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Dear Friend:

It has come to my attention that Kreighton Chan and John Waldrip are still fighting to destroy our church that Dr. Hymers and I built over the years. Please try to read the following sermon with as little prejudice as possible. I have worked with Dr. Hymers for 42 years. He is a man of God who has been deeply harmed by the church split engendered by John Waldrip and Kreighton Chan. He resigned as the pastor during the church split and I am now the pastor of the Baptist Tabernacle. Dr. Hymers is now in his 80th year of life, and I would like you to pray for Dr. Hymers. He is a cancer survivor and has deep rheumatoid arthritis in his left knee.

Yours in Christ,

Christopher L. Cagan, Pastor


by Christopher L. Cagan, Pastor
Ph.D., M.Div., Ph.D.

A sermon preached at the Baptist Tabernacle of Los Angeles
Lord’s Day Morning, January 12, 2020

“Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Ye shall know them by their fruits” (Matthew 7:15, 16; p. 1004 Scofield).

Jesus Christ warned us against false preachers. They look like sheep. They appear to be good Christians. But inside they are wolves!

How do we know who is a sheep and who is a wolf? Jesus said, “Ye shall know them by their fruits.” You can tell a wolf from a sheep by what they do, and the fruit that comes out of that. False preachers are not from God. They are “pastors” from Hell. This morning I want to talk about two “pastors” from Hell, John Waldrip and Kreighton Chan.

I. First, John Waldrip is a pastor from Hell.

John Waldrip is the pastor of Calvary Road Baptist Church in Monrovia, California. Why do I say he is a pastor from Hell? What did Waldrip do? Let me tell you. Waldrip is too lazy to do the real work of the ministry. That’s the root of his sin. That’s why he hates Dr. Hymers, who has done the work of the ministry for 61 years. Dr. Hymers wins souls from the world. Waldrip won’t do that. Waldrip is too lazy to do that. That’s why he is jealous of Dr. Hymers. He hates him because he can’t and won’t do the work of a pastor. He is a pastor from Hell who should get out of the ministry!

Waldrip is just fine with lazy people like himself, but he hates a man who works and suffers for God. Waldrip’s close friend is a man named Ramzi Kammar. Kammar is a man like Waldrip. That’s why they are friends. Kammar is an overweight man who claims to be a missionary to the Arabs in the Holy Land. He claims to have a church in Jerusalem. He claims to be under constant threat of death from the Muslims. Kammar said these things when he spoke in our church. He said them again to me as he drove me through Los Angeles in his new Cadillac. But he never gave the name and address of his church. He never showed me pictures or told me about any of the people there. It was all supposed to be kept secret for fear of the Muslims. But that’s not the reason!

Kammar keeps his “church” secret because he doesn’t have a church! It doesn’t exist! No one could find it. Even Kreighton Chan couldn’t find it! That’s right. Mr. Chan went to the Holy Land and searched diligently for Kammar’s church. He went all through Jerusalem. He asked pastors and laymen. No one knew anything about Kammar’s church. The reason is simple. There is no church!

What does Kammar do? He collects money. He drives a new Cadillac. He eats plenty of food – I’ve seen that for myself. He is a charlatan, a man who steals money in the name of God. He is John Waldrip’s close friend. Waldrip keeps him as a friend even though he knows that Kammar has no church. There is a saying, “Birds of a feather flock together.” Kammar is lazy and won’t do the work, and Waldrip is the same way. It’s no surprise that they are friends. And it’s no surprise that both Waldrip and Kammar are against Dr. Hymers.

“Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Ye shall know them by their fruits” (Matthew 7:15, 16).

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Waldrip is too lazy to win people from the world. Instead, he tries to grow by stealing. I remember when he tried to steal a whole church. That’s right. He temporarily resigned as the pastor of his own church. Then he and his people went to a Conservative Baptist church with a letter from Waldrip’s associate “transferring” them there. They “joined” that church as voting members to take it over. He wanted to destroy that Baptist church and take it for himself. Why did Waldrip do that? Because the Conservative Baptist church had an excellent building, which Waldrip called “the pearl of the San Gabriel Valley.” I saw him say that on a video. He brought more members with him than the other church already had. He wanted to get himself voted in as pastor, take over the church, and steal the building. But there was a lawsuit. Waldrip lost and retreated back where he came from. I know every detail of this sorry business. What Waldrip did shows a lot about him. He likes quick and easy pole-vault tricks and not hard work. He tried to do a quick and easy stealing, because he was too lazy to build a church himself. That’s the fruit of Waldrip. He is a false prophet and a ravening wolf!

“Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Ye shall know them by their fruits” (Matthew 7:15, 16).

Just as Waldrip tried to steal a Conservative Baptist church, so he tries to steal people from our church and destroy it. That’s why he counseled Mr. Chan on his plan to split our church and start another church to steal people from us and ruin our church. He doesn’t build up his own church, but he wants to destroy Dr. Hymers. That’s why he “sent” Chan out from his church on that hellish mission of destruction. He is a ravening wolf, a pastor from Hell!

Waldrip is too lazy to do the work of evangelism. It takes work to bring in people from the world. That’s too much for Waldrip to do. He tried doing some evangelism, but soon he stopped. Now his church does little or no evangelism. That’s why Waldrip is against Dr. Hymers, who believes in vigorous evangelism as the Bible commands. That’s the fruit of John Waldrip. “Ye shall know them by their fruits” (Matthew 7:16).

Waldrip is too lazy to work at getting people saved. It’s hard to get people converted. Sinners in the world don’t naturally want to be Christians. It takes work and prayer and love and Gospel preaching for that to happen. In our church we preach the Gospel and speak with people individually until they trust Jesus. That’s too much for Waldrip. He tried to do a little about conversion, but he backed off quickly. That’s his fruit.

Waldrip backed off from preaching the Gospel. Now he just teaches the Bible in his sermons. That’s right, he’s left Gospel preaching and gone to expository teaching. I have read his sermons. He teaches a few verses at a time with long expositions and fancy words and quotations and footnotes. That sounds intellectual, but it won’t win souls. Waldrip wants to pretend he’s a scholar when he is not. That’s another reason why he is against Dr. Hymers, who has three earned doctorates. And Waldrip is against Dr. Hymers because Dr. Hymers preaches the Gospel!

Waldrip’s laziness and hatred for Dr. Hymers came together in his phony “sending” of the church splitter Kreighton Chan. Waldrip knows that people should support their local church. He knows that church splits are wrong. He used to say those things. He used to not welcome church splitters. But he threw it all away in his hatred for Dr. Hymers. That’s why he gave Mr. Chan a phony “sending” to start his own church. Being lazy, Waldrip did that in a quick and lazy way.

Waldrip knows that a missionary should be sent out by a church after he has been working in that church for a long time. But Waldrip wanted a quick and easy way to make trouble for Dr. Hymers. Waldrip had already counseled with Chan about his plans to split our church. Waldrip let Chan and his stolen people parachute into his church for a few days. He had Chan preach a sermon. Then Chan and his clique pole-vaulted out of Waldrip’s church in a fake “sending.” They jumped in and they jumped out. That wasn’t a sending, that was a trick! It was exactly what you’d expect from Waldrip!

“Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Ye shall know them by their fruits” (Matthew 7:15, 16).

John Waldrip is a pastor from Hell. He fits right in with Kreighton Chan, another pastor from Hell. The day Christ was crucified, “Pilate and Herod were made friends together” (Luke 23:12). Just as Pilate and Herod became friends, Waldrip and Chan became friends and work together. They have the same mind. They are both pastors from Hell.

II. Second, Kreighton Chan is a pastor from Hell.

What did Mr. Chan do? He was the senior deacon in our church. He left our church and took out half our people with him to start a church of his own. On learning about this, a famous missionary who earned a doctor’s degree at a well-known seminary said, “Chan is a false prophet.”

Chan is a thief who comes “to steal, and to kill, and to destroy” (John 10:10). Jesus said, “Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Ye shall know them by their fruits” (Matthew 7:15, 16). What are Mr. Chan’s fruits? Stealing and destruction! He pretends to be a sheep, but he is a wolf. The Bible says he is a false prophet. He is a pastor from Hell.

Chan himself says he trusted Jesus and learned about the Christian life under the ministry of Dr. Hymers. There was no reason for him to run away. He promised not to leave. In an email to Dr. Hymers he said this,

Our church is my home and I promise you that I will never leave it.
I want to do as much for Christ as I can and there is plenty of work to do here to meet that desire (May 27, 2016).

But soon afterward he broke his word. He ran away and led a major church split. He is a liar. He is a pastor from Hell.

Chan says he is called to be a pastor. But he is not! That is obvious. In his years at our church he did not bring in one person from the world. He did not help the Christians here. He was given the opportunity to preach, but his sermons were lifeless.

In his book, Dear Preacher, Please Quit, Dr. Roy Branson said, “God marks His men by qualifying them. He enables them to do what He calls them to do” (p. 22). Dr. Branson believes that 90% of pastors are not called by God to the ministry. They should quit and get another job. That’s why Branson’s book is called “Dear Preacher, Please Quit”! I wish Chan would quit the ministry and get another job! He does not have the ability to be a pastor, which shows God has not called him. Chan said so himself! In an email to Dr. Hymers (with a copy to me), Chan said this,

    I believe that if God calls a man to be a pastor He would equip Him for that office. Therefore…God could not have called me to become a pastor. I cannot fault your reasoning. It is sound.
    I now accept that I have not been called by God to be a pastor (September 15, 2016).

Mr. Chan confessed that he was angry with Dr. Hymers for saying he, Chan, was not called to the ministry. He confessed and supposedly repented. I heard that false confession. But soon after, he left and set up his own church so he could “preach” to the people he stole. Kreighton Chan, you are a pastor from Hell! The Bible says, “Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Ye shall know them by their fruits” (Matthew 7:15, 16). Stay away from Waldrip and Chan! Don’t listen to them! Don’t go to their churches! Run from them! They are pastors from Hell!

One more thing: when Dr. Hymers got sick with cancer and rheumatoid arthritis Mr. Chan saw his chance to split the church. He began having secret meetings with Dr. Waldrip every week, and they planned together how they would take the church away from Dr. Hymers while he was sick. Dr. Hymers and I did not learn about these secret meetings until after Chan left.

And now I must speak to those of you who are not yet Christians. You have not trusted Jesus. You are still in your sins. You are not ready to stand before God. But Jesus died on the Cross to pay for all your sin. He shed His Blood so your sin could be washed away. He rose from the dead to give you life. If you would like to speak with us about trusting Jesus, please come to the front of the room right after this sermon. Amen.