The Jacob Prasch Files No.8: Australian Cult Information Service Places Moriel on List of Possible “Extremist Groups/Destructive and Manipulative Sects/Cults/High Pressure Groups.”

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.

Name(s) of Cults Location(s) Leader / Comments Year Founded Notes / Writings
Aum Shinrikyo Tokyo Japan Shoko Asahara 1987 Tokyo subway Nerve Gas attacks
Calvary Centre Brisbane Sharon & John Fawcett 1988 Small independent Christian Community
Children of God (see also the Family) USA Australia, various Archbishop Amos Otest,

David Berg.

1976 Free love, forced marriages, banned contraception, “Flirty Fishing”
Church Universal & Triumphant USA Elizabeth Clare Prophet 1961 Syncretism based on Christianity + ascended masters,  karma, re-incarnation.
Circle of Light USA Rev Cassandra D Anaya 1995? New Age psychic, channelling angels
Community Church

“The Community”

North East Kingdom Community

Canada, New Zealand   1972 Orthodox Evangelical theology, excessive on “cutting off from the world” and some cases of abducting children in divorce disputes.
Elan Vital – Maharaj Ji – Divine Light Mission – Premie USA   1973  
Family (see also Children of God)     Peter Amsterdam
Healers Numerous Various   Some Christian, some new age, other.
     
Heaven’s Gate California Marshall Applewhite   39 committed Suicide
Infinity – Forms of Yellow Remember Sydney Australia     Sells expensive water in vials.  Extensive website.
Jehovah’s Witnesses WorldWide Charles Taze Russell 1870 Strong Milieu Control, Anti-trinitarian, Exclusivist
Kenja Sydney Ken Dyers, Jan Hamilton 1991? Self-awareness, some allegations of sexual misconduct.
Life Integration Programs (The Metaphysical Association) Brisbane UQ Natasha Lakaev 1993 Excessive physical endurance courses
Local Church

 

  Witness Lee 1940s, Zealous group, Modal Monarchianism and Exclusivist. Centralised authoritarian structure. All other churches are “Satanic”.
Magnificat Meal Movement Helidon Qld Debra Geileskey… 1993 Catholic offshoot, Mary co-redemptrix,
Mahikari Japan, Australia Yoshikasu Okada,

Dr Andris Tebecis

1959 True Light radiating from hands.  Sometime members Richard & Jo Court. (WA premier)
Moonies Korea, USA Sun Myung Moon 1960 Numerous front organisations “Family Federation for World Peace” etc
Moral Rearmament USA Frank Buchman 1921  
Moriel   Jacob Prasch   Appears theologically orthodox. mildly-charismatic evangelical.
Mormons Utah, worldwide Joseph Smith 1830  
New Age Movements (see also “Cult Encounter” book by Rick & Helen Larson – Extra Terrestrial Earth Ministry) Worldwide Many and varied New groups emerge continually Combination of occult practices, divining, witchcraft
One Humanity Near Brisbane Shaiah Raz-ael Nineties Seeks to unite all religions
Paganism (See witchcraft) worldwide various ancient Related to new-age
People’s  Temple Guyana Jim Jones   913 committed suicide Guyana 1978
Potter’s House USA, worldwide Wayman Mitchell 1970 Orthodox Trinitarian Pentecostal.  Some have practiced “heavy shepherding”.
Promise Keepers Worldwide Barry Cutchie (Australia) 1990 Orthodox evangelical men’s movement. Some small concerns over USA right-wing influence.
Raelian – UFO cult USA, France, worldwide, Calude Vorilhon (“Rael”) 1973 Alien embassy plans. Demonstrated against “Independence Day” movie as “racist towards Aliens”
Reiki Japan, USA

 

Various   Healing with hands – energy
Essene New Life Church (see Reiki)        
Revival Centres International Worldwide L.R. Longfield 1958 Pentecostal extremist, British Israelism
Sant Thakar Singh (see also Yoga)        
Scientology USA, worldwide L.Ron Hubbard 1952? Cosmic alien religion.
Suma Ching Hai – the Quan Yin Method Vietnam, Taiwan, worldwide Ching Hai “living buddha”   Buddhist offshoot
Toronto Blessing Toronto, worldwide John Arnott, Rodney Howard Browne, 1994 Pentecostal Orthodox theologically, extreme in manifestations.
Trennia – New Apostles of Divine Mercy Ireland + ?     Divine Mercy Novena.
Twelve Tribes USA     Christian Unorthodox
United Pentecostal Movement     1910 Unitarian Pentecostals adhering to Modal Monarchianism.
Witchcraft Worldwide     Various types of different significance
World Peace Universal Church (Matson) Boondall, Brisbane Roger Gregory Matson 198?  
Yoga (see also Sant Thakar Singh) India Hindu Offshoot ancient Knowing God through body mastery. Bhagavad Gita.

This list is necessarily brief and indicative.  Call for more details

  (c) Cult Information Service – Brisbane Australia (07) 3878 5212 – Call Anytime.
This website carries information of a general nature only and is no substitute for professional counselling. 


 

The Jacob Prasch Files:

No.1: David Pawson’s 1998 Report on Prasch’s Behaviour

No.2: Prasch Damns His Chosen Arbiter David Pawson!

No.3: Prasch the “Malevolent and Breathtakingly Ungrateful Thug”

No.4: Moriel Australia Inc. & Prasch’s “List of Imaginary JW Supporters and Heretics”

No.5: “Head-kicking” Benny Hinn, and “Culling” Moriel’s “Aunt Maybel” Subscribers

No.6: Prasch: Pastor or Predator?

No.7: Prasch: “Women Are Vulnerable to Spiritual Seduction More Than Men Are”

No.8: Australian Cult Information Service Places Moriel on List of Possible “Extremist Groups/Destructive and Manipulative Sects/Cults/High Pressure Groups”

Jacob Prasch Files No.7: Prasch: “Women Are Vulnerable to Spiritual Seduction More Than Men Are”

I have uncovered several rather eye-opening articles about Jacob Prasch from the late 1990s.  This is the seventh in the collection:

In a previous post, Prasch wickedly attacked and damned his Moriel USA representative Annie Rogers for typically faked reasons and with phoney argumentation, and Prasch’s Moriel Australia volunteer Henry Sheppard deconstructed his pathetic attack and raised the spectre of Prasch being rendered mentally ill from a car crash in the mid 1990s.  In the attack, Prasch had stated his well-known dim view of women:

“THE FACT THAT ANNIE ROGERS CAN BE SO UNDISCERNING AS TO SUBSCRIBE TO A MINISTRY THAT IS CLEARLY HERETICAL ILLUSTRATES HOW WOMEN ARE VULNERABLE TO SPIRITUAL SEDUCTION ON THE AVERAGE MORE THAN MEN ARE AND IT IS WHY GOD’S WORD TEACHES SPRITUAL LEADERSHIP IS MALE. THE SERPENT ALWAYS BEGUILES THE WOMAN.”

Henry Sheppard responded this way:


Vulnerable?


There can be no question that Annie Rogers needs to explain how she was seduced into working for Jacob Prasch, at great personal expense, given his unconscionable behaviour toward her since December 1998.
On the other hand, both the wives of Henry Sheppard and Greg Sowerby discerned that Jacob Prasch was more interested in money than either the people or the truth way back in 1996 when he complained bitterly about the size of the offering received at his second meeting in Adelaide.
We have to assume that the people about whom Jacob Prasch has made the most complaints over recent years — John Arnott, Jill Austin, Mike Bickle, Ian Bilby, Bill Bright, Michael Brown, Paul Cain, George Carey, David Cartledge, Morris Cerullo, Guy Chevreau, David Chilton, Yonggi Cho, Randy Clark, Gerald Coates, Chuck Colson, Kevin Connor, Kenneth Copeland, Paul Crouch, Alun Davies, Patrick Dixon, James Dobson, Colin Dye, Andrew Evans, Mike Evans, Jerry Falwell, Roger Foster, Jay Gary, Rick Godwin, Billy Graham, Michael Green, Nicky Gumble, Kenneth Hagin, Michael Harper, Jack Hayford, Marilyn Hickey, Gordon Hills, Benny Hinn, Rodney Howard-Browne, Bryn Jones, Rick Joyner, Graham Kendrick, R.T. Kendall, E.W. Kenyon, John Kilpatrick, Lance Lambert, Larry Lea, Wynn Lewis, Ray Macauley, Chuck Missler, Gary North, J.I. Packer, Pat Robertson, Earl Paulk, Fred Price, Prince Charles, Phil Pringle, David Pytches, Mike Reed, Gail Riplinger, Oral Roberts, Pat Robertson, Ed Roeberts, Rouses Rushdooney, Robert Schuller, Andrew Shearman, David Shearman, Warwick Shenton, Chuck Snow, R.C. Sproul, John Stott, Mike Sullivant, Colin Urquhart, Jack Van Impe, C. Peter Wagner, George Warnock, and John Wimberare all women.
After all, men are far less prone to spiritual seduction…


The Jacob Prasch Files:

No.1: David Pawson’s 1998 Report on Prasch’s Behaviour

No.2: Prasch Damns His Chosen Arbiter David Pawson!

No.3: Prasch the “Malevolent and Breathtakingly Ungrateful Thug”

No.4: Moriel Australia Inc. & Prasch’s “List of Imaginary JW Supporters and Heretics”

No.5: “Head-kicking” Benny Hinn, and “Culling” Moriel’s “Aunt Maybel” Subscribers

No.6: Prasch: Pastor or Predator?

No.7: Prasch: “Women Are Vulnerable to Spiritual Seduction More Than Men Are”

No.8: Australian Cult Information Service Places Moriel on List of Possible “Extremist Groups/Destructive and Manipulative Sects/Cults/High Pressure Groups”

The Why

Dr. James White was asked repeatedly why he responded to a railer who made attack broadcasts against him and slandered him. James replied this way:

“You cannot ignore bullies. You cannot ignore people who are going to use their platform to destroy others in the Body, that’s cowardice.”

-Dr. James White

Amen to that.

Jacob Prasch Files No.6: Prasch: Pastor or Predator?

I have uncovered several rather eye-opening articles about Jacob Prasch from the late 1990s.  This is the sixth in the collection:

So I stumbled upon this page on the Moriel.org website:

counterfeit

The Prasch post says: “Dear friends, following the recent article “Jacob Prasch – Pastor or Predator” and other materials on the Internet web site called “Moriel Australia Inc.” the board of Moriel has issued this warning to provide facts for all concerned…”  After reading that intro I was naturally interested in trying to find the article it talked about, especially since Prasch was wanting to provide “facts” in response to it, and we know that Prasch’s “facts” over the past 13 months have largely been ‘fabrications’, meaning the document was rendered more likely to be true due to Prasch’s track record of repeatedly presenting lies and deception.

Thanks to Australian Government website Trove for keeping it for 20 years.

The document comes from the same crew of former Moriel Australia volunteers who ripped Prasch and his argumentation to shreds in the previous posts, so judge for yourself if what you read below is fact or fiction…


Jacob Prasch
Pastor or Predator?


    During the early 1990s, Jacob Prasch, an American preacher who claims to possess insights into the Jewish secrets of the Bible, came to prominence in a few small church groups in England, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and the USA.

A number of God-fearing believers in each of the countries in question banded together to provide Mr Prasch with financial and material support. At their own expense they published newsletters, constructed web sites to promote his work, duplicated audio and video tapes for distribution to interested parties, financed his frequent trips around the world, and organised and promoted meetings across their respective nations.

None of this was enough for Mr Prasch, who complained constantly about an alleged lack of financial support and the failure of his (unpaid, volunteer) workers to do what he wanted, where and when he wanted it done. For their part, many of the volunteers became disturbed by Mr Prasch’s apparent hatred of women. He often refers to both his wife and his mother in a belittling manner, and disparages the efforts of women on his behalf. Many of the women who had actively supported Mr Prasch in the USA stated that they were, upon meeting his wife for the first time, shocked by her apparent fear of her husband. A number of them stated that they thought her behaviour and mannerisms to be consistent with that of a battered wife.

Another constant problem was Mr Prasch’s tendency to publish or broadcast the most extreme attacks on individuals, many of them people he has never met. He doesn’t bother to correspond with his victims before launching an attack based on his own half-baked assessment of their ideas. In one instance his accusations about Christian leaders in Northern Ireland placed individual lives at risk when he suggested they were actively involved in the ‘troubles’ there. The denomination involved, Elim, took legal action to silence Mr Prasch and protect their member’s lives. A copy of the subsequent apology and retraction by Mr Prasch can be read here.

In June 1998 Mr Prasch was forced to submit to an arbitration process before David Pawson, who published an ‘Arbitration Report’ on June 29, 1998. This report is probably the most extensive and balanced assessment of Mr Prasch’s personal weaknesses published to date. It is instructive to note that Mr Prasch personally selected David Pawson for the role of Arbiter in this matter, but since the publication of the Report has done everything in his power to denigrate both David Pawson and the Report. A copy of the Pawson Report can be read here.

Mr Prasch consistently disregarded the advice of his supporters concerning the timing and frequency of his visits to their countries. In December 1998 he made an unsuccessful visit to the USA. He was repeatedly urged not to undertake a tour at that time and it was dogged by blizzards, cancellations and poor attendance at most venues. At one point Mr Prasch especially embarrassed himself by speaking and acting rudely at a meeting with a group of supporters in Pittsburgh. One of the outcomes of the event was an escalation of rudeness and hostility by Mr Prasch toward Annie Rogers, who had been his representative in the USA since mid-1997.

Annie Rogers resigned from Moriel USA in early March 1999. Mr Prasch’s response was to broadcast a false report about her beliefs to a group of prominent Christian leaders across the USA, accusing her of endorsing heretical views of the Trinity. The matter degenerated into a series of arguments and counter-arguments, many of which once appeared on the Moriel Australia Inc web site. An abbreviated collection of the more significant documents have been placed here for your convenience.

The original team at Moriel USA emphatically disassociate themselves from Jacob Prasch. Former supporters in South Africa, including those who provided the South African web site, no longer wish to be associated with Mr Prasch. The former team at Moriel Australia have stated publicly that Mr Prasch’s actions and attitude have made it impossible for them to continue in association with him.

Additionally, Mr Prasch has entered into public disputes with conservative Christians in several countries.  The following links may provide further information for anyone interested enough in Jacob Prasch to have read this far.


Prasch spoke about all this in an undated video. Here is the clip:


The Jacob Prasch Files:
No.1: David Pawson’s 1998 Report on Prasch’s Behaviour

No.2: Prasch Damns His Chosen Arbiter David Pawson!

No.3: Prasch the “Malevolent and Breathtakingly Ungrateful Thug”

No.4: Moriel Australia Inc. & Prasch’s “List of Imaginary JW Supporters and Heretics”

No.5: “Head-kicking” Benny Hinn, and “Culling” Moriel’s “Aunt Maybel” Subscribers

No.6: Prasch: Pastor or Predator?

No.7: Prasch: “Women Are Vulnerable to Spiritual Seduction More Than Men Are”

No.8: Australian Cult Information Service Places Moriel on List of Possible “Extremist Groups/Destructive and Manipulative Sects/Cults/High Pressure Groups”

The Jacob Prasch Files No.5: “Head-kicking” Benny Hinn, and “Culling” Moriel’s “Aunt Maybel” Subscribers

I have uncovered several rather eye-opening articles about Jacob Prasch from the late 1990s.  This is the fifth in the collection:

In this rather revealing email to his Moriel volunteers in Australia (before they were falsely blasted as heretics by Prasch the following year as seen in the previous post), Prasch is rather open about the making of money out of the sale of his VHS tapes and books, and shares a rather dim view of Moriel’s “Aunt Maybel” subscribers, the ones, it seems, who are subscribed but aren’t buying anything off the recordings list Moriel are mailing by post to them all.  Prasch also says he wants to be like the great theologian, apologist and thinker Francis Schaeffer, with Prasch boasting about his own oratory skills, all the while referencing the Moriel system of battling heretics: by “head kicking“.


Culling Mailing lists


Subject: RE: Newsletters
From: Jacob Prasch [yacov@Moriel.u-net.com]
Date: Thu, 10 Dec 1998 23:54:40 -0000

Dear Henry,

Not all the News letters in the UK have been “head kicking”.

Things like “What The Reformers Forgot” and “Towards A Second Reformation” dealt with practical theological issues and got a good response in Britain. The language however was needed to get our stuff read by the more educated of the clergy and to get it into bible colleges etc. to help influence future clergy. “Satan’s Seduction of The Hebrew Root Movement” dealt with a major topical issue and likewise got a good response.

However, we have toned down the head kicking. The “Slain In The Spirit” issue got a tremendous response because it addressed a contemporary problem in the form of a bible study.

Anyway, I accept the difference in what you are saying about the News Letters. The only thing I was suggesting is that we need to include a tape list with an order form in OZ if we do not already, with a bold print advert for “New Titles”.

The rest of the stuff you say about the “Aunt Maybel”subscribers is deadly accurate. I do not bthink it is possible to totally stop this, but periodic culls keep it in check to a fsome degree. It is a never ending battle. We are planning a cull in England next autumn. We are going to ask people to send in a response form or be cut off the list, with an announcement they can pull it off the internet if they are interested.

I will ask our video service about VHS masters. I simply do not know. If we could get Super VHS duplicating machines, is there a legal way to beat an import levy if the duplicators are for religious purposes?I do not know.

I know the bible teaching is the issue . But I can show you a stack of letters of people who have been set free from Toronto, Hinn, and the rest of it precisely because I have openly named the names of the deceivors. But as I said, we are toning that thing down. The point being that during Toronto and the lawsuites(including against you guys in Oz) there was a time and a need to do that.

The tapes are out there and so is “Christianity In Crises” and some other people’s material along the same lines. They have heard it. If they want they can get the back audios. It is time for the rest of us to move on. If people will still believe in men like Hinn after the proof that he is a heretic and still believe in Pensecola in light of the videos exposing it for what it is – these people must want to be deceived, or at least not care if they are. They have had their warening and there is nothing else that I or anyone else is going to say that is going to change their minds.

I will still speak out on contemporary issues, but not to the degree I have done unless it is in the form of a book addressed specifically to the purpose or a bible teaching so custom designed like “Slain In The Spirit” was. Moreover, VANGUARD will be the vehicle for this, not primarily MORIEL. I believe with Toronto, there was a need for strong clear voices to take a stand at the time, but now we must concentrate more on bible teaching, although I do not see a problem with a reactive element being included in that when the need arises and The Lord so leads. I mean, Paul’s epistles did it!

Concerning the “head kicking” look at your book on The AOG. I believe at the time at least there was a need for someone who had been on the inside and publish the truth. All I am saying is that now there is less need for that kind of thing, and we need to move on. But this does not mean that there was not a need for such things to be done at the time.

Our UK conference this year was 6 teachings on “Understanding The Rapture”. I would loce to have a weekend residential conference in Oz doing that subject if it weere possible at some future point. It had no head kicking (except at one point when I dealt with three charismatic figures who are currently teaching against the rapture, which was necessary to the over all content).

The fact that one cannot make any roads into the bible colleges without academic packaging (not that I would expect to get too far anyway in bible colleges) is a prioblem. Another problem lies more with me.

* My initial university background was in science. I had to write lab reports, not too many essays.

* I began as a street preacher. I learned to preach on the streets and in Speakers Corner in London. I began by evangelising Jews on the street corners of Manhatten and Tekl Aviv. I am by nature a much better verbal communicator than I am a writer.

* I studied academic theology in the British system which is very scholarly in emphasis.. So by the time I did begin to write essays, it was all in academic language because I was expected to interact with published scholarly opinion.

I have been aware of these problems for some time, which is why I always placed more stress on tapes and videos than in what is written. Having tapes transcibed by yourself, changes that. My thinking is that when the upcoming book comes out which is reactive, the collection of transcribed teachings by yourself can be copy edited by a professional copy editor and made into a follow up book of a pro active nature.

As a speaker I can by the grace of The Lord coupled with sanctified human ability pull things off well. In a written format however, I am afraid that I am a prisoner of my educational experience and training. Jesus said to feed His sheep, not his scholars. Problematically, 99% of theology is written for theologans, not the sheep.

I always wanted to be like Francis Schaffer. He was personally scholarly, but as a writer, he knew how to recycle academic material into something of practical use for ordinary Christians. I have the ability to do that as a speaker seemingly, but not as a writer. That is one reason I believe The Lord brought you on board to transcribe and edit what is spoken onto a published format.

For mysel;f though, I will always be primarily a verbal communicator.

In Jesus, JJP.


The Jacob Prasch Files:
No.1: David Pawson’s 1998 Report on Prasch’s Behaviour

No.2: Prasch Damns His Chosen Arbiter David Pawson!

No.3: Prasch the “Malevolent and Breathtakingly Ungrateful Thug”

No.4: Moriel Australia Inc. & Prasch’s “List of Imaginary JW Supporters and Heretics”

No.5: “Head-kicking” Benny Hinn, and “Culling” Moriel’s “Aunt Maybel” Subscribers

No.6: Prasch: Pastor or Predator?

No.7: Prasch: “Women Are Vulnerable to Spiritual Seduction More Than Men Are”

No.8: Australian Cult Information Service Places Moriel on List of Possible “Extremist Groups/Destructive and Manipulative Sects/Cults/High Pressure Groups”

The Jacob Prasch Files No.4: Moriel Australia Inc. & Prasch’s “List of Imaginary JW Supporters and Heretics”

I have uncovered several rather eye-opening articles about Jacob Prasch from the late 1990s. This is the fourth in the collection:

This article comes from July-December 1999 after Prasch’s disasterous assault on the Elim denomination in Australia that resulted in the utterly humiliating arbitration report submitted by theologian David Pawson that pointed out how attack-oriented and unaccountable Prasch was, to which Prasch responded by attacking David Pawson and damning him, despite Pawson having been Prasch’s hand-picked arbiter!  Prasch’s troubles caused his Moriel branch (of volunteers) in Australia to fear being sued by Elim, so they made moves to avoid this since they weren’t to blame for it all, it was Prasch over in England who was entirely to blame due to his outrageous, slanderous attacks.  It resulted in a standalone ministry called Moriel Australia Inc. briefly coming into being, which Prasch naturally raged about whilst clearly not taking into account the situation he caused that necessitated it.

This is the way Moriel Australia’s volunteers recorded the events:


Moriel Australia Inc.
This is the only official web site for Moriel Australia Inc.


July 1999

Since the time of Jacob Prasch’s legal problems with the Elim Pentecostal Church in 1998 — their court action resulted in him retracting his extreme and misleading statements, agreeing to place an embarrassing apology on the Internet, and in submitting to an arbitration process before David Pawson — Jacob’s actions and attitude have made it impossible for the team at Moriel Australia to continue in association with him.
For Jacob’s sake, we have done everything in our power to limit the fallout from his extraordinary behaviour, but his persistent attacks make it necessary for us to provide some public explanations.

Jacob made two things clear to us during his visit to Australia in June/July 1998: (1) he had spent over UK£20,000 on lawyers during the action by Elim and (2) no such financial support would be forthcoming if we were sued as a result of any actions we had taken on his behalf.
The only sensible option open to us was to register Moriel Australia as an incorporated association. We lodged the application for incorporation in June 1998 and were granted incorporation in September 1998.
Since the dissolution of our partnership with Jacob, he has frequently accused us of “stealing” his name. In reality we have offered to relinquish the name in return for his indemnifying us against any legal consequences that might yet arise from our role in publishing his material and compensating us for the costs involved in the entire process. Jacob has consistently refused our offers.

In December 1998 Jacob made an unsuccessful visit to the USA. He was repeatedly urged not to undertake a tour at that time and it was dogged by blizzards, cancellations and poor attendance at most venues.
At one point Jacob especially embarrassed himself by speaking and acting rudely at a meeting with a group of supporters in Pittsburgh. One of the outcomes of the event was an escalation of rudeness and hostility by Jacob toward Annie Rogers, who had been Jacob’s representative in the USA since mid-1997.
Annie Rogers resigned from Moriel USA in early March 1999. Jacob’s response was to broadcast a false report about her beliefs to a group of prominent Christian leaders across the USA, accusing her of endorsing heretical views of the Trinity.

As someone who had maintained very close contact with Annie Rogers throughout her association with Moriel, Henry Sheppard felt it only right and just that he speak out in her defence. On 23 March 1999 he sent an e-mail to the same people that Jacob had addressed (plus those members of Moriel around the world who had a right to see what was going on).
Jacob responded angrily, now including Henry on his list of imaginary JW supporters and heretics. Henry replied to Jacob’s attack, triggering a few more rounds in a similar vein.

It is not worth working through all the boring details, other than to say that by the end of March 1999 it was obvious that the relationship between Moriel Australia Inc. and Jacob Prasch was over.
Our preference was to sell Jacob the remaining copies of the book we had created for him (at wholesale prices), give him the masters for the two books and the twenty-odd papers we had published for him, and just quietly go our separate ways.
But Jacob wouldn’t settle for that; he wanted revenge. To date we have received four threatening letters from Jacob’s lawyers in Australia [Moore’s Solicitors, PO Box 340, Box Hill, VIC 3128], and numerous phone calls and e-mails. Most of the letters are headed:
    COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT – MORIEL MINISTRIES UK / JACOB PRASCH
DEFAMATION OF JACOB PRASCH

which has been a source of amusement to those who have read Jacob’s defamatory e-mails to Greg Sowerby, in which, among other things, Jacob has described Henry Sheppard as “an evil man,” “demonised,” “a backslider,” “liar,” “slanderer,” “false brother,” and “satan’s instrument.”


S U M M A R Y :

1.  Annie Rogers is not a “heretic.” She supported Jacob Prasch at her own expense and created the foundation of his success in the USA. When she failed to accept Jacob’s demand that she believe his accusations against a fellow-Christian, despite a complete lack of evidence, he turned on her and slandered her name around the world.
2.  Peter Michas is not a “heretic.” As an evangelist and teacher (something Jacob Prasch also claims to be), he has been careful to avoid the confusion that often arises in the minds of new Christians on the subject of the Trinity by refusing to use the word “person” — defined in every dictionary as “an individual human being.” Jacob Prasch has refused to discuss the significance and implications of Peter’s choice with him, preferring instead to label him a “heretic” and attack him from a safe distance. [We have been embarrassed by the number of Australians who call themselves ‘Christians’ who have been happy to parrot Jacob’s accusations, without making the slightest effort to hear the other side of the story. ]
3.  Henry Sheppard is not a “heretic.” He has displayed the moral fibre necessary to stand up to a professional religious bully who attacked an innocent woman and attempted to destroy her reputation around the world.
4.  David Pawson has probably made the most important contribution to this web site. We endorse his opinion that this kind of disagreement among Christians should never be published on the Internet. However, Jacob Prasch’s use of the Internet to attack innocent people has left us with no alternative but to respond in the same medium.
David Pawson’s “Arbitration Report” is a lengthy document (thirteen pages of hand-written notes in the original), and a little slow in parts; but it was written nine months before Jacob Prasch launched his irrational and dishonest attack on a woman who has never done him anything but good. As such it provides an unintentional, but very important, independent confirmation of the character flaws that have allowed Jacob Prasch to lash out at people he knows to be innocent. We respectfully request that anyone who has listened to Jacob’s attacks on Annie Rogers / Peter Michas / Henry Sheppard read it thoughtfully.


August 1999

We have no choice but to respond to the amazing comments made on Jacob’s Moriel UK web site as at 18 August 1999.
· At no point did Jacob Prasch ever personally profit from
the sale of audio or videotapes sold in Australia. Honorariums
and contributions made were merely applied to airfares to bring
Mr Prasch to Australia, and when his family visited, it was at
his own expense;

At no point has any such accusation been made publicly by anyone associated with Moriel Australia Inc. Jacob is defending himself against a non-attack; we wonder why?
But seeing he has raised the subject, we have to say that Moriel Australia has never, at any time, entered into any agreement regarding air fares. The two times that Moriel Australia was involved in trips to Australia by Jacob Prasch, the air fares related to his trip to New Zealand; Australia was simply a bonus stopping-off point for him.
Moriel Australia Inc. still has the records relating to the transfer of thousands of dollars to Jacob’s personal bank account; transfers that were made at Jacob’s direct personal request. (These records are only ever likely to become significant if Taxation authorities in the UK become interested in this case. In the meantime, his attempts to piggy-back his demands for all papers relating to Moriel Australia onto the back of the sale of the books seem to be more meaningful in the light of his protests concerning his taxable income.)
The travel to the USA, New Zealand and Australia in June/July/August 1999 by Jacob’s family was not at his expense, as claimed, but on Frequent Flyer points built up from previous trips around the world at the expense of people who believed that Jacob Prasch was a genuine minister of the Gospel.

· We do not claim a monopoly on Hebrew Root teaching
but do warn against counterfeits of the teaching;

There are two forms of counterfeit: one involves false teaching, the other involves true teaching, mixed with a false life style. “Beware the leaven of the Pharisees…”

· At no point did we threaten to sue Mr Sheppard for
damages but sought to enforce our copyright in certain
Moriel materials;

To date Henry Sheppard has received three letters from Jacob’s solicitor threatening legal action against him, amongst other things, for “defamation.” The copyrighted materials in question consist of twenty odd papers and one book edited and placed in print by Henry Sheppard for Jacob Prasch’s benefit. Jacob is desperate to disguise the fact that the papers which served to make him well-known in Australia were all created by Henry, even to the point of demanding that the Preface page of the book (which shows Henry as the editor) be ripped out before Jacob will allow the book to be sold.

We sincerely regret that people had their name removed from
our mailing list by Mr Sheppard and we invite anyone wishing
to receive our Prayer and Newsletter to resubscribe to the
official Moriel.

The insinuation here is that names were removed from the Moriel Australia mailing list without Jacob Prasch’s knowledge. In fact, names were regularly pruned from the list with Jacob’s full knowledge and approval, a practice that he himself followed in the UK.


September 1999

Jacob’s response to this web site has been to launch another attack — this time against David Pawson. Amongst other things, Jacob characterises David Pawson as being “used by the wicked one to mislead God’s people into something plainly satanic”.


December 1999

During September/October 1999, Margaret Godwin sent two e-mails in which she attempted to intimidate us by claiming she was acting under instructions from a solicitor. (In the real world, solicitors act on the instructions of their clients, not the other way round.) We treated her threats with the contempt they deserved.

Her response to our silence was to publish self-styled final commentsabout this web site on the Moriel UK web site in October, and to distribute the same comments across Australia in early December 1999.

Concerning her statements, we offer the following observations:

1. This web site challenges Jacob Prasch on more than fifty separate points. Margaret Godwin has carefully ignored the vast majority of these — thereby extending her tacit confirmation to over 90% of our statements.

2. She plays a cute trick concerning our offer to relinquish the name “Moriel Australia,” by placing two statements alongside one another so as to imply some dishonesty on our part. What she carefully left out are the dates and the real significance of those two offers. The first — an offer to relinquish the name at no real cost to Jacob — took place in March 1999. The second was an offer in August 1999 to transfer control of the incorporated association “Moriel Australia Inc.” Both offers were dependant on Jacob honouring his earlier commitment to purchase the books. The real difference between the two offers was $5,000 — a far smaller amount than what it would cost Jacob to set up his own incorporated association in Australia. (The astute reader will have observed that Margaret Godwin’s organisation is not an incorporated association.)

3. When Jacob first raised the idea of his visiting Australia in 1999, we flatly rejected the idea. (The enormous expense involved did not justify annual trips, in our view.) Jacob responded by saying that he had accumulated substantial Frequent Flyer points which would expire in 2000. For him it was a case of use-them-or-lose-them, and on that basis he intended taking his family with him around the world in 1999.
Now Margaret Godwin informs us that, rather than use points that would expire shortly anyway, Jacob casually reached into his back pocket and purchased three round-the-world air tickets on a whim! Staggering! We are gob-smacked…
The reader needs to understand that literally from the first day we met him, Jacob has constantly complained about being under financial pressure. He led us to believe that he existed on the brink of financial disaster. We voluntarily carried the costs of creating and distributing a newsletter for him for three years in the belief that he had absolutely no money with which to finance the venture. Margaret Godwin now informs us that not only were we deceived, but uses that revelation as a basis to call us liars!

4. Margaret Godwin also offers some statements concerning the financial transactions between Moriel Australia and Jacob Prasch over the period June 1996 to March 1999.
A) Margaret Godwin had no involvement of any description in the matters under discussion. She has never sighted any papers relating to the transactions in question. She has no first hand knowledge of these matters, yet arrogantly offers her opinion as though it were the authoritative last word on the matter.
B) She says that “any money ever taken out of Australia was only adequate to cover Jacob Prasch’s travelling expenses.” How does she know how much was taken out of Australia in that period?
C) The context of our original comment was as a response to Jacob’s claim that he never personally profited from the work in Australia, when in fact he had instructed us on several occasions to transfer substantial sums of money to his personal bank account in the UK. How Jacob subsequently disposed of those monies is his problem entirely, but they were indisputably paid to him. If intended as a refund to Moriel UK for air fares, why didn’t he instruct us to transfer the monies to the Moriel UK bank account?

5. The statement that “Jacob (had during his recent tour) boasted that he expects to become independently wealthy through an insurance payout (relating to his accident) in the near future” is a true and accurate report of Jacob’s statements during a phone conversation when he was in Australia. Whether he intended it as hyperbole or sober fact is for Jacob to advise.

6. The statement;
      “We emphatically deny that Moriel spent £20,000 or any sum
vaguely resembling it in its legal defence against Elim and we
challenge anyone who publicly states otherwise to provide proof.”

is classic Jacob Prasch!
The figure was given to us by Jacob in 1998 (as part of his consistent pattern of pleading poverty). If the figure is inaccurate, he could simply quote the true figure. Instead he issues a childish and aggressive challenge intended, presumably, to intimidate us all.


We recognise Jacob’s talent (indeed, we spent three years labouring at our own expense to support him), but his demands that we accept his defamatory accusations against genuine and sincere Christians, on no other basis than his say-so, is quite unacceptable. We are happy to leave Jacob to his own devices; sad that he (and his representative) persists in slandering us.
The Team at Moriel Australia Inc.
15 December 1999



Here is Moriel’s “forced” reply in Prasch’s magazine Moriel Quarterly December 1999.  Compare its opinion with what Henry reported above.


The Jacob Prasch Files:
No.1: David Pawson’s 1998 Report on Prasch’s Behaviour

No.2: Prasch Damns His Chosen Arbiter David Pawson!

No.3: Prasch the “Malevolent and Breathtakingly Ungrateful Thug”

No.4: Moriel Australia Inc. & Prasch’s “List of Imaginary JW Supporters and Heretics”

No.5: “Head-kicking” Benny Hinn, and “Culling” Moriel’s “Aunt Maybel” Subscribers

No.6: Prasch: Pastor or Predator?

No.7: Prasch: “Women Are Vulnerable to Spiritual Seduction More Than Men Are”

No.8: Australian Cult Information Service Places Moriel on List of Possible “Extremist Groups/Destructive and Manipulative Sects/Cults/High Pressure Groups”

Jacob Prasch’s Paying Customers Dwindle to a QUARTER in a Year

John in the comments section of this video pointed out to me how few people it seemed—from the Moriel TV video evidence—were attending Prasch’s ‘big’ Moriel Conference (the Hayes Conference) this November 2019 compared to the year he attended it, so I researched it a bit…

Now, keep in mind that the day before the Hayes Conference 2019 began, Moriel boasted on their website that it had sold out and they were “FULL“:

full

Well what exactly does “new are full!” mean?  Perhaps a typo meaning “we are full!“?  Anyway, the Conference was “full” either way.  So consider what Prasch said about the Hayes Conference at the much earlier 2019 Northern Conference:

So Prasch said in Spring 2019 that Moriel would get 300-350 people at the Hayes Conference in Swanwick to the point that the facilities “got too small” and Moriel subsequently had to expand to ‘regional’ conferences like the Northern Conference in order to spread out that type of turnout.  Remember how during that Northern Conference Prasch went on his infamous 9-minute long slanderous rant at Scottish Christian Deborah Menelaws?  Hmm, well Deborah Menelaws used to help arrange his Scottish Conference, so keep that all in mind when you consider what Prasch said at his subsequent 2019 Moriel Scottish conference which assembled after his various pathetic attacks on that Scottish Deborah:

So Prasch interpreted his sparse turnout in Scotland a month ago to be evidence of people going to his YouTube channel instead of paying to see his Punch & Judy act (or rather Punch & Jezebel act) live, rather than correlating it with the more obvious vociferous attack on a Scottish Christian who they’d have known well.

So, all that to say, Prasch, in Spring 2019 expected a big turn out of 300-350 at the Hayes Conference.  In the past (2017) Prasch’s gig there had been held at Hayes’s Derbyshire Hall which seats 400 people max.  You can match the 2017 location by the large curtain that hangs from the head of the room:

Derbyshire

PraschHayes

This year, however, the curtain is gone and this is the background:

apparent multitudes

This is clearly not the same Derbyshire Hall, but the Hayes’s Main Conference Hall, albeit with the wood walls now painted white:

mainconferencehall

The Main Conference Hall seats 80 less than Prasch’s usual haunt, a total of 320.  So you might say, Oh but 320 isn’t that much down from Prasch’s 350 claim. That’s correct, and the videos from the 2019 conference seem to suggests big numbers as the camera frequently zooms out a bit for no apparent reason beyond trying to emphasize the numbers in attendance.  But then the event was filmed it seems due to the shoddy sound by either Moriel TV social media clown Servus Christi who was caught masquerading as a Christian woman called Lydia posting positive buzz about his boss Prasch, or it was village idiot and Moriel Police Sergeant Amos Farrell who sacrificed his credibility for his thinker/protector Prasch last November by putting his name and face to the bovine conspiracy theory that stated rather boldly/stupidly that Prasch’s quarry David Nathan had launched the New World Order and named it The New David Nathan Way, so Servus Christi, or Amos, both with their reputations forever bound to Jacob Prasch would be keen to zoom out to create propaganda that makes their thinker/protector still seem popular.  Buuuut Servus Christi or Amos pressed zoom-out once too hard and immediately shot himself in both feet by accidentally revealing the back row giving us this shot:

about 70-80

OOPS!  I counted 68 heads, and there’s a corner to the back left cut out I suggest about 10-12 are in meaning about 80 people.  Besides the lone chair on the extreme right, and the guy right at the back, there appears to be 7 rows of 17 chairs, totalling 121 chairs (many of which are empty).  So, Prasch used to pull in 350 at this conference, and after his year-long slanderous assaults on various Christians and Christian ministries using his faked information and lies, approximately 3 quarters of his paying customers have jumped overboard from Moriel’s sinking ship captained as it is by a spiritually blind godless, self-absorbed, grandiose-thinking, demonised lunatic railer.

As you’ll find in the forthcoming Jacob Prasch Files posted on this blog, Prasch is highly reliant on people funding his lifestyle, and has been since the late 1990s, so his collapse in paying followers will be agonising to him, and deservedly so for his extreme wickedness and unchecked spiritual abuse of Christians.