A creepy Ohio televangelist forced followers to have abortions and vasectomies in order to avoid the costs of raising children because “Jesus needs money.”
Popular Ohio televangelist Ernest Angley stands accused of all sorts of horrors and hypocrisies in a recently released expose on Angley’s Grace Cathedral church based in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio. The following is an excerpt from that expose, published by the Akron Beacon Journal:
Angley’s church is a dangerous cult where pregnant women are encouraged to have abortions, childless men are encouraged to have vasectomies and Angley — who preaches vehemently against the “sin” of homosexuality — is himself a gay man who personally examines the genitals of the male parishioners before and after their surgeries. They also say he turns a blind eye to sexual abuse by other members of his church.
According to former members of the large congregation, Angley coerced pregnant women to have abortions and men to have vasectomies because the costs of raising children would divert future funds from the church.
Greg Mulkey once a prominent figure at Grace Cathedral and a singer in the Hallelujahs, a group featured on Angley’s TV broadcasts, explains why Angley is so opposed to church members having children:
He doesn’t want people to have kids because it would take their time and money away from [the church].
He really forced people into abortions through scare tactics, as if he were a medical doctor. It turns my stomach.
When you tell another man to have a vasectomy, and you’re not a doctor, and you have influence over that person, you’re taking away their humanity.
“[It’s] his way of controlling everyone. It’s very scary stuff.
Many female church members report they were forced into having abortions by Angley. Angelia Oborne said that Angley advised a friend to think of the fetus inside her as “a tumor” –
“She was four months pregnant and she sat in the [abortion clinic] waiting room and told her baby that she was so sorry that she was doing this. I know another girl — she won’t come forward — but she was forced into having four abortions.”
In addition to forced family planning, Angley is also accused of sexually abusing boys and young men in the church, accusations Angley denies:
“I’m not a homosexual. God wouldn’t use a homosexual like he uses me. He calls me his prophet, and indeed I am. They called Jesus a homosexual, did you know that? And still do. Because he was with men.”
However, while denying he is “a homosexual” Angley does admit, and many former male church members confirm, that Angley often examined the genitals of men before and after receiving their vasectomies:
“Sure, I’d have them uncover themselves, but I did not handle them at all.”
Critics claim Angley has been running a cult, not a church. Former members report Angley controls virtually every aspect of congregants’ lives, from deciding what they read and watch on TV to whom they will marry and when; and consistently threatens and intimidates his flock into following his instructions, bullying them into life-changing decisions that often split up families.
Supporters claim Angley is a prophet of God, currently under attack by Satan.