Category: Rod Parsley

“Anonymous 31” Come Forward

A group of Central Ohio clergy members labeled as the Anonymous 31 is now appearing publicly after filing an IRS complaint against the World Harvest Church and its pastor, Rod Parsley. The group of local Christian and Jewish religious leaders came forward after Parsley made an issue of one minister speaking for the entire group, saying they had no problems appearing in public regarding the complaint. The complaint says Parsley and Reverend Russell Johnson of Fairfield Christian Church have misused the tax-exempt status of their churches by indirectly endorsing political candidates. Specifically, they say Parsley has endorsed Republican candidate for

Liberal preachers trying to silence him, pastor says

Vehemently denying that he plays partisan politics from the pulpit, the Rev. Rod Parsley said yesterday that he would not be silenced from preaching about moral issues by liberal ministers who this week filed a complaint against him with the Internal Revenue Service. Parsley, in a news conference at his sprawling World Harvest Church complex in southern Columbus, labeled the complaining pastors as the “anonymous 31” and called on them to reveal their identities. “The anonymous 31 have chosen to speak behind the masks of personal and political agendas, media manipulation and intimidation, and we simply will not be silenced

Ohio televangelist blasts clergy who criticized him

Columbus – Central Ohio televangelist Rod Parsley, master of the military metaphor, returned fire at his accusers Friday, ridiculing “a consortium of liberal clergy” for filing an IRS complaint against him this week. Parsley called a news conference at his mammoth World Harvest Church in Canal Winchester to rebut claims in the complaint that his church and the nearby Fairfield Christian Church in Lancaster have engaged in “flagrant political campaign activity” and should have their tax exemptions revoked. Referring to the complainants as “The Anonymous 31” because most of the 31 pastors who signed it have refused to identify themselves,

Pastor says allegations over political activity baseless

COLUMBUS, Ohio – A pastor with ties to one of three GOP candidates for governor said Friday a complaint filed with the IRS over those connections is off base and part of a liberal political agenda. Pastor Rod Parsley of World Harvest Church acknowledged making political contributions only to the campaign of Secretary of State Kenneth Blackwell but said he’s fully within his rights as a private citizen. Blackwell also appears at events with Parsley and provided Parsley a glowing blurb for his latest book. “I don’t check my citizenship at the door of my church, nor do I check

Laws of man, God obeyed, World Harvest Church says

Parsley spokesman: ‘Left-leaning’ critics ignore group’s work with poor, hungry The Rev. Rod Parsley‘s World Harvest Church and two affiliates always have obeyed federal tax laws, and an accusation to the contrary by 31 area pastors is “baseless and without merit,” World Harvest said yesterday. The 31 complained to the Internal Revenue Service on Sunday, accusing the church, its Center for Moral Clarity and a related group, Reformation Ohio, of violating IRS regulations by engaging in partisan politics. They asked for an IRS investigation of the three as well as two allied entities, Fairfield Christian Church of Lancaster and the

Ohio churches face probe over politics

COLUMBUS, Ohio – A group of religious leaders have accused two evangelical churches of improperly promoting an Ohio candidate for governor and want the Internal Revenue Service to investigate. The 31 leaders from nine denominations signed a letter Sunday asking the IRS to determine if the churches should lose tax-exempt status because of their support for Secretary of State Kenneth Blackwell, one of three Republicans seeking the nomination. The complaint to the IRS alleges that the Rev. Rod Parsley of World Harvest Church in Columbus and the Rev. Russell Johnson of Fairfield Christian Church in Lancaster improperly used their churches

Televangelist’s rally draws 2,000 to state capitol

Columbus – Rod Parsley, central Ohio’s raging prophet, staged a multimedia extravaganza on the Capitol steps Friday, drawing an estimated 2,000 chanting and hand-waving disciples to what he called the launch of “the largest evangelical campaign ever attempted in any state in America.” With music blaring, a Jumbotron in the background and a World Harvest Church camera crew filming panoramic shots from the top of the Hyatt on Capitol Square, Parsley whipped up the cheering throng. He said that the next four years would see his Reformation Ohio campaign convert 100,000 Ohioans to Christianity, register 400,000 “values voters” and guide