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Don't Call Me Brother Hardcover – April 1, 1989
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God does not get any money. People don't question Bible isn't going forth like rivers of living water, holiness, righteousness repentance and prayer and or question where the money goes and what do with it and the pastor/priest lack of Charity, Social, Humanity Education endeavors.
Didn't heed "David Wilkerson's Warning for The Assembly of God: Sadly Unheeded" posted on net as well as as Google his "perilous times are coming messages and listen to all those or "Is it too late for America" . This book exposed AOG's as a cult and people didn't heed subtle power of spiritual abuse, lies, part in destroying/separating families. Author's second book was letters in response to this book from all denominations of church abuse/corruption (other books have been written by other Author's like "Losing My Religion by William Lobdell or J. Lee Grady's books etc.). We follow man and his man-made religions rather than Bible and Jesus Christ.
It is one thing to have your own personal morals or ethics, but to use "Religion" as a smoke screen to steal , seduce, or commit any number of unethical acts on people who believe in what you are doing or saying is what will cause people to come to the conclusion that all religion is is a sham just to get you money, your spouse, or your children. I read recently where one person said years ago after being subjected to horrible treatment by these so called "GOOD CHRISTIAN PEOPLE", "It's no wonder that the Romans fed Christians to the Lions". My ex-wife from Shelbyville Indiana was one of the biggest con artists that I have ever known. Adultery, stealing, deceit, prostitution, lie, all while claiming to be a "Good Christian" woman. More like Satan's little sister. Just like in MR. Miles book, she/they come off as good people who would do no wrong until you are in tight with them, then you find out just how nasty & deceitful they are and that they are anything but "Good Christian People".
I applaud MR. Miles for telling the story that he lived for years. Getting involved with the Church was the biggest mistake of his life. He was so happy as a Circus Ringmaster. He tells how he saw more ethical people of honesty & integrity in his years in the Circus that he ever did in the Church. Jim Baker was not only a conman, swindler, but also a pervert in a very disgusting way. Everything that MR. Miles tells in his book was from his own experiences. Being involved with the Church cost him his Wife, Daughter, & sanity. The Church was the most deceitful group of people that he had ever met.
For years the Church has used "Guilt" or Salvation to seduce or lure people with good intentions into its ranks to take advantage of these people with a clear conscious about what they were doing. The Catholic Church molestation cases that went on for decades has proven that. Preachers to this very day are still getting caught running every conceivable type of scam or molesting a little kid or even flat out raping Church going women. MR. Miles knows this first hand of Jim Baker who was the head of the P.T.L.
I would recommend this book for anybody who wants to get involved with any religion of any kind.
If I could give MR. Miles book 20 stars I would.
Characters appear and the author immediately knows if they are "good or bad" and then they vanish for 50 pages. We are bored with the slow, dull break-up of his marriage. Instead of telling us in a few paragraphs what wasn't working, we get CHAPTERS that have NOTHING to do with the main story. And there is a first marriage and child that is never really mentioned--along with "something" about being investigated by the FBI for information about Kennedy and Marilyn Monroe's death. (???) This is mentioned 3 or 4 times, but it is so poorly written, it's impossible to tell if it really happened or if the author is just paranoid.
I think he's paranoid, because "all at once" every church he spoke at suddenly turns on him while at the same time, he's appearing regularly on the "PTL Show" with the Bakkers--and hobnobbing with the rich and famous. So the timeline is messed up or his recollections are.
Then, after the divorce (his second), he moves in with family in NJ and signs over his money to them (?) and is married and divorced again--but this happens over a space of 2 pages and is so vague, it's not clear what really happened.
And names are dropped right and left and it seems that every single man is gay and has made a pass at the author (who also says he was accosted by men throughout his youth and also whenever he'd go to the movies) or every single woman made a pass at him. And every pastor was having an affair with a man or a woman. And this happens over and over and over and over and over...
So there's 316 densely worded pages of this. When I finished it, it's clear the author is a latent homosexual---he lovingly describes the men as "handsome...well-built...attractive..." and so forth, and then gets outraged--OUTRAGED!--when they are gay!
His anger/envy the "successful Christians" in the book also wears thin after a while--as his own life falls apart, he becomes bitter and hateful of pretty much everyone he has ever come in contact with.
Yet...he keeps seeing them, appearing on their TV shows. So, in the end, he has become just like them!
And it turns out that a "diary" that was proof of why the FBI was after the author all these years...well, it "disappeared" but the FBI agent told the author that it really was "the church" that was tipping off the FBI to "keep an eye on" the ringmaster.
If this was written as a novel, it would make for a read. As nonfiction, it's skimmable--and skipable.