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  Timothy 3: 4 -5

One that ruleth well his own house, having his children in subjection with all gravity; (For if a man know not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the church of God?)


By the end of 1995 Michael John Rood had moved to Two Harbors Minnesota. He then launched Early Church Communications in a vacant building in downtown Two Harbors, Minnesota in 1997. Michael was to maintain the building in exchange for staying there for little or no rent. In May 1998, former Way members, Richard and Linda Fike,  joined him from San Antonio Texas. Linda and Richard introduced themselves to local residents as ministers, and were, according to eyewitnesses, lured to Two Harbors with the promises of jobs and making money. They remained until the end of 1999.

1998 was not a year of the promised prosperity for Michael Rood, as that was the year his former wife Sara Myers sued him for not paying the required child support. My heart aches for the broken and hurt lives that accompanies broken homes. By then, according to public record, he owed over $11,000 towards care for his four daughters. But, he was busy building his "ministry," practicing being a Levite and being Torah Observant. 

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 Peter 2:10 But chiefly them that walk after the flesh in the lust of uncleanness, and despise government. Presumptuous are they, selfwilled, they are not afraid to speak evil of dignities.

According to Public records, while occasionally paying the court required per month child support, Michael was taken to court in 1998, by then owing over $11,000 for failure to pay the child support, with interest accumulating at a rate of 12% per annum. 

Michael Rood also has had a Federal Tax Lien against him of over $70,000, which had been assessed for the periods ending 1985-1987, and was processed on 1991. That was when he was in The Way International. A secondary Federal tax lien was also filed against Michael and Sara, but it was paid by 1996. The other liens and unpaid child support appear to be still owing, although that cannot be confirmed.

A telephone conversation with Ken Vargas, spokesman for the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), disclosed the following. Mr. Vargas, stated unless Michael Rood gave permission, they cannot give actual status of his tax lien. Tax liens stay in place for ten years and are filed to protect the government's interest. To have issued a tax lien means that the IRS tried contacting the individual by letter, by phone, etc and the party was uncooperative, etc. The tax lien never goes away. Even if an individual has no assets and no property, the status of the lien is "delinquent."

Even if the IRS lost track of someone like Michael Rood, when he eventually files for Social Security, what is called a Federal Offset is put in place. If they haven't paid their taxes or child support, a garnishee is placed on the individuals Federal Social Security, with calculations based on taxes + interest + adds up.

Matthew 22:21b ... Then saith he unto them, Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar's; and unto God the things that are God's.

Ken Vargas said even if a person declared bankruptcy, the Federal Tax Lien is never eliminated. Some liens the IRS may just write off, knowing they will never get anything from the delinquent individual. But, the penalty is 25% of the original liability plus an annual compounding interest rate --calculated 4 times per year--roughly about 7% compounded, meaning it doubles the amount real fast. And since all US citizens are required to file a tax return showing all sources of income, even if they are in another country....

2 Peter 2:13-16

13 Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord's sake: whether it be to the king, as supreme;
14 Or unto governors, as unto them that are sent by him for the punishment of evildoers, and for the praise of them that do well.
15 For so is the will of God, that with well doing ye may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men:
16 As free, and not using your liberty

Texas State apparently takes a very dim view of what they term, Child Support Evaders, although others prefer the term, "Dead Beat Dads."

It's unclear if the divorce, unpaid child support for his four daughters, the unpaid taxes, are some of the things Michael Rood says he repented of in his 2003 biography. Except, he supposedly repented in that story in 1996, just after the divorce was finalized and the federal tax liens appear to still be unpaid. That claimed repentance certainly would not explain his not paying his bills to the government and most certainly does not include his failure to support and take care of his family. If he had repented of that in 1996, his former wife would not have had to take him to court in 1998 for the unpaid child support. It's really no wonder Michael Rood wants people to tithe to him. God does not contradict Himself.

1 Timothy 5:8

But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel.

For more on Tithing and Giving please see the series : Is Tithing Scriptural for New Covenant Believers? Under the Law or Led by the Spirit : Introduction


Early Church Communications


In Robert Wadsworth's online Newsletter, Michael Roods friend and Moon observer Bruce Brill, often quoted in Michaels information,  presented a letter in the December 1998/January 1999 edition in which he stated he had asked Wadsworth to generate calendars from the past. The Newsletter goes on, with Wadsworth stating, 

"...Early Church Communications recently set up a website with the express purpose to proclaim the sighting of the first crescent light of the new moon each month. Witnesses in and around Jerusalem will be sighting the new moon each month. When the witnesses confer and confirm the first sighting of the new moon, it will then be posted on the site. The site's URL is:

This site is temporary and a more sophisticated site is now in construction. We hope to have a recording of a live shofar blowing from Jerusalem on the site for all the new moon sightings from Nisan 1 to Tishri 1. I thank Michael Rood for all of his endeavors to bring this to pass. Michael travailed to Jerusalem in October with the main purpose of finding new moon observers. In his prayers, Michael asked the Lord to bring him into contact with observers. The first day that he was in Jerusalem, Michael went to a harp shop where the first person that he ran into was Bruce Brill. Our God is awesome.


TBN, FEDERAL WAY - Richard Rives, Michael Rood, and Bob Wadsworth will be doing a special 2-hour live interview at Trinity Broadcast, Federal Way, Washington on January 19 from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. The interview will be broadcast throughout the Pacific Northwest. Richard Rives is the author of the book "Too Long in the Sun" and is also the curator of the Ron Wyatt Museum. Michael Rood teaches on the Hebrew Roots of Christianity and the significance of God's appointed feast days in their relevance to the second appearing of Yahshuah.

TACOMA - Richard Rives, Michael Rood and Bob Wadsworth will be holding a seminar on Biblical Archaeology, Biblical Astronomy, and much more, at Dightman's Bible Bookstore in Tacoma, Washington from 7:00 p.m to 10:00 p.m on January 20 and 21. [1999]

GIG HARBOR - Richard Rives, Michael Rood and Bob Wadsworth will be holding a seminar on January 22-24, at Gig Harbor, WA.

For further details and directions concerning engagements from January 19 to 24, please call Jamie Louis at 253-759-3828 or 253-472-9125." 1

After a discussion did not resolve questions concerning the founding of Early Church Communications, a query was sent by email to Robert Wadsworth. His response answers some questions about his relationship to Michael Rood and gives a better timeline of events:

"I started the Biblical Astronomy newsletters in July 1996.  I met Michael Rood in 1995, but only briefly at a seminar we both attended.  I later met Michael in 1996 while I was on tour with the Prophecy Club.  He came to the meeting where I was teaching in Minnesota.  We kept in touch via phone and both worked on correcting the Hebrew Calendar, which we both had a mutual interest in.  Early Church Communications was founded by Michael, I believe, in early 1997.  I was not one of the founders, nor did I belong to it,  but worked with Michael on projects concerning the calendar, more or less as an independent advisor.  I met Richard Rives in 1998 while doing seminars with him and Michael in the Pacific Northwest.  I never met Richard Fike in person, though I believe I spoke with him on the phone on a few occasions when I was passing some information on to Michael, or vice-versa.  I do not have a board of directors (at least not in the worldly sense).  Biblical Astronomy consists entirely of the Father, Son, Holy Spirit, and myself. " 2

When asked what the seminar was that he and Michael Rood attended in 1995, Robert Wadsworth responded Friday March 14, 2003, stating it was, "Exercising Your Spiritual Authority" by Dale Sides of Liberating Ministries for Christ International. 

That seminar seemed to be the launching pad for Wadworth's website, Rood's book, Mystery of Iniquity, and launching his "ministry" and many other ventures. It was attended just after Michael Rood's divorce was finalized.

"The seminar was titled "Exercising Your Spiritual Authority" by Dale Sides of Liberating Ministries for Christ International.  I studied  Biblical Astronomy since 1976.  Between 1971 and 1974, I was on the road, in the desert (Mojave), and in the mountains (Adirondac, Shenandoah) experiencing the ways and learning the heart of Yahueh through His son Yahshuah of Nazerth.  I enlisted in the United States Marine Corp in 1974.  After bootcamp I was stationed at Headquarters Command for the 4th Marine Aircraft Wing, New Orleans, LA.   I went to college full time for one year while in the Marine Corps.   While in the Marine Corps, I became involved in the ministry "The Way International".  It was there where I first came across the book "The Witness of the Stars" by E.W. Bullinger, which spured my interest in Biblical Astronomy.  I left the Marine Corps, after receiving an honorable discharge, in 1978.  I went back to upstate New York  to spend some time with family.  In 1979 I went to Oregon for a one year outreach program through "The Way".  I came back to Oregon to get married and to continue my education.  I studied Astronomy, Astrophysics, Geology, Geopraphy, History, Chemistry, Physics, Calculus, Arabic, Phiosophy, and Political Science in three different colleges (including the one in New Orleans).  I received a Bachelor of Science degree from Portland State University.  I left "The Way International" in 1986.  I worked as a Radiographer from 1984 to 1992 in the aerospace industry.  That industry had a sharp decline in the early 90's.  I went back to college in 1992 to sharpen my knowledge and skills in English and Computer Science.  In July 1993, as I was in the fruit and nut section at a Safeway Store, I all of a sudden got a great urge to purchase an issue of Astronomy magazine (Aug. 1993 issue).  In that issue were listed major celestial events for the next 20 years.  In reading the article, I saw that many of the events were similar to the events that occurred during the birth of Messiah.  After a few weeks of investigation I became real excited.  I did not expect to see such events in the heavens for some time to come, since I previously believed that Messiah would not return until 2021 or 2028.  (I now think it will be 2040).  But at that time I was very excited.  It was the motherload for a Biblical Astronomer.  I purchased a computer and astronomy software and continued my studies.  I wrote research papers on the subject, and one reached Dale Sides (mentioned above).  I hadn't met Dale (except by phone), but he made many copies of the research paper that I had done, and passed them around.  I first met Dale Sides at the above seminar in Olympia, Washington, which was the main reason I went to the seminar.  There were others who were interested in my work who were also at that seminar, including the co-author (Dan Stockemer, then living in San Jose, CA) of my book "A Voice Crying in the Heavens"., Bo and Stanley Reahard from Atlanta, GA (where I had my first seminar in May 1996 at the university planatarium; Bo has also been the webmaster for the Biblical Astronomy Website since the autumn of 1996).  I had also been in contact  many times with Bo and Stanley via phone previous to the seminar. Michael Rood was also at the seminar (we spoke briefly) as well as Jamie Louis, though there was no connection between Michael and Jamie at that time.  Also at the seminar was Kathy Miller, who was a printer, and who later printed the first edition of "A Voice Crying in the Heavens."  I learned later that it was at that seminar that Michael first got inspiration to write his book "The Abomination of Desolation".  He started writing out ideas for the book in his cabin while at the seminar.  That was one powerful seminar.  I have since been working exclusively with Biblical Astronomy.  It is a full time job.  It is something that I love to do and it is what Yahueh and Yahshuah has put into my heart to do..." 3

For an in-depth discussion from a reader about the various Names, please see: Yahshua, Yehoshua, Y'shua, Yeshua, Iesous, Iesus, or Jesus The Sacred Name or True Name or Taking the Name, The Mark & the Number

It needs to be understood that Michael Rood works alongside or has worked closely with "former Way members" including: Richard and Linda Fike, Robert Wadsworth, Bo and Stanley Reahard, Bob Schlenker, Dale Sides, Jamie Louis, Dan Stockemer, (Wadsworth's co-author), Greg and Rita Schuck, who helped Jamie Louis, and others. In December 2006, Jamie Louis went into business with Dan Stockemer.

As noted in Michael John Rood: Messianic Karaite Rabbi, the Schuck's are Michael Rood's and Jamie Louis's Way International friends, who  moved from Way false theology, into Rood's "messianic" and anti-Christian church theology, to fully rejecting Jesus Christ and the New Testament. They are now members of "Torah Observant Israel" and are listed in that Directory.

For More on Robert Wadsworth See: The Prophecy Club & Elijah; Marshall Moshe Yoseph Koniuchowsky

Due to the 2007 controversial breakup of A Rood Awakening Ministries, the organization was split into two groups. One held by Jamie Louis in the original A Rood Awakening! Ministries Oregon office, and one held by Michael Rood and some new staff. Michael Rood launched a new corporation in Michigan, where his new office is, called A Rood Awakening! Ministries International. Two new websites were launched by the Rood camp, one called in competition with the original, and, all of which have since been shut down. The new was launched in direct competition to the original, which has been shutdown. Jamie Louis also included in his Ya'akovlevi site the name of a new business called Torah to the Nations, based in Oregon. On December 14, 2007, Michael Rood's Michigan attorney's filed lawsuit against Jamie Louis. For more on this See: A Real Michael Rood Awakening Concerning Alleged Torah Observant Activities

Dale Sides

Dr. Dale M. Sides, who has also taught and promoted Momentus, along with John Lynn and Bo Reahard, is the President of Liberating Ministries for Christ International. His biography reveals he graduated The Way College of Biblical Research in 1979, the same year that Michael Rood graduated as part of 7th Corps. 

LMCI Founder

Dr. Dale M. Sides is an internationally recognized non-denominational minister and the founder and president of Liberating Ministries for Christ International, a para-church ministry that was incorporated in February of 1992 and is located in Bedford, Virginia. He has been actively ministering for almost 30 years. Dale graduated from North Carolina State University in 1973, studied at The Way College of Biblical Research from 1976-1979, and received his Doctorate of Theology in Religious Education from Andersonville Baptist Seminary in Camilla, Georgia in 2000.

...The seminar that Dale Sides is most noted for is Exercising Spiritual Authority (ESA). ESA is unique in that it offers practical instruction concerning the spiritual authority God has given to every Christian believer. It is highly celebrated for its success in leading people into an understanding and operation of the nine evidences of Holy Spirit, giving particular emphasis on each individual manifesting "gifts of healing" as operated by revelation. ESA has been presented throughout the United States, as well as in Europe, Africa, Asia and South America for various denominational and non-denominational churches.

Daleís influence and impact on pastoral training and unity among ministries is widely recognized in Southern India. He received an honorary doctorate from a consortium of ministers in Southern India for his teachings and contribution to evangelism there. His classes on Ministerial Functions and Church Government have been great tools for the advancement of Christís church. Journeys to Kenya and Nigeria in Africa and Columbia in South America have further expanded the reach and impact of his ministry. By training ministers to teach spiritual authority, Dale has enabled many more people to share in Exercising Spiritual Authority around the world.

Dale and Vicki Sides reside in Bedford, Virginia with their children. They attend church locally with Lion of Judah Ministries, where Dale is among the founding Elders. The church provides accountability and his spiritual covering..." 4

Dale Sides' "Doctorate of Theology in Religious Education from Andersonville Baptist Seminary in Camilla, Georgia in 2000", is obtained from a Degree mill which is accredited from an  accreditation mill. He never stated he and his wife left the Way, nor that he was in it before 1976, and continued well after 1979, as seen on various forums. The Andersonville Theological Seminary, which shows no faculty, states in their 'accreditation article':

Andersonville Theological Seminary is accredited by the Accrediting Commission International (ACI), located in Beebe, Arkansas.

...ACI, which is listed in the Higher Education Directory in Falls Church, Virginia, stresses that the primary concern of their agency is to insure academic quality. ATS is also accredited by the American Accrediting Association of Theological Institutions, Inc. in Rocky Mount, North Carolina, and by the Eastern Accrediting Association of Christian Schools in Bowling Green, Kentucky.

ATS is on the list of Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) Recognized College programs. For more information call 1-800-525-1611." 5

According to Steve Levicoff in his former online book, Name It and Frame It, the same accreditation source listed for Dale Sides 'college', is itself a degree and accreditation mill.

"Accreditation mills have only one purpose: to communicate an air of credibility to degree mills. Witness, for example, the claims of the American Accrediting Association of Theological Institutions, Inc., of Rocky Mount, North Carolina, which charges degree mills only a $100.00 application fee and a $75.00 annual renewal fee to gain their "accreditation." The president of A.A.A.T.I. is Cecil Johnson ("D.D., D.R.E., Lit.D., Th.D., Ph.D."), who is also the president of Christian Bible College in Rocky Mount (a degree mill listed in Chapter 12). Johnson proclaims in his association's marketing letter:

        After your school is accredited by A.A.A.T.I. for anyone who wishes to check on your status please have them call [our number] daily between 10 & 12 noon. We prefer to talk with individual [sic] personally rather than write to them. Please do not give our address to any individual, only other schools who are interested in being accredited. Accreditation is between the school and the association" . . .
        "The basic information we give out is that your school is in good standing with A.A.A.T.I. We do not recommend any school, only lend credibility to those accredited by A.A.A.T.I." 6

Update June 11, 2007

"Andersonville Theological Seminary" As of 2005, it is affiliated with the Association for Biblical Higher Education

.."As of August, 2005, Andersonville Theological Seminary has become an affliated institution of the Association for Biblical Higher Education of Orlando, Florida. Being an affiliate of ABHE, which is recognized by the US Department of Education, allows Andersonville Theological Seminary opportunities to observe and potentially work toward accreditation in the future. ATS is included on the ABHE web site and in the 2006-2007 edition of the ABHE Directory.
ATS is accredited by the American Accrediting Association of Theological Institutions, Inc. in Rocky Mount, North Carolina..."" end quote bolding added

From the Association for Biblical Higher Education :

"...The primary focus of the Association for Biblical Higher Education is accreditation, but nonmember institutions may also relate to the Association through an affiliate status. This affords affiliate institutions the opportunity to take advantage of many of the programs and services that the Association provides without becoming an accredited member..." end quote bolding added

 It is still listing accreditation from the above mentioned  "American Accrediting Association of Theological Institutions, Inc., of Rocky Mount, North Carolina, which charges degree mills only a $100.00 application fee and a $75.00 annual renewal.."


The accreditation for Dale Sides 'college' where he obtained his 'doctorate' referenced the following for validation it was solid. But again we see they are deceptive organizations and associated with Cecil Johnson, mentioned above.

Station Square Suite 227
Rocky Mount, North Carolina 27804
(919) 442-1211

    The president of Christian Bible College, Cecil Johnson, lists his credentials as the "D.D.; D.R.E.; Lit.D.; Th.D.; Ph.D." With all of these doctorates either there's something fishy here, or he's been in school longer than most of us have been alive. The school claims accreditation by the Eastern Accrediting Association of Colleges, Universities, and Seminaries; the American Accrediting Association of Theological Institutions (of which, conveniently enough, the executive director is also Cecil Johnson); and the Southern Accrediting Association of Christian Schools, none of which are legitimate agencies. They operate under a standard exemption that frees them from state licensure. Their 12-page brochure includes an endorsement from evangelist Jack Van Impe ("LL.D.; D.D.; Th.D.; Ph.D."), which shows that even the endorsement of well-known persons in ministry don't attest to the credibility of an institution. ..." 7

The accreditation for Dale Sides 'college where he obtained his 'doctorate" also referenced the following, but, again we see it is a worthless organization.

Chapter 4:

"....a school probably is a degree mill if it is unaccredited by a legitimate agency but purports to be accredited by an agency that is not recognized by the U.S. Department of Education or CORPA. In the same way that there are degree mills, for example, there are also accreditation mills.
....Eastern Missouri Business College was, in fact, part of a sting operation designed to expose accreditation and degree mills operating in Missouri. With the establishment of the school, state Attorney General William L. Webster said, "The college handbook we fabricated was purposely made to be so outrageous that even a minimal review would have raised serious questions about the school's authenticity."[1]
        The result? Dr. George S. Reuter, Jr., founder and president of the International Accrediting Commission, visited the college's one-room "campus" for a review. According to Assistant Attorney General Vieth, "We rented an office for a day. We got some office furniture - about four or five desks. We even had a faculty meeting so everybody could get their stories straight for the accrediting interview. But it wasn't necessary; he didn't ask any questions. Reuter didn't ask to see our financial records or our student records."[2]
        Reuter, who holds a traditional doctorate in education from the University of Missouri, was slapped with a $15,000 fine and an injunction that enjoined the International Accrediting Commission from further operations. Reuter decided not to fight the fine or the injunction, as he was about to retire and close the agency anyway. (However, in 1992, Reuter was named president of International Bible College and Seminary in Independence, Missouri, a degree mill listed in Chapter 12.)
        End of story? Not at all. 

"After Reuter retired, he transferred his agency to John Scheel, who crossed the state line to Beebe, Arkansas, and began operations under a new name, Accrediting Commission International for Schools, Colleges, and Theological Seminaries. The "commission" continues to accredit degree mills throughout the nation, many of which falsely purport to be legitimate Christian schools."

"....Accreditation mills have only one purpose: to communicate an air of credibility to degree mills..." 8

If the quote, "International Bible College and Seminary in Independence, Missouri, a degree mill..." seems familiar, that is the same source for David Hargis's false Doctorate, and where David Hargis "Set up entire academic curriculum and courses of study for Biblical Communications degrees" at International Bible College and Seminary / DeSoto, Missouri," in 1986-1987. He was part of this totally unaccredited organization. It  means he gave himself his own Doctorate in Biblical Communications. It also means he was one of the "staff" of this degree mill that was dispensing the worthless degrees, very clearly showing a pattern of activities. 

For more on David Hargis, see "A Closer Look at David and Don Hargis"; Saint John Chrysostom Theological Seminary and the Series marked "Doctor" James Scott Trimm.

It should be noted that the accreditation mill, Accrediting Commission International for Schools, Colleges, and Theological Seminaries, that is mentioned above is the same accreditation mill that accredited Patriot University, another degree mill noted in Name it and Frame It. It also lists no faculty.

Michael Rood's friend, head of Your Arms to Israel, "Rabbi/Rav/Marshall/ Moshe/Yoseph/Joseph/Koniuchowski/Koniuchowsky" states in his Meet the Rabbi that in, "1987, Moshe completed a Masters in Bible Missions in an extension program through Patriot University, a fully accredited Bible school in Colorado Springs, Colorado."  []

Steve Levicoff, notes that the accreditation for Patriot University comes from Cecil Johnson's accreditation mill and degree mill and states in chapter twelve:

6915 Palmer Park Boulevard
Colorado Springs, Colorado 80915
(719) 597-7512

    "Claiming to be a ministry of Hilltop Baptist Church, the college charges between $15 and $32 per credit and offers degrees through the doctoral level. Their catalog contains no information on the school's faculty or their credentials. Patriot claims accreditation by the American Accrediting Association of Theological Institutions (see Chapter 3), an accrediting mill associated with Christian Bible College in Rocky Mount, North Carolina. Advertises or has advertised in Pulpit Helps." 9

More on Marshall Moshe Yoseph Koniuchowsky later. Dales Sides book, Mending Cracks In The Soul: The Role of The Holy Spirit in Healing the Wounds of the Past is published by Wagner Publishing with forward by  Doris M. Wagner, wife of C. Peter Wagner:

Wagner Publications, "is producing timely materials that will help bring the Body of Christ into a greater understanding of how God is equipping and mobilizing this generation to fulfill the Great Commission. As such, our mission is to deliver books that primarily focus on six key areas that God has commissioned C. Peter Wagner and Global Harvest Ministries to raise..." 10

For more information on the scope of Peter Wagner, his connections with such people as the late John Wimber and so on, please see: 

Fuller: The Evangelical 'Think Tank";

C. Peter Wagner; Introduction: Lausanne & LCJE;

EJECCT:  Ecumenical Jews, Evangelicals, Charismatics  &  Catholics Together 

Dark Angels and others articles in the series.

We find that 'former Way member' John Lynn and associates also attended Dale Sides seminar, which gives more of an appearance of a gathering of "former Way members who still uphold Way doctrine," rather than those who have left it. In Mr. Lynn's CES Timeline, we see the following events, including his association with Peter Wagner's Global Harvest Ministries as well.

"1988 june----"Christian Educational Services" began with the following initial members: Robert Belt, Ralph Dubofsky, Mark Graeser, John Lynn, Sue Pierce, Tom Reahard and John Schoenheit. The initial Board of Directors included Robert, Ralph, John, Sue and Tom. The CES  office was in John Lynnís house...."

"1995 [?]----John Lynn attended Dale Sidesí class on "Exercising Your Spiritual Authority" and Dale was a guest minister at the Indianapolis weekend. Though we recognized the validity of his ministry, we ended our association with him in 1996 because of doctrinal disagreements

2000.....In July, Karen Anne attended a conference hosted by Global Harvest Ministries and the C. Peter Wagner Leadership Institute.

In September, the annual Leadership Conference was held in Indianapolis, and marked a new direction for CES . Interim committees were established to explore new ways of structuring CES  and organizing our outreach more strategically.

In October, Mark & Anita Graeser attended an Advanced Deliverance Seminar hosted by Global Harvest Ministries dealing with discerning of spirits and deliverance from demonic oppression...." 11


Biblical Astronomy

Matthew 12:34 

O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh.
35 A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things.

Robert Scott Wadsworth's web site, created in 1996 after the Dale Sides seminar, is called "Biblical Astronomy." This site is sponsored and supported by Atlanta Bible Fellowship, which just happens to be the website started by "former Way members" Bo and Stanley Reahard. Wadsworth's site is actually a part of the Atlanta Bible Fellowship [Atlb] website.

The Home page for Atlb, lists, Wadsworth's site, Biblical Astronomy Section and then, End Time News; and First Way Corps.  

The link for First Way Corp, states,

"... 25th Reunion for the First Way Corps will be held in Dayton, Ohio on August 16-17, 1997 to celebrate the graduation on August 17, Bo Reahard" 12

The 1972 First Way Corp class was Wierwilles first graduating class of his Way Corps program and Bo Reahard was a Way clergy. The Way Corps was the elite group from which most Way leaders were/are drawn.  In 1981, Corps members paid  $4,300 a year for four years to attend the unaccredited Way College of Emporia, a school that combined rigorous physical and survival training with Wierwille's interpretation of the Bible. The Believers Directory listed on the Atlb shows before and after pictures of the graduating class.

In the General Information, is: " Programs: Momentus, One Accord and other outreaches as the Lord leads."

  • Other Church contacts: Bo & Stanley Reahard
  • Bo was a member of the First Way Corps and Stanley was a member of the Third

Momentus was one of the programs developed by The Way splinter groups. It is really just an revamping of Way doctrine. Dr. John Juedes offered articles to explain Momentus in, The Way Tree Is Splintering"

"MOMENTUS-- Behind the Scenes"

Ex-Wayers have become heavily involved in "Momentus Trainings." What are the roots and practices of this encounter-group? Is it wise for Christians to be involved? Link to our Momentus section for a list of articles.;

John Lynn wrote an open letter to Way members in 1988, after being fired from The Way International in 1987 and stated, 

"....You say you don't know what "The Passing of a Patriarch" is about, that you haven't read our letter, or heard Chris Geer's tape. Well then, how about John Schoenheit's paper showing from the Bible that adultery is sin (not a shock to most people)? Because of it, he was fired from the Research Department of The Way. Shortly thereafter, four clergy, Bo Reahard, Franklin Smith, Bob Mirabito and Dennis Hickman, were also fired for their "involvement" with the paper, and told they'd never run anything more than a Twig again...";

In the Review of "Overview of Events," Dr. John Juedes gives account of Bo Reahard being fired by TWI and the resulting activities.

"...The focus was a paper on adultery by John Schoenheit, who at the time was on the research team. The paper was a very simple, relatively brief description of basic Bible teaching on adultery, showing that adultery is serious sin in every administration (dispensation). (See the review of this paper for more details on the content.) Lynn notes that the trustees and Geer did their best to bury the paper. The trustees fired Schoenheit for writing the paper. They fired Bo Reahard, Franklin Smith, Dennis Hickman and others for their involvement with the paper, or just for reading it...

"....TWI then fired Lynn along with others. Soon many of the ex-Way leaders were launching their own research and teaching groups-- Lynn, Schoenheit and others founded Christian Educational Services and Bo and Stanley Reahard began Atlanta Bible Fellowship. Many other organizations followed, all having essentially the same teachings, organization, goals and methods as TWI. While they fiercely defend their work as completely different from TWI, it is apparent to outsiders how very much like TWI they are in most every important aspect. This was especially obvious in the early years when they produced classes that were virtually clones of Power for Abundant Living..."

Bo Reahard sold his business and moved to Florida by January 2000.  News of his poor health after leaving Atlanta Bible Fellowship appeared to cause concern for Bob Wadsworth, as shown in his May 2002 Newsletter, as Reahard is his Biblical Astronomy webmaster.

... Photographs taken during the April 14 observation, which include Michael Rood and Nehemia Gordon ... 

The postal version of the March/April newsletter was finished and sent out on March 20, in time for those who keep up with the feast days to know when Passover/Feast of Unleavened Bread occurred according to the Biblically corrected calendar.  Due to illness that befell Bo Reahard, who is the Webmaster of the Biblical Astronomy website, the online version of the newsletter did not get posted until early April.  Bo is doing much better now, but please keep him in your prayers.  Without Bo Reahard, the Biblical Astronomy website would most likely not exist, at least not in its present form.  I owe him many thanks and much gratitude to say the least." 13

Keep in mind, Robert Wadsworth works directly with Michael Rood on his calendar, posts the New Moon sightings and presents his own, also false, prophecies. All are connected with Way theology. Having moved to Florida, Ralph "Bo" Reahard now has another website, in which he eloquently and perhaps slightly overstates his work experience with The Way,

The Way International
New Knoxville, Ohio

Director of International Operations/MIS Director

Served as Director of Eastern Region (U.S.) from 1972-74 and as Director of Western Region (U.S.) from 1974-75. Promoted to Director of U.S. Operations in 1975, accountable for all organizational activities encompassing 2,000 volunteers throughout the United States. Along with primary duties, served as Comptroller, responsible for creating and implementing the accounting system for three college campuses.

Promoted to the position of Director of International Operations in 1979, responsible for overseeing the efforts of more than 10,000 participants in home-based fellowships world-wide. Traveled extensively throughout Europe, Russia, South America, Central America, Australia, New Zealand, and the Philippines.

Also served as MIS Director from 1972-84, managing 25 MIS professionals in the operation of an IBM System 38 shop. Spearheaded all software development with 15 programmers.


 Successfully developed and implemented an overall information architecture

Managed 25 MIS professionals and an annual budget of 750K" 14

It should be noted that Mr. Reahard neglected to mention he was part of the First Way Corps in 1971, which was then first graduating class of Wierwilles Corp groups in 1972, and was a Way clergy who was fired from the Way in 1987, although the implication in the resume is that he left voluntarily in 1984. 

Birds of a Feather

Amos 3:3 

Can two walk together, except they be agreed?

Atlanta Bible Fellowship also sponsors the site to End Time News, which are the writings of Colin Deal, pastor or former pastor of Gethsemane Baptist Church. 15 

Colin Deal is best remembered for his published false prophecy---"Christ Returns by 1988: 101 Reasons Why" by Colin Deal... p.158,  "Christ will return bodily to the earth or in the air for the Church by 1988."

When that event did not occur, Deal then wrote,  "The Day and the Hour That Jesus Will Return" (NP: 1989). From a critique found in, "Part X SOME ACTIVE FALSE PROPHETS", written by the late "Ray Waugh, Sr.1915-1995, from his "Why All Church-Age Endtime Prophets are False":

Colin Deal:

....Sometime during the month of July, 1992, my preacher son who pastors in South Texas shared with me a book that someone had sent him unsolicited. The title of that book is, "The Day And Hour Jesus Will Return." It is written by one Colin Deal. Some of the dramatic publicity that accompanied the book indicates that the book is by a "National Best-Selling Author," though I have not seen his name in any of the regular reviews of the "National Best-Selling Authors." According to one of the pages in the back of this 153 page book, he also has an "End-Time News Monthly Letter," that is put out in "Rutherford College, North Carolina." By the publicity that accompanies it, we are led to suppose that it is, "Evangelical, Inter-Denominational, and Pre-Millennial."

Included with the book was a colorful brochure headlined, "God's Judgment Day Is Near." Perhaps the most important aspect of this brochure is the message that it conveys as to what the message of the book allegedly contains. If one reads the book with some care, it will be discovered that on "October 28, 1992, Jesus is Coming Again." One to whom I showed the brochure very wisely noted, "If He comes, He probably will not come on October 28, 1992." I would be inclined to agree with my friend. Later, I learned that some of the Christians in Korea who took this man and one of their own whom we have referenced elsewhere seriously sold their homes, businesses, and awaited the end on October the 28th there in the Land of Chosen. I knew that Land before it was industrialized in those very dark days of "United Nation's Police Action." Tragically, some of the deluded ones then went on and took their own lives, and it was necessary for the government to bring in the troops to break-up the cult with some suicide proclivities.

As we said earlier, we continue to say, "All who indulge in endtime prophecies for The Church Age are false prophets"! Since October 28, 1992, has come and gone, we can know that Colin Deal is just another one of the false prophets..." 16.

Colin Deal and Robert Wadsworth have been involved in speaking together at Prophecy Club sponsored "End Time Seminar's" as shown in the archives of Wadsworth's Biblical Astronomy Newsletter. For example:

August 1996

Editor - Robert Scott Wadsworth


...with COLIN DEAL and Bob Wadsworth at Portland, Oregon on October 5th and 6th. Sponsored by the Church of the Body of Christ. More information to follow.

I will be presenting Prophecy in the Light of Biblical Astronomy at the following seminars sponsored by the Prophecy Club.

The Prophecy Club also promoted Wadsworth's false teachings, in their Video section:

Prophecies in the Stars 
Bob Wadsworth   
Bob shows how the comet Hyakutake portrayed the near return of Jesus, how the comet Hale-Bopp portrayed the soon return of Jesus and the invasion of Israel, and the tribulation. Although the projected dates proved to be incorrect, the prophecies in the stars portray future events that will take place.  Suggested Donation $20.00

People seem to think that prophesying is like getting a bicycle without training wheels. Amidst all the falls, eventually you might get it right and be able to actually ride. Some people seem to like it that way. 

God however, states very clearly...Isaiah 30:

9 That this is a rebellious people, lying children, children that will not hear the law of the LORD:
10 Which say to the seers, See not; and to the prophets, Prophesy not unto us right things, speak unto us smooth things, prophesy deceits:

Jeremiah 5:31 The prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests bear rule by their means; and my people love to have it so: and what will ye do in the end thereof?

Jeremiah 14:14 Then the LORD said unto me, The prophets prophesy lies in my name: I sent them not, neither have I commanded them, neither spake unto them: they prophesy unto you a false vision and divination, and a thing of nought, and the deceit of their heart.

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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




2.  From: Bob Wadsworth [] Sent: Thursday, March 13, 2003 11:03 AM Subject: Re : question

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