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"Texe Marrs is Dead"
It was legendary novelist Mark Twain who stated, "A lie can travel halfway across the country before truth has had a chance to put its boots on!" Twain's wisdom has sure been made plain to me in recent years. About once or twice a week, the ministry gets phone calls or letters telling us about some curious lie or tall tale being told about me by someone, somewhere in the world. Among the juiciest—and sometimes most comical—of the stories that have traveled the liars' circuit are the following:
Reports of My Death Grossly Exaggerated
I suspect that my enemies love to spread such idle gossip, and perhaps they especially relish the thought of my sudden demise! Some years ago we received a slew of phone calls from concerned friends asking us if it was true that Texe Marrs had died of a heart attack. We never did discover who started this tale.
This reminds me once again of Mark Twain's experience. It seems that rumors began to spread that the great, 19th century folk novelist (author of Tom Sawyer, Huckleberry Finn, etc.) had died. Twain penned a letter to the New York Times, which the newspaper printed in its "letters to the editor" column.
"The reports of my death," quipped the amused novelist in his letter, "are grossly exaggerated."
A profound desire to smear many of the tall tales and gossip about me are based on either pure ignorance, abysmal research, or just on a profound desire to smear, regardless of the facts. For example, a story was passed around claiming that Texe Marrs did not, as his biography states, teach at the University of Texas at Austin. Of course, a phone call to the University's personnel office would easily relegate this false tale to the garbage heap. But unfortunately, some people have a reckless disregard for the facts. These pitiful individuals enjoy spreading malicious gossip much more than they respect the truth. Another tall tale has to do with my tenure in the U.S. Air Force. Several years ago, a radio talk show host put out disinformation that Texe Marrs had never served in the Air Force. This prompted a number of ministry supporters to call us requesting documentation of my military experience. They wanted to send it on to the owner of the radio station and stop this guy's lie. We were delighted to provide this documentation and, as a result, the talk show host never again repeated this slander on the air.
Then there's the newsletter writer who disagreed with our exposing the New World Order and decided to smear me. The first thing this fellow did was to publish an article suggesting that, "Texe Marrs is possibly a paid agent for Baghdad's Saddam Hussein."
When I merely laughed at this vain attempt at disinformation, this enterprising fellow must have really gotten angry. He promptly launched an attack on me because I am a King James Bible believer. People like Texe Marrs who believe only in the King James Bible, he wrote, do not confess Jesus as the Son of God. Now, the poor man's logic somehow escapes me—apparently his claim was that anyone who believes in the King James Bible is thereby rejecting Jesus. What sad nonsense! Any believer who holds in awe the King James Bible accepts fully the truth that Jesus is the only begotten Son of God and is also wholly God. That is why, in my book, New Age Cults and Religions (see pages 46-47), I write: Jesus died on the cross as a sin sacrifice. Through His blood we are saved and through His resurrection we are assured of eternal life and victory over death (Heb. 9:22; Matt. 26-28, John 3:16; Rom. 3:23; Gal. 1:15; 2 Cor. 5:21; Eph. 2:8-9)—Jesus created all things. He, the Father, and the Holy Spirit are eternally One (1 John 2:20-25; Heb. 1:8; Col. 1:14-19, 2:9-10). How much more clear can one make it? Jesus is Lord of all. As I also emphasized in New Age Cults and Religions: "True Christianity is defined as a belief in the Gospel...This Gospel declares the majesty of Jesus Christ—the basis of Christian salvation is a profound belief and faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior." (page 57) Why did the man who defamed me in his newsletter purposely misrepresent my beliefs and those of other King James Bible believers? To discover the truth about my strong and abiding faith in Jesus Christ, all that he or any person needs to do is to read some of my many books and newsletters. More important, just trust in God's Word, the King James Bible. Then you will know the truth.
Tale of the Lost Lawsuit
Another tall tale and whopper making the liars' circuit goes this way: "Texe Marrs once worked for 'XYZ' Ministry (the name changes depending on who's doing the telling!). He was fired for cause, and then he libeled 'XYZ' Ministry. So, they sued him and won over two million dollars in damages." There are several variations of this tale, but in every telling, supposedly Texe Marrs has been sued for wrongful acts and has had to pay out a huge amount of money. Here again, we have a farcical, Wizard of Oz-type myth. In fact, I have never libeled anyone, and no one has ever sued and received one plug nickel from either me or this ministry. I have, moreover, never worked for any other ministry. As for being fired—the only "firing" of Texe Marrs came many years ago, when I was a young man. That's when Jesus put a fire and zeal in my heart to preach the Gospel to the lost and to tell others of the good news of His coming again. Yes, I confess: Jesus "fired me" up!
Attempts to Bully, Harass, Intimidate
What compels these tattletalers to attempt to smear me and to publish their untruths? There are, of course, many rogue groups, and cults, and many embittered and even devilish individuals who are opposed to this ministry and its work. Sometimes, they try their utmost to bully, harass, and intimidate me.
Praise God, He has faithfully protected me and this ministry from the savage attacks of those who would otherwise delight in my destruction. That is why, in over ten years of ministry, we have never once been successfully sued. We have never paid one penny to any false accuser in an out-of-court settlement, either. And we never will. This is a testament to our diligent efforts to consistently report the truth—and nothing but the truth—in our newsletters, tapes, books, and videos.
Brokenhearted Christians are Targets Satan is the father of liars
The Bible says that all who strive to faithfully serve God will suffer persecution from the devil and his human disciples. None who serve Christ are immune from the smear artists, the agent provocateurs, the liars, the gossip-mongerers, the tattletalers, and the vicious tongue waggers. My mailbox frequently contains letters from brokenhearted Christians who have been lied about and had their reputations unjustly smeared and scarred. Sometimes, the lies are spread by so-called "Christians" who commit their atrocities right in our churches and communities.
What should you and I do when we are lied about—when the bearers of tall tales take out their knives and begin cutting? I have contemplated many hours on this and have come to some important conclusions. First, it is often best to simply laugh or to shake our heads and go on. After all, people who know you and me won't believe the lies and the gossip about us anyway. So let the vicious tattletalers alone and usually they will destroy themselves, being consumed in their own lies.
"Vengeance is Mine, Saith the Lord"
One thing we must not do is to succumb to the temptation to strike back and to punish the one who has wronged and hurt us, no matter how much he or she deserves it. God is able. He will recompense. "Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord" (Romans 12:19).
My friends, we should count it an honor when men speak lies about us and maliciously seek to cast shadows on our work for the Lord. Strangely, this is the way things are supposed to be here on Earth, for we, as saints, are surrounded by the enemies of Christ. And if all men uniformly praise us and commend our efforts, we are not doing God's will! "Woe unto you, when all men shall speak well of you! for so did their fathers to the false prophets." (Luke 6:26).
Scripturally, the most powerful and effective way to fight the tellers of lies and tall tales is to pray for them. My wife, Wanda, and I constantly pray and ask God to change the hearts of these tragic individuals. Because they may not know Jesus as Savior, we ask God to draw them to Him and bring repentance in their lives.
Let God handle these people, that's the best policy, and let us just proceed on, calmly and firmly doing the Lord's work. The old saw really is true: A hundred years from now, no one will remember what malicious and false things were said about you back in 1997. The only thing that will matter then is: What did you do in 1997 for Jesus?
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