Mike Kestler Back On CSN: Updated

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  1. Jim says:

    Not so funny that I assumed the photo was one of the guy with his daughter and granddaughter. I thought, “why would Michael post this pic?”, then read the end of the post.

    Freakin pig….

  2. Em says:

    i was blessed again this morning listening to the late J.Vernon Magee on the radio

  3. Paige says:

    Sickening, though not surprising. HOW does this happen?

    I’ve known & know others with this sort of hutzpah and shamelessness…. It’s just shocking that someone who supposedly reads the Bible, yet just keeps on and on like this, instead of hiding in a corner somewhere, pouring out tears of regret and remorse and apologizing to everyone they ever encounter.

  4. Michael says:


    It happens because people continue to support these guys.
    I promise you that in most places I’ll be the bad guy for bringing this up.

  5. Em says:

    my children would groan, but can’t resist…
    KJV = “For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts,” 2Tim 3:6

  6. Babylon's Dread says:

    38 years? Well time will not be denied.

    For me that would be a 22 year old. I have an 18 year old granddaughter.

    Wonder how long she worked for him before…

    Time will sort him out.

  7. Paige says:

    Michael, what mystifies me is how a ‘pastor’ or ‘preacher’ can be so deaf to the Holy Spirit, so defiant in the face of Scripture and so arrogant to resist common sense and rebuke…. and keep going ‘in the Name of the Lord’…. You know what I mean, and to whom I am referring… It’s absolutely baffling to me…..

  8. Nonnie says:

    What is disgusting is the Christians who will support him and others who have left their wives and taken on trophy wives. It is really disgusting and shameful.

  9. Michael says:


    I have a theory…
    That theory is that God disciplines His kids and if someone is allowed to continue on in sin without discipline…they may want to worry about their souls.

  10. Michael says:


    Amen and amen…and that’s why we’ve lost our moral authority in the church on these issues.

  11. Charles says:

    I think everyone should call in to his show and ask him his thoughts on marriage

  12. Michael says:


    This was a very difficult article to write…my snark and rage gifts were working overtime…

  13. Michael says:


    We did that back in the day…the call screeners and delay button took care of that problem for him.

  14. Nonnie says:

    If all the other pastors who believe in “Biblical marriage,” would protest and say they will not pay to stay on CSN until Kestler is gone, I am betting that the $$$ will talk.

  15. Kevin H says:

    As much as I am concerned about the direction our country and culture (and even the church in some factions) is taking in regards to gay marriage and the LGBT agenda and the loss of religious freedoms, it is crap like this that really raises my ire. As a conservative evangelical, I like to think that my “family” should know and act better. And then when stuff like this happens and gains a significant acceptance (or is just acted like nothing is going on), it just really causes such a swirling of anger, concern, and disgust.

  16. Bob Sweat says:

    Judging by the frequent hosts of To Every Man an Answer, CC pastors are right in the thick.

    Jeremiah’s question comes to mind, “Why do the wicked prosper?”

  17. Jim says:


    You’re a better man than I am. I know 1 percent of what you know about this guy, and I want to smash his face.

  18. Michael says:


    You and I both know they won’t…just like the old days here, they would rather kill the messenger.

  19. Michael says:


    You nailed it…well said.

  20. Nonnie says:

    Kevin H. your 15 is spot on!! I agree. I can’t even listen to Every man an answer on the CC station because of Don Stewart, and now this. I just don’t understand how men I respect will put up with this and support it.

  21. Michael says:


    The stories I could tell… and I’m working on telling them.

    The damage this guy has done is just a small part of them.

  22. Alex says:

    Like I’ve been saying, the issue of Gay Marriage is a non-issue…so is “correct doctrine” and “correct theology” etc.

    Everyone and every Group picks and chooses what they want from the “bible” and none live life perfectly.

    At least Kestler isn’t a child abuser…just run-of-the-mill heterosexual male who likes the ladies. I can relate to that 🙂

  23. Michael says:


    I’m working on the Don Stewart issue…just need to unearth a document.
    In time…

  24. Alex says:

    Grace covers a multitude of sins.

    Not much different than much other stuff within Calvary Chapel and other evangelical sects…as long as it isn’t Gay Marriage or some taboo moral issue like that.

  25. Kevin H says:

    I was just going to write some snark about Don Stewart And Kestler hosting a show together, but see that his name was brought up before I could come up with something entertaining enough to say.

  26. Alex says:

    I don’t know why I felt so guilty for all those years. We’re humans and God made us human, we’re going to sin, it’s what we do.

    Calvary Chapel has made one thing very clear…it really doesn’t matter how you live or what you do or what you’ve done as long as you profess a very shallow “correct doctrine” and say a prayer once in awhile.

    Sounds good to me! Praise Jesus!

  27. Michael says:


    The sad thing is that I could actually see that happening…

  28. Jim says:


    Not sure if you have daughters, but as they age you’ll find yourself less able to relate.

  29. Bob Sweat says:

    Did I misread? Is Kestler on Every Man an Answer?


  30. Michael says:


    I think Nonnie was referencing “Pastors Perspective”.

    Kestler is now hosting “To Every Man An Answer” on CSN.

  31. Alex says:

    Seriously, I really think the macro-Church belief and narrative by example and action and inaction is a much truer expression of Doctrine, Theology and Belief System than any mere words and proclamations.

    As such, Calvary Chapel’s Message is very clear: Libertine and Antinomianism.

    OK. Good to know.

  32. Martin Luther's Disciple says:

    I don’t think he should be on the radio because of the false teaching that travels those airwaves.

    I think this is very much like the same sex marriage issue – I don’t care what you do or who you do it to – just don’t look for my approval.

  33. Bob Sweat says:

    Got it! Along with other CC pastors.

  34. UnCCed@UnCCed.com says:

    Michael and Alex,
    If y’all don’t stop this attack right now, I’m gonna have to call you guys Calvinists (CC’s Holy Hand Grenade)!!!
    I don’t mean to threaten such destruction “in Thy mercy” (watch The Holy Grail), but you’ve left me NO choice.
    : )

    I’m absolutely stupefied I left these clowns bash and pontificate from their pulpits AND radio stations (oops! many of us have years of proof now-tapes, CDs) about how better CCs are and the rest of the church are idiots, and PLEASE you CC pastors, don’t even try and deny it, anyone in SoCal during the 80s or 90s will think you’re delusional or willfully lying.

  35. Alex says:

    Jim, ya, I don’t get Kestler and “38 years younger”…that is sick…at least to me.

    But, I don’t understand pedophilia either, thank God.

  36. Martin Luther's Disciple says:

    OK, show of hands here – who still listens in on either station at all? With podcasts and good teaching available, why would you?

  37. EricL says:

    Michael @9, that is a prophetic statement, sir. And a strong warning to all of us.

    More and more I hunger for a genuine, unassuming Christianity without all of these professionals who make their living by trying to leech off God. I tire of the Entertain and Educate model that evangelicalism has become. We are supposed to be a family, not a concert hall or a lecture hall. In a healthy family, everyone has the right to share and to speak out against misbehavior.

    Sadly, we have become a very dysfunctional family where the crazy uncles are allowed to run amok, spouting their nonsense and behaving horribly, even as they claim God has led them in their lust and greed and deceptive teaching. Crazy uncles should be ignored, rebuked, or arrested (depending on how bad they get). They shouldn’t be given the seat at the head of the family table.

  38. Alex says:

    UnCC’ed said, “If y’all don’t stop this attack right now, I’m gonna have to call you guys Calvinists (CC’s Holy Hand Grenade)!!!”


    Well, I’m probably worse than an evil Calvinist LOL. I’m a “Liberal” theologically…which means I’m practically the devil himself or at least the anti-christ.

  39. Alex says:

    Kestler is just up the road from me…I really should try to talk to him.

    I would actually like to have a one-on-one and get a measure of the man and see what he’s all about. I’d give him a fair shake.

    Heck, maybe we could go to a strip club together and fellowship 🙂

  40. Michael says:


    That’s a good word, my friend…

  41. Michael says:


    I’m not sure of what the reach of CSN is…but I know they pretty much blanket the country.

  42. Alex says:

    Greg Laurie, the multi-millionaire from and for Jesus, is on CSN.

    He’s on TBN too, but no biggie, Grace bro!

    But no grace for abuse victims who speak out about their abuse and the abuse of others…then you need to sue them b/c Jesus!

  43. Alex says:

    Here’s the lineup in the Mountain Zone:

    Alistair Begg
    Greg Laurie
    Raul Ries
    Skip Heitzig
    Jon Courson
    Sandy Adams
    Jan Markell
    Calvary of Albuquerque

    Just to name a few.

    Praise Jesus, so much Grace*!

    *Except for homosexuals who want to marry, but adulterers, gluttons and fornicators are OK to marry, so are divorcees…and except for child abuse victims who speak out…oh, except for those who challenge the “authority” of the local CC pastor/Moses or Chuck Smith etc. Then Hell, Fire, Damnation, Revenge, and Vengeance!

  44. Martin Luther's Disciple says:

    I look at it this way – if the man still has a church (hasn’t been tossed out on his butt) – then his pews are filled with a demon possessed congregation … and they deserve him.

    I move on.

  45. Alex says:

    It’s a great con, it really is. What a racket LOL.

  46. Alex says:

    I think I’m just going to start feeding this stuff to Big Gay and the Liberal Media so they can address the hypocrisy in all of this and those that support it.

    That should be interesting LOL.

    It really doesn’t matter much what you say to the “Church” and those in Calvary Chapel…they really don’t care. They accept it and are fine with it, no big deal to them. They’ve got bills to pay and pews to fill and man-kingdoms and followings to groom and build. That’s what really matters.

  47. Michael says:


    Share the mic…

  48. Em says:

    gotta say, he’s a sinner and he belongs in a pew – penitent and humble before God, Who will give the man (& the woman) forgiveness …

    but Kestler, sit down, shut up and be thankful for the grace of God… your poor little new baby girl (and your other begats) deserves that

    gotta agree, tho, that picture makes me want to smack his sassy face and knock the cool sun glasses off that smug young woman – you’re a happy couple? forgiven? well act like it

  49. Bob says:

    I have only one observation about this:

    Did this woman ever think with 38 years difference she would quickly be changing the diaper of more than just her “love” child?

    Just a practical thought for those who might think “love” conquers all.

  50. Em says:

    “I would actually like to have a one-on-one and get a measure of the man and see what he’s all about. I’d give him a fair shake.”

    oh please God, let this happen … gotta check MY attitude here, tho

  51. Michael says:

    A bit of back story here…

    His excuse for philandering before was that his first wife could not conceive and thus he wanted a wife that would bear him children.

    This wife is now pregnant with their second according to my sources.

  52. Martin Luther's Disciple says:

    If some lady 38 yrs my junior showed interest in me, I would run for the hills – you just know she is damaged goods and has issues with her own father.

  53. Michael says:


    If you were a multi millionaire you would know how attractive and youthful you can be to all ages…

  54. Em says:

    “he wanted a wife that would bear him children.” well… my isn’t that just precious

    right up there with “my wife doesn’t understand me” etc.

    that said and vented, i think i’ll just let this thread alone now today

  55. Alex says:

    You won’t hear a critical word from any of the “good” Calvary Chapel pastors about this publicly. Or any word publicly against Greg Laurie and others who support CSN by their participation. Very telling.

    Prove me wrong.

  56. Martin Luther's Disciple says:

    This is the difference between me and say Michael & Alex.

    I will assume that Michael & Alex still consider Kestler a Christian who needs to be dealt with for the sake of the church.

    I on the other hand consider that Kestler and his supporters (board & congregants) are totally apostate and act as I expect the devil’s children to act. Someone needs to witness to these folk that they too can become Christians.

  57. Alex says:

    Hey, Kestler’s new wife is hot.

    She’s not 38 years younger than me LOL

  58. Michael says:


    If you could see the file I have on this guy, you’d know how “precious” he is… this is just the latest.

  59. Alex says:

    MLD said, “I will assume that Michael & Alex still consider Kestler a Christian who needs to be dealt with for the sake of the church.

    I on the other hand consider that Kestler and his supporters (board & congregants) are totally apostate and act as I expect the devil’s children to act. Someone needs to witness to these folk that they too can become Christians.”

    MLD said yesterday, “I NEVER make a determination on anyone’s salvation before God!”

    …just sayin’ LOL

  60. Alex says:

    Must be weird having “relations” with a man who looks like your grandpa.

  61. Jim says:

    If the young Mrs had a decent dad, she’d be single or married to a good guy of an appropriate age, and Kestler would be a missing person.

  62. Kevin H says:

    My heart breaks for the little girl in the picture.

  63. Martin Luther's Disciple says:

    “MLD said yesterday, “I NEVER make a determination on anyone’s salvation before God!”

    God makes the determination – Kestler has turned himself over to Satan. I judge fruit just as Jesus told me to do. Can bad fruit come from a good tree? The expected reply is hell no! So Kestler’s fruit is coming from his father the devil. Jesus told me this in his written word. You make the same judgment – you just assume he is still your brother in Christ.

    Now on just good societal grounds and the customs of our day – kestler is right there with the crowds. No different than your favorite movie star playing around

  64. Nonnie says:

    “He wanted a wife that would bear him children.” So much for Biblical marriage…..for better or for worse, in sickness and in health….

  65. Josh The Baptist says:

    “My heart breaks for the little girl in the picture.”

    Which one?

  66. Michael says:



    I can’t believe that I’m still covering this weasel 12 years after I started…and it’s because his peers refuse to act.

  67. Nonnie says:

    ….’ it’s because his peers refuse to act.”
    That is what shocks and grieves me so much.

  68. Michael says:


    To Alex’s point, if this network were owned by a homosexual, would Greg Laurie pay to broadcast on it?

    Hell, no.

    This tells you all you need to know about the real view on traditional marriage.

  69. Papias says:

    @ 25 If Kestler and Stewart did do a show together, they could have a segment called, “My new wife is hotter than your new wife!”

    Very sad, not just for the Church, but for the families that they have both left behind.

    Michael – My prayers go with you on this and Stewarts story. The last time we spoke of Kestler on the blog we got lots of “attention”.

    Do you still have the recording of Chuck about Kestler? I remember him stating that Mike “has a problem with the ladies”. Just floored me to hear Chuck admit that….

  70. Kevin H says:


    You’ve got a point there. I guess my heart should break for both, but the older (wife) at least owns some responsibility for the choices she has made, no matter what her life story may be that may have led her to making bad choices. The younger (daughter) is just at such an innocent age and has no idea at this point as to what is in store for her as she grows up.

  71. UnCCed@UnCCed.com says:

    Michael and Alex,
    Good points on marriage that’s not said enough-I mean as someone who the Lord has had in “the world” for decades serving, these guys make my desire to reach and have fruitful conversations A LOT harder! However, SOME CC kings had started to realize and speak like treating everyone like they’re blind idiots is flying anymore, thank God.

    And Michael, you don’t need to be afraid to disagree with Alex, he may have a lot of guns, but he’s old and blind now (it will take his reading app YEARS to see this post).
    : )

  72. UnCCed@UnCCed.com says:

    Sorry, I meant “SOME CC kings had started to realize and speak like treating everyone like they’re blind idiots IS NOT flying anymore, thank God.”

  73. UnCCed@UnCCed.com says:

    By the way, for a REAL interesting back story on what can happen to you in “the movement” (say it spooky to fit in), go to the following podcast and listen to the first couple or so guys (2) talk about literally growing up at CCCM, becoming missionaries overseas, JUST TALKING about Calvanism (not teaching it) and what happened to them.
    One is a Roman Catholic, the other Agnostic, both very screwed-over-if you believe their sides.

  74. covered says:

    Kestler may have a radio station but we have Alex! There is no way that Alex can’t annihilate someone with a comb over like Kestler. I think that Alex should get on this before it gets out of control! 🙂

  75. Em says:

    ahem, it’s Wednesday – still praying for Saeed

  76. Martin Luther's Disciple says:

    Kestler is small stuff in the church.

    How about this from the NY Times – ” church leaders must be made “to take homosexuality off the sin list.”


  77. Lurkie Loo says:

    A few observations: It’s just plain creepy how he’s holding the child’s arm. Also, it looks like something is photoshopped between the kid and him. That’s not the girl’s hair, and its not his hair unless his barber is as blind as the board members. Last thing, you stated above that, “… both survived and remained under the control of Mike Kestler”. Does that mean he has been in control this whole time since going dark? Sic’ him, boys.

  78. Lori says:

    He might be the guy to ask if you’d like to learn more about how to run people out of town if there is any risk of being held accountable. You could ask him about how to use river rocks to break car windshields, how to tie hangman’s nooses and place prominently in trees of those who may speak up, how to place dead birds in mailboxes of those willing to speak up, how to follow the cars of those willing to speak…even with small children in those cars, and how to smear anyone who threatens discovery of evil and sin. This is just the short list.

    Excuse me while I visit my toilet, BARF is an appropriate reaction I will say.

  79. Peggy Su says:

    Anyone else disturbed that Mike looks like he’s going to rip that baby’s arm off in that picture?

  80. Peggy Su says:

    What do you want to bet that the new child bride replaces the resigning CSN board member? If she isn’t already on the board.

  81. Michael says:

    My apologies for not responding…having dire computer issues.
    Back when I can…

  82. UnCCed@UnCCed.com says:

    Why can I not find Mike Kester on the church website:
    Or the radio station?

    Strange. I’m not doubting your story, but I’ve NEVER not seen a CC king hide, or even not be the most prominent and sometimes THE ONLY person mentioned.

  83. Lori says:

    Go to the FB page. There are a few people commenting that they are glad to see him back. https://www.facebook.com/csnradio?fref=ts

  84. wall on the fly says:

    life is good when you have lots of jesus money… hottie harems and all, just ask BC 😉

  85. Anne says:

    Kestler deserves anything you all can dish out, IMO. Picking on the baby’s appearance is tacky to say the least. Poor child is gonna have enough on her plate…..
    My recollection is that folks’ families and kiddos are off limits for snide remarks on PhxP.

  86. Anne says:

    Ha! Someone linked this thread to the CSN radio FB page. Wonder how long it will be till it is removed.

  87. Michael says:


    Thank you.
    I was able to moderate the comment.
    Similar comments will be met with a ban as soon as my computer is back up.

  88. Michael says:

    I’m at physical therapy with my mom.
    The fly will be swatted as soon as I get home.
    Comments about family members and children are strictly prohibited.

  89. wall on the fly says:


  90. Michael says:

    We don’t talk about kids here, asshat.
    Get off my blog.

  91. Em says:

    FWIW – i just zoomed way in to the above picture on my big old Mac here and there are definite problems with that picture up there… has nothing to do with the baby, who is charming

  92. Papias says:

    Michael – You might want to remove the picture…. 🙁

  93. ( |o )====::: says:

    Photoshop blur the child please

  94. Michael says:

    I don’t have Photoshop so I managed to remove it.
    Still fighting with computer issues.

  95. Scott says:

    I’m shocked that the link to this story is still up on their FB page.

  96. ? says:

    Such a coincidence I just mentioned the radio network lawsuit today to someone who doesn’t believe Christians are to sue anyone.

    38 years is a huge age difference.

  97. Jim says:

    Glad you removed the pic.

  98. jessie says:

    I doubt the sources for phonexpreacher are reliable…sounds like a pissed off board member to me. Actually reliable sources tell me that the rumors are comming from a former pastor on CSN…maybe we should post every sin of every person that does something for the kingdom of God. Hmmm maybe thats why no one wants to be a Christian….

  99. Michael says:

    My sources are impeccable.
    Some sins disqualify us from the pastorate.
    Kestler has been disqualified for about 20 years…

  100. Michael says:


    I probably shouldn’t have posted it in the first place.
    I forgot how nasty it can get here…

  101. Babylon's Dread says:

    Good to see Lori post

  102. Anne says:

    Jessie – I’m afraid you’ve gotten it backwards. It is christians, (particularly those who call themselves pastors who have a higher standard) who remain unaccountable for their actions that may cause unbelievers to scoff and even long time believers to wrestle with doubt.

  103. Jim says:

    I missed the nasty stuff, which I think was about the child. I don’t regret wanting to smash his face, but the desire wanes when you can’t see it.

  104. Ixtlan says:

    Now that was a well informed comment.

  105. Babylon's Dread says:

    We have reached the point where calling anyone out over anything makes you more culpable than the one you confront.

    Evil is routinely called good and those who name evil as evil are now considered in league with the evil one.

    I never thought we would arrive here so I have no idea where we are headed.

  106. Paul A. Lytton says:

    Babylon’s Dread,

    No need to be confused, the Bible states clearly of the last days. We are here.

  107. EricL says:

    BD @ 106. May the Lord have mercy on our country once again and bring an undeserved renewal to His church, one of integrity, morality, love, and humility. So many of us need it. I know I’m tired of the showmen and their performances, men who ignore applying God’s standards to their own lives.

  108. jessie says:

    Proverbs 20:19 Whoever goes about slandering reveals secrets; therefore do not associate with a simple babbler.

    Proverbs 26:20-22 For lack of wood the fire goes out, and where there is no whisperer, quarreling ceases.  As charcoal to hot embers and wood to fire, so is a quarrelsome man for kindling strife. The words of a whisperer are like delicious morsels; they go down into the inner parts of the body.

    Jeremiah 6:28 They are all stubbornly rebellious, going about with slanders; they are bronze and iron;  all of them act corruptly.

    Maybe you should read some of the scriptures on gossip…the bible speaks more on that then divorce ect. Kind David was a man after God’s heart…explain that. No one is disqualified from serving God.

  109. Lori says:

    Papias re: your post @69…I still have about a half a dozen audio recordings of Chuck Smith and his opinions on the matter. Not pretty. They sadly didn’t do any good then, nor will they today.

  110. jessie says:

    If your sources are so great why not name names and give credit?

  111. Michael says:


    Slander would mean I have written an untruth.
    I have not.
    I have had sources following this since 2003…there are legal documents with most of this info.
    There are qualifications for ministry and you are disqualified if you violate them.
    If you think he is a fine teacher, I can understand why you wouldn’t know that.

  112. Alex says:

    What happened to the pic of Hefner with his young wife?

  113. Alex says:

    I mean Kestler with his young wife, my bad.

  114. Michael says:


    It was a mistake to post that with the child.
    Some jerk started making comments about the child and comments about family are forbidden.

  115. jessie says:

    I believe its illegal to use a child’s photo without consent….plus alot of people said i looked photoshopped lol
    Slander is a form of gossip..maybe you should read your own article.sources claim bla bla bla….If you dont know for a fact its true, sorry thats called gossip. But I see most your posts are based on gossip so no surprise.
    Also if we knew all the secret sins of all the pastors out there then alot more would be disqualied. If you dont like someone then dont listen or attend thier church. Its real simple but you are not God and therefore not the judge

  116. Michael says:

    My conscience is clean.
    Perhaps you should ask about your idolatry that keeps you from seeing clearly.

  117. jessie says:

    Well you better hope so…I am not the judge,God is. And that my friend should worry you.

  118. Alex says:

    Hey Michael, don’t touch God’s anointed!


  119. Alex says:

    …women 38 years your younger? Well now…

  120. Alex says:

    “And that my friend should worry you.”

    If “God” is real…I think I’d be more worried about Hefner, dammit I mean Kestler.

  121. Alex says:

    Always ironic and rather amusing to me that folks/defenders always come out of the cyber-woodwork for these creepers and can find all sorts of “Grace” etc for adulterers and con-artists but their perception of “Gossip!” well now then the fires of Hell are in order! LOL

  122. jessie says:

    What about all the people in the Bible that did things wrong…king David???? Yet he was considered a man after Gods heart….explain that

  123. don says:

    He without sin cast the first stone…try reading your Bible

  124. Em says:

    David was not a priest (or a prophet) and he was not allowed to build that temple because of his sin – even tho he repented… sinning doesn’t mean that God doesn’t love you, but it does affect how you can serve him…

    just pndering

  125. Papias says:

    Jessie/Don –
    “Do not admit a charge against an elder except on the evidence of two or three witnesses.
    As for those who persist in sin, rebuke them in the presence of all, so that the rest may stand in fear.
    In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus and of the elect angels I charge you to keep these rules without prejudging, doing nothing from partiality. ” 1Tim 5:19-21

    Its in the Bible. 😉

  126. Kevin H says:

    And it sure is a good thing the writer(s)of II Samuel didn’t go and gossip about King David and tell us all about his sins……. Now wait a second…..

  127. Em says:

    over the years i have noticed that certain Christian men smilingly compare themselves to King David and to Saint Peter… that always raises a red flag for me… that and those folk

    now i’m gone – God keep

  128. Em says:

    oops, forget the “that and those folk” @ 128 – i was going to say more, but changed my mind

  129. Surfer51 says:

    38 years is such a big generational spread that they will not be able to really relate to each other.

    I worked on Lido Island today, where there are a lot of generational spread marriages.

    Money apparently makes any man more attractive.

    Some of their wives look like their daughters.

    In some of the homes that I have worked in with generational spread marriages the wife is usually a “bird in a golden cage.”

    She doesn’t have to work, gets to live in a really nice large home, drive an expensive current model luxury vehicle and put up with a man who is very demanding and in most cases emotionally abusive.

    I think these women stick with the marriage because they know that eventually the old guy is going to pass away before them.

    And they will then have it all as their own property if there was no prenuptial agreement.

    There are some women who are attracted to power and authority figures and to men who have wealth.

    But usually these type of men are emotionally unavailable where as the men that are emotionally available are the opposite. No power no authority and no money, but they are emotionally available to their wives.

    With this in mind this young wife and mother is most likely in a very tough situation.

    Pray for her…

  130. Papias says:

    More Bible….Jessie and Don…

    [1Co 5:9-13 KJV] “I wrote unto you in an epistle not to company with fornicators: Yet not altogether with the fornicators of this world, or with the covetous, or extortioners, or with idolaters; for then must ye needs go out of the world. But now I have written unto you not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolater, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner; with such an one no not to eat. For what have I to do to judge them also that are without? do not ye judge them that are within? But them that are without God judgeth. Therefore put away from among yourselves that wicked person.”

  131. don says:

    You can quote scriptures all night to prove both points…God is the judge with kestler and knows the real situation eithier way

  132. Papias says:

    [Mat 18:15-17 ESV] “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, take one or two others along with you, that every charge may be established by the evidence of two or three witnesses. If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church. And if he refuses to listen even to the church, let him be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector.”

    Hmmm… do SOMETHING if a brother sins….what a concept….

  133. Alex says:

    “He without sin cast the first stone…try reading your Bible”

    Hey, I’m all for the sort of sin of Don Stewart and Mike Hefner, dammit I mean Kestler.

    I love beautiful women, too. I was “born that way”.

    I also probably shouldn’t be a pastor, at least according to the bible…but no one really takes the bible seriously regarding issues they don’t like.

  134. Papias says:

    You can quote scriptures all night to prove both points…God is the judge with kestler and knows the real situation eithier way”

    Don – that just proves that you don’t care what God has to say and that you are an idolater.

    Kestler has disqualified himself from ministry. End of story.

  135. Alex says:

    I will give Hefner, dammit I mean Kestler this….Lori is a beautiful woman…even if his advances were reportedly not welcome. And, Hefner’s, dammit I mean Kestler’s new wife? Hot as the fires of eternal calvary chapel hell!

  136. Lori says:

    What is the real situation, Don? That Nora couldn’t conceive so Kestler was justified to dump her? That’s not Biblical.

    This marriage (to include the pregnancy out of wedlock followed by Nora divorcing Kestler) only serves to prove Kestler’s long standing habitual sin. Re-read the Scriptures above with this in mind.

  137. don says:

    Those are assumptions on your part……if true God will judge him thats all I said.

  138. Alex says:

    Hey don, you ever read this verse?

    1 Cor. 5:12 It isn’t my responsibility to judge outsiders, but it certainly is your responsibility to judge those inside the church who are sinning.

  139. Lisa says:

    Lori its poor taste to bring in kestler s ex wife in my opinion. She divorced and remarried clearly to get out of it so please dont mention her name and drag her into this.

  140. Surfer51 says:

    Like Greg Laurie says, “I am not judging, I am only lifting up the leaves to inspect the fruit…”

  141. Lori says:

    It was mentioned above, prior to my comment, Lisa. I guess I could have referred to her as an un-named victim.

  142. Lori says:

    No offense intended. I do feel for her.

  143. Papias says:

    Don – its not about God judging him – how do YOU judge his qaulifications to ministry?

    “For what have I to do to judge them also that are without? do not ye judge them that are within? But them that are without God judgeth. Therefore put away from among yourselves that wicked person.”

    God judges those on the outside of the church.

    We are to “put away” that person who calls himself a brother but is wicked.

  144. Alex says:

    “You’re gossipping!” <— Also "judging" LOL

  145. Alex says:

    Small world, looks like Nora was remarried at our church. I think she and her new husband are members.

  146. filbertz says:

    funny how with some will give a blanket pass to the ‘big guys’ who do the big sins, and come here and hen-peck us no-names with charges of ‘gossip’ and warning of God’s judgment…not a case of missing the plank in their own eye, but of missing the trainload of plywood in Kessler’s.

  147. filbertz says:

    Kestler is by no means the only CC dude to couple his engine to a much newer caboose. One right in my backyard who started a new church in the shadow of his former, though he doesn’t overtly fly the dove.

  148. London says:

    I gotta admit, a lot of this thread is gossiping.

  149. filbertz says:

    good evening, London. Howya been? Seems like a time warp, doesn’t it?

  150. Alex says:

    “I gotta admit, a lot of this thread is gossiping.”

    That is for God to judge. He who is without sin, cast the first stone 😉

  151. Alex says:

    The double reverse Jesus Juke…HUZZAH!

  152. Perhaps Kestler has sat out all this time under church discipline and has now been declared restored.— or perhaps not.

    I will go back to him just being an apostate and his followers Don and Jesse bare that out.

    But putting it in perspective, we are a nation that kills over 1.2 million unborn human beings each year without batting an eye. Kestler boinking the young ladies – not even on the radar.

  153. Babylon's Dread says:

    Once again we see the market driving the religion bus.

    Poor King David is the justification for everything but ISIS … that will come as soon as we catch up to his treatment of the Philistines

    Lori knows … and leave her the hell alone

    One day someone will have to do for Kestler what he will be unable to manage.

    Nobody gets away with anything

  154. brian says:

    “He’s back…” I wish people could be more discerning as to who they give their listening dollars to. There are many good preachers out there that could and would really use such a forum, like that radio show, as a real vehicle for healing and sharing the Love of Jesus. Take the owner of this blog for one. Just a thought. I do have a confession I had a very long post with all the best of brian “isms”. But figured, na, been there done that. Maybe some good will come of it, like he will be convicted and give up the airtime to some teachers that have earned a hearing.

  155. xenia says:

    Here’s the thing. If you are sincere about waving the No Judging banner you have to resist the temptation to judge others for judging. It’s like criticizing someone for smoking while you’re puffing on a Winston.

  156. Lisa says:

    I have to say it was extremely poor taste to use a picture with an baby and then turn and attack the poor child as well…good thing the picture was removed. I wonder how you even got the picture?hmm I tried google and no pictures of the 3… the child and even the new wife shouldn’t be dragged into this shit. Especially an baby that did nothing wrong!

  157. Suzan says:

    Facebook actually has a policy not allowing people to post pictures of other people’s children without permission…so to those who shared this article on Facebook, better double check that the picture isnt there.
    In addition, if this picture wasn’t public knowledge and it was posted to cause harm to the baby….which appears to be the case from the nasty comments not just on the father but the baby…then its more than poor taste but also illegal.

  158. Michael says:

    The picture was from an open Facebook page that has since been closed.

    The child isn’t the issue.

    The issue is whether or not biblical standards and ethics apply to American evangelicalism.

    It’s pretty obvious that the answer to that question is no.

    Keep right on howling about the sins of the culture while doing whatever you please in the church.

    Just don’t be surprised when the culture thinks you’re roaring hypocrites.

  159. Papias says:

    I was beginning to think that we started picking up a bunch of lawyers in our lurking department….. 😉

  160. Michael says:


    We probably have…that’s why we can prove everything we said.

  161. ? says:

    I am very sad about the state of the “church” because if we have men like this representing the Lord, not following his instructions, how can we expect anyone they are preaching to, to strive for obedience in their own life?

    If his now wife was pregnant before his divorce from his first wife, how can he represent God to anyone else?

    Also, since I ask ?’s (thus the moniker), did he biblically divorce his first wife?
    In other words, did he have biblical grounds for this divorce?
    If not is he really biblically married to this new wife?

  162. Michael says:


    Click the link and read the L.A. Times story from years ago.
    I only wish I still had the archives of this blog from when we covered the stories initially.

  163. ? says:

    I ask this because there are many in the church who do not believe they have biblical grounds to be divorced by their spouse.
    I know one in particular right now who has been served papers for a divorce and the divorcing spouse does not have grounds and is using “irreconcilable differences” as grounds.
    That may be legal in the secular world but is this acceptable biblically?
    Does it even matter anymore what the bible says?


  164. ? says:

    Ok Michael. thanks.

  165. Michael says:

    “Does it even matter anymore what the bible says?”

    Not in free market religion.

  166. ? says:

    I was reading this blog in 2007 when that article was posted here or something similar.
    Was there another more current article about the divorce?

  167. Scott says:

    Someone named Lisa Rewman is the one who linked this article with the photo of Kestler, his new wife and child on the CSN Facebook page.

    I doubt the link is even still up over there. I doubt that Rewman is even their real name, who knows.

    However, if the photo of those 3 was posted publicly somewhere on Facebook, I’m not sure how it’s illegal to repost it.

    The comments which followed here were in poor taste, however, Michael had the good sense to remove it.

  168. Michael says:


    By the time they were divorced I was in semi retirement from stories like this.
    I honestly didn’t believe this guy would rear his head again.
    She has had grounds for divorce for years…he hasn’t.

  169. Alex says:

    I think we’ve got some Jailhouse Lawyers on the thread.

    Can’t find any statute that confirms that Red Herring.

  170. Michael says:

    It’s pure deflection…that’s all.

  171. Papias says:

    Now, Michael could, if he wanted to, repost that cropped image of Kestler (with that comb over), as it seems to be the most up to date image we have of him, and likely be in the clear.

    It floors me that people want to talk about the picture and not the actions of the man.

    Knowledge of the Bible does not mean a darn thing, and certainly does not equate to holiness.

  172. ? says:

    So if she had grounds for divorce (and I assume she divorced him), is his new marriage biblically sound?

  173. ? says:

    …which doesn’t address the fact that she was pregnant before his other marriage was finalized..
    Wow… Christians sure do have dilemmas….ok off to work.

  174. Alex says:

    Well, according to “the bible”….Kestler is an “adulterer” and so is his new bride.

    But, that’s just the prevailing interpretation of “the bible” by the Consensus of Christianity…and we know that means nothing…which is why I continue to say that “the bible” is not God or “god’s word!”…it is the INTERPRETATION and APPLICATION of a particular Sect’s Gurus/Leaders that is what you really believe is “God”

  175. Alex says:

    Would you bake a cake for Mike Hefner, dammit I mean Kestler and his wedding(s)?

    Yes, most Evangelicals probably would without batting an eye….

    Chew on that plank…

  176. Michael says:

    I’m writing that article right now, Alex.

  177. Papias says:

    And Alex @ 176 hits the nail on the head…..

  178. ? says:


    Your” Heffner dammit Kestler” comments are giving me some much needed belly laughs…what does the bible say about laughter being good medicine?

    But I am actually glued to this thread because I love to see you defending the Bible 😉

  179. Nonnie says:

    Alex’s 176. Bingo!

  180. Papias says:

    Personally, I wish that we had everything we know about Don Stewarts and Mike Kestler’s soap operas, and that we were able to share them with people who support them.

    But I suspect that even with a mountain of evidence pointing to their disqualification from ministry, there will still be people supporting them with the approach of “well….we are all sinners after all….”

    Maybe what we need to do is call into the program with the angle of disqualification from ministry from Timothy and Titus and the bishop being a “one woman man”….

  181. Michael says:

    That article is now up.

  182. Alex says:

    It is largely why the Gay community and agnostics and other sinners don’t take the church seriously and view them correctly as major hypocrites playing games with religion and politics.

    The church lost it’s immoral authority long ago and it ain’t coming back.

  183. Bob says:


    Your comment implies (and it’s probably true) that many people see the church as people who represent God and it’s here we get into sticky thinking.

    Too many the church organization represents God, i.e. the RCC, EO, LCMS, CC, SBC etc. but somewhere it has been forgotten it is always the people who represent God. I would even be bold enough to say those who hate God in some form or another also represent God. In the big picture of things how all of us live, treat each other and the creation we exist in show what really inside us and prove what the sages say about God to be true.

    All of us want to give the middle finger to how we are created. Why else would we get so excited about the cookie jar up high on the shelf when there are really good ones easily within reach.

    In the end the gay community, agnostics and even atheist are just as much hypocrites and fakers as those who are in the church.

  184. Bob says:


    Just one thought, how long ago did they lose their moral authority?

    It seems to me history records a whole lot of bastard children from some very high ups in every religion or sudo religion of this world.

  185. Martin Luther's Disciple says:

    To bounce off Bob’s comment –
    “the Lord said in his heart, “I will never again curse the ground because of man, for the intention of man’s heart is evil from his youth. ”

    This is the same for the Christian as it is for the non Christian. The biggest impediment for people coming to Christ is not other people – it is our view of ourselves as good.

    When someone retorts, well no one is perfect, what they are saying is, actually, some of us are pretty good.

    No, God says we have evil hearts our whole lives – all of us. Why is it easier to convert the prostitute than the rich young ruler? The prostitute knows she is evil – the rich young ruler? “well, no one is perfect.”

  186. Michael says:

    The legal deflection…

    “The legal loophole that allows publishing and circulation of photographs and video images of children is the First Amendment. It protects both freedom of expression and freedom of the press. As long as a photographer uses the images for editorial purposes, and if he took them while your child was in a public setting, they’re within the law even if you don’t give your consent. Exceptions may exist if the photos or recordings include sexual overtones.”

    Open Facebook pages are fair game.


  187. Linda Pappas says:

    The photo as posted on FB has permission by the photographer to be copied.

    To find it, simply go to the “legal” wife FB and then to comments or post that she liked.

    IMO No one said anything in poor taste or negative or that wasn’t true about the child. If anything, there were legitimate concerns expressed towards the fallout of choices made by the person who have been able to do that which was right in his own eyes—which reminds me of the often left of verse among those who teach. Prov. 3:3-7

    7 Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil.

    Em —- really appreciated what you have posted thus far on this.

    Deja vu on all the above: so much so, had to shut it all down myself to grieve a bit more and cry out in the deeper parts of my own heart for those who have been betrayed while so many treat it so lightly while walking by and saying things such as, “I have confessed my sin before the Lord, it’s none of your business,” “Now forgive me.” Without a hint of remorse, or acknowledgement, or vindicating action on their part to admit and to amend the deep wrongs committed — just a continuation of it, staking their defense upon David.

    “Because he wanted a child————–”

    or because he didn’t trust God and his real wife well enough to believe that he could have fessed up and still been a father while doing what he should have been doing all along instead of feeding that which eventually led to being evidence by that which could not be hid. David resolved it by killing Uriah—-nowadays, just tell everyone the spouse is crazy while covertly abusing the spouse while playing house with another and circling the wagons with those who are like-minded.

    CC: A true story yet to be published.

  188. UnCCed@UnCCed.com says:

    Check out this CC king’s abode:
    The story is elsewhere if you think I cherry-picked it or made it up.

  189. Mary says:

    If you were really Christians, you would be praying for Mike’s soul. Salvation for every sinner, even the ones who you hate. Which, by the way, is a sin as well. Christians showing God’s love every day.

  190. Michael says:


    I prayed for him before dinner tonight.
    I prayed, “Lord, make thy servant allergic to Viagra”.

    The I ordered a double MyTai and ate.

  191. Michael says:

    I made myself laugh and laugh at that one…

  192. Lori says:

    I thought we weren’t supposed to pics of his new child bride (Mary’s video), or wait…pics of his child. Or which is it? Or are they one in the same? Or could they double as the same?

    I’m totally confused now.

    (This is not to say the little girl did not beautifully sing Amazing Grace, she did.)

  193. Lori says:

    “post pics”

  194. Lori says:

    btw- lol Michael!

  195. Cindy says:

    Well, I guess this explains why the other pastors are no longer on To Every Man an Answer. I wonder if they quit in disgust or were they “let go”.

  196. JM says:

    Everyone forgets the human wreckage caused by Kestler and Jeff Smith in 1993, when the original group was hired by CCCM and subsequently fired just before the holidays, to make room for Kestler.

  197. Lee says:

    Hi. Does anyone know which hosts left the program (To Every Man an Answer) in protest? Thanks.

  198. Lee says:

    An update: It looks like CSN Radio has culled from it’s archives all the shows hosted by Jerel Hagerman. Sort of like erasing traces of his existence!

  199. Papias says:

    Lee, I don’t have any idea which hosts left TEMA.

    But judging from what some people have said about Jerel Hagerman – deleting his teachings isn’t necessarily a bad thing….(aka Blood Moon?!?!)

  200. Mark says:

    The current hosts are listed on CSN site. However,I believe some of the hosts were taken off ( Hagerman) due to not answering many questions and not taking callers. Using free air time instead to promote their own church, bible college, mission trips ect.

  201. Michael says:



    Don’t even try to make that work here.

    I know for a fact that at least two resigned in protest over that immoral man taking back the mic.

  202. Mark says:

    Just telling what I know, sorry…As you have said, dont shoot the messenger! lol

  203. Michael says:

    Nice try .

    It won’t fly here.

  204. Martin Luther's Disciple says:

    So who resigned in protest? It shouldn’t be a secret – they should be proud.

  205. Linda says:

    What happened to Steve Matheson? He suddenly disappeared from TEMA and the Garden Fellowship, all of his teachings have disappeared from the Garden Fellowship website. Steve really seemed like a Man of God that could really speak the truth. I think that mike Kessler is Steve Matheson’s wife’s uncle.

  206. Linda says:

    Someone a few comments back mentioned Hagerman being removed from CSN. I think Hagerman is married to Mike Kesler’s sister.

  207. Michael says:

    According to reports I’ve heard, Matheson followed his mentors example and left the wife of his youth for another woman.
    The fish rots from the head down, but it rots indeed.

  208. Em says:

    i caught a short bit on Christian radio that dealt with infatuation – called it the most powerful narcotic known… seemed to be directed at the epidemic of pastors leaving their wives and families for another woman, but i didn’t have time to sit in the car and hear the man out… had me thinking a bit – wondering how this differs from other infidelities…

  209. Scott says:

    Steve Matheson traded in his wife for a young chick too? Oh man, what a spectacle.

  210. Nonnie says:

    What amazes me is that people will continue to sit under a “pastor” who leaves his wife and marries a trophy wife. Just boggles the mind. Or has the so called “pastor” moved to a new territory and people just don’t know?

  211. Lee says:

    The only hosts/guest hosts listed on the CSN/TEMA website now are Mike Kestler and Leo Giovinetti. And, from what I’ve heard on the radio, they are on every day and no one else. It seems CSN is not using any of the people that were on before Mike Kestler returned. Also, a lot of past shows (but not all) have been taken down from the TEMA archives. For example, there are now only three shows posted for the entire month of January and only a few shows posted for February and March (2015). I know that before Mike Kestler returned, all of the shows for Feb. and Mar. were posted.

  212. Michael says:


    It amazes me that Giovinetti continues to prop up Kestler…raises many questions about his character and motives to me.

    I applaud all those who refuse to sit with Kestler…

  213. Nonnie says:

    “I applaud all those who refuse to sit with Kestler…”

    Me too!

  214. Joy says:

    Agreed Michael and Nonnie! It explains why I heard Mike going on about “who’s sin is worse than another’s. I called TEMA (off the air) to ask when the other pastors would return and was lied to. Was told they are taking time off. I realized Steve Matheson was off months ago and could see from his church website, he was gone. That whole thing is a stench and once again some church leaders refuse to do the Biblical discipline the Scripture advises. I can only guess because they love the praises of man, more than those from God. In neglecting their duty, they harm the body of Christ. We’re told to restore a brother and in context, it is not “restore” them to ministry, but to restore their “souls” 1 Cor. 5:5…(the man committing adultery with his father’s wife) ” to deliver such a one to Satan for the destruction of his flesh, so that his spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus”. 2 John 1:8 is clear…”Watch yourselves, that you do not lose what we have accomplished, but that you may receive a full reward.” You can “lose” the work you’ve accomplished and your “full” reward. Praying for his “full” repentance and for those who are not strong in the faith and could be harmed by their immorality.

  215. kim says:

    Steve Matheson left his wife and two young kids for his secretary. If you call his old church, they will fill you in.

  216. kim says:

    Oldest story in the book

  217. Michael says:


    Tragic…quite the man of God to leave his wife and children behind.
    If he tries to get back in ministry, he’ll be our cover boy until we run him back under his rock.

  218. Martin Luther's Disciple says:

    Who is Steve Matheson? Probably mentioned above?

  219. Michael says:

    He was a protege of Kestler…left to go to a church in California…then did as stated above.

  220. Em says:

    i don’t know the back story on any of the above pastors – if there are any such stories – but one thing stands out and that is that there is something very evil dominating churches today… the very last thing on their list of requirements of their pastor is that he is pleasing to God… if it’s even on the list…

    there was an item on the BBC news web-site about a cow on a farm in Kenya that is goring and eating sheep – rejecting fodder for meat … scientists/agriculturists are baffled … perhaps it is a prophetic word?

  221. Eric Vick says:

    There is a government to sin. It leaves a mark. Even after it’s been repented of. It sometimes leaves behind destruction that can never be made whole. It’s sad.

    I hope and pray that I will live to see these men repent and be restored.

    I am a personal friend of Steve Matheson. I do not know just what he did and I do not think it is right to speculate. A righteous man may fall seven times but he will not be utterly cast down.

    Instead of biting and devouring one another why don’t we just pray?

    I’m not giving him a free pass. If I was a perfect individual then I would be free to judge him. The only perfect individual to ever walk the earth, who had the right to judge, chose to forgive the woman caught in adultery. I hope Steve repents. I would welcome him into my home like a brother.


  222. Michael says:

    I do know exactly what he did.
    I’ll pray.
    I’ll pray that God torments him and and sows all manner of pain into his life until he repents in misery for dumping his wife and children.

    My bible says that I’m required to judge such things and stand for righteousness while you mealy mouthed, spineless,cowards allow the family to be despised in the house of God.

    Pack that and smoke it.

  223. Michael says:

    Furthermore, should your buddy ever try and return to ministry he’ll be the PhxP poster boy until he crawls back under his rock.

  224. Eric Vick says:

    Cowards make anonymous remarks in chat rooms. I’m one of the only men on here bold enough to put my full name.

  225. Michael says:

    The cowardice is in not taking a stand when a wife and small children are left behind.
    It makes me sick.
    It’s all about these mens restoration…how about the restoration of a broken woman and confused children?
    Who stands for them?

  226. Eric Vick says:

    My wife has reached out to his wife. And by extension, so have I. It would not be appropriate for me as a married man to reach out to her on my own.

    So, my family is doing everything within our power to bring restoration.

  227. Eric Vick says:

    I’m detecting a lot of hurt and anger. Believe me bro. I understand. The stories I could tell about the pain and suffering I’ve experienced at the hands of “Church People” especially church leaders. I’ve shared your feelings of disgust. I’ve drank from that cup way too many times. When I first learned of this affair I was enraged. Once I got over the initial shock of the thing, I started thinking eternally. All that matters is that all souls involved wind up in eternity with Jesus. In order for that to happen there must be repentance. Then restoration.

    I’d welcome a private chat if you’re up to it. Maybe I can help provide for you some tools to help you through this difficult time.

  228. Michael says:


    I’ve been doing this for over a dozen years.
    I’m the one who exposed the CSN/Kestler/Smith corruption over three years of reporting in the early ’00’s when I was the only one doing so.

    This “all that matters is eternity” is unbiblical bullspit.
    What we do and how we act here and now matters to God and it matters to our church, both local and universal.

    Individual people and their lives before eternity matter…and we’ll be judged on how we treated the least of these.

  229. Steve Wright says:

    My wife has reached out to his wife. And by extension, so have I. It would not be appropriate for me as a married man to reach out to her on my own.
    That’s nonsense. The choice is not a man, solo, sitting alone with the abandoned wife.

    Sorry…if it is me I stand side by side with MY wife as she stands next to the abandoned wife (and the children as well) – in a united support team…. and I reject any and all fellowship with the offender until and unless he is completely willing to confess and forsake his sin and beg on bended knee to be allowed back into his wife’s home.

    I don’t know of a hurting wife who is somehow consoled because the men join up and leave only the women to try and bring some comfort. No wife is somehow an “extension” while the guilty continues to have coffee with his buddies and get them to understand.

    And no, this is not theoretical in my world…it happens far too often.

  230. Nonnie says:

    Well said Steve. Spoken like a man with the heart of a pastor. Thank you!

  231. Em says:

    yes to what Nonnie said

    “And no, this is not theoretical in my world…it happens far too often.” amen, Pastor Steve

    IMV, there has been an atmosphere in the churches of ‘us and them’ – on many levels

    a husband and wife, not an island, but a team, ministering Christ to the “widows and orphans” – a lovely idea

  232. Lynn says:

    Now that I know the rest of the story, I have removed the CSN app from my phone. I will not miss any of my favorite teachers, because I can go on their websites. I pray Mr. Kestler repents.

  233. Jane Rowland says:

    Such a sad time in the life of Calvary Chapel. First Mike Kestler, then Bob Coy, then Steve Matheson, and now Bob Grenier. All have fallen morally and yet only Bob Coy has repented publically as far as I can tell. Steve Matheson who was on TEMA for several years ran away with his secretary at the Garden fellowship but because he is Hagerman’s son in law, the rebuke of Steve was never made public. The bible is clear to “rebuke those publically” so to make an example of those so others do not follow suit. God will surely judge these “double lives”. It’s a sad, sad day!

  234. Alex says:

    Calvary Chapel Pastor arrested for MURDER, accused of killing his mistress who bore his child.

    Stay classy Calvary Chapel. Murderers, Child Molesters, Child Abusers, Fornicators, Thieves, Liars, Gluttons…and that’s just the California and Florida CC pastors….


  235. Anne says:

    #237 at least it was a “former” CC pastor…..

  236. Alex says:

    No, only ‘former’ when the heat came down and he couldn’t talk his way out of keeping his position. You only become a “former” if there is more pressure to bear than Calvary Chapel can stomach…otherwise they will back their murderer or molester to the very end.

  237. Anne says:

    Alex – curious. Do you know how did it come about that he quit pastoring in FL and moved to AZ? As much as so much garbage in the good ole boy CC system breaks my heart, might this be one situation where he was removed for his unpastorly behaviors long before this tragic murder. Just wondering. Just hoping. That all the work Michael, you and others have done has made some changes in what is tolerated, slowly but surely.

  238. Nonnie says:

    Alex, are you saying Flanders was pastor of the church at the time the woman was living with him AND his wife and when she disappeared (was murdered) ?

    I’m also wondering where the 4 year old child is? Did Flanders and Mrs. Flanders raise the baby?

    What a sad and bizarre story.

  239. Alex says:

    From what I can gather…and it isn’t solid enough to report but more rumor/speculation….is that he hung on to the bitter end and Calvary Chapel backed him up to the bitter end…but the “Cold Justice” episode that featured him was the straw that broke Moses’s back. That’s the word on the street.

    In fact, Flanders name is still listed as pastor at that Calvary Chapel Franchise….you can’t remove Moses all the way w/o his permission it seems…

  240. Alex says:

    From a Calvary Chapel Website (current info that is listed):

    Calvary Emerald Coast
    Pastor James Flanders
    407 Racetrack Rd
    Fort Walton Beach FL, 32547 United States
    salvation, grace, fort walton beach, destin, shalimar, crest view,”

  241. Anne says:

    Thanks for your response, Alex. What a tragic, heart-breaking story 🙁

  242. Alex says:

    Anne, it just demonstrates what is obvious to those outside the Calvary Chapel Bubble who don’t drink the CCool-aid.

    Chuck Smith lied and created a mythology that is false. These Calvary Chapel Pastors are NOT “Specially Anointed” and they are no more in tune with God than your left shoe.

    They are MEN and I guarantee you they will sin and sin very badly at times…and when you give these Narcissists money and power and fame and your undying adulation…you are GUARANTEED to reap failure.

    Calvary Chapel Pastors have demonstrated verifiably that they are Liars, Thieves, Murderers, Child Molesters, Perpetrators of Domestic Violence, Gluttons, Fornicators etc etc.

    It’s a bad denomination that continues to perpetuate a Big Lie.

    The so-called “good guys” are a bunch of worthless self-interested Franchisees who may be fine in “their” Franchise…but they are lukewarm and don’t do anything about the evils in their own professed denomination…and that makes them liars and cowards and lukewarm.

    …and if the bible is true (and they don’t believe it is)…then we know what the bible says about being lukewarm. But that’s just myth and doesn’t mean what it says…that’s their real Belief as practiced and exampled.

  243. Kevin H says:

    The sermon archives from this site show that Flanders continued to preach at the church until January 22, 2012. After that point, there seemed to be a sudden and continued shift to another pastor preaching.

    This woman went missing in October 2011. He continued to preach for 3 more months. Who knows what exactly was known by who at that time. Did anyone know the newborn child was his? Obviously, just a terrible situation from what is apparently known now.


  244. Em says:

    i have no problem with Alex’s calling out the corrupted evil of the church that he’s in a position to know experientially is factual – the present corruptions coming to light are not new to the Pentecostal church organization in which, i believe, CC has it roots…
    sadly, it’s coming to light too frequently that such corruption finds its way into every organized church (and secular organizations, too)…

    i have to agree that, “It’s a bad denomination that continues to perpetuate a Bid Lie.” … but the thing of it is, there are naive souls trusting this leadership – souls that love our Lord and want to be good followers of Christ, they truly do… it is important to not destroy the wrong entity here, sooo i do have a problem with broad-brush accusations such as “The so-called ‘good guys’ are a bunch of worthless……”

  245. The more I think about, the more I have come to like it. I am speaking of Alex’s plan. I say we declare all these rogue pastors to be Muslims, ship them to Idaho to be properly rednecked (disposed of. )

  246. Nonnie says:

    Sorry, but still not understanding. Did the CC church know that Flanders had a child with a mistress and they were all living in the house with the Mrs.? Seriously? Did they know this and keep him as their pastor? Did they ever acknowledge this happened and he “stepped down” or are they just playing that he moved away, and a “new pastor” took over? I find it incredible that his name would still be listed on the website as a pastor, if he is truly NOT their pastor? What does that mean? Again….this is bizarre. Anyone know who has the 4 year old child?

  247. Anne says:

    Nonnie – from what I’ve been able to find out, the child is with Mrs. Flanders but maybe not for long as authorities have concerns that she may have known more about the mistress’s disappearance and failed to cooperate with the investigation. Heart breaking for this dear child who will have to sort out her family history as she grows up. 🙁

  248. Nonnie says:

    Alex’s 243. Do you have a link to that? I looked at the church website and could not find Flanders listed.

  249. Lesa says:

    Does anyone know what happened to the Pastor who was on before Mike? Pastor Steve Matheson?

  250. Michael says:

    He cheated on his wife, got divorced, and was fired from his church.
    That’s what happened to him.

  251. Caleb says:

    No he didn’t. Steve Matheson was in the process of exposing CC for what it is. He refused to look away from the corrupted business that it has become. Therefore, a story was created by Calvary so that he would lose all credibility. You wonder why all those other evil leaders have bounced back and everyone is willing to look the other way, and Steve is nowhere to be found? They are good at what they do. Look around at the “church” we have in America. It is run like the mob. When a spirit filled man who is a leader refuses to look the other way, they cant just fire him. They take him down. The cult he married into has gone along with it.

  252. Michael says:


    That’s almost the most insane thing ever written here.
    I did my research…the guy cheated.

  253. Michael says:

    CSN was no longer CC, nor was Matheson.

  254. Zyko says:

    This is terrible news. I spent hundreds of hours listening and studying along with Steve Matheson. It’s becoming all to typical. I get that I am sinner. I stay away from becoming a Pastor for this reason. You truly have to be ready to do such a thing without fail. It’s not the end of the World for Matheson and this corruption seems to run deep in the family. Is there any way to verify this information. After reading this site I trust that you do have legitimate proof. With equipthesaints.com being down. I figured something crazy had happened. If this is gossip I am sorry just ignore me. Where do we all go from here? Anyone have links to any good teachers to listen to. I think this is where Steve excelled and he prob should have stayed in this realm. We don’t all have to become pastors to teach the word right? Why is being a pastor such a coveted thing. Cast the crowns. I dunno…

  255. Officer Hoppy says:

    A rising star on CSN is a guy named David McGee and Cross the Bridge. Seems like a sincere enough guy. He’s taken an almost regular spot on TEMA. Interesting g thing is while is he certainly passionate and earnest, I wonder about his educational background. Like so many on the program, they Pam fill a space of time with a lot of words while unable to answer theological questions. I’ve sent his organization an email of inquiry but no response. Can anyone tell me this guys educational background

  256. Scott says:

    Sorry, I can’t help you. I don’t listen to CSN and have never even heard of David McGee 😉

  257. Less says:

    Wait it’s Kestler that you are addressing correct? Matheson didn’t do this…

  258. Anne says:

    #260 They are birds of a feather, unfortunately, Less 🙁

  259. Michael says:


    Yes, he did.

    He’s divorced and defrocked.

    The main article is about Kestler, but Matheson followed his example.

  260. Lesa says:

    Oops I can’t spell my name 😉
    Wow This news truly breaks my heart. Do you have something I could read on it?

  261. faithfulwatchman says:

    I have recently returned to listening “Every man an answer” hosted by Mike Kestler on CSN. I am shocked at finding out this information on Mike. I am familiar with Calvary Chapels, but I am more familiar with the Christian Fellowship’s networks.

    I know our friend and a Pastor who resigned his association With Mike Kestler and to “Every man an answer” for moral reasons. I wanted to rebroadcast his show but now have reservations because what I am learning about Mr. Kestler and his past.

    Thank you for this enlightening information. It does much to clear up my questions I have had.

  262. L purn says:

    Any one want to vomit? Visit the Bridge in kernersville north Carolina where cult leader, drug addict, adulterer, fraud, swindler and not even a real pastor david mcgee “teaches”
    Please find david mcgee on Facebook. Or me. Lorael Scott Perrin. I’ll happily share emails with you telling about how he thinks my mom is too fat and laughs at her behind her back but convinced her to leave her entire estate to him when she dies. He makes me sick. I want everyone to know.

  263. Inna says:

    Hi! Are there any credible sources to verify this info? We’ve been donating money to CSN for years now and now I don’t feel so great about that. Gah. And what in the world happened to Steve Matheson? Nobody’s saying anything. He’s off his church’s website, and his own website is down as well, “equipping the saints”. Does anybody know what happened?

  264. Michael says:

    You’ve been supporting scoundrels for years then.
    We’ve run stories on Kestler for 10 years now.
    It’s my understanding that all of the co-hosts except one have now resigned.
    Matheson cheated on his wife and children and is now divorced and looking for a job at last report.

  265. Muff Potter says:

    Alex wrote @ # 22:

    “Everyone and every Group picks and chooses what they want from the “bible” and none live life perfectly.”

    Agreed. The Bible has a long history of supporting or not supporting just about anything its readers fancy or don’t fancy.

  266. UnCCed@UnCCed.com says:

    Lemmie guess, “yes, this is/was/still is bad, buuuuuuTTT, I know plenty of CC guys who have (insert miracle here)” blah blah.
    Since Jesus said we’d know a tree by its fruit, it’s fair game to look at how the abusers “sheep” react as throngs of people joined in orgies on Facebook defending these guys as the result of their ministry. In other words, that those whom he taught think the most important person after the abuse is the abuser, and he needs some foot rubs on his soul. THAT should really embarrass him.
    It would actually be more Biblical (and coincidentally a better witness to the world-not that we seriously care anymore) if there were only statements of praying for their repentance, the affected ones (not that we ever mattered-still don’t, or as I’ve learned, you must talk about it while tickling their ears or be blamed for it), or nothing.

  267. UnCCed@UnCCed.com says:

    By the way, my “orgies” comment relates to the sickening display after the Coyster was outed-yea, I know he “repented” (after many others try to out it).
    I have no idea what Mike’s lemmings are doing; I can’t stomach another public orgy over an unrepentant sinner.
    Ok, now you who claim to care, go ahead and attack me.

  268. Nonnie says:

    What kind of person would sit under a “pastor” who has left his first wife and is now married to a women 38 years younger than him? I don’t care if he is a great Bible teacher or not. (I’ve never heard him, so have no idea) How could anyone take him seriously?

  269. conscientious objector says:

    Welcome to CC Apostate, coming to a city near you…

  270. Michael says:

    Neither the network or Kestler are affiliated with CC.

    I’ve been running stories on this creep for 13 years…and people still donate to him
    I hold them responsible as well as those who broadcast on the network.

  271. Bob says:

    “What kind of person would sit under a “pastor” who has left his first wife and is now married to a women 38 years younger than him?”


    One who either wants to to do the same or has done the same.

  272. People listen to stuff on the radio for something that rings true to them, to encourage them, to get something that makes them think different. It’s a very small percentage of consumers who ask about the character of the person delivering the message because more are concerned about what they get from the message itself or what they take away from the message.

  273. The Dude says:

    What I’ve found disturbing about Calvary Chapel is how it’s pastors will not tolerate sin in their own churches yet they will tolerate the sin of a fellow pastor. Like going to regional conferences and the big conference in Cal . and having fellowship with men who are in darkness. ….

  274. Em says:

    when i was young and a new Christian i thought that all pastors of churches were above reproach – it’s a long story, but i found out the hard way that this wasn’t true… the man was the long time pastor of the biggest and oldest Baptist church in town… the whole Christian community (but me, i guess) knew of his careless morals and it didn’t seem to bother his congregation at all, he was there until he retired

    my point is, evidently there are always blind loyalists that see not questioning, not holding accountable, as a virtue of some kind

    and, i agree with G’s point, “…It’s a very small percentage of consumers who ask about the character of the person delivering the message…” sad … maybe Philippians 1:18 is relevant?

  275. Jeff Sheckstein says:

    Its about time grace prevailed. Personally, I missed him

  276. Michael says:


    With all due respect…grace for who?
    Grace for the victims?
    Grace for those still effected?
    Do you have any clue what even I went through with this guy?


  277. Michael says:

    Grace,my ass.
    I sit here trying to figure out how the hell I’m going to make it through another month and this guy is sitting on millions and screwing his trophy wife in the name of Jesus..
    There is a path of shattered people that stretches back years with no repentance, no concern and I’m supposed to offer him grace?

  278. Michael says:

    Sometimes I wonder why I bother.
    It’s cost me everything to go after these bastards.
    It’s cost them nothing but a bit of embarrassment.

    They’re never been any question about whether grace was available for those who repented…but these guys never have to repent, do they?

    To hell with it.

  279. Erunner says:

    Michael, I don’t know who Jeff is but reading that comment from him seems odd to me. I have read his comments here and elsewhere and I know he used to joke around a lot and also seemed to have a connection with Chuck Smith that was close. Maybe he will come back and clarify.

  280. Pineapple Head says:

    The words that seared my heart when on staff at a church with a domineering, abusive pastor: “yeah, but he’s such a good teacher.” Some people will simply overlook a moral mess if they like the message.

  281. Michael says:


    Jeff is a very good man.
    I’m just not in a space today to feel generous to people who have gone out of their way to ruin other people.

  282. Pineapple Head says:

    I left that church because my conscience could’ve take it. Soon after I found the PP. So glad I did.

  283. Michael says:


    I’m glad as well.
    Somehow, this has to have been worth it to somebody.

  284. Erunner says:

    Hope tomorrow is better Michael. You and Phil need to talk fantasy football or baseball! 🙂

  285. Erunner says:

    Michael, I don’t think you realize how much good you have done through your blog. I believe any good that has come from my blog is stored up for you as you were the one who nudged me in that direction. I know others could echo similar words. It’s been worth it.

  286. Michael says:

    The accumulation of the years has hit me.
    I probably should get offline before I embarrass myself.

  287. Em says:

    when a Christian compromises, presumes on God’s grace, His integrity, that Christian is dancing with the devil, who can compensate a compromiser handsomely…
    Mat 4:8-9 “…the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory.
    And he said to him, “All these I will give you, …..”

    i think that most of the time when a Christian prospers in this nation today – this period of previously unheard of prosperity, it is due to opportunity meets preparation – just a natural course of events and not the above…, but there sure seem to be way too many now who do give every indication of doing the dance – to repeat what old J.Vernon McGee said years ago, a pastor, who accumulates wealth from the offering plate is not a pastor, he is a racketeer!!!

    joining in the prayers going up for Michael tonight… Lord, You know

    God keep

  288. Michael says:

    Thank you, Em.

    That verse is perfect…I guess I should thank God I’ve never seen that view or heard that offer.

  289. Jeff Sheckstein says:


    My apologies. It was said tongue in cheek as you may have heard, loverboy and the snake drove me from service under PC, which likely wasnt a bad thing in the long run. call me some time. A Friend has my contact info still.

    At 64, the only thing that now surprises me is that nothing in or out of minstry surprises me. Maybe I should return to Judiasm? Just kidding.

  290. Michael says:


    My apologies for misunderstanding you.
    I have been having a real hard time dealing with all this stuff again…I should have known better.
    My apologies again…

  291. I miss Steve Matheson on tema…He was such a gifted teacher! I am so sad for his family… I knew he would have many targets from the enemy …. Praying he will return and use his gift of teaching again!!! Where did he go?

  292. Michael says:

    Who gives a damn where the adulterer went?
    Are you serious?
    He dumps a wife and kids and you don’t care because he’s a “good teacher”?
    The devil wasn’t screwing another woman, Steve was.
    The devil may have inspired your comment however.

  293. Michael says:

    Evidently, he didn’t teach you that there are biblical standards for pastors and teachers. He now fails to meet them, just as his mentor does as well.

  294. Lesa says:

    I agree Theresa. I’m sad for his family too and I pray that God would bring restoration. None are above anything like this happening and if you think you are pride comes before a fall watch out. So sad when people just lash out like that that is just not right.

  295. Michael says:

    God isn’t bringing restoration. He married the other woman. Actually, most decent men are above screwing other women and abandoning their children.
    Someone should have “lashed out” and knocked him into the middle of next week.
    These comments are moronic and sinful as hell.
    You both should be ashamed.

  296. He may be a good teacher, but these ttwo ladies are not very good learners.

  297. Lesa says:

    What’s the problem with wanting to pray for a man who’s in sin and for his family? Without love…

  298. Michael says:

    I’m praying…that he gets a social disease and becomes impotent. You?

  299. Lesa – there are other wonderful teachers, it’s time to move on.

  300. Lesa says:

    Wow I guess you’re showing your true colors aren’t you? I can’t believe people are following you by the way you talk about and to people when you call names and you sound very angry. Are you an actual pastor a believer of the Word of God? That is a truly serious question. I pray that he would get on his knees and repent yes he is now married to the other woman okay it’s not about what I should have done at that point it’s about what do I do now. And I’m also praying for his family to be restored as well for them to be made stronger and that they would be healed of such heartbreak. God can do many many things unless of course you think otherwise which would be saying that you think you’re God or above him that story was written already…..try giving grace and not sound so much like a Pharisee. There is forgiveness for anyone who seeks Him and NO ONE “deserves” it that is God’s grace and mercy I pray we don’t take it for granted whether sinner or forgiven.

  301. Michael says:

    You are an ignorant idolater. Your concern should be for the wife and children and the church he betrayed. He should be marked and shunned until he repents. You need to repent if your idolatry and find a real church and pastor and turn off the radio.

  302. Michael says:

    I am angry.
    I’m angry that we have produced biblically ignorant people like you who help destroy families and churches with your idolatry of celebrities . Get a life, buy a Bible, and stop fantasizing about radio preachers.

  303. Lesa says:

    You obviously did not read anything I wrote but anyway have a great day nice life stay angry actually I pray you don’t and I pray God give you more compassion for people who are not perfect like you.

  304. Michael says:

    I’m not perfect. Not even close. We’re not talking about me. We’re talking about a ass who dumped a wife, little kids, and a church. I pray God give you some truth instead of bullcrap piety that enables wolves. Have a nice day.

  305. Teresa says:

    Wow, I think you must have never sinned! Jesus said, “He who is without sin throw the first stone! ” You have thrown a lot! You must have never sinned or fallen short of the glory of God….Of course we are sadden for the wife and children … Sad about another broken family. Satan just does his happy dance when marriages Fall apart… Those who serve and are gifted ( like Steve) have many fiery dart at them and yes they sin … They are human!!! Doesn’t make it right! But, Jesus died for sinners … If this is true about Steve Matheson I pray God grants him a repentant heart and him and his wife can be restore …. Jesus died for sinners – Jesus forgives those who return and repent!

  306. Michael says:

    Listen to the facts, nutcase.
    He cheated on his wife, children, and family.
    He did not repent, he married the tramp he cheated with.

    I sin regularly, frequently, and on purpose.
    I also repent…and would never devastate those who trust me the most.

    I serve…and keep my pants on.
    Most serve and keep their pants on.

    This wasn’t Satan…it was a horny narcissist who will probably do it again because people like you make excuses for them.
    No, go repent of your idolatry and shut the hell up.

  307. Teresa says:

    Lesa I agree with all that you wrote. Let’s pray for restoration . ??

  308. Michael says:

    What are you praying he’s restored to?
    He can’t divorce the new wife and remarry the old one…thats unbiblical.
    He’s disqualified from the ministry according to the Bible.

    He can be restored to fellowship if he repents and makes restitution to his victims.

    You ladies don’t care about God, you’re running a fan club.

  309. Michael says:

    “The saying is trustworthy: If anyone aspires to the office of overseer, he desires a noble task. Therefore an overseer must be above reproach, the husband of one wife, sober-minded, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, not a drunkard, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money. He must manage his own household well, with all dignity keeping his children submissive, for if someone does not know how to manage his own household, how will he care for God’s church? He must not be a recent convert, or he may become puffed up with conceit and fall into the condemnation of the devil. Moreover, he must be well thought of by outsiders, so that he may not fall into disgrace, into a snare of the devil.”
    (1 Timothy 3:1–7 ESV)

  310. Em says:

    Teresa and Lesa, i’ve read what you’ve written and, if you followed this blog site, you’d find that there is on going constant prayer for these weak (or worse) men – for repentance and restoration to fellowship with God, but not restoration to a pulpit as a pastor.

    these men who slip-slide need to be braced, to be called to account, treated like men and, if they are men, they will repent and not presume to continue on in the office they’ve betrayed.

    be jealous for the integrity of the God they’ve betrayed, the One they promised to serve knowing full well the qualifications for the office – continue to pray, but remember it is God’s kingdom we want to prevail, not the career of a man who didn’t treasure his office above all else and his wife and his children AND the sheep, he’d promised to lead second

    justification does not translate, “just as if i’d never sinned.” The price paid was dear and unspeakable and too many of these guys are modeling for the rest of us that we can presume upon grace – just say you’re sorry, pull up your pants and carry on? nope that’s wrong

    what we don’t do enough of – IMO – is pray and pray hard for the faithful servants who are sacrificing themselves in service to Christ

    just sayin’ … again 🙂

  311. Michael says:


    Thank you for being kinder than me.
    It wasn’t the bad guys that defeated us, it was the pews.
    Maybe if they had ever heard all the children cry that I have they would cover their mouths and cry with them.
    Or maybe not.

  312. Em says:

    well, Michael, if they wouldn’t cry, they’d betray a wicked, wanton heart – let’s hope that some are still needing to think on this a little more deeply and reverently

  313. Lesa says:

    The prayer of restoration is the prayer for him to be restored to God… a right relationship with Him for his family that they would be healed and their relationship made stronger with the Lord. You can not swear calling people names hoping that they get a disease and so on and convince me you love anyone.

  314. Lesa says:

    Michael just so that I am very clear. I do not worship any person except for our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ who teaches us to deal with these things in love and not a haughty spirit… That we deal in love doesn’t mean there are no consequences to sinful actions and there should be. The problem is how you respond. Can you honestly say God is happy and okay with how you are responding?

  315. Nonnie says:

    Teresa said: “I miss Steve Matheson on tema…He was such a gifted teacher! I am so sad for his family… I knew he would have many targets from the enemy …. Praying he will return and use his gift of teaching again!!! Where did he go?”

    Lesa said: “I agree Theresa.”

    Ladies, it was this kind of idolatry that Michael was reacting to. Yes, he got upset, but he has been exposing adulterous/abusive men like this for over 10 years and it is people like you that continue to support them and keep them in ministry that they have NO right to be in. . Can you blame him for being upset?
    I was certainly upset when I read your comments, so concerned for Steve and just wanting to patch up his family. He married his trophy wife, just like Mike Kestler and so there are 2 discarded wives and families that no one seems to give a hoot about. It seems to be the attitude is “just get our guys back on the air….we need their teaching.”

    It amazes me how anyone can support men like this and have any kind of desire to see them back in “ministry.”

  316. Michael says:


    You assume I care about convincing you that I “love”.
    That would be an error.
    My whole intent is to rebuke you.
    “Love” as you define it has destroyed lives and life in the church.
    My guess is that neither one of you ever met this man or the people he crushed.
    My guess is that neither one of you have gotten any closer to him than your car radio.
    Your love is nothing more than an appreciation of style with no regard for character.
    God is well pleased with me.

  317. Michael says:


    Thank you.

  318. Em says:

    did the Apostle Paul love? was this loving? “Then Paul said to him, “God will strike you, you whitewashed wall!” stern language and blunt words, even anger are not ungodly IF there is justifiable reason…
    amen to both Nonnie and Michael

  319. Lesa says:

    You guys can not hear. I am not saying or doing any of what you keep going over and over.

  320. Nonnie says:

    Lesa, what exactly do you want to restore him to? To his first wife? He’s married to his trophy wife. That isn’t going to happen. Restore him to ministry? He’s already preaching again in a new church where people are supporting him. Restore him to the Lord? Well, he is married to his trophy wife and preaching again and people are supporting him, so I guess he must be “restored.” Everything is fine and dandy. No problem then, eh? Or are you saying he is NOT restored to God and is a false preacher that needs to repent?

  321. Lesa says:

    “Restore him to the Lord? Well, he is married to his trophy wife and preaching again and people are supporting him, so I guess he must be “restored.” Everything is fine and dandy. No problem then, eh?” Right there yes restore him to the Lord. Period. My prayer is that he won’t go to hell! I pray God have mercy on Him. I would pray that for my worst enemy…I have prayed that for my worst enemy. And of course we pray for the men and women standing and teaching God’s word that they would stand fast and not be moved, but God forbid if they are we need to continue to pray for them no matter who they are. I have been angry at people long enough I now get angry at the enemy. We wrestle not against flesh and blood. And I’m not saying people are not accountable and shouldn’t be held to account. Also, I’m sure you all are much more emotionally involved with this because you knew him? I get that, I do, but just remember you’re not only “comforting” each other with your words on here but being a witness as well.

  322. Uriahisaliveandwell says:


    Well, yes you are saying and doing what Michael and Nonnie has spoken. It is you that is not listening to what it is that you need to hear for the your own sake, the sake of the church, and for those who would lead you into believing that because they may have the ability to speak publicly using the scriptures as a platform to woo you into thinking they are to be restored or should be restored to the pulpit or any other ministry.

    They are adulterers and will remain adulterers even though by man’s laws they remarried. But in the eyes of the Lord, they have absolutely no right whatsoever to take on the position of a leader or a pastor. What more, to even give ear to what they have to say is being complicit in what they have done and continue to do in the midst of their congregation and among those who would bear a witness that promotes them in any way, shape, or form.

    Are we to pray for them, yes, but even more so we are to confront them and to make it clear that we will have no fellowship with them until they fully repent. Not just confessing the multitude of sins committed in the process of intentional betrayal, deception, and ultimate consummation of such treachery, but also putting away that which is not ordained by the Lord, and making whatever amends to those harmed, including publicly stating they have used the pulpit to gained what was not theirs to have and to hold.

    Are we to be angry —– absolutely! Are we to hate these things ——– God help us, if we don’t. Are we to cry out in righteous indignation—-by the Holy Spirit that dwells within us, I would hope and pray this would be so. We are to hate that which God hates and we are to speak these things for all to hear and to fear and to take careful note so that we would not fall and so that we, too would know the that it is not for us to tempt the Lord by testing Him, to see or to proclaim that we, being by nature human, can push the boundaries of His grace and what He has set forth, but instead we are to call one another to an account so that we, the church will stand up against those who would use Him to practice such things, thus leavening that which is to be kept holy and sanctified.

    Lesa, I stand with Michael on this. And so ought you do as well. If it is the name calling that you object to as seeing it as not being loving. I too, agree with Michael when it comes to this type of behavior found among leaders in the church. Your defense is not loving at all—it is enabling and it only serves to help those right into damnation and the eternal fires of hell. Think of the prophets of old. Think of those who would only speak soothing words and those who were quite straightforward in speaking truth — the latter speaking words of God given to them, by the way. Those who did not want to hear the truth sought to destroy and did destroy many of them because of those words that cut deep into the heart of those committing blasphemous things that we speak of even today being committed within the walls and the homes of those who took upon themselves to be teachers, preachers, pastors, deacons, and other type of leadership roles.

    Love is not an emotion or a feeling, although it might bring about such. Love is that which seeks/promote that which is true, right, good, pure, and holy. Love is laying down one’s own life to bear witness to that which is true, right, good, pure, and holy. Love is exposing the darkness and taking a stand against all that is evil, corrupted, and most unholy. Love is not vindictive, but rather that which seeks justice, truth, and does not shirk or hide behind a defense of not being loving, if one was to speak directly, forthrightly, or even using words that are true that plainly describes that which has caused harm to others, such as when calling someone a liar, a thief, a cheat, a scoundrel, or even a reprobate.

    To say otherwise is being manipulative and is used as an attempt to turn the table to distract while attempting to make the one doing the calling out appear to be the culprit instead. Lesa, do not buy into this crap that either of these men are fit or qualified to be restored to leadership ministerial roles. Instead, put your focus more upon the wives and children left behind and think about the “wife” swapping that is so rampant in the church. Then think about what you can do to change this in your church to help those who also have been or are being thrown under the bus, or being kept silent by simple manipulative teachings that it appears that you, yourself have bought into, such as, “pray for them,” “we all sin,” AND, “YOU, WHO ARE WITHOUT SIN, CAST THE FIRST STONE.”

    Which, by the way was the same exact manipulative tactic that Satan used with Jesus when in the desert, being tempted.

  323. Lesa says:

    I will say it again you can’t hear you’re not listening. You’re putting words in my mouth that I’ve never said and the intent of my heart which is never intended especially the last part that you wrote.

  324. Uriahisaliveandwell says:


    Then stop listening to him. Instead, write him a letter letting him know that he has not been restored except by those who follow after him. And in this, he is no longer qualified to be a church leader in any capacity.

  325. Josh the Baptist says:

    Like St. Tina of Nutbush said, “What’s love got to do with it?”

  326. Lesa says:

    I’m not listening to him I haven’t listened to him in years. I’m making the point that you don’t call people names yes you call them out and you make them stand up and be accountable, but you don’t sit around calling people names and hoping they get a disease on wanting to punch them in the face that’s wrong that’s not God’s heart. Talk about emotion.

  327. Michael says:

    I don’t pray for Matheson or Kestler.
    I pray for the now single mother who has to raise her children and support them.
    I pray for the children whose whole experience of the faith will be forever colored by the actions of liars and fornicators.
    I pray for the churches full of folks who now don’t know who or how to trust.

    Frankly, if Kestler doesn’t end up with a pitchfork in his ass, there is no point in hell…or heaven.

  328. Lesa says:

    “Restore him to the Lord? Well, he is married to his trophy wife and preaching again and people are supporting him, so I guess he must be “restored.” Everything is fine and dandy. No problem then, eh?” From Em?
    Right there. yes restore him to the Lord. Period. My prayer is that he won’t go to hell! I pray God have mercy on Him. I would pray that for my worst enemy…I have prayed that for my worst enemy. And of course we pray for the men and women standing and teaching God’s word that they would stand fast and not be moved, but God forbid if they are we need to continue to pray for them no matter who they are. I have been angry at people long enough I now get angry at the enemy. We wrestle not against flesh and blood. And I’m not saying people are not accountable and shouldn’t be held to account. Also, I’m sure you all are much more emotionally involved with this because you knew him? I get that, I do, but just remember you’re not only “comforting” each other with your words on here but being a witness as well.

  329. Michael says:


    You need to read the actual Scriptures, not some daily devotionals.
    God’s heart is aligned with mine with unrepentant sinners who defile the family and the church.

  330. Michael says:


    I don’t “know” these losers.
    I know what they’ve done and the impact they’ve had.
    If you’re not angry, you should be.

  331. Lesa says:

    Michael says and I quote “God’s heart is aligned with mine…” And he apparently wishes hell on these men. I suggest everyone take heed that your heart is aligned with God’s heart not the other way around.

  332. Uriahisaliveandwell says:


    “but you don’t sit around calling people names and hoping they get a disease on wanting to punch them in the face that’s wrong that’s not God’s heart.”

    Really—–God actually uses these things to get those who have behaved so attention. In fact, it was Jesus who told us that it would be better to pluck our eye out or cut off a arm rather than to commit such treachery against our spouse.

    What more, it was God that made it plain what would happen if they pursue such things which is far worse than getting a disease, being called names that accurately describes them, and praying that a hedge of protection they may have been under be removed so that they would experience “whatever” to get cause them to stop and do a turn about, or if always given to such a mindset, a full on 180 degree to to be truly born again.

  333. Michael says:


    I don’t give a rats ass about these men, only their victims.
    You are free to coddle abusers all you want.
    You probably don’t want to do so here.

  334. Michael says:


    These men have lots of enablers like you that allow them to continue in their sin and evil.

    There’s only one Phoenix Preacher and we will all stand against both the perpetrators and those who enable them.

    If God chooses to give these men life and heal their seared consciouses, thats His business.
    Until He does…it’s mine.

  335. Teresa says:

    I don’t know but about mike Kessler but I did listen to Steve Mathesons teachings theu always pointed to God with humility. I knew its was Jesus’ gift of teaching that was evident … DAIVD’Sc Sin with Basheba is in the Bible for a reason! David experienced many consequences for his sin . GOD STILL CALL HIM A MAN AFTER MY OWN HEART! Despite you thought that we just desire a great teacher back on the air ( talking about Steve Matheson) he was only great and anointed because he pointed to Jesus not himself! I thank God for his grace and forgiveness for all who repent. I wonder how many people you have brought to he LORD? How much you and humbly served God kingdom? I wonder if you anger and bitterness has blessed anyone?

  336. Uriahisaliveandwell says:


    “Michael says and I quote “God’s heart is aligned with mine…” And he apparently wishes hell on these men. I suggest everyone take heed that your heart is aligned with God’s heart not the other way around.”

    Michael does not wish hell on anyone—–but rather seeks to speak the truth. Something, you seem to not want to hear or to know. As for hell, those who remain in these adulterous marriage and in the pulpit have brought their own destiny upon themselves.


    Oh by the way—that was not raising my voice to you, Lesa. It was simply placing an emphasis upon that which obviously you find difficult to hear and to understand.

  337. Michael says:

    “I wonder how many people you have brought to he LORD? How much you and humbly served God kingdom? I wonder if you anger and bitterness has blessed anyone?”

    Why is this about me?
    I didn’t screw over my family and my church.

    You know nothing about me…and truly, you knew nothing about your idol.

    Striking at me only shows your heart is twisted.

  338. Em says:

    #331- that wasn’t me…
    we need to be careful in using O.T. persons as models in God’s economy for the Church structure – restored to Faith is one thing, but restored to office in the Church is another matter entirely IMV – so many use David and Bathsheba as examples and yet, think for a minute, that wasn’t the Church economy (a justified and sanctified Body), David suffered (no blow is more severe than the loss of one’s child), he repented and moved on in a God-ordained secular role, but God said to him that He would not permit him to build the Temple because he had shed blood, i believe… David paid a price for his self indulgence and that’s what sexual sins are… not matter how our hearts beat
    AND one can have the gift of teaching, rise to a role of prominence and still lose that position and the use of the gift in God’s service – restoration in the Body of Believers thru repentance notwithstanding

  339. Teresa says:

    I don’t know about mike Kessler but I did listen to Steve Mathesons teachings … He always pointed to God with humility. I knew its was Jesus’ gift of teaching because it was evident. DAIVD’S Sin with Basheba is in the Bible for a reason! David experienced many consequences for his sin . GOD STILL CALL HIM A MAN AFTER HIS OWN HEART! Despite your thoughts that we just desire a great teacher back on the air (talking about Steve Matheson) that is not what it is about…. he was only great and anointed because he pointed to Jesus and not himself! I thank God for his grace and forgiveness for all who repent. I wonder how many people you have brought to the LORD? If you humbly serve Gods kingdom? I wonder if your anger and bitterness has blessed anyone?
    (Sorry for all the typos I am on my phone)

  340. Em says:

    BTW, if you want a great radio Bible teacher – look up the late J.Vernon MacGee’s daily teaching sessions – a very uncool and a very Godly man… not all here agree with me – but i am right on this… my rule of thumb is, if your ears are tickled, tune out 🙂

  341. Uriahisaliveandwell says:


    .” he was only great and anointed because he pointed to Jesus not himself! I thank God for his grace and forgiveness for all who repent. I wonder how many people you have brought to he LORD? How much you and humbly served God kingdom? I wonder if you anger and bitterness has blessed anyone?”

    Your reasoning is faulty:

    1) It is the Word that speaks to the heart of a person which causes them to repent and to commit their life to the Lord, not the person speaking the Word of God.

    2) God uses the repentant and unrepentant to bring people to Him.

    3) These men while committing adultery and being treacherous and corrupting were using their talents to preach the word and people were still being saved, in spite of them—not because of them.

    4) David was not a Pastor–he was a King. David repented — they have not. Uriah was murdered. Bathsheba was free to marry David. Nevetheless, the kingdom fell, the people was eventually taken into captivity, while the children suffered, one generation after the next.

    To strike out at Michael is missing the mark–perhaps in need of your own repentance, as Michael has put forth, that of idolatry, as well as, to twist scripture to justify adulterer remaining in the pulpit and leadership position, including the desire to want to sit down to eat with such who aligns themselves with a church that is practicing such things and daring to bring their worship and gifts before the Lord, upon His altar.

  342. Teresa says:

    MICHEAL, I don’t know you and this isn’t about you! Th bible say in Matthew 7:5 You Hypocrite, first take the plank out of your eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brothers eye. So that what I was encouraging. I could see how you might assume I was making am idol out of a specific teacher but that is just not the case. You assumed wrong! The BIBLE is my greatest teacher.

  343. Teresa says:

    By the way I never excused the sin… Just believe and trust in God’s restoring power.
    Some of you act like adultery is the unpardonable sin? It’s devastating ! It’s awful! It destroys! But it is not the unpardonable sin.
    WE ALL HAVE FALLEN SHORT OF THE GLORY OF GOD… That include me and probably you. Praying we get about God business 🙂

  344. Em says:

    Teresa, perhaps, you, too are mourning the loss, but expressing it differently than what is being put forth here?
    the anger that you read is not coming from folk who take pleasure in catching someone who has represented the Faith to people – rather it is a righteous anger, i.e., “how could you disgrace your position and your gift? now sit in silence, repentant and get right with God.”
    the anger comes when the sin is covered by men, who call it restoration

  345. Michael says:


    Your buddy is disqualified.
    Thankfully, I’m surrounded by people who call me to account whether it be specks or planks.
    I keep them busy.
    Making sure wolves stay out of the pulpit is God’s business…and I’m doing it.

  346. Uriahisaliveandwell says:


    Amos Chapter 5:21-24 “I HATE ALL YOUR SHOW AND PRETENSE—THE HYPOCRISY OF YOUR RELIGIOUS FESTIVALS AND SOLEMN ASSEMBLIES. I will NOT accept your burnt offerings and grain offerings. I won’t even notice all your choice peace offerings. Away with your Hymns of Praise! They are only noise to My ears. I will NOT LISTEN TO YOUR MUSIC, no matter how lovely it is. Instead, I want to see a mighty flood of justice, a river of righteous living that will never run dry.”

    1 Corinthians 5

    and then, there is, “expose evil, do not participate in it.”

    We, who are of the CHURCH are to judge those things that goes on in the church and behind the pulpit.

    How in the world can taking a stand against sexual immorality and adultery, specifically, be construed as being “unjustly angered seated upon bitterness,” when God has told us many times that for those who continue in it—-are deceived and will go to hell. Look it up, it’s all throughout the Bible—even in the latter verses of Revelation. Think about it—it’s not just the act of being sexually immoral, it goes far beyond this. It didn’t just happened, nor was it benched upon loving anyone—-including God. It was in the heart to do and in the mind to achieve, and for what purpose——-and then to cover it up and then to get people to buy into it by now legitimizing it by “marrying” another.

    As for the speck in one’s eye, it would, concerning these issues, would be far better to understand the depth and breadth of adultery and why God hates it so much. And why He speaks of it so often in so many ways: be it marriage between a husband and wife or that of spiritual adultery, which by the way has and is continuing if one leads others to believe that they have the right or can ever be restored to the pulpit, or a spiritual leadership role within the CHURCH.

  347. Uriahisaliveandwell says:

    1 Corinthians 6

  348. Uriahisaliveandwell says:

    “By the way I never excused the sin”

    My point exactly: It’s not just ” a sin.” It is multiple sins committed, perpetrated against God, spouse, children, and all who claim the name of Jesus, as well as, society as a whole, or in part. It is unpardonable, if not stopped, repentant of and no longer being perpetrated by being with that adulteress partner whom also was violated yet also was complicit in violating one’s marriage vows.

  349. London says:

    You excuse the sin when you call a guy “great and humble” when in fact, he is a cheater and liar.
    Those are not characteristics of great and humble people.
    His work on the radio is just a performance, not real life. No different than how most if America thought Bill Cosby was a nice, friendly, father like figure full of wisdom and goodness.
    Ends up, he was just playing one on tv. Same concept applies to the guy you are supporting unfortunately.

  350. Anne says:

    #352 Truth in a nutshell. Well said, London!

  351. Michael says:

    Anne, I agree.
    Well said, London!

  352. Teresa says:

    I don’t want anyone to just excuse it just look away from his sin. But, I will recognized the excellent teaching he was apart of because he pointed people to Jesus. Moses killed someone and was used later by God . Abraham slept with Hagar….God and used Abrahams. Big sins require a big GOD.
    Just because I can appreciate the PAST WORK OF A TEACHER in no way condones their present sin. AGAIN, I THINK WHAT HE HAS BE ACCUSED OF IS AWFUL …. Disloyalty to God, his family and his church. But I trust in the WHOLE COUNCIL OF God’s word… repentance, grace, forgiveness, judgment, newness of life, reconciliation, darkness AND LIGHT.

  353. Michael says:


    You don’t get it, I’m tired of trying to get you too.
    Move on.
    They may have some autographed pictures left in stock for a donation…

  354. Anne says:

    Teresa – if you trust the whole counsel of God as taught in the bible, you will see that God is able to raise up teachers of integrity, humility and grace to fill the shoes of those that have fallen. Seek those. Also, as is typical in many circles, you bring up Old Testament folks who did not have the benefits of an indwelling Spirit and ignore the New Testament prescriptions that describe the qualifications of a servant/teacher/pastor in the new covenant. The behaviors and choices of these men are not random, isolated choices in these men’s lives but the result of often years of deceit perpetuated upon their families and congregations.

  355. Em says:

    good words from London and Anne – amen from this corner…

    it seems it’s easy to lose sight of the fact that the Church, as Anne points out, is unique in its relationship and representation of God’s kingdom… the dedication and sanctification of one’s life to be in a leadership position is different than it was down thru prior history
    great insight, London… we have way too many actors

    or so it seems to me this afternoon

  356. Emily says:

    You say with a lot of confidence that Steve Matheson cheated on his wife… What is your source exactly?

    I agree with you that Calvary Chapel is full of wolves-some obvious, some not. It’s also clear that there has been a LOT of cover up within the ranks. In fact, ironically, in Steve Matheson’s last sermon from The Garden Fellowship, he alluded to exactly that, calling out false teachers and Judas’ within the church ranks, (This came a week after he finally came out in a sermon and disagreed with Calvary’s doctrine on the pre-trib rapture)… Then he disappeared. Now he can’t be found ANYWHERE and we all accept the word of a church that is known to be corrupt as they say that he had a “moral failure.” That doesn’t make a lot of sense to me. In fact, there are people who left The Garden Fellowship over it because it didn’t make sense to them either.

    Certainly ANYONE can fall, and Steve is no exception to that, but it just seems to me that we should all have a little more discernment than to just take the word of a corrupt church and destroy a man’s reputation over it… And really, Hagerman covered for him?! Doesn’t it seem like his loyalty would lie a little more with Charity (his wife’s daughter), than the man who broke her heart and ran out on her… Let’s reason together.

    I can say from experience that corrupt churches lie (Hence their corruption) If you called my last church they’d have some equally ugly things to say about me, problem is, none of them are true. What is true is that I called out the pastor, and that’s a bad idea in a corrupt church. If Steve in fact left his family then he should be called out for what he is; but if he didn’t I would hate to be the one perpetuating a lie about a man of God… Seems to me that there should be some accountability for that too. If you’re claiming to be doing God’s work, you better do it with diligence and wisdom, because we’re told that we’ll give an account for every careless word spoken. That should put a little of the fear of God in us, if you ask me.

  357. Michael says:


    I don’t write it if I’m not sure about it.
    My sources are impeccable.
    They go far beyond the church.

    You might consider the proof of the pudding the fact that Steve The Adulterer has already remarried.

  358. Idaho Joe says:

    and and and your thoughts Emily!!!

  359. Steve Wright says:

    Then he disappeared. Now he can’t be found ANYWHERE and we all accept the word of a church that is known to be corrupt as they say that he had a “moral failure.”
    Is Emily under the impression that MIchael is a Calvary Chapel pastor? 🙂

    Or does she think the CC gestapo put a hit on Matheson and that is why he has “disappeared”.

    Any thought at all that maybe, just maybe, his “disappearance” is related to the moral failure and unlike Kestler or so many others has not actively sought to keep in the limelight to the adulation of a sycophant fan base?

  360. Michael says:

    It’s entirely possible that these women are working with him to create doubt in my story and a new opportunity for the adulterer. It’s happened here before.

  361. Steve Wright says:

    I’ll make it simple for them – as one who knows what it is like to have someone in sin attempt to shut down one’s ministry….

    When a man is called by the Lord to preach and teach, and that man walks righteously in the grace of the Lord, then that man must continue to preach even to the threat of death. If unjustly removed by the “corrupt church” in some political move, then go next door and shout to the rooftops. Like Jeremiah, you can’t stay quiet even if you wanted to…if truly called and not a hireling or someone craving the spotlight.

    I think nothing of a man who is too cowardly to fight the ungodly for what Christ has called him to do.

    However, if in fact guilty, then do the church a favor and completely distance yourself from the public. No twitter devotions (Tutillian) no facebook. And certainly no pastoral ministry.

    It’s really not that hard to understand…

  362. Emily says:

    If Steve is remarried then I stand corrected. I’m interested in your sources, or somewhere that you can direct me to show me that he is remarried, because all I know is that I’ve been wondering for six months what happened to him and I haven’t seen a shred of evidence except what I hear from Calvary Chapel, a church system I know to be corrupt You may be right about Steve (I never said you weren’t, for the record) but if in fact you’re doing the work of God I would suggest you do it with humility and kindness rather than accusation, as Jesus did. I can’t speak for the other women who have questioned you, but personally, I don’t appreciate having my motives questioned when I raise a question. If your sources are impeccable, then I feel like it’s reasonable for me to ask about them without accusation. If you show me the evidence I will be happy to issue you an apology for questioning your integrity in calling Steve out. I am in agreement that if he was in adultery he should be called out.
    Also, Steve Wright, I can’t say I feel particularly edified by your “explanation”… Am I to assume that I am the sycophant fan base to which you refer? No matter, I guess by your logic that Elijah was just a no good “hireling” or else he never would have run from Jezabel when she was chasing him to kill him. Or David from Saul, or David from Absalom, or (albeit wrongly) all the disciples who scattered and then hid when Jesus was crucified, or the church of Acts that scattered when persecution came… Or, to use your own example, Jeremiah from Jehoiakim (Jer 36:15-26) For the record, I also have had ministry attacked by someone in sin. It’s a challenging situation to say the least. But I’m glad you’ve considered all of the variables in this case and can say so definitively what should have been done. I guess if this is showing me anything it’s that the church is by no means immune from the ugliness of chat room anonymity. ( I’m not just referring to the response to my comment, but the vast majority of comments on this thread) I can’t imagine how a nonbeliever would respond. Unfortunately, Jesus told us in John that they would know we are His disciples by our love for each other. I wonder what they would know if they saw this thread?

  363. Michael says:

    You need to go back and read the words of Jesus again. He did not speak to religious hypocrites with kindness and humility.
    People have wanted my sources for almost 15 years now and I’ve never named one,nor will I ever name one.
    If you doubt me, do your own damn research and do a simple public records check.
    A nonbeliever reading this would probably be pleased that some of us actually care about families and biblical ethics even in the face of sycophant idolaters who would make us the villains when pastors dump their wives and children.

  364. Em says:

    if Emily would take a deep breath –
    Michael doesn’t know you and wonders what you’re about?
    isn’t that exactly what you’re doing where he and Pastor Wright are concerned? 🙂

  365. Steve Wright says:

    Wow. The disciples scattering due to persecution, which of course is what Jesus instructed and of course the Scripture says they continued to preach wherever they were scattered…

    is somehow equated to infidelity and pastoral disqualification.

    I must say though, I think the examples cited support my tongue in cheek question. You cite multiple examples of men fleeing for their literal lives….is that why you think Matheson has disappeared from your radar and you can’t find him?

    And no chat room anonymity here. I post as a Calvary Chapel pastor, by name, who believes and states publicly that if I or any of our pastoral staff are ever unfaithful we will resign (or be fired if refuse to resign) immediately. The simple fact that you have repeatedly trashed the church I am affiliated with, and thus me by association, because of the bad witness of and experience of some leaders in that church affiliation, is why I am as vocal as I am when someone wonders why they can’t listen to the messages of their favorite adulterer. Or worse, supports the return to ministry of their favorite adulterer with their audience, their praise, and their wallet.

  366. Steve Wright says:

    As far as the witness to the unbelievers…if there is a worse witness to the world than a pastor in sexual sin, I don’t know what it is…even money grubbing comes in second place to all the adultery in the pulpit over the years.

  367. Michael says:

    Well said, Steve.

  368. Nonnie says:

    Steve’s 369…..Excellent! Thank you!

  369. ? says:

    I know I have been booted off here before but I have a ? in regard to what has been discussed here in Re: marrying another and then going back tot he former wife being unbiblical.

    MIchael, you stated here that he cannot go back to his first wife (in response to his being “restored to her”).

    Isn’t it unbiblical to leave the first wife and marry another without having biblical grounds to do so? (divorcing the first wife)?

    If it is true that he had no grounds to divorce his first wife, then his second marry to trophy wife is not biblical, and he is still biblically married to her (I would assume).

    Also, in regard to idolatry of celebrity Pastors, CCFL was begging BC to return for their 30th anniversary this weekend. They have no understanding that this should not even happen. They just want everything to “go away” and have him back.

    Good points made about TT and still continuing to have a platform through social media.
    Take away the pulpit but the platform is still there. An even greater platform for him many followers, who would have never even physically been present in his church.
    A good topic for discussion.
    Take away the pulpit from the man, he still has Instagram, Twitter, Facebook.

  370. ? says:

    “If it is true that he had no grounds to divorce his first wife, then his second marry to trophy wife is not biblical, and he is still biblically married to her (I would assume).”

    I meant that if his first divorce is unbiblical, wouldn’t he still be married to the one he left? Who married him to the second? How was that biblical? His first wife did not commit adultery. She had grounds to divorce him, but he had no grounds to divorce her and marry another. At least that is my understanding. Yes, the state can marry him again, but in the eyes of God I thought he would still be married to the first.

  371. ? – in theological terms – “you can’t unscramble the egg.”

  372. Steve Wright says:

    Check out Deut 24:1-4 to get an idea of God’s perspective on the idea…

    I join with the many that see this condition in the law specifically to discourage hasty divorce. Adultery does not MANDATE divorce…however, if that is the course taken there are consequences and if one then marries another, there can be no hope for reconciliation.

    Although I do not think the Law is prescriptive for us today, it remains holy, just and good. I have used those verses in talking to someone who is divorced and still waiting for their ex who has remarried, had children and moved on with life…to eventually be divorced (presumably by God’s hand in answer to prayer) so there could be a remarriage. Nope.

  373. Uriahisaliveandwell says:


    7:2 For the woman which hath an husband is bound by the law to [her] husband so long as he liveth; but if the husband be dead, she is loosed from the law of [her] husband.

    3 So then if, while [her] husband liveth, she be married to another man, she shall be called an adulteress: but if her husband be dead, she is free from that law; so that she is no adulteress, though she be married to another man.

  374. Uriahisaliveandwell says:

    I would think that if the adulterer or adulteress used man’s laws to marry another, in God’s eyes they are not married, therefore, they each have defraud one another, therefore, are able to view this as simply being two harlots living together and playing house. Thus, just as the old testament told the men to put away their pagan wives, so too, they could simply get an annulment, even though in man’s court, it was legal, however, in God’s eyes, the real marriage was to the spouse betrayed. Just a thought——-

    If God does not recognize the marriage, then why would we in terms of telling anyone, basically, “too bad, what is done cannot be undone,” when in truth, if the betrayed spouse elected not to divorce them, the best option would be to dedicate themselves to earning the trust they violated in order win their spouse and to prove to them, they are safe and will not longer jeopardize their safety and security again. Love is a choice and yes, the unfaithful spouse will need to for once in their life love that spouse enough to lay their pride and ego aside while committing to keep those vows and to put a huge notice up: not available in any way, shape, or form.

    Either this or wait for the faithful spouse to die——of course the unfaithful spouse could take their chances and die first. Hmmmmm.

  375. pstrmike says:


    Well said, Steve. I am a believer in one strike and you are out. Yet I do confess that I know of a few exceptions to my opinion because certain men that I know of personally have demonstrated a life of repentance and faithfulness in their walk and service. I can count them on one hand.

    However, this idea of getting divorced, leaving the church, and then coming back in a year or two is ridiculous. This idea does not make me popular with many of my colleagues who advocate unlimited grace to our fallen brethren, particularly, if they were considered a “good teacher” and had a large following. The reality is boys, a ‘good teacher “ keeps his pants zipped up.

    Adultery is a manifestation of a critical flaw in one’s Christian experience. And it is rarely, if ever, limited to their unfaithfulness toward their spouse. Adultery exploits both the wife and the other woman. It is dehumanizing as both women (or men) become objects for pleasure and necessity. It is an indication that one does not value or has forgotten respect for another human being that is created in the imago Dei as they seek to feed the appetitive part of their soul. What I have observed is that most pastors that I personally know who had committed adultery in the past and were “restored” to [senior] pastoral ministry are very heavy handed, tyrannical and treat people (some even in their personal relationships) disrespectfully and as a means toward an end, rather than as the loving shepherd they were initially called to be.

    God spoke to Balaam through an ass, but I think He desires to speak to His church through a more suitable vessel, but that’s just me.

  376. Bob Sweat says:

    Steve and pastrmike, hard to take, but well said.

  377. Nonnie says:

    Pstrmike said: ” The reality is boys, a ‘good teacher “ keeps his pants zipped up.”


  378. Zyko says:

    Crazy conversations, digesting all of it. As a former student of Steve Matheson I spent nearly 2 years under his tutelage. And this pretty much is a harsh cross roads. I don’t see anything biblical about a Pastor being restored to his position. I believe you better have your proverbial ducks in a row and be ready for the challenge. Hence why I won’t consider it even an option until I know that I could handle it. Doubt it’s my calling. I would be his friend in repentance but I could never support a return to that sort of leadership. You know it’s ok to pray for anyone. You know it’s very hard to do what you do here Micheal. I have had to stand up a couple times to corrupt pastors and churches and it’s never easy. I have just been a reader here and not much of a commentator. Anyways, Praying for all of you in the best ways I can. Thanks for taking the time to share the truth and information as I was not able to glean any from anywhere else than here about what happened to Steve Matheson. Psuedo Heart breaking stuff, nothing really shocks me anymore these days about all of our behavior including my own. Here’s to learning true repentance and discovering Absolut’s about Yeshua Ha Mashiach.

  379. Joel says:

    I am curious regarding source information here, particularly regarding Mike Kestler’s new marriage and Steve Matheson’s situation. Oddly enough, Google seems to be strangely silent on these two. Can anyone offer other sources to confirm this information?

  380. Michael says:


    You could contact Mathesons former church.

    Google is silent because I’m the only person online willing to tell the truth about these scoundrels.

  381. Scott says:

    I checked out Mike Kestler’s TEMA Facebook page this morning. Don’t really follow what he’s doing, however, I must say, his page is full of eschatological p0rn images. Some people and movements are just so fixated on so-called end times events.


  382. Michael says:

    End times porn sells as well to Christians as the other stuff to the public.

  383. Teresa says:

    I am deeply saddened by these pastors/ teachers sin! I know Jesus gives GRACE GIFTS TO ALL BELIEVERS when they are saved…. It is FOR THE EDIFYING OF THE CHURCH.
    Pastors/Teachers is one of those GIFTS. I do not know of any Scriptures that speaks about these grace gifts being removed forever after a great sin has taken place . King David sinned greatly and suffered many consequences for his sin; he lost his child and was broken hearted and even separated from God for little while. But he was USED again to edify the church… His fall didn’t disqualify him rather it showed Gods faithfulness and ability to use a fallen sinner to glorify HIM.. We now have many Psalms that to this day still MINISTER AND TEACH us GOD TRUTHS. I dont believe we have the power to disqualify somebody if God has gifted them to teach. THEIR GIFT( from God) is still in them…so IF they ever truly repentant I believe they can be reinstated by God (not by man) ➡️Roman12, Eph 4, 1Cor 12 GRACE gift scripture.

    Jesus’ GIFT to these men and the church was perfect ! But the vessel was not!

    Do you have any scriptures that you would says disqualifies a teacher FOREVER?

  384. Michael says:


    Whoever taught you biblical exegesis shot be shot.
    David wasn’t a pastor.
    David wasn’t in a church, he was leading a theocracy.

    These clowns are disqualified according to 1 Timothy 3.

    You really should be repenting of your idolatry.

  385. Em says:

    hmmm… probably don’t want to shoot anybody who knows the Lord… even if they don’t know scriptures – you could get in their face and yell at them 🙂
    it seems to me that we’ve had too many that have a gift of salesmanship that passes for the gift to teach the Word… but

    i’m not sure that God removes the gift to teach… BUT what is lost is the standing of a pastor, i think… i know one pastor who became an alcoholic, committed an egregious sin – just one, but it was enough, lost his church, went into AA and found himself teaching again as his AA contacts “flocked” to him – as a result found himself shepherding those souls by default – sound teaching – for the rest of his days, he lived in the joy of the Lord, humbled, probably a little flummoxed, but truly repentant …

    could such a person rise to prominence again, lead a homogenous church – a cross section of the community? … that i doubt

  386. Teresa says:

    I completely understanding and agree with Paul’s words in 1Timothy 3.
    I agree that it is a high calling to be a teacher. I AGREE all pastors must be above reproach! But I AGREE also with the whole council of Gods word…. like restore, make new, forgiveness … REPENT AND YOU SHALL BE FORGIVEN…

    There is NO IDOLATRY HERE did you read what I wrote. “Jesus is the ONLY PERFECT TEACHER! “All men will fall very short of that perfection… Mature Christian don’t dismiss sin but remain hopeful for the sinner to return. It’s ABOUT GODS KINGDOM not our judgements.
    Idolatry is when you put something or someone before God… My thinking is that God is THE only perfect teach, our only hope, and the only RIGHTEOUSNESS that saves sinner. So where is the idolatry? I KNOW MY FOCUS is on HIM.
    I acknowledge the Gifts he has given to men … and simply trust HIS sovereign choice to restore or not to restore .

    “Vengeance is mine says the LORD”

  387. Michael says:

    Teresa ,
    Your insistence that these asshats be restored to ruin more lives is shameful.
    You need medication.
    That is all.

  388. Joel says:

    Thanks for the feedback Michael. I heard there is a picture of Kestler with his new wife. Can you share? The reason I ask is because I need a little evidence on these two based on people I know who probably won’t believe me. Thanks for your efforts.

  389. mattzweck says:

    Mike kestler should have never came back. People are not happy. They should have people from the church run csn network not board. all twisted and adultery going around. Shame on you mike.

  390. Nonnie says:

    Well, I’m guessing enough people are happy to have Kestler back since he is once again listed as senior pastor at his church and is on the radio. Someone is supporting the adulterer. Someone doesn’t care about the wife and kids left behind and is happy to pay so the adulterer can collect his salary and build his kingdom. I can’t fathom it, but evidently, someone is happy to support him.

  391. Michael says:


    This thread has been incredibly discouraging.
    This is the state of things in the American church.

  392. Nonnie says:

    Indeed, it is discouraging. I just can’t believe people would support men like Kestler or Matheson. I’m more disgusted than anything. I know the pain of adultery. My parents went through it and I saw what my mother went through and as children, what we went through. Also my mother’s first pastor left his wife and ran off with the church secretary. After that, she didn’t attend any church for years. Even when she did finally begin to attend a church (20 years later) she was very withdrawn and cautious.
    How….how??!!! can people support these men or take them seriously???
    Sign me,

  393. Char says:

    He who is without sin cast the first stone.

  394. Crankypants says:

    I listen to this program maybe once or twice a week. Some of the views I have not agreed with and maybe now I know the reason. I do not like Leo Giovinetti responses.

    Of course CSN Radio does not make me feel any more comfortable with all their DVD’s they want to huckster.

    WOW! This is just another BUSINESS to these people. Nothing religious about it.

  395. Seria says:

    Sociopath . . . look up the definition of a sociopath.

  396. tiffany says:

    WOW look at all these perfect Christians casting stones. You better be glad that we serve a merciful and faithful God. A God of second chances. A God that is willing to forgive you too. Every time you judge a brother you heap judgment on yourself. Aren’t you glad that God still loves YOU even after all you’ve done? Love covers a multitude of sins.

  397. Jane says:

    Listen to you ALL spewing hate and condemnation…..passing judgement on another person. I guess God must have died….but I didn’t get the memo……and ALL you so called Christians where left to do the Lords judgements…….SHAME ON YOU….YOU SHOULD FALL TO YOUR KNEES AND ASK FOR FORGIVENESS….. So why don’t you chriatians leave all judgement to him as he demands, and just get on with your lives?

    … He straightened up and said to them, “Whoever is without sin among you, let him be the first to cast a stone at her.”
    ‎John 8:6 – ‎New International Version – ‎King James Bible – ‎John 8
    *****HIM IN THIS CASE*****

  398. Kevin H says:


    Are you passing judgment on us for passing judgment? SHAME ON YOU for spewing hate and condemnation.

    See how that works? 😉

  399. Jane says:

    I am not judging anyone…..just making a statement…..Kevin, reverse psychology is not your forte…..GOD BLESS.


  400. Michael says:


    You are biblically illiterate and spiritually deficient.
    God commands us to judge those in the church.
    Look it up…

  401. Rob P. says:

    Some comments as an outside observer.
    I am a Seventh-day Adventist by disclosure. One of the quotes that Ellen White said really applies here regarding MK and the real spirit behind his folly.

    “The enemy is preparing for his last campaign against the church. He has so concealed himself from view that many can hardly believe that he exists, much less can they be convinced of his amazing activity and power. They have to a great extent forgotten his past record; and when he makes another advance move, they will not recognize him as their enemy, that old serpent, but they will consider him a friend, one who is doing a good work.

    Boasting of their independence they will, under his specious,bewitching influence, obey the worst impulses of the human heart and yet believe that God is leading them. Could their eyes be opened to distinguish their captain, they would see that they are not serving
    God, but the enemy of all righteousness. They would see that their boasted independence is one of the heaviest fetters Satan can rivet on unbalanced minds.

    Man is Satan’s captive and is naturally inclined to follow his suggestions and do his bidding. He has in himself no power to oppose effectual resistance to evil. It is only as Christ abides in him by living faith, influencing his desires and strengthening him with strength from above, that man may venture to face so terrible a foe. Every other means of defence is utterly vain. It is only through Christ that Satan’s power is limited. This is a momentous truth that all should understand. Satan is busy every moment, going to and fro, walking up and down in the earth, seeking whom he may devour.” (Testimonies for the Church, vol. 5, p.294)

  402. Jaye says:

    Thanks for the info. and warnings! God Bless! Jaye

  403. Rob P. says:

    You’re welcome Jane. So sad that this man has used his position to deceive his flock.It reminds me of a wolf guarding the hen house.

  404. Karla wenger says:

    Is steve coming back? Is he remarried? I miss hiw teachings! He so impacted our life, and hope he can be restored! Is that a possibility?

  405. Joel says:

    Karla, after reading 1 Tim 3, I don’t think you or anyone else should want him teaching again. If the rumors are true (and I called his church and I believe they probably are), he can be restored, but not to a leadership or teaching position within the church. I am becoming more and more convinced that this is the main reason God wants us in fellowship, and not primarily listening to radio or celebrity preachers we don’t know. We should all be studying the New Testament pattern, which clearly taught a plurality of oversight and close fellowship. We should be getting fed by those we know are walking with the Lord and qualified to be elders and teachers.

  406. Michael says:


    Have you no shame?
    Why ask about an unrepentant adulterer instead of his victims?

    What is wrong with you?

  407. Donna says:

    Mike Kesler is also spreading heresy. He wrote a small booklet called “It’s Time” that he sends everyone who calls in. On page 11, under no. 2. GOD’S WORD CREATED AND RULES THE UNIVERSE- he writes “Christ is the word of God to mankind”……ok…….then he writes “He came directly out of God before the earth was made, and then all things were made by Him.”……..WHAT! I serve one God in three distinct persons! Jesus always was……He never came out of the Father, period. The Father is eternal….Jesus is eternal……the Holy Spirit is eternal. All always existed! I called CSN to speak to Mike…..off the air even and whoever answered the phone for him called me back stating Mike would not be calling me back and said Mikes response was that “he would pray for me”. He refused to address the issue about what he wrote in thisbook he is sending outto every person who calls in. UNBELIEVABLE!

  408. But as they kept on questioning Him, He straightened up and said to them, “He who is without sin among you, let him be the first to throw a stone at her.” And bending down again, He wrote on the ground. And when they heard it, being reproved by their conscience, went out one by one, beginning from the older ones until the last. And יהושע was left alone, and the woman standing in the middle. And יהושע, straightening up and seeing no one but the woman, said to her, “Woman, where are those accusers of yours? Did no one condemn you?” And she said, “No one, Master.” And יהושע said to her, “Neither do I condemn you. Go and sin no more.” John 8:7-11

    Mike is an awesome husband-father and friend!

  409. Johnny Rodriguez says:

    But as they kept on questioning Him, He straightened up and said to them, “He who is without sin among you, let him be the first to throw a stone at her.” And bending down again, He wrote on the ground. And when they heard it, being reproved by their conscience, went out one by one, beginning from the older ones until the last. And יהושע was left alone, and the woman standing in the middle. And יהושע, straightening up and seeing no one but the woman, said to her, “Woman, where are those accusers of yours? Did no one condemn you?” And she said, “No one, Master.” And יהושע said to her, “Neither do I condemn you. Go and sin no more.” John 8:7-11

  410. Michael says:

    Mike is a disgusting excuse for a human being who has long been disqualified from the ministry.

  411. Michael says:

    “The saying is trustworthy: If anyone aspires to the office of overseer, he desires a noble task. Therefore an overseer must be above reproach, the husband of one wife, sober-minded, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, not a drunkard, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money.”
    (1 Timothy 3:1–3 ESV)

  412. Terry says:

    Sorry couldn’t get on show,if Noah was able to let out birds how come he just couldn’t look out boat to see dry land?

  413. Ronald Hofmeister says:

    Mike Kessler,
    It made me sick to what happened to a Pastor in Idaho that a person isn’t safe anywhere I have Prayed for him & his Family & Church!!
    I am moving to Idaho this Fall!! I listen to CSN most of the Day & I can’t ever miss Every Man & Answer!!
    God Bless

  414. Michael says:

    Mike Kestler makes me sick and that program should be called “To Every Man A (Bad) Answer”.

    I’m glad you’re moving to Idaho… we don’t need you in Oregon.

  415. Teri says:

    Ok Folks, this is why you do not base your faith on the man at the pulpit, but on Jesus Christ. People fail because of sin. The man at the pulpit is just a man, made of flesh, and flesh will always be tempted by the enemy. Of you think that because we are Christians we will be spared of sin and temtation, your wrong. David was an adulterer and a murderer and God still used him, Moses murdered and God still used him…people are going to mess up. And by the grace and mercy of God, if we confess our sins and repent, Our loving father forgives us. So, drop your stones and read your bible, K?

  416. Michael says:

    How about you read your bible and deal with the fact that there are standards for leadership and serial adulterers don’t meet them.

    Mike Kesler is not Moses or David…we can’t make a real biblical comparison because God didn’t give a proper name to pissants.

  417. Em ... again says:

    Terri’s sermonette is one that turns up here so often – without realizing they’re doing so, they are defining the problem… David, in fact, was called out for his sin and he was denied service to our Father because of his sin – he was not allowed to build that temple that he so wanted to build
    And he, by the way, was not a spiritual leader – yes, he was a wonderful example of how we can sin and repent and find God there ready to forgive, but he was not a designating by God member of the priesthood, rather he was in a position of subservience to them

  418. Michael says:


    Well done.
    I simply have no patience with these biblically illiterate idolaters.

  419. Josh the Baptist says:

    Man, Em nailed it.

  420. Steve Wright says:

    This is why I chuckled at Jean’s idea yesterday (in the comments – the article was good) that if there was just good teaching on how we are simultaneously sinner and saint, then Michael would not have scandals to report.

    The reality is, the fanclub of Kestler (or any other of the fallen) is well versed in how we are sinners that God uses, as it (along with grace, grace) are the consistent explanations to justify disqualified men continuing to lead God’s people.

    Just read the supportive comments left here over the last several months…

  421. Em ... again says:

    i appreciate the affirmations of my view on leadership – even if ‘designating’ was meant to be designated…
    one thing hit me as i ponder this blind spot that so many seem to have when they think that they are pointing out to Michael and some others of us’ our hypocritical blind spot
    they use David to make their point…
    David was a King – i must ask, do some folk see their pastor as a ruler? as a king, as it were?

    BTW-God didn’t originally want His people to have a king, did He?

  422. Melanie sutcliffe says:

    He needs to go away……he has now shut the church lights off and is now holding service in the coffee shop in the church. The less then 10 people that attend are his employees…..he is a shameless non-human who is more worried about his ego ….. He could care less about the word…..he has his family living in a place where the stench of diesel fuel is so thick the kids clothes smell of it. He should be brought up on child endangerment charges.

  423. Michael says:


    You got my attention…if you have other details, feel free to email me personally.

  424. Donna says:


  425. Shan says:

    How is rumor mongering at ALL Christlike? If you KNOW something first hand with 100% certainty that is something we all need to know, then say that.

    I ask you as a fellow Christian to take this post down or at least rewrite it with just the facts you know first hand.

  426. Michael says:

    It’s all fact.
    Deal with it.

  427. Shan says:

    And – let he who is sinless cast the first stone. Has he not repented? Oh you don’t know? Seriously. I see his fruit. Seems like he goes to the Bible for answers. I don’t always agree with him, but think he is a good man.

    Plus – that rumor you disseminated about his child being conceived out of wedlock – what if his child read that. How would you feel? Mercy!

  428. Michael says:


    There are standards for pastors.
    He has broken them for over two decades.
    He does not qualify to be a respected pig, let alone a pastor.

  429. Babylon's Dread says:

    This issue is worse than dandelions … you kill it and it has already planted children to the moon and back

  430. Michael says:


    This has been one of our top ten articles every day for over a year.

  431. covered says:

    Looks like some Kool-Aid drinkers are lurking…

  432. Shan says:

    It ceases to be a weed when you pluck it.

  433. Shan says:

    Covered – if you are referring to me: How is objecting to malicious gossip being a kool aid drinker? Seems that is what anti Christian people call me for being a Christian. Seems I am on the right track!

  434. Shan says:

    Michael, respectfully, you may not like him and that is certainly your right. But you are a Christian spreading gossip. I cannot imagine that is something, upon reflection, that you would really want to indulge in.

  435. Michael says:

    Shan, you are either misinformed or stupid.
    In any case, I’m not taking this article down and we’re trying to get the dozens of articles we wrote about his lawsuits and other issues back up on the blog.
    I don’t write malicious gossip…I write stories that have been thoroughly sourced and meticulously fact checked.
    Kestler, in my opinion, is one off the most wicked men I’ve ever seen in the church…follow him if you choose to.

  436. Kevin H says:

    It must be a rule in the space-time continuum that someone must come here every couple months and defend Kestler and/or make accusations of gossip or judging. The universe may collapse if it doesn’t happen.

    “Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them.” – Eph. 5:11

    Someone better inform Paul about his call to spread malicious gossip.

  437. covered says:

    Shan, I am sure that Michael would be well pleased to retract and apologize for any false statements written about Kestler (or anyone else). What you don’t know is that there are several of us that come to this blog because we have full confidence that what is written is truthful and verifiable. This blog wouldn’t exist or be successful if it operated any other way.

    Have you checked into what was written on your own? Have you done your due diligence before defending someone who is at the very least disqualified and has done irreparable damage to others?

    The facts in this story can be easily verified. Accusing someone of spreading gossip on the other hand is out of line until you can back it up…

  438. Shan says:

    Michael, I am being respectful. Why do you insult me? You know their child was conceived before they were married? If not it is gossip. If it is a fact you have verified, please pony it up! You owe that to your readers so they know that the information (should they choose to tell others) is truth and not gossip. You don’t want to make someone else fall into sin right?

    I noticed above you wrote ” my snark and rage gifts”. Those are biblical gifts? Interesting.

    You are just malicious.

  439. Michael says:


    Thank you for clearing up the confusion.
    You’re simply stupid.

  440. Shan says:

    Covered – How does he know their child was conceived before they were married? Kessler, his wife or the doctor told him? Because THAT is what I object to. It is plain and simple gossip and that should not be part of our Christian walk. I sense you know that.

  441. Shan says:

    Michael, your a preacher? Lord help your congregation.

  442. Michael says:


    I know because I have sources in places you wouldn’t dream of.
    Are you being paid for this?
    Kestler used to have employees who were paid to monitor the blog.
    Are you a moronic plant or are you really this dense?

  443. Michael says:

    I am a pastor.
    Thankfully, my church has never had to defend me against accusations of adultery, fornication, harassment, or any thing else besides cussing and having too many cats.
    I do thank you invoking the Lord’s help for them…we all appreciate intercession.

  444. Shan says:

    Let me guess. You have some super secret special sources I cannot even dream of when writing about me too.

    My OPINION is that you are neither a preacher or a christian. Opinion sourced from your fruit.

  445. Michael says:


    Your opinion has been noted.
    My opinion is that you are an overmatched idiot who refuses to look into the published facts of your heroes career.
    You deserve each other.

  446. Michael says:

    Kevin, covered…thanks.

  447. Donna says:

    i did write about facts that i know personally. please ask to be sent mike keslers little booklet that he is pushing…….giving to anyone and everyone called “its time to grow”……..go to page 11…….then read his nmber 2 “Gods word created and rules the universe”…..he wrote…..and i quote….”He came directly OUT of God bbefoe the earth was made and THEN all things were made by Him”. Does this sound like the God christians know ….the trinity…..one God in THREE DISTINCT PERSONS? Jesus never came OUT OF THE FATHER AND THEN HE ALONE CREATED……NEVER! He is spreading a false Jesus…..he is spreading heresy yet wpould not take a friendly call from me to discuss so as to stop sending these to everyone …thus misleading many astray in the faith.who dont know better. UNBELIEVABLE!!!! When i called to speak to him on this …he refused to speak to me ….had the person who took the call relay the message to him while i was on the phone…refused to talk to me about this and told the guy to tell me he would pray for me….as if it were i who did not know the God of the bible. And i spoke to calvery costa mesa……everything bad said about this man kust so happens to be true BUT now that i know he doesnt even know Jesus so its no surprise! scripturally woth ALL hes done…he is to step down but he wont…..too prideful and wants to spread his web of lies. i will never listen to this station ever again….i quit quite some time ago! i listen to the calvery network k-wave 91.3. notice to decieve people to think ….believe that 90.3 is still the calvery network…hes kept the initials. he is one deceptive lost prideful man from first hand experience. AND PEOPLE NEED TO KNOW HE IS DECIEVING THE FLOCK IN MANY WAYS!

  448. Donna Hove says:


  449. I was going to mail “To Every Man An Answer” this important message, but I don’t think it will budge them after reading this article. Thank you for posting it. Chuck should have exercised better judgment and remembered what the apostle Paul warned and instructed the Corinthians about in 1Corinthians chapter 5.

    Here’s that message I was going to send them:

  450. Godsloveandlaw says:

    Very good report sister Suzie. Here’s another one that could benefit those who “love” the Truth, http://shepherds-rod.org/TGvol1/1tg49.htm

  451. Christine says:

    Let He that is with out sin cast the first stone.
    No one but God and those closely involved know Both sides of the story. Kestler ‘ s sin was brought into the open what about yours.

  452. Elizabeth Jackson says:

    I have a question if I read the Bible every day and pray do I really need to go to church I listen to Greg Laurie and every man an answer but I feel that the church really doesn’t teach the Bible

  453. Josh the Baptist says:

    You should go to church and turn off the radio.

  454. Michael says:


    The church is more than a teaching platform.
    It’s the Body of Christ gathered in worship.

    Josh spoke well.

  455. M. Donohue says:

    It would be better to write to the radio station hosting his program, find the CEO, or responsible party and ask questions (as a Christian group or organization) Demand an explanation, besides $$$ money. His partner, Leo Giovanetti, is a bit of a phoney, as well.

    Kestler’s theology is that of a child, constantly predicting the end of the world and the Tribulation. He is uneducated. CC was notorious for fostering these ‘out of control’ ,self-appointed, gurus, during the Seventies. One famous one in Albuquerque has the temperament of a bulldog, who almost punched me years ago, and now has his own program on TV. Calvary Chapel is a phenomenon.

    Chuck was simply careless and sloppy man with poor oversight of many of these characters.

  456. Brian Mitchell says:

    So many comments to read, I couldn’t do it. And so many willing to cast the first stone. I didn’t realize there were so many Christians who don’t need a Savior. Truth is there is only One Who was perfect, all have sinned and fallen short of the Glory Of God. I am guilty as charged and ask for mercy through the shed blood of Jesus Christ who died to pay the price of all sin and rose again to glory at the right hand of the Father. Is Kestler exempt from forgiveness and redemption? Is he prohibited from repentance? Did so many forget we are all fallen? Tread lightly Christians, by the measure you judge (fellow Christians) you shall be judged.

  457. M. Donohue says:

    It’s a phenomenon of the American culture bearing fruit. Your ministers have become ‘whores and thieves’. Read the writing on the wall…..

  458. Brian Paul Mitchell says:

    Satan is prowling overtime brother, everyone is subject to his destruction. Time to read Revelation very carefully and refer to every other verse of scripture related to end time prophecy an develop a heart for the lost. Maybe first read the last two chapters of Revelation first- that’s what it is all about. Hard to believe professing Christians here have dismissed anything end times when Christ Himself spoke directly about it with His disciples. Satan won’t attack the passive Christian, why waste the time, he will go after the vocal and effective with hatred and vengeance that only he is capable of. Time to watch, forgive and edify.

  459. Michael says:

    Mike Kestler is the epitome of everything wicked in American evangelicalism.
    His name should bring shame when spoken.
    His deceived cheerleaders need to go elsewhere.

  460. Brian Paul Mitchell says:

    Of course what he did is shameful. and you? No murder, no adultery-, no covetousness– in your heart as Christ stated- (the standard for sin is very very high)? Pure are you? I am not, I am guilty and only redeemed by the blood of Christ, just like Kestler. If you can’t forgive, you may want to develop thicker callouses on your knees (instead of your heart) and pray for honesty about how righteous you are. Do keep in mind Christ died for all sin, not just for special people, He died for the sins of Adolph Hitler as well as mine and yours. Hitler did not repent and turn to Christ. Kestler did. Read your Bible about saints judging saints- God will use the same standards on the harsh judge. Wood stubble or straw? Gold silver and precious stones? Be careful about what you presume is your reward- he who is forgiven much ring any bells? It has to, you are both sharp individuals. I listened to Kestler before and after. While he has done shameful things, I think he has truly repented and as a repentant sinner (like you and me) he is serving God and honoring Christ to the best of his ability. I wish I could say the same about myself- I have been blessed to do much more. Be careful in this judgement brothers. In God’s eyes people are not disposable, or you and I have no hope. Your willingness to destroy Kestler and others who fall to the flesh is disturbing to hear from any professing Christian.

  461. John 20:29 says:

    i heard a preacher giving credit to work that the police in America do for us… after listing the ways we benefit from them, he conceded that there are a few that dishonor the uniform, but he noted that the profession has a much better track record than our clergy when it comes “to dishonoring the uniform”

    Anyone can sin when we do so, we should repent and return to our walk with the Lord and fellowship of the Saints, who cannot reject what God has cleansed… but….
    i think what you are missing, dear Brian M., is that the man is now not qualified to teach or pastor and, if he was repentant, taking instruction from the Lord, he’d know that too – perhaps, in time he will come to that realization… pray that he will

  462. Brian Paul Mitchell says:

    Anyone can sin? Everyone sins. All sin and fall short of the glory of God. By your reasoning none can be qualified to be a pastor or to teach. Sin once of any magnitude and you are a sinner forever, guilty of sin, redeemed only by the blood of Christ. I’m curious, where do you get that criteria from the scriptures? Moses was a murderer, yet look at what he did afterward. David was an adulterer and a murderer and God did not cast him off, in fact he was called a man after God’s own Heart. There were consequences for the sins, but they served God tremendously after significant sin. How is any Christian instantly disqualified by our sin nature? God desires mercy, not sacrifice- not for Him but from us. The series of comments I’ve had time to read here are far from merciful. they are hate filled, judgemental and bitter. Most are the precepts of man, not from the Word of God. Kestler has paid, and will have consequences meted out by God in eternity- he has salvation, but the rewards he could have enjoyed will be diminished. Based on scripture, the hate motivated attacks and self righteousness expressed here, will entitle the commenters to the same loss of rewards, eternal consequences await many commenters here. Worse yet, there are people here who are clearly self justified who will hear the worst statement possible, “Depart from Me, I never knew you.” That is for eternity, and I don’t want that for anyone, especially for those who think they are doing the right thing. My admonishments here are to encourage repentance by those who do not know scripture as well as they boast. John, your comments indicate you haven’t listened to Kestler’ sermons, which I don’t care for, but are Biblically sound and his answers on To Every Man an Answer, which are solidly based in scripture (which he references), and when the scriptures aren’t clear about an issue, Kestler is very clear about what is his opinion and Biblical.

  463. Michael says:


    As with most of your ilk the biblical standards for ministry are trampled underfoot by both your idols and your idolatry.

    Your theology and exegesis are as inept and ignorant as those of Kestler…which would only make sense.

  464. Brian Paul Mitchell says:

    Michael, cite scripture for your accusations. I know about the proscritions for elders and deacons. What does Paul say about a similar situation in Corinthians? I’ll take the scriptures over your opinions every day.
    Now, exercise your theology and exegesis. I expect chapter and verse.

  465. Michael says:


    I suspect you are a Kestler plant.

    I’ll take the qualifications for elders in 1 Timothy and know that Kestler is disqualified and has been for years.

    Time for you to move on…give the scoundrel my regards.

  466. John 20:29 says:

    amen to #470… these old arguments regarding forgiveness fall in the face of what the Book teaches
    as was noted on this subject long ago by someone(s) the old fall back using David as an example of a preacher who sinned egregiously and yet walked with God is totally erroneous… David was a ‘man’ after God’s own heart – he was not called to the priesthood and, thus, was never restored to the office… he’s a great example of repentance and God’s grace to forgive – don’t lose this fantastic truth, don’t lose the message by sliding it into something it isn’t
    it is unnecessary to point out that all of us are sinners saved by grace… i pray that is true of Kestler also…
    it isn’t a question of being forgiven, it is a question of repentance and humility to go sit down and become a learner again listening to someone (maybe not as good as you are) do the teaching… someone humble enough and strong enough in the Lord to qualify as a pastor/teacher…

  467. M. Donohue says:

    Agreed. His sin is carefully protected from further exposure, by screening out any intelligent or curious callers. It affects his own faith, and ‘others’ listening to him by his constant deliberation on the Book of Revelation, where he’s trying to predict the end of the world. And Leo Giovanetti, from Las Vegas, Nevada, can’t seem to stop his incessant laughing at much of Kestler’s sarcasms. We can only guess at the continued ‘irregularities’ of those two hypocrites. What he had done in the name of Christ is too foul to repeat. What he is still doing, we don’t know. But no, there is no ‘repentance’ if you are still bankrolling a radio show for cash in the name of Jesus. Amen.

  468. mike Donohue says:

    “I EXPECT you to quote chapter and verse!”–Kessler’s plant, or Mike Kessler, himself? Ha!

    “Even the devil can quote Scripture.” How’s that? The case is now officially closed.

  469. Xenia says:

    I have a question if I read the Bible every day and pray do I really need to go to church I listen to Greg Laurie and every man an answer but I feel that the church really doesn’t teach the Bible<<<

    Listening to these men will only enforce the grave error that you have accepted. They teach that "church" is all about Bible study and if that's all it's good for, sure, stay home and listen to the radio all day. But what if they are wrong? Dead wrong? What if Church is about praying together with your brothers and sisters in Christ and about receiving the Eucharist together with them? Your radio preachers will tell you this is a hold-over from Roman Catholicism and Bible study is what it's all about nowadays. They are wrong.

    So turn off your radio, dear Elizabeth, and get yourself off the Church.

    God bless you.

  470. Xenia says:

    off *to* Church, I meant to say. 🙂

  471. BLM says:

    Mark 11;26 NKJV Christ says- “But if you do not forgive, neither will your Father in heaven forgive your trespasses.”
    So funny the moderator refuses to post the numerous comments I wrote a month ago that are entirely scriptural based. I doubt this response will be allowed as well. Thanks anyway, God bless you all.

  472. BPM says:

    Xenia, I don’t think you listen from your comment. Most of the broadcasts are church sermons on various topics. Fellowship is absolutely critical, isolation is precarious for every Christian, but for the home bound, traveler, or someone who has to work on Sundays this is a great source of teaching. They have Jack Graham, Adrian Rogers and J. Vernon McGee rebroadcasts, Dr. Robert Jeffress and many other sound teachers honestly teaching the Word of God. If you aren’t in the right church, turn on your radio and listen to good things from the word.

  473. Michael says:

    The fact remains that Kestler is disqualified from ministry.
    You can try to obfuscate that to suit your idolatry, but the fact remains.

    It not a question of forgiveness, it’s a question of qualification.

  474. Xenia says:

    BPM, I did not get the impression that the person who asked the question was bedridden.

    Even a bedridden shut-in handicapped person needs to belong to a church, even if they can’t attend. Those who have to work on Sundays can attend at other times of the week.

    Do you believe that the main purpose of church is to study the Bible? I do not.

    By the way, I do not consider the men you listed to be “sound” teachers.

  475. BPM says:

    Thanks Michael,
    I clearly understand what you are saying. Moses as a murderer clearly should have been disqualified from the get go. Paul, “breathing murder for the saints” as well, complicit in the murder of Stephen too. Peter? Clearly should have been disqualified, a confessed sinner, and three time denier of Christ. Jonah- openly defied God’s commandment to preach to Nineveh to repent, then even pouted when Nineveh repented in sack cloth and ashes, I’m sorry disqualified on principle alone. God has used flawed people all through history, simply because there are nothing but flawed human beings to work with. The only two people in the Bible who have no flaws mentioned about them are Joseph and Daniel.
    The fact is CSN serves God in spite of anyone affiliated, God is greater than all of that. If God wanted to take it out He would. I don’t personally care for Kestler’s preaching style, as a sinner (like us all) he does stay true to the Bible in spite of his flaws. The word goes out in tracts, street corner preachers, co-workers, tragedies and miracles- in every way God sees fit. CSN as a network lets me listen to Biblical teaching everywhere I have to travel rather than listening to commercial radio or KLOVE (which is good). Pilgrim Radio is limited but good as well. God used a donkey to speak to Balaam, surely Kestler fits that criteria.
    If Christ himself said “But if you do not forgive, neither will your Father in heaven forgive your trespasses.” I’ll take His word over yours every day. Christ also answered Peter’s question “How many times should I forgive my brother, seven times?” with the instruction “Surely I say to you seventy times seven.” That basically means continuously. That also includes Kestler.
    I don’t mean to stir up hostility, I am a sinner, flawed beyond hope, saved only by grace and the shed blood of Jesus Christ, and committed to the truth as revealed in the Holy Scriptures. God bless you richly my brother in Christ.

  476. Xenia says:

    Since I don’t know this Mr. Kestler at all, I’ll tell a true story about another sexual predator and you tell me what you think.

    I used to be the director of a home school group and we had a yearly camping trip. One year, one of the moms called me up to inform me that she was inviting a man I’ll call “Fred” to camp with us. Fred just got out of jail. He was a pastor who had been convicted of pedophilia. I said “No way, don’t bring this guy.” She gave me the same forgiveness spiel we can read in the some the posts here. I said, “Ok, he’s forgiven but he can’t come to our camp out where there are dozens of little kids in swimsuits.” She went on and on about “God has forgiven him, why can’t you?” and I said “Don’t bring him.”

    Well she brought him. And you will not be surprised to hear that he spent all his time down at the riverside with the little boys in swimsuits. It was so obvious that one of the dads had to be restrained for getting getting into a fight with him. After a few hours of watching this guy in action, everyone knew to keep their kids (boys) away from him and that put a serious damper on the camp out. And it was the last camp out that group ever had because if I couldn’t prevent pedophiles from coming there wasn’t going to be a camp out. period.

    So tell me, would you send you little boys to a day-care center where this man was a worker? No? Where’s your forgiveness?

    Sexual predators come in many categories. Some like little boys and some like needy Christian women. They can be forgiven but they can never be trusted.

  477. BPM says:

    Xenia, you are absolutely right in your situation, but this is an apples and oranges comparison. Kestler was apparently involved with an adult woman when he fathered a child out of wedlock, and worse, while still married to his first wife. Power has been shown to be attractive, and often with less than righteous and Godly outcomes. First and second Corinthians provide guidance on sin within the body of followers of Christ, from admonition to expulsion to forgiveness and restoration. Does that mean punishment is skipped over lightly? No. Just as David sinned and received grace, he endured the punishment from God of the loss of his illegitimate son and subsequent implosion of his family. The example of David is completely dismissed by another above “because David wasn’t no priest”, yet he was a significant “man after God’s own heart” sin and all, and he was permitted to eat showbread which was reserved only for priests. He was also a significant prophet with Psalm 22 (among others) being huge.
    This blog is disturbing in the outright claims that Kestler (and by inference any other sinner) is disqualified forever after sin. The logic is shallow, we are all sinners and the “degree” of the sin has nothing to do with it. Christ said to even contemplate adultery or murder is equal to having actually committing the sin. Equally disturbing is the absolute willingness to dismiss the scriptures and attack not only Kestler, but the Christian Satellite Network entirely with the doctrines of men. To attempt to paint the entirely of CSN’s programming with the same dirty brush is extremely careless, it is an incredible collection of some of the most cautious and comprehensive Bible scholars and teachers in the US. The attacks on scriptural based worship and study, as well as the Calvary Chapel Church are puzzling and unfounded. We should not verbally destroy any other Christians because the Pope or an elder or deacon or pastor who leads their church falls. I have attended major denominational churches where the name of Christ is not even mentioned. Calvary Chapel goes through the Bible verse by verse, line upon line, precept upon precept. The focus is consistently on Christ as revealed through the entirety of te scriptures. How is that so wrong?
    If asked for scriptural references for the exile of Kestler, no one offers any here, in fact Biblical references are mocked. This really comes down to the church where Kestler serves. If they accepted him back after 3 years, that is that congregation’s decision, regardless that the author of this blog has amassed a file of grievances against Kestler for 15 years. I might suggest he throw it away and just read the Bible with that time, God will judge Kestler. Paul explains that we will all be tried by fire, and though saved, our rewards in heaven will be determined by what remains. Perhaps in Kestler’s case all is wood stubble and straw, that is God’s judgement, not ours.
    As for your example of “Fred”, not all who profess to be Christians are, as Christ said, “Depart from Me, I never knew you.” Like the lion Peter describes, people like “Fred” will prey on those who openly love and trust, and as you rightly did, we have to protect from such agents of Satan in every disguise.
    God bless you Xenia.

  478. Michael says:

    “The saying is trustworthy: If anyone aspires to the office of overseer, he desires a noble task.Therefore an overseer must be above reproach, the husband of one wife, sober-minded, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach,not a drunkard, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money.He must manage his own household well, with all dignity keeping his children submissive,for if someone does not know how to manage his own household, how will he care for God’s church?He must not be a recent convert, or he may become puffed up with conceit and fall into the condemnation of the devil.Moreover, he must be well thought of by outsiders, so that he may not fall into disgrace, into a snare of the devil.”
    (1 Timothy 3:1–7 ESV)

    Interestingly, you only recount the the most recent of Kestler’s disqualifying sins.
    We were establishing his pattern of sin long before that, sins that even Chuck Smith acknowledged were disqualifying.
    The fascinating and frankly, disgusting, thing about you idolaters is that you always defend the scoundrel with nary a word about the victims left in their wake.
    That is sin of the lowest sort.
    Unlike you, I have heard those victims for over a decade…and trust me when I say that this man is unfit for the pastorate.

    Calling the majority of people who ‘teach” on CSN “scholars” only serves to indicate that you wouldn’t know a scholar if he smote you with a book.

  479. BPM says:

    Idolater? You have no clue who I am, at least I posted my full and real name before I was “moderated out”. As an Idolater I serve my church and fellow Christians in need, I tend to the sick, I minister in prisons, I feed the hungry and clothe those who have suffered great loss, and I accept the strict judgement accorded to teachers, diligently applying myself to understanding the whole Word t be sure I never subject myself to judgement for misrepresenting what God says. Unlike you I don’t not waste the precious time God has granted me accumulating files of accusations and creating a website to nip at people’s heels. I stumbled on this blog doing an entirely unrelated search, and what concerned me was the un-Bibilical aspects of the discussion. Kestler is flawed, and so are you, perhaps even worse.
    That is the beauty of an anonymous venue like this. You cast aspersions as if you are a flawless man, free from all sin. Your venom, bitterness and outright hatred is so transparent. God have mercy on you for your hate filled, un-Christian spewing of the doctrines of sick men, belittling blather and vile accusations. There is a consequence to that only you will face. Perhaps it’s time for you to march right up to Idaho and tell that church to rid themselves of a pastor they have forgiven and accept. You’ve certainly put me in my place as an idolater. The speck in eye has been pointed out finally. Purge the evil of Kestler and teh Calvary Chapel Church!
    No, I think you are a coward hiding behind the guise of being an actual Christian throwing hatred everywhere- move on. Kestler will continue. Your ignorance of what is actually presented on CSN is detestable.Accuse without listening to any of it and expose yourself as a fool. In spite of your arrogant accusations, God’s word is taught on CSN, people are saved and Christians are edified. You petty rants won’t stop the good works.
    May God truly have mercy on your bitter, bitter soul.

  480. mike Donohue says:

    Whew! There’s something emotionally strange about BPM. I have never heard any man get so distraught and defensive about Mike Kessler who they don’t personally know. It’s like he’s talking about his mother. I do think he’s ‘part of the puzzle’. I don’t believe for a second that he’s using his real name. Anyway, the fruit doesn’t fall far from the tree. Just ask Leo Giovanetti’s gay son.

  481. mike Donohue says:

    One other practical thing to examine. This poor fellow goes on a rant for self-justification that’s long and amusing. He does a lot of threatening. I don’t know what sin he committed, but God bless him. I don’t wish him ill. But notice in his rant he leaves out ONE WORD. It’s the name of JESUS CHRIST. Unusual, to say the least. Ha!

  482. BPM says:

    Look at us. Christians attacking Christians. I really don’t care about Kestler any more than I care about you. I care for all of you as fellow Christians, I pray for all believers and I pray for the lost.I don’t say this to present myself as holier than thou, but only to explain that I truly try to be humble.
    The apostasy on this thread is appalling (apostasy means falling away from Biblical truth). The mocking of end times here is prophesied. Is the rapture tomorrow? No one knows, but Christ said “watch”, not mock.
    Mr. Donahue, the congregation that chose to restore Kestler is responsible for any further failings he may be responsible for, not some Phoenix Pastor presumably in Arizona. There is a door on that church that allows the congregants to go elsewhere, as I’m sure many did.
    You are entirely disingenuous accusing me of not mentioning Christ in my response when I was called an idolater. How funny, I mention Christ and what he actually said in virtually every comment I’ve posted. Being able to count, It is TWO WORDS, JESUS CHRIST. HA!
    Enough of this. From the beginning I have been taken back by comments here that are so far from Christianity, and since many represent themselves as followers of Christ, it is only out of Christian love that I have tried to offer some corrections. We are instructed to do so, and I have tried to do that out of love.
    There are comments here stating that it is more important to attend church (and that IS important) than read the Bible, on the home page there was an article saying that the blogger hoped God would carve out an exception for a good and honest deceased news reporter who may not have been a follower of Christ.
    It’s disturbing in that this is a precise example of trampling on the Blood of Christ. This is saying that salvation is not of the finished work of Christ and His shed blood providing the remission of sin, but on someone’s works. No where in the Bible does it say there is a good guy exception. If that is the case then Christ suffered and died for nothing. Not so!
    So while Kestler is a horrible deviant, many of the doctrines that are held out here are worse. Most people are appalled that a pastor (as many pastors have) would behave in such a way, but if this website promotes ideas that would lead anyone astray from the Truth of God (ie. works might save you), or would confirm the doctrines of men that tickle the ears, those things should be a grave concern. If anyone were considering following Christ and read this blog, no one could blame them for calling Christians hypocrites. This is an abominable sin because we are called to be salt and light, this discourse couldn’t be any further from that commandment of Christ.
    Criticism is so easy, encouragement not so much.
    By way of encouragement I would like suggest that the critics here have not listened to the programming on CSN. I would encourage everyone here to listen to 8 hours of programming to be informed about what you freely criticize. You are absolutely free to take a break during Kestler’s broadcast of his Sunday services (I skip them myself) or Leo Giovanetti’s. But listen to the programming, then comment on what the radio network really does. Not all pastors are from Calvary Chapel. Being a careful student of the Bible, I have found the teachings sound and insightful. These broadcasts are not intended to replace attendance and fellowship of a local church, but as a supplement. As each ministry raises funds for their programming (Christian radio has to pay to be broadcast) they are clear that you must support your local church first, unlike many televagelists who proclaim God wants you to send your money to them.
    In my case, work has required me to travel extensively and I often have to work over 30 consecutive days. I cannot attend church as I would prefer, but I can listen to sound Biblical teaching as I travel. When a CSN station is in range, I listen to that. If it’s the Salem Radio Network I listen to that. If it is Pilgrim Radio, I listen to that. ESPN Radio? I don’t think so, I’d rather listen to myself sing, LOL.
    There are some criticisms leveled here against the late Chuck Smith and his treatment of Kestler (and others). For clarity, CSN was forced to change it’s name from Calvary Satellite Network to Christian Satellite Network and Kester’s church was forced to change their name from Calvary Chapel of Idaho Falls to The River Christian Fellowship (or to something of that affect).
    I have to go back to work. Can this dialog become productive rather than so destructive? I pray so. God bless you all.

  483. Xenia says:

    I believe BPM is a devout Christian who loves God and his neighbor. He has sympathy for a man he sees as a fellow sinner and he takes to heart Christ’s commandment to forgive the sinner. I would say he and I differ as to who needs the greatest portion of our concern. BPM cares about Mr. Kestler and believes God would give him a 2nd, 3rd, 4th – 70 x 7? chances whereas I am much more concerned about future victims.

    And if Mr. K is true to the pattern I have observed in other sexually predatory pastors I have seen over the decades, there will be new victims because he certainly appears to be a sexual predator and they will keep on predating if they are in a position of authority.

    His female victims are not free from guilt, either, of course, but how can you allow such a person to be in the position of spiritual authority where he might beguile and corrupt foolish women?

  484. BPM says:

    Thank you Xenia. I agree wholeheartedly on your description of sexual predators. Thankfully (and probably more honestly- hopefully) this congregation is fully aware of his transgressions and are diligent in watching him and holding him fully accountable on an hourly basis. I don’t think any of us know why they would have permitted him back into a pastorship, but they did. I think it is safe to say, none of us here would be comfortable with that decision, and I personally would have left that church over this decision. I have left congregational churches over serious matters that were governed by a popular vote rather than what is true to the good news.
    The evil that men and even women these days (thinking of the teachers who make the news) perpetrate are disturbing. And even if Kestler is no longer a pastor, he is still fully capable of continuing in this same pattern. Should he be denounced? Absolutely, and that has been accomplished here. Assuring his repentance is impossible for all of us from a distance, and it is unlikely any of the Idaho Falls congregants ever read this. A direct correspondence with them would be more effective than this blog. So what concerns me is the various comments here that deviate so far from where it could be useful and productive. We can all fall into some form of legalism far from faith and Matthew 23:23 is instructive in many respects for us today as Christ chastens the scribes and Pharisees
    “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have neglected the weightier matters of the law: justice and mercy and faith. These you ought to have done, without leaving the others undone.”
    Justice and mercy and faith- these are understandable concepts, but not so easy to implement in the flesh. Justice has been dominant in this thread, being a newcomer to the discourse I was taken by the lack of mercy and the lack of faith that God is fully in control in this (and every) situation. I know I don’t have to tell you, but for others, in this situation we must pray for Kestler to be fully repentant, for his congregation to be extra protective and vigilant- not just for Kestler but regarding all other predators of every form, as I believe you do- pray for his victims, and to remember mercy as a weightier matter- for our own spiritual well being.
    Be well Xenia, very well.

  485. Mike Donohue says:

    R.I.P. Let’s put an end to this absurd bleeding heart for Mike Kestler. It’s hysterical. He impregnated some model 38 years younger then himself. He divorced his wife, not the other way around. He was asked to stop representing Calvary Chapel on the radio. So, Mike Kestler wisely avoided a paternity lawsuit and child support by getting rid of his wife. Kestler’s radio station would have also been sued, as well ! Whomever this Brian Mitchell is, (Leo Giovenetti?), please go home to your buddy and stop whinning.

  486. BPM says:

    Go bless you Mike Donahue,
    I hope you get e a reading for comprehension course for Christmas. Don’t give up too easily if you find yourself struggling at first.
    My name is Brian Mitchell, never had an alias.

  487. Mike Donohue says:

    Media ministers need tighter scrutiny in America because of the vast amount of money used for production. It’s always a temptation. Even the 700 club has close to a billion dollars in assets, yet does a good deal of begging. I’d say, the ‘bozo’ being defended here is typical of a corrupt American culture, not really that important, just another scam artist. Who cares? I was shocked when I read about his unprofessional behavior. Just another Harvey Weinstein. Maybe Kestler should go to Hollywood?

  488. mike Donohue says:

    Upon re-reading BPM’s constant defense of Mr. Kesler’s sexual abuses, I realized this fellow is an employee or associate of that religious radio station that provides programs. He expresses a consummate knowledge of all the other programs and staff of that radio station, but he never identified himself, or his association. Just another HUCKSTER. He was on here to protect the multi-million dollar institution, which is exactly my contention. Kestler is simply a boyscout compared to BPM.
    Please, give me Jesus Christ, and only Christ.

  489. Michael says:


    It wouldn’t be the first time that’s happened with CSN…

  490. BPM says:

    little mike Donahue and big Michael,
    Nothing is further from the truth. I’m a truck driver now, I drive all over the US and listen to Christian Radio wherever I can find it, including good programming on CSN. Though you type out un-truths, I don’t call you a liar. Get over it, it’s clear you’ve never listened to CSN. Go to my first comment regarding being judged by the standard you use. It’s in the Bible brother. I think you need to prayerfully consider your non-Christian comments made in complete anonymity to all except the Creator and the One Who shed His Blood. Be careful brother, that is all I have been saying, not trying to judge you, trying to be very careful instructing you since the standard for a teacher is quite high. As for Kestler, God is his Judge, not you or me or anyone here who acts as a judge. This has proven to be a very questionable Christian blog site. You may want to look up apostacy. Moving on bro, you are unassailable, I have better ways to waste my time. LOL

  491. Xenia says:

    BPM is a devout evangelical and for him, “good teaching” is of primary import. The means of transmitting this “good teaching” is of secondary importance. He cares about the message, not the messenger. The “good teaching” is going out to the world and he’s happy about that.

    I disagree that what one hears on CSN is “good teaching” but I don’t think BPM is excusing Mr. K’s bad behavior, he just believes the end justifies the means. And sometimes, it does.

  492. mike Donohue says:

    Both BPM, the so-called truck driver, and Xenia are in league, presenting a ‘precious’ defense of a con-artist, Mike Kestler, who brings in millions of dollars for their radio station. They seem to be watching this blog like a hawk, and wish to protect a well-documented sex abuser. Anyone need only to search the internet about Mike Kestler’s litigation with the founder of Calvary Chapel’s Chuck Smith, and multiple sexual allegations, and his marriage to a girl 38 years younger than himself, because she was pregnant–of course you can also just listen to that fox on radio!

  493. mike Donohue says:

    Merry Christmas! After many weeks no further response. So be it. The ‘advocate’ for Mike Kestler was peculiar. He claimed to be a truck driver, yet writes like an academic. One other element in his diatribe. He indicates, or revealed, an association with the workers of that radio station. Whew! But, most Media ministries are corrupted by massive amounts of contributions and money, and the list goes on forever. Even the 700 Club is worth a billion dollars. It’s part of an American culture, not Christ. ‘Scriptura sola’ is so important. The Word. Maybe Jesus will choose another nation in the future! .

  494. Mike Donohue says:

    Greeting to all Believers. I give thanks to God and for this wonderful blog. And for all the Faithful. And for anyone still concerned about this matter, or Kreepy Mike Kestler and friends, Xenia, who makes the ridiculous statement that “…a Christian’s behavior does not matter–only what he TEACHES!” My poor Xenia, even the Devil can quote the Bible!

    “And the fruit never falls far from the tree”……….or simply,
    “Show me your works!”–James

  495. Xenia says:

    Xenia, who makes the ridiculous statement that “…a Christian’s behavior does not matter–only what he TEACHES!” My poor Xenia, even the Devil can quote the Bible!<<<

    I can only apologize for poor my poor writing ability because in no way did I ever mean to say what you think I said. I put "good teaching" in quotation marks because I do not think "good teaching" is all that matters, I think 100 percent the opposite.

    So again, I must apologize for my confusing post because you got out of the opposite of what I intended.

    That passage you quoted from St. James is pretty much my favorite verse among the Epistles.

    But I did smile at "poor Xenia," which is sweet. Please pray for Poor Xenia!

  496. Xenia says:

    I see where the confusion is. I was trying to explain BPM’s mindset, which I don’t agree with, and you thought, because of my confusing post, that I was talking about myself.

  497. Godsloveandlaw says:

    Sister Xenia,
    Let it be seen Christ is in you. Good response.

  498. Mike Donohue says:

    Xenia is a surprise for me! God bless you! The ‘Kreep’ is only a symbol of Christian Media, still flourishing, and profiting on lies, a product of a collapsing culture. He remains a clever, little spider. As you know, Jesus warns, “I can raise Believers from these very stones.” to the Elite-Pharisees…meaning the Gentiles. I sense China may be the new foundation of world Christianity, if America soon fails.

  499. Godsloveandlaw says:

    Yes brother Mike, I heartily agree with you Kestler is indeed a “Kreep”. The term ” wolves in sheep clothes” is very applicable here.

  500. Mike Donohue says:

    This is astounding! I just skipped through the radio, and caught Mike Kessler’s show, and he declared, undeniably, that a Believer can lose his salvation. WOW! A lie from the pit of hell. This Kessler is a slippery character. He chose to use the Book of Revelation as his proof, and evaded a host of straight forward declarations, but insisted that he was right. It was on the Friday, February 23rd show.
    Now that station promotes him because he’s brings in revenue, and this is American Christian Media, today. So, beware! He is the same fellow caught in adultery on his radio station with a girl, 38 years younger than himself, and divorced his wife, and married the pregnant girl, then sued Calvary chapel and its leader after using him, as well. BUT HE IS STILL ON THIS RADIO PROGRAM, deliberately misleading christians. No repentance, no shame, and now hurting new Believers. ARROGANCE! I don’t believe anything more be mentioned about this bum.

  501. Godsloveandlaw says:

    While I don’t condone Kessler at all, the idea that one can “lose his salvation” is indeed Scriptural.

    “For if we sin willfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins, But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries.” (Hebrews 10:26-27)

    “The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons.”(1 Tim. 4:1)

    “It is impossible for those who have once been enlightened, who have tasted the heavenly gift, who have shared in the Holy Spirit, who have tasted the goodness of the word of God and the powers of the coming age, if they fall away, to be brought back to repentance, because to their loss they are crucifying the Son of God all over again and subjecting him to public disgrace.” (Hebrews 6:4-6)

  502. Mike Donohue says:

    That’s truly funny! But it is one of the Scriptures that Kessler used. I’d be interested in knowing what denomination taught you this. As to its logic, by definition, Kessler contradicts himself. He was already a ‘born-again’ Christian when he was committing adultery. If you concur with the idea that, “It is impossible for those …….brought back to repentance…..” then Kessler lost his salvation. Then we have to modify the degree of your sin, as opposed to my sin. Then we need ‘regulators’ to tell us which ‘degree’ is unpardonable, like a Catholic priest. How long would I stay in purgatory? Two months or two thousand years? Could I get a ‘plenary’ dispensation from the pope, if I gave their church a thousand dollars in charity? It’s simply a joke! John Calvin’s explanation of predestination refutes this, Martin Luther’s suspicion of the book of Hebrews is also well-known. “Salvation is by grace alone through faith, and not by works–lest any man should boast.”…………or woman. Good luck and God bless!

  503. Godsloveandlaw says:

    No denomination taught me this –the Scriptures — God’s word plainly says it. But I won’t argue with you if you think other wise. I am set here and probably you are as well. One thing is certain –there is ONE TRUTH here and it will be disclosed very soon.

  504. Mike Donohue says:

    I thank the ‘over-seer’ of this blog for the opportunity to speak. The restriction of speech is the first sign of oppression and enslavement. Some people may sound harmless and sweet, but then unload their poison of salvation by works. Martin Luther certainly fought against it, and so many others. I was recently fascinated by the apparent ‘humility’ of someone who believed in Radio-guru, Mike Kessler, and his belief of losing one’s salvation. What a pirate! How can I know I won’t wake up one morning cursing everything, including God. It would be very bad, but so we all have bad days! God is not that ‘fickle’. If I surrender my Biblical belief in salvation by grace through faith, I would have to be accountable to humans for my salvation and future, people like Mike Kessler–or some pope! Otherwise, each and every day I will have to wake up worrying whether I was worthy enough to go to heaven……..Well, I’m not. But neither is anyone else! I’m a sinner saved by Grace, alone. “Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound, that saved a wretch like me!” Thank God!

  505. Mike Donohue says:

    I’m so glad I get to keep commenting. Both I and the above-commentator’ ‘Mike’ came to the same conclusion on the apologist for Kreepy-Kestler. Brian is a ‘plant’. And as far as being an humble ‘truck-driver’–that is sheer nonsense! His vocabulary, language, and veiled threats are that of an articulate academic, not a common worker. Fraud! Kreepy-Kesler is part of a very large Media organization, who have a vested interest in keeping Kessler’s history hidden, and money rolling in. Power and money! That’s how the Roman church went haywire. P.S. The Book of Hebrews has a lot of truth, but whether the writer is speaking about a Believer, or non-believer, concerning ‘losing’ salvation has always been in question. Most of us feel it is a non-believer who never really accepted Christ or had it in the first place So, God bless everyone!.

  506. Michael says:

    Believing that salvation can be lost is well within orthodoxy.
    However, if Mike Kestler believes this, it should terrify him…

  507. John 20:29 says:

    The simplest way to conceptualize salvation (for me that is defined in the Church age as the second. – new – birth) is to ponder the sower and the seed parable…
    Have you lost your salvation? Or one of those whose seed never found good soil? If you’ve done any gardening you know your plants may have good seasons and some not so good… But the plant, with care, is restored

  508. Godsloveandlaw says:

    Amen Micheal, Kessler often teaches things he should know (but does not or doesn’t care) that will someday haunt him unless he repents and is broken on the Rock of Jesus.

    Good analogy John 20:29. The gospel of restoration is indeed Biblical.

    “For a just man falleth seven times, and riseth up again: but the wicked shall fall into mischief..” Proverbs 24:16

    What is also Biblical is those that “fall into mischief” and STAY there are indeed in a precarious position.The drinking man goes back to drinking and stays in that rut, the adulterous affair man continues on his way, the thief continues to steal, etc.

    “What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?” (Romans 6:1-2)

    “And in that day seven women shall take hold of one man, saying, We will eat our own bread, and wear our own apparel: only let us be called by thy name, to take away our reproach.” (Isaiah 4:1)

  509. Mike Donohue says:

    You cannot lose your salvation.

  510. BPM says:

    Wow, what bigotry and judgmentalism there is regarding station in life and intellectual capacity of someone who drives trucks on this demonic blog. Perhaps if I misspelled every word I’d become more than a plant (which I am not) or the ignorant lowly truck driver you all imagine (an industry for which there appears to be little appreciation and an arrogant and ignorant regard- everything you consume comes in a truck. Pass the test and see just how stupid you have to be to drive trucks) The kind and Christian-like dialog here is what has motivated me to avoid this blog until I saw this loving this slam on truck drivers. They’ll know we are Christians by our love, by our love. You’ll find more literate, Bible believing and Bible living Christians at a truck stop than will be found on this blog site. Kestler is dead, long live Kestler- otherwise you Pharisees would have found something else to be pompous about. Love you all, go forth and sin no more. Seriously.

  511. Mike Donohue says:

    BPM, you’re sounding more and more funny! Also, I don’t feel any warmth or love coming out of your letters. Please, don’t hit people over the head with your Bible. (–Or try to.) You sound like you’re very hot and bothered. But please, keep commenting…you’re digging your own grave!

    (P.S. I listen to country music and love the lyrics and music. I live in Montana and am blue-collar. Good luck, BPM—Give my regards to your friend, Kessler.)

  512. Mike Donohue says:

    Good morning, everyone! To finish up on this topic, the cause of much of the crazy behavior of many Calvary characters like Kessler was Chuck Smith, the innovator of the Calvary Chapel movement during the seventies. He accumulated a great deal of money through the Media, promoted and protected a few thieves and renegades because of his ‘benevolent’ nature and refused to have any accountability. Absolutely no organization or oversight. He was a gullible man. I met Skip Heitzig in Albuquerque and found him to be a hostile character, and he was the least of the morons who ended up running Calvary Chapel. He retired for a year, got 300,000 dollars, then came back the following year to continue at the same church. Even the early church had James as a ‘manager’ with a deliberate, stern view of delinquency, and human nature being what it is, this is incredibly important. Obvious thieves and predators should never be preaching the gospel. Even the ‘devil can quote the bible’ and did against Jesus. American culture is very corrupt, jaded, and doomed if it continues. I recently received an advertisement for ‘gold investment’ from the 700 club…a billion dollar organization. Nice people, but corrupt. So, hoping I can remain humble and you can remain blessed by Jesus, I wish all of you a fond farewell in the name of Christ.

  513. Mike Donohue says:

    Many good people here, I may have offended. I apologize. I only assumed if one is ‘…sealed with the Holy Spirit…” , then what power do I have to ‘unseal’ God’s work?

  514. Jean says:


    I’m certainly not offended. To co-exist on a blog, one must not take offense to any number of aberrant theologies. If you are of the tradition which believes that non-believers go to heaven, I may disagree with you, I may even think you have twisted the Word of God to the detriment of the sheep of Christ’s pasture, but I’m not offended.

  515. Mike Donohue says:

    Thank you, Jean. I most certainly believe that eternal salvation is reserved for ‘Believers’ in the work of Christ–on the Cross. WIthout aid from any person I received salvation through believing Paul’s letter to the Romans at 35, after a long and stormy life as a socialist. It was a miracle.

  516. Joel says:

    Jean, just to make sure I understand your perspective… You are implying by your comment that the “Once Saved Always Saved” viewpoint allows people who “get saved” and leave the faith in unbelief and die in unbelief a free ticket to heaven. Is this correct? I don’t have a stake in this game, so I’m not baiting anyone (just FYI 😉

  517. Jean says:


    If not all, virtually all, of the NT books contains serious warnings directed to Christians. The folks who dismiss the warnings, take one of two paths: (1) Backsliders were never saved in the first place, in which case, how do any of us know prior to death whether or not we are saved; and (2) Backsliders are saved without faith.

    I’m not trying to caricature anyone’s doctrine, but these appear to be the consequences of the OSAS doctrine.

    I don’t believe Scripture teaches (1) or (2) above. I believe the promises of Christ are trustworthy. Therefore, if Scripture says we are justified by grace through faith in Christ, then we know we are saved by His means of grace. Ex.: “For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ.” That’s the Word of God, not me or my feelings.

    But it’s all grace (i.e., gift). This means it can be rejected. God doesn’t force anyone to be saved. No one loses salvation; Christ doesn’t reject anyone. But some folks reject Him, even folks who one time prior believed in Him. Of course, such a person may be reconverted by hearing with faith.

    Thus, we don’t give up on folks who fall away. The danger, however, is that once the house is swept clean, the unclean spirit who formerly dwelt there may return with seven other spirits more evil than itself. Therefore, falling away is a terrible state of affairs.

  518. Michael says:

    Once again, all of these positions fall within orthodoxy.
    There are passages that can lead people in either direction.
    I personally don’t hold to the “once saved, always saved” construction, but I do believe in the perseverance of the saints.
    According to the Hebrews passage some are fond of, one cannot be renewed once they “fall away”…
    I believe the God who chooses and regenerates also keeps…

  519. Mike Donohue says:

    I may be able to fool all of you that I’m saved, that I even run a religious radio station, accumulating millions of dollars for Christ, but then ‘rape’ a young intern. Do you think Christ was fooled? You underestimate God. I believe Judas walked with Jesus for three years, and was so trusted that the apostles gave the ‘money-purse’ to him. I’d think Matthew the tax collector would have had the best credentials……….but he was probably not as smooth a talker or as sly as Judas. If Scripture states when saved, you are ‘sealed by the Holy Spirit’, then you must be strong enough to ‘un-seal’ God’s work. If you believe that, then you will fall prey to all the other false judges of the world, like Mike Kestler, who will manipulate you. God bless all.

  520. Jean says:


    I think what you are missing is that all God’s promises are yes in Christ. Nothing is given to us apart from Christ. Christ is not the entry point or beginning of an autonomous Christian life.

    The Christian life is always, from beginning to end, “through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith.” Our justification before God never does not depend of faith.

  521. Joel says:

    Jean, thank you for clarifying. Your answers are clear and understandable. Much appreciated. I have pondered this question for many years, and sometimes discussions like this wind up being disagreements over semantics. It’s hard to put aside “new creation” verses, and versus implying complete nature changes, new hearts, and “I never knew you” and “this is eternal life, to know God”… So it seems that once a person intimately knows Christ, the nature is changed, and the seal of the Holy Spirit ensues, and the heart is made new. Those who fall away, in my view, are the the pigs and dogs of 2 Peter. They come in like a sow for the washing, but sooner or later their real nature comes through and they depart from the faith, or like wolves, remain for their own gain. I’m not dogmatic about this, but making scriptural sense of it sure seems to be important. I agree with you that this is often mis-taught and misunderstood.

  522. Mike Donohue says:

    I agree with Joel, especially the second half. I do know of a person in our church who is dying, and seems to be trying to ‘buy some fire insurance’. He still drinks and gambles and laughs about it. He doesn’t remember at any point when he was ‘born-again’, and was confused when I asked him. Wrong motive, I suspect. Hopefully, he has time.

  523. Michael says:

    I still drink and have no idea when I was “born again’…

  524. John 20:29 says:

    Jesus observed that the crowds followed Him because of material gain – food and, perhaps, healing… Isn’t there a distinction between interest that is self serving and interest that leads to surrender and commitment? A new birth? A spiritual (and etrnal) birth?

  525. John 20:29 says:

    Continuing my train of thot at 529 (thats a lot of comments – no concrete conclusions?)
    Satan proposed to God that Job would turn away from serving God if his prosperity, family and health were taken away… God didnt say, touch not the Lords annointed, did He?
    Seems kind of simple… The Shepherd knows His sheep and they know His voice… Its a personal transaction, maybe? Dunno

  526. Mike Donohue says:

    Jan–I’m not sure what you are saying. You threw me off using a ‘double-negative’. Try it again, so I can focus on the principle I’m missing.

  527. Mike Donohue says:

    Michael–This fellow is an alcoholic.

  528. Mike Donohue says:

    About BPM, have any of you reviewed his volatile and angry ranting, and have you considered this fellow is not an innocent bystander but Kestler, himself? I found this fellow unhinged.

  529. Joel says:

    Mike, my two cents on BPM is that if there is even a 1% chance that he is trying to be sincere, I need to be careful about labeling him as something he may not be. He said his piece. There are a lot of people who love Mike Kestler and will stand up for that guy (although I have no real idea why). However, I have tried my hardest to search for many of the more recent troubling things mentioned in this post to confirm them, to no avail. The best evidence I have is when I have engaged “To Every Man an Answer” with comments on the FB page on this stuff, very politely, and get my comments deleted with run-around responses. When someone named “Mike” who I don’t even know, responds with profanity and anger, demanding that we trust his secret sources, sorry, that just doesn’t reach the biblical definition of evidence to me. Regardless of the circumstances that probably completely disqualify Kestler if they are true, his teaching is a little like fingernails on a chalk board to me anyway. It seems sloppy, unorganized, ill-prepared and disconnected. Also, there are clearly documented problems with this guy dating back around 2007, and as mentioned here, documented by Chuck Smith himself. I don’t like Calvary Chapel’s unbiblical church pyramid structure, but most other churches embrace this anyway. It always seems to lead to serious problems sooner or later. I see why sincere guys like Francis Chan walked away from their mega churches, declaring them unbiblical, and have moved toward a more biblical elder-led home church model. Keep the focus on plurality of unpaid leadership, as was the biblical model, and eliminate 90% of the western world wolf problems in the leadership. Taking away the money motives, takes away almost all of this. I enjoy the fellowship in a church of elder-pastors, none of which receive 1 penny from the sheep, and serve as co-pastors of the congregation. There is no debt associated with the church, allowing all of the money to go where it is supposed to go. And guess what, no wolf problems. 😉

  530. Mike Donohue says:

    I understand that Kestler and Calvary/Chuck Smith had quite a lawsuit, and it appears Kestler won. The curiosity of the write-in, BPM, ran the gamut of saying he ‘couldn’t track down the origin’ or publisher of Phoenix Preacher, as well as alluding to a familiarity with the staff of Kestler’s religious Radio station, itself. Why would he want to track down the originator of Phoenix Preacher in the first place? The accusatory tone, though quoting Scripture, was not only angry but threatening, like an attempt to intimidate the commentators. I suspect if this was an associate of that religious station, or friend of Kestler, they would attempt to sue this blog, and scare any detractors. I failed to mention that BPM appears to have a very high opinion of himself. His ego nearly

  531. Mike Donohue says:

    I’m back again. Sorry! I agree mostly with Joel. His is a plain, blunt, response that is simply logical. As to ‘…beating a dead horse!’, I apologize. I believe, we all need to keep the common man in mind (a bit like Martin Luther) in exposing the ‘thieves and con-men’ who understand the Media system better than any of us, and exploit and ‘enslave’ the common man for profit. It’s in the epistles. Most of the world can not read in their own language, i.e. the Bible. Giving bibles to the Third-world may not be as effective as most American ministers believe. They listen to radio and TV.

  532. Mike Donohue says:

    Joel you are most kind and diplomatic to give Kestler the benefit of a doubt. I don’t. He’s only concerned about money and power, desecrating ‘religion’ to get it. He succeeded, but he is nothing more than a dog. Kestler also declares if you don’t believe in the six (24 hours) days of creation, you’re not saved. It is the radio station that is criminal, not that ‘preacher’.

  533. Joel says:

    I’m not sure I’ve given him the benefit of anything. You apparently have access to a lot more clear evidence of these allegations than I do. I wouldn’t dare say the things you’ve said about him without “two or three” first hand witnesses. I have found nothing concrete, other than from Chuck Smith himself from many years ago. I find it somewhat astonishing that so much time has spent discussing his issues when this kind of thing is merely a bi-product of the bigger problem… Lazy western church-goers don’t want to take on the model of biblical fellowship God has provided, so they create a business-like, unbiblical church pyramid structure and hire these “pastor” to do the job the=at they should be doing, adding profit incentives and career opportunities to becoming a “pastor”. And low and behold, right and left we see wolves coming in and devouring these flocks for money and sex motives. Big surprise. As for Kestler, we need to remember that we will all stand before the judgment seat of Christ, and so will he. I will say much of the ministry on CSN has been a blessing to me over the years, and I need to acknowledge that. Mike Kestler, as far as I understand, had a big part in founding that station, and I believe many have come to Christ through it. We need to remember that God often uses messed up people and still brings good out of it. I will save my judgments for people I know, and situations where I have direct evidence. I am concerned because he’s still on that station teaching, and I don’t like his teaching very much, and he is probably disqualified (albeit again, I don’t personally have the evidence to make that judgement myself – maybe others do, but they aren’t sharing it). However, there are a number of good teachers on that station who bless people, so that is good.

  534. Mike Donohue says:

    Of course, you are right. If I upset you, I apologize. I think you were kind and generous to myself, besides that fellow who I think is secondary to my concern. I listen to Aleister Begg on that program, as well. The origin of my tirade had to do with an examination of American culture, and discovering ‘organized religion’ is part of it. This fellow being an example. I find America relying more and more on a Godless, ‘litigious’ truth; i.e. “may the best lawyer win.”

    So, my hope for America is worrisome. Our President is only a reprieve. I believe a great civil disturbance is coming. So, I am saddened. I am finished and will not post any more.

  535. Joel says:

    You certainly didn’t upset me. 😉

  536. Mike says:

    It’s a religious racket. Another example why the tax code needs to be changed. It is appalling. J Vernon McGee was right decades ago when he said the apostasy of the church has arrived and will get much worse. The hypocrisy, abuse and and unethical behavior of so called religious leaders has done and continues to do more damage than other forms of persecution. When religion is used top maximize profits and are tax exempt it is a double slap in the face. When a priest, minister, rabbi or any other religious leader makes a tremendous salary, has their health insurance paid, has full b dental coverage and a substantial retirement along with the blessings of preferential tax benefits it’s hypocrisy and true blasphemy. I had no idea this was on. I have seen in churches i have attended when something happens to the leadership there is a sudden silence and cover-up. Yet when they point the finger at others they are pious zealots. What a shame religion or at least the institutions have degraded themselves yet once again like the powerful are above the law.

  537. Joel says:

    Mike, this goes back to what I was implying about the state of the western “church”. It seems like anytime profit motives are allowed to creep into government or churches, it’s pretty much a guarateed corrupt outcome. That being said, I have a different take on who is responsible. As I mentioned before, it’s the lazy christian automsphere, the people themselves, not necessarily guys like Joel Osteen. He’s just a bi-product. A careful look at 2 Tim 4:3 helps explain it: “For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions…”. Notice “they accumulate” the teachers. The teachers don’t accumulate them. It’s the same with currupt government leaders. The people accumulate them to themselves, not the other way around. So when I hear people complain about false teachers and corrupt government leaders, I think we would be better to concern ourselves with reforming ourselves and our neighbors. Everything else is just a bi-product of spiritual neglect and depravity. These people are not necessarily the victims of the teachers, they heep up the wolves for themselves, then they are devoured by the wolves, and we respond, “poor people just have corrupt leaders”… The people ultimately get what they want.

  538. Godsloveandlaw says:

    Interesting statement from Ellen White concerning grace.

    “Satan deceives many with the plausible theory that God’s love for His people is so great that He will excuse sin in them; he represents that while the threatenings of God’s word are to serve a certain purpose in His moral government, they are never to be literally fulfilled.

    But in all His dealings with his creatures God has maintained the principles of righteousness by revealing sin in its true character–by demonstrating that its sure result is misery and death. The unconditional pardon of sin never has been, and never will be. Such pardon would show the abandonment of the principles of righteousness, which are the very foundation of the government of God. It would fill the unfallen universe with consternation.

    God has faithfully pointed out the results of sin, and if these warnings were not true, how could we be sure that His promises would be fulfilled? That so-called benevolence which would set aside justice is not benevolence but weakness.”(Patriarchs and Prophets, p.522)

    By the way Ellen White is history’s most translated author , second only to the Bible.

  539. Joel says:


    Interesting that you would bring up Ellen White, not only in the context of this conversation, but in the context of heretical teaching of God’s punishment of sin… Here’s a quote from Ellen, who does not believe in the eternal conscience punishment of sinners. In The Great Controversy she wrote, “How repugnant to every emotion of love and mercy, and even to our sense of justice, is the doctrine that the wicked dead are tormented with fire and brimstone in an eternally burning hell; that for the sins of a brief, earthly life they are to suffer torture as long as God shall live.”

    Ellen White is one of many teachers arising in the 19th century teaching new doctrines based on dreams and visions. People “accumulate” these teachers to themselves.

    You would be better off reading your Bible. Tremble at HIS WORD! Lay aside these other teachers!

  540. Joel says:

    Funny I said that she “does not” believe in the eternal conscious punishment of sinners. I can assure you that she does believe in this now.

  541. Godsloveandlaw says:

    Brother Joel, thanks for the feedback.

    Not asking anyone to believe in her as Inspired. Just showing those paragraphs because I for one see truth there. What I tell people, is before judging someone like EGW (most translated author in history for a reason) read ONE book–Desire of Ages–then decide what you think.

    You may be interested in what she had to say about her writings.

    “The testimonies of Sister White should not be carried to the front. God’s Word is the unerring standard. The Testimonies are not to take the place of the Word.” (Evangelism, p,256)

  542. Mike Donohue says:

    Please, don’t be distracted! To follow an aberrant teaching of a ‘mystic’ known for gyrating around a Victorian room, hell-bent on enforcing her will in grandiose gestures, is part and parcel of a Jim Jones, and other charismatic cult-figures that pop-up every now and then, always.stating…….. “Oh, I didn’t really say that! What I really meant is I can marry all the women in the congregation, if they feel like it…Now, please, follow me to South America, where I can kill over 900 of you gullible followers.”

    Mind you, this is a blog about Mike Kessler, not anyone else! The logical ending of this type of philosophical side-track, that is added to the Word of God, is a re-introduction of ‘purgatory’. I doubt the efforts of this person is deliberate and conscious, but I do believe the Enemy is involved. By the way, I’ve discovered Mike Kessler is much more powerful at CSN than I originally thought. God bless everyone–Jesus Christ first, last and forever!

  543. Joel says:


    Yes, there’s always truth mixed in there in the 19th century new age teachers. And Mike, great example with Jim Jones. He had a lot of truth mixed into his teachings as well. Joseph Smith used a lot of truth in his writings. In fact, he plagiarized a lot directly from the Bible in the Book of Mormon. So there’s definitely some truth mixed in there. The Devil used some truth and quoted directly from Scripture when he tried to tempt the Lord. He quoted Scripture directly and then just twisted it a little.

    I know you jumped in here to try to promote the 7th Day Adventist beliefs on this board. I would strongly suggest that you put down those writings, and focus on the Word of God. But asking a 7th Day Adventist to put down the “Desire of Ages” is like asking a Jehovah’s Witness to put down the Watchtower…

  544. Godsloveandlaw says:

    Carry on brother, I’ll continue on with what I am convicted on, don’t need you telling me what and what not to do.

  545. Josh the Baptist says:

    “By the way Ellen White is history’s most translated author”

    I can’t find any non-Ellen White source that confirms this. I have a really hard time believing that it is close to true.

  546. Godsloveandlaw says:

    You know I have heard this for many years and appreciate you bringing this up.Checked and the following link shows one of the top translated books of all time “Steps to Christ”. Due to the lack of clear evidence though I’ll refrain from saying that in future, thanks for pointing it out. Better said “one of the most translated authors of all time”.


  547. Mike Donohue says:

    “Can it, Ethel!”–Archie Bunker

  548. Josh the Baptist says:


    Maybe wikipedia is part of an anti-Ellen conspiracy?

  549. Mike Donohue says:

    It appears we are about to hear a commentator give advice as to how to ‘monetize’ for profit the blog…………I think this was exactly was the expertise of Mike Kessler was.

  550. Dawn Jones says:


    I just wanted to let you know that I am a Christian and a member of First Christian Church, not The River Christian Fellowship, and have been very confused for years at the rumors I have heard on Mike Kestler. I knew Nora Kestler, Mike’s ex-wife in school and she was a very nice person that did not deserve this! I found your site as I saw him tonight at a store with a young woman and 2 children, and wondered if he had gotten remarried. His whole backstory makes me literally sick to my stomach! I will definitely not be listening to his radio program again!

  551. Mike Donohue says:

    There’s no need to despair over this petty character. Frauds in any endeavor mimic the real thing for ulterior motives. Fast money, dictatorial power, or insatiable lust are the three big ones; the foundation of all evil Pride. We judge a tree by its fruit, and fruit eventually appears. Usually the slavery of its followers. We can’t be slack, but we must also realize we are blessed to be known by the Savior, experiencing true love that can never leave us or forsake us. Christ for the nations!

  552. Mike Donohue says:

    Kessler had seduced a number of people who rushed to his defense when he was accused time and time again. The founder of Calvary Chapel was one benevolent sucker who did. I found Kessler’s personality to be interesting to observe as an opportunist who has no qualms about lying, deceit, and abusing people. It’s second nature to him. In review of this blog I don’t doubt some commentators are sent by this character. For him the magic bullet is harping on the Book of Revelation and how the world is about to come to an end. There was one defender who oddly began the same rant, for no apparent reason, about the Book of Revelation in defending Kessler. So, there are bigger and better crooks than Kessler on the Media but Kessler is the shining example of how easy it is to repeat the warning we receive in the New Testament about these characters. They existed then, and they certainly exist today.

  553. Mike says:

    Mr. BPM, ‘the truck-driver’ uses the word ‘disingenuous’. He and the other Kestler supporters are suspect. As to Michael, as a brother in Christ I say none of us know what Julio accused you of. FORGET HIM! Kestler is a very rich man, who predicts the end of the world constantly. (Do you think that’s novel? It’s centuries old.) As Paul says, “religion can be a great source of wealth, and Kestler obviously has his ‘seduced’ followers trying to annoy us. Ignore them. It’s all about money, property, and power. But so are many TV ministers. One has a billion dollars in assets. One says the Shroud of Tourin is real, even though Calvin proves it’s a lie. (Two cloths covered the body of Christ) MIKE, YOU WILL FIND JULIO IS SIMPLY A BEGGAR, BUT IF YOU PROVE HE’S BEEN TOLD TO SPEAK FOR SOMEONE, THEN YOU CAN SUE FOR MONEY. All the snakes I’ve known have been provocateurs. They try to get you angry and react. So, God bless, and do what you want, but get a lawyer to do your thinking, because you’re too angry, which is what their objective is.

  554. James Hinton says:

    I’m just curious about the judgement I’m reading here. And yes, I believe it’s quite alright to call out fellow Christians for bad behavior. Three things though. Does God’s grace cover our sins if we ask for forgiveness and repent? And if so, how does anyone here know the heart of anyone else? Seems to me between God and them. Third: Have you ever heard of David, Solomon, Moses, Abraham, Paul, etc, etc.? I grow weary of self righteous Pharisees.

  555. Al Hlas says:

    Mike Kestler,
    You just ended conversation regarding angels having sex with women. Consider men were demon possessed, these demon possessed men than had sex with these women. I believe this is the answer you struggled with.
    Al Hlas
    (253) 468-3305 ph or text