Should we share the Gospel at “Gay Pride” parades?

Imagine for a moment that you lived, like Lot and his family, in ancient Sodom (Genesis 19).  Unbeknownst to you, in five days your town would be reduced to a burning, sulfurous and uninhabitable ash heap.

Would it please God if you were to spend your last few days sharing Jesus with your fellow townsmen?  Would your efforts at evangelizing these violent homosexuals be biblical?

I believe most Christians reading this post might be outraged that I would ask questions they consider bordering on blasphemy.  After all, they might reason, does not God command us to share the Gospel with every creature on Earth (Mark 16:15)?

At one time I would have agreed with those holding to the position that God wants us to share the Gospel with every single human on Earth.

I don’t believe that any longer.

What changed my mind?  Matthew 7:6:  “Do not give dogs what is holy, and do not throw your pearls before pigs, lest they trample them underfoot and turn to attack you.” (ESV)

Though I had read this verse many times over the decades that I have been a Christian and sharing the Gospel with whoever I could, it was not until I listened to a sermon by Rolfe Barnard several years ago that my mind was changed.

Barnard died in 1969.  I have listened to many of his sermons online.  The one that changed my thinking is here.  And there is one particular story Barnard tells in this sermon that perhaps did more than anything to shape and mold the way I think today.  It starts at 48:22 and goes to about 55:00.

Rolfe Barnard

I believe this is a “must listen to” sermon for everyone active in a soul-winning and evangelistic ministry.  It will change your thinking if you are open to its message.  But be prepared to be challenged in ways you might not expect.

Barnard can be difficult to listen to because he has an unfortunate quirk in his preaching:  he often shouts, occasionally producing ear-splitting screams that might puncture your eardrums if you are wearing headphones.

Outside of this annoying defeat, I have learned much from this old saint and have been blessed by his teachings.  Do I agree with everything Barnard teaches?  No, but you don’t have to agree with everything someone teaches; he has more gold than chaff.

Believing as Barnard does is a revolutionary and seismic shift in the belief system of your typical Evangelical believer.

Which brings me back to the title of this post:  “Should we share the Gospel at ‘Gay Pride’ parades?”  I say “no.”

There are several reasons why I don’t believe we should share the gospel at LGBTQ events.

First, it is critical how you view the Gospel.  Do you see it as a precious gem, something so infinitely fine and valuable that you would not dream of casting such a jewel into the muddy, filthy and disgusting mire of a pigsty?

Perhaps you are offended by my comparing a gay pride parade to a pigsty, but for anyone who has either attended your typical pride parade or seen pictures of what happens there, the reference is accurate.

I need to define what I mean by “sharing the Gospel.”  In a nutshell, this is offering Jesus as follows:

“Friends, the Bible tells us that ‘God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.’

“The Bible also tells us that there is none righteous, not even one, that all of us have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.

“We are all sinners in the eyes of God, but because of what Jesus did on the cross two thousand years ago, shedding His holy and innocent blood for you and I, we can be forgiven and receive the gift of eternal life.

“Come to Jesus, friends!  He will give you new life, come into your heart and make it clean, wiping away all of your sins.”

I know there is infinitely more to the Gospel than this, but I’m trying to be brief.  When we “preach the Gospel,” we are offering to sinners the the path of forgiveness through the shed blood of our Lord.  And this is the message I believe we should not offer to unrepentant sodomites proudly parading themselves in their lusts and debauchery at your typical gay pride event.

Have you been to gay pride events or watched videos on Youtube about them?  Have you seen two men or two women french kiss each other and/or engage in other types of lewd behavior?  Or heard the hateful, vile and blasphemous language and curses out of their mouths against the very Jesus you are offering to them?

What did Jesus do when the people in a particular town asked Him to leave (Mark 5:1-20)?  Did He stay, against their clearly stated wishes, because He knew they needed to receive the very message they had no interest in hearing?  Why do we think we know better than what the Lord does?

When we do this, we are casting the precious pearl of the Gospel before the feet of pigs.  This is in direct opposition to the clear commandment of Jesus not to do this, as Barnard so eloquently and forcibly presents in his convicting sermon.

You have heard, no doubt, this saying:  “Law to the proud, grace to the humble.”  If anything, those who feel led and compelled to preach at gay pride events should be giving these proud sinners the law and not the gospel.  To share anything else except the fact that their horrific sin is leading them straight to hell and judgment is, in my opinion, doing the exact opposite of Matthew 7:6.  And we will be held personally accountable for this disobedience.

But back to living in Sodom five days before the Lord rained fire and brimstone upon its inhabitants.  Can you imagine what that wicked town must have looked like?  A San Francisco Gay Pride event at its worst, but on steroids times a factor of 100.

Those people despised the God of the Bible, reveling in their wickedness and sexual perversion.  No doubt Lot tried to tell these vile sodomites about the God he worshipped, but they were not interested in the least in his message.


The Supreme Court rules in favor of Christian baker

Like most Christians, I rejoice that the Supreme Court rightly decided for the Christian baker.

But the problem remains the same: why does this country look to unelected lawyers in black robes to determine what is right and wrong? Who are they to tell anyone whether or not they can refuse to bake a cake for someone whose message they find offensive to their sincerely held religious beliefs?

Antonin Scalia, in his dissent in the infamous Obergefell v Hodges ruling legalizing “same sex” marriage, wrote:

“…So it is not of special importance to me what the law says about marriage. It is of overwhelming importance, however, who it is that rules me. Today’s decree says that my Ruler, and the Ruler of 320 million Americans coast-to-coast, is a majority of the nine lawyers on the Supreme Court. The opinion in these cases is the furthest extension in fact—and the furthest extension one can even imagine—of the Court’s claimed power to create “liberties” that the Constitution and its Amendments neglect to mention. This practice of constitutional revision by an unelected committee of nine, always accompanied (as it is today) by extravagant praise of liberty, robs the People of the most important liberty they asserted in the Declaration of Independence and won in the Revolution of 1776: the freedom to govern themselves.”

To give nine elected and unaccountable lawyers the power to decide such issues is what has helped plunge this country into the abyss of moral relativism and wickedness. While we rejoice in this ruling, we mourn the others legalizing abortion, sodomy based “marriage,” the posting of the 10 commandments made illegal in public schools, etc.

Never did our founding fathers intend for the Supreme Court of the United States to usurp and supplant the will of the people expressed through laws made by our elected representatives. That we wring our hands in anticipation of how the “Supreme Court will rule” on issues of national importance shows how far we have sunk as a republic.


Today, June 6, 2018, the last of the six defendants was served with my Complaint.  This step is crucial because these six defendants, by law, must be put on notice that a lawsuit has been initiated against them.

As in any lawsuit, there are certain time parameters that must be followed.  In my case, I had 90 days after I filed my initial Complaint (which I did on March 8, 2018) to serve all the defendants or the suit would be dismissed.

Now, all of the six defendants named in my lawsuit have received a copy of my Complaint within the statutory time limit set by the rules.  This means my suit goes forward; the next move will be for each of the defendants to respond.

Follow the Money (Part Two)

On Facebook today, I stumbled upon a post that linked to this story about Jesse Duplantis:

I first saw Duplantis many years ago and immediately this man made my skin crawl.  Back then, he made himself out to be some kind of Christian comedian, but the words that came out of his irreverent mouth instantly showed me he was simply another, typical, run of the mill, dime a two-dozen, phony evangelical huckster out to fleece the flock of God for—you guessed it—money.

Duplantis’ true god is not the God of the Old and New Testaments but the number one false god of America:  the greenback.  If huckster’s like Duplantis could make the same money off of the name of, say, Satan, you can rest assure he would switch in an instant.

But the equally amazing and sad aspect of this story is that this phony is in business and stays in business because of only one reason:  God’s people.  They are the one’s reaching ever deeper into their pocketbooks to fund his extravagant lifestyle.

Remember what I wrote in part one of my previous post?  “Follow the money.”  This is, in a nutshell, all one needs to determine the methods and madness of so much of what passes for “Christianity” in America.

Why do Christians support this buffoon, this false teacher and blasphemer?  What is it about this fool that is so appealing to people that, not only do they support him, but give him hundreds, even thousands, of their hard-earned dollars?

Men like Duplantis do not fear God.  I believe men and women who paddle around in the same foul swamp he does fall into one of two categories:  they either hate God with a passion or they don’t believe in Him at all.  No one who has an ounce of genuine love and fear of God could possibly conduct themselves in the manner in which these charlatans do.

I return to my original point for emphasis:  follow the money.  Understand that money is what drives these fakes, fuels their passions, and defines and guides their every move.  Their love and adoration of money is what causes them to wake up every morning, scheming of new scams to part the faithful with their hard-earned coin.

Let me tell you a true story from my own life:

When I was in my early late teens, early twenties, I met a young man a couple of years older.  Walking across a street one day in the crosswalk, on his way to church, he was struck by a car that threw him about 100 feet.  How he survived is one of those unexplained miracles of life.

In a body cast for almost a year, he was never able to walk again without the use of a cane or crutches.  He was in the peak prime of his life when he was struck.

Because he was legally crossing the street in a crosswalk and the driver (an elderly woman if memory serves me correctly) was 100% at fault, he received a huge settlement.  I never found out how much nor asked, but back then, in the late 70’s, it was probably close to a million dollars.

He lived an extravagant lifestyle, purchasing fancy cars, a nice truck, several homes, ate healthy foods, bought expensive guitars, etc.  And he was very generous to tele-evangelists, giving untold amounts of money to these con artists.

One of their “hooks” these crooks used to part my friend from his money was their teaching on divine healing.  One can understand how he would be particularly vulnerable to being flimflammed in this manner because he was struck down in the prime of his life and yearned to be restored to the abundant health he once enjoyed.

His money lasted almost three decades before he eventually spent every penny.  He is now on welfare and has been living on the taxpayer’s dime for years.

I never learned nor asked how many multiplied tens of thousands of dollars, perhaps over a hundred thousand dollars or more, he gave to these spiritual criminals.  All I know is that, slowly but surely, every single cent that he received from that hard-earned settlement disappeared.

Nor have I ever sat down with him and inquired how he feels about this, if whether or not he blames God for his own lack of wisdom and proper stewardship over the money he received and eventually squandered.  Such topics are difficult to bring up, even with friends.

Like so many situations in our lives, this one is like an onion, with many layers winding round and around the circumstances and decisions of our pilgrimage on this planet.  Did my friend give away a fair percentage of his fortune because he was bargaining with God, believing the tele-evangelist’s lie of the “thousand fold blessing”?

Was it out of selfishness that he sent countless checks in the money to these degenerates?  Through improper motives?  Only him and God knows, and people like myself, observing this train wreck from oftentimes close quarters, can only speculate as to why he threw away so much on absolutely nothing.

I write the following with no sense of pride, understanding that in this particular, narrow aspect of my life, I made a wise choice:  never was I taken in by these “Christian” crooks.  It was glaringly obvious to me, even as a babe in Christ surviving on milk, that these people were wolves in sheep’s clothing.  I would no sooner give them one dollar than I would toss a buck in the commode and flush it down the sewer.

Incredibly, millions of people don’t think like I do, and hopefully, like you do.  What is so obvious to me, like the sun shining in its glory on a cloudless summer afternoon, is that these people are villains in the truest sense of the word.  They are as guilty as Bernie Sanders and need to occupy a cell right along with him.

My friends story, though tragic, is not uncommon; it can be multiplied an endless amount of times.  Hopefully, none of my readers will end up in the poorhouse due to making similar unwise choices as my friend.






First Amendment lawsuit against UA ramps up

In 2017, I was arrested at the University of AZ and thrown in jail. My great crime? I refused to stop preaching at the annual Tucson Festival of Books while using my small, battery operated amplification system.

All around me, people were using far more powerful electrified amplification systems to sell their books, put on author presentations, perform music, etc. I was singled out specifically for censor because of my message: the importance and popularity of the Bible as the number one selling book in the world.

Many know what is happening to Christians and free speech on university campuses across the United States: both are being targeted for extinction…especially Christians. Our message, our morals, and our God are neither wanted nor tolerated.

I’m fighting back against this unjust arrest, having already filed a federal civil rights case three months ago. This has become the most complicated court case I have been involved in and will consume at least one to two years of my life on top of the year and a half I’ve already given to it.

But the stakes are huge. If I win, preachers in our ninth circuit will have strong ammunition on their side to also freely amplify the gospel message on university and college campuses, with certain commonsense restrictions.

Unfortunately, I could not find a Christian law firm interested in taking this case on a “pro bono” basis. This means they would take the case for free, but if I won, they would be paid, handsomely and in full, at settlement.

I had a law firm initially representing me, but after paying almost $2,000 in fees and receiving little if nothing in return, with the lawyer wanting thousands more, I decided to fight alone.

This week was critical. I served the Summons and First Amended Complaint on the five defendants at the UA responsible for my illegal arrest and incarceration. The other defendant, the AZ Board of Regents, who is responsible for the illegal actions of their rogue employees who arrested me, will be served on Monday.

It saddens me to realize how few Christians will fight for their blood bought rights won for us by our godly ancestors, rights that we are rapidly losing here in the United States. I made a decision decades ago that I would fight, and fight every step of the way, for every square inch of ground, no matter what it costs, how long it takes, or whether or not I ultimately prevail in the end.

It is not necessarily for winning why we fight, but that we will love our Lord and our faith enough that we will fight for Him and for His great cause and reputation. We fight because it is the right thing to do and it is part and parcel of being a soldier for Christ and fulfilling our role as men.

When all is said and done, it is an honor and a privilege, no matter if I win or lose, to fight for my King and my God.

The video below was from the 2012 Festival. I did not get arrested then because I agreed to shut off my amplification system. At this point, in 2012, I did not have the knowledge of first amendment law dealing specifically with amplification in public areas as I did when I was arrested in 2017. This video will show what I am up against:

The Great Evil of the World Mission Society Church of God

My latest video on the “World Mission Society Church of God (WMSCOG)” (also known as the “Elohim Academy”) is now on Youtube (update:  this video was deleted by Youtube due to yet another complaint by the WMSCOG about an alleged “copyright claim” for at least one of the pictures I used in the video.  Now, for the third time, I have uploaded it once again):

It was online for about two weeks (the first time I uploaded it) before someone in the WMSCOG reported it to YouTube alleging it was “hate speech.”  And Youtube, being the politically correct, God hating organization that it is, listened to what this person or persons complained about and placed the video on “restrictive mode.”

When you would try and watch the video, you would see a warning screen that read:  “The following content has been identified by the YouTube community as inappropriate or offensive to some audiences.”

Directly underneath this message was another message that read, “I understand and wish to proceed.”  By clicking on this, you could now watch the video.

What does it mean when someone’s video is placed on restricted mode?  By scrolling down on the video page, you will see a greyed out box that reads, “Certain features have been disabled for this video.”  Clicking on “Learn More” will direct you to another YouTube page that says, in part:

“Our Community Guidelines prohibit hate speech that either promotes violence or has the primary purpose of inciting hatred against individuals or groups based on certain attributes. YouTube also prohibits content intended to recruit for terrorist organizations, incite violence, celebrate terrorist attacks, or otherwise promote acts of terrorism. Some borderline videos, such as those containing inflammatory religious or supremacist content without a direct call to violence or a primary purpose of inciting hatred, may not cross these lines for removal. Following user reports, if our review teams determine that a video is borderline under our policies, it may have some features disabled.”

(Update:  as of May 27, 2018, the “restricted mode” on this video has been lifted and its status returned to normal.  Click here to read details.)

Clearly, at least one member of the WMSCOG took offense at what he or she saw and reported it to YouTube as being “hate speech.”  YouTube then reviewed it and agreed with the complainer that it was guilty as charged.

YouTube’s reaction, of course, was ridiculous; once you watch the video you will agree.  They allow someone whose video has been put in this restrictive mode to appeal their decision, which I did.  I wrote:

“My video does not, in any way, encourage or condone violence.  In fact, beginning at timestamp 8:09, I clearly say that I’m NOT advocating violence against the group who is the subject of this video; I’m only reporting on what the Old Testament penalty was for people who led others into idolatry.

Please listen to the above portion of this video so you can hear for yourself.  Thank you.”

There are several problems with YouTube’s knee-jerk reaction, but I want to concentrate on why the WMSCOG reported my video in the first place.

This is not the first time that the WMSCOG has complained about one of my videos; in fact, one of my earlier videos was removed from my channel after another one of their members complained.

Why did YouTube remove my video?

To answer this, allow me to give you a little known piece of information on this cult:  they don’t like being videoed in public.  And when they are, if the footage is uploaded to YouTube, they will complain to YouTube saying that the person who shot the video failed to obtain their permission to record them in public.

Though I don’t know all the details on how or why YouTube handles these kind of “complaints,” they will remove the video.  Again, I could comment on this foolishness on the part of YouTube, but I wish to stay on point with discussing the paranoia of the WMSCOG.  Perhaps later I will address these anti-free speech problems with YouTube.

This video that the WMSCOG complained about was filmed on the campus of the University of AZ in Tucson.  Several members of this cult (known as the “Elohim Academy” on campus) were walking around seeking to recruit people.  I was on campus talking with some students when I saw these cult members walking around.

I knew what they were up to and we approached them to dialogue. I had my GoPro running and recorded the entire conversation.  Later, I uploaded it to YouTube.   It was reported within a short amount of time and removed in its entirety by YouTube.

I knew that the WMSCOG had problems, but this was a new one to me and I began figuring out that these cult members and their leadership were paranoid about being videoed in public and then having these interactions posted for all the world to see.

Another item of interest about this cult that many people do not know is that they are media savvy.  They have many videos on YouTube and have learned things about YouTube that many people don’t know—including myself.  Specifically, they have learned how to make complaints to YouTube in such a way that many videos that show them in a negative light are removed.

As of today’s date (May 26, 2018), I have yet to determine why the WMSCOG are so paranoid about being videoed in public.  If any of my readers can provide the answer, I would appreciate it.

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Though I don’t know this for certain, I believe certain members of the WMSCOG prowl the Internet searching for any content—especially video—that exposes their dark underbelly and true motives.  And if they find such content, they do all they can to have it removed by reporting it, like they have done to mine.

If you spend any amount of time following this cult, you will quickly learn that they are obsessed with their public image.  They go to any lengths to appear in public as upstanding members of society intent on doing good works, with a heavy emphasis on their members always smiling and looking happy and innocent.

It is all a carefully choreographed lie and deception.

They know that nothing can sink a ship faster than bad or negative press; this is one reason why they go to any lengths to have true but unflattering videos about them removed asap.

After having dealt with this cult for about six or seven years, I become more familiar with how they run their operation.  And let me assure you, as the old saying goes, “All that glitters is not gold.”

This group is evil.  Their leadership is a cabal of con-artists whose two of their gods are money and power.  The main reason for their entire existence is—you guessed it—money.  Lots and lots of money.  And how they obtain this money is by deceiving people into committing to their weekly meetings, becoming members, and all for one main purpose:  dropping money into the offering basket when it passes by your face.

They have ruined countless lives, divided husbands from their wives and vice-versa.  They have divided children from their parents and parents from their children.  And the greatest of all their acts of wickedness and depravity is their leading their members into the greatest of all sins:  idolatry.

If you have been deceived by this group and have fallen under their control, you must break free and flee from them.  Your very soul is in danger of being eternally lost.

My advice to you is this:  like Lot, flee from them without looking back (Genesis 19:16-17).  Don’t make the same disastrous mistake as Lot’s wife and “look back”:  you must flee and never look behind you.  Don’t call or text them explaining why you are leaving…just leave.

And don’t answer their calls or their texts when they start trying to contact you, wondering where you are and why you are no longer coming to the meetings; this is part of their strategy to rope you back in.

Find a trusted friend (and not anyone who is a member of this group) you can go to and ask advice from.  Hopefully, this friend will be a Christian who loves the Lord and is obeying His commandments.

I would love to talk with you.  Again, drop me a comment in one of my videos and we will get in contact.  We will figure out a way to exchange contact information without the WMSCOG knowing about it.

Follow the Money (Part One)

I have learned something in my almost 40 years in dealing with religious cults, summed up in the familiar phrase:  “follow the money.”

These three words, if used faithfully and correctly in one’s life, can answer some of life’s most vexing questions.  By “following the money,” you will gain insight into one of the main—if not the main—motivations of religious cults (and of groups in general).

Take, for example, the World Mission Society Church of God (WMSCOG), a growing cult birthed in South Korea.  Growing by leaps and bounds, their membership may be over the one million mark.

With a growing Youtube and social media presence, this group presents a carefully choreographed face to the world of being a helpful, caring and “look how much good we do for the world” religious organization.

Their cheery and slick ad’s, however, hide their true sinister side, which is a corrupt, power and control hungry group whose main existence is—you guessed it—$$$.  Lots and lots of money.

The leadership of the WMSCOG, like all cults, exists for one main purpose: they want and love your money.

Like most religious groups (and I’m saddened to write this includes legitimate Christian organizations), collecting money from their sheep is the main priority and reason for their existence.  “Follow the money” and you will learn why they wake up in the mornings.

Recently, I stumbled upon an outdoor meeting the WMSCOG was holding in Tucson, AZ.  They called it an “Ascension Day Worship.”  At the height of this gathering, approximately 40 to 50 people were in attendance.  One could describe it as a religious service common throughout America on a typical Sunday.

Of course, during one portion of the service, it was time for the male leaders of the group to break out the red, super-sized collection bags  and walk down the aisle, soliciting “donations” from those present.  My own eyes were literally “following the money.”

But understand this: In the last days terrible times will come.   For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money…”  2 Timothy 3:2

The Bible warns that people in the last days will be guilty of the sin of greed, which can be defined as someone who loves money.  Thus, we should not be surprised to discover that “religious” people, masquerading as Christians who don’t know the first thing about authentic Christianity, will be marked by their love of money.  In America, where one of the many false gods is money, none should be surprised at this fact.

You will be astonished by the paradigm shift in your thinking and outlook on life when you begin to incorporate into your life the principle of “following the money.”  It will open doors of such insight and understanding that you might wonder why you never thought of this type of revelation before.

I ask you to think about the lopsided importance that money has in our society, how the endless pursuit of it dictates so much of what we do every day.  It is so deeply woven into virtually every aspect of our daily routines that, again, few even think about it.  Fewer consider it to be a negative aspect of our culture.

Even more disturbing, the love of money has also tainted the true Church, the Bride of Christ.  Many churches in America, particularly mega ones, are run more like successful corporations than places which exist to glorify the Name of Jesus.

If you remove the profit motive from many churches, para-churches, and other religious organizations, many of them would permanently shut their doors.  The sad and revoting reality is this:  countless churches and “Christian” ministries are in it for the simple fact they are “following the money.”  And if there is one place in America where easy money is to be found, look no further than your local church.

This being said, it is not surprising that “ministries” are as common as mushrooms popping up in the fields after a summer thunderstorm.  And cults, like sharks who smell blood in the water, congregate to places where they believe easy kills are there for the pickings.

The WMSCOG exists because they know, like so many other false religious groups (Mormons, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Moonies, phony faith healers like Bennie Hinn, etc.), that religion is big business.  Billions of dollars a year pour into the coffers of both legitimate and non-legitimate religious groups.

Wise and experienced people who have been around the block many times understand the dark nature of humanity.  Young and idealistic people often have not lived life long enough to understand the power that money has over most of the population in the world today and how strong of a motivation money and greed is in the heart of the average person.

Again, the Bible clearly teaches that, in the last days, people will be lovers of money.  I don’t know if we are the generation that will see the second coming of Jesus, but one thing I do know:  we are closer to His coming than any other generation.  And if we are living in the last days, one serious problem will be that people who love money will be a source of pain to us.

We have to face facts and reality:  people love money, and many people will do whatever it takes to gather as much and as easily as they can.  Another sad and sinister side of life is that many people would sell their own mothers if they could realize a handsome profit by doing so.

If you find what I just wrote difficult or even impossible to believe, you are no doubt younger than thirty years old and are idealistic in nature with the proverbial stars in your eyes, believing in the innate goodness of men and women evolving into increasingly better people as the years pass by.

You are in for a rude awakening as you pilgrim through this life.

Why is it that cults like the WMSCOG heavily recruit on college and university campuses?  Because young people are there, idealists, who believe in the nonsense that spews out of the mouths of the leadership.  Most university and college students born and raised in the United States have been pampered and raised in the lap of luxury and are clueless to what the “real world” has to offer.

Because of their idealistic nature and belief they can “change the world,” (some will), they are targeted by sinister people like those of the WMSCOG who understand they will become their own personal ATM machines.

Think about this:  what easier way to earn money than having idealistic, happy and starry-eyed young people dropping money into the offering basket every Saturday during a WMSCOG meeting?

Sadly, this act of passing the plate is what most churches and cults build their entire “ministries” around. It is the crowning apex of all they do and exist for.

This is why the leadership of cults like the WMSCOG emphasize tithing so much.   To be fair, this is also why many (and I would say most) mainline churches emphasize the same thing:  it is all about the money.  Money, money, money and more money.

When your eyes are opened to this reality, that money is the driving force behind the WMSCOG, all the pieces neatly fall into place.  You will understand why they unceasingly recruit on university and college campuses, why they hold so many weekly meetings, why they incessantly teach on the importance of tithing, why they are such control freaks, etc.  It is all about the god they worship, the false but powerful god of money.

The disturbing story of the judge who found me guilty

The judge who found me guilty on the third degree criminal trespassing charge for preaching using my amplification system is a new judge with no legal experience; she was elected by the voters and not appointed to this important office.
Almost immediately she was embroiled in controversy: reports came out that she stole the answers to a test given to new judges (see article below).
An Arizona Court of Appeals judge who heard the case, Lawrence Winthrop, ruled that she violated three rules of the code of judicial conduct, saying, “While this misconduct may have only occurred once, it is too offensive to ignore or to resolve informally.”
Unbelievably, she received a gentle slap on the wrist, having only to pay a fine, the cost of the investigation, and take additional ethics courses. She was allowed to remain a judge—this is the individual who literally sat in judgment over my case.
She should have been removed from her noble position, having forfeited the trust of the people and the dignity and importance of her exalted office. How could someone who stole the answers to the test for new judges possibly be seen as someone who was fit to judge others…like other thieves?
Aboud made the fantastical claim that the whole thing was merely a “prank,” done as a joke. In another article she said, “This is a joke that I do. We do [it] within my family, we’ve done for 50, 60 years. You know, it’s ‘play a trick on somebody. Hide their stuff.'”
As one reads the handful of articles that report on this disturbing story, it becomes clear that Aboud is unfit to hold this honorable office.

I was found guilty for a second time

My criminal case is now in the appeal process after the judge found me guilty, for a second time, of third degree criminal trespassing while I was preaching at the UA during their annual “Tucson Festival of the Books” while using my small amplification system.

This case in the Pima County Consolidated Justice Court lasted over one year. The appeal process could take another year—even longer.

My criminal defense attorney handling my case, Mark Williman, is experienced and knows the law. Unfortunately, when you had a judge like I did, newly elected with no background as a lawyer and an avowed lesbian, the deck was stacked against me from virtually the get-go.

I could not discuss this judge, Paula Aboud, throughout the over year long trial because I felt that, if she got wind of what I posted on FB or my blog about her, things could have become uglier than what they were.

Just who is my judge, Paula Aboud? First, she was a democratic state senator here in my home state of AZ, born and raised in Tucson. Here are some quotes from a Wikipedia article about Judge Aboud:

“In addition to her professional career Aboud was a long-time activist for the Tucson Democratic Party.” This should give us a glimpse of Aboud’s political leanings and I would suggest they are not conservative. I don’t believe Aboud is a card carrying member of the NRA but probably is for Planned Parenthood.

But the article gets more interesting. Under the heading “Personal Life,” it reveals this:

“She was one of four openly LGBT members of the Arizona State Legislature.”

Aboud proudly identified herself as a lesbian while she was a state senator. Putting a couple of these facts together (and there are more), I would argue that it would be difficult for Judge Aboud to objectively sit as my judge for the “crime” that I was arrested for.

I will explain more in subsequents posts about this judge.


The dangers of growing old in the Lord

One of the many dangers aging Christians face as we pilgrim through this world is forgetting our Lord.

Though we may have begun strong in Him, full of faith, blessings and wisdom, there is a chance of throwing all of this away and dying in foolishness—even apostasy.

Solomon prominently comes to mind as one such example: a king who was blessed beyond measure in the beginning of his reign, full of godly wisdom and knowledge, who ended in tragedy. His riches, power and influence in the world for righteousness sake were incalculable.

Solomon threw all of this away and appears to have died a fool and an idolater of the worst kind. His rise and fall from greatness is a story I often return to in the hope I might learn not to follow in his disastrous footsteps.

He forgot God, allowing the innumerable blessings showered upon him to come between him and his Lord. The very blessings poured abundantly upon Solomon were the very things that destroyed him. This causes me to tremble in my spirit—if this apostasy and rebellion could happen to the wisest man in the world, it can certainly happen to me.

Jesus warned His disciples of this very thing in Matthew 26:41: “Keep watching and praying that you may not enter into temptation; the spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak” (NIV).

Most of us know people who began strong in the Lord and now, years later, no longer walk with Him. Or, if they still profess to be believers, you would not know this by the lifestyles they now lead and the words that come out of their mouths.

We all need to remember this other warning from Jesus and take heed: “…but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved.” Matthew 24:13 (NIV)