Jesus People USA vs. Mike Warnke
Date: December 12, 2007 01:04AM
I recently had the opportunity to help sponsored a Mike Warnke concert and it gave me the chance to ask Mike to forgive me for not intervening in the dispute and attacks that Jesus People USA had launched against Mr. Warnke.
I was a member of JPUSA from 1984 to 1986 and was subjected to the "purging beatings" and numerous other mental, financial and emotional abuses conducted and approved by the leadership of Jesus People USA (JPUSA). The leadership demanding that if you owned a vehicle, you could not stay at JPUSA, so they demanded that I donate my car to them, a 1970 Dodge Charger R/S and what little money I had at the time. In the mean time, some of the Elders including Glen Kaiser, had sportcars and a couple of new fishing boats hidden away in the upstairs storage of what is now, Lakefront Roofing. They called the storage unit: "The Deacon's Storage or Deak's Storage". After Lakefront Roofing moved into that building the vehicles were moved to a new location. The Rez Band also maintained a building that was labelled the "Recording Studio", but it had very nice private living quarters in the upstairs. It wasn't until this weekend that I figured out it might be Glen and Wendy Kaiser's private quarters, because the Rez Band members were rarely seen at the Malden or Wilson street buildings.
I was present when Elder Steve Follman (I was a member of the Follman family) claimed that if Mike Warnke did not stand before the JPUSA congregation and public confess his sins, repent and finally submit to the Elders authority and live at JPUSA for during the time of his repentance/restoration, that Jon Trott would launch a campaign to expose and ruin him. A public confession at JPUSA did not nessessarily mean that you would be forgiven. I know from personnal experience, that if you stood before the congregation and repented for anything, you would be openly judged and in many ways shunned. I never experienced a personnal healing or restoration from my experience. I feel that if Mr. Warnke had stood before the JPUSA they would have found a way to punish him forever.
I was present when Jon Trott was asked by a member of the carpentry crew if he could help us, for a brief moment, as several of us remodeled the Cornerstone Offices located on Wilson Street. He very rudely refused and I later overheard him say to Eric Pement that he needed to sensationalise his stories in order to justify his lack of being involved in the physical labor that was required to build up the Jesus People USA ministry. This goes along with a statement that Bob Cox, the former cartoonist for Cornerstone, had told a group of us prior to his departure for JPUSA. I believe twisting a story should be treated the same as a letter from a false prophet. If it isn't 100% accurate, it should not be printed nor adhered to. If Mr. Trott has exaggerated in anyway on the Warnke story, he should be held accountable for his actions.
When I lived at JPUSA, Mr. Trott and Mr. Pement had been so rude and arrogant to me and others for that matter, that I decided never to read an article written or printed in the Cornerstone Magazine. I would not recommend doing business with anyone running an ad in that magazine.
Jesus People USA and Mike Warnke are both dear to my heart and responsible for me being a Christian. However, I believe the Lord's name is being damaged by JPUSA and Jon Trott's action. I believe wrong doers are going unpunished and un-exposed. I know for a fact that Jon Trott has a hidden agenda for his non-stop attacks on Mr. Warnke. Mr. Warnke has stood before a council of legitimate Elders and has been restore to the Body of Christ. It's time for his wounds to be healed and the Body of Believers need to forgive him in the same fashion that Christ forgave Mike and you. I feel it's time to expose Mr. Trott motives.