The following reports are taken exclusively from Rick Joyner’s ministry website. Nothing has been changed. These reports are published EXACTLY as they appeared online; However, MorningStar Ministries has a habit of moving links around on their website to make these reports difficult to confirm and, as you will see in a moment, they also have a nasty habit of changing the contents as time passes. These changes are never reported to the public and they often change key points of the articles to either lessen the potential of criticism of the ministry or to apparently alter public opinion of the subject(s) in review. The following example of this involves the Paul Cain scandal. The following special bulletin was reported on Rick Joyner’s website, but when it was added to their report archives, the contents were drastically changed to reflect an altered view of the situation. Despite the obvious changes made, Joyner’s website still reports that it is the same archive. It is NOT. As the author of this page, I would love to provide direct links to the following reports for easy verification and I have done this for each report wherever possible; however, since MorningStar Ministries constantly changes the location and content of these links, this is virtually impossible to maintain – that is why I have republished the contents of each document here. Judge for yourself whether this ministry is trustworthy and honest.
In His grip,
The true original version of:
Special Bulletin by
Rick Joyner, Mike Bickle, and Jack Deere
October 19, 2004
Paul Cain has been used mightily by the Lord
to touch many lives in our times. He is esteemed by many around the world as a
major prophetic voice and as a spiritual father. It would be hard to estimate
the number who have been healed, delivered, or saved through his ministry. We
have especially benefited from his friendship and ministry in too many ways to
count. It is therefore with great sorrow that we publish the following.
In February 2004, we were made aware that Paul had become an alcoholic. In April 2004, we became aware that Paul is a practicing homosexual. When confronted with the evidence of these sinful practices, Paul admitted to them and agreed to a process of restoration which the three of us would oversee. However, because Paul has continued to drink and pursue immoral practices, and after having exhausted the first two steps of the Matthew 18:15-17 process, we now have a responsibility to bring this before the church.
Our sincere hope is still to see Paul restored and we are deeply committed to Galatians 6:1, “Brethren, even if a man is caught in any trespass, you who are spiritual, restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness; each one looking to yourself, lest you too be tempted.” We therefore do not believe that Paul has committed anything that places him beyond the grace of God. We are hopeful that there are those who are more spiritual and wiser than we are who can help Paul in this process that we failed in. If restored we believe that Paul can once again have an extraordinary ministry and be a significant blessing to the body of Christ. However, until he is restored we believe that he will continue using the stature and authority that he has in the church, as well as the spiritual gifts that have been entrusted to him, deceptively, in order to seduce and defile others.
We also want to apologize to the body of Christ for our part in promoting and elevating Paul’s stature in the church while having these significant strongholds in his life. The signs that these problems existed were abundant, and we had an obvious lack of discernment and failed to see them until this year. We have received a considerable education through this situation, the principles of which we will share in due time with the hope that others will not have to make our same mistakes.
It is also a mistake to assume that others who were close to Paul or worked with him shared these same problems. We also do not feel that this should in any way negate or reduce the great benefit that Paul’s ministry has been to so many in the past, or the hope that he can yet be restored and used again for the glory of God in the wonderful way that so many of us have been blessed to see in the past.
With our deepest regrets and sincerity,
NOTE by Dave Y: Sometime after the first posting about Paul Cain, Joyner changed the contents of the previous article to make it less scathing concerning Cain and also to remove some responsibility, but still reports on his website that this is the original archived document from October 19th. It is NOT! Joyner is misleading the public and frequently changes the source location of documents to make them more difficult to find. The following is the newly edited version of the previous letter. The parts in blue are comments that were either added or significantly changed or re-worded by Joyner but that did not appear in the first letter:
The updated version of:
Special Bulletin by Rick
Joyner, Mike Bickle, and Jack Deere
October 19, 2004
Paul Cain has
been used mightily by the Lord to touch many lives in our times. He is esteemed
by many around the world as a major prophetic voice and as a spiritual father.
It would be hard to estimate the number who have been healed, delivered, or
saved through his ministry. We have especially benefited from his friendship and
ministry in too many ways to count. It is therefore with great sorrow that we
publish the following.
In February 2004, we were made aware that Paul had become an alcoholic. In April 2004, we confronted Paul with evidence that he had been recently involved in homosexual activity. Paul admitted to these sinful practices and was placed under discipline, agreeing to a process of restoration which the three of us would oversee.
However, Paul has resisted this process and has continued in his sin. Therefore, after having exhausted the first two steps of Matthew 18:15-17, we now have a responsibility to bring this before the church. Our sincere hope remains to see Paul restored. We are deeply committed to Galatians 6:1, which states, “Brethren, even if a man is caught in any trespass, you who are spiritual, restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness; each one looking to yourself, lest you too be tempted.”
We do not believe that Paul has committed anything that places him beyond the grace of God. We are hopeful that there are those who are more spiritual and wiser than we are who can help Paul through a process of restoration in which we failed. We remain desirous of helping in this in any way that we can. If restored, we believe that Paul can once again have an extraordinary ministry and be a significant blessing to the body of Christ.
We apologize to the body of Christ for our lack of discernment in promoting Paul’s ministry while he had these significant strongholds in his life. We failed to see them until this year. It is also a mistake to assume that others who were close to Paul or worked with him shared these same problems. We also do not feel that this should in any way negate or reduce the great benefit that Paul’s ministry has been to so many in the past. We hope that Paul can yet be restored and used again for the glory of God in the wonderful way that so many of us have been blessed to see in the past.
With our deepest regrets and sincerity,
Rick Joyner, Jack Deere, Mike Bickle
NOTE by Dave Y: There are curious phrases in the following letter that show Joyner’s urgency to see Cain restored as soon as possible and get back into the pulpit. Why is it they think that Cain was never a threat until THEY found out about the truth? Why do they now believe that he will be restored to a greater place than he was? This is most concerning. As stated previously, these bulletins on Joyner’s site have a tendency to be edited and moved around. I am watching for this and will report it if it happens. Remarks colored in green represent concerning phrases made by Joyner.
Special Bulletin #4 - 2005: About Paul Cain - by Rick Joyner
One of the most frequently asked questions I receive is whether I think Paul Cain’s public confession was real or not. It is understandable that many would question whether Paul’s repentance was genuine because of his previous denials. First, I personally question whether anyone has ever repented perfectly. I think there is only One that we can expect perfection from. I personally feel that Paul’s repentance was as genuine as he could make it at the time.
Repentance for sin is just the first step in being restored, and can also be a process that takes time. That is why the Lord even gave Jezebel “time to repent” (Revelation 2:21). The first step in any journey is usually the hardest, and Paul’s journey to complete restoration will likely be long and difficult. Even so, he has taken the first step, so there is cause for encouragement.
As I give my opinion about this, please keep in mind that I have not seen Paul for many months, and the only communication that I have had with him has been a few emails. I am no longer involved with his restoration process, and therefore really do not know how he is doing. Even so, I took his public confession for what it was, and accepted his personal apology to Jack, Mike, and myself for his previous denials.
I have maintained through everything, even in Paul’s previous denials, that if he would repent, he could not only be fully restored to ministry, but that his most fruitful ministry could still be ahead of him. I have never lost that hope, and I do not intend to for as long as Paul is alive.
There is a process which almost everyone goes through after they sin. We even saw this process with former President Clinton. It was demonstrated after the first sin with Adam and Eve and most people since. Just as Adam and Eve first tried to hide, cover themselves, deny, and then blame-shift, most people seem to go through these same stages in regard to sin. Therefore, evidence that we have truly repented (which is more than just admitting to the sin) is open honesty about the sin, abandoning all attempts to cover it up, and no longer blaming others for what we did. God does not forgive excuses—He forgives confessed sin. Ownership of the sin and transparency are signs that there has been true repentance.
As stated, repentance is just the first step in the restoration process. The length and difficulty of this process usually depends on the one who sinned. I do not believe any sin that requires a restoration process is easy, or is meant to be. This is not because the restoration process is punishment for the sin. It is never intended to be punishment, which was paid for on the cross, but rather it is for the purpose of finding and shutting the gates of hell or the devil’s access points into a person’s life, through which he was brought into the sin. This is not to blame the devil for what we did, but because he saw an opening and used it means that there was a weakness in our lives that needs to be recognized and changed.
It will take much longer to find these gates of hell if the person continues to have the tendency to cover himself or blame others for his problems. Sometimes even after the initial burst of honesty and repentance about the sin it still takes time and hard work to become transparent enough about the problems to even find the gates of hell, much less close them. Light casts out darkness, therefore transparency is essential in a true restoration process.
Other factors can also contribute to the length and difficulty of this process, such as the length of time and depth to which the person was in the sin, and his submission to the process instead of trying to control it himself. In fact, when time pressure is put on this process it often short circuits it. Time should not be a consideration, but rather getting the job done.
I believe any restoration can be made easier and faster by honesty, true remorse for the sin, and genuine desire for freedom from the sin, if coupled with the constitution of being a fighter. One with a weak constitution will usually be prone to making excuses for failures. There is a saying that one who is good at making excuses is seldom good at anything else. I have found blame-shifting and self-pity to be the main strongholds that keep people in the bondage of sin.
During our time of trying to help Paul, I did not see much evidence of that which would lead to a quick, easy restoration. I try to pray for Paul continually and I am very interested in seeing him fully restored. I therefore observe him to the degree that I can from a distance and am encouraged that there is some progress. However, there still seems to be much evidence that this is not going to be very quick or easy for him.
This comes from me seeing at a distance, and even if it remains true, it can change. Even if it does not change, and Paul keeps making decisions that drag the process out so it is longer and harder than it could have been, this still does not mean it is not real and will not ultimately be complete.
I pray to see Paul again stand in the great pulpits of the world, and in our own, and for us to respect and trust him more than we ever have. I do not try to see Paul through the problems that he has had, as they are not the real Paul Cain. I want to see him as he is called to be in the Lord, and as much as I can, speak life to him. My hope is to see him fully accomplish all that he has been called to do on this earth, and I believe that Paul is called to have a major part in commissioning and releasing the last day ministry. If Paul does not do this, the Lord will use someone else, but the greatest victory for us all would be for Paul to do all that he has been called to do.
Again, I have resolved not to give up on Paul’s complete restoration, regardless of how long it takes. I know Paul is feeling that he does not have much time because of his age, but I think he has a lot of time if he makes the right choices. We should keep in mind that the devil is always in a hurry because he knows he has but a little time. God is never in a hurry because He has authority over time. I think any pressure to rush this process will also be coming from the devil, and my confidence in the reality of it will be lowered to the degree that I sense the pressure to rush it. As Carl Jung once said, “Hurry is not of the devil—it is the devil!”
In summary, there is reason for encouragement, but please do not quit praying. Do not give up on God’s ability to intervene in a situation. Moses felt like a complete failure and all washed up at eighty years old, but after one encounter with the Lord he delivered a whole nation. My trust is not in Paul, but in the Lord who does marvelous things. Even so, I continue to love Paul like a father, and I am very grateful to have seen so many wonderful things accomplished through him in the past. I look for, and expect, even greater things through him in the future.
NOTE by Dave Y: Please notice that the following excerpt is taken directly from the newly revised website of Paul Cain Ministries (2005). Remember that, at this time, Joyner is still admitting that Paul is engaged in sin and has not recovered yet. But notice how Cain’s ministry continues to promote him as a man of purity and anointing. Amazing!
Excerpt From “About Paul Cain” From The Paul Cain Ministries Official Website
During the height
of his public ministry, the Lord began to speak to Paul about the excesses of
the healing-revival movement. For the next few years, Paul watched in agony as
many of the leaders of the healing-revival movement suffered moral failures
involving money, sex, and power, and lost their ministries or seemed to die
prematurely, or in infamy. By 1958, Paul had become totally disheartened. At
age 29, he was disillusioned and burned out.
In the midst of Paul's despair and repentance, God told him that if he kept himself from corruption and remained content with living a humble life marked by Scripture study and prayer, one day he would be allowed to stand before a new breed of men and women leaders. These would be marked by simplicity, purity and remarkable manifestations of power. Paul's obedience to God would result in him waiting on the Lord for some 25 years... a true desert experience. Paul calls these his "almost silent" years. However there was never a time when he was totally out of the ministry.
Then Paul emerged in 1988 to begin a new phase of supernatural healing and prophetic ministry. He has since traveled around the world, proclaiming the gospel and calling the church back to purity and holiness. He has ministered to many national and international leaders - both political leaders (including presidents and senators) and spiritual leaders (including key church and denominational leaders).