Today was a first for me in that I was threatened with legal action regarding my article regarding the despicable situation involving two sham ministries operating in a small Gypsy Village in Tinca Romania. What makes this a first? Glad you asked! This is the very first time that the main SOURCE of the article threatened me with LEGAL ACTION if I didn’t remove my article from the blog. Being the fair guy that I am, I decided to honor this request and removed it. Now, let’s get to the meat of the matter.
On July 13, 2007 I received a text message from this source, hereafter known as “Paleo” asking me if I thought tongues and prophecy were still valid biblically. I asked why and was informed about Matt Gonzales and his ministry, Carpe Diem Ministries based in Stockton California. I had never heard about either Gonzales or his ministry until that day and informed “Paleo”, after some investigation, that his ministry was shaky at best. On July 14, 2007 I received two more text messages regarding this ministry and “gold stars” being seen by the Gypsies on their hands after being prayed for by Gonzales and his cult disciples.
On July 14, 2007, we spoke via telephone and “Paleo” seemed very happy about exposing Gonzales and his cult but I never shared with this person my concerns regarding Forget Me Not Ministries or its founder, Miss Rachel Ross. Apparently “Paleo” was spending a few weeks as a missionary with Miss Ross’ organization and is quite fond of her as a person.
On July 15, 2007 I received a lengthy and detailed email from “Paleo”. Below are some of the concerns that were raised;
- Praying and speaking in tongues
- False prophecies due to information passed on to Gonzales from Forget Me Not staff member Halie Volbrecht prior to his arrival and passing it off as words from God
- The Village people believing that Gonzales was Jesus.
The email also contained derogatory remarks about Gonzales’ wife Deseree and others. I was only concerned with the above bulleted complaints and the two ministries involved. I addressed these concerns in the article that I removed and will republish these below;
Neither cult leader Matt Gonzales nor any of his disciples have the Gift of Tongues. In order to have this gift, the Gypsy children would have been able to understand what these folks were saying. They did not and Gonzales needed a Romanian interpreter whenever he spoke or prayed or whatever con he was trying to pull on these poor children of God. Gonzales may have the gift of gab but NOT the Gift of Tongues. All he and his disciples are doing is babbling and pretending. Prophecy? Spoon fed information from a naïve disciple to a cult leader is hardly speaking for God. Cult leader Matt Gonzales is nothing but a two bit con man pretending to be a prophet. He is a prophet- a FALSE PROPHET and should be treated as such.
Below are my thoughts about the Gypsies seeing gold stars on their hands and believing Gonzales was Jesus after being prayed for;
Mat 24:24 For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall show great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.
The gold stars are nothing more then a false sign. This type of nonsense has occurred before in the Assemblies of God denomination of which Gonzales is a member. He’s pulling a scam to get naïve people to believe he has special powers which clearly he doesn’t have. In fairness to cult leader Gonzales, he didn’t claim to be Jesus but he certainly didn’t try to deny it and a Romanian interpreter had to inform the village that Gonzales wasn’t Jesus.
I then offered the following from the article;
My question is this; If Forget Me Not Ministries are accepting donations based on their claims of leading people to Christ, why did these unsuspecting villagers fall for this scam and believe Gonzales was Jesus? Apparently Ross was sleeping during evangelism 101 because her ministry certainly isn’t doing what it claims to be doing. Who’s responsible for this mess? Rachel Ross is. It was her staff member that made the introduction and her ministry that sponsored this cult enabling them and allowing 24/7 access to these poor unfortunate souls who were duped by a two bit con man claiming to be a prophet of God. She clearly endorses this cult as evidenced by the friends section of her web page. Feigning ignorance won’t work Miss Ross. You are responsible for this and I hope you get your act together but I highly doubt that will happen.
“Paleo” knew all about this blog and my “methods” prior to ever relaying this information about this terrible situation. In fact, this person has stated to me many times how wrong my methods are yet had no problem with my methods until I contacted “Paleo” and informed this person that Rachel Ross wouldn’t look good. It appears “Paleo” was only interested in exposing Gonzales where I’m interested in the truth. This is where we differ.
There can be no doubt whatsoever these two ministries have difficulties that can hardly be overlooked. Will they repent and operate their ministries in a more biblical manner? One of them probably won’t and the other one might. We’ll see who in the not so distant future I reckon.
Finally, personal attacks and threats of litigation don’t frighten me. This article will NOT be removed by me for ANY reason. If anyone has personal issues concerning this article or has any additional information about either of these ministries my email is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please pray for the Gypsy Children of Tinca. If you feel led to help support a legitimate ministry, please contact Rock Ministries.