In the main body of our Trouble in Prophet Land article, we quoted what was under the subtitle, "Why we seldom respond to false accusations": "...we feel that those who listen to the accusing ministries and journalists are the kind of people that we do not want around anyway. We do not let paranoid people dictate what we do..." He then further dismisses these 'false accusations' and 'slander' as not being worth his time. He says, "we do intend to answer some of them at the right time and place. Usually they are just not high enough on our priority list. We are too busy building to take much time for this."
It is only fair to quote the entire MS General Update at the end of this June 1999 Prophetic Bulletin, to give the reader an idea of the context. The parts we quote or refer to in other places on this site are 'highlighted' in color.
Our main goal continues to be to improve the quality of everything that we are doing and to just let the growth take care of itself. However, our growth continues to be substantial in just about every major aspect of the ministry. We have been especially blessed to see both the Charlotte and Wilkesboro congregations not only grow in size, but also grow in strength. Overall, our primary vision is to see the Lord have a place where His manifest presence can abide, and where His glory can be seen. That is why we believe that building the Body of Christ must always be first.
Because it is our goal is to see the whole body of Christ strengthened and prepared for the extraordinary times in which we live, and because our own ministry is now well established, we believe that we can now focus more of our attention on serving the rest of the body of Christ. That is a great feeling for us.
The primary ways that we are to do this is through our publications, music and conferences. The new books and music that we are about to release will be some of our most important yet, and we believe that the conferences are going to a much higher level this year.
An area of demand and one that we are now better equipped to meet is sending out more teams to strengthen local churches. Because of this, one of our greatest needs is for aircraft. We have been blessed with one nice plane, but we could use many more. If any of you have an airplane of just about any type that you want to sow into the kingdom, we would appreciate you considering MorningStar.
Why we seldom respond to false accusations
Since this is a frequently asked question, I will try to briefly address it here.
First, it does not seem possible today to accomplish anything of significance without becoming the target of critics and slander. It is a sad condition of the times that there is so much hunger for gossip and evil reports that one can make a very good living or build a large ministry just by attacking others. We have been subject to false accusations for many years and feel that it just "comes with the territory." We usually do not pay any attention to them, except to consider it an honor and encouragement to be attacked by some ministries that are so obviously the embodiment of the accuser of the brethren.
Second, we feel that those who listen to the accusing ministries and journalists are the kind of people that we do not want around anyway. We do not let paranoid people dictate what we do, as we feel that these are the people who will always be the farthest from the Lord and His true works.
Third, we do intend to answer some of them at the right time and place. Usually they are just not high enough on our priority list. We are too busy building to take much time for this.
Fourth, most of the false accusations that are written or told about us are so ridiculous that they will be easily discerned by those who have the Spirit of Truth, and who walk by faith, not by fear.
For example (and I will use this space to address one of the false accusations), one thing that is now being spread is that I am a high ranking member of the Masons. I have never been a member of the Masons, have never considered it, or been to a Masonic meeting, nor have I ever been a member of any such secret organization.
I was knighted by an European Order of Chivalry a few years ago who are popularly called "The Knights of Malta" or "the Order of St. John." I have also read many slanderous things about this Order, mostly from the Internet, but it is time for Christians to wise up to the fact that because something is on the Internet that does not make it true. The Order of St. John that I was knighted by is a Christian Order devoted to defending the faith, preserving Christian unity, and serving the poor and the oppressed. This Order is widely recognized as a true order of chivalry, and a registry of nobility. It has no connection whatsoever to the Roman Catholic Church, although there is now a Roman Catholic Order that is also called The Order of St. John.
I confess that I am still amazed by the things that some Christians get carried away with, and how easily some believe the worst about others. It is time for us to mature, and wake up to the fact that those who spread slander about other Christians are far more dangerous than the Masons. As it is stated in II Peter 3:14-18:
Therefore, beloved, since
you look for these things, be diligent to be found by Him in peace, spotless
and blameless, and regard the patience of our Lord to be salvation; just
as also our beloved brother Paul, according to the wisdom
given him, wrote to you, as also in all his letters, speaking in them of these things, in which are some things hard to understand, which the untaught and unstable distort, as they do also the rest of the Scriptures, to their own destruction.
You therefore, beloved,
knowing this beforehand, be on your guard lest, being carried away by the
error of unprincipled men, you fall from your own steadfastness,
but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory, both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.
with the exception of his complaints against Charisma magazine in his "Response to Charisma" later.
I took note of this earlier pattern well before the Charisma response and commented on it on this same page. As I said before, unnaming someone may not matter so much in the end. When you describe them as a "leader of a prayer ministry based in Washington" that this man is "deceived" and has a "spirit", these are pretty strong words. Joyner speaks of casting out spirits, but no one knows if the intercessory prayer leader even got confronted on it. In the end, although the odds are that only a few of us might ever guess who this man is, certainly the man himself has a high probability of knowing who he is, should he read it.
At times as in this Bulletin, Joyner speaks idealistically of how important it is for everyone to be more loving and less accusatory between Christians, while he accuses or insults. Since it has happened so often, I think it worth mentioning.
The internet is very accessible as a public medium. Publications that are seeded with accusatory language regarding the character and spirituality of "journalists" and unnamed "paranoid" people as in the June 1999 MSPB, are not indicative of someone who is realistic or responsible in regards to their ministry or the use of their public forum. As pointed out already in the main body of the "Trouble In Prophet Land", it should not be a surprise to anyone that there would be speculations or concerns voiced other Christians after reading such a book of disputed--some say outright false---history as that which is in Courage That Changed The World. It is distressingwhen someone like Joyner, a 'national' prophetic leader to many, get their facts wrong about nobility in that book. Furthermore, he finally admitted that he is knighted a "few years" later, and then never quite says which Order he is knighted with, even though it seems obvious from his book.
Add to that, the prophecies this all seems based on as we have reported in our report, the statements he has made in the June 1999 Prophetic Bulletin as well as the April 1998 FAQ , and an observer would be correct in saying that Joyner is indeed fortunate to have so many Christians concerned over his welfare and the welfare of those he leads. Scripturally speaking, the time they take to report or correct, or attempt correction, is not an act of hate but of appropriate concern and even of Christian love. Unfortunately, some people do not think this a possibility.
With the June 1999 MSPB release, I stated on this site and on this
page that the ongoing saga of the truth of Joyner's actual associations
will most likely continue. I further stated, "it is not our responsibility
to sort out or attend to the mystery. Therefore, we were not going
to speculate any further nor take up our time with Joyner's 'Knights of
Malta' statements. We are only interested in validated facts, and
specifics. We are busy 'building' too, and it is time to go on to other
things." Since then, there have been these updates below.
March 19, 2001, Teri Lee Earl
We have constructed a page to report the last development, entitled, Rick Joyner In Charisma.
As quoted by Charisma News, Joyner says he "does not listen "to people I think aren't legitimate leaders in the body of Christ." If this is a true quote from Charisma which we trust it is, I believe it says volumes about Joyner's availability and accountability to the larger Body of Christ or to anyone he does not arbitrarily decide has the "right" to speak into his activities, behaviors, or teachings as it effects Christians and the Body of Christ at large, both nationally and internationally.
It seems only logical after the silence and this statement above, as well as other like statements that dismiss with addressing anything specifically, to conclude that Joyner is probably answering everyone who has attempted to approach him including ourselves. Although I believe this saga has been a sad event, I nevertheless am thankful to have heeded the call regarding my involvement in this matter, for the sake of my brothers and sisters in Christ.
God bless you and God keep you.
-Teri Lee Earl
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