I have uncovered several rather eye-opening articles about Jacob Prasch from the late 1990s and early 2000s. This is the eighth in the collection:
Jacob Prasch’s group Moriel saw rapid expansion in Australia in the late 1990s, despite Prasch’s explosive behaviour, and his gurning about not receiving enough financial offerings, and being labelled by a Moriel Australia volunteer “a malevolent and breathtakingly ungrateful thug” for his idiot attacks on his own volunteers. Theologian David Pawson, in an arbitration report between Prasch and his target the Elim denomination in 1998, keenly noted this about Prasch’s group:
“Moriel is a smaller group of autonomous fellowships in loose association, but its publications are the virtual mouthpiece of one dominant personality, apparently operating without mutual accountability.”
And about Prasch specifically David Pawson wrote:
“He is a powerful personality with considerable intellectual ability and emotional capacity. He has a unique ministry in Bible teaching, especially in the area of Jewish interpretation and application of scripture. His unusual background, knowledge and experience have attracted many followers though, as with other persuasive communicators, some of his devotees regard his pronouncements as the last word on a subject or issue, an attitude he does not appear to discourage. The title of his newsletters (‘Moriel’ means ‘God is my teacher’) has more than a hint of a claim to special revelation, whether this is intended or not.”
A few years down the line in 2003 Prasch’s group Moriel was listed by The Cult Information Service in Brisbane, Australia, in their list of Extremist Groups – Destructive and Manipulative Sects – Cults – High Pressure Groups on their website. The group to this day watches out for fellow Australians, although no longer publishes publicly its list. Here is the 2003 list:
Extremist Groups – Destructive and Manipulative Sects – Cults – High Pressure Groups.
We carry an extensive collection of articles and books on a wide variety of groups about whom concern has been expressed. The following list represents a small selection of those about whom we have information. In addition we have access to reference libraries and various sources. If the group is known or significant, we can usually find out what types of beliefs they hold.
The listing a group on this page does not imply it is a “cult”. It simply implies that some observers have expressed concerns about the extremist practices or unhealthy group processes exhibited by the group, and that critiquing information about them is available in the public domain. They may be healthy – you decide for yourself.
This list is necessarily brief and indicative. Call for more details
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The Jacob Prasch Files
The Jacob Prasch Files
- David Pawson’s 1998 Report on Prasch’s Behaviour
- Prasch Damns His Own Chosen Arbiter David Pawson!
- Prasch the “Malevolent and Breathtakingly Ungrateful Thug“
- Moriel Australia Inc. & Prasch’s “List of Imaginary JW Supporters and Heretics”
- “Head-kicking” Benny Hinn, and “Culling” Moriel’s “Aunt Maybel” Subscribers
- Prasch: Pastor or Predator?
- Prasch: “Women Are Vulnerable to Spiritual Seduction More Than Men Are”
- Australian Cult Information Service Places Moriel on List of Possible “Extremist Groups/Destructive and Manipulative Sects/Cults/High Pressure Groups”
- Half-Jewish Poison Comes To Hectorville
- Inglorious Praschtards And The Handbook For Decapitators of Gay Nazis