NTEB Responds To The Salacious Allegations Made By Jacob Thompson, Bryan Denlinger And Bruce Bridges Regarding ‘Criminal Misconduct’

I, more than most Christians, know the pain of falling repeatedly to the sin that so easily beset me, and the Lord has made NTEB a place for broken people to come to get in the word, get under the Blood and be made whole.

As most of you know by now, Jacob Thompson and his minions like Bruce Bridges and Bryan Denlinger, have launched a ‘hit piece’ on me and NTEB, and they have done their best to destroy me, my family and everything the Lord has given me. After much prayer, counsel with a trusted brother in the Lord, and consultation with a lawyer, this is my response.

“Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously:” 1 Peter 2:23 (KJB)

To start with, that article is filled with outright lies and a few scant, partial truths. He has said many things about me that are absolutely, 100% not true. I will respond to those first. I am not a criminal, his term, on any level. I have never been charged or convicted of a crime on any level for fraud, extortion or of a sexual nature. I have never been arrested or detained on any of those things. Never. To say those things as if they were so, when they clearly are not, is a lie. To publish an article claiming those things to be true, when they clearly are not, is something far worse.

Jacob Thompson has stalked me for many years, and now he’s harassing my family members, he contacted my daughter, and is terrorizing my wife by impugning her reputation and character, as well as inappropriately using images of our children! Who’s the monster here? My wife has been in tears ever since. Ironically, he used to be a regular reader of Now The End Begins, and one day he approached me and asked me, to help build me a site that, in his words, would be “just like NTEB”. I declined for obvious reasons, and that started a festering hatred that he has ever since maintained.

If you look at the Winepress News, it’s pretty much a low-level carbon copy of NTEB, with little to no originality of any kind.

When journalists are working on a story, they reach out to the person the article is about for a comment, to get their side of it. That’s what journalists do, that’s what NTEB does as well, we always reach out when we can for a statement. Over the years we have reached out to many of the people we have written about for a statement. Jacob Thompson did not do that. Why not? I am one of the easiest people in the world to contact, people can even book time with me. Jacob Thompson took a 5-year old incident report from 2018 and turned it into a criminal conviction, his words, without ever once asking me if it was true or not. Why on earth would anyone who says they are a Christian do that? That is a complete and total lie, backed up by the incident report, and it’s yet the ‘glittering jewel’ in his article. How preposterous. That incident was investigated, the prosecutor was called in to look at it, and they declined to move forward lacking any evidence that a crime had been committed. Those are the undisputed facts of the case. And that’s why Thompson refused to contact me, because I would have told him exactly what I am telling you, and it would have killed his story. So he pretended it was a “scoop” and called it “investigative journalism”. Maybe this is why so few people visit his site.

Now, let me talk about that from a biblical perspective. 2018 was a watershed year for me, it was the year that I almost permanently lost my lifelong battle with alcohol, that being the year that I tried to commit suicide. Not because of anything related to the incident report but due to various reversals, disappointments and failures in my personal life. I had reached the end of my rope and lost the will or desire to continue. Please don’t think for a minute I am trying to gain your sympathy, because I am not. I have spoken about some of the events of 2018 many, many times on my decade-long radio program, and have used myself as a living testimony to God’s grace and mercy when it is absolutely undeserved. I did not, however, and will not bring anyone else into those conversation besides myself, as it would only hurt and not help anything. All those events, up to and including the night spoken of in the incident report, and well past it, were lifechanging for me. I got on my knees before God, confessed my many sins through many tears, and I turned to the only people who I could count on for help, my NTEB family. Thank God for my NTEB family.

How often should you forgive someone? As often as the Lord has forgiven you, and not one bit more.

I wrote an article desperately asking for help and you guys graciously gave it to me. That financial help, and it was crystal-clear it was personal and not in any way ministry related, is what prevented me from a complete collapse of my entire living situation. In the 5 years since those days in August of 2018, I have done my best to “pay it forward” to any Christian who got into trouble and needed some help. Speaking of that, here’s another irony for you. One of the people who are part of Jacob Thompson’s little group of smut purveyors is a person who received a cash donation from me when they posted a YouTube video saying they didn’t have money to pay for their heating bill. I sent him the money to turn his heat back on March 6th of this year. Right now he’s calling me a “fake Christian”, but he sure didn’t return the money. So you tell me who the “fake Christian” is.

Let me just conclude by saying this. Of the things I am accused of that I am actually guilty of – habitual drunkenness, occasional fornication and being sometimes a part of sinful conversations with consenting parties – are all are things that I have wept over, and put under the blood of Jesus Christ some time ago, prior to 2023, confessed to the LORD and then talked about on NTEB Bible studies, (again only referencing myself as the offending party and no one else). I have not had a single sip of alcohol since August of 2018. It took me some time, however, up to parts of 2022 to fully win the battle with the flesh, but the Lord gave me the victory there as well. In 2023, the Lord has blessed me with the perfect wife and two amazing bonus children. And that has made people mad as well, they say I don’t deserve it, and guess what? I sure don’t!  But isn’t that the very definition of God’s grace? We call Now The End Begins the ministry of broken pieces, and so we are, with me being the chief broken piece. I, more than most Christians, know the pain of falling repeatedly to the sin that so easily beset me, and the Lord has made NTEB a place for broken people to come to get in the word, get under the Blood and be made whole. As for anyone I might have engaged in sinful conduct with, did they not also sin?

“So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her. And again he stooped down, and wrote on the ground. And they which heard it, being convicted by their own conscience, went out one by one, beginning at the eldest, even unto the last: and Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst.” John 8:7-9 (KJB)

Jesus says that unless you are without sin yourself, to put the rock down. The “christians” who are now attacking me evidentially feel that doesn’t apply to them. It has been the battle of my life, a battle in which the Lord continues to show me grace, mercy and healing. I now show that grace to others 7 days a week in the ministry of NTEB. We sponsor homeless shelters, shelters for battered women here in Saint Augustine, we have paid for many heat, water and power bills of single moms and single dads with kids, put food on the table for cancer patients, and have never once turned down a request for assistance since 2020. I have had phone calls at midnight from Christians battling alcohol, I take nearly every call, and do my best to help get them back on the wagon. I try to show them the grace and forgiveness that God has allowed me, in the hopes that they’ll get their miracle just as I got mine.

“Alexander the coppersmith did me much evil: the Lord reward him according to his works:” 2 Timothy 4:14 (KJB)

Jacob Thompson has called me a “proven fraud, extortionist and sexual criminal”, and none of those things are true. They exist only in his dark imagination. Why would a man who calls himself a Christian publish lies about another man? I can only guess. But if I had to guess I would say Jacob Thompson and his friends are mad that the Lord didn’t kill me in 2018, 2019 or in anytime leading up to now. I would guess that Jacob Thompson, looking at the millions of people visiting NTEB and not to his site, fills him with rage, anger and a desire to kill the thing he cannot have. Just like Cain killed Abel. Jacob Thompson is so incensed that he doesn’t care if he drives my wife to tears, doesn’t care that he hasn’t the slightest shred of decency with including photos of my children in such a salacious piece, and is not only dragging my name through the mud but is also dragging other people into it. That’s not journalism, that’s demonic. I have reached out to my lawyer on the legality of someone publishing an article saying someone else is a criminal when they are not, attempting to ruin them, I believe it’s called libel, and he says there’s absolutely a case to be made. But I am praying it will not come to that. It’s my prayer that Jacob Thompson and his buddies will “come to themselves”, realize they are doing the work of Satan, and repent. But looking at my wife’s tear-stained face makes me realize forgiving them might be the hardest thing I could ever do, I honestly hope I can one day. That’s what a Christian would do. In either case, my lawyer will be sending something out shortly.

For those of you who are longtime listeners to our programs, you know the things I have said about myself over the years as I battled with sin.

I have not hidden in a closet by any stretch of the imagination. I have written very candid articles about my struggles and failures, only to have people like Thompson attempt to attack me with information I have already shared. I have never portrayed myself as anything other than a filthy sinner in need of the grace of God. God gave me that, gave me the victory in Jesus Christ, and the Devil has raised up his army in objection. That’s ‘par for the course’ as I read my Bible.

“Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 3:13,14 (KJB)

Finally my brothers and sisters, Now The End Begins is the Lord’s ministry, not mine, and He can do whatever He wants to do with it. An old preacher once said “where He leads me I will follow, what He feeds me I will swallow.” I love this ministry and our NTEB family with every, tiny bit of my sin-stained heart. I never quit in my personal battles, and will always encourage others who are struggling to do the same. From my time in a wheelchair at 3, to being molested as a child at 12, becoming an alcoholic as a teen, all the way up to right now, I can testify that there is victory in Jesus! I finally got it and so can you. The ‘broken pieces’ of this ministry will see efforts of Thompson, Denlinger and Bridges for what they are, the work of Satan who only comes to seek, to kill and destroy. And to those of you who read this and feel the need to leave, I totally understand. But I was put into this ministry by the Lord, and only the Lord can take me out. In the meantime, we will continue to labour here on the front lines of the end times for any and all who wish to labour with us.

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