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Vigil for Peace with Justice at Rod Parsley’s World Harvest Church
Rod Parsley does religious business surrounded by corn fields a few miles Southeast of Columbus, Ohio in an immense hexagon-shaped building with a sharp spire sticking up from its center. World Harvest Church looks like an oversized candy dish with a lift-off lid in the middle of acres of parking lots. The county appraiser lists its assessed valuation of land and buildings at $27 million, but like other Christian Zionists, it pays not a dime of taxes on it.
Project Strait Gate leader Ted McClung was legally prepared with the plat map of the property, else Rod Parsley’s crew of off-duty policemen in blue and white uniforms might have pushed our demonstration into the eight-foot high corn across the road. Three of them marched out with intent to move us away from the public right-of- way directly in front of the church entrance. Fortunately, we had anticipated this tactic, and we prevailed upon the on-duty Columbus Police to be present to protect our rights to stand on public ground with four and eight foot signs. After some discussion and acceptable compromises we stayed almost exactly were we had chosen to be.
Few attendees stopped, this being a high-speed drive-in church claiming 13,000 members. One exception was a sturdy man in a massive SUV who stayed to exchange views with yours truly (he wanted to speak to our leader). He said he is a member of the church and volunteered that he is a civilian contractor with the US State Department, carrying out assignments in Iraq and “many” other Middle Eastern countries. In other words, he claims to be a mercenary in foreign wars. In fact, he looked and acted a little like Eric Prince of Blackwater fame, and he said he wanted to nail down our purpose there.
I explained that that World Harvest Church is a war enabler and we want the congregation to know that it is apostate, as an eight foot long sign explains. I asked this self- proclaimed mercenary “Christian” if he had been required to kill anyone in the course of his work. He replied cautiously that he did kill, but only on occasions if “absolutely necessary,” and he declined to tell me details of the killings. Instead he wanted to engage me in a hypothetical situation.
“What would you do, he asked, if you were guarding a load of food on the way to starving villages and someone started shooting at you from the ditches?”
My response is that it depends on who owns the road he is on and if he had a right to be there in the first place. Finally, what would Jesus say about taking pay to shoot the people in their own ditch? Just whom in Iraq would Jesus kill? I ended by asking, as sincerely as I could muster, if he had considered changing careers. He firmly assured me he had not, and the mercenary (if he really is one) sauntered back to his SUV.
The fact that this man is comfortable in Rod Parsley’s church says a lot about this Christian Zionism! Killing Arabs for a living must not a sin inside World Harvest Church. This is the fruit of Christian Zionism.
It is significant that most “Christians” who stop to talk invariably want to turn the conversation to the secular, worldly questions, and don‘t want to discuss what the New Testament says that contain the words Christ followers’ think Jesus spoke. Their favorite subject is, "When it’s OK to kill humans." Quite naturally they are usually unwilling to discuss the New Covenant words of Jesus because they find not one iota or support in them. Some, like Rod Parsley, have suggested anytime is a good time to wipe out Muslims. They always lean on some warring story extracted from the Jewish Old Testament, usually about Israelites wiping out the Philistines.
Another inconsistency, church members usually assert that abortion is always wrong, while also believing the deaths of already born Iraqi children are "collateral damage." Christian Zionists avoid talking about what Jesus would do in their shoes. In fact, they often leave rather quickly when you insist Jesus’ words be the basis of the conversation. There is little room for “blessed are the peacemakers”, or “who would Jesus bomb”, or “love your brother, even your enemy.”
Only three men and two women, including my new found ally, Henry Herskovitz, from Ann Arbor, intervened for peace at World Harvest Church. Henry’s group held a vigil at a Ann Arbor Synagogue on Saturday morning, then he and a lady named Linda drove me to Columbus to join Ted's new team.
Did the five of us change anything at Rod Parsley’s 13,000 member, tax-exempt, money laundering, political Zionist stronghold?
Yes, this time there can be no doubt we had an instant impact or World Harvest Church because Parsley’s actions telegraphed his guilty conscience. Thirty days before we trekked to Columbus, Rod Parsley was advertising that he could buy the freedom of a slave in Sudan for $45.00 per head, and was actively raising money for this cause. He made a big promotion on one of his weekly TV shows in July about accepting the contribution of a schoolgirl who raised the money from her classmates to repatriate one Sudanese slave. At that time, Parsley’s website was sprinkled with pleas for money to free slaves. Now these are gone!
The ads and promotion to free slaves disappeared from Parsley's massive website right after our July 29th FAX letter to Parsley, which was also Emailed in an open letter to many area pastors. In it we called Rod Parsley’s bluff and told him we know his slave repatriation fund raiser was a fraud. These words were in our letter to him:
Parsley has, for years, raised donations "to free 29,771 slaves in Sudan" by his own claim, supposedly buying them from slave traders and setting them free. But the evidence and first hand testimony since as early as 2002 have overwhelming refuted that there is any organized slave trade in Sudan, and reveals that supposed “slave reparations” are largely fund raising photo-ops that benefited armed revolution in Sudan. (Source: Parsley commercials, “I am from Sudan.”)
By the time we arrived at World Harvest Church on August 10th, just two weeks later, solicitations for slave repatriation had evaporated except for one line in a You Tube posted ad quoted above. Project Strait Gate calls this progress!
It is important that we make it clear, We Hold These Truths is not in the business of saving Rod Parsley’s attendees from having their pockets picked. But we do not want them to be deceived on matters of life and death. We want them to remove themselves from a false and apostate theology that is abhorrent to Jesus Christ because it enables killing. One of our 4x4 signs, held where most going into the church could read it, had these four words:
NO SLAVES IN SUDAN
We wonder how many of those who drove by have contributed money to free slaves, and, we hope that they will ask Parsley why he suddenly dropped this "mission."
We are seeing the beginning of big fissures in the Judeo-Christian dam and we are glad to have a part in it! Our new movie, Roots of Christian Zionism, is the best wedge to split this dam.
Link: I am from Sudan link
Link: Letter to Rod Parsley July 29 (http://whtt.org/straitgate/index.php?news=2&id=262)
Report on Beth Israel Synagogue Vigil
By Henry Herskovitz, Jewish Witnesses for Peace and Friends, Aug 9, 2008
Two vigils in two days: Jewish Witnesses for Peace and Friends hosted Mr. Charles Carlson of Project Strait Gate at our weekly vigil at Beth Israel Congregation on Saturday. That afternoon he and two members of JWPF traveled to Columbus, Ohio and held a similar vigil at the (Christian Zionist) World Harvest Church the following day.
Report on Beth Israel Vigil posted on the Strait Gate Ministries Site:
Carlson Guest Speaker at Three Detroit Area Mosques
August 11-14: Chuck Carlson presented the new video program Roots of Christian Zionism at the invitation of Imams from three Detroit area Mosques. In each one we sold out our supply of Roots of Christian Zionism DVD’S, and leaders have asked for more copies to market to their congregation and friends. You can buy this video for only $15.00 by going to our website WHTT.org and then the bookstore.
August 16: Charles Carlson was one of a dozen speakers at the Baltimore, MD Conference of Jamaat al-Muslimeen's, which presented symbolic awards to Ramsey Clark, Charles Carlson, and Mark Glenn
New Trend Magazine Aug 21, 2008
"Coalitions are emerging which will change, inshallah, (god willing) the humiliating position in which Muslims of America had been placed. The conference showed that truth and integrity has survived among those who want genuine peace.
Each person in the conference represented the aspirations of entire communities and groups---The apex of the conference was the speech of Ramsey Clark, leader of the anti-war movement in America who initiated a campaign to impeach President George Bush.
Some the most resounding points were scored by two followers of Jesus [peace be on him]: Charles Carlson and Mark Glenn.
Carlson used power point to present a report titled: "unraveling Christian Zionism's Roots." His devastating criticism of Christian Zionism included illustrations of the ("zionist") Jewish commentary inserted into the Bible to justify the occupation of Palestine. He debunked the term "judeo-christian" as a contradiction in terms.
Mr. Carlson and his friends travel far and wide to churches controlled by Christian Zionists and try to educate the people.
He was the first Christian leader to discover that the "Slavery in Sudan" story was a fake."
New Trends summarized Mark Glenn's words: "The stern Islamic resistance to the rampant corruption of America is a blessing for true Christians. Mr. Glenn thinks that very little of genuine Christianity has survived in America owing to the steady attack on Christian values by Zionist-Jewish media."
The full text of New Trend’s (http://whtt.org/index.php?news=2&id=2482 )
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