Sue as I Say Don’t Sue As I Sue

by Pastor Ray Barnett

IN A LANDMARK DECISION, DEFENDANT BETHEL ASSEMBLY – MASSENA, NEW YORK, WINS SUIT INITIATED BY PLAINTIFFS GEORGE WOOD AND DUANE DURST IN NEW YORK STATE SUPREME COURT.

Without care or concern for the Word of God[i], the Assemblies of God continues to bring defenseless Churches and pastors into courts of law in order seize property and assets. An alarming trend with no end in sight, AOG leaders demand that their ministers – “Sue As I Say,” but not “Sue As I Sue.” Holding to a Biblical position in theory only, their practice is completely opposite from what their “position” paper states[ii] as well as the Word of God.

Jesus reserved His harshest castigation for those who oppressed the people of God with their double standards and duplicity with regard to their authority over the people of God. This includes their insincere and deceitful treatment of Scripture. The Bible records in Matthew 23:1- 3 Then spake Jesus to the multitude, and to his disciples, Saying, “The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat: All therefore whatsoever they bid you observe, that observe and do; but do not ye after their works: for they say, and do not.” In this chapter, our Lord Jesus directed unabated anger that exploded from His Holy lips, against the arrant hypocrisy of the leaders of Israel.

How is it, the AOG leaders believe they can violate the Word of God, their own “position paper,” and the trust of their ministers and Churches, and stand before God- blameless?[iii] One day, God will judge. For now, you can judge for yourself.

Click “Download” below to read here the NYS Supreme Court Decision against Plaintiffs George Wood and Duane Durst


[i] (1Co 6:5 – 8 KJV) I speak to your shame. Is it so, that there is not a wise man among you? no, not one that shall be able to judge between his brethren? But brother goeth to law with brother, and that before the unbelievers. Now therefore there is utterly a fault among you, because ye go to law one with another. Why do ye not rather take wrong? why do ye not rather suffer yourselves to be defrauded? Nay, ye do wrong, and defraud, and that your brethren.

[ii] George Wood Article on Suing

[iii] Rom 2:1- 3 Therefore thou art inexcusable, O man, whosoever thou art that judgest: for wherein thou judgest another, thou condemnest thyself; for thou that judgest doest the same things. But we are sure that the judgment of God is according to truth against them which commit such things. And thinkest thou this, O man, that judgest them which do such things, and doest the same, that thou shalt escape the judgment of God?

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