“For both prophet and priest are polluted…”

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Jeremiah 23:1-2 (New American Standard)

1“Woe to the shepherds who are destroying and scattering the sheep of My pasture!” declares the LORD.

 2Therefore thus says the LORD God of Israel concerning the shepherds who are tending My people: “You have scattered My flock and driven them away, and have not attended to them; behold, I am about to attend to you for the evil of your deeds,” declares the LORD.

Jeremiah 23:9-12 (New American Standard)

9As for the prophets:
         My heart is broken within me,
         All my bones tremble;
         I have become like a drunken man,
         Even like a man overcome with wine,
         Because of the LORD
         And because of His holy words.
    10For the land is full of adulterers;
         For the land mourns because of the curse
         The pastures of the wilderness have dried up.
         Their course also is evil
         And their might is not right.
    11“For both prophet and priest are polluted;
         Even in My house I have found their wickedness,” declares the LORD.
    12“Therefore their way will be like slippery paths to them,
         They will be driven away into the gloom and fall down in it;
         For I will bring calamity upon them,
         The year of their punishment,” declares the LORD.

I have written in detail about Bishop Johnathan Alvarado’s proclivity for butchering the Word of God several years ago (go here and here for background information), so there is no need to go into a biographical sketch of a man whom I consider to be a false prophet and intentional butcher of the Word.

Alvarado is a “former son” of Eddie Long, so it’s not surprising to learn of the recent allegations against Alvarado – allegations of sexual misconduct with minors (emphasis bolded below):

DA Looking into Metro Atlanta Bishop

The DeKalb County district attorney’s office confirms that it is looking into allegations against Total Grace Christian Center Bishop Johnathan Alvarado, but would not specify what those allegations are.

The case listing makes reference to possible “crimes against children”.

But according to online records on the district attorney’s office website, a case number has been assigned to the probe, as has an assistant district attorney and an investigator.

The case listing makes reference to possible “crimes against children”.

You can click the title above to read more, and here’s a video of the story shown on local television last night. Alvarado allegedly paid off the families of some of the alleged victims – but the DA was notified because the alleged victims (all believed to be male – although it makes no difference) may all have been under the age of legal consent in Georgia. I won’t speculate any further until I can corroborate with my sources, although the DA is expected to provide more information as the investigation continues.

Of course, at this point Alvarado is only accused of potential “crimes against children”, yet it confirms another apparent connection between those who purport a FALSE gospel and their propensity to live a life in direct contrast to the message of the Cross. Additionally, one can’t ignore Alvarado’s early association with Eddie Long – and Long’s alleged proclivities have been whispered about in the Metro Atlanta area for more than 20 years. 

Continue to pray for those who are negatively impacted by false and salacious prophets who scatter God’s sheep – and pray that the Lord would deal with the wolves according to His Will. He has already made his plan of remediation apparent through his Word:

Jeremiah 23:15; 19-20 (New American Standard)

15“Therefore thus says the LORD of hosts concerning the prophets,
         ‘Behold, I am going to feed them wormwood
         And make them drink poisonous water,
         For from the prophets of Jerusalem
         Pollution has gone forth into all the land.'”


19“Behold, the storm of the LORD has gone forth in wrath,
         Even a whirling tempest;
         It will swirl down on the head of the wicked.
    20“The anger of the LORD will not turn back
         Until He has performed and carried out the purposes of His heart;
         In the last days you will clearly understand it.

**Update – 3/18/11**

Shaun King, a local Pastor and former assistant/armor bearer to Alvarado was the first person to open speak about Alvarado’s alleged activities – including details as to why he left Alvarado’s church. Here’s a link to King’s blog detailing how he found out about Alavarado’s alleged activities, and what action he took.

Please remember, life isn’t always easy for those of us who escape these cults – you’re labeled a devil, rabble rouser, and all other manner of ilicit titles for daring to “betray the mand/womand of gawd and leave his/her covering.” While most are happy to just quietly walk away – I’m proud that more people are not only fleeing false doctrine, but they are also alerting others.

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11 Responses to ““For both prophet and priest are polluted…””

  1. 1 Pastor Jim March 17, 2011 at 7:58 pm

    Wow. Again? Is it naive of me to hope that there would be no more of this evil?

    And in other news, Robbing Hell Rob Bell denies the existence of a literal hell and the necessity of Christ’s substitutionary atonement.

    Lord help me to stay faithful!

  2. 2 Pamela March 17, 2011 at 8:03 pm

    My husband found out about this from another blog. One thing he said was that with the Internet things cannot stay hidden for long. Too many people watching and more than willing to expose people. Whether this is right or not to some it will happen. We all need to make sure that our “I”s are dotted and “T”s are crossed. I sincerely hope that all in leadership will take a look at their lives and make sure they are living the best lives possible according to scripture and not arrogantly say that ‘nothing will touch them’. Only God help those that do. Exposure may be the most merciful act for them to stop them before they REALLY go too far.

  3. 3 Keith Tolbert March 18, 2011 at 9:00 pm


    Scripture says it best: “But these, like irrational animals, creatures of instinct, born to be caught and destroyed, blaspheming about matters of which they are ignorant, will also be destroyed in their destruction, 13 suffering wrong as the wage for their wrongdoing. They count it pleasure to revel in the daytime. They are blots and blemishes, reveling in their deceptions, [5] while they feast with you. 14 They have eyes full of adultery, insatiable for sin. They entice unsteady souls. They have hearts trained in greed. Accursed children! 15 Forsaking the right way, they have gone astray. They have followed the way of Balaam, the son of Beor, who loved gain from wrongdoing, 16 but was rebuked for his own transgression; a speechless donkey spoke with human voice and restrained the prophet’s madness.

    17 These are waterless springs and mists driven by a storm. For them the gloom of utter darkness has been reserved. 18 For, speaking loud boasts of folly, they entice by sensual passions of the flesh those who are barely escaping from those who live in error. 19 They promise them freedom, but they themselves are slaves [6] of corruption. For whatever overcomes a person, to that he is enslaved. 20 For if, after they have escaped the defilements of the world through the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they are again entangled in them and overcome, the last state has become worse for them than the first. 21 For it would have been better for them never to have known the way of righteousness than after knowing it to turn back from the holy commandment delivered to them.” II Peter 2:12-21

    False teaching always results in sexual immorality and materialism. NO EXCEPTIONS!

  4. 4 GaryV March 20, 2011 at 9:30 pm

    Sadly, I’m neither shocked nor even surprised. How I wish I could still be shocked by such things in the “church”.

    Those that KNEW and SAW and said NOTHING are DIRECTLY responsible for everything this pervert perpetrated after they decided to keep quiet for a lousy paycheck, or for reputation’s or position’s sake. They’re every bit the animal Alvarado is. Brute beasts all.

  5. 5 Detox Church Group March 21, 2011 at 4:10 pm

    “Please remember, life isn’t always easy for those of us who escape these cults – you’re labeled a devil, rabble rouser, and all other manner of ilicit titles for daring to “betray the mand/womand of gawd and leave his/her covering.” While most are happy to just quietly walk away – I’m proud that more people are not only fleeing false doctrine, but they are also alerting others.”

    Thank you for this – we are encouraged. Also excellent scriptures!

  6. 6 djdesignz March 22, 2011 at 4:35 pm

    It’s amazing how when you read Jeremiah, how fresh and appropriate the Prophet words are for what we see happening in the “Cult” of popular church culture today!

    Thanks for keeping us informed!

  7. 7 Vaughn June 16, 2011 at 4:45 pm


    Prominent Atlanta Pastor Under Investigation by District Attorney’s Office

    “Alvarado is under investigation by the DeKalb County District Attorney’s Office for possible “crimes against children.”

  8. 8 xenia c August 18, 2011 at 7:51 pm

    I just stumpled onto this sight but I was just curious on your thoughts of the recent death of pastor zachery tims?

    • 9 speaking truth August 18, 2011 at 8:05 pm

      xenia c,

      I’m preparing an article on Zachary TIms’ death – and its ultimate reminder to the Body of Christ. Stay tuned…

      • 10 Javed February 13, 2012 at 5:41 pm

        I have noticed in the last six months that the staff profiles of a number of leaders at Total Grace Christian Center in Decatur, Georgia have been removed from the church’s website (www.totalgrace.org). These include Elder Teresa Pryor (Event, Marketing and Media Coordinator), Elder Mercedes Whitlock-Larkin (Financial Controller), Pastor Mrytle Smalls (Pastor of World Missions & Evangelism), Pastor Darius Elder (Worship Pastor), Nature Mosley (Receptionist) and Cassandra Griffin (Personal Assistant). Does you know if they left the church due to the scandal?

        • 11 speaking truth February 14, 2012 at 10:48 am

          I’m not familiar with the latest happenings with the leadership at Total Grace. I was never a member, I just know of Alvarado because I live in the community and am familiar with him.

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