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A Real Michael Rood Awakening

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Luke 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 mouth speaketh.

On December 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 Michael John 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 and others.

By August 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.

Two new 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, unroododespertar.com, for  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,  1bigsetofultrabreast.com, 1awesomesetofnaturalbreast.com, 1bigsetofnaturalbreast.com,  YAHOVAH.net, torahministries.com and many more.

Amos 3:3 Can two walk together, except they be agreed?

Glenn McWilliams wrote and posted to Michael Rood's site four letters, showing why everyone was wrong to speak or act against Michael Rood. Stan 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 Rood has 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 ministry.

Mark 9:35 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.

Matthew 23:12 And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted

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

Phil 2:3 Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.  

On November 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 The Prophecy Club & Michael Rood.

God's 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,

"Are the 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 do likewise." 1   

It 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 Prophecy 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:

"...Just 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,... " 2. 

The 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 ONE! "..." 3   

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 speculation.

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[2004] 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 Bridge-Logos.
... 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 such.
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." ..."
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It should 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 viewed here.

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.

Both sides 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 International.

As an aside, in his May, 2007 Newsletter, Michael Rood stated: Rood_2007-may-news.pdf

 

"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 when confronted.

 

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." end quote

 

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 The 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 > Michael Rood's Complaints

Various 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:

"Through 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." 5.

It would appear that those at the helm of this organization are unfamiliar with the Scriptures concerning the Law, which they maintain they live by.

James 2:8 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.

Michael 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 plot and:

"...I 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." 6

The arbitration panel 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 interest.

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.

The '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 web site.

  • 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. 7.

The 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.

Planned Changes

 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.

According 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.

The panel 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,

"...Note 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..."  8.

Apparently 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         Michigan Office ARAMI              filed 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, Michigan  49315..."  9

 

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. 10

 

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) info@michaelrood.com.  and also info@ARoodAwakening.tv

 

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.

The email and address for information was again  Jamie@ARoodAwakening.tv, P.O. Box 1116, Jefferson, Oregon 97352   Phone  Office: (541) 327-1116  Fax:  (541) 327-7822. In an email June 22, 2005, Michael Rood sent the promo for his tour with 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 addresses. 11

 

We Need Your Help to Promote These Seminars!

Please call or email us for more information  541-327-1116  or   866-328-1116

 

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 541-327-1116. 12

 

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 stated,

"...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 Hanukkah..." 14  

 

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?

Further to 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. 15

Change of Heart? or the Real Michael Rood?

When 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 her first.

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 conference."

...I believe that we can make this work smoothly. Jamie will be focusing on his physical recovery...The 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....." 16

That said, it is important to note that at that time, May 31, and also in The Ugly Truth About Michael Rood by Michael Rood, posted mid-July, 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 standards...

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 part ..."  17. 

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..." 18.

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.  19

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 that you had some concerns about your financial liabilities 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 Baltimore.  My intention in this – and I will commit to it in writing.

1.  We met with our greater advisory board over two years ago and we all decided that we would put a financial accounting system in place that would allow us to track every dime of income and expense so that we could make a financial plan ...Pam 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...."

"...After 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 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..." 20  

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 June 2003.

From the legal filing of the December 14, 2007 lawsuit against Jamie Louis, we see again that Michael Rood's statements appear to be not in sync with some of his other earlier statements.

"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." 21

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'. 22

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 and spirit...." 23

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 CORPORATIN SOLE"

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 ... Really!

Proverbs19:9

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..."

That is slightly different than what he wrote in, The Ugly Truth About Michael Rood, in which he stated:

" ...Judith 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, ..." 23a

And the audio tape from Michael Rood's reallyrood.com website:

"...When 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...." 23b 

The 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 Awakening! Ministries International corporation.

Michael 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 stated:

"...This 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..." 23c

Update January 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 people...

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 produce the Rood newsletter on a contract basis, I was an eyewitness to much of what occurred. Many are familiar with the monthly mailings "sent" by the Rood organization; these were actually produced, printed, and mailed by my organization (I had the complete mailing list).

When Michael Rood subsequently 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 Rood monthly newsletter when Michael and Jamie came into conflict, and Rood subsequently brought in another ministry figure, a man named Don Harris, to attempt to regain control of the official ministry known as A Rood Awakening, during an ensuing power struggle.

...During the fracas, ... I realized I was probably the only person who actually had a clear understanding of the Rood 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 Rood organizational 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 Michael 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 Rood ministry supporters.

Further, I personally supervised the printing, envelope stuffing, sealing, sorting, labeling, etc for the first Rood 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 mail program.

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 Rood list.

Shortly after the November newsletter project was completed, a Rood staffer named Rashel Kammerling contacted me. She had been assigned to interact with me on the newsletter and database projects, and realizing the Rood 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 the Rood 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 time.

...In the fall of 2007, when Michael Rood reconfigured his Rood Awakening ministry, and filed a lawsuit against Jamie Louis... I completed the previously mentioned printing assignments for the new Rood 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." ...

...However, his 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

...In this same July 2008 letter to his mailing list, Michael Rood 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, he writes

"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..."

Rood 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 appeal, Rood 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 mail insert)

The actual facts are decidedly different.

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 Rood 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 false. Furthermore, the database records which I forwarded to the "new" Rood ministry included data indicating which supporters had sent funds to Mr. Rood. Indeed, in the first Rood 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 any money.

In short, in addition to his willingness to dispense with the Scriptures when it suits his agenda, Michael Rood 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]

End update

Please 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:

"On 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 accounts....

Michael does not have access to anyone - that includes you! ...
Please call us in Grand Rapids Michigan at our new number: 616-583-0200

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.
..w.ReallyRood.com
24

Apparently 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.

Domain Name: REALLYROOD.COM
Created on..............:2007-08-07 16:24:13 GMT
Expires on..............:2008-08-07 10:24:14 GMT
Last modified on........:2007-10-27

Domain Name: MICHAELROODMINISTRIES.COM
Created on: 14-Aug-07
Expires on: 14-Aug-09
Last Updated on: 14-Aug-07

On November 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 and abroad:

"...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 road non-stop..."
25

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 and 10th!..." 26

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 in November:

"...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 Internet...." 27

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. 28   

From the 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.

How can 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.

"...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. Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their Levite..." 6001.com/news_sp08.htm > 2001

"...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 an apartment..." www.michaelrood.com/news_sp07.htm >2003

"...He 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 mission. ..."  29   

A letter 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:

"... I 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..." "  30  

One can 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.

"...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..."

...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..." 31

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 specific money. 

The report by the arbitration board stated:

"...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 reports." 32

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. 33

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.  33

This begs the question, whose idea was it to deposit Michael 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? 33 

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 travelers' checks...."  34

$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. ..." 
35

There is also extensive information for importing of vehicles for foreign residents, tourists and so on. See: > http://www.mof.gov.il/customs/eng/tourist_guide2005.htm#9 ;  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". 36 

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 faith? 

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 made.

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 Amsterdam" http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/Judaism/synnether.html

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

"Monday broadcast:
Sid Roth introduces Michael as a Messianic Jewish Rabbi - ****which he never disputes or corrects.***
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. ....

"Michael John 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 Britain?

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. 37 .

All journalists operating in the country must be accredited by the Israeli Government Press Office (GPO). 38

Let's recap with some of the many names and titles Michael Rood has had:

 "The Reverend Michael John Rood ", "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 teacher", prophet...Bible teacher, marine sergeant, author, lecturer, Bible-confirming archaeology,  professional Bible instructor, for more than thirty years...

And by 2006 Michael Rood claims to be a journalist from Israel.

In the November 2007 Newsletter, Michael Rood wrote:

"It seemed surreal, as Jamie proudly boasted that he "IS" "A Rood Awakening!. Jamie 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." 39

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:

 "...We 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 Armageddon....

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...."
40

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 Pam Dewey's and 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 predictions.

Old Habits, New Ways

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

NEAL, YOU ARE NOT AUTHORIZED OR QUALIFIED - PERIOD!...

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

The Fruit of the Spirit But, Which spirit?

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Forgotten are these and many more Scriptures:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sincerely,

Roberto Umana

Former Spanish Voice for Michael Rood  49

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ephesians 5:9-11, 31 9 (For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;) 10 Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord.
11 And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them. ...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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Michael Rood's Complaints

Other Articles About Michael Rood

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

 

Michael Rood's Complaints

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Footnotes

1. .yaakovlevi.com/Stan%20Stands%20with%20Michael.pdf

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

3..yaakovlevi.com/Stan%20Stands%20with%20Michael.pdf

4. REVIEW OF ROOD’S PAGAN-CHRISTIAN CONNECTION  by Dr. Michael Brown; The Messianic Times: April/May 2005 issue, Vol. 15, No. 2 .messianictimes.com/

5. From: The Advisory Board- Regarding Recent Events on the Ministry: From: A Rood Awakening!! Advisory Board [roodcrew@aroodawakening.tv] Sent: Tuesday, August 14, 2007;   Subject: A Rood Awakening!! Ministries Advisory Board

6. reallyrood.com "A Rood Awakening! Under Siege" Michael's Abbreviated Explanation to Contributors http://reallyrood.com/MJRCheck%20return1.rm

7. 2.  A Review of the Evidence;  areallyrudeawakening.com/#mozTocId58190">2.  A
Review of the Evidence

8.  2.12.  Incorporation papers for A Rood Awakening Ministries International, August 6, 2007  areallyrudeawakening.com/#mozTocId523252">2.12.   Incorporation papers for A Rood Awakening Ministries International, August
6, 2007</A>

9. areallyrudeawakening.com/#mozTocId827761">2.162.16.  ReallyRood.com seen August 12, 2007 From: Michael Rood [michael@reallyrood.com] Sent: Monday, December 17, 2007 12:46 PM  To:
Subject: Federal Lawsuit filed by A Rood Awakening Ministries International;  rood.doc;
 dockets.justia.com/docket/court-miwdce/case_no-1:2007cv01255/case_id-54723/,

10. Michael Rood demands check writing cease> areallyrudeawakening.com/Documents/MJR%20Letter.pdf >.areallyrudeawakening.com/#mozTocId210315">2.13.&nbsp;
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 [do-not-reply-here@aroodawakening.tv]
Sent: Wednesday, June 22, 2005  Subject: Michael Rood and Nehemia Gordon Presents...

12. .aroodawakening.tv/a_rood_awakening_letter.htm

13. MJR E-mail 05.31.07 - Informing of Jamie's Absence] MJR%20E-mail%2005.31.07%20-%20Informing%20of%20Jamie%27s%20Absence.pdf

14. February, 2007 .ARoodAwakening.tv; Rood_febmail.pdf

15. Oregon Secretary of State, Business Registry Name Search, Registry # 398421-90, Reg. Date 12-01-2006;   Oct. 12, 2007 >6th Corps Reunion; greasespotcafe.com/ipb/index.php?showtopic=5045&view=new ; 6thcorpsreunion.com/index.htm; Who What When Where, 6thcorpsreunion.com/about.htm

16  From: "Michael" <rood6001@hotmail.com>To: Addresses removed to protect privacy Sent: Thursday, May 31, 2007 7:55 AM

17. MJR Letter - Mid July 2007;  The Ugly Truth About Michael Rood by Michael Rood    areallyrudeawakening.com/Documents/MJR%20Letter%20-%20Mid%20July%202007%

18. September 3, 2007 email> From: Michael_Rood@yahoogroups.com on behalf of Janet [janet21047@yahoo.com]
Sent: Monday, September 03, 2007 10:34 AM To: michael@reallyrood.com; michael_rood@yahoogroups.com
Subject: [Michael_Rood] Re: From Michael Rood - I found your name on an old list and wondedred if you had the news!; Statement%20of%20Angie%20Bishop.pdf; reallyrood.com/Story.html#exp; etc.
19  Audio manipulation file> Spinning the Audio; yaakovlevi.com/Audio%20Manipulation.pdf                                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.&nbsp;
Taped Advisory Board Meeting, July 26, 2007  areallyrudeawakening.com:8080/ramgen/rude/conspiracy_downloaded_aug30-2007.ra; reallyrudeawakening.com/Documents/Statement%20of%20Matthew%20Dilello.pdf

20 Ibid >MJR Letter - Mid July 2007 Ugly Truth

21. Ibid #9

22. Arizona corp sole > A Rood Awakening Ministries; # 1084560-2

23.A%20Rood%20Awakening%20-%20Corp%20Sole.pdf;

23a   opcit   MJR 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 [janet21047@yahoo.com]
Sent: Monday, September 03, 2007 10:34 AM
To: michael@reallyrood.com; michael_rood@yahoogroups.com
Subject: [Michael_Rood] Re: From Michael Rood - I found your name on an old list and wondedred if you had the news

25. From: Michael_Rood@yahoogroups.com on behalf of hachamor [hachamor@yahoo.com]
Sent: Wednesday, November 21, 2007 8:45 PM  To: Michael_Rood@yahoogroups.com Subject: [Michael_Rood] Michael Rood's Response

26. .aroodawakening.tv/2007-June_July-news.pdf

27  Rood Newsletter November, 2007

28 .yaakovlevi.com/Abandonment%20of%20Albuquerque%20Event.pdf 

29 michaelrood.com/comments.htm>2005

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

31 .yaakovlevi.com/Statement%20of%20Lee%20Ware.pdf

32 areallyrudeawakening.com/#mozTocId67002 #1. Executive Summary

33  Mosier%20Services.pdf; financial-2996.pdf; financial_2007.pdf

34 http://www.mof.gov.il/customs/eng/halbanat_honEng.htm

35 ibid

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

37 http://www.israelbar.org.il/uploadFiles/foreign_experts_in_israel.pdf

38 .jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/History/Human_Rights/hrisrael06.html

39  Rood Newsletter November, 2007

40 Frequently Asked Questions: yaakovlevi.com/Frequently%20Asked%20Questions.pdf

41  Ibid   MJR Letter - Mid July 2007 Ugly Truth

42 http://www.empirenet.com/~messiah7/spl_RoodAwakEvalua.htm  

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

44 . 44 reallyrudeawakening.com/Documents/Neal%203.22.pdf

45 Letter to Jamie Louis 8/7/07 > areallyrudeawakening.com/#mozTocId210315">2.13.&nbsp;
Michael’s demand letter, August 7, 2007;
.areallyrudeawakening.com/Documents/MJR%20Letter.pdf

46 yaakovlevi.com/Statement%20of%20Bill%20Bishop.pdf

47  yaakovlevi.com/Statement%20of%20Lee%20Ware.pdf

48 .yaakovlevi.com/Statement%20of%20Angie%20Bishop.pdf

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

50 yaakovlevi.com/Frequently%20Asked%20Questions.pdf

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