Fallen Angel or Failed Angle?
Last year we talked about a documentary about Larry Norman that was being made by David Di Sabatino.
“Fallen Angel, The Outlaw Larry Norman” is now being shown at film festivals and being prepped for DVD release.
It was controversial then, it’s more so now.
“Yet Norman, who died in 2008 at age 60, was a polarizing figure even beyond his wedding of angelic aims to demon rock. Business associates say they found him ruthless and vindictive; former collaborators accuse him of everything from sabotaging their releases to poaching their wives and fathering an unacknowledged child. How then to reconcile music that meant so much spiritually to so many with the flawed, sometimes exasperating man who made it?”
A war of words and reputations has been ongoing online since news of the film was released.
The focal point of most of the furor has been around a young man in Australia who claims to be Normans child and his efforts to be recognized as such by the Norman family and estate.
That has been combined with the feelings of Norman fans who viewed the project as negatively skewed against Norman.
The latest and most bizarre accusation was that Charles Norman was not Larry Normans brother…but his son.
Now, another biographer of Norman has stepped out and put up a website to refute some of the accusations against Norman.
“Failed Angle” is Allen Flemming’s attempt to set the record straight as he sees it.
“David Di Sabatinos film, “Fallen Angel makes many untruthful, misleading and deceitful statements about Larry Norman. This website exists to dispel these deceptive accusations and give a more accurate picture of Larry Norman and his detractors”.
Flemming evidently has been given access to Normans personal records, correspondence and even taped phone calls.
He has posted Charles Normans birth certificate to prove that Charles was indeed Larry’s brother…not his son.
The evidence he has presented so far is compelling, especially as regards some of the accusations made or implied online by Randy Stonehill.
From a recent review of the film by the Nashville Scene;
“Among the panelists expected at the screening’s post-film discussion is Randy Stonehill, once the singer’s close friend and collaborator, who testifies on camera to Norman’s many indiscretions (including some with Stonehill’s former wife). There’s more, and worse. “
Flemming’s documents seem to refute that claim and leaves one wondering what else he’s going to refute and what response will be forthcoming from Stonehill and Di Sabatino.
Where does the truth really reside?
I’m just grateful that nobody will bother to make a film of my past or my worst moments in the present.
I’m more grateful that Jesus has cast my sins in the sea called forget and put up a “No Fishing” sign.
My guess is that when the accusers on both sides have exhausted their accusations toward each other all that will be left is a recognition that we are all flawed, broken people with capacity for both great good and great evil…and damage on both sides.
We will also learn again that we have great capacity for self righteousness and self justification in the midst of it all.
Not many of us can stand intense scrutiny by anyone but the One who has already forgiven us for what He knows about us.
Thankfully, he’s not in the film making business…
I watched the trailer and it is disturbing but compelling.
I am wondering what the purpose of the film is.
The trailer ends calling it a “Bible Story.” (that gives me hope)
So I am hoping this film is going to be a story of God’s grace in a scoundrels life.
A story of justification by faith alone in Christ alone….a son of the Father singing His praises at times and living in the mire of the pig pen at other times, hurting himself and others; but nevertheless, a son. A man crying out “Lord have mercy on me, a sinner.”
Or is the film an attempt to just discredit a man and his music and mock Christianity?
Or is it something else?
I am hoping it is the first.
Michael, is it possible I was saved at age 10, when I was Baptized and sincerely professed Jesus as Lord and aknowledged and repented of my sins…but then later in life turned away from the Lord in serious sin…but then was crushed in repentance and turned back to the Lord…in my darkest hour?
You’ve clarified that you believe in Perseverance of the Saints.
Is that supported by 1 Cor 5?
The man committed incest…a seriously heinous sin societally…and Paul says turn him over to satan…and appears to say that the man is still “saved”…I have been told by others that the man was now “unsaved” and would go to hell if he didn’t repent before dying…however, when I read the verse…it doesn’t appear to say that (to me).
I read your other verses you posted the other day on this topic of Perseverance of the Saints…and they are compelling evidence that God is Faithful to complete the good work He began in us…and that nothing can separate us from the Love of God…no one can pluck out those who the Father has given the Son…once we are His.
But then when I discuss these issues with others, they point to the “blotting out of the names” in the Book of Life in Revelation…and that Backsliding is referenced in Scripture… Jeremiah 2:19 (and many other verses)…and not only referenced…that the Principle in many verses suggests we can turn away and lose our Justification.
These perspectives, which I am articulating in a very brief and imperfect communication…are a consolidation of information from Theologians…with even more Theological Pedigree than you or Rolph. (Which is more evidence, IMO, of why there is so little Theological agreement).
The context and perspective they come from is that we can “lose” our Salvation…and to be on guard…continually…lest we fall away (fall away meaning, lose our Justification).
Yours are good questions. I want to say “yes” he will be in heaven because we can “know we have eternal life” but know too, that a simple declaration of Jesus with out transformation is no salvation. So I am troubled. I want to say ” Only God knows” but that would deny the 1 John passage but if I say no how can I judge”
Very disturbing to me
Just an aside:
1 Cor 6 seems to be support for the rationale to set up Christian Binding Arbitration for disputes within the Church.
Scriptural support, IMO, for CC to set up a structure to better deal with abuses within the Movement…”Judges” from within the Movement to make just binding decisions regarding issues that arise and can’t be resolved at the local level.
Look at the very difficult time Chuck Smith had over the CSN lawsuit in Civil Court.
Had a written agreement been in place to commit to Christian Binding Arbitration as part of the original deal…Chuck may have had a more just outcome in that situation.
Great stuff and the emphasis isn’t on judging whether or not another is saved , but on thy self.
Steve’s comment tends to point out how most of us see these things, and ask the question, “was Larry Norman really saved? My answer is always, “I don’t know, but where do I stand before God?”
Spending voyeuristic time examining Larry Norman’s past can only do one thing, bring shame to one’s self. I think Michael has the correct heart here, who am I before a mighty powerful creator God?
Maybe my name doesn’t even have a blank spot in the big book?
Steve H…yes, it is disturbing to me as well.
I (at my much much lower Theological level) have wrestled with these things since being introduced to these issues at Master’s College some 15 years ago.
I let clear passages inform my standing on specific doctrines.
Jesus stated unequivocally that He loses none that the Father gives Him.
That’s good enough for me.
Bob, that’s the “realism” for me, now…in terms of…I read Norman’s example and it makes me look inward and affirms my anger at my own sin. I don’t want to lose my assurance…like I have in the past. It’s a terrible thing to believe you are dying…and that you are going to hell.
In the past, however, I’d read an example like Normans and look at examples of other spiritual leaders in my life…and then intellectually acknowledge the Perseverance of the Saints argument…or the Eternal Security argument…and think…what’s the use? I can sin all I want and I’m still saved. Then, add many years and a lot of sin…and pretty soon I wondered if God even existed.
However, I was then absolutely crushed by God after a long time in sin…it was overwhelming…”irresistible”…it was either “give in” or game-over.
I don’t know with certainty how my experiences resolve Theologically…but, I do know that God is. That Jesus Christ is who He says He is. That Jesus lived on this earth as God and Man…that He died…that He rose again. That everyone who Believes and repents and is baptized for the remission of sins will be saved.
After that, I have a basic understanding of many of the doctrines and Theologies…but I wouldn’t bet the farm for certain on any of them (though I lean toward Lordship Salvation…and a Calminian position of balance in Scripture…and that we can’t resolve certain Theological issues…similar to Chuck Smith’s position).
I do find myself seeing gaping holes in Jacobus Arminius’s position regarding Free Will and Depravity. But, that’s today from recent reading.
Thanks for the post.
Is there anything new vis-a-vis the Australian son and their trying to get justice from this situation?
Michael, yes you did. And they are crystal clear to me as well.
Others have explanations for them that fit within their Theological Box.
This is one place I do fault the Normans…do the DNA test and get it over with.
I went to Fleming’s site that seems to debunk the film quite well. There is documentation for everything I read and so it would seem there will be an ongoing “I’m right and he’s wrong” argument into the foreseeable future.
It would appear Randy Stonehill has some explaining to do……
I’m off to listen to some bubblegum music. No dirty laundry there! 🙂
“and all who dwell on earth will worship it, everyone whose name has not been written before the foundation of the world in the book of life of the Lamb who was slain.”
(Revelation 13:8 ESV)
“The beast that you saw was, and is not, and is about to rise from the bottomless pit and go to destruction. And the dwellers on earth whose names have not been written in the book of life from the foundation of the world will marvel to see the beast, because it was and is not and is to come.”
(Revelation 17:8 ESV)
“And if anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.”
(Revelation 20:15 ESV)
Note when the names were put in the book…the same time you were chosen.
“¶ Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places,
even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world,”
(Ephesians 1:3–4 ESV)
Don’t forget E-Fest!! 🙂 This will probably be the best place to advertise.
From the video:
“You’re the guy that led me to the Lord….how could you do this?”
I’m in tears. That hits way too close to home for me.
…more evidence for Moving Forward and not Moving On…Moving On is impossible. The pain and heartbreak will never go away.
I think that the new Kitty Kelley book coming out on Oprah, will keep this Larry Norman stuff in the background.
You’re right. Totally moving on is not possible.
But it’s not healthy to look at it as “all or nothing.”
The fact is, as time goes on, you’ll find there can be a distance between you and what occurred in the past. It doesn’t have to dictate your current actions and moving forward.
At some point at some level you have to make peace with what happened. That doesn’t mean ignoring it or not having feelings about it.
It’s making space for it and still moving forward.
Hope that makes sense…
Michael, please give me a Theological explanation for these verses:
oops, in my now emotional state I posted verses you’ve addressed. Need to regroup and discuss later.
It does Lute, thank you.
I don’t think this one is particularly difficult.
The elect are chosen before the foundation of the world and their names are not blotted out of the book.
Here’s one for you to research…how would an OT Jew have understood those passages in Exodus and the Psalms?
Thanks, Michael…I’ll check out the Exodus and Psalms reference…in the context of OT Jewish tradition.
Again, I learn what I wish I didn’t know from PP. A.W. Tozer wasn’t much of a husband; Ray Boltz, Jennifer Knapp, Larry & Lonnie. So Stonehill too seems to lack marital faithfulness. I feel so good about not having bought a Christian album /cd/download in 4 years. Think I’ll just keep listening to the local talent at our church. At least I’m familiar with their walks and struggles. Is Don Francisco still walking with the Lord and being faithful to his family? Anybody know?
Our student minister wears a shirt that says,”I love my wife.” She and he sang yesterday in the service and their chemistry is beautiful.
Stonehill just announced he’s divorcing his current wife…
Bishopdave, hate to say this, but you’re in for some bigger and bigger let-downs.
Not to be cynical or callous, but your student minister has a good chance of falling in his life also.
The movie is definitely intriguing, and having had limited dealings with Norman in the mid-1990’s, I can attest he was one weird cat. Still, something is very mean about the tone of this film. Seems to be digging for dirt rather than truth. I’m sure some of the claims are true, but some have already been easily refuted. With so little attention to accuracy, it puts the whole thing in question.
“Our student minister wears a shirt that says,’I love my wife.’ She and he sang yesterday in the service and their chemistry is beautiful.”
Seen that act before…
I give ’em three more years. Sorry.
My, we seem to have some cynics on here today.
I usually am, too…
Maybe it’s like Ray Romano says — if you don’t expect much from people, when something bad happens, you’re not destroyed…
And above all things have fervent love for one another, for “love will cover a multitude of sins.” Be hospitable to one another without grumbling. As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. If anyone speaks, let him speak as the oracles of God. If anyone ministers, let him do it as with the ability which God supplies, that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom belong the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen. 1 Ptr 4:8-11
A friendly reminder in light of a couple recent ‘prophecies’ above.
Sorry Lute…had another experience recently that reminded me not to let my guard down.
“Is Don Francisco still walking with the Lord and being faithful to his family? Anybody know?”
Do you mean his first wife? Or the wife he stole from Terry Talbot, some fifteen years ago? (Now there’s a CCM scandal that hasn’t hit the blogosphere yet…)
Well you won’t find any scallywags at E-Fest!! 🙂
AV…I must have a gift…like a magnet.
I’m not going to go on a rant and get “bitter” though…learning that lesson.
Let me just say that by God’s grace, we have the capacity for good…however, we are attached to the flesh and have a great capacity for evil…as pastors and as lay-people.
If it weren’t for grace, heaven would be empty…a great man who appears to have a pretty good take on things told me that recently. 🙂
E…you’ll find one…one repentant and forgiven Believing one… 🙂
Erunner, just because I am not attending the Efest, you didn’t have to mention that no scallywags were attending. Now you’ve hurt my feelings. 🙂
So I can mark Believe as attending if we go with the 5th!
Sorry about your feelings Nonnie but there will be no marshwiggles either!
As you can see I have no pride when it comes to cheaply advertising for E-Fest. Once David Di Sabatino posts I’m sure all of those who signed up will be passing through here.
Hey David!! I say you’re a fraud! Give me a free copy of the DVD and I may change my mind!! What do you have to say about THAT!!
I certainly don’t mind tough questions, and appreciate seeking after truth.
But I watched my film last night and very few of the “criticisms” brought by this fellow are actually raised in the film. Nowhere do I claim that Larry’s actions broke up Randy’s marriage…and yet, they go on at length.
All of us are indeed broken, but one of the necessary realities of faith is admitting the brokenness. And both Larry during his life…and this website that is put up to defame…seem to deflect any responsibility from Larry. (I say defame not so much for myself…I am not crazy about it…but if you are going to dish it out…you know. But for Randy and Pam’s sake…sheesh.)
This is a tough and difficult story, and unless you have seen the movie, you should really suspend your judgment.
Here is the FAQ site explaining what the reasoning was behind the movie…
Too…some of you made comments that the site seems to “debunk” the movie. Larry Norman was a guy that would do just about anything than admit fault. And that would include doctoring documents, many of which you are seeing on this site. I will leave it at that.
And if you do not believe me…ask Dave or Oden what they think about that comment.
Erunner: Who said anything about marshwiggles?
I was referring to Scallywags! 😉
Please see my comment number 1.
Could you tell me what your purpose was for making this film?
I am looking for the best in your motives.
David, Based on what was on the other site it does appear Flemming has done his homework and documents it quite well. If Larry was doctoring documents then we are left with two camps with very different views. That makes it quite difficult to try and figure out the truth for the typical lay person. You and Flemming pretty much accuse each other of the same thing… defamation. Give yourself a break and use Evie as your next project!
I sure hope no one here had problems with marshwiggles because Puddleglum is my favorite character because he reminds me of myself.
I love Puddleglum!
So much for my sneaking a puddleglum reference by these folks!! 🙂
Nonnie, Things get tough and I just change the subject! Are you aware of any scallywags who intend on attending?? 🙂 Hope things with your mother went well today.
Documentary filmmakers do true stories because they are compelling. If you watch any documentary, there is usually someone showing something controversial or interesting or whatever.
Unfortunately, in the church, people think this is “gossip” no matter what you do.
So, how does one tell the truth about something or someone without being labeled a “gossipmonger.” That is the trick.
If you look at my work…I have done a previous film to this one called Frisbee…I am modelling my work on the biblical writers, some of whom took their lives in their hands when they told their stories. I can’t imagine the writer who told the story about King David and Bathsheba had to put up with the same sort of thing, and yet, we are thankful to that person for doing what they did.
Because I endeavor to tell meatier stories, there are people who get ticked off. It comes with the territory.
Erunner…unlike this other person…and I have no idea who he is…he seems to have been doing his homework after the fact (emailing some of the people in the film furiously after the fact only last week asking questions that he already had answers for)… I am relying on testimony.
The people who are standing in this film together to document this stuff are all people who are longtime standing workers in the Christian field. Their testimony has always been that not only was Larry doing this stuff, but that he would go to extreme lengths to cover his tracks.
So, yes, I am not quite sure what to make of “secret files”…but one thing is for sure, you should take into account that these other folks have stood and said that there is something terribly wrong here. The people who are mad and behind this website are not those that were even involved in the period that I am speaking about. They weren’t there. None of them were witnesses to this period. For them to say that we got it all wrong…what does that suggest about all the people who were there and say it is true, that they are involved in some sort of conspiracy?
This is a tough story…much more pernicious than you would ever wish to believe. I am saddened by it. I am not sure why they could not simply admit that Larry had faults. But that, as I show int he movie, is exactly the problem.
Hope that helps.
p.s. Michael…there are things about that birth certificate that make it suspect.
” Nowhere do I claim that Larry’s actions broke up Randy’s marriage”
Yet that accusation has raged on the internet boards and every reviewer brings it up.
Was that cut from the film?
dd…got the subject matter for your next film…Shiloh.
Or, CC Pastors Gone Wild (literally in my case) 🙂
…though, any denom or non-denom denom is filled with sinful men…including me.
We’ll all get to watch the “movie” of our lives at Judgment.
dd…I look forward to watching the documentary.
People in ministry can cover their tracks better than politicians…and the “gossip” card is always played out.
Tell the stories as accurately as you can. Let the chips fall where they may.
“I am not sure why they could not simply admit that Larry had faults.”
Because we make men “idols” in the church…and it shakes our Faith when we discover that men are depraved…even the biggest of the big…even those out front leading the charge.
We can’t admit they have such propensity for evil…because it screws up our formula / our ideal.
I was reminded recently that anyone is capable of grotesque sin…doesn’t matter who they are.
The other issue right now is that after reviewing the other site and seeing his personal choices of late, Stonehill has zero credibility in my eyes.
How will that affect the film, if at all?
As best as I can tell…they are reacting to a note that the OC Weekly made that stated something to the effect that Larry derailed the marriage.
That simply wasn’t the case…and neither was it part of my movie. Not ever.
They are complaining about something that simply isn’t my fault. Too, neither is the movie misleading. Randy Stonehill is IN THE MOVIE saying that his marriage came apart of its own accord. It has always said that.
That is part of the problem here. They are complaining about stuff that never was in the movie. That is why I am really not bothered by this page. It makes no sense to me at all. Too…if you do any due diligence on this Michael…you are going to hear stuff that will tip you to what is going on here. But I’ll leave that up to you.
I watched it last night after a long time of just leaving it…and I thought that what they were saying was simply intended to mislead and slur.
Again… I stand behind the fact that all of these people are testifying out loud and on film. And what you are reading is snippets of secret files that nobody in the film has had time (or the stomach) to digest.
Like I said, I don’t mind getting hacked. But Randy and even Pam doesn’t deserve this. i wish they had simply turned their guns on me. I don’t care for myself.
Shiloh? Interesting story…lots of interesting stories in the Jesus movement.
I still don’t like Calvinism…just thought I’d make that clear…LOL.
When do the DVD’s ship?
I am listening to you and sincerely looking for the best. You said “If you look at my work…I have done a previous film to this one called Frisbee…I am modelling my work on the biblical writers, some of whom took their lives in their hands when they told their stories. I can’t imagine the writer who told the story about King David and Bathsheba had to put up with the same sort of thing, and yet, we are thankful to that person for doing what they did”
When I read about David and his sin, I also read about a man after God’s heart, a man who saw how he had fallen short and fell upon the grace of God’s mercy and forgiveness. The writer, inspired by God, had a reason for placing this in the Scriptures. What was the purpose of YOUR film?
Please believe me that I don’t ask with a “snarky” attitude, but sincerely wanting to know why you would tell this story that (by what you have written above) seems so un-redemptive. (is that even a word?)
I really appreciate your coming here and having this dialogue with us. Thank you!
Please Not Shiloh – The house ministries — they all had an entrance but no exit. They believed that leaving Shiloh was the same thing as leaving the Lord — They had a plan for getting you off the streets and into a commune, but they had no exit plan to help you back into society. People learned how to be good Commune Christians. Just as long as they stayed in a commune they walked with God, but as soon as they left they would backslide, and the stories were told over and over again about the horrible things that happed to people who left,. It was like the Hotel California in Oregon. I remember that I really didn’t believe half the stories, but the first time I moved out of the communes I was actually scared that I would backslide and get killed in some horrible way — strange days indeed – but please don’t make a move about the house ministries.. Oh the stories that were told – the great deeds of the mighty men of Shiloh. Those Filbert picking and pumpkin kicking flesh denying heroes of the faith, and those poor souls who left who the earth opened and the were swallowed up — Just kidding — Kind of kidding . well I’m not kidding at all.
Good for you, Nonnie…don’t let me off easy.
I appreciate your candor and honesty.
Larry was an influence to me. Huge. Along with a lot of other people he really shaped my thinking in a critical juncture when I was very young, about 14 to my early 20s.
But he also was a wonky guy…and I could see that. And I am of the opinion that somewhere along the line we have forgotten that peering in to the lives of people is one of the ways that God teaches us. We pore over the lives of saints of old, both in the Bible and outside…but we also take from historical figures. Take any figure from the past and you are going to find stuff in their lives that is weirdified or way out of line. How they respond to those actions, that is the point of the whole endeavor. And the biblical writers use those stories to tell us something about the ongoing dialogue between God and man.
For me, Frisbee was a guy after God’s own heart because, despite his sins, he repented and was deeply shamed and grieved by his sin. If you watch the film, you will see this because I think it is true.
Larry is an entirely different story. He was used of God as well, … but somewhere along the line he got caught up in a snare of pride and stubborn unrepentance. His story is a caution to anyone going down that road. I think there was someone on here who suggested that. One of the best compliments I get about the Larry story is that people see themselves in it.
There are those that slur…say that I am simply out to make a buck or get fame or to hurt people…but that isn’t my heart. I put too much care into the storytelling…and you can see the redemption in action. Larry was forgiven by those he hurt most. The sad part is that he simply couldn’t accept the grace he was being offered…and continually maintained that he did nothing wrong. That site that Michael is referring to says the same thing…that Larry did nothing wrong…that there are secret files proving it….Here, look…
It is ridiculous. Why not just admit it? Therein the lesson lies…pride is a dangerous thing, and here is a story telling that.
So, like the biblical writers, I reveal the heart of God within a story that nobody else would ever venture to tell. And like Larry, I am willing to suffer the slings and arrows of people’s misunderstanding because I think God has put this on my heart. UNlike Larry, I will admit when I make mistakes. And I am sure that my big mouth has caused some of this backlash. Ah well, live and learn.
Hope that helps.
Oh I forgot to mention the Sisters of Shiloh who all had the right to remain silent..
DD, Thank you very much for taking the time to respond to my question.
I really appreciate what you have written. Like you, I too was greatly affected by Larry’s music and it grieves me to see and hear some of these things about his life. However, if you made a movie of my life, I guess, if I am honest, there would be details that would “grieve’ others. How thankful I am that we can fall upon the grace of Christ and not on our works of righteousness.
Again, thank you for replying to my question in such a forthright and gracious manner.
Then there was Ed Joys orchards. Old Ed took about 20 of us on a long flat trailer behind his tractor way out to the middle of his orchards, and of course we were witnessing to Ed about how he needed to get save and all, well when he dropped us off, he pointed out all the different apple trees, and told us we could eat all we wanted of any of the apple in his orchard, except, then he pointed to one tree that was kind of off by itself and said Except for that one tree, please don’t touch that one, it is an experimental tree that we just grafted last year so leave that one tree alone, then he got on his tractor and left 20 Christians staring at the One Tree. There was no discussion or debate, we just asked how many do you think we can pick without him noticing. So we decided on two, and cut them in really thin slices. That was the best fruit I ever had in my life.. and I have a feeling that Old Ed was off in the distance laughing his head off watching us.
In 1975 a good friend of mine showed up at my apartment. He was like all of us and into the usual stuff of that era. I hadn’t seen him for some time and when I went out to greet him I exclaimed JC! It’s _____.
He responded by saying, “that’s right Allan, that’s why I’m here, Jesus Christ. He came in and went on and on about how he had been in Oregon working the land and serving the Lord. It was a very awkward time as this was a huge change in him.
I heard from him again the night after I received Christ and he was looking to go partying. I explained what had happened and that was that. I think I saw him once more when I gave him a ride somewhere.
From what I gather he was at a place similar to Shiloh?? Looking back it seemed once he was back “in the world” he lacked the tools/wisdom to not become a part of it once more.
Thought of this afterward…
There was a child in Australia that came to me when he knew that I was doing this story.
Nobody had ever stuck up for him or his mom. In fact, because he would tell people that he was the son of this famous Christian, he was ostracized and told to just be quiet.
He asked me to include him and his story, and I did so because to me it is the essence of Jesus leaving behind the 99 to take care of the one.
That kid deserved better than he got from the Christian community where he was from and he deserves better from Larry’s family and friends, whom are behind that scurrilous website that denies, denies, denies.
So…there were definitely moments that I thought…why bother? But after I met that kid, this was a no-brainer. You stick up for the powerless, the downtrodden….those that have no voice.
“So…there were definitely moments that I thought…why bother? But after I met that kid, this was a no-brainer. You stick up for the powerless, the downtrodden….those that have no voice.”
dd…good for you. Praying God uses your films for His glory.
That’s what I like about the PP also…the “least of these” need an advocate and a voice.
You think it’s such a sad thing, when you see a fallen king,
Then you find out they’re only princes to begin with,
And everybody has to choose, whether they’ll win or lose,
Follow God or sing the blues, who they’re going to sin with,
What a mess this world is in, I wonder who began it,
Don’t ask me, I’m only visiting this planet.
I discovered Larry early on in my Christian walk along with Keith Green. Their music impacted me differently. Keith’s music challenged me to walk closely with God and I reflected on it often. I found myself reading the lyrics to his songs over and over. To this day his music moves me deeply.
Larry let me know I could be human while still loving the Lord. He was the long haired “hippie” type that sang about Jesus and that spoke to me as a young man coming out of that world. People that liked Larry really LIKED Larry. He represented my generation and his talent was unmistakable. I was one of those who didn’t care for “funeral marches” and Larry’s music was what I gravitated towards.
Being a part of this blog for four plus years has allowed me to not be so stunned whenever people stumble in their walks to varying degrees. I along with many here have been hurt by other believers to varying degrees. I think we have learned to forgive and to not be rocked when one of our “heroes” is shown to be human.
It seems a bit ironic that the above lyrics proved to be prophetic. I’ll still listen to his music and hope to learn a few lessons about how vulnerable all of us are.
David, a little of my background so that you know I’m not a crazed Larry fan – I had never heard of Larry Norman until my brief dealings with him in the mid-90’s. I listened to some of his music during this time, and didn’t particularly enjoy it. For whatever he meant in California in the 1960’s, in North Carolina in 1996, he was basically irrelevant. My honest opinion of the man himself was that he was completely delusional, yet we tried our best to honor his wishes, finished our dealings with him, and knew we’d never do it again.
Now, I haven’t seen this movie, so i can only go off what I’ve read on the web, alot of which comes personally from you. It is clear that you have a bias in your presentation of this story. As a documentary nut, I realize that everyone is biased in some way or the other, but the most powerful docs I have seen do more to hide the filmmaker’s agenda, and allow the audience to discover the truth for themselves. When I see such a heavy hand pushing me towards a particular conclusion, I become suspicious. I also know that you had extended conflicts with Larry, and I wonder why you are so vengeful towards him.
In conclusion, I will watch the film, probably will enjoy it, but doubt I’ll believe much of it.
DD, Something I am curious about is the use of Larry’s music on the Frisbee DVD. If I recall you were going to use his music but then Larry was able to prevent that.
I watched the video and thought it was excellent. I didn’t realize it was really a story of both Larry and Randy but for me it was. I’m not sure how this movie could have been slanted unless you got everyone who disliked Larry to come on and just let them say whatever came to mind.
Instead those who appeared seemed very genuine in their recollections and for the most part were able to show the forgiveness they extended to Larry. Randy seemed as genuine as a person could be and I’m sorry I commented about him before seeing this.
What happened with the Horrendous Disc project makes no sense to me and I don’t follow Larry’s thinking at all in keeping it off the market for three years.
Somebody at the end said that Larry’s music was and still is excellent and manages to speak to people to this day. Evidently his life didn’t match the message. Randy went out of his way to state that we could all learn from Larry’s life in that God can use any of us in a way that didn’t slam Larry. It seemed clear from the testimony of so many that Larry had a troubled life
One of the highlights of the Frisbee DVD was the extras. Shame on you for not having any for this DVD!
I saw the movie just this past week. I gotta say the film brought back my memories of my first experience of listening to Larry Norman, and Stonehill, and DA, and Mark Heard. These are all great musicians.
But then I discovered the “Failed Angle” page, and, well, I think it made your very good documentary into a documentary that is exposed to being as one-sided as it is. Sorry.
I’m not writing as somebody who thinks Larry Norman is perfect. I _get_ that our musician idols of our youth are not perfect, and sometimes royally screwed up. I’ve been long past that since I read Cornerstone magazine’s expose on Mike Warnke some 17 years ago. I have no dog in this fight.
But it must be stated, even before I discovered the “Failed Angle” site, I fretted that if I were to watch a documentary to get to the bottom of a lightning rod figure, only to conclude from the doc that the person was an enigma, then the documentary is a failure. Not only does your doc fail in this regard, but there were moments that I _knew_, deep down, that there _must_ be another side to the story, and you either were unable to get access to it, or deliberately chose to obfuscate all the facts, so as to paint a portrait of Larry Norman that did not fit your narrative.
Even reading your comments on this board–you are absolutely correct in saying that there is no contradiction between what is revealed in the doc, and what is revealed on the “Failed Angle” site. Which goes to show that Randy Stonehill is probably the worst manipulator of all the artists spoken… and I *like* Uncle Rand!! If the site’s claims about Stonehill are accurate, and they seem to have the hand-written correspondance to back these assertions up, then Stonehill’s outed as a huge hypocrite, all while promoting a film that points to Norman as the hypocrite, and Stonehill the victim. (No wonder he expressed far greater sorrow and disdain over his music royalties being owned by Norman–which is still a standard in this business–and not as much for the loss of his first marriage! Were those crocodile tears?)
It utterly breaks me to have written what I have just done. But if that site has credible documents to back up its claims (which are easily viewed thru PDF and JPG files), then it not only paints your entire Larry Norman documentary as suspect to unfair bias, but also your Lonnie Frisbee doc as well. It would have been far, far, better to abandon your “narrative”, and try to show both sides of the issues raised by Norman’s past actions. If you are against the normal practices of music ownership rights that Solid Rock records held over Randy Stonehill’s then-catalog, how much more should you be against the normal practices of slanted documentary-filmmaking, E!-True Hollywood Story style.
What you are seeing ladies and gentlemen, is classic Di Sabatino-speak:
“I certainly don’t mind tough questions, and appreciate seeking after truth.”
Why then, David, are you censoring your Fallen Angel Facebook site and immediately deleting any tough questions or comments that raise serious questions about you and your film? Obscuring the truth is not the same as “seeking after it.” There are many people giving testimony about the way you are censoring them. Everyone can see it at:
David Di Sabatino also said this here at Phoenix Preacher:
“…some of you made comments that the site seems to “debunk” the movie. Larry Norman was a guy that would do just about anything than admit fault. And that would include doctoring documents, many of which you are seeing on this site. I will leave it at that.”
The documents are all 100% real, mister. Which ones are you claiming are doctored, David? The ones that don’t support your ridiculous theories? Tell us which document you think is doctored. NOW! You’ve made the accusation, now fill us in.
For everyone else here, David Di Sabatino comes across as a soft spoken, honest man when in forums such as this. But check out the way he behaves when someone disagrees with him. His page at the Failed Angle website speaks volumes about the true David Di Sabatino. Check out his “Wahhhhh….get lost” conversation in particular:
Looking forward to hearing your reply David 😉
I’ve got no comment on the movie (which I haven’t seen), nor the website (which I have seen). I do, however, feel compelled to speak up on behalf of Randy Stonehill.
Upon hearing of it on Facebook a few weeks ago, my bride & I were both grieved to learn of Randy’s divorce. I don’t know the details of it, and frankly I don’t think I need to know, as it’s none of my business.
That said, we were blessed to have Randy come out & minister here back in January. I’ve met quite a few Christian “bigwigs” in the past, and I was impressed by Randy’s desire simply to minister to God’s people. Here we were, some little no-name town in East Texas…we didn’t have any budget to offer him & not even the prospects of a huge concert venue. Yet Randy just wanted to be a good steward of his time & minister to the folks who were here. He played his heart out on a Sunday evening for less than 30 people (it was Super Bowl Sunday…it was *bad* timing). Yet at the end of the night, he was still offering to come back out if we ever needed something. That says a lot about his character, in my book.
I’m continuing to pray for him & his family.
Tim…thanks for sharing that.
That example tells me all I need to know about Randy Stonehill.
To Tim and Believe, in regards to “Uncle Rand”…
A very positive, personal experience does not automatically nullify the past actions that have yet been accounted for.
And if you think this is in regards to his *current* divorce, you are mistaken. This is in regards to him (or dd) casually leaving out specific information in his talking head interviews for the doc, which would provide a far more balanced view over their relationship in the 70s.
He may have mellowed, he may have personally repented, he may have matured… but that’s no excuse for deliberate obfusication, while participating in character assasination.
ETA: Just go to the “Failed Angle” site and read the synopsis on Uncle Rand, along with the jpgs/pdfs of the actual correspondance between him and LN. It is devastating.
I found it compelling to say the least…
Reading “Failed Angle”…from the perspective of someone with a front row seat to a real-life “Fallen Angel” and seeing well beneath the surface of “ministry” and “leaders”…I can see why dd is both vehemently challenged and misunderstood.
“Part of Larry’s dysfunction was that in order to hide some of his bad behavior, he would threaten and bully anyone who was threatening or questioning his created reality.”
“He was deathly afraid of the truth coming to the surface. His closest friends say this fear was worse to him than the threat of hell itself.”
“For years I’d watch him throw the first punch then run into the corner, put ashes on his face and claim the other guy started it.”
These guys like Norman are master manipulators. They are failed men attached to the flesh…yet somehow God uses them.
You think Norman’s story is “bad”? There’s much worse…and all in the name of “service to God”…
Is dd perfect? Not a chance. He’s got a message in his documentaries…and a view. That doesn’t discredit his work…it’s what a documentary in our day is…it’s a rhetorical exercise…a social commentary…it has a rhetorical thesis…a body of testimony and examples to support the thesis…and a conclusion.
Don’t strain the gnat and swallow the camel.
A wise man will find the Objective Truth…within the Subjective Interpretation.
Nick said, “A very positive, personal experience does not automatically nullify the past actions that have yet been accounted for.”
I agree with that statement Nick.
It does show me that Randy Stonehill…at the time he served at Tim’s church…had a right heart for ministry and wasn’t in it for the fame or money…which is evidence of a changed heart.
Could Stonehill currently be in sin? You bet. I pray he responds to the conviction of the Holy Spirit if he is in sin…and that he reconsiders his divorce if it is his choosing and his sin and his to do something about.
Has Stonehill sinned a bunch in his life? I’m sure he has.
BUT…there is something REAL in that example Tim shared. Something Eternal.
There are “Wolves in Sheep’s Clothing” and then there are Redeemed Men who choose to sin (like King David).
To be clear…from the info I have…if I were judge…my discernment assuming Tim’s example is true and Stonehill wasn’t faking it…Stonehill is a David.
If the examples of Larry Norman are true…Norman was a Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing.
And here’s the really ironic kicker…God used (and uses) them both…somehow…to spread the Gospel and for His glory.
“A wise man will find the Objective Truth…within the Subjective Interpretation.” Not in this case, and here’s why: the movie hints that there’s another side, but it never shows that hand (whether the filmmaker or interviewee was culpable or not). The movie would actually be _stronger_ if it divulged Stonehill’s trespasses from the 70s, regardless of consequences. It would demonstrate that the lure to temptation can affect both the Larry Normans AND the Randy Stonehills (and whomever else), and that nobody is above sin. And how sin sometimes begets more sin. And how that falling out between the two was not a one-sided thing.
Two comments from your last post, Believe…
“Nick said, “A very positive, personal experience does not automatically nullify the past actions that have yet been accounted for.”
I agree with that statement Nick.”
— and —
“There are “Wolves in Sheep’s Clothing” and then there are Redeemed Men who choose to sin (like King David).
To be clear…from the info I have…if I were judge…my discernment assuming Tim’s example is true and Stonehill wasn’t faking it…Stonehill is a David.”
This is a contradiction.
I’m not saying Stonehill was faking it at Tim’s church. But Stonehill definitely WAS faking it when he left out specific elements of his testimony on the screen, or dd definitely edited out Stonehill’s comments, but Stonehill left out continual elements of this testimony at the public Q&As, next to dd.
All because it didn’t fit dd’s “narrative.” And _that_ is what I find disheartening.
Let’s try and replace Larry Norman’s name with David Di Sabatino’s for a moment:
“Part of David’s dysfunction was that in order to hide some of his bad behavior, he would threaten and bully anyone who was threatening or questioning his created reality.”
Pam Norman says that David left her threatening messages when she questioned his film. David sent Kristin at Solid Rock a threatening email. It sure sounds like this statement by Di Sabatino is a projection of his own behavior.
“He was deathly afraid of the truth coming to the surface. His closest friends say this fear was worse to him than the threat of hell itself.”
This is why Di Sabatino is deleting comments from his Facebook page. Don’t believe me? Try and leave a comment that asks a hard question and then add the URL of the Failed Angle website. David won’t allow it to be posted because he doesn’t want the truth to come to the surface. Please try it. You’ll be surprised at the censorship Di Sabatino practices.
“For years I’d watch him throw the first punch then run into the corner, put ashes on his face and claim the other guy started it.”
Kinda like Di Sabatino making the claim that some of the documentation at the Failed Angle website is fake, and then when he is asked for an example he runs into a corner of silence and then tries to snow everybody by saying that everyone in favor of Larry Norman is a master manipulator.
David projects quite often. Just look at the things he says and then see how they apply to himself as well.
Nick it’s not a contradiction…it’s your misunderstanding of my communication.
dd’s Rhetorical Thesis…if I’m interpreting it correctly…is that Norman is a Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing…yet God used him regardless.
And, that Stonehill is a believer attached to the flesh…a King David type…having sinned mightily in his life…past and probably present.
dd’s is entitled to his “narrative’…it’s a Rhetorical social commentary in a genre called Documentary Film. Its nature is to make a claim, support it and draw a conclusion for the viewer.
dd is the “discerner” if you will…and is passing judgment on the whole Norman/Stonehill situation.
You are misunderstanding, IMO, what a “documentary”…the type that dd does…really is.
If you want a “fair trial”…take it into a court room and cross-examine all of the “witnesses” and draw your conclusions. dd has done this in his own mind…and his expression of what he’s discerned is his documentary (a Subjective Interpretation of “facts”…”events”…and “testimony”…We’ll get to see all of this in its Objective form at true Judgment.
Until then, God allows men to rise and fall…and people to comment on their example…and somehow He uses it all for His glory.
Does dd know for certain that Norman was a Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing and that Stonehill is a King David type believer? No, he has his “belief”…but Knowledge is where “belief” and “truth” intersect. We won’t have that Knowledge for certain until Judgment.
That is my assumption…and that, I believe, is dd’s assumption…and the overall commentary appears to be that God uses fallen men…even those who are Wolves…and those who are sinful believers.
To me, it has the potential to be a Redemptive message…as does Frisbee.
Too much ugliness for me, from both sides. I’ll see the movie then decide.
To paraphrase Josh’s comment, “Too much ugliness for me, from both sides. I’ll see only only one side, then decide. And I’ll be sure to contribute to that one-side’s bank account”
Nick…no such thing as bad Publicity ….eh? 🙂
What the “Failed Angle” site alleges is that dd knows a whole lot more, and is not being fully honest. The “And God still used him” is a cop-out, an insult to all parties involved.
All the while Randy Stonehill can continue performing for church venues, best as he can, so long as the sordid subject matter is never broached. (And why should it? A CCM artist’s private life can contain derivations of all the deadly sins, and we may never know it).
Think about it. If you allow DD’s analysis to take root, that Norman was a wolf in sheep’s clothing, then he very well BETTER have ALL the facts displayed, and not play by the rules of a Michael Moore documentary. We’re talking about a human being–created in the image of God–for crying out loud. Think about that long and hard before passing judgment as to one is a “David” or “Wolf.”
It’s a Rhetorical exercise…take it as such.
And, those challenging it and questioning it can and should…and are entitled to their opinions and conclusions…right or wrong…again, won’t know for sure until Judgment.
dd’s “Frisbee” was Emmy nominated…and “where God guides, He provides…” 🙂
(that was just in fun CC pastors…don’t be angry with me 🙂 )
It’s not a rhetorical exercise. Excluding pertinent information knowingly is bearing false witness. With the goal for the evangelical public to eat this up.
“Excluding pertinent information knowingly is bearing false witness.”
So, Nick, if someone intentionally excludes pertinent information regarding a situation…would you call that lying by omission as well as bearing false witness?
If so, what is your view if a sitting pastor were doing this? A priest? The Pope? Should he be removed from ministry? Should church discipline be exercised if confronted and unrepentant?
One thing that hit me when reading some of the documentation on Allen Flemming’s web site…
Did anyone ever think that when that suitcase struck Larry on the airline flight that subsequently, he may have suffered from some type of cognitive disturbance? It’s quite
common for a blow like that to affect one’s brain functioning and in a major way.
Nick said, ““And God still used him” is a cop-out, an insult to all parties involved.”
Nick, I sure could have used you in previous discussions on the PP regarding other situations.
I’ve heard that rationale so many times regarding another situation (the “And God still used him”…)
Trying hard to “move forward…” baby steps….
Well, the only reason you brought up the Pope is because you’ve visited my website, to which I hope you enjoyed your stay. I’m also very willing to debate the current “rhetorical” situation… provided the charges stick. Would you believe that there are hundreds of Catholics who have analyzed the MSM and found (gasp!) erroneous reporting, in spades? Perhaps that’s why I’m sensitive about making sure there’s a full, balanced portrait in regards to Larry’s life.
As to “And God still used him.”. This is a cop-out when calling a guy a wolf, and the person can’t defend himself.
Does this help?
dd’s documentary is a Rhetorical exercise (and very well might contain half-truths, lies, omissions, you name it)…it is not “Canon” ala the Council of Trent…but even Canon is built on “consensus” and is a Rhetorical exercise based on man’s interpretation and judgment of what was and wasn’t “Inspired” by the Holy Spirit.
dd is a filmmaker. He has a world-view…and on a micro-level…a view of Larry Norman and Randy Stonehill and that whole situation. If he’s “bearing false witness”…then extend him the same grace, forgiveness, mercy and benefit of the doubt you want extended to Larry Norman and the Pope (assuming you’re OK with Catholic Priests sexually abusing kids…and the apparent cover-ups, minimizing and stonewalling).
If you want to get upset about something…you’ve got major problems within the RCC to deal with…rather than worrying about what dd says (or doesn’t say) about Larry Norman and Randy Stonehill. dd is not a pastor or church leader or denomination or non-denomination denomination or the Pope himself. He’s a filmmaker and a sinner and a pew-sitter just like you and me.
The “and God still uses him”…as if that should excuse bad behavior (especially at the Church Leader level)…that sure is a cop-out…isn’t it? I have no defense for that one…and have heard it many times as a defense in my situation…except that somehow God uses even total jerks to spread the Gospel and allows them to seemingly “get away with it” for a long time. I don’t like it, but that appears to be reality.
God never condones the actions of jerks, but in his sovereignty He can use them. Perhaps it’s more accurate, He uses the truth they communicate even as they fail miserably as humans.
Paul was slandered by people who claimed he was no longer any use to God, but Paul rejoiced in the fact that the Gospel, even under false pretenses was being preached.
But, once a person is identified as injuring the sheep in the midst of their ministry, they must be reined in. To knowingly allow someone to hurt people just because they do some good is wrong.
Now _you’re_ the one bearing false witness, Believer.
I do not support pedophilia, and it’s inane and irresponsible to state otherwise. The debate is that the Pope, far from obscuring justice, actually helped accelerate justice for the victims. Because of him, measures were put into place that caused such instances to drop substantially in the lat eight years. It’s the single largest drop of such cases amongst all public and religious groups, save Jewish Rabbis.
In every situation where a charge came across his desk, he pushed for prosecution of the pedophilia priests. Every time. And Pope Benedict is largely responsible for this.
I am grateful for the media in 2002, for highlighting a serious problem that insulted the victims. Actions were taken and priests were laicized. If I am more skeptical about this round of negative stories, it’s because nothing has stuck–the MSM has not been able to refute their corrections, mistranslations, musunderstandings of church doctrine and internal structure, and deliberate obfuscations on their part.
Don’t take my word for it. Read about it on the Catholic blogosphere–look at both sides. You will be committing the same sin as dd if you do not.
Nick…I used the words “assuming” and “apparent” to hedge for exampling purposes. I don’t know you and now that you’ve clearly stated you’re not OK with pedophilia…I take your word for it.
Regarding the RCC and the scandals…I’m sure there are two sides to the stories…probably several sides.
There will be much written, discussed, blogged, printed, litigated and possibly documentaries made on those issues…and we’ll all chime in with our opinions and “beliefs” on the matters….and somewhere will lie the Objective Truth.
I agree in principle that it is best to get all sides…before drawing any conclusions…assuming the other sides are willing to dialogue. I concede that point.
It is also a cop-out to excuse bad behavior in the name of God…just because “God uses them”…I concede that point also.
Still hold that dd is a documentary filmmaker and his movies are Rhetorical exercises…and should be viewed as such.
I accept your concessions, and I trust you are serving God best you can.
But it is dicey to come out w a documentary of this nature, without making every effort to do so by providing as much balance as possible.
And while you may be comfortable with the possibility that such omissions seriously flaw the entirity of the venture (without detracting from the Bible “story”), others will take away that there is no other side to explore. And that is bearing false witness… (after all, the DVD box didn’t say fiction, and real names/testimonies are used).
In watching the documentary I thought a pretty clear story had been presented. There were members of the group “People” who commented on Larry’s antics and his being asked to leave the group. A decision one of the original members seemed to later regret. Evidently Larry told a story that in no way resembled what the band members shared.
A big theme was the relationship between Larry and Randy. Different people shared about Larry’s inappropriate behavior with her when Randy was away. I’m not sure why they would lie about that or what they had to gain by lying.
Many others spoke about Larry in an unflattering way who were a big part of his life along the way. Again, I don’t know what they stood to gain by lying.
Randy was the most believable to me. I have been fooled before but Randy appeared very genuine as he spoke about Larry’s “son” in Australia. At the end he and many others had some nice things to say about Larry.
Since I am no insider and am also a bigger fan of Larry than I was/am of Randy I have nothing at stake in all of this.
I was bugged by the term “A Bible story” at the beginning of the film but as I think about it I’m more inclined to agree with it. Stories in Scripture are God breathed and infallible. This film is certainly not.
I’m sure stuff was left out. David made this film and controlled what did and did not appear. He can address those issues. I thought this was much better done than the film on Lonnie Frisbee. I don’t see the arguments regarding this ending any time soon and I’m open to being wrong. Won’t be the first time!
Nick, I pretty much agree with all your points as in post No.66. The Documentary has a very one sided feel to it, and as such is fundamentally flawed. I posted a few comments on the Facebook pages, recommending that everybody who has an interest in the truth of the matter should read the documents on Failed Angle, especially the 11 page letter from LN to RS. My comments were pretty neutral IMO, concluding that the underlying message here is that man is flawed, and that the heart of man is desperately wicked and deceitful above all things; and that this applies to all. My comments were all deleted within minutes of being posted!
I cannot agree with the arguements above that this is a rhetorical exercise. The condemning of a man as a “wolf” and a charlatan deserves much more than rhetoric. To omit comments and evidence that counters your “agenda” is heinously irresponsible in this context.
I sincerely hope that soon the “full truth” will emerge as these half truths and lies of omission leave an UNHOLY mess.
Fallen Angel makes claims. Failed Angle refutes those claims with documentary evidence. Fallen Angel’s maker says that those documents are doctored. This cracks me up. It’s almost as funny as the claim that Fallen Angel is an impartial record of the truth!
Come on – if the documents are doctored – prove it.
“Larry doctored the documents” – fail. 0/10
I am not convinced that Failed Angle as it stands now actually thoroughly refutes anything. But it shines a bright light on the bias and half truths, and the disingenuous comments of certain participants!
Anyone know when a site update will be done on Failed Angle?
I wish the DNA test for Daniel could be done asap just to bring that episode towards closure.
Could it be as simple as this…
Early on, both Larry and Randy were talented, yet somewhat immature young men who made a lot of relational mistakes
In the course of time, Larry started a record company with good intentions, but wasn’t much of a business man, and as a result left a lot of people hurt and angry with him
Randy, perhaps more than others, couldn’t get over the pain and did and said things that only added fuel to the fire
Larry, in his own way, dealt with all of this by sort of ignoring his injurious actions, choosing rather to love and forgive his brothers…and he expected the same in return.
Bottom line, I’m guessing that Larry really hurt some people. Some haven’t gotten over it.
One thing is for sure: thanks to our sin nature, relationships can be quite complicated! Unraveling a conflict isn’t easy…there are layers of injury, immaturity, passive-aggresive activity, action and reaction. Some people knock down boundaries, others don’t know how to put boundaries in place.
We can think that we are innocent of creating a mess, but almost always we have a hand in things one way or another.
Sometimes we actually are an innocent party, but we finally get tempted to take the low road. And we feel justified because of the pain incurred at the hand of our enemy.
The Norman camp has RESPONDED for their dead brother, son, father & friend, who is unable to respond for himself, as he is now with Jesus. They have stopped miles short of accusation ( which by the way, they have truckloads of evidence to back up , if they wanted to go down that road) & released only material enough to refute the ACCUSATIONS in the peice named ‘Fallen Angel’. They waited a considerable amount of time to do so , and as it says to do in The Word, prayed for their enemies. But when Larry’s 80 yr old’s mothers personal address ( physical as in where she lives) was released & she & her grandson Michael were receiving hate mail, Allen Flemming ‘s sense of righteous anger & Godly justice & protection for the innocent was kicked into gear. As I read Failed Angle ,I experience many emotions ,and am impressed by the measured , intelligent and compassionate response. But I am really impressed & softened by Allen’s concern for Daniel Robinson. Another innocent in this mix.
Fallen Angel has been panned by professional non-christian gossip folks with ‘we’ve been in this business a long time & we know what we’re looking at …we small a rat’ … Ok so even people who didn’t know Larry, still don’t know Jesus and weren’t blessed by Larry’s music are amazed at this piece of film. Not in a good way , clearly.
So imagine how folks, who did know him, were blessed by his music & do know Jesus feel. Yeah…cranky.
So to me, Failed Angle is much needed light.
I am a servant, and so was he. I serve the Creator, not the accuser.
Larry and Pam and I were good friends. Sarah was my girlfriend before she married Randy. I did art for Larry including the cover art for In Another Land. The documentary was disturbing. I’d like to get the whole story.
There’s 14 people who knew Larry Norman extremely well in the documentary FALLEN ANGEL. What ever happened to “by 2 or 3 witnesses shall a matter be established”?
In remaining loyal to Norman, all of you are spitting in the face of Randy Stonehill and all the other Christians who told the truth.
What’s wrong with you?
It’s 2023 …
Michael, … 🤗
Oh for crying out loud!! I don’t know whether to laugh or spit.
“There ain’t no hate like Christian love”
Sherry, Christian love and hate are antithetical! ! !
The point being made is that this article is 13 years old and so are most of the comments…some of these people are no longer with us…
Has anyone see Robert Duvall’s film, “The Apostle?” If you haven’t seen, you must!
Whenever I see it, I am reminded that God uses broken sinners for His glory. We fall, get up, walk in the glory and grace of God, fall again, get up, and His grace continues to embrace us and the people God blesses us to touch, in His name. So when I think of that, I remember our brother, Larry Norman.
To God be the glory! Amen.
Nonnie: May I use your quote in my book on the Movement? I was close to Larry and know all about the film ‘Fallen’. Your quote is probably the fairest response I’ve seen.
Well said, Nonnie! I’ve been spending time meditating on Peter’s denial of the Lord and his restoration, and seeing my own failures in light of the Lord’s grace. What you’ve said here fits right in. Thank you.
Joe Taylor, of course you may use it. Capt. K, be kind to yourself and let Him embrace you in His love and grace.
He was a con man and a liar. There’s no glory in that.
Larry Norman has been dead for almost 15 years…I don’t see the value in discussing his character or lack of same at this juncture.
Of course, one must take into consideration that I was a huge Jerry Lee Lewis fan, so character and music are not my specialty…
Sherry, may I use your quote, of about April 2010, in a book I am writing on the Jesus Movement? I knew Larry Norman well.
Back in those days, I was more interested in Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young; Pink Floyd and America than I was Larry Norman
You are writing a book using responses to a 13 year old blog post?
I’m using comments on Larry’s controversial life so the reader has an idea of how Larry was perceived, then and now.
There are a number of us who knew Larry well back in the day. A number of us now subscribe to the following conclusion: Take the best thing that you’ve ever heard about Larry, and the worst thing that you’ve ever heard about Larry, and realize that both are probably true.
Much ado about nothing.
If there is anything we’ve documented on this site it’s that Christians don’t care about character, they care about talent and charisma.
Norman appears to have had both, though I’ve heard exactly one of his songs.
His is important because of his place in history and how he affected the genre…that is sufficient for recognition.
What did I say?
I published this piece in 2010…some of those who commented are now deceased.
He’s important in history of yet another example of hypocrisy and using people. Making tons of money off religion. Yet another total con artist for Jesus.
Con artists are in every field…I do wish we’d thin the herd in the church.
Definitely. Some end up in prison… some in mansions.
Good for you. You didn’t help line his pockets.
Thanks but what did I say?
Then quit talking like you did. Lots of so called Christians are like you. Laughing or spitting.
Welcome to my site where for 22 years I’ve said exactly what I want, when I want, how I want.
I’ve also exposed more corruption in evangelicalism than anyone else and paid dearly for doing so.
It’s going to be odd when anyone starts up discussion on an old thread about someone who has been dead longer than the thread.
I get you don’t like Larry Norman…I’m not sure it matters anymore.
Michael, you stay in my prayers AND I suspect I’m bc not the only one! 🙏
1) I don’t remember trying to censor you. Why are you implying anyone is trying to influence you?
2) If it doesn’t matter anymore then
why do you keep this up.
3) It matters to me because people keep insisting on making an icon of him.
He is an icon to that generation and his place in history is secure.
Musicians tend to be immune to moral qualms.
I keep this up as a record of note for people…especially people wondering about the Jesus Movement or Calvary Chapel.
I was playing guitar for Darrell Mansfield in the PNW and Russia. We were doing a gig in Dallas when a pasty white supper blond haired man in a black leather jacket shuffled down the aisle toward the stage. It was Larry. Darrell stopped, invited him on the stage and we did People Get Ready. I thought it was cool. He looked pretty sick at the time. Pretty frail.
Mansfield was the first Christian rocker I ever heard, at a concert in Escondido, CA, around 1981. Prior to that, I had no idea there was any such thing as Christian rock.
Sherry: “I don’t remember trying to censor you. Why are you implying anyone is trying to influence you? Especially me?”
Perhaps because you said, “Then quit talking like you did.”
That Larry had faults and that God has used failed men.
A story of justification by faith alone in Christ alone….a son of the Father singing His praises at times and living in the mire of the pig pen at other times, hurting himself and others; but nevertheless, a son. A man crying out “Lord have mercy on me, a sinner.”
I’m really sick of those stories about “Christian” celebrities…they minimize the damage done to others that often lasts long past the death of the abuser.
I could write a similar book about Jerry Lee…but the fact that God saved his miserable soul doesn’t mean he didn’t do things to others that will affect them forever and were shameful beyond belief.
Make much of the grace of God…and little about jerks.
“Make much of the grace of God…and little about jerks.”
I’ll add the AMEN!
It would have been better if he had asked forgiveness from all the people he knew, but that would require admission of guilt.
I seriously doubt I said any such thing. That’s definitely not a quote.
You’re not being honest. So no, you do not have permission to make up fiction and say I said it.
Sherry, you don’t make sense to this old lady … Sorry! ! ! 🤔
You said it at 1:49 PM on Jan 27…you’re not being honest.
I’m sorry that Norman hurt you…but he’s…dead.
Some one mentioned that Larry was a con man. Was that his motivation or was he just a very flawed individual accountable to no one? I dunno.
I never really liked his music so I think my comment is objective
I mean who else canGod use but flawed individuals.?
That’s not to imply that a Christian leader whether a musician or a pastor can run Willy Nilly with no accountability..
I am reading a book but Rabbi Jonathon Sacks. It’s giving me some insight into Jewish culture, especially around the time of Christ and before.He said that the book of Devarim (Deuteronomy) Moses’ career as a leader was ending.
He talks about Moses at the end of his live and has some interesting thoughts on leadership. I’m paraphrasing here:
Moseshad appointed his successor, Joshua, and it would be Joshua, not Moses, who would lead the people across the Jordan into the Promised Land. Moses had achieved everything he was destined to achieve. For him there would be no more battles to fight, no more miracles to perform, no more prayers to make on behalf of the people.
For the final month of his life he stood before the assembled people, and delivered the series of addresses we know as the book of Deuteronomy.
In these addresses, he reviewed the people’s past and foresaw their future. He gave them laws. Some he had given them before but in a different form. Others were new; he had delayed announcing them until the people were about to enter the land.
He taught the people to see themselves as an am kadosh, a holy people, the only people whose sovereign and lawgiver was God Himself.
So, he concludes, if a leader seeks to make lasting change, they must follow in the footsteps of Moses and become an educator. The leader as teacher, is one who uses influence not power, spiritual and intellectual authority rather coercive force, .It’s one of the greatest contributions Jews have made as the book of Devarim shows us, when Moses for the last month of his life summoned the next generation and taught them laws and lessons that would survive, and inspire, as long as there are human beings on earth.
Very well. My mistake. The reason I asked was to be sure it was from you. But never mind. I’m sorry to have invaded your space. I don’t need any of this site’s quotes. Have a good inflated ego day.
After following the link your “museum”, I would rather the site not be noted.
I’m sure the book will be as much a literary masterpiece as your other works are…
Very well. Thanks
That’s an interesting observation.
I was encouraging Tom Stipe to adopt that sort of role before he died…
If “preachers” aren’t teachers, what good are they? Just pondering,again
It seems like one trait would require the other. They’re a set.
It’s just I just got on this thread recently and so I couldn’t have made any statement here in 2010. Very strange you would say so.
Especially some idea I don’t believe and I would never say. Very strange indeed.
Why? Regarding what?
No. I decided not to include any of this blog’s comments. I knew Larry very well. I know his faults.
Good. So you will not be including fictional positive comments attributed to me. Or anyone else. I just got a copy of the dvd Fallen Angel. It might be a place to find quotes that are not fictional.
In my almost 23 years of of owning this site I must say that you have the worst reading comprehension of anyone who ever commented here.
It’s an astounding accomplishment.
Give some kind of example. You have someone on here who made a false accusation… did you scold them?
False? Nope I said what I meant! ! !
You need to start reading where you began commenting…and you’ll find the only one who has made false accusations is you,. You have consistently responded to people who weren’t referencing you and generally botched the whole thread.
Ok. Sorry about that.