Confronting the Heresy of John Jacobs Power Force

Presenting some of the more obvious reasons that John Jacobs has nothing to do with following the Biblical Jesus

 

Josiahs Scott, Josiahs@trueconnection.org, www.TrueConnection.org

Originally written around October 2008; slightly fixed: 7/25/11; updated: 2/20/12; 2/22/12; 3/26/12; 8/16/12; 9/2/12; 11/21/12; 5/4/13

 

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Contents

Introduction. 1

Who is John Jacobs?. 1

About This Work – We’re Opposing John Jacobs & the Modern Apostasy. 1

A Summary of Some of John Jacobs’ Sins We Oppose. 1

(1) Chuck Norris. 2

(2) Divorce, Remarriage, and No Repentance. 2

(3) Another Gospel 3

A. What John Jacobs Says Himself. 3

B. Their Promotional Video. 3

C. What The Bible Says. 4

Some Important Conclusions and Applications. 5

A Call to Repentance from Heresy. 5

Further Reading. 6

 

Introduction

 

Who is John Jacobs?

John Jacobs is a “prosperity” heretic preacher and motivational speaker/entertainer who hates Jesus and loves filthy and apostate “christianity”. He is best known for his pagan-christian entertainment shows in churches and schools where he and his “team” immodestly show off their muscles and exploit people’s lust of physical strength as leverage to promote antichrist and flesh worship.

 

About This Work – We’re Opposing John Jacobs & the Modern Apostasy

This work is an extremely urgent warning to repent of, and get out of, dirty, modern christianity!

 

John Jacobs is only one small, particular example of the universal rebellion of apostate churchianity. In this case, we intend to use Jacobs as one particular example of why virtually the entire modern church is disobeying the Bible and is definitely going to go to hell. We are calling you, as a reader, to not only repent of the obvious heresy of Jacobs, but whenever hypocrisy and disobedience that you, and churches around you may be living in, so that you might escape the wrath of God, and become a real follower of Jesus who actually, submissively obeys everything God says.

 

A Summary of Some of John Jacobs’ Sins We Oppose

Here is a brief preview of the specific heresies which that we’re opposing in this work

 

1.     Association with the pagan-christian Chuck Norris

2.     Willingness to remarry after divorce (i.e. live in adultery) and stay in ministry, and still claim to be a christian

3.     Preaching a different gospel (progressive “good news”/ prosperity gospel) from that which is preached in the Bible

4.     Being an overall heretic who hates truth and lives in sin

 

Note 1: a number of quotes are taken from Wikipedia in 2008, and are marked with an asterisk (*):

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Jacobs_%28evangelist%29

Note 2: Please help us find and correct any of the information in here that needs additions, corrections, and updates. Please contact us if you have any thoughtful help for this resource.

 

(1) Chuck Norris

“Jacobs had a guest role in an episode of the television series, Walker, Texas Ranger, whose star Chuck Norris is a friend of Jacobs'.”*

 

I confirmed this to be true through my own research, and watching Jacobs own promotional video, which includes clips from this TV episode.

 

(2) Divorce, Remarriage, and No Repentance

"Jacobs divorced his wife in Ruthanne in May 2000... In 2001, his second marriage to a Sara Bonham ended in an annulment." *

 

“Jacobs was married to his first wife for 16 years.”

http://www.charismamag.com/articles/index.php?id=6001

Retrieved 2008

 

On his own website he says:

 

“When I began  John Jacobs and  the Next Generation Power Force I applied everything I have learned in over 25 years of worldwide evangelism as the founder and developer of the strength ministry concept.”

http://www.johnjacobsnextgenerationpowerforce.com/about_john.htm

Retrieved 2008 – Note: both this website as well as www.johnjacobsministries.com were down when I checked 2/20/12

 

Apparently this “ministry” continued even through getting divorced and remarried. Jacobs divorced in May 2000, remarried in 2001 (which soon ended), and stayed on as an “evangelist” with the Power Team until 2003, and then formed the Power Force organization afterward (see Wikipedia). He never stopped appearing as an “evangelist” even when he was in the sin of adulterous remarriage. There is no sign of there ever being Biblical repentance, but in unrepentant remorse when taking responsibility for the end of his second, adulterous marriage he said:

 

“Someone who has gone through a long and difficult relationship and gets a divorce should wait six months to a year before they start dating seriously. It's not fair to either party,” he said.

 

Despite his personal troubles, Jacobs said the Power Team is doing well and in January enjoyed its largest crusade in the organization's history. Jacobs said that over a five-day period, some 30,000 people attended six Power Team crusades, and 15,205 answered altar calls.

http://www.charismamag.com/articles/index.php?id=6001 (emphasis added)

Retrieved 2008

 

They are enjoying their “largest crusade” ever, and Jacobs said what?? – “Someone who has gone through a long and difficult relationship and gets a divorce should wait six months to a year before they start dating seriously.” According to this quote, it is evident that this pervert has no fear at all of promoting a sick immoral relationship that Jesus clearly called adultery!

    In every statement he makes, there is nothing of saying, “I repent of adultery,” but instead, he speaks as though, as a divorced person, he would still be open to get married again.  He evidently sees no problem with the adultery of divorce and remarriage, but only with getting remarried “too quickly.”

 

(3) Another Gospel

 

A. What John Jacobs Says Himself

On his own website it says:

 

Our message is clear and direct:    Your students can have success in life by academic achievement, self-awareness, making the right choices, setting goals, resisting peer pressure, knowing the dangers of drugs/alcohol/violence/depression and suicide and realizing that abstinence is the only way.

www.johnjacobsnextgenerationpowerforce.com

Retrieved 2008

 

B. Their Promotional Video

In 2008, I was being pressured to help organize an event to bring Jacobs to a church while I was a missionary to a lost church as a “youth pastor.” In light of this I watched John Jacobs’ promotional video which very clearly showed the pagan gospel that they preach. John Jacobs can give your church or school fantastic motivation to succeed and live and be a great person, all without Jesus, all by a humanistic, filthy gospel (good news), that says “you can do it” based on yourself and your filthy sinful life.

    The following quotes are taken from an episode of Walker, Texas Ranger as Jacobs speaks to a secular school assembly that does not even pretend to be anything christian:

 

“…we are here today to motivate you, to encourage you, inspire you, not about being a world-class athlete, but about being a world-class person, which is a whole lot more important.”

 

Every single young person [including all the lost school kids he is talking to] in this school today is either a dream maker or a dream breaker… a dream maker is someone who leaves a trail of people who are better off… ”

 

“As James gets ready to disintegrate these walls [break them with his arms] with all his strength… let those walls represent any wall, any barrier in your life that’s held you back from what you can be… there’s got’ a come a day when you got to overcome those walls [remember: these are clearly lost people he speaks to], you got to crush those walls. Whatever has held you back, hey, today is a new day… don’t let anything in your past hold you back from your future… it’s time to realize what you can be, and let those walls come down…”

 

Power is, a young person [not Jesus, nor even a follower of Jesus] who can make their life count, and make this world a greater place [even while living in sin?]every one of you [including “every unsaved person here” in this secular school assembly] do have the power inside of you to be a world-class person… [what gospel and “power” is this that he is glorifying?]don’t let anyone steal your dreams or goals… you can make the right choices, your life can make a difference…”

 

[Source: Taken from a scene from Walker, Texas Ranger, as seen on the official promotional video for John Jacobs' Next Generation Power Force that I watched in 2008; (with emphasis added, and contextual insertions given)]

 

All of this apart from Jesus? John Jacobs says so. But the Gospel of Jesus is drastically different than this, and it is completely obvious that this filthy pagan séance that Jacobs preaches is in complete opposition to everything good and true and reverent toward the monotheistic Scriptures and the perfect message of Jesus! And why are we even toying around with the ridiculous joke that claims Jacobs has anything to do with Biblical faith in Jesus?? If we are real followers of Jesus then we already know these things, and this poses a serious problem if we have supported him, because the Bible has a lot to say about those who bring another gospel.

 

C. What The Bible Says

2Co_11:3-4 CAB  But I fear, lest perhaps as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, so your minds may be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.  4  For if he who comes to you preaches another Jesus whom we did not preach, or if you receive a different spirit which you have not received, or a different gospel which you did not accept, you may well put up with him!

 

Gal_1:6-11 CAB  I marvel that you are turning so quickly from Him who called you in the grace of Christ, to a different gospel,  7  which is not another; except there are certain people who trouble you and wish to pervert the gospel of Christ.  8  But even if we, or an angel from heaven, should preach a gospel to you other than what we preached to you, let him be accursed.  9  As we have said before, and I say again just now, if anyone preaches a gospel to you other than what you received, let him be accursed.  10  For do I just now persuade men, or God? Or do I seek to please men? For if I still pleased men, I would not be a bondservant of Christ.  11  But I make known to you, brothers, the gospel preached by me is not according to man.

 

Gospel = εὐαγγέλιον [euangélion] (G2098) = εὐ [eu] (Good) + αγγέλιον [angélion] (Message), which is where the word for “messenger” comes from in Greek, which we simply transliterate (as opposed to translating) as “Angel.” This dynamic is directly seen in Luk_2:10 and the Galatians 1:8 passage above.

 

This passage in Galatians, with this “message and messenger” effect briefly says: “If a messenger proclaims a good message other than the one you received let him be rejected from the Church as one who is damned/rejected to hell*”

 

* “rejected…hell,” that is, “αναθεμα” (anáthema)

 

Some Important Conclusions and Applications

 

A Call to Repentance from Heresy

Heresy is serious business.  All of the problems that can be seen with the message and example that John Jacob leaves, all go back to a root cause of the heretical gospel that has nothing to do with the Biblical Jesus. This is widespread all throughout modern christianity.  If your heart is still sensitive, and your mind is still intact, and if you are troubled about all of these heresies and evils and astonishing perversions I want to urge you now to soberly consider the overwhelming apostasy that we live in today that makes it normal to invite heretics such as John Jacobs to come and entertain our youth into a heretical and perverted salvation.

    I would like you to consider that the only reason that such nonsense is even tolerated at all today is because of the astonishing apostasy and evil that surrounds us in everything that we call christianity. John Jacobs is not the only heretic out there playing games as a preacher.  Whether you’re a progressive heretic like John Jacobs, or you’re a so-called “conservative” heretic playing filthy church games, now is the time to really repent, obey all of the Bible, and believe and follow the real Jesus!

    John Jacobs and his team not only are sexually perverted and immoral and showing off their muscles and sexual features to entertain audiences of pagan Christians and overtly secular assemblies, but this sexual perversion extends into his willingness to commit adultery in broad daylight by entering adulteress remarriage and remaining in “ministry”.  How about you and your pagan faith?  Are you showing off the sexuality of your body?  Are you approving of adulteress church goers who claim to be christians?  Do you have excuses to commit sexual morality, and all other manner of indulgence in pleasures and entertainment, and do you still stubbornly feel justified as though god is still please with you and going to let you go to heaven even though you live in sin?

 

Rev_18:3-8 CAB  For all the nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth have become rich through the wealth of her luxury."  4  And I heard another voice from heaven saying, "Come out of her, my people, lest you participate in her sins, and lest you receive of her plagues.  5  Because her sins have reached to heaven, and God has remembered her crimes.  6  Give back to her as also she gave back, and pay back double as also she did, and according to her works. In her cup which she mixed [i.e. luxurious wines to drink], mix for her a double portion [i.e. the cup of judgment and wrath].  7  In as many things as she glorified herself and lived luxuriously, in the same measure give to her torment and sorrow; because she says in her heart, 'I sit as queen, and am not a widow, and I shall by no means see sorrow.'  8  "On account of this her plagues will come in one day--death, sorrow, and famine. And she shall be burned with fire, for strong is the Lord God who has judged her.

 

If you ever come to the point where you’re ready to embrace the real Gospel (good announcement) that actually saves from sin, then please contact us and let us know

 

Further Reading

 

(1) How To Repent Of Adulteress Remarriage

www.DivorceAndRemarriageBook.com

 

(2) Free Bible Studies Calling The Modern Church To Repentance

www.TrueConnection.org

 

(3) Why We Need To Judge Heretics And Throw Them Out Of The Church

http://www.trueconnection.org/BibleStudies/Judging_The_Church.htm

 

(4) Find Out More About The Author of This Article

http://www.trueconnection.org/josiahsscott/

http://www.trueconnection.org/BibleStudies/Josiahs_Testemony.html

 

 

 

 

 

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3/26/2012 7:13 PM

 

church paid him $17,000

John Jacobs started up a relationship

live in with john Jackob’s

remarried another pastor's wife

introduced

Tshirt companies/ IRS – after him

Shanny OK

Dina Jacobs

http://www.powerteamschools.com/

http://www.thepowerteam.com/

http://thislandpress.com/01/21/2012/ripping-up-phonebooks-for-jesus/

http://www.powerteamschools.com/