Mt 7:15 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.
... Meanwhile, recently I was in a conversation with one of the residents from Turks & Caicos Island and learned about how the people who live there really feel about the developing going on there. Here's what they have to say:
** “Middle Caicos is very remote. The forest -- what we call "bush" -- it is 2-4 metres (6-12 feet) high in that area very very dense thicket, impenetrable so you have to go with a cutlass machete”
** “I have a coworker from Haiti whose English is 'developing'. A few of the fellows who we see now and then have huge white/grey beards and so my coworker always makes Santa Claus references, but one day we were driving by their development and he just said, out of the blue, ‘Don't drink the Kool-aid!’ So the whole Jonestown scenario is on people's minds here, even those one mightn't expect.”
Does the "Jonestown scenario" statement
send chills down your back?
If you are old enough to remember that tradgedy,
I am sure it does! If you are not, google it!
Keep reading, clear to the warning at the end...
** “Their development is being constructed directly adjacent to one of our most sensitive and important Protected Areas, Conch Bar Cave National Park. A development this size so close to a protected area should have been vetted through my department (Environment & Maritime Affairs) by the Planning Dept, but it was not. In fact, when it would have gone through Planning, our member on the Planning Board seat was never made aware of it.”
** “He has built a gigantic house (we all thought it was a church, but everyone who has communicated with the people working on the site insist it is a house -- though it's hard to tell because they park the construction vehicles across the width of the road like a giant gate up the hill so no one can drive up there) Most of the people who work on their site are Dominicans who speak very little English and are quite obviously told not to associate with anyone or talk to anyone about the building site or what is happening there.”
** “I mentioned [this man] when visiting my mom on another island, and she right away Googled him and found his preaching videos. It was like a car accident to her, she said she didn't want to keep watching but she wanted to see what awful profanity-laced vitriol he'd belch out next. If it wasn't so ridiculous, and if it was hyperbolic comedy acting, it would almost have been entertaining. Being that it was intended as sermon, we booth found it disturbing.”
** We were talking about their alcohol use, he told me, “I don't drink so it's something I notice. I just remember being surprised because it was some holier-than-thous imbibing publicly. They also ran their damn truck into a telephone pole in town and shut down half the island for a day. Total hit and run, and no repercussions. Witnesses said driver was obviously drunk.”
** "The most interesting thing I kept reading is how there seems to be some open offer by this group to its members to attain citizenship in TCI and remain here forever. This is a remarkably difficult, long, and expensive process that in fact has only been re-opened after the British Direct Rule (2009-2011) and only under great public scrutiny. The bottom line is the locals like to know who is living here and what they're up to. Permanent Residency can only be applied for after 10 years of legal residency, during which time in order to hold employment one must possess a work permit, which can only be secured when no Islander is available to fill that position. Work permits run from $300/ annually for an agricultural labourer to $60,000/ annually for a physician. Most are in the range of $1500-7500/ annually. The Residency costs $10,000-20,000 IF it is approved. Full citizenship depends on naturalisation as a British Overseas Territories Citizen (BOTC), which is naturalisation basically into the UK... it's very complicated because we are an Overseas Territory of a country that is part of the EU with non-reciprocal citizenship -- meaning Brits can't come here to work without permission, but holders of BOTC passports can enter not only UK and work freely and remain indefinitely, but by extension may do so in any EU member state. BOTC is only available after 2 years of PRC. Then it's another 5 years before one can apply for Islander status (citizenship) and it is not guaranteed at all. If any of the people who come here for this group end up relinquishing their ties to USA or renouncing their passports, they could find themselves in a very dangerous position of statelessness if things don't go well."
He said to tell you, "There's where everyone's money is going, the proverbial 'wizard who lives on the hill'"
Around 1:00 Friday afternoon, October 2, 2015, Tom Deckard died at home as a result of Cancer. It is very unsure what will happen with this group with their leader gone. Losing someone you have loved is difficult, and there are a lot of followers who are feeling pretty broken with the news of his death. There will undoubtedly be some real confusion because of the wild statements Tom has made concerning his health and his future. Some will fight it, digging in their heals and hardening their hearts toward the truth, while others will wake up and realize that they have been allowing themselves to be deceived and taken advantage of. They are fragile individuals because it is hard to deal with that reality, not to mention the heartache they have put their families through. It is a critical time to pray for those who will leave this cult at this time. They will need support and encouragement ~ Pray that God will guide them to someone who can minister to their unique needs and get them plugged into a strong Bible believing, Salvation by CHRIST, supportive community.
Following is Tom's obituary: Tom Esco Deckard Obituary
If you are not familiar with Prophet Tom Deckard of Cradle of Hope Ministries, please read through this website and get honest and true information from people who have been there, who know the truths about who and what Tom Deckard really is.
If you have been involved with Prophet Tom Deckard of Cradle of Hope Ministries, you know the despair, the humiliation and the sick feelings that linger once you have come to the reality of what you have just come out of. The lies you have believed. Perhaps even the family you have been forced to chose to leave in order to truly follow him. The anger you feel when you realize that you have obediently given your tithes and sacrificed your offerings to the poor prophet only to find out he has walked away with them and splurged everything on extravagant vacations for himself and those close to him, all while he is claiming to live a subservient life of poverty. And in some cases you have listened to Tom Deckard and actually sold your second vehicle or home or even emptied a bank account because, in his own words, "the banks are unreliable and unstable" and you have given the money to Cradle of Hope to at least do some good and support the orphanages, church building, and such that he claims his ministry is handling, only to find out that in fact it is quite the opposite. He has stated on the March 20, 2012 ustream broadcast that he is no longer supporting these orphanages and churches in third world countries even though he continues to take in funds for them. Truly, isn't that considered FRAUD!
A sheep eats grass and a wolf in sheep's clothing eats SHEEP!
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