The Sins of Christian Marketplace Conflicts of Interest: Or When, Doug and Joe Hagmann, Did you Intend to Release the Results of Your Background Investigation of the Founders of the Hear-The-Watchmen Conference?

Therefore seeing we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we faint not; but have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of God deceitfully; but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God.  2Corinthians 4:1-2

The various websites of Douglas J. Hagmann are undergirded by his company,  Hagmann Investgative Services, Inc., where he asks, “Please consider helping us to offset our investigative, research, and broadcasting costs.”  A  DONATE button is how Hagmann accepts credit card payments, and checks are directed to be made out to Hagmann Investigative Services, Inc. Considering themselves to be premier investigators, both Doug and Joe Hagmann have recalled some of their more colorful investigations during their radio broadcasts, and Doug Hagmann has made the claim in an article posted on his site that he had done undercover operative work for the FBI.  A banner of Doug Hagmann’s face with the words Northeast Intelligence Network, Reporting on TRUTH the media won’t, sits above the emboldened words of Ephesians 5:11 “Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them”.hagmann intelligence (2)

The context of these words is Ephesians 5:6-13 “Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience.  Be not ye therefore partakers with them.  For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light: (for the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;) proving what is acceptable unto the Lord.  And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.  For it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in secret.  But all things that are reproved are made manifest by the light:  for whatsoever doth make manifest is light”.

In the past year or so, the Hagmann’s have promoted what they term the Hagmann Christian Marketplace.  The very first page one encounters for this internet marketplace says boldly, LET YOUR LIGHT SHINE. When you join the H&H Marketplace you are setting your business in that city on a hill…Ye are the light of the world.  A city that is set on a hill cannot be hid.  Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.  Matthew 5:14-16″.

Below this is the proclamation, “We Have A Big Family…Come be a part of it.” Here is a screenshot of their promotion of their services.hagmann market place 4 (2)

Next we see a photo of two hands forming a heart inclosing the words, “IT’S A HEART ISSUE”, with the admonition, “Give what’s in your heart”. Below this is a quote from Luke 6:38, Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom.  For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.  The Hagmanns have created six sponsorship levels .  The first is the $5/month “Give-entry level sponsorship”; the second is the $50/month “It Will Come Back to You-basic package”; the third is the $100/month “Good Measure sponsorship”; the fourth is the “$1,000 Silver sponsorship”; the fifth is the “$3500/month Gold sponsorship”; and the sixth is the “$5,000 Platinum sponsorship”. Each level of sponsorship allows a business owner increasing radio broadcast and internet advertising coverage.

The final photo displays the words, SEPARATE YOURSELVES. Show the world you aren’t a tare. Off to the right is a Get Started Today! button, and below this are the words, “the H&H Marketplace is the only way to find and discover like-minded and Godly-minded businesses.”

One of the businesses which has repeatedly had advertising on the Hagmann radio broadcasts is the Honest to Goodness Toffee Store.Their website can be found at honesttogoodness toffee.com.  They also have a Facebook page, which is subtitled, “Candy Store- Food and Restaurant”. When one attempts to discover the physical location of this restaurant, the only address provided turns out to be a UPS store, where the box number assigned is called a Suite Number.  On the Toffee website, the owner offers to give several discounts if you are a listener of the Hagmanns, and in one instance if you are also a listener of John B. Wells.

Honest to goodness, Aurora Justicia, don't tell me you are now reviewing candy stores?

Honest to goodness, Aurora Justicia, don’t tell me you are now reviewing candy stores?

 

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What was Nathan Leal’s crime that he was given an email notice to cease and desist from being the suspected source for the loss of income of the Hear The Watchmen Conference? The Founders here are willing to sell tickets at half off!! Maybe they should cease and desist from this promotion.

 

When I first started looking at the problems with the Hear The Watchmen conference, I noted that a Jeannie Moore with the same telephone number as the Honest To Goodness Toffee website, was assisting with the financial transactions of this conference.  This particular reference has now been removed, and the email address of Michael Scott Kerr is the new point of communication. In the beginning of my interest in this story, I only knew that a man who called himself Mike Whitestone and his wife Jeannie were the founders of this conference. Steve Quayle in the January 6, 2016 Hagmann Report broadcast  referred to them as “a well meaning couple” who wanted to duplicate the success of the Whitestone Remnant Conference. I guess Michael (Mike) Scott Kerr AKA Mike Moore AKA Mike Whitestone was willing to adopt any identity as long as it served the marketing needs of his visions. I would have never been able to make these name connections if it had not been for the sleuthing skills of John Little at Omega Shock who wrote a January 29, 2016 post which he entitled, My Report on Nathan Leal.

John Little is to be commended for reproving the works of darkness which have attempted to cover over this entire controversy. I had never paid much  attention to  OmegaShock, but on January 24th I received an anonymous tip saying, “hear the watchman conference attacks John Little”. So I started checking into who this person John Little is.  It turns out that John Little displays a great deal more honesty and  sincere concern for the commission of sins done in the name of Jesus Christ, than do these Marketplace Christians.

What is interesting about John Little’s report is that he is able to provide the missing puzzle pieces to this entire Nathan Leal/Ted Broer/Hear The Watchmen Conference controversy.  I had not been able to identify the real name, and therefore the actual shady background, of Mike Whitestone.  What I found interesting about John Little’s investigation is that his thoughts mirrored my own in the areas where I was able to make an independent investigation.  The missing piece of the puzzle was Mike Whitestone’s real name.  Are we to presume that the premier investigators, Doug and Joe Hagmann did not know the real name and the background of the founders of the Hear The Watchmen Conference, of which they head the roster of speakers?  Did they not know the behind the scenes conflict of interest inherent in the words Watchmen/Christian/Marketplace/Conference?

One of the fascinating things to come out of this investigation which was conducted by John Little, is the email cease and desist notice written by Mike Kerr to Nathan Leal and his wife.Hear the watchmen email threat (2)

 

We must remember that this Cease and Desist email was written by a man, who under the name of Mike Whitestone, set up a Go Fund Me Account, hoping to raise $100,000.hear the watchmen go fund me (2)

 

Here is a warning made by someone who dealt in the past with Mike Kerr and his fundraising on behalf of Military vets. The entire OC Weekly article dated August 21, 2008 entitled Controversial Philanthropist Michael Scott Kerr’s New Career As A Wrapper can be read here.

from the OC Weekly article written 8/21/2008 by G. Arellano

from the OC Weekly article written 8/21/2008 by G. Arellano of OC Weekly

Maybe someone should send a Cease and Desist Letter to Michael Kerr AKA Mike Whitestone.  Oh yeah, someone did.  Thanks John Little, your articles accomplished that!

No thanks to Doug and Joe Hagmann, whose Marketplace interests have subverted their ability to follow their own scriptural motif, And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.  Ephesians 5:11.

How about replacing your banner with this scripture: For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are enemies of the cross of Christ:  Whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things.  Philippians 3:18-19

How about obeying your own admonition at the Hagmann Christian Marketplace?  Separate Yourselves.  Show the world you aren’t a tare…!!!

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One thought on “The Sins of Christian Marketplace Conflicts of Interest: Or When, Doug and Joe Hagmann, Did you Intend to Release the Results of Your Background Investigation of the Founders of the Hear-The-Watchmen Conference?

  1. I was a private investigator, and wouldn’t have hagmann investigate my field!
    His stories are bull, you don’t take your 13 year old kid on an investigation, diggin through garbage as he claims!

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