Assemblies of God Serial Bullies from the Pulpit
GEORGE WOOD’S & DUANE DURST’S
SEIZURE OF ANOTHER LOCAL CHURCH:
ASSEMBLIES OF GOD SERIAL BULLIES FROM THE PULPIT
NY SUPREME COURT RULING SLAMS ASSEMBLIES OF GOD
LEADERS WOOD AND DURST WHO HIJACKED LOCAL CHURCH
COURT RULING: NY Supreme Court Ruling against AOG Leaders
[January 7, 2010 Update: Not satisfied with the destruction they have already wrought, the AOG is taking them to court again: Notice of Appeal was filed in the Appellate Div. of St. Lawrence County Supreme Court against local AOG Church]
By James Sundquist
Rock Salt Publishing
Are you one of 22 Assemblies of God local churches in the crosshairs of Durst & Wood for takeover of your church property and bank account?
The New York Supreme Court stopped them in their tracks, but you could be next!
WHAT DID THE APOSTLE PAUL TEACH AND COMMAND REGARDING SEIZING A LOCAL CHURCH’S PROPERTY, BANK ACCOUNT, AND ASSETS?
I Thess 1:5 “You know we never used flattery, nor did we put on a mask to cover up greed–God is our witness”
I Thess 1:6 “As apostle of Christ we could have been a burden to you, but were gentle among you.”
1Ti 6:5 Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself.
The Apostle Paul is clear that no one should seize churches and their bank accounts as a means of financial gain! AOG Credential holders and members should withdraw themselves from George Wood and Duane Durst.
2 Corinthians 12:13-19:
13 For what is it wherein ye were inferior to other churches, except it be that I myself was not burdensome to you? forgive me this wrong.
14 Behold, the third time I am ready to come to you; and I will not be burdensome to you: for I seek not yours but you: for the children ought not to lay up for the parents, but the parents for the children.
15 And I will very gladly spend and be spent for you; though the more abundantly I love you, the less I be loved.
16 But be it so, I did not burden you: nevertheless, being crafty, I caught you with guile.
17 Did I make a gain of you by any of them whom I sent unto you?
18 I desired Titus, and with him I sent a brother. Did Titus make a gain of you? walked we not in the same spirit? walked we not in the same steps?
19 Again, think ye that we excuse ourselves unto you? we speak before God in Christ: but [we do] all things, dearly beloved, for your edifying.
The Apostle Paul shows throughout this passage how neither he nor his co-laborers for the Lord would exploit the local church to their advantage. So how is padlocking the front doors of Bethel Assemblies of God and Crossway Christian Center churches not a burden to the members of these local churches, so that members are put in the position of trespassing on their own property?
I Thess 1:9 “we worked night and day in order not to be a burden to anyone.“
I Thess 4:6 “no one should wrong his brother or take advantage of him. The Lord will punish men for all such sins,”
II Thess 3:8 “nor did we eat anyone’s food without paying for it”
All of these Scriptures apply to all Christians in the church throughout the Church Age. But apparently George Wood, General Superintendent to the Assemblies of God, and Duane Durst, District Superintendent of New York District of Assemblies of God do not apply these Scriptures to themselves. However, even the chief Apostle Paul himself did not seize or hijack local churches, so how does any pastor, general superintendent, district superintendent, or bishop have the biblical authority to do so? Durst and Wood have also defied Paul’s instructions in which he TWICE gave instructions for giving financially to the church, diametrically opposed to what the AOG compels members to do and what AOG major partner and collaborator Rick Warren requires in compelling members to tithe. How could the Apostle Paul be clearer? ALL giving must NOT be out of compulsion:
2Cr 9:7 Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.
Note this is not each church, but each individual man. There should be no patrolling of local churches to see if they are tithing or not.
Paul also twice eternally damned the Judaizers in Galatians who were trying to put Christians back under the law, which would include compulsory tithing as though it were a Temple tax.
Furthermore the Council in Jerusalem met to decide how the Gentiles should be treated in terms of their requirements as Christians.
Act 15:28 It seemed good to the Holy Spirit and to us not to burden you with anything beyond the following requirements:
Act 15:29 You are to abstain from food sacrificed to idols, from blood, from the meat of strangled animals and from sexual immorality. You will do well to avoid these things. Farewell.
But what the Holy Spirit says and all of the Apostles who met in Jerusalem in the Book of Acts resolved and commanded, apparently is not heeded by George Wood or Duane Durst. They not only increased the burden of Bethel Assemblies of God church, but also made their burden so large it broke their backs. Besides this, attempting to take both their bank account and their property far exceeds the dollar amount of tithing. So these men have made Bethel’s burden virtually unbearable. Paul was eager to give to the poor. So who is the poor here? Certainly not the AOG command center, from their own website they report in 2007 a worth of $2,200,000,000…yes that is billion: The Assemblies operate a bank: The Assemblies of God Credit Union https://www.agcu.org/
Money is invested in AG Financial Services which operates a retirement program for ministers, sells insurance, and provides loans for Assembly of God churches.
This is from a 2006 article:
“Organized in 1998, AG Financial has experienced tremendous growth, with 45,000 members and assets exceeding $2.2 billion.”
According to their website, AG Financial now how 60,000 members.
Where to report fraud in the Assemblies of God:
[word of caution, remember if don’t report this anonymously, you will be a marked man in the AOG, because your report goes directly to the foxes guarding the hen house (vaults). http://www.agfinancial.org/customer-care–contact/overview/
The New Testament could not be clearer about its position regarding how Christian leaders should treat their fellow saints. But what about the Old Testament? What examples of extortion and abuse of authority do we find there that are similar to the repeated actions of George Wood and Duane Durst? Well there are more than just a few very sobering examples and commandments that prohibit what George Wood and Duane Durst have done and spell out serious consequences for their type of behavior. Here are some examples:
Two of the Ten Commandments:
Exd 20:15 ¶ Thou shalt not steal.
Exd 20:17 ¶ Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that [is] thy neighbour’s.
If God prohibits coveting thy neighbor’s house, what do you suppose he thinks of coveting thy neighbor’s house of God…a local Assemblies of God church?
PARABLE OF RICH MAN STEALING POOR MAN’S LAMB:
(The context of this parable is about David’s sin, but it stands on its own integrity so therefore is applicable)
2Sa 12:1 ¶ And the LORD sent Nathan unto David. And he came unto him, and said unto him, There were two men in one city; the one rich, and the other poor.
2Sa 12:2 The rich [man] had exceeding many flocks and herds:
2Sa 12:3 But the poor [man] had nothing, save one little ewe lamb, which he had bought and nourished up: and it grew up together with him, and with his children; it did eat of his own meat, and drank of his own cup, and lay in his bosom, and was unto him as a daughter.
2Sa 12:4 And there came a traveller unto the rich man, and he spared to take of his own flock and of his own herd, to dress for the wayfaring man that was come unto him; but took the poor man’s lamb, and dressed it for the man that was come to him.
HOPHNI & PHINEHAS TAKE OFFERING BY FORCE:
1Sa 2:16 If the man said to him, “Let the fat be burned up first, and then take whatever you want,” the servant would then answer, “No, hand it over now; if you don’t, I’ll take it by force.”
1Sa 2:17 This sin of the young men was very great in the Lord’s sight, for they were treating the Lord’s offering with contempt.
1Sa 2:24 No, my sons; it is not a good report that I hear spreading among the Lord’s people.
1Sa 2:25 If a man sins against another man, God may mediate for him; but if a man sins against the Lord, who will intercede for him?” His sons, however, did not listen to their father’s rebuke, for it was the Lord’s will to put them to death.
George Wood and Duane Durst take churches by force (lawsuits and padlocking the church). Wood and Durst seize the bank accounts which contain offerings to the Lord.
KING AHAB AND JEZEBEL’S CONSPIRACY TO STEAL NABOTH’S VINEYARD:
1Ki 21:1 And it came to pass after these things, that Naboth the Jezreelite had a vineyard, which was in Jezreel, hard by the palace of Ahab king of Samaria.
1Ki 21:2 And Ahab spake unto Naboth, saying, Give me thy vineyard, that I may have it for a garden of herbs, because it is near unto my house: and I will give thee for it a better vineyard than it; or, if it seem good to thee, I will give thee the worth of it in money.
1Ki 21:3 And Naboth said to Ahab, The LORD forbid it me, that I should give the inheritance of my fathers unto thee.
1Ki 21:4 And Ahab came into his house heavy and displeased because of the word which Naboth the Jezreelite had spoken to him: for he had said, I will not give thee the inheritance of my fathers. And he laid him down upon his bed, and turned away his face, and would eat no bread.
1Ki 21:5 But Jezebel his wife came to him, and said unto him, Why is thy spirit so sad, that thou eatest no bread?
1Ki 21:6 And he said unto her, Because I spake unto Naboth the Jezreelite, and said unto him, Give me thy vineyard for money; or else, if it please thee, I will give thee another vineyard for it: and he answered, I will not give thee my vineyard.
1Ki 21:7 And Jezebel his wife said unto him, Dost thou now govern the kingdom of Israel? arise, and eat bread, and let thine heart be merry: I will give thee the vineyard of Naboth the Jezreelite.
1Ki 21:8 So she wrote letters in Ahab’s name, and sealed them with his seal, and sent the letters unto the elders and to the nobles that were in his city, dwelling with Naboth.
1Ki 21:9 And she wrote in the letters, saying, Proclaim a fast, and set Naboth on high among the people:
1Ki 21:10 And set two men, sons of Belial, before him, to bear witness against him, saying, Thou didst blaspheme God and the king. And then carry him out, and stone him, that he may die.
1Ki 21:11 And the men of his city, even the elders and the nobles who were the inhabitants in his city, did as Jezebel had sent unto them, and as it was written in the letters which she had sent unto them.
1Ki 21:12 They proclaimed a fast, and set Naboth on high among the people.
1Ki 21:13 And there came in two men, children of Belial, and sat before him: and the men of Belial witnessed against him, even against Naboth, in the presence of the people, saying, Naboth did blaspheme God and the king. Then they carried him forth out of the city, and stoned him with stones, that he died.
1Ki 21:14 Then they sent to Jezebel, saying, Naboth is stoned, and is dead.
1Ki 21:15 And it came to pass, when Jezebel heard that Naboth was stoned, and was dead, that Jezebel said to Ahab, Arise, take possession of the vineyard of Naboth the Jezreelite, which he refused to give thee for money: for Naboth is not alive, but dead.
1Ki 21:16 And it came to pass, when Ahab heard that Naboth was dead, that Ahab rose up to go down to the vineyard of Naboth the Jezreelite, to take possession of it.
1Ki 21:17 And the word of the LORD came to Elijah the Tishbite, saying,
1Ki 21:18 Arise, go down to meet Ahab king of Israel, which is in Samaria: behold, he is in the vineyard of Naboth, whither he is gone down to possess it.
1Ki 21:19 And thou shalt speak unto him, saying, Thus saith the LORD, Hast thou killed, and also taken possession? And thou shalt speak unto him, saying, Thus saith the LORD, In the place where dogs licked the blood of Naboth shall dogs lick thy blood, even thine.
1Ki 21:20 And Ahab said to Elijah, Hast thou found me, O mine enemy? And he answered, I have found thee: because thou hast sold thyself to work evil in the sight of the LORD.
1Ki 21:21 Behold, I will bring evil upon thee, and will take away thy posterity, and will cut off from Ahab him that pisseth against the wall, and him that is shut up and left in Israel,
1Ki 21:22 And will make thine house like the house of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, and like the house of Baasha the son of Ahijah, for the provocation wherewith thou hast provoked me to anger, and made Israel to sin.
1Ki 21:23 And of Jezebel also spake the LORD, saying, The dogs shall eat Jezebel by the wall of Jezreel.
1Ki 21:24 Him that dieth of Ahab in the city the dogs shall eat; and him that dieth in the field shall the fowls of the air eat.
1Ki 21:25 But there was none like unto Ahab, which did sell himself to work wickedness in the sight of the LORD, whom Jezebel his wife stirred up.
1Ki 21:26 And he did very abominably in following idols, according to all things as did the Amorites, whom the LORD cast out before the children of Israel.
1Ki 21:27 And it came to pass, when Ahab heard those words, that he rent his clothes, and put sackcloth upon his flesh, and fasted, and lay in sackcloth, and went softly.
1Ki 21:28 And the word of the LORD came to Elijah the Tishbite, saying,
1Ki 21:29 Seest thou how Ahab humbleth himself before me? because he humbleth himself before me, I will not bring the evil in his days: but in his son’s days will I bring the evil upon his house.
Jezebel certainly reaped consequences for this wickedness. Do you think God is going to wink when George Wood and Duane Durst have already stolen local churches and continue to plot to take a host more Assemblies of God local churches? Unlike George Wood and Duane Durst, at least King Ahab initially financially offered a fair market value for Naboth’s vineyard or another vineyard, and ultimately repented. George Wood and Duane Durst haven’t offered a red cent and, not content to seize one church, have now magnified their greed by targeting 22 more just in New York State.
DUANE DURST 22 OCTOBER 2006, BETHEL ASSEMBLY OF GOD CHURCH BOARD MEETING, MASSENA, NEW YORK:
“DON’T FEEL ALONE, THERE ARE 22 MORE CHURCHES JUST LIKE YOU” [HE TARGETED FOR SEIZURE]
Are you one of the next 22 disposable Assemblies of God Churches in Duane Durst’s New York District that he has targeted to take over, as the New York Supreme Court ruling confirms that he and George Wood just attempted in their lawsuit against Bethel Assemblies of God Church in Massena, New York, in which Supreme Court Judge David Demarest ruled against George Wood and Duane Durst who had padlocked the church in Onondaga County and attempted to seize their bank account?
Whether you know you have been selected or not, you need to ask the following questions as good stewards, shepherds, and watchmen of your flocks.
QUESTIONS EVERY LOCAL ASSEMBLIES OF GOD CHURCH SHOULD ASK YOURSELVES AS WELL AS YOUR PASTORS AND LEADERS BEFORE YOU ARE SNUFFED OUT:
- Do tithes and offerings I give to the District or Headquarters of the AOG require any stewardship on my part to hold them accountable once dropped into the offering plate no matter what they do with the money even when they are corrupt?
- Is your church mortgage completely paid off? Then beware for this will render you an even more choice prize for plunder just like Bethel church.
- Do you have $30,000 in your church bank account or more, which Wood and Durst tried to seize from Bethel Assembly and do you think your church bank account is safe?
- Do you think that George Wood, as AOG National General Superintendent, has reserved this conspiracy for just churches in New York State? If you pro rate the AOG’s closures and seizures of churches in the New York District extrapolating for the entire U.S., using psychodemographics and population, this would project out to be more than 350 local Assemblies of God churches potentially, if not already, targeted for takeover in the U.S.
- Ask Durst or Wood if you are one of the 22 churches in New York District which are targeted for takeover like Bethel was, and then wait to find out if either of them is telling you the truth. When they come and take your church, will you find out about any of the other 22 churches they plan to seize?
- Ask them what criteria they use to delete a church and seize your bank account. Ask them is there anything you can do to avoid being seized.
- Ask George Wood and Duane Durst if they will send you any money for your defense when they sue you. Are you ready to let them clean out your bank account so that there is no money left for you to defend yourselves in court to pay for your legal fees and court costs when they sue you?
- Ask them what their salaries are.
- Ask George Wood and Duane Durst what they did with the money from the property sales of other churches in your district after they seized those churches and bank accounts? And do the people that received those disbursements know that it is money given at the price of their own brothers?
- Ask them if they are paying for their lawsuits against their brothers and sisters in Christ out of their own pocket from salaries they received from your tithes and offerings. Have George Wood and Duane Durst supplied any funds, let alone your own funds, to help you defend yourselves when they steal your church property, bank account and assets? If not, ask them why are they using AOG funds you donated to sue your brothers and sisters. Are you ready to let them take your own tithes and offerings, and bank account funds to sue you in order to get your property and assets? Ask Durst and Wood directly what is the source your funding and where is the accounting for your lawsuits against your own local AOG churches.
- Ask them what they are going to do with the money after they seize your bank account and your property and your assets and sell them.
- Did George Wood or Duane Durst tell your church pastor or members or congregation what they did to Bethel Assembly? Did a single pastor or district superintendent from your district or any other district in the U.S., tell you what happened to Bethel Assembly or Crossway Christian Center to date?
- If you are selected to be terminated, did you know that George Wood and Duane Durst might litigate to prevent you from defending your own flock and its assets, because that is exactly what they state in their lawsuit against Bethel Assembly?
- Are you ready to surrender your local board of directors of your church to Duane Durst’s District Council Board?
- Are you an AG church in New York State, which is not currently targeted for a hostile takeover, but are willing to continue sending your tithes and offerings to the district and headquarters so they will have even more money to finance suing your brothers and sisters in your fellow Assemblies of God churches in NY?
- Or maybe you are a church in an entirely different state and faithfully send tithes and offerings to your district or AOG headquarters in Springfield, Missouri, and are not even aware of what your money is being use for against fellow saints?
- Is there not even a widow’s mite out of the millions of dollars in the AOG treasury available for the Defendant (victims) of the Plaintiffs Wood and Durst, your leaders? Certainly they could afford it, since they had enough money to buy an $11-12 million jet!
- Are the attorneys that you have indirectly subsidized to defend Wood and Durst available as your defense council?
- Durst states that he spent $30,000 to $40,000 in legal action against Crossway church case with your tithes and offerings, so are you prepared to have them do the same to you?
- Now that Wood and Durst lost their latest court case lawsuit in their latest attempt to steal still another local church, are they personally going to reimburse the AOG treasury?
- Are they going to now pay the court costs and attorney fees of the Defendants (Bethel Assembly), now that they lost?
- Are they now going to pay both punitive and compensatory damages to Bethel Assembly and its members or Crossway Christian Center?
- Are you ready to have them force you to take mental health counseling or rehabilitation from their fellow collaborators EMERGE or DISC or SIMA or MBTI or SHAPE Personality Profiling divination tests, if you resist?
- Are you ready to have the AOG yank your credentials if you don’t submit to psychological counseling or personality profiling based on the principles of this world and the occultic teachings of Carl Jung?
- National and International Secular News organizations reported that AOG leaders seized churches in other countries like Calvary Charismatic Centre (CCC) in Ghana, Africa and went after its pastor Rev. Ransford Obeng, just like they did Mark Greigori. But did AOG leaders ever tell your congregation?
- Did a single credential holder offer any comfort, prayer, or financial support to any member of Bethel or Crossway churches?
- Are you aware that Duane Durst threatened and attempted to silence and censor the testimonies of individual members of Bethel Church, contrary to Scripture, which commands them to be able to speak?
- Are you prepared to have them defy Matthew 18 and completely ignore appeals by offended brothers, or worse retaliate, as I, and many others have discovered both in and outside of the AOG?
- Do George Wood and Duane Durst or any other AOG leaders tell you to “touch not God’s anointed” because you are criticizing them or being good Bereans for their promoting false teachers like Rick Warren, Leonard Sweet, and Ken Blanchard; even though Scripture teaches that ALL born again Christians are God’s anointed?
- Now that George Wood and Duane Durst have lost their lawsuit against your fellow local Bethel Assembly in New York State, have they repented before Bethel Congregation publicly? Have they announced this to any or all of the AOG Churches in New York State? Has George Wood repented to the entire Assemblies of God?
- Are you ready to have Durst or Wood send letters of defamation of character and slander about your pastor to all New York State AOG Credential Holders, if you don’t comply with their tyranny, as they did with Pastor Mark Grigori?
- When or if you find out about another hijacking of an Assemblies of God local church, will you remain silent because it didn’t happen to your church, like the other district directors who stood by while their brothers and sisters in Christ were being destroyed, knowing full well what happened to them?
- If Durst or Wood want your local church and you don’t give it to them, do you know that they will take it by force just like Hophni and Phinehas took the offering? Do you think the Lord will wink at this and let Durst and Wood will get away with this?
- Are you ready to have not a single AOG credential holder respond to your pleas for help were you to send out your own SOS, as occurred to Mark Gregori to date? You need to ask yourself, “In abandoning and deserting my brothers and sisters in Christ, here is the Scripture that I, as an AOG credential holder should consider by remaining heartlessly silent while I watch this:
“But whoso hath this world’s good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels [of compassion] from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him? “ I John 3:17
- Once and if the AOG has seized your church, are they going to underwrite the medical cost of your post stress traumatic syndrome caused by Durst and Wood’s Church Death Panel? And who is going to pick up the bloodied carnage pieces of this body of Christ, left dismembered and/or scattered?
- Is Scripture really talking about you if you are derelict in your duty, as a watchman on the wall and shepherd of flock, to defend my brothers and sisters in Christ?
- Before you hide this from your own congregation and watch Duane Durst declare he is doing God and you a favor by persecuting Christians, are you aiding and abetting him?
- Why don’t Wood and Durst have to take Polygraph lie detectors test like Pastor Mark Gregory took and passed? [Do only the victims take the test and not the perpetrators?]
39. Ask Paul Erich this question: “In your article “INCREASING YOUR NET WORTH, in Assemblies of God’s Enrichment Journal you state:
” Avoid or minimize debt that does not have corresponding assets that appreciate in value. There is bad debt, and there is good debt. Only incur debt if you have done your homework and determined that it will enable you to gain an asset that will increase in value quicker than the corresponding debt and increase your net worth. Many millionaires have used good debt, but they hate the other kind.”
This is good advice for both individuals and local AOG churches. But it is so good, wouldn’t the wisest advice for a local AG church in order to defend their assets, property and bank account, be to defend their local church by fighting any attempt by the General Superintendent or District Superintendent from seizing their property and taking their net worth from hundreds of thousands of dollars or millions to ZERO? [I asked him twice; he refuses to respond.]
40. Was I deceived into believing that the Assemblies of God Enrichment Journal really just a Pravda-propaganda tool, which NEVER presents both sides of the story vs. fair and balanced journalism that, allows victims a voice too?
41. Ask Rick Johnson at the AOG the same questions I asked him:
Dear Rick Johnson,
As a footnote to my last email to you, imagine the victim of human trafficking you mention in your article, Rhoda Kershaw, being set free, then finding a supposed refuge and haven in a local AOG church like Bethel Assembly or Crossway Christian Center, only to arrive in time to witness the kidnapping of her own new church as described in the CBS TV video below? How do you think she would feel? Are you OK sending future refugees to one of Durst’s or Wood’s padlocked churches where a Ms. Kershaw or other fleeing refuge might be arrested for trespassing on the church property of their own church? Would you remain silent if your Missouri District Supt attempted to seize your local AOG church? Would you defend your own flock? And which church do you suppose Ms. Kershaw would feel safe in?
Sincerely in Christ,
42. Ask Richard Hammar, Legal Counsel for AOG General Council headquarters the same questions I asked him in my letter below [he did not respond to this letter after two inquiries]:
January 5, 2011 11:11:50 AM EST
Dear Richard Hammar,
I was wondering what you think about this Scripture (a brother suing a brother in Christ)?:
1Cr 6:1 ¶ Dare any of you, having a matter against another, go to law before the unjust, and not before the saints?
1Cr 6:2 Do ye not know that the saints shall judge the world? and if the world shall be judged by you, are ye unworthy to judge the smallest matters?
1Cr 6:3 Know ye not that we shall judge angels? how much more things that pertain to this life?
1Cr 6:4 If then ye have judgments of things pertaining to this life, set them to judge who are least esteemed in the church.
1Cr 6:5 I speak to your shame. Is it so, that there is not a wise man among you? no, not one that shall be able to judge between his brethren?
1Cr 6:6 But brother goeth to law with brother, and that before the unbelievers.
1Cr 6:7 Now therefore there is utterly a fault among you, because ye go to law one with another. Why do ye not rather take wrong? why do ye not rather [suffer yourselves to] be defrauded?
1Cr 6:8 Nay, ye do wrong, and defraud, and that [your] brethren.
On a parallel front, two questions for you: Since you are retained as Legal Counsel for the General Council of the AOG [by your emailed title], you would know that much of the tithes and offering from AOG members and churches is contributed directly or indirectly to you for salaries, benefits. So, in effect, you would be rendering services to your plaintiff client an AOG District (and/or AOG General Headquarters [George Wood] ), who sued a local AOG church that sends tithes and offerings to you. So am most interested in the ethics and biblical morality of how you feel about the General Council receiving those tithes and offerings to finance suing the very hand(s) that feed you [them]? Isn’t this biting that hand that feeds you? Are all of those Christians who send in tithes and offerings aware that it is being used to sue their fellow AOG churches and brothers and sisters in Christ? Are they aware that the funds might even be used against their own church to finance such a lawsuit?
I look forward to your response.
Sincerely in Christ,
43. Shouldn’t Wood and Durst now lose their credentials, job, salary, because for disqualifying themselves as ministers of righteousness for betraying the brethren?
Here is the Scripture that applies to them:
“For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, high-minded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;” II Timothy 3:2-4
This whole tragedy is Gulliver’s Travel in reverse. Instead of all of the Lilliputians tying up the giant Gulliver and totally immobilizing him and thus defeating the virtually impossible, with the AOG it is the giant (Gulliver) tying up all of the Lilliputians, each Lilliputian being a local church. In other words, it is the giants Wood and Durst tying up the local church with ropes paid for by the members themselves. The church still owns its own property, but it is almost powerless to do anything with it. The local church still has to send still more money to the District and nationally and has Durst and Wood breathing down their necks while holding Damocles Sword over their heads whether or not they are sending them enough money, and regularly importing the plagues of false teachers and mystics and Emergent apostates. The Bible gives the local church authority and commandment to reject, mark, expose and warn the local church members of these false teachers and experts in greed. The Reversion Clause newly implemented in the AOG Constitution enables Wood and Durst to still get local [see link to Reversion Clause at end of this document] church property if an AOG church ever decides to cease being an AOG church. I should point out that the Reversion Clause in the local church constitution and 501c3 Non-Profit Corporation Churches is like a will. A local church can write in its constitution and bylaws that it would surrender its property and assets and bank account to the District (AOG). But this is only upon the death of the testator (the extinction of the local church). For a biblical understanding of “testator” and “testament” see:
“For where a testament [is], there must also of necessity be the death of the testator. For a testament [is] of force after men are dead: otherwise it is of no strength at all while the testator liveth.” Hebrews 9:17-18
But prior to that, a person (a corporation is a legal person) can change its will so long as it is alive and change its appointed heir. Everyone knows that any person can change their will so long as they are alive, unless the courts rule power of attorney to someone else when it is ruled that the testator is incompetent. In other words, a local AOG church can change its mind and decide to rescind its reversion clause via an official board meeting and vote.
In any case, I hope that Bethel, however, will file restraining orders against both George Wood and Duane Durst from ever setting foot on their property after winning this New York Supreme Court case. Even though Bethel Assemblies of God gets to keep its own property, they are still under the big brother police state of the AOG hierarchy . Instead of the property structure of Communism, where the state owns property, the AOG insists upon a Facist model, where private property is allowed. This reminds me of how the Soviets had almost absolute control of Finland (Finlandization).
STARVE THE WOLVES
If you really want to stop this plague of poaching by AOG leaders, you have to stop feeding them by sending them your tithes and offerings which help finance their lawsuits that could even be used to take your church. [You will particularly need to do this if your church property and bank account is in the crosshairs for raiding.] Caution, if you do this, and you certainly have biblical grounds to do so, beware that Wood and Durst may very well come after all of the churches that fail to send in money. And remember if you do send them money you are enabling them and may become guilty of sharing in their iniquity. You could also do like Bethel Church and move the money in your bank account to a different bank, making it much harder for them to seize it. Buy gold…but don’t tell them where you are hiding it, but beware of traitors on your own board who may be Durst or Wood disciples. Beware of a host of members and credential holders who may have Stockholm Syndrome who actually sympathize with their captors who will think the perpetrators holding your church hostage are the real victims. Some of these AOG pastors, collaborators, and retaliators include:
Anthony Niger II,
Stephen R. Tourville,
Wesley Shortridge, Bill Ellis, Randy D. Rice, Jonathan Chambers, Chris McMillan, Dan Lumadue, Mark Canfield, Rich Fogal, David Crosby, Sr., (AOG District Sec. Treasurer in Pennsylvania), Tom Grazioso, Randy Carter, E.G. Olsen, Chris Hickle, Ken Burtram (Potomac AOG District Sec. Treasurer),
[says to Pastor Ray Barnett: “Thanks idiot – get a life.”
[sic] Dave Auterson’s Reply to Ray Barnett; June 09, 2010] & Thomas Trask (AOG Church Multiplication Network). A more appropriate description for the AOG leaders, based on this documentation would be: CHURCH SUBTRACTION NETWORK, as they have been closing more churches than they have been opening for about twenty years. Are you next? Don’t count on any moral or spiritual support from these men.
Why doesn’t Bethel Assembly send NO money to the District or AOG Headquarters until all of the costs and attorneys fees are paid off that Wood and Durst forced them into having to do in the first place? And what an irony this would be because Bethel church would paying its debts with money that would already have been theirs in the first place. Send your voluntary tithes and offerings (in secret) DIRECTLY to worthy missionaries who fear the Lord and to victims like Bethel Church and Crossway Christian Center. Report Durst and Wood to your local District Attorney, the FBI, and anyone knowledgeable of the RICO Statutes for racketeering. (Remember George Wood is doing this across State lines).
File complaints with Senator Chuck Grassley: http://grassley.senate.gov/contact.cfm
Who has been going after corrupt ministries in the U.S., on the Senate Finance Committee. But next year he will be on the Senate Judiciary Committee and will no doubt be holding hearings and sending out subpoenas for witnesses willing to testify against televangelists and other ministries, who exploit their followers and donors and fleece their own sheep.
IS RICK WARREN AND AOG IN AN UNHOLY ALLIANCE?
What if the Assemblies of God Church Growth and Church Multiplication formulas are used to target your church for takeover because your church went from a thousand members to a hundred members, but the real reason for the decrease was because a pastor decided to preach the fear of the Lord, the wrath of God, or expose false teachers like Rick Warren, Leonard Sweet, Ken Blanchard and John Maxwell? I find it astonishing that so many in the Assemblies of God who aren’t even aware that Rick Warren’s fingerprints and blueprints for how to deal with “resisters” are not all over the AOG Agenda. Here is just some indisputable proof. Assemblies of God District DIRECTOR, LEADERS AND PASTORS WHO ARE CO-CONSPIRATORS WITH RICK WARREN’S PURPOSE DRIVEN CHURCH AND GLOBAL PEACE PLAN INCLUDE [ONLY A PARTIAL LIST].:
Duane Durst (see: http://gradworks.umi.com/31/62/3162859.html),
Lee McFarland (Far East PDC/Global Peace Plan Campaign who threatened Bear Frankson with arrest when he opposed him for promoting Rick Warren)
Todd Hudnell (Africa PDC/Global Peace Campaign and major speaker)…
btw, ALL of AOG in Nigeria is Purpose-Driven. Do you think any country has become Purpose-Driven without the full knowledge, credentialing, training, programming, curriculum, blessing, blueprints, and agenda of the AOG Headquarters?
Wayde Goodall (Purpose-drove 150 members from his church)
Wes Bartell (We Build People:
Purpose-Driven Church Award Winner: Calvary Assembly of God Carthage,
Jerry Strandquist,Valley Church, Minnesota
[Warren's 2006 Church Health Award]
Ian Buckley, New Hope Community Church, New Zealand
[Warren's 2006 Church Health Award]
Budi Setiawan, Indonesia [Warren's 2006 Church Health Award]
First Assembly Winston-Salem, North Carolina,
Cornerstone Christian Center in Jamestown, New York),
and all of the AOG Bible colleges and Seminaries
More AOG/Rick Warren collaborators include:
Steve Pike (AOG), National Director of Church Multiplication Network):
“Cherri and I had dinner with Rick Warren tonight in the midst of a day spent listening to him talk with a group of leaders gathered together in Palm Springs. Yes, the Rick Warren that hosted the Presidential Forum a few weeks ago. Yes, the Rick Warren of “mega-church” fame. Yes, the “Purpose-driven Life” guy. That Rick Warren.
Here’s my main take away. Rick is the real deal. He loves God and he loves people and he wants to help as many people know Jesus as he possibly can. If you’ve heard that he’s preaching a “new age” gospel and he’s trying to deceive people into following a watered down, anemic version of the truth, then you have been misinformed.
Rick has a simple and clear way of communicating the powerful truth of Christ and how it looks in the real world when that truth is lived out in everyday life. Rick is a real friend of the AG and I look forward to future opportunities for fellowship.”
My response to this post on December 27, 2010 (go to the http://churchmultiplication.us/?p=264 and you will see whether or not it was censored:
“RICK WARREN & ASSEMBLIES OF GOD ALLIANCE
Having written two books on Rick Warren published by Southwest Radio (swrc.com), I must passionately disagree with Steve Pike’s statement about Rick Warren.
I have devoted an entire website to demolishing this stronghold at:
In addition, George Wood, General Supt of AOG and Duane Durst were just hammered with a judgment by the New York Supreme Court in which they do the opposite of church multiplication: they destroy churches in the AOG, seize bank accounts, and property. If anyone opposes them, the sue them as in the case of this court ruling and they publish defamation of opposing pastors as in the case of Mark Grigori: see: http://www.timefortruth.com/ForYourSpirit/StateOfChurch.aspx
Now this comment will undoubtedly not ever get posted, only confirming my documentation. So when I come out with my report on Wood and Durst in the next two weeks, if this is not posted, I will so note that it was censored from http://churchmultiplication.us/?p=264”
Just type in “40 Days of Purpose or Celebrate Recovery, Assemblies of God” in to your Google search for more examples and proof of Warren/AOG alliance. You can also go Rick Warren’s own website and type in your city and state and you will see how many AG churches are conducting his programs: http://www.purposedrivenchurch.com/en-US/ChurchFinder/ChurchFinder.htm
For more proof of Rick Warren/AOG unholy alliance see:
I hope and pray that you too will be good watchmen on the wall and mark and expose George Wood and Duane Durst within the entire Assemblies of God and the Church at large and warn them about these men, who have exhibited a history of similar behavior and their threats to other Assemblies of God local churches and pastors! Both of whom remain unrepentant. Now they have done it again at Bethel but this time they did not prevail. Full report on Crossway Christian Center hijacking by Duane Durst is now posted at http://rock-to-salt.cephasministry.com/articles.html.
I think most of you would marshal every possible resource to rescue your child if someone had abducted him or her. And you would do the same if it were a member of your extended family or friend, or even community. So why is it that you won’t lift a finger, or speak out to help your own church, or one in your own district, if it has been abducted? Why wouldn’t you speak out if you were to discover that 22 more churches in your own denomination and community had been targeted for takeover? So who is the true shepherd here? The one who padlocks your church and absconds with your church bank account and assets? Or is it the one that protects and nurtures your local flock, or congregation? Which one is the true shepherd and which one is the false shepherd or wolf? Which shepherd to you trust? A number of AOG pastors in New York and other districts are not even receiving this report because they had already turned a deaf ear to the plight of Crossway Christian Center and/or retaliated to my letter of warning to AOG pastors that Central Bible College’s Dr. Opal Reddin of the AOG wrote near the time of her deathbed and asked me to send to all AOG pastors, and don’t want to hear the cries of Bethel Assembly victims because they have asked to be removed from any alerts about any more victims and won’t tell you. They prefer to keep you in the dark. But you won’t be in the dark when Wood and Durst put a padlock on the door of your church and seizes your church bank account. Instead, these pastors retaliate and gnash their teeth at me and effectively censor you as their members from hearing the truth by removing themselves from any future mailings or news of any more victim churches in the AOG.
NEW YORK SUPREME COURT RULING AGAINST GEORGE WOOD & DUANE DURST:
Please find the November 29, 2010 New York State Supreme Court Ruling and Judgment against AOG General Superintendent George Wood and NY AOG District Superintendent Duane Durst, posted on our website http://www.perfectpeaceplan.com articles page, and be alerted to they who had sued Bethel Assembly of God Church in upstate New York, after padlocking their church and attempting to seize their bank account.
OPEN LETTER TO DUANE DURST, DISTRICT SUPERINTENDENT ASSEMBLIES OF GOD, NEW YORK DISTRICT:
(scroll down to August 4, 2010)
ADDITIONAL VALUABLE RESOURCES FOR ABUSED & HIJACKED CHURCHES:
THE NEW ASSEMBLIES OF GOD CHURCH TAKEOVER GAMEPLAN:
ASSEMBLIES OF GOD MICHIGAN DISTRICT BEATS UP LOCAL CHURCH:
ASSEMBLIES OF GOD MICHIGAN DISTRICT DECEPTION EXPOSED
ASSEMBLIES OF GOD – ABUSING LOCAL MINISTERS AND CONFISCATING CHURCH PROPERTY
FBI WHITE COLLAR CRIME STATUTES
Federal Bureau of Investigation – Denver Division
“White-Collar Crimes, which are not dependent upon the application or threat of physical force or violence, are those illegal acts characterized by fraud, deceit, concealment, or violation of trust. Such acts are committed by individuals and organizations to obtain money, property or services; to avoid the payment or loss of money or services; or to secure a personal, political, or business advantage.”
Original SOURCE: http://denver.fbi.gov/white.htm
“Mortgage Fraud is investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and is punishable by up to 30 years in federal prison or $1,000,000 fine, or both. It is illegal for a person to make any false statement regarding income, assets, debt, or matters of identification, or to willfully overvalue any land or property, in a loan and credit application for the purpose of influencing in any way the action of a financial institution.” Original SOURCE: http://www.fbi.gov/pressrel/pressrel07/mortgagefraudwarning.pdf
Tips on suspected criminal activity can also be reported to the FBI Office in New York State:
Assistant Director in Charge
Janice K. Fedarcyk
FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION
26 Federal Plaza, 23rd Floor
New York, NY 10278-0004
Phone: (212) 384-1000
Fax: (212) 384-4073 / 4074
E-mail: [email protected]
Where you can submit a tip or claim: https://tips.fbi.gov/
Documentation on this case or if you become a case can be sent to Senator Chuck Grassley, Senate Finance Committee, who is presently investigating fraud and corruption in Mega churches. You are invited to send complaints to:
Attn. Lynda Simmons
SENATE FINANCE COMMITTEE219 Dirksen Senate BldgWashington D.C. 20510
Tel 202 224-45-4515 Fax 202 228-1703
In any case, their sin will find them out, and this exploitation will become well known throughout the Assemblies of God and the country and internationally, in compliance with the Apostle Paul’s commandment to expose the deeds of darkness:
Eph 5:11And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove [them].
HOW RICO ACT HAS PENETRATED & PROSECUTED CORRUPTION IN CHURCHES
Separation of Church and State does not exempt churches, or non-profit organizations from being penetrated and prosecuted for corruption conspiracy and fraud and preying on the faithful.
“In the 1980’s, however, civil lawyers noticed section 1964(c) of the RICO Act, which allows civil claims to be brought by any person injured in their business or property by reason of a RICO violation. Any person who succeeded in establishing a civil RICO claim would automatically receive judgment in the amount of three times their actual damages and would be awarded their costs and attorneys’ fees…In 2002, civil RICO claims were brought against the Catholic Church by parishioners, who were allegedly sexually abused by priests. RICO has been used against the Mafia, businesses, political groups and now churches. Literally anyone can find themselves in the crosshairs of a RICO claim.” SOURCE: http://www.ricoact.com/index.asp
Another Example involving the church: The FBI Federal Marshalls stormed the building headquarters of Greater Ministries International, resulting in prison sentences for its pastor Gerald Payne and his co-conspirators ranging from 12- 27 years. Originally posted at: http://www.com.state.oh.us/press1/01releases/sc0808.htm
In still another case:
“Pastor pleads guilty to theft from church
Saturday, January 12, 2008
The Associated Press
A Mercer County pastor pleaded guilty yesterday to stealing $18,000 from his church and agreed to repay the money with interest. Sidney Walker, 50, took the money in March 2006 from a bank account belonging to the First Baptist Church of Farrell. Mercer County prosecutors said Mr. Walker told them the money went toward personal expenses, perhaps because of financial problems. He will be sentenced March 25.”
In another case of corruption and conspiracy by church officials in ASSEMBLIES OF GOD:
“The Florida State prosecutors proved their case and convinced the jurors that Dan Strader, the son of the senior pastor Karl Strader, devised an elaborate scheme to attract cash in the real-estate and mortgage investments…. This was done in an organized method amounting to Racketeer-Influence and Corrupt Organizations, or RICO Act. Daniel, 37, was sentenced to 45 years in prison in August 1995. He was convicted of 238 felony counts for bilking 57 mostly elderly investors, some members of the church, out of $2.3 million by selling investments in properties that didn’t exist or already had liens against them. Others who were involved along with Dan Strader were not pursed by the State of Florida as they felt that the conviction of Daniel Strader was a good example for others to take notice.” SOURCE: http://cnt10.tripod.com/rodney.htm
“FLEECING THE SHEEP” BY LISA A. RUNQUIST at: http://www.runquist.com/article_fleecing.htm
CORRUPTION AND FALSE TEACHERS AT AOG SOUTHEASTERN UNIVERSITY
ANSWERS IN GENESIS PUBLICLY PUBLISHES 2010 REBUKE AND EXPOSES ASSEMBLIES OF GOD FOR PROMOTING FALSE TEACHERS AND CHANGING THEIR CREATION DOCTRINAL STATEMENT:
MONITORING AND INVESTIGATING RELIGIOUS FRAUD SINCE 1987
ASSEMBLIES OF GOD & CHRISTIAN & MISSIONARY ALLIANCE REVERSIONARY CLAUSE…LICENSE TO STEAL
Not how happy and able Assemblies of God churches were when they wanted to split with the Christian and Missionary Alliance and take their property and church bank account with them. But when an AOG church now wants to sever from the AOG denomination, the leaders like Durst and Wood sue them…what hypocrisy.
DISAFFILIATION AND DISMISSAL LETTERS OF MICHIANA AOG CHURCH
RICK WARREN HOSTS ‘CULT’ CELEBRITY DOCS FEATURES PROMOTERS OF EASTERN MYSTICISM, UNIVERSALISM
Why what George Wood and Duane Durst did in betraying their brothers in Christ, whom Christ purchased with his blood, is so brutal, the pain exceeds even what an enemy could inflict:
“For [it was] not an enemy [that] reproached me; then I could have borne [it]: neither [was it] he that hated me [that] did magnify [himself] against me; then I would have hid myself from him:
But [it was] thou, a man mine equal, my guide, and mine acquaintance. We took sweet counsel together, [and] walked unto the house of God in company.”