On April 25, 2013, The Shepherd Guardian openly engaged in defamation of character of a 93 year old widow of Naval Officer/Chaplain Stanford E. Linzey, Jr., and mother of a retired Army Officer/Chaplain Jim Linzey by calling her a “False Prophet.” Point blank! No questions asked! It’s like walking up and just slugging her. The difference is that libel is worse.
The Shepherd Guardian never spoke to her in his life, never met her, never inquired regarding her beliefs or personal theology, never listened to one sermon she preached. Yet, somehow, The Shepherd Guardian feels qualified to start calling her names. What I would like to know is how many souls has he won to the Lord? How many mission fields has he been on for the Lord? How many books has he written for the Lord? How many television programs has he filmed for the Lord and at great sacrifice? How many hymns has God given him? How many songs has he recorded for the Lord? How many music videos has he filmed? How much money has he given to reach the lost?
Rev. Linzey happily returned from her first crusade to Haiti where she preached the gospel. That was her crime. For that, she merits the title “False Prophet” from The Shepherd Guardian. She never claimed to be a prophet or a prophetess, probably never even prophesied. She attends a Southern Baptist church. The theology of her sermons reflects that of her ordaining organization, the General Council of the Assemblies of God and she is in good standing with the Assemblies of God. Yet, The Shepherd Guardian calls this complete stranger to him a “False Prophet!” Go figure!
The article The Shepherd Guardian twisted was entitled: “Verna Linzey Crusade — 20,000 Haitians Reached with Baptism in the Spirit Message.” When The Shepherd Guardian re-published this article from ChristianNewsWire.Com, he changed the title to this: “False Prophet Verna Linzey Crusade — 20,000 Haitians Reached with Baptism in the Spirit Message.”
The only thing the article stated about Rev. Linzey was that she prayed for people and had a message on the Baptism in the Spirit. For this The Shepherd Guardian defamed her reputation by calling her a “False Prophet.” The article did not so much as share her perspective of the baptism in the Spirit, yet all Christians believe in the baptism in the Spirit. I will now post the article in its entirety as republished by www.shepherdguardian.wordpress.com with no added commentary or explanation as to why he called the 93 year old widow a “False Prophet.”
Contact: Rev. David Newberry, Military Bible Association, 817-944-4081
CAP-HATIEN, Haiti, April 24, 2013 /Christian Newswire/ — The Rev. Dr. Verna Linzey preached in the Verna Linzey Crusade in Cap-Hatien, Haiti April 19-21, 2013 to crowds of 20,000, as estimated by Rev. Eric Maksym who coordinated the event. Rev. Maksym is on the staff of Benny Hinn Ministries.
Photo: Verna Linzey Crusade — Haiti
Rev. Linzey was escorted by her son Dr. Jim Linzey, Southern Baptist Convention minister. Numerous demon-possessed were healed and delivered. In the United States one seldom, if ever, sees people writhing on the ground as demons manifest themselves, thrashing people around, as read about in the New Testament. An estimated 25-30 demon possessed were cured as Rev. Linzey’s Hatian ministry team prayed for them and rebuked the demons and cast them out in the name of Jesus. Jim Linzey filmed some of this to show in the states.
On several occasions Rev. Linzey conducted impartation services with the laying on of hands, praying for individual prayer requests and praying blessings over hundreds of Hatians on an individual basis.
Haiti is steeped in voodooism, primarily, and Catholicism, secondarily. The Hatians’ ancestors were brought to Haiti by the French during the slave trade, to breed in Haiti for the purpose of selling their offspring. When the African slaves revolted, they gained their independence and began to govern themselves on the island shared by the Domincan Republic. Most Hatians are destitute since there are no investors providing farm equipment and training for the Haitians to develop agriculture.
The reason why the Hatians are so steeped in voodoo is that during the horrendous slave trade, the Africans in Haiti turned to the only religion they knew — voodoo — for relief and help from the agonizing suffering. They knew not Christ and that there was no other name under heaven whereby they could be saved from their sins and their terrible plight.
The pastor sponsoring the Verna Linzey Crusade is in need of one million US dollars to build a roof over his large church in Cap-Hatien. The impoverished Hatians are exposed to the elements — sun, wind and rain during the services. Donations can be made to Military Bible Association, earmarked for this cause.
Verna Linzey can be followed on Face Book, Twitter and VernaLinzey.com. May our Lord and Savior bless you today.
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Rev. Linzey was very happy with her return to the United States and a successful time of ministry on the mission field, only to be met with words from a stranger named The Shepherd Guardian on the internet at a blog called WordPress calling her, basically, a liar when he called her a “False Prophet.” This is the first time she has been defamed on the internet; yet these hateful and untruthful words came from The Shepherd Guardian–a pastoral title conveying warmth, love and truth–but whose real personality is not that and whose words are hateful.
Jesus said in Matthew 18:15-17, “Now if your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have gained your brother. But if he does not listen, then take with you one or two others, that by the testimony of two or three witnesses every word may be established. If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church. But if he refuses to listen even to the church, let him be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector.”
If Rev. Linzey had offended The Shepherd Guardian in any manner, though she never met him, it would be incumbent upon The Shepherd Guardian to behave as a pastor and obey Jesus by going to her to tell her what she did that offended him. But so often even believers, including some pastors, substitute the Bible with “Terms of Service” on blogs to get away with murder. Yet, in this case, The Shepherd Guardian even disobeyed that!
If “The Shepherd” does not know how to obey Matt Mullenweg’s terms of service, how can he be expected to obey the Bible? The very article quoted by The Shepherd Guardian proves him to be a fraud because nothing in it shows the lovely widow–a darling of a saint who cares for the Hatians–to have done anything warranting the title “False Prophet,” something you hear of in Revelation regarding the Anti-Christ’s side kick.
I love talking Scripture because it really puts things into proper perspective. Paul the Apostle stated, “Now I urge you, brothers, to closely watch those who cause divisions and offences, contrary to the teaching which you have learned, and avoid them. For such people do not serve our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own appetites, and through smooth talk and flattery they deceive the hearts of the unsuspecting” (Rom. 16:17-18).
One more I’ll share with you is the Apostle Paul’s exhortation to excommunicate those who cause division in the Body of Christ: “But I have written to you not to keep company with any man who is called a brother, who is sexually immoral, or covetous, or an idolater, or a reviler, or a drunkard, or an extortioner. Do not even eat with such a person. For what have I to do with judging those also who are outside? Do you not judge those who are inside? But God judges those who are outside. Therefore put away from among yourselves that wicked person” (I Cor. 5:11-13).
That “The Shepherd Guardian” would revile a 93 year old mother of an Army Officer and who is a saintly lady doing God’s will on the mission field is an extremely poor reflection on the testimony of “The Shepherd,” who has actually taken up the title belonging to the Good Shepherd Jesus Christ. We are calling for the removal of the defamatory comment and will gladly remove this article when that happens.
It is also sad that Oxford Bible is a brand new blog on WordPress aiming to share the ministry of Rev. Linzey, only to find another WordPress blog defaming the Assemblies of God minister.
Come, Lord Jesus! Rid Your Church of evil!