Definition of False Teacher: One
who presumes to teach in the Name of the Lord when God has not sent
Bamboozling Blackaby and His Black
Victor sent this letter to Dana Blackaby at blackaby.org, who asked
to be taken off our mailing list after we began sending Henry’s
organization The Issues of Life:
Hi Dana, Victor Hafichuk here,
I knew Henry while in Saskatoon at the
Christian Training Center as a student under him. Then my wife and
I were baptized in the Holy
Spirit and that changed everything. Suddenly I was seeing, by the
Spirit of the Lord Jesus Christ, that the evangelical spirit and
works were quite contrary to God. There was no reverence for God.
Indeed, there was, in spite of profession otherwise, great irreverence.
We could not stay. The Lord began to teach us directly, personally,
and to change everything in our lives, for which, today, I am very
I am sorry to see you unsubscribe. We are speaking truth
that all need to hear, for very life. If you understood and were
the Lord, you would not be where you are or rejecting what we
have to say.
Now contending for the faith once delivered to the saints,
He then wrote this letter to Henry Blackaby:
I could have, perhaps should have, contacted you and your
family personally when finding your website. I recall writing to
in 1975 or ‘76, and your response was a bitter one. I did
not expect that things had changed. My expectation was that you
decline correspondence, so I thought that perhaps a word without
formality might get somewhere.
You did not believe that God had
taken us to Himself, giving us His Spirit. You could not believe
it because it went beyond,
against, you and your spiritual position, not being in Christ
Jesus. I thought repentance was a great thing, and it truly
was, but added
to repentance, after a season of remorse and confessing attitudinal
sins at Faith Baptist in the fall of ’74, to you and
several others, in due time, the Lord baptized me in His Holy
Read at least part of my spiritual journey, Victor
Hafichuk's Testimony, if you have
not already done so.
You are now famous, acclaimed by many,
and your children follow in your footsteps. We met a man
recently who said you too had
received the Holy Spirit in the ‘80s. I did not believe
him. I would love to be wrong, but I do not believe I am.
Your works tell it.
Though you may think otherwise, we have
never had negative
feelings toward you or anyone else in our past associations
in your denomination.
I am thankful to this day for those times. Frankly, it
was a sad thing to be severed from you. There was, however, no
not if we were to obey and go on with God. I once told
you, after the severance, that we loved you, but you rejected
it out of
judging our circumstances after the appearance and treating
us as deceivers or deceived. Henry, it won’t be too
much longer before you know the truth. You may try to read The
True Marks of a Cult.
There are many writings you could read. Lord willing, some
day you will know, and He is.
Henry did not reply.
Here are some notes from Victor on what happened
when he and his wife received the Holy Spirit and were divided from
Blackaby and his church:
Right before they received the Spirit: The night before Marilyn and I had prayed for the Holy Spirit, the
church had planned a “Watch Night Service” on New Year’s
Eve. It began about 7 pm. We were expecting a “season of prayer,” Bible
study, and worship to bring in the New Year. Food was served, games
were played, and, generally, it was a worldly social in the basement
of the church. We were rather chagrined. It was not until about ten
minutes before midnight that Henry rallied everyone upstairs to the
chapel, and he said a few words. We prayed a short prayer at midnight
and went home. Frankly, I was greatly disappointed, if not disgusted.
That night seemed to be the final straw, precipitating
us to going on with God the next night.
After they received the Spirit: If a sheep should
stray away, is it up to the sheep to find its way back to the fold,
or is it up to the
shepherd to come and find the sheep?
“What do you think? If a man has a hundred sheep and one of
them strays, does he not leave the ninety and nine and go into the
mountains and seek the straying one?” (Matthew 18:12 MKJV)
Henry Blackaby never called; he never visited. We did not hear that
he so much as enquired of us. Marilyn had been his star pupil and helper
for nearly three years. Was she not worth some kind of attempt at “rescue” or reconciliation? We did hear that he preached a sermon in his church,
saying, as a result of our departure, something about their having
to examine themselves.
There was not one word spoken between us until many weeks later when
we decided to donate our religious books to Henry’s Bible school
library. He came to pick the books up, saying very little, except to
cite some ignorant examples of false tongues and Pentecostalism. He
asked no questions and wished to hear nothing. I think he was bitter.
Another incident, afterwards: Shortly after Marilyn
and I received the Spirit of God as a result of having red R. A. Torrey's
in the Holy Spirit, Jack Connor of Scarborough Baptist Church
in Prince Albert asked me to preach at a Sunday morning service. However,
stipulated that I not preach on the baptism in the Holy Spirit. I said, “Jack,
I will only preach what the Lord gives me to preach.” He accepted.
After much prayer and Bible time, I preached that Sunday on how there
were two water crossings for the Israelites - the Red Sea and the Jordan.
So often is the parting of the Red Sea at Passover preached and spoken
of, but not nearly as much thought and attention are given to Israel
crossing the Jordan River into the land of Canaan. Was that not also
a momentous milestone in their journey? In my sermon, I didn’t
talk about the baptism in the Holy Spirit or about any of the gifts,
but I did point out that there were two water crossings. I paralleled
the journey and the events of Israel in those days to our spiritual
pilgrimage. I said that people need to go on to more that the Lord
has in store for them, and I left it at that.
What was wrong with that? I knew I had not spoken those words that
immediately make the hair of Southern Baptists stand on end. I was
careful to speak only that which was perfectly Biblical, things which
nobody in his right mind could argue with. However, when I was done,
Jack immediately stood up, turned to the people, and solemnly declared, “I
want you to ignore every word spoken in this sermon today.” As
I look back, I could have asked Jack, the local people, and the visiting
Texan Baptist students to specify what I had said that was wrong.
It would have been very interesting to see what they might say. But
I didn't. I remained silent.
Shortly thereafter, I heard that Henry Blackaby, when receiving a
report from Jack about the sermon, spoke to others in my absence
and without talking to me. He accused me of “desecrating the
pulpit.” For the next several days, I was in great turmoil.
Seeing Jack had not wanted me to speak on the baptism in the Holy
Spirit, I decided that perhaps I had been unfaithful in preaching
what I did, though not making specific reference to the Spirit baptism.
Still having high regard for Henry, I went to Jack and his congregation
and publicly apologized. I now look back and realize that I should
have confronted them on their error, that I had every right to speak
the truth, more than they had to preach error, and more right to
preach more of the Gospel than they had to preach less of it. But
I was not ready to do spiritual battle, other than to remain undeterred
from our course upon which the Lord had launched us by graciously
giving us His Spirit.
To sum up the matter: Still attending the Bible school
classes for a few weeks, it became increasingly difficult to tolerate
the spirit and letter of what was happening. One day, Henry Blackaby
was discussing with Bill Bye, a pastor from Edmonton brought to
Saskatoon to teach a class, what classroom would be used to teach
a course on the Holy Spirit. Laughing, Henry pointed the room out
to Bill, saying, “The Holy Spirit’s over there.” That
event immediately struck me in my spirit. I was very uncomfortable
with the irreverence, the lightness of their attitudes toward God.
Daily, time after time and incident after incident, we were seeing
that God had done something in us. Things were different for me. This
was the first time I can identify the discerning of spirits operating,
one of the nine spiritual gifts of the Spirit mentioned by the apostle
Paul in 1 Corinthians 12.
While the Baptist teachers said things and quoted Scripture,
the Lord was telling us something quite different. We understood
on a new level the very Scriptures they were using. We began to realize
that our time there was about up. One by one, we dropped study subjects
on which we felt we could not agree. Truly, the subjects were not
the issue. We could not be in fellowship with them, nor they with
We received this response on December 13, 2010
from Tom Blackaby, Henry Blackaby’s
son and “International Director of Blackaby Ministries International”:
I have just finished
reading the very strange entry you have regarding my father. I knew
Vic and Marilyn Hafichuk, even before they were married.
I know also my father and his ongoing ministry around the world to
people of highest influence in many countries. Further his 50+yrs of
consistent godly ministry and influence should speak for themselves.
I have to seriously question your integrity as a website if you will
post such a defamatory blog against my father based on one person’s
skewed impressions. I will refrain from providing you with my impressions
of Vic and what he did to his wife as it would also simply be my personal
impressions and conclusions, and I doubt you would post them because
it would discredit him and your post. But for you to post his skewed
version of reality as fact seriously questions your integrity and your
ability to discern truth. You really should check your sources.
Dr Tom Blackaby
Blackaby Ministries International
I assure you that we take great pains to make certain that everything
published on our site is the truth, both factually and spiritually
accurate, with nothing altered or corrupted. There is no evil intent
towards anyone, your father included. This has the Lord granted us,
because we certainly have no virtue or righteousness of our own.
Therefore, we are most interested to hear what you say, if in any
way it disputes or disproves what we have published. We will gladly
retract and publicly apologize for any errors on our part. We will
also publish your impressions of Victor and what you say he did to
his wife, but as impressions, you should be aware that your take on
the matter could be the one that is faulty or misinterpreted.
What we all need are the facts and the truth, not just hearsay and
What exactly did you see, Tom, and what do you know that is specifically
contrary to the record on our site of your father’s stance and
teaching? In whatever way you see us in error in what we have published,
showing how it is only “one person’s skewed impressions,” please
present that to us. We will consider it carefully and answer you in
the truth, as the Lord Jesus would have it, favoring none but Him,
which is the essence of true love.
Tom’s first response:
you said, “What we all need are the facts
and the truth, not just hearsay and opinion” yet what you have printed is exactly
and entirely hearsay and opinion. Not one quote from my father is verified,
not one point from his own writings are included, not one secondary
support for these accusatory remarks are verifiable at any level. If
you truly wanted accurate reporting, it would have taken you a mere
five minutes of research on the internet to find that my father’s
most ardent critics are those who accuse him of being “mystical” or
leaning “too heavily on the Spirit” or relying on “impressions” and “feelings” as
he listens for God to lead and guide him, quite the opposite of what
you have erroneously printed. Henry Blackaby has made a great integration
of being Biblically based and Spirit led in his ministry. That is what
is so odd about your website. You have printed one man’s bitter
recollection of my father based on an incident that happened nearly
40yrs ago! Read his book “what the Spirit is saying to the Churches”,
or “What is so Spiritual about your Gifts” or his seminal
work, “Experiencing God” to see that he has quite a healthy
and active personal relationship with God the Father, God the Spirit
and God the Son.
Too many websites like yours glory in tearing down brothers and sisters
in Christ rather than building up the Kingdom of God. Sir, we are all
on the same
side. We are all working together for the Lord to build HIS Kingdom. We may
have different approaches and views and nuances in how we relate to God, but
I can easily line up thousands of people around the world from the common worker,
to generals in the US army, to presidents of countries and more than 65 CEO’s
of fortune 500 companies he regularly disciples, who will tell you my father
is one of the most Spirit filled, godly, biblically based men of God they have
ever met. Yet you choose to print one letter from one critical person with
an axe to grind. Sad.
It is difficult
to disprove hearsay and conjecture, but I do know several of those
who attended the very same classes your writer briefly
attended, and they are now pastors, seminary presidents and denominational
executive secretaries across North America and around the world. They
would have quite a different opinion that what your writer shares.
Out of that little church of 180 people, a bible school was established,
an thriving student campus ministry was built, 200 people were called
into ministry and 30 self-supporting churches were planted across the
country. Obviously your writer needed to be in a different school that
catered to his particular view of Scripture. I am still astonished
that you would print one disgruntled person’s opinion as fact
when it is so far from what the overwhelming majority of people report
about Henry Blackaby and his ministry.
We regularly receive thousands of letters thanking my father for how
his ministry has changed their lives and how they are truly experiencing
God in their lives for the first time. I share many of his insights
around the world (more than 30 countries now) from seminaries, to offices
of the presidents, to church planters in the bushes of Africa and India,
and have yet to hear anyone say the kinds of things about my father
that your writer has said.
I have known Henry Blackaby for nearly 50yrs, and I can tell you that
he is far from perfect, but after nearly 60yrs of consistent God-led,
biblically-based and Spirit-directed ministry, with millions of his
books around the world impacting churches, denominations, world leaders,
and common ordinary people, I would say God is using him in a mighty
way and His hand of blessing is on him.
I would urge you
first, to seriously verify your facts before you malign someone’s
character and ministry, and second, that you seriously consider doing
more to build up the Kingdom rather than tearing
down your brothers and sisters in Christ.
Dr Tom Blackaby
Blackaby Ministries International
Tom’s second response:
Paul, I have just gone through the website: http://www.harvesthaven.com and
I see your relationship to Victor and Marilyn, so I don’t
think there will be any point in replying. I had not previously known
of their Harvest Haven Health place in Lethbridge and would be interested
in visiting should I traverse that area in the future. It was nice
to see photos of Marilyn after so many years. She was very special
to our family.
“But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shines
more and more to the perfect day. The way of the wicked is as darkness;
they know not at what they stumble” (Proverbs 4:18-19 MKJV).
Isn’t it ironic that you are guilty of your own impassioned
criticism of us, putting forth a critique without having the facts?
You could have easily ascertained that Victor and I write The Path
of Truth and that the material we’ve posted on your father is
firsthand and verified. Not only that, we back it up with appropriate,
applicable Scriptures, which you entirely ignore, though you sign yourself
a doctor of theology, implying you know and care about what the Bible
I would hope that the exposure of your blatant hypocrisy gives you
pause and causes you to now set yourself to listening carefully to
what we have to say, without giving in to knee-jerk defensive reactions
that expose your foolishness:
“To give an answer before hearing is a foolish thing and a cause
of shame” (Proverbs 18:13 BBE).
It’s not our desire to see people destroying themselves in darkness,
ignorant of God and coming against Him by their ways. Certainly it
gives God no pleasure, but is a constant vexation to Him, especially
when those destroying themselves do so in His Name, leading others
to the same sorry state. Is it any wonder that He sends His servants
to shine the Light of Christ by speaking the Truth against the lies,
misrepresentations, and blasphemies of those who have taken His Name
in vain, as does your father?
It doesn’t require special revelation on our part to discern
the gross error and antiChrist status of your father’s teachings
and ways. As Victor mentioned in the letter posted, all of our teachings
in the Lord come against Henry Blackaby’s gospel and doctrine.
Your father’s every utterance and action reeks of the counterfeit,
manmade Christian, those whom Jesus called tares. Read anywhere on
our site for solid instruction and rebuke - take your pick - but
for a point by point refutation of yours and your father’s
ways, start with The
True Marks of a Cult and Diabolical
You suggest we don’t know what we’re talking about regarding
your father, while you are steeped in ignorance of what we teach. You
suggest that I read Henry’s “seminal
God’ to see that he has quite a healthy and active personal relationship
with God the Father, God the Spirit and God the Son.”
We already see that the god you and Henry are experiencing is the
abominable trinity, a confounded concoction conjured up by the heathen
and the imagination of your own minds, not the one true Lord and God,
Jesus Christ, Who speaks to and through us. Read The
Asininity of the Trinity and Jesus
Christ, Almighty God.
If you were of God, you would hear our words:
“We are of God. He who knows God hears us. The one who is not
of God does not hear us. From this we know the spirit of truth and
the spirit of error” (1 John 4:6 MKJV).
Your man-pleasing, popularity-seeking ecumenical notion that all are
God’s children is obviously a big lie, as He plainly testifies
throughout the Scriptures. We are not on the same side:
“He who is of God hears God’s Words. Therefore you do
not hear them because you are not of God” (John 8:47 MKJV).
But we don’t condemn you, and neither does the Lord. Indeed,
He sends us to speak to you, so that you might hear and know the truth
for the first time. It must begin somewhere, and that somewhere starts
with the tearing down of the false, misleading ways in which you’ve
been raised from the womb. The Word that He has sent us to speak will
not return to Him void.
You are right in one respect: All of your brothers and sisters in
Mystery, Babylon the Great, the Mother of Harlots, are on one side,
aligned against the Lord Jesus Christ. And yes, you do have great numbers
with you, but greater is He and those who come with Him from Heaven.
By His Spirit, two with us will put to flight ten thousand of those
with you. You don’t stand a chance. That in which you have placed
your confidence will come down suddenly:
Revelation 18:1-10 MKJV
(1) And after these things I saw another angel come down from Heaven,
having great authority. And the earth was lighted up from his glory.
(2) And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the
Great has fallen, has fallen! And it has become the dwelling-place
of demons, and a prison of every unclean spirit, and a cage of every
unclean bird which has been hated,
(3) because of the wine of the anger of her fornication which all the
nations have drunk. And the kings of the earth have committed fornication
with her. And the merchants of the earth became rich from the power
of her luxury.
(4) And I heard another voice from Heaven, saying, Come out of her,
My people, that you may not be partakers of her sins, and that you
may not receive of her plagues.
(5) For her sins joined together, even up to Heaven, and God has remembered
her unjust deeds.
(6) Reward her as she has rewarded you, and double to her double, according
to her works. In the cup which she mixed, mix double to her.
(7) As much as she has glorified herself and has lived in luxury, so
much torment and sorrow give her. For she says in her heart, I sit
as a queen, and I am not a widow; and I do not see mourning at all.
(8) Therefore her plagues will come in one day, death and mourning
and famine. And she will be consumed with fire, for the Lord God Who
judges her is strong.
(9) And the kings of the earth who have committed fornication and lived
in luxury with her will weep for her, and will wail over her when they
see the smoke of her burning;
(10) standing afar off for fear of her torment, saying, Woe! Woe to
the great city, Babylon, that strong city! For in one hour your judgment
You expressed the thought that there would be no point in replying
to your letter, since I am working with Victor in the ministry of the
Lord. What a revealing and darkened sentiment, Tom, so foolish in closing
yourself off to hearing truth and light that would liberate you from
your ungodly whims and opinions.
You bring these matters to our attention, as those you deem to be
in great need of correction, yet you won’t even hear our answers
and seek to enlighten us with your Christian charity and knowledge?
At every turn your wicked religion is exposed for the true sham it
is, a deplorable mockery of God that He will no longer tolerate as
it comes poking Him in the eye. He is indeed finished winking at such
Allow me to speak life to you, by God’s grace!
Marilyn and I are both thankful to hear from you because we have always
felt there to be unfinished business between Henry and us, which the
Lord in His wisdom and goodness would one day address. This is now
that day, 36 years later. God has been faithful and very good to us
these several decades – not easy, but merciful, good, and faithful.
Before we continue, as it stands right now, we would be thankful to
have you, or any of your family, visit us anytime while traveling our
way, your father included, Lord willing. Likely, you may not feel so
inclined, as we continue in this correspondence; however, that’s
up to the Lord. “A man’s heart devises his way, but the
Lord directs his steps” (Proverbs 16:9). It is most assuredly
in His hands.
Let me begin by assuring you, whether you believe me or not, that
you are greatly mistaken in presuming I am bitter, disgruntled, and
wishing to grind an axe, as you have judged by our posting, and as
you expressed in your letter to Paul. Others here would gladly tell
you there is nothing further from the truth. God has delivered and
cleansed me of bitterness or malice toward any person a long time ago
(not that we ever had a grudge against your father). That said, God
has set us on high to do His will and to speak the truth, which is
invariably unpalatable to those who don’t walk in it, especially
when they are convinced they do. Let the chips fall where they must.
Let me reiterate our attitudinal position: We (I speak for Marilyn
as well) bear no hurt feelings or personal ill will toward your father,
any of your family, or anyone we knew in Saskatoon, Prince Albert,
or anywhere else, despite the unpleasant circumstances in parting those
many years ago.
We fully knew from the beginning that what was happening was a work
of God, not of man. Bearing resentment toward any person for His work
would be to resent Him. Why would we do that if we knew He meant it
all for our good? We knew that He did; He has graciously made that
abundantly clear to us with many confirmations and fruits, and we are
thankful, very thankful.
You speak of my testimony of your father, saying, “It
is difficult to disprove hearsay and conjecture….” What
I have said
is not hearsay or conjecture. It is what Marilyn and I personally witnessed
and experienced. How can you take that away from us, except by denying
reality and calling us liars or fools?
Consider that the things you believe are hearsay and biased, as you
surmise of us, while our experience is firsthand. Even those from whom
you got your report (your parents) didn’t hear firsthand from
us, so their knowledge is hearsay and conjecture, including what Henry
claimed to have heard from Jack and Bonna Connor, Marilyn’s mother,
Clearly, your father wasn’t interested in what we had to say,
and he wasn’t about to change his perspective and opinion. Perhaps
he had too much to lose? As the Lord says, rich men find it impossible
to enter the Kingdom. Your father was poor in this world’s goods
at the time, but rich in his spiritual self-confidence.
That said, I can understand why you likely will not believe me, given
our posting of your father, misunderstandings and false reports of
us in the past, your inculcated parental and ecclesiastic convictions
of right and wrong, and your unavoidable personal feelings towards
those you love.
On the other hand, I can provide you with facts you might be able
to reason out for yourself, if you can possibly be interested and objective.
Again, all this is Lord willing, because unless He gives us grace,
we naturally remain closed in prejudice. It is He Who causes us to
will and to do of His good pleasure.
Understandably, our communication begins with a challenge. But then
it would already have been somewhat of a challenge back in 1975, when
God took us out of your church, considering what your father and others
thought, said, and influenced you and many others to think of our revelatory,
Biblically-sound doctrine, our epiphany of the Lord Jesus Christ (baptism
in the Holy Spirit), and of us – things that simply were not
Am I calling your father a liar in those things? No (we don’t
believe he was deliberately, consciously malevolent or deceitful),
but I do unequivocally declare he was wrong, not objective or discerning
of what indeed happened, and he wasn’t at all interested so as
to investigate. Again, we don’t have a problem with that, for
reasons given. What God was doing with us, He wasn’t doing with
anyone else there at the time.
Now, seeing I profess such godly virtue in relation to your father
and to all men, you might well ask why I would post the report I did.
But you will see that we have posted the falsehood God has revealed
to us of many. Not that we make it our business to major on false teachers.
Ours is to preach the truth while pointing out the grievous error,
particularly of nominal Christendom.
Tom, our speech here now is entirely foreign to you. We may as well
be speaking a language from some other star system, so strange it is
to you, regardless of your intellectual prowess. I know so because
of your upbringing, education, indoctrination, religious environment,
the substance of your letters to Paul, and most importantly, I know
so by the revelation of God. He has graced us with an intimate knowledge
of Him and His ways such as you and your father have never known. Yes,
Why haven’t you known? It’s because you have never received
His Spirit. Yours is a nominal manmade Christianity, man’s substitution
of the heavenly reality, bearing the correct label, but without the
content from above.
Don’t be offended with me now, Thomas. This will be difficult
for you. Allow me to bring forth some simple, straightforward evidence,
backed by Scripture, of how you have no idea of, or faith in, the Scriptures,
and most importantly, their Author.
You write, “I can easily line up thousands
of people around the world from the common worker, to generals in
the US army, to presidents
of countries and more than 65 CEO’s of fortune 500 companies
he regularly disciples, who will tell you my father is one of the most
Spirit filled, godly, biblically based men of God they have ever met,” and, “I
know also my father and his ongoing ministry around the world to people
of highest influence in many countries.”
“People of highest influence”? How does glorying in such
things square with the Biblical testimony of Jesus Christ and His disciples?
What does the Word of God say?
1 Corinthians 1:25-29 MKJV
(25) Because the foolish thing of God is wiser than men, and the weak
thing of God is stronger than men.
(26) For you see your calling, brothers, that not many wise men according
to the flesh are called, not many mighty, not many noble.
(27) But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to confound
the wise; and God has chosen the weak things of the world to confound
the things which are mighty;
(28) and God has chosen the base things of the world, and things which
are despised, and things which are not, in order to bring to nothing
things that are;
(29) so that no flesh should glory in His presence.
To the vast majority of nominal Christendom the Bible means very little,
even to those evangelicals like you who profess to believe nothing
but the Bible. “Doctor” Blackaby (not being facetious or
sarcastic now, but pointing to your theological, authoritative, presumably
Bible-based title), do you know your Bible? What does Jesus say?
“And He said to them, You are those who justify yourselves before
men, but God knows your hearts. For that which is highly esteemed among
men is abomination in the sight of God” (Luke 16:15 MKJV).
Can’t you see how the Lord’s words, as recorded in the
Bible, stand as a witness against you and your declared ways? I don’t
believe you can, because of how you have been raised and trained, with
religion, in the Name of God, but without His Spirit. Isn’t
that possible, Tom?
“Many will say to Me in that day, Lord! Lord! Did we not prophesy
in Your Name, and through Your Name throw out demons, and through Your
Name do many wonderful works? And then I will say to them I never knew
you! Depart from Me, those working lawlessness!” (Matthew 7:22-23
You hold forth your and your father’s works and credentials
as though they are something to be proud of, or at least for others
to recognize somehow as substantial and worthy of godly respect, but
what do the Scriptures say about that? Here’s what Paul the apostle
said of those very kinds of credentials. Contrast your stance to his
after he was apprehended by Christ.
Philippians 3:3-11 MKJV
(3) For we are the circumcision who worship God in the spirit and rejoice
in Christ Jesus and have no confidence in the flesh;
(4) though I might also have confidence in the flesh. If any other
thinks that he has reason to trust in the flesh, I more.
(5) I was circumcised the eighth day, of the stock of Israel, of the
tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of the Hebrews. As regards the Law, I was
(6) concerning zeal, persecuting the church; regarding the righteousness
in the Law, blameless.
(7) But whatever things were gain to me, those I counted loss
(8) But no, rather, I also count all things to be loss for the excellency
of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have suffered
the loss of all things, and count them to
be dung, so that I may win
(9) and be found in Him; not having my own righteousness, which is
of the Law, but through the faith of Christ, the righteousness of God
(10) that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection and the
fellowship of His sufferings, being made conformable to His death;
(11) if by any means I might attain to the resurrection of the dead.
Tom, do you know the Lord? No, you don’t; you are only religious.
You have only been taught to “pray the prayer of salvation” and
embrace your denominational doctrinal stance, as sound as it can be
(not saying it is sound – it isn’t at all sound). You have
been directed to go to seminary and multiply yourself without ever
being to the cross. All of Henry’s children are proselytes, mimickers,
religious widgets, indoctrinated by a master of the trade, yet led
to believe it is their own free wills at work.
Think about it, Thomas - five children, all seminary-trained and “in
ministry,” four “doctors,” no less. What a feat!
What are the chances of that? Ask Moses, Samuel, Eli, David, Solomon,
Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, or any man of God. Is it because of
your father’s godliness? It doesn’t happen. God does not,
and has not, worked that way. You and your father have been doing your
own thing, applauded by men, but not by God.
And God doesn’t call and train His servants in proud, worldly-recognized
and honored, manmade, government-licensed, partisan, denominational
institutions, with manmade degrees – all the huff and puff of
the world, which world, the Bible says, lies in wickedness. Speaking
of denominations, hear the Word of God again, which you profess to
1 Corinthians 1:10-13 MKJV
(10) But I exhort you, brothers, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,
that you all speak the same thing and that there be no divisions
among you; but that you be perfectly joined together in the same
mind and in the same judgment.
(11) For it has been declared to me concerning you, my brothers, by
those of Chloe, that there are contentions among you.
(12) But I say this, that every one of you says, I am of Paul, and
I of Apollos, and I of Cephas, and I of Christ.
(13) Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you, or were you baptized
in the name of Paul?
So if you, by your father’s great influence, and under his authority,
can so err in such basic Scriptural truths, how can Henry Blackaby
have made “a great integration of being
Biblically based and Spirit led in his ministry,” as you declare?
The problem for Henry and his spiritual heirs is that the work of
God can only begin at the cross of Christ. Unless you have taken up
the cross and died to self, Tom, you have never lived and you can never
preach the truth with anointing from above and bring life to others.
You can proselytize (bring souls to yourself), but you can’t
win souls to Christ.
Henry has never been to Heaven by the resurrection that comes after
the cross and the grave. You and he are very much alive, but not in
Christ. This is not a condemnation, only a God-given statement of fact.
The souls that follow you are as you – proselytes - not born
again believers, fruit after its kind.
In your initial letter to Paul, you said, “I
will refrain from providing you with my impressions of Vic and what
he did to his wife
as it would also simply be my personal impressions and conclusions.”
At least you recognize you have no substance to bring forth, only
personal impressions and conclusions. However, you did hint of evil
or unapprovable action on my part, didn’t you, Tom? I don’t
have a problem with that, believe me, but I bring it up to show you
the contradiction of your ways.
With that remark, you had Marilyn scratching her head with me as to
what you meant by it. What was it I was supposed to have done to her?
We don’t know, and if we don’t know, how should you or
anyone else? We do know that when receiving the Spirit, our lives changed
and we had a desire for the knowledge of God and His righteousness
as never before. It is also true that His sword divided us from many,
including our kin, of course. Here again, the Word of God testifies
against you, your parents and siblings, none of whom has experienced
“Do not think that I have come to bring peace on earth. I did
not come to send peace, but a sword. For I have come to set a man against
his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter-in-law
against her mother-in-law. And a man’s foes shall be those of
his own household” (Matthew 10:34-36 MKJV).
Woe to you in the day it happens, a day of sorrow and sadness, but
rejoice when it does, because great will be your reward in Heaven.
After receiving the Spirit, we began to spend hours together in the
Scriptures and in prayer, day and night. God was revealing Himself
in a new and vibrant way to us, having brought us into the spiritual
dimension, what the Scriptures and saints call the Kingdom of God.
The first night we received the Spirit, after confessing our sins to
Him and to each another, we were up until 7 a.m., reading the Scriptures,
marvelling at what God was showing us.
Can you say that is bad or wrong? To be sure, when our eyes and hearts
were opened, the Bible became a new book (as it had for me once before
when I was converted in repentance to Christ). And in this new realm,
we found the Baptists to be quite a dead letter folk, after all.
They didn’t like to think or feel that, not that we were condemning
or even telling them they were dead; we only enjoyed with amazement
what God had done for us. We dearly wanted to share it with everyone,
but there were no takers in your father’s or Jack’s folds – nobody
was ready or willing to receive the Spirit of the Lord Jesus Christ,
Almighty God. “We have our church and doctrine, thank you very
much! We are the authorities, and not you, of all things concerning
Jesus Christ.” You don’t like to hear that or believe it,
but it’s true nonetheless.
One of the major problems I had with the Christian Training Center
was that while we were spending so much time studying church history,
church administration, Sunday School administration, Greek, evangelism,
denominational history and doctrine, choir directing, and homiletics,
we spent so little time in the Bible – Old and New Testament
surveys, taking a fraction of the total time, were about it. I was
in a Bible school with pitifully little Bible and much schooling.
You say, “If you truly wanted accurate
reporting, it would have taken you a mere five minutes of research
on the internet to find that
my father’s most ardent critics are those who accuse him of being ‘mystical’ or
leaning ‘too heavily on the Spirit’ or relying on ‘impressions’ and ‘feelings’ as
he listens for God to lead and guide him, quite the opposite of what
you have erroneously printed.”
How do you judge such to be “accurate reporting”? Are
you not relying on hearsay and opinion again? Citing your father’s
critics’ general assessment of him doesn’t prove a thing – for
or against him. You need verifiable facts, interpreted properly in
the light of God’s Word.
Tom, we know what your father teaches (more on that later), how he
expresses himself, and how many people will react. I spent hours with
your father, publicly and privately, listening to the very kind of
speech those critics are talking about. Your father is intelligent
and loves to present himself as passionate. He likes to describe an
alleged relationship with God on a personal level. He is a powerful,
inspiring speaker and enthusiastic, interesting, persuasive conversationalist.
I know - I was there with him, and I know he hasn’t changed
(I’ve learned that unless God intervenes, people never change).
We also hear your tapes and have your book, The Man God Uses, which
is a true reflection in both word and spirit of Henry Blackaby as I
You believe your father believes in, and has a relationship with,
the Spirit of God because he writes of Him and apparently speaks in
mystical terms. I would say the majority of his critics don’t
understand. They, like materialistic-minded atheists, would denounce
any mysticism, including the true, because they are carnal literalists.
There is a true mysticism of God, the door to which was opened to us
from above on that momentous New Year’s day in 1975, a door Len
and Ruth Koster rejected (they received the first invitation from us
that evening), a door your father and everyone else at Faith and Scarborough
Baptist churches rejected.
How does one who has an intimate relationship with the Spirit reject
Tom, your father clung to his soulish copy of mysticism, rejecting
the spiritual. He is in strong intellectual error, deceiving wonderfully.
He speaks mystically out of his imaginations (perhaps impressive, even
profound, to the world and to the carnal man, but super shallow to,
and rejected by, Heaven, I assure you).
Neither of you has received the Spirit of God, nor experienced the
gifts of the Spirit, like prophecy (of which you have your erroneous
imitation called “inspired preaching” or “speaking
forth”), tongues, interpretation of tongues… those gifts
listed in 1 Corinthians 12.
But we have received the Spirit. To relate just one example of the
many manifestations of spiritual gifts, several weeks after we were
baptized in the Holy Spirit, Marilyn found herself praying in an unknown
language (tongue). She asked God for an interpretation, according to
Scriptural counsel. He told her my sister-in-law Cathie (you knew her – Archie’s
wife) would have a baby boy and that Marilyn and I would be going to
We saw no way that either of those events would occur, though we knew
anything was possible with God. Cathie was unable to have children,
and we had no desire, plans, or finances to go anywhere at the time.
Within months we ended up in England by a curious combination of totally
unexpected events over which we had no influence. In that same year,
1975, Cathie became pregnant and later had four boys and two girls.
Not that the gifts are what a relationship with the Giver is all about.
It’s about walking with the Lord Jesus Christ in reality. It’s
about knowing Him, believing, obeying, learning, loving, and developing
in His image to be like Him and to bear witness of Him to the world.
But you have been taught by your father, your seminary, and your denominational
friends that these things concerning the Spirit and the gifts were
only for the early church, ceasing with the apostles (though there
is no Biblical substantiation whatsoever for such an assumption).
You have been taught that the gifts of the Spirit, as Paul listed
them to the Corinthians, only occur in the counterfeit today by the
influence of the Devil, sometimes derogatorily called Pentecostalism.
At least, those were the very things cast in our teeth by Southern
Baptists in Saskatoon and Prince Albert.
“Not of God! Not of God!” they insisted – Len, Ruth,
and Lane Koster, Jack and Bonna Connor, the Kristoffersons, Mrs. Bates,
the Bergens, your father, Dan Fishley, Bill and Bob Bye, Al Niebergal,
Pat Martin, Diane Dingwall, her husband Bill (not married then), Melvin
Johnson, Wayne MacKenzie, and several others (several of them in fear)
- you can read more about it freely at our site when we post Part Two
of What the Lord Has Done with Me (my autobiography).
And you and your father and brothers - Richard, Melvin, Norman, all
doctors - and sister Carrie Beth are of the same mind to this very
day, religious, educated, indoctrinated, active, acclaimed, popular,
yet lifeless and clueless about the things of God, the Living
Reality of the Kingdom of Heaven and its King, the Lord Jesus Christ.
To you, on paper, I likely appear to be speaking harsh words. Tom,
believe me, I am not speaking harshly; however, it isn’t hard
to understand how you would think that way.
You write to Paul, “Too many websites
like yours glory in tearing down brothers and sisters in Christ rather
than building up the Kingdom
of God. Sir, we are all on the same side. We are all working together
for the Lord to build HIS Kingdom.”
Are we tearing down brothers and sisters in Christ? Are we all on
the same side? Are we all building His Kingdom, or are most of us building
our own kingdoms in His Name? How does one tell the false from the
true? Could it be that you don’t know, because brought up in
the false and not having the Spirit to be able to discern? One of the
gifts of the Spirit of God is the discerning of spirits. Hear what
our beloved brother Paul has to say of that:
“And to another workings of powers, to another prophecy; and
to another discerning of spirits; and to another kinds of tongues;
and to another the interpretation of tongues” (1 Corinthians
Will you accuse us of judging and insist that nobody can know another’s
heart but God?
1 Corinthians 2:9-16 MKJV
(9) But as it is written, “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard,” nor
has it entered into the heart of man, “the things which God has
prepared for those who love Him.”
(10) But God has revealed them to us by His Spirit; for the Spirit
searches all things, yea, the deep things of God.
(11) For who among men knows the things of a man except the spirit
of man within him? So also no one knows the things of God except the
Spirit of God.
(12) But we have not received the spirit of the world, but the Spirit
from God, so that we might know the things that are freely given to
us by God.
(13) These things we also speak, not in words which man’s wisdom
teaches, but which the Holy Spirit teaches, comparing spiritual things
(14) But the natural man does not receive the things of the
Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; neither can he know them,
because they are spiritually discerned.
(15) But he who is spiritual judges all things, yet he himself
is judged by no one.
(16) For who has known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct Him?
But we have the mind of Christ.
Hear what Malachi says:
Malachi 3:16-18 MKJV
(16) Then those fearing the LORD spoke together, each man to his neighbor.
And the LORD listened and heard. And a book of remembrance was written
before Him for those who feared the LORD, and for those esteeming
(17) And they shall be Mine, says the LORD of Hosts, for the day that
I will make up My treasure. And I will pity them as a man has pity
on his son who serves him.
(18) Then you shall again see the difference between the righteous
and the wicked, between him who serves God, and him who does not serve
And what does our brother in the Lord, John, say in agreement with
Paul? Here it is:
“But you have an anointing from the Holy One, and you
know all things” (1 John 2:20 MKJV).
Tares and wheat are found in the same field, but they are not on the
same side. The day has come for them to be separated, the tares to
the fires and the wheat to the Lord’s storage bins.
These are things I speak to you that you don’t understand. All
that you say is contrary to the counsel of God, yet you, your brothers,
and father are “doctors” in theology, within a partisan
organization of the kind the Bible condemns, doing all the antiChrist
things the Bible condemns.
And those things barely scratch the surface. When you’ve done
reading this letter, if you are able to read it all, read The
True Marks of a Cult and Diabolical
Doctrines. Read the writings from God
we have on many subjects. In many doctrines and practices, you all
Marilyn writes: “I was reading other statements
by and about [the Blackabys] while looking
for something for Victor. Their
whole emphasis is on being right with God so He can use you – it
all depends on your works, nothing about the will of God or His grace.
It is all works and self-righteousness.
I remember thinking and talking the same way – being indispensable
to God’s work. It’s not about a personal relationship with
the Lord, just works, works, works… building an organization
that looks good and evangelical, better than any of the other religious
works. And Henry’s kids are twice the children of Hell that he
She is not being derogatory of you or your siblings, though you may
be incredulous at my denial. She is only speaking the hard truth you
will not want to hear, given your position and relationship. Who are
the “children of Hell”? They are those friendly, sincere,
religious people who substitute works of their own righteousness for
the works that come by faith, by the Spirit of God. There are millions
like you, though not all as zealous and hard working.
(Yes, the Pharisees were zealous, praying, preaching, tithing, alms-giving,
super regular church-going, fasting, Bible-studying, feast-keeping,
witnessing, proselytizing, world-compassing, smiling, handshaking,
hugging, back-slapping, sociable, friendly evangelical Baptists, apparent
lovers of God – “whited sepulchers, appearing righteous
The children of Hell are, for the most part, sincere worshippers,
as they understand worship, yet are the counterfeit of the real. These
are born of men and born of this world of religion, pomp, and ceremony
(church services, systems, and protocol). They are not born of the
Kingdom of Heaven, and they do not have the Spirit of Jesus Christ.
Again, Marilyn writes, “Richard really sounds like his dad in
this statement at the end of his blog:
‘Last month I was
in Australia where there is a movement emerging that is seeking
revival for that continent and beyond. Be praying for
God’s work there to unite people to do together what they can
not do separately. I have also been watching a movement of God developing
among the native Indian peoples across North America. There will be
a North American wide summit in April 2011 that could be the beginning
of a major movement of God among that great people. God also continues
to work among Christian business people. These men and women are doing
some incredible things for God’s kingdom!
These are exciting times to be serving the Lord! Make sure your heart
and life are in the condition necessary for you to play an active
role in God’s work in the days to come.’”
With a hint of compassion for you, Marilyn writes, “I
kids under those burdens. Richard says that he is not a young man anymore.
I didn’t think that way when I was 48-50 and we were busy. You
guys haven’t either. It’s the burdens of men’s works
that is aging him.
Victor, remember when we went to some wedding
in Winnipeg for a few days? It was such a relief to be away from
the church and all the activities.”
That was the summer before we were married. Marilyn is right. Under “Authors” in
The Man God Uses are the words, “…Experiencing
God, a study
that encourages believers to find out where God is working and join
Say what? “Find out where God is working”? This is classic
man-centric, self-righteous, manpleasing, hero-making Blackaby doctrine.
Do you not know that such a thing is impossible for man to determine?
Did Joseph decide to “find out where God was working and join
Him”? Or was he so spiritually hard-hearted and clued out that
his brothers had to rip him, as a youth, from his father’s bosom
and sell him into slavery in Egypt, carried there by mercenary traders?
While there, Joseph, as a slave, was falsely accused and imprisoned
Did he then “find out where God was working and join him,” or
did God visit him in prison with the gift of the Spirit of interpreting
dreams, providing him with the occasions of need? I interpret the meaning
of your father’s words to be, “See? He’s working
with me! I’m the man of the hour! Join me in Blackaby Ministries
Did Moses go hunting for the burning bush? Did he get himself right
and prepare himself so that God might look on him and choose him for
delivering Egypt? Or was God’s will and call on him before he
was in his mother’s womb? Your father’s doctrine suggests
to us that he would take a lighter to a bush to get God’s attention.
“And the woman conceived and bore a son. And when she saw him,
that he was beautiful, she hid him three months” (Exodus 2:2
What about Noah?
“And he called his name Noah, saying, This one shall comfort
us concerning our work and the toil of our hands, because of the ground
which the LORD has cursed” (Genesis 5:29 MKJV).
What about Samuel?
“And she vowed a vow and said, O, Lord of Hosts, if You will
indeed look upon the affliction of Your handmaid and remember me, and
not forget Your handmaid, but will give to Your handmaid a man-child,
then I will give him to the LORD all the days of his life, and there
shall no razor come upon his head” (1 Samuel 1:11 MKJV).
What about Jacob?
Romans 9:10-13 MKJV
(10) And not only this, but when Rebekah also had conceived by one,
by our father Isaac
(11) (for the children had not yet been born, neither had done any
good or evil; but that the purpose of God according to election might
stand, not of works but of Him Who called),
(12) it was said to her, “The elder shall serve the younger.”
(13) As it is written, “Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated.”
What about Jeremiah?
“Before I formed you in the belly I knew you; and before you
came forth out of the womb I consecrated you, and I ordained you a
prophet to the nations” (Jeremiah 1:5 MKJV).
What about John the Immerser?
Luke 1:13-17 MKJV
(13) But the angel said to him, Do not fear, Zacharias. For your prayer
is heard, and your wife Elizabeth shall bear you a son, and you shall
call his name John.
(14) And you shall have joy and gladness, and many shall rejoice at
(15) For he shall be great in the sight of the Lord, and shall neither
drink wine nor strong drink. And he shall be filled with the Holy Spirit,
even from his mother’s womb.
(16) And he shall turn many of the sons of Israel to the Lord their
(17) And he shall go before Him in the spirit and power of Elijah,
to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient
to the wisdom of the just, to make ready a people prepared for the
What about Saul of Tarsus?
“But when it pleased God, Who separated me from my mother’s
womb, and having called me by His grace, to reveal His Son in me so
that I might preach Him among the nations, immediately I did not confer
with flesh and blood” (Galatians 1:15-16 MKJV).
Along with the above mentioned, every other messenger ever called
and prepared of God was chosen by God; none took the honor of his calling
upon himself. Did any of them go looking for God at work? Can you see
that in any of those examples? What did Jesus say?
“You have not chosen Me, but I have chosen you and ordained
you that you should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should
remain; that whatever you shall ask of the Father in My Name, He may
give it to you” (John 15:16 MKJV).
It didn’t happen for me the way Henry describes, but it did
happen as with the examples I gave you.
Did any of the patriarchs, apostles, and prophets go to seminary or
Bible school and train or be evaluated under systems of men? You are
all greatly burdened with religious doctrine and works, Thomas - needlessly
so, detrimentally so. It is truly an ungodly thing:
“Concerning the works of men, by the word of Thy lips I have
kept me from the paths of the destroyer” (Psalms 17:4 KJV).
Did Matthew try to find out where God was working? How would he have
recognized God’s work? Or was he sitting at the receipt of custom
when God visited him?
Did Peter, Andrew, James, and John go “looking for where God
was working and join Him”? Did they make sure their hearts and
lives were in the condition necessary for them to play an active role
in God’s work in the days to come, as Richard puts it in his
blog, by his father’s lifelong influence, or did Jesus come and
get them while they were fishing?
Even the betrayer was of God’s choosing, and not his own!
“Jesus answered them, Have I not chosen you, the Twelve? And
one of you is a devil?” (John 6:70 MKJV)
Thomas, many a carnal man may go to a university or seminary and get
a doctorate in divinity or theology, terms this world is well familiar
with. Many an unregenerate man can “start a work for God,” and
many have started works without theological degrees…men like
Joseph Smith, Herbert W. Armstrong, Charles T. Russell, William Irvine,
Jim Jones, and so many, many more. But how many represent God’s
work rather than their own? Your father does his own work, which only
men without the Spirit of God do.
You write, “Out of that little church
of 180 people, a bible school was established, an thriving student
campus ministry was built,
200 people were called into ministry and 30 self-supporting churches
were planted across the country.”
So the Catholic Church grew to the present 1.3 billion, spreading
throughout the world. The LDS and the JW’s have grown to great
numbers, as have SDA’s and so many others. Muslims are planting
mosques throughout the earth and mullahs are multiplying. So what of
it? Are your works valid before God because of numbers? Are those not
foolish, unBiblical, ungodly boasts, Thomas?
You may counter with, “Yes, but those men and works aren’t
of God while we and our works are! They don’t glorify Jesus Christ
while we do!” But are you sure?
In 1990, we visited some in that church you speak of. We met with
elder Jake Bergen, who reported to us that after Henry left, the church
went downhill, with your father taking the pastor’s residence
equity with him, a house Jake claimed belonged to the church. Is this
a confirmed fact to us? No, it’s not. Forgive me if it is false;
however, that is what Jake Bergen told us.
Was the work at Faith Baptist in Saskatoon a work of God or was it
a work of Henry, based on Henry’s charismatic personality?
At that time, we also met with Ken and June Fowler, who bitterly complained
that Faith Baptist visited them only to canvass for money, though they
hadn’t been to church for a some time (their money was missed;
As I said, we were never visited by pastors when our division came,
except by our initiative when we asked Henry to come to our home and
pick up some books we were donating to the Christian Training Center.
He came and got them but was not about to listen to anything we had
to say, so we have firsthand experience.
The Lord leaves the ninety-nine and goes after one stray sheep; His
anointed shepherds do the same, in Him, but those who do their own
works don’t do that, except for gain. Hirelings (salaried overseers)
are there for themselves.
Thomas, believe me when I tell you I don’t bring these things
up to beat on you or your dad, or to complain. I do so to give you
some perspective of reality, so that you might see from God’s
point of view, for good, and not for evil. Had Henry tried to persuade
us to return, we couldn’t have done so. God had other plans.
We hold out hope for you all that God will relieve you of the burdens
that religious men make for themselves and others, and receive His
burden, as we were granted.
“Come to Me all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will
give you rest. Take My yoke on you and learn of Me, for I am meek and
lowly in heart, and you shall find rest to your souls. For My yoke
is easy, and My burden is light” (Matthew 11:28-30 MKJV).
Your father was always a flatterer, a smooth talker, looking for big
things for himself. He was never a man of God – men ordained
of men never are. All his works “for God” will not stand
the fire when it comes. And I dare say, Thomas, that His fire is here
now, in His Word, which we now speak to you. This is the Day of Judgment,
a testimony against the works of the flesh.
Anywhere I read or listen to Henry’s words, I find error - a
primal focus on man’s righteousness. While Jesus said, “The
Son can do nothing without the Father,” Henry’s prevalent
theme is the very opposite: “The Father can do nothing without
me.” I just listened to Henry’s sermon Why
Revival Tarries and can quote statement after statement of error. This same error thematically
his teachings, as in his books, Experiencing God and The
Man God Uses.
Henry says, “If we don’t walk with Him, He doesn’t
have ‘Plan B’ to touch the rest of the world.”
Jesus Christ works through men to reach out to men. But suggesting
that unless we are virtuous in ourselves to “find Him and join
Him” the world is lost, reduces God to the status of an earthly
employer who won’t succeed in his enterprise unless his staff
and the union let him!
What would Jesus have to say about such a notion?
“And He answered and said to them, I tell you that if these
should be silent, the stones would cry out” (Luke 19:40 MKJV).
I tell you, Thomas, there is a great deal of difference between Almighty
God and His impotent creatures, to make the greatest of understatements,
even if they are in process of being made in His image.
Do you think the salvation of Nineveh was entirely, highly, or even
partially dependent on Jonah? What about the lot cast, the whale, the
storm, the gourd, and the worm?
Henry says, “The Scripture says that He
came to His own... as goes His own, so goes the redemption of the
rest of the world.”
Christ came to His own, that is, the Israelites, and they rejected
Him. If Henry’s proposed principle that God had no Plan B applies
now, then surely, it applied then as well. Is Henry suggesting that
the world is doomed because Christ’s own rejected Him? He will
not say so, but thinking his remarks through must lead to that conclusion.
He suggests that unless Christians get their act together and “come
alongside what God is doing,” the world will perish. And of course,
the logical conclusion must be that if we don’t act, Christ’s
sacrifice is in vain for many! So why is God working without us if
we are so crucial to the success of the salvation of the world? Why
is He waiting for us to “find Him and join Him in what He is
doing”? Why did He not sound the alert and find us? Is this not
the most urgent of matters? Is it not up to the shepherd to find the
This is the essence of Henry’s doctrine, as manifest in all
that he does and teaches:
The One and Only Omnipotent, Omniscient, Omnipresent, Glorious
God and Savior needs the help of those He has created and saved in
to save the rest of the world. Unless we “get our act together
with Him,” the world is essentially doomed! So in the end, it’s
really up to us to save ourselves and the rest of the world!
Is not our possible failure a reflection of the quality of Jesus Christ’s
saving work in us? If we are totally dependent upon His righteousness
because we have none, how is it He now needs our righteousness to save
others? Has He perhaps fallen short in supply of His own?
Is this not perversion of the first order of the Gospel of grace?
What erroneous theology that is! It is antiChrist! But it is classic
Blackaby doctrine, all these decades, permeating all his works, deceiving
many. It is the promotion of self-righteousness at its highest.
Your father’s call is a call to hero worship, Tom, a glorification
of the flesh. Jesus says, “No man is good,” but Henry counters
with, “God needs your goodness!”
That is exactly what ancient Baal worship is all about. I’ll
bet you didn’t learn that in seminary, did you?! Henry is a hero-maker,
but firstly intent on being the hero of heroes himself, held in high
esteem. If Henry wants the world saved, it is so that the world will
worship Henry as “a great man of God.” Baal worship is
alive and well in the churches on Planet Earth today.
And men love him and flock to him for his man-centric doctrine. It
gives them a euphoric feeling of great worth and importance. Most of
all, they get to avoid the death of the cross. They get to have their
cake and eat it too – the best of both worlds. They love their
chosen hero and love to be heroes themselves. They love to think God
loves it all, too.
As so many other preachers, your father uses Hell to scare people,
falsely, albeit ignorantly, teaching that many will burn in Hell for
eternity (meaning forever and ever, time without end) and that Jesus
taught the same. “Read the Scriptures!” he declares in
his “revival” sermon, not recognizing, though professing,
that without the interpretation of the Scriptures by the Holy Spirit,
there is no understanding of them.
No greater lie can there be told of God than that He will dismiss
those made in His image to horrible torment for all time without end.
No more heinous an element of character assassination of God can be
perpetrated! There is nothing, but nothing supportive of such a diabolical
doctrine in all of Scripture, not a jot or tittle. Read from among
the articles in The Restitution
of All Things and see what God says
regarding His intent and the scope of His work.
The love and fear of God saves men. The fear of eternal damnation
does not. The Gospel is Good News, not bad; a loving invitation, and
no threat. It is an announcement of His victory by grace, despite our
unrighteousness, indeed because of it. The Good News is not a threat
of His failure to save if we don’t comply by a naturally-impossible
righteous response; it is a promise of good in the face of our failure
to comply and our consequent hopelessness. How else can the news be
But we know that all men will be saved (1 Corinthians 15:22) because
all Israel (His own who rejected Him) will be saved (Romans 11:26),
no thanks to heroes; just as all of Nineveh was saved, both man and
beast, in Jonah’s day, by the preaching of one who was anything
but a hero. Jonah’s example was a token of God’s power
and His sheer grace unto a perfect work for all mankind.
“For God has shut up all in unbelief, so that He might show
mercy to all” (Romans 11:32 MKJV).
What would the apostle Paul have to say of your father’s teaching
in light of his conversion by the Lord? Was murderous Saul of Tarsus
in process of “finding out where God was working and preparing
himself to join Him”? Yet he turned out to be the greatest and
most zealous of all the apostles, sparing nothing for the One Who loved
You write to Paul Cohen, concerning comments you may have of me, “I
doubt you would post them because it would discredit him and your post.”
Take a closer look and you’ll find that we post many comments
that “discredit” us. Your comments will be posted, be they
true or false, Lord willing. You will have full opportunity, should
you want it.
You and your family are more than welcome to write or visit us at
any time, Tom. I mean that, though with these perspectives, I certainly
don’t expect it to happen, except by God’s grace and sovereign
will. It is He Who does all things according to the counsel of His
will and Who turns a heart whichever way He wills. What do you say?
There is a sure hope for all of you. One day you will all know the
Lord, as will all men. What a wondrous day that will be for all of
us, shoulder to shoulder, clothed in white, with uplifted hands and
glowing countenances, blessing the Lord in all joy and thanksgiving!
No more death or hell, no more sorrow, suffering, or tears! Only a
wonderful wellbeing, with great rejoicing, laughter, and singing! Wow!
In case we don’t hear from you with a positive response, Tom,
let me earnestly declare, as God is my witness, that our desire and
thoughts toward every one of you are only for good. I told your father
that once before by handwritten, snail mail letter, several years ago,
and he replied with bitterness.
Don’t mistake the fulfillment of our responsibility from God
to post warnings of the subtle and devious ways of the enemy as enmity
toward you. We mustn’t and can’t be irresponsible to God
to gain your friendship. That would be a betrayal of all that is good
and true; it would be trampling upon the Blood that bought us. Understanding
that, you will know we conduct ourselves as your true friends.
Proverbs 27:5-7 MKJV
(5) Open rebuke is better than secret love.
(6) Faithful are the wounds of a friend; but the kisses of an enemy
(7) The full soul despises a honeycomb; but to the hungry soul every
bitter thing is sweet.
Tom Blackaby can't handle what we have said about him, his father,
and their religion that God hates, so he commiserates with another
false Christian whom we have exposed, David Thompson, who returns the
favor as both condemn us and the Word of God spoken to them. David
fortunately included us in his reply, affording us this excellent opportunity
to further expose the prince of this world and his nefarious ways.