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Damon Thompson Gloats Thug Life Mentality

In a self-serving and “defense of self” message delivered at Celebration Church in Fresno, CA, Mr. Damon Thompson took time to deliver a very threatening and fear-mongering word to the congregants there.  Using Ephesians 6, Thompson armed and emboldened the people listening there to believe that any proper discernment of his ministry occupation, of which there is much more than just this website, is demonic and a tool of the devil.  It would be too too easy to deconstruct his “theology,” his mispronunciation of Greek, and abuse of scripture to defend his rebellion and call for rebellion against the church.  All of those things are problematic and revealing, but Thompson truly unveiled his thug mentality and response to those who are calling him to repent out of love and hope for his soul and those who sit under him.

I would encourage all of you to listen to the podcast on the Celebration Church website. It is entitled:

October 2, 2010 I Opposition: The Great Prophetic Indicator of Potential.

It is truly sad because Thompson in the lesson shows proper understanding of the teaching in Ephesians 6 and at times delivers the message of the passage well.  Unfortunately, as is the argument against many word of faith teachers, he insists on reading himself and those who listen to him into the scripture.  Luckily for the discerning type though, those who have spoken against Thompson finally get a very passive-aggressive response from him.  Sadly, it is one that shows his thug mentality and his bathing in the fact that he is so insulated.  In the tradition of other men of his ilk such as Benny Hinn (read the entire article at this link to fully understand the context), and Thompson’s “apostolic father,” Aaron Smith (known for associating with indicted murderers [granted, the case was dismissed]), Thompson must think it is good to have a threatening demeanor about himself.  Don’t take my word for it though, this is a quote from Thompson’s own mouth in regard to people who call him a false teacher:

“I’m surrounded by people,who only don’t cut the heads of my enemies off, because I won’t let them.  I am learning more and more to say, you know what, if people  want to talk about me, that’s fine.  But I’ve got men around me, if I said ‘they’re attacking my family,’ ‘okay, we going to jail, but okay.’  Some of them would say ‘I’ve already been to jail.’ Huh? What?  Some of ‘em would say ‘I’m on parole right now.’  I, I, I’m not releasing nobody to go deal with nobody, I’m just trying to say, let’s get in here & put our shields up.”

So Thompson relishes in the fact that he has men, who are supposedly Christian men, around him who would gladly cut off heads or do other harm to people that would cause them to be arrested.  Thompson is relishing in the fact that he has cronies.  Thomson is attempting to threaten those who speak against him.  Thompson is proud of the fact that people would SIN FOR HIM.  Not only would they sin for him, but he indicates that he is sitting on the power to release them at his good pleasure.  Need I say more?

Is that the fruit that his defenders like to bring up?  Show me in scripture where a fruit of the spirit is to have people around you ready to sin to defend you? Surely, if the people who continue to hold this man up and pay him to speak in their churches or whatever they call them were discerning, they would recognize this error and this thug mentality and remove him from their pulpit/stage.  Surely, if you are discerning, you can see the error of such a statement.  Let’s call it what it is, it’s a threat against those who speak against him and it is also an egotistical boost of himself to those listening.  It is despicable and of the devil, who himself promotes murder and bodily harm of others.

I do not know if Thompson is speaking to the author of this website.  I would think not as this website has never spoken ill of his family (unless of course he means family in the “church” sense, which opens a new can of worms as many of the places where he speaks go to extra effort to not be called a church).  If that statement is meant toward this website though, I will make the following statement.

Damon, should you want to send people after me to cause me bodily harm, go ahead.  If that is the level things must resort to in order to reveal that you are what others and myself say you are, then may glory be to God.  Know that as a Christian, I will not fight them.    There is and will be documentation of your passive threats and I can assure you that there are many who would like nothing more than for you and your followers to finally and surely reveal yourselves for what you are.  When you take your mask all of the way off, may glory be to God. Only Satan himself, when called to repent resorted to war and tactics that you are boasting of.  Will you let your pride cause you to fail to repent?  I hope not and I pray that when you realize the error of your ways you will bring others of your sort with you and join the kingdom that truly awaits  nthe coming of the Lord.  Will you continue being too busy building your empire to join the kingdom?  You are in my prayers and if there are people around you who you know are living so sinful that they would still be willing to sin or cause bodily harm to others, then you need to escape such people or call them to repent with the gospel rather than glorifying them along with yourself.

John 18:10-111

10Then Simon Peter, having a sword, drew it and struck the high priest’s servant and cut off his right ear. (The servant’s name was Malchus.) 11So Jesus said to Peter, “Put your sword into its sheath; shall I not drink the cup that the Father has given me?”

  • readjames says:

    For about the last 6 months I attended Celebration Church in Clovis, Ca. I listened to Randy and Cherie Hand’s “buffet” style of teaching. They seem to pick and choose those scriptures from the Bible that suits the point they are trying to get across, without the complete context of the meaning of the chapter or verse. False teachings?
    Damon Thompson is usually the speaker on ‘God encounter weekend’ and it is my impression that they use him as reinforcement to “fleece” the congregation. He is a bold speaker making prophesy that has not come to pass. He is a false prophet and also preaches the “buffet” style. It saddened me to see how many blind followers this church has and they are not far from those that followed Jim Jones to Jonestown.
    I had to chuckle at their slogan. “It’s not a religion, it’s a relationship.” Even Judas Iscariot had a relationship with our Lord Jesus Christ, walking and talking with the Lord, even kissing the Lord. But Judas went to hell. Religion is a belief in a deity and to have the fire of the Holy Spirit we must be “religious”.
    The New Testament devotes a lot of time emphasizing that there will be many false prophets and teachers and they are to be exposed in all areas.

    April 7, 2011 at 11:05 pm
  • Denver says:

    Is an attempt at humor so easily mistaken by others looking for a chance to spite a man who relies solely upon the Lord instead of articles defacing other people to sound spiritual? Yes, im sure he has many people around him who have come from prison. we are called to preach to the poor and hurting. who lies in prison but those type of people. Judge your motives on this article if not the content of it.

    May 25, 2011 at 6:53 pm
  • Caleb Pierce says:

    Be very careful. I wouldn’t say anything about Damon before you take all of your concerns before the Lord and let him show you what the truth is not based around your emotions or feeling but strictly based around the voice of God. Personally I had several things about Damon I didn’t agree with and to be honest didn’t like but the Lord told me to pray for his voice to go through damons words, and God clearly shown the reason the CHURCH doesn’t like people like damon is because they/we like comfort which is actually complacency and it is a spiritual death that will kill and damon is radical he operates in what the Lord has called the church to operate in and before we jump to judging his words lets see if its more radical then the words of jesus. You think damons touchy what about this,”If you want to follow after me you must drink my blood and eat my flesh” that sounds crazy like the things damon says but so did jesus by saying this because when you refuse anything but absolute truth when you go to the world you will be rejected the way Jesus was rejected and I beg you my friend in Christ don’t be one to stand against a voice the lord is using! I love you!

    July 2, 2011 at 12:04 pm
  • Blair Nix says:

    and you bashing Damon Thompson makes you any better? he preaches about the church because SO many churches now days are DEAD and he wants them to be awakened! you are probably offended cuz your probably caught up in the tradition you have always been taught…he offends people because he isnt afraid to preach parts of the Bible that many people take offense to, such as drunkedness, sexual immorality, and homosexuality. things people dont wanna hear cuz they are too afraid of offending someone rather than preaching stuff from the Bible that is fiery and that many of todays preachers overlook because they are to concerned with their social status as a preacher

    January 3, 2012 at 12:45 pm
  • Blair Nix says:

    the bible also talks about false teachers and it says they will come proclaiming the gospel that is different than that of Jesus Christ…pretty sure Damon talks about Jesus, and that Jesus is THE way, THE truth, and THE life, and NOONE can come to the Father except by Jesus….so maybe YOU need to read James?

    January 3, 2012 at 12:48 pm
  • Joshua says:

    Why was this article written?… tarring apart another man’s integrity and his ministry. remember Corinthians says “Actually, then, it is already a defeat for you, that you have lawsuits with one another. Why not rather be wronged? Why not rather be defrauded?”….. your dividing the church, splitting it and slandering the body. The bible says to judge a prophet by his fruit, you could say that his fruit would be fulfilled prophesy’s, or you could say it is the fruit of the spirit. Damon’s ministry feed the homeless in the store house in Hamilton, O yeah and before you criticize his ministry remember that tornado that ran through Oklahoma recently yeah His church along with Himself were digging through rubble for hours calling out people names, there used to be people in his community who criticized him and persecuted him and called his fallowing a cult and called him a false prophet, but every day more and more of his community comes to honor and respect Damon because he exhibits true fruit. Those people now defend Damon and his church. It reminds me of that story of John the baptist where Jesus’s Disciples began to baptise as well and John’s Disciples got all bent out of shape, do you remember John’s response?

    Bro im fine with you criticizing the message those are your theological rights, but the fact of the matter is you Cant tell Jesus I love you But I Hate your wife. We are here to honor the body of Christ to build it up not to point out its errors and faults. We need to come the the fullness of the Knowledge and the Faith of Christ in unity as Eph 4 says.

    The culture that we live in encourages us to criticize to speculate and to examine the faults of others. But the Body of Christ is not of this world, please help us to unify the body not to tare it apart.

    in upmost respect
    Joshua Lewis

    February 28, 2012 at 2:53 pm
  • Alecis says:

    If you read through the Bible, Old Testament and New Testament alike, there are hundreds of accounts where mighty men of God and prophets were used by God to do and say things that we in the American church today would deem outrageous and “unloving”.

    In the old testament, the people who were actually devoted and faithful to the Lord said things that were hard for hearers to swallow. They were killed and slain for speaking what the LORD told them to say. It’s the same thing in the new testament (Jesus ofcourse, Stephen, etc).

    Also, in both testaments, men of God were used to do things like… cause fire to come down on false prophets (Elijah), bears mauling people who mocked the man of God (Elisha), even angels slayed the enemies of Israel (2Kings-after Hezekiah prayed), and in the book of Acts, Herod was smitten down by God and a sinful man was caused to be blind.

    The same God that heals, kills. But we don’t preach that today int he church do we?

    That’s why there is alack of fear of God.
    That’s why there are many passive Christians out there who do not know the Word
    and have never been used by The Lord to do a miracle.
    That’s why there are many who are afraid to preach the Bible.

    October 24, 2012 at 3:31 pm
  • Carol says:

    I recently have been listening to Damon Thompsons preaching on youtube. though I still don’t know much about him so far I am very enthusiatic. I am 50+ and long to hear men preach with power. Even reading the BIBLE and speaking it forth should rattle and challenge us all. I’m tired of the marshmellow Jesus I have seen portrayed in the churches whose goal is not to offend anyone so that the tithes and offering will keep pouring in and attendance will grow. The scriptures have been so watered down I am pleased that anyone would try to wake up the youth to the magnificence of Jesus and the commitment He requires. If we would get it we would see that same POWER once displayed by the early Christians. Damon Thompson? I don’t know. But I do know that at the name of Jesus every knee shall bow and He calls us to leave it all behind and follow him and in doing so men will hate us and speak evil against us.

    October 27, 2012 at 9:41 am
  • Rgarcia10494 says:

    I “attend” Celebration Church but attend is not the right word. I experience God in that place. I see the loveof Jesus in the eyes of “attendees”. I see a love for Jesus. We will see Fresno saved. Please come and experience this place before you listen to ReadJames. We are not blind followers. You really must come to fully understand. We are a place full of people who love Jesus Christ. The services continue some times till 12:00 because when you experience God you are not always so willing to leave.

    November 13, 2012 at 3:54 pm
  • Greg says:

    Paul said it best, “Test all things; hold fast what is good. Abstain from every form of evil.” It is not enough to teach the truth of Jesus if you are perverting the rest of Gods message.
    Damon Thompson calls himself a Prophet of God. According to scripture a prophet must be 100% accurate. Deuteronomy 18:20 “But the prophet who presumes to speak a word in My name, which I have not commanded him to speak, or who speaks in the name of other Gods, that prophet shall die.” Damon Thompson has “prophesied” many times things which have not come to pass. Be careful defending any man while standing before God. Jesus is the only “man of God”. All others are either men who know the Father and will be with Him in Heaven, or men who serve Satan.

    January 6, 2013 at 8:30 pm
  • John Buchanan says:

    Damon Thompson is a revivalist. Revivalist are not going to be popular. He serves a wake up call to carnal,cultural Christians everywhere. I struggle with people that hate on other ministers of the Gospel. Calling the man a thug? Where’s the love in that. Bashing on the guys Greek? Obviously, you are a mental ascent Christian. Knowledge puffs up,but love builds up. Bashing ain’t Jesus. You may see yourself as the doctrine police,but I see you as a modern-day Pharisee. The word of God is corrective,sharper than any two-edged sword. Maturity is being correctible,teachable looking past a personality of teacher,prophet,evangelist or pastor you may not identify with,to hear his heart and message. There’s a lost and dying world out there being largely unaffected by a sleeping,seeker-sensitive church. Theological giants are full of self. The Holy Spirit does not back deep theology. He backs the preaching of Christ crucified and the risen Son of God. The Holy Spirit is always pointing people to Jesus. I’ve listened to enough of this brother’s teaching over the years at Celebration and The Ramp,and Abba’a House to know that’s the message he brings. I love this brother’s passion and fire. America desperately needs the fire,don’t quench it. Jesus paid too high a price.

    June 20, 2013 at 6:55 pm

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