Alex

Mar 092016
 

From the Phoenix Preacher Blog:

“I was on the phone with Saeed 6-8 hours a day. Saeed admitted to having a phone in prison. I knew exactly how he was doing every single day. I was told by the ACLJ that I could not share about Saeed having a smuggled (smart phone) as it might cost his life. He admitted to congressman Pittinger that he had a phone and was on social media and websites and on skype and phone hours and hours each day and knew exactly what was happening…”

On her prior claims that she went weeks without communicating with Saeed;

“I was told by ACLJ to say that. That if there was ANY indication that I had communication with Saeed outside of the weekly visits of the family, Saeed’s life would be in danger. I admit that I obeyed man other than God and idolatry and lie are sins I have to owe up to. It was freeing to not lie any more in October and to be free of having to keep secrets. It was displeasing to God and I have repented of that.”

Saeed Abedini is under Matt 18 church discipline;

“There is not a pastor that Saeed had worked with that approves his character or that he has submitted to. He had ignored every discipline and and authority. He got his pastoral certificate not by the way God ordained it, but by paying money to an organization and having them send him his pastoral certificate. He was never ordained.”

“He caught pastor Bob off guard when he came to church and pastor Bob said there would be more commotion if he did not have him come up and thank people for praying. That’s it. There will be no more done with Saeed at the church. And no. Saeed is not ordained in any denomination (Calvary Chapel or Assemblies of God). HE received his pastoral card by paying an organization and receiving it in the mail.”

On Saeed being abusive in prison and why she cut off communication;

“Because most of it was very abusive and controlling. This is why in end of October 2015 I told Saeed no more. I felt bad and could not cut off the abuse. Who does that to someone in prison? So I kept answering his phone calls and trying to encourage using scripture and worship. I was either being on the phone with Saeed or traveling or doing media. All the while the phone calls and the continued emotional and verbal abuse and the control was destroying me. I said no more because I could no longer take it and could not understand why the abuse while I was fighting for him so hard. I took so much for my eyes to be opened. It took 3 years of Saeed’s imprisonment and much prayer and fasting for the veil to be lifted and for me to find my strength in the Lord to say no more to the abuse. It was truly God’s Grace.”

On her marriage;

“No one wants reconciliation more than me. For the sake of the kids I have wanted it more than anything. But God showed me that for the sake of Saeed I had to stop enabling and if there was a chance for repentance I had to say no more. God also showed me that absolute obedience to my husband was not right. That God is the one with absolute authority. That if I did not stand in truth and light and if I continued in the way that I was, I would be judged as ananias and sapphira. Sapphira followed her husbands deception and lies and God judged her the same. This is the hardest thing I have ever done and the most loving thing I can do for Saeed. God is more concerned about the spiritual chains than the physical. The battle has changed from traveling to my knees and praying. By His Grace I am standing and for the love of my husband. Every fiber of my being wants this to work out.”

Link to blog article here: http://michaelnewnham.com/?p=24837

 Posted by at 9:13 am
Feb 292016
 
Mark Driscoll, former leader of Mars Hill Church, now named in RICO lawsuit.

Mark Driscoll, former leader of Mars Hill Church, now named in RICO lawsuit.

A bombshell RICO Lawsuit was filed recently against former leaders of Mars Hill Church of Mark Driscoll fame.

The lawsuit alleges that the church and leaders often solicited money under the guise of one thing….then diverted the funds to other things. It is alleged that Calvary Chapel churches have done similar…soliciting money under the guise of a particular separate charity…and then the money ending up in the general fund for the pastor to use it to fund his lifestyle and pay his bills.

Churches have long been ignoring attempts by grass-roots bloggers and former church-goers to clean up their act. This blog has called on the Calvary Chapel sect of churches and some others to change their ways. Those calls have been largely ignored and the messengers have been vilified and attacked in many cases. Unfortunately, I am personally aware of many specific Calvary Chapel instances of what looks like a bait-and-switch with fundraising for a specific non-profit only to have very large amounts of money end up in the general fund of the pastor to spend however he wants as former employees and board members confirm. That’s the dynamic. It’s wrong. It’s corrupt. Mars Hill is being held accountable for it. Others will as well.

Here is an excerpt from the report: “a continuing pattern of racketeering activity by soliciting, through the internet and the mail, contributions for designated purposes, and then fraudulently used significant portions of those designated contributions for other, unauthorized purposes. It was a pattern of racketeering activity that extended through a myriad of MHC projects, including the Global Fund, the Campus Fund, the Jesus Festival, and the promotion of Driscoll’s book Real Marriage: The Truth About Sex, Friendship, and Life Together (“Real Marriage”).”

You can find a full report by the Church Abuse Journalist Stud, Warren Throckmorton, here: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/warrenthrockmorton/2016/02/29/rico-lawsuit-filed-against-former-leaders-of-mars-hill-church/

The RICO Lawsuit can be found here: http://wp.production.patheos.com/blogs/warrenthrockmorton/files/2016/02/Filed-Complaint.pdf

 Posted by at 1:24 pm
Feb 272016
 
Dr. David Jeremiah: Getting rich from selling Jesus and the Gospel for greedy gain.

Dr. David Jeremiah: Getting rich from selling Jesus and the Gospel for greedy gain.

Another day, another Evangelical Guru is busted for corruption and stealing from God. This time a biggie, Dr. David Jeremiah of Turning Point.

Tenacious investigative journalist, Warren Throckmorton, has the goods once again. His report details the account of a former Chief Financial Officer at Jeremiah’s Turning Point that alleges Jeremiah directed non-profit funds in an artificial campaign to get his books on best-seller lists….specifically in a manner that caused book sales that directly benefited Dr. David Jeremiah in the form of royalties.

Using the non-profit “For Jesus!” mechanism for personal royalties. Very typical. These big name pastors and gurus are very rich men. Most are multi-millionaires and their only product is selling Jesus and the Gospel for greedy gain.

Dr. David Jeremiah reportedly takes over $115,000 per year in salary from Turning Point in addition to his lucrative book royalties and speaking fees.

Would any of these pastors and gurus actually “serve” Jesus for free instead of charging a ton of money? Nope.

Full story here: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/warrenthrockmorton/2015/01/14/former-chief-financial-officer-at-turning-point-claims-david-jeremiah-used-questionable-methods-to-secure-a-spot-on-best-seller-lists/

 

 

 Posted by at 12:54 pm
Feb 162016
 

Peyton Manning made the news again….but not for his second Super Bowl victory.

This time around, it was an article by the fake-black-guy and race-baiter extraordinaire, Shaun King….who outted the details of a long-quiet little know sex assault allegation and subsequent defamation lawsuit between Peyton Manning and his victim, a female trainer now doctor.

Sport Illustrated picked up the story here: Peyton Manning sex assault story

In commenting publicly on the scandal, I was reminded how similar the dynamic is when reporting on the abuses and wrongdoings of Calvary Chapel pastors.

The first reaction of many was, “Shaun King is a jerk! You can’t trust anything that guy says! His MOTIVE is to tarnish Peyton Manning who is white!”

Well, that is completely fallacious and a non-issue. I operate from a paradigm and matrix of Logic and Reason and facts. I don’t care if it is Satan himself presenting evidence, is the stuff likely true or likely not true?

Peyton Manning accused of sexual assault. The dynamic rings very similar to Calvary Chapel Pastor scandals.

Peyton Manning accused of sexual assault. The dynamic rings very similar to Calvary Chapel Pastor scandals.

I read King’s story….it rang true. Lots of testimonies, lots of credible witnesses, even Peyton initially denying any sort of incident…then later he acknowledged something “out of line” and “inappropriate” and similar….and changed it from “nothing happened” to a “prank gone wrong”. Very telling.

I read the articles, read the lawsuit, read everything I could that was available with regards to this little-known matter. It doesn’t look good for Peyton. He likely did what the woman said he did. It’s wrong. He should have been charged and paid the price for his bad action…but he’s Football Royalty….and so is his family. He has gone virtually untouched in this matter.

Part of his success in deflecting the issue? Tarnishing the “accuser”….running her through the mud, turning the tables on her, poisoning the well privately and publicly, using his power, money and influence to silence her and spin the situation in his favor. Very similar dynamic to Calvary Chapel Pastors and their many scandals and wrongdoings.

The fans of Peyton Manning don’t want to believe their hero is capable of such wrong. They defend him to the death, attack the “accuser”, challenge the “sources” and find all manner of reason to deflect the facts from tarnishing their Idol and hero. Again, same dynamic with Calvary Chapel Pastors….I’ve seen it many times, witnessed it first hand…still see it to this moment.

If Manning isn’t able to make this go away again…it will transition to, “Well we’re all sinners! Grace covers a multitude of sins! You need to forgive and forget! Pray for Peyton! Don’t judge!”

Meanwhile he hurt a woman, he maligned her, lied about her, made her life hell for many years….instead of initially coming clean and telling the truth and paying the price for his bad action.

Shame on Peyton Manning, shame on Calvary Chapel and Calvary Chapel Pastors who do the same thing. You don’t have “faith”, you aren’t “good”….”God” supposedly “hates” liars, they are an “abomination” to him.

 Posted by at 2:50 pm
Feb 092016
 

what-is-the-truthThanks to my friends for putting up with me and my incurable curiosity and search for the Truth.

If you are so inclined, the following is a pretty good example of how pretty much all the discussions I’ve had with Evangelical believers, pastors even theologians goes. It presents the basics of my particular unresolved issues with regards to the typical “Christian” Apologetic….and some food (not bread 😉 ) for thought.

Click the link below to read the thread.

Christianity discussion

 Posted by at 8:26 am