I belong to a private prison ministry, that up until last month had been closely affiliated with BT. We recruited members from BT with their blessing, we had our annual children’s party there, and we referred inmates nearing release there. A now-former member, who was dissatisfied with how things were being run (really, he complained about everything), went to “Rev. Jim” and whined about the ministry.After the associate pastors led the Spanish Inquisition with every single member of the ministry, we were all called to a meeting where we were told that our ministry had been severed from BT and that BT would form its own ministry. We were given a choice: Join them, remain with the private ministry, or be members of both (although Pastor Burgos and Deacon Portalatin cautioned that there may be a future “conflict of interest”– their words, not mine.) We were also told that we could take the BT training no matter what our decisions were. At that time, I chose to be a member of both.
On September 5th, I received an e-mail from the deacon asking to meet with me in a week’s time. I responded, advising that I would not be available that day due to a commitment with the private ministry at one of the jails. At that time, the deacon told me (still via e-mail) that I would have to choose between the two, and that the training was for BT prison ministry members ONLY.At this point, the hypocrisy became blatantly and painfully obvious. I chose the private ministry. Just to make sure I’d heard correctly, at the next private ministry meeting, I asked other members to clarify what Pastor Burgos and Deacon Portalatin had said. I *had* heard correctly. Yesterday, I attended services at BT for the last time. After seeing the deacon work the sanctuary like a politician and hearing “Rev. Jim” extol the excitement of working in a prison ministry with no facilities to go to, I got up and left, in an absolute rage. Never again will I enter their facility. I’ve been lied to repeatedly throughout my life, but to be lied to by supposed men of God is an outrage. I’m not giving up on God – after all, He cannot lie – and I’m looking for a new church home, but I will never again attend any function at or sponsored by the Brooklyn Tabernacle Liars. Nor will I recommend this “church” to ANYONE. A Coup by Jim Cymbala Alex Burgos and Abraham Portalatin to take over thePrison Ministry. Lied to eveyone. Send Abraham in as a PJC SPY sanctioned by Cymbala and Chump Alex Burgos who is Cymbala's Henchman . Cymbala wanted an inroad into the Prisons and say Pals for Christ as that inroad. He pretended to be interested in helping our leader and told him he would introduce the ministry to BT, send us singers, and help us. But in reality he only wanted to take it over and get a foot in the door to the NYC and NYS prisons. Cymbala send Abraham Portalatin as a spy pretending he was interested in joining the Prison Ministry but in reality was sent as a spy to take it over. Send it by henchman Alex Burgos who is a joke of a pastor who basically does PJC's dirty work. Abraham who is a spy brought back bad reports of Pals for Christ. They pretended to make Abraham the Administrator but in reality they were conducting a slow take over. A coup d'etat. They recently had a training and we were told that we could attend. Then we were told we had to make a choice. Choose Pals for Christ or BT. pals were not allowed to attend the training given by Abraham Portaltin who is clueless about prison ministry.
Cymbala saw an opportunity to have a valid BT prison ministry IT HAD TO BE A BT Ministry because then Cymbal can put up another page on the website and tell the world how GOd called him and Carol to have a prison ministry. Then they can go to Angola and do a video about BT Prison Ministry. It is, has, and will always be about BT and the Cymbalas. THey will use you, take from you and then deamonize you! Like they are doing to the leader of Pals for Christ.
Welcome to the club. I am sorry that this happened to you, but this is the standard operating procedure for this weasal of a pastor and his money hungry family. Pastor Cymbala has lied, cheated and stolen from everyone to build his financial empire, and EVERYONE is disposable, except his precious egomaniac children. Just read the topix blog...there are 8,000 posts detailing the abuse of this man and his mob.....it is sickening. But, the empire is going down.....they have stepped on one toe too many and they are going to reap what they sow. I CAN state with 100% certainty that Pastor Cymbala is a flat our liar....A LIAR, and it blows my mind that he is held up as some spiritual giant.....the Christian world is so blind to the true nature of this charlatan, but God is not. They are narcissists of the highest order.....so are their spoiled, rotten kids. Pastor Toledo of the Chicago Tab and his wife Chrissy Cymbala are tyrants who operate in the same way as their parents....they will destroy anyone who doesn't submit to their iron fisted will, and it's all about THEM> The truth is being told, and they will be publicly disgraced, and they all deserve it. God Bless you, and God sees it all, so do not fret.
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