She said she preferred not to focus on the negative. "Life is a constant transition," she said. "The challenge is how you handle leaving one thing and go on to another. It can be perceived as a loss, but most of the time, it really is a gain." She said she's amazed by the success she has achieved, but she was quick to give credit to God. "I so trust him," she said. "I am shocked at what Paula has done, but not what God has done." The Whites' supporters remain fiercely loyal and see only good things ahead. "Of course it hurts," said David Ramos, who has attended the church for 14 years. "But that doesn't change the mission of the church. We're still clothing the naked, feeding the poor and reaching out to the community." Nga Robles said she and her husband, Anthony, owe everything to Without Walls. When they came to the church 14 years ago, she was a former stripper and he was a former drug dealer. "They gave us a vision. We got the restoration," she said. Today, the Robles own a house in upscale Cheval and are raising eight children — five of their own, two of Anthony's and another whose parent went to prison. "Pastor Randy and Paula taught us everything we know about God, economics and living right," she said. "He particularly has been a hands-on pastor for us." The sanctuary is starting to fill again, she said, and Randy is getting traction as the sole leader, she said. "He's come back on fire," she said. "He's like the comeback kid." (Reporter Baird Helgeson can be reached at (813) 259-7668 or bhelgeson@tampatrib.com. Reporter Michelle Bearden can be reached at (813) 2597613 or mbearden@tampatrib.com. http://www2.tbo.com/content/2007/nov/11/trying-fill-void-without-walls)

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Laughing Anointed Pastor Ron Clark Went Down In Flames Crying
Ron Clark, the former pastor of Church of the Living Water, a "megachurch" in Tampa, Florida, and a very close friend of Oral Roberts, has become a police officer with the city of Zephyrhills, reported the Tampa Tribune. Clark became the center of controversy at the church in 2003, when the church unraveled as Clark and his wife, Belinda, became embroiled in a bitter divorce. The proceedings brought to light the church's hefty assets -- as well as the assets of the Clarks. The pair each drew salaries of $70,000 and owned a $500,000 horse farm in Dade City and a $275,000 rental home in Celebration, near Orlando, the case revealed. Although the Clarks never were charged with illegal activity, the information from their divorce case disillusioned the congregation's almost 2,000 members. By October 2003, the church filed for bankruptcy. Pastor Ron Clark, Randy White and Rodney Howard Browne were very close friends in the 90‟s, were also friends of the thieving pastors Karl Strader of Carpenter‟s Home Church, and all started their megachurches in Tampa around the same time! Check out: “The Fleecer” Rodney Howard Browne http://cnt10d.tripod.com/rodney.htm The Losers Randy and Paul White http://cnt10d.tripod.com/rw.htm “The False Prophet” Oral Roberts http://torontoblessing.tripod.com/or.htm Now the purpose of the commandment is love from a pure heart, from a good conscience, and from sincere faith, from which some, having strayed, have turned aside to idle talk, desiring to be teachers of the law, understanding neither what they say nor the things which they affirm. 1 Timothy 1:5-7 This is a faithful saying: If a man desires the position of a bishop, he desires a good work. A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, temperate, sober-minded, of good behavior, hospitable, able to teach; not given to wine, not violent, not greedy for money, but gentle, not quarrelsome, not covetous; one who rules his own house well, having his children in submission with all reverence (for if a man does not know how to rule his own house, how will he take care of the church of God?); 1 Timothy 3:1-5 Rodney Howard-Browne, a South African minister associated with the Third Wave Movement and now resides in Tampa, Florida, is the recognized "Father" of holy laughter. He claims to have had his first experience with these phenomena in 1979, while challenging God to "touch me" or Howard-Browne was going "to come up there and touch You." God apparently responded by causing him to feel as if his body was on fire and he broke out in uncontrollable laughter (see Howard-Browne's book, The Touch of God). In 1989, while preaching in New York State, his congregation fell under the same power. Soon Howard-Browne began influencing others, but on a small scale. Then, while preaching at Carpenter's Home Church in Lakeland, Florida, in 1993, laughter in the Spirit once again broke out bringing Howard-Browne out of obscurity. But what happened during the revival in Carpenter‘s Home Church during the revival was not a joke. See KARL STRADER, GOD FRAUD, NOT INNOCENT Howard-Browne calls himself a "Holy Ghost Bartender," and dispenses the "new wine" of joy that leads to people being "drunk in the Spirit." He claims to find the Biblical base for his teaching in Acts 2, at the day of Pentecost. But a careful study of that text does not reveal anything like what is happening today. The apostles were not laughing uncontrollably, they were not barking like dogs, they were not stuck to the floor in Holy Ghost glue, they were not being "slain in the Spirit. See TORONTO BLESSING . And one of the persons who loved being ―drunk in the Spirit‖ and

Chapter 7

92 Wolves In Sheep‘s Clothing breakout in uncontrollable laughter was Pastor Ron Clark of Living Water Church in Tampa Florida, a close friend of Rodney Howard Browne and Bishop Randy White of Church Without Walls, Tampa, Florida. A person can only judge things by what he knows and has experienced himself and not by the experience of others. Well our experience with pastors and churches over the twenty five years has been a dismal failure and disappointment especially with a husband and wife team of pastors. James Brant wrote to me and stated: Paul wrote to Timothy in 1st and 2nd Timothy about how to run the church. Throughout the epistles Paul (through the unction of the Holy Spirit) teaches the people how the church services should be conducted (spiritual gifts, etc.). James was the pastor of the church in Jerusalem. I wrote to Mr. Brant and told him that his remark was completely hogwash! First you have not defined what a pastor is and what he does in line with the New Testament church. You quote the book of Timothy as to how to run and church and conveniently ignore the fact that most evangelical churches don't have Bishops and their pastors are not men of integrity never mind being true men of God. For the record in every church that my wife and I attended in the last twenty five years there was a real scandal in the church involving the pastor including people like Pastor Ron Clark of Living Water Church in Tampa Florida a personal friend of Oral Roberts. I only knew one pastor who had love from a pure heart, from a good conscience, and from sincere faith, and all the rest were liars, thieves and idiots! None of the pastors I knew ruled their own house well and definitely didn't have their children in submission. As a matter of fact they were and are real hypocrites and deceived ones. My last pastor not only filed for personal bankruptcy but his wife literally wore the pants in the family and that was only the tip of the iceberg of all that was wrong in his ministry and pastoral position. Yes most of them departed from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons. Yes those who are sinning are to be rebuked in the presence of all, that the rest also may fear just like Paul instructed Timothy to do. Yes most of them were proud, knowing nothing, and could not defend their theological position and were full of envy, strife, and reviling, evil suspicion. And they all desired to be rich fell into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and harmful lusts which drown men in destruction and perdition. They were not rich in good works, ready to give, willing to share, storing up for themselves a good foundation for the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life. They didn't pursue righteousness, faith, love, peace with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart. They were hypocrites who were written about in the newspapers for all to see and read. They were lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, disobedient, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God. Read about one of them, Pastor Ron Clark Living Water Church Tampa Florida. In the last few years I have picked up on some strange going on in what I consider cult churches led by a Charismatic leader. The Pentecostal pastor prophesies special prophecies in church publicly over different members that God is going to make them millionaires, make them super anointed, give them a world wide ministry, or give them great fame! As a result the members are hooked on their wonderful pastor who prophesies good things even though over the years none of the prophecy had ever come to fruitrition. And the pastor attributed it all to lack of faith or unbelief or hidden sin on the part of the member that his prophesies failed rather than because of pastor's own sins, faults and failures. About six years ago in Living Water Church, Tampa, Florida, when we were there Oral Roberts in person prophesied that God was going to raise up many millionaires in the church who would be rich and support the work of the kingdom. A few months ago I checked with the St. Petersburg Times to see what was happening with the

93 Wolves In Sheep‘s Clothing Living Water Church? And boy was I surprised! The church filed for Bankruptcy. Since 2002 this large church was not able to meet it budget. And then the Pastor Ron Clark and Belinda had gone off the deep end with a public divorce which only compounded the matter. Living Water, a once-thriving, 2,000-member non-denominational Christian church, sought protection from creditors in bankruptcy court last October. By then, the church's checking account balance had dwindled to $60 and the congregation had fewer than 500 members. Congregants left as details emerged from the divorce of Ronald and Belinda Clark, the couple who founded Living Water in 1988. Ronald Clark accused his wife of being mentally ill, unfaithful and a thief. Belinda Clark claimed in court papers that her husband had a secret plan to sell the church and funnel the proceeds overseas with the help of church board chairman Melvin Myer. The rancorous divorce of the Clarks began to attract publicity a year ago, and has been blamed for the defection of nearly three of every four members at the Living Water Church, which was founded by the couple in 1988. Ronald Clark, the $138,000-a-year church pastor, accused his wife of being unfaithful, suffering from mental illness, dabbling in pornography and stealing church mail filled with Easter church donations. It turned out that Pastor Ron enforced tithing in his church and collected three offerings per service, but he, himself, never tithed! Belinda Clark, Living Water's $70,000-a-year associate pastor who was fired in the wake of the allegations, accused her husband of domestic violence, of lying to church trustees to ruin her credibility and of having a secret plan to sell the church, place the proceeds in a trust, then have funds funneled to him at a foreign location. Hence I am very suspicious of prophets who only prophesy good things happening to people and not telling them to repent from their hidden sins. Walter Kambulow - contributor

Pastor Ron Clark Fired!
Doug Boettcher, chief financial officer for Family Harvest, said Clark was terminated because he was "unable to perform his tasks." The church hired Clark to develop missions abroad. George E. Tragos, a Clearwater criminal defense lawyer retained by [Ronald Clark], said Clark and Family Harvest "mutually agreed to part" because of continuing bad publicity. Ronald Clark has denied violating any IRS rules, and Tragos said there has "never been a shred of proof" that Clark had committed any wrongful act alleged in media reports. ….The fortunes of Living Water, once some 2,000 members strong, plummeted amid the Clarks' rancorous divorce. The congregation split, then began to defect as the couple hurled accusations at one another last year. Ronald Clark accused his wife of being mentally unstable, unfaithful and fascinated by pornography. Belinda Clark responded with a slander suit, a domestic violence complaint and a claim that her husband had a secret plan to sell the church and funnel the proceeds to himself. Ronald Clark resigned as pastor a year ago and was hired by Family Harvest Church of Tinley Park, Ill., which donated its name, pastoral services and cash to keep Living Water afloat. After Living Water filed for bankruptcy protection in October, Family Harvest bid $3.1-million to buy the church but later withdrew, citing adverse publicity. Now, it has broken ties with Ronald Clark as well. Clark filed papers in his Pasco County divorce case last month, saying he had been "terminated from his employment through no fault of his own." He has asked for relief

94 Wolves In Sheep‘s Clothing from his obligation to pay temporary alimony to his wife and child support for their two children. Doug Boettcher, chief financial officer for Family Harvest, said Clark was terminated because he was "unable to perform his tasks." The church hired Clark to develop missions abroad. "He's been the victim of a lot of false allegations," Boettcher said. "We've waited and tried to be patient. But from a business standpoint, we need to move on." Aside from his marital problems, Ronald Clark faces a personal bankruptcy and a criminal investigation by the Internal Revenue Service. George E. Tragos, a Clearwater criminal defense lawyer retained by Ronald Clark, said Clark and Family Harvest "mutually agreed to part" because of continuing bad publicity. Ronald Clark has denied violating any IRS rules, and Tragos said there has "never been a shred of proof" that Clark had committed any wrongful act alleged in media reports.

Judge approves Living Water Church sale
JEFF TESTERMAN. St. Petersburg Times. St. Petersburg, Fla.: Jun 18, 2004. As IRS investigators seek more records in a criminal inquiry involving Living Water Church co-founder Ronald Clark, a bankruptcy judge Thursday approved the sale of the church property for $3.4- million. The sale, to New Jerusalem Christian Church of Seffner, was approved despite a bank appraisal showing the 16-acre church property on Interstate 4 is worth $3.9million. "This was considered a distress sale," said Buddy Ford, Living Water's bankruptcy attorney. "I would have liked to get $3.9- million. But this was the best bid we got." Living Water, a once-thriving, 2,000-member non-denominational Christian church, sought protection from creditors in bankruptcy court last October. By then, the church's checking account balance had dwindled to $60 and the congregation had fewer than 500 members. Congregants left as details emerged from the divorce of Ronald and Belinda Clark, the couple who founded Living Water in 1988. Ronald Clark accused his wife of being mentally ill, unfaithful and a thief. Belinda Clark claimed in court papers that her husband had a secret plan to sell the church and funnel the proceeds overseas with the help of church board chairman Melvin Myer. In March, the IRS issued a summons for bank records in a criminal investigation of Ronald Clark. This week, the IRS sought financial records from the church, according to Ford. Ford said he would comply with the IRS request. Ronald Clark, who has resigned as Living Water's pastor, has retained Clearwater criminal defense attorney George Tragos and has denied violating any IRS rules. Thursday, Ford also obtained an order from U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Thomas E. Baynes Jr. to quash a subpoena served last week on Myer, Living Water's board chairman. The subpoena compelled Myer to give a sworn deposition today and provide church records pertaining to Belinda Clark's statement that the church owes her $300,000 in retirement benefits. Citing declining health, Myer resigned his chairman position last week while a process server for Mrs. Clark was attempting to serve the subpoena at Myer's financial consulting office in Tampa. Myer sent Ford a letter of resignation dated June 10, along with a letter from his physician. In the letter, Dr. John Q. Stauffer advised Myer that he should reduce his business load and and "disengage from any legal matters or other matters that may bring stress into your life." Thursday morning, Ford said Myer had rescinded his resignation. Ford said he

95 Wolves In Sheep‘s Clothing urged Myer to reconsider so he can assist in completing the sale of the church. Myer does intend to comply with the subpoena at a later date, Ford said. Myer did not return phone calls from the St. Petersburg Times. Baynes has scheduled a hearing in August to take testimony on the issue of any retirement benefits owed to Belinda Clark. Funds from the church sale will be held in escrow until the question of any award to her is settled, Ford said.

Clarks Saga Continues
JEFF TESTERMAN. St. Petersburg Times. St. Petersburg, Fla.: Mar 12, 2004. Abstract (Document Summary) The IRS has opened a criminal investigation of Rev. Ronald H. Clark, the charismatic founder of the Living Water Church of Tampa who was accused in divorce papers of devising a secret plan to channel church assets to himself at an overseas mission. The Criminal Investigation Division of the IRS issued a summons to SunTrust Bank in Orlando on Feb. 17 to deliver bank records pertaining to Clark and nine corporations, including the Living Water Church and two nonprofit foreign missions, according to documents obtained by the Times. The summons compels the bank to deliver banking, retirement account, payroll, loan and other records on Ronald and Belinda Clark to Special Agent Elizabeth Belcher at the IRS office in Tampa next week. The Clarks maintained the Orlando bank account after buying a home in Celebration, a community near Disney World outside Orlando. Belcher declined to answer questions about the summons Thursday. IRS spokeswoman Alycyn Culbertson also said she could not discuss the summons. Culbertson did say there must be "an official investigation" before a summons is served to obtain banking and other financial records. In an e-mail to the Times, Clark said he was unaware of any subpoena by the IRS or of any investigation of him by any agency. He said he had broken no IRS laws or regulations. Clark asked that a copy of the summons be forwarded to his divorce lawyer, Dade City attorney Dennis Alfonso. Alfonso said he, too, was unaware of any IRS investigation into Clark. "I can only say that, given the contentious nature of the divorce case, it doesn't surprise me that he might have allegations made to the IRS," Alfonso said. "There have been a lot of allegations since I've been representing Ron, but I've yet to see anything substantiated." The rancorous divorce of the Clarks began to attract publicity a year ago, and has been blamed for the defection of nearly three of every four members at the Living Water Church, which was founded by the couple in 1988. Ronald Clark, the $138,000-a-year church pastor, accused his wife of being unfaithful, suffering from mental illness, dabbling in pornography and stealing church mail filled with Easter church donations. Belinda Clark, Living Water's $70,000-a-year associate pastor who was fired in the wake of the allegations, accused her husband of domestic violence, of lying to church trustees to ruin her credibility and of having a secret plan to sell the church, place the proceeds in a trust, then have funds funneled to him at a foreign location. Neither Belinda Clark nor her Dade City attorney, Jack Hoogewind, would comment about the IRS investigation. Ronald Clark resigned his church post in June 2003 and later sought protection from creditors in federal bankruptcy court. Owners of a $500,000 home and horse ranch in Dade City and a $275,000 home in Celebration, the Clarks also had $700,000 in debts.

96 Wolves In Sheep‘s Clothing On Feb. 20, three days after the issuance of the IRS summons, Clark filed papers in his bankruptcy case saying he needed to hire an accountant for, among other reasons, "assistance in defending/ objecting to the pending claim of the Internal Revenue Service, if any." Clark's bankruptcy attorney, Matthew J. Kovschak, did not return calls Thursday. With Living Water attendance and collections plummeting, the evangelical Christian church went to bankruptcy court last year to reorganize its finances. The church had just $60 in its checking account and $3.4-million in liabilities when it filed bankruptcy papers. After leaving Living Water, Ronald Clark took a position with a wealthy Illinois nondenominational organization called Family Harvest Church, which in August took over the operation of the Living Water Church on Interstate 4. Living Water officials initially sought to sell the church's 16- acre property to Family Harvest for $3.1-million, well below a recent appraisal of $4.5-million, but have since decided to auction the property to the highest bidder in early April to meet creditors' demands and facilitate building a new church. Although at least one former Living Water board member said he has been interviewed by IRS agents, the news of the federal investigation appeared to take others by surprise. "Wow, that's pretty serious," said Living Water board chairman Melvin Myer. "This is not a good thing. "But there isn't any off-shore money I'm aware of. I don't know of any inappropriate handling of funds on my watch." Buddy Ford, a Tampa attorney handling the Living Water bankruptcy, said he was unaware of the IRS investigation, but said he doubted it was initiated on flimsy grounds. "I've seen (IRS) Criminal Investigation Division investigations in the past, and before they open an investigation there has to be an underlying reason to do so," Ford said. The IRS summons seeks records pertaining to Ronald Clark's Real Life Productions Inc., which handled his evangelical broadcasts; Magnolia Stables Inc., the company overseeing the Clarks' horse stables; Family Hair Care, a Dade City salon which lists Ronald Clark as an officer; Swalley Ministries, a company formed with a former music minister, and Global Medical Missions and Global Medical Relief, two companies set up to provide food and medical assistance in Haiti and China with Dr. John Gentri, a Brandon physician. Gentri said he worked without salary and never knew much about the business side of the foreign missions. He said he was frustrated when Ronald Clark reneged on a promise to provide church funds to feed Haitian children, then backed away from the mission work altogether to concentrate on TV evangelism. "I think they were supposed to give us $3,000 a month, but we begged for every penny," Gentri said. "We were always behind. "Then Ron said he couldn't afford it any longer. He said he had to make a choice between supporting his church and supporting the mission. I didn't believe him. But I absolutely didn't know what went on with the money." Gentri said he now runs the mission in Haiti through private donations. He said he left Living Water Church after he learned that Ronald Clark was telling other church members that Gentri had diagnosed Belinda Clark as mentally ill when he had offered no such opinions.

Tampa church imperiled by pastors' bitter divorce
St. Petersburg Times; St. Petersburg, Fla.; Jun 1, 2003; JEFF TESTERMAN;

97 Wolves In Sheep‘s Clothing Abstract: The allegations derive from an affidavit filed by Linda Gestrin, [Ronald Clark]'s sister. Gestrin said he revealed his plan to her in a phone call in February, saying [Belinda Clark] was "crazy" and "out of control," and adding that his plan would cut Belinda out of alimony, leaving her "half of nothing." [Jack Hoogewind] says in court documents that the church never deducted Social Security or Medicare payments from her paycheck, nor paid any money into the Social Security system on her behalf. Instead, Hoogewind says, Ronald Clark told Belinda that the church was paying into a retirement fund for her in lieu of payments to Social Security. Ronald Clark filed for divorce when Belinda was fired, saying she tried to ruin his credibility at the church. Ronald Clark also said his wife had made "delusional claims" that he was attempting to kill her after taking out a $1-million life insurance policy on her. Full Text: Copyright Times Publishing Co. Jun 1, 2003 Fifteen years ago, the Rev. Ronald Clark and his wife, Belinda, brought their evangelical fervor, organizational talent and youthful good looks to the task of founding the Living Water Church of Tampa. They started in a Holiday Inn meeting room with five members. The charismatic Christian church ultimately grew to a congregation of more than a thousand, big enough to spin off an international relief mission. The growth sent the church from a storefront to a warehouse to the $5-million cluster of buildings off Interstate 4, where church services today are advertised by a flashing electronic sign. But good times have given way to turmoil at the Living Water Church. A rancorous divorce proceeding between the Clarks has chased away parishioners, undermined church finances and left its future in doubt. The marital discord has lawyers filing papers in two counties. The Clarks' conflict has spawned a domestic violence petition, a criminal complaint about missing church donations, a slander suit, a lien on the church to prevent its sale and a lawsuit aimed at dissolving that lien. "Hopefully for the church, the anger will settle down," said Arnold Levine, a Tampa lawyer representing Ronald Clark. "But if this is going to be the battle of the ages, I'm sure the church is going to be impacted." At the center of the dispute is the valuable church property. Belinda Clark has taken the unusual action of asking a judge to declare the property a marital asset, so that she can share in the distribution of funds earned from the property. Her success would likely end the Living Water Church in its current location, and might trigger landmark tax consequences. Tax exemptions in peril The church property is owned by a tax-exempt, nonprofit corporation and run by a board of trustees. If the property is determined to be an asset of the Clarks, church leaders worry, then its tax exemption might be void, and the exemption for all donations to the church over the years might be void, too. Levine discounts that possibility. "It's just absurd," he says. "The church is in the title of the nonprofit, and no one has any ownership interest but the nonprofit. It's for the benefit of the parishioners." Nonetheless, Belinda Clark's Dade City attorney, Jack Hoogewind, has asked for an emergency hearing next week to consider a motion to freeze the church's assets so a judge can determine if the Living Water Church is a marital asset. Hoogewind claims in court papers that Ronald Clark had a secret plan to sell the church, then place the proceeds in a trust that would feed him money in a ministry he would establish out of the country.

98 Wolves In Sheep‘s Clothing The allegations derive from an affidavit filed by Linda Gestrin, Ronald Clark's sister. Gestrin said he revealed his plan to her in a phone call in February, saying Belinda Clark was "crazy" and "out of control," and adding that his plan would cut Belinda out of alimony, leaving her "half of nothing." Levine said Gestrin's claims are baseless and that she was in adispute with Ronald Clark over some personal effects. Levine also said the church for some months has considered selling its I-4 property to move to a more family-friendly location in the suburbs. Ronald Clark, 46, known as "Reverend Ron" to his congregation, moved to the Living Water Church's current location 10 years ago. He is the founder of Global Medical Relief, a humanitarian mission that built a hospital in China and clinics in Haiti, according to the church's Web site. Rev. Clark, who received a doctorate from Oral Roberts University, is the author of Sailing Through the Storms of Life and Can a Christian Love a Muslim? He presided over the memorial service for Hillsborough State Attorney Harry Lee Coe at the Living Water Church in July 2000. Belinda Clark, 41, served as an associate pastor at the Living Water Church for 10 years, but was fired from her $70,000-a-year job by the board of trustees in March. Hoogewind says in court documents that the church never deducted Social Security or Medicare payments from her paycheck, nor paid any money into the Social Security system on her behalf. Instead, Hoogewind says, Ronald Clark told Belinda that the church was paying into a retirement fund for her in lieu of payments to Social Security. Belinda Clark says she was assured by the church board that her retirement account had grown to $300,000, but she says she's received none of those funds and now believes the money was diverted to pay for the acquisition of church assets. 'Delusional claims' Ronald Clark filed for divorce when Belinda was fired, saying she tried to ruin his credibility at the church. Ronald Clark also said his wife had made "delusional claims" that he was attempting to kill her after taking out a $1-million life insurance policy on her. Later, Living Water Church officials alleged Belinda Clark had illegally diverted church mail for some weeks around Easter, depriving the church of thousands of dollars in mail-in contributions during the biggest donation time of the year. According to an April 28 complaint with the sheriff's office by Richard C. Barker Jr., an associate pastor at Living Water Church, Belinda Clark completed a change-ofaddress form to divert all church mail to her Dade City post office box, even though she was no longer on the church board. The mail diversion complaint remains under criminal investigation, Hillsborough sheriff's officials said last week. Levine said the missing mail created a financial hardship for the church. In her counter-petition in the divorce case, Belinda Clark seeks custody of the couple's two children, the proceeds from the Living Water Church and title to the marital home in Dade City, a $322,966 estate on Fort King Road that includes a 3,618-square-foot home and an 8-acre horse farm. In the counter-petition, Belinda Clark says her husband slandered her during services at the Living Water Church by telling others she was mentally ill, guilty of adultery and morally unfit to be an associate pastor. In seeking a temporary restraining order against her husband, Belinda Clark told a Pasco County sheriff's deputy that her husband had threatened her and said, "I hope you enjoy living in hell." Mrs. Clark said she feared for her safety because he kept 13 guns in the home. She also told the deputy that her husband was under investigation by the Hillsborough Sheriff's Office, where Ronald Clark is employed as chaplain and reserve deputy.

99 Wolves In Sheep‘s Clothing Records show Clark took a 90-day voluntary leave of absence from the sheriff's office beginning March 31. But there is no record of an internal affairs investigation of Clark, according to an April 9 letter from Maj. Richard Cipriano of the sheriff's human resources division. Neither Ronald Clark nor Belinda Clark would discuss these matters on the record with the St. Petersburg Times. On May 23, the couple appeared in a court hearing in Dade City to offer testimony in a petition for a permanent domestic violence injunction sought by Mrs. Clark. Belinda Clark wore a gray busi-ness suit. Ronald Clark was in a gold blazer, monogrammed blue shirt and cuff links. The couple might have passed for Fortune 500 business executives. They did not speak to one another. Instead, they wrinkled their brows and winced at testimony about their messy divorce. Threats and lawsuits Psychologist Timothy Foster, a $250-an-hour counselor paid by the church to see the Clarks, said he saw so much anger "that it became obvious to me this was going to resolve not in the counseling room but in divorce court." Ronald Clark gritted his teeth as he was asked to recount what his wife had said to him in a March phone call. "She said she would crush my head, she said she would cut off my b----, she said she would f------ destroy me," Ronald Clark testified. Barker, the associate pastor, told of accompanying Ronald Clark to his home to pick up belongings that Mrs. Clark had placed on the porch in a driving rain. Boxes had become so saturated they split. The children were "hysterical," Barker said, and Ronald Clark "was weeping the whole time he was loading up." Belinda Clark said she'd had no support for the children. The electricity would be turned off that afternoon if a $700 bill weren't paid, she said. After a break, the couple adjourned to a conference room with their attorneys to talk. They emerged with an agreement to drop the domestic violence petition and to share custody of the children. Ronald Clark promised to pay the electric bill by 5 p.m. But reconciliation does not appear imminent. Six days later, the Living Water Church sued Hoogewind and Belinda Clark in Hillsborough Circuit Court, saying they had improperly placed a lien on the church. The same day, Hoogewind filed the papers in Dade City that claimed Ronald Clark had a secret plan to sell the church and leave the country. - Times researcher John Martin contributed to this report. Jeff Testerman can be reached at (813) 226-3422 or by e-mail at testerman@sptimes.com

Accusations Fly Between Pastor, Wife
By MISSY STODDARD mstoddard@tampatrib.com Published: Jun 20, 2003 DADE CITY - She says her husband has branded her a thief and an adulteress and won't financially support her and their two children. He says his wife's actions have cost him his salary and more than half the membership of his congregation. Ronald and Belinda Clark, pastor and former associate pastor of Living Water Church in Tampa, spent more than two hours Thursday in a judge's chambers testifying about the most personal details of their life and finances. The couple, in the throes of a bitter divorce, were there on a motion Belinda Clark filed to compel her husband to temporarily support her and the children, who are living in the family's $500,000 Dade City home and horse farm but don't have money to buy groceries, according to her attorney, Jack Hoogewind. ``It's a starve-her-out mentality,'' said Hoogewind, referring to Ronald Clark's

100 Wolves In Sheep‘s Clothing assertion that he's broke. His attorney, Arnold Levine, insisted Clark ``has no money'' and has paid $25,000 to his wife since the first of the year. ``He's living on borrowed money,'' Levine said. ``He has no funds. I've only been paid by third-party money.'' The hearing, to resume next month, ended Thursday with Pasco Circuit Court Judge Linda Babb ordering Clark to borrow whatever money he could to give his wife $2,000 by this afternoon. Belinda Clark seeks at least $7,000 a month for her and her children. Ronald Clark, 46, filed for divorce from his wife of 24 years in March, shortly after the church's board of trustees fired Belinda Clark, 41, from her $70,000 a year job as associate pastor and principal of the Living Water school. On Thursday, she testified that some time afterward, her husband stood before his congregation and claimed he had ``biblical grounds'' for a divorce. Hoogewind argued that ``biblical grounds'' is church- speak for adultery. When he took the stand, Ronald Clark challenged that assertion. He picked up a Bible and leafed through it, quoting from Exodus, 1 Corinthians, Matthew and Romans. Clark said those passages allow for a biblical divorce in situations of indecency, lack of emotional support, physical cruelty, refusal of sex and sexual perversion. Clark accused his wife of downloading ``hard-core pornographic videos'' from their home satellite dish. Asked by Hoogewind whether the videos could have been downloaded by the couple's teenage son, Clark responded: ``I have seen her watch pornographic movies.'' Melvin Myer, a trustee at Living Water who testified for Ronald Clark, said church membership has plunged from 1,286 in January to 444 in May. Tithes and offerings are down $67,000 since January, Myer said. He blamed the loss on Belinda Clark's ``malicious and slanderous'' actions that ``have caused people to be insecure and leave the church.'' Myer said Living Water owes $118,000 in past-due bills, including the church's $19,500 mortgage payment. Staff has been let go and Ronald Clark is not drawing his $70,000 salary or his tax-exempt $78,000 housing allowance, Myer said. He denied knowledge of an alleged ``scam'' to hide money for Ronald Clark. Living Water moved to its current location off Interstate 4 in 1993. The church occupies 16 acres and a 26,000-square-foot building. In a 1996 Tampa Tribune story, Clark characterized his flock as middle- to higherincome baby boomers, who at that time gave more than $2 million annually to support the church.

Funding Surprised Church Members
By Missy Stoddard - mstoddard@tampatrib.com TAMPA - 7/3/03 - Every Sunday for five years, Jim Peters attended services at the nondenominational Living Water Church off Interstate 4. He got hooked on Pastor Ron Clark's passion-filled sermons, his knowledge of the Bible and charisma like Peters had never known. Initially, Peters said, he was ``shocked'' by the 10-piece band at worship, the shouting, the clapping and raising of hands, and the flags of many nations, not crosses, hanging in the sanctuary. But something kept calling him back. When Peters, 66, participated in a laying of hands ceremony that rid him of chronic shoulder pain, he knew he had come to the right place. ``That was the clincher for me to say, `This is the church where I belong,' '' he said.

101 Wolves In Sheep‘s Clothing Though he enjoyed the preaching and camaraderie, Peters said he couldn't shake the feeling something wasn't right. He never officially joined Living Water and disliked the repeated solicitations for donations to the church by Clark, 46, and his wife, Belinda, 41, who was an associate pastor. When newspapers began reporting recently on the Clarks' acrimonious divorce including details of their personal finances - Peters and others say they were shocked and angered. The Clarks earned a $70,000 salary each, plus a $78,000 tax-exempt housing allowance, according to court testimony. The money bought a Dade City horse farm and ranch valued at $500,000 and a $275,000 rental home in Celebration near Orlando. ``What's gone on in their personal lives is theirs, but it tears me apart that they kept wanting to get money out of us every chance they could and I come home to my little, low-cost apartment,'' Peters said. ``At the time I thought it was money well spent. I am now terribly embarrassed, totally angry.'' Peters and other former members of Living Water said it was disconcerting to have two and three collections per service. Each Sunday for about a month, Peters said, an extra collection was taken for Ron Clark's birthday gift - a new tractor for his ranch. During the five years he attended Living Water, Peters said, he gave an average of $10 a week, or a total $2,600. The retired civil engineer, who lives in a two-bedroom, $347-a-month apartment, supplements his income singing at nursing homes. Years Of Tithing For seven years, Peters' friend Beverly Natario, 66, gave 10 percent of her take- home pay to Living Water. Like Peters, Natario, a customer-service typist, was enraptured by Clark. ``The anointing of God was there, the Holy Spirit was present, and the music and word of God was so on fire that you'd sit there for three hours and feel like you hadn't been there long,'' she said. Natario, Peters and their friend Judy Gebo, 61, say they were as devoted a flock as a church could want. Gebo, an office manager for a dental practice, also faithfully gave 10 percent of her income to the church. Both women underscore that tithing is a biblical directive and that they do not regret giving. The Clarks, they say, will have to answer to God about how they spent the money. All three say they never saw a church budget and had no idea Belinda Clark was drawing a salary. Then they began reading newspaper reports of the Clarks' finances. ``What I didn't know and what I couldn't understand is why [Belinda Clark] was getting any money,'' Gebo said. Belinda Clark said Wednesday that it was her husband's desire for her to make $70,000. She said Ron Clark wanted to make $225,000 a year, but knew a minister with that kind of salary would raise red flags with the Internal Revenue Service. ``I think it is a little outrageous,'' she said of her salary. ``I never questioned him.''

102 Wolves In Sheep‘s Clothing She said congregants interested in the church's finances didn't remain members at Living Water. ``Many people were asked to leave when they pressed it or disagreed with Ron on anything,'' she said. ``A lot of people in the past have left disgruntled because they were told that because they weren't tithing, they were going to hell or they didn't really love God and because of that, God didn't really love them and they were cursed.'' During a recent court hearing, Belinda Clark testified that she was a co-pastor and principal of Living Water's school, which had 11 students. She is seeking $7,000 a month in support for her and the couple's two teens. Clark has asked the court to declare the church a marital asset and wants half. Clark said Wednesday that she worked 50 to 70 hours a week at Living Water and is a few credits shy of earning her master's degree. She said she loves and misses members of Living Water and has forgiven her husband. Congregation Dwindles Ron Clark recently resigned his position at Living Water and is international director of education for Family Harvest International based in Chicago. He testified that he has no money to give his soon-to-be ex-wife. He has blamed the negative publicity on a decline in church membership - from a high of nearly 2,000 to about 400. Clark didn't return phone calls seeking comment. His attorney, Arnold Levine, was out of town. Melvin Myer, a former board trustee who is president of the Living Water organization, referred questions to Rick Barker, acting senior pastor. Barker said Wednesday that his understanding is congregants are provided an overview of the church's financial state, but that details such as pastors' salaries typically are not broken out. Edward Brennan, Living Water's corporate counsel, said that as a matter of course, a church's board of trustees determines salaries and that the congregation typically is not informed of things such as salaries and utility bills. Several months ago, before reports of the Clarks' marital woes became public, Peters, Natario and Gebo said they sensed a change at Living Water. Ron Clark's preaching was different. Request For Prayers Then about three months ago, Natario said, Myer stood before the congregation and said Belinda Clark no longer was affiliated with the church. Ron Clark stood up and said he would not discuss Belinda's departure or the couple's marital problems. Instead, he asked for prayers and said he was waiting for an answer from God. Peters, Natario and Gebo say they wish the church luck in rebuilding its membership, though they are looking elsewhere for spiritual guidance. Each has learned valuable lessons as a result of what has happened to Living Water. ``I will attend a church, and if I feel that's the church I want to be at, I'm certainly going to ask where their monies go,'' Natario said. ``This is the first time I've ever been disillusioned by a church.''

103 Wolves In Sheep‘s Clothing Reporter Missy Stoddard can be reached at (813) 779-4635.

Bi- Sexual Felon Or Hero - Jim Bakker?
The mouth of an immoral woman is a deep pit; He who is abhorred by the LORD will fall there. Proverbs 22:14 The righteousness of the upright will deliver them, But the unfaithful will be caught by their lust. Proverbs 11:6

Chapter 8

Bakker a born-again huckster
Marty Gervais Windsor Star Wednesday, February 27, 2008 Jim Bakker, that wily, syrupy-voiced, disgraced televangelist, is making a television comeback. He's moving from a low-key show out of a converted restaurant in a one- horse Missouri town and back to the limelight with a broadcast from a sprawling 600-acre development. Of course, he's asking for forgiveness. Of course, he's also asking for "love donations" from the very flock he once hoodwinked out of their savings. The subject is of particular interest to me because in May 1987, I set out on a journey down that broad red ribbon on the map that Christian fundamentalists call "Highway to Heaven." I'm talking about Highway 77. It runs like a vein down into the deep South, plunging into Ohio, West Virginia, Virginia, North Carolina and straight into the land of Bible message billboards, right past the pearly gates of Jim and Tammy and into the home of Christian scam and scandal. It was purely coincidental that I arrived just when the Bakkers flew the coop, leaving Jerry Falwell to sweep in with a helicopter to seize control of their $129million-a-year operation. Bakker spent five years in prison for diverting millions into his own pockets. Tammy, soon after the debacle of The PTL (Praise The Lord) club, divorced her

104 Wolves In Sheep‘s Clothing husband, and has since passed away. Now Jim's lost flock is quietly making its way back to him, despite being duped into handing over their life savings to this man. In a class action suit, some 165,000 of these PTL followers each won a refund of $6.54. My 1987 trip is something I won't ever forget. As I headed south, there was only the hint of what this part of America was all about. Quaint white frame steepled churches dotted the lush green rolling landscape. At each junction to a town or a city, among a forest of Holiday Inn and Ramada Inn signs, there were billboards bidding drivers to "Turn Back To the Bible." Ironically, it became clear in God's America that things were not right. Not then. Not now. Just as it was hard to find something other than gospel or country and western on the radio, it was also difficult to ignore the indignant denials of immorality over PTL or the smooth-talking words of "forgiveness" about the Bakkers. INVISIBLE BOUNDARY The country and western music, with all its hurtin' and cheatin,' really seemed to be the flipside to the "gospel" fabric that still pervades the lives of the people here -Baptists, Pentecostals or Lutherans. Before long, as I ventured further south, I passed over some invisible boundary line and knew I was well inside the Bible Belt. There was nothing to signal this --no road signs, no guide books --but there was that sense I had somehow passed into territory that was like nothing else I'd ever seen. If it was a Wednesday night and I was passing a Pentecostal church I'd see cars parked bumper to bumper along the shoulders of the highways. If I rolled down the car window, I would've heard singing and clapping. Bible America. At Heritage USA, I walked into Bakker's multimillion-dollar religious Disneyland with gigantic waterslides, the original childhood home of Billy Graham, a recreated stage set of Jerusalem with Herod's armies and shepherds and camels. I conducted dozens of interviews, including talking to Bakker's parents and Tammy's cosmetic associate. One of my best was with the actor who played Satan in their religious plays. This man complained about the role, telling me he was attacked nightly by the audience. And the crowd cheered each time they'd assault him. "They thought I really was Satan!" he said. "I complained and asked the director if I could just once be Jesus!" While there, I stayed at the magnificent Grand Hotel with its glitzy lobby of chandeliers, mirrors and twinkling lights. This was a hotel without mini bars in the rooms or smoke shops in the lobby. It was a place where smoking and drinking were banned, where the wake-up call tells you: "This is the day the Lord has made!" and where bikini-clad women were forbidden from the hotel pool. This was Bakker's empire. A sprawling 2,200-acre religious dreamland smack dab in the middle of fundamentalist, Bible-centred America, where people spoke in tongues and where prophecies were as commonplace as cornbread and catfish. Bakker is doing it again. He's bringing back the excesses of fundamentalism, and that odd commingling of carnival razzmatazz, amusement parks, early American revivalism and old-fashioned Protestant Bible camp camaraderie.

105 Wolves In Sheep‘s Clothing When will people wake up?

The Man of The Hour?
By John Davies Who said I cannot judge liars, rapists and thieves? Not God! Rather Jesus told us in Matthew 7:15 "Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. 7:16 "You will know them by their fruits. So we can judge, write and read about them? For the record, what biblical restoration did Jim Bakker do for his sins and crimes ? None! Jim Bakker repented of what? Very little! So his repentance wasn't worth much? The only thing that Jim Bakker ever repented off was teaching prosperity. In his book he doesn't admit to repenting to anything else. Now we know from fact that Jim was an adulterer, a thief, a liar and bisexual and he did these things in public as a religious leader. Could you please tell me when he repented of his sins in public just like David did in Psalm 51 and "Zacchaeus did in Luke? Luke 19:5 And when Jesus came to the place, He looked up and saw him, and said to him, "Zacchaeus, make haste and come down, for today I must stay at your house." 19:6 So he made haste and came down, and received Him joyfully. 19:7 But when they saw it, they all complained, saying, "He has gone to be a guest with a man who is a sinner." 19:8 Then Zacchaeus stood and said to the Lord, "Look, Lord, I give half of my goods to the poor; and if I have taken anything from anyone by false accusation, I restore fourfold." 19:9 And Jesus said to him, "Today salvation has come to this house, because he also is a son of Abraham; 19:10 "for the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost." EX 22:1 "If a man steals an ox or a sheep, and slaughters it or sells it, he shall restore five oxen for an ox and four sheep for a sheep. EX 22:4 "If the theft is certainly found alive in his hand, whether it is an ox or donkey or sheep, he shall restore double. “He was one of the worst of the very worst preacher men begging on TV, the kind of conman and scripture twisters that could make anyone flip the channel as fast as humanly possible (Christian or non-Christian), the leader of the so-called PTL Club (Praise the Lord), a show full of hand clapping and bebopping and unscrupulous moneychanging shenanigans and crocodile tears galore -- and the odd thing was, even when he had fallen as far as he could fall (lying, cheating, promiscuity, false prosperity theology to separate trusting Christians from their money, rape, homosexuality, tax fraud) he was always sincere, by his own word he probably felt he really was serving God, and he probably started out not all that far from the truth.” (Douglas Christian Larsen) Jim Bakker was founder and former president of the PTL Ministries. Sam Johnson was director of World Missions in 1986. Richard Dortch was the PTL's 2nd minister in 1984. In 1987 former Secretary of the Interior James Watt, and retired televangelist Rex Humbard were named to the PTL board by thenchairman Reverend Jerry Falwell. Bakker resigned from Praise The Lord ministries in 1987 after admitting he had an affair with a ministry secretary. In 1989, he was convicted in Charlotte of a wire and mail-fraud scheme over the sale of more than

106 Wolves In Sheep‘s Clothing 150,000 lifetime partnerships to the planned Heritage USA theme park in Fort Mill, S.C. Bakker's 45-year sentence was reduced to 18 years and he served five before his parole in 1995. While in prison, his former wife, Tammy Faye now remarried as Tammy Faye Messner - divorced him. Bakker has since contended that his years in prison were his salvation. He re-read all the scriptures and crucially concluded that the so-called "prosperity preaching" of his PTL days - wherein he equated dollar-wealth with godliness - was misguided. For a while, Bakker lived by his new creed that God also attended to the poor. He moved to Los Angeles where he met his new wife, with whom he is now raising seven Hispanic foster children. Although many sheep are leery of Bakker, the clergy admired his propensity to rob and use the sheep. In 1995, when he was barely out of prison, he addressed a Christian leadership conference where 10,000 clergymen cheered and gave him a 15-minute standing ovation. "I thought people would spit on me," he later recalled. "Instead they received me with open arms." Bakker is now back on the air with "The Jim Bakker Show," taped in Branson, Mo. Jim Bakker is an evangelical fundamentalist who began his television career co-hosting a children's puppet show with his wife Tammy Faye on Pat Robertson's 700 Club television show. Bakker rose to fame as a TV evangelist in the PTL (Praise the Lord) Ministry, an enterprise he started in 1974 and built from the ground up. The PTL claimed in 1987 to have 13 million subscribers and assets of $175 million including Heritage USA, a 2,300-acre Christian theme park and home of the PTL Network in Ft. Mill, North Carolina. Other assets included the PTL Network, and a retirement center in Charlotte, North Carolina. The PTL Network reached an estimated 13 million households on its own cable channel and was also aired on 180 other commercial stations. Heritage USA was a lavish resort with a 500-room luxury hotel, an amphitheater for staging passion plays, an amusement park, and Billy Graham's boyhood home--brought there piece by piece and reconstructed. (Hence Billy Graham supported Jim Bakker in prison and out of prison!) Guests who have made appearances on the Bakker's TV show included: evangelists Billy Graham, Oral Roberts, James Robison, and Robert Schuller; actors Mickey Rooney, Roy Rogers and Dale Evans, Pearl Bailey, Anita Bryant, Little Richard, and Mr. T. Speaking about the rise of an entrepreneurial movement in Pentecostal Christianity author Susan Harding wrote of the PTL: "It reached its apogee in Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker's Heritage USA, a kind of postmodern pentecostal mecca. Their 'inspirational theme park' conspicuously celebrates consumption, play, excess, indulgence, immediate gratification, wild swings of growth and crisis, anti- hierarchy, feminization, polymorphous perversity, 'name it/claim it,' visual images, spectacle and narrative fragmentation, disposable identities, movement, artifice, depthlessness and decenteredness. However, all has not been rosy for the PTL which by 1978 was $13 million in debt and in 1979 was investigated by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) about Bakker's on-the-air solicitations for overseas work, which were used to pay the bills for his domestic operations. The

107 Wolves In Sheep‘s Clothing investigation of the PTL Network disappeared in the restructuring of the FCC that occurred in the early years of the Reagan administration. Bakker and his ministry continued to expand and managed to stay financially afloat until 1987. The fall of the PTL began at the February 1987 National Religious Broadcasters convention when Jimmy Swaggart heard rumors of sexual infidelities on the part of Jim Bakker. Bakker, fearing that Swaggart would create a public scandal and take over Heritage USA, resigned from the PTL Network in March 1987, turning temporary control over to Jerry Falwell. Falwell examined the books and found that the PTL was more than $60 million in debt. Falwell refused to turn the network back to the Bakkers, claiming them to be unfit for the ministry of the gospel. Falwell's financial rescue plan for the PTL complex was turned down by Judge Rufus Reynolds as being inadequate for contributors and creditors. Falwell then resigned as head of the PTL in 1988, turning the ministry over to board members James Watt and Rex Humbard. Meanwhile the IRS had been investigating the PTL since 1980, claiming the Heritage USA theme park operations were commercial, not ministerial. After Falwell's resignation, the IRS revoked the PTL's tax-exempt status retroactive to 1980. The IRS claimed that the PTL owed $65 million in back taxes. The PTL went into bankruptcy proceedings in 1988 and was sold when Judge Rufus Reynolds accepted a bid of $115 million from Rabbi Stephen Mernick, an Orthodox rabbi from Toronto. Jim Bakker had no formal training in theology--he failed to complete even the introductory course in religious doctrine at North Central Bible College. The Bakker ministry was one of love--the God that healed and forgave all human trangressions. Bakker's ministry sanctioned extreme forms of "conversion experiences," where sinners turned into saints via divine intervention. This allowed Bakker to accept a wide variety of religious beliefs and traditions into the fold of his ministry. The Bakkers used the tradition of Pentecostal testimony on the PTL Network to work through the many crises in their lives and to justify their extravagant lifestyles and financial transgressions. Between 1984 and mid-1987, the Bakkers received annual salaries of $200,000 each and Jim awarded himself over $4 million in bonuses. The Bakkers owned, among other things, a $600,000 house in Palm Springs, 4 condos in California, and a Rolls Royce. Bakker has been disordained as an Assembly of God minister. At its peak 25 ordained ministers from the Assemblies of God worked full-time for the PTL. PTL sold "lifetime memberships" for a $1,000 or more which entitled buyers to a 3-night stay annually at a luxury hotel in Heritage USA. According to the prosecution at Bakker's trial, tens of thousands of memberships had been sold, and only one 500-room hotel completed. Bakker had not only sold more "exclusive" partnerships than could be accommodated, but had also raised more than twice the money needed to build the hotel. The Bakker trial revealed that a good deal of the money had gone into operating expenses of Heritage USA, and Bakker kept $3,700,000 for himself. Bakker, who apparently made all of the financial decisions for the PTL and kept two sets of books to conceal the accounting irregularities, took conspicuous consumption to new extremes. PTL once spent over $100,000 for a private jet to fly the Bakker's clothing across the country. PTL also spent more than $100 on a purchase of cinnamon rolls because Jim and Tammy wanted the smell of them in their hotel room.) "They [Bakkers] epitomized

108 Wolves In Sheep‘s Clothing the excesses of the nineteen eighties--the greed, the love of glitz, and the shamelessness-- which in their case was so pure as to almost amount to a kind of innocence." The PTL, the Christian Broadcasting Network, and the Trinity Broadcasting Network in April 1980 pooled their resources to provide live and taped coverage of the Full Gospel Business Men's Fellowship International's daylong prayer rally, "Washington for Jesus." Jim Bakker claimed that the PTL sent "a large monthly contribution to Mark Buntain whose overseas ministry feeds 12,000 children a day." However, the Charlotte Observer reported in 1979 that the PTL raised thousands of dollars for foreign missions that never went to the missions. In 1986 the PTL claimed it was in the process of building a School of Evangelism which would use missionaries, radio, and television to send its message around the globe. This, as with many other Bakker schemes, never happened. At that time PTL television shows were being broadcast in Japan, Taiwan, the Philippines, and Thailand. Jim Bakker's daily TV show reached an estimated 5.8 million households each month during 1986. After losing Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker in 1987, "The PTL Club" broadcasts went from 67 TV stations down to 32 stations, and its viewing audience dropped by half. In 1988 Bakker, his number 2 administrator Richard Dortch, and aides David and James Taggart were indicted on charges of fraud and conspiracy. Bakker and Dortsch were charged, among other things, with illegally taking some $4 million in bonuses from PTL funds, defrauding at least 150,000 contributors to the PTL, mail fraud, tax evasion, defrauding the thousands of "lifetime partners" who bought memberships to Heritage USA, and conspiring to "create and continue to lead lavish and extravagant life-styles." Bakker was found guilty on 24 counts of fraud and conspiracy and in October 1989 was sentenced to 45 years in jail and fined $500,000. He was paroled because the original judge made some statements about Jim‘s religious beliefs which were not proper. Sources: 1. "Jim Bakker Indicted on Fraud Charges," Fund Raising Management, Jan 1989. 2. Russell Shaw, "TV Ministries Gaining Ground After Scandals," Electronic Media, Jan 30, 1989. 3. Louise Bourgault, "The 'Jim Bakker Show': The Program, Its Viewers and Their Churches," The Journal of Communication and Religion, Mar 1988. 4. Letter from Sam Johnson, PTL Ministry, Dec 8, 1986. 5. Letter from Jim Bakker, PTL Television Network, Aug 8, 1983. 6. Sara Diamond, Spiritual Warfare (Boston, MA: South End Press, 1989). 7. "God and Money: Sex Scandal, Greed and Lust for Power Split the TV Preaching World," Newsweek, April 6, 1987. 8. "Divided Pentecostals: Bakker and Swaggart," The Christian Century, May 6, 1987. 9. Susan Harding, "The World of the Born-Again Telescandals," Michigan Quarterly Review, Fall 1988. 10. David Earle Anderson, "The 'Holy War' for Ratings," Christianity and Crisis, May 4, 1987. 11. "Power, Glory--And Politics," Time, Feb 17, 1986.

109 Wolves In Sheep‘s Clothing 12. "Jerry Falwell Is Not Just Another Baptist Minister," Christianity Today, Mar 18, 1988. 13. "Can Jim and Tammy Make a Comeback?," U.S. News & World Report, Oct 19, 1987. 14. "Fresh Out of Miracles," Newsweek, May 11, 1987. 15. "TV's Unholy Row," Time, Apr 6, 1987. 16. Richard N. Ostling, "Jim Bakker's Crumbling World," Time, Dec 19, 1988. 17. Facts on File (New York, NY: Facts on File, 1989). 18. Terry C. Muck, "Healing the Church--After Bakker: Thanks to a North Carolina Jury, a Time of Recovery Can Come to American Christians," Christianity Today, 1989. 19. "An Unholy War in the TV Pulpits," U.S. News and World Report, April 6, 1987. 20. Richard N. Ostling, "Falwell Throws In the Towel," Time, Oct 19, 1987. 21. Richard N. Ostling, "Tuesday, the Rabbi Bought PTL," Time, Oct 17, 1988. 22. "Praise the Lord, Pay IRS," Time, May 2, 1988. 23. Frances FitzGerald, "Jim and Tammy," The New Yorker, April 29, 1990. 24. GroupWatch - The Interhemispheric Resource Center, Box 4506, Albuquerque, NM 87196. 25. Hadden, Jeffrey K. and Anson Shupe. Televangelism: Power and Politics on God‘s Frontier. New York: Henry Holt and Company, 1988. 26.Jean Seligmann, "The Inimitable Tammy Faye, Newsweek, June 8, 1987, p. 69. 27. Cited in Gordon Witkin and Jeannye Thornton, "Stones Fly in the TV Temple," U.S. News ~ World Report, June 8, 1987. 28. Transcript, Jim Bakker's statement of March 19, 1987. Charlotte Observer, March 20, 1987. 29. Megan Rosenfeld, "Bakker Says His Ministry is at an End," Washington Post, May 2, 1987. 30. Art Harris and Michael Isikoff, "The Bakkers' Tumultuous Return, Washington Post June 12, 1987. 31. Transcript of ABC's "Nightline," May 28, 1987. 32. "Statements from Bakkers," USA Today, April 27, 1987. 33. Ted Mellnik, "Bakker, Dortch Dismissed," Charlotte Observer, May 5, 1987. 34. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jim_Bakker

Jim Bakker's back
Independent (England), June 15, 2003 http://news.independent.co.uk/ The life of Jim Bakker, the world's most famous fallen tele-evangelist, has always been about numbers, and we are not just talking hymns and psalms. There was the $1.9m salary he paid himself in 1986, the last full year that he led the Praise The Lord (PTL) Ministry that he founded in 1972 with his thickly mascara'd wife, Tammy Faye. At the time, he owned six luxury mansions, 47 bank accounts and a single Rolls-Royce. He was accustomed to raising $1m from his TV-goggling disciples across America every two days.

110 Wolves In Sheep‘s Clothing Then came 1989, when he was charged, and convicted, on 24 counts of fraud and conspiracy for stealing $3.7m from his flock to fund his fabulous lifestyle. We could go on in this vein for ever. It was never exactly clear how many sexual partners (allegedly both women and men) he enjoyed in those crazy days before his reckoning with the law and crushing humiliation. We do know he paid $265,000 in cash to buy the silence of a church secretary he had been involved with in 1980. The opulence of the Bakkers' lifestyle at the height of their reign could not be measured in simple figures, however. They enjoyed the American Dream, but a garishly inflated version of it. They had an air-conditioned dog kennel and gold-plated bathrooms. Theirs was the kind of money that bought everything except good taste. Tammy Faye, who used glove puppets to help explain the Word of the Lord on air, is still seen today as the gold standard for eye shadow run amok. There is even a documentary film about her simply called The Eyes of Tammy Faye Bakker. Jim had a monkey face. His apple-shiny cheeks contrived to look at once bloated and stretched. The Bakkers flaunted their wealth and used it to raise more and more of it. They offered a model of extravagant living that viewers drank in, presumably not in a spirit of post-modern irony. At its peak, the PTL broadcasts touched 13.5 million American households every day. The Bakkers are still being pursued for $3m (£1.9m) in unpaid income tax. But there is one number, above all, that Jim Bakker, will never forget. It is 07407-058. Put "Inmate" in front of it, and you will see why. Bakker was sentenced to 45 years in federal prison for his crimes, even though some of the counts against him were later reversed and in 1994 he was released after only five years behind bars. By then, Tammy Faye had divorced him and Bakker, we all assumed, would fade into shamed obscurity. One thing was for sure, he told one interviewer shortly afterwards - he would never preach on television again. He did write a book, however, simply called I Was Wrong. And then, lo and behold, Bakker was wrong again. Not only is he preaching once more, but he is doing it before the cameras. Second chances are encouraged in Christian teaching and, for sure, they are allowed in America. For proof, you need look no further than a joint called the Studio City Café in Branson, Missouri, a folksy tourist town that peddles God and country music to Middle America in roughly equal measures. Since January, Bakker, 63, and his new wife, Lori Graham Bakker, have been turning up here each weekday morning to record an hour-long show of music, pious chat and, of course, old-fashioned preaching. The show is being carried by a growing roster of television stations across America and, via satellite, around the world. Assisting them are 20 Christian singers doubling as waitresses and cooks and, on most days, a celebrity guest of questionable calibre. Tony Orlando was on recently, and if you can't quite pin him down, he is the man who sang "Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree" with Dawn. On hand every day to ensure an atmosphere of wholesome devotion to Bakker, are the paying customers of the 260-seat café, nearly all tourists visiting Branson, cheering him on while shovelling down barbecued ribs and eight-inch-high chocolate gateaux.

111 Wolves In Sheep‘s Clothing Bakker, in other words, has made a swift journey from shamed to shameless. When the new Jim Bakker Show hit the airwaves in January, it was 16 years to the day since his last PTL appearance. Yet the sins that were subsequently unearthed were surely enough to make any resurrection in the TV evangelising business an utter impossibility. Chief among them was his success in persuading countless viewers to donate sums of $1,000 or more to purchase "lifetime partnerships" in a hotel complex at his glitzy Christian theme park in North Carolina called Heritage USA. The theme park, with a Main Street to rival Disney World's, certainly existed - but the hotel never did. It was the biggest time-share scam ever conceived, cloaked in the false respectability of the name of God. Thousands of American souls, mostly retirees, found they would be unable ever to get their money back. Bakker was defrocked by his denomination, the Assemblies of God, for "conduct unbecoming of a minister", and all of America, and his fellow television evangelists, turned against him. Jerry Falwell publicly declared Bakker a sexual deviant, an embezzler and a liar. After taking over the PTL Club, as it was known, and taking it into bankruptcy, Falwell called its founder "the greatest scab and cancer on the face of Christianity in two thousand years of church history". Few at the time disagreed. Bakker has since contended that his years in prison were his salvation. He re-read all the scriptures and crucially concluded that the so-called "prosperity preaching" of his PTL days - wherein he equated dollar-wealth with godliness - was misguided. For a while, Bakker lived by his new creed that God also attended to the poor. He moved to Los Angeles where he worked for a ministry working in a city ghetto. It was there that he met his new wife, with whom he is now raising seven Hispanic foster children. Later the couple moved to Florida where they founded a Christian camp for innercity teens, called the New Covenant Fellowship. And, as he did so, Bakker discovered that he was not quite the pariah he imagined. When he addressed a Christian leadership conference in Phoenix, Arizona, in 1995, when he was barely out of prison, 10,000 clergymen cheered and gave him a 15-minute standing ovation. "I thought people would spit on me," he later recalled. "Instead they received me with open arms." Bakker recently commented that it was a "supernatural act of God" that got him back in front of the cameras. He may also have been inspired by his ex-wife, Tammy Faye. In 1994, she married Roe Messner, a construction contractor who used to be one of Jim's best friends and who helped build Heritage USA, and now she too is exploiting her notoriety on the tube. With a little-known actor, Jim J Bullock, she has a cable chat-show featuring D-list Hollywood guests, entitled The Jim J and Tammy Faye Show. She talks Tinseltown and glamour but leaves God well out of it. But, in fact, most of the credit for Jim's resurrection goes to a Branson businessman called Jerry Crawford. Crawford's unbroken admiration of Bakker stemmed from his memory of visiting Heritage USA many years earlier, an experience, he has since claimed, that saved his then crumbling marriage. Crawford owns the Studio City Café in Branson and persuaded Bakker that it was the perfect venue for a television comeback. Relying on the sweat partly of volunteers and the broadcast talents of other devotees of Bakker, the restaurant was hastily converted in time for January's launch. It

112 Wolves In Sheep‘s Clothing remains a shoe-string affair. Fabulous has made way for folksy and Bakker cuts a self-consciously humble figure. "Oh my, I never really planned to come back on television," commented Bakker himself. "I had been sick for two months before the show started, and I think it was related to my losses before, to the press, and what I've been through. I think it was just my body saying, 'No! No! Don't put your head above the crowd. You'll get tomatoes thrown at you again.'" And the reception has been remarkable. "I've never been welcomed so wonderfully anywhere in my life," Bakker said of Branson and his new audiences. "I'm beyond excited, I'm overwhelmed." His show airs daily on 30 Christian broadcast television stations around the US, even though in some markets the time-slot is in the small hours. It is taken by 200 cable channels and, most recently, reaches homes worldwide via the Christian Television Network's "Angel" satellite. "We didn't really get any flak at all [for putting Bakker back on the air]," commented CTN's president Bob D'Andrea. "We've had a lot of favourable comments that people are glad to see Jim back." And among the folks packing the Studio City Café, you will even find a few who donated to PTL and to the hotel scheme and lost everything they gave. But, apparently, there is just something about Bakker they cannot resist. And they forgive him. "We lost money," Bill Armstrong, recently retired from a metal casting company, told a reporter from the Springfield News-Leader after visiting the café and watching Bakker do his thing again. "He's forgiven." And people respond to his new low-key tone. "We don't come as someone who has all the answers," Bakker insisted. "We don't come as examples. We come as a demonstration of God's restoration." He may not want to be an example - prison is seldom something the average viewer aspires to - but Bakker has not been able to resist digging out some of the trappings of his old incarnation. A few of the more valuable paintings that used to adorn the walls of Heritage USA are once again on view in the café, including four huge paintings of Jesus by Joseph Wallace King. And on a small wall just next to the kitchen, fans can find a collection of framed photographs, harking back to the days when Bakker hob-nobbed with presidents and tycoons. Bakker can be seen posing with Jimmy Carter, Richard Nixon and George Bush Sr. There is even a frame exhibiting an engraved napkin ring and other mementoes from Air Force One from the day in 1980 when President Carter invited him on board to help him pray for the American hostages in Iran. So, what about Bakker's old fetish with numbers? At what stage in his show, you may be wondering, does he stare deep into the lens of the television camera and implore his new-found flock to send their dollars to Branson? Wouldn't it be nice to build a Bakker motel adjacent to the café, at least? No, that is not part of the script this time around and if it was, you can be sure that Bakker would be scooped up by federal agents faster than he can say "Praise be to Je-sus!" But we cannot let him off the hook completely. Someone has to pay for the cost of the show. Programming is expensive nowadays. So there it is, for those who make it all the way to the end of the Jim Bakker hour - a gentle request to viewers

113 Wolves In Sheep‘s Clothing to write a cheque, large or small, to keep the show on the air. And donations, believe it or not, are rolling in.

Bakker says riches aren't Jesus' way
By Bill Heery/Tampa Tribune LAKELAND - Former television evangelist Jim Bakker, convicted of stealing millions from his followers, lambasted materialism in the ministry during a guest sermon at a Polk County church Sunday.``We're teaching people how to get rich in the pulpits today, and it's wrong, it's wrong, it's wrong,'' Bakker told several thousand at the morning service at Carpenter's Home Church. ``I had to go to prison to find out I was headed in the wrong direction.' 'God spoke to him while he was in prison, Bakker said, and told him, ``Jim, I did not bring you to prison to minister. You are arrogant. I have many men in this prison who will witness for me. I brought you here to learn humility.'' Bakker's downfall began in March 1987 when it was revealed he had a sexual encounter with former church secretary Jessica Hahn in a Clearwater motel in 1980. Bakker, 54, was convicted in 1989 of defrauding 116,000 followers who sent him at least $1,000 each in return for promised lodging at his religious/recreational complex, Heritage USA near Charlotte, N.C. Followers were told they were buying three days and four nights at the complex every year for the rest of their lives. Federal prosecutors said that was far more people than the complex could accommodate, and Bakker spent the contributions to live in luxury himself. During his trial, prosecutors said the scheme brought about $158 million into the Praise the Lord television ministry that Bakker and his former wife, Tammy Faye, founded in 1972. Bakker originally was sentenced to 45 years in prison, but that was twice reduced by federal judges, and he ended up serving five years. He was released from federal prison in December 1994 and now lives on a farm in North Carolina. One of the terms of his sentence was that he is barred from television ministry. But he does tour the country as a guest preacher at churches. ``I wouldn't go back to the way things were for anything in the world,'' Bakker said during the 70-minute sermon. ``As I began to study the word of Jesus, I began to realize that I was teaching things that were not the word of Christ,'' he said. ``We need to teach the whole word of Christ and not take a Scripture here and one there out of context.'' Bakker referred to his and other preachers' sermons as ``Longhorn sermons - a point here and a point there and a lot of bull in between.'' ``We have whole crusades teaching people how to get rich,'' he said. ``But don't fall in love with this world. I've come back from the grave to tell you; it's Jesus, Jesus, Jesus, not things and riches.'' The Rev. Karl Strader, pastor of Carpenter's Home Church, told the congregation he invited Bakker to preach because he's ``part of the family of God.'' ``Another reason is I feel our young people need to hear from someone who has been to hell and back and has maintained his integrity.''

114 Wolves In Sheep‘s Clothing Strader and Bakker have been friends for years. Bakker helped dedicate the 10,000-seat Carpenter's Home Church in 1985. Bakker said Strader's wife, Joyce, wrote him a letter once a week while he was in prison. ``I was one of those who helped him build PTL,'' said Karl Strader, ``and I never did know what he did wrong, frankly. And if he did do something wrong, I forgive him, and I know everybody else here forgives him,'' said Strader, drawing a loud applause. Strader called for a ``love offering'' to help pay Bakker's expenses. "As you know, he and his family have lost everything they had,'' said Strader. ``He's just living by faith. I know you want to participate in Jim's rehabilitation as he goes around the country preaching God's faith.'' Karl Strader's son, Daniel, 37, was sentenced to 45 years in prison in August. He was convicted of 238 felony counts for bilking 57 mostly elderly investors, some members of the church, out of $2.3 million by selling investments in properties that didn't exist or already had liens against them.

Don't Call Me Brother:
A Ringmaster's Escape from the Pentecostal Church Austin Miles has been a well-known circus ringmaster for most of his adult life. It was, he found, good preparation for his experiences with PTL and the Assemblies of God churches. Miles is the first ordained Assembly of God minister to leave the movement and write an in-depth book revealing the inner workings of this sect. This is not rumor, not innuendo. It is fact, seen first-hand, and fully described for the first time. Don't Call Me Brother is not a book written by an outside observer - Austin Miles was an active participant in the evolution of the PTL Club. - Austin Miles was on intimate terms with the entire cast of PTL's characters and the high-tech world of Christian movers and shakers: Jim Bakker, Tammy Faye Bakker, Pat Robertson, Charles and Frances Hunter, Richard Dortch, John Wesley Fletcher, Christian celebreties such as Pat Boone and Ephram Zimbalist, Jr., and many others. - Austin Miles opened the door on the steam room where Jim Bakker was cavorting - in the nude - with three other men. - Austin Miles was there when televangelism hatched its super-successful fundraising schemes, and he participated in the staged "financial crisis" telethon, during which millions of dollars poured into the coffers of the PTL Club. - Austin Miles watched the development of Jim Bakker's violent mood swings and saw the chilling possibility that Jim Bakker could have become another Jim Jones. - Austin Miles was there when Jim Bakker started a fist fight with his producer over the favors of the current Miss America. Austin Miles had fame, wealth, and a wonderful family. But by the time he finally broke free of the fanatic world of the religious right, he had lost everything. Don't Call Me Brother is his story. A poignant, outrageous, sometimes hilarious drama peopled with colorful real-life characters. Building to a climax with a surprise double-twist ending, this story is tough but fair, a must-read for those who want to know what

115 Wolves In Sheep‘s Clothing really happens in the world of America's media-glitzed charismatic religions. Note As a friend of the author Austin Miles, and having read the book, I have no doubt over the matters he witnessed firsthand. Although I'm an Assemblies of God minister, I recognize that in all human organizations (churches are human organizations) there will be fallible people with poor judgment and liable to temptation. Austin Miles has come back to Christianity, and has repudiated the negative attitude he expresses in his book towards Christianity, although he still maintains what he saw was true. He and I have had many wonderful conversations, and will continue to do so. He is a preacher again, and travels to churches. He has returned to Christian ministry with lessons learned and a new attitude. Rev. Richard F. Lee. A PBS Television documentary title "Religion and Politics" that first aired in December of 1987 spotlighted Ronald Reagan's interference in the Justice Department's attempted initial investigation of Jim Bakker, as well as the investigations of the IRS and FCC. An interesting sidelight to this cover-up concerns George Bush. He made a trip to Charlotte to meet privately with Jim Bakker in a hotel room. He wanted Jim to endorse him for President on the PTL network. Jim asked him if he was a born-again Christian to which Bush replied 'no'. Jim said that he would only endorse Bush if he openly declared himself a born-again. "Carter did that", Bush shot back, "and I don't want to be classified with him." "Then I can't endorse you", Jim answered. That refusal in March of 1985 angered Bush and proved fatal to Jim Bakker. It was George Bush, out of revenge, who instigated the investigation that destroyed Jim Bakker and the PTL Club. It was not as a duty to the American public that this investigation and conviction took place. It was done only for vengeance. This is in keeping with Bush's CIA background, where he routinely de-stabilized entire countries whose governments disagreed with him. This has been documented to me by a confidential source with a news-wire service and who was very close to that entire affair. (Church & State: A Secret Marriage by Austin Miles). See that you do not refuse Him who speaks. For if they did not escape who refused Him who spoke on earth, much more shall we not escape if we turn away from Him who speaks from heaven, whose voice then shook the earth; but now He has promised, saying, "Yet once more I shake not only the earth, but also heaven." Now this, "Yet once more," indicates the removal of those things that are being shaken, as of things that are made, that the things which cannot be shaken may remain. Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us have grace, by which we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear. For our God is a consuming fire. Hebrews 12:25-29 Fire can be a very constructive and destructive thing depends on how it‘s used. It does purge impurities out of certain things but it also destroys other things leaving nothing behind. Assembly of God preacher and Evangelist Jim Bakker presided as the king over one of the most corrupt television ministries of the past two decades. A successful televangelism group run by Jim and Tammy Bakker is a testimony that Evangelical pastors sold their own souls just to make their wallets thicker, when they were supposed to bring God to the people. As a result Jim Bakker and his sidekick Richard Dortch ended up in prison accused of sexual immorality, tax evasion, and racketeering. The wave of corruption not only affected other televangelists such as Jimmy Swaggart, but also showed a dark, dirty fight for the control of PTL among several other prominent televangelists.

116 Wolves In Sheep‘s Clothing Felon Richard Dortch, senior vice-president of PTL and associate pastor of Heritage Village Church, said pride, arrogance and secrets led to the PTL scandal. While most people never face temptations on the same scale, the ingredients for seemingly smaller failures are the same, he said. Dortch said the men in PTL's leadership felt they were above accountability. They felt specially called by God and accountable only to Him. He said they didn't plan the scandal; instead, it was the natural result of living for oneself, rather than for God. Most people are aware of Jim Bakker's $265,000 payoff to Jessica Hahn to keep her sexual services to him a secret, his longtime homosexual relationship with his right hand man David Taggart, his prison sentence, his close relationship to Billy Graham, and his lust for public spotlight. On CNN/Larry King Live, Jan. 30, 2001 from Bonifay, Florida, Jim Bakker, whose ministry crumbled in 1987 when it was discovered that he used church donations to pay his secretary to hide their sexual affair stated "I'm actually making plans to go back on television. I haven't announced it. It's not too many weeks away. We may be making our debut." The Associated Press reported on December10, 2002 that the cafe where Jim Bakker plans to carry daily broadcasts has opened. Now, the fallen televangelist must persuade TV stations to carry his talk show. Diners at Studio City Cafe will be the studio audience, local and national entertainers will be featured guests and Bakker and his wife, ordained minister Lori Graham Bakker, will be hosts. The show will feature the 20 Christian singers who double as wait staff, cashiers and cooks at the 260-seat cafe operated by the Churchill Coffee Company. "We're not looking at the big (networks) yet," said Chris Busch, director of Tulsa, Okla.-based B/M/C Advertising, which is recruiting television stations. "Jim wants steady, controlled, well-managed growth. He'll be tweaking the show initially. One thing we know for sure is Jim believes in excellence." Bakker's backers, both newfound and those dating to Bakker's scandalriddled PTL Ministries in York County, S.C., are financing and encouraging the project. "It's surreal to me right now. I know there are some people who won't like me, and I don't blame them. But since I've been in Missouri, not one person has been mean or cruel or said a sarcastic remark to me," Bakker said. The minister - he is unaffiliated with any denomination - returned to Christian evangelism upon his release from federal prison in 1995 and began working with a ministry in Los Angeles. He was convicted of mail and wire fraud 13 years ago. In recent years, he has operated from Vernon, Fla., where he founded another independent ministry, New Covenant Fellowship. Bakker said he has been stunned by the outpouring of moral and financial support and volunteer labor he has found in Branson. "I've never been welcomed so wonderfully anywhere in my life," Bakker said. "I'm beyond excited. I'm overwhelmed. People are just doing things. Last week, a man that sells carpeting chased me with his truck, and he told me he had heard me on the radio talking about this. He said, `God told me to do whatever you asked. What can I do for you?'" As his fellow evangelists seemed to take their turns facing justified criticism, Billy Graham maintained his own integrity and the sincerity of his message. Far from publicly condemning his peers, Billy spoke of them with concern, and even visited Jim Bakker in prison for birds of feather stick together.

117 Wolves In Sheep‘s Clothing It is not known whether the Graham's, including Billy and Franklin Graham, will be assisting Bakker in with his ventures. Franklin came to prison over and over again to visit Jim Bakker. Franklin Graham said, "Jim Bakker's my friend". When Bakker got out of prison the Grahams sponsored him and paid for a house for him to live in and gave him a car to drive. None of the Graham's supported or comforted any of the Jim Bakker's victims! It didn't matter to the Grahams that -Bakker had 47 bank accounts, 6 luxury homes, $1.9 million dollar salary and Rolls Royce and Mercedez cars. - Falwell called Bakker a liar, an embezzler and sexual deviate. He fired Bakker's entire staff when he took over Praise the Lord show. Falwell bankrupted the PTL Club calling Bakker "the greatest scab and cancer on the face of Christianity in two thousand years of church history" But Jim Bakker won't have to pay $120 million to former followers who bought "partnerships" in his PTL tele-ministry. A jury in North Carolina on July 23, 1996 threw out a class action suit brought on behalf of more than 160,000 onetime believers who paid as much as $7,000 each in the '80s to join Jim and Tammy Faye in holy larceny. However the Internal Revenue Service says Bakker and Messner owe personal income taxes from the 1980s when they were building their Praise The Lord empire reported the Charlotte Observer. The IRS assessed the taxes after revoking the PTL ministry's nonprofit status, said Roe Messner, Tammy Faye's husband since 1993. Tammy Faye Messner new husband said Jim Bakker and his former wife didn't want to talk about the tax issues. "We don't want to stir the pot," Messner said. He said the original tax amount was about $500,000. Penalties and interest account for the rest of the bill. The notices reinstating the liens list "James O. and Tamara F. Bakker" as owing $3 million. On his website, Jim Bakker is still being a parasite, living off money that he steals from others, stating: Dear Internet Friend, It's not an accident that you have come to this page on this website at this critical hour in the life of this ministry! Lori and I thank you for your meaningful support. Even Moses had the help of faithful loved ones who held up his arms to steady him at a critical hour in his ministry (Exodus 17:12). We need you today to hold up our arms, to steady us at this exciting hour in the life of this growing and vital outreach. My heart is bonded with you and the Apostle Paul who admonished the Saints of God: He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work. - 2 Corinthians 9:6-8, NKJ I need your help right now! Think it not strange that you are reading

118 Wolves In Sheep‘s Clothing these words from my heart at this very moment, "online"! Your obedience to God's leading will be a needed breakthrough for us right now. Would you make a pledge to this ministry for $100? Bakker, who apparently made all of the financial decisions for the PTL and kept two sets of books to conceal the accounting irregularities, took conspicuous consumption to new extremes. PTL once spent over $100,000 for a private jet to fly the Bakker's clothing across the country. PTL also spent more than $100 on a purchase of cinnamon rolls because Jim and Tammy wanted the smell of them in their hotel room. "They [Bakkers] epitomized the excesses of the nineteen eighties--the greed, the love of glitz, and the shamelessness--which in their case was so pure as to almost amount to a kind of innocence. " PTL sold "lifetime memberships" for a $1,000 or more, which entitled buyers to a 3-night stay annually at a luxury hotel in Heritage USA. According to the prosecution at Bakker's trial, tens of thousands of memberships had been sold, and only one 500-room hotel completed. Bakker had not only sold more "exclusive" partnerships than could be accomodated, but had also raised more than twice the money needed to build the hotel. The Bakker trial revealed that a good deal of the money had gone into operating expenses of Heritage USA, and Bakker kept $3,700,000 for himself. (Frances FitzGerald, "Jim and Tammy," The New Yorker, April 29, 1990.) Between 1984 and mid-1987, the Bakkers received annual salaries of $200,000 each and Jim awarded himself over $4 million in bonuses. The Bakkers own, among other things, a $600,000 house in Palm Springs, 4 condos in California, and a Rolls Royce. ("Fresh Out of Miracles," Newsweek, May 11, 1987 & "TV's Unholy Row," Time, Apr 6, 1987.) The former televangelist preached at Central Assembly of God in Muskegon, Mich., July 30, 2000, Religion News Service reported. It was the first time he had been there in 30 years. "If I've ever hurt you, I say please forgive me," Bakker told the congregation of several hundred people during a two-hour service. "My life was smashed, but Jesus Christ has put me back together again." Bakker's grandfather helped start the church in the Depression, and his cousins and their families still attend there. Jim Bakker nor the Assembly of God with whom he was ordained have never publicly discussed or dealt with the fact that Jim Bakker was Bi-sexual or that his real lover was a man! Although a contrite Jim Bakker returned to his childhood church to ask forgiveness, he never talked about David Taggart his great male lover! Bakker, the founder on the now non existent PTL Club and Village, has downplayed the role of the bisexual evangelist John Wesley Fletcher, who arranged his tryst with Jessica Hahn. He hardly talks about James and David Taggart, the brothers who many claim controlled Bakker in his final PTL years Fletcher was bitter and said Bakker had failed to keep promises and had forsaken him during tough times. Fletcher stated during the "Pearlygate" media storm that he, too, had been sexually involved with bisexual Bakker, reported Christianity Today. So it was not surprising that Tammy Faye Bakker ( now Messner), who divorced Bakker, would have a prominent role in the gay pride festivities in Washington in June 2002. The former televangelist was to judge a Tammy Faye look-alike contest, appear at a fund-raising dinner and speak from the main stage of the Capital Pride 2002 street festival. There are those who believe that Tammy Faye is really a drag queen.

119 Wolves In Sheep‘s Clothing Once adored by viewers of the electronic church, Messner now appears at gay-pride events nationwide, such as a Tammy Faye look-alike contest held in Washington, D.C., recently where, according to National Public Radio, she was "surrounded by men in falsies and pancake makeup and...impossible to upstage." "I'm just trying to give back to them," she says. "I...tell them there's a God who loves them and cares for them. I told them there's a better way out...that nothing can give you peace except Jesus." Messner does not specifically address the issue of homosexuality being a sin when she talks to groups of gays. "I leave that up to the Holy Spirit because unless He speaks to them, they won't change anyway," she said. But Tammy Faye's former husband, Assembly of God Evangelist Jim Bakker, the founder on the now non existent PTL Club and Village, has downplayed the role of the bisexual evangelist John Wesley Fletcher, who arranged his tryst with Jessica Hahn. He hardly talks about James and David Taggart, the brothers who many claim controlled Bakker in his final PTL years or that David Taggart was his lover and gave him blow jobs. Fletcher was bitter and said Bakker had failed to keep promises and had forsaken him during tough times. Fletcher stated during the "Pearlygate" media storm that he, too, had been sexually involved with bisexual Bakker, reported Christianity Today Bakker, former head of PTL Ministries and Heritage USA, served five years in federal prison on fraud charges. He has spoken about confession of sins, forgiveness, and reconciliation for the last two years in churches around the country, RNS reported. Bakker's wife, Tammy Faye, divorced him while he was in prison and married his best friend, Roe Messner. Bakker, who remarried about two years ago, is starting a ministry in Florida for children from inner cities. At times in prison "I felt like God had left me," Bakker said. "That's the real problem with prosperity teaching," a cornerstone in his television days. "If God comes to you when you prosper, do you think he will walk away when you are poor?" he asked. "There's a lot of false doctrine going around, and I was preaching a lot of it." Jim Bakker and clan were also on Larry King Live on May 30, 2000 spewing out their form of Christianity. It was a three ring circus of fools. Bakker's son said he was " angry that people do not allow preachers to be human." Bakker even presented a bible as a gift to Larry King's wife. Bakker and Messner said they had made up with each other after the collapse of the ministry and their divorce. "I don't blame Tammy Faye for going on with her life," and divorcing him after he was sentenced to 45 years in prison for fraud, Bakker said. Messner said she had forgiven Bakker for having an affair, said he had not deserved to go to prison, and called him "a very good man." Bakker was out of prison and sometimes preaches. He said his faith grew during five years in prison, which he calls "the greatest training and seminary and intimate relation with God that I ever could have had." "I'm just grateful to God that we're still alive and that Jim's happy and I'm happy," Messner said. The Bakkers' two children, Tammy Sue Chapman and Jay Bakker, also were on the program. Jim Bakker, former president and founder of PTL, and Richard Dortch,

120 Wolves In Sheep‘s Clothing former executive vice president, both served prison terms for fraud convictions that resulted from a failed "Lifetime Partnerships" project for a hotel at Heritage USA. Both men have since returned to active ministry endeavors-Dortch in Tampa, Fla., and Bakker in Los Angeles and Charlotte, N.C. Bakker, was convicted in 1989 of defrauding 116,000 followers who sent him at least $1,000 each in return for promised lodging at his religious/recreational complex, Heritage USA near Charlotte, N.C. During his trial, prosecutors said the scheme brought about $158 million into the Praise the Lord television ministry that Bakker and his former wife, Tammy Faye, founded in 1972. Bakker helped dedicate the 10,000-seat Carpenter's Home Church in Lakeland, Florida in 1985. The Straders went through a major split of Carpenter's Home Church in 1989 when the Straders refused to relinquish the financial control they had on the ministry, the church and its assets. After getting out from prison Baker once spoke at Carpenter's Home church and said Strader's wife, Joyce, wrote him a letter once a week while he was in prison. I was one of those who helped him build PTL," said Karl Strader, "and I never did know what he did wrong, frankly. And if he did do something wrong, I forgive him, and I know everybody else here forgives him," said Strader. Karl Strader was being generous with Jim Bakker for he too wanted absolution from these sins and crimes and those of his family. His oldest son Daniel, 37, was arrested, tried and sentenced to 45 years in prison in August 1995. He was convicted of 238 felony counts for bilking 57 mostly elderly investors, some members of the church, out of $2.3 million by selling investments in properties that didn't exist or already had liens against them. Dan's specialty was to pray with and prey on his victims with the help of his father. It is to be noted that Richard Dortch, a former Assembly of God district superintendent and vice president of the PTL Club, who paid Jessica Hahn off to buy her silence, led a campaign to raise $52,000 for the defense of Dan Strader but not a penny for any of Dan's victims. In response to all of this Paul Humphries wrote to the author and stated: "See, you do expect too much from our preachers and their family. You think a lil' ole raping and plundering and driving people to murder is wrong. You've got to lighten up, the lord allows for preachers to twist and change the commandments or even selectively choose which commandments are apt for that particular time and place. Since people are people, you can't expect them to follow all the commandments do you? Since you can't follow all of them even part of the time, then to hell with all of them, don't follow any of them........of course tell the sheep to follow every one of them." While Jeffrey K. Hadden, professor of sociology at the University of Virginia at Charlottesville, and Anson Shupe in their book Televangelism: Power & Politics On God's Frontier wrote: There were many significant underlying themes to give the PTL scandal a cheap theatrical appeal guaranteed to keep it in the news for months. The 1987 unholy wars of televangelism brought together most of the leading figures in syndicated religious programming. Even Robert Schuller, whose

121 Wolves In Sheep‘s Clothing theology is light years and Crystal Cathedral a continent away from the Bakker action, became involved early on when PTL counselor Norman Roy Grutman commented that people who live in glass houses should not cast stones-seemingly implicating Schuller as a culprit in the alleged "hostile takeover." The first and grandest theme tying all the other subplots together was the fairy-tale life of the central characters themselves. The main scene for most of the action was a fantasy world called Heritage USA, which Jim and Tammy Faye created from the dimes and dollars of those who sent their savings and Social Security checks. The sad part of the Bakker fairy tale began on March 19 when a tearful Jim told his television audience how a very mean man was about to usurp Jim and Tammy's kingdom. The ammunition possessed by this mean man (who was shortly to be identified as televangelist Jimmy Swaggart) was information about an itty-bitty affair Jim Bakker had had with a church secretary years before. A second significant subplot in this unholy religious soap involved evidence of personal misconduct, mismanagement, and pillaging of the PTL treasury. Thus, there were two dimensions to the scandal: the Bakkers' personal "moral" lives, and their mismanagement and misuse of Heritage USA resources. And just when it seemed that all the sordid details had oozed out, new disclosures and allegations of offenses emerged. In the beginning, there was only the sexual indiscretion, when Jim Bakker, in a moment of mental exhaustion and loneliness, succumbed to the advances of a young seductress. The way Bakker told the story to Jerry Falwell, he was so ashamed that he became impotent and was unable to consummate the liaison. The hush money he paid to the woman, a church secretary, was for the sake of the PTL ministry, Bakker said. Within hours, newspaper reporters were in hot pursuit of tips about other alleged incidents of personal misconduct. Lots of people were talking, but nobody wanted to speak on the record. Then, on the eve of a meeting of the newly constituted PTL board headed by Jerry Falwell at Heritage USA, rumors suggested that Jim and Tammy Faye might return to retake possession of their fiefdom, and this prospect led the Reverend John Ankerberg, host of a debate format TV show broadcast from Chattanooga, Tennessee, to tell what he knew. Ankerberg used first "The Larry King Show," then "Nightline," to talk generally about the sexual escapades, the mismanagement of PTL resources, and the exorbitant salaries and bonuses paid to the Bakkers and their closest cronies. Ankerberg was not explicit, but he told enough to intrigue the media. After six weeks of intensive investigative reporting, the alleged details outGantryed Elmer Gantry: infidelity, homosexuality, prostitution, alcoholism, even wife-swapping among top managers at PTL. While confessing that all have sinned and come short of the glory of the kingdom of God, the Bakkers were not about to answer the litany of allegations. "Ninety-nine percent of what they [the media] have printed or said about Jim and Tammy Bakker bears no truth whatsoever," Tammy told a gathering of reporters in April outside their Palm Springs retreat. The Bakkers declined to meet their accusers. Jerry Falwell offered them that opportunity; so did the elders of the Assemblies of God, which conducted their own inquiry. When Bakker declined to appear before his district presbytery to face charges, the Assemblies of God dismissed him for "conduct

122 Wolves In Sheep‘s Clothing unbecoming to a minister." Reverend G. Raymond Carlson, general superintendent of the church, said the "alleged misconduct involving bisexual activity" weighed heavily in the decision to unfrock Bakker. Carlson noted further that the word alleged was used because Bakker did not wish to defend himself. For many people, allegations of misappropriating PTL resources for their own personal use and the payment of huge salaries and bonuses were far more serious charges than the allegations of sexual misconduct. The Bakkers had appointed a rubber-stamp board of directors to oversee their management practices. In return for acquiescing to Jim and Tammy's whims, several of these board members received tens of thousands of dollars in fees, bonuses, and contributions to their own projects. In 1986 the Bakkers were paid $1.9 million; since 1984, a total of $4.8 million had been paid to them. In addition, PTL monies were used for expensive homes, a palatial suite at the Heritage Grand Hotel, automobiles, lavish wardrobes, vacations, and parties. The Bakkers' closest associates were privy to their high living at the expense of PTL partners. They, too, were well paid. Reverend Richard Dortch, the Assemblies of God minister who many thought had brought some order and organization to the rapidly growing Heritage USA operations, was paid $240,000 in 1985 and $350,000 in 1986. He received approximately $270,000 during the first three months of 1987 before Falwell sacked him. David Taggart, a twenty-nine-year-old "personal aide" to Bakker, received $360,000 in 1986; Jim Bakker's personal secretary received $160,000. And then there were "consultants." James Taggart, interior decorator and David Taggart's brother, was paid $10,000 a month, but, according to the new PTL management, he had performed no services "for months."' Peter B. Teeley, press secretary to George Bush until 1984, was paid $120,000 for eighteen months to serve as a Washington "liaison"; apparently there were no written records of any services performed. Assembly of God Evangelist Jimmy Swaggart, had been accused of complicity in the "diabolical plot" to take over the Bakker ministry by Jim Bakker. Swaggart said that he had initiated a church inquiry into Bakker's personal conduct, but that it was "absurd and ridiculous" to suggest that he wanted to take over PTL. He also stated " I'm ashamed, I'm embarrassed. The gospel of Jesus Christ has never sunk to such a level as it has today. We've got a dear brother in Tulsa, Oklahoma, perched up in a tower telling people that if they don't send money that God's going to kill him, then we got this soap opera being carried out live down in South Carolina all in the name of God. (. Jeffrey A. Frank and Lloyd Grove, "The Raging Battles Of the Evangelicals," Washington Post, March 25, 1987.) In an interview on "The Larry King Show," Swaggart claimed that Bakker's downfall represented a "very glad day, because this cancer has been excised that I feel has caused the body of Christ untold reproach. ' ( Associated Press, "Swaggart Calls Bakker 'Cancer' of Christ," The Daily Progress (Charlottesville, Virginia), March 25, 1987.) These comments aroused Oral Roberts's ire, and he blasted Swaggart while defending Bakker. Foolish Oral Roberts forgave and defended Jim Bakker for something that was not forgivable. God does not forgive those

123 Wolves In Sheep‘s Clothing who rob, rape and murder in the house of God as Eli and his two sons were not forgiven. Something that is in the very bible that they sometime use and is true. Oral Roberts forgave his friend, Jim Bakker, for robbing and raping in the house of God. Roberts made large contributions to the Praise the Lord (PTL) ministry of Jim and Tammy Bakker when they fell into hard times during the 1987 scandal. (Sara Diamond, Spiritual Warfare (Boston, MA: South End Press, 1989). Then he wondered why the City of Faith of faith was not finished, the law school was not accredited and ORU incurred a 40 million dollar debt. (Robert's aides confirmed annual donations of $58 million in 1986, but the Association's Internal Revenue Service returns show that the organization has been losing money steadily since 1986) Jim Bakker always felt that people were conspiring against him-especially journalists, politicians and judges. It was reported in Christianity Today in an article by Terry Mattingly's religion column for 12/04/96. " After the 1987 collapse of his empire, he said he had been betrayed by other televangelists. "I sorrowfully acknowledge that seven years ago ... I was wickedly manipulated by treacherous former friends and colleagues who victimized me with the aid of a female confederate," he said. "They conspired to betray me into a sexual encounter at a time of great stress in my marital life. ... I was set up as part of a scheme to co-opt me and obtain some advantage for themselves over me in connection with their hope for position in the ministry." In other words, the first domino at PTL was a scheme that preceded Bakker's 1980 sexual liaison with Jessica Hahn, a conspiracy within his inner circle that preceded "Pearlygate." Yet Bakker has nothing new to say about these "friends and colleagues" and their scheme. In particular, he downplays the role of the bisexual evangelist John Wesley Fletcher, who arranged the tryst with Hahn, and he hardly mentions James and David Taggart, the brothers who many claim controlled Bakker in his final PTL years. In his book, Bakker confesses many sins. He repents of his "health and wealth" theology, saying he sinfully twisted scripture. He offers 647 pages of near-stream-of-consciousness details about lessons he learned during his trial, divorce and prison years. But he continues to avoid some questions. "For most Pentecostal and charismatic people, the most serious questions about Jim Bakker were all those allegations of moral misconduct. ... People haven't forgotten that," said historian Vinson Synan of Regent University in Virginia Beach, Va. "There does appear to have been a kind of subterranean, homosexual world inside PTL that has never been fully described. That's where so many questions remain." Mind you Jerry Falwell did conspire against Jim Bakker. By 1987 Jerry Falwell Ministries had reached its peak but Jerry Falwell wanted more. Jim Bakker then owned the largest Christian television network in the world known as the PTL Network, being based in Charlotte, North Carolina. Yet what was called "A Hostile Takeover of the PTL Network" was being formulated. That year, Jerry Falwell and his then attorney entered the home of PTL founders Jim and Tammy Bakker stating they had evidence of a Hostile Takeover of the PTL Network. The person Falwell accused of planning the Hostile Takeover of the PTL Network was none other than the only man in the world with a larger ministry than Jerry Falwell. Falwell convinced Jim and

124 Wolves In Sheep‘s Clothing Tammy Bakker that if they would turn over the PTL Network to him for a time he would protect PTL from the Hostile Takeover. In Jim Bakker's book entitled, "I WAS WRONG", in Chapter 7 … the chapter labeled "THE HOSTILE TAKEOVER", Bakker stated that "there was indeed a Hostile Takeover being planned for the PTL Network, but it wasn't being orchestrated in the offices of Jimmy Swaggart in Baton Rouge, Louisanna. Jim Bakker goes on to point out that it was Jerry Falwell who had designs on PTL. Richard Dortch, was Jim Bakker's right hand man on the PTL Network. Richard Dortch stated on the Late Steve Brown Show that "if Jerry Falwell would just admit that he tried to get the PTL Network … it was a bad choice on my part … please forgive me … it would send out a breath of fresh air in the body of Christ". Jim Bakker's wife Tammy, who has now remarried, has stated repeatedly how Falwell's actions in the PTL situation has caused untold harm to her family. Jim Bakker even went to prison for years. Jimmy Swaggart made an appeal to have Jim Bakker relieved from his prison sentence after receiving a phone call from Jim Bakker's son, Jamie. {That is in Bakker's book as well.} Jim Bakker's Grahams' Connection As his fellow evangelists seemed to take their turns facing justified criticism, Billy Graham maintained his own integrity and the sincerity of his message. Far from publicly condemning his peers, Billy spoke of them with concern, and even visited Jim Bakker in prison. When his Crusades would generate more offerings than he had anticipated, both Billy and Ruth gave their share to needy organizations. As for his own efforts to integrate television into his ministry, Billy hosted a half-hour weekly program in 1951 but discontinued it a few years later because of the immense commitment of time it required. Afterwards he telecast his Crusades but never again tried a weekly program. (The Grahams are no different from Jim Bakker. They are liars; deceivers and thieves who claim to have integrity but are false. The Grahams are also scoundrels and money lovers who will not reveal their total compensations as chairmen's of non-profit organization. Of course as parasites they have not worked in the private sector but have lived off the tax-free donations of others. ) On the Graham family Jim Bakker stated - Franklin came to prison over and over again to see me. He wrote me every month. The funny thing is, when he'd come I'd ask him to teach and preach in the chapel. I didn't want to just have him to myself in the visiting room. And the chaplain always would say to him, "Now don't give an invitation to accept Christ and don't admit you know Jim Bakker." He broke the rules every time, both of them. You know when you're down in prison and Franklin comes and says, "Jim Bakker's my friend," it would just elevate my life for that moment. And then he'd give an invitation to accept Christ, and guys would come to the Lord. When I was transferred to my last prison, Franklin said he wanted to help me out when I got out-with a job, a house to live in, and a car. It was my fifth Christmas in prison. I thought it over and said, "Franklin, you can't do this. It will hurt you. The Grahams don't need my baggage." He looked at me and he said, "Jim, you were my friend in the past and you are my friend now. If anyone doesn't like it, I'm looking for a fight." So when I got out of prison the Grahams sponsored me and paid for a house for me to live in and gave me a car to drive. The first Sunday out, Ruth

125 Wolves In Sheep‘s Clothing Graham called the halfway house I was living in at the Salvation Army and asked permission for me to go to the Montreat Presbyterian Church with her that Sunday morning. When I got there, the pastor welcomed me and sat me with the Graham family. There were like two whole rows of them-I think every Graham aunt and uncle and cousin was there. The organ began playing and the place was full except for a seat next to me. Then the doors opened and in walked Ruth Graham. She walked down that aisle and sat next to inmate 07407-058. I had only been out of prison 48 hours, but she told the world that morning that Jim Bakker was her friend. Afterwards, she had me up to their cabin for dinner. When she asked me for some addresses, I pulled this envelope out of my pocket to look for themin prison you're not allowed to have a wallet, so you just carry an envelope. She asked, "Don't you have a wallet?" And I said, "Well, yeah, this is my wallet." After five years of brainwashing in prison you think an envelope is a wallet. She walked into the other room and came back and said, "Here's one of Billy's wallets. He doesn't need it. You can have it." It reminded me of the time I was in prison when she took all of Billy's Bibles in his library he wasn't using and gave them to me to give to other inmates. On Larry King live in the fall of 1998 Southern Baptist Evangelist Billy Graham was insulted when he was compared with TV Evangelists such as Jimmy Swaggart and Jim Bakker and their sex scandals. Billy Graham said that he did not do those things which Jim Bakker or Jim Swaggart did - a statement that turned out to be a lie! For Ned Graham's own son turned out to be no different than Jim Bakker. Even though a President of an Evangelical Ministry must be blameless, the husband of one wife, temperate, sober-minded, of good behavior, hospitable, able to teach; not given to wine, not violent, and not greedy for money, Ned Graham the son of Billy Graham, Southern Baptist minister, president East Gates International, a group that distributes Bibles in China told Christianity Today in an interview that he had abused alcohol and spent an "inappropriate amount of time" with two women on his staff. Grace Community Church, Southern Baptist Convention, in Auburn, Washington--which counted Ned Graham, his wife, and their two sons as members established in 1999 the fact that Ned Graham was an adulterer, alcoholic, wife abuser, and drug user and revoked Graham's ministerial credentials. It directed Graham to stop using the title reverend. Yet in a style reminiscent of Jimmy Swaggart, who refused to be defrocked by the Assembly of God denomination, Ned Graham left that congregation for another church. Most of the staff and board members of East Gates International resigned amid controversies. East Gates, in Sumner, Wash., withdrew its membership in the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability after Ned replaced the board members with his sister Ruth Graham McIntyre, brother-in-law Stephan Tchividjian, and business leader Peter Lowe. Christianity Today founded by Billy Graham did not report on one of its own pastors Ollin Collins of Harvest Baptist Church in Fort Worth, and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary's board chairman. A man who resigned amid sexual misconduct allegations when he was accused of having sexual relationships with two women who sought counseling. But it did report about the adultery of a black man and a National Baptist but not about the adultery of a white man and Southern Baptist. An adultery

126 Wolves In Sheep‘s Clothing which was more hideous and gross because Collins raped unsuspecting trusting women, while Lyons adulterous relationships were consensual. It has been said that Lyons will go down in the history books as "Hugh Hefner of the New Testament." http://headlines.yahoo.com/Full_Coverage/US/Henry_Lyons Now concerning the fallen hero, the church had suspended Pastor Collins with pay pending an investigation. He resigned from his board position one day after a story in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported the women's allegations and their intent to sue. Southwestern is the world's largest evangelical seminary, with 3,000 students on eight campuses. But of course neither the Seminary nor the Church did nothing for the real female victims but they did help and console the aggressor? Just like Billy Graham stated about Bill Clinton "I forgive him . . . because I know the frailty of human nature, and especially a strong, vigorous young man like he is. "He has such a tremendous personality that I think the ladies just go wild over him." While Jeffrey K. Hadden, professor of sociology at the University of Virgina at Charlottesville, and Anson Shupe in their book Televangelism: Power & Politics On God& Ch 1: Getting Saved from the Televangelists wrote: The first and grandest theme tying all the other subplots together was the fairy-tale life of the central characters themselves. The main scene for most of the action was a fantasy world called Heritage USA, which Jim and Tammy Faye created from the dimes and dollars of those who sent their savings and Social Security checks. The sad part of the Bakker fairy tale began on March 19 when a tearful Jim told his television audience how a very mean man was about to usurp Jim and Tammy's kingdom. The ammunition possessed by this mean man (who was shortly to be identified as televangelist Jimmy Swaggart) was information about an ittybitty affair Jim Bakker had had with a church secretary years before. Details of the takeover plot unfolded gradually; Swaggart was about to blow the whistle on Bakker to the church elders of the Assemblies of God Church. This would lead to an investigation that would result in Bakker's being stripped of his ordination. The shame brought by all of this was not deserved, of course (God and Tammy had both forgiven Jim years before). A littleknown clause in the Heritage USA charter bequeaths the entire kingdom to the Assemblies of God in the event that Jim and Tammy are not able to reign. Swaggart, being the most powerful preacher in the Assemblies of God alliance, thus would be the one to move in and take over. A white knight named Jerry Falwell agreed to take the kingdom into custody to protect it from Swaggart's evil intentions. Two months later, when Bakker advised Falwell that he was ready to return home, Jerry replied, "Not now nor ever." Jim and Tammy brushed back the tears and told "Nightline's" Ted Koppel and 23 million Americans- who had stayed up late to see this dramatic episode-how they had been tricked by Falwell. Bakker now claimed that Falwell, the man from Liberty Mountain, had become a thief in the night rather than a white knight. It was Falwell all along, they said, not the honky-tonk preacher from the Louisiana bayou, Jimmy Swaggart, who was the real villain. Falwell, with his slick-talking New York lawyer, had tricked Jim and Tammy Faye into believing that the only way they could save their kingdom was to relinquish it to Jerry-temporarily.

127 Wolves In Sheep‘s Clothing Exhausted and bewildered, Jim and Tammy Bakker had tearfully given up their magic kingdom with its Rolls-Royces and furs and goldfixtured dressing rooms and presidential suite and credit cards and daily starring roles in their own "Wheel of Fortune." Ted Koppel had warned Jim and Tammy at the beginning of the "Nightline" program "not to wrap themselves in the Bible." By the end of the program, it was Koppel who had been wrapped in the mesmerizing melodramatic tragicomic fantasy the couple had spun. Playing to Koppel and the huge television audience with words that sounded ever so sweet and loving, Jim Bakker now declared war against Falwell. They just wanted to come home to Heritage USA, but if Jerry Falwell wouldn't let them, they might start a new Shangri-La in the California desert near their Palm Springs hideaway. Koppel advised them that this might be difficult in light of reports from Heritage USA that the mail was running overwhelmingly in support of Falwell's measures to save the spiritual Disneyland. "If the people don't want us back, if they want Jerry Falwell, then they should support Jerry Falwell," said an emotional Bakker. ". . . But if they don't, they should support Jim and Tammy Bakker.''l3 The Bakkers seemed genuinely unable to grasp the reality of the tragedy that had befallen them, to say nothing of its impact on others. A second significant subplot in this unholy religious soap involved evidence of personal misconduct, mismanagement, and pillaging of the PTL treasury. Thus, there were two dimensions to the scandal: the Bakkers' personal "moral" lives, and their mismanagement and misuse of Heritage USA resources. And just when it seemed that all the sordid details had oozed out, new disclosures and allegations of offenses emerged. In the beginning, there was only the sexual indiscretion, when Jim Bakker, in a moment of mental exhaustion and loneliness, succumbed to the advances of a young seductress. The way Bakker told the story to Jerry Falwell, he was so ashamed that he became impotent and was unable to consummate the liaison. The hush money he paid to the woman, a church secretary, was for the sake of the PTL ministry, Bakker said. Within hours, newspaper reporters were in hot pursuit of tips about other alleged incidents of personal misconduct. Lots of people were talking, but nobody wanted to speak on the record. Then, on the eve of a meeting of the newly constituted PTL board headed by Jerry Falwell at Heritage USA, rumors suggested that Jim and Tammy Faye might return to retake possession of their fiefdom, and this prospect led the Reverend John Ankerberg, host of a debate format TV show broadcast from Chattanooga, Tennessee, to tell what he knew. Ankerberg used first "The Larry King Show," then "Nightline," to talk generally about the sexual escapades, the mismanagement of PTL resources, and the exorbitant salaries and bonuses paid to the Bakkers and their closest cronies. Ankerberg was not explicit, but he told enough to intrigue the media. After six weeks of intensive investigative reporting, the alleged details outGantryed Elmer Gantry: infidelity, homosexuality, prostitution, alcoholism, even wife-swapping among top managers at PTL. While confessing that all have sinned and come short of the glory of the kingdom of God, the Bakkers were not about to answer the litany of allegations. "Ninety-nine percent of what they [the media] have printed or

128 Wolves In Sheep‘s Clothing said about Jim and Tammy Bakker bears no truth whatsoever," Tammy told a gathering of reporters in April outside their Palm Springs retreat. The Bakkers declined to meet their accusers. Jerry Falwell offered them that opportunity; so did the elders of the Assemblies of God, which conducted their own inquiry. When Bakker declined to appear before his district presbytery to face charges, the Assemblies of God dismissed him for "conduct unbecoming to a minister." Reverend G. Raymond Carlson, general superintendent of the church, said the "alleged misconduct involving bisexual activity" weighed heavily in the decision to unfrock Bakker. 15 Carlson noted further that the word alleged was used because Bakker did not wish to defend himself. For many people, allegations of misappropriating PTL resources for their own personal use and the payment of huge salaries and bonuses were far more serious charges than the allegations of sexual misconduct. The Bakkers had appointed a rubber-stamp board of directors to oversee their management practices. In return for acquiescing to Jim and Tammy's whims, several of these board members received tens of thousands of dollars in fees, bonuses, and contributions to their own projects. In 1986 the Bakkers were paid $1.9 million; since 1984, a total of $4.8 million had been paid to them. In addition, PTL monies were used for expensive homes, a palatial suite at the Heritage Grand Hotel, automobiles, lavish wardrobes, vacations, and parties. The Bakkers' closest associates were privy to their high living at the expense of PTL partners. They, too, were well paid. Reverend Richard Dortch, the Assemblies of God minister who many thought had brought some order and organization to the rapidly growing Heritage USA operations, was paid $240,000 in 1985 and $350,000 in 1986. He received approximately $270,000 during the first three months of 1987 before Falwell sacked him. David Taggart, a twenty-nine-year-old "personal aide" to Bakker, received $360,000 in 1986; Jim Bakker's personal secretary received $160,000. And then there were "consultants." James Taggart, interior decorator and David Taggart's brother, was paid $10,000 a month, but, according to the new PTL management, he had performed no services "for months."' Peter B. Teeley, press secretary to George Bush until 1984, was paid $120,000 for eighteen months to serve as a Washington "liaison"; apparently there were no written records of any services performed. When the Bakkers departed, the financial records of the organization were in shambles-as they probably had been for years. No fewer than forty-seven separate checking accounts were found in the first days of the Falwell takeover. "The books are a mess," proclaimed Harry Hargrave, the Dallasbased consultant Falwell hired to become PTL's new chief executive officer. Noted Jerry Nims (Falwell's CEO for the "Old Time Gospel Hour" in Lynchburg), who came in to help dig out, "This was a business organization that was totally out of control. 20 Added Nims, "For these folks, there were no rules. You're not talking about people nudging over the line. There was absolutely no line.... It was fiscal sin." Early on, it appeared that $92 million was missing. As the financial records of Heritage USA were consolidated and audited, much of this money was accounted for, but then evidence of unpaid bills began to grow. By early June, outstanding debts were estimated at $70 million owed to 1,400

129 Wolves In Sheep‘s Clothing creditors, and $23 million of this debt was delinquent. Independent of the struggle between Jim Bakker and Jerry Falwell was the unsightly scene of other members of the Protestant cloth taking sides and launching verbal missiles at one another. In addition to the principals of the electronic church, there emerged a large cast of walkon characters seeking a moment of glory in front of the camera. 1COR 10:6 Now these things became our examples, to the intent that we should not lust after evil things as they also lusted.

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