The Reason Files was recently contacted by members of this church, who have become very concerned about events that have recently taken place at their church.
According to a source who wishes to remain anonymous, after Pastor Martin passed away, a man by the name of Rick Mesler became a non-ordained temporary pastor of the church.
Let me reiterate that last bit. Rick Mesler is, not, ordained.
Without the knowledge of the congregation, Mr. Mesler had come under the influence of Aaron Thompson, pastor of Sure Foundation Baptist Church in Vancouver, Washington, which is part of the New IFB.
Beginning with Mark Wayne Lewis who had himself installed as pastor of Friendship Baptist Church, without ever being ordained. Lewis was an admitted methamphetamine using and dealing homosexual who ended up in prison after firebombing a home with six people -- including children, asleep inside. Lewis later sent out Roger Jimenez to start a church. That church became known as Verity Baptist Church.
Jimenez claims Lewis ordained him. Witnesses claim Jimenez was never ordained. Either way, since Lewis was not a Christian, was was an admitted homosexual, any ordination performed by him would be invalid. Therefore, Jimenez is also not ordained. As a non-ordained pastor, Jimenez ordained Aaron Thompson. At that time, Jimenez was also a firm believer in the heresy of Modalism, and so just like his pastor, Mark Wayne Lewis, Jimenez was not a Christian.
Therefore, Aaron Thompson was ordained by a non-ordained unbeliever, and so Thompson's ordination is also invalid. Mesler's lack of ordination should not be a problem for Aaron Thompson.
It wasn’t long before Mesler’s doctrinal beliefs changed and came to be more in line with the New IFB. It was at this point that Mesler began to come into conflict with members of the congregation who did not agree with New IFB teachings, and Mesler started to run them out of the church.
Sources within the church report that this all came to a head on the evening of Wednesday, March 3rd, 2021, when the Deacons of the Church – the men who are actually in authority over the operation of the church – called Mr. Mesler into a private meeting to discuss both his recently adopted New IFB doctrines, as well as the fact that he was not yet ordained.
The church had an established policy written into the church constitution regarding the ordination requirements for the church pastor.
Mr. Mesler did not agree with these requirements.
Sources within the church have reported that he is divorced, and that he has had, um, well, let’s just say, “domestic problems” involving Mr. Mesler and his wife, step-son, and mother. Needless to say, Mr. Mesler does not meet the biblical requirements for pastor, and if he were to agree to those requirements, he would have to step down as pastor.
This is something Mr. Mesler was unwilling to do, as it would remove him from the position of power and authority he had come to enjoy.
Refusing to abide by the biblical requirements set forth in the church constitution, Mesler attempted to get the constitution changed in order to by-pass those requirements. When the Deacons, who again are the ones actually in authority over the operation of the church, brought up Mesler’s recently adopted New IFB doctrines, church sources report that Mr. Mesler became increasingly upset, eventually to the point where Mesler jumped up and challenged the Deacons to an all out fist fight. “Let’s take this outside, Buddy!” Mr. Mesler screamed. When he refused to calm down, the Deacon’s found themselves in a position where they had no alternative but to fire Mr. Mesler.
But even this did not end the altercation, as sources reported that Mr. Mesler then ran out into the sanctuary area screaming at people. According to sources, when one of the Deacons attempted to intervene and protect the congregation, Mesler turned on him, and began chasing the Deacon around the church screaming that the Deacon’s cannot fire him. When he had the Deacon backed into a corner, and started to advance on him, the Deacon put his hand out in front of him telling Mesler to back away. Our source reports that Mesler then walked up to the Deacon, and intentionally bumped the Deacon’s hand with his chest. Mesler then accused the Deacon of assaulting him.
Our source went on to say that Mesler then went around to various people in the church, those whom he felt were against him, and summarily annulling their membership and kicking them out of the church.
Finally, Mesler left the church to go to the police station to file an official complaint against the Deacon for allegedly assaulting him. It is believed that at this time Mesler contacted Aaron Thompson for help.
After Mesler left the church building, the remainder of the people, including the Deacon’s, also left. Early the next morning, or possibly even that very night, the Deacon’s had the locks changed on the church. They then informed the entire church membership that they church would be shut down for the safety of everyone, until the situation calmed down and a vote could be taken to officially remove Mr. Mesler from the church.
Sources within the church report that at some point prior to the morning services on Sunday March 7th, Mesler returned to the church. One source reported, “Rick Mesler and one of his supporters came down to the church and drilled out the locks, and broke into the church.” Mesler and his supporters have subsequently changed the locks themselves, and locked out the Deacons and those members who do not support Mesler.
Sources then reported that when the congregation arrived for church services and to vote on the removal of Rick Mesler from the church, they were met by Aaron Thompson and others from Thompson’s Sure Foundation Baptist Church. One source reports that Thompson and his people were standing guard at the church entrance, and physically preventing anyone who did not support Rick Mesler from entering the church. Our source reports that they were told by a person who was able to get in, that Thompson and his people had guns and it was openly discussed that they were guarding the church.
Mesler himself called the police in an attempt to have those who disagreed with him either removed from the church property, or arrested, or both. When the police arrived one of our sources was able to film their encounter with Rick Mesler, where they explained to him they were not going to remove anyone nor arrest anyone, and they suggested the entire situation was a civil matter rather than a criminal one.
After the police and those who did not support Mesler and had been blocked from entering the church had all left, Mesler then began to address his supporters, or at least those whom he believed were his supporters. Some of them were not, as the Reason Files has been sent three different hidden camera videos taken by those inside the church.
Something interesting that is seen in the videos, near the beginning of them, is a heavy set young man who identifies himself as “Cassidy.” He asks to speak and Mesler gives him permission to do so. Cassidy stands up and introduces himself by name, and saying he is the newest member of the church. It is, in fact, the first time he has ever been to the church. When a church member questions him, and asks when he was voted in as a member, he responds that using his authority as the pastor, as granted in the church constitution, Mesler appointed him as a member, and that he was there for security. No one knows who this Cassidy is or where he came from. No one other than Rick Mesler.
Mesler later states that he hired Cassidy for security, and that he was not a member; saying Cassidy simply misunderstood him. Nevertheless, Mesler allowed Cassidy to speak as a member rather than as an employee.
During Mesler’s speech, and we’ll call it that since we cannot call it a sermon, he referred to those who disagreed with him as heretics and vipers, and he told his audience that according to Romans 16:17, anyone who listens to them is simple minded, thus implanting their minds the need to divide and separate from them. In essence, doing the very thing that Romans 16:17 condemns! He repeatedly encourages his audience to revoke to membership of all those who disagree with him, and drives this point home by telling them it is the only way to keep themselves safe. Mesler then goes so far to say that those who disagree with him have removed themselves from church membership.
These tactics are straight out of the New IFB playbook. All that is left is to have a New IFB leader come and preach at their church.
And that is exactly what happened next.
On Wednesday, March 10th, 2021, Aaron Thompson returned to Bible Believer’s Baptist Church, and preached what passes for a standard New IFB sermon. In other words, he spent an hour railing about people, and slandering them.
In actual Christian churches, when the congregation gathers in the Lord’s House to worship the Lord, that is what they do. And when the pastor steps up to preach, he preaches a sermon that both edifies the congregation, and praises the Lord. Not so with the New IFB. They preach to themselves, and they seek to glorify themselves, and God, if He is even mentioned in a New IFB sermon, is used to support New IFB doctrine.
In this case, Aaron Thompson spent an hour railing about and slandering those who disagreed with Rick Mesler; and, he pounded into the heads of those present the need to kick out any who disagree with Mesler, and that all must unquestioningly obey Rick Mesler, and to do otherwise is wicked, evil, and rebelling against God Himself.
Thompson makes the case that as the pastor, Rick Mesler is no different than Moses, and, in fact, actually states that Mesler is “like your Moses.” Thompson repeatedly drives home the point that Mesler is just like the prophets in the Old Testament, that he is one of “God’s anointed,” that God appointed Mesler to be the pastor, and only God can remove him as pastor, and not the Deacon’s, and presumably not the church either. Only God.
Again, this is standard New IFB teaching. In the New IFB, the pastor of the church is the final authority, the pastor is the final arbiter of all things, the pastor is the ultimate authority on the interpretation of Scripture, and the pastor’s interpretation of Scripture trumps the church constitution. Thompson makes the point that even if the church constitution is backed up by Scripture, it is the pastor’s interpretation of the Scripture that trumps everything else. In Thompson’s argument, he is making Rick Mesler out to be inerrant, infallible, and inspired directly by God, which is, of course, utter nonsense.
As fallible as Rick Mesler is, however, Thompson drives home the point that loyalty to the pastor is of paramount importance. Questioning the pastor will not be tolerated and will result in removal from the church, followed by public slander, gossip, ridicule, and quite often harassment. The pastor is to be held as the only authority in the church, and there is to be no one able to hold the pastor accountable.
This is exactly the message that Thompson delivers in his sermon, setting up Rick Mesler as the absolute ruler over Bible Believer's Baptist Church, as if he were a Baptist Pope. And, as we see in Thompson’s sermon, he starts this process by making railing false accusations against, and slandering those who disagreed with his friend Rick Mesler.
Thompson goes so far as to compare those church leaders who stood against Mesler to Korah, Dathan, and Abiram, the leaders of a rebellion against Moses recorded in Numbers chapter 16. If you remember the story, God was extremely upset over the rebellion of these men, and He caused the ground to open up and swallow them, taking them down to the pits of hell. This is who Thompson compares these church leaders to, and Thompson claims that God is just as angry with them, as He was with Korah, Dathan, and Abiram.
In fact, Aaron Thompson goes so far as to actually say during his railing that Dathan is Kyle, that Korah is Pete, and that Abiram is Jerry. Thompson tells Mesler’s supporters to simply write these names above the biblical names in their Bibles, so as to remember what these church leaders are actually like.
When he says this, however, Thompson has to quickly add an addendum to this comparison. When he says, “Abiram is Jerry,” he has to add, “not the good Jerry, but the bad Jerry, whom he then names in full, giving the man’s first and last names, thus doxxing the man publicly to the hundreds of people who have viewed the video of this sermon, and ruining his reputation with unnecessary sinful slander.
According to the Bible, what Aaron Thompson did here is called gossip. Disseminating information, especially false information, for the express purpose of defaming someone, which is what Thompson did, is the biblical definition of gossip.
Thompson complains by saying you’re not supposed to hear an accusation against a pastor unless it comes from two or three witnesses, and insinuating this is not what happened with Rick Mesler. But Thompson knows better, or at least he should have known better. There were two Deacons in that meeting with Mesler, and they were responding to Mesler’s own verbalized adamant refusal to meet biblical requirements for a pastor. And when those two Deacons brought up the complaints of many people in the church about Mesler teaching New IFB doctrine and running people out of the church who disagreed with him, they were acting not on the testimony of two or three witnesses, but rather on the testimony of multiple witnesses! Thompson was bringing a false and railing accusation against these men! From the pulpit! But again, this is standard operating procedure in the New IFB.
Thompson repeatedly puts forth the argument that the Bible sets out qualifications for pastors and deacons. Briefly he makes the statement that the pastor has to meet qualifications, and then he quickly shifts to the qualifications of the deacons in order to make the argument that the Deacons who fired Mesler didn’t meet those qualifications.
In all of this, however, what Thompson seems to ignore, and we will give him the benefit of the doubt and say maybe he didn’t know, but what he doesn’t talk about is the fact that Rick Mesler does not meet the biblical qualifications for pastor. The same qualifications that are set forth in the church constitution. The same qualifications that Rick Mesler refused to accept, and tried to change! This is the man that Aaron Thompson is defending.
A man who acts as if the Bible is not the final authority, and who acts as if God Himself is not the authority, but that he, Rick Mesler, is the authority!
Rick Mesler is divorced. Rick Mesler is the antagonist in domestic problems with his wife, his son, and with his mother. This is the man that Aaron Thompson is defending.
On March 22nd, 2021, Rick Mesler was arrested. According to the police report, the charge was 3rd degree Domestic Violence Assault with a weapon.
During this argument, Mrs. Mesler made a comment about Rick’s multiple girlfriends, and her desire to acquire an attorney. At that, Rick Mesler became enraged and ordered her out of the church. She asked him to air up the car tire so she could leave, and he refused, saying he would nothing for her. As she was walking away from him and toward the car, Rick came up behind her and using both hands he swung a metal cane like a baseball bat at her head like he was smashing a melon. He hit her head so hard the cane broke.
Mrs. Mesler then ran to a grocery store that was close by, seeking help and safety from Rick Mesler. Rick then ran from the church. When the police arrived at the store, they found Mrs. Mesler bleeding from a large head wound, and holding towels to the back of her head to stop the bleeding, while waiting for emergency medical personnel to arrive.
According to the police report she had a large golf ball size lump on the back of her head and an approximately 1 inch long gash where her scalp had been split open. When the ambulance arrive, the paramedics found that she was also suffering from unstable blood pressure. They transported her to the hospital for emergency treatment for her wounds, and very likely a scan to check for possible damage to her brain.
When the police finally located Rick Mesler, and questioned him, he responded the way most domestic violence abusers answer. He blamed his wife. He claimed she had the cane and turned around to face him, at which time he took the cane away from her and “lightly brought the cane down on her head.”
Why someone who is 6 feet tall and 185 pounds had to strike a woman who is half his size is beyond me.
When the officer asked Rick how he managed to strike Mrs. Mesler on the back of her head when she was facing him, Rick had no answer.
A few minutes later the officer again asked Rick what happened. Mesler then changed his story and said that Mrs. Mesler had the cane and was swinging it at him, trying to hit him, when he was forced to take the cane away from her and hit her with it instead.
The thought that comes immediately to mind is, if she was swinging the cane, and he took the cane away, then the threat no longer existed. Why would he then have to hit her with the cane?
When the officer asked Mr. Mesler why he had changed his story, instead of answering that question, he reiterated that she was swinging the cane at him and he was forced to take it away from her and, “he lightly hit her on top of the head, while she faced him.”
Lightly hit her. And yet it was hard enough to break the metal cane.
On top the head, while she faced him. And yet her wound was on the back of her head.
No, Rick Mesler came up behind a defenseless woman half his size, and viciously struck her in the back of her head with a metal cane, so hard that the cane broke.
A railing, slandering, philandering, wife abusing upright man of God.
Yes, friends, seriously. In fact, Aaron Thompson is so serious about defending Rick Mesler that one week after Mesler was arrested for beating his wife and splitting her head open, Thompson was back at Bible Believers Baptist Church to preach yet again, and during that sermon he once again defended Rick Mesler, and slandered Mesler critics, accusing them of railing, while railing himself. Thompson even went so far as to lie from the pulpit. Among the many lies he told, he states that Mesler was not armed with a handgun, and yet according to the police report, Mesler’s .38 handgun was confiscated and placed into evidence! How could the police confiscate Mesler’s handgun if he didn’t have a handgun? Can you answer that Aaron Thompson?
If he didn't approve of these things, then he wouldn't work so hard to keep Mesler in the pulpit.
Unless Aaron Thompson is trying to move Bible Believers Baptist Church into the New IFB.
Unless Aaron Thompson was going to try and take Bible Believers Baptist Church under his spiritual wing, and authority, as sort of a satellite church linked to his Sure Foundation Baptist Church.
But, nah. That could never happen, right?
Engaging in illegal behavior seems to be a semi-regular occurrence among the leadership in the New IFB, so perhaps that is why Aaron Thompson seems so eager to defend Rick Mesler.
One problem in the New IFB concerns their financial dealings. One pastor took ten’s of thousands of dollars from his church in order to pay for gambling, drugs, and prostitutes. Another church sent $50,000 to its parent church, and that entire $50,000 somehow vanished. And yet another New IFB pastor reneged on a signed contract to the tune of more than $70,000! To say there have been financial problems noted within the New IFB is an understatement; and it seems that Rick Mesler is following in those same New IFB footsteps.
Not long after Rick Mesler and his supporters broke into the church and took it over, Mesler and another man attempted to drain the church bank account. The bank was immediately alerted to the suspicious activity of Mesler and the other man, and the bank froze the account, stopping Mesler and the other man from taking off with all the church’s finances.
The man who was with Rick Mesler was not identified, and we only have a description of him. He was heavyset, had a beard, and stood about six feet eight inches tall. An exact description of Aaron Thompson.
Now I know that as soon as I post this article, I am going to receive all kinds of hate mail and hate comments in the comment section, and all from New IFB people, and you know what? It’s all good. None of it matters because they cannot refute a single thing that I have said, and the reason they can’t refute it is because it is true and they cannot refute the truth. They can complain about it, and they can whine about it, and they can call me names because I speak the truth, but they cannot refute it, and at the end of the day, that’s all that matters. They cannot refute the truth.
I hope and pray that the people of Bible Believer’s Baptist Church will distance themselves from Aaron Thompson and the New IFB, and not allow the New IFB to take over their church and lead them away from God. And I hope and pray that Rick Mesler, and yes, even Aaron Thompson, will repent of their sins and get right with God. Come to Jesus for forgiveness for their sins and seek salvation that is only found in Christ Jesus.
God has revealed His righteousness apart from the Law, it is the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Chris for all those who believe, without distinction, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. Those who are saved are justified by His grace, as a gift, through the redemption which is only in Christ Jesus, who was an atoning sacrifice for sin with the shedding His blood and dying on the cross.
Salvation is by grace through faith, and even that is not of ourselves, but it is a gift from God – not the result of anything that we can do, therefore no one can boast.
The time has come for you to confess your sin to God, and ask Him to forgive your sin. Place your faith in Jesus Christ and what He did on the cross, repent (turn away from sin, and turn toward God), follow Jesus in obedience to His commands.
Jesus said, “Now is the time! The Kingdom of God is near! Repent! And believe the gospel!”
If you will verbally agree that Jesus is Lord, and sincerely believe that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved!
[Romans 3:21-26; Ephesians 2:8-10; Mark 1:15; Romans 8:9]