House of Yahweh member responds
By JODY BEARD
I am writing this letter in response to the article on the House
of Yahweh which appeared on the front page of the Sunday, April
14, edition of the Abilene Reporter-News.
Being from out of town, when I first picked up your paper, I noticed
the quote you apply to yourselves, "We sketch your world
exactly as it goes." But as I read the article against the
House of Yahweh, my disappointment about this quote grew to shock.
This article paints nothing but one unproven allegation after
How can I say this with such conviction? I have been a member,
along with my wife and family, of the House of Yahweh for six
years and have served as an elder for the past two years. My wife
and I are also kin to Kay Jordan, whom you quote in this article,
Kay being married to my wife's brother for the past 10 years.
Having knowledge of both the teachings and the workings of the
House of Yahweh and the past dealings of Kay Jordan, I can tell
you that the pertinent facts about her story do not appear in
Speaking as an elder in the House of Yahweh, I tell you the House
of Yahweh has never accepted food stamps or any other form of
government assistance as tithes. My own family struggled financially
at times and we received food stamps, but we never gave food stamps
as tithes. Despite what Anah Jeffries (whose real name is Carol;
you should get your facts before publishing an article like this)
quoted to your staff writers, Yisrayl Hawkins, or any other elder,
never advised, never even suggested that we pay tithes with food
stamps, nor even that we go on food stamps.
Furthermore, there are no offering plates passed around in the
House of Yahweh. Tithing is purely voluntary and we only teach
what the Bible says about it, as all churches do.
The House of Yahweh teaches ALL, whether rich or poor, to be honest
in all their dealings. We teach complete Law-keeping, not only
the Laws of the Bible but the laws of man's governments as well,
just as the Savior and Apostles did. I personally help out in
the House of Yahweh prison ministry and many of the chaplains
at the prison we visit tell me that the prisoners who convert
to our teachings become model prisoners.
Having known Kay Jordan for 10 years, my wife and I both know
that her troubles with the welfare system began long before she
came to the House of Yahweh. The pending charges against her in
Mississippi are the result of her own negligence in filing the
proper information. In fact, she boasted to both my wife and myself
that she had gotten one over on the "beastly system,"
as she called it.
I guarantee that she did not learn this behavior at the House
of Yahweh, and in fact would have been ashamed to admit to the
elders what she was doing concerning her dealings with government
Furthermore, Kay Jordan was never a steady, stable member of the
House of Yahweh, and certainly cannot be considered a representative
of those who are. On more than one occasion she left the House
of Yahweh, only to return, and we always welcomed her back after
she supposedly repented. She was never a regular tithe payer and,
in fact, paid very little tithes to the House of Yahweh. Her accusations
about the House of Yahweh are completely fictitious. For instance,
wine, although permitted for the Savior's Last Supper, as in most
churches, is NOT sold by the House of Yahweh.
Kay Jordan insinuated that she was concerned about her personal
safety. It's not only against the laws of this country but it's
against the Laws of our Heavenly Father to commit murder. No one
loyal to the teachings of the House of Yahweh would ever commit
this heinous sin or even consider threatening bodily harm to another
The article stated that Yisrayl Hawkins has not responded to repeated
requests for interviews. If the Abilene Reporter-News would truly
"sketch our world exactly as it goes," you would not
even go so far as printing only one side of the story. If you
would quit twisting and distorting statements and agree to print
the truth, then Yisrayl Hawkins would grant you an interview.
We challenge the Abilene Reporter-News to rise above the hatred
being displayed by the former members of the House of Yahweh,
whose only stated desire is to ruin an innocent man, and return
to the principles of responsible journalism that you claim to
follow. All we have seen printed so far is merely allegation and
lies concerning the House of Yahweh and Yisrayl Hawkins. I am
only stating these things because I know my sister-in-law, Kay
Jordan, and I know Carol Jeffries; the facts are, they both lie
to cover their own sins. The only reason that they have to hate
Yisrayl Hawkins is because he scolded them continually for the
many sins they practice.
(Jody Beard is a member of the House of Yahweh in Tylertown,
Miss. His remarks, signed and notarized, were delivered by hand
to the Reporter-News. )
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