Right Wing Watch reports that Christian right fraud Rick Joyner has been doing shows promoting his friend Bob Jones (not the same one from Bob Jones University), who is, he tells us, a powerful prophet of God. RWW reprints an excerpt from an interview that was published in a recent book by John McArthur between Jones and Mike Bickle, another self-declared “prophet.”
Mike Bickle: “Tell them about the error in your life; the measure of error that you have and the measure of accuracy, ’cause I want people to understand a little bit about that?”
Bob Jones: “Well, I’ve had a lot of measure of error in my life. I remember once that I got into pride. Every time I get into pride, boy, Papa [God] sure knows how to pop my bubble. And I got into pride and called a church into a three-day fast and told them that certain things was going to happen, and they went into a three-day fast. It was terrible. And after that three-day fast—it was terrible, and the Spirit didn’t even show up that night ….”
Mike Bickle: “You called people to a fast?”
Bob Jones: “I sure did, and it wasn’t of the Lord; it was of my pride. I thought you could force the Lord to do something through fasting—boy, I found out real quick you couldn’t. So there’s a bunch of old saints that was ready to stone me, and so I was ready to get out of there and I went home like any good prophet, and I resigned. And I bawled and I squalled and I finally went to sleep and when I went to sleep the Lord come and took hold of my hand. And [in my vision] I was about like this little girl right here … only I was in a lot worse shape because I had a Pamper [diaper] on and I had really messed it good. It was running down both of my legs. And the Lord had a hold of my hand and I was a bawlin’ and a squallin’. . . . And I heard a voice sort of speak, puzzled I can say, ‘What happened to Bob?’ And my [heavenly] counselor spoke up and said, ‘He had an accident.”
Mike Bickle: “Spoke some wrong words.”
Bob Jones: “‘Yeah. He had an accident. He messed his Pamper real bad: And I think, ‘Oh boy, here it comes.’ And then I really got a surprise. A gentle, tender voice said, That boy needs more insurance. Let him know we’ve got him covered from them accidents. Give him a higher insurance policy.’ That wasn’t what I was looking for because I just resigned. ‘Clean him up—tell him to go back into the body and prophesy twice as much. This time, he’ll do what I’ll tell him to: The next thing I knew I was back in bed, and boy, I come awake and man, I mean sweat was rolling down.” …Mike Bickle: “So there has been errors; there’s been a number of errors.”
Bob Jones: “Oh, hundreds of them.”
The Bible, of course, says that if someone declares themselves to be a prophet and their prophecies turn out to be false they should be stoned to death. But then there’s this, also from McArthur’s book:
Fewer than three years after that interview, Bob Jones was temporarily removed from public ministry by the Metro Vineyard Fellowship of Kansas City in Olathe, Kansas, whose senior pastor was none other than Mike Bickle. It had come to light that Jones was using false “prophecies” as a means of gaining trust from women whom he then abused sexually. “The sins for which [he was] removed from ministry include[d] using his gifts to manipulate people for his personal desires, sexual misconduct, rebelling against pastoral authority, slandering leaders and the promotion of bitterness within the body of Christ.” He nevertheless returned to the charismatic limelight after a short hiatus, and as of this writing, he is still speaking in charismatic churches, presenting himself as an anointed prophet of God, and making prophecies that are demonstrably false and often patently ridiculous.’ Thousands of gullible charismatics still hang on his every word—as if all the scandal and false prophesying never happened. The fact that Jones’s online biography compares his ministry to that of the prophet Daniel only heightens the blasphemous nature of the whole fiasco.
Con men gotta con. Grifters gotta grift. It’s what they do.