Wednesday, June 20, 2007

U.S. Supreme Court refuses to hear the Local Church's lawsuit against Harvest House

Apparently Living Stream Ministry (LSM) aka The Local Church has been at it again--appealing their lawsuit against Harvest House, John Ankerberg and John Weldon all the way up to the U.S. Supreme Court. They claim to be Christians but think it's a-okay to sue their brothers-in-Christ (and push them to the brink of financial ruin).

And--no surprise here--it seems that Hank Hanegraaff's enthusiastic letter of support, written for his buddies in the Local Church, also followed the lawsuit to the top. This is what happens when a fundraiser tries to be the Bible Answer Man.

Fortunately, the Court saw the stupidity of it all and refused to hear the case. The Local Church must have tons of money to burn--based on the ridiculous amount they surely spent on a lost cause.

In the end, LSM did a great deal of harm to their ministry by their go for the throat court case. Once upon a time your average, everyday Christian might have said something like, "Huh??" at the mention of Living Stream Ministry. Now, Christians from all walks of life are much more aware of the Local Church, their debatable teachings and their love for the legal system--all widespread negative publicity courtesy of the Local Church. Talk about shooting yourself in both feet . . . .

I think this is a case of poetic (or divine) justice.

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JohnD said...

Truer colors never showed better than the anger HHH aimed at your truly when he thought I stole his thunder even for a moment.

I'll also never forget the haggard look on his wife's face as she stood vigil over the book table with child number 5 feeding on her breast. Sad.

That he got such a strangle hold over CRI says a lot about Christian push-overs (not speaking about the grieving Martin family, but about the CRI board members and CRI employees hand picked by WM who did nothing to stop the seizure).

10:59 AM  
JohnD said...

Ron Rhodes and I spoke on this a few years ago even though he since bit at the air time carrot HHH dangled in front of him. RR was trying to get back on air at one point. Guess he gave up on it.

Sad, because we need many like him to help offset the undoings of HHH and friends.

11:02 AM  
Jill Martin Rische said...

Let's move this discussion to the WM Board.

Thanks, guys. :)

9:52 PM  

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