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A Real Michael Rood Awakening

Concerning Alleged Torah Observant Actions

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Old Habits, New Ways

1 Timothy 5:24 Some men's sins are open beforehand, going before to judgment; and some men they follow after. 25 Likewise also the good works of some are manifest beforehand; and they that are otherwise cannot be hid.

Michael Rood's global vision is not unique as his mentor Victor Paul Wierwille of The Way International, where Michael Rood was in leadership, attempted to accomplish the same thing. In his The Ugly Truth That I Discovered About Michael Rood,  Michael Rood AGAIN showed who and what he is about.

"...Our job is only just beginning.  We must give them the authority and our confidence.  These are the people for which we have been praying for all these years. We have both older and mature, and younger and energetic people who want to put their hand to the plow.  We are doing something that is so much more important than the Kingdom that we were building in New Knoxville..." 41 

Michael Rood's statement to Jamie Louis may not have been understood by his followers or the uninitiated.

"We are doing something that is so much more important than the Kingdom that we were building in New Knoxville".

New Knoxville was the location of Victor Wierwilles farm and the base for The Way International (TWI). All claims that TWI and their theology were the former beliefs of Michael Rood and his associates, is shown to be contrary by Michael Rood's own words written to Jamie Louis. It needs to be understood that TWI theology teaches that only those within the organization are the believers and they alone have the truth, which is precisely what Michael Rood teaches to his followers.

In fact Rood has been "condemning all who do not require people to obey the Torah (such as the Christian Church) saying they do not have the truth and are not in the kingdom of God. According to Rood, Christian churches and ministers are those who say “Lord, Lord” but do not obey the Torah as Y’shua says, and so “miss the whole thing.”" 42

Former TWI member Karl Kahler, in his book The Cult That Snapped, related what New Knoxville was, and also the behaviors and doctrine of founder Victor Wierwille.

"Dr. Wierwille had a farm, and on that farm he had a cult. It was a fairly harmless little cult at first, offering Sunday services and Bible classes to pious Midwesterners within driving distance of little New Knoxville, Ohio." [pg 6 chapter 2]

"...New Knoxville, Ohio, that is known today as International Headquarters of The Way..." [p 34]

"...Wade was invited by Wierwille to bring his family to New Knoxville and serve as Wierwille’s personal assistant and head of Way publications. Wade accepted and came to Ohio in May 1967, becoming managing editor of The Way Magazine and head of Wierwille’s American Christian Press [V Note  -which published Wierwilles books, magazines and training material and was in New Knoxville]  "...Wade described Wierwille as “a very strong personality who will blow his top when something goes wrong.” [p56]

"...My gripe was with the Way Tree, in that — this came probably in late ’69, early ’70 — where his concept of the Way Tree was that New Knoxville was the Root, of course, and there was just one Trunk coming out of it, I was pushing for him to see each nation as a separate tree. And there was no legal way that he could have control over an organization in another country.” [p 102]

... Wierwille was “taking a more dictatorial line,” [p 102]

[Wierwille] didn’t want strong, independent leaders on the field — he wanted people who were ready to “follow the man of God, right or wrong.” [p 104]

"...he was arrogant and self-important back when he was a nobody, ... when he became wealthy, powerful and revered by thousands... success went to his head,.. Wierwille had always been the center of his own universe, but his universe had suddenly become much larger...“My vision is for the world,”

..Wierwille had published a number of books,... in 1975 he published a book ... Jesus Christ Is Not God. Wierwille had become convinced that the Trinity was a pagan notion that infiltrated Christianity by the fourth century, when the earliest texts still in existence were written. Any verse that appeared to deify Jesus was inserted by Trinitarian “forgers of the Word.” [chapter 10 p 115]

"The book was evidence enough to mainstream Christians that Wierwille was a heretic and a false teacher,.... He wasn’t content with offending Christians on a scholarly level, in print; he wanted to shove it in their faces. And he wanted to do it in his own hometown, New Knoxville,..."[p 115]

"...He was applauded by believers wearing foam hats imprinted with the words “Jesus Christ is not God.” [p 116]

"... All his critics, he wanted his followers to think, were nothing but a bunch of crippled Christians, Trinitarian apologists for a doctrine he had already cogently discredited..." [p 116]

"...Under Wierwille’s arrogant and paranoid guidance, The Way came to specialize in the belief that it alone held the full truth, and was therefore Enemy No. 1 of the Adversary, Satan, the god of this world. On the entire face of the earth, there was only one movement where Satan didn’t have a toehold, and that was The Way. Destroying The Way was the devil’s top priority, and he knew he would have to marshal forces much larger than The Way to defeat it..." [p 117] 43

Michael Rood, a Limb for the organization, was not fired from TWI along with many who had raised objections to several of the blatantly sinful activities, but rather, he resigned at a later date in the 90's. Jamie Louis and his wife at that time, were Branch Coordinators of The Way in Richmond, Virginia, 1978-1979.  Jamie also attended the 1998 CES conference (splinter group of the Way), as well as attending the 1995 conference put on by Dale Sides (sixth Corp), where Michael Rood and Robert Wadsworth also attended.

It is highly probable that Jamie Louis's reference in the FAQ's concerning the whole A Rood Awakening! Ministries mess, is that he "moved a mutual friend to Gig Harbor as part of his ministry." That mutual friend who had just published a book, was likely Robert Wadsworth mentioned in the articles, who also attended the 1995 conference. The co-author of Wadsworth's book was Dan Stockemer of The Way International's 6th Corp whom Jamie Louis is currently in business with, and who also attended that 1995 conference. See: Michael John Rood: WAY Days   The Reverend Michael John Rood  ;   Michael John Rood: Continuing The WAY  Michael John Rood: Dad & Early Church Communications  Michael Rood: WAY Colleague, Occult Calendar & False Prophecies

Michael Rood's claim of being called to a ministry has been one of alleged direct and new revelation, being called to give the message to North America, despite being a proven false prophet. He has used Christian media, while he himself rejects Christianity as pagan and uses Christian terms and inroads to advantage. I believe those in the Christian media who have promoted him have been more than a little contrary to their stated purposes and statements of faith.


That said, how exactly does one tell an African, Russian, Israeli and so on to "leave their 'Western Gentile Christian mind behind"? And he speaks in his books and other media and discussed in Michael Rood's The Pagan-Christian Connection Exposed , about  "Christian fabrication” (pg 40) and warns us that if the reader does not understand the feasts that “...the Gospels will remain shallow and confusing to the western Gentile reader” (pg 96) while “...the book of Revelation will remain an indecipherable time warp continuum to the Gentile Christian mind” (pg 120)..." 


Apparently Michael Rood's experience with not understanding the Scriptures has clouded his view to be one that states no one can understand the scriptures except through his teaching, which is the same theology Wierwille taught.

It is quite common for cult leaders to have a god complex as noted by Victor Wierwille's statements. Michael Rood is apparently no different. In the Letter to Neal we see, that Michael Rood feels he can control what is said by whom and to whom:

"...Yet you are falsely asserting that you are authorized by me to ask very biased questions to others who Jamie is accusing falsely????? You and the members of your group do not have my sanction to question or harass anyone!


Jamie is a deceitful man. He has plotted and stolen a great deal of money from my ministry and he cannot-he absolutely CANNOT TELL THE TRUTH!...


Jamie will eventually fall on the sword of Judas on the very property he has purchased with the reward of his iniquity. Do not delude yourself. I will NOT be reconciled in any way to this slothful and wicked servant who refuses to give me an accounting. I don't give a flying bite in the wind about what concocted account he offers you six months later.  He is not your servant.  He was mine.  I judged him and MY judgment STANDS!  Not one of you is qualified to judge my servant. After eight years - I AM!


I judge Jamie with the full recognition that on Judgment Day the Almighty will judge me with the very same measuring stick that I used to judge him.


...You and your group have proven incapable. Monte Judah has scandals in his ministry far outweighing this one, and he is not a capable or accepted judge.




...If you decide to publish your opinions, I will pray that the Almighty will roll them up into tight little tubes and perch you all firmly upon them!.." 44

From a letter to Jamie Louis from Michael Rood dated 8/7/07, with the Byron Center address as to his location.

"Anyone in this ministry who doesn't believe that I have the authority from Heaven to run my ministry as I see fit should at least have the honesty to go find someone they respect and get out of my way..." 45

I suspect that is exactly what former staff and supporters are doing.


John 5:44 Jesus said: "How can ye believe, which receive honour one of another, and seek not the honour that cometh from God only


Galatians 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, 23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.
24 And they that are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.
25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.
26 Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another.


The Fruit of the Spirit But, Which spirit?


James 3:9 Therewith bless we God, even the Father; and therewith curse we men, which are made after the similitude of God.
10 Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be.
11 Doth a fountain send forth at the same place sweet water and bitter?
12 Can the fig tree, my brethren, bear olive berries? either a vine, figs? so can no fountain both yield salt water and fresh.
13 Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let him show out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom.
14 But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth. 15 This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish.
16 For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work.
17 But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be entreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.

While Jamie Louis and those in the panel who had venues cited scriptures and 'corporate sole' bylaws, not one.....that is, not one of these 'torah scholars' and 'judges' referred to the Scriptures specifically relevant to believers, of which they all claim to be. That is, when threats, name calling and postulating, lawyer letters with demands and more threats of legal ramifications, not one that this writer has seen, cited these Scriptures publicly:

1 Corinthians 5:11 But now I have written unto you not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolater, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner; with such an one no not to eat.
12 For what have I to do to judge them also that are without? do not ye judge them that are within? 13 But them that are without God judgeth. Therefore put away from among yourselves that wicked person.
6:1 Dare any of you, having a matter against another, go to law before the unjust, and not before the saints?
2 Do ye not know that the saints shall judge the world? and if the world shall be judged by you, are ye unworthy to judge the smallest matters?
3 Know ye not that we shall judge angels? how much more things that pertain to this life? 4 If then ye have judgments of things pertaining to this life, set them to judge who are least esteemed in the church.
5 I speak to your shame. Is it so, that there is not a wise man among you? no, not one that shall be able to judge between his brethren?
6 But brother goeth to law with brother, and that before the unbelievers.
7 Now therefore there is utterly a fault among you, because ye go to law one with another. Why do ye not rather take wrong? why do ye not rather suffer yourselves to be defrauded? 8 Nay, ye do wrong, and defraud, and that your brethren.
9 Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, 10 Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.

It was not for the self-proclaimed leaders who were called to judge on these matters, but the least esteemed were and are to make righteous judgment using the Word of God as the standard. Scriptures are so easily dumped when egos and reputations are preferred. Even if one can conclude that one or more involved are, or are not of Christ, what do the Scriptures say?

Matthew 5:39 But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also.
40 And if any man will sue thee at the law, and take away thy coat, let him have thy cloak also. ... 44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;

Romans 12:14 Bless them which persecute you: bless, and curse not.

Perusing the many formal statements from former staff or associates of Michael Rood, a thread of an attitude becomes clear. As with many groups, the one who claims leadership is given wide parameters for ungodly behavior and attitudes, with the belief that this person has been given such a special call, that gives them the right of special treatment and lack of accountability. Un-Scriptural practices are ignored for the 'sake of the ministry.' Having received many emails from those who have been spiritually hurt by various ministries, including Michael Rood's, it is not a surprise to see what is being said in the various posted statements while the whole controversy is presented to the public and any authorities who may be inclined to take notice.

The following can be read in their entirety at the appropriate url's and please note this is a mere sampling of the statements.

From the statement of Bill Bishop from Costa Rica, dated September 25, 2007 and called Michael's Methods, An Observation of Behavior By Bill Bishop:

"...In a mostly polite conversation he [Rood] went on spinning his quite masterful manipulative tale of the poor shafted servant of Yah all the while proclaiming the Name of Yahweh and R-rated expletives from the same mouth. I informed him after some 30 minutes that I wanted to address his un-Torah like behavior and questioned him about the attempted house take over. I stated that I knew of the attempted lock change, which he at first denied until I repeated the events as they happened. He stated it was his house and I informed him that indeed it was not, that it belonged to our landlord. This sent him on a tirade as he shouted “don’t tell me it isn’t my house! It was given to me by Yahweh for MY MINISTRY.” He went on to basically explain that Yahweh had in fact empowered him to be completely above the law of the land and, by implication, the Torah as well...." 46

Forgotten are these and many more Scriptures:

Titus 3:1 Put them in mind to be subject to principalities and powers, to obey magistrates, to be ready to every good work,
2 To speak evil of no man, to be no brawlers, but gentle, showing all meekness unto all men.

From Lee Ware Alon, who worked with A Rood Awakening! Ministries from 2004 -2006. He speaks highly of Jamie Louis and Michael Detwiler and others, except his personal interaction with Michael Rood :

"....What follows is nothing but brief accounts of personal experience and subjective opinion. I can say that my general impression of Michael Rood, from the first, was that of an abrasive, arrogant, and inconsiderate man. Over time, I was only able to confirm those first impressions while adding to the list of Michael's attributes that he is a "rude", potentially dishonest and deceptive, deeply self-delusional and self-important man, motivated by the experience of personal power over others ... and of course money. A kind of self-deceived megalomaniac with an unhealthy and unwholesome influence over an inherently gullible, naive, and easily exploitable religious demographic.

...the only unethical behavior I personally witnessed on an organizational level was directly connected to Michael Rood and his personal claims or behavior. For example, the difference between the picture Michael would paint publicly of his own poverty, sacrifice, and hardship while living in relative opulence and luxury in a beautiful home overlooking the Galilee in Israel can only be described as disingenuous and purposely misleading.

...I was asked, by Michael, to personally import a vehicle earmarked for the "Rood Crew" and production needs, which was instead used exclusively as a personal vehicle of Michael and Judith. I was intentionally deceived in this matter by Michael and Judith to procure my help with the Israeli government so they could avoid tax liability...

...Michael's ego was always indulged or deferred to as a matter of unspoken policy. This tendency probably helped create the absence of fiscal accountability to which Michael could be forced to comply. I think religious leaders are generally prone to corruption and radical hypocrisy because they gain the stature of demigods among their followers, even their organizational peers...." 47

Angie Bishop, wife to Bill, on the advisory board and also in the audio tape which was over 2 and one half hours long, published her observations:

"...This tape was not produced by a "private investigator," as Michael falsely states on his website, in fact, it was inadvertently sent in error to Don Harris by one of the A Rood Awakening! board members instead of the recording of a tape Don Harris had participated on and requested. The original recording was almost 2 ½ hours long. Michael not only posted the audio without permission, which is illegal, he also deleted vital portions...

"I have been very saddened as lie after lie has come forth from Michael Rood, his newly formed ministry and his new website. In this statement, I have chosen to only go into detail over a few of the many false claims that Michael Rood and his new ministry have made. There is one false claim that does not concern me personally, but has very much bothered me, that I would like to correct. Michael Rood, on his website has stated that Michael Detwiler is a felon. This statement is an outright lie."

"I want to state clearly; the reason I no longer work with Michael Rood is that I cannot and will not work with someone who so blatantly violates the very Torah he claims to teach...."48  

Roberto Umana, the Spanish voice for Michael Rood's tapes and such, wrote in detail his experience with Michael in Costa Rica on September 13, 2007.

"...From then on, truly all of his methods were accompanied by lies. I confirmed that the office was not in his name. I verified that he wanted to change the locks on the doors to the office, and that he wanted to use me to commit these felonies; like robbing information from the date base, stealing the masters from Matthew’s house, and changing the address on them to his new address. Then, because I would not help him with these acts, after persistently trying to communicate with me, he had someone call my mother’s home and ask her to tell me that if he did not have communication from me, I would be fired. All of this was intimidation and fraud. ..."

"And this is the Rude Truth that everything he came to Costa Rica to do is Rude Lies!"


Roberto Umana

Former Spanish Voice for Michael Rood  49

How odd that Michael Rood never stated in his November 21 email, while recounting all the places he had traveled in the months of this shameful affair, that he was in Costa Rica in September.


In the flaming words of financial impropriety, theft, etc, it is more than a little ironic that the battle comes down to $$$ and power. Jamie Louis actually brought the concept out in answering questions. Quoting from the Frequently Asked Questions:

"...If I would have allowed this, Michael Roods new organization would not be responsible for the cost of daily operations, contract costs for television, production of video programs, closed captioning costs, seminar costs, the motor home that Jamie had purchased in his name at Michael’s request, the corporate vehicles, the company that produced all of the DVD’s, etc. since he never was involved in the business aspect of the ministry (listen to Debby Coopers audio statement) This was his way to becoming the millionaire that he spoke of becoming; he would not take any debt and would be able to take over an organization that was creating $2 million per year in revenues debt free, and eliminate the entire staff that had taken his ministry from nothing to a national and international presence, and I was not going to allow this to happen to our valuable business partners.

Michael is attempting to do exactly the same thing that he had done to his son-in-law Eric Fransen and his daughter Leigh who initially managed his ministry from Minnesota early on, which is to accuse someone of miss-management and then secretly and covertly take over." 50  

When one reads the various statements put out by Jamie Louis and staff, we see first hand witness of events which are stated quite differently on Michael Rood's new websites and in his emails. Rood and his supporters claim the arbitration board is biased by their statements and presentation of information they compiled. Both sides state the other is lying.

With all the publicity that has been generated, one would think that individuals would step back and evaluate the provable facts and the behaviors of all involved according to the Scriptures many claim to abide. That is often not the case. We have so many Scriptural directives, and they must be applied.

Proverbs 26:He that hateth dissembleth with his lips, and layeth up deceit within him;
25 When he speaketh fair, believe him not: for there are seven abominations in his heart. 26 Whose hatred is covered by deceit, his wickedness shall be showed before the whole congregation. 27 Whoso diggeth a pit shall fall therein: and he that rolleth a stone, it will return upon him. 28 A lying tongue hateth those that are afflicted by it; and a flattering mouth worketh ruin.

Ephesians 5:9-11, 31 9 (For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;) 10 Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord.
11 And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them. ...31 Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: 32 And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you.
5:1 Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children;

Colossians 3:8 But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth. 9 Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds;

Michael Rood's Complaints


If using the 3 Pages

Page 1 A Real Michael Rood Awakening Concerning Alleged Torah Observant Activities

Page 2 Change of Heart? or the Real Michael Rood?  Page 3 Old Habits, New Ways



41  Ibid   MJR Letter - Mid July 2007 Ugly Truth


43 The Cult That Snapped  A Journey Into The Way International; by Karl Kahler The cult that snapped.pdf ; Copyright © 1999 by Karl Kahler. All rights reserved. Karl Kahler, P.O. Box 320442, Los Gatos, CA 95032;  Karl Kahler was a follower of The Way from 1980 to 1987 and a member of the 14th Way Corps.

44 . 44

45 Letter to Jamie Louis 8/7/07 >">2.13. 
Michael’s demand letter, August 7, 2007;




49 Statement%20of%20Roberto%20Umana.pdf



Other Articles About Michael Rood

A Real Michael Rood Awakening Concerning Alleged Torah Observant Activities  >>Due to size also broken into 3 articles for those with dialup > Page 1 A Real Michael Rood Awakening Concerning Alleged Torah Observant Activities Page 2 Change of Heart? or the Real Michael Rood?  Page 3 Old Habits, New Ways


Michael Rood's Complaints


The Creator's Calendar and the Restoration of All Things And Raiders of the Lost Book: New Discoveries in the Hebrew Text of Matthew > Michael Rood & Nehemia Gordon 2005 USA Summer Tour

The Ever Changing Michael Rood > Michael Rood Teachings       Michael Rood Teachings 2      Michael Rood Teachings 3

The 2005 National Religious Broadcasters (NRB) Convention With Focus On Michael Rood

Raiders of the Lost Book Equals Raiders of  Nothing of Value  Michael Rood of A Rood Awakening and Nehemia Gordon, US Speaking Tour January 2005

Michael Rood,  Sky Angel , Ron Wyatt & The National Religious Broadcasters

Series On Michael Rood> Michael John Rood: WAY Days   > Part 1 of series; The Reverend Michael John Rood ;   Michael John Rood: Continuing The WAY  ; Michael John Rood: Marine Chaplain, Jewish Gentile Rabbi, & Reverend?  ; Michael John Rood: Dad & Early Church Communications ; Michael John Rood: Messianic Karaite Rabbi ; Michael Rood: WAY Colleague, Occult Calendar & False Prophecies

Other > Other Articles About Michael John Rood  ;  David Hall & Michael J. Rood & The MJAA ; The James Trimm & Michael Rood Factor ; Michael Rood & James Trimm & The WAY ; Vicky Dillen's Inquisition ; EdNydle Newsflash ; Also see Letters

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