Michigan overseer Jerome Frandle was charged with a misdemeanor for Failure to Report Child Sexual Abuse (CSA)
within the 2x2 ministry.
Frandle entered a plea of Not Guilty at the arraignment.
A pretrial motion to dismiss the case based on the argument that Frandle is not a minister fell completely apart.
Frandle's case was to go to trial on April 24, 2012.
Less than a week before the trial, a key witness suddenly forgot a few details and the case was dismissed.
Anyone willing to call that a coincidence?
Frandle's lawyer, of course, will be paid for his services using money donated by the friends, no doubt. Meanwhile lemming Michigan 2x2s will
express their gratitude next Sunday morning for Frandle's "sacrifice" and bob their heads in agreement like good little unwitting sheep.
However, the important question that should be asked is...
What is the penalty in Michigan for intimidating a witness?
This case started when former brother worker Darren Briggs was convicted of Child Sexual Abuse and given a wrist-slap of 180 days in jail.
It is interesting that he only received 180 days given that, after being found out, he fled back home to New York with the assistance of other workers, possibly including Frandle.
Frandle's attorney attempted to defend Frandle by claiming that Frandle is not a minister and thus is not a mandated reporter.
This was pure deception.
How many meetings has Frandle led?
How many gospel meeting missions has he conducted?
How many funerals has he conducted?
How many times has he stood on the platform at convention and preached (the 2x2 version of)
the Gospel to the friends gathered there?
Whose name is at the top of the Michigan workers list?
And he claims he isn't a minister? It's an outright lie.
Are we to assume then that none of the workers are ministers?
Do they not care for their flock?
Do they not care about others, or the salvation of those to whom they preach (the 2x2 version of)
Given that workers are not accountable to their followers, then perhaps it would be fair not to call them ministers. But then, what are they if not ministers?
If they are not ministers, then.... have they been paying their taxes?
If they are not ministers, then under what authority do they excommunicate anyone who questions their authority?
If the workers in Michigan are not ministers, then why are they completing the Ministry-Safe training?
Doesn't make a whole lot of sense, does it?
Where this church is concerned, not much does.
According to Michigan state statute, Comp. Laws § 722.623, mandatory reports include "Members of the clergy."
According to Webster's Dictionary...
: a group ordained to perform pastoral or sacerdotal functions in a Christian church
: to invest officially (as by the laying on of hands) with ministerial or priestly authority
: one officiating or assisting the officiant in church worship
Frandle is trying to tell the court that he is not
a minister (one who officiates in church worship)
because he was not ordained (invested with ministerial authority)
as clergy (performing pastoral functions in a Christian church).
To parse this out, Frandle is arguing that he does not officiate in a church, that he has no ministerial authority, and has no duties in a church.
For this to hold true, Frandle can no longer be a worker, much less overseer of the 2x2 church in the state of Michigan, especially given
that he has declared to the court that he has no authority over the Christians who attend his church.
So, based on this... Jerome Frandle can no longer be considered a worker, or receive the benefits and privileges granted to workers.
He has declared in court that he does not merit it.
The bottom line... Jerome Frandle, an overseer in the 2x2 church, is willing to lie to the court in an attempt to protect himself, but he
does very little to protect the victims of Child Sexual Abuse perpetrated by workers under his responsibility.