This is a testimony of mine that I am sharing concerning Good News Chapel (GNC) church having invited Rodney Howard-Browne (RHB) & his team on his “GREAT AWAKENING TOUR”. It took place on the week of 3th January 2016 in Montreal (Quebec, Canada).
This was written in love. Just as my coming in person to GNC was an act of love warning them of this supposed Christian.
I was considering back and forth if I should add that particular church to this testimony. They invited a dangerous man known as the Holy Ghost Bartender of whom there is over 3 decades of documentation on his false teachings.
I’ve had a one on one meeting with the Senior Pastor of that Church, at his Church, two weeks after I visited there with the sole intention of warning others about the guests that this Church invited.
I tried to not think about writing this testimony. As a matter of fact, I thought that if I could get busy doing ministry and slip away to be alone with God, that writing this would fade away in my plans but I was all the more bothered.
I personally have nothing against Rodney Howard-Browne, his team, or the Church he was touring for his “Great Awakening Tour”. I wish the best for them and that they would repent of their errors and grow into Christ’s image—that they would remain in Christ’s Doctrine, and not add, subtract, multiply or divide the Gospel.
I want to let everyone know that I originally didn’t want to visit that Church in the first place back when I saw the invitation in early December 2015, but I knew that I should warn others about Rodney Howard-Browne. It was the biblical thing to do. Jesus warned us about deceivers and according to God’s Word, I have authority and permission to expose wolves in sheep’s clothing, identifying them by name.
Jesus warned us of deceivers
[Matthew 7:15-20] Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.
Two names identified
[2 Timothy 2:16-18] But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness. And their word will eat as doth a canker: of whom is Hymenaeus and Philetus; Who concerning the truth have erred, saying that the resurrection is past already; and overthrow the faith of some.
[2 Timothy 4:10, 14] For Demas hath forsaken me, having loved this present world, and is departed unto Thessalonica; Crescens to Galatia, Titus unto Dalmatia. […] Alexander the coppersmith did me much evil: the Lord reward him according to his works:
Correcting false teachers
[Titus 1:10-16] For there are many unruly and vain talkers and deceivers, specially they of the circumcision: Whose mouths must be stopped, who subvert whole houses, teaching things which they ought not, for filthy lucre’s sake. One of themselves, even a prophet of their own, said, the Cretians are alway liars, evil beasts, slow bellies. This witness is true. Wherefore rebuke them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith; Not giving heed to Jewish fables, and commandments of men, that turn from the truth. Unto the pure all things are pure: but unto them that are defiled and unbelieving is nothing pure; but even their mind and conscience is defiled. They profess that they know God; but in works they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate.
[1 Timothy 5:20] Them that sin rebuke before all, that others also may fear.
Before I knew that I would be going there, I, on December 10th 2015 wrote on the Facebook page of this Church, that I was in disapproval of RHB’s visiting. Not long after that post, an administrator deleted my post. I tried to reach out to someone I know who goes there as well, but he blocked me when I tried to reason with him the Scriptures via private messaging—He didn’t even reply to my message. I was blacklisted within seconds. Sigh….
Anyways, I continued posting warnings on the GNC Facebook page, but my comments were obviously removed—and I knew they would be. It is of no surprise that mega-churches do not tolerate criticism and cannot stand to be challenged, especially when challenging the Pastor’s vision.
Now, that the opportunity has come for me to visit in person and to give out as many pamphlets (Click here to see the pamphlet) inside as I could. That’s what I was hoping to do anyways. So I entered Good News Chapel’s building, a lady gave me an announcement pamphlets, I took it and I then went to the restroom to pray (basically to avoid the noise that was in the sanctuary). I checked the announcement, and I noticed right away that the event will take place in the evening. Strange, I thought, because that’s not what was announced on Facebook. I only had prepared to come in the morning; my evening was booked. So I prayed to God, what I should do?
I left the restroom 10 minutes later, and ran into a brother whom I haven’t seen for a while coming toward me. He was surprised that I was there, knowing my stand on Rodney Howard-Browne. My prayer hasn’t been answered yet. I was wondering if I should give him a pamphlet as I had a brief chat with him there. So by faith, I gave him one copy.
Afterwards I went to the sanctuary and sat down in the back and prayed to God for guidance. Within minutes, 3 bodyguards I have spotted from the corner of my eye were coming toward me. I already knew why. Not that my prayer was answered but that they came for me. I am not going to ask how they knew my intention. They asked me politely to talk with me outside from the public eye, and they offered me two choices: give them my tracts, sit down in the congregation and shut up throughout the service, or leave. I was considering the following passage as it was flashing in my memory, I did not want to sit down and take part in that event’s wicked works.
Beware of deceivers
[2 John 9-11] Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son. If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed: For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds.
I was told that Rodney was their guest, and it was not nice to expose him. I was warned that I cannot pass these pamphlets on their propriety; lest they would call the cops on me because these tracts, are basically, propaganda.
So I left. I got off the bus near metro Cadillac and I stayed there for 2 hours thinking about that situation. I knew that if I left I would have regretted it. I also knew that once I would enter the metro station I wouldn’t come back—it was settled in my mind that way. So before I took any concrete decision, not wishing to be comforted, I stayed in the cold. I found a park, and then a bench and I sat there. I prayed. I thought to myself that it doesn’t make sense that I would prepare for 3 weeks only to return defeated. I considered their warning that if I would return they would have me arrested most probably. I considered also the distance between the entrance of GNC and the sidewalk—because I was warned not to pass material on their propriety. I am not a screamer; I cannot project my voice.
I called a sister, and voiced my issue. As I was talking with her over the phone and read that pamphlet to her, I was encouraged. My burden was reignited.
I am going back. Although from that time until the evening’s service, I did not yet know where I should make a stand: on the sidewalk, or on their property—or even to buy materials at the dollar store to make a banner.
So I got there a little bit early than 7:30 PM, and I was on their property handing my pamphlets in front of the entrance but these bodyguards are like hawks. They confront me, and one of them said “what are you doing here?!” (He was surprised)
Even I was surprised that day. I haven’t had any idea that I would be returning to that place.
Anyhow, this bodyguard amazed me. He told me “I don’t want to debate.”
First of all, I did not come to debate. I came to warn the flock which according to Scriptures alone I have the right to do. Then I wanted to show him something from Scripture and again he amazed me once more. He didn’t want to open the Bible with me and contend for the truth once delivered to the saints. Then the pastor came and asked if there was a problem, to which I replied: “Yes, there is a problem by you inviting a false prophet!.
Preach the whole counsel and beware of grievous wolves
[Acts 20:26-31] Wherefore I take you to record this day, that I am pure from the blood of all men. For I have not shunned to declare unto you all the counsel of God. Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood. For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock. Also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them. Therefore watch, and remember, that by the space of three years I ceased not to warn every one night and day with tears.
I left home afterwards with a second warning and with a certainty of not returning.
Different day, different approach
I had planned to only return on Wednesday after work to put a couple of flyers in key places on Boul. Lacordaire Street. To my surprise, when I returned from work Tuesday, one of my brothers in the faith wanted to see it for himself. As a matter of fact, someone else proposed to go there in the evening earlier that day, so I thought, okay let’s go.
Based on the story that took place Sunday with me, my brother & I agreed that it would be better not to enter together. As far as to where our third brother was, I did not know until I returned home because I do not have data on my phone to receive Facebook messages.
Anyways I went inside the church a couple of seconds after him and sought a friend I know who was attending that night, to tell him that I came with different intentions. (I was hoping that he would not escort me out) I also asked someone for a bible because the battery on my phone was red.
Throughout the singing, and lecturing, and bible galloping and twisting, I sought to renew my mind in the Scriptures and in prayer. I even asked God: “what am I here for?” Then my brother who gave me a lift had to leave to pick up his wife. He showed me the time on his phone and that had to leave soon. As I left the sanctuary a few minutes after him, someone recognized me as the “person who was passing out tracts on Sunday”, and he wanted to evangelize me. Actually, when I stepped into the building, that same person told me that Jesus loves me!. I said, I know because the Bible tells me so. Then, he asked me If I have Jesus in heart to which I replied, “On my mind and in my heart.”
Unfortunately, I told him that I had to leave earlier and that I will see him the next day (but It did not happen as I hoped). I know for a fact that there were more than us three there that evening.
Wednesday, I was able to leave work a bit earlier which gave me some time to print a few flyers. It takes me 2 hours to get to Montreal North.
I believe I arrived a bit late there and so I went to the restroom. I left one pamphlet there on RHB. Upon exiting the men’s restroom, to my surprise, three “men of God” were waiting for me. I was told that I was forbidden to go any further and obviously would be escorted out from their facility.
Many things happened in those few minutes before I left. I do not remember the exact words and in which order things were said, but I do remember that twice I wanted to go to Scriptures in fear of misquoting the Bible and I was replied that they didn’t wanted to debate/argue. Their response amazed me.
I was asked why I was doing this. Well, he would have known if he had only read one of my pamphlets.
I was asked which “church” I go to. These supposed men of God don’t know what church is. They were pointing to a building, which began in 1906. “But make up your mind” I thought; “whether, the building is the church of God or His Born Again people”. At a certain point, one of the leaders was pointing first to the building saying that it is the Church of God. I probably had stepped on his toes when I said: “If Good News Chapel Church” gets destroyed I wouldn’t even care. I would only care for the people who have the Spirit in them; Jesus in them.”
He reminded me to obey the authorities. Now this is the second time I was told that that week. I don’t remember to whom I replied but I replied that alike to the scribes and pharisees who created extra laws, they too created extra laws nowhere found in the New Covenant. I didn’t want to go any deeper into the hierarchical church system and lording over the flock. I only came to let God’s people know about that guest of theirs being a wolf in sheep clothing. And unless they would have taken one copy each of what I brought, they would have easily guessed it and knew why was I doing this.
That same leader also said that he knew my intention, especially of yesterday. These are their accusations: That we came as spies and one got caught recording (I had no clue that he would be recording). That we were three (but we were more). That I came especially to call out Rodney in front of all (but only God all-knowing knew what was going on in my spirit) and then says that I couldn’t publicly rebuke RHB because his wife was preaching that evening and that I was getting uncomfortable with her preaching so we left. Also, he mentioned that he knew about us, and followed me on Facebook and this whole ordeal. But I want to let everyone know, that it is exactly, to the teeth, what I wanted to happen. I wanted them to know that it was me who was passing out pamphlets. After a phone call with another brother on this issue—he suggested that I should identify myself because of what took place the day before (Rodney said that there was a guy passing out tracts; exposing him.) This brother didn’t mention that I should tag any other but myself on Facebook so I took it upon myself to be followed because I want them to see the truth. To make a stand demanded that I should, and would, loose something costly. Now I have some who disagree with my position and say I shouldn’t call out false doctrine and teachers—but doing that makes you a heretic hunter. I would repent of that provided Scriptures on their part in its context, balanced also with other parts of the Bible. But, you see, I wasn’t looking for trouble; Rodney Howard-Browne appeared on my radar unpredictably and I had to make a choice upon what I already knew from Scripture.
Anyhow, more things were said to me that evening by one of these “men of God” (aka, body guards). He said that the unpardonable sin is to go against that move of the “Holy Spirit”. That’s baloney, because the Holy Spirit won’t let you tremble like a worm on the floor without control, He won’t let you yell and laugh without reason or act like an animal. The Holy Spirit is like a gentleman; identified in the bible like a dove.
Fruit of the Holy Spirit
[Galatians 5:22-23] But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.
There are two fascinating things I remember that night:
1) He said, Rodney Howard-Browne is a man of God based on how many people accepted Jesus Christ in their life on his crusades. Then he asked me how many people came to Christ because of me? And I am standing there thinking before God, I can’t believe what I just heard. It is totally unbiblical. It is the wrong emphasis.
2) He also said, seeing how I step up to the plate (I reached 3 warnings—I was supposed to meet the police Sunday evening, etc), that because of what I did through out those few days (passing propaganda on their propriety, as they call it), he said that in response to that they too will also step up to the plate. I was happy when I heard that. I said “Okay!” . He said that they will do that by calling the cops on me. I was shocked! These guys don’t believe in the sufficiency of Scripture.
He said if he finds one pamphlet of mine in their “church” that I should expect the law to be against me, period. So I only told him that I left one pamphlet in the men’s restroom and that from now I would be heading home.
In closing, I know that if ever they find in Good News Chapel my pamphlets exposing false prophets that they would throw them in the trash.
What greatly bothers me, and this one is typical in the west, that these pastors will state that they preach the whole counsel of God but won’t expose fruits of darkness and identify wolves in sheep’s clothing. They will state that they are about peace and love and unity…
Are such men innocent of everyone’s blood like the apostle Paul? (Read Acts 20:26-31 again)