15 February, 1999

Rev. Gerald Payne

Greater Ministries International

715 East Bird Street, Suite 402

Tampa, Florida 33604

RE: William C. Smith

Gifting # 80841503 JK


Dear Gerald:

It's always interesting how in time God will devise a way to always reveal that which is counterfeit. As I have mentioned to you before, I have been involved with "Faith Promise" giving programs over the past 33 years and God has always proved to be faithful to His promises. Now, in my opinion, according to God's Word along with you and Greater Ministries International actions God has revealed both you and the Greater Ministries International's "Faith Promise" Gifting Program to be a counterfeit ¾ a fraudulent copy intended to deceive.

To quote, again, from your very own words contained on The Document page in the GMI brochure; to wit: Matthew 25: 14-29 is the biblical teaching of the doubling of one's talents". Let's take a close look at that truth and principle and apply it to you and GMI's "Faith Promise" gifting program regarding Roy Cotton and me. For you see, Mr. Payne, according to God's own word which you cite, you and GMI are the ground into which Mr. Cotton and I have placed our talents. At least in God's Word the unprofitable servant still was able to retrieve his talent from the ground and give it back to his master. Mr. Cotton and I have had our talents, in my opinion, stolen from us. We can not get our talents back as hard as we have tried. God's Word has proved you and GMI, in my opinion, to be ground; hard, uncaring, unconcerned, unrelenting, unyielding and unloving dirt. God despises for His talent (money) to be buried and lost in the dirt.

According to God's Word you and GMI's "Faith Promise" gifting program are not founded upon the promise of God's Word to double one's talents. In reality, to the contrary. It is, in my opinion, a clever and intricately designed counterfeit that causes well meaning Christians to become an unprofitable servant or steward by losing God's money. A ploy that only profits you and GMI.

According to James 3:11,12 "Does a fountain send out from the same opening both fresh water and bitter water? Can a fig tree, my brethren, produce olives, or a vine produce figs? Neither can salt water produce fresh.". The Greek here requires and demands a negative reply ¾ NO! So, by applying God's Word and His principle to you and the GMI "Faith Promise" program, Mr. Payne, can a fountain (GMI "Faith Promise" program) send out from the same opening (program) both fresh water (the doubling of one's talent) and bitter water (the stealing of one's talent)? Then

James makes the point clear that no inconsistencies, no contradictions, no opposites can exist within God's character, nature and economy. This is the truth that God is proclaiming here.

Interestingly enough you and the GMI "Faith Promise" program have sent out from the same opening (program) both the doubling of one's talents (fresh water) and the stealing of one's talent (bitter water). This truth alone proves, from God's Word, that you and the GMI "Faith Promise" program are not of God, but, in fact, are both counterfeits. A counterfeit which, for a while, did truly deceive by producing water that appeared to be fresh, but now God is showing it to be bitter water. We know that the powers of darkness can, for awhile, deceive by producing a counterfeit.

You and the GMI "Faith Promise" program propose to actually be grounded in (take root in or be founded upon) or based upon "the Ministry of the Lord Jesus Christ". Well, let's see what Jesus Christ, Himself, says about you and the GMI "Faith Promise" program in Matthew 7:15-20; to wit:

"Beware of the false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves. You will know them by their fruits. Grapes are not gathered from thornbushes, nor figs from thistles, are they? Even so every good tree bears good fruit; but the rotten tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot produce bad fruit, nor can a rotten tree produce good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down, and thrown into the fire. So then, you will know them by their fruits".

Now, according to "the Ministry of the Lord Jesus Christ" it appears that, in my opinion, Jesus Christ calls you and the GMI "Faith Promise" program "false prophets", dressed up in "sheep's clothing", yet in actuality are "inwardly ravenous wolves", a "rotten tree" that "bears bad fruit". That's according to God's Word and Jesus Christ, not me. However, I do concur with this truth based upon the fruit which you and the GMI "Faith Promise" program have been producing for the past 8 months. You and the GMI "Faith Promise" program are certainly not producing good fruit!

Let me point out to you, Mr. Payne, an interesting observation which is clearly and most certainly a very distinguishable inconsistency within GMI. On or about "DEC 04 1998" you, Gerald D. Payne and your wife, Betty L. Payne, both signed two "Gold/Silver Receipt" issued to Mr. Roy M. Cotton which could be "redeemed after 30 days from issue". By the way, Mr. Cotton tried on 4 January, 1999 to redeem those receipts without success. He has requested repeatedly since then that you return those two Gold Receipts to him. Neither has that happened. However, along with the GMI Gold/Silver Receipt was sent a blank Gold/Silver Receipt with a declaration attached which in part says; to wit: "God is still blessing greatly and more of his provisions are seen each day". Then, exactly 10 days latter, on or about 14 December, 1998, Mr. David Whitfield issues a letter on Greater Ministries International Church stationary, stating; to with: "We are weathering the storm". (What storm? The storm of God "blessing greatly" and "his provisions are seen each day"?) "We will no longer be blessing on a monthly basis". Mr. Whitfield goes on to say, "...and we will give as God blesses us,..." and "Any blessings which have been delayed will be..." Most interesting and quite confusing language in light of the fact that just 10 days before, "God is still blessing greatly and more of his provisions are seen each day". "We will give as God blesses us,...", seems to substantiate and confirm the fact that since August (or perhaps before) God stopped blessing GMI, and thereby, most September "blessings" and all "blessings" thereafter "have been delayed". Well now, that can't be true for Jackie Maples writes, "God is still blessing greatly (italics and emphasis mine) and more of his provisions (italics and emphasis mine) are seen each day". (italics and emphasis mine) I'm not going to even waste my time by putting all that gobble-d-goop up against The Law of nonContradiction. Obviously, even those within GMI are not able to even sing off the same song sheet. Do you think maybe that Jackie forgot to give Mr. Whitfield the same good news that she sent to Mr. Cotton. Or is Jackie merely operating according to some one's orders or instructions to try and keep the deception alive?

Mr. Payne, I have a most difficult time trying to understand the GMI "Faith Promise" gifting program which, in "the Ministry of the Lord Jesus Christ" and based on "the promise that God gives us in His Word", issues Gold/Silver Receipts that bear the bold and prominent inscription "Greater Trust in God" at the top center while on the bottom is inscribed "The Silver is Mine, and the Gold is Mine; saith the Lord of hosts." (Haggai 2:8)" why God doesn't seem to be able to keep His Word in Haggai 2:8 and redeem certificates clearly backed by God's gold, and that are designed and issued to strengthen and increase the person's (the recipient) "Greater Trust in God"? Is it that God just doesn't care? Or is it that God is just not powerful enough? I don't believe that it is either one. I believe that God's presence nor God's provision is involved at all.

I think that we all know the answer to my utter confusion. I further believe, and am quite convinced, that once we all get to court concerning what, in my opinion, and, in my belief, constitutes fraud by deceit, fraud, mail fraud and possibly some other illegal activities such as grand theft on the part of you and GMI, and are able to look at the evidence which I possess, listen to the testimony of Mr. Roy M. Cotton of Birmingham, AL, the testimony of Mr. Michael E. Miller of Confluence, PA, the testimony of Mrs. June Smith of Lancaster, PA, the testimony of Mr. Michael Fechter of Tampa, FL. (including all the articles in The Tampa Tribune), the testimony of Pastor Need and The Biblical Examiner (all the information contained therein on GMI), the testimony of Mr. Roger Handley of Orlando, FL, the testimony of Mr. Robert Mosakowski of Tampa, FL and Mr. Mark Stewart of PA all of whom I purpose and intend to have as my witnesses, along with the Bakersfield, CA Municipal Court Documents, numbered BF 87024 A & B (Don & Jeana Muir), and the possible deposition of Mr. Matthew Wagner there will no longer be any confusion on any body's part as to the exact truth concerning you and the GMI "Faith Promise" gifting program. All the information contained therein from the above mentioned sources is and has been most impressive, uniquely constructive, and highly instructive in bringing me to my position and conclusion concerning you and the GMI "Faith Promise" gifting program. Without all the above mentioned information I would probably remain, as do so many thousands of others, uninformed and absolutely, and totally deceived.

One thing that all the above mentioned information does make abundantly clear is the fact that at the time you told Mr. Roy Cotton and me that, "if for any reason you think that the "Faith Promise" program is not for you just let me know and I will give you your money back", or words to that effect, you never truly intended to do that. You said that merely as an inducement, and to provide motivation in persuading us to go ahead and enter the GMI "Faith Promise" program.

Mr. Payne, I notice from all that I read that you seem to state a recurring theme which goes like this; to wit: for you to abide by a judge's order would violate your religious convictions by you having to "recognizing a sovereign greater than Jesus Christ with authority over the church and its ministries." I am certain that this does, in fact, express your religious convictions. However, it certainly, and obviously does not express God's clearly declared will for His people; to wit:

"Obey your leaders, and submit to them; for they keep watch over your souls, as those who will give an account. Let them do this with joy and not with grief, for this would be unprofitable for you." (Hebrews 13:17)

Now read this one very carefully, Mr. Payne, "Let every person be in subjection to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those which exist are established by God. Therefore he who resists authority has opposed the ordinance of God; and they who have opposed will receive condemnation upon themselves. For rulers are not a cause of fear for good behavior, but for evil. Do you want to have no fear of authority? Do what is good, and you will have praise from the same; for it is a minister of God to you for good. But if you do what is evil, be afraid; for it does not bear the sword for nothing for it is a minister of God, an avenger who brings wrath upon the one who practices evil. Wherefore it is necessary to be in subjection, not only because of wrath, but also for conscience' sake." (Romans 13:1-5)

Oh, Oh, Mr. Payne, I think that this one clearly marks you as an "evildoer"; to wit: "Submit yourselves for the Lord's sake to every human ordinance; whether to a king as the one in authority; or to governors as sent by him for the punishment of evildoers and the praise of those who do right. For such is the will of God that by doing right you may silence the ignorance of foolish men. Act as free men, and do not use your freedom as a covering for evil, but use it as bondslaves of God." (I Peter 2:13-16)

I believe, Mr. Payne, those scriptures from God's Word are so clear and easy to understand that I do not need to exegete them for you, or for anyone, for that matter.

By your very actions you stand condemned by God's Word alone, and I believe that the truth of God's Word is being experienced by you and GMI. A true follower of Jesus Christ and God's Word knows and tries his best to give obedience to the laws of man knowing that by doing so he is subjecting himself to God's will, God's authority and God's sovereignty over his very own life. It is obvious, Mr. Payne, that by your actions and declarations you know no such rule and authority of God's sovereignty over your own life, and certainly you know nothing of giving obedience to God's declared and authoritative Word.

It is clearly demonstrated by your actions, Mr. Payne, that you do not hear, you do not know and therefore you do not follow the voice and "the Ministry of the Lord Jesus Christ", as you profess. Instead you choose to follow the voice of a stranger and, according to God's Word, are a "thief and a robber"; to wit:

"Truly, truly, I say to you, he who does not enter by the door into the fold of the sheep, but climbs up some other way, he is a thief and a robber. But he who enters by the door is a shepherd of the sheep. To him the doorkeeper opens; and the sheep hear his voice; and he call his own sheep by name, and leads them out. When he puts forth all his own, he goes before them, and the sheep follow him because they know his voice. And a stranger they simply will not follow, but will flee from him, because they do not know the voice of strangers." (John 10:1-5)

Mr. Payne, by your very own actions and declarations you demonstrate that you do not even recognize and therefore can not follow the voice of Jesus Christ, The Good Shepherd. Instead you hear, you embrace and you follow the voice of strangers. You choose to continually ignore my repeated pleas for you to return to me the Lord's $79,585 which by faith I placed into the GMI "Faith Promise" program for the benefit of missionaries which I support. By so doing you also, knowingly and willingly, choose to be brought before the Judicial System in this country, and, there before God and man, give an answer for your actions. Understand, Mr. Payne, that Mr. Roger Handley, Mr. Robert Mosakowski, Mr. Matthew Wagner, Mr. Frank DeRosa, Mr. Mark Stewart and others in government employment are free to participate in a civil court action against you and GMI.

I leave you with these words from God's Word as written by the Apostle John; to wit:

"And this is the message we have heard from Him and announce to you, that God is light, and in Him is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with Him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth," (I John 1:5,6)


William C. Smith