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The Continuing Adventures of Pastor Rolex & Friends

March 8, 2009

Pastor Rolex at the pulpit

I have received another email from a former member of FBIM — one who was involved with both the Beloit church and Pastor Jerry Pruitt’s follow-up church in Phoenix.

As I’ve said before, this isn’t even about Danny Gokey. Hey, I hope the guy severs any ties he has to this place. But since they’re pimping out their association with a guy on Idol to anyone who will listen, then FBIM is open to criticism. And since it doesn’t seem as if many people have questioned a lot of their actions, or at least gotten very far with it, hey, I’m game. Maybe it’s time for them to be exposed since they’re drawing a tiny amount of national attention. (And I’m hoping people continue to come forward with their stories.) Perhaps Idol will figure out it’s probably a stupid idea to quasi-promote a “church” with such a dubious reputation, especially because they should know by now airing that sort of thing means rabid fans will flock from all over to attend services. 

I, and others, have contacted the local Beloit papers several times to try and get an investigation going on them. It seems to start and then stall out for some reason. We have been praying for someone to investigate the church and the family to show what they are really all about. The Pruitts practice banning and basically destroy the credibility of anyone who leaves so people have been reluctant to say anything in the past. People that were our friends for literally YEARS stopped talking to us when we left because we “abandoned the man of God” and were now enemies. All this was instigated by the Pruitts.  I sat in Bishop Jerry Pruitts office in Arizona and he said to my face : “You will never be welcomed in our church again. If you move back to Wisconsin I will make SURE you are not welcome in my son’s churches either. You are an enemy of this ministry”. They accused us of stealing (A common tactic employed by the Pruitts to discredit people who leave.  They had two former music ministers who left that they accused of stealing as well as several families that served in leadership who left that they accused of stealing.), they said we were “never really behind the man of God and his vision from God for the ministry (This even though we moved from Wisconsin to Arizona and left our jobs, our home and our family to help build the new church!) and they said we never supported the ministry with our finances even though: 1. I was promised to be put on staff and once I got out there there was no money to pay me 2. We put ministry supplies on our own personal credit card to the tune of $3000 and were only reimbursed for $300 because they “just didn’t have any more money to pay us with so you should just take it off your taxes”. 3. We put the renovation of one of the ministry rooms on another credit card with the agreement to be reimbursed to the tune of $5500 and never saw one DIME in reimbursement.  This is all common to the Pruitts.  They have to keep the illusion of control.  If people start to think logically and ask questions they would leave alot sooner.  Subsequently when people leave the Pruitts practice “shunning” or “banning” to keep contact with former church members to a minimum.  They discredit good people that helped their ministry and served them for years so that people won’t think there could be anything wrong with the Pruitts or their messages. No, the problem must ALWAYS be with the people who left.  The Pruitts go so far as to say that “If you talk to those people who left you will bring a curse into your life”. They teach if you say anything bad about the pastor you are “touching God’s anointed and could bring a curse or even death into your life”. Despite the fact that the Bible says each believer is anointed, the Pruitts believe they have a SPECIAL anointing that you must submit to in order for God to bless your life. 

Crap. I totally forgot that bible passage regarding saline implants and hair plugs. What book was that in? Is there a Book of Candi?

Many people hold Jerry in high regard. It is usually for a couple reasons. Either they were not close enough to him to know the real Jerry or they stayed in FBIM after Jerry left and there is that “Awww, it was so much better in the old days” nostalgic thing happening. The truth is the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. Jeff is a product of his father and mother.  Publicly the Pruitts said Jeff’s move to start a church in Madison was a direct order from God. Privately to those of us in leadership Jerry would say “He should never have left.  That isn’t God.  He doesn’t know what he is doing”.  Both Jerry and Jeff have both had work done to correct their male pattern baldness. Their daughter Barbie has had a breast job and had work done on her face, the daughter in law Robyn had a nose/chin job and the mother Gloria has had a breast job as well. I don’t know if they are publicly admitting to these procedures now but when we attended they were refsuing to admit to the congregation the work they had done. 

Ah…health & wealth gospel. Sounds a lot like prosperity gospel to me. Well, at least they’re good at writing catchy rhymes. Catchy rhymes to be broadcast over that brand-new sound system.

The Pruitts teach a health and wealth Gospel. “You give to get from God.  If you have a need, you must plant a seed.  Don’t pay your light bill, pay your tithe first”. These are all direct quotes from Jeff and Jerry. When we were working for them in Arizona, we had to buy everything because there was no money for anything according to Jerry. Then they had a well known TELEVANGELIST by the name of Jesse DuPlantis come to speak and they wrote him a check for $100,000!!!!! No money to help with supplies for the kids but a HUGE check to a guy who is a multimillionaire?  The Beloit church held bbq’s and doughnut sales ( at least five times) to raise money for choir robes which were never bought(at least at that time). When I asked where the funds went I was told by Jeff “We have the right to direct funds to any area of ministry we see fit.  We needed new sound equipment so we used the money for that”.

(And could I start up a collection on this blog where my faithful readers could PayPal me some cash for a plane ticket? I am sooooo in need of a vacation.)

Judging from the photo above, does the choir now wear jeans because they never got those robes? That just popped in my head for some reason…

Now how can you preach a health & wealth gospel and sell people donuts? Donuts aren’t very healthy now, are they? Tsk tsk tsk. You don’t want to kill people by feeding them bad foods now do you?

There was a run of a bunch of deaths in the church. One man who died was a big giver to the church and a faithful servant.  When he died Jeff said, after years of this man’s faithful service and battle with cancer, “Well, that’s what happens when you don’t have enough faith to be healed”. After a bunch of deaths Jerry told the Arizona congregation that his son needed a vacation and he was going to make sure those people in Beloit gave him one. He then went back to Beloit and took up special pledges to pay to “Bless their man of God with a time of rest and refreshing”.  And you may ask where this all expense paid trip for the pastor was to? Well, HAWAII of course.

Hmmm, so let’s back up here. If that was true about one person, about them not having “enough faith to be healed”, then wow, say, Sophia Gokey must not have had any faith. I always thought when people died too soon you could kind of pull out that trusty excuse about the Lord needing them in Heaven in an effort to justify a senseless tragedy. But you’re telling me people drop dead these days because of a lack of faith? Than that would mean everyone who died just didn’t have enough faith, wouldn’t it? Or is it just those you pick and choose? 

But if I drive a Cadillac, that must mean I’m totally cool about this faith stuff, right? (Come on. You know you love how it always comes back to the Escalade.)

I also read in one of the comments defending Jeff that he “put his keys (of the Cadillac Escalade he drives) on the altar and was willing to give it up”. Well, here is the truth behind that little fable. The CHURCH pays for the car! When Jeff did that he drove it right home and put it in his garage where it sat for weeks to keep the illusion up of him giving it up. The guy from the church who does Jeff’s lawn reported that the car sat there and never moved. One phone call to his dad and he was on a plane and that resulted in him telling us he was going to “SHAME” the Beloit congregation into paying for the car. It was never being paid for by Jeff anyway! Jerry and Jeff also get gas cards and a clothing allowance paid for by the church. 

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51 Comments leave one →
  1. Sue permalink
    December 20, 2009 4:52 pm

    YEAH WELL i KNOW A LOT OF JEWS THAT ARE REALLY LOST, OH YEAH THAT WOULD BE ANY THAT DOES NOT ACCEPT THE MESSIAH!!!! NOT EVERYONE THAT CLAIMS JUDAISM FOLLOWS THE LAW. I THANK GOD I AM A CHRISTAIN THAT IS TRYING MY BET TO BE ONE IN SINCERITY.

  2. May 13, 2009 3:47 am

    Did I ever mention how much I love being Jewish?

  3. Amelia permalink
    April 27, 2009 7:56 am

    Good response, Disgusted.

    Jesus said, “Love your neighbour as yourself” (the 2nd greatest commandment). How can you truly be loving your neighbour as yourself when your neighbour (anywhere in the world) is starving and you don’t really dig into your wealth to help them – instead spending your money on an expensive car (or boob job or face job)?

    Do those poor children in Africa that are starving deserve to starve because of some sin that they committed? While you deserve to be wealthy because you has made you wealthy and this must be because you are ‘right’ in God’s eyes? I am confused by your theology, Sara. Having wealth does not prove that God is blessing you for the live that you are living or the faith that you have. Likewise, being poor is not proof that God is punishing you for your actions or lack of faith. That sounds a lot like the Hindu idea of Karma. I lived in Calcutta, the poorest city in India for 3 years with my family as a child. 2/3rds of the city were desperately poor but there was a significant amount of very wealthy and very religious Hindus. These wealthy Hindus believed that people born into poverty were paying for sins of a past life. They therefore believed that wealthy peopl should give poor people just enough money to survive within their poverty, but never enough to escape their poverty.

    • paul permalink
      October 16, 2009 12:05 am

      The great thing about the pruitts is tha they have given hundreds of thousands of dollars to mutual faith ministries and fed thousands of people and the still live well…they are not rich or wealthy by any means…they live very modestly but have all their needs met just as god promises…I guess david, joshuah, joseph, abraham, job and the list goes on were all horrible people too…hmmmmmm god didn’t think so…is about the money or the heart….it is the LOVE of money yhat destroys people not money…people are actually destroyed for a lack of knowlege…god himself walks on streets of gold…yet people are still starving…jesus said we will always have the poor…does his statement make him bad?? Get on with your life and on with His blessing…the pruitts are not assigned the whole world but they are clearly doing their part.

      • Sally_yessally permalink
        December 2, 2009 11:11 pm

        Paul, I thought you would never stop. Coming in on an article that sat dormant for months as directed. Let me clarify your statements for the rest of the world. You do not hide behind shadows, only an ignorance of truth and failure to listen to the entire word of God. You know as well as I do that Pastor N left on his own accord based on being pushed out of the church and being given the option leave on good terms or bad terms, your choice. He really had no choice and the leaders at the time knew it. You also know that Carols other family member at FBIM had been asked to leave shortly after her comment. Only someone so caught up in the entrails would comment on that. I could line up thousands upon thousands up to your hundreds to talk about how the FBIM family destroyed lives paul. You have seen it as you went to Phx and you came back and saw almost everyone leave. but, just like the rest of the pruitts, you think it is everyone elses problem. About the hundreds or thousands of dollars given to mutual faith, yes mutual faith is an okay ministry, with a large overhead, but they do good. None of that money came from the pruits did it. Now maybe you should check the property value on the house they own outright, 300K, 350K, 2 high end 50K vehicles paid for by the church, frequent shopping sprees, frequent eats at high end restaurants? You tell me paul how does it make you feel that your money is squandered on crap. Oh yeah, you are taught like we are all taught that it is good for the Man of God to have an abundance of wordy possessions, because Jesus went around with millions of dollars in his bank and he bought diamonds and wore extravagant jewelry, had the nicest houses, and posted everything he did on twitter. Paul open the book, and take the plank out of your own eye before you try and pull a speck out of mine.

      • Sue permalink
        December 20, 2009 4:49 pm

        READ THE BIBLE FROM COVER TO COVER BEFORE IT IS TOO LATE!!!!!!!!

  4. Disgusted permalink
    March 15, 2009 3:16 am

    Good dental health is increasingly linked to overall well-being. Maybe you could plead with those who are more “blessed” in your church to forgo the bling in favor of starting a dental ministry for their less fortunate, uninsured members.

    Why is it okay for all of Hollywood to have a Rolex, Diamonds, work done, and not okay for the man of God to have that? God’s people should be prospering MORE than the world.

    I would laugh if your comparing a man of God to Hollywood (and God’s people to the rest of the world) wasn’t so terribly sad. Jesus specifically said not to build up worldly treasures.

    Matthew 6:19-21
    Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and decay destroy, and thieves break in and steal. But store up treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor decay destroys, nor thieves break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there also will your heart be.

    Also, when you are blessed by God, you share the blessing.

    Luke 21:1-4
    As he looked up, Jesus saw the rich putting their gifts into the temple treasury. He also saw a poor widow put in two very small copper coins. “I tell you the truth,” he said, “this poor widow has put in more than all the others. All these people gave their gifts out of their wealth; but she out of her poverty put in all she had to live on.”

    In closing, Danny Gokey is almost, but not quite, less than averagely talented.

  5. Sara permalink
    March 15, 2009 12:22 am

    OH and what is wrong with improving yourself? I have some issues with my teeth and I’d like them fixed. Do I want a glow in the dark smile? No, but I’d like some dental work done. I don’t have insurance and would like to take care of the teeth I have.

  6. Sara permalink
    March 15, 2009 12:21 am

    Why is it okay for all of Hollywood to have a Rolex, Diamonds, work done, and not okay for the man of God to have that? God’s people should be prospering MORE than the world. Also, when you are blessed by God, you share the blessing. They give to missions and take care of the speakers that come speak there. They have outreaches for people in need as well. They teach a person to stop making excuses and be responsible for their lives. To follow God’s will. It’s not about Pastor Pruitt, it’s about God and what He’s doing in this time. I’ve been nothing but blessed by FBIM, Pastor Pruitt, and Pastor Robin. GO DANNY GOKEY!!!!

    • March 16, 2009 8:48 pm

      Why is it okay for all of Hollywood to have a Rolex, Diamonds, work done, and not okay for the man of God to have that?

      BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH are you serious?

    • Sue permalink
      December 20, 2009 4:47 pm

      READ THE BIBLE FROM COVER TO COVER. Hollywood is going to spend eternity in Hell. Wor5k out your salvation with fear and trembling!

  7. D.Alice permalink
    March 13, 2009 10:59 pm

    So, I’ve been a member of FBIM for 14 years and never once was I asked to “shun” someone who left Faithbuilders. And really, who says that we’re idolizing Danny! My goodness, he’s a friend! How silly to say.

    • bob permalink
      March 15, 2009 10:48 am

      I was a member for over ten years. The pastor HIMSELF (Jerry) came to me and a group of friends and specifically instructed us not to have any contact with a certain individual who had left the church. The pastor HIMSELF (Jerry) said that this man was now a Judas to the ministry. There was another family who was with the church when it started as New Ark Christian Center. They were faithful attenders, faithful givers and faithful servants in the church. The husband spent many nights helping with building things around the church. The wife had a talent for painting and even painted the pastor’s (Jerry) new office. When they left the church, after all of this and being in church “leadership” as well we were told to stop having contact with them. We were told that they were never truly behind the church or their pastor and that is was better that they were gone. Going forward we were to drop all contact with them. In another instance when a couple who were involved in several ministries within the church as well as productions left the church we were told they were thieves and we were to “seperate ourselves” from the heathens. They would drag our spiritual lives down. On another occasion there was a couple that came to church that got saved. The Pruitts touted their salvation as a miracle. God restored their broken marriage. Another miracle claimed the Pruitts. These folks were going somewhere with God. They were excited and volunteered to be a part of the greeter team and kids ministry. The Pruitts said they were “awesome people of God” and put them into leadership. At the leadership meetings they started to hear some of the off teachings about how you can’t question the pastor because that is like questioning God and that will bring a curse into your life. They went to the Pruitts and asked about the issues bothering them. They were told that the devil was trying to rob them of their faith. Eventually the inconsistencies in preaching got to them and they left. After all the backing the Pruitts had done of this couple, now, all of a sudden, they were “to be disassociated with. Theyr are going to lose their marraige over leaving this church. Don’t have anything to do with them.”. That’s just a FEW of the examples of shunning former members that my family and I saw during our time there. There are many more examples that I could give along with other folks who have more stories than me. The things I just wrote are all things I personally witnessed. I have nothing against the Pruitts, FBIM or Danny Gokey. I feel so sad for those still caught in that church system. To say that you haven’t been asked to do that I can only say that you are very blessed that you have been excluded from that. However, the list of ruined friendships, ruined marriages and ruined businesses because of the acts of the Pruitts and their church members could fill pages upon pages. I hope some people find peace outside this ministry.

    • bob permalink
      March 16, 2009 8:42 pm

      I was a member for over ten years. The pastor HIMSELF (Jerry) came to me and a group of friends and specifically instructed us not to have any contact with a certain individual who had left the church. The pastor HIMSELF (Jerry) said that this man was now a Judas to the ministry. There was another family who was with the church when it started as New Ark Christian Center. They were faithful attenders, faithful givers and faithful servants in the church. The husband spent many nights helping with building things around the church. The wife had a talent for painting and even painted the pastor’s (Jerry) new office. When they left the church, after all of this and being in church “leadership” as well we were told to stop having contact with them. We were told that they were never truly behind the church or their pastor and that is was better that they were gone. Going forward we were to drop all contact with them. In another instance when a couple who were involved in several ministries within the church as well as productions left the church we were told they were thieves and we were to “seperate ourselves” from the heathens. They would drag our spiritual lives down. On another occasion there was a couple that came to church that got saved. The Pruitts touted their salvation as a miracle. God restored their broken marriage. Another miracle claimed the Pruitts. These folks were going somewhere with God. They were excited and volunteered to be a part of the greeter team and kids ministry. The Pruitts said they were “awesome people of God” and put them into leadership. At the leadership meetings they started to hear some of the off teachings about how you can’t question the pastor because that is like questioning God and that will bring a curse into your life. They went to the Pruitts and asked about the issues bothering them. They were told that the devil was trying to rob them of their faith. Eventually the inconsistencies in preaching got to them and they left. After all the backing the Pruitts had done of this couple, now, all of a sudden, they were “to be disassociated with. Theyr are going to lose their marraige over leaving this church. Don’t have anything to do with them.”. That’s just a FEW of the examples of shunning former members that my family and I saw during our time there. There are many more examples that I could give along with other folks who have more stories than me. The things I just wrote are all things I personally witnessed. I have nothing against the Pruitts, FBIM or Danny Gokey. I feel so sad for those still caught in that church system. To say that you haven’t been asked to do that I can only say that you are very blessed that you have been excluded from that. However, the list of ruined friendships, ruined marriages and ruined businesses because of the acts of the Pruitts and their church members could fill pages upon pages. I hope some people find peace outside this ministry.

  8. Sally_yessally permalink
    March 13, 2009 9:52 pm

    Just because I stayed you think that is wrong too. First I had no business commenting because I\’d never been. Now why did I stay too long. Yes Jeff teaches about 97% biblically solid. Off the top of my head I can name 3 things not biblical preached more than once while I attended. 1-You are in sin if you are not healed from affliction or infirmity. 2-Confession brings possession. 3. Jacob wrestled with God.

    When you are a member of a church, you don\’t walk away the first time someone does something goofy, or the second. When things get out of perspective you go. When I started to see people go and then they were shunned for going, or people were told not to do business with them because they are against the man of God, it made me realize eww.

    Why does a church have to have disgruntled former members? I thought that would be a problem with large companies. Aren\’t you supposed to love those who leave your church? I would never say I love someone and then call them disgruntled.

    I would actually take up your offer to visit, but I moved out of state…

    FBIM can be proud of Danny without idolizing him, unless he is an idol to them, like a Rolex or an Escalade, or good italian food?

    Alice, why don\’t you ask Jeff what he is doing with all the money that has been collected in Beloit and being used in Milwaukee… if he will let you!

    • Sue permalink
      December 20, 2009 4:44 pm

      Jacob did wrestle with God. There is a lot of things they teach that is antichrist. The Bible says you can clearly tell who belongs to Him by the love they have one for another. People that are so selfish to buy worldly trinkets vrs caring for the people in the church.
      The church in Phoenix looks like a television station, why you might ask, these clowns want the money of a mega church. Jerry talks of his wife wanting to shop till she drops (sin). He talks of healing and if you are not healed then it is because of you, He got indigestion and guess where he ran straight to the hospital for surgery. If he had faith! You should have seen the damage control.

  9. D.Alice permalink
    March 13, 2009 7:33 pm

    Sally, my question to you is, if you had to “suffer” through all of those hundreds of services..why did you stay so long? If in your eyes it was so bad. Personally, I know that Pastor is a dynamic speaker, who’s sermons are completely Bible based…During service he leads us from scripture to scripture. Hmm, I wonder if he’s reading from a different Bible than me…oh wait,no. It’s all Biblical. And why shouldn’t FBIM be proud of Danny, why can’t we be supportive? We don’t deserve to show how excited we are for him?

    • Sue permalink
      December 20, 2009 4:37 pm

      Obviously you have never bothered to read the Word and please do not lie. No it is not Biblical and people like you are an insult to those that suffer for Christ’s sake. If you did you would know what the original sin really is-PRIDE the devil has it and through your ignorance of the Word you have it too. If you do not get serious you will wake up one day dead in Hell and there will be no way to get out. A true church is one that teaches how to walk in God not over Him.

  10. Sally_yessally permalink
    March 13, 2009 7:05 pm

    So mE and D.Alice, 46 months of sitting listening to Jeff, Robin, special guests Prophet Glen Miller, Sandy Kolkin, Keith Hershey, Jessie Duplantis, Bill Winston, and many others etc… , tens of thousands of dollars in donations is enough under my belt for me to call a spade a spade. Over 300 services listening to him preach? Is that enough? do I need to listen to 500 more, 750 more, 1,000 more? Of course more services are needed in Milwaukee, because Gokey is the beer that made Milwaukee famous… Oh yeah, not yet.

    Danny needs to distance himself from this before it gets him dq\’d. Danny deserves this, not FBIM

    • Sue permalink
      December 20, 2009 4:32 pm

      You need to read the Bible. Why can’t people see that if you do not know what the Word says how will you know the truth? When I say read the Bible I mean all of it not just what one wants to get out of it. From cover to cover the whole enchilada. That is why you wasted so much money on the Pagans of today. They don’t read it either they just grab a few scriptures that will give them what they want.

  11. D.Alice permalink
    March 13, 2009 3:38 pm

    I definetly agree with you statements mE.

  12. March 13, 2009 11:36 am

    Oh one more thing Sally_ I encourage you to go to faithbuilders for 2 months and then maybe you can make some first hand comments on these boards instead of believing everything you here from “past members”. Funny how everyone want their 15 minutes of fame, so in order to get it they feel the need to bash something/someone on these types of blogs where people jump at anything negative they hear whether they know the facts or not. Pretty sure you may be the one with a leaky brain.

  13. March 13, 2009 11:28 am

    Sally, your story’s great, but AGAIN there is no proof to anything you’ve said. Services are being changed to Saturday in Beloit, so a SECOND earlier service can take place in Milwaukee. I’m not pretending to know the motives behind the decision, but from what I understand people in the area have requested an earlier service. About the rolex, ok so he got it as a gift. Enough said. Who cares. I’m sure you got something as a gift that you wear. Don’t tell me it’s for all the money he’s raised for them by bringing them in either. In that case, my employees should be buying me a Rolex. Lol.

    • Sue permalink
      December 20, 2009 4:28 pm

      Dude Money is your God. People that run a business like you run it into the ground. Read the news If your not under now you will be soon. This new age name and claim it so called faith has blossomed under the rule “don’t read the Bible.” The Word clearly states that in the end times they will heap up teachers that pretty much tells them what they want to hear. You obviously conveniently haven’t read where the Word says to associate with the humble. Running you spiritual life like you run your business is going to land you in the same state out in the cold. Jeff is a total whacko and if you read the Word from cover to cover you would know that. I have heard this clown and there is a kingdom for them if they and their followers do not repent. That kingdom is in Hell. Stop playing games with God and get serious before it is to late.

  14. March 12, 2009 10:29 pm

    Hey Alice, my cat died years ago and I am sad. I need FBIM to hold some sort of fundraiser for me to assuage my tears. How can I get in touch with you to get that sort of thing up and running? I predict I’m going to need at least 5 digits to get over the grief, how much is your cut?

    • TopIdol permalink
      March 13, 2009 12:52 am

      I want to clone Oskar. Am now taking donations.

      • March 13, 2009 1:23 am

        That’s going to take AT LEAST six figures. And is a very important thing to do. So FMIB dig deep now! We can do it! Heal the world and clone a cat, make it a better day for youuuu and meeeeee *rocks back and forth* everybody nowwwww

        Steal from the WOOORRLLLLDD
        Make Pastor Rolex Richhhhh
        lalalaaalaaaalaaaaa

  15. D.Alice permalink
    March 12, 2009 8:49 pm

    Cancelling wouldn’t be the appropriate word…we’re MOVING Sunday services to Satutday nights. And actuallly, we’re very excited about it here at FBIM Beloit!

  16. Sally_yessally permalink
    March 11, 2009 9:12 pm

    Well, something is getting to Jeff. He now spotlights pictures of Danny and Jammar with photos of them singing at services. Jeff is doing everything to push his agenda. It is official Beloit FBIM is canceling Sunday services starting on Easter Sunday. A current member who still talks to me told me they feel like Jeff is doing everything to push people away from attending in Beloit. Could it be that he is trying to close the Beloit church and move the large amount of Equity to Milwaukee. This has been a concern for many of the past few years, and it is coming to pass. If Jeff doesn\’t have to worry about what is happening down south, he can focus on the wealth that is Milwaukee.. He might be telling the people in Beloit it is because he is to tired to travel all day Sunday, but we know the truth! Have fun with this one mE

  17. bob permalink
    March 10, 2009 11:35 pm

    Hey there mE,

    I attended FBIM for years. After giving faithfully, over and above my 10% and serving faithfully in several areas of the minsitry I was TRASHED when I left. I did start to question things that were taught. I did talk to Jerry and Jeff about them. I was told, on MORE than one occasion “If you question the man of God you will bring a curse into your life”. I pray for those people left in that ministry. I know the manipulation. I have been there for Bill Winston, Jesse DuPlantis and Glenn Miller. I have seen the shattered marriages and broken friendships. It isn’t pretty. You can defend them or support them if you care to do so. I hope all of this will open the eyes of some of those still left behind.

  18. Sally_yessally permalink
    March 10, 2009 10:56 pm

    How much he pays for the truck.. Nothing, not one cent, why should he care what we say about it. That. Modest, yes because we know that Jesus drove around in a Bently, oh yeah, it was an Cadilac… Oh yeah HE WALKED! It is clear that Mr. Pruitt got a Rolex from Bill Winston, Glen Miller, or maybe even Jessie Duplantis. Heck he even talked about getting one from a church member and giving it back to another preacher.. Reliable sources have to hide from the gruesome retaliatory attacks of FBIM. Members leave and run like hell.. Maybe Pruitt could answer some of these charges on his own blog, or dispel all these so called lies by making his taxes public? That will never happen, to much to lose. mE I encourage you to take a 2 month break from FBIM and see if you want to go back… Best said, you are so open minded that your brains leaked out.

  19. bob permalink
    March 10, 2009 10:25 pm

    As one ex-church member loudly exclaimed from the back of the sanctuary when Jeff returned to Beloit to preach after his most recent hair “procedure” :
    “It’s a MIRACLE! Jeff has grown some hair!”
    He was escorted out by the ushers after that one.
    I cracked up laughing however.

  20. March 10, 2009 6:26 pm

    Disgusted, do you have any idea how much he paid/pays for the truck?? I’m also curious what the difference is between your meaning of “modest” and my meaning of it. It’s not like he rolling around in a Bentley for crying out loud. I know alot of “modest” people who drive Cadillacs. Also, where did this Rolex thing come from, because from what I’ve seen it’s a pretty nothing special watch he wears. Yeah it’s gold, but wal-mart sells gold (color) watches. Instead of questioning the Pastor and the ministry, maybe you should be questioning these “reliable sources”. Just a thought…

    • Disgusted permalink
      March 14, 2009 4:23 pm

      Since I was disputing your argument that a church is no different from any other business, mE, it really doesn’t matter how much he paid for anything. You stated that he could do what he wanted with the church’s money and so what if he does. I was simply disagreeing with that point.

      To whoever copied my post up there and added the last line to it using my name, I’m flattered.

  21. March 9, 2009 8:11 pm

    “It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.” (Matthew 19:24)

    Translation, Pastor Rolex and his money grubbing flock are going to hell. Oh poo.

  22. Sally_yessally permalink
    March 9, 2009 4:31 pm

    oh confronter if YOU only knew the whole truth. Obviously Danny didn\’t kill his wife, everyone knows that part, but FBIM, Jeff Pruit INC (or should I say JDPM INC, formerly jdpm.org for jeffery d pruit ministries) needs plenty of attention. I sat their with my spouse for years convinced that people who left are evil, thieving knvinving manipulative people who need to be gone from the church, until you become one. hmmm.. Let me remember, didn\’t Jerry write about how to get someone out of your church in Pastoring Supernaturally (He did, he told readers how to remove Jezabel from the church.. Let\’s just say the Pruitts have a lot of experience with this now don\’t they). How many people can come forward before an investigation is started. I remember having a discussion with a fellow FBI\’er regarding their feelings about the pricing of jewelry for a Style event. All of the costume jewelry was bought at 90% clearance, but marked 10-20 times the cost. My initial thought was the profits were going for a good cause. My fellow FBI\’er told me that the jewelry sales go to Robin\’s personal account..

    3. I have coem to service many and I still feel like cult is Faith Builders and of God not they are following. (I wanted to make sure confronter understood what I said) Interpretation: Peter Popoff couldn\’t have done this better.

    BTW – what was that saying that we used to hear.. You are not a millionaire until you have given a million to the church… Now when you hear that what focus is on that, God or Money?

    Carol has it straight up Mockery…

  23. March 9, 2009 10:34 am

    It doesn’t matter if YOU buy a Cadillac, mE. But the Lord instructs prudent stewardship of what belongs to Him, and using church funds on an expensive car when a modest one will do that which cars are designed to do is vanity.
    Sorry… forgot to say great post – can’t wait to read your next one!

  24. Disgusted permalink
    March 9, 2009 1:35 am

    It doesn’t matter if YOU buy a Cadillac, mE. But the Lord instructs prudent stewardship of what belongs to Him, and using church funds on an expensive car when a modest one will do that which cars are designed to do is vanity.

    • paul permalink
      October 15, 2009 11:37 pm

      People who never commit to long term commitments to build the kingdom of god grow critical of people who are…I have known bishop pruitt and pastor jeff for 15 years…I made the journey to phx and you never worked for the church or were offered the opportunity…most of what you outline is half truth full of your emotion…I love you guys but slandering is never acceptable no matter what…god said we are to walk in love toward oneanother and forgive lest we not be forgiven…ipray for oneanother…f you have been hurt move on…being angry is like drinking poison and expecting someone else to die…I wish you the best life has to offer and know this…I could line up 100 people to your 1 to talk about how these people have forever changed thir lives…

  25. March 9, 2009 12:48 am

    I own a business, I make pretty good money. If I decide to buy a Cadillac, what does it matter? If I give myself a clothing allowance, gas allowance, expense account, etc., what does it matter?? In the real world, that’s how businesses operate. A church is NO different, other than they’re tax exempt. It’s still a business and in my opinion, they do alot more positive things for their regions than many of these multimillion dollar corporations with there high paid executives.

  26. carol permalink
    March 8, 2009 10:04 pm

    Three of my kids and my husband worked at FBIM in Beloit. They were used and abused to the say the very least. Most appalling was the manner in which they treated one of their pastors….he was given a vehicle. They made a big todo about giving him the keys and such during a service I attended. After eight years of his service he was “let go” and the home in which he paid payments on for all those years (which was sold to him via the church) as well as that vehicle were confiscated from him. He and his family were left homeless and without wheels….he was a good and faithful man that just wasn’t the right color or a part of the Pruitt family. This goes beyond “cult”. It is a mockery of everything the Lord stands for and it is time that people wake up and get out while they still have some measure of faith in God left.

    • paul permalink
      October 16, 2009 12:28 am

      The pastor you mention above left to start a new ministry in rockford…he was not terminated…I am sorry about your experiences but it can’t be too bad considering one of your other family members is still attending after all these years…I wish you the best life has to offer

  27. March 8, 2009 7:42 pm

    This cult makes me sick.

    • Sue Hunter permalink
      December 20, 2009 4:11 pm

      I have walked with the Lord for over thirty years and I read the Bible and spend many hours in prayer and I am here to tell you this is a cult. An evil cult. The words they speak are so off the wall. This is pure greed and selfishness. I have seen a lot of pastors that couldn’t care less about God but these clowns take the cake. Several Sundays ago Jeff preached in Phx cause dad had a heart attack and surgery. The clown sister was running around all emotional yelling “my brother the prophet,” These people are really sick spiritually and I sincerely hope you keep this site open so maybe others will see the truth. The people there do not realize it but they are following the Pruits and not God. Cyanide anyone?

  28. Sane Jason Fan permalink
    March 8, 2009 6:36 pm

    Conversions? I just hope they don’t somehow convert Adam. That would depress me to no end.

    • TopIdol permalink
      March 8, 2009 7:20 pm

      Oh, I doubt Adam will be converted 🙂

      But you already have people praying HE doesn’t covert any of the other guys.

  29. Sally_yessally permalink
    March 8, 2009 6:23 pm

    It continues… I am sure that the people from FBIM will be here in a few hours to defend themselves. At what point will current members join in? Maybe it has already. A wise man told me once that any publicity is good publicity. FBIM blog . com mentioned that they had several hundred new conversions this week? They are getting a lot from the publicity, and one would have to wonder if the continued emails from former members are emails from current members. I am sure that mE and some of the other members who are trolling this and other sites to defend the MegaChurch AKA FBIM, but I have to seriously wonder, how did TOPIDOL get all the pics in the last blog. I could find none? were they a gift?

    • confronter permalink
      March 8, 2009 10:50 pm

      well of course we will come back to stand our ground on what you guys have to say about us. and danny killing his wife? are you seriouse? she died of a hear condition and our church is welcome to whom ever! we are not out for the money and the attention but yes we do want publicity for god not us. you think we are selfish and we are only worried about building our church no we are worried about getting people to God! if you only knew Danny and if you only knew us this blog would be half true. and people you have to be careful of who you read from because theese editors and bloggers do not know of how we minister they only take what they hear turn flip and write it for the interest of others to get on ther web and view what they have to say… so who are the ones out for publicity.. 3 coem to a sermon in beloit or milwaukee come hear and see us for us not what the world has posted about us upon the internet!

      • bob permalink
        March 16, 2009 8:39 pm

        confronter

        Sorry to tell you but the blog above is not half true. It is all true. ALL of the instances happened and were witnessed by more than one person. Sorry you feel differently. I guess I would say that I was in your shoes once upon a time. Fiercly defending the church and my pastors. CONVINCED the church and my pastors were totally focused on God. That is until I started studying for myself and asking them some questions about what they teaching. It was all down hill from there. I worked side by side with Jerry and Jeff. I pray for those of you still there.

  30. March 8, 2009 5:58 pm

    Maybe Danny didn’t kill his wife after all. Maybe he had Pastor Rolex and his “playmate” wife do it.

    • paul permalink
      October 16, 2009 12:18 am

      I really feel sorry for you for making such a horrible statement like that

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