The charity was found in violation of five different accountability standards.
Under the stewardship of K.P. Yohannan, Skip Heitzig, Gayle Erwin, and others the charity has been removed from the ranks of trusted evangelical organizations.
The battle isn’t over, but this is a significant victory.
I bless the name of Warren Throckmorton for his tireless work on behalf of truth.
I bless the brave members of the GFA Diaspora and the donors, pastors, and missionaries who risked their own reputations and ministries to help present the truth so that others would not be defrauded and abused.
Those leaders who have chosen to remain silent have their reward.
Every pastor who has supported GFA from the pulpit has the responsibility to pass this news on to the congregation as well.
If you won’t…I will.
Feel free to make your own application…
“For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. And no creature is hidden from his sight, but all are naked and exposed to the eyes of him to whom we must give account.” (Hebrews 4:12–13 ESV)
I’m very comfortable in my own skin, as long as my skin is covered in layers of clothes.
I’m not comfortable being exposed.
The examination would demand that I was very exposed.
A mass had been found where a mass was not supposed to be.
It could be relatively benign or it could be something that would contribute to my demise.
The only way to find out would be through procedures and examinations that left me without privacy or dignity.
Any attempt to cover myself would result in misdiagnosis that would keep me from being cured.
I had to be naked and exposed.
Though the process was very uncomfortable and very embarrassing, it was necessary to preserve life.
When God examines a person, the process can be even more excruciating.
The worldly physician sees the naked body, the Lord sees the naked heart as well.
That can be far more embarrassing and painful.
The heart is full of masses benign and cancerous that threaten the spiritual life of the believer.
Physical cancers terrify us, we love some of the ones that infest our souls.
Covering ourselves, whether in piety or lies…is fruitless.
The Great Physician can see them, only He can remove them.
The surgery is often more painful than the discovery.
The mass in my body was benign.
The ones in my soul are not.
There will be surgery…
Regular checkups are necessary for health.
I will be exposed again.
So will you.
Make your own application…
Roseburg is about an hour and a half from Phoenix, the northern border of what is considered Southern Oregon.
It’s part of my homeland.
For those of you who don’t know me personally, let me share what those who do would affirm about me.
My first identity is as a Christian, my second is as an Oregonian.
I sometimes get the order reversed.
This is a deeply personal tragedy to me and to scores of others here in Southern Oregon.
Something like this was not supposed to happen here…
Social media exploded before the victims were even removed from the scene.
Before the shooter was identified, social media identified four different people as the shooter.
He was a Muslim for sure, no he was an atheist… he was black, he was white…he was a conservative, no, he was a leftist…the government is lying to us again.
Gun control advocates and gun control opponents wrote emotionally charged words with blood not their own.
Everyone wanted the shooter to be a representative of those they despise, that they might despise them all the more.
In the meantime we waited for the names of the victims…and the high school just south of us was locked down from another threat.
We no longer have the decency to mourn with those who mourn before looking for someone to blame that we might be “right”.
We no longer value decency, period.
The shooter was sick of mind and soul.
Those sicknesses became terminal for him and his victims.
What I saw last night makes me wonder what stage our societal sickness of mind and soul is at.
I said it last night, I’ll say it again.
Oregon doesn’t need you pontificating or your politics…it needs your prayers.
So does where you live…
Let me put this in perspective for you.
That is the combined average annual income for three attorneys working full time in the Philippines.
In places like the Philippines and India, cash talks.
It will buy you out of trouble and it will buy trouble for your “enemies”.
Men like Randall and K.P. Yohannan have lots of cash, every dime given by someone who believes in the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
I tell you this because you can’t read my email…email from people who don’t have cash and don’t have a voice.
Email from people who have witnessed the corruption of both men first hand.
Email from people who have devoted their lives to bringing the Gospel to places where it wasn’t before.
Email from people who are not known by their name outside of their work, families, and heaven.
Email from people who want to bear witness to the truth but are terrified of the consequences that come from telling the truth about men who have the cash and the names to destroy them.
You can’t read it…I read it every day.
They count on people like Warren Throckmorton and myself to speak for them.
It should not be this way.
There is now sufficient documented evidence against these organizations that every donor should suspend giving until every question is answered.
The well known and well heeled should be in the forefront of the investigations.
Instead, they are circling the wagons to protect those with power and wealth.
There are many men who know the truth…who know even more truth about these things than has been brought to light.
They are silent cowards who would subject Gods people to fraud and those working the harvest of God to abuse.
Silent, simpering, cowards who prefer the approval of men to that of God.
They will answer for every dollar taken, every child neglected, every brother or sister abused, because of their silence.
They will not answer to me, but to God.
God will not be mocked.
Their only hope is to stand now or bow later as God burns their “works” in front of them.
It’s time to stand for the least of these while they still can.
Yohannan wants CC’s to know that his group is just like them.
The evidence Throckmorton has presented (photographic and otherwise) puts the lie to the letter.
Two things in particular stand out in this missive.
“This rumor was originally started by a few Pentecostal brothers who wanted to discredit us for their own gain.”
Never waste an opportunity to slime someone to defend yourself…
The Pentecostals have now been replaced by bloggers as the enemy du jour…
“If you have any further questions, please call me, or you can ask Pastor Skip Heitzig…”
Birds of a feather…
The only similarity between Believers Church and Calvary Chapel is they were both run by autocrats.
However, the only robe Chuck Smith ever wore was in his bathroom.
We do more than just remember, however…we stand with him by using our social media to advocate for his release.
We ask that you change your Facebook profile picture to his and that you “like” the “Free Saeed” Facebook page and participate in some of the activities that promote his cause.
We ask…that you remember him and his family in prayer…and that you refuse to give up on efforts to secure his release.
Thanks again to EricL for all the link help…support his businesses at the top right.
At about the thirty minute mark of his session at the Northeast Senior Pastors Conference, Bill Gallatin calls out K.P Yohannan…and his CC affiliates.
The context of his statement is a litany of current events that he sees as “signs of the times”.
“and you got a man in India who says he’s a Calvary Chapel and he’s wearing robes like the pope and he’s even having his own people come up and kiss his hand…and no ones even blinking”.
Gallatin is old school Calvary Chapel to the core…if he is upset enough to mention this at an SPC…then a lot of others in that camp are upset as well.
1. bigot: a person who strongly and unfairly dislikes other people, ideas, etc. : a bigoted person; especially : a person who hates or refuses to accept the members of a particular group (such as a racial or religious group)
That’s the dictionary definition of a ‘bigot”.
The real world definition is if you are “intolerant ” of any idea or group that I am tolerant of, you’re a bigot.
For some reason, those who label others bigots are not stained with bigotry themselves, as long as they are bigoted against the people that their group considers bigots.
It’s one of our new “weapon” words meant to inflict shame and stifle discussion.
It’s an accusation that you cannot defend yourself against with words because it requires looking at the totality of a persons life and relationships.
It’s character assassination that even the unskilled can inflict with ease.
“Bigot” used to be an important word, because it applied mainly to those who opposed segregation of the races and it was used to eliminate this wrong from the public discourse.
Today, I’m a bigot because I don’t believe I should use the womens restroom, don’t believe that gay marriage is wonderful, or that radical Islam is just a few Arabs with a bad attitude.
Those who have labeled me such have the same goal that we all had fifty years ago…to mark and eliminate people with such thoughts from the culture.
I’m not going anywhere…
2. Very few people get the Trump phenomenon. I’m here to explain it to you.
We live in a world were all things have become terribly complex and difficult to understand.
When I was a child our TV had a dial.
When you wanted to change the channel to one of the other two or three that were available, you walked up to the TV and turned the dial.
Today we have hundreds of channels that you access with a remote control that has dozens of buttons with scads of options.
Many folks have yet to figure out how they work and they are a source of constant frustration.
They wish it were simple.
Trump simplifies all the issues into black and white, good guys and bad, and he speaks what the simple, common person is thinking.
They don’t believe anyone else is.
3. When I’m reporting on some scandal in the church, I invariably get emails telling me that I should just let God handle it. My reply is that He is…God almost always works through means…even bloggers.
4. The blood moon over Medford was something to behold last night. It spoke to me of the renewal of the creation, not it’s destruction.
5. I have no desire to live in world where there is no difference between the sexes.
6. God answered some big prayers this weekend…then presented situations where even bigger prayer will be needed. God always gives you more than you can handle so that you will seek the God who can handle it for you.
7. The only defense the Christian has is sacrificial love.
8. May the Lord keep me from being known for my political opinions more than the Gospel.
9. The Sermon on the Mount is the most radical, counter cultural, document ever written. It is the “constitution” of the kingdom of God. It should be consulted before any other document when we’re deciding what’s “constitutional”.
10. Phil has laryngitis, thus no podcast today. Pray for his recovery…he talks for a living.