Hebrew Roots Ministries
A Real Michael Rood Awakening
Concerning Alleged Torah
6:43 For a good tree bringeth not forth corrupt fruit;
neither doth a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. 44
For every tree is known by his own fruit. For of
thorns men do not gather figs, nor of a bramble bush
gather they grapes.
45 A good man out of the good treasure of his heart
bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out
of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that
which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his
14, 2007, Michael Rood's attorney's in Michigan filed a
lawsuit against Jamie Louis. 2007 proved
to be a banner year in the continuing saga of
Rood and A Rood Awakening! Ministries. Rocked with
controversy, accusations of illegal activity, hostility, lust for power and wealth, a power
struggle between key personalities came to light after
Michael Rood's May 31, 2007 email speaking of Jamie Louis
taking a sabbatical.
Michael Rood's decision to remain in the
United States and embark on a "bolder vision" for
A Rood Awakening! Ministries was presented in that initial letter which set
events in motion which split staff, friends and supporters
into two camps. One held by Michael Rood and one held by
Jamie Louis, administrator of A Rood Awakening! Ministries. The
A Rood Awakening! Ministries Advisory Board
and others who stood with Jamie Louis included, Michael Detwiler, Don Visser, Chaim Goldman, Perry Challender, Angie Bishop
the wagons were circled so to speak, as public statements
were read across the internet. Jamie Louis and those
standing with him in the original A Rood Awakening!!
Ministries, waited on a selected panel of "judges" to
determine what should be done. Michael Rood and his
supporters started a new corporation in Michigan, which
was filed August 6, 2007, and naming it A Rood Awakening!
Ministries International. Michael Rood stated on those
corporation papers that his residence was in Israel. His staff
now included, Glenn McWilliams, Don and Pam Harris,
Charles Barrett and others.
websites were launched by the Rood camp, one called reallyrood.com in
competition with the original aroodawakening.tv,
aroodawakening.com, and also
the new michaelroodministries.com in direct competition
to the original michaelrood.com, which has now been shut
down. The Spanish website
unroododespertar.com and roodawakening.tv,
aroodawakening.com have also been shut down.
Jamie Louis also
included in his Ya'akovlevi site the name of a new business
called Torah to the Nations, based in Oregon. It is
noteworthy that Perry Challender had registered a website
called TorahtotheNations.com, which merely housed a link
to MichaelRood.com. He has also been the registrar and/or
administrative contact for MichaelRood.com,
Jamie Louis's Yaakovlevi.com, YLF.info, for Don Visser's
site, dandmservice.com and so on. Of course, he also has
had many of his own websites at one time or another, including: Chi
Guide to Better Health, awesomebreast.com,
Amos 3:3 Can
two walk together, except they be agreed?
McWilliams wrote and posted to Michael Rood's site four
letters, showing why everyone was wrong to speak or act
against Michael Rood.
Johnson, of The Prophecy Club wrote
a letter to what appears to be Jamie Louis, which was posted
on reallyrood.com, stating he stood with Michael
Rood and people were going to be cursed for going against
God's anointed minister. Johnson claims that Michael
a direct ministry from God, (as does he), and all
others are not to question him but are there to serve him.
According to Johnson, it did not matter if Rood was
offensive, behaving in ungodly ways or involved in illegal
activities, no one should doubt or question Michael Rood's
And he sat down, and called the twelve, and saith unto
them, If any man desire to be first, the same shall be
last of all, and servant of all.
23:12 And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased;
and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted
Jesus said: "How can ye believe, which receive honour
one of another, and seek not the honour that cometh from
Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in
lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than
9th, the "investigation" by the panel was completed and
posted at a new website called, areallyrudeawakening.com.
On December 6th, 2007 Stan Johnson revoked his above statements
and sent an email to his followers. In that email he
stated he had asked Michael Rood to remove his support letters
from his reallyrood.com website, and while pasting the
report link in, discouraged his followers from viewing it.
The letters have been pulled from reallyrood.com as
of the time of this writing, December 27, 2007. For more
on Stan Johnson's letters please go to
Prophecy Club & Michael Rood.
anointed is not Michael Rood.
[1 Chronicles 16:22] Apparently
the scriptures are almost unknown to many who claim to be
"God's ministers" or "God's anointed." But then, the
prerequisite for being someone to listen to in many minds
is they just have to feed "those itching ears." [see also 2 Timothy 4:3-4;
5:19-21, 1 Timothy 3, Titus 1:5-9, Luke 16:13-15;
Galatians 5:22-26; James 3:17; James 2:3-10]
In a rebuke
of Stan Johnson's letters, a
response was posted from the Louis camp, showing total disdain for the so-called
support by Johnson. In the height of hypocrisy, the
question was asked,
Torah observant "Messianic" followers of A
Rood Awakening! impressed by the support of a man who
celebrates pagan sun-god holidays and promotes those who
certainly didn't seem to bother anyone until now! It is more than a little
ironic, since Jamie Louis promoted Michael Rood to the
Prophecy Club and since Don Visser worked in the Prophecy Club
offices. In fact, this writer noted in the latest
Club articles, Stan Johnson's continued support and
promotion of Michael Rood. Of course, Stan Johnson also
stated that "the best prophets were false prophets."
Here is how Michael Rood has
spoken of Stan Johnson:
four days after the last Prophecy Club meeting,....I
felt compelled to again address the saints that I met on
the Prophecy Club tour concerning these issues, but the
Prophecy Club monthly meetings were no longer extant.
Jamie called Don Visser at the Prophecy Club
headquarters and found that they too had desired for
me to do a singular tour concerning the same issues that
had been burning in me....Also, call Stan Johnson (785)
266-1112 at the Prophecy Club and encourage him to send
me back to your area. He will listen to you...I will be
in Topeka with Henry Gruver and Michael Coffman for an
“Intelligence Briefing” at the Prophecy Club
headquarters in Topeka, Kansas on January 20th...At
the end of the 3rd Prophecy Club tour this
last July,... "
response letter from the Louis camp went on to say:
"...What would really impress
people is if Michael Rood had the support of even
ONE well known national or international
Messianic Congregational leader or Torah teacher. JUST
Nothing has changed with that scenario simply because of
this shameful display of 'torah obedience'. Most
Messianic Jews viewed Michael Rood's Two House/Ephraimite/Way
Intl./western gentile minds/no Greek manuscripts/Christian
pagans and other teachings as heresy or unsubstantiated
Dr Michael Brown has authored many books
including a series, “Answering Jewish Objections to
Jesus”. He is also a “published Old Testament and Semitic
scholar, holding a Ph.D. in Near Eastern Languages and
Literatures from New York University.” and evaluated
Michael Rood's Pagan Christian Connection Exposed,
including Rood's 'language' abilities and who, in The
Messianic Times in 2005, wrote the following REVIEW OF
ROOD’S PAGAN-CHRISTIAN CONNECTION:
bolding and color
added , excerpt:
"...Michael J. Rood, The Pagan-Christian Connection
Exposed (Gainesville, FL: Bridge-Logos, 6004 sic!,
xvii, 123 pp.)
This is a shockingly poor book
with almost no redeeming qualities, and it is best
dismissed as a mere sensationalistic curiosity.
If taken seriously, the extreme rhetoric and exaggerated
statements that dominate the book could prove dangerous
to unsuspecting readers. ... it bears several
marks of cult-like teaching, something which is
especially unfortunate, since it is published by
... Each chapter is clearly based on Rood’s TV shows
...Pictures of the author, depicted in full priestly
regalia, appear a dozen times in the book, including the
front and back cover, and the message is simple:
Michael Rood alone has the revelation. Others – meaning
the great majority of believers throughout the world,
especially in America – are in darkness and willful
ignorance, blinded by their “Western Gentile
mentalities” (pp. xvi, 59; see also p. 69)....
Actually, it is his calling other parts of the Body
“cults” that is cultlike, and it should be recognized as
Yet the rhetoric is more extreme than this: “Easter is
the rehearsal of child sacrifice and fertility rites of
pagan sun god worshipers” (p. 64) while a Christmas tree
is “an evergreen phallic symbol” (p. 87). ... many
believers – especially Messianic Jews – are not
comfortable with Easter and Christmas customs, but would
they join Rood in saying, “I will not subject myself
to their perverted, disgusting forms of satanic worship.
. . . I have died to their world, and I will not return
to the vomit of Tammuz worship” (pp. 91-92)?
Space forbids me from citing other, similar examples –
and there are many – but it should be noted that
Rood, who claims to think
Hebraically and who somehow claims access to otherwise
hidden and secret information (see, e.g., pp. 43-44),
cannot even get simple Hebrew names right, using
non-existent forms like Yahshua (instead of
Yehoshua, p. 77) as well as Azriyah and Haninyah
(instead of Azaryah and Hananyah, p. 54, and see Dan
1:7). He even makes the
wildly inaccurate claim that the Greeks “called all
their gods, from Adonis to Zeus, Christos” (p.
76), while in reality, in the Greek, Gentile world,
christos had virtually no spiritual significance and was
normally misunderstood as a proper name.
...there are a few good points that Rood does make, they
...are not new at all, while the new points he makes
are anything but good. Bridge-Logos would do well to
consult with biblical scholars who are sensitive to the
Jewish roots of the faith before publishing more books
of this kind. The inflammatory
rhetoric, often based on wrong information, will
certainly not promote truth." ..."
also be noted that a reader sent me his personal
evaluation of the same book which can be viewed
here, as well
as an evaluation of Michael Rood’s teachings which can be
It is some of the less discerning pagan
christians who in the past have opened their doors, their tithes and offerings,
and a media platform to Michael Rood, and
they likely will continue to do so in the future.
Before going any
further, I would like to thank Michael Rood's current and former
supporters for contacting me throughout this controversial
affair. While I could not take the time to write when this all
began, the information was appreciated, especially knowing the
feelings shared not only by Michael Rood and the then Rood Crew,
but also many of his supporters, towards myself and my website.
I had discontinued doing any further research on Michael Rood in
2005, despite his continually changing ministry , because I was
quite finished with ' Hebrew roots' as a research topic.
Apparently there are other things that need to be addressed.
That said, now for the topic at hand.
agree on the fact that the original corporation fired
Michael Rood, when things started to get out of hand. Michael
Rood's new website and emails suggested theft, sedition, treachery, illegal corporate sole and basically
sounded off his anger and rage which included insults,
accusations and threats to the various staff and
associates. He sent letters firing the original A Rood
Awakening! Ministries Oregon staff
including Jana McDonald, who is the daughter of the
late Linda Miller, former administrative assistant to
Michael Rood. These firings took place while Michael Rood
had proceeded with setting up a new office in Michigan,
and filing the new A Rood Awakening! Ministries
|As an aside, in his May,
2007 Newsletter, Michael Rood stated:
"I occasionally hear some of the malicious diatribe
that these lying commandment breakers
disseminate on their websites, attempting to destroy
me and other honorable teachers around the
globe. Spreading sick and twisted falsehoods is
the defining characteristic of these individuals who
have no firsthand witness of the things that they
purport to be true. They literally manufacture
lies which they will neither expunge nor correct
Years ago my personal secretary in America, the late
Linda Miller, attempted to correct one of these
slanderers in a very forthright and gentle manner.
But like most who feed on slander and spread gossip,
this twisted woman refused to retract or correct one
single falsehood. Instead, she escalated her
attack, fabricating even more vehement lies out of her
own sad and twisted sense of reality."
Actually, the late Linda Miller requested I remove
reference of her high school reunion information, which
was public information published on the internet, and
documented as such. I merely quoted it to validate age
information. I chose to remove that information. The
second email which was sent by her, was referring to her
Home Fellowship information advertised on Norman Willis'
website, which was a public ad. I chose not to remove it
because of the ties to Michael Rood. This is openly
discussed in the article
Reverend Michael John Rood, and includes the
documentation. I retracted nothing nor was there an error
to retract, nor did I, nor do I,
fabricate any facts or documentation. There's no need, as
I generally quote from published information, including
quotes from Michael Rood's own mouth or various media.
It's rather odd that Michael Rood, who provides close to
zero documentation in his 'teachings', should suggest the
facts are not real.
Flaming and name calling is not considered
providing facts with documentation or proof of anything except
the inability to prove one's own statements or position.
More on this >
letters were made public, with Jamie Louis accusing Rood
of "inappropriate behaviors" and stating Rood is "out of
control without any regard for the Torah, the truth, or
the law". Michael Rood's former Advisory Board wrote on August 14:
the years, most everyone who has worked inside A Rood
Awakening!! Ministries has, at times, been uncomfortable
with the way Michael Rood has conducted himself. Because
he is a man, and we all have our faults, this conduct
was often overlooked and generally excused 'for the sake
of the message.' Unfortunately, not confronting the
problem allowed it to grow and fester. Now we have found
that in YHVH's perfect justice , the very inappropriate
behaviors we excused in him are now returning as
virulent accusations or misconduct against us."
appear that those at the helm of this organization are
unfamiliar with the Scriptures concerning the Law, which
they maintain they live by.
If ye fulfil the royal law according to the scripture,
Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself, ye do well: 9
But if ye have respect to persons, ye commit sin,
and are convinced of the law as transgressors.
10 For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet
offend in one point, he is guilty of all.
Rood, while claiming the role of innocent victim, expounded from his new website
with melodramatic allegations such as conspiracy,
deception, hostile takeover, under siege, twisted
have seen such deception and treachery and malicious
lies told about me that I realized that I have to
separate myself from those who have been running this
ministry, its finances and they have been doing so with
absolutely no accountability and against everything that
I have set up and what I had expressly decided and
spoken and also all those who are our advisors."
of "biblical judges" was comprised of self admitted false
prophet Monte Judah and Phil Vellekamp of Lion
and Lamb Ministries, Neal Brenner of Beit Emet Ministries
as chairman and chief spokesman, Allen Dodge of Beit
Emet Ministries, and Todd Bennett. Todd Bennett resigned
from the committee in October citing conflict of
The results of the 'investigation' by the above
mentioned culminated in a report posted November 9 at A Really Rude
Rood Awakening >areallyrudeawakening. com. They called
the report, An analysis of the dispute between Jamie
Louis and Michael Rood.
'judges' broke the
facts down to time slots, basically starting in Mid July
with their various links to documentation.
Before July 26, 2007 - These documents
cover the incorporation papers of ARA through the
initial (failed) attempt by Michael Rood to take
control of the ministry.
July 26-31 -These are three
teleconferences. The first is the edited
teleconference posted on the Really Rood web site.
Note that the conversation really ends by everyone
agreeing to work with Michael and the ultimate goal is
to turn the ministry over to him. The second call is
with Michael where Michael, Jamie, and the ARA board
start to develop a plan to work together. The third
is a conversation between the ARA board and Don
Harris, and is an operational meeting on proceeding
with the turnover of ARA and its assets to Michael.
The deal breaker here was the mistaken mailing of the
first conversation to Don Harris. Unfortunately,
Michael and his camp interpreted this recording as
evidence of a conspiracy instead of an agreement to
work forward. Michael and his organization then
stopped working with ARA and posted charges on their
August 1 and later - These are the
letters sent and web pages posted by Michael Rood and
his organization as they attempted to gain control of
ARA's assets after they stopped working with ARA.
These are also the results of conversations the
committee had with Jamie Louis and the bookkeeper.
The unfortunate conclusion is that if Michael had just
kept working with Jamie and the ARA board, by now he
would have control of ARA's assets and there would not
be a public fight or an investigation or questions
about his character.
question of whether Michael Rood had intended to start
fresh with new staff and a new corporation, was partially
answered by Neal Brenner and Ruth Wagner who, the panel
has stated, "received a letter in April 2007
inviting them to be on the A Rood Awakening! Ministries
International Advisory Board.."
Unfortunately, information was overlooked.
In the April 2007 Rood
Newsletter, Michael Rood wrote, "We are all preparing for what may
be our final “Israel Tour” in March, as well as planning
for the East Coast “USA Seminar Tour” which is now being
considered for this spring." In his May Newsletter
sent out June 6, 2007 Michael Rood also stated the intent
of having all his teachings available for free.
to the various information, including letters from Jamie
Louis, Rood was on vacation at a resort in upstate New
York on July 13. On July 14th Michael Rood spoke by cell
phone with Todd Bennett
who had Jamie Louis in his car desiring to meet with
Rood. Rood rudely refused to meet. At that time he stated
he had found a new office in Michigan. According to the
time frame cited by the judges things started to go
down hill from the 13th on. On July 15th Judith Rood's
mother passed away. It should be noted here, that part of
the misinformation concerning Judith was her actual
maiden name (Gamerman) and her former divorced name of
Judith Diver's not Dithers, as Rood was quick to put out
in his various correspondence.
of judges presented the state incorporation papers for A
Rood Awakening! Ministries International, a Michigan
corporation, suggesting the new corporation may have been
planned for some time and referred to the August 1
signing of those papers. They also stated,
that the listed directors are Michael Rood, Glenn
McWilliams, and Pam Harris. In tapes
and letter, Michael Rood is named as president, Glenn
McWilliams as vice-president, and Don Harris as CEO. If
you want to hold anyone responsible for the content of
Michael Rood's web pages consider these named directors
and officers. Note that at the time of this writing Don
Harris has resigned..."
no one thought to check things other than what was stated
in various letters concerning this mess. The fact is
Judith Rood, on July 11, 2007, registered A Rood
Awakening!, in Michigan, as a business.
Judith Rood stated that her place of residence was the
same address as the business, which is also the same
address as the new corporation
by Michael Rood which
was signed August 1, and filed August 6. In the document
filed by Judith Rood, she is the only person listed within
that document as doing business as A Rood Awakening! in
Michigan. The legal statement declares that "the
following person (or persons) now owns, conducts or
transacts, or intends to own, conduct, or transact a
business, or maintain an office or place of business in
the County of Kent, State of Michigan..."
Michael Rood, when filing the corporation papers on August
6, 2007 for the new A Rood Awakening! Ministries
International, stated on that legal document that he
resided in Israel. Further legal documentation from
Michael Rood, in filing a lawsuit against Jamie
Louis, December 14, 2007, discloses his statement that he
has lived in Kent county, Michigan, since 2004, with A
Rood Awakening! Ministries also being conducted under his
care at that address, also, since 2004. That is in
total conflict, aside from the obvious, as on his own new
website it is stated that he,
"is coming all the way from his home on the Sea of Galilee
in Israel". [michaelroodministries.com]That's August 28, 2007.
Is living in one's new donated office the description required for
a place of residence?
According to particular sources,
Michael Rood has lived
in Poryyia (Upper Galilee) Israel since 2004. This is a
heavily Christian area . . . where Rood held a bible study
in his home until everyone stopped attending over a short
period of time because of his ways. Prior to that (from 2001
to 2004) he lived in Arnona (Jerusalem) and spent his time
wine-ing and dining supporters in his $3800/month
apartment. He is not Jewish. He is not a citizen of
Israel... [source Jan 11, 2008]
Michael Rood sent an email, December 17, 2007 to various
individuals, under the Subject: Federal Lawsuit
filed by A Rood Awakening Ministries International, with,
"Why I Had No Choice But To File A Federal Lawsuit." He
offered to send a copy of the suit to any that wished to
see it, although there were no signatures on it. In his
email, there were so many misspellings about the alleged
charges, it left readers to wonder if it was merely a ploy
in the ongoing dispute. To date there has been no mention
of the lawsuit on either of his websites, which prior to
that time had become his billboard for his views
concerning the controversies.
In the legal filing document (case_id-54723) Michael Rood
has declared in statements entered into the charges, that,
"...After 2004, Michael Rood decided to move the business
office of A Rood Awakening from Oregon, where Defendant
lived, to Byron Center, Michigan." and "Plaintiff Michael
John Rood is a resident of Kent County, Michigan.
2. Plaintiff A Rood Awakening Ministries (“A Rood
Awakening”), is a business that Plaintiff Michael Rood
started, controlled, and has operated continuously since
its inception. 3. Michael Rood operates A Rood
Awakening at 991 84th St., SW, Suite 200, Byron Center,
Actually Michael Rood does not operate A Rood Awakening!
Ministries in Byron Center, Michigan, as stated in the
legal filing. As of August 6, 2007, he operates A Rood
Awakening!Ministries International at that address.
A Rood Awakening was filed as a business in Oregon
08-30-2002, with the mailing address being P.O. BOX 1116,
Jefferson, Oregon, 97352. The place of business was 1127
Santiam Rd SE, Albany, Oregon 97321 [Oregon Secretary of
State, Registry # 100906-94] The registering agent was
Connie Adams, Jamie Louis' wife. That fits with Michael
Rood, during the email scuffles, demanding Jamie and
Connie cease from writing cheques at the Oregon office,
which they did.
In 2006, 2007, according to information on michaelrood.com,
the Contact Information for ARA was clearly to the Oregon
business office of A Rood Awakening! - PO Box 1116 -
Jefferson, OR 97352 - (Tel) Toll Free 866-328-1116 -
(Email) email@example.com. and also
For 2004, 2005 we see the address the same, but also
some pages showed the Two Harbors address, and the
telephone numbers are different in some instances, with
the phone to the Two Harbors number.
(Phone: 218-834-5200 Fax: 940-433-2999)
Part of the issue perhaps was not keeping information
current on the many web pages.
From Jamie Louis' website, yaakovlevi.com, in his page
from 2003, Jamie wrote,
"The Ya'akov Levi Foundation (YLF) was started
in Tulsa, Oklahoma by Jamie and Connie Louis as a means of
raising support for the ministry of
Michael John Rood, and is run from the heart of the
Willamette Valley in Jefferson, Oregon . After running the
foundation from Moore, Oklahoma for two years, Jamie (aka 'Ya'akov')
and Connie moved ...to the family farm in Jefferson during the
late summer of 2002.
email and address for information was again Jamie@ARoodAwakening.tv,
P.O. Box 1116, Jefferson, Oregon 97352
Office: (541) 327-1116 Fax: (541) 327-7822. In
an email June 22, 2005, Michael Rood sent the promo for his
Nehemiah Gordon. The subject for the email was "Michael Rood
and Nehemia Gordon Presents..." In that promotion, which we can
only believe that Michael Rood was aware of, the phone numbers
below were listed before the commentary and various city
We Need Your Help to Promote These Seminars!
Please call or email us for more information 541-327-1116
Those phone numbers are the contact numbers at the A Rood
Awakening Oregon office.
On the ARoodAwakening.tv website, promoting the October,
2004 Israel Tour, the contact address was listed as: A
Rood Awakening! Tours P.O. Box 1116 Jefferson, OR 97352
April, 2003, still saw contact
for the A Rood Awakening to be in Two Harbors and as an aside
concerning the claim Michael Rood never asked for money, in that
Letter, he asked for $268,000. He stated, "If you DO NOT
need a tax receipt, send your offering to: A Rood Awakening!
PO Box 402, Two Harbors, MN 55616, (218) 834-5200 If
you DO need a tax receipt and want to invest your tax refund
into an eternal account, make your check out to: Ya'akov
Levi Foundation (YLF) PO Box 1116 Jefferson, OR 97352
(541) 327-1116 ... Michael Rood"
In his May 31, 2007 email,
Michael wrote to the staff at the ARA office in Oregon. He
"...I have made the decision that Judith
and I will not return to Israel at the end of this summer
tour. Instead, I will stay on in the U.S. to assume the
responsibilities for day to day ministry operations. Jamie and
I are both in agreement that this is necessary at this time.
...Jamie will no longer be handling any ministry
business other than to be available to me to advise me on any
details...When he returns to Oregon, he will not be going into
the office. I am informing the staff immediately...Darlene (on
the bookstore road crew) will be handling Jamie's phone...All
departments will continue to function as usual with the
exception that Jamie will no longer be the "go to guy"...I
will be the one who will call the shots, ...
Until I arrive in Oregon, Michele will be
directly under me as the office coordinator, and in order to
avoid any ambiguity or confusion during this transition, all
activities required of any Oregon office personnel must go
through her first..." 13.
Finally in February 2007, Michael Rood, in his own words
stated, "When I returned to Israel in December, I became
aware that our U.S. office had sent out an email...(re
Hanukkah) was presented to a group of Messianic believers
and recorded in our home in the Galilee during
The questions would be, precisely what has been the
Michigan office address for A Rood Awakening Ministries
since 2004? If Michael Rood has been living in Kent
county, Michigan, according to the legal document, why is
there no evidence of him having a place of residence
there? And why, if he resided in Israel, is there no
addresses for contact to him or A Rood Awakening in
Michigan, prior to July, 2007?
all the activities of Michael Rood and his associates, Jamie Louis
previously filed a business registration in Oregon,
December 1 of 2006, showing that he has established
[XXXXX *name removed] FARM LEASING
with Dan Stockemer, who was in The Way International (TWI)
with Louis and Rood. Dan Stockemer is helping
organize TWI's 6th Corp 25 Year Reunion for 2008. The winds of
change were not just coming from Michael Rood.
Change of Heart? or
the Real Michael Rood?
Michael Rood wrote a letter dated May 31, 2007, it was
with an attitude that Jamie Louis needed time away from
the business/ministry to recover his health and grief over
the loss of his daughter and Connie's father in a
car accident October of 2006. Nothing was said
about having concerns over financial issues on Michael Rood's side. In fact he
acknowledged Jamie Louis's concern over finances. Written from Tampa, Florida, May 31, 2007,
while on his Jonah Code Tour, Michael
Rood stated the changes that were going to take place:
"...After much prayer and after
consulting with Jamie two days ago, I have made
the decision that Judith and I will not return to Israel
at the end of this summer tour. Instead, I will stay on
in the U.S. to assume the responsibilities for day to
day ministry operations. Jamie and I are both in
agreement that this is necessary at this time.
...As of ... Tuesday night,
Jamie will no longer be handling any ministry business
other than to ...advise me on any
details I may need...When he returns to Oregon, he will not be going
into the office....
I am informing the staff immediately so
that you can be helpful in this transition. I will also
be assembling some trusted advisors and experienced
staff to help us facilitate effective organizational
changes. We will all need to shoulder more of the load
for a while until we can bring in reinforcements. As
Jamie recovers, he will eventually assume a new position
as 'wartime consigliore' for the ministry.
...We have all depended on Jamie for so
long that it will be difficult to wean ourselves from...
...All departments will continue to function as usual
with the exception... I will be the one
who will call the shots, and I will be the one to go to
Jamie when I cannot figure things out. Until I arrive in
Oregon, Michele will be directly under me as the office
coordinator, ... all activities
required of any Oregon office personnel must go through
The usual monthly financial
disbursements will be made from the Oregon office by
Michele and Nancy who will co-sign disbursements in the
place of Connie...
.... I will need Jamie in prime health so
that he can be ready to share at the "vision
...I believe that we can make this work
smoothly. Jamie will be focusing on his physical
ministry will continue to pay his full regular salary,
but he is required NOT to work at this time.
He has already put two lifetimes
of labor into this ministry. With due diligence, 'Kemosabe'
will be back in the saddle riding another range with me
in the near future....."
it is important to note that at that time, May 31, and
also in The Ugly Truth About Michael Rood by Michael Rood,
there was reference to the idea that he was planning to stay in the
US, and spoke of plans to start a pastoral ministry (sic), train future
Rood replacements and send them to the world,
as well as having the plan for "fiduciary responsibility
with a goal of becoming accredited by the evangelical
association for financial responsibility."
"...The current idea being
discussed is to let the temporary corporate sole ‘A
Rood Awakening!’ wither and become defunct after all
debts have been satisfied. A new nonprofit corporation
with a legitimate board of directors will over see the
financial constitution of the ministry. In this vein, I
have asked Don as the Chief executive officer to
immediately implement and oversee the financial
accounting system that Pam Harris will administer. Don
will also secure an accountant ...to have us qualified
under the Evangelical Accounting Association
3. Having proven the practical
impracticality of our road tours as of this spring and
summer, we will now focus on a necessary pastoral role
in introducing more teachers and printed materials
though several regional conferences though out the
United States, and hopefully other countries as well.
We will raise up a staff of younger and more energetic
people to properly produce these life changing spiritual
adventures in the form of three or four day restoration
conferences. Jamie Louie and his family will be a vital
Since Michael Rood has repeatedly called all
Christians pagan, the Person and Name of Jesus as pagan,
rejects the deity of Christ, and doesn't recognize pastors, does it not seem slightly hypocritical
to now want to be under the oversight of the Evangelical
Accounting Association? Yes, he has Christianized some
of his material in order to draw on the Sky Angel,
Christian Booksellers and similar crowds, but that does
not mean his core beliefs have changed.
Regarding the Corporate Sole registered in
Arizona, Michael Rood stated he did not know anything
about it, and made it sound as if there was a conspiracy
afoot to have everything put in Jamie Louis's name in the
preceding months to this fiasco. From
his writings, and posting of an audio tape:
"...We soon learned, through a recorded
phone conversation secured by a private investigator,
that two men in the ministry had been plotting for
several months to vilify Michael in order to hide some
apparent financial misdealings...An obscure Arizona
corporation in the name of A Rood Awakening! in which
all bank accounts, phone services, postal service
contracts and vehicles donated to the ministry were put
in the personal name, and under the exclusive control of
the one man..."
The panel reported on the alleged
tampering (by Michael Rood) of an audio tape of the Advisory Board Meeting,
July 26, 2007, with all parties stating they knew they
were being recorded. The audio tape, which, according to
the information provided, displays the editing work done
on the tape, posted to Michael Rood's website, reallyrood.com. The Oregon office of course has the
original tape. According to various statements on the
panels page, it is illegal to post a recorded conversation
to the public, without full permission of those involved.
It certainly could be disputed that Michael
Rood had no knowledge and did not support the Corporate
Sole, simply by factually looking at things sent out for
his support, and the documentation for corporate meetings
which has been stated he attended. Unfortunately the Louis
camp, while stating the events took place, has not
provided any documentation that this writer has seen, such as minutes, which would
show who attended said meetings.
However, Michael Rood from his own pen,
prior to the many emails to staff, stated in THE UGLY TRUTH ABOUT
MICHAEL ROOD BY MICHAEL ROOD, that he had in fact spoken
at and was in the meeting with the 'greater advisory
board' which validates Jamie Louis's statement concerning
the meeting and the financial issues. It also invalidates his claim that no
financial records were available nor had any been produced
for him to view, or that there was concern on his side
related to financial and meeting issues:
"...Don told me
you had some concerns about your financial
for things that you put in your name as we began
organizing for our Israel project several years ago.
You also voiced those
concerns to me briefly over the phone while I was in
My intention in this – and I will commit
to it in writing.
our greater advisory board over two years ago
put a financial accounting system in place that would
track every dime of income and expense so that
we could make a
Harris was appointed to set up the inside book keeping
system including the purchase order system and manage
the bank accounts. An outside bookkeeper [Debbie
Cooper] would make sure that we are squeaky clean in the
eyes of the world...."
reviewing the records produced by Debbie from last
September through April
of this year,
it is the consensus among knowledgeable
colleagues that it may be physically impossible to pay
to have our financial records audited
and brought up to an acceptable standard.
The current idea being discussed is to
temporary corporate sole ‘A
Rood Awakening!’ wither and
become defunct after all debts have been satisfied.
A new nonprofit corporation
with a legitimate board of directors will over see the
financial constitution of the ministry..."
In an email from December 2004, Jamie Louis was
fundraising and included the following statements, which also
shows the corporate sole:
"...We need your
financial help now, as the year concludes... we can
offer you a deductible contribution through our
non-profit Corporation Sole (we do not subscribe to the
popular 501c3 non-profit status, as it is government
controlled). (email Thursday,
December 30, 2004 )
The Arizona Corporation Sole was filed
June 25, 2003. It should be noted that Rood and the panel
mentioned the failure of Jamie Louis to have filed the
proper 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006 forms. Rood stated the
proper 990 income tax forms, but the panel stated what
should have been filed was Form 1099's. They stated the
books were in the name of the Arizona Corporate Sole since
From the legal filing of the December 14,
against Jamie Louis, we see again that Michael Rood's
statements appear to be not in sync with some of his other
"27. In 2004, Michael and Judith Rood,
Defendant, and others attended an A Rood Awakening
meeting in the State of Washington. 28. At the
Washington meeting, Defendant recommended for the first
time that A Rood Awakening incorporate as a “corporate
sole” in the State of Arizona. 29. At the
Washington meeting, Michael Rood learned that Defendant
had, in fact, already organized A Rood Awakening as an
Arizona corporate sole, even though he had neither the
permission nor the authority to do so. ...31. Michael
Rood informed Defendant that he had no authority to
decide where to deposit money generated by the business
and that he was to provide an accounting to Pam Harris,
comptroller, and relinquish any control over any company
financial account or matter."
The Arizona A Rood Awakening! Ministries Corporate sole was
temporarily dissolved in 2005 because of having not filed the required annual report
and the address was wrong for Perry Challender, the
registering agent. They were reinstated
August 31, 2005. The corporate sole in Arizona has been
changing registering agents from Perry Challender, who
resigned 08/16/2007, to two other changes for registering
agent, the last being 10/25/2007.
Jamie Louis submitted the Annual Report
August 16, 2007. It had been due on or before June 25,
2007. In it he stated that A Rood
Awakening! Ministries "had
no receipts in the State of Arizona. There were no assets
or liabilities in Arizona in 2006." That would be so,
since the business was not run in Arizona nor were there
any seminars booked there. However, the
financial statements do show a tad bit more than 'no
assets or liabilities'.
It is more than a little noteworthy that
the bylaws for the Arizona corporate sole state that aside
from the claim of being a church, there is the claim in
it's objectives as being, "A Rood Awakening! Ministries is
involved with providing shelter for people in need of
protection from the elements, clothing for people in need
of warmth, food for the hungry and drink for those with
thirst...education and training in....personal hygiene,
agriculture and related sciences, security of mind, body
Other than taking care of volunteer staff,
or those 'contracting' to ARA, and the occasional mention
of a need for a supporter, this writer has seen no
evidence or documentation or presence of funds from the
public financial statements, being directed to/for the
above stated objectives.
Jamie Louis did in fact register a new
"CORPORATIN SOLE" in
Oregon with the Secretary of State, with himself as
president, amidst all the turmoil of this mess. One assumes
that is the same as a corporate sole, although the IRS may
not view them in the same way.
Oregon Secretary of State> Registry No>459934-90
Entity Name > A Rood
Awakening! MINISTRIES ADMINISTRATOR "AND SUCCESSORS, A
Foreign Entity>A Rood Awakening! MINISTRIES
Date Registered> 08-28-2007
But what of the original Corporate Sole
registered in Arizona instead of Oregon where the offices
were? Doesn't a Corporate Sole suggest the separation of
church and state, and to that end topics such as
government are prohibited in order to keep charitable
status? Would that not exclude A Rood Awakening!
Ministries, simply because Michael
Rood has many times spoken against the government and
presented other anti-government related topics?
The Real Michael Rood ...
A false witness shall not be unpunished, and he that
speaketh lies shall perish.
Michael Rood pleaded for support in his
November 2007 Newsletter, while claiming to be a victim.
Mailed from his new location in Michigan and using A Rood
Awakening!! Ministries, (without the International)
apparently a source in Oregon supplied the postage... How does
one stamp envelopes in Michigan with a postage stamp
permit from Oregon, when one claims they have been doing
business in Michigan since 2004?
Envelope folded for size
Of note was Michael Rood's statement concerning
seeing the new office. After going to Muskegon to pray
with Glen McWilliams, he stated they left, "and then Judith and I
drove to Grand Rapids to meet an old ministry friend.
As soon as we arrived, my friend took me upstairs..."
is slightly different than what he wrote in, The Ugly
Truth About Michael Rood, in which he stated:
and I went to Glenn’s in Muskegon for two days and I
felt a resounding spiritual thud. There was nothing
there. I drove to Grand Rapids after a couple of days
with my parent’s for dad’s 75th
birthday. When we arrived in Grand Rapids something
took place that was completely unexpected. The moment
that a 3000 square foot office and a huge space for a
video studio opened before my eyes, ..."
And the audio tape from Michael Rood's
I got up to Michigan and was with Glenn, we prayed for
that same miracle that we would know this is where we're
supposed to be. And, after a couple of days with Glenn,
we went to visit my parents - my father's 75th birthday
transpired and then we went over to Grand Rapids to
visit a long time ministry friend. And before we got
here, I believe it was really a couple weeks earlier,
this friend said that part of his building he was gonna
lease out to Aloette Glass Corporation, but the deal
fell through and he said, this place would be perfect
for you. ...Now it's at least two weeks later. Judith
and I go over to Grand Rapids just to drop in to visit
him and we went over to his place of business...."
documented fiasco of alleged mail fraud via a letter and
postal information was dated July
22, 2007 and was presented by Don Harris and signed by Michael Rood. Don
Harris went into the Oregon post office, and attempted to redirect
all A Rood Awakening! Ministries mail to the new Michigan address, for the new A Rood
Rood wrote many statements from July forward that he was broke, had no money, no email or adherents lists, and no
way to communicate. In his November 2007 Newsletter he
means that I no longer have any of your personal letters
to me. I don't even have your email addresses or phone
numbers. We do have an old list of some addresses and
yours is among them. I felt that contacting you was
important enough to borrow money to send this letter..."
2010: No Missing Mail Lists
In perusing some material on the internet the
mystery of the claimed missing mail/email lists information came
to light. It is concerning the false claim of not having any
email lists in order to contact adherents for support....which
obviously were available since Rood mailed or emailed many
From Christian Media Research, in the article,
The Michael Rood Brand of Ministry, James Lloyd recounts his
role of maintaining the existing, not missing mail lists, and
doing mailings after the break up in 2007. He discusses Rood's
continued 2008 claims of not having a mail or email list as
being false and Rood's claims were being used to solicit
support: [red added, some bolding in original]
"...Rood's ministry organization
was based in my home state of Oregon, and
I had accepted an assignment to
newsletter on a contract basis, I was an
eyewitness to much of what occurred.
Many are familiar with the monthly
mailings "sent" by the
organization; these were actually produced, printed, and
mailed by my organization (I had the complete mailing
broke with (and inaugurated legal proceedings against)
the administrator of the ministry, one Jamie Louis,
I unsuccessfully offered to mediate the conflict.
Another Messianic Jewish believer
in Yahshua, Jamie Louis had run the ministry on
behalf of Rood for
some time, and predictably, the fight began over money -
and lots of it. ... Mr.
Louis recognized my capabilities in ministry data
management, and asked if I could revamp
Michael Rood's regular
mailings. I enthusiastically accepted.
As I've long believed that God has given us significant
revelation related to prophecy, I was delighted to have
the opportunity to send complimentary copies of our
publications to a group of believers that might
otherwise never read our material.
I had already printed multiple
editions of the
monthly newsletter when
and Jamie came into conflict, and
subsequently brought in another ministry figure, a man
named Don Harris, to attempt to regain control
of the official ministry known as A
during an ensuing power struggle.
...During the fracas, ...
I realized I was probably the
only person who actually had a clear understanding of
ministry database in terms of numbers, regular
supporters, how current the addresses were, and so forth.
When Don Harris assumed the
helm of a hastily restructured
structure (which included a move to Michigan from
Oregon), one of his first
acts was to contact me to discuss the status of the
ministry database. Don wanted a copy of the database,
and as he was represented as the new General Manager of
Rood's ministry, I complied.
In the apparent hope of some
degree of continuity, I
was then asked to publish a ministry mailing to
Michael's supporters on behalf of the new ministry
structure in Michigan. This occurred in August 2007.
Because my own direct mail activities are constantly
updating the various databases in my possession,
when I was also asked by Don
... to produce another mailing ...I did my best to
effectively utilize the most recent data relative to all
I personally supervised the
printing, envelope stuffing, sealing, sorting, labeling,
etc for the first
newsletter after the restructuring, in a critical effort
to ask his supporters to continue to help him through
the difficult period. Once again, this was in August
2007. I was
also involved in direct mail for Michael's speaking
tours, as well as a November 2007 printing and direct
It should be noted that lists are
updated daily here, and
even though we mailed a sample of our materials to names
on the Rood list, ...Because
good mailing list management requires methodical
maintenance (people move, the post office sends back
undeliverable letters, etc), not knowing if we would
produce another newsletter for the new organization, we
continued to maintain the
Shortly after the November
newsletter project was completed, a
staffer named Rashel Kammerling contacted me. She had
been assigned to interact with me on the newsletter and
database projects, and realizing the
list I used for the November mailing was more up to
date than the one given to Don Harris in August, she
asked for a copy of the database. I sent it to her at
Michigan offices shortly thereafter.
Over the course of the next year,
as I began to study various aspects of the Messianic
Jewish movement in earnest, I was horrified to learn
just how apostate Michael
Rood's doctrine actually is. ...
I've since learned that
significant portions of what is called the "Hebrew
Roots" movement have been transformed into an integral
component of the Antichrist deception of our
the fall of 2007, when
Rood reconfigured his
ministry, and filed a lawsuit against Jamie Louis...
I completed the
previously mentioned printing assignments for the new
organization and then severed my professional
association with the ministry. ... Michael's
suit against Jamie Louis was settled out of court with a
"gag order." ...
July 2008 statements, in writing, are so completely
inaccurate they demand a refutation.
In an insert in his newsletter,
Rood characterizes the
break with his former friends as an attempt to "Stop
Rood" - as though the
break with his former associates was a sinister effort to
stop his ministry activities
this same July 2008 letter to his mailing list,
clearly seeks to manipulate his clientele into financial
support by claiming he had been "cut off" from contact
with those supporters due to this supposed "twisted"
plan to "Stop Rood."
Claiming he has had
no way to contact his supporters through the last year,
"From that heartbreaking day
last July until now, I have been unable to contact you
or any of my other friends who have stood with me
through the years..."
just pours on the hyperbole as he claims his "vociferous
critics" tried to keep him from speaking the truth by
holding on to the computer records (read his mailing
list) so he could not continue any fund raising
activities to do the Lord's work:
"I was completely shut out with no
access to even my own family's addresses and phone
numbers...I was completely cut off from you with little
hope of reconnecting..."
Incredibly, in this two page
claims a third time he was cut off from access to
the records of his supporters:
"Please do not take it
personally that I have not kept in contact with you this
past year. You were cruelly cut off from me and I was
powerless to change the circumstances in which I found
myself." (It Was Only A Flesh Wound, M
Rood, July 2008 direct
The actual facts are decidedly
Not only did I provide a database
copy of Mr. Rood's entire mailing list to Rood's new
General Manager Don Harris in the Fall of 2007,
as I previously noted, I provided an updated version of
the database/mailing list to the new
organization two months later. Further, I published
another newsletter on behalf of Rood's reconfigured
ministry in November 2007 - four months after
Rood claims to have had "no
access" to any of his supporters.
Once again, the claim of no access
to his mailing list is patently
Furthermore, the database records which I forwarded to
ministry included data indicating which supporters had
sent funds to Mr.
Rood. Indeed, in the first
mailing project I produced after the split in the
ministry, I was specifically instructed to bulk mail
that newsletter/fund raising appeal to every name that
had ever given Rood
In short, in addition to his
willingness to dispense with the Scriptures when it
suits his agenda,
is also apparently willing to dispose of the basic facts
when they inconveniently fail to dovetail with his
marketing practices... James Lloyd"[http://www.christianmediaresearch.com/michaelrood.html]
read the following with the above in mind:
On September 3,
2007, an email was sent out to members of an "old list",
which is odd that was mentioned immediately after stating
he had no lists. In that email he described events in a
slightly different manner than what the Louis camp has
presented the events:
July 21, 2007, under the cover of the Sabbath,
a formerly trusted
friend hired a locksmith to change the locks on the
A Rood Awakening!! U.S. office. He brought in
a computer specialist who disconnected the server
containing all the contribution and personal records of
Michael Rood's ministry partners...
We soon learned, through a recorded phone conversation
secured by a private investigator, that two men
in the ministry had been plotting for several months to
vilify Michael in order to hide some apparent financial
misdealings...An obscure Arizona corporation in the name
of A Rood Awakening! in which all bank accounts,
phone services, postal service contracts and vehicles
donated to the ministry were put in the personal name,
and under the exclusive control of the one man...
Michael and Judith Rood's cell phones, as well as the
cell phones of all of his Israel and U.S. road crew,
were soon disconnected, and they were left without any
way to access even their families, let alone the
thousands of friends who have been faithful supporters
of Michael's ministry through the years. Michael's
entire staff was immediately cut off financially and
stranded on the road..
...You must be aware that Michael Rood has been
completely cut off from the ARoodAwakening.tv and
MichaelRood.com websites, any and all donations,
product orders, and all A Rood Awakening! information
does not have access to anyone - that includes you! ...
Please call us in Grand Rapids Michigan at our new
Michael and Judith, as well as the staff that stayed
loyal to the message and the ministry have been left
completely broke and without resources at the end of his
grueling two-month east coast Jonah Code speaking tour.
the private investigator has no name and no contact
information and has made no public statement. In fact,
later episodes of letters eliminated the term Private
investigator, because, according to the Jamie Louis camp,
one of the board members accidentally sent the
wrong audio to Don Harris. As far as Michael Rood's
inability to have contact and drum up money and support so
to speak, he seems to have done fairly well, since he had
his new website up and running by Mid-August, with his
son-in-law, Eric Fransen as technical contact.
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21, 2007, Michael Rood wrote an email which in the opening
information painted a
completely different picture of the last 6 months, from being totally broke to
being extremely able to travel both in the United States
"...I have continued without
interruption in my work to take the gift of Yahweh's
revelations to people who have never heard them. This
is the ministry Yahweh gave into my responsibility
long before the eruptions of this tumult ever
transpired. Throughout this time, I have taken the
"Jonah Code" to Texas, Alabama, Florida, South
Carolina, Pennsylvania, New Mexico, Colorado, Utah,
California, Israel, Norway
and Iceland. My wife Judith and I have been on the
From the aroodawakening.tv website, for
June/July Jonah Code tours:
"...We are currently in Florida on our
East Coast Jonah
Code Tour. The Tour was
launched in Waco, Texas, and continued through
Tennessee, Georgia, Florida, and North Carolina, and
finally to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. By the time you
receive this update the speaking Tour will, for the most
part, be over. We are planning an event in Albuquerque
August 1st and 2nd, the western slope of Colorado August
8th and 9th, and in Southern California September 9th
From his November 2007 Newsletter, it
appears that all the equipment --has been sold off--or did
Michael Rood forget that he had a trailer full of
equipment and materials since August valued at
approximately $100,000 which was allowed by
the Oregon office, and in particular Jamie Louis, for him
to use on the tours. There was evidence of a willingness from Oregon to provide all that
was needed, in spite of all the infighting. Instead,
mentioning again the ARA Oregon office, Rood wrote
"...Satan's plan to "cut Rood's throat"
involved the confiscation and "fire sale" of the
equipment that was given to this ministry for the
specific purpose of producing live seminars on the
I think we can scratch Albuquerque, New
Mexico as having heard his message as that is where
Michael Rood pulled out in the vehicle which was
registered in his
name and with the ARA equipment loaded into the trailer
(which was in Jamie Louis' name) in the early morning, and then
the meeting was canceled.
alleged audio tampering done by Michael Rood, a
statement by Jamie Louis noted that the 'Excursion" (a
recent model Ford van) was in Michael's name.
someone who has claimed to live like a levite, to being a
true levite and claimed to own nothing, own something?
Jamie Louis and others stated in the many fundraising
letters for Michael that he lived as a levite.
is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their
Levite. Now is the time for all good men to come to the
aid of their Levite. Now is the time for all good men to
come to the aid of their Levite..."
"...Michael lives to teach and lives his life as if he
were a Levite...Michael has never asked for money in any
of his newsletters to help support his ministry. He
lives as a Levite. He does not own a car or even rent
lives like a Levite, owning no property and having
no inheritance (Numbers 18:23), surviving only on the
tapes and videos he sells during his presentations,
which he believes is as things should be (Deuteronomy
26:12). He has literally devoted his entire life to his
was posted on a Messianic forum by a member, who stated
that this was a letter sent by Michael Rood to him in
response to his questions:
don't own a house. I have no life insurance. I have no
car insurance. I rode busses in Jerusalem at the time
they were being blown up every week. I get no paycheck.
I have not had a vacation in 10 years. I get room and
board just like everyone else on my staff..." "
presume that the statement of Michael Rood never asking
for money in 2003, has changed dramatically, since his new
website is plastered with requests for money, with ads for
PayPal, Visa, Mastercard, Discover, American Express cards
showing the means with which to donate to him. Of course
he has asked for money before, despite the statement of
him not asking for money. Those
Levite statements are in sharp contrast to that
which has now become the public statement of Lee Ware Alon,
who was staff in Israel.
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..."
...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
In amongst the statements of his November
21, 2007 Newsletter was Michael Rood's complaint
that, having stated that ministry donations were for his
needs and that all the debt for the various tours, trips,
books and audio equipment were being pinned on him, but
were "ministry expenses" and not in fact his personal
debt. That suggests acknowledgment of himself as being
separate and distinct from the ministry organization,
which is what the Louis camp and the 'judges' have stated.
The difference is in who is required to do what for what
The report by the arbitration board
"...With regard to that specific charge,
this committee did find evidence of impropriety by the
standards of general accounting principles and common
business practice. Specifically, Michael Rood received
cash funds and checks written to “Michael Rood” from the
offering boxes that were not deposited to the ARA
ministry account. ...With regard to his compensation,
Michael Rood received deposits paid by ARA to his US
bank and an Israel bank account (using another person’s
name). He also had the use of a ministry credit card
that was paid by ARA. All of the ARA payments to these
accounts were made without Michael supplying expense
The two financial statements that have been publicly
posted show an income of over 1 million dollars for 2006,
and another million from January to July in 2007.
The fact that Michael Rood was given $80,000 in
2006, with the appearance of all expenses paid, gives one
the impression that some statements simply are not kosher.
Connie Moser stated in her financial report that, Michael
Rood wrote cheques which bounced, and large amounts had to
be paid on Michael's credit card transactions, without his
submitting receipts, which were then allocated in the
books as miscellaneous expenses.
Over $80,000 was paid to Michael
Rood for services in 2006 according to the financial statements
posted for the public, and by
all appearances, rent and any other expenses were covered
by the A Rood Awakening! Ministries office.
This begs the question, whose idea was it to
Rood's money into another person's account in Israel,
instead of being paid to him directly as is required both
in Israel and also for US IRS requirements?
This might also bring the question on whether these
claimed Torah Observant individuals
are in fact observing the law of the
land? Matthew 22:17-21; 2 Peter 2:10; 1 Timothy
1:1-2; Titus 3:1-2
According to the Israeli Government, in the
Ministry of Finance website information,
"...Methods of Reporting Funds when Entering
or Leaving Israel 2001), starting from Sunday February 17,
2002, reporting of transfer of money into or out of the
country is required by law, as described below. For the
purpose of reporting, "money" refers to cash, bank checks and
$80,000 US converted to NIS equals about 304,560
NIS, which is Israel's shekels. If the financial reports are
correct, that would indicate that Michael Rood was given at
least 4 times the amount that must be declared in Israel,
according to Israel Government websites. It is unknown and not
specifically stated whether
he did or did not declare his income, or whether it all passed
into his hands while in Israel or partially was given to him in
other places. This writer does not
assume he did not, but rather hopes that he and Judith did make
proper declarations, both in Israel and with their personal
taxes to the IRS.
In the numerous stated laws with regards to
Israeli Customs, there is mention of "Obligation to Report" and
"Violation to Report" money, which reads, in part, as follows:
Obligation to Report
The law obligates every person entering Israel or leaving
Israel who carries with him money ("money" here refers to
cash. Bank and traveler's checks), must report these upon
entering to Israel or exiting from Israel, if the combined sum
is 80,000 New Israeli Shekels (NIS) or higher (If the person
entering the country is a new immigrant, according to the law
of Return 19504, he/she must report if the individual or
combined sum exceeds 1,000,000) NIS.
Violation to Report
Violation of the obligation to report is an offense for which
the penalty is 6 months imprisonment or a fine as stated in
Paragraph 61(A)(4) to the Penal Law, or ten times the amount
which was not declared, whichever sum is higher. ..."
There is also extensive information for
importing of vehicles for foreign residents, tourists and so on.
; http://www.mof.gov.il/customs/eng/ole.htm#2b; http://www.mof.gov.il/customs/eng/tour.htm
In a 2006 radio interview with Jan
Michelson in Iowa, with Jamie Louis also in attendance, Michael
Rood was asked if he was an Israeli citizen. Rood
responded that his wife was a citizen and he was a
"journalist", and (Jan asked) "...you look like an observant
Jewish Rabbi like you are a practicing..." (Rood): Lubavitcher?",
and then Rood stated that both he and Jamie were "Israelites",
[we] "are Jews", "we're not ancient Israelites".
It was during
that same interview, that Michael Rood left the impression that
he was from Israel, by stating:
"J: It says here that you are a
Messianic Rabbi – that’s a teacher, right?
R: Yeah, that’s right. Actually that’s “moreh” in
Hebrew, a teacher. That’s what I basically do. I come
to America and teach. "
He also responded to: "J: Were you at one time Jewish in
R: At one time my father’s family is Jewish and we also
have some ministers that come over and John Wesley and that
line, but my great, great, great grandfather started the first
synagogue in Amsterdam....In his home and that seems to be
what I do too"
That is an incredible statement to have
1. According to Jewish Virtual Library, >Synagogues of the
World: Netherlands> "The Sephardic Synagogue
in Amsterdam was dedicated in 1675 and accommodated 2,000
worshipers. The synagogue was designed by Elias Bouman."
and "The Synagogue in Middelburg,
founded in 1705, was the first synagogue built outside of
2. Either Michael Rood's, "great, great,
great grandfather" had incredible longevity or...
3. As documented
Michael John Rood: Marine Chaplain,
Jewish Gentile Rabbi, & Reverend?, some clips from his
interview with Sid Roth,
Date: April 2-6, 2001
Sid Roth introduces Michael as a Messianic Jewish Rabbi - ****which he never disputes or
Sid introduces Michael as having a Baptist heritage and as a young man went to
see "Fiddler on the Roof". ...
....One of my great,
great-grandfathers came over as a horse back riding circuit rider with John
Wesley, but my family are from Spain, originally Sephardic Jews.
Most of the Roods went from Spain to Holland.
4. From the same
article > September 29, 1997, in another promotional brochure,
also entitled "From Here To Eternity," Michael Rood also made
the following biographical claims. ....
Rood is an ordained nondenominational Christian minister and Messianic rabbi.
"Rood" is the ancient English word for the "Cross of
Messiah" given to Michael's British ancestors after their
conversion to Christianity."
This begs the question, if Rood was the
name given to his family in Britain, how is it possible that
"Most of the Roods went from Spain to Holland" and then to
Since Michael Rood has stated that as a
non citizen, he was a journalist living in Israel, then
it might behoove Mr. Rood to present his Israeli Press
Card as well as his work visa publicly as validation of
his alleged occupation. After doing a minor amount of
research on what it takes to acquire these press
credentials as well as a work visa in Israel, I
personally believe that it would be extremely hard for a
non citizen of Israel to get these privileges issued to
them, without extensive supporting documentation of work
related history as well as validation of articles
published in Israel. Anyone can claim to be a
journalist, but that does not mean that they are
recognized by the state of Israel as such.
All journalists operating in the country must be
accredited by the Israeli Government Press Office (GPO).
Let's recap with some of the many names and titles Michael
Rood has had:
"The Reverend Michael
", "Rabbi", "Rabbi Michael Rood" or "Messianic rabbi (teacher)
Michael Rood", "Messianic Kairite Rabbi"
(he and Judith joined the Kairite movement, which
rejects the NT and Christ), "Messianic Jewish
Rabbi, " “honorary mohel”,
Torah Observant" Messianic or Jewish Messianic
(he was not born Jewish), a "Levite" (he's not
of the levitical priesthood), living as a levite, Baptist minister (he was
not), a former Baptist minister , a rabbi, "I am a
Jewish follower of the Jewish Messiah", Gentile,
Jewish theologian, "Christian
prophet...Bible teacher, marine sergeant, author,
lecturer, Bible-confirming archaeology, professional Bible instructor, for more than
And by 2006 Michael Rood claims to be a journalist from
In the November 2007 Newsletter, Michael Rood
"It seemed surreal, as Jamie proudly
boasted that he "IS" "A Rood
Louis, with the help of his co-conspirators, had seized
control of what they thought was the "ministry". But the
"ministry" is not bricks and mortar--is is Spirit. It is
HIS message and HIS mission that HE has ordained me to
carry out on this earth.
...These men thought they could fire me
from the ministry that the Almighty assigned to me. ...
Despite the conspiracy to "stop Rood",
we are going to move ahead with plans to make all my
teaching materials available free of charge on
the Internet, so that we can reach the world with
The Gospel of the Kingdom...."
...P.S. One of the most important teachings
of my life, Yahshua's First and Last Message to
Israel,...which I would love to send to you -but frankly,
I'm broke!. Please write and
request this profound prophetic teaching
and please pray
about sending an offering to us to help us recover from
this hostile takeover."
Michael Rood, due to his many failed
predictions has denied many times that he has prophesied. However,
"this profound prophetic teaching" shows he still views
himself as a prophet.
It is interesting that Jamie Louis stated in his FAQ's
concerning the breakup of A Rood Awakening!, and discussing
his role in supporting Rood since 1998 that:
produced various products, including a 10-hour video
production called Count Down to 6001. On this video,
Michael was predicting that in September 1999, the 7th
millennium would begin. He predicted that this day
would be Tishri 10, 6001, which would be the Day of
Atonement and the start of the last seven years before
When Michael’s prophecy failed, he became
depressed and went into seclusion in a cave in Tekoa,
Israel. After a week, I was able to convince him that we
had much work to do and that the message, without
predicting the specific date, was still good and needed
to be told. We returned to America and started our
“A Rood Awakening!!” tours...."
It needs to be
very clear that Jamie Louis has stated Michael Rood gave a
false prophecy. His statement confirms what has been
stated by this writer on this website and also
John Juedes articles and others. It also needs to be
clearly understood that after that time, Michael Rood,
along with Jamie Louis and other staff published statements denying that he
had ever prophesied anything.
Apparently what constitutes a false prophet according to
the Scriptures was not an issue after the initial week of
the failed prophecy, and the many other failed
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.
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..."
Rood's statement to Jamie Louis may not have been
understood by his followers or the uninitiated.
are doing something that is
so much more important
Kingdom that we were building in 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
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
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
"...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.”
... Wierwille was “taking a more
dictatorial line,” [p 102]
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]
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,”
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]
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]
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:
John Rood: WAY Days
Reverend Michael John Rood ;
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
"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)..."
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
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.
NEAL, YOU ARE NOT AUTHORIZED OR QUALIFIED -
...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!.."
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..."
suspect that is exactly what former staff and supporters
Jesus said: "How can ye believe, which receive honour
one of another, and seek not the honour that cometh from
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
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,
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
"...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...."
Forgotten are these and many more
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
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...
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...."
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 ReallyRood.com
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!"
Former Spanish Voice for Michael Rood
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
"...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."
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.
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.
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. ...31Let 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;
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2. Michael John Rood >ELIJAH’S SINAI REDISCOVERED! OR ONE
MORE TIME AROUND THE MOUNTAIN Marheshwan 22, (corrected)
December 19, 2000> 6001.com/mountain.htm
OF ROOD’S PAGAN-CHRISTIAN CONNECTION by Dr. Michael
Messianic Times: April/May 2005 issue, Vol. 15, No. 2
5. From: The Advisory
Board- Regarding Recent Events on the Ministry:
From: A Rood
Awakening!! Advisory Board [firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Tuesday, August 14, 2007; Subject: A Rood Awakening!! Ministries Advisory
6. reallyrood.com "A
Rood Awakening! Under Siege" Michael's Abbreviated Explanation
7. 2. A Review of the Evidence;
Review of the Evidence
8. 2.12. Incorporation papers
for A Rood Awakening Ministries International, August 6, 2007
Incorporation papers for A Rood Awakening Ministries
; 2.16. ReallyRood.com seen August 12, 2007 From:
Sent: Monday, December 17, 2007 12:46 PM To:
Subject: Federal Lawsuit filed by A Rood Awakening
Ministries International; rood.doc;
10. Michael Rood demands check
writing cease> areallyrudeawakening.com/Documents/MJR%20Letter.pdf
Michael’s demand letter, August 7, 2007
"...Michael’s suggestion is
that he send the checks to Oregon. He wants Jamie and Connie to
stop signing checks. He wants a neutral party signing checks,
and suggests Don Visser. He will give Charles 2 months to prove
himself in fund raising, with the funds Charles raises going to
Michael. The web site funds continue going into the Oregon
office. Note that the contract that was sent out days before
does not recognize this negotiation. Perry counters that the
money cannot be split between two organizations, that it is a
bookkeeping nightmare. Perry again suggests that the corporate
sole can send the money to Michael, after it is put into the
corporate sole accounts."
11. Various websites
aroodawakening.tv; michaelrood.com; From: Michael Rood
Sent: Wednesday, June 22, 2005 Subject: Michael Rood and
Nehemia Gordon Presents...
13. MJR E-mail 05.31.07 - Informing
of Jamie's Absence]
14. February, 2007 .ARoodAwakening.tv;
15. Oregon Secretary of State,
Business Registry Name Search, Registry # 398421-90, Reg. Date
12-01-2006; Oct. 12, 2007 >6th Corps Reunion;
; 6thcorpsreunion.com/index.htm; Who What When Where,
16 From: "Michael"
<email@example.com>To: Addresses removed to protect
privacy Sent: Thursday, May 31, 2007 7:55 AM
MJR Letter - Mid July 2007; The Ugly Truth About
Michael Rood by Michael Rood
18. September 3, 2007 email>
From: Michael_Rood@yahoogroups.com on behalf of Janet
Sent: Monday, September 03, 2007 10:34 AM To:
Subject: [Michael_Rood] Re: From Michael Rood - I found
your name on an old list and wondedred if you had the news!;
19 Audio manipulation file> Spinning the Audio;
Oregon. Rev. Stat. §§ 165.535, 165.540: It is illegal to obtain
or divulge a telecommunication or radio communication, unless
one is a party or has obtained consent from at least one party
to the conversation. It is illegal to obtain or divulge an oral
communication unless all parties to the communication are
informed that their conversation is being obtained. Certain
enumerated exceptions apply. Violations are punishable by a
maximum sentence of $5000 or one year in jail.
Michigan. Comp. Laws
§ 750.539c: A private conversation legally cannot be overheard
or recorded without the consent of all participants. Illegal
eavesdropping can be punished as a felony carrying a jail term
of up to two years and a fine of up to $2,000.
In addition, any
individual who divulges information he knows, or reasonably
should know, was obtained through illegal eavesdropping is
guilty of a felony punishable by imprisonment for up to two
years and a fine of up to $2,000. Mich. Comp. Laws § 750.539e.
Civil liability for actual and punitive damages also are
sanctioned. Mich. Comp. Laws § 750.539h.
>2.8. Taped Advisory Board Meeting, July 26, 2007> .areallyrudeawakening.com/#mozTocId473963">2.8.
Taped Advisory Board Meeting, July 26, 2007
Ibid >MJR Letter - Mid July 2007 Ugly Truth
21. Ibid #9
22. Arizona corp sole > A Rood
Awakening Ministries; # 1084560-2
Letter - Mid July 2007 Ugly Truth
23b Abreviated explanation to contributors found on
reallyrood.com - A Rood Awakening!, Under Seige http://reallyrood.com/MJRCheck%20return1.rm
23c Rood Newsletter November, 2007
24. From: Michael_Rood@yahoogroups.com
on behalf of Janet [firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Monday, September 03, 2007 10:34 AM
To: email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org
Subject: [Michael_Rood] Re: From Michael Rood - I
found your name on an old list and wondedred if you had
25. From: Michael_Rood@yahoogroups.com
on behalf of hachamor [email@example.com]
Sent: Wednesday, November 21, 2007 8:45 PM
To: Michael_Rood@yahoogroups.com Subject: [Michael_Rood] Michael Rood's Response
27 Rood Newsletter November,
30 From: Michael Rood Subject:
Trying to clear a little "smoke" ... Date: Friday, April 08,
2005 8:47 AM .eliyah.com/forum2/Forum10/HTML/002162-6.html
#1. Executive Summary
36 Michael John Rood
interview with Jan Mickelson, WHO 1040 radio. DesMoine,
Iowa; September 21, 2006, http://mickelson.libsyn.com/index.php?post_id=132685&comments=on
Rood Newsletter November, 2007
40 Frequently Asked
Letter - Mid July 2007 Ugly Truth
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 reallyrudeawakening.com/Documents/Neal%203.22.pdf
45 Letter to Jamie Louis 8/7/07
Michael’s demand letter, August 7, 2007;
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