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:
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.
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?”