Televangelist Earnest Angley in Akron, Ohio, has been encouraging his parishioners to not have children, admonishing them if they choose to leave his church, and using free labor at his for-profit buffet restaurant, says a two-month long newspaper investigation.
Starting last week, the Akron Beacon Journal published a series of articles after interviewing over 20 former members of Grace Cathedral in the Akron suburb of Cuyahoga Falls — some of whom described Earnest Angley’s flock as a “cult.”
According to the published accounts of the interviews in the Beacon Journal, several interviewees said that they and their spouses did not have children because husbands were encouraged to have vasectomies and that Angley examined men’s genitals before and after surgery in an unflattering way. One woman told the newspaper she was pressured into having an abortion.
When interviewed for a reaction to the stories, Earnest Angley said that it wasn’t “his place” to explain himself. Angley denied trying to control his congregation, saying that he only offered advice. It’s a “bad time” to have children, Pastor Earnest said he told his followers, because of the dangers in the world.
Earnest Angley went one step further. Angley discussed asking men to disrobe both before and after their vasectomies at a service in July. That service was tape recorded and given to the Beacon Journal. Apparently the disrobing was done in order to demonstrate that there’s no difference in between a penis before and after a vasectomy.
At that July church service, Angley also addressed the accusation that he is homosexual, according to Ohio.com. Homosexuality is something that Earnest Angley deplores.
“I’m not a homosexual. God wouldn’t use a homosexual like he uses me. He calls me his prophet, and indeed I am. They called Jesus a homosexual, did you know that? And still do. Because he was with men. Oh, Mary Magdalene and a few women. But you can’t stop the people’s lies.”
The July church service revolved around a former minster at the church who claimed that Pastor Earnest made him disrobe and touched him. Angley and other church officials responded angrily to that accusation during the service, saying that the former minister was a liar, a drug addict and an adulterer.
Televangelist Earnest Angley has long said that he is a prophet of God and can accordingly heal any affliction. He has been a staple of televangelism nationwide since the 1970s.
Pam Cable, an Akron, Ohio resident and former member of the church told the Beacon Journal what she thought of Pastor Earnest.
“This man is a monster. He’s a monster. And I can’t understand why all these years have gone by and nobody’s ever really been able to do anything about him. The people in Akron, Ohio, have a Jim Jones sitting in their backyard. These people in his congregation would drink the Kool-Aid if he told them to. They would.”
To date, Cuyahoga Falls Police Chief Jack Davis says his department has received no complaints and that it’s not investigating Earnest Angley or Grace Cathedral.
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