continued Newsome has subjected Minkow to "brutal insults," says Jim Robeson, executive pastor of the church. "There is not one church in San Diego that would tolerate the kind of disrespect and abuse Mr. Bill Newsome has levied against Pastor Barry."
"It's okay for him [Newsome] to come back to the church, but it's not okay to be obstreperous," says Bramley.
But the church has lost some credibility in slapping Newsome. In late January, Newsome wanted to bring a forensic accountant and an investigator to the church's annual meeting. But the two were not members, and only members can attend. There was a confrontation; Newsome was told he was no longer a member as of that moment, and the church called the cops. "Tell the police they don't have to come; I'm leaving," Newsome recalls saying, although a patrol car did show up. The next day, he was officially put on church discipline. "You are no longer welcomed or allowed at [the church]," wrote Nevarez, citing Newsome's negative attitude. His calling the senior pastor's letter "crap" was a factor.
In another communication, Nevarez charged that Newsome was "slandering and not honoring Pastor Barry." Quoting Bible verses, Nevarez explained, "It is unbiblical to cause someone to think less of another person," even if the statement is 100 percent true. This is dubious doctrine, particularly since Minkow, Nevarez, Robeson, and Bramley have all criticized Newsome in interviews with me, and Minkow is in the business of exposing crooks, of whom he rightfully speaks ill. In his defense, Newsome cites numerous Bible verses in which someone is getting reamed out, often by a holy person.
When he was first scolded for his language, Newsome's alibi was that "crap" was a modern word for the biblical "dung." Now that he has confessed that his approach was sinful, he's not making the distinction.