“The Lord’s bond-servant must not be quarrelsome, but be kind to all, able to teach, patient when wronged, with gentleness correcting those who are in opposition, if perhaps God may grant them repentance leading to the knowledge of the truth, and they may come to their senses and escape from the snare of the devil, having been held captive by him to do his will.” 2 Timothy 2:24-26
I had planned to write an article today entitled “Greg Locke: Adulterer in God’s Eyes” which would have explored an alleged marriage ceremony held at Global Vision Bible Church (GVBC) between Greg Locke and GVBC church secretary Tai Cowan McGee. Yet, things have taken an interesting turn and that article will be put off until another time. In anticipation of writing it, I put out the following request on Facebook for more information:
To my surprise, Greg Locke responded that if I wanted information, I should call him.
So, today at lunchtime, with his encouragement, I called Greg Locke. He was less than forthcoming in answering my questions but he did threaten me with physical violence. During the course of our conversation, Greg threatened to “drive to Atlanta” and “kick my @ss.” He also called me a “prick.” He further stated that he “hoped I was recording” the conversation. Such is the behavior of a man who styles and markets himself to hundreds of thousands of people as a conservative, Bible-believing pastor.
Greg Locke thinks I’ve wronged him. His response? Rage, anger, threats, and name-calling. What was in his heart boiled up into and out of his mouth. Scripture indicates that the Lord’s bond-servant must be “patient when wronged” (for the record, it also indicates that pastors shouldn’t cheat on their wives and remain in the pastoral office). Greg Locke is anything but. Before today’s incident, I had heard stories about Greg Locke hurling abusive speech upon his family members. I had even published vicious text messages which he had sent his wife. Today, I experienced his hateful vitriol first-hand. In all my reporting on the nefarious activities of the man who calls himself “Pastor” Greg Locke, from interviewing his brokenhearted wife (now ex-wife) near the Georgia women’s shelter where she was living to speaking with disaffected and traumatized former members of his church, I didn’t expect that I would be writing myself into the story. Yet, today I am reporting that Greg Locke threatened to beat me up. This is yet another strange twist in the story of man who grew from relative obscurity to being featured as the face of Christianity on CNN.
Oh, also, he’s giving away a 70-inch television to the person who brings the most people to church this weekend. Apparently, it’s “pack the house weekend” at GVBC. Genuine Christians want no part of any church pastored by a man who leaves his wife for the church secretary. The kind of people who would go to a church with a pastor like that, well, they are the kind of people who would invite people to church to win a big TV. Perhaps they are even impressed that their pastor threatened to drive to another state and beat someone up today (other than his ex-wife, who accused him of spousal abuse). For all I know, Greg Locke is happy to have the free advertising this article provides.
I suspect Greg Locke really wanted to talk to me today to see if he could find out who is leaking information to me. Quite frankly, I never wanted to know what Greg Locke does before, during, and after when he goes out on a date for ice cream…but I do. I hear all kinds of things about the life of this so-called pastor. I just wish more people would pay attention and know that this internet famous “pastor” isn’t worth their time and money. Greg Locke is a reproach to Christ. If you are dependent on him or any other internet-famous minister for your primary bible-teaching, please find a good local church. If you don’t know Jesus, please, realize that you can repent of your sin and be saved no matter what it is.
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