Dr. Kent Hovind
By David J. Stewart
March 2013 | Updated November 2016

John 3:16, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

       Today I was encouraged to find a YouTube video of Dr. Kent Hovind from December of 2015 rebuking the heresy of Lordship Salvation. Yet, I was also discouraged from Dr. Hovind's official website to find another video where he is teaching a false meaning of repentance. Refuting Dr. Kent Hovind On Repentance (he says you must be sorry & willing to do right). Repentance is a simple “change of mind” of acknowledging one's guilt as a sinner (Galatians 3:24-26). Repentance is not intent to reform, turning away from sins, forsaking the world, sorrow for sins, ceasing from sinful bad habits, nor a willingness to do better. I wish Kent would pick a plan of salvation and stick with it!

Brother Hovind recently made the excellent statement, “Getting Born-Again Has To Be Simple Or Stupid People Couldn't Do It!” Amen! That is very true. Dr. Hovind expresses a profound theological truth in an elegant simple statement—God deliberately made His plan of salvation so simply, that even a small child can be saved... SIMPLY BY BELIEVING THE GOSPEL!

Unfortunately, Dr. Hovind contradicts himself. Repentance means, “TO LAY ASIDE YOUR WRONG THOUGHTS, AND BELIEVE THE GLAD TIDINGS (GOSPEL) THAT HE PROCLAIMS TO YOU.” Dr. Hovind wrongly understands repentance to mean telling God, “'I don't want to do wrong anymore. I'm sorry. I've offended you. I want to do right,' and you turn from sin and you turn to God.” This is the modern definition found in an English dictionary, but it is NOT the Greek Biblical meaning. Wanting to do right is not a requirement to believe the Gospel. Being sorry for sins (an emotion) is not required to be saved. The phrase “turn from sin” is not even mentioned in the Holy Bible, and is not required to believe the Gospel. The English dictionary has been influenced by the apostate Roman Catholic church. Sadly, many Baptist churches are no better than Seventh-day Adventists, teaching a false repentance. Pastor John MacArthur teaches virtually the same false repentance as does SDA prophetess Ellen G. White. Have you believed a lie? Please read Dr. Curtis Hutson correctly explain repentance.

See all videos for Dr. Kent Hovind). Please read the excellent sermon, “What Is The Gospel?” (by Dr. Harry A. Ironside, 1876-1951). At best, Dr. Hovind is simply caught between grace and works and needs to reconsider his doctrinal position on repentance. At worse, he has intentionally chosen to be ecumenical and straddle both sides of the fence (i.e., trying to appease everyone in the ongoing debate over repentance). There is no middle ground on this issue. The simplicity that is in Christ doesn't allow for any additions.

Although I disagree with Dr. Hovind's Young Earth views, I tremendously admire Dr. Hovind for his faithful stand for Jesus Christ. Yet, now I'm concerned over his doctrinal position on repentance. Truly, he knows what it means to be outside the gate with Jesus! I have my beefs with the niche some one-issue believers have made financially from the subject of Evolution, but I believe God still honors every soul-winning ministry that sincere and legitimately preachers the Gospel (i.e., the simplicity that is in Jesus Christ, 2nd Corinthians 11:3) Unfortunately, at present that excludes Dr. Hovind if he's telling people they must be sorry, turn from sins and want to do better as a requirement to be saved. That is false doctrine!

I also do not agree with Dr. Hovind's denial of a pretribulation Rapture, but I respect other's right in the Body of Christ to disagree with me. I listen to sermons regularly by both Dr. Texe Marrs and Pastor Steven Anderson (who both teach a PreWrath Rapture), even though I refute them both on that topic and don't agree with their position on the Rapture. We are at war with the Devil in these end times. Our Battle is not against each other as Christians, but against the Alexandrian Bible corrupting crowd (aka, the Bob Jones University and Moody Bible Institute crowd), and the Lordship Salvation gang (aka, Dr. John MacArthur and Evangelist Ray Comfort)! THE BATTLE OF THE AGES (MP3, Dr. Hyles; The Alexandrian Bible crowd are God's enemies!).

Dr. Hovind certainly does a great job exposing the Devil's New World Order, and I agree with his assertions. The average Christian believer is woefully ignorant of the forming New World Order, and so most Christians support it! Please see the free online video documentary, New World Order Bible Versions.

IRS Admits Wrongfully Convicting Dr. Kent Hovind For 'Structuring,' Considering Reparations

I think Brother Hovind deserves some credit for his faithful stand for the Lord. Please read the Forbes' article titled, The Trials Of Kent Hovind: An American Tragedy! (Brother Hovind was wrongly prosecuted).

Dr. Kent Hovind Had a Biblical Right to Remarry

I congratulate Dr. Hovind for his recent remarriage in October of 2016. After 18 years of a troubled marriage, my own wife divorced me in 2006 against my will. I fought the divorce. She refused to reconcile with me. It was incredibly painful. I endured inexplicable emotional trauma, physical affliction and woeful financial loss. I lost my home. I lost my pets. I lost my retirement. I lost my confidence. But God has been good and I thank him for His blessings. It's been ten years now and I'm reluctant to remarry. I've not dated anyone. I live alone and serve the Lord faithfully. My website ministry helps keep my mind preoccupied, taking my mind off painful memories. If you'd like to know more, please read, Serving God With the Broken Pieces of My Life.

I have a Biblical right to remarry, because I didn't want the divorce, but I've had great difficulty moving on emotionally with my life. My life since 2006 has felt like the 1972 thriller movie, “Poseidon” (a fictional film about a full-sized ocean-liner capsized by a rogue tidal wave). Ironically, the movie was remade in 2006, the same year as my unwanted divorce. My constant neck pain since 2004 has also contributed to my afflictions, stifling any desire to pursue another marriage. I'm just not emotionally up to it, because there are no perfect marriages. It would largely depend on the personality and character of the woman I married, and that's really hard to fully determine until you've been married for a couple years. I'd be so happy if Jesus came back today, the Rapture.

I am lonely (but the Lord is always with me), and I fully empathize with Dr. Hovind's desire to remarry. I do not criticize him at all. I am happy for him. Dr. Hovind has been unfairly accused of committing adultery, but he has every right to remarry, since he didn't want the divorce. Furthermore, we don't know the story of the dear lady that he married. We don't know the circumstances or details of her divorce 10 years earlier, so we ought to remain silent. And if you're looking for those details, shame on you for stirring up hatred! Proverbs 16:27, “An ungodly man diggeth up evil: and in his lips there is as a burning fire.” It's it easy to judge from a distance. Ultimately, we all answer only to the Lord. Proverbs 29:26b, “every man's judgment cometh from the LORD.”

Eric Hovind Stole His Father's Ministry

There has been quite a bit of confusion over who really owns the Creation Science Evangelism (CSE) website and ministry. Originally, before the government wrongfully convicted and imprisoned Brother Hovind, CSE belonged to Brother Hovind. Unfortunately, his son Eric stole his father's ministry while he was incarcerated in prison (as per Dr. Hovind's own statements). I think that is terrible and disloyal. There's just something about money that once you have it, it has you! Eric is exploiting his father's name to make money, but his father has been ousted from the ministry. Please don't give a penny to Creation Science Evangelism!!! I don't even want to link to their website. Dr. Hovind's new official website is https://2peter3.com.

Respectfully, I do not agree with Dr. Hovind's Young Earth position. Dr. John R. Rice also held a Young Earth position. I believe in an Old Earth, as did Dr. Rice's successor at the Sword of the Lord, Dr. Curtis Hutson (I'll explain this in more detail later). There is much debate on the issue. Albeit, Brother Hovind is 100% correct on the Gospel, and I applaud him for exposing Evangelist Ray Comfort as a false prophet.

Eric Hovind's False Plan of Salvation (and Kent Hovind too!)

Eric Hovind is wrong on the Gospel. Here is Eric Hovind's latest statement of faith, in which he subtly states in the section on REPENTANCE:

“Repentance does not mean perfection. We don’t clean ourselves up on our own and then try to get God to take us back. Rather, it is choosing a different attitude toward sin. We will remain sinners until God calls us home to Heaven. We will have to ask forgiveness of sin until we die. But as a child of God, God gives His children power and strength to battle against it. A person who truly repents and trusts Christ alone for salvation is what a Christian is! The Bible says in I Corinthians 5:17, 'Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.' Christians are marked by characteristics of their Savior, Jesus Christ. Christian means 'Christ-like.' Compassion, love, goodness, meekness, humility, honesty, dependability—these mark the life of a Christian.”

Eric is wrong on repentance (and his father is too). Biblical repentance is not a change of attitude toward sin that results in a change of behavior (Eric), nor a willingness to change one's behavior (Kent). Biblical repentance is a change of mind that results in believing the Gospel. This is what the Greek noun “METANOIA” means.

You don't have to be “Christlike” to be a Christian. How can a person be expected to have a change of heart and attitude when they aren't even saved yet? The presence of the indwelling Holy Spirit is the change! God makes the difference! But that has nothing to do with believing the Gospel to get saved. Preachers need to stop corrupting the Gospel by inserting a change of attitude and behavior modification to be saved. Our part is simply to BELIEVE THE GOSPEL. This is why the words “believe” and “believed” are found 85 times in the Gospel of John, but the word “repent” is never mentioned even once. This is because we REPENT TO BELIEVE, we don't REPENT AND BELIEVE! We change our mind to believe. Also, Eric Hovind promotes Ray Comfort's ministry.

A change of heart is reformation, not regeneration. The man who believes the Gospel HAS REPENTED. Repentance is not a predisposition, nor intent, to reform one's sinful ways; but rather, acknowledgment before a holy God that I am as guilty a sinner as He has declared me to be in His holy Word (Romans 3:19). If a man didn't repent, he would never come to Christ to be saved (John 3:20).

Granted, the believers were first called “Christians” at Antioch (Acts 11:26). But they were also disciples, more than just saved. They preached in Jesus' name and were labeled by the heathen world as “Christians.” So technically, a “Christian” is a saved person who is exemplifying Christ in their daily walk for others to see. That's why the unsaved world labeled them as “Christians,” because they saw Jesus Christ in them.

Albeit, discipleship is NOT a requirement to be saved, clearly evidenced in Romans 12:1-2. Eternal life is a free gift (Romans 5:15, 6:23), dependant solely upon God's faithfulness (John 1:12-14; Jonah 2:9); whereas discipleship costs the believer everything and is dependent upon our faithfulness (Luke 14:33).

It's not just a matter of semantics. One Gospel says a person can be saved and still hold on to some sinful bad habits. The other Gospel say there's no such thing as a carnal Christian (which is what Paul Washer has stated). I don't like the idea of a new convert holding onto pet sins. I would like to mandate for sinners to clean up their life if they really want to be saved. However, none of that is Biblical. The Bible says the publicans and harlots believed Him, but we are not told that they stopped being publicans and harlots.

John 12:42-43 says some of the Pharisees believed on Him, but they kept it secret because they loved the praises of men more than the praises of God. That's a sin! They didn't surrender to Christ or forsake their selfish will. This is evidence that a sinner does NOT have to forsake sinful bad habits to be saved. This doesn't give anyone God's permission to live in sin, God forbid (Romans 3:31). It just means that salvation is completely of Christ, a free gift, which we simply receive to have by faith. Salvation is based upon the love and promise of God, and not upon man's willingness to do better.

Many Christians are not aware of the battle and until now have not been forced to take sides, but that time has come for every Christian on the matter of repentance. Lest you think the matter exaggerated, consider that the Jehovah's witnesses agree with Ray Comfort, Paul Washer and John MacArthur. Mormons and John MacArthur agree on repentance. Seventh-day Adventists and John MacArthur agree on repentance. How about you friend whoever you may be, where do you stand? Either a person has to stop sinful bad habits to be saved or they don't. There's a big difference between the two teachings. The Bible teaches, no, a person is saved by faith in the Lord, period.

I have a serious problem with the false Gospel at Creation Science Evangelism website (Eric Hovind's website), which teaches that it's not enough to be sorry for one's sins to be saved...

“Second, repent of your sin. This means that you must turn completely away from your sin. It is more than just saying sorry; it is a complete change of direction as you endeavor, by God’s power, to go His way, instead of the way of sin.”

The Bible teaches in Romans 3:19 that the Law of God was given that every mouth might be stopped and all the world BECOME GUILTY BEFORE GOD. That's all that's required for salvation. If you acknowledge your guilty condition for breaking God's commandments, and believe the Gospel (i.e., Jesus died, was buried and rose again), then you are saved. Whatever changes that need to be made in your life is God's department. Repentance Biblically is a change of mind, not a change of life. A changed life is the FRUIT of genuine repentance, and NOT a part of the ROOT of saving faith. CSE has influence over millions of people, and so it is a big matter to God. Jesus paid it all! What CSE teaches totally negates the gift of God. If a person has to endeavor to go His way, then it's not a gift. That word “endeavor” is frightening!

The only sense in which a person must turn from sin to be saved is to admit one's sinnership. That's it! You DON'T have to turn away from committing sins, nor be willing to cease from committing sins. A changed life is the FRUIT of genuine repentance, which comes later on AFTER a person grows in the grace of God from nourishing on the milk of God's Word (1st Peter 2:2). A newborn baby Christian cannot live a consecrated life anymore than a newborn human baby can run a marathon race. The ROOT of the believer's salvation is faith in Jesus as the Christ (Galatians 3:26). James speaks of the FRUIT of a believer's faith in James 2:18-22; whereas Paul speaks of the ROOT of faith in Romans 4:3-6.

God makes the changes! Our part is to believe the Gospel. Our part is to acknowledge our sinnership and trust the Savior for forgiveness. Salvation is without obligation on the part of the sinner. God is obligated to keep His promise to save those who believe on the Lord Jesus Christ. There is no obligation in any way whatsoever upon the sinner to stop sinning, forsake the world, nor change anything! Change is a result of genuine repentance, not a prerequisite to be saved. Lordship Salvationists have it all backwards. They mandate change as a requirement for salvation; but a changed life is the FRUIT of genuine repentance unto salvation, and not a part of the ROOT of saving-faith. END

The Young Earth Creation Business

UPDATE 2013—My biggest concern right now is that the 'Creation Science Evangelism' and 'Creation Today' (Eric Hovind's new ministry) are becoming money-making businesses. Ken Ham's apostate Answers In Genesis (AIG) took in over $22,000,000 in 2010. Former AIG administrator, Paul Taylor, now works with Eric Hovind and Creation Today. Ken Ham has turned the Bible into a lucrative business, which is wrong. Eric Hovind is marketing new T-shirts promoting a Young Earth heresy, which concerns me greatly. I don't see souls being saved, I see money being made... money, money, money!

From listening to Dr. Hovind's presentations I have been blessed and he does an excellent job making evolutionists look like fools. I sincerely hope and pray that Dr. Hovind will reconsider Genesis chapter one in light of the Hebrew meaning of “create” in Genesis 1:1 verses the drastically different word “made” in the verses to follow describing the remodeling of creation.

In this article I'm going to address Dr. Hovind's wrongful imprisonment by a tyrannical government that has gone out of control nationwide. I'm also going to address Dr. Hovind's unbiblical Young Earth position (held by many people today) verses an Old Earth view. As a humble born-again Christian, I am a defender of liberty and freedom. I have been a big defender of Dr. Hovind, and still respect him tremendously for his zeal and stand against government tyranny. Dr. Hovind was wrongly labeled by the unjust judge as a threat to society because he told the truth about the New World Order and the evil crimes being perpetrated by the U.S. federal government. Our nation is under siege. In this matter I commend Dr. Hovind and stand with him as a Christian. Granted, I don't know all the details, but from everything I've read it appears that the state of Florida wrongly convicted an innocent man.

“Dissent is the highest form of patriotism” —U.S. President Thomas Jefferson

“When 7000 of the best and brightest young men were taken captive into Babylon in Daniel's day, only three refused to bow a short time later. See Daniel 3:12. I'm sure the 6997 had good excuses for why they disobeyed the first of God's ten commandments they had been brought up with and I'm sure they thought the three not kissing the dirt that day made a bad choice, but we only know the names of those three today.” —Dr. Kent Hovind

In 1989 Dr. Kent Hovind started Creation Science Evangelism (CSE) ministry. I greatly admire Dr. Kent Hovind as a man who stands for his convictions. My heart goes out to Dr. Hovind and his entire family. Satan is trying to destroy all of God's children. Dr. Hovind has been relentlessly persecuted by the Devil; but through it all he has faithfully stood by his faith in God, family, convictions and innocence. I'm concerned that Dr. Hovind is only changing his position on the Rapture for financial gain. That's my opinion. God doesn't call anyone to start a profitable business as a ministry. I have a serious problem with Ken Ham's online ministry making $22,000,000 in 2010. Religion has become an online racket these days. We are at war spiritually. I have a big problem with a ministry that specializes on a particular Bible doctrine and leaves off all the rest. There's just something about money that once you have it, IT HAS YOU!

My first allegiance, love and loyalty is to Jesus Christ and the inspired King James Bible. I was born into this world alone and will leave alone. I have little patience with heresy and the neo-evangelical garbage of John MacArthur, Ray Comfort, Paul Washer, Kirk Cameron and others who sinfully teach that a person MUST try really hard to stop sinning (or determine to do so) in order to receive the free gift of eternal life by God's grace. Salvation is by grace through faith PLUS NOTHING! I'm tired of religious people saying they believe that, but then require people to make changes to be saved.

I have faithfully promoted Dr. Hovind for years, and up until 2012 have counted him as a faithful man of God; but I was saddened recently when I discovered a false gospel on their website. His imprisonment is not what concerns me; but rather, his doctrinal flip flop and unbiblical teachings. I'm not sure where Dr. Hovind stands, because due to his incarceration he hasn't been able to be at the helm of the ministry. Lord willing, time will tell, and we'll find out exactly where he personally stands on the issue of repentance. It is one of the biggest battles today in America. If Dr. Hovind supports Ray Comfort, then we know he's corrupted. I strongly disagree with Dr. Hovind's Young Earth views. I disagree with his Postribulation position. I disagree that holding to an Old Earth view corrupts the gospel, which I'll explain in a moment.

I realize that a man is not a heretic just because he believes differently than I do, which is why I am being careful not to label Dr. Hovind as a false prophet. I'm very curious to know where he stands on the matter of repentance concerning salvation, because his son and Paul Taylor are corrupted. Repentance is a change of mind, NOT a change of lifestyle.

Is Dr. Hovind Laboring For The Lord Or Driving People Away?

Now, please understand that I admire Brother Hovind, and I like the guy, but we disagree on the age of the earth. I believe he is saved. I support his ministry to the extent that he is preaching the true Gospel, but I do not agree with his teachings on the timing of the Rapture or the age of the earth. I am not writing the following rebuttal to criticize or defame Brother Hovind; but rather, simply to express my views in the matter. I do so respectfully, as I entreat Dr. Hovind as an elder.

I used to think that thanks to the efforts of Dr. Hovind, millions of children have been delivered from the LIES of Evolution. However, then I realized a couple years ago that Dr. Hovind may be doing a lot more damage than good. Actor, Matt Damon's recent words evidence my concerns. Science evidences an Old Earth. The Bible in no way indicates that dinosaurs lived together with mankind in Genesis. I disagree with Dr. John R. Rice (1895-1980) that dinosaurs lived in jungles like lions and wild animals do today, and men lived in civilized areas. I disagree that Noah left the dinosaurs behind. I think that is ridiculous theology. In a desperate effort to reconcile the Biblical account of creation in Genesis with science, sincere men like Dr. Rice and Dr. Hovind teach heresies. A study of the Hebrew words in Genesis chapter one reveal the truth of an Old Earth, where dinosaurs lived before mankind was ever created.

Evangelist Ken Ham's Scam—Dinosaurs in Eden!!! (Excellent! By Pastor Max D. Younce)

For a detailed examination of the Hebrew meaning of Genesis 1:1-2, please read...

Without Form And Void (by Dr. Arthur C. Custance)

Dr. John R. Rice (1895-1980) who founded the Sword of the Lord rejected the gap theory, yet his successor Curtis Hutson (1934-1995) believed in the gap theory. It is a heated debate concerning an old verses a young earth view.

Let me say again that I admire Dr. Kent Hovind for his zeal and passion to lead children away from the lies of Evolution. It became obvious decades ago with Brother Lester Roloff's ministry in Corpus, Christi Texas that anyone who successfully changes children's lives with the Word of God is hated and attacked by the government. Yet, if those children are going to grow up despising Christianity because it contradicts science, then Satan is going to use that to remove the seed of God's Word from their hearts (Luke 8:12). Matt Damon's opinion is completely reasonable. Science evidences an old earth that's millions of years old. Evolution is a big lie. The Big Bang is a fraud. But an old earth is accurate. These facts have confused many people. I used to believe in a Young Earth, only because I wasn't aware of the Hebrew language in Genesis chapter one. The words “create” and “made” are two very different words. In Genesis 1:1 God created the universe. The word means absolute creation, from nothing. But the word “made” which follows in the remaining verses means to remodel. It's a general word with a wide range of meaning.

I would like to believe that Kent Hovind is laboring for the Lord, as Billy Graham once did. But Billy Graham changed and started serving the Devil. At one time John R. Rice stated that he thought Billy Graham would become the next Billy Sunday. I read a book, published way back in the old days, titled “BORN AGAIN” by Billy Graham. It's a great book. In fact, Billy Graham was on the board of directors of the famous “Sword Of The Lord” founded by Dr. John R. Rice. What happened? Billy Graham began a love affair with the popes of Rome, honoring Roman Catholics and being honored by them in return. It's wickedness and apostasy! Billy Graham stopped preaching the truth.

Graham sold out, dipping his sails for the love of money, and started doing more harm than good. Billy Graham is laboring for Satan in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. Personally, I seriously doubt Graham's salvation. I said that to say that people change. Dr. Hovind abandoned his Pretribulation beliefs, which I was sad to hear. Only a naive student of the Bible would deny the Pretribulation Rapture. I don't trust the theology of any man who can't figure out that the Bible teaches a Pretribulation Rapture. It's not that hard to see.

Psalms chapter 15 tells us how NOT TO BE MOVED, that is, how not to sell out or change for the worse. The Bible mentions abstaining from gossip, hurting others and the love of money. One of the fastest ways to change is to make money an issue. Money will never be an issue in my ministry because I don't and won't receive any money. I'll get rid of my ministry before I'll take a penny. I'll NEVER ask for money, nor accept any. This is a labor of love for the Lord. I am leery of anyone who makes money from their ministry. Be careful if you sell anything. It's not wrong to sell things, but if you're not very careful you'll sinfully compromise and start living for money. The early Christians made no personal profits from their ministry. All money was redistributed to the poor and those who served the Lord and needed food, clothing and lodging. No one lived extravagantly on the Lord.

Dr. Kent Hovind: In His Own Words

Here's a much anticipated update from Brother Hovind from February of 2012...

February 8th, 2012 by CSE (for Dr. Hovind)

A Day in the (Prison) Life of Kent Hovind
Written on January 19, 2012

Five years ago today I was sentenced to ten years in federal prison — three of them for praying for a man on the radio and five of them for taking our own ministry money out of our own ministry bank account to pay the ministry bills! Whoda’ thought it could happen in America? It actually might be funny if it were not happening to me!

The case is still on appeal at the 11th circuit as well as motions to the district court. I still maintain my integrity and innocence as did scores of Bible characters like Joseph, Job, Paul, etc. God has been s-o-o-o-o-o good during this time of captivity! I see now why He often let the heathen take His children into captivity or prison even though they had done nothing to deserve it. (See Jeremiah 37, 38, Ezekiel 1, Daniel 1, etc.) This whole experience has changed me in a thousand ways (all good I hope) and I pray I will be even more useful for Him when I get out. The time to read, pray, meditate, rest, and write is great! (I’m rested Lord! Can I go home now?)

Anyway, many have asked what a typical day for me in the prison is like; s-o-o-o-o-o, here is the schedule of a typical day in my prison life:

This entire prison system is a HUGE waste of time, energy and money! Why would America host 5% of the world’s population and yet host 25% of the world’s prisoners? Hmmmm? Maybe because the politicians and judges are allowed to own stock in the prison industries? There are lots of simple suggestions to fix this problem in The Kennel by Elijah Green that is posted someplace on line. When I become king, I’m shutting this place down! Do you honestly think that the politicians and justice department employees who profit from this prison system that destroys families will vote to scale it back or shorten prison times? See I Timothy 6:10 for the answer! There is plenty of legislation proposed each year to help fix the problems, but it almost always dies in committee.

Meanwhile, I’ll just keep winning souls and discipling them like the Lord commanded. Please pray Acts 12:5 style for my release and for the growth of these new converts. As usual I have lots of paperwork in the courts that could set me free.

In Christ,
Kent Hovind

SOURCE: Dr. Kent Hovind's Blog » Dr. Hovind Update

The State Verses God

If you understand that property taxes are unconstitutional, and that 501c3 state-licensing was intended to control churches, then you'll understand who Dr. Hovind REFUSED to take a state license. That's why he's in prison. Thieving criminals in the Federal Reserve steal TRILLIONS of dollars and no one is arrested nor indicted, but pastor Hovind goes to prison for tax-evasion (because he refused a $50 license that would have exempted his 501c3 organization from paying taxes). I admire anyone who stands against the tyranny of the system.

America's founding fathers intended separation of Church and State; but they never meant for separation of God and State. God is supposed to be in government. 2nd Samuel 23:3,“The God of Israel said, the Rock of Israel spake to me, He that ruleth over men must be just, ruling in the fear of God.” Men who rule without the fear of God consequently place themselves in the place of God. This is why the U.S. Supreme Court continues to legalize abortion. They have no fear of God before their eyes (Romans 3:18). I fear God, do you? Have you ever wondered why God put you here upon the earth? The Bible answers that question in Ecclesiastes 12:13, “Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.”

With all the millions of illegal immigrants in America receiving free welfare, free healthcare, free education, free foodstamps and free American jobs, it is utter hypocrisy what the government is doing to Dr. Hovind over taxes because he refused a license. It is just plain evil. Dr. Kent Hovind was wrongfully sentenced in 2007 to 10-years in prison for tax-evasion. It is sickening when one considers that Wall Street bankers in bed with the White House stole $23,700,000,000,000 (23 TRILLION) from U.S. tax-payers in 2009-1010; yet Brother Hovind gets sentenced to prison for 10-years and his life destroyed for not paying unconstitutional taxes imposed by an out-of-control corrupt government! The wicked people who have prosecuted Kent Hovind will be held accountable by God for their criminal hypocrisy.

Our founding fathers revolted over burdensome taxes. While tens-of-millions of Americans have lost their homes to the thieving Banksters; our government leaders continue to give away billions of dollars to foreign nations, provide social welfare for illegal immigrants, and fund population control programs worldwide. It is evil. It's OUR money; yet they recklessly squander it and plunge us further into massive debt!

The vile cesspool of iniquity, Walt Disney, has been given autonomy in Florida (free from all government interference); while Kent Hovind's ministry is harassed in every manner. The entire issue is about the State's authority verses God's authority. Any honest person knows that Kent Hovind's ministry is a ministry of the Church. A 501c3 state-licensed organization is NOT a Biblical church, it is a state-licensed non-profit business. Most pastors today have bowed to Caesar (the government), allowing the State to regulate the church through licensing.

Do you know what's the saddest thing of all. It was Rebekah Horton, Vice President of Pensacola Christian College in Pensacola Florida who turned Brother Hovind into the government for not paying taxes. She will answer to God for destroying Hovind's life and his poor wife. Kent Hovind was stabbed in the back by another so-called Christian. It's just further evidence of the apostasy of this wicked generation. What she did is evil.

What was Hovind's big crime? He refused to apply for a $50 state license, which consequently required his ministry to pay taxes that he otherwise wouldn't have had to pay (if he had a state license). State-licensed 501c3 organizations don't pay taxes in exchange for bowing to the almighty government. That's not a Biblical church. Kent Hovind's ministry comes closer to being a Biblical church than any state-licensed 501c3 business. Hell is going to be hot, and God is more angry than anybody over all of this hypocrisy and government usurping of authority over the Church I assure you. Florida murdered Terri Schiavo, is an illegal drug-importation state, and has one of the most corrupt court systems in the country.

Dr. Kent Hovind's only crime was not obtaining a state license as required by heathen laws. Brother Lester Roloff went through similar battles in Texas, being imprisoned and demonized by enemies of the Church of our Lord Jesus Christ. It was Florida's corrupt legal system that tortured and murdered innocent Terri Schiavo in 2005. END

~by David J. Stewart, webservant of Jesus-is-Savior.com (June 2012)

The True Issue Concerning Pastor Kent Hovind

By David J. Stewart | January 2012

       Rebekah Horton, Pensacola Christian College’s (PCC) longtime senior vice president, snitched Dr. Hovind to local authorities for tax-evasion. Evangelist Kent Hovind was sentenced to 10 years in prison and his wife got one year in prison. Horton took the stand during the second day of testimony at the federal trial, testifying that Christianity does not condone tax-evasion. Horton is a malicious hypocrite who condemned and hurt her brother in hatred. God will judge her by the same measure on Judgment Day in eternity (Matthew 7:2).

The truth is that pastor Hovind wasn't trying to evade taxes; he refused to take a $50 state license, as did Brother Lester Roloff, John Bunyan and other great men of God. John Bunyan, who wrote THE PILGRIM’S PROGRESS on milk bottle stoppers delivered to him in prison said, “If I were released from prison today, I would preach the Gospel tomorrow.”

The state punishes churches who refuse 501c3 licensing by making them pay taxes. Brother Hovind stood his conviction that as a New Testament Church his ministry ought not pay taxes. The state said he wasn't a church since he wouldn't take a license. So they imprisoned him to silence him concerning the truth. 501c3 licensing is evil. All across America state-licensed churches don't pay a dime in income taxes. Brother Hovind is in prison for not taking a state license!

Here is the faithful testimony of Timothy Fellows concerning his friend, Dr. Hovind...

I was able to visit Dr. Hovind this last Friday August 24 with three of my children, and we met the girl and her two children and another girl she brought. Dr. Hovind had six children to entertain and teach math and science skills and allusions, right there at the Federal Prison. We trust the Lord knows what He is doing, and even the wrath of man shall praise Him. In the midst of barbed wire, concrete, drug dealers and common crooks, watchtowers and surveillance cameras, guns and iron bars, creation evangelism was continuing for the next generation of young children who were as sheep among wolves, or as the three Hebrews in the fiery furnace, unscathed; or as Daniel in the lion's den — safe and sound.

"The twig is bent, the tree inclined, and so the heart and soul and mind." If only those prisoners had learned creation evangelism from the Bible when they were young, they wouldn't have ended up in such a place, except for the Gospel's sake. Christians throughout history have been put with criminals, and Jesus himself was crucified between two thieves.

Beka (Rebecca) Horton might rage against Kent Hovind out of jealousy and hatred like Bloody Mary, but she's just revealing what side she's on. The Bible talks about traitors and those who betray one another to be punished by ungodly governments, but the Bible also promises "it shall turn to you for a testimony." What the enemies of Christianity have never understood is that God is above them and turns their hearts whithersoever He will, and He will get the glory in the good guys (like Israel) and in the bad guys (like Pharaoh).

Kent Hovind is more the victim of the liberated American women, than the righteous law of the courts. Kent didn't start this fight, they did. They were all women who put Kent Hovind away, and they never did show what law he broke — not once. Women don't judge reasonably, but emotionally, so women are most cruel when they are in power, because they step out of their created order of being a helpmeet to man, to ruling over man, which thing the Bible forbids in the Old and New Testaments. "Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection. But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to remain in silence. For Adam was first formed, then Eve. And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression" (I Timothy 2:11-14). Notice, this entire order goes back to creation. Kent Hovind is being persecuted by a government that has rejected the God of creation, so it will also reject the order.

Women judges, preachers, etc. are all a new thing in American history, as a result of rejecting God, the Bible, creation and the founder's beliefs and convictions. You will note that women's rights are protected today by the government, much like endangered species are. If they were as competent to do the work of men as some claim, they could fend for themselves like men instead of getting special protection like the handicapped.

People need to stop reasoning like women and start proving their facts against Kent Hovind:

–Kent Hovind is not a tax protestor (even though there's nothing wrong with that — that's how America was founded, due to the oppressive taxes from England and unreasonable demands of King George III) Go back to England if you aren't really an American by principle.

–The tax laws are fine as written. It is impossible to live in the United States without paying taxes. We are taxed on everything we do and everywhere we go. If Kent Hovind checks into a motel, he pays a special motel tax. If Kent Hovind pumps gasoline, he pays a gas tax. If Kent Hovind smoked, he would pay a tobacco tax; but for a person to say he is evading paying the tobacco tax by not smoking is to reason like a woman. Where are the men? What law has Kent broken, people? Stop the emotion, and start the logic. Kent Hovind has never refused to pay any tax he owed.

–Kent Hovind sent many letters to the IRS asking for advice, and they never answered even once! Who's evading things here? Kent Hovind asked the US attorney Michelle Heldmyer three times (a year before his arrest) in affidavits to shew him any tax laws he was violating“ no response (who's evading here?) Such affidavit was entered into the court record, and maybe that's why they are delaying the release? Why would it take ten months to release the transcript? Could it be that this judge is altering the transcript? Do all cases take this long? Why this one only? This judge is in trouble, and she knows it. Is the judge above the law? They thought so back in the Dark Ages.

–Kent Hovind is not anti-American. If you think so, you must think the founding fathers of this country were anti-American. The fact is that the definition of what an American is has changed. For most of American history, abortion was murder; Sodomites were punished by all 50 states; Creationism was taught in the schools; Judges were all men and appealed to the Bible; Money was based on true wealth (gold and silver) not paper and credit and inflation as it is now. Churches were separate from the Government and not listed as 501 (c) 3 organizations under the government.

–The Charges against Kent Hovind were from 1999 to 2002, and Glen Stoll did not even come into the picture until 2003. Know your facts before you make your emotional charges.

America is in the same place Russia was in, Germany was in, and in other ways, like Rome was in. Do you have your papers on whom you are, and can you prove it? Do you meet the current qualifications as to whether or not you have a right to exist? The Government is God now, and most professing Christians have already submitted their Bibles to their government's interpretation. Most people now put the American flag above the Bible and Patriotism to country above loyalty to God. Choose you this day whom you will serve, but you cannot please God if you're on the side of His enemies.

SOURCE: by Timothy Fellows, TrueReligionWorks.com

I wouldn't want to be in Rebecca Horton's shoes for all the riches in this world when she stands before God on Judgment Day. What a little self-righteous hypocrite!

John Bunyan (author of Pilgrim's Progress) was sentenced to 12 years in prison because he refused to accept a license to preach. If you are a pastor and don't see the evils of state-licensing, it is only because you are woefully ignorant concerning the New World Order. I am amazed how many Christians are disturbed by the very mention of the term, “New World Order.” America has been hi-jacked by a cut-throat gang of criminals. My website goes to lengths trying to wake Christians up concerning this evil in America. The Police State is here! I recommend that you read some books on the new World Order, such as The New World Order, by Ralph A. Epperson; 1990; ISBN: 0-9614135-1-4; publisher: PUBLIUS PRESS, Tucson, Arizona. Here's a free book that was authored back in 1919, titled THE NEW WORLD ORDER.

Brother Hovind has been labeled as a conspiracy theorist and nutcase for teaching the truth about the New World Order (NWO). If you are still walking in darkness concerning the truth about the New World Order, watch the free online documentary, ENDGAME (by Alex Jones) to get a crash course on what's going on (and what's going to be going on). Pastor Hovind's words will be vindicated as the United States continues to fall prey to the criminal elite (international banking cartel, Wall Street insiders, Luciferian worshippers in every position of high government).

The Bible calls the NWO... “spiritual wickedness in high places,” and identifies our true enemies as “the rulers of the darkness of this world.” My friend, this is exactly what the Word of God teaches in Ephesians 6:12, “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” Most believers today are woefully ignorant of the Scriptures. Instead of fighting against the rulers of the darkness of this world, they fight against themselves, turning each other into the very powers of darkness that God identifies as the enemy! Woe unto America's apostate churches! END

Dr. Kent Hovind Rips Off Ray Comfort's Face Regarding The Heresy Of Lordship Salvation!!!

The Heresies Of “Creation Science Evangelism”

CSE's new Director Of Ministry Development, Paul F. Taylor condemns their own ministry by recently stating...

"If we can’t get our ideas right on Genesis, there is no guarantee we will get our ideas right on any other aspect of biblical theology." —Paul F. Taylor

SOURCE: http://www.creationtoday.org/about/paul-taylor

Considering that there is absolutely NO Biblical evidence of a Young Earth, Taylor's own words warn others to stay away from CSE's entire ministry. On their webpage titled, BIBLICAL AGE OF THE AGE, the Creation Science Evangelism ministry has absolutely NO Scriptural support for a young earth. The only Scriptures that they show are evidence of a young human race (which Gap Theorists don't deny). I prefer the term “Gap Principle” since it's more than a theory; it is verifiable Biblical doctrine.

Dr. Kent Hovind Errantly Teaches That Sin Didn't Exist Until Adam

       It's ok to respectfully agree to disagree on certain matters. I only addressed this teaching by Dr. Hovind because Dr. Hovind makes an attack against adherents of the Old Earth view, claiming that the Gap Theory corrupts the Gospel. That is simply not true at all. I just took a look at CSE's website and I disagree with Dr. Kent Hovind on some of his theology, such as this quote he makes:

"Without a doubt, the foundation upon which our salvation and hope rests is the substitutionary death of Christ on the cross. God created a perfect, sinless earth and placed upon it a perfect, sinless man. This man, Adam, enjoyed close fellowship with his Creator until he sinned and broke the perfect relationship between God and man. Ever since that time, death and degradation have plagued God’s once-perfect creation, and man has been separated from God. However, the shedding of Christ’s innocent blood on the cross can restore man’s fellowship with God and provide him eternal life. Through Adam’s sin, death entered into the world; but through Christ’s sacrifice, salvation is made possible (Romans 5:19). Therein lies the gap theory’s greatest error, the placement of sin and death prior to the existence of Adam. If death existed prior to Adam’s sin, then how could it be the result of sin?"

SOURCE: Creation Today » The Gap Theory Denies the Purpose of the Cross

Remember, Adam merely let sin into the world, but he didn't manufacture sin. Sin was already at his doorstep waiting to enter in. Man's death was a result of man's sins. What's that got to do with the angels that sinned? As Mr. Taylor stated correctly earlier, if you're wrong on Genesis and creation, then you're likely going to be wrong on other things as well. I believe that they are wrong on Creation. The Bible teaches an Old Earth.

Psalms 102:25, “Of old hast thou laid the foundation of the earth: and the heavens are the work of thy hands.”

Proponents of a Young Earth cannot support their theory with the Bible, do they grasp for straws and attack the integrity of adherents of an Old Earth. I had believed in a Young Earth view for decades because that's what I was taught growing up. I'd say at least 85% of online websites support and teach the Young Earth view of creation. The answers are right in front of us, right in the Bible, right in Genesis 1:1-2; yet people don't see it because they have been taught a different way for so long. We need to show them the Scriptures (like Jeremiah 4:23-28), explain the Hebrew meaning of 'Created' vs. 'made' in Genesis 1, and consider that legitimate science agrees with the Bible too.

I respect other people's right to disagree, and I never degrade or imply that someone is not saved for simply believing differently than me, unless it is in the matter of salvation itself. I am very concerned about the doctrinal position of CSE on repentance and salvation. Their official statement of faith is good, but read what they said here.

Adam simply opened the door, and it became a Pandora's Box (Greek mythology: a box that Zeus gave to Pandora with instructions that she not open it; she gave in to her curiosity and opened it; all the miseries and evils flew out to afflict mankind). In reality, Satan came to Eve and tempted her to do evil. God planted the tree of knowledge; thus providing their only opportunity to sin. Satan will always tempt us to do evil, but it is God who gives us the opportunity and freewill to do right or wrong. Life is a test. God tested Job. God led the Jews into scorpions, thirst, snakes and hunger in the Wilderness to test them, to see if they would keep His Commandments (Deuteronomy 8:2-3).

Dr. Hovind fails to address the issue of man's sin by itself. We're talking about the human race, not Lucifer or the fallen angels. Romans 5:12 plainly teaches that Adam's sin opened the floodgate of sin and death; which passed upon the world through conceiving children unto this day. Whatever sins that the fallen angels or Lucifer commit prior to mankind has nothing to do with the opportunity given to Adam and Eve to live in paradise for ever. Had Eve known about the serpent and what would happen, she never would have gone near that tree. Albeit, God planted the tree of knowledge to test Adam and Eve. They failed the test. God always tests us, even in His perfect will. God will not tempt us, but He will place us in situation where we have a freewill and the opportunity to do evil if we so choose.

So you see, there was sin prior to mankind; but it was the sin of Lucifer and one-third of the angels who rebelled and fell. Notice that the Bible mentions the angels THAT SINNED...

2nd Peter 2:4, “For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment.”

It appears Biblically that God cast some of the worst angels into Hell right away; but cast others to the earth with Lucifer, for where did these demons come from...

Matthew 8:28-29, “And when he was come to the other side into the country of the Gergesenes, there met him two possessed with devils, coming out of the tombs, exceeding fierce, so that no man might pass by that way. And, behold, they cried out, saying, What have we to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of God? art thou come hither to torment us before the time?

So some demons are bound in chains in Hell, reserved for judgment; and yet there are others still free to do evil upon the earth and afflict men's lives. We call them “fallen” angels, but actually they chose to rebel and then they were cast out of Heaven down to the earth. So they didn't fall in that sense. We call them “fallen” because of their fallen moral character.

I don't like the term 'Gap Theory'; because it's a FACT and not a theory. It's best to just call it the 'Gap Principle.' Dr. Kent Hovind accuses proponents of an Old Earth theory of attacking the cross of Calvary. Those are very serious charges indeed!!!

Dr. Hovind argues that since Adam's sin brought DEATH into the world (Romans 5:12), then how could there have been a pre-Adamic world where dinosaurs lived and DIED? Lucifer sinned prior to the fall of man in Eden. The fallen angels sinned prior to the creation of man. These truths cannot be denied. If all things were created 6,000 years ago, then there's a problem; because God didn't make a devil. God made Lucifer and Lucifer walked and served in the presence of God until Lucifer was lifted up in sinful pride and haughty arrogance and fell, according to Ezekiel 28:13-19...

Ezekiel 28:13-19, “Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was thy covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold: the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created. Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire. Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee. By the multitude of thy merchandise they have filled the midst of thee with violence, and thou hast sinned: therefore I will cast thee as profane out of the mountain of God: and I will destroy thee, O covering cherub, from the midst of the stones of fire. Thine heart was lifted up because of thy beauty, thou hast corrupted thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness: I will cast thee to the ground, I will lay thee before kings, that they may behold thee. Thou hast defiled thy sanctuaries by the multitude of thine iniquities, by the iniquity of thy traffick; therefore will I bring forth a fire from the midst of thee, it shall devour thee, and I will bring thee to ashes upon the earth in the sight of all them that behold thee. All they that know thee among the people shall be astonished at thee: thou shalt be a terror, and never shalt thou be any more.”

Lucifer was cast down to the earth in his anger no doubt. Science plainly teaches that an EVENT wiped out the dinosaurs. Genesis 1:1-2 tells us that the world which God created BECAME void. This would explain the ice age. Something chaotic happened after Genesis 1:1 and the earth was (Hebrew: HAYAH) without form, void and dark. This reality cannot just be ignored in the Scriptures.

Fallen Angels Prove Old Earth

“When freedom fails, good men rot in filthy jails.
-Author, Fritz Springmeier, Alex Jones Show, October 31, 2011

Like everybody else, Dr. Kent is not immune to the ever encroaching effects of bigger government. Unlike most, he hasn't given-in nor bowed-down to the powers that be:

Dr. Kent Hovind is a modern-day John Bunyan (who was imprisoned for 12-years for refusing to take a license). Listen to THEY STOOD by Evangelist Lester Roloff.

Amazing Bird That Can Imitate Any Sound

Dr. Kent Hovind

By David J. Stewart | June 2012

God bless Dr. Hovind and his family! Dr. Kent Hovind (Dr. Dino) is considered by many to be one of the foremost authorities on 'Science and Scripture.' Having taught high-school science in public schools for 15 years, a godly man, Kent has traveled the country full-time, teaching people that science is not in conflict with the Scriptural account of creation, the flood, nor the dinosaurs. Instead, it's the theory of evolution which is in conflict with science! Kent has debated evolutionists at universities across America.

The implications of the soviet-style indoctrination methods currently enacted to brainwash America's youth into accepting the theory of evolution as fact is staggering! For instance, if kids don't accept the fact there is a Creator, how can they accept the fact their rights come from a Creator? The end result is that government becomes the grantor of human rights as opposed to an institution established for the limited purpose of preserving our rights!

“Education is a weapon, whose effect depends on who holds it in his hands and at whom it is aimed.” —Communist dictator, Joseph Stalin (1934)

With education being such a powerful weapon, it is not surprising then that Karl Marx's 10th plank of his COMMUNIST MANIFESTO called for a public school system. Thank God for faithful Christians who expose the evils of evolution and the fascist-style indoctrination of the public school system.

People who wish to remain FREE can follow only one plan of action. They must support Christianity against ALL forms of atheism and secularism.”

SOURCE: 'PAWNS IN THE GAME' (free  online .PDF book, page 127, by William Guy Carr, 1958)

Dr. Hovind has a fascinating 15 hour seminar on Creationism verses Evolution, divided into 7 exciting and informative sessions. Each progressive topic challenges people, to strengthen their faith and reconsider their beliefs. To purchase Kent's videos as well as a variety of educational products, and to view his extensive itinerary.

Please understand that I personally do NOT agree with a Young Earth theory of creation (for numerous reasons), but I respect the right of other good Christian men of God to disagree. If the matter were a fundamental doctrine of the Christian faith pertaining to salvation, then it would something worth fighting o; but it's not and those who claim that it is are wrong! A man once got angry at me and said that believing in a Gap Theory is a lack of faith in the Bible. That's baseless conjecture not found in the Scriptures. It is indeed because of the Scriptures that I adhere to an Old Earth view. END

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The following is Dr. Hovind's account of how Satan is attacking his ministry, and how you can help...

On March 29, 2000, I, Kent E. Hovind, was peacefully obeying the command of my Creator by conducting the various aspects of our ministry when Escambia County building inspector Rene Pelotte and one assistant came onto our church property in their official capacity, without invitation and in direct violation of our clearly posted "notice."

Rene and her assistant entered one of our buildings and proceeded to ask questions about whether we had acquired Escambia County's permission to build the science building on the property. One of our 30 staff members called me out to the building where I met with the inspectors. I told them we have nothing to hide and are doing nothing illegal or unsafe, but they were not to return in an official capacity unless they could prove they had jurisdiction over our church. I then gave Rene a copy of the posted notice which explains the laws, and told her that we were a church ministry and that she had no jurisdiction on church property.

When she indicated she disagreed, I told her that she would have to leave immediately unless she could prove she had jurisdiction. I explained to her that the Bible said Jesus was the head of the church and that civil government had no authority. The first amendment to the Constitution of the United States and the Florida statutes are very clear on this matter also, as well as the Religious Freedoms Restoration Act.

I also told her that there was a long history of government rulers attempting to regulate the church of Jesus Christ and that since most churches in the last 100 years have become corporations of the state, (which indeed grants jurisdiction) I could see why she may not understand how the county's regulations did not apply to a true, unregistered, unincorporated church. I told both Rene and her assistant that they were welcome to come anytime in a non-official capacity and we would gladly give them a tour and let any inspectors look at any work we do, and even offer advice. We would value their expert opinion and experience. We have nothing to hide and are doing nothing illegal or unsafe.

A few days later Rene came back in spite of our clearly posted notice to issue a $50 citation to me. I told her I could not sign it since she had no jurisdiction. I also told her that she must leave unless she could prove jurisdiction. She said I must contact their office within 72 hrs. We sent a letter and called them within 72 hrs requesting a hearing on this matter, but our requests were ignored. The next thing I heard about the matter was the call from the Sheriff telling me that a warrant had been issued by Judge Patricia Kinsey for my arrest! I never did see a copy of the warrant, even though I asked for it several times. I went down to the jail and was booked like a criminal, posted bail, and went home the same day. I have met with the county officials several times to try to resolve this conflict. I told them, "The question at issue is a simple one: Does the Escambia County, Florida civil government have jurisdiction over a Church of the Sovereign God of the universe?"

We are not the aggressors in this case. We were simply trying to serve the Lord and the county stuck its nose where it has no business (Churches that are 501c3 corporations cannot get out of the permitting process). Disney gets no permits and allows no county or state inspections. In 1967, the Florida Legislature granted Disney autonomy through Chapter 67-764 Laws of Florida. This information is also available in Chapter 163.167 Florida Statutes, and in particular, subsection 9, which grants Reedy Creek (i.e. Disney) the same powers and duties as any other Florida county or municipality. See Reedy Creek Improvement District - Lake Buena Vista, Florida.

The Amish never get permits or inspections of their buildings in any state, including Florida. They have a long history of maintaining their sovereign status, as do the Anabaptists. It seems like this same battle needs to be fought every generation so Caesar can be reminded where his power stops. We are not asking for an "exemption." This would imply the state has jurisdiction. We are simply asking them to admit they have no jurisdiction over the Lord's church.

As a church of the Lord Jesus Christ, we answer to a much higher authority than Escambia County. We are not lawless. We believe everyone, including the government, should obey the laws of the land unless they are in violation of God's Laws. Our buildings are safe. At our expense we hired a state licensed electrician to inspect our electrical system to insure it was safe and would meet or surpass the county's electrical codes. We think the state's electrical codes are an excellent standard to insure safety and we read and follow them. We also had two certified engineers inspect our building. They stated in writing that the building is safe. If the inspectors were truly concerned about safety, they would have accepted our invitation (extended five times) to come in their private capacity and look at our work. It is obvious that safety is not the issue. The real issue is one of the state controlling the Lord's church.

For nearly 2000 years, it has been the conviction of Christians that Jesus is the head of the church and the state has no jurisdiction over the Lord's church. Millions of Christians in the early centuries died rather than submit the Lord's church to Caesar (See Foxes Book of Martyrs). It has only been in the last 100 years or so that many have bowed the knee to make Caesar the head of their church (See: www.hushmoney.org, or order the book - In Caesar's Grip ($15) from CSE for more. We are a peace loving people who simply wish to serve the Lord.

We cannot ask a lower authority like the civil government for permission to do what God has called us to do. If we did, how could we object later if Caesar asked to approve our teachings or make us hire people who violate clear scriptures? Our buildings are safe and built up to or beyond the code. We are not looking to do anything illegal. Ever since 1999, when this property was given to the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ, we have not knowingly submitted God's church to any lesser authority. Our decision to build without permits from the county was based on our understanding of the Bible and, to a lesser degree, the constitutions of the united States and the State of Florida.

Ever since Jesus established His church the civil magistrates have resented not having authority. The followers of Jesus have been persecuted, tortured, and burned by the civil magistrates to attempt to make them surrender the authority of the church to Caesar. The disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ were constantly harassed by government officials who tried to regulate their lives as they obeyed the Lord. From Acts 4 through 28, all but 3 chapters record examples of this. We see from Acts 16 how we are to handle ourselves when this happens.

In verse 19 the leaders saw they would lose money (just as county officials see permits as a source of income), so Paul and Silas were beaten and imprisoned. In verse 37, we see that Paul and Silas demanded a public apology from the rulers and magistrates for their illegal actions. We have filed our own suit against the county to force them to admit they have no jurisdiction, leave us alone, pay for the damages they have caused our ministry and apologize for their treatment of God's servants.

Even though most other "churches" in the county as well as Pensacola Christian College see nothing wrong with bowing to Caesar and asking permission of the heathen to obey God's commands we cannot and will not. Just as there are two types of churches in Russia (the state regulated church and the free church), so it is in America. The record will show that the property at 29 Cummings Road has been built on several times in the past and the proper permits and inspections were obtained while the property was not owned by Faith Baptist Fellowship. In 1999, the entire property was given to Faith Baptist Fellowship, which is not a creation or corporation of the state of Florida or any other state. Since that time, this ministry has never asked for any permits from the state or county. If it is the money they want for the permit fees, we are willing to give that if needed. If it is control they want, we are not permitted by our Lord to grant this.

I do not wish to be in a legal battle. I only wish to serve my Lord Jesus Christ and preserve my rights, and those of our church, as our Anabaptist forefathers fought and died to preserve for us. Some have said, "Wouldn't it be easier just to pay the $50 permit?" Ask that question to the three Hebrew children who wouldn't bow to the Babylonian idol. Read your Bible and see how much was written from jail for reasons like this. Control is the issue. When 7000 of the best and brightest young men were taken captive into Babylon in Daniel's day, only three refused to bow a short time later. See Daniel 3:12. I'm sure the 6997 had good excuses for why they disobeyed the first of God's ten commandments they had been brought up with and I'm sure they thought the three not kissing the dirt that day made a bad choice, but we only know the names of those three today.

They were right and the 6997 were wrong! My job is to study God's Word, try to obey it, and leave the results up to God. Just as Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego did not know what would happen when they were thrown into the furnace, we do not know the outcome of our stand. Please pray that God will turn the hearts of those involved. Governor Bush is very involved in our case and may rule in our favor. We have already spent a small fortune defending ourselves in this costly legal battle. We have no intention of ever giving in. We are convinced that we are on the side of both the Lord and the law. We praise God for sending us Maury Adkins to help us in the bewildering world of legalese. Please pray for him as his health situation is not good. An old injury to his stomach in a car accident years ago has now become a cancerous hernia requiring special surgery in the next few weeks.

What the king does or threatens to do I cannot control. I only know I cannot bow and I pray I will not burn! The battle has been costly and we would welcome any support from those who love the Lord's work and freedom. Please help us by writing or calling the three men who can turn this around for us:

And pray for us, brethren,
Kent Hovind

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*Please note that I do NOT agree with Dr. Kent Hovind's Young Earth views AND HERE'S WHY. I believe that the Bible plainly teaches an Old Earth view and that dinosaurs lived tens-of-millions of years ago. Here is an excellent work on the subject (.PDF file). I do NOT believe in Evolution. I believe that mankind has only been in existence since 6,000 years ago. I believe Old Earth; Young Man. The excellent exegeses by Arthur C. Custance titled, WITHOUT FORM AND VOID expounds Genesis 1:1-2 to evidence that God's original creation became without form, and void, and darkness covered the face of the deep. Something chaotic happened that caused the earth to become without form and void. Lucifer! ~David J. Stewart

Website Of Arthur C. Custance (1910-1985)

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"Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear." —Hebrews 11:3

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