A terse response from Wooded Hills Church in Milwaukee leads to this post. At Wooded Hills communication can only be positive and uplifting. You can’t raise difficult topics as they would challenge that belief system. Wooded Hills, in this blog’s opinion, is vulnerable to sexual predators and is not safe. Caveat Emptor!
“All religion, my friend, is simply evolved out of fraud, fear, greed, imagination, and poetry.”
Edgar Allen Poe
“Whoever is detected in a shameful fraud is ever after not believed even if they speak the truth.”
5 “If people do not welcome you, leave their town and shake the dust off your feet as a testimony against them.”
Kool Aid being served in copious amounts!
Recently I wrote about my former church Wooded Hills Church outside Milwaukee, Wisconsin. This is a church that is a cult. Its third wave and influenced by Mike Bickle’s Kansas City International House of Prayer. This church has sent people to the movement in Kansas City. Under the leadership of Trish Stern it has sent the youth group to fight a demon in a convenience store. The church practices hyper spiritual warfare, where a demon is in every cupboard, closet or under the bed. One of the most bizarre things is that when I was there Joe Jenkins tried to raise someone from the dead. I served my divorce papers to Wooded Hills when I wrote, “Dear Wooded Hills Church, l am Serving You My Divorce Papers.” This blog got a terse response from Wooded Hills to that post.
“Language that is Edifying and Uplifting….”
When I shared that post with Wooded Hills it was shortly rejected. This blog received a brief Facebook message from the pastor. Then another message I got was from Kirk Bailey’s wife if I remember correctly. In the response she said that they would not post the message because they would only take notes that were “edifying and uplifting to God.” I am going off my memory as I didn’t take a screenshot like I usually do. The language can only be uplifting “and honoring to God.” What that means is that only fluff is allowed. Wooded Hills lives so deeply inside a bubble, that is cut off from the world so that they can not absorb other opinions. In such a culture gossip, slander, and more are horribly warped. If you are in such an environment how can you communicate anything other that fluff? This is toxic because you also can’t be honest about issues as the arise. A child could be abused but all we want to hear is something uplifting that builds people up and honors God. A woman is being beaten, and now we can’t hear that because all we want is to build each other up and honor God. Wooded Hills no doubt because of the culture that exists there believes it is being persecuted by posts like this one. This happens frequently as dissenting experiences or other points of view are thought of as persecution. What that means is that evangelicalism stunts and cripples many people’s communication skills. You want to warp a person’s communication skills this is the place to do it.
Wooded Hills Would be Perfect Church for a Sexual Predator to Exploit
But there is another issue to raise as well. As I have learned evangelicalism is struggling with child sexual abuse, or allegations of sexual criminal activity. Almost every single church I have been involved in from California, to Wisconsin to the Washington, D.C. area has dealt with this issue in some shape, manner or form. When you think of the culture of Wooded Hills and how it engages or deals with issues this would be a perfect church for a sexual predator to exploit. Wooded Hills has a sex offender the last I heard. A dentist, by the name of Rich Ranicke. Rich, as I recall told me about how he had to pass a polygraph by the Wisconsin legal system or so, years ago. I recall just standing there looking at him, baffled. Rich came and went, walked freely around the place. He wanted to work with children and while Joe Jenkins said no, the fact of the matter is that boundaries with a sex offender were hard. The question must be asked, how many people came and went over the years that didn’t know that there was a sex offender there? How many parents were informed and notified? Were there other sex offenders that came to Wooded Hills? This church is not safe, and would be a magnet for sexual predators. But remember that you can only speak of items that lift up the Lord, build up each other and honor God. The best course of action is to avoid Wooded Hills. Invest in your family by investing elsewhere.