Feb 052015
CrossInternational.org collects over $92 Million in Jesus Money per year...and very very little of it goes to those who administer the Christian charity.

CrossInternational.org collects over $92 Million in Jesus Money per year…and very very little of it goes to those who administer the Christian charity.

I was perusing through the backend of the blog and noticed an interesting reader…someone from an organization called CrossInternational.org.

To my pleasant surprise…I discovered a Christian charitable organization that does things about as well as I could have ever hoped for. Full transparency, much accountability…and the vast vast majority of the monies collected “for Jesus”…actually goes to helping real people in real need…just like Jesus said we are supposed to do.

CrossInternational.org publishes their 990’s for all to see. You can see how much Jesus Money they collect…and more importantly you can see how much Jesus Money the administrators take…and how much of it goes to practical and real things to help those in need.

Total Jesus Money collected exceeded $92 Million…now take a look at how little of the Jesus Money paid those who administer the work (see portion of 990 above). Compare this to Raul Ries’s 990 (over $500,000 in household compensation per year) and to the reported income/compensation packages of Bob Coy, Greg Laurie, Franklin Graham and other big Evangelical Christian celebrities…heck compare it to a Bob Grenier whose reported household compensation package was in excess of $150,000 per year and sucks a huge chunk of the total Jesus Money collected at that “non-profit”. Now tell me who is “serving” Jesus…and who is serving themselves?

This organization’s focus and pride is not in how much they can promote a particular Guru or Celebrity, not in how much bigger they can build a campus, not in how much they can upgrade their sound system…they take pride in how responsible they can be with the Jesus Money and how many kids and poor people they can help in a real tangible way.

Praise God….it makes this grizzled church-war-torn skeptic believe in “the good”.

Well done CrossInternational.org…my family will be supporting you.

Shame on the Christian Mega-Churches and Christian “charities” that use Jesus to get rich…which takes away from monies that good stewards of Jesus could be using to really do the work of the Lord.

Please visit this worthwhile Christian organization here: http://crossinternational.org

 Posted by at 11:49 am
Feb 052015
Adult pastor brags on camera about punching a kid in the church youth group for Jesus.

Adult pastor brags on camera about punching a kid in the church youth group for Jesus.

It’s been weeks since this one first made the news, but it grabbed my attention recently.

An adult pastor brags about how he punched a kid in his youth group in the chest and “crumpled the kid”…for Jesus.

This is a very disgusting and destructive thing to promote and brag about…and that the audience affirms it is very disturbing and telling that Child Abuse is still tacitly endorsed by many in Evangelical Christian ranks.

The example and bravado of this pastor gives permission to all the other Child Abusing pastors and congregants that Jesus wants you to beat your children. That you are beating and punching and hurting your children “for Jesus!”…you are “saving” your kids by beating them and punching them and whatever other physical violence you use toward them.

Stop doing this. It is a lie from the pit of hell (if there is such a thing). God and Jesus do not want you to physically assault kids for him. That is a myth of this pastor’s imagination. The governing authorities and the laws of our land and Jesus himself prohibit you from hurting kids….and especially using Jesus to justify your abuse.

By this pastor’s rationale, I should be able to get on a plane, fly to where he is and because I don’t think he’s being a Christian in the right manner…I should be able to punch him as hard as I can and lead him to a proper understanding of Jesus…no? However, my guess is that he’d have me arrested and jailed for assault…yet he is allowed to walk around freely for what he did.

Here is the video:

Feb 042015

On January 28, 2015, our attorney Mark Goldowitz…lead counsel of the California Anti-SLAPP Project or CASP…gave oral arguments on our behalf before the California 5th Circuit Court of Appeals.

Bob Grenier’s appellate attorney Todd Baxter out of Fresno also presented oral arguments.

I was not present for a number of reasons…among them…I didn’t want to see my mom in the flesh or I thought it would start the grieving process all over again. Right now, she’s dead to me…she made her choice and I consider her deceased and have fully grieved that loss. Once a person gets sucked into a religious cult-of-personality that far, I have to accept things as they are and not keep wishing for things as they should be. I have calloused up in that regard and accept the loss and have moved forward. Fortunately my kids fill the void with love quite well.

Paul Grenier and Tim Taylor were present for the proceeding. Paul Grenier is my 10-year younger brother…we have the same mom, but different dad. Bob Grenier is Paul’s biological father. Paul attended the hearing and stood strong in support of his original testimony that he asked be published on this blog many years ago now. Paul Grenier still maintains that he was sexually abused by his pastor-dad. I continue to believe Paul and to support his overcoming that abuse. I was physically abused, I cannot imagine the additional weight of sexual abuse. Tim Taylor, the Calvary Chapel Visalia congregant who spoke out publicly about wrongs he experienced from Pastor Bob, has been strong in his resolve in speaking out against abuse and corruption in the church as well.

From conversations with Paul and Tim…the case seems to be hinging on whether or not Bob Grenier is a Limited Purpose Public Figure, an All-Purpose Public Figure or a Private Person. According to Paul and Tim, that seemed to be the main line of questioning from the Appellate judges.

It’s difficult to predict what is in the minds of the judges and I won’t try to do that here. I am happy it is a panel of three judges and I’m glad that it is in Fresno and outside of Bob’s very cozy Visalia/Tulare County turf where he has forged very deep political alliances in that community as well as having family members from his Calvary Chapel Visalia inner-circle in positions within the courts and legal justice system there. Human nature tells me it is “an” influence…it’s just how the world works. You give the benefit of the doubt to people you are loyal to, you support people that have helped you politically…and you tend to take their side.

That dynamic is completely removed, in my opinion, with regards to the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals. Bigger venue, three judges, not in Bob’s backyard. I am confident the judges will view and apply the law as best they can and we’ll see what they decide.

This is a pivotal case.

Where does Clergy fall in the Public Figure spectrum?

In a case we’ll call “Gallagher”…the court ruled a priest of a particular parish was “not” a public figure. In Gallagher’s case he was very private and pretty much kept his Moral expertise inside the walls of his local parish. He didn’t seek fame, didn’t seek to spread his Brand, didn’t seek to reach well beyond his local church walls to claim his Moral expertise and to spread his Moral message and Moral opinion to a ton of others. Gallagher was public as Clergy…but only public to his small local congregation, inside the four walls of his particular church. As such, the court ruled him “not” a Public Figure.

OK. A small local priest or preacher who does stand up publicly and tells you how to live your life properly with their particular definition of Morality…but only does it within their own four walls to their local church….can be Private.

What about the Pastor/Preacher who makes a tremendous effort to be known…to spread his Brand and his Moral opinion into the broader public?

This seems to be one of the major issues of this particular case.

It will be hard, in my opinion, to call Bob Grenier “Private”…when I watched him for over 30 years do all that he could to interject himself into the public discussion regarding issues of Morality. Bob sought out the spotlight and the public platform with great lust…and he admired the bigger Gurus like Raul Ries and Greg Laurie and others…he wanted to be them.

Bob has his own radio program that is spread across the nation at a large number of Christian radio stations where his Brand and his message is disseminated to thousands and thousands of people well outside of his four walls of Calvary Chapel Visalia.

From his actively seeking paid speaking appearances at Mega-Churches in Southern California, to his actively pursuing speaking appearances at Bible Conferences all over the US, South America, Israel, Europe, Philippines, Japan and many other parts of the World…to being a speaker on “Ministry Cruises” for many years….to seeking the spotlight at Mega-Crusades like Franklin Graham and Harvest Crusade for opportunities to speak publicly to build his Brand and his credibility as a rising star in the Calvary Chapel Movement…to sending out press releases to media to be quoted on issues like Gay Marriage (and he’s been sought out as a self-proclaimed Moral expert many times in that regard and been quoted by media many times in opposition to Gay Marriage)…to his own book, “A Common Miracle” where he creates his own narrative about his life and times and his Brand of Moral authority (the book left a lot out about the rest of the story, which we filled in..and got sued for).

The Lower Court evidence presents a pile of examples after examples after examples of Bob Grenier intentionally, willfully and energetically seeking the Public Spotlight…to establish himself as an expert in Morality as well as an authority to be listened to…while he regularly solicits money from the public to support his “ministry” as an agent of Morality and God.

Bob Grenier demonstrates his lying and dishonesty in his court testimony by claiming he is just a lowly private quiet small-time preacher who doesn’t seek the spotlight…just like Gallagher.

What a crock of horse manure. Anyone that knows Bob Grenier in any capacity knows this is an absolute lie. Bob is about as private as a measles outbreak. He doesn’t sneak up on you. He wants the attention, he goes after the attention, he gets the attention…and I only scratched the surface of all the things he’s done over the years to grab the Public spotlight.

If Bob is confirmed by the Appellate Court as some form of a Public Figure, then Actual Malice has to have been proven in the Lower Court case…and it was not. We believed what we publicly stated then and believe our sources and know our own experiences…and have documented those credible real sources….and we believe those things now. That is the litmus test for Actual Malice and we are innocent.

Bob is clearly no Gallagher…but it is the court’s job to determine where the line is between Public and Private…and if Bob is Private…then that will send shockwaves through the Legal World…as it will raise the bar so high to be considered Public that those who seek to speak out against abuses and corruption in the Church and other organizations will be effectively silenced due to threat of Defamation lawsuits with a very low threshold to sue people into capitulation and silence of online criticism.

The Court has up to 90 days to issue their ruling. We hope for the best.

 Posted by at 12:30 pm
Feb 032015
A portion of the 2013 IRS Form 990 for Raul Ries's "ministry". According to IRS docs, Ries's household has taken home more than $1,300,000 of the money collected "for Jesus" and "ministry" from 2011-2013.

A portion of the 2013 IRS Form 990 for Raul Ries’s “ministry”. According to IRS docs, Ries’s household has taken home more than $1,300,000 of the money collected “for Jesus” and “ministry” from 2011-2013.

“Give your money to Jesus! Give your money to the work of the Lord!” the preacher bellows with passion and emphasis.

We’ve all been there, sat through the subtle and not-so-subtle appeals for money to fund the “ministry” of Jesus…and the particular Pastor and Church has this or that “need” and we are blessed to be giving our hard-earned money to them because that’s what Jesus wants you to do…to build his Kingdom and give to “his” work…which so happens to be that particular Pastor and his particular “non-profit” church corporation.

OK, fine and well…but, what happens when the Pastor is taking home over $500,000 per year of the Jesus Money?

While in many cases this may be technically “legal”…is it Moral? Is it “right” and “righteous”? Or, is it corrupt and evil and criminal from a Moral perspective?

It has come to the attention of CalvaryChapelAbuse.com that Raul Ries and his personal household take in an alarming $500,000 plus per year from his “ministry”…to the tune of over $1,300,000 from 2011-2013.

IRS form 990’s were obtained by CalvaryChapelAbuse.com and a portion is posted in this article to validate the claims.

Raul Ries isn’t the only Christian mega-celebrity to get rich from “ministry”…sources inside Calvary Chapel Fort Lauderdale report that Bob Coy’s salary and compensation package exceeded $500,000 per year and sources allege that Greg Laurie makes more money from Jesus than either Pastor. Even the squeaky clean Franklin Graham is tainted by the revelation of his over $1,000,000 salary from two Christian charities he “served”…so-much-so that the disclosure shamed him into cutting one of the enormous salaries…now he makes about $450,000 per year from Jesus.

According to recent studies and CNN Money, you are in the Top one percent of all American incomes if you make over $389,000 per year (averaged across the United States).  In rich states like California and Florida that number is $433,000 and $367,000 respectively. Where does $500,000 per year put your household? You are in Elite air…and that doesn’t even take into consideration the tax-free nature of this income which boosts the Real Income a lot higher.

In all of the cases reported above, only Franklin Graham is fairly transparent about how much Jesus Money he takes for his “service” to the Lord. In most cases, the mega-pastors’ mega-salaries are carefully hidden from the public eye and you have to work very hard to get the information.

Where is the line folks? Is this what Jesus and ministry is all about?

When your Pastor makes more than 99.5% of the rest of the Population…and asks you for your money…should you know? Should we care?


 Posted by at 4:14 pm
Nov 132014
Jason Stellman and Christian Kingery...both ex Calvary Chapel Pastors...take some shots...literally and metaphorically...at Religion, Politics and Culture.

Jason Stellman and Christian Kingery…both ex Calvary Chapel Pastors…take some shots…literally and metaphorically…at Religion, Politics and Culture.

Former Calvary Chapel Pastors Jason Stellman and Christian Kingery launched a new podcast aptly titled “Drunk Ex Pastors.”

As the title suggests in a provocatively blunt manner…these guys take some shots and then discuss tame subjects like Religion, Politics, Culture…you know, non-controversial things like that.

While I am politically much more conservative than the pair…I do appreciate their willingness to explore the boundaries in what is a witty, often irreverent yet intelligent manner. I don’t always agree…rarely politically…though I often agree with regards to their more liberal approach to Theology/Religion…but I always laugh and they cause me to think through my particular positions.

The podcast is not for those who are easily offended or stumbled by non-political correctness, so be warned :-)

In the episode linked below, Drunk Ex Pastors discuss…among other things…Calvary Chapel.


 Posted by at 12:50 pm