Sunday, March 11, 2018


Christians have no fear of the wrath of God because they are obedient and have peace with God.
Sinners do not want to think about the wrath of God because their conscience condemns them and they don't want to give up their way and obey God.

God is love and in His lovingkindness He has provided for all our needs. If people rebel against God and turn away from His love and righteousness; then, He will pour out His wrath against them.

Every person who has ever lived will either enjoy the love of God or suffer the wrath of God. The choice is our own. We can either obey and be blest; or, we can disobey and be cursed.

Romans 1:18-22
18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;
19 Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them.
20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:
21 Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.
22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,

Upon whom is the wrath God poured out? It is poured out upon those who “hold the truth in unrighteousness.” If you know what the will of God is and you rebel against it, then you will suffer the wrath of God.

Psalms 7:1
God judgeth the righteous, Sand God is angry with the wicked every day.

Sinners are like spoiled children. They do not want to think about being punished for their disobedience. They want God to overlook their disobedience like their permissive parents did. God is just and He will reward the righteous and punish the wicked. He is no repecter of persons. If you think God will ignore the consequence of disobedience; how about, if He would also ignore the consequence of faithful obedience?

Mark 3:4-5
4 And he saith unto them, Is it lawful to do good on the sabbath days, or to do evil? to save life, or to kill? But they held their peace.
5 And when he had looked round about on them with anger, being grieved for the hardness of their hearts, he saith unto the man, Stretch forth thine hand. And he stretched it out: and his hand was restored whole as the other.

If Jesus were to be here this morning (and He is) would He look upon you with anger? Is Jesus pleased or angry with how you are living? He is not neutral. He will punish and He will reward.

Exodus 32:9-12
9 And the Lord said unto Moses, I have seen this people, and, behold, it is a stiffnecked people:
10 Now therefore let me alone, that my wrath may wax hot against them, and that I may consume them: and I will make of thee a great nation.
11 And Moses besought the Lord his God, and said, Lord, why doth thy wrath wax hot against thy people, which thou hast brought forth out of the land of Egypt with great power, and with a mighty hand?
12 Wherefore should the Egyptians speak, and say, For mischief did he bring them out, to slay them in the mountains, and to consume them from the face of the earth? Turn from thy fierce wrath, and repent of this evil against thy people.

Does God still punish and reward? You must think about your relationship with God and you can know and should know whether God is pleased or angry with you. Don't let Satan confuse you or cause you to ignore this important condition.

Deuteronomy 11:16-17
16 Take heed to yourselves, that your heart be not deceived, and ye turn aside, and serve other gods, and worship them;
17 And then the Lord's wrath be kindled against you, and he shut up the heaven, that there be no rain, and that the land yield not her fruit; and lest ye perish quickly from off the good land which the Lord giveth you.

Sickness, afflictions, trials, tests, temptations, hardships, all these things happen because God caused them or allowed them to happen to you. You should known the condition of your own soul and your relationship with God? Are you being tested or tempted? God does not tempt any man to do evil. Satan does. God does punish people for their sins; and, He allows Satan to trouble His children. God gives grace to His children to stand against every temptation.

Psalms 78:26-32
26 He caused an east wind to blow in the heaven: and by his power he brought in the south wind.
27 He rained flesh also upon them as dust, and feathered fowls like as the sand of the sea:
28 And he let it fall in the midst of their camp, round about their habitations.
29 So they did eat, and were well filled: for he gave them their own desire;
30 They were not estranged from their lust. But while their meat was yet in their mouths,
31 The wrath of God came upon them, and slew the fattest of them, and smote down the chosen men of Israel.
32 For all this they sinned still, and believed not for his wondrous works.

God's punishment causes some people to turn and repent. Not all people repent at the chastisement and punishment of God. Some sinners get angry with God for correcting and punishing them. In their rebellion, they become worse.

Psalms 106:34-41
34 They did not destroy the nations, concerning whom the Lord commanded them:
35 But were mingled among the heathen, and learned their works.
36 And they served their idols: which were a snare unto them.
37 Yea, they sacrificed their sons and their daughters unto devils,
38 And shed innocent blood, even the blood of their sons and of their daughters, whom they sacrificed unto the idols of Canaan: and the land was polluted with blood.
39 Thus were they defiled with their own works, and went a whoring with their own inventions.
40 Therefore was the wrath of the Lord kindled against his people, insomuch that he abhorred his own inheritance.
41 And he gave them into the hand of the heathen; and they that hated them ruled over them.

They were defiled with their own works. Their wickedness and sinfulness was the fruit of their own willful choices. Therefore, God's wrath was stirred up against them.

John 3:36
He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.
Is the wrath of God upon you? Have you sinned?
If you have been obedient, then hold fast to your confidence that God will give you the grace to go through your hardship.

Romans 13:4
For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil.

God works through His ministers to do good; and, he works through His ministers to pronounce His judgments and wrath. God will tell me to tell you what the Word of God says will happen to those who disobey.

James 1:19-20
19 Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath:
20 For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God.

Don't think that your wrath against your neighbor will advance the goodness and righteousness of God. God alone has the right to pour out wrath upon people who transgress the laws of God. Condemnation and punishment has not been given to men or women. God will judge, condemn and punish. Leave that duty to God.

Revelation 15:1
And I saw another sign in heaven, great and marvellous, seven angels having the seven last plagues; for in them is filled up the wrath of God.

What a terrible thing to be in the hands of an angry God. God's anger against sin and rebellion does not contradict His loving kindness and mercy. He is a just God and must reward people according to their works. To do otherwise would be a fault and to have respect of persons.

Revelation 19:11-15
11 And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war.
12 His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself.
13 And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God.
14 And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean.
15 And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.

God punishes individuals and nations. When nations forsake the laws of God, they will suffer the consequences. America will suffer for her sins.

Numbers 12:1-5
1 And Miriam and Aaron spake against Moses because of the Ethiopian woman whom he had married: for he had married an Ethiopian woman.
2 And they said, Hath the Lord indeed spoken only by Moses? hath he not spoken also by us? And the Lord heard it.
3 (Now the man Moses was very meek, above all the men which were upon the face of the earth.)
4 And the Lord spake suddenly unto Moses, and unto Aaron, and unto Miriam, Come out ye three unto the tabernacle of the congregation. And they three came out.
5 And the Lord came down in the pillar of the cloud, and stood in the door of the tabernacle, and called Aaron and Miriam: and they both came forth.
6 And he said, Hear now my words: If there be a prophet among you, I the Lord will make myself known unto him in a vision, and will speak unto him in a dream.
7 My servant Moses is not so, who is faithful in all mine house.
8 With him will I speak mouth to mouth, even apparently, and not in dark speeches; and the similitude of the Lord shall he behold: wherefore then were ye not afraid to speak against my servant Moses?
9 And the anger of the Lord was kindled against them; and he departed.
10 And the cloud departed from off the tabernacle; and, behold, Miriam became leprous, white as snow: and Aaron looked upon Miriam, and, behold, she was leprous.

God's chastisement, punishment and wrath can be severe because it is proportion to the offence. Miriam was well aware of the fact that God was using her brother to lead the people of Israel. She should have been more careful of her attitude toward her brother Moses. She rose up against Moses and tried to usurp his authority as the leader of God's people. She became critical of the man of God and thus stirred up the wrath of God against her.

Saturday, March 10, 2018


Every child of God has a cross to carry.
We are commanded to carry our cross.
The Christian life is one of peace, joy, victory, blessings and promises.
However, along with all the goodness of God, we have a cross to bear.

Matthew 10:38
And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me.

I want you to think about the meaning of carrying your cross for Jesus Christ.
I want you to understand that whatever suffering you may endure in this life will be worth it to gain eternal life. Escaping hell and inheriting eternal life in heaven should be the highest priority in our life.

Matthew 10:34-39
34 Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword.
Jesus did not mean that he came to cause turmoil and trouble in the hearts of the children of God. He came to establish the Law of Righteousness which He knew would be resisted by sinners. The Word of God is a spiritual sword which separates those who do right from those who do wrong.
35 For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law.
36 And a man's foes shall be they of his own household.
37 He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.
38 And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me.
39 He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it.

We must be willing to stand and suffer for all things just and right. We must resist evil and be an example of and witness for all things good and holy.

Matthew 16:24-25
24 Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.
25 For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it.

SEC: CROSS: NT:4716: figuratively, exposure to death, i.e. self-denial
To take up the cross of Christ is to be willing to suffer both physical and emotional persecution. We must be willing to trust God to work good out of everything that happens in our life. Remember Joseph and his brothers; what they meant for evil, God worked for good. Remember Job; what Satan meant for his destruction, God turned into a great blessing. Remember the apostle John; what they meant to accomplish through his imprisonment and boiling him in oil, God turned into a testimony of victory and revelation. Let us say with Job 13:15, “Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him;"

1 Corinthians 1:17-18
17 For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of none effect.
18 For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.

The preaching of the crossl includes suffering for the cross. Are you willing to crucify your flesh and take up your cross and follow Jesus Christ where ever He may lead you?

Galatians 5:11
And I, brethren, if I yet preach circumcision, why do I yet suffer persecution? then is the offence of the cross ceased.

If I preach what religious sinners want to hear, they will not persecute me. If I preach the sermon of the cross most religious sinners will hate me and reject my message.

Galatians 6:12-15
12 As many as desire to make a fair shew in the flesh, they constrain you to be circumcised; only lest they should suffer persecution for the cross of Christ.
13 For neither they themselves who are circumcised keep the law; but desire to have you circumcised, that they may glory in your flesh.
14 But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world.
15 For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth anything, nor uncircumcision, but a new creature.

There are those who will constrain you to teach their opinions and traditions. If you submit to them, they will bless you. If you teach people that salvation and eternal life is not to be found in their opinions and traditions, they will curse you.

2 Timothy 3:12-13
12 Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.
13 But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.

How many saints will be persecuted? All who live godly. Have you encountered any persecution for your stand for holiness?

Matthew 5:10-11
10 Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
11 Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.

Don't let persecution and afflictions cause you to turn away from living a holy life and from giving yourself to be a living sacrifice for the glory of God.

Romans 8:18
For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.
Part of carrying our cross is waiting on God when you can not see, touch, feel or experience what we are waiting for in faith.

Romans 8:25
But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it.

Romans 8:35-37
35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?
36 As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.
37 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.

Romans chapter 8 is all about crucifying the flesh and carrying our cross for Jesus Christ. He suffered for our eternal salvation. What will you suffer for Jesus? He carried His cross for us,  Will you carry your cross for Him?

Monday, March 5, 2018

The Excommunication

The Excommunication

Of Pastor Jim Storts

The Church of God of Knoxville
January 9, 1991 – to - October 29, 2006

Published: February 2018

Date Posted on Blog
Table of Contents
Introduction – Why Tell?
A Sad Epilogue
Minister's Meeting – Feb. 2005
Excommunication – Part One
Excommunication – Part Two
Excommunication – Part Three
Excommunication – Part Four
Excommunication – Part Five
My Testimony – Part One
My Testimony – Part Two
My Testimony – Part Three
Judgment Gone Awry
Judgment vs Standard
Submission In The Home
Them Which Cause Division
Origin Of The Races


Why Tell?

[Posted to the Blog on 06/30/2010]
Isaiah 58:1
Cry aloud, spare not, lift up thy voice like a trumpet, and shew my people their transgression, and the house of Jacob their sins.”
I was asked again yesterday, "Why do you post all these personal facts in cyber space?" The person who asked me this question had never read any of my blogs.
My answer: I have posted this report for the sole purpose of teaching others the nature and works of Satan. It is my responsibility to report the proceedings which took place in the church of God of Knoxville, so other ministers and saints will have a better understanding of how the spirit of division works. During the excommunication trial attended by seventeen church of God ministers, Sister Sandra Allen gave this sound advice: “Must deal with this so that other congregations know to do it differently than this. They [Theresa Storts and Denise Nyenhuis} jumped the gun. Bro. Storts has been a good man and has not been a contentious person here to the end of his ministry. When you hold judgment on people, what is in them is coming out.”

There are some who believe that I seek revenge against those who have falsely accused me. That is
NOT SO! Revenge belongs only to God. I love those who have been ensnared by Satan and have falsely accused one of God's children. I pray for them. I do not wish harm upon them, but rather I pray they will receive help and recover themselves from their error. In their sleepy, lukewarm condition, they have despised me because I made them uncomfortable. Division comes upon the church, not because of differences of opinion or doctrine (although I believe doctrine is very important); rather, division comes from a lack of mercy and righteousness. Division comes because of sin; or, because of a lack of understanding, longsuffering, gentleness, kindness and not having a burden to help and build up one another.

Sin is the only thing which will separate us from God. Therefore, sin is the only thing which should separate us from each other. Unfortunately, many have taken upon themselves the authority to falsely charge me with sin.

I do not write and post these blogs to condemn or judge another child of God. I write for your instruction, that you may know the crafty and deceitful ways of the devil. I cry out against injustice, lukewarmness and the silence of the Seventh Seal Church. I am not motivated by what people have thought or will think. I write because I am confident God wants the conditions affecting the church today to be exposed and shouted from the roof top.

If you have allowed ill will to enter your heart, you need to ask God to forgive you and help you get under a burden for souls. In grief, but with hope, I pray and hope for the day when the church will once again become an excellent example of the ministry of reconciliation.

The following work has been revised and edited to correct spelling, grammatical errors and add important statements and observations. In large part it is presented in the original state as posted on my blog “The Holy Place” which I started in 2010. It is my sincere prayer this book will help some minister or saint to better understand the dangers surrounding the serious act of cutting a person off from fellowship, i.e. excommunicating a brother or sister in Christ.

A Sad Epilogue

[Posted to the Blog on 02/06/2012]
I have placed this article at the beginning of this excommunication report because it highlights the evil and destructive spirit which initiated this action against me.

February 6, 2012: Five years have passed since I was excommunicated from the fellowship I had enjoyed for 30 years. There have been some important developments in my relationship with the church of God of Knoxville. I have published my experience for review by the church of God at large. I do not believe actions and expressions such as these should be “swept under the rug” and hidden from those who have been affected and/or influenced. It is my prayer that, like the life of Joseph and his brothers, God will take what was intended as evil for me and turn it into good for the universal family of God. The trials and tests of this life are allowed by God to teach us the way of righteousness. I do not desire any person to condemn another person and make hasty sin charges. I do desire that you pray for those who have been caught in the snare of making false accusations. Pray for the spiritual enlightenment of a congregation of precious souls who are following the counsel of men instead of the counsel of the Holy Spirit.

On Saturday, December 24, 2011, Theresa Storts (my wife) testified to me that God revealed to her that she had held bitterness in her heart toward me for many years. She asked me to forgive her. She said the Holy Spirit had convicted her of sin and shown her she had not been saved for many years. She said the Holy Spirit had shown her she had been guilty of the same sin (presumably, failure to listen to and obey the voice of the Holy Spirit) with which she had charged me. With a very emotional, broken and contrite heart, she asked me not to share this information with anyone until she had time to tell people. She said she wanted to be the first to tell her children and try to explain. I told her I would give her time to share her report with others. After waiting forty days, I have concluded there is no explanation forthcoming. I believe she has been counseled by Pastor Larry Owen, Pastor Robin Thames, et al. to be quiet.

This is the second time she has repented of being a sinner, since she facilitated the October 29, 2006 excommunication of me, her pastor/husband, from the congregation and fellowship which I had been a part of for 30 years. The first time she confessed to having sinned, was just before the June 2007 Camp Meeting in Lakeland, Florida. When she returned from that meeting, she informed me she had recanted of her repentance and that she really was not and had not been a sinner. I can only conclude the ministers at the Lakeland Fellowship did not accept her repentance and instructed her to recant. I have no evidence that her effort to repent was ever made public to the local congregation. If the ministry had allowed her repentance to become public knowledge, then the people would have known the ministry accepted a sinner’s false accusations against their fellow minister; and, that the ministry had accepted the sinner as a saint and excommunicated a righteous pastor as a sinner.

On Monday, December 26, 2011, Theresa said she would not be attending the Morgan City New Year’s Fellowship even though her mother would be there. She dearly loves her mother and takes advantage of every opportunity to be with her. It appears likely Theresa was counseled to not attend the meeting. I believe her pastor, Robin Thames, desired to discuss this with other ministers before taking any public action.

On Monday, January 2, 2012, I asked Theresa what Pastor Robin Thames’ response was to her confession of sin. She told me she had complete confidence in Pastor Robin Thames as her pastor and I must just leave her in the hands of God. She would not share any information about her pastor’s position on her repentance.

On Thursday, January 5, 2012, at about 2:30 p.m. I made a request by telephone to Pastor Robin Thames to meet with him sometime after 6:00 p.m. He said he had been expecting to receive a call from me. He said he would take my request into consideration and call me by 6:00 p.m. At 5:50 p.m. Pastor Thames sent a text message saying he was busy moving a refrigerator to one of the church’s rental trailers. Text message reads, “I will call. I am delivering a fridge to the parsonage for Hope and Rebecca. But I will be tied up for a bit.” At 7:00 p.m. he sent a second text to say he was still busy moving the refrigerator. Text message reads, “Evan and I are still here and still at it. We are having to take the fridge apart and the door off the hinges etc. I will still call when I am through.” At 9:40 p.m. He sent this text to me, “I am still out. You can call me again tomorrow after 10:00 if that’s ok.”

Friday, January 6, 2012. I called Robin Thames around noon, he said he would call me later. Robin Thames called me at about 4:45 p.m. He did not want to meet with me, but preferred to engage me in conversation by telephone. We talked for about one and a half hours. He vented all the false charges which had been made against me for several years. His position was: You are a sinner because you left the church of God and went to Babylon. Robin Thames charged me with fellowshipping the Methodist church, Baptist church and one- cleansing church of God congregations. He accused me of accepting them as being just as saved as any member in the church of God congregations. In reality, I do accept any person as a Christian based on their profession of living a sin free life; and, the absence of any proof of sin existing in their life. He accused me of accepting their doctrine because I had attended their church services. I replied there is a significant difference between visiting with a person (or group) and accepting their beliefs. I may accept a person from the Methodist church, or some other religious organization, as being a child of God, if there is no evidence of sin in their life, while not accepting every point of doctrine which they believe. We have always testified that “we reach our hands in fellowship to every blood washed one.”

I asked Pastor Thames how he had counseled my wife regarding her repentance. I told him he was responsible for the influence of his counsel upon her relationship with God. If he counseled her contrary to the righteous principles of God, he would be held accountable for her soul. He said he treated her like he would any backslider. He said he told her she could not do what she did and still be saved. He refused to share with me any details of her repentance or his counsel to her.

Robin Thames accused me of destroying the church of God of Knoxville and hurting people by naming them in my blog postings. He apparently believes it is OK to talk about me from the pulpit but that it is a sin for me to publish the errors of certain ministers who falsely accused me. Perhaps he has forgotten Paul’s reproof to Peter which was recorded in writing and shared with the saints and included in the New Testament for the whole world to read. And what about Diotrephes, who turned the people against the apostle John; and took upon himself to sit in judgment and cast people out of the church? How many examples must I present to prove God inspired the writers of the Holy Script to name people who cause division in the house of God?

On January 26, 2012, I asked my son if he had heard any testimony from his mother about her repenting of sin. He said she had stood up in the congregation and confessed she had failed God and the congregation. She asked them to forgive her. He seemed to have no idea what her sin was or how long she had been in such a condition. If her confession was so vague that it omitted any mention of her making false accusations against me, her pastor/husband, to the congregation and ministry six years ago, then the congregation probably thought her failure was something minor that happened last week or last month. It is my opinion that Pastor Thames counseled her to repent without giving any details of her sins. The ministry would not want her to confess she had been a sinner the whole time she was making false accusations of sin against me, her pastor/husband.

Will God accept a prayer of repentance when there is no effort to make restitution to those against whom the transgression was committed? My wife asked me to forgive her. I told her I did forgive her. I truly believe she repented to God with a broken and contrite heart. She asked me to wait for her to explain it to others. Her failure to do the works of repentance (i.e. confess, restore and reconcile), annuls her repentance.

After forty days, I have concluded there is no explanation or confession forthcoming. What she did will not be brought to the attention of those she deceived into believing her pastor/husband was a sinner. The congregation was deceived by false accusers; but, the ministry will not tell the people they were deceived, because the ministry participated in accepting the false sin charges. That would bring into question their integrity and faithfulness in listening to the Holy Spirit. Consequently, Satan delights in bringing ministers into bondage to an inescapable position where false sin charges are accepted against an innocent person. To admit they have been mistaken by accepting false sin charges would tarnish their reputation and reflect poorly on their ability to judge righteous judgment.

One minister who was present in one of the many ministers' meetings wherein they discussed the “Jim Storts Issue” said that one of the older ministers, Pastor Mayburn Crews, stated, “I want him out of here.” Well, I am out of there. But I am still in the Kingdom of God and they can’t remove me from the Lamb’s Book of Life. They have counseled the saints not to talk to me and most of the ministers have continually refused to talk to me. However, I am on their hands and I will follow them to the judgment; and then, what will Jesus say? “I was wounded in the house of my friends,” and my Lord knows all about that. Like the prophets Jeremiah and Ezekiel, who continued to warn the people and proclaim their message in the streets of Jerusalem, I will not be silent because I believe God has required me to “show the house to the house.”

Ezekiel 43:10-11, “Thou son of man, shew the house to the house of Israel, that they may be ashamed of their iniquities: and let them measure the pattern. And if they be ashamed of all that they have done, shew them the form of the house, and the fashion thereof, and the goings out thereof, and the comings in thereof, and all the forms thereof, and all the ordinances thereof, and all the forms thereof, and all the laws thereof: and write it in their sight, that they may keep the whole form thereof, and all the ordinances thereof, and do them.”
This I will do.

Can the ministers who know the details of this transgression refuse to make amends for the injustice done, and be accepted by the Lord Jesus Christ? I pray God will have mercy and excuse them for their lack of knowledge and wisdom. Pray for my dear wife. I do not believe the Holy Spirit will allow her to rest without a public repentance for her public offense. I firmly believe the law of restitution would apply in this case.

Addendum Note: My wife died of a rare, aggressive, severe, painful form of cancer on November 30, 2016. God allowed her ten years to repent of her sin. She never repented in accordance with the Bible standard.

Restitution is still a righteous law of God. The term “restitution” is defined in Webster’s Dictionary as: “1 : an act of restoring or a condition of being restored: a restoration of something to its rightful owner b : a making good of or giving an equivalent for some injury; 2 : a legal action serving to cause restoration of a previous state.”

My reputation, testimony and relationship with the church of God of Knoxville were destroyed. I was robbed of the privilege of fellowship with people I love. Will God not require restitution from those guilty of causing this division in the family of God?

These are comments and responses to my blog postings:

Hello, You mentioned people discussing you over the pulpit, but as part of the COG for about 10 years I don't recall ever hearing a single word about you. I do see however, many words about faithful, kind brethren of the COG in your notes, and while I understand they come from hurts or percieved hurts, and things you "suspect", I believe letting the feelings go/putting then behind you would probably do more good than this. Holding onto them and making complaints somewhat regularly on the worldwide web doesn't seem to be helpful to the situation or to you.

I mean, I believe you'd think it was just as terrible as you think everything else is, if people blogged about each and every interaction they've had with you. Just seems less than ideal, and I could dig a bunch of scriptures out to support the thoughts about this but I don't think it's necessary. 

Dear Anonymous,
Thank you for sharing your thoughts. I believe it is good to communicate about what we believe to be true. I am not the first to record in a public forum the misdeeds of a minister who has failed to walk in the Spirit and caused hurt to the body of Jesus Christ. John reproved Diotrephes. Paul reproved Peter. The church of God ministers in the Sixth Seal wrote many books and in some of them, the errors of some ministers are exposed and individuals are identified by name. I am absolutely certain in my situation some ministers and saints walked after their flesh and gave place to carnal thoughts, attitudes and actions. I am ready to give account for my record at the Great Judgment. Remember, we must prove all things, before we make decisions which pass spiritual condemnation against another person. I wish you well and hope you enjoy the blessings of God as you hold your judgment in reserve until you have all the facts. In many situations it is hard for an individual to know all the facts. Be wise and let the Holy Spirit guide you into all truth. 

I attended a revival in Alabama last night where Brother Thames was preaching. His message was Will You Return 2 Chronicles 30:9 - For if ye turn again unto the Lord,your brethren and your children shall find compassion before them that lead them captive, so that they shall come again into this land: For the Lord your God is gracious and merciful and will not turn his face from you, if ye return unto him. So he says over and over during the message God says if you return to him he will forgive you and not turn away from you. He will give you another chance, a new life, a new beginning. I get home thinking that really sounded good. my husband and I thought about going back the next day. then my husband decided to look up Brother Thames on the computer and this is what we find. After we here him preach the message return to God and He will forgive you. I am really confused now cause it seems to me that in this situation God was not in control. also it seems the Words in the Bible that were preached last night are not being lived out. Is it up to man to forgive sin or is it God that forgives our sin. Is it really about religion or relationship with God? God is all about Love. Obey the Bible don't add to or take away.

Dear Unknown,
Thank you for reading my blog and diligently searching for the truth. I pray you will not allow the errors of men and women to cause you to doubt God or His beautiful church. He still has a holy people. Some may claim to be saved (and perhaps they are saved); and yet, they make serious errors and unrighteous judgments. Only God knows the whole truth about what they know and believe in their heart. God only is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. It is better to hope someone is saved and then they prove to be a sinner; than to condemn someone as a sinner and then find out they were innocent. I have read and responded to your husband's comments. I pray the Holy Spirit will lead you both into all truth. Don't give up on God or His people.

You may not know my wife of 45 years passed into eternity in November, 2016. God gave her 10 years to confess her sins to the congregation in Knoxville, but she allowed the ministers to prevent her from doing so. The congregation in Knoxville may not know to this very day, the things you have read about her repentance to me, because they were counseled to not read my blogs. My children and grandchildren in the Knoxville congregation still do not know about her confession of bitterness and false sin charges against me, her pastor/husband, their father and grandfather. 

I still make contact with some of those ministers and try to persuade them to talk to me and discuss the unjust actions and attitudes brought against me. So far, they do not want to talk to me and have refused all my invitations to be reconciled.

On February 23, 2017, I remarried and soon thereafter moved to Boone, NC to endeavor to raise up a congregation of the church of God. My wife, Frances, is a very consecrated and wholly sanctified woman. She and I desire to consecrate ourselves to the business of the Kingdom of God and the salvation of souls.


Minister's Meeting February 2005

[Posted to the Blog on 07/07/2010]
The following letter was written by me, Pastor Jim Storts, to the ministry of the church of God which conducts their annual minister's meeting in Lakeland, Florida. I wrote this letter in February 2005. I was excommunicated in October 2006. Many false reports have gone abroad to justify the actions of the ministry against me. The real reason is revealed in this letter. I had come to the understanding that the Third Earthquake was not a past event; but rather, an event in the future of the church. Several ministers labeled me a false prophet because of my position on the Third Earthquake. I am providing this letter so those who read these blogs will know the truth.

Friday, February 04, 2005

Dear Fellow Ministers and Pastors,
Greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. May the grace of God be with you and in your ministry as you feed the flock of God in your area. My soul rejoices when I call to mind your faithful service and sacrifices to the Lord. May His rich reward be a daily reality in your life.

We have come to you, to bring a topic to your attention which has been tentatively determined by some of the ministry to be a subject of discussion at the upcoming minister’s meeting in Lakeland. It is our desire that each minister come to the meeting having given this matter some serious prayer and fasting. Satan would love to take a minor disagreement and make of it a major division. We must not allow the enemy to so affect the ministerial body of the precious church of God.

Galatians 5:13-16, “For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another. For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. But if ye bite and devour one another, take heed that ye be not consumed one of another. This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.”

A concise summary of this controversial subject is stated thusly: Is the Third Earthquake of the Revelation vision past, present or future? Can we accurately and scripturally say that the next significant event, in the future of the church, is the Second Coming of Christ? And, is it a Babylonian doctrine to hold the belief that the Third Earthquake and an End Time Revival remains to come to pass in the future of the church?

Some ministers have thought this subject is so important that they have preached their position in the general fellowship meetings of the church of God. Other ministers have felt that this subject should not be so emphatically preached until the ministerial body has given a majority consent. Some church of God ministers have expressed that we should not be limited in what we feel burdened to preach unless a specific objection is raised, at which time, there ought to be a willing submission to wait upon a consensus of the ministerial body. Proverbs 11:14, “Where no counsel is, the people fall: but in the multitude of counselors there is safety.”

Romans 12:5-10, “So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another. Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of faith; Or ministry, let us wait on our ministering: or he that teacheth, on teaching; Or he that exhorteth, on exhortation: he that giveth, let him do it with simplicity; he that ruleth, with diligence; he that sheweth mercy, with cheerfulness. Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good. Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another.”

Your Servant in Christ Jesus our Lord,
Pastor Jim Storts

-----End of letter.

Looking back over all the events which occurred after this letter was sent, which warned the ministers to proceed with caution, prayer and fasting, we can say with certainity that the subject of the Third Earthquake became a test of fellowship. I do clearly remember in preceding years, Pastor Duane Spanogle giving counsel to all the ministers to never make the interpretation of a symbol a test of fellowship. However, this is exactly what he and a few other ministers did with this subject. The sad experiences described in this book were the product and fruit of this disagreement.

Excommunication of Pastor Jim Storts

Part One

[Posted to the Blog on 04/01/2010]

I believe the time has come for me to share with the universal body of the church what took place on Sunday morning October 29, 2006. I do not believe the facts I am about to share have ever been made known to the congregation in Knoxville, Tennessee where I pastored for 16 years. I have waited three and one half years (October 2006 to April 2010) for the ministry to correct the errors made on that grievous Sunday morning. Some may condemn me for making these matters public. However, many false statements have been made publically from the pulpits of our fellowship and there has come a necessity to give the universal church body the other part of the story which has not been told. Many will stand before God at the judgment and give account for the things done in this body. I admit I have made mistakes; however, I testify to you that I am blameless in regards to willful sin. The false sin charges made against me were the result of disagreements and opinions of certain people. I report; you decide; and, God will judge us all.

On October 28th, 2006 I returned from a week long visit in Phoenix, Arizona to Knoxville, Tennessee. I was totally unaware of the actions of certain members of my congregation and the ministry. The Lord had hidden these things from me. The obedience of many people, to follow the righteous principles of the Word of God, was being tested. I was about to enter that test. Saturday was a day of rejoicing and reuniting with my family. It seemed like a fine day and not one word was said about the spiritual storm which had been forming for months. The conversations my wife and Denise Nyenhuis had been having with members of my congregation and three ministers of the church of God were completely unknown to me. I was completely unaware that Pastor Larry Owen of New Smyrna Beach, Florida had been counseling my wife and Denise about my ministry.

On October 29th, 2006, Sunday morning, 9:30 a.m. the congregation assembled for Sunday School. I was seated in the pew ready to enter the Sunday School lesson. Denise Nyenhuis was the Adult Sunday School Teacher. She rose to begin the class; but, instead of a Sunday School lesson, she read a prepared speech which contained the false sin charges which she and Theresa Storts had prepared against me. They had already discussed these false sin charges with the congregation in my absence. They had also shared these false sin charges with three ministers who had been selected to provide wise counsel to me, my wife and my congregation.

I was shocked! I was speechless! I was crushed by the false accusations which had been read to the congregation in my presence. I attempted to get the congregation to discuss with me the issues raised in these false sin charges but they refused to say a single word. Not one person in the congregation spoke in response to my questions to them. I asked them if they wanted to call the ministry to address these false sin charges and their only response was a shaking of their heads in the negative. They had already discussed the matter in my absence. Their decision was made. “Alea iacta est!” “The Die is Cast!”

I left the church building that morning with a broken heart. It was the most devastating event I had ever experienced. I immediately sent an email to several ministers requesting their presence in Knoxville to assist me in resolving this horrible issue. I was unaware that the ministry already knew about it.

I must share with you that I believe this situation had been building since 1999. My wife had begun to disagree with me on several issues concerning finances, foreign missions and my decisions to give spiritual and financial aid to certain people whom she deemed unworthy. Several ministers had become alienated from me because of my interpretation of certain scriptures relative to the end time condition of the church and the timing of the Third Earthquake; all of which have nothing to do with our personal experience of salvation and should never be used as a test of fellowship.

Some who read these words may think I am unwise to publish these remarks. I would refer you to the book of Third John in which the benevolent and loving Apostle John wrote to the universal church about certain ones who opposed him. Several ministers attempted to prevent the ministerial body from condemning me and excommunicating me from their fellowship, but they did not succeed.

Before I share with you the false sin charges made against me; I would like to share with you some excerpts from the notes of Pastor Roland Cornwell who was in attendance at the three judgment hearings held in Knoxville on Tuesday, October 31, 2006. The following statements are entirely those recorded by Pastor Roland Cornwell. I was not allowed to be present during the first two sessions. The second session transpired between seventeen ministers and Theresa Storts and Denise Nyenhuis. Later at a third session, which began at 5:55 p.m., I was invited to participate.

Please remember these statements are abbreviated notes on the conversations between these several ministers and these two sisters as they discussed their sin charges against their pastor.

Addendum Note: It is a principle of civil law for the accused to be present to hear the accuser(s) express his/their complaint. If I had been present and heard the complaints and the acknowledgement that they did not have a valid sin charge against me, I would have never repented to the ministers who falsely accused me of sin.

We enter the discussion at the point where the ministers were asking Theresa and Denise about their response to Pastor Eddie Hodges' email request to stop their proceedings and let the ministry handle the matter. These two sisters rejected Pastor Hodges' counsel; but, followed Pastor Larry Owens' counsel, which was for them to proceed without the ministry.

The remainder of this section is a portion of the notes taken by Pastor Roland Cornwell at the second and third sessions. Session three in which I was allowed to participate can be found in the following notes of the meetings.

Session 2 with Theresa Storts and Denise Nyenhuis and Seventeen Ministers.
[->Apparently the email did not deter them from going ahead with Sunday am.]
Bro. Hodges-3:08PM Wed email. Reminded them to respect counsel they had been given Ps 76:5-6; 105:15 you cannot find a scripture for congregation rising up against leadership and prospering, whether leadership was right or wrong.
Psa 75:5-6 "Lift not up your horn on high: speak not with a stiff neck." 6 "For promotion cometh neither from the east, nor from the west, nor from the south."
Psa 105:15 "Saying, Touch not mine anointed, and do my prophets no harm."
Thursday 19 Oct Sis. Storts and Sis. Denise called Bro. Larry Owen
Bro. Larry Owen asked Sis. Storts did she feel good about situation.
Sunday am 30 Oct Church present sin charges to Bro. Storts and he resigned.
None of the 3 min had told them to have such a meeting.
Bro. Griffin-God does use the influence of the people to get his will done.
Do not have point blank sin or false doctrine.
Sis. Allen-Dealing with good people. Must deal with this so that other congregations know to do it differently than this. They jumped the gun. Bro. Storts has been a good man and has not been a contentious person here to the end of his ministry. When you hold judgment on people, what is in them is coming out.
Heb 8:5 "Who serve unto the example and shadow of heavenly things, as Moses was admonished of God when he was about to make the tabernacle: for, See, saith he, that thou make all things according to the pattern showed to thee in the mount."
John 7:24 "Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment."
Bro. Jennings-Name top 3 sins Bro. Storts has committed?
Sis. Storts-Has not been blameless… and listed other qualifications Bro. Storts has failed in.
Sis. Allen - I love you two. But you two ladies stepped ahead of the ministry. Have caused situation to come to the point that it is signed sealed and delivered. It would have been better if we had come together. Congregation has stepped ahead of something ministry should have done. Now I love you. Ac 15: Ministry was able to speak forward first so when letters went out, they had strength.
You can’t help me if you do not put judgment on me.
Better wisdom to let ministry get ahead.
The Bible says: Consider what I say and the Lord give you understanding.
The Holy Ghost was in Bro. Hodges email.
Timing of the congregation should have been different.
Before honor is humility.
Sis. Storts-Please forgive us for getting ahead of the ministry.
We wanted to obey God and want God to get glory and want the saints to get help.
Bro. Hodges-Sis. Denise responded to Wed email on Thursday. Why did you not reconsider after getting email.
Sis. Denise-I gave Sis. Storts a copy.
Bro. Hodges-3 ministers had told you to submit it.
On Wed had mtg with saints. Called Bro. Larry Owen on Thursday and told him how they had proceeded. Bro. Larry Owen told her about email and said it was 3 ministers opinion. Sis. Denise and Sis. Storts felt devastated and resolved to follow leading and do nothing until heard from ministry again.
Bro. Larry Owen called Fri. Tenor of conversation was ‘what happened has happened, follow the leading of the Holy Ghost’.
Sis. Storts-Bro. Larry Owen said you have done the best you could do and the 3 ministers would not change it.
Sis. Allen-Do you mind taking humble route in meeting tonight.
Sis. Storts-Not at all.
Sis. Storts/Bro. Larry Owen-Is it a sin for a pastor to preach something he is not living?
Sis. Allen-It depends how deeply God has dealt with them on that. Heb 12:11 "Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby." They could be slow to obey.
Bro. Eric Jones-If I nail something down and do not live it, is that sin?
Bro Crews-Absolutely
Sis. Storts-Bro. Storts preached and did not live: Finances, Family life, Must be spiritual leader of the family, Must honor wife.
Bro. Hodges-2 Sam 6:6-7 "And when they came to Nachon's threshingfloor, Uzzah put forth his hand to the ark of God, and took hold of it; for the oxen shook it."
7 "And the anger of the LORD was kindled against Uzzah; and God smote him there for his error; and there he died by the ark of God."
The ark was not where it was supposed to be, however Uzzah still got in trouble for touching the ark.
Bro. Eric Jones-Sis. Denise was not acting with Bro. Eric Jones knowledge or consent.
Sis. Denise/Sis. Storts-We were not counseled in what to do next.
Sis. Denise-Went through points with saints on Wed.
On ~Saturday Kathy Whitehead suggested that we ask for resignation.
Bro. Jennings- You did not follow Bro. Hodges email because of conversation with Bro. Larry Owen?
Sis. Denise-Right.
Bro. Jennings-Was resignation mentioned Wed night?
Sis. Denise-Yes.
Bro. Jennings-Bro. Storts was not at the meeting, not even in town. Seed of resignation was planted at that meeting.
Session 3 with Bro Storts 5:55 pm
Bro. Eric Jones-Congregation should have done things differently.
But we do have serious concerns. We will give you opportunity to express yourself.
4 months ago, 60th b’day congregation greatly honored me.
With love, respect, appreciation. Scrap book with 160 pages.
There is a disturbing and stark difference between then and now. How did this horrible transformation happen? We must discover the truth and uncover the error.
There was no meeting with me to discuss sin charges.
I did not voluntarily resign from being pastor.
I was swiftly condemned and executed.
Was in complete shock and surprise.
Sent emails in a desperate plea for help.
Sis. Storts violated the trust of our relationship.
Sis. Storts has repeated content of private conversation.
I do not sow discord. I will not turn away from the Lord.
Chastisement. It is possible that both parties have erred and correction is in order for both.
Bro. Eric Jones-You can truthfully say that all charges are false and untrue?
Bro. Storts-I have 62 objections to words and phrases. Yes, I say they are exaggerations and false statements.
Bro. Larry Owen - Bro. Storts must decide if his burden is here or if it is somewhere else. You must humble yourself. You bring up pride a lot. It seems to be that what you harp on the most, you have trouble with. Bro. Eric Jones, Bro. Hodges, and myself did not subscribe to the idea that those 5 sin charges were very strong.
The following comments and responses are from “The Holy Place” blog.

This is WAY late to help this situation, but Matthew 18:15-17 is the blueprint to resolve issues such as this.
The "ministry" has no more "authority" than members of the congregation.
Doctrine is never the basis of Christian fellowship.
This is a sad situation and, unless some people have repented of their actions, some people will go to hell over it.
Regarding whether a minister can preach something he is not living, yes, he can, if the principle does not apply to him (ie, a single minister can preach on marriage and/or divorce).

What has happened to you makes me sick to my stomach. I as well as the Church as a whole knows that you have been nothing but a humble and good man. We have had utmost respect for you as a pastor and as a leader. I know this has been a heartbreaking experience for you, but I encourage you to keep your eyes on Christ. He will never fail you. And the Church will soon realize their severe error.

This group loves to excommunicate. Where is the love? They are wolves in sheep's clothing. Just start asking questions and you will feel fear and guilt that comes from the brainwashing during services. Run!

Anonymous, dated January 21, 2015; The group of ministers who excommunicated me are no more unrighteous than many other groups and fellowships. If you disagree with the elders of a particular fellowship, they will mark you and in due time cut you off. You can not teach Divorce and Re-marriage in a fellowship which allows only one living person to whom you have been married. You can not enjoy fellowship in a one-cleansing group if you teach there is a carnal nature purged in a second cleansing work of grace. You can not have fellowship with some if you do not wear their uniforms to worship services. You can not have fellowship with some if you do not believe and support the belief that all prophecies have been fulfilled and Jesus may come back today. If I knew who you are and what congregation you attend, I might be able to share with you the belief that separates you from other saints.

It's been over 5 years since this information came to light. Has there not been any reconciliation? Why do you not attend where you used to there in Knoxville? It's certainly not up to any minister or ministry by in large to judge if ANYONE is saved or not. It has been openly said by different ministers that they are GLAD that they are not the one's to judge the intents of the heart - yet it seems that they do. In the older writings of the 6th seal ministry the only qualifications for unity was the testimony of one that testified of salvation and backed it up by living the light that they know. I know of NO ONE that come out of false religion and knew exactly how to live according to the current teachings and standards of today. They had to grow in them. Unfortunately, those in the past that spoke out for or against something Biblical that the present day ministry teaches were either marked or shunned. Bro CW Naylor was one of them in his day. Not much has changed when people follow traditions that they are accustomed with (which by the way - many cannot be explained if you asked many) about them, instead of the word of God that never changes. People and traditions change, but God never does. You should continue to do what you can to be an humble peacemaker as Christ instructs us all to be...a peacemaker....not a peacekeeper....there is a difference as I feel that you will know.

    It has been eight and a half years since I was excommunicated from the Knoxville congregation. I am the only person who has made any effort toward reconciliation. Reconciliation is highly unlikely, without a wonderful and miraculous intervention of God. The people responsible for the false sin charges will not publicly acknowledge they acted in error; and I will not make a false confession that I committed personal acts of rebellion against God. The two elder ministers, Pastor Duane Spanogle and Pastor Mayburn Crews, who initially sowed discord among the ministerial body and caused strife against me, were later excommunicated from their own congregations. They are now both deceased. "Whatsoever a man soweth that shall he also reap." The most aggressive minister who opposed me did not do so over the false sin charges presented to me and the congregation. In the minutes of their own investigative meetings, it was publicly stated they did not have a valid sin charge. I remained in the Knoxville congregation for several years until the occasion came where I felt very burdened to help the poor brethren in Africa, so I sent two months of my tithes to them. The pastor of the Knoxville congregation said the Holy Spirit let him know my action was clear evidence of disobedience. I was informed by some members that he instructed the congregation to not call me brother and stop communicating with me. At the time I sent my tithes to Africa, I did not believe I was a member of any congregation. Spiritual speaking, I was without a spiritual home.
I appreciate your kind words and goodly counsel. I am determined to follow the Lord Jesus Christ. I well know not every one involved had a clear understanding of what Satan, in his subtlety, was working on the people. They were simply trusting people they had been taught to trust. My dear wife allowed Satan to deceive her, because she became carnal and I see ongoing evidence of her carnality. There are also some saints and ministers who are undoubtedly carnal; not filled with the Holy Spirit, to have acted as they did. Carnal people will always cause division. God have mercy. God, in your wrath, remember mercy.

We love you Brother Storts, and missed you at Vichy this year, God bless you!


Excommunication of Pastor Jim Storts

Part Two

[Posted to the Blog on 04/02/2010]

The following pages present the accusations of the congregation of the church of God of Knoxville against their pastor Jim Storts. Theresa Storts had been secretly corresponding with Pastor Larry Owen about her belief that I was no longer qualified (if ever) to be the pastor of the congregation. Without my knowledge and in my absence, Theresa Storts and Denise Nyenhuis brought their accusations to the attention of the members of the congregation and won their consent to present these charges to the ministry and to me. This “Declaration of Concerns” was read to the congregation on Wednesday night October 25, 2006. Pastor Eddie Hodges had sent counsel to my wife and Denise Nyenhuis in an email at 3:08 PM earlier that same day. His counsel instructed them to refrain from proceeding any further and allow the ministry to handle their concerns. Pastor Larry Owen gave counsel to my wife and Denise Nyenhuis on Thursday October 26th. He counseled them to proceed with the decisions and actions of the congregation and to present their charges to me, because the ministry did not want to get involved in setting aside another minister so soon after the Ronnie Ingley and Robert Bourn cases. According to a note I found, written by Theresa Storts during a conversation with Pastor Larry Owen, he counseled them to be sure they had sufficiently strong sin charges. In retrospect, it can be concluded Pastor Larry Owen did not believe they had any strong sin charges. 
This document entitled “Declaration of Concerns” was compiled over months of collaboration between Theresa Storts and Denise Nyenhuis. It was written by them and presented with much thought, prayer and consideration. However, it is so full of errors in judgment and distortion of facts it is very evident it can not be the work of the Holy Spirit! It is not possible for someone to be so wrong and yet be right! This is the work of a destroying spirit. When the entire body of ministers met together in Knoxville to consider these false charges and the actions of the congregation, they clearly did not find evidence of a valid sin charge in the accusations of Denise Nyenhuis and Theresa Storts against Pastor Jim Storts. However, they had proceeded too far toward their goal, to turn back and confess they did not have a valid sin charge. 

The following prepared speech was read by Denise Nyenhuis on Sunday morning October 29, 2006. The passages numbered in orange correspond with my sixty-two objections which I prepared for the ministerial body to consider. These objections will be presented following this “Declaration of Concerns”. 

Opening Statements and the reading of sin charges by Denise Nyenhuis:

“I desire to share my understanding that the office of a pastor in the church of God deserves great respect. My desire has been to help and work with, and hold up the hands of my pastor as best I could for the furtherance of the gospel and the edification and perfecting of the saints. I greatly respect Brother Storts and have prayed that he would make it to heaven someday.
(1.) It is a very sobering responsibility which God has laid upon my shoulders. To make an accusation against any in the ministry, to find fault with your pastor is not something which is being done lightly or flippantly. It is with “fear” that we bring forward these concerns with reference to Bro. Storts. My motive in presenting these concerns has not been to destroy or tear down Brother Storts. I have diligently asked God to keep me from a fault finding and critical spirit. I trust you will accept this testimony and believe that I do not have a disgruntled or divisive spirit.

1 Timothy 5:20 states, “Them that sin rebuke before all, that others also may fear.” Barnes Notes states that this verse is speaking to those elders
(2.) who it is proved have committed sin. Such an elder must be rebuked “before all the church or congregation…It means here that there should be a public statement of the nature of the offense…The power of the church, in such cases, is only to express its strong and decided “disapproval” of the wrong done, and if the case demands it, of disowning the offending…minister.” 

Sis. Allen stated in a message, “We need to not know anyone after the flesh because if their spirit changes we don’t want to change with them.”. Seeing that we believe Bro. Storts has changed his spirit we have called this meeting to set forth in a public statement the nature of some of the sins Bro. Storts has committed.

Matthew 18:15-17 states, “Moreover if thy brother shall trespass against thee, go and tell him his fault between thee and him alone: if he shall hear thee, thou hast gained thy brother. But if he will not hear thee, then take with thee one or two more, that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established. And if he shall neglect to hear them, tell it unto the church: but if he neglect to hear the church, let him be unto thee as an heathen man and a publican.”

Bro. Storts, many in the congregation have come to you with concerns. (3.) These have not all been received. Sis. Storts, Tonya and myself have come as a group of two or three. The ministry has come to you in such a group on at least two occasions. (September 2005, and February 2006). The next and last step is to take the matter to the church.

J. W. Byers writes, “Even the strongest of God’s ministers may through some influence be overcome and fail to stand true on some vital issue. In such an event
(4.) every possible measure must be employed to recover those in error who if humble and submissive will be easily restored…Sometimes however, some become so exalted and put up such a strong defense that submission to them would only strengthen them in their position and blind them all the more and the truth of the gospel would be sacrificed. When truth is thus at stake, It is in the duty of every one to stand firm in its defense. (5.) It is the duty of those in error to submit.
1 Timothy 3:2 states that, “a bishop then must be blameless.” Adam Clarke comments on this verse with these thoughts, “So this Christian Bishop is one that has so conducted himself, as to put it out of the reach of any person to prove that he is either (6.) unsound in a single article of the Christian faith, or deficient in the fulfillment of any (7.) duty incumbent on a Christian.

Seeing as we will set in order a number of cases, examples and witnesses,
(8.) it is deemed that Bro. Storts has lost the quality of being blameless. Such a state has greatly hindered his pastorship and with concern for Bro. Storts’ soul and the souls in the congregation we are making these matters known.
Matthew Henry in his commentary on Matthew 18:15-20 states that, “Not only must one be disciplined for a public scandal but also this discipline is “intended for the preserving of the purity and beauty of the church.”
Bro. Storts [has not fallen into public scandal], but his actions, doctrine, lack of leadership, and counsel have caused him to be injurious to the church of God. To maintain the purity and beauty of the church of God (10.) it is deemed appropriate to remove the offense brought on by these lackings.

Sowing seeds of discord, mistrust and division among the brethren:
Proverbs 6:16-19 “These six things doth the LORD hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him:…he that soweth discord among brethren.”


Brother Storts was counseled by the ministry in February 2005 ministers meeting
(11.) not to speak about his thoughts and opinions regarding the third earthquake. Yet has made inferences, statements and handed out papers concerning the third earthquake. (12.) During the ministers meeting February 2006 Bro. Storts was counseled by the ministry and given specific instructions to follow in ministering as a pastor in the church of God of Knoxville. These items have been documented. Bro. Storts has failed to faithfully follow their counsel. (13.) He even expresses his lack of trust and respect that they were being led of the Holy Spirit when they counseled him.

In the Escondido camp meeting November 2005 Bro. Storts handed out papers on his thoughts to some present. Sis. Storts reminded Bro Storts of the counsel a pastor gave him, to not be handing out any more papers. Bro. Storts said, “Well I just can’t do that. Those were just his thoughts and not from the Holy Ghost, and I knew it when he said it.”

(15.) Bro. Storts expressed thoughts of sympathy with Robert Bourn and Ronnie Ingley and how the ministry handled these situations. Planting a seed of division in this saint’s mind. 

(July 9, 2006) Bro. Storts made a comment indicating that
(16.) “our present ministerial fellowship has not carried a burden for missions.” This statement questions the ministerial body, planting a seed of division. 

(17.)“The current ministerial body was slow to reunite with these.” Referring to Hagerstown. Again this statement plants subtle seeds of mistrust and division toward the ministry. (18.) Bro. Storts also implied the fruit of the Hagerstown work is greater than what our ministerial fellowship has produced.
July/August 2006 Bro. Storts spoke with Bro. Elly (from Africa) in an e-mail, he wrote, (19.) “I am working with a sleepy church in America.”

In the message preached
(20.) on 6-15-06, Bro. Storts said, “Some have left the church because they thought we had died, but the church has only stopped and rested.”

Bro. Storts said
(21.) on 6-15-2006, “You cannot convince me that the church in its present condition is more glorious that it’s ever been.” (22.) Wednesday September 13, 2006 Bro. Storts said, “I am convinced that God is waiting on the church to get in the right order before God’s blessings are given.”

2 Corinthians 6:13-18 “Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? And what communion hath light with darkness? And what concord hath Christ with Belial? …Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you.”

Brother Storts has offered to bring the saints to Babylon for an outreach effort – Bro. Storts has told the McClungs (West Virginia, Hagerstown fellowship), the Crosby’s (from Bristol; associate pastor in an Anderson church) and a few years ago Clarence Brannon (from Ohio, who separated from Anderson)
(23.) he was willing to bring the Knoxville saints to their areas for an outreach effort. These ministers are not yet standing with the body. The question arises, to what would we be helping win souls? Anderson? Babylon?
Brother Storts is accepting fellowship with an ecumenical and Pentecostal congregation – On August 28, 2006 Bro. Storts told Ron Nesbitt (A minister in an ecumenical church of God congregation in Knoxville) who is greatly influenced by Pentecostalism, that (24.) there is no reason why we shouldn’t be having fellowship with each other. The saints have gone to his congregation and seen the Pentecostal spirit, tongues and falling out, yet Bro. Storts has gone to their church since this incidence on two occasions for Bible studies.

Acceptance of Babylon into fellowship:
(25.) Bro. Storts has embraced the Hagerstown fellowship guiding the saints, through public statements to accept them and their ministry as part of the body. As Bro. Storts reaches out toward these, it has not been noted than any “come out” message has been preached.
(26.) Their ministry is not currently reaching out to the body.

ACCEPTING THOSE WHO BELIEVE THE REVELATION DIFFERENT THAN THE TRUE BODY – Bro. Storts has said that “Some of the ministers don’t believe
(27.) the seven churches in Revelations are seven periods of time or that we are in the Laodacian age. This is not a test of fellowship.” (28.) To my understanding all in the true body believe this, Hagerstown does not.
PUBLICALLY ACKNOWLEDGING BABYLONIAN PASTORS AS EQUALS When three “pastors” were present in the services. One standing for truth and two from Babylon (Chapman and Osega). Bro. Storts called them both Brother and verbally (29.) accepted their pastorships as equals publicly saying. “We have three pastors here tonight.”

BROTHER STORTS HAS GIVEN BABYLONIAN PASTORS LIBERTY IN THE PULPIT – Bro. Hodges during camp meeting emphasized the solemn responsibility to present truth when before God’s people. Bro. Storts has given a known Pentecostal “preacher”, Lawrence Osega,
(30.) liberty and freedom in the pulpit. A few years ago Bro. Storts also allowed a Gideon “preacher” liberty in pulpit for the whole service.

(31.) Gil Reitsma, Australia (some have observed false doctrine).
(32.) These men have not come out of Babylon to the body and Bro. Storts is promoting them and their doctrine.

(33,) The True ministry has been pulling away from Bro. Storts. The majority of the ministerial body have not been using Brother Storts for revivals. (34.) It is also being noted that we are subtly being taken away from the true body to another.


Proverbs 18:5 “It is not good to accept the person of the wicked, to overthrow the righteous in judgment.”
Proverbs 17:15 “He that justifieth the wicked, and he that condemneth the just, even they both are abomination to the Lord.”

(35.) Sam Grubb and wife, Bro. Storts agreed with Sam’s wife’s that they do not move closer to the church(36.) Sean Powell and wife, Bro. Storts submitted to Sean’s wife’s desire to go out to dinner rather than come to church.
(37.) Alan Ingemenn and wife, Bro Storts submitted to Alan’s wife’s pressure to attend her church. All three of these men have fallen.

(38.) If a saint would bring concerns of another person to Bro. Storts, He would generally ignore the needs of the carnal one. Bro. Storts will protect the carnal and oppose the concerned saint. Frequent messages of longsuffering, etc. have been preached to cover for a difficulty. (Ezekiel 13:22 “Because with lies ye have made the heart of the righteous sad, whom I have not made sad; and strengthened the hands of the wicked, that he should not return from his wicked way, by promising him life.”)
SYMPATHETIC SPIRIT CAUSED CHANGE OF DOCTRINE - (39-41.) Bro. Storts has opened the door of salvation wider for Gil Reitsma to be saved. To do so required that Bro. Storts change his understanding of doctrine to allow for Gil Reitsma’s salvation. Gil Reitsma is a pastor from Australia who came out of the Charismatic movement. Gil Reitsma has adopted Church of God doctrine and is living with an outward standard of holiness. Bro. Storts ministered with Gil Reitsma in Kenya. There has never been a known deliverance from the tongues spirit (where hands have been laid on him and the spirit cast out). After being questioned on this issue by the ministry Bro. Storts came to believe that the Holy Spirit is able to deliver one from a tongues spirit on their own if no ministry is available. Such a position is opposed to church of God teaching, and practice.

EXPRESSIONS OF SYMPATHY TO FALLEN MINISTERS – Bro. Storts expressed thoughts of sympathy with Robert Bourn and Ronnie Ingley and how the ministry handled their situations.

SELF-WILLED - (pleasing self, having your own way)
Titus 1:7 “For a bishop must be blameless…not self-willed.

“One who is determined to have his own way in every thing; setting up his own judgment to that of all others; expecting all to pay homage to his understanding. Such a governor in the Church of God can do little good, and may do much mischief.” Adam Clarke
(42-43.) BROTHER STORTS HAS NOT ENDEAVORED TO WORK TOWARD UNITY IN HIS HOME - Bro. Storts has refused to change his financial habits for unity in the home. Bro. and Sis Storts do not have unity in their home. Division between Pastor and Pastor’s wife is not healthy and plants seeds of division in the congregation.

(44-45.) The trustees can attest to many situations of self-will and manipulation. Wednesday October 11, 2006 Bro. Storts said that he was going to ask the congregation if they would feel neglected if he went to Africa. After this statement Bro. Storts gave the congregation a number of reasons why we should let him go to Africa. To say no after these statements were made would cause an inner battle of accusation for the saints. And example of manipulation.

(46.) Luke 16:1-12 “He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much: and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much. If therefore ye have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust the true riches? And if ye have not been faithful in that which is another man’s, who shall give you that which is your own?

Bro. Storts has repeatedly used credit cards and accumulated debt personally and with the church credit cards. When Bro. Storts turned the church finances over to the trustee’s there were many difficulties and debt.
(47.) Rather than humbly acknowledge any error Bro. Storts said to the trustees, “Some would call this a fault, but if I had it to do over again. I would probably do it the same way.”

– 2 Samuel 15:2-6.

Bro. Storts has spent time e-mailing, phone calling, and made trips to reconcile with known disgruntles. Bro. Storts has spent a lot of time with these and has even considered a trip to work with a disgruntle from Babylon. (48.) Working with these disgruntles are not Bro Storts responsibility.

REFUSING ANOTHER OPINION – (self-willed is defined as “impatient of contradiction” Barnes notes)
(49.) Bro. Storts is impatient and refuses to hear when another has an opposing opinion. In such cases he frequently will be harsh, unjust and impatient with the ones who have another opinion.

James 4:17 “Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.”
Matthew 23:23 “Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cumin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone.”
(50.) NEGLECT OF PREACHING FOUNDATIONAL DOCTRINES – On August 13, 2006 Bro. Storts made a statement from the pulpit that, “I have not preached sanctification for a whole year.” Sanctification is a foundational church of God doctrine and it is negligence to fail to preach it for this long. The lack of preaching sanctification will cause the saints to be weak in this doctrine, and be a step to compromise.
BROTHER STORTS HAS BEEN UNABLE TO WARN AND LEAD THE CONGREGATION AWAY FROM FANATICAL AND COMPROMISE SPIRITS – Sis Nunley in a message on September 3, 2006 said “God will never lead you back into what he has delivered you from.” As a family the Nyenhjuis’ were delivered from the fanatical spirit. (51-52.) When Bro. Storts began imposing fanatical rules of modesty on the congregation I remembers saying to him, “I was there when we came to the truth, why do we have to go back there after we have been away?” Bro. Storts dismissed these concerns and led us back into fanaticism to the weakening of our souls. And currently we are being led into compromise, with the acceptance of those as saved who are not manifesting holiness and do not have a vision of the church. (53.) LACK OF BURDEN FOR SINNERS – Bro. Storts has shown by example that he has a lack of love for souls. This has been stated as a sin of omission. Bro. Storts has not begun or maintained any church wide witnessing programs for a number of years and is not currently reaching out to lost souls in Knoxville in any regular way. Bro. Storts’ current outreach efforts consists in trying to “reconcile” [bring together, not a “come out” message] those in schisms, to our fellowship.

(54-55.) Between July 2 and Sept. 13 Bro. Storts ministered less than 50% of the time. Bro. Storts says with his words that he loves and cares for his own sheep but his actions show he has neglected the church of God of Knoxville’s needs.
LACK OF ANNOINTING, FAILURE TO PREACH JUDGMENTS AND MEET NEEDS - After a service where Bro. Storts had been absent due to sickness. One sister said, “I appreciate the message …preached last night, Sis Storts. Do you know that the devil told me, but I’m not going to receive it? He said that God had to put Bro. Storts in bed sick so I could see an area I needed to grow in, or needed help in. That happened last time Bro. Storts was sick too. …I don’t want to die with needs in my life that I haven’t realized are there! I want the judgments of God so I’ll see myself!”
(56.) It has been noted for some time that Bro. Storts has had no power, anointing, or unction when delivering his messages. The messages are watered down and weak. Bro. Storts fails to preach the judgments of God; there is no punch to the messages. Saints are measuring to their own consciences as practical Christianity is not preached.

1 Corinthians 14:8, “For if the trumpet give an uncertain sound, who shall prepare himself to the battle?” Seeing as the ministry of the word has produced an uncertain sound for a period of time, we believe the congregation has suffered and is unprepared to meet their battles. Bro. Storts has been encouraged verbally by the congregation, the ministry and in prayer to sound the trumpet and preach the judgments of God and he has failed to do so.

(57.) Bro. Storts rarely visits the sick, notices or calls those absent from church. Does not initiate a call to encourage and pray for the sheep without prompting from Sis. Storts. The sheep have not been Bro. Storts’ number one priority.

Zephaniah 3:4 Her prophets are light and treacherous persons: her priests have polluted the sanctuary, they have done violence to the law.

Her prophets are light and treacherous persons – They have no seriousness, no deep conviction of the awful nature of their office, no concern for the immortal souls of the people. Treacherous persons – they betray the souls of the people for the sake of worldly honor, pleasure, and profit. Even in our own enlightened country we find prophets who prefer hunting the hare or the fox, and pursuing the partridge and pheasant, to visiting the sick, and going after the strayed, lost sheep of the house of Israel. Poor souls! They know neither God nor themselves; and if they did visit the sick, they could not speak to them to exhortation, edification, or comfort. God never called them to his work; therefore they know nothing of it. But O, what an account have these pleasure-taking false prophets to render to the Shepherd of souls! They have done violence to the law – They have forced wrong constructions on it in order to excuse themselves, and lull the people into spiritual slumber, So we find that it was an ancient practice for men to wrest the Scriptures to their own destruction.
(58.) Seeing as Brother Storts has neglected to hear those who have previously brought him concerns, the Bible tells us to “tell it unto the church.” The church has come to a 100% agreement and unity that Brother Storts has fallen into sin in these five areas. [And we are asking for your resignation.](59.) If there are any comments from the congregation we will take them now. (60.) Bro. Storts we will open the floor for you to comment at this time.

Ezekiel 3:20, 21
[ ] I’m not convinced of sin, I’ll resign

James 4:17 “Therefore to him that knoweth to do good and doeth it not, to him it is sin.” This verse helps us see that Bro. Storts cannot plead ignorance. Not only has the Holy Spirit been faithful to his soul but the ministry has corrected him and given him proper counsel at least twice. (61.) Any ungodliness by omission or commission is a great sin. With confidence we believe Bro. Storts knows or has known how he ought to act.

Ezekiel 3:17-20 reads, Son of man, I have made thee a watchman unto the house of Israel: therefore hear the word at my mouth, and give them warning from me. When I say unto the wicked, Thou shalt surely die; and thou givest him not warning, nor speakest to warn the wicked from his wicked way, to save his life; the same wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at thine hand. …Again, When a righteous man doth turn from his righteousness, and commit iniquity, and I lay a stumbling block before him, he shall die: because thou hast not given him warning, he shall die in his sin, and his righteousness which he hath done shall not be remembered; but his blood will I require at thine hand.
(62.) Bro. Storts we accept your resignation and will be praying that God will convict you of the sins you have committed and draw you to salvation.
Let us stand and sing as a closing song.



Part Three
[Posted to the Blog on 04/03/2010]

Each of the following orange-numbered responses correspond to the same number given in the “Declaration of Concerns” delivered by Denise Nyenhuis to Pastor Jim Storts and the congregation of the church of God of Knoxville on Sunday morning October 29, 2006.

(1.) “…which God has laid upon my shoulders” God did not lay this responsibility on Denise’s shoulders. At the prompting and encouragement of others, she usurped this authority.

(2.) “…who it is proved have committed sin.” There was never a trial where witnesses were brought before the accused and both allowed to express ourselves before judgment was passed. The ministerial body did not believe the false sin charges were sufficient grounds to dismiss a pastor. The
Sunday morning meeting happened because Pastor Larry Owen gave them permission to do it. This is proven by Denise’s response to Pastor Jennings' questions.

(3.) “…These have not all been received” This is false. I have never refused to receive any person who would come to me with a concern. What Denise probably meant is I did not consent to every request or conform to or meet every person’s desires. No godly pastor will ever agree with every request or please every desire of the people in his congregation. If I agreed with and accepted every person’s concerns, none of the present Sunday School teachers would be holding their office. But I held confidence in all three of our Sunday School teachers.

(4.) “…every possible measure must be employed to recover those in error who if humble and submissive will be easily restored.” This godly counsel given by J.W. Byers was not heeded by Denise and the members of this congregation. They were so hasty to dismiss their pastor and remove his power of access to all financial accounts they acted unwisely and caused harmful reports to be broadcast in this city and around the world. Last month (early October 2006) I was given the stewardship of a donation of $200,000, half of which was to be used toward building a camp meeting tabernacle and the other half to support Pastor Storts in his ministry of the gospel in Africa. In June 2006, I had shared with the saints the probability of receiving these funds. I asked them to pray that nothing would hinder the donation from becoming a reality. A few days after I had deposited these funds in the church account, I was removed from the authorized signatory access list for these funds. This action was the result of my wife’s false accusations that I am an unfaithful steward of God’s resources.

When I came to this congregation on January 9th, 1991 this congregation was having difficulty paying their monthly operating expenses including a pastor’s salary of only $125 per week. The congregation was paying $100 a month on the church property; and in 20 years they had made very little progress reducing the principle. Today, the congregation owns property on both sides of the original property. We purchased $105,000 worth of new property for future expansion. We made many costly property improvements, including a $14,000 asphalt parking and driveway; a completely remodeled parsonage for about $15,000; and $15,500 worth of new roofing on three buildings. Additionally, we spent thousands of dollars remodeling and improving three other residential houses the church now owns. We spent thousands of dollars on lawn maintenance and equipment. We spent thousands of dollars on publishing The Ambassador when less than half of the cost of printing and mailing was being collected through donations.

From the very beginning of my ministry, when I was receiving a salary of only $125 per week, I made an effort to attend as many meetings as I could to strengthen the relationship of the church of God of Knoxville with the universal body of the church. In all these financial matters I never missed a payment or defaulted on a debt. My credit record is excellent. However, my wife has consistently accused me of financial mismanagement. If she was shown a profit and loss statement, she would only see is the loss column. If she was shown a net worth spread sheet, she would only see is the liability column. Seemingly, she has eyes only for the negative in most matters. In every meeting she and I had with the ministers she accused me of gross misconduct in money matters. After 35 years of never having a financial difficulty which God did not help me overcome to meet our needs, she still does not trust her pastor/husband and the Lord to handle our finances. In 15 years this congregation doubled its membership and tripled its net worth. And I am still falsely charged with the sin of being an unfaithful steward.

(5.) “…It is the duty of those in error to submit” However, someone must recognize they are in error. If a person habitually takes the position they are almost always right then they will always expect others to submit to them. I do not ever fail to listen to and consider the advice I am given. However, after prayer and measuring a matter with the Word and the Spirit, I may not agree with or follow the advice I was given. This is perceived as being proud, self-willed and rebellious.

(6.) “…unsound in a single article of the Christian faith” I have always heard the ministry of the church of God preach the commonly held ten cardinal doctrines of the church will always produce true church of God congregations. I have never been unfaithful in preaching these foundational truths. I have not been unfaithful in a single article of the Christian faith.

(7.) “…duty incumbent on a Christian” What is the whole duty incumbent on a Christian? Is it not to fear God and faithfully obey all the light and understanding the Holy Spirit reveals? Can we personally hold someone responsible for some specific requirement the Word does not clearly mandate and they do not clearly understand to be their duty? When the truth is revealed, my accusers will be shown to have failed to exercise righteous judgment and mercy. One of the key issues is that my wife did not understand the difference between the carnal nature and the human nature. She made herself a judge and was compelled to execute her indignation against the failures of her pastor/husband. Who assigns the “duty incumbent upon a pastor?” Is it Christ and the Holy Spirit or is it his wife and the people?

(8.) “…it is deemed that Bro. Storts has lost the quality of being blameless.” Who can prove a sin charge which would deem that Bro. Storts has lost the quality of being blameless? I have not heard such a testimony of two or more witnesses. The ministers who examined me on five previous occasions did not find such proof. I have not backslidden since those meetings with the ministers. I have grown wiser and made efforts to strengthen the weak points in my life.

(9.) “Bro. Storts…his actions, doctrine, lack of leadership, and counsel have caused him to be injurious to the church of God.” This is a horrible, unfounded accusation. These words bring great grief to my soul, knowing they came from the lips of those precious people I love so dearly. Why was I not brought before the ministry and the people and had these things proven before these judgments were given? I fear that my wife had given up on any hope of getting the ministry to convict me of sin; therefore, she chose to go directly to the innocent saints and defile their minds with these false accusations.

(10.) “…it is deemed appropriate to remove the offense.” Theresa Storts and Denise Nyenhuis deemed it appropriate to remove their offensive pastor. They took this action against counsel and the clear teachings of God’s Word. This is the work of two people who came under a sectarian spirit and turned against their pastor who is blameless (without willful sin) and has walked humbly and honestly before God.

(11.) “…not to speak about his thoughts and opinions regarding the third earthquake” Who told Denise and the congregation what was discussed in the February 2005 ministers meeting? This distorted report came from none other than my wife. She reported to the saints that I was forbidden by the ministry to mention the Third Earthquake to any person or group of persons in any part of the world. Indeed, I do not doubt some in that ministers' meeting would like for me to submit to all those restrictions. However, I remember clearly stating to the ministry I could abide by the rule of not preaching on the subject of the Third Earthquake, in any other congregation of the church of God in America. Also, I would refrain from discussing the Third Earthquake with any person outside my home congregation except ministers. I specifically reserved the right to discuss the subject with members of my own congregation and other ministers. I also reserved the right to preach on the subject in Africa. I was not corrected or counseled that I could not follow those guidelines. Since February 2005, I have never preached a sermon in any pulpit in America on the subject of the Third Earthquake and the end time conditions of the world. Other ministers have had unrestricted liberty to express any view they have of the end time conditions of the world. It appears a person's view on the Third Earthquake has become a “test of fellowship.” I am totally convinced that anyone who makes an unproven symbol or prophetic phrase a test of fellowship is out of order with the Holy Spirit.

(12.) “During the ministers meeting February 2006 Bro. Storts was counseled by the ministry and given specific instructions to follow…” What specific counsel was given to Brother Storts in February 2006? Did he act rebelliously? Why were these distortions and accusations made without any substantive support? What counsel was disobeyed and can it be proven that it was not followed because of a rebellious heart condition? I am confident these things are not true. I know my heart and I also know the spirits which have come against me.

(13.) “He even expresses his lack of trust and respect that they were being led of the Holy Spirit when they counseled him.” It is not a sin to question the nature or origin of a minister’s statements. I have had saints in my congregation come to me after a sermon and ask me if I was speaking under divine inspiration. They didn’t word it just that way, but that was the essence of their thoughts. They wanted me to help them understand that what I preached was truly in line with the word of God. I gladly showed them the full proof of my statements. I have never questioned their salvation because they questioned my sermon. If a minister of the gospel gives me advice which I can not see agrees with the Word and the Spirit, I am not obligated to follow his counsel. A certain minister counseled me that I should sit down, be quiet and stop publishing papers about my beliefs. I can not abide by his counsel. I do not condemn him and I have not judged him as void of Holy Spirit leadership. However, in this one moment, on this one subject, he misspoke. My wife heard this minister make these statements and she knew I did not agree. Consequently, she charged me with rebellion against the ministry.

(14.) “Escondido camp meeting November 2005 Bro. Storts handed out papers on his thoughts to some present.” During the Escondido Camp Meeting I was with ministers who had heard about the discussion of the Lakeland Ministers' Meeting and wanted to know my thoughts on the subject of the Third Earthquake. I shared with those ministers the same information I had shared with the ministers at the Lakeland Ministers' Meeting. This was not in violation of the rule which I fully believed I should abide by. My wife knew of my actions and interpreted it as rebellion against the ministry. She took advantage of this opposition campaign to state her position to the people and make false sin charges against me.

(15.) “Bro. Storts expressed thoughts of sympathy with Robert Bourn and Ronnie Ingley and how the ministry handled these situations.” My comments about the investigative process of the ministers involved were not made with disrespect. I do not have sympathy with any man’s sin, but I hate to see anyone backslide, especially a minister of this gospel. I will never find any sense of pleasure in the loss of a fellow minister who was weak in some area of his understanding. I do have sorrow when I know someone was not treated with respect. I do have grief of mind when I know someone should endeavor to help another person but the strong person refuses to support the weak person.

(16.) “…our present ministerial fellowship has not carried a burden for missions.” Can anyone possibly refute the statement that we ministers have not been taught or trained to be conscious of and burdened for foreign mission work? We live in fine houses and drive fine cars and eat kings' food and wear kings' clothing; but we can not combine all of our congregations together to support even one missionary. Is it disrespectful to point out the weakness against which we need to gird ourselves with the zeal of God to reach out to the millions of lost souls in the world? Am I to be chastised because I have a burden for the lost souls of Africa? Were the saints of my congregation so needy of constant pastoral attention they could not allow their pastor to spend a month taking this precious salvation to those who are so destitute?

(17.) “’The current ministerial body was slow to reunite with these.’ Referring to Hagerstown.” Prior to the Earl Marquis division, the Hagerstown church of God was in full fellowship with all of our ministers. After his departure and his influence no longer present, who made an effort to reunite with these congregations with whom we had prior fellowship? I have not maliciously maligned our ministers. Are we so weak we can not bear to consider an area of weakness? Is it a sin to talk about a weakness when it is obvious it would be pleasing to God for the condition to be strengthened. Just because I reached out to the Hagerstown congregation, I was accused of accepting and embracing doctrinal weakness and error. This was a foolish and false accusation. Several of our ministers have visited the Hagerstown Camp Meeting, but none were condemned. Why? It is just another fabricated falsehood to gain my dismissal. My desire is to build, not to destroy or neglect.

(18.) “Bro Storts also implied the fruit of the Hagerstown work is greater than what our ministerial fellowship has produced.” This is a reference to the fact that Hagerstown has raised up 35 congregations of the church of God in the Philippines. Who can justify the statement that these congregations are not true saints of God? Have you met them? Have you heard what they have been taught and what they have obeyed? This is childish foolishness to make controversy where there is no evidence or information. Is it a sin to compare our witnessing efforts and missionary work to even the Mormons or Jehovah’s Witnesses? There are many false religions and social groups who exceed us in devotion to their cause. Many church of God saints do not make the sacrifices which these blind people make. To examine this condition does not mean we embrace error.

(19.) “I am working with a sleepy church in America.” Is this statement false? I recently heard a minister preaching from his home pulpit saying the congregation was sleepy and quiet. He said about the only sound he hears is when someone burps. He said they make more noise in the nursery than they do in the sanctuary. He was exhorting them to get excited about the things of God. He was not calling anyone a sinner or threatening to cast them out of the church. He was trying to wake them up, physically and spiritually. Should we charge him with sin? I can supply numerous points where people need to wake up. I am sure many of us ministers have preached against the lukewarmness and spiritual sleepiness we battle in our day.

(20.) “…6-15-06, Bro. Storts said,...” I believe we are living in a time foreordained of God, that we will experience such things which cause the church to appear weak and ineffective. The church of God is made up of saints who have been justified and sanctified. It is a glorious church, because salvation is always a glorious state to enjoy. However, there are conditions which exist in our world which prevent the church from enjoying the miraculous works of faith and grace on a large scale. This has caused some to think the church has died. The church has not died, it is only going through a time when it appears to be resting more than marching onward to certain victory. I don’t remember the exact comment or context. I do believe this is just one more instance where people with picky spirits want to find something to support their false charges.

(21.) “You can not convince me that the church in its present condition is more glorious than it’s ever been.” Is it a sin to believe that there have been periods of church history wherein the church appeared more glorious? Do I have to pretend that I also believe everything is better than ever before, when I don’t believe that? Is this opinion a test of fellowship? What cardinal doctrine does this opinion violate? Can we not be observant and honest without being accused of destroying the church? Would Paul’s exhortation in 2 Corinthians 13:5 be acceptable coming from Pastor Jim Storts, or would such a statement be construed as destroying the faith of some? “Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves.”

(22.) “Wednesday September 13, 2006 Bro. Storts said,...” Again, we have foolish contention over a statement which has nothing to do with the doctrines of salvation and holiness upon which the church has its firm foundation. Is there no end to this contention? Is there an implacable spirit at work here? We know God will not bless an “out-of-order” condition; and if such a condition exists in an individual or congregation, it will hinder or stop the work of God. Does there not appear to be some hindrances existing around us today? Has honest examination become a forbidden practice?

(23.) “…he was willing to bring the Knoxville saints to their areas for an outreach effort.” I have suggested a combined outreach effort in the two places mentioned in this dismissal speech. In both places the people were called church of God and believed in the same doctrines we teach, i.e. justification, sanctification, holiness and divine healing. I have no doubt God is able to protect us and help them in such a spiritual effort. I believe the saints understood these conditions and only well-established saints would have been involved in these initial steps. I would never be so foolish as to throw caution to the wind in such activities. The Holy Spirit could help well-established saints support the weak and reach out to those who do not have the great light of truth we enjoy.

(24.) “…there is no reason why we shouldn’t be having fellowship with each other.” This statement gives only a portion of what I said. They have omitted the part of my statement which says, “If you believe the doctrines of salvation and live holy just like we do, then there is no reason why we shouldn’t be having fellowship with each other.” These statements are either intentional distortions of what I said or the deceptive work of a spirit which caused them to forget or misinterpret my words. I am reminded of the words of Christ when He said in John 8:43, “Why do ye not understand my speech? Even because ye cannot hear my word.” When people have different spirits, they do not understand each other.

(25.) “Bro Storts has embraced the Hagerstown fellowship.” I have never heard any minister identify the Hagerstown fellowship as “Babylon.” I distinctly remember one minister caution us ministers to be careful what we call Babylon. He mentioned ministers and congregations who call us Babylon, and yet he counseled us not to call them Babylon. There was no such caution on the part of Denise Nyenhuis who suffered a serious relapse into sectish thinking and divisive judgments.

(26.) “Their ministry is not currently reaching out to the body.” This is an uninformed and prejudiced judgment. She has no understanding or knowledge of the position the ministers in that fellowship have taken. Denise and Theresa Storts only heard what they wanted to hear so they could justify what they wanted to say. The British African pastors have expressed a sincere desire for increased fellowship with our people. Brother Harley McClung, an honest-hearted, humble pastor from West Virginia has attended the Knoxville and Escondido Camp Meetings and has allowed me to preach to his people. We ought to recognize these efforts as the beginning steps of endeavoring for unity with those who teach the same doctrines of salvation which we teach.

(27. & 28.) “…Bro. Storts has said that some of the ministers don't believe the Seven Churches in Revelations are seven periods of time...” I can not understand why my wife did not see the error of this statement. I thought she was well aware of the fact that certain ministers among us have never taught that the Seven Churches of Asia represented the Seven Seal periods of time. Some ministers have not put the Seven Church names on their Revelation chart. This seems to be just another example of spiritual blindness which the Lord has allowed, in order to show the nature of the spirit at work.

(29.) “…accepted their pastorships as equals.” I have never accepted any Babylonian pastor as an equal to myself or any other minister of the church of God. I believe I am accurate in saying I have heard several of our ministers refer to other religious men, on whom they were hoping to have a good influence, with the title of “pastor.” Just because I accept someone’s personal testimony that they are saved and by virtue of their testimony I refer to them as “brother” does not make them saved. Just because I respectfully use the title of their office to refer to someone as “pastor” does not mean I accept them as an equal. In neither of these examples am I conveying the work of salvation upon them. I have heard many ministers among us refer to known division makers in the last 20 years as “pastor” and “brother.” I know some ministers cringe at the use of certain titles, but we have never become contentious and used it to cut someone off from our fellowship.

(30.) “…liberty and freedom in the pulpit.” I have never given a Babylonian or Pentecostal preacher the freedom and liberty to preach from the pulpit of my congregation. Lawrence Oseje from Kenya gave a brief testimony on one occasion at the conclusion of Denise’s message. I was sitting in the audience and offered him the opportunity to express himself before he departed for his journey to Chicago. He walked up to the pulpit to face the congregation and gave his short testimony. I allowed a man from the Gideon’s Bible Society to give a presentation about how they distribute Bibles to determine if they would help us obtain Bibles for Africa. He did not even use the pulpit in his presentation. And it was not a worship service. It was an educational session on the operations of the Gideons. I believe these are all examples of purposeful deception and distortion. Unless an evil spirit has blinded Denise and my wife, how could they not have known that what they are stating is distorted and false?

Gil Reitsma is a church of God pastor from Australia. His testimony of God’s deliverance for him and his congregation out of Pentecostalism and Babylon is miraculous. No one ever told me they found false doctrine on his web site. I have heard the testimonies of many saints in his congregation and heard Gil Reitsma and two of his young ministers preach. They preach the truth and live the life. For someone to accuse them of sin, false doctrine and being a part of Babylon without any real investigation of the facts is very wrong. Did my wife and Denise forget the warning and instruction of our Lord Jesus Christ when He corrected his disciples on this very issue in Mark 9:38-40, “And John answered him, saying, Master, we saw one casting out devils in thy name, and he followeth not us: and we forbad him, because he followeth not us. But Jesus said, Forbid him not: for there is no man which shall do a miracle in my name, that can lightly speak evil of me. For he that is not against us is on our part.” The statements and activities of my wife and Denise have all the earmarks of a “witch hunt.” They were trying to find the devil in me and allowed the devil to blind them.

Addendum Note 4/3/2010: Sadly, Gil Reitsma has since departed from the truth and is now preaching certain doctrines which are unscriptural, including his belief that water baptism after repentance is unnecessary. But, as of 10/29/2006, Gil Reitsma was standing in agreement with the true doctrines of the church of God.

(31.) “Gil Reitsma...” from Australia was accused of having false doctrine. I had never seen, heard or discerned any falseness in this man. His accusers did not provide evidence for their claim. 
 (32.) “...Bro. Storts is promoting them and their doctrine.” I was accused of accepting this false prophet from Babylon (referring to Gil Reitsma) and promoting him and his false doctrine. It is difficult to believe a saint could make such statements without having fallen into malice and darkness. What false doctrine did I promote and how did I promote it? I have no idea what prompted these distorted statements. 
 (33.) “The True ministry has been pulling away from Bro. Storts.” My accusers reported that the True ministry had been pulling away from me. What gave them that impression? Had they observed certain actions of the ministry or heard statements which expressed ministerial disapproval of me? These impressions did not come from me. They noticed I had not been called to hold revival meetings. How should they interpret that? Can the ministry help the congregation see that holding revival meetings is not a test of fellowship? 
(34.) “...we are subtly being taken away from the true body to another.” How was Pastor Storts leading the congregation away from the true body to another? There was no justification given for this charge. The charge was simply stated without any evidence or support. Should we just accept accusations without requiring proof of their verity?
 (35.) “Sam Grubb and wife...” Bro. Sam's wife refused to move from Lenoir City to East Knoxville. I instructed Bro. Sam this was not justification for divorce or separation. Evidently, some members of my congregation (most likely my wife) believed I should have told Bro. Sam to leave his wife and move to East Knoxville; and that if she chose not to move, that would be her problem. But, Bro. Sam could have stayed saved while commuting from Lenoir City to East Knoxville for church services. Brother Alan commuted from the same area for a long time before moving to Knoxville, and he stayed saved.

(36.) “Sean Powell and wife...” Bro. Sean had considerable difficulty resisting the persecution of his wife and her family. He was continually accused of not loving his wife and family because he left them at home while he attended church. I neither condemned as sin, nor approved as an exception, his occasional missing service to be with her family. He was not a strong, self-confident brother and I was working with him the best I could. 
 (37.) “Alan Igemenn and wife...” Bro. Alan Eigenman came to the church of God of Knoxville from the Anderson First COG in West Knoxville. He found our website on the internet. After attending a few services, his wife did not want to come back. She felt more comfortable in the Anderson congregation. Bro. Alan was working with several people in the Anderson congregation, trying to get them to visit the church of God of Knoxville. I approved of his attending the Anderson congregation once a week in an effort to win his wife and any others that might be interested in more truth. He understood this must be a temporary position and God would require him to completely separate from the Anderson congregation shortly. 
 (38.) “If a saint would bring concerns of another person to Bro. Storts...” This complaint involved Sis.S and her mother and my wife. Sis. S's mother and her family always disagreed with my method of laboring with Sis.S and her husband Bro.T and their children. They thought I was too easy on Sis.S. Sis.S had severe emotional and physical problems, so I sought God’s guidance to help her gain the victory without pressuring her into a nervous breakdown. She had no confidence in the church of God. Even as a child, after a terrible experience, she despised the leaders of the church, whom she held responsible for what she suffered. Her children were severely afflicted. Her daily stress with health and life kept her in a state of panic and despair. I put judgment on her where I knew she must have it. But, she often refused to obey counsel because she believed she could not obey my counsel. There was nothing normal about her life. A few times she came to a place of repentance, but she was never able to hold on to complete victory in her battles. It was not until May 2006, after years of counsel and winning her confidence, that I was able to convince her she was being destroyed by a possessive spirit of fear and mistrust. She yielded and we laid hands on her, rebuked those spirits and cast them out by the Word and faith in Jesus Christ. She was able to get deliverance and soon began to produce the fruit of grace to make necessary changes in her life. Today, she has a testimony which is an encouragement to the whole congregation. . 
 (39-41.) “SYMPATHETIC SPIRIT CAUSED CHANGE OF DOCTRINE” Denise and my wife took the position that God can not and has not delivered any person from the false Pentecostal experience and spirit of speaking in false tongues without the laying on of the hands of the true ministry. They claimed Pastor Gil Reitsma could not be saved because we did not know how he was delivered from the false tongues spirit. This position is based on an absurd belief that God can not deliver a person from any and every bondage of Satan without man’s assistance. It is well understood God has chosen to save souls through the foolishness of preaching. It is firmly accepted that the normal method of people being delivered from sin and Satan’s bondage is through the work of the ministry. However, to limit God to the use of a man in all His works is nigh blasphemy. I am well aware that not all of the ministers among us believe God must use a true minister to lay hands on a person to free them from devil possession. 
 (42-43.) “BROTHER STORTS HAS NOT ENDEAVORED TO WORK TOWARD UNITY IN HIS HOME.” As with the majority of these complaints, this too was the attitude and position of my wife. I was accused of being an unfaithful steward of God’s resources and the Storts family’s funds. My wife was told by one minister she ought to stay out of the congregation’s finances. She was never able to follow that counsel, or other counsel she was given. We frequently went to a restaurant and spent $25 on a meal, which was fine with her. But if I spent $10 on a book for the library, that was a waste and a reflection on my stewardship. We could spend hundreds of dollars remodeling a room in the parsonage (and I didn't object to that); but, if I spent a few hundred dollars attending a brother’s retreat or fellowship meeting, I was accused of being excessive and told that God doesn’t require us to spend money we don’t have. Many times I felt we had spent all our money on earthly comforts and had nothing left for the work of the Kingdom. So, I borrowed money to do the things I felt God wanted me to do in His Kingdom. I have never been criticized for borrowing several thousand dollars to buy a car; but, I have been condemned for borrowing money to make a trip to Africa to win souls to Christ. I endeavored for unity in the home and I made some changes in my financial practices. But my improvements were overshadowed by perceived failures and personal weaknesses.

(44-45.) “BROTHER STORTS MANIPULATES FOR HIS OWN WAY IN CHURCH FUNCTIONS.” To these who opposed me, my exercising authority and making the final decisions on some issues became “manipulation.” I am not an unreasonable person. But I do have strong convictions. I don’t just submit to the whim of every person. I do appreciate constructive criticism unless it is accompanied with condemnation. I do not accept opinions which are preceded by such expressions as: “If you were a true pastor…” “If you really cared for the sheep…” “If you really loved us…” “You dishonor me when you…” “You are disobeying God and ministerial counsel when you…” etc.  
(47.) “When Bro. Storts turned the church finances over to the trustees...” I do not agree that: all the decisions I have made were faulty and disapproved by God. I am quite confident God was pleased with many of my financial decisions which my wife condemned. If I was presented with the same circumstances today, as in times past, I would probably do it the same way. For that statement and attitude, I am condemned. Some decisions I would change. Many decisions I would not change. 
 (48.) “Working with these disgruntles are not Bro. Storts responsibility.” I have never dishonored another pastor or saint by working with a disgruntle. I have no desire to work with a disgruntle. However, I am not so dogmatic as to reject a person seeking an answer to their spiritual questions. I recall being contacted by a person in Pastor Larry Owen's congregation. The person said they could not talk to Pastor Larry Owen about a complaint. I told them to go to him and try again. They said he refused to talk to them. So, I told them the Bible tells us to take one or two and go to him again. I was condemned by Pastor Larry Owen for giving that counsel. To my knowledge these scriptural steps were never taken and were refused by the pastor.
 (49.) “Bro. Storts is impatient and refuses to hear when another has an opposing opinion.” I believe this complaint resulted from an event on January 8, 2006, when one of my adult daughters, came to me that Sunday after church and accused me of destroying her soul and preaching Babylonian doctrine. My righteous indignation was surely stirred at her for making such a rash statement to her pastor/father. Her charge was wrong. Her attitude was wrong. And her motive is believed to have stemmed from a desire to support her mother’s opposition to me. Their response came after I had preached the first part of two messages on “The Flesh.” In those two messages, I very clearly set forth the scriptural understanding of the difference between the natural desires of the flesh and the carnal nature of the flesh. At the conclusion of those two messages, I asked about six older saints if I had preached the truth and they all strongly affirmed that I had preached the truth very clearly. My wife and my daughter continued to use those two messages to accuse me of preaching false doctrine. I believe those two sermon tapes were sent to Pastors Larry Owen, Eddie Hodges and Eric Jones. During the February 2006 Ministers' Meeting, Pastor Larry Owen and his wife, reproved me for preaching messages which confused the people. I stand by the belief that no saint should have been confused by those messages.

(50.) “NEGLECT OF PREACHING FOUNDATIONAL DOCTRINES” All of my messages are tape-recorded. Any minister can invalidate this foolish charge. This childish grasping for accusations to throw upon their pastor was often based upon such minor statements. I recently made the statement, prior to preaching a message on the subject of sanctification, that I had not preached a message on sanctification in a year. I have been often told by others that every time they hear me preach, I preach on sanctification. It is a subject I mention frequently and remind the congregation of its absolute necessity. The reason for my statement was that according to my “filed messages,” I had not specifically and exclusively preached a message entitled “SANCTIFICATION” in one year. I am reminded of Isaiah’s words when he said in Isaiah 29:20-21, ”…the scorner is consumed, and all that watch for iniquity are cut off: That make a man an offender for a word...”(51-52.) “When Bro. Storts began imposing fanatical rules of modesty...” This item is one of the strong examples of how my accusers tried to turned the truth into a lie. They were the principal participants in a certain effort to uphold the Bible standard of modesty. I worked long and patiently to help Denise overcome the fanatical dress standard which she brought with her as she came out of the Mennonite religion. Additionally, my wife has always been a strong advocate of strict modest dress. Many and frequent were the discussions we had about how I needed to reprove and correct some sister in the congregation for immodest dress, including dress lengths, styles, materials and the sexually suggestive direction of seams. Many times I listened to her tell of all the immodesty she observed in people who claimed to be saints in other congregations. Members of the Morgan City, Hattiesburg and New Smyrna Beach congregations were the most frequent offenders. In this item, I am charged with first leading the congregation into fanaticism and then leading them into compromise. In reality, I did neither one. They were tossed to and fro by the winds of an evil spirit. I preached a message on June 16, 2004 on the subject of “Modesty.” I clearly set forth a godly and scriptural understanding of “modest apparel.” I am not ashamed to have any minister listen to that message. It was sound preaching then and still is sound preaching. 
 (53.) “LACK OF BURDEN FOR SINNERS” I endeavored to implement various types of witnessing outreach. I encouraged the saints to make appointments with people to have a Bible study in their home; and to let me know so I could be there. We tried to organize door to door witnessing teams which met with little lasting interest. I was pressured to condemn Sister P, of being without faith, for having such a fear of dogs that she refused to go witnessing with the other sisters. Unless people have a desire to witness to others, it is hard to force or motivate them to be consistent with a task they find unpleasant, difficult and intimidating. I never stopped trying to motivate the congregation to be a strong witness to the world. My wife did not desire to have organized witnessing because she said she was faithful to witness every time she went shopping. This is one item which probably originated with Denise. 
 (54-55.) “BROTHER STORTS HAS LOST HIS BURDEN FOR THE CONGREGATION...” You don’t have to be skilled in statistical analysis to see the faultiness in this charge. They chose 2 ½ months during a busy summer to calculate my average church attendance. This was supposed to prove I had no burden for the local congregation. I hope no minister is naive enough to accept such a weak charge. 
(56.) “It has been noted for some time that Bro. Storts has had no power, anointing...” I do not accept this as the sentiment of the whole congregation. I have heard too many testimonies by the members of this congregation who have stood and given thanks to God for sending timely messages which met their needs. The 160+ page birthday scrapbook with letters and notes of commendation presented to me on the occasion of my 60th birthday, at the end of June 2006, does not agree with these false sin charges.

Addendum Note: This birthday scrapbook gift is no longer in my possession. I believe my wife disposed of it to prevent me from reading it and being encouraged by its contents. 
 (57.) “Bro. Storts rarely visits the sick...” The Bible says in, James 5:14, “Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church.” This is the normal way we are contacted when someone is sick. I am always ready and willing to go to anyone's home at any hour of the day and pray with them. It is needful for the pastor to initiate contacts with the saints, and this may be a weak area in my ministry. I personally am not satisfied that I have performed in this area as well as I should. I am making an effort to watch and grow in this area.
(58.) “Seeing as Brother Storts has neglected to hear...The church has come to a 100% agreement and unity...” Lack of perfection has been once again rendered as “neglect.” There was one member of the congregation present at this meeting who disagreed with the charges brought against me. He expressed he was not in agreement. Denise had experienced difficulty with him and consequently concluded him a sinner; so, since he was a sinner, in her judgment and not a member qualified to vote, she excluded him and rendered the consensus 100%. My son, a member of the congregation and a member of the board of trustees told me he was never convinced I was guilty of sin. I do not believe 100% of the congregation was in “agreement and unity” that I had fallen into sin.  
(59-60.) “If there are any comments...Bro. Storts we will open the floor for you...” When the congregation was asked to express their comments, not one question was asked of the pastor. There was nothing they wanted to publically express or ask in the presence of my opposers. A brief pause of only a few seconds was allowed for the congregation to respond and then Denise opened the floor for my comments. I was in such a state of shock I was almost speechless. A divorce decree had just been given to a surprised man who loved the ones who had divorced him. My emotions defy description.

Denise wrote and spoke: “Any ungodliness by omission or commission is a great sin. With confidence we believe Bro. Storts knows or has known how he ought to act.” Oh, the subtle shooting of darts in this comment. Stop for a moment and consider this expression. Was I guilty of ungodliness? Ungodliness means irreverent, impious, wicked. Did this really describe my spiritual heart condition? Denise took the position of a judge and declared this was the condition of her pastor. What an awesome responsibility to take upon one's self the authority to rebuke an elder and judge him guilty of ungodliness. Pastor Larry Owen withdrew from this action. My wife declared she could not do it. So Denise came forward with the sword and boldly cut me off from my congregation.

(61.) “...the ministry has corrected him...” It was and is my belief that the counsel I was given was not sent by the Holy Spirit. I was told to do some things I firmly believed would have made me disobedient to the will of God. I was told to disassociate myself from the people in Africa with whom I had labored for six years. I was told not to email, communicate with or provide any monetary support to the saints in Africa. I was told to stay in Knoxville and not take any evangelistic calls outside Knoxville. This counsel could not have come from God!
(62.) “Bro. Storts we accept your resignation...” Truthfully, I did not “resign.” I was dismissed and then was asked to resign. When I asked the congregation if that was their will and desire; and, they indicated it was, I said, “You have it.” The word “resign” means: a deliberate act to give up. I did not “deliberately act to give up.” In reality, it is more accurate to say I was terminated at the desire of certain members of the congregation. Those certain members campaigned to win the approval of all the members to support that desire, which was to remove me, their pastor, whom they believed was no longer blameless.

"Father forgive them for they know not what they do." May God have mercy on precious souls who have acted unrighteously in their sleepy and lukewarm condition. Except they repent, some ministers will be required on Judgment Day to give account for the unrighteous counsel given to my wife.

I fear for Sis. Storts' soul. No woman of God would raise up against her husband, especially a man such as yourself. We all have disagreements and differences of opinions. That is part of human nature. What has been done to you is a complete disgrace, and she will pay dearly for her rebellious actions and attitude towards you.

Just recently read this account. It is such a spiritual tragedy when members of any congregation presume on their "wisdom" to rise up against the anointed pastoral office. (witnessed this in our own congregation a few years+ back)God knows better than all of us, an individual heart in all matters. If they profess faith in God, why do they think it necessary to accuse and lay judgment to remove the accused? Have they not an understanding of the power of prayer and of God's ability to take of matters Himself? Their very actions spiritually invalidate their spiritual credibility. You are in our prayers for continued comfort,.,.and the spiritual offenders, for their souls before it is too late for them.
An anonymous sister in the Lord.

Brother Storts,
I am so sorry that you had to feel the attacks to your person as you did. I know you very well and know that you are of a very tender heart and a very sweet man. You have been so loving and long suffering to so many other souls, I can't even imagine the stress and great heartache you must have felt when this happened to you.

I spoke with you once about the hardness and the way that the minister from NSB acted as a pastor. It does not surprise me that you was handled this way. I am so sorry, for I know how it feels to be seen and judged without anyone actually asking about your side of the matter. I was once judged wrongly and without so much as an ounce of respect shown for my service in God's Kingdom. Remember that God is not unjust as men, he will not forget your works!

I have been away from God for over 15 years and am now seeking God on my own. I have looked at a few options, but I will wait on the Lord to guide my footsteps.

I wish that the Church of God was what she presented herself to be. I have seen the (3) parts light preached and believe them to be the foundational truths of Gods message. These truths are the only test of fellowship that I am aware of in God's word.

These messages without love (charity) no matter how solid a message appears, they are nothing. I didn't say this, it is in God's word.

The thing that I have observed with all the groups called the Churches of God is a lacking of this one principle (love), without which the message has become as a sound of tinkling brass. All the world can see are secs and creeds of men. You know as well as I do that a sect is doctrine is one that a person holds to no matter what damage it ma inflect on the souls of men.

The message is so unclear, that the world looks on at the mess and schisms in the church called God's church and wonders at her. Was this once the great people of God? Are these a people who would sell all they had to see God's message move forward, as we have seen in saints of old? Do the saints and ministry truly believe that we are in the end of time? Do they believe that if Jesus where to return that all these millions upon millions of people would die lost and go to a devils hell? Forever lost, cast into outer darkness?

Do these saints who buy new homes, cars and fine clothing really feel that they are doing the best they can for God and his kingdom, while others in this world are dying for the gospel even as we speak?

Well, far be it for me to speak in this fashion considering that I have walked the path of sin for so long. I only hope that when I get to the place in my life where God wants to use me, I will say, "Here I am Lord."

I hope you continue to seek Gods will in your life and that you make heaven your home. again, I am sorry!

Dear Friend, I pray you find the true experience of salvation which will bring you grace to overcome every temptation to depart from doing the perfect will of God. I am happy to hear you are seeking the Lord, who can and will be found by all those who seek Him with all their heart, mind, soul and strength. There is never an acceptable excuse for sin, which is rebellion against the known will of God. I have learned some important lessons through my trials, persecutions and false accusations. I was shocked out of my sleepiness. I learned what it means to have judgment without mercy. I learned that following Jesus is different than following religious leaders. I respect the ministry and value their necessary service in the Kingdom of God; however, I realize many good men and women have been led to believe they are responsible for judging the souls of others. And this they have done without compassion and mercy; before the time, without proper evidence and without the leadership of the Holy Spirit.

After reading this, it appears that the fellowship gets an A for preaching unity but an F for practicing it. Some of the current or younger ministers are a product of the way that they were taught and know no different -- i.e. consider Bro Larry Owen's former pastor. When all is said and done, are we really loving our neighbor as our self as the Bible teaches? Part of the fruit of holiness is charity - or - demonstrated God is love. The perfection that God brings is LOVE...we are not perfect in that we are error-less as we all make mistakes. But when we make mistakes with each other, we are to forgive one another in faith that the trespass was not intentional...thus the 'increase our faith' statement that was made by the apostles; and the reason for 'forgive us our debts (sins) - trespasses as we forgive those that trespass against us' as Jesus give us with the model prayer. Remember, there is a sin not unto death...these are 'sins' or errors AKA trespasses of ignorance. There was an Old Testament offering for sins of ignorance then and now Jesus is our offering. Thus the statement - if we sin willfully, after we have received knowledge of the truth there remaineth no sacrifice for our sins. So we have to be careful. In light of all of this, this takes away any cloak of malice and even more so puts us in the careful living of walking by faith and not sight. We are nothing in ourselves.

This is my first time reading this. I am so sorry this happened to you, but the scripture tells us when iniquity abounds the love will wax cold. That is the trouble with the church of God today, very little love, and an elevation of self made standards and traditions above the work of the Spirit. We cannot have a spirit-filled church if we refuse to let the Spirit of God work. Standards are only standards because the word makes them so. Waiting on a saved person to get a deeper understanding as they preach (look at Apollos in the new testament), helping a person keep peace in their home by saying it's OK for them to attend their spouse's church is nothing but love in action and trust in the intelligent Holy Spirit. Many leaders don't bother to wait on the Holy Spirit to convince's all about them.

What happened to the $200,000?
The ministry who excommunicated me informed me they could use the $200,000 for whatever they chose. I told them it would be illegal to use the funds contrary to the designated purpose of the donor. I convinced the donor to request the funds to be returned to him. The funds were returned to the donor. 

Excommunication of Pastor Jim Storts

Part Four

[Posted to the Blog on 04/04/2010]

If we are to learn anything from my experience, we must examine what happened and why it happened. I am sharing my experience so others may learn and be instructed to know how to identify the influence of the Seventh Seal silence and apostasy. Was I guilty of sin? No! Did I commit any immoral act? No! Did I make any mistakes or errors in judgment? Yes! Why did I make mistakes of such magnitude as to cause my wife and congregation to rise up against me? I was under the influence of a “sleepy, lukewarm Laodicean church spirit.” And my congregation was also under the influence of a “sleepy, lukewarm Laodicean church spirit.” And, I believe the ministers who opposed me; who supported and defended my congregation in their unjust judgment, were also under the influence of a “sleepy, lukewarm Laodicean church spirit.” The Knoxville congregation is not the only congregation suffering from this silent and sleepy condition. I would remind you of what Jesus has said of this condition.

Matthew 25:1-13, Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom. And five of them were wise, and five were foolish. They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them. But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps. WHILE THE BRIDEGROOM TARRIED, THEY ALL SLUMBERED AND SLEPT. And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh go ye out to meet him. Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps. And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out. But the wise answered, saying, Not so; lest there be not enough for us and you, but go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves. And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came, and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut. Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us. But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not. Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the son of man cometh.”

Revelation 3:14-22, “And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; these things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God; I know thy works, that thou are neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth. Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked; I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich, and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear and anoint thine eyes with eye salve, that thou mayest see. As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten; be zealous therefore, and repent. Behold, I stand at the door, and knock; if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me. To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne. He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.”

It has long been the unified voice of the ministry, that Matthew and John recorded a description of our day by our Lord Jesus Christ. At this present time some ministers believe they have awakened to a full understanding of current events and conditions. Some ministers and saints believe they have overcome the silence. I personally do not believe the universal church has overcome the silence. I see too much humanity and flesh over-riding the Holy Spirit, for me to believe the church has returned to its glorious state wherein a great spiritual earthquake can shake the church and the world.

In every decade since the end of the Sixth Seal and the beginning of the Seventh Seal (ca. 1930) the saints have witnessed division after division. In my short 63 years of life, I can personally identify six major divisions in the church of God and numerous splits within those six divisions. What a shameful example of the church of God has been presented to the world of lost souls. Mead’s Handbook of Denominations which lists the religious bodies in the United States reports that over 200 different groups call themselves church of God. What a terrible work Satan has accomplished to confuse people seeking the truth.

God still has a church over which Jesus Christ is King of kings and Lord of lords. Its members are all those who have victory over sin. Sin must be defined as willful rebellion against the commandments and will of God. The children of God, those who have been born again, keep His Word, because they love Him and want to serve Him according to all the knowledge and understanding they have received from Him. It has long been my desire to be a part of the glorious church of God. I believe my name is written in the Lamb’s book of life and I possess a true experience of salvation, which has delivered me from all my sins. I do not profess to be infallible and I do make mistakes; but, God knows my heart; and I believe He will continue to lead me in the discovery of light and truth. He promised to send His Holy Spirit to teach me all things. With this blessed experience of salvation and a burden to obey God, I have set forth these many declarations to expose the enemy of souls and help others identify how Satan works to steal, kill and destroy. I will cry aloud. I will not be silent. I have waited but I believe God has shown me it is time to speak. What was done in secret must be shouted from the roof top.

If you believe it is inappropriate to identify preeminent persons, please read the Third Epistle of John. We are in a spiritual war of good against evil; right against wrong; rebellion against righteousness. Those ministers who are not convinced that I committed sin have been so consistently resisted, that for the sake of unity they have chosen to submit this case to God and become silent. Silence is what the Devil likes. The time has come for me to testify of what happened.

On the Wednesday morning of November 1st, my wife and I were trying to discuss her false accusations against me. We were not making any progress, so I called Pastor Larry Owen and asked him to come to the parsonage and counsel me and my wife. I hoped with his assistance we could help my wife see she had erred in condemning and opposing my ministerial conduct. Little did I know Pastor Larry Owen was already in agreement with my wife and holding a negative bias against me. Remember, I was not in any of the investigative meetings the ministerial body had held with the members of my congregation. I was totally unaware of their positions and opinions.

Pastor Larry Owen brought his wife, and Pastor H.K. Griffin and his wife, and Pastor Eddie Hodges and his wife, to counsel me and my wife. The eight of us met in the parsonage to discuss our situation. Some of the other ministers heard this meeting was about to take place. One of them called me and in agreement with several other ministers, warned me with these words: “Bro. Storts, don’t let them take away your salvation.” This warning did not seem relative because I did not think that I was facing ministers who were my adversaries. I believed they were men of God who would judge righteously and justly.

But then to my shock and disbelief, instead of helping me communicate with my wife and come to an understanding of the truth, five people in that group, Pastor Larry Owen and his wife; Pastor H.K. Griffin and his wife; and my wife Theresa Storts, were fully determined to accuse and condemn me. Pastor Larry Owen stated I was a proud and arrogant person and had been ever since he had known me. Pastor H.K. Griffin verbally agreed with him. For sixteen years these two ministers and I had labored together; I had preached many times in their pulpits to their congregations. They had spoken highly of me to the people on numerous occasions. Now, they said that during all that time they suspected me of being proud and arrogant. The Holy Spirit does not operate that way.

Sister Owen was very vocal in condemning me and spoke out more often than her husband. She accused me of not honoring my wife and not letting her help me make better decisions with her wise counsel. After about three hours of this constant criticism and condemnation, I succumbed to their accusations. I took the position of, “How can I be right and these other seven be wrong?” I was unaware Pastor Eddie Hodges and his wife did not fully agree with the accusations against me. So, I humbled myself and repented of the sin of omission, believing I had not been the faithful and obedient pastor I should have been. I had not fasted and prayed like I should have to have the power and anointing of God upon my ministry. Pastor Larry Owen said if he did not pray for thirty minutes, upon his knees, out loud, each day, then he would have to repent. Since I had not always prayed out loud and/or on my knees, it was concluded I had not prayed. Praying at my office desk while I studied the word of God and sought Holy Spirit guidance was not accepted as prayer. They said that was just thinking and meditating.

Following this meeting in the parsonage, the congregation was called together for the Wednesday night service. I repented to the congregation of my failure. Everybody seemed happy. I had repented of sin and I was no longer the pastor. This made everything right in the eyes of my enemies.

In less than two weeks, during my seeking God for guidance and understanding, the Holy Spirit let me know I had allowed certain people to take my crown of salvation and the Holy Spirit was not in agreement with what was done. I had fallen into the very snare some of the ministers had warned me about before the meeting with Pastor Larry Owen and the others in the parsonage. When I informed the ministry I had recanted of my confession of sin, they were very disappointed and refused to accept my position.

I had asked that the meeting of eight in the parsonage be recorded on audio tape. After the meeting, Pastor Larry Owen asked me if he could take the tapes and make a copy and then return them to me. I consented. Later when I asked for the tapes, he refused to surrender them to me. Eventually, another minister was able to obtain a copy and I requested a copy from him. He sent them to me. My wife knew the tapes belonged to me. I kept them in my filing cabinet. They contained obvious proof those five people who opposed me were unjustly critical of me. The tapes were proof that my confession was coerced. One day when I failed to lock my cabinet, my wife took the tapes and destroyed them. When a person knowingly takes something which belongs to another person without their permission, that is stealing.

Although I have been informed Pastor Larry Owen apologized to the ministry for his conduct and errors in handling my case, he has never apologized to me or contacted me. Additionally, one day when my wife and I were talking, she said, “Don’t interrupt me, don’t say anything, just sit there and listen.” She then proceeded to kneel at the couch and began to pray a prayer of repentance, asking God to forgive her for willfully overriding the Holy Spirit in her actions against me. When she finished, I asked her if she was fully aware of what she had just done. I was very surprised at her actions. She said she fully understood the significance of what she had done, so I left it with her and did not comment any further. Shortly thereafter, she went to the Lakeland Camp meeting and when she returned she informed me she had recanted of her repentance and said that I forced her to repent. Once again I was surprised. I am confident when she confided with certain ministers, they counseled her it would cause great confusion if she made her repentance public.

Your comments and your blog are an encouragement to me personally who has witnessed some very confusing happenings, including yours. Although I observe from a distance I have deep roots and many things that have happened in the COG in the last 20 years are very confusing to me. If one claims to have faith for his/her bodily healing, why not have faith that the Holy Spirit will prevail in disagreements between pastors? I also believe in the Holy Spirit. In the old Testament there was someone who reached out to grab the Ark of the Covenant. His motive wasn't bad but he was severely punished. There is the couple who lied about their income... Man didn't have to build a case and bring it to court, God took care of it. The Bible says "He does all things well." My observation, based on many years of being saved, is there isn't a lot of old timey earnest fasting a praying about such matters before life-altering decisions are made. I don't mean fasting for 1 day or a "ministers meeting", I'm talking about really getting under a burden with all sincerity and without fleshly motives. Getting down in prayer TOGETHER with the one you have a problem with - all in the same room.... Did this fly out the window decades ago?????? I fasted and prayed the old fashioned way as a teenager of my own free will... I know what a genuine burden is, so I don't talk just because I know the lingo. These grievous deeds that have transpired not only with you, but with others, sometimes have LIFE altering effects on people weighing in the balance. Those "in power" need to consider all angles before jumping to selfish and self-serving conclusions.. Maybe they don't even realize it but if they really get in the prayer closet they would probably have done things different.

"Confess your faults one to another and pray for one another" I believe my rusty memory is correct here.

I know you had some differences with a relative of mine and I am sorry that had to happen. I grieve for anyone that has been hurt by the red tape that has infiltrated the ranks because it certainly doesn't help folks like me to still see any rays of hope in that fellowship. They call this "focusing on the negative and backslider gossip", I call it looking at facts like they would prefer to forget and hide. At least that was always the code of "honor".

You noted “Bro. Storts don’t let them take away your salvation.” May I remind you that NO MAN has the authority to take away your salvation. Salvation is only at the hands of God.

You are correct, "no man has the authority to take away your salvation." We either obey God and hold fast to our salvation, or else, we disobey God and relinquish it to the devil. Jesus said,"Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown." Have you never heard of ministers laboring with a sincere child of God at the altar and helping them overcome the accuser of the brethren? Satan comes, either to the person's own spirit or by means of another person; and accuses the child of God of committing willful sin. If the accuser can convince the child of God he has sinned, then he can destroy his confidence and cause him to surrender his crown of salvation. Many have had to repent of allowing the accuser to steal their confidence in their own salvation, making them weak in faith. I also repented of this very thing. After much discourse and duress, I also allowed ministers, in whom I had great confidence, to cause me to repent of the "sin of omission". They convinced me I had sinned, not by willful disobedience, but by careless neglect. Their false sin charge was I had not prayed enough and had neglected the needs of the local congregation. The Holy Spirit later showed me the errors in their charges and in their act of accusing and condemning a local pastor. I wish I had stood my ground and been more effective in my defense; but I surrendered my claim of salvation, which was exactly what they wanted. Later, when I repented of my repentance, my words were rejected. I was already a castaway. Before anyone gets carried away in condemning the ministers who acted in error in my case, let me remind you that in other groups and fellowships there have been many divisions, false charges and undoubtedly unrighteous actions. Brotherly love has not prevailed in the controversies which have arisen in the church.

Do these events justify people becoming anti-pastor and anti-congregation? Absolutely Not! Any person who uses the mistakes, errors and even the sins of others who claim to be ministers and saints, as a justification for not following the righteous precepts of God will give account unto God for their attitude and deeds. I would love to be spiritually reconciled to my wife, children, congregation and brothers and sisters in Christ. However, I can not have fellowship with people who will throw me out of the ship. God does not force people to do the right thing, neither do I. Some people attempt to rule others through the use of fear and force. God does not operate that way. Fear is what the sinner should have, for it is the beginning of wisdom to bring a sinner to repentance. Perfect love casts out fear. In Christ Jesus there is no need to use the power of fear, because perfect love constrains people and brings them together in tender humility, seeking the good of others more than their own.

I used to listen to your tapes. Among other preachers of the same ministry. It was some years ago. They get around. I used to listen to them in my car and at night before I went to sleep. I still have them, I think, but changing houses I cannot seem to find them.

If you wish, I can put you on my mailing list for the sermons on CD which I currently preach. I think you would find them encouraging and helpful. You can send me a anonymous name as long as it is the right address in a private message at


Excommunication of Pastor Jim Storts

Part Five

[Posted to the Blog on 04/05/2010]

During the ministers' meeting of February 2004, the ministers agreed to hear two ministers preach about “what does the Bible say concerning the second coming of Jesus Christ?” I had expressed to some of the ministers that while I was preaching in Africa, the Holy Spirit revealed to me God would do a great work in Africa before the second coming of Christ.

I was asked to share my thoughts with the ministry and then I was allowed a morning session to preach on the subject of an end time revival and my belief that God will do a great work in Africa. I shared with the ministry the scriptures provided at the end of this book in a message called “The Origin of the Races.” Pastor Duane Spanogle was given the opportunity to express his views on why there would be no end time revival. He taught the third earthquake is past; the silence is past; and the days immediately preceding the Second Advent will be as in the days of Noah and Sodom and Gomorrah. He stated to the ministry it was a Babylonian doctrine to teach there will be a great revival before the second coming of Christ. He explicitly let the ministry know he strongly believed I was teaching a Babylonian doctrine.

Following this meeting, in each subsequent general fellowship meeting of the saints, it was the common burden of certain ministers to condemn the position that a great revival is in our future. Pastor Mayburn Crews, during his message to hundreds of saints at the Morgan City New Year's Fellowship Meeting, called us ministers who believed there is a great revival in the future of the church, “young whippersnappers.” After saying it, he laughingly pretended he did not know the definition of a “young whippersnapper”. That expression was a common in his generation; so I am confident he fully understood its meaning. He was calling younger ministers who were present in the audience, presumptuous persons. The Holy Spirit does not operate that way. This ought not to have taken place in front of a congregation of saints.

My wife and my congregation were frequently subjected to ministers who openly criticized me. I fully believe a Protestant spirit has affected the hearts and minds of both the pulpit and pew. When that critical spirit is let loose on the people they bite and devour one another. It is a grievous condition. The innocent are hurt and the guilty find their hiding place in proclaiming they are standing in defense of the gospel. These things happen in spiritual silence, in lukewarm, sleepy congregations.

Because the ministry took their liberty to publicly speak against me, my wife became bolder in her belief that her judgment was superior to mine; and, her understanding of issues were more holy and pure. What defense did I have against her when even the ministry spoke against me?

Where did we fail? What should have happened? The ministry should have endeavored to keep the unity of the spirit until they came to the unity of the faith. They should have had more private sessions with me to resolve differences of opinion and doctrine. They should have refrained from striking at me from the pulpit in the presence of the congregations.
Two or three ministers should not be allowed to hold judicial court and excommunicate another minister. In 2005 when Pastor Ronnie Ingley was tried and condemned, by Pastor Larry Owen and Pastor H.K. Griffin, they commanded all the other ministers to refrain from any communication with him. These same ministers have also warned the other ministers to shun me. I have been told a certain minister was reprimanded for accepting me as a friend on Facebook. The Holy Spirit does not work that way.

Certain ministers have exalted themselves in their responsibility and authority, in their false belief that they are guarding the church against false brethren. They seem to have forgotten who the Head of the church is; and that He alone knows the thoughts and intents of every heart. This false sense of responsibility has caused them to be hasty in cutting off members of the body instead of laboring in love to heal them. Perhaps one reason the church is so small and limited is that too many lame members have been cut off instead of cared for and healed.
In conclusion, let me remind you of these thoughts which were expressed by the ministers who assembled in Knoxville for the excommunication of Pastor Jim Storts. These statements show clearly they did not believe the sin charges made against me were valid.

Bro. Jennings- You did not follow Bro. Hodges email because of conversation with Bro. Larry Owen?
Sis. Denise-Right.
Bro. Jennings-Was resignation mentioned Wed night?
Sis. Denise-Yes.
Bro. Jennings-Bro. Storts was not at the meeting, not even in town. Seed of resignation was planted at that meeting.
Sis. Allen - I love you two.
But you two ladies stepped ahead of the ministry. Have caused situation to come to the point that it is signed sealed and delivered. It would have been better if we had come together. Congregation has stepped ahead of something ministry should have done. Now I love you. Ac 15: Ministry was able to speak forward first so when letters went out, they had strength.
You can’t help me if you do not put judgment on me.
Better wisdom to let ministry get ahead.
The Bible says: Consider what I say and the Lord give you understanding.
The Holy Ghost was in Bro. Hodges email.
Timing of the congregation should have been different.
Before honor is humility.
Sis. Storts-Please forgive us for getting ahead of the ministry.
Bro. Larry Owen - Bro. Eric Jones, Bro. Hodges, and myself
did not subscribe to the idea that those 5 sin charges were very strong.

Dear Reader: I ask you, in mercy and righteousness, was Holy Spirit judgment rendered in the excommunication of Pastor Jim Storts? I tell you, Nay!!!

Is there any salvation outside of the church at Rome? NA NA NA (some more pope spirits at work with the southern brethren) When are they going to wake up? I think never!
Thank you. I agree with your comments. I would remind everyone that we must contend for the faith once delivered to the saints without malice or critical judgment of those who have erred. I love those precious souls who oppose me. I believe they have been deceived and do not understand what they have done and continue to do. In their zeal to protect the church they have become strikers against those they judge to be disobedient to their standards and doctrines. Mercy has been omitted. Their desire to purge has taken precedent over their desire to heal. They have believed they should condemn when the need is to correct. Some ministers have gotten ahead of the Holy Spirit, just like my wife and Denise got ahead of the ministry. "Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;"

This sounds to me like a Church of God turned into a Church of Man. They need to change their sign. A church that carries God's name should reflect God in their actions, words, decisions and character. What happened in your sad situation has nothing of God stamped on it. Smells like devil rather. I hate that this happened to you, Bro. Storts. You have my highest regard and respect. I pray that the people at fault repent before it's too late. And I pray that God mends your soul. We love you.

God has mightily helped me overcome the grief of being dismissed by a ministry I admired and respected and by my congregation whom I loved. Time and grace will heal all injuries. Pray for my adversaries who do not know what spirit they are of. Father forgive them for they know not what they have done. The time has come that the truth must be shared with all who desire to know and have a right to know what happened in Knoxville.

I think it is important for me to state I have no idea who these anonymous people are. I don't need to know. I am not trying to gather a following of people sympathetic to my state of affairs. I am actively pursuing the course God has set me upon. I am encouraged with what God is doing and I am a happy child of God. I would like to see some things change, but that is not what is motivating me. I do not know exactly what God is going to do; but I am absolutely certain God has a plan which is unfolding according to His divine will. My pity party ended after three years. I asked God to forgive me for taking so long to overcome my personal pain. I must now be about my Father's business. There is work to be done. Believe it or not, there is still a ministry of reconciliation. There are souls to be saved and saints whom God wants to gather into His fold where they can go in and out and find pasture. The gathering of the dispersed is near at hand. The Third Earthquake will come to pass. It is in the Bible. Go and search the scriptures for yourself.
I believe that these anonymous people would be the same people from that heretic group out of Springfield hotel group that split off of Possum Road. They are anti-local congregation, anti-pastor, anti-tithing & more. They feed off of a blog like this. Your post are not helping anyone but them. The food that they are getting from this blog is making them fat. Sad to say.

Dear Reader, I have no idea who you are and that is good. It is the purpose of allowing anonymous postings. We are not interested in people's identity. What we are interested in is publishing truth and righteous warnings. You seem to be more centered on labeling and condemning than pointing out the way of truth. You are correct in your statement that anyone who is "anti-local congregation, anti-pastor, anti-tithing" is out of order with what the Bible teaches. However, you did not mention one specific error in my postings. I am certain one clear statement of what you believe is more valuable and informative than your general, blanket condemnation of those you have judged heretics. This forum is for the purpose of searching the scriptures and applying godly principles to our own activities as well as those of others. In most cases we will be much safer with God, if we judge deeds and actions rather than souls. I am not opposed to stating the identity of the person who has publicly spoken, as long as it is for the purpose of addressing the issue and not to make hasty and faulty condemnations. I have publicly disagreed with many people, but not for the purpose of judging their soul.

Re: Anonymous (Possum Road comment)
I will refrain from answering you as I am tempted to. Most people post anonymously here because it is a little faster. Yes, all the anonymous folks blend together when you do that, just as your anonymous post did. Take a sedative and read your Bible (KJV). Bro. Storts' blog helps me in many ways. Not just about the ex-communication, but because it is filled with Holy Ghost preaching. I'm not a member of the COG, or any congregation anywhere. I used to be, but there was no joy in it. No message, just denominational pamphlet brainwashing. I'm all for supporting a true pastor of the True Gospel, but not the many frauds out there who are blabbering on with their own dogma in order to just have some sort of job, or a pulpit to express their own brand of religion.

I am certain that Bro. Storts is a genuinely anointed messenger, and I am also certain that he is not interested in turning anyone against anyone. He shared a story, a misjustice which happens, not only in the church, but in our daily lives, on our jobs, in our own families and among our friends. And it happens because there is so much evil prevalent in the world. The Devil hits everyone in every aspect of our lives, and he strikes at the best among us to cast doubt in the minds of those who have and who might have benefited from such a Saint remaining at his station.

Many are called, few are chosen. Please continue to teach, Bro. Storts. The more attention you get, the more bashing you see posted here, the more you are irritating the Devil. And isn’t that a blessing.

Every reader who reads the blog postings and comments on this site will form a value judgment of his own. I would like to ask you to be honest with yourself and each other. Read between the lines, think outside the box, break the bonds which force you to think the way you have always thought. Examine and evaluate. Consider and be courteous. Give and be gracious. Listen and learn. Why do people think and believe those things which form the basis for their faith? Most people believe what their pastor teaches them, which is wonderful if their pastor is teaching them the truth. It is bondage if he is teaching them false doctrine. I am slow to judge and I refuse to condemn those who honestly believe they are being obedient to God. If they are sinners, God knows. If they are unlearned and have not the wisdom and knowledge others have, God knows. Can a person be deceived with no warning ever from the Holy Spirit? Will anyone be cast into hell because they followed a man in his error because God did not ever teach him the true way? If you accept false doctrine, that is your decision. It is also your responsibility to seek after God, the Lord Jesus Christ and Holy Spirit direction. The Bible says if you seek after God with all your heart, you will find Him. How does that promise and principle allow for sinful, evil and unrighteous decisions? It doesn't. If you choose the wrong path, you alone will stand in judgment for that choice. Your pastor can not deliver you from the judgment of God for your evil choices. Neither can your pastor prevent you from knowing the truth if you seek after it with all honesty, humility and a holy hunger.

Having been a minister myself for a while, it is amazing how cog ministers have a way of expressing over the pulpit how wrong you are and you know they are talking about you because maybe it was just discussed. My how we use the pulpit in the wrong ways. It's an uncomfortable feeling when you are sitting right there. Father forgive them is right.

Pastor Storts, I do believe I would have put my wife away for doing this to me. Or, I would certainly have separated from her. Was she happier about her financial situation after you were out of a job? Did she go to work to help pay the bills? Was this the beginning of dementia or some other neurological order that caused her to betray her husband? When is it ever a good idea for a wife to give up her submission to lord it over her husband and air their problems publicly? Never. Sounds like she had control issues for a LONG time before you reached excommunication day. Additionally, they just threw you out and did not even TRY to reconcile with you? What kind of people are these? Excommunication is to make you want to come BACK and it's done as an absolute last resort, when EVERYTHING else has failed. Doing that to you, with your wife's support, that is just pure evil right there, and I reckon they will answer for it. I attended COG when I was young but became disillusioned by the absolute pettiness of some of the decisions of the church (with a little c!). I am an Orthodox Christian now and find it a much more stable, peaceful Church. I am wondering if you attend any Church now at all?


My Testimony

Part One
[Posted to the Blog on 06/09/2010]

On February 21, 2010, I posted a blog with the title “Who Am I?” I would like to expound on that topic, so my readers may know a little more about who I am. Once again, my purpose in relating my story is to help people find Jesus Christ and identify the snares of Satan, who continually seeks to steal, kill and destroy.

In a few days I will be sixty-four years old [written in 2010]. I have been through many spiritual battles. The last four years have been the most grievous and difficult ones of my life. But my God has sustained me with His grace. I have learned the true meaning of persecution and rejection. I have leaned upon the arm of Christ because there was no other to help me. I now have a much better understanding of the words of Paul when he wrote in Romans 5:3-5, “And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; And patience, experience; and experience, hope: And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.” Patience did not come naturally or quickly. I grieved much too long. I felt sorry for myself much too long. I squirmed and complained under the purging of the Holy Spirit much too long. However, my grief has finally ceased and I now have victory in my soul! Yes, it is true, “tribulation worketh patience; And patience, experience; and experience, hope.”

I am not against any person or group. I do not judge the servants of God. God has not appointed any man to sit upon the judgment seat of Christ and pass judgment upon the souls of others. I do stand firmly in opposition to the works of Satan. I will fight the good fight of faith until the end. In my long journey, I have experienced Protestantism and the deceptive work of establishing fellowships, where men have more control than the Holy Spirit. Beyond all these divisions and spiritual wars, I have a hope of the beautiful Bride of Christ being awakened to righteousness. I believe the scriptures prophesy of a glorious day at the end of the Seventh Seal.

I was born in 1946, after the beginning of the Seventh Seal. The year 1930 is commonly believed to be the end of the Sixth Seal and the beginning of the Seventh Seal. In The Revelation message the announcement and comments concerning the opening of the Seventh Seal are brief and profound. Revelation 8:1, “And when he had opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven about the space of half an hour.” With twenty words, Jesus Christ told John the Seventh Seal would be ushered in with spiritual “silence.” I was born and have lived during that silence. I have been influenced and affected by that silence. My teachers and contemporaries have been subjected to that same spiritual environment. No one has avoided it. No one can truthfully deny it. They ALL slumbered and slept. The truth is revealed in Matthew 25:5-6, “While the bridegroom tarried, they ALL slumbered and slept. And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him.” My hope and belief is we are approaching the midnight hour when the saints of God will be awakened by the sound of the Seventh Trumpet and “go forth” to meet the Bridegroom and awaken others to prepare themselves for His coming.

I was born in a sparsely populated community in southeast Oklahoma. My father was a tenant farmer on a 160-acre farm where he raised corn, cotton, peanuts, cows, pigs, chickens, a large garden and nine children. The tenth member of our family, Dorothy Lee, died at the age of six months. My mother was one of those unusual people who could take little and make much of it. She worked hard and taught her children to work hard, be happy and love the Lord Jesus Christ. We did not have much, but we were thankful for what we did have. Our home was frequently filled with many guests who seemed to enter an almost festive air of celebrating the blessings of God.

We lived about a quarter of a mile from the little country church “Texas Banner church of God.” W.C. Upchurch was the pastor of the congregation for many decades, which included all of my childhood. There were numerous instances of the presence of the power of God to heal the sick, raise the dead and save lost souls. These powerful experiences became increasingly less frequent as the influence of the Seventh Seal silence crept over our little congregation as it spread like a deadly contagion across the nation. That beautiful little congregation became a center of division and compromise. Today, it has no resemblance to the glorious powerhouse it once was. And so goes the report of Christianity in North America and Europe.

Except in a few isolated cases, here and there, little is known of the power of God to heal the sick, raise the dead and preach the gospel of holiness. Is it not so in your area?

Which of these scriptures best describes what you have witnessed in your area?
Scene Number One:
And Stephen, full of faith and power, did great wonders and miracles among the people.”
“Then Simon himself believed also: and when he was baptized, he continued with Philip, and wondered, beholding the miracles and signs which were done.”
“Then all the multitude kept silence, and gave audience to Barnabas and Paul, declaring
what miracles and wonders God had wrought among the Gentiles by them.”
“These that
have turned the world upside down are come hither also;” Scene Number Two:
And when he was come into his own country, he taught them in their synagogue, insomuch that they were astonished, and said, Whence hath this man this wisdom, and these mighty works? Is not this the carpenter's son? is not his mother called Mary? and his brethren, James, and Joses, and Simon, and Judas? And his sisters, are they not all with us? Whence then hath this man all these things? And they were offended in him. But Jesus said unto them, A prophet is not without honour, save in his own country, and in his own house. And he did not many mighty works there because of their unbelief.”


My Testimony

Part Two
[Posted to the Blog on 06/10/2010]

Time is quickly passing. Most, if not all, of those who witnessed the glory of the Sixth Seal, two generations ago, have passed away. It has been eighty years since the ending of the Sixth Seal. There was some residual glory which lingered on in the hearts of a few faithful saints. And there have been some saints who have overcome the influence of spiritual lukewarmness and taken firm hold of faith in God. The church has suffered but Satan has not prevailed against it. As in any apostasy, a faithful number of godly people have held steadfast in faith and obedience for the glory of God.

I have personally witnessed many cases of divine healing. I have heard testimonies of those who have experienced the resurrection power of God’s mercy bringing life back to them after they died. I and many of my brothers and sisters have been healed of life-threatening afflictions. My sister, Carolyn, has given me a copy of her birth certificate which records she was “stillborn.” She is now sixty-eight years old. The story has been often told of how the doctor worked for a long time to revive her after she was born dead. Having failed to revive her, the doctor left our home with a birth certificate which stated she was “stillborn”. After the doctor left, my parents prayed for Carolyn, spanked her, and she began to breathe. Unfortunately, faith and prayer have lost their valuable place in our world today. I could write many paragraphs about instances of divine healing. However, I could also write many more paragraphs where the faith of the people was too weak to grasp the promise or the doctrine of divine healing.

Our God has not changed. The promise of divine healing is still available today for those who will obey, believe and not doubt. I have stated before and do so again, that any instance of divine healing is the result of someone having believing faith. It does not mean God approves of all the activities of the group to which the healed person belongs. I have heard people make the statement: “Look at what God is doing in our congregation.” What God has done for an individual in a congregation does not translate into God’s approval of all the teachings and activities of that congregation. 

What does your pastor do when he gets sick? Does he go to a doctor when He suspects he has cancer? Does he go to a doctor when he has a stroke? Does he take medication instead of exercising faith for divine healing? I understand it is not a sin to go to a physician. But many have become so weak in faith divine healing has become rare: because there are such competent doctors and people think they do not need the Great Physician. Has the prophecy come to pass: “Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:”?

People have hospitals and doctors; they think they don’t need God as they did in the past. They have retirement funds and social security. They don’t need to trust God for their daily bread like they did long ago. They have cars, homes, bank accounts, jobs, medical insurance, car insurance, home insurance, life insurance, etc. They think they do not need to exercise faith and ask God for much today.

Who has not been affected by this evening time silence and spiritual weakness? Jesus said they ALL slumbered and slept. There is hope. Jesus also said, “Ye shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free.”


My Testimony

Part Three
[Posted to the Blog on 06/12/2010]

There are many components of my life story which are not pleasant to record or read. I have written them for the benefit of those who may learn from my mistakes and the mistakes of those involved in my experiences. We were participants in the struggles of the church, the battle of good against evil. I pray those who read these words will not read to criticize but to learn and gain wisdom from the experiences of others.

I was recently talking to one of my adult daughters about how God has blessed me on my job which God gave me in April 2007 after I was excommunicated in October 2006. My job has enabled me to build a new home and enjoy a beautiful scenic view on property next to my children and grandchildren. Seven years ago, while I was still the pastor of the COGK, God enabled me and my children to buy twenty acres of land on which we built three homes. My income has been restored to what I was making in 1990 before I answered the call of God to become a full-time pastor at the COGK. As I was mentioning these things to my daughter, she asked, “If you were making such a good income from 1980 to 1990, why were we living in low income housing and wearing hand-me-down clothes which made us look like we were part of the family from the “little house on the prairie?” I was shocked to hear her say that, because in those days, we very blessed by God and had many material blessings. I asked her where she got that impression and she said from talking to other members of the family. The perception that my children lived a deprived life is totally false! We did not live in low income housing! In about 1977-1978 I bought a new, three bedroom, brick home where we lived very comfortably. Our neighborhood was middle-class America. Our lifestyle was middle-class America. I did not golf, fish, hunt or have any hobby which took income from the family! Family and church was all I had and all I wanted!

The perception we were poor could not have originated from anyone other than my wife. She has communicated to my children she was never at liberty to buy what she wanted because of my poor financial management. When I recently asked her about our daughter's statement, she admitted she always felt that if she bought something it would be put on a credit card and she never felt free to contribute to us being deeper in debt. Her fear that I would not properly manage our finances was a snare Satan was setting in place for future use. Rather than resent my authority to make the final decisions, she should have submitted it to God and allowed the joy of the Lord to be her strength. When you can not change a person with good advice, you must give them to God and prepare for the consequences of their actions. You must not lose your joy or accuse them of sin.

This financial insecurity was the very root of all our disagreements and division. I will admit I was not the efficient financial manager who succeeds in becoming financially independent. I do not build long-term savings and investment portfolios. Instead of investing in stocks and bonds, I invest in the Kingdom of God, in the church and in helping other people. When I received my annual bonuses (seven to twelve thousand dollars), I always gave more than half to the church. When I became pastor of the COGK and received my separation pay from the company I worked for in Oklahoma, I invested almost all of that thirty thousand dollars into remodeling the parsonage, improving the church property and taking trips to other congregations to strengthen fellowship. In all of my sixty-four years of life, I have never defaulted on a loan or failed to pay my debts. My decisions denied my wife the financial security of having adequate investments in stocks, bonds and property.

My use of credit and debt to accomplish important goals was always a point of contention with my wife. Her dissatisfaction eventually grew from disapproval to division. This disapproval took on a new character when I became a pastor. In her eyes, my financial misconduct was a bad reflection upon the church. When I did not agree with her financial decisions, she believed I was not listening to the Holy Spirit. She would occasionally say if I was a man of God, I would not borrow money to do things which she believed the Holy Spirit did not require. Her perception of me not listening to the Holy Spirit grew until she believed it was her responsibility to expose all my faults, which in her mind had become sins.

As early as 1999-2000, I began to believe my wife and I needed help from the ministers to work through our disagreements. I had strong confidence and trust in the ministerial body with whom I had enjoyed fellowship since 1976. I had no reservations about going to them for counsel. During our visits with several ministers, I was counseled to not use debt so freely and work with my wife. She was counseled to stay out of the church finances and leave that subject to the pastor and trustees. I do not believe we received the counsel we needed. Following that counsel did not cause us to have victory in our situation.

My philosophy has always been: If we use debt to pay for things of this world that we need and want, then we should not decline from using debt to accomplish the objectives which seem necessary in the Kingdom of God. It seemed wrong to me that my wife did not object to expenditures for things of the world, but she did object to those expenditures for the church. Unquestionably, my wife’s spiritual condition and our relationship was greatly affected by our disagreement over the right use of money. After years of disapproval of my financial management, she began to find fault with my ministry, my teaching, my prayers, my counsel, etc. In spite of all these warning signs, I continued on in my naive, optimistic belief that because we loved the Lord and hated sin, God would help us work it all out. Little did I realize Satan was craftily laying the ground work for the destruction of my reputation and fellowship with those I loved and trusted.

I am confident the Holy Spirit was not leading in any of these proceedings which led to my excommunication. There were too many mistakes made by myself, my wife and certain ministers. In retrospect, it is very obvious all parties involved were influenced by human opinion and error. There were accusations made which were not established on facts or truth; but, I know in the attitude of my heart and the conduct of my life, though I made mistakes, there was no willful sin or rebellion.

This report is intended to be a lesson on the dangers of being a sleepy, lukewarm church. If you agree or disagree and would like to make a wise and useful comment, please do so. If I consider the response to be useful, I will allow it to be posted for others to read and discuss.

While the laborers slept, an enemy has sown the seeds of strife and division. Leave condemnation to the One who is able and never fails. We must sound the trumpet for reconciliation between individuals and groups who have a true experience of salvation, but lack the mutual understanding which produces the unity of the Spirit and the unity of the Faith.

Pastor. I do not by any measure believe that you are seeking revenge though your posts. I do believe that you are fighting false accusations. I realize, as well, that some people will perceive you as being vindictive. Well, to them I say respond and state your case. People are reading what you write. It gets around. And it is easier for them to pretend to dismiss you as someone who is venting his frustrations, while living in a state of denial. This is what they say. It is easier for them to convince themselves to believe that than to face the reality, that they dogpiled you, and it wasn't because they had legitimate issues. They were deceived, and many still are. But I do not believe that you will ever get them to admit it. They are controlled by a pride spirit. They discuss it from time to time, among themselves, and in private and they prop each other up for the mistakes they made. Groups do that.

"We did the right thing. Do you think we did the right thing? Sure we did. And I am even more convinced so because Jim Storts has taken to the internet as no one will listen to him otherwise."

On and on like that. Truth is, you can have a burden for these people, but eventually, God can take away your burden. It's a terrible thing to be falsely accused, and by those closest to you. That's how the Devil works. Work on those closest to you. They have the inside angle. And it can be overwhelming if a large number of people come down on you. Well, you know, as one sheep goes over the cliff, others just follow along. It's a group mentality thing. They feel safer going along with the crowd than standing up for truth.

"So many people said so, so it must be so."

Whatever. The NAZI party convinced millions of Germans to murder millions of men, women, and children, so yes, it can happen, and most often does happen just that way. If you go along with the crowd, then you can share blame in wrong decisions. If you make an individual decision, you get persecuted by the crowd, especially when you are right! Life is good and bad, but I for one will be very happy when I get called away from this little blue ball. It gets really hard sometimes to love your enemies, especially when they are too arrogant to admit their faults. I am praying for Pastor Thames tonight. He better be careful. Stand for truth and he just might find himself out of a job.


Judgment Gone Awry

[Posted to the Blog on 05/17/2010]

A brother has responded to my blog with a measure of kindness and a measure of unkindness. I like to think he meant well. However, there is an error in his response which is all too common in the relationships between God’s children in this present church age. This method of communication, having a mixture of good and bad ideas, is the common mode of operation with many ministers and saints. It is one of the paramount blemishes of a congregation and ministry suffering from the influence of spiritual lukewarmness. In large part we have obtained godly wisdom and understanding and yet in very significant areas we have been hindered by the fleshly mind of man. God is not pleased with this lack of Holy Spirit control in the affairs of His church.

James 3:10-18, “Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be. Doth a fountain send forth at the same place sweet water and bitter? Can the fig tree, my brethren, bear olive berries? either a vine, figs? so can no fountain both yield salt water and fresh. Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let him shew out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom. But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth. This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish. For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work. But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy. And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace.”

Follow with me as we examine the words of our dear brother who sincerely wants to help by sharing his opinion. His words are presented in
bold type and my comments are in normal type. Bro. Storts I am truly sorry to hear what has happened to you. Injustice should be repugnant to every saint of God. (I honestly believe he is sympathetic to my difficult trial). To hear your side of the story is quite enlightening. (A point of view which seems to be largely affected by the position from which it is observed.) What a sad day this is. To see the inner workings of this group of ministers exposed should make us weep. (Unfortunately, there will be some who read my reports and think I am seeking revenge against those who have opposed and falsely accused me. I have no desire to condemn my accusers or judge them as being sinners, lost without the grace and mercy of God. These undesirable actions have been done by spiritually sleepy people, who ought to be dealt with in mercy and longsuffering. To be mistaken with no ill intent is not equal to being rebellious. God knows the hearts of all men and He knows if there was evil or disobedience in the heart of any person. I do not profess to make that judgment. I wish all those who believe I was falsely accused would reserve their judgment of men's hearts until God reveals and uncovers all things. Judge nothing before the time. Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment. The ministry in this fellowship are not the only ministers of our day who have erred in the judgment of some matter. Perhaps Brother Anonymous is part of a fellowship which includes individuals who have erred in like manner in some other controversy.) How can you execute this type of backroom, underhanded judgment and have God favor? You know it time to expose it for what it really is, "MAN RULE". (Can a child of God fall into temptation and act unwisely without being guilty of willful sin and rebellion? Satan is walking to and fro in the whole earth seeking whom he may catch in his crafty snares. The Word of God teaches us that in this Evening Time of the gospel day we would live in perilous times. Speaking of the universal church in the parable of the ten virgins, Jesus said “they ALL slumbered and slept.” Could that include us? Could that include you, my dear brother? Are we willing to leave judgment and condemnation in the hands of the Head of the church until He uncovers and makes evident the hearts of men?)It really puts you in the mind of political posturing. This is not the first time they have acted in this manner nor will it be the last. How many lives and fellowships have been ruined because of misguided ministers? (This is true, but many ministers in various groups will share in the responsibility for these misguided actions. I submit to you that no group of ministers has been free of misguided actions. They ALL slumbered and slept. I have sometimes been mistaken. I would think that you dear brother have sometimes been mistaken.) "Woe be unto the pastor who scatter and destroy my sheep". If the saints only knew what went on in these minister meetings. They would be appalled. (Yes, minister’s meetings ought to be so saturated with prayer and fasting that no flesh would glory in the presence of the Holy Spirit. Are there any minister’s meetings like that? Even in the absence of sin and ill will, is the divine anointing and inspiration of the Holy Spirit found in these meetings? Do we find ministers demanding conformance by decree rather than by a holy love of truth?) The bible says, "they that rule over men must be just, ruling in the fear of God." Not in the fear of your brethren. This group uses false accusations to destroy anyone that gets in their way or their narrow understanding of what they consider the church of God stands for.

Respect of persons and backroom wheeling and dealing is rampant with this group. Where is the respect for the truth? You know if they will deal with ministers this way, the poor saints don't stand a chance.
(My dear brother, you have just descended into the pit of human reason which speaks not the wisdom of God but the wisdom of man. I earnestly desire to help saints and ministers see the error of condemning one another without knowing the hearts of those they judge to be sinners and destroyers. Please guard your heart against evil surmising and do not bite and devour one another.)Brother Storts, I am truly sorry for the havoc that has been wreaked on your family and former congregation. (This may or may not be the same brother who wrote the preceding comments. He does sound like the first brother whose comments I have already addressed.) But I am even more sorry for the Ministers that railroaded you into saying you'd sinned, when according to your testimony, you had not. Additionally, I am even more sorry for the ministers that saw the injustice, inequity, unfairness and the sheer wrong in all of this and stood by and did nothing for the sake of "unity with the brethren". (I admit I do not understand their decision to allow the matter to be set aside. Once again, it could very well be credited to the influence of our lukewarm day wherein we have not had wise examples of how to address controversy among the ministry.) Well, who wants to be unified with a group like that? That sees wrongs being commuted but for "unity's" sake goes along with the wrong. (We should not endeavor to be part of a group, but to be part of the body of Christ. A child of God never wants to be part of a group who is out of order with God. The ministers and saints who comprise the group you have judged may not understand how to correct what has been done. Some of them may not even know wrong has been done.) I once heard a pastor say:"if you don't reprove wrong, wrong will reprove you". Well, that is what happened to you, brother Storts. I believe there were many times when you saw incorrect, false or unjust judgments being laid down by the likes of Bro. Spanogle, Bro. Ingley, Bro. Tanner and a host of others( though, some of these are no longer among you). But for the sake of "unity with the brethren" you did nothing to prevent,reprove or correct the injustice that was being done, even though you were in a position to do so. (What this sympathetic brother has just done is the very problem ministers and saints struggle with today, not waiting on the Holy Spirit. This dear brother has just judged and condemned me of willful sin. He does not know my heart. He thinks I am responsible for not doing something he is sure I should have done. Evidently, he is not part of this group he is condemning and yet he knows what I have done, should have done and did not do in meetings which he did not personally attend. This is a mystery to me. Why do people make important decisions concerning the fellowship of the church of God with so little information and understanding of what has happened? I believe there are many ministers who do not have faith in the Lordship and Headship of Jesus Christ. This “Vicar of Christ” spirit is too strong in the church.) So then, these particular chickens that you helped to hatch have come home to roost. I'm sorry, Brother Storts, I know this isn't what you want to hear but it needs to be said. Philosopher, Edmund Burke once said: "evil will prevail, when good men do nothing". You, Brother Storts, were one of those good men. (This brother is saying I am reaping division because I sowed division. This is a false accusation. I am shocked at the strength of his conviction and the weakness of his supporting data. There seems to be no need of inquiry on his part. He already knows all he needs to know to judge me as being guilty of various injustices.) I would never again be in league with such a group of men. I saw terms like "man rule, injustice, misguided ministers, pope spirits" to quote just a few from this blog. All of which are fitting. (Yes they are fitting in describing the conduct of certain people. However, righteous caution must keep us from judging another person’s soul. Ministers can be mistaken without being evil.) Paul said "consider what I say and the Lord give thee understanding". Even though you are no longer pastoring, I hope that at least your marriage and family has been restored to some degree of normalcy and that you will stay saved and follow God's leading. Above all, please keep up a constant fight against the spirit of bitterness, which will continually try to enter your heart. Once that happens, the Devil has truly won. Don t let him. May God bless you and your family. (I really do appreciate the sympathy of the brother and I honestly believe he is sincere in his expression. It is so sad to witness this mixture of good and bad. I believe this is probably a minister brother making these statements. How can the church of God in America recover from this devouring spirit?)

God help us. Save us from ourselves before we consume one another. Pray saints, pray for the ministry. Pray for me. Pray for one another. Pray the Holy Spirit will move upon a large number of ministers to come together in humility, righteousness and mercy, endeavoring in the unity of the Spirit for the unity of the faith.

Judgment vs Standard
[Posted to the Blog on 05/21/2010]

READER COMMENT: ANONYMOUSI feel for you but you aren't the first person that has been treated this way and won't be the last. During my lifetime I have observed many happenings in this group and I see history repeat itself over and over again. As a results the COG as I knew it has gotten smaller and smaller and each "little group" thinks they are the "big it". I hate to be that blunt and simple and am not being disrespectful but this is fact in a nutshell. Peace to you and yours. 

Quote: "Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution."
I know I am not the first or last to suffer the persecution which follows false accusations. However, the Holy Spirit has told me I should break the silence I have kept for three years. Considering the decision of the ministry to "shelve" the issue and leave it in God's hands, I feel strongly that God wants the universal church to be aware of the sleepy, lukewarm spirit which has affected our fellowship and disfellowship for many years. If it was just about me, I would be quiet and live my life. God has blessed me and He continues to bless me. I have a great job, a nice home and a precious family. I am only two years away from retirement at 66, and I am very healthy. It would be easy to just give in to the flesh and let everybody choose their own way without any remarks from me. But, I do not believe that is what God wants me to do. I must cry aloud and do my best to preach the gospel of holiness, righteousness, mercy and judgment. By judgment, I do not mean condemnation, as some who have misunderstood their duty. I mean to lift up the standard of righteousness which is the judgment of God and not man. We have too much of men's judgment and not enough Holy Spirit discernment which can only be produced by a personal, consecrated relationship with Christ. 

Many have misunderstood the meaning and application of judgment. Instead of upholding the standards of holiness, which are the righteous principles of God, they have proceeded to condemn those whom they have judged to be disrespectful of their rules, authority and interpretations of doctrine. Hence, they have cut off and shunned those who disagree with them. The group with which I had fellowship condemns the leaders of the other groups. The leaders of the other groups condemn the group that excommunicated me. There have been a few ministers in these various groups who have endeavored for unity and a reconciliation of the ministers and saints. These gentle-spirited, humble ministers who have labored in love to heal divisions have been suppressed. The ministers who refuse reconciliation are adamant in their stand as they claim to be champions of the truth. I do not condemn those who have condemned me. I pray for their awakening.

The disciples asked Jesus if He wanted them to pull up and destroy the tares. His response was “No!” He told them if they tried to pull up the tares, they would also pull up the wheat. Jesus told them to let both grow together until the time of harvest. There comes a time when every person produces the
fruit which identifies them. We must wait patiently and with confidence that the Holy Spirit will uncover and expose and purge all things contrary to truth and them that are rebellious. Matthew 13:41 says, “The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity;” The apostle Paul said in 1 Corinthians 4:5, “Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord come, who both will bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and will make manifest the counsels of the hearts.” The problem in the church is on this very point: Ministers have erred in judgment when they acted unwisely and condemned souls before the Holy Spirit proved all things.
It is a serious matter to condemn a person who is claiming to be a child of God. In the absence of unmistakeable evidence of sin, men and women must refrain from condemnation. 1 Corinthians 10:12, “Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall.” Satan is subtle. If you do not have a firm hold of the truth, you may stumble and err in judgment.

Until we can truly come to the place where we trust and wait upon the Lord, we will stumble and err in personal judgment. Our duty and responsibility is to teach. Do not be weary in well doing. Be patient and longsuffering. We are not being ecumenical when we wait on the Holy Spirit to give someone a revelation of truth. We are not guilty of compromise when we are longsuffering with someone who has not received the same understanding we have. It is not necessary to accept a person’s doctrine to accept their testimony of salvation. Remember the administration of trust and patience when Apollos was heard preaching the gospel without perfect understanding: “whom when Aquila and Priscilla had heard, they took him unto them, and expounded unto him the way of God more perfectly.”

Pray the Lord Jesus Christ will help ministers learn to trust in the divine government of the church. Jesus is still able to save and separate. We can do neither one without the assistance of the Holy Spirit. Just because your intentions are good, that does not mean your methods are good.

Ask yourself this question and let the Holy Spirit answer it for you: Are you condemning; or are you lifting up the standards of holiness? Let brotherly love continue.


Submission in the Home

[Posted to the Blog on 06/05/2010]

I would remind those who read my blogs that my desire is not to condemn, divide and destroy, but to build the Kingdom of God. I do not condemn the Lord’s servants. He is well able to bring all things under the light of truth in His time. We must learn to expose error without condemning souls. The wisdom, faith and grace which accompanies righteous judgment has suffered great attacks in our day.

In some of my recent communications, I have shared thoughts about marriage, the family and the authority God has invested in certain positions of leadership. The Bible has a lot to say about the relationship of marriage. The husband and wife relationship is an earthly parallel to the spiritual relationship of Christ and the church of God. The covenant relationship of holy matrimony was instituted by God with Adam and Eve. God has given many commandments concerning this covenant and the individual duties and responsibilities of the husband and wife within this covenant.

Satan has continually attacked this relationship and the laws God has given to make it righteous and glorious. Satan works to corrupt the wife’s attitude toward her husband and children. Satan works to corrupt the husband’s attitude toward his wife and children. Many families have been destroyed or hurt because they have believed the lies of Satan about others in their family.

A church of God minister recently commented to me that “the message of wives submitting to their own husbands is not being taught in the church of God.” I agree it is not being taught properly. The world has lost their proper perspective of authority and submission in marriage because the church lost it first.

As a pastor of sixteen years, I endeavored to teach husbands should take responsibility for making decisions in the home. God will hold husbands accountable for how they have handled this responsibility. There is a delicate balance between the virtues of mutual honor and respect, and those of authority and responsibility. On the one hand, we teach the husband to honor and respect his wife’s opinions, needs and perspectives in making decisions which affect his family. On the other hand, we teach the wife to submit to the final decisions of her husband and hold him harmless for any mistakes.

Husbands and wives will make mistakes because they have certain deficiencies in grace, knowledge, and wisdom. No one walks through this life without making mistakes. Many have fallen on the battlefield in the war of love and hate. When we allow disagreement to turn into division, hate must lie at the door. It is never required of a wife to submit to any requirement or decision of her husband which would lead her to sin. However, when a wife will not submit to her husband because she does not agree with his judgment, she has become a companion of those who “despise dominion, and speak evil of dignities.”
In a recent exchange, I responded to the following post:

A nation that is afraid to let its people judge the truth and falsehood in an open market is a nation that is afraid of its people. - John F. Kennedy

Cannot the same be said of those in leadership in religious circles?

My comments were: Yes, “Unless your authority rests upon your position instead of your knowledge of truth. A leader, who is afraid to let his people judge the truth and falsehood in an open forum, either does not trust the Holy Spirit to uncover and expose error; or, he does not trust his own ability to prove his interpretation by the Bible. These ministers, perhaps in innocence, will claim they are standing against arrogant rebellion. With some ministers, anyone who has a different opinion and will not submit to their beliefs is considered arrogant and rebellious.

In a holy relationship between brothers and sisters in the true church of God (including between pastors and saints) when two people do not see eye to eye and can not accept each other's position and can not come to a scriptural agreement, they must submit this controversy to the Head of the church, Jesus Christ, and trust Him to reveal the truth. They must not condemn one another and become divisive, causing a split in their fellowship.

Children must submit to their parents. Wives must submit to their own husband. Husbands must submit to their own pastor. Pastors must submit to Jesus Christ. A failure to submit at any of these crucial links will cause a division. Submission is always established upon the divine principles of justice and righteousness. When a pastor tries to exercise his authority contrary to the Word and Spirit, he will hurt the body and his actions may lead to division and sin. I am convinced there is a widespread misunderstanding of the righteous principle of submission. The works of longsuffering, mercy, kindness, gentleness, forgiveness, patience and trust in the Holy Spirit are absent in many matters of controversy.

The husband should be the spiritual leader of his family. Families should gather together in the congregation. The pastor is the ordained man of God who rules over the congregation as the Holy Spirit guides him. If everything is in order, the husband will hear the pastor and then teach his family those spiritual values he has learned from the anointed preaching of the pastor.

I was asked, “What scripture supports the claim that a husband must submit to the pastor?” I believe the following three scriptures support this principle.

Hebrews 13:7 Remember them which have the rule over you, who have spoken unto you the word of God: whose faith follow, considering the end of their conversation.
Hebrews 13:17 "Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that is unprofitable for you."
1 Timothy 5:17 "Let the elders that rule well be counted worthy of double honour, especially they who labour in the word and doctrine."

In the divine institutions of marriage and the church, there are righteous principles of authority and responsibility. Satan is continually working to pervert these essential righteous principles in order to destroy unity in the family and the church. Practical unity among the people of God is a vital part of our witness that we are the children of God. Satan can not and will not produce the fruit of unity. He will tug and pull and twist and deceive until he causes someone to get out of order.

Amos 3:3. “Can two walk together, except they be agreed?”

Acts 28:23-25, “And when they had appointed him a day, there came many to him into his lodging; to whom he expounded and testified the kingdom of God, persuading them concerning Jesus, both out of the law of Moses, and out of the prophets, from morning till evening. And some believed the things which were spoken, and some believed not.
And when they agreed not among themselves, they departed…” How sad it is when professing Christians depart from one another without reconciliation and without peace.

What kind of relationship can two people have when they both claim to be a child of God and do not accept each other’s claim?

I know couples where neither claims to be saved and they have a relatively peaceful relationship. They both agree on domestic issues and therefore there is no outward division in their relationship. I also know couples where one is saved and the other is not; and they have no contention concerning each other’s condition before God, therefore they have a measure of peace.

How important is the subject of a person’s relationship with Christ? If a person claims to be saved and another person rejects that claim, what level of intimacy can they enjoy? How close is their friendship when one person condemns the other person’s soul?

Can a person reject the gospel of Jesus Christ and be friends with Jesus? If you reject the claims of Christ, have you not rejected Him?

Relationships are built upon mutual respect and agreements. If you reject a person’s claim of salvation, there is spiritual division containing enmity.

Ephesians 2:16, “And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby:”

I have never known a peaceful home where the couple disagreed on religious beliefs, unless they were both insincere and careless in their religion.

There is a certain deception which exists in a relationship wherein both persons claim to be saved but do not accept each other's claim. One of these has falsely accused the other, while continuing to believe they themselves are in order with God. They stand upon the claim of loving the other like Jesus loves the sinner. What kind of relationship can these two have?

What do you think?

My belief is if both persons sincerely believe they are saved, while they believe the other is either not saved or deceived, they ought to continue to love and respect the other, without condemnation, until God reveals the error. However, there will be sadness and sorrow because there is division and only Christ has the power to reconcile. I believe it is unreasonable to expect this couple to enjoy happiness with each other when condemnation exists in the relationship.

I pray God will have mercy and precious souls will find help in their time of need. We surely need God to expose error and shine the bright light of righteousness, mercy and true judgment upon the pathway of the saints. Let brotherly love continue. Pray for one another.


Them Which Cause Division

[Posted to the Blog on 05/15/2010]

Romans 16:17-20, “Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them. For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple. For your obedience is come abroad unto all men. I am glad therefore on your behalf: but yet I would have you wise unto that which is good, and simple concerning evil. And the God of peace shall bruise Satan under your feet shortly. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen.”

There are certain men who have caused divisions and created groups. As time passes, converts are brought into these groups, and sit under the influence of them, without knowing the original offences which were contrary to the doctrine of Jesus Christ. Thus, innocent people in various groups do not understand the causes of the divisions, not knowing the history of the conflicts.

What shall we say then? Has the church of God been corrupted? NO! The church of God is not defined by the boundaries of a group. The church of God can not be corrupted, because her Husband, Jesus Christ, will not allow her to be corrupted. There are people who claim to be citizens of the United States of America, but in fact they are its enemies. There are people who claim to be members of the church of God, but if they become guilty of sin; they are not part of the church of God. Just because someone ministers to, or attends, an assembly of the church of God, that does not make them a member of the church of God. Not every one who says, “Lord, Lord” will enter the glorious church of God. Those who out of a pure heart manifest the fruit of the Spirit, they are the children of God.

I am a part of the church of God, not by men’s criteria for membership, but by virtue of a holy life obtained by the grace of God. I have repented of, confessed and forsaken, all my sins. I have been obedient to the leadership of the Holy Spirit. I love the Lord Jesus Christ and I keep His commandments. I love the brethren. I desire fellowship with all those who are likeminded with Christ. I love those who have falsely accused me and cast me out of their midst and I do not condemn them. I do not understand why they did what they did; but I do know nothing is impossible with God. I pray for a reconciliation with all those whose hearts are pure, free from pride and rebellion. I pray for the ministry to overcome the causes of division and be united in truth and righteousness.



Acts 17:26-27
And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation; That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us:”

This thesis is relevant to the subject of this book because it is an integral part of the initial opposition which came against me when I shared these thoughts with the ministers in the February 2004 Ministers' Meeting in Lakeland, Florida. The adamant rejection by the ministers of any possibility of a future Christian revival, like that spiritual earthquake of the First and Sixth Seal, set the stage for their acceptance of false sin charges against me. Pastor Duane Spanogle, who had often said, “We should never use the interpretation of a symbol as a test of fellowship,” did exactly that. He emphatically pressed upon the ministers that if I teach such a message as a future Christian revival, then I am teaching a Babylonian doctrine. It was such a small step from accusing me of teaching a Babylonian doctrine to calling me a Babylonian preacher. I have never presented the following understanding as a doctrine or a “test of fellowship.” The following statements are my interpretation of the Holy Scriptures. There is no sin in agreeing or disagreeing with this interpretation. There is no hurt to the message of salvation. I commit this message to the mind of the reader with the exhortation to listen to the Holy Spirit.

I would like to begin by telling the reader that the entire scope of these thoughts was in my mind prior to any influence of reading recorded history. As I have since studied the Word of God and secular history, I find these thoughts have been validated and verified by many writers before me. I believe God has had a plan for the entire duration of time in this earthly world. From before the creation of the world and mankind, unto the second coming of the Lord Jesus Christ, God has had a plan. It has unfolded according to His divine direction. He may slow it down or speed it up according to His election. He may change the interaction of the participants according to His and/or their choices. But His plan will unfold in its entirety and no one can prevent it.
All of mankind can be recognized by three distinct races based primarily on their skin, eyes and hair type, which are dictated by DNA inherited from their forefathers. The Asian DNA is the most popular among all the inhabitants of the world. The Caucasian DNA is found primarily in the northern nations of Europe, the Soviet Union and America. The African DNA is found primarily in the people of Sub-Sahara Africa and their descendants, including the African-Americans.
Where did these three races originate? What caused this racial distinction between the people of the world? If we all have Adam and Eve as our common ancestor, how did these three major DNA differences come into existence? I believe the Bible holds the answers to all these questions. Let us examine what the Bible says because it is the indisputable Word of God. It is a true record and does not err. As the Apostle Paul stated in Romans 3:4, “Let God be true, but every man a liar; as it is written, That thou mightest be justified in thy sayings, and mightest overcome when thou art judged.”

Let me tell you my position from the beginning. Then let me explain my position by the written records. Some will agree with me and some will not agree with me. Some ministers have labeled me a false prophet because I have voiced the following thoughts. I do not make my understanding on this subject a test of fellowship, but others have. However, as we gather together the witnesses of the scriptures, we will see clear evidence of why I believe God did it this way:
1. God created Adam and Eve with the Asian DNA, which produces olive-brown skin, straight black hair, dark eyes and is the most prevalent DNA in the world.
2. When Cain slew his brother Abel and incurred the wrath of God, he was punished with a curse which was apparent to all who would visually observe him. His skin became pale white and his hair was turned to a light blonde color. A blonde-haired, blue-eyed man was a stark and alarming appearance in those days. We will refer to the physical results of this curse as the Caucasian DNA.
3. The next incident of a curse being put upon mankind is found in the days of Noah. Noah had three sons, Japheth, Shem and Ham. A curse was put upon Canaan the son of Ham because of Ham’s disrespectful conduct and attitude toward his father and mother. This curse was such that others would know he was a descendant of Ham. God changed his skin to black and his hair to a distinctive curly condition. We will refer to the physical results of this curse as the African DNA. 
Can I support these statements with scriptures not taken out of context and with a reasonable application to this subject? Again, let me emphatically state I do not make this subject or your understanding or agreement a prerequisite for fellowship. An honest consideration of this subject is simply part of discovering, line upon line, precept upon precept, as we search out those things which are a part of our past, present and future. This thesis, written with a love of truth, is presented to provide the Bible student with a reasonable explanation of the acts of God upon the affairs of mankind.

In the beginning God made a man and a woman. They were of the same DNA. Eve was taken from Adam’s side and made into a help-meet suitable for him. From this man and woman came all the nations of the world. There was only one race and they all had the Asian DNA which produced the same skin, hair and eyes. The majority of the people in the world have the Asian DNA, which produces smooth olive-brown skin, black hair and dark eyes. The Jews, Arabs, and the people of Pakistan, Indonesia, India, China, Korea, Japan, Alaska and the American Indian, all have these physical characteristics of the Asian DNA. These are the descendants of Adam and Eve through Seth and Shem. Jesus Christ, the Son of God was born in the lineage of Seth and Shem, whose descendants until the time of Christ, were historically chosen to believe in the one true God, who was revealed through the Old Testament Hebrew prophets of God and then the Apostles of Jesus Christ.

The first physical curse came upon Cain and his descendants when he chose to reject the will of God to include an offering of a blood sacrifice and expected God to accept his sacrifice of grains alone. Cain was offended at God for showing a preference to the sacrifice of Abel which included both a grain offering and also a blood sacrifice. In his carnal anger, Cain rose up and killed his brother. What does the witness of the scripture say about this event?

Genesis 4:13-16
13 And Cain said unto the LORD, My punishment is greater than I can bear.
14 Behold, thou hast driven me out this day from the face of the earth; and from thy face shall I be hid; and I shall be a fugitive and a vagabond in the earth; and it shall come to pass, that every one that findeth me shall slay me.
15 And the LORD said unto him, Therefore whosoever slayeth Cain, vengeance shall be taken on him sevenfold. And the LORD set a mark upon Cain, lest any finding him should kill him.
16 And Cain went out from the presence of the LORD, and dwelt in the land of Nod, on the east of Eden.

God “set a mark upon Cain.” Cain complained that “every one that findeth me shall slay me.” It seems to be the nature of animals and humans to be fearful of those who are different from our own selves.

I once observed a beautiful, solid white bird feeding at a bird feeder hanging outside my dining room window. It was a solid, snow white bird such as I had never seen before. I watched it for some time and observed its shape, size and physical characteristics. I called the Audubon Society and described the bird to them and they said there was no such bird in the Eastern United States. They informed me it had to be an “albino” bird. I noticed all the other birds similar to it were chasing it and fighting it. They obviously did not want this white bird around the other birds. It was a freak of nature. It was a reject among its own species. I submit to you the probability that God changed Cain’s DNA from the original Asian DNA to the Caucasian DNA. Hitherto, there had never been a white man who looked like Cain. The African Swahili name for “white man” is “mzungu” which literally means “surprise, a remarkable thing, rare, baffling”. So it was with Cain in the day God put a mark on him. There were now two distinctly different DNA’s producing offspring in the world.

The children of Adam and Eve’s son Seth, followed after the true God as Adam and Eve taught them. The descendants of Seth were referred to as the sons of God, righteous men who lived before the Great Flood. Cain’s children, who were obviously strange and outcast from the children of Seth, were men of violence. They served strange gods, because their father Cain had rejected the true God. With the passing of time, these fair-skinned, blonde-haired, blue-eyed women became a physical attraction and temptation to the righteous sons of Seth. What do the scriptures say about this social condition which developed between the sons of Seth and the daughters of Cain?

Genesis 6:1-2
1 And it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born unto them,
2 That the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose.

The Hebrew word which is translated into the English word “fair” means beautiful and pleasant. The sons of Seth consented to their carnal desires and gave in to the temptation of their flesh and eyes, just like their mother Eve. “When the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired…she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat.” The forbidden became the desired.

The curse of an altered physical appearance God put on Cain became a point of interest and temptation to the sons of Seth. These fair-skinned, blonde-haired, blue-eyed women became an attraction. The sons of Seth began to marry the daughters of Cain and thus began a mixing of the DNA of these two races. So it was with the passing of time, we come to the days of Noah who found grace in the eyes of the Lord. Noah and his wife brought both the Asian DNA and the Caucasian DNA into their union and to their offspring.

Now, we come to the introduction of the third DNA into the society of mankind. Noah built an ark to the saving of his soul and his wife and his sons and their wives. There were eight souls on the ark when God sent the Great Deluge upon the whole earth. After forty days and forty nights of rain, earthquakes and the fountains of the deep being opened to cover the whole earth with water; and, after one year of the ark floating upon the waters, God brought the ark to rest on top of Mount Ararat in eastern Turkey.

Noah and his family went out of the ark and began their life in this new world. Although there were only eight people in the world, Satan was still able to work his evil temptations and spoil the hearts and attitudes of them to do evil. Noah's youngest son Ham entered his father’s tent and saw his mother and father naked. His attitude was not shamefacedness or respect. It was mockery and disrespect. His two brothers, Japheth and Shem were respectful in the matter and were blessed by God, while Ham and his son Canaan and their descendants were cursed. Noah was a man of God and he knew the voice of God. He spoke with authority and prophesied thusly:

Genesis 9:25-27
“And he said, Cursed be Canaan; a servant of servants shall he be unto his brethren. And he said, Blessed be the LORD God of Shem; and Canaan shall be his servant. God shall enlarge Japheth, and he shall dwell in the tents of Shem; and Canaan shall be his servant.”

You may say this scripture has no mention of a physical curse. But let us import into our supportive database all the scriptures have to say; then, let us form our conclusion. Many are the scriptures which relate to the curse of Ham and Canaan and the consequences of their actions. I believe we can prove Ham and his son Canaan and their descendants were cursed with a physical curse which changed their DNA to the African DNA. Let us unfold and reveal what “thus saith the Lord.”

Genesis 10:1-20
1 Now these are the generations of the sons of Noah, Shem, Ham, and Japheth: and unto them were sons born after the flood.
2 The sons of Japheth; Gomer, and Magog, and Madai, and Javan, and Tubal, and Meshech, and Tiras.
3 And the sons of Gomer; Ashkenaz, and Riphath, and Togarmah.
4 And the sons of Javan; Elishah, and Tarshish, Kittim, and Dodanim.
5 By these were the isles of the Gentiles divided in their lands; every one after his tongue, after their families, in their nations.
6 And the sons of Ham; Cush, and Mizraim, and Phut, and Canaan.
7 And the sons of Cush; Seba, and Havilah, and Sabtah, and Raamah, and Sabtecha: and the sons of Raamah; Sheba, and Dedan.
8 And Cush begat Nimrod: he began to be a mighty one in the earth.
9 He was a mighty hunter before the LORD: wherefore it is said, Even as Nimrod the mighty hunter before the LORD.
10 And the beginning of his kingdom was Babel, and Erech, and Accad, and Calneh, in the land of Shinar.
11 Out of that land went forth Asshur, and builded Nineveh, and the city Rehoboth, and Calah,
12 And Resen between Nineveh and Calah: the same is a great city.
13 And Mizraim begat Ludim, and Anamim, and Lehabim, and Naphtuhim,
14 And Pathrusim, and Casluhim, (out of whom came Philistim,) and Caphtorim.
15 And Canaan begat Sidon his firstborn, and Heth,
16 And the Jebusite, and the Amorite, and the Girgasite,
17 And the Hivite, and the Arkite, and the Sinite,
18 And the Arvadite, and the Zemarite, and the Hamathite: and afterward were the families of the Canaanites spread abroad.
19 And the border of the Canaanites was from Sidon, as thou comest to Gerar, unto Gaza; as thou goest, unto Sodom, and Gomorrah, and Admah, and Zeboim, even unto Lasha.
20 These are the sons of Ham, after their families, after their tongues, in their countries, and in their nations.

In the very beginning of the biblical records, we find the Canaanites, the citizens of Babylon, the enemies of Israel, were the descendants of Ham. Although the scriptures do not clearly set forth the geographical segregation and migration of Noah descendants, we can find ample evidence in the records of secular and biblical history, to give great substance to the claims presented.

Jeremiah said, “Can the Ethiopian change his skin?” What was different about the Ethiopians' skin? Was it not the same as the Israelites'? How did the descendants of Ham migrate from Mount Ararat to Ethiopia? What did the Israelite scribe mean when he wrote in 1 Chronicles 4:40, “And they found fat pasture and good, and the land was wide, and quiet, and peaceable; for they of Ham had dwelt there of old.” The writers of Holy Script knew the descendants of Ham had long ago passed through Palestine, into Egypt, Ethiopia and beyond. It is a well documented fact the descendants of Ham populated Palestine, before Abraham and then later Joshua entered this Fertile Crescent God promised to give the children of Abraham.

Exodus 33:1-2, “And the LORD said unto Moses, Depart, and go up hence, thou and the people which thou hast brought up out of the land of Egypt, unto the land which I sware unto Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, saying, Unto thy seed will I give it: And I will send an angel before thee; and I will drive out the Canaanite, the Amorite, and the Hittite, and the Perizzite, the Hivite, and the Jebusite:”

Deuteronomy 7:1, “When the LORD thy God shall bring thee into the land whither thou goest to possess it, and hath cast out many nations before thee, the Hittites, and the Girgashites, and the Amorites, and the Canaanites, and the Perizzites, and the Hivites, and the Jebusites, seven nations greater and mightier than thou;”

All of these Palestinian nations were the descendants of Ham listed in Genesis Chapter Ten. They were evil men who worshipped false gods and were a continual source of temptation to the children of God.

1 Chronicles 1:8-16
The sons of Ham; Cush, and Mizraim, Put, and Canaan.
9 And the sons of Cush; Seba, and Havilah, and Sabta, and Raamah, and Sabtecha. And the sons of Raamah; Sheba, and Dedan.
10 And Cush begat Nimrod: he began to be mighty upon the earth.
11 And Mizraim begat Ludim, and Anamim, and Lehabim, and Naphtuhim,
12 And Pathrusim, and Casluhim, (of whom came the Philistines,) and Caphthorim.
13 And Canaan begat Zidon his firstborn, and Heth,
14 The Jebusite also, and the Amorite, and the Girgashite,
15 And the Hivite, and the Arkite, and the Sinite,
16 And the Arvadite, and the Zemarite, and the Hamathite.”

At this point, we want to bring to your attention the discovery and historical record of Herodotus in the 5th century (ca. 484-425 B.C.).

“…for Herodotus expressly says, Vol. I., bk. 2, p. 246, that the Colcheans and Egyptians, who were all one with the Tyrians and Zidonians, Ethiopians and Libyans, were black and had short curling hair. If such men were not negroes of the true stamp, we know not who are, and they were the descendants of Ham or else they had no progenitor at all." (Henry Parker Eastman).

“Apparently, in 1912, a Russian naturalist by the name of V.P. Vradii found a small colony of Black people in the area of Batumi, which is on the southwestern coast of Georgia in Southern Russia. Vradii noticed that they were quite black in skin color and had very African features, while others were mixed with black and Russian. Vradii published a book about the Black tribe called, Kavkaz. After the publishing of his book, reports of other Black populations around the Black Sea began to flood local media. As other scholars began to travel the land, here in modern times, they too began reporting tribes of Black populations. There are more accounts of Black Colchians. In 522-443 AD, a Greek poet named Pindar described the Colchians, whom Jason and the Argonauts fought, as being "dark skinned". Then around 350 to 400 AD, Church father St. Jerome and Sophronius referred to Colchis as the "second Ethiopia" because of its black population.” (Wikipedia 1/22/2008)

The foregoing quotations were selected from a large number of historical statements about the Colchians whose tribes are located along the eastern shore of the Black Sea in Georgia which lies just west of Mount Ararat. Some historians believe the Colchians are remnants of Ethiopian armies who marched north from Africa. However, I strongly believe they are remnants of the descendants of Ham and his children, as they migrated, first west to the Black Sea, then south to the Mediterranean, Palestine, Egypt and then south to the region of Sub-Sahara Africa. The prophet Isaiah writes God “shut them in” and shut them off from the rest of civilization for the many centuries that followed. The descendants of Shem migrated south and east. The descendants of Japheth migrated north and west. This migration pattern is reflected on many resource maps printed with color-coded areas portraying this dispersion of the descendants of Noah’s sons.

The noun “Africa” is not found in the scriptures; however, the continent and land is referred to as Egypt, Ethiopia, Ham, Cush and the land beyond the rivers of Ethiopia. A brief examination of the Old Testament will reveal that the Hebrew word “Mitsrayim” (Mizraim, the son of Ham) is translated 587 times as Egypt and only 4 times as Mizraim. The Hebrew word “kuwsh” (Cush, the son of Ham) is translated 18 times as Ethiopia and only 8 times as Cush. Please read and consider the following scriptures prayerfully and without prejudice. Let the Holy Spirit speak to you and reveal these passages.

Psalms 68:31
Princes shall come out of Egypt; Ethiopia shall soon stretch out her hands unto God.

The princes in this verse are the children of God. The time will come when God's children will come forth out of Africa as the people of Africa stretch out their hands to God. Show me in the pages of God’s word or in the writings of secular historians where princes for God have ever come forth out of Africa to serve God. When has Africa ever stretched out her hands unto God? There is no record of this ever happening anywhere. Therefore, it must be in the future.

Psalms 105:23
Israel also came into Egypt; and Jacob sojourned in the land of Ham.

The names Israel and Jacob were used historically to represent the people of God; and now symbolically to represent the church. David wrote in the past tense and spoke of the literal four-hundred year Egyptian captivity. However, it is frequently noticed that literal events in the Old Testament have spiritual fulfillments in the New Testament. If so, when has the church of God ever enjoyed liberty in Africa? Since it is not in our history, it must be in our future.

Isaiah 11:11
And it shall come to pass in that day, that the Lord shall set his hand again the second time to recover the remnant of his people, which shall be left, from Assyria, and from Egypt, and from Pathros, and from Cush, and from Elam, and from Shinar, and from Hamath, and from the islands of the sea.

In the first spiritual earthquake Christ and His disciples brought upon the world, He established His Kingdom with glory and power. The disciples “turned the world upside down” and could have filled the whole world with the doctrines of Jesus Christ. This was not a time of recovering a remnant. It was a time of the King of Kings putting all the enemies of Christ under His feet. The church went forth from the day of Pentecost conquering and to conquer. The second spiritual earthquake took place during the great revival of the church between 1880 and 1930. This was the first time Christ set about to recover the remnant of His people. But note there is a “second time to recover the remnant of His people.” And in this second time, He will reach to Africa and Cush. Although, the opportunity to turn to God and be saved has been offered to all people at all times, there is also a distinct offering made to certain people. It was to the Jews first and also to the Greek; but in this end time, there will be a special offering to the African people, who have never before enjoyed this favored opportunity.

Isaiah 19:1
The Burden of Egypt. Behold, the Lord rideth upon a swift cloud, and shall come into Egypt:

When will the Lord come quickly with a cloud of witnesses into Africa? Was Isaiah speaking of the past? Or, was he speaking of some future special spiritual opportunity for the African people, the descendants of Ham, to receive the gospel of Jesus Christ?

Isaiah 19:23-25
In that day shall there be a highway out of Egypt to Assyria, and the Assyrian shall come into Egypt, and the Egyptian into Assyria, and the Egyptians shall serve with the Assyrians. In that day shall Israel be the third with Egypt and with Assyria, even a blessing in the midst of the land: Whom the Lord of hosts shall bless, saying, Blessed be Egypt my people, and Assyria the work of my hands, and Israel mine inheritance.

Could it be Isaiah is prophesying of a future day when the Highway of Holiness will come into Africa and they will serve with the descendents of Shem? Will Israel (the church) be restored a second time in Africa and will Africa become His people along with Israel (the church) which is His inheritance?

Isaiah 60:6
The multitude of camels shall cover thee, the dromedaries of Midian and Ephah; all they from Sheba shall come: they shall bring gold and incense; and they shall shew forth the praises of the LORD.

Sheba refers to a region, perhaps on both sides of the Gulf of Aden, including both present day Yemen and Ethiopia. It was a land noted for its great quantities of gold and silver. The queen of Sheba was from this region. Again, we have a prophetic mention of the people of Africa coming to shew forth the praises of the LORD. To date (2018 A.D.), this has never happened.

Zephaniah 3:10
From beyond the rivers of Ethiopia my suppliants, even the daughter of my dispersed, shall bring mine offering.

Zephaniah was written at around 630 B.C. When has this prophecy been fulfilled? Since the children of Ham were dispersed, cut off and fenced in by the hot Sahara desert and the swampy southern shores, when have they become the suppliants of God and brought Him an offering?

Zechariah 13:7-9
7 Awake, O sword, against my shepherd, and against the man that is my fellow, saith the LORD of hosts: smite the shepherd, and the sheep shall be scattered: and I will turn mine hand upon the little ones.
8 And it shall come to pass, that in all the land, saith the LORD, two parts therein shall be cut off and die; but the third shall be left therein.
9 And I will bring the third part through the fire, and will refine them as silver is refined, and will try them as gold is tried: they shall call on my name, and I will hear them: I will say, It is my people: and they shall say, The LORD is my God.”

Matthew 24:37, “But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.” In the days of Noah, the people of the world became divided into three races. These races were of the Asian DNA, The Caucasian DNA and the African DNA according the sons of Noah: Shem, Japheth and Ham. “Two parts (the descendants of Shem and Japheth, the Asians and the Caucasins) therein shall be cut off and die.” This means two parts had special opportunity to receive and take hold of the gospel of Jesus Christ, but they both apostatized. But God still plans to bring the third part (Ham, the African people) through the fire.

I have earnestly prayed, seeking the help of God, to effectively express and convey “The Burden of Africa” from my heart to your heart. During one of my visits to the Nairobi Evangelical Graduate School of Theology (NEGST), my burden to share this message with every citizen of every African Nation, greatly increased. I have made six missionary journeys to Africa since the year 2000. Each year my burden and vision for Africa has increased in intensity and scope. I firmly believe not one word, not one promise and not one prophecy of the Word of God can fail. Each must be fulfilled according to God’s predetermined time and design. He is an unchanging God with no shadow of turning or variableness. His Words are forever settled.

As I set before you these two chapters from the book of Isaiah, I have herein endeavored to couple the tools of reductionistic translation with symbolic interpretation to give you a true understanding of Bible prophecies concerning Africa, in particular the Sub-Sahara region. I appeal to your kindness and forgiveness for every semantic error and violation of the principles of formal and dynamic translation. I am not an academically trained Bible scholar; however, as an earnest and diligent Christian student of the Bible, I have sincerely sought to hear and understand the greatest of all teachers, The Holy Spirit. I would be most happy if this humble work could become the mere springboard for others whose more competent minds can embrace the vision of God’s revelation concerning Africa and thus proclaim it more effectively than I have done. May God bless Africa with the loud sounding of the Seventh Trumpet before the second coming of Jesus Christ our Lord, our Savior and our Judge.

“Africa!” The ancient explorers called it the “Dark Continent.” Africa is the second largest continent on earth and home of more than one-third of all the languages of the world. As I endeavor to set before you the magnitude of diversity contained in this continent, you will be compelled to fully stretch your imagination to comprehend this subject. A large part of Africa’s history has never been recorded. It is doubtful that it can ever be discovered and documented. Like this mysterious continent, its history has been shut up and sealed by the passing of many millenniums of undocumented generations. The thousands of tribes, each with their own distinct language, lived and died without any literary preservation of their history. For
thousands of years, generation after generation, passed into eternity with little trace of their existence. Their beginnings and their endings were enshrouded in dark mystery and superstition. UNLESS: God should choose to unlock the door of understanding and reveal some portion of their story.

To understand the story of Africa, we must bring together the various parts of the portrait found in Holy Scripture and secular history. Without any intention to fabricate fiction or fantasy upon the minds of men, I submit this portrait for all to see and judge. Please open your mind and heart to these wonderful words. My desire is for these words to be as wise as they are wonderful. I believe them to be not only my burden and vision, but that also of Isaiah, Zephaniah, Zechariah and the beloved disciple John, who saw in a vision The Revelation of Jesus Christ and His church.

A foundational fact must be established at the beginning of this story. The continent of Africa must be divided into two geographical and social regions. First, we must identify the northern part of Africa as that which lies between the great Sahara desert and the Mediterranean Sea. The second part is commonly called Sub-Sahara, which lies south of the Sahara desert. These two regions of this great continent are entirely separate in their history and future. For about 4,000 years Sub-Sahara Africa was fenced in, cut off and separated from the rest of civilization. By an act of God, the inhabitants and the interior of Africa were isolated and set apart from the world. Africa must wait until the fullness of time, when God will declare its time and place in His divine plan.
On the continent of Africa, with a population of about 790 million, the people speak 2,110 distinctly different languages, which is 30.5% of the world’s total languages. Only since the mid-1800’s has this immense language barrier decreased because of the influx of various European languages. The increased use of European languages in education has facilitated the removing of this barrier. In only six nations is an African language officially used as the main means of conducting the nation’s business. Africa is the greatest remaining challenge for Bible translators with only 130 languages having an entire Bible translation; 237 having the New Testament only; and, 250 having a portion of the scriptures. There is work in progress for 373 languages and a definite need for translators in 297 more. These facts are from sources dated 2004.Black Africa’s isolation from the rest of the world ended in the “Scramble for Africa” by the European colonial powers in the 19th Century. Religious freedom has increased over much of Africa during the 1990s, but persecution of Christians by Muslims has also increased in the nations of Egypt, Northern Nigeria and Sudan. Protestant religions have conducted extensive revival movements in some of the nations of Africa. However the true gospel of Jesus Christ which delivers people from all their sins and empowers them to live holy, justified, sanctified and unified lives with the whole body of the church has yet to be preached to the majority of the nations of Africa. The concept most Africans have of Christianity is grossly deficient in true holiness teaching as they have received their instructions and impressions from the popular TV evangelists and mega-churches which broadcast their false doctrines across the airwaves of Africa. The church of God has a great duty and opportunity to reach these unreached souls with the true doctrines of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

If the words of Isaiah, the Old Testament prophet of God who wrote and spoke extensively of the “Gospel Day,” can be accepted as a prophecy concerning Africa, then we can glean much understanding about the history
and the future of Africa. Isaiah 17:14 concludes the report of the “Burden of Damascus.” Isaiah chapter 18 begins the report of the “Burden of Egypt” and continues through chapter 19. The land which lies “beyond the rivers of Ethiopia” must be understood to identify the interior of Africa. Isaiah chapter 19 begins with the sober declaration that it is the divine utterance and prophecy concerning Egypt and the land beyond the Nile River.

Additionally, we will be greatly assisted in our understanding if we will keep in mind that the noun “Africa” was not in use during the days in which the Holy Scriptures were written. Africa is generally and specifically referred to with such expressions and titles as “beyond the rivers of Ethiopia”, Egypt, Cush, Canaan and Ethiopia. Cush and Canaan were descendants of Ham and this prophecy clearly pertains to this lineage of Noah which descended from Ham.

Without further explanation, let us proceed to examine the chapters in Isaiah which express this great burden. I have prepared notations and paraphrased verses to provide a clear analysis of my understanding of this message. The KJV text is in
black type. Synonyms for significant words from the Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance (SEC) have been provided in parenthetical notations in blue type. A paraphrased reduction follows each verse in red type. My notations are provided in green type.



1 Woe to the land shadowing (SEC 6767: whirring of wings; rattling; clanging as a cymbal) with wings (SEC 3671: edge; a part of a garment or the earth), which is beyond (SEC 5676: a region across; opposite side) the rivers of Ethiopia (SEC 3568: Cush and his territory):

Listen to these words concerning the land which is surrounded with rattling and clanging like the sounds of locusts and cymbals: which is located in the region beyond the Nile River in the territory of Africa which belongs to the descendants of Cush, the son of Ham.”

2 That sendeth (SEC 7971: let depart; push away) ambassadors (SEC 6735: messengers; a hinge, pressed in turning) by the sea (SEC 3220: noisy surf, Mediterranean, locally west, rarely south, sideward), even in vessels (SEC 3627: prepared, implement, utensil) of bulrushes (SEC 1573: absorbent, papyrus) upon the waters, saying, Go, ye swift (SEC 7031: rapid, light) messengers (SEC 4397: dispatch, angel of God, prophet, teacher), to a nation (SEC 1471: foreign nation, gentile, heathen) scattered (SEC 4900: to draw, remove, delay, defer, extend, forbear) and peeled (SEC 4178: obstinate, independent), to a people (SEC 5971: tribe) terrible (SEC 3372: frighten, dread) from their beginning(SEC 1931: before Pentateuch and Moses) hitherto (SEC 1973: far away, back beyond); a nation meted (SEC 6978: combined with “out” 4480, i.e. loss of strength or loss of holding place) out and trodden (SEC 4001: trampling, treading) down, whose land (SEC 776: earth field, world) the rivers (SEC 5104: stream, Nile) have spoiled (SEC 958: cleave, cut off)!

Listen to the messengers who have pushed forth along the Mediterrean Sea with prepared and written messages. Take this message quickly to the heathen and gentiles who have been removed and separated. Speak to those tribes who are dreaded and frightening; those who have been deferred since before the time of Moses. They are a people who have lost their strength and inheritance. They have been cut off beyond the Nile River.”

Note: These first two verses, along with Chapter 19:2, give the distinct impression God sent the descendants of Ham into the southern part of the continent of Africa and then shut them in and cut them off from the rest of the world. Historians and scientists concur there is evidence that the Sahara Desert has evolved into a severe barrier between the southern and northern part of Africa. Reference: “Historical Atlas of Africa” by J.F. Adeajayi and Michael Crowder: Chapter 6 “Past Climate and Vegetation Change.” Quote: “When attention began to be paid to the prehistoric past of Africa, it was found that here, too, there was geomorphological evidence for climate having been different in the past; in particular, there were signs in a number of areas that climate had been wetter than at present.”

3 All ye inhabitants of the world, and dwellers on the earth, see ye, when he lifteth up an ensign (SEC 5251: standard, flagstaff) on the mountains (SEC 2022: country, promotion); and when he bloweth (SEC 8628: slap hands together) a trumpet (SEC 7782: cornet, clear sound), hear ye.

Let everyone who lives upon this earth and this world take notice of this act of God and hear what He has spoken. When God exalts the standard of holiness and righteousness in Africa, this country will be promoted to become His country and His holy mountain.”

Note: Let this question be asked and answered: When have the citizens of any African nation witnessed the work of God exalting the standard of holiness and righteousness in Africa? When has Africa testified of having the glory of God in its midst as His Holy Mountain, which is the church of God, the pillar and ground of truth? I have not found anywhere in the pages of history any account of Africa experiencing a continental Christian revival. The historians have only recorded the corruption and fierce wickedness of past generations of Africans. There has been perpetual war between the tribes. The time has come for peace and righteousness to be obtained through the saving power of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

4 For so the LORD said unto me, I will take my rest (SEC 8252: repose, appeased), and I will consider (SEC 5027: scan, look intently, regard with pleasure) in my dwelling (SEC 4349: abode, habitation) place like a clear (SEC 6703: bright, evident) heat (SEC 2527: enflame) upon herbs (SEC 216: illuminations, morning sun), and like a cloud (SEC 5645: envelope, darkness, dense cloud) of dew (SEC 2919: dew covering vegetation) in the heat of harvest (SEC 7105: severed, crop or limb).

The Lord has spoken unto me with these words: “I will be appeased. I will regard with pleasure those things that are now happening. In My assembly where I abide, My truth is evident and hot as a flame. The message is as the morning sun, brightly revealing the way of God. My people have been enveloped in the water of life. The cleansing fire has prepared them for harvesting. They are ready to be gathered into My Kingdom.”

Note: Remember, these words have been spoken and written as the “Burden of Africa.” These words were prophetic, for the future and for a time which is perhaps now near at hand.

5 For afore (SEC 6440: the face; forefront, as the part that turns) the harvest (SEC 7105: reap, severed), when the bud (SEC 6525: bloom, blossom) is perfect (SEC 8552: complete, accomplished, made whole), and the sour grape (SEC 1155: immature grape) is ripening (SEC 1580: wean, to treat, reward) in the flower (SEC 5328: blossom, protected, concealed), he shall both cut off the sprigs (SEC 2150: worthless, tremulous, shake) with pruning hooks (SEC 4211: pruning knife), and take away and cut down the branches (SEC 5189: offshoot).

Before the turning of the seasons to the time of the harvest; when the blossom is maturing and before it is made whole; when the immature grape is being nourished, God will cut off the worthless branches with the pruning knife of His word: and the fruitless offshoots will be taken away.”

Note: When truth is preached it accomplishes many things. Error and false doctrine are exposed. False prophets and sinners who have claimed to be part of the church are discovered, identified and cut off with the two-edged sword of God’s word. Those branches, religious hypocrites, who do not produce the fruit of holiness are cut off and burned in the furnace of fire which is in Zion.

6 They shall be left (SEC 5800: loosen, relinquish, permit, forsake, leave destitute) together (SEC 3162: unit, alike, likewise) unto the fowls (SEC 5861: bird of prey, ravenous) of the mountains (SEC 2022: hill country), and to the beasts (SEC 929: dumb beast) of the earth (SEC 776: wilderness world): and the fowls shall summer (SEC 6972: clip off; spend the harvest season) upon them, and all the beasts of the earth shall winter (SEC 2778: pull off, expose, strip, betroth in shame, blaspheme) upon them.

Those offshoots which have been removed will be bundled together and shall likewise be left destitute. Then shall the ravenous birds of prey come forth out of the hills with the dumb beasts of the wilderness and they will devour them and expose their shame and their nakedness.”

Note: This is divine symbolic language which God commonly employs to conceal His message until He is ready to reveal it. “Birds of prey” and “dumb beasts of the wilderness” are used in an analogous sense to represent false prophets and false teachers. They consume one another and those who hear them in their religious crusades, and make them two-fold more the children of Satan.

7 In that time shall the present (SEC 7862: gift, available) be brought (SEC 2986: flow, lead or bring forth) unto the LORD of hosts of a people scattered (SEC 4900: to draw, remove, delay, defer, extend, forbear) and peeled (SEC 4178: obstinate, independent), and from a people terrible from their beginning hitherto; a nation meted out and trodden under foot, whose land the rivers have spoiled, to the place (SEC 4725: standing spot, a condition) of the name (SEC 8034: definite, conspicuous position, a mark, authority, character) of the LORD of hosts, the mount (SEC 2022: hill country, promotion) Zion (SEC 6726: Jerusalem).

But the time is coming when a people will bring the gift of a broken and contrite heart to the Lord. The heathen and gentiles who have been removed and separated; those tribes who are dreaded and frightening; those who have no strength, and those who have been cut off, will take their stand and receive the mark of holiness, which is the authority, power and character of God. These shall come to Mount Zion which is the city of the Living God, the church of God.”

Note: It is my belief this time is now dawning upon the nations of Africa. The Holy Spirit has begun to move over the continent of Africa to raise up a people for the glory of God. These people will not be religious sinners, but rather true converts of righteousness. They will hear, believe and obey the commandments of the Lord Jesus Christ as the Holy Spirit sends forth holy men of God to preach the everlasting gospel.


1 The burden (SEC 4853: utterance, prophecy) of Egypt (SEC 4714: upper and lower Egypt). Behold, the LORD rideth (SEC 7392: vehicle, place upon, dispatch) upon a swift (SEC 7031: light, rapid) cloud (SEC 5645: envelope, darkness, density), and shall come into Egypt: and the idols (SEC 457: vain, no value, nothing) of Egypt shall be moved (SEC 5128: waver, scatter, shake, wander) at his presence (SEC 6440: face, the part that turns), and the heart (SEC 3824: interior, midst, to be enclosed) of Egypt shall melt (SEC 4549: liquefy, waste, faint) in the midst (SEC 7130: nearest center) of it.

This is the divine utterance and prophecy concerning Egypt and the land beyond the Nile River. Look and see that the Lord has dispatched His messengers of light and living water. These messengers shall judge the false doctrines and false gods as being nothing and having no value. The people of Africa shall be shaken as they come face to face with God’s truth. The very interior places of Africa will faint at the sound of the message.”

Note: Please be reminded, there were no chapter or verse divisions in the original writings. Verse one of chapter 19 is a continuation of verse seven of chapter 18. This is the burden of the Lord upon Isaiah for Africa. The Lord Jesus Christ shall come into Africa quickly with a cloud of witnesses. When Jesus Christ comes into Africa, “the land beyond the rivers of Ethiopia,” the idols of Africa will be cast down and the heart of the people will melt. The term melt implies a humbling and submissive condition. The Lord has always had a plan for Africa with sequential events. The following verses describe this order of events.

2 And I will set (SEC 5526: entwine, fence in, protect, shut up) the Egyptians (SEC 4714: Upper and lower Egypt) against the Egyptians: and they shall fight (SEC 3898: consume, feed on, battle, devour) every one against his brother (SEC 251: kindred, widest sense, citizens), and every one against his neighbour (SEC 7453: associate, friend); city against city (SEC 5892: encampment, town), and kingdom against kingdom (SEC 4467: King’s country, dominion, realm).

This is the act of the Lord. He will fence in and shut up Africa; and they will war against each other to devour and consume their own citizens and friends. Villages will do battle against neighboring villages. Kings and rulers will conduct war against each other.”

Note: Is this not the history of the nations of Africa whose people have waged civil war against each other for centuries. Archaeological and historical evidence indicate that the Sahara was once wetter and more easily transited than it is today. The descendants of Ham entered the Sub-Sahara via the Nile and also along the coastal countries. After the descendants of Ham entered the Sub-Sahara region of the continent, God fenced them in and shut them off from the rest of the civilized world. The Sahara desert became more severe and the coast of Africa on the southern region was not easily approached by explorers in ships. With a vast, severe desert on the north and marshy low-lands along the coast, Africa was fenced in and shut up. The tribes of Africa have been cursed with language barriers, contrary tribal customs and tribal wars for many centuries. They have truly experienced social destruction and economic failure from an ongoing warfare of brother agains brother, neighbor against neighbor, city against city and kingdom against kingdom. They have murdered their own flesh and blood and sold each other into slavery to foreigners.

3 And the spirit (SEC 7307: breath and life) of Egypt shall fail (SEC 1238: pour out, depopulate) in the midst thereof; and I will destroy (SEC 1104: make away with, swallow, eat up) the counsel (SEC 6098: plan, prudence, advice, purpose) thereof: and they shall seek to the idols (SEC 457: nothing, no value), and to the charmers (SEC 328: necromancer, soft incantations), and to them that have familiar spirits (SEC 178: mumble, ventriloquist), and to the wizards (SEC 3049: conjurer ghosts).

The very breath and life of Africa will be poured out and wasted. Their land will be depopulated by war. God will do away with their plans and purposes. They will turn to lifeless and worthless idols. They will seek answers from those who speak softly to the dead. They will seek help from those who mumble and speak as a ventriloquist. They will consult with them who bring up the ghosts of the dead.

Note: God makes it very clear that before He heals Africa, He will first curse and punish them with severity. After they have suffered, then He will come and heal them and reconcile them to Himself.

4 And the Egyptians will I give over into the hand (SEC 3027: open one, power) of a cruel (SEC 7186: severe, obstinate, stubborn) lord (SEC 113: sovereign, controller, master, owner); and a fierce (SEC 5794: strong, harsh, roughly) king shall rule over them, saith the Lord, the LORD of hosts.

God will appoint severe and obstinate rulers over the people of Africa. Their sovereign control will be harsh and rough. Their kings will have dominion over the people because the Lord has decreed it to happen.

Note: All these evils have come to pass on the people of Africa. Their laws, counsels and contitutions have been flawed with injustice and cruelty. Foreign kings have ruled over them with the same injustices and cruelties which they have shown to each other.
5 And the waters (SEC 4325: waters) shall fail (SEC 5405: dry up, be eliminated) from the sea (SEC 3220: Mediterranean), and the river (SEC 5104: Nile) shall be wasted (SEC 2717: parched) and dried up.

The Nile and the streams which run to the Mediterranean shall dry up and become a parched land. The Nile and its territory shall become desolate and made waste.

6 And they shall turn (SEC 2186: push aside, forsake, reject) the rivers (SEC 5104: Nile) far away; and the brooks (SEC 2975: channel, canal, Nile and tributaries) of defence (SEC 4692: hemming, mound, bulwark, fortress) shall be emptied (SEC 1809: slackened, dry up, made thin) and dried up (SEC 3001: ashamed, confused, wither): the reeds (SEC 7070: rod, esp. for measuring, branch) and flags (SEC 5488: papyrus) shall wither (SEC 7060 wither, hew down).

Likewise, as the streams in the desert are dried up, so will the people turn aside and reject the living water of truth. Every avenue of truth will become confused and dried up. The measuring rod and the written record of God’s word will be cut off.

7 The paper reeds (SEC 6169: plot, papyrus) by the brooks (SEC 2975: channel, Nile, tributaries), by the mouth (SEC 6310: speech, edge) of the brooks, and every thing sown (SEC 4218: plant, field, the planted field) by the brooks, shall wither, be driven (SEC 5086: shove, thrust down, disperse) away, and be no more.

The printed word which first entered the land and every seed of truth which was planted, will dry up and cease to exist. This famine of truth will work to scatter and break down every principle of righteousness.

8 The fishers (SEC 1771: fishermen) also shall mourn (SEC 578: lament, groan), and all they that cast angle (SEC 7993/2443: throw out a hook) into the brooks (SEC: 2975: the Nile) shall lament (SEC 56: bewail), and they that spread (SEC 6566: break apart, disperse, scatter) nets (SEC 4364: conceal, dark) upon the waters shall languish (SEC 535: sick, feeble).

The ministers of the gospel, who have been sent to be fishers of men, shall cry out with great lamenting. The Christian ministers will be shoved out of the country and their teachings cast down. False teachers shall remain among the people and they shall cast their nets of darkness over the people. They will become spiritually sick and feeble.
9 Moreover they that work (SEC 5647: serve) in fine flax (SEC 8305/6593: piercing, combing and the comminuting of linen; dividing, reducing and carded as thread), and they that weave (SEC 707: plait, weave) networks (SEC 2355: white linen), shall be confounded (SEC 954: ashamed, disappointed, become dry).

These religious leaders who profess to be skillful in rightly dividing the truth and forming right doctrines will become ashamed. Those who serve the people with claims to produce the white linen of holiness will become disappointed and dry.

10 And they shall be broken (SEC 1792: crumble, bruise, beat to pieces) in the purposes (SEC 8356: basis, political and moral foundation) thereof, all that make sluices (SEC 7938: wages, reward) and ponds (SEC 99: sad, stagnant water, marsh) for fish (SEC 5315: breathing creature, vitality).

The political and moral foundation of these false prophets shall crumble. They build their own congregations and catch the souls of men for reward. The people perish in the stagnant waters of their religious assemblies.

11 Surely the princes (SEC 8269 chief, captain) of Zoan (SEC 6814: Egypt/Africa) are fools (SEC 191: silly, perverse), the counsel of the wise counsellors of Pharaoh is become brutish: how say ye unto Pharaoh, I am the son of the wise, the son of ancient kings?

Nevertheless, understand this one thing: The chiefs of Africa have become perverse. The plans and purposes of their advisors are the thoughts of cunning and artful men. But these advisors to the king are destroyers whose deliberations will consume the people. Why do they lie, saying: “I am the descendant of Abraham? My lineage is after the kings of Israel.”

12 Where are they? where are thy wise (SEC 2450: intelligent, artful, cunning) men? and let them tell thee now (SEC 4994: I pray now, entreat), and let them know what the LORD of hosts hath purposed (SEC 3289: advised, deliberate) upon Egypt.

Where are these cunning men? I entreat them to respond to my words. I proclaim to you what God has ordained to happen in Africa.

13 The princes of Zoan are become fools, the princes of Noph are deceived; they have also seduced Egypt, even they that are the stay of the tribes thereof.

The chief leaders of all the major villages and clans of Africa have become foolish and caused the people and themselves to be deceived and led astray.

14 The LORD hath mingled (SEC 4537: mixed) a perverse spirit in the midst thereof: and they have caused Egypt to err in every work (SEC 4639: transaction, activity) thereof, as a drunken man staggereth in his vomit.

The Lord has mixed a perverse spirit in the very center of your communities. These perverted leaders have caused Africa to err in every activity and transaction. They have become like an intoxicated person who reels in his own vomit.

15 Neither shall there be any work for Egypt, which the head or tail, branch or rush (SEC 100: marshy pool), may do.

When the Lord does this work in Africa, neither their priest, their poor man, their children nor their religious committees, will be able to do anything to recover.
Note: A “marshy pool” represents a man-made religious committee. It is symbolically opposite to the “river of life.” A marshy pool is not a healthy place to get a good drink of water. Therefore, the marshy pool represents false churches and religions which give people contaminated spiritual water.

16 In that day shall Egypt be like unto women (SEC 802: adulteress): and it shall be afraid and fear because of the shaking (SEC 8573: brandishing threat) of the hand of the LORD of hosts, which he shaketh over it.

When the day of the Lord shall come, Africa will be weak and defenseless. The people will shudder under the judgments of God which He will lift up against it.

17 And the land of Judah (SEC 3063: the descendants of the first; symbolically the remnant of the church) shall be a terror (SEC 2283: whirling motion, giddiness) unto Egypt, every one that maketh mention (2142: mark to be recognized, to be remembered) thereof shall be afraid in himself, because of the counsel of the LORD of hosts, which he hath determined (SEC 3289: resolved, deliberated) against it.

The remnant of God’s children will come with great force and activity in Africa. Everyone who recognizes this work of God will rise up with sudden alarm. It is resolved that the time of God’s counsel is come against all unrighteousness.

18 In that day shall five cities (SEC 5892: watchful, waking post) in the land of Egypt speak the language (SEC 8193: natural boundary languages) of Canaan (SEC 3667: humiliated, Ham), and swear (SEC 7650: complete, make an oath, consecrate and sanctify to the Lord) to the LORD of hosts; one shall be called, The city (SEC 5892: a watchful post) of destruction (SEC 2041: pull down, overthrow, demolition).

In that great day of reconciliation there will be five nations who understand the languages of those who live in the spiritual land of Canaan. In that day five cities will speak the language of God's people which is the gospel of Jesus Christ, i.e. repentance, justification, sanctification and unity of believers. These shall consecrate and sanctify themselves to the Lord. One of those countries will be the leader of the overthrow and pulling down of false religion.

Note: In the recent past, there was an African Union organization which reportedly consisted of five nations: Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Burundi and Democratic Republic of the Congo. I have searched for documentation about this union, but have not found it. Will God use five nations, or does God mean five literal cities? One of these cities shall be called, “The City Which Pulls Down and Overthrows.” Remembering what Isaiah has already stated above (Isaiah 18:7) “In that time shall the present be brought unto the the place of the name of the LORD of host, the mount Zion.” The City of God, Mount Zion, is the place where the judgments of God go forth. It is where the wrath of God is poured out against all evil, injustice and spiritual wickedness of men. The City of God is the city which pulls down and overthrows all the power of darkness, rebellion and disobedience.

19 In that day shall there be an altar (SEC 4196: a place of sacrifice) to the LORD in the midst of the land of Egypt, and a pillar (SEC 4676: a memorial stone, something stationed) at the border (SEC 1366: at the boundary of the territory) thereof to the LORD.

Then shall the people find the true altar experience of salvation wherein they are cleansed in justification and sanctification. And there shall be a station in the boundary of that territory which is a memorial of God’s work.

Note: Along the border of what nation is there a “memorial” of God’s work? The only evidence I have found thus far is in Western Kenya where church of God missionaries built up the village and the Kima International School of Theology which continues to exist today. It has a vast reservoir of church of God history, including doctrinal and testimonial books and records. Very few people associated with KIST have any experimental comprehension of the great truths and sound doctrine contained in the hundreds of books in this library. In this great day, of which the prophet prophesied, there will be an altar to the Lord, which is holy and acceptable unto God. It will not be rejected, cast off as unholy or corrupt.

20 And it shall be for a sign (SEC 226: flag, beacon, monument) and for a witness (SEC 5707: a recorder, testimony) unto the LORD of hosts in the land of Egypt: for they shall cry unto the LORD because of the oppressors, and he shall send them a saviour, and a great one, and he shall deliver them.

This memorial station shall be a beacon and a monument to the faithful God. It shall be a recorder of the testimony of God. The opposers of righteousness shall press against the church, but the Lord will give them abundant help to set them free and gain victory.

Note: Let us pray God will use this memorial station at Kima International School of Theology once again for His glory and His church. There is a deliverance promised to the people of Africa. The Lord Jesus Christ will come and deliver those who have always been in bondage, under the burden of the curse of Ham. Genesis 9:22-25, “And Ham, the father of Canaan, saw the nakedness of his father, and told his two brethren without. And Shem and Japheth took a garment, and laid it upon both their shoulders, and went backward, and covered the nakedness of their father; and their faces were backward, and they saw not their father's nakedness. And Noah awoke from his wine, and knew what his younger son had done unto him. And he said, Curse be Canaan, a servant of servants shall he be unto his brethren.”

21 And the LORD shall be known (SEC 3045: seen, recognized) to Egypt, and the Egyptians shall know the LORD in that day, and shall do sacrifice (SEC 2077: make a sacrifice) and oblation (SEC 4503: give a gift); yea, they shall vow (SEC 5087: promise and consecrate) a vow unto the LORD, and perform (SEC 7999: complete it, make restitution) it.

The Lord shall be seen and recognized in Africa, because the people of Africa will see and recognize the Lord. Then shall they give themselves wholly to God. They will consecrate themselves with a promise; and they shall make complete restitution.

Note: The time of redemption will come. The people of Africa will make an acceptable sacrifice unto the Lord. They will vow their allegiance to the Lord and perform it.

22 And the LORD shall smite (SEC 5062: inflict with disease) Egypt: he shall smite and heal (SEC 7495: cure, make whole) it: and they shall return even to the LORD, and he shall be intreated of them, and shall heal them.

The Lord shall inflict Africa with diseases; but then He shall also cure them and make them whole again. The people will turn to the Lord and He will hear them and heal them.

Note: The Lord has punished these African people, but He will bless them. He did smite them, but He will heal them.

23 In that day shall there be a highway (SEC 4546: pathway, staircase) out of Egypt to Assyria (SEC 804: the country of Shem), and the Assyrian (the descendants of Shem) shall come into Egypt, and the Egyptian into Assyria, and the Egyptians shall serve (SEC 5647: worship, husbandman, labor) with the Assyrians.

In that day, a pathway shall extend from Ham to Shem. The people of Shem shall meet with the people of Ham; and the people of Ham shall worship and labor together with the people of Shem.

Note: “In that day” is a frequent Old Testament reference to the gospel day in which the perfect will of God will be accomplished in the hearts of His people. It is very evident in the holy scriptures that one of God’s principle objectives is the unity of His people. Jesus prayed in the 17th chapter of John that the church would experience the same oneness He enjoyed with His Father. It is the will of God to bring His people together in holy unity. Only God’s divine grace can make people one with each other, bringing peace on earth. God hates division and the works of those who sow discord among the brethren. So at some time in the gospel day, there will be a highway of holiness which shall reach from this African benediction unto the church’s early morning revival among the Jews on the day of Pentecost. The church of God will come into Africa; and, Africa will come into the church of God.

24 In that day shall Israel (SEC 3478: the posterity of Jacob, i.e. the church of God) be the third (SEC 7992: the third cell, the third time) with Egypt and with Assyria (SEC 804: the country of Shem), even a blessing (SEC 1293: a benediction, at the conclusion)in the midst of the land:

In that day of which we continue to speak, the church of God will enter its third cell with the descendants of Ham and Shem. They shall stand together as the concluding benediction.

Note: In the beginning of the gospel day, God started a revival of holiness with the Jewish (descendants of Shem) apostles and disciples who went forth out of Jerusalem into all the world. They “turned the world upside down” with their preaching the judgments and commandments of Jesus Christ. This was the first earthquake which is spoken of in Revelation 8:5. There was not another great spiritual earthquake until the turn of the 20th Century when once again the message of holiness and true deliverance from all sin was preached and anointed by the Holy Spirit. The principal participants of this 20th Century revival were the Americans and Europeans, the descendants of Japheth. This was the second earthquake mentioned in Revelation 6:12-17 and Revelation 11:13. However the book of Revelation contains the prophecies of a third earthquake which shall be greater than the first two. The third earthquake is described in Revelation 11:15-19 and Revelation 16:17-21. Isaiah prophesied that Israel (which symbolically represents the church of God) will enter its third phase/cell with the descendants of Ham. In the words of Isaiah, this third cell or time will stand as a benediction and a conclusion. The clear implication is that: then the end. A highway of holiness will come forth out of Africa. Many will come and go upon this highway which the Lord shall build. In that day the people of God will be the third with the people of Africa. This will be the third time the Lord has worked to make His church visible to all the world. This third time corresponds to the third earthquake mentioned in The Revelation, when all the descendants of Noah's sons (Ham, Shem and Japheth) will have had an opportunity to be part of the church. In the days of Noah, all the nations of the world became separated but in these last days, all the nations of the world will be brought together.

25 Whom the LORD of hosts shall bless, saying, Blessed (SEC 1288: adoration) be Egypt my people, and Assyria the work (SEC 4639: product, property) of my hands, and Israel mine inheritance (SEC 5159: possession).

These people will the Lord adorn with His adornment; saying, Beautiful is Ham who is My people and Shem the product of My hands and the church of God which is My possession.

Note: Whom the Lord chooses to bless He will bless and no one shall prevent it. Abraham's seed (spiritual Israel) and Africa, will be blest together as the inheritance of the Lord. Israel is symbolic of the church and Africa will be blest with the church.