Another evangelical preacher caught in sexual shenanigans

Ernest Angley is one of the TV evangelists who seem to have been around forever, raking in the money from the gullible while preaching against homosexuality and other ‘sins’. Now the Akron Beacon Journal has come out with an explosive series of stories about what he has been up to. He has been accused of touching other men ‘inappropriately’ and having them undress in front of him so that he could explain to them about the vasectomies that he strongly encourages them to have. He also apparently urged women in his congregations to have abortions.

The Beacon Journal spoke individually with 21 former members of the church who insist that Angley has been running a cult, not a church, and say he consistently threatens and intimidates his flock into following his instructions, bullying them into life-changing decisions that often split up families.

“This man is a monster,” said Pam Cable of Akron, who left the church in 1988. “He’s a monster. And I can’t understand why all these years have gone by and nobody’s ever really been able to do anything about him.

“The people in Akron, Ohio, have a Jim Jones sitting in their backyard. … These people in his congregation would drink the Kool-Aid if he told them to. They would.”

Why would the head of a church not want to have his congregation have children and thus increase the size? It is not clear. Angley has no children of his own and some suspect that he felt that children would take away some of the time and money that his congregation could devote to him.

But it never ceases to surprise me that people are so willing to let people like Angley control their lives to this extent.


  1. hyphenman says

    Good afternoon Mano,

    30 years ago I remember sitting with my buddies at Ohio University, killing brain cells and laughing ourselves silly watching Ernest Angley on late-night television.

    I’m not surprised to find that the man is a monster. This has happened so many times I now believe that monsterhood is the default position and evangelicals/conservatives would have to prove to me that they are not monsters before I would think differently.

    Do all you can to make today a good day,


  2. lorn says

    Another evangelical found caught up in things far darker than they preached against.

    This has become a regular thing.

    Is there some way we can find, or issue them, an expiration date so we can plan to have a good laugh ahead of time?

  3. grumpyoldfart says

    But it never ceases to surprise me that people are so willing to let people like Angley control their lives to this extent.

    It’s pure ego. A Christian has devoted his whole life to a religion (and probably to a particular preacher) and suddenly the preacher does something outrageous. If the believer walks away from the religion/preacher he is admitting to himself that he has been fooled by a charlatan and, furthermore, that he has been fooled for most of his life.

    That’s not an easy admission to make and so there are many Christians who decide not to make it. Instead they double-down. They convince themselves that they are wise enough not to be taken in by a charlatan and therefore, by definition, their preacher is not a charlatan; whatever the preacher does is good and wise and godly and it would be silly for the believers to argue against them.

  4. says

    He said, “Come on over here son, let me show you around
    Over there’s where we put the preachers, I never liked those clowns
    They’re always blaming me for everything wrong under the sun
    It ain’t that harder to do what’s right, it’s just maybe not as much fun
    Then they walk around thinking they’re better than me and you
    And then they get caught in a motel room
    Doing what they said not to do”

    -Ray Wylie Hubbard “conversation with the devil”

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