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“Woe to them that devise iniquity, and work evil upon their beds! When the morning is light, they practise it, because it is in the power of their hand. And they covet fields, and take them by violence; and houses, and take them away: so they oppress a man and his house, even a man and his heritage. Therefore thus saith the LORD; Behold, against this family do I devise an evil, from which ye shall not remove your necks; neither shall ye go haughtily: for this time is evil. In that day shall one take up a parable against you, and lament with a doleful lamentation, and say, We be utterly spoiled: he hath changed the portion of my people: how hath he removed it from me! turning away he hath divided our fields. Therefore thou shalt have none that shall cast a cord by lot in the congregation of the LORD”
(Micah 2: 1-5).

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Jerry Gentry's response to Reed Benson's letter.
Upon receipt of Reed's letter to me dated 11/30/00 which accused me of committing a "criminal act" of extortion, I immediately phoned Reed and begged him to reconsider his accusation and course. I challenged him to remember the friendly agreement willingly signed by all parties over two weeks earlier. I reminded him that he then had told me he had no problem with Scott having "the house and the money." I do not believe I had received a copy of the attorney's letter to Scott at that time. I told Reed that he was demanding a complete reversal of the lawful agreement already reached. I reminded him that the church attorney might "blow smoke," but that a criminal indictment had to come from the Vernon County District Attorney.

I asked had he called the DA? He did not answer. I said what he and the board were doing was suicidal, the very thing Scott Stinson had feared about Dan Gayman, that Dan Gayman would spin the agreement out of control with accusations and finger pointing and that if they continued in that direction that lawsuits and counter lawsuits would be filed, and they would be giving depositions and arguing in court for the next ten years! I reminded him that I have nothing to fear, that my name and reputation has already for the past many years been trashed by Pastor Dan Gayman. I told him my concern was for Scott and his family. I demanded to know why they had waited over two weeks to renege the signed agreements. He admitted that the board had "changed it's mind." I demanded to know why they had not called the authorities when I was present there and to have me arrested. He gave no answer.

His claim that the Board of Trustees is "in charge of the assets of the Church of Israel" is another preposterous sham. Everyone who knows the inner workings of the Church of Israel knows that Dan Gayman uses the board, made up of family and other men he controls, to rubber stamp his decisions. Even the letter to me from Reed reads like a letter from Dan Gayman! Reed listened carefully to what I said. He said very little to me. He did seem concerned about the scenario I pictured of the Church of Israel being involved in suits, countersuits, investigations, tax audits, etc., for many years to come, if this matter could not be resolved quickly. I told him that his accusations amounted to "slander." I told him that determination could not be made by him. I told him that if he or Dan Gayman had felt that what I had done was criminal, they should have immediately contacted either the Sheriff or the DA. I asked if he had contacted the District Attorney. He did not say.

Therefore, I immediately phoned the Vernon County District Attorney and the State Attorney General's office, to find out if I would be indicted. Neither of those offices had heard of any charges against me or Scott. Therefore, the only logical conclusion I could make was that this entire matter was due to "buyer's remorse." I concluded that after over two weeks, Dan Gayman was unable to resist going into "spin" mode against Scott and me. He knew he had no case with the civil authorities. They would have laughed him off. So his only avenue was to "spin" the entire matter out of control against two loyal friends, one his "spiritual son," the other his "largest patron." This was a sad day in my life.
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