And Zedekiah the son of Chenaanah made him horns of iron.. Now therefore, behold, the LORD hath put a lying spirit in the mouth of all these thy prophets, and the LORD hath spoken evil concerning thee. But Zedekiah the son of Chenaanah went near, and smote Micaiah on the cheek, and said, Which way went the spirit of the LORD from me to speak unto thee? And Micaiah said, Behold, thou shalt see in that day, when thou shalt go into an inner chamber to hide thyself. I Kings 22:11a, 23-25
Recently, I noticed that one of the Hagmann’s websites had been posting Sky Watch TV’s series of Tom Horn articles on Trolls. These series of articles are incorporated under the clever title, For Whom The Baal Trolls. Dr. Thomas R. Horn is a person of note, having pastored a local church, later serving in an administrative capacity for an evangelical association, and in the past few years becoming a book publisher, as well as an author, setting up Sky Watch TV,and selling prepper supplies at his Survivor Mall. Both his writing and his oratorical skills reflect a broad knowledge of religion, history, and current events. So with these attributes in mind, I thought I would take a look at what he has written thus far on internet trolls in articles 1-4.
In the first article posted January 21, 2016, Tom Horn used a definition of troll from a Psychology Today article quoting Professor Jennifer Golbeck who wrote “Let’s getting our definitions straight, an internet troll is someone who comes into a discussion and posts comments designed to upset or disrupt the conversation. Often in fact, it seems like there is no real purpose behind their comments except to upset everyone else involved. Trolls will lie, exaggerate, and offend to get a response.” I have highlighted this definition in bold letters, as this definition will serve as the plumb line to gauge how Tom Horn subtly expands the deviant behavior of trolls to include persons who write blogs.
At the very start of this first article we see a screen shot of a video of Lori Bakker on her husband’s TV program, The Jim Bakkar Show, with the words “God Hates Discord Among the Brethren”. This leads into a quote from Charisma News on 1/15/2016, wherein Shawn A. Akers referenced this particular show in his article called ‘This is the No. 1 Thing God Hates’. Tom Horn notes that Lori Bakker quotes from Galatians 5:22-26 which describes the fruit of the Spirit as contrasted against “vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another”.
The article comments, “Not exactly a picture of today’s society, is it? Everywhere you go, especially in the media and on social media, you can find people criticizing each other and tearing each other down without conscience. And that includes Christians toward the world, and with each other. Evangelists Jim and Lori Bakker say, “This has got to stop.” “This is the No. 1 thing God hates,” Jim Bakker said. “God hates sowing discord among the brethren.”
So even before we get to the definition of trolls, Tom Horn has chosen to introduce his first article with God hating discord among the brethren, as opined by that televangelist fraud Jim Bakker, who presumably has repented from his former sexual proclivities and shyster-isms. The first thing to be noticed from these sources is that they fail to provide the reader with the exact Scriptural verses undergirding the points they are making on discord.
Looking through the Bible, my eyes behold Proverbs 6:16-19, “These six things doth the LORD hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him: A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, an heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief. A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.”
Just before these verses of seven things which are an abomination to the LORD, my eyes spot verses 12-15, which also pertain to this discussion on discord. “A naughty person, a wicked man, walketh with a froward mouth. He winketh with his eyes, he speaketh with his feet, he teacheth with his fingers; frowardness is in his heart, he deviseth mischief continually: he soweth discord. Therefore shall his calamity come suddenly; suddenly shall he be broken without remedy.”
Are you beginning to wonder why these verses surrounding the topic of discord were not quoted as they stand in the Bible? Why pick out one aspect which God hates, and declare that to be the Number One thing. And why does Tom Horn exalt Jim Bakker’s opinions, who even after he got out of prison, refused to stay out of the “Christian Con Game”? Perhaps it is because both Tom Horn and Jim Bakker are profiteers of the Prepper movement. And incidentally, both men also promote Jonathan Cahn, who has said that Jim Bakker had mentored him.
Now, anyone who knows me, also knows that I think that a prudent person does wisely plan for his own household, considering that they might have to ride out rough times ahead. My own parents and grandparents rode out the Depression and World War II by having a home garden, canning and preserving food items, bartering, etc. I am not against Preppers. I am against the shameless exploitation of the fears of vulnerable persons, who then end up purchasing items which are heavily marked up, often of inferior grade, and shipped at exorbitant costs.
In Tom Horn’s first article he quotes from research done on a concept called the Dark Triad, which is comprised of “Machiavellianism (willingness to employ cunning and duplicity to manipulate and deceive others)”, narcissism and sadism. Apparently these traits are also linked to internet trolls, with sadism being the “strongest characteristic”. Because of the continuing nuisance of trolls, Tom Horn has an in-house policy which he calls BLOCK, FILTER, DELETE! I have no problem with such a policy when dealing with persons who meet the defined criteria of a Troll. Such persons are, if nothing else, time wasters; genuine and sincere dialogue is not the intent of a troll.
The second article in this Troll series deals with the unseen world of spiritual wickedness, and Tom Horn discusses how such entities might gain legal ground over various types of territories. The final paragraph is key, and states, “These are ancient statutory principles that pertain equally to material and spiritual dynamics. They imply that wherever activity favorable to malevolent spirits occurs by consent, is tolerated, or action is not taken to force the “squatter’ to cease and desist, footholds and even personal rights can be surrendered to hostile forces over people and locations. This is similar to the contract some Internet trolls are making with dark forces.”
The third article displays a screenshot at the top which states, ” Troll– internet- In internet slang, a troll is a person who sows discord on the internet starting arguments or upsetting people, by posting inflammatory, extraneous, or off-topic messages in an online community.” This article begins by discussing his 1998 book which can be downloaded for free at the Sky Watch Store, called Spiritual Warfare: The Invisible Invasion. He rhetorically asks, What does this have to do with Internet trolls? The answer given deals with territorial demonization, and the difference between those who are deceived by the demonic world versus those who knowingly form alliances.
From here Tom Horn presents in his fourth article the discussion of religious demons entering churches as a spiritual military strategy. And what is his starting point? It is 2 Chronicles 18:18b-21a which he quotes as, I saw the Lord sitting upon his throne, and all the host of heaven standing on his right hand and on his left. And the Lord said, “Who shall entice Ahab king of Israel, that he may go up and fall at Ramoth-Gilead? ” And one spoke after this manner, and another saying after that manner. Then there came out a spirit, and stood before the Lord, and said, “I will entice him.” And the Lord said unto him, “Wherewith?” And he said, “I will go out, and be a lying spirit in the mouth of all his prophets.”
In this respect, Tom Horn quotes David Wilkerson on the Satanic infiltration of the church -especially charismatic churches- by those posing as super spiritual Christians. Horn says this includes Internet troll “theology cops”. Tom Horn reproduces some of his own words from his book Blood On The Altar regarding “fake defenders of the faith”. While he does not reference his book in this particular citation, anyone who is familiar with the February 10, 2015 Joint Response of Steve Quayle and Doug Hagmann against “character assassination”, and the January 6, 2016 Hagmann Report radio broadcast where Steve Quayle also quotes from Blood On The Altar, notes the importance which this work is given by the inner circle of the Christian Alternative Media.
Tom Horn, again without identifying the exact Scriptural verses, paraphrases Matthew 18:15-17 which discuss the procedure to follow when dealing with a brother in the church who has trespassed against you, as another Christian. If you gain familiarity with false teachers and false prophets, you will discover that they always throw down the gauntlet of Matthew 18 to reprove those who are obeying the admonitions of the Bible on how to deal with false doctrine and heresies. This is a deliberate misuse of Scripture to shut down the truth, just as the goal of internet trolls is to shut down sincere Christian dialogue.
Since the topic of these articles are internet trolls, which represent that Dark Triad of Machiavellianism, narcissism, and sadism, cannot we safely say that such persons are not brothers in Christ? And if such dark personalities profess Christianity, are we to assume that their aggressive militaristic behavior is a matter which falls under the procedures of Matthew 18? To do so, is to render the genuine Christian powerless. Let us here observe at this point in the discussion, that the Christian Alternative Media, under the banner of Watchmen, has waged an unrelenting campaign against a quiet faith in Jesus Christ and against believing and reading the Bible for oneself. This is accomplished by a steady stream of fear mongering propaganda, false prophets, “Insider” men with hidden identities, the proliferation of badly written books, overpriced prepper supplies, etc., etc. etc.
Tom Horn, after referencing Matthew 18, speaks words which are similar to his introduction to his Blood On The Altar book, saying, “With that in mind, the next time you are online reading some troll’s diatribe about Carl Gallups, Chuck Missler, Gary Stearman, Steve Quayle, L.A. Marzulli, Cris Putnam, Jonathan Cahn, Josh Peck, Gonz Shimura, Joel Richardson, yours truly, or any of the other current favorite targets, ask yourself if the hatchet people attacking them ever bothered to obey Scripture and go to the person PRIVATELY with their concerns in a loving spirit of restoration (they haven’t), and then “be careful little eyes what you read,” because these scripture-guideline-stomping destructive forces seek to contaminate your mind and spirit (see Proverbs 4:23-27) in order to draw YOU TOO over to the dark side.”
After saying all that, Tom Horn then says, “Be absolutely clear about this, as well: NOTHING in Scripture allows for setting up websites, blogs, or other mediums to PUBLICALLY and routinely lambast believers with accusations – that is the job of Satan and his followers! He is the father of lies and the “accuser of our brethren…which accused them before our God day and night” (John 8:44; Revelation 12:10).
Let’s pause here for a moment to summarize the movement of thought throughout these first four articles on Trolls. We start with God hates discord among the brethren, and then move into a definition of an internet troll as someone who comes into a discussion and posts comments which disrupts genuine dialogue. We then are told that trolls have deep underlying Machiavellian, narcissistic and sadistic tendencies, that they contract with dark territorial forces, and that there are internet trolls professing Christianity which attack true Bible-based websites. So far so good, if we stick to the internet troll definition as someone who comes into a discussion and posts comments.
Suddenly we find that Tom Horn, who as a matter of policy, blocks, filters and deletes internet trolls, has now subtly redefined the standard definition of the internet troll to include anyone who has a website or blog who criticizes Tom Horn or any of his Christian business partners and book writers. He calls such persons fake defenders of the faith.
So how about a real life example of a Christian brother who attempted to write Tom Horn with his concerns? Let us see how Tom Horn dealt with this person. Dr. Scott Johnson, who is a chiropractor, began several years ago recording audio tapes of his own Bible studies. He first published these audio recordings, I believe, on the Sermon Audio website, but after he criticized another person on this site, he was told to leave. So he started posting his audios on his own webpage, Contending for Truth.com. When I first heard Dr. Johnson on Sermon Audio, he was a bit annoying; but over time, he started improving his delivery, and he has since made numerous Biblically sound warnings against false prophets and heresies.
Dr. Johnson did not come from a Christian background, and therefore like those of us with similar histories, he made every mistake in the book. He was deeply involved in Charismatic churches, and later in the Independent Baptist Fundamental churches. I have always granted him leeway, despite not being in agreement with him on some issues, because for the most part he tests the spirits, and he loves sound doctrine. An area which causes me to be a bit cautious is that Dr. Johnson used to be a speaker on the Prophecy Club circuit, plus it appears he relies too heavily on news reports coming from Steve Quayle’s website. When he defended Dr. Dino, I posted a comment critical of Dr. Johnson’s discernment. There was a point years ago when I dropped off listening to Dr. Johnson because of his lack of discernment of Tom Horn. Eventually, he decided that he was mistaken and he wrote his concerns to Dr. Tom Horn.
Dr. Johnson sent Tom Horn an email dated August 28, 2010 regarding the promotion of Catholicism through videos and articles. If I remember correctly, Dr. Johnson had said that Tom Horn was acquainted with his name. However, Tom Horn never replied to this inquiry. Dr. Johnson is not an internet troll as defined by common consensus, and he tried to communicate privately with Tom Horn with his concerns. Dr. Johnson went public with his email when his sincere communication was ignored by Tom Horn. If you look at the link above, you will also see that Dr. Johnson had some strong reservations regarding Tom Horn’s friends Gary Stearman and David Flynn.
There is a great deal of hypocrisy in the Christian Alternative Media, as some of these merchandisers routinely block, censor, and attack genuine Christians who question the soundness of their doctrine, yet consider it nothing to lambast such persons on air. They exhibit a double standard when they block legitimate comments on their own websites, while at the same time they send around some of their own “plants”, lying spirits, to try to entrap the writers of Biblically based “discernment” blogs whose comment sections are free speech zones. This has happened even here at the Tracking the Leopard Meroz website.
In my case, each of these lying spirits ended up in the peculiar position of coming under the condemnation of their own words. You see, the word of God is a double edged sword. Revelation 2:12-17 deals with the church at Pergamos, where Satan’s seat was, and the letter sent to it was from Jesus Christ, “he which hath the sharp sword with two edges”. This letter reproves those who hold the doctrine of Balaam and also the doctrine of the Nicolaitans. It is only those who overcome, which he gives the hidden manna and the white stone which has “a new name written, which no man knoweth saving he that receiveth it.”
One of the characteristics of Charismatic Christian groups is that they are so obsessed with the world of demonology and their methodology, that they end up being unable to distinguish between Satanists posing as super-spiritual Christians and genuine Christians who are obeying Scriptural admonitions. Thus blinded, they fight against anyone who is against them. Jesus Christ, as head of the Church and the sound doctrine of the Bible never enter into this battle of theirs at all.
Tom Horn says that someone who criticizes, say, for example, Chuck Missler, is a fake defender of the faith. Here is an example of a blog called Revelationgate.com which features an article by Gaylene Goodroad called Chuck Missler and Plagiarism: Purloining New Age Ideas. The writer of this article has taken the time to explain her accusation by comparing line by line examples of Chuck Missler’s writings against a book written by Michael Talbot. Should her thoughtful post be disregarded because she has documented a complaint against one of Tom Horn’s friends? Certainly this was never a matter of applying Matthew 18. It is a warning however, about the veracity of Chuck Missler.
Tom Horn mentions the name of L. A. Marzulli as being the target of fake defenders of the faith. He currently is on the speaker roster for the Hear The Watchmen conference scheduled for March 2016 in Dallas. Perhaps we should pay close attention to how he personally deals with the on-going controversy involving Nathan Leal, Dr. Broer, and Mike Kerr AKA Mike Whitestone. After all, if Mr. Marzulli is a genuine defender of the faith, we will want to examine the example he sets in this rather peculiar situation. With John Little setting the bar of integrity so high, the twin horns of a dilemma become that of the love of the wages of unrighteousness in the heart of all these Christian Alternative Media stars, and the matter of controlling your own devils. As pointed out in the third article of For Whom the Baal Trolls, Tom Horn says that “having a demon” (echon daimonion) can actually denote a person who possesses the demon, and not the other way around.(his emphasis)
This conference has now been subtitled, The Crusade Begins: Saddle for Battle and shows the feet of a horse running and kicking up dirt. Are they headed for Ramoth-Gilead, or what? Have they called on the Knights Templar Crusaders to defend them? Have they forgotten that Daniel 5:27 applies to them? “TEKEL; Thou art weighed in the balances, and art found wanting.” Ahab did not believe that and he fell at Ramoth-Gilead.
I would like to remind the leaders of the Christian Alternative Media that Jesus Christ said in Revelation 2:16, Repent; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will fight against them with the sword of my mouth. This he said in regard to those who hold the doctrine of Balaam, and also the doctrine of the Nicolaitans, which thing I hate.(my emphasis). You see, perhaps the Number One thing which God hates are the Nicolaitans and the sorcerers who are like Balaam, which cause so much of the discord in the church.