Welton Academy is a cult! : A prophetic call for discernment concerning Jonathan Welton

I have very serious concerns about Welton Academy led by Jonathan Welton and I can not be quiet. It would be sinful for me to say nothing as a prophetic voice when heresy is being promoted that is clear as day. This is not a difference of opinion. This is blatant heresy.

The truth is that many people are mutual friends of Jonathan and me. This makes me a little slow to speak to protect those relationships but at the end of the day, the New Testament makes it very clear that we are to deal with heresy directly and mark false teachers.


It is important to understand that I love the move of the Holy Spirit, pray in tongues daily, have received ministry from people like John Arnott and Bill Johnson, and was re-generated on the floor of the Brownsville Revival. I am not some anti-Charismatic “heresy hunter.”

However, there is no way around passages like For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear.  They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths.” (1 Timothy 4:3-4) 

Welton Academy brand of Eschatology

There are some very serious issues when ministries make a joke out of the soon coming of the Lord. This is not something to take lightly and this is not just a difference of opinions. For example, Mike Bickle and I strongly disagree on the timing of the catching up but we both hold it will happen. Jonathan Welton does not and actually markets himself as “raptureless.”

You say why is this an issue? Because the New Testament warns us about people that do not believe that Jesus is return to take His Bride to Heaven. All through the scriptures and by several writers is this concern of people who mock Jesus coming back.


Among other things, Welton Academy believes that the old covenant was fulfilled with the fall of Jerusalem in 70AD. This is not scriptural. When the veil was ripped at the death of Christ, we entered into the new covenant and the age of grace. I am not sure how someone could bring the book of Acts was happening under the law of Moses.

It get worse from there. He also teaches there will be no Anti-Christ but it is a prophetic imagery for the second century heresy known as Gnosticism. (see why IHOPKC is not Gnosticist) This is complete nonsense. There will be a leader rise up out of Eastern Europe that carries political and spiritual charisma that inspires naive people. In all likelihood, it will be a priest out of the Roman Catholic Church.

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Welton Academy also teaches that Matthew 24 is completely fulfilled when the fall of the Holy City happened. That short window of time was the Tribulation period for the saints and everything is perfect now. We are passed the time of testing and we need to rejoice that we were born thousands of years later and on the other side of the planet.

There is many problems with this thinking but I want to give one very clear reason. Matthew 24:14 remains unfulfilled. There was people that the early church did not know even exist in the world in 70AD. People were already living in North America that most of the world’s population did not even know was there.

Jonathan Welton and “optimism”

This is where some of the teaching of Welton Academy is downright offensive. He actually believe anyone who disagrees with him does not eschatology of optimism. He is harping on that belief in any form of pre-millennism is “escapism.” This is dead wrong and as I said offensive to 500 million people who believe in Pentecost.

I openly reject any and all forms of doom and gloom teaching that the world is just to going to hell and we were lucky enough to be saved from it until the Jesus catches up in the Blessed Hope. That view is wrong. I agree that this teaching that we are some type of victim of war waiting for the Savior to come extract us is almost heretical.


As a Pentecostal, I can tell you that the early followers from Azusa Street (and other outpourings) believe in the glorious and victorious End Time Church that was about the harvest. Almost every newsletter from every publication in the historical achivites up to about 1935 spoke of a great coming revival.

Somewhere around that time, a new generation of Pentecostals came up that did not have a direct experience during the Azusa Street Revival and started to teach doom and gloom more and some escapism did exist.

The bottom line is many people believe in a great harvest in the last days and believe in pre-millennism. It is not just me. Smith Wigglesworth, Aimee Semple McPherson, Oral Roberts, T.L. Osborn, Steve Hill and Mike Bickle are a few names that would join that list.

Encourage each other for time for short

In 1 Thessalonions 4, we read about the catching up the saints when the Lord comes for His Bride. This is clearly NOT the fall of Jerusalem. This is where the Jesus comes and died in Christ rise first then those who are living are taken home. There is no way you can apply this to the infamous 70AD cop out.

In verse 17, we read that “we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever.” We will meet Jesus in the air and we will dwell with Him forever. This is not some siege of a city in anyway, shape or form.


However, in the next verse, we read a directive that is very important to us and why people like Jonathan Welton are so dangerous. It tells us to, ” Therefore encourage one another with these words.” We can not encourage each other with the hope of the catching up of the saints if we believe we missed the whole thing by over 1,900 years.

Jonathan Welton is a false teacher

I have no choice but to say with biblical knowledge that the leader of Welton Academy is a false teacher and his teachings are completely heretical. I wish I could find another way to welcome his ideas in the name of diversity of thought concerning the last things. However, the New Testament is very clear that his ideas are anti-Christ in nature.

It is my prayer that Jonathan repents of his error, turns to people who will address his doctrinal issues, and is restored gently to the people of faith. It would be a journey but I am not sure he is willing to repent of being a false teacher at this point.

Believers should use much caution when receiving from Jonathan Welton. This is especially true of his eschatology material.


  • Ken
    February 25, 2018 - 7:46 am

    The Scofield bible has led many astray already today,

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    • Azusa Report
      February 25, 2018 - 2:02 pm

      I agree. While I do agree with the Pre-Trib view of scripture, there is some extremes in what Scofield preached.

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  • Charlie Ford
    March 20, 2018 - 11:24 am

    I have a question. Have you done biblical thing and spoken with Johnathan personally, before publicly calling him a heretic? Have you listening to his teaching before calling him that. I’ve listened to a teaching this week where he says that he believes in a Rapture, the second coming of JESUS and the resurrection. His point with “Raptureless” is that, the (what many people think is yet to come) Tribulation has already happened. That’s all. That’s a long way from heresy. He agrees on the main points of Christianity. Whether the Tribulation has already happened or not is no reason to call someone a heretic.
    Greeting from Euskirchen, Germany,
    Charlie Ford

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    • Azusa Report
      March 20, 2018 - 3:09 pm

      I have tried to reason with him and did reach out to him. He would not discuss things with me and blocked me. My door remains open to discussion with him. There is many tribulation but the “great” one is futuristic. He has major issues when it comes to eschatology. He is also dishonest about both the development of Partial Preterism and Pre-Millenialism. Partial Preterism in only 400 years old. It was NOT developed for most of the history of the Church.

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    • mark d scott
      September 23, 2018 - 4:57 am

      It is very clear that this man is not only a heretic but a sexual abuser. Were you aware that Mr. Welton was addicted to pornography when he wrote the Seer book? See the book Eyes of Honor and you will get the tine frame.
      This man has done much damage to the body of Christ with the new revelations of him abusing women in his ministry and being under restoration that was hidden from the Church he has walked away. People like yourself allowed this false teacher to spread like wild fire. You are the responsible party and now this leaven is being purged.

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      • Azusa Report
        September 23, 2018 - 4:49 pm

        People like me? I confronted him in July 2017, over a year ago.

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        • mark scott
          September 23, 2018 - 5:09 pm

          Actually, I thought your blog was balanced. When I used the word YOU it was meant for the leaders that were covering for him not you. I read some of the stuff that people said about you and I am sorry that you were marginalized. It took courage to follow your conscience and to speak out I found a thread in which Jim Weis defended him and the whole bunch of people did personal attacks against you. This is what happens when their is mixture it causes division. I just want to say that many of these people are good people like Mr. Weis but they are promoting very sketchy teachings. This is not the first time that charismatic teachers have been followed blindly when I say charismatic I do not mean spirit filled but persuasive. This falling of Welton must be used to reform and warn people to stay clear of the false teachings

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    • mark scott
      September 23, 2018 - 5:01 pm

      Dr Jonathan Welton called out by Danny Silk and Eric Gregson for sexually abusing women
      Whats a student at Welton but after this I don’t know what to think!
      Eric Gregson is speaking in the video
      Danny Silk’s letter to us:
      To the Welton Academy students, River Credentialed Community & Leaders, and select leaders in relationship with either Jonathan Welton or Welton Academy,
      I’ve been involved up close and person in a recent situation with Jonathan Welton. I’ve been working closely with a recently assembled advisory board comprised of people I respect and friends of the Welton family: (Harold Eberle, Bob Muncy, Steve & Joy Hogan, Eric Gregson & Doug Johnson). After many hours of conversation, investigation, and counsel, this advisory board recommends the following:
      1. Accept Jonathan Welton’s resignation from President of Welton Academy on
      September 10, 2018.
      2. Jonathan will have no contact with the Welton Academy staff team moving forward.
      3. The Welton Academy will be closed immediately and indefinitely.
      4. Each staff member who was ‘no longer needed’ or terminated following their refusal to accept Jonathan’s physical advances, or when confronting his selfish or bizarrely disrespectful actions or who quit because the work environment was beyond what they could endure, should be fully compensated for up to six months of their regular income.
      5. Welton Academy will compensate staff members and former staff members who are in need of professional counseling
      6. Welton Academy will refund all tuition that has been paid for the 2018-2019 academic year. Jonathan will refund the cost of the Summit ticket to anyone choosing to not attend.
      7. Jonathan will seek psychiatric help and follow the advice and recommendations of said professional
      As you can see, these findings are severe. Jon’s behavior is beyond hurtful and scary, he is now toxic to those who choose to be connected to him. A web of lies, created in a world that Jon controlled, is now revealing numerous victims of his extremely selfish, humiliating and habitual behavior.
      Upon first investigation, there are numerous confrontations from staff and members of his “5- fold council” (that was disbanded by Jon upon these confrontations) in an effort to address an unsafe work environment. Regular occurrences of physical advances, sexual innuendos, and highly inappropriate conversations became the culture Jonathan created around himself. The staff, almost entirely younger women, were subject to this confusion and dishonor while attempting to help something and someone they held in high esteem.
      It grieves me to write this letter knowing the ramifications. This entire advisory board is friends with Jonathan and Karen. The staff at the Welton Academy, even those chased away, are rooting for his successful turnaround. As of the writing of this letter, Jon is making slow if any progress. Repentance is not clear and thus the warning you hear in this letter. No repentance, no change. That reality creates an ongoing expectation of more of the same. Jon is not fit to be a leader, nor is he safe to have access to other people’s vulnerability.
      After much discussion about the Welton Academy Summit, coming up in a month, the advisory board has decided to keep the event on the calendar. The event will be shortened to the evening of Friday, October 26th through Saturday, October 27th. In honor of those who have given time to study “The Better Covenant” (which is still true), and for the numerous students who have already made plans to come to the event, we will provide a place of blessing, healing and possible clarity for you. Harold Eberle, Bob Muncy and myself will be among those leading the event this year. Jonathan will not be in attendance. He is not yet able to convince anyone around him that he’s broken over what he’s done to so many and has absolutely no credibility when he speaks.
      This letter is written primarily to give clear information to people who are waiting to hear what is going on inside the Welton Academy. The authority of this letter is spiritual. There is no legal authority to this letter. The above list of recommendations are simply that, what we recommend happen moving forward. Jonathan is the sole proprietor of the Welton Academy and can legally do whatever he chooses to do.
      There are numerous people victimized in this situation, none of them are named Jonathan. Up to now, he has spun all of his responsibility outward. Will we see Jon own this enormous mess, change into a new man and reconcile with the many people who love and believe in him? Time will tell. I pray that God has mercy and grants repentance to my good friend, Jonathan Welton.
      Peace,
      Danny Silk, MSW
      President of Loving On Purpose
      Senior Team, Bethel Church Redding, Ca
      Senior Advisor, Jesus Culture Sacramento

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  • Mike
    April 9, 2018 - 6:28 pm

    In regards to your comment:

    ” I am not sure how someone could bring the book of Acts was happening under the law of Moses.”

    You obviously did not read Jonathan’s book “Understanding The Whole Bible”.

    He clearly points out how the mainline Jewish culture (not the Church) during the book of Acts and up until 70AD was STILL operating under the Old Covenant. He then makes it clear how much of what is written in the NT is actually trying to explain why the New Covenant established at the CROSS is far better and completely fulfills , and thus does away with the Old !! (The destruction of Jerusalem in 70AD simply put an end to the Old Covenant practices.)

    You need to do more thinking before you spout off. Your “obligations” are to do your homework. Not slam your Brother in social media.

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    • Azusa Report
      April 9, 2018 - 9:02 pm

      The Transfer of Conevant was when Jesus took his last breath and the viel was ripped from top to bottom. The Church age started at Acts 2:4; not 10 years after Acts is stopped.

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  • Olivia
    April 13, 2018 - 1:32 am

    I think what you may be trying to say is that you and Jonathan disagree on eschatological beliefs. He is not teaching heresy. It may or may not be incorrect, but it’s not blasphemy.

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    • Azusa Report
      April 13, 2018 - 11:21 am

      I believe what he is teaching is wrong on the strongest terms.

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      • Justin
        September 12, 2018 - 6:30 am

        I recently observed a fellow brother distancing himself from Johnathan due to an issue unexplained. I decided to look into what is being said and honestly what I’m seeing through this report is rather immature and a simple disagreement of carnal thinking. Which requires repentance and not a call out. Jesus said to love and do to others as we want done to us. This is not based on the other person’s actions and we need to stop playing for others and learn to live like Jesus with boundaries and understanding that God is God and we are to serve God. No where did Jesus say to debate others beliefs. The only thing this does is pulls us away from living out our personal convictions from the Holy Spirit. While I don’t agree with everything Johnathan teaches. It doesn’t change the fact that he brings it through a different perspective. I simply believe in the simplicity of the gospel of Jesus Christ and that today religion has moved people from a personal relationship to a religious and dead debate that is full of empty and powerless teachings. We as the body of Christ need to set aside all things and get back to the simplicity of the gospel of Christ for it is to be good news and not just dead news. For I am unashamed of the gospel of Christ for it is the power of God unto Salvation. God doesn’t honor and help those who help themselves as religion has taught, God honors and helps those who humble turn to God for help. I would also say pride and knowledge had puffed you up based on the willingness to call someone else out. It may be time to do some inner seeking with Jesus Christ and true humbling. Just food for thought. Remember this isn’t about theology, eschatology, or anything else. This is purely about keeping a pure heart with God and coming to know God and Jesus Christ better. It is not about our knowledge, wisdom or experience and if we think it is we are very misled. I pray this recieve you with grace to find humility and willingness to also turn back to Jesus Christ. We follow Jesus not religion. Matthew ch 5,6,7 are the teachings of Jesus Christ, and check 10 was the first commission with the final commission taking place in Matthew 28:18-20. May God have mercy and Grace upon you and may you find it in your heart and realize the need for extending grace and mercy to John and others like him. Blessed are the merciful, they shall obtain mercy in Jesus name. Bless you.

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  • Carla
    April 26, 2018 - 3:37 am

    THANK YOU FOR POSTING THIS! I’ve been wondering for the last few years since I learned about this false teacher…why SO FEW people were calling him out on his COMPLETE and utter heresy of the Word of God. Every point you made…I ALSO saw when I read some of the material a friend who totally follows him, gave to me. I knew as soon as I started reading…he was false. And sadly, my friend believed everything he says, hook line and sinker. When I tried showing her where he was misleading people…and the scriptures that proved this…she simply would not listen. He will be responsible for leading many astray if he doesn’t turn and repent. Again. THANK YOU for posting. I know can point people to what you’ve shared when they think Welton is speaking truth when he is clearly making stuff up.

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  • Cyrus
    April 27, 2018 - 1:23 am

    If you have received ministry from Bill Johnson, you should know very well how to operate in the culture of honor. Regarding Jonathan’s teaching, you might as well talk to him before you call him out to be a wolf.

    As ministers of life, we are not here to put down one another. To be mature is to be basic.

    Blessings,
    Cyrus

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    • Azusa Report
      April 27, 2018 - 5:20 pm

      Honoring is not turning the other way. Bill had to even address someone wrong doctrine before because it was so far out there.

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  • Philip Kumah Junior
    May 15, 2018 - 6:51 pm

    Well My Gift of Discernment brought me here. I was watching his video about discerning of spirits when i had an inner feeling “” the Devil u know transformeth himself as an angel of light” ,. I am not saying he (Jonathan) is a false teacher but f he doesnt believe in Rapture he is lost and i pray we all pray for his repentance.
    However i am still learning.

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  • Rory Michael Paget-Wilkes
    May 30, 2018 - 3:54 pm

    I would love to discuss with the writer of this article , this article, please could you get in touch thanks Rory

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  • Martin
    June 1, 2018 - 1:27 pm

    Many of Welton’s teachings are challenging and often offensive to the “Left Behind” eschatology culture of today. I find most people who seem to have a knee jerk response to him, calling him a false teacher, have never heard this as a potential view, have only heard the futurist view, haven’t studied the scripture on their own and certainly haven’t done the historical research. People put more faith in and fight over the word “rapture” and it doesn’t even exist in scripture! His teaching is NOT heretical, but an issue of timing. He’s not denying the supremacy or deity of Christ, salvation through Christ alone or core doctrine that would be heretical. In fact if you take the time to study, he increases the value and importance of the cross and what Christ did. By all means call out those who diminish or deny Christ and the cross, but I find it sad that brothers in Christ call this heresy and false teaching when it’s simply a disagreement on timing.

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  • Stephen
    June 11, 2018 - 9:21 pm

    In my opinion you represent what is worst about modern Christianity; we rip one another to shreds with accusations over what are really minor disagreements about what the Bible says. It is easy to criticize and find fault, positioning yourself as an expert; what is difficult is making a real difference in the world for the cause of Christ. On that score, Welton is far ahead of you.

    Everyone who has studied Eschatology knows it is a very difficult topic and that there are a great many differing viewpoints. No one has this figured out exactly. And it seems you are only vaguely familiar with what Welton actually teaches.

    Dig deeper. Think bigger. Find a bit more humility.

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    • Azusa Report
      June 11, 2018 - 10:17 pm

      Let’s think this out. The Blessed Hope or catching up of the saints is no “minor issue.” It is a fundamental value that determines much of the rest of how you see Jesus, the saints and the world at large. Eschatology is not little disagreement.

      As far as making what you call “real change,” Jonathan does nothing but run from church to church taking up offerings. I am a street evangelist. You know, in the trends with the broken.

      Humility? I have given him an open invitation to engage me on the issue and instead did a video on Facebook blasting me. Hmmm….

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  • Neal McArthur
    June 15, 2018 - 12:55 am

    When God speaks of “A new covenant ,” He makes the first one obsolete. And whatever is becoming obsolete (out of use, annulled) and growing old is ready to disappear.
    HEBREWS 8:13 AMP
    https://bible.com/bible/1588/heb.8.13.AMP
    Old covenant still remained and was fading away even after the vei when Hebrews was written I ascot 58AD. Yes, for those in Christ were no longer under the mosaic law. (MATT 24:26) Until the end of the age, within a generation of the cross, the temple was the final piece of the old covenant, the sacrifice still too place until 70AD. The mosaic law will not leave, For verily I say unto you, Till. heaven and earth pass( the temple-the place where heaven and earth meet), one jot or one. tittle shall in no wise pass from. the law, till all be fulfilled.
    With the temple gone the mosaic law is gone and now skill remains is a better covenant.

    There is still a final return of Christ in the future, I believe Dr Weldon even says this.Just no future world wide tribulation.

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    • Azusa Report
      June 15, 2018 - 11:26 am

      You really think Hebrews 8:13 points to that? Seriously.

      Without some tribulation, there will be no revival.

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  • Michael
    August 9, 2018 - 3:50 pm

    I watched some of his videos on youtube. He said the things he knew came from the teaching of angels. He said angels came to teach him in person day by day. I don’t even know if it’s true. It’s out of my understanding.

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  • MIchael
    August 17, 2018 - 1:47 pm

    This is the link of Jonathan Welton’s video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mQ5JCY-f6Gs It would be great if you watch this and tell us back what you think about what he says. Thank You, Sir.

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  • ALAN ANDREWS
    August 29, 2018 - 7:13 am

    Can I ask a simple question? Who are you because all I can see is Azusa Report. What is your name and could you please put a picture up of yourself because you associate yourself with the likes of Bill Johnson and John Arnott but I am not sure they would do the same with you. So could you please be open about who you are. Thanks from Wales the land of revival….

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    • Azusa Report
      August 29, 2018 - 12:21 pm

      My name is on the website and Yes, both those men love revivalists.

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      • ALAN ANDREWS
        September 2, 2018 - 4:27 pm

        I cannot seem to find your name so do you mind telling me it. What do you mean by both men love revivalists?

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  • Eric
    September 19, 2018 - 7:08 am

    You should be ashamed to of this post. “Cult”? “False Teacher”? All accusations because of a different eschatology? This article is in behavior or the enemy – the accuser of the brethren. Debate and disagree with eschatology like theologians have for centuries. You write with pride and arrogance and presume to know all mysteries – while citing one proof text. If you had half a shred of Christian decency you would repent of this public defacing of a brother and charging him with anti-Christ teachings and leading a cult. Whatever issue you have against his viewing of eschatology (like many before) you have bore false witness against him with these labels and declarations. Remove the log from your own eye.

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  • Jeremy
    September 20, 2018 - 2:28 am

    Jonathan Welton just got busted for being a sexual pervert https://www.youtube.com/edit?o=U&video_id=dkRAyUtHDJA

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  • Saundra
    September 20, 2018 - 11:50 pm

    For one thing, The bible says to restore in love, IF ONE IS REPENTANT,Johnathan doesnt think his teachings are wrong, so, he isnt repentant. The Bible is clear on what we are to do to false teachers, I’m surprised you that defend him, do not know this, Paul was explicit on how to deal with them, Jonathan Went in is leading people to Hell, of course he doesn’t believe in Hell, But yes, he must be called out for it..secondly, Bill Johnson is teaching some wacky stuff too, along with all the NAR and all Prophetic movements, believe you me, I was in it for years, they mock people who believe in the rapture, and let’s not forget the Courts of heaven cult, yeah, travel to heaven, talk to the dead,totally unscriptual, But they take scripture out of context, so they make it read however they want. So yes, By all means, call them all out, before they and their false teachings take everyone to Hell, because they will be held accountable, they also believe you can live whatever way,and it’s just okay with God, and let’s not forget that Preterists are anti Semetic either… How does anyone think it’s love to Not correct someone in error? to me, thats the true act of love..

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  • Jeremy
    September 23, 2018 - 5:02 pm

    opps! This is the right link to Welton being a sick pervert https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=akYXiEMt_mA

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