Michael Beckwith’s (The Secret) grim church, sexual misconduct and money issues

According to the Star-Telegram, Arlington Tx, Usa, Oct 2nd 2007 Michael Beckwith, founder of Agape, a new age ‘church’ was faced with lawsuits and owing hundreds of thousands of dollars to creditors and women who sued the church and its pastor for sexual misconduct, could satisfy its creditors by selling land for $1 million.

The once-thriving church and ministry has struggled to regain its footing since former pastor Terry Hornbuckle was convicted of raping a woman who attended services there. Church leaders filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in March.

“We’ve worked diligently to the best of our knowledge to work to rapidly exit bankruptcy,” said Davor Rukavina, a Dallas bankruptcy lawyer hired by the church.

A hearing to discuss the sale is scheduled in U.S. Bankruptcy Judge D. Michael Lynn’s court at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday. If the court approves the sale, Rukavina will file a reorganization plan for the creditors’ attorneys to approve.

The sale of the 16 acres, which also includes oil and gas leases from Chesapeake Energy, should give the church enough cash to satisfy settlements from three lawsuits brought by the rape victims, Rukavina said. He declined to discuss the sale in detail but said he or church officials would be willing to talk after Wednesday’s hearing.

The church’s finances appear to be improving as members continue to pay their tithes, according to a financial sheet filed with the bankruptcy court.

During a recent Sunday, about 300 church members, mostly women, jumped, danced and shouted praises as gospel music was piped through the large speakers above the stage inside the sanctuary of the 42,000-square-foot facility.
The church at 2350 E. Mayfield Road is tax-exempt. In the filing, the church says it owes the city of Arlington, the Arlington school district and Tarrant County more than $47,000 in back taxes and penalties for 16 undeveloped acres next to the church that is valued at about $1 million.

The church fired Hornbuckle in September 2006. Renee Hornbuckle was installed as the church’s new pastor this past weekend.

Renee Hornbuckle, who holds a business degree and a master’s degree in biblical studies, is paid $15,000 a month according to court documents. Offerings from July and August are more than $60,000 a month.

Agape Christian Fellowship was originally started as Victory Temple Bible Church in a former Dairy Queen building in Irving in the mid-1980s. The church was renamed Agape Christian Fellowship in 1992. The church once had 2,500 members but dropped to about 300 before the trial.

About Gaz Parker

I was born with the ability to see spirit entities. I learned to ignore them for most of my life but during 2004 I had a kind of spiritual awakening so i thought. For years I questioned it until I asked God to show me what this is. God showed me the truth and I realised these spirits are evil, they are demons. Jesus never left me, he love me and he loves you too. My audio testimony can be found here. Contact me here: newagedeception@gmail.com
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19 Responses to Michael Beckwith’s (The Secret) grim church, sexual misconduct and money issues

  1. marcus says:

    I don’t think rev michael is being exposed here he is a great man and always will be now whoever had a bad experience in his church its on them

    • Laura says:

      Gaz Parker is delusional and the “false profit” one needs to be careful of. Agape is a transdenominational church in Culver City, CA with its primary focus on the Christian teachings of Jesus. He is not connected in any way with the church in Texas with the same …similar name. Spreading lies is not being a Christian.

      • Michael Bernard Beckwith founded Agape in California. Please remove his name from this deceptive and false blog. I have been a member of Agape since 1992. Please do not speak of someone bringing absolute integrity and potential of the highest order out of myself and our congregation with such lies. Thank you.

  2. Don Crouser says:

    this event has nothing to do with Michael Beckwith and I am sure that a congregation numbering over 8,000 would not be considered a struggling spiritual center.

    • Sandra Fackler says:

      This is not Michael Beckwith’s church. His church is in Los Angeles, CA, I have been there. This church with it’s sexual predator minister is in Texas. The headline must belong to another article or perhaps since he is a famous person you are trying to get internet hits from his fame. You should be ashamed, bearing false witness is a SIN. Do you think Jesus Christ needs you to lie and cheat for Him? You turn his name into an abomination with your lies and deceit. Correct your site or take it down.

  3. Cee says:

    Just because he heads a church doesn’t make him a saint!

    • Sandra Fackler says:

      Just because he head a different church in another state doesn’t make him connected with this sorry story! His name doesn’t belong on this story at all.

    • Laura says:

      The name of the church is the same, but in different states and not connected with Michael Beckwith in anyway. It is a disservice and unchristian for Jaz Parker to be spreading such lies. “Father forgive him, he knows not..”

      • Alisa Justice says:

        The names of the church are not the same. The church in Culver City, which Dr, Rev.
        Michael Bernard Beckwith is the Minister is named Agape International Spiritual Center. Someone should check their facts before slandering a beautiful Gifted man.

  4. Brian says:

    This is a hit piece, repute with false accusations and lies. If you purport to speak on behalf of “Truth,” you should be ashamed of yourself.

  5. nicki says:

    Shame on you!!! I bet he has enough people accusing him of things without you adding to it. You need to correct the article either to involve him in whatever part you can prove he holds in this or remove his name and his church and apologize at the least. Remove the inaccurate info as well, his congregation is far from the number you listed and this isn’t even the right church or location. Shame on you!

  6. Laura says:

    The internet has opened the world of communication and has its pros and cons. This is a “con”. The name of Rev. Michael’s church is Agape, but it is located in Culver City (Los Angeles), California, NOT in Texas. He has nothing to do with that church or this story that Jaz Parker has made up. This story needs to be taken down.

  7. Anthony L Stewart says:

    The person who printed this article shoud be sued

  8. NANCY ZALA says:


  9. Duke says:

    Um, Gaz? You’re a confused, sad person. Wake up, get your names, states and churches straight. Agape International Spiritual Center, founded by Rev. Dr. Michael Bernard Beckwith, is – trust me – thriving in Culver City, California. By the way, we don’t spend ANY of our precious time looking for ways to tear down churches and ministers of other faiths. Get a life.

  10. Lady Stynnett says:

    This article has absolutely nothing to do with Rev Michael Bernard Beckwith,(The Secret) his church is The Agape International Spiritual Center in Culver City Ca, which is a 30 yr old ministry. It’s misleading and slanderous to have his name tied to this church in Arlington TX.

  11. Jayne Mitchell says:

    I am a christian and dr micheal beckwith does not deny christ but encourages people to look within and question..why is everyone trying to prove people wrong..God given intuition…who is telling the truth…

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