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Threatened Lawsuit by The Harbinger Publisher & Author


Before this week I never heard of The Harbinger OR (so-called rabbi) Jonathan Cahn, but both seem to be popping up now all over the internet. (HT)

From The Alliance for Biblical Integrity we have this latest item;

We have received letters threatening legal action related to the publication of my book The Harbinger: Fact or Fiction? These letters were from a lawyer with a firm which “serves as litigation counsel for Charisma Media, publisher of The Harbinger by Rabbi Jonathan Cahn and published by Charisma Media.”

Therefore, we are asking that concerned believers everywhere make this a matter of prayer—that the Lord would graciously give us wisdom and that He would protect us in the midst of this challenge. We also believe it is important to bring this matter to the attention of the Body of Christ and would encourage you to share this article with others given the millions of people who have now been influenced by The Harbinger and its author.

Some may be wondering if the controversy surrounding The Harbinger really is a big deal. I want to assure you that it definitely is – and it show no signs of slowing down. Last spring I suggested that The Harbinger could well end up being one of the most significant theological issues of 2012. As it turns out, this could extend well into this year. It was recently announced that The Harbinger passed one million copies sold (in just twelve months), and also achieved the distinction of being the longest running Christian book presently on The New York Times bestseller list.

And, the influence that Jonathan Cahn and his teachings are having through his book, the many interviews and his numerous messages continues to grow unabated. He was even the keynote speaker at one of the main annual (though not official) inaugural prayer breakfasts in Washington D.C. on January 21.

The author has said that he has been approached numerous times concerning turning The Harbingerinto a movie and I would not be at all surprised if the production of a movie will be announced sometime this year. If that happens, the influence of The Harbinger will receive another significant boost and reach people who otherwise might not even be aware of it. Given the inevitable artistic license taken in most book-to-movie adaptations, with all the problems already in The Harbinger, what might we expect in a movie version?

THE THREAT OF LEGAL ACTION

The following is an excerpt from the lead article by T.A. McMahon in the February edition of The Berean Call monthly newsletter.

Although for decades we at TBC have been exhorting and encouraging believers to be Bereans (i.e., to check out everything they are being taught by searching the Scriptures-Acts 17:10-11), we too have experienced the increased intensity of the spiritual battle and witnessed its exponential growth. The latest issue, which we submit to you for prayer support, is a threatened lawsuit over the book we published by David James (The Harbinger: Fact or Fiction?). The complaint is that the author used too many quotes from the New York Times best-selling book, The Harbinger, without permission from author “rabbi” Jonathan Cahn and publisher Charisma Media Publications (CMP). The complaint further states that our use of the quotes has inhibited the sales of The Harbinger and has thus financially damaged Cahn and CMP in an amount yet to be determined. In effect, we are being told that we must limit our documentation in warning the body of Christ of the biblical errors in The Harbinger. In other words, we cannot be Bereans or like the watchman of Ezekiel 3:17-19 without Cahn’s permission.

This is the first time in my 35 years of working with Dave Hunt and our addressing nearly every major religion, religious cult, aberrational Christian sect, unbiblical trend, religious publication, book, media production, etc., that any organization or individual has even hinted at suing us. Now, however, we are being threatened with legal action by those claiming to be in the church. More critical than the unbiblical action of a brother threatening to take another brother to court (1 Corinthians 6) is the issue of preventing the biblical evaluation of a work that is influencing hundreds of thousands of professing and confessing Christians, as well as those who don’t profess to know Christ. We have hired a copyright attorney to address the legal issues and have responded to the attorney for Cahn and CMP. Even so, we covet your prayers that the Lord will be glorified throughout the process.

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Charisma Media. I’m assuming that’s still Steven “false prophet promoter” Strang’s company.  

 

13 comments on “Threatened Lawsuit by The Harbinger Publisher & Author

  1. This is a big deal because the outcome could limit blogs like this one from critiquing religious teachers. The fair use doctrine allows the use of portions of copyrighted material for the purpose of criticism, analysis, even sarcasm and comedy. The courts have never ruled how much is “a portion” It will be difficult to define because copyright and fair use covers all published material – written, audio, and video.

    Obviously this is an attempt by a big popular teacher to avoid any critique of his work by people like us. And yes Charisma Media is the publishing empire of Stephen Strang. That is why Cahn is getting such a big push in evangelical and charismatic circles.

    • Yes that thought crossed my mind Steve. We do need to pray…

      Obviously this is an attempt by a big popular teacher to avoid any critique of his work by people like us. And yes Charisma Media is the publishing empire of Stephen Strang. That is why Cahn is getting such a big push in evangelical and charismatic circles.

      I thought it was Strang’s company, but am glad you confirmed it. Thanks. This last year i haven’t been checking in at Charisma like in the past. If i had the name Jonathan Cahn probably wouldn’t have been such a mystery to me until this week. I just got sick of seeing prophetic ‘words’ posted on their front page every week from various members of that entire NAR crowd. Guess its time to bite the bullet, return, and get back on top of what’s happening in the charismatic crowd, aha!

      ps-i was surprised to see Dave Hunt’s name.

  2. Seems they are now gored with the horns of a dilemma!

    Mat. 5:40 And if anyone would sue you and take your tunic,[fn] let him have your cloak as well.

    And they cite only one part of 1Cor. 6.

    If “both” parties are Christian when you see the full context you realize these verses work both ways.

    1Cor. 6:5 I say this to your shame. Can it be that there is no one among you wise enough to settle a dispute between the brothers,
    6 but brother goes to law against brother, and that before unbelievers?
    7 To have lawsuits at all with one another is already a defeat for you. Why not rather suffer wrong? Why not rather be defrauded?
    8 But you yourselves wrong and defraud—even your own brothers![fn]

    So, while they quote 1 Cor.6:6 out of context seeing this administrative council was regarding members within one fellowship there is merit for “Brethren” in some similar veins of fellowship but in this case we need clear eyes and weigh this matter prayerfully and without partiality.

    • True. It sadly appears we’re seeing more and more instances of law suits among brethren. I guess it just goes to prove how worldly we’ve become.

  3. The elevation of the entity known as “America” knows no limits. It is idolatry, and not just because of the overt love and allegiance to this earthlt entity, but because they also attach God’s name to it as well. That is blasphemy. But this kind of sensationalism sells books and arouses the interest of the carnal and bcakslidden church. And men and women that have television ministries love something like this because it raises donations.
    It all is just another sign that we live in the last days. And when someone who has now become a millionaire is confronted with a different perspective, even one that is uncomfortable, he threatens a lawsuit? Is that the Spirit of Christ? But when you attack the golden goose you will now receive earthly threats. But ironically the same 1st Amendment that these guys worship will also be their undoing.
    Sites like Steve’s do a service to the body. I am sure many hate his corrective message as well. I encourage all my brethren, keep thye faith. We are not perfect, and perhaps we say and link to things sometimes that may be not profitable, but keep that faith. We need each other. There may be real persecution in our future although we must not see ourselves as martyrs but servants.
    Almost forty years ago when I was born again I could have never seen a day when blatant falsehoods and lies were paraded as deep prophetic truths and that would make merchandise of men everywhere. Take an OT verse here and there and match some event with it and viola! You have yourself a book. And when it follows along the lines that America is Israel’s twin then you have yourself a bestseller. Call yourself a rabbi and grow a beard and the apparition is complete.
    I am 60 years old, but before anyone told me what I could and could not write I would willingly go to jail. I am afraid that in the future it may be jail where God will be found. If so, may our captors require of us songs, and may our songs to our Redeemer be heard in the heavens! The coming persecution must be seen as a glorious opportunity to suffer for His name’s sake. And if so, let it begin with us, Lord. We are unprofitable servants, but we are His servants nonetheless.
    Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father!!

    • Amen Rick, to everything you said, Amen!

      But ironically the same 1st Amendment that these guys worship will also be their undoing.

      Yes, i’ve believed that for years. We may not be here to see it happen, or it might occur tomorrow, like one of God’s “suddenlys”, but it will happen.

  4. Excellent message Rick! Hope others who drop in here will follow your link and read it for themselves.

  5. If I go to jail, I would want a cellmate like Rick, or pj!

    • We’d sure have a good bible teacher in Rick!🙂

      And don’t forget who else would be there Victoria,

      “For where two or three gather together as my followers, I am there among them.”

      Hallelujah!

  6. pjmiller
    Has there been any current news about “The Harbinger” controversy?

    • Eldon i haven’t seen anything more about the lawsuit, or actually anything more about the controversy. That doesn’t mean there isn’t any updates: i may have missed them. If i get a chance i’ll see if anything new is ‘out there’ and post it.

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