Controversial Preacher Greg Locke Attacked During Tennessee Revival Service; Church Kicks Out Critic After Brawl

The pastor and members of a Tennessee church were forced to defend their guest speaker, controversial internet preacher Greg Locke, during their spring revival service last Thursday after he was publicly rebuked for “not living up to what a pastor needs to be.”

Several videos of a brawl that erupted during the revival service at Benchmark Church in Oliver Springs, Tennessee, reflect an ongoing feud between the equally controversial Pulpit & Pen ministry of Pastor J. D. Hall of Montana, and Locke, who leads Global Vision Bible Church in Tennessee and boasts a massive audience of more than a million followers on Facebook.

Hall and those who write for his ministry describe themselves as Baptist, with most of them holding to the five points of Calvinism. They say they hold “similar convictions, including a belief in the Scripture’s inerrancy, young-Earth creationism, Biblical manhood and womanhood, and a general detestation of skinny jeans.”

For months, Hall’s ministry has argued that Locke is unfit for ministry because of his separation from his mentally troubled wife, Melissa.

On Thursday, a Pulpit & Pen associate, identified as Tim Weakley, attended Benchmark Church with his wife and family. As Locke began to speak, Weakley interrupted him.

“You know some of us need to tremble when the devil is against us,” Weakley said as the congregation gave him shouts of support.

“My heart is just broken from what’s been going on and I’m telling you this brother needs prayer right now. Not like all of us, no right now,” Weakley said resolutely as both Locke and the church obeyed his request to prayer.

After a few moments of what appeared to be supportive intercession, Weakley then declared, “We know that the devil is just having his way. And the biggest problem we have right now is this man right here.” He pointed to Locke whose head was still bowed at the pulpit.

This man “is not living up to what a pastor needs to be,” Weakley said as a single voice is heard saying “thank you, Jesus.”

After a split second of silence, however, angry shouts soon erupted from the back of the church declaring “Oh, no!” By this time, Locke had his head raised as Weakley continued speaking. He was quickly interrupted by the church’s leader, Pastor Benjamin Blankenship, who ordered him to “get out, get out of here now.”

A brawl, which included a shouting match, then ensued until Weakley and his family were finally expelled from the church.

Weakley explained in another video after the brawl that they have no plans to stop trying to keep Locke out of the pulpit.

“This is what happens when you go out and stand up,” Weakley said. “Greg Locke understands now that we’re not gonna take this lying down. There are folks from Pulpit & Pen all over the place.

“There are some other folks who they’re gonna come by and hold these ministries and revivals and stuff. They’ve shamed the gospel of Jesus Christ, they’ve shamed the pulpit. We can’t do anything about their sin or their repentance but as far as the church and holiness in the church, we really need to be on top of it.”

Blankenship slammed Weakley and Pulpit & Pen in several posts on his Facebook page.

“This pious sacrosanct devil is [d]eluding himself & his weak-minded followers who sit idly at their computers swallowing up his lies like little birds. He has public[ly] shown that he has a severe spiritual disorder,” Blankenship said.

“What these heartless people are doing to Pastor Greg Locke isn’t Christian, but monstrous. Frankly, I question their true motives. It’s been alleged that much of it is for different reasons and when some of them saw an opening they took it. While many of us are in the public eye to some degree our lives are not their business,” the small town pastor said.

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Source: Christian Post