I read an article in yesterday’s Washington Post about a “pastor” I had the displeasure of meeting several years ago – which brought to my remembrance a particularly disturbing display of filth in the “pulpit”.
The man pictured above is Deron Cloud, Pastor of “The Soul Factory” - a hybrid church/performance theater organization based in Maryland. The church has a satellite location here in Metro Atlanta, and (not surprisingly), Cloud is yet another infamous “spiritual son” of legendary Alpha Pimp Eddie Long (who is reproducing bastard “spiritual” children across the globe). Back in 2005, Cloud was a guest speaker at a Men’s Conference that Eddie Long hosted in suburban Charlotte, NC. Eddie introduced Cloud as his “gangster son in the Lord”, and warned that Cloud was very direct in his delivery but he was going to say things that we needed to hear.
Cloud walked into the auditorium to thunderous applause (thank God it wasn’t at a church building), and with 4-6 burly bodyguards in tow. Before he spoke, he showed a video presentation depicting the plague of fatherless children in the Black community. Once the video ended, Cloud LITERALLY started cursing like a drunken sailor at the over 2,500 men in attendance. He lamented how men (even Christian men) neglect their own children, and he used words like “motherf*****s, bulls**t, f**k” and more!
We were all stunned into complete silence – you could literally hear an ant breath in the place.
Cloud went on to say how much he loved “Eddie cause he’s a real n****r. That’s a hard motherf****r!” He went on and on about how “Eddie ain’t no punk b***h like so many other n*****s in the pulpit today!”. Then Cloud starts calling “n*****s” to the altar for “deliverance” (thus, the burly bodyguards in case someone was offended by his vile language directed at Eddie Long). After the 1.5 hour verbal assault, Eddie comes back to the mic. Instead of denouncing the vile act we just saw, Eddie essentially blessed the display – and summons an altar call where he does his “if you need a daddy, I will be your daddy” line.
Even though my pimp (at the time) cautioned those of us who came with him to “swallow the fish and spit out the bones”, I was still stunned that such a vile display would be allowed to take place – or continue. Of course, I was a brain-dead drone slave to the false gospel and my pimp, so I didn’t walk out. In fact, NO ONE walked out. Not surprisingly, Cloud instructed the media team to stop recording before his presentation. You can, however, search for him on YouTube to see some of his interesting soliloquies on various topics (and if you’ve ever seen Cloud in rare form live, you can corroborate what I’ve seen and heard with my own eyes).
So here’s the point of this post – it appears that “pastor” Cloud is being sued by two of his former congregants, who allege they “loaned” Cloud almost $900,000 to start the Atlanta branch of his church. Of course, Cloud calls it a “donation”:
Two former churchgoers say they were swindled out of a small fortune by the leaders of the Soul Factory, a large African American church in Prince George’s County — accusations the church denies.
In a lawsuit filed against the church, the married couple, Jose and Yvette Strickland, say they lent nearly $900,000 under a verbal agreement to the Soul Factory so that it could open a satellite church in Atlanta. The church says the money was a gift.
“It was not a loan; it was a donation,” said Timothy Obitts, a lawyer hired by the church. He said the church is in the process of filing a motion to dismiss the lawsuit.
The article goes on to confirm (yet again) that pulpit pimps seek to groom their followers by treating them like VIP’s and “special members” in order to pick their pockets:
According to the Stricklands, they began regularly attending the Soul Factory in 2000. In 2005, the church’s founder and pastor, Deron Cloud, began courting Jose Strickland’s financial help, the couple said, by inviting him to Wizards basketball games, on trips to Las Vegas and other activities and introducing him to top church leaders.
In 2006, the Stricklands say, Cloud asked Jose for $1.5 million to help open a satellite church in Atlanta. A few weeks later, Strickland, Cloud and other church leaders discussed financing the Atlanta church while in a private booth at a professional fight in Atlantic City, the couple said.
Months later, according to the lawsuit, Strickland gave the church $886,500, which Jose, a mortgage banker, and Yvette, a real estate agent, said they raised by mortgaging several properties they owned to a private lender.
The couple acknowledges that Cloud made nine payments to repay the “donation”, but stopped several years ago (read the article in entirety). It appears that the Strickland’s believed the “pay to play” gospel that so many hirelings are selling to the church today, and they felt some obligation to “build God a house…”
Overall, this is another example of how bereft the church is of sound doctrine today.
Lord have mercy…