John on August 7, 2006 at 8:09 pm
[Welcome SmartChristian readers.]
There’s a stunning piece in the Dallas Observer about Ole Anthony. Anthony is best known as the man who brought down televangelist Robert Tilton in the early ’90s. It appears it may have been a case of the pot calling the kettle black. If half the things in this piece are true, then Anthony is running a cult not a ministry. One long time member of the group says:
“I think Ole is a classic sociopath,” Larry Ferguson says. “I don’t think he knows what real emotions are.”
Pretty strong stuff, but read the article and you may find yourself agreeing. If the article is accurate, Anthony is about one step away from David Koresh. Some of the tactics employed by his ministry (supposedly ceased in the 80s) are clearly cultic, including the “hot seat”, which involved abusing someone until they broke down in tears. Sounds like a classic domination technique.
Anthony is now the publisher of The Wittenburg Door magazine which we
have had on our blogroll. Having read this story about him, I’m delinking them. To be clear, Anthony didn’t found the magazine. It had a long history apart from him. I believe he took it over after Mike Yaconelli died in a car crash in 2003. That said, I don’t think I can support Anthony’s ministry in any way. It’s too bad. I enjoyed the magazine.
The whole thing reminds me a bit of the fall of another unaffiliated teacher who made a career off his comedy and supposed expertise in Satanism. Remember Mike Warnke? He turned out to be a fraud after selling a gazillion albums and tapes for Word records.
Now it’s Ole Anthony’s turn to be on the hot seat. Sounds like it’s long overdue.
[HT: Pearcey Report]
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