Jim Staley’s prison blog went live a few days ago. In my opinion, it is nothing more than a vain attempt to white-wash his actions and to distract from the real issues; being sent to jail because he broke the law.
In reading his blog posts you’ll notice a complete lack of remorse for his victims. Not surprising seeing that he has been denying personal responsibility since he plead guilty. Something that can be easily disproven when doing your own fact checking.
In his posts, Jim comes across as prideful and conceited. Further feeding his delusions of grandeur as the self appointed leader of a future 2.5 million person congregation. Each post seems to be focused on how much God favors him and how incredibly spiritual he has become. Which is very hypocritical for someone who has been downplaying the severity of his crimes and passing them off as mistakes comparable to “running a stop sign.”
I believe that if he were genuinely repentant, his posts would be much more apologetic and remorseful in nature. But instead Staley has been trying to pass himself off as some sort of martyr.
Late last year Jim wrote Judge Webber claiming that he was “not subject to the jurisdiction of the “United States.” These statements are very similar to something a teen would say to his parents, “You can’t ground me, you’re not my boss!”
In this post I will attempt to directly address some of the statements Staley made on his blog. The following quotes have been taken from various posts. Let’s begin.
“I myself still have days wondering how on earth I have gotten myself to the place where I am today.”
He got himself there by defrauding the elderly out of millions of dollars of their life savings and then lying to cover it up.
“Going through “the system” is not something I have ever anticipated on having to go through…”
What about the financial lives he ruined and those who were affected? Did he anticipate them having to go through their hardships? Did he care while living in his lavish 1.5 million dollar home while his victims were left on food-stamps, unable to pay their medical bills, all while creating financial “mechanisms” so that he could avoid paying restitution to the victims??
“After 5 years of explosive international growth, a television studio nearly finished, and moving toward bringing Torah to the Nations, I had to ask myself…”Father, what on earth are you doing bringing all of this to a halt?” It would not be until months after I arrived here that I would understand what a brilliant chess move He had made. This was not Yahweh turning His back on my. He was turning His face TOWARD me!”
God didn’t send him to prison, HE sent HIMSELF to prison. The consequences he faced are a direct result of his lawless, self centered actions. When you shoot yourself in the foot, don’t attribute the resulting flesh-wound to a divine act of God.
“Now I understand why much of the Bible was written by those who were sent to prison. Joseph HAD to go to prison because he was called but not qualified. Prison would be that training that would ultimately lead him to his destiny.”
Except for the fact that Joseph, Paul and others were placed in prison for righteousness sake, not for chasing after filthy lucre. They were innocent, and in most cases under persecution. The same cannot be said for Jim Staley. He is facing the consequences of his actions.
This isn’t the first time Jim has compared himself to a biblical patriarch. Jim is always trying to make himself out to be someone special. In the past he has compared himself to Joseph, Moses and even Christ himself. Here’s an audio recording where Staley claimed he would have a larger congregation than Moses, “over 2.5 million.”
“If I would have known then what I know now, I would not have shed a single tear….This is truly the best thing that has ever happened to me, to my family and to PFT.”
So being stripped from his family for 7 years is the best thing that has ever happened to him? Not his wedding or the birth of his kids? It was being sent to jail for breaking the law? How absurd!
“Being in this prison camp for a while now, I’ve had the chance to meet a lot of people and hear many of their stories. And I have to admit: I have come away hanging my head in disbelief at how naive I really was about who some of these “prisoners” really are. I’ve come to learn that there are two different ways people can get sent to prison. One is by breaking the law and immediately giving the authority of that jurisdiction the right to incarcerate you after going through the legal process. The other way is you did not really break the law, but at least two people say you did, and you will, no doubt, still end up in prison. This is called a conspiracy. If you let your neighbor borrow your truck and he decides to load it down with a thousand pounds of pot and gets caught, as long as he has a friend who is willing to go along with the story that you were the one who sold them the pot…you’re going to prison for 15 years. (True story.)”
Of course they would all claim innocence, they’re lying criminals just like himself! Did he not learn nothing from watching the TV show “Cops”? The thugs would always act like they had no idea how the drugs got in their car or on their person. Always the same sob story. Similar to when Staley acted when he was caught; as though he didn’t know that his insurance product was a risky investment, even after the cease and desist when he continued to sell the product after the State informed him that he was making bogus statements to his clients. But his high profile lifestyle was just too important for any of that. According to victim statements, Staley presented his investment product as being “risk free” with “a guarantee of 40 percent return,” despite the product type having made Missouri’s List of Top 10 Threats to Investors 2007 a year earlier (See number 8 and 10).
“There are at least a dozen cases in here just like this and they are heart-wrenching for sure. it is possible for innocent people to be incarcerated and stripped from their families in the blink of an eye.”
Jim is most likely referring to himself here. On a live web-cast after having plead guilty, Staley denied personal responsibility and attributed his crime to simply being at the wrong place at the wrong time, and then went on to compare himself to the biblical Joseph, claiming that his situation was “very similar.” At Jim’s sentencing, US attorney Dianna Collins corrected Jim him by saying, “No the VICTIMS were in the wrong place at the wrong time.”
“Do you feel like you might be in prison in an area of your life? Personally, I have never been so free. Going to prison saved my life, my family, and PFT. And I didn’t even know it. Where the enemy laughed when he got me in here, he is now beginning to get nervous.”
Is Jim himself free? Or is he in bondage to people pleasing and the love of money? What are his real motivations for creating a blog to remind everyone of how spiritual and favored he is?
I do not believe Staley has the moral high ground, nor is he in a place to be teaching others how to break free from their “prison.” He needs to remove the beam in his own eye before he helps others with their speck.
In another blog post, referring to a vision, Staley wrote,
“…he looked up and with his eyes open he saw two demons that were dressed as what he described as generals. He said that they were of great rank and authority….That night, when I ASKED, He revealed to me that the two demonic spirits (generals) where assigned to me at birth to thwart me from my calling. They had been “working among me” my entire life to take me down and keep this message under the hood, so to speak.”
Jim is so special that Satan has to send two of his top generals to stop him. In reality Jim is his own worst enemy.
He goes on to say…
” …God has turned around and made me 100 times stronger. He said that this time of major heart surgery and training will make me so strong that they (the demonic generals) will have no influence in my life any longer. That will drive fear into their hearts when they have to report to their boss that in the process of trying to destroy me they allowed God to make me so strong that they can’t stop me anymore.”
That sort of talk sounds oddly familiar…
Can you feel the immense power that is Jim Staley?
The narcissistic banter doesn’t end there…
“He said that what the enemy is stealing from me, He is requiring from the enemy. When the enemy takes something from me, God is requiring him to invest it into His bank with tremendous interest. And there will come a day when all will be returned at such an increase that it will be as not a beat was missed. (The story of Job came to my mind).”
How predictable. While stroking his own inflated ego, he goes on to compare himself to the prophet Job. Staley is making himself out to be a righteous victim, yet ironically he’s the one who stole money through a deliberate act of fraud… According to scripture, Jim is the one who owes interest and he should be paying restitution to the victims.
Leviticus 6:1-5 Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, 2 “When a person sins and acts unfaithfully against the Lord, and deceives his companion in regard to a deposit or a security entrusted to him, or through robbery, or if he has extorted from his companion, 3 or has found what was lost and lied about it and sworn falsely, so that he sins in regard to any one of the things a man may do; 4 then it shall be, when he sins and becomes guilty, that he shall restore what he took by robbery or what he got by extortion, or the deposit which was entrusted to him or the lost thing which he found, 5 or anything about which he swore falsely; he shall make restitution for it in full and add to it one-fifth more. He shall give it to the one to whom it belongs on the day he presents his guilt offering.”
To date Jim has only paid $1,950 in restitution while making 10K per month, and having lived in a 1.5 million dollar parsonage, according to US District Attorney Dianna Collins at Staleys sentencing hearing.
“Where the enemy laughed when he got me in here, he is now beginning to get nervous. This imprisonment has only INCREASED my faith, INCREASED my strength, and INCREASED my JOY! It took a few minutes for the dust to settle, but once I could get my legs underneath me, I was able to see the strategy that the Father was using. He is a long-term player. And this was His best chess move yet.”
These few sentences are just oozing with pride and self-delusion. The arrogance of claiming that the enemy is “beginning to get nervous” is another example of his conceited, self-absorbed personality. Luke 10:20 says “do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.”
What kind of God does Jim think he’s serving? Breaking the law and going to prison was not God’s “best chess move yet,” God would have rather Jim walked in obedience and humility from the get go. He did not send Jim to prison as part of a divine strategy for spiritual training; Jim went to prison because he broke the law. And because Staley has remained impenitent, denying personal responsibility for his crimes, he is in no position to be passing himself off as a spiritual authority. Until Staley repents, comes clean and makes FULL TESHUVAH and gives FULL DISCLOSURE, he will not be right with the Father. Sadly, it may take 7 years for God to break him down.