Televangelist Accused of Pushing Abortion Admits to Encouraging, Inspecting Men’s Vasectomies

AngleyAKRON, Ohio — A controversial ‘pastor’ and televangelist, who has been accused by former members of counseling women to obtain abortions, has admitted to urging male members to have vasectomies and then inspecting their private parts after the surgery.

Ernest Angley, 93, has been leading Grace Cathedral since the 1950’s and was a prominent televangelist in the 1970’s. However, increasing divides in Angley’s congregation over alleged cult-like practices have led some to speak out the media, including those who state that Angley advises pregnant members to abort and urges men to have vasectomies. Others have accused Angley of being a homosexual for examining the men who go through with the surgeries.

While representatives from Grace Cathedral have called the accusations “lies,” Angley recently admitted to the Ohio Beacon Journal that he believes children shouldn’t be born in the present times because of its evils. He claimed that the doesn’t force women to have abortions, but admitted to encouraging vasectomies.

Usher Mike Kish also expressed this sentiment.

“I would hate to even bring a child into the world at this point, being a parent, just having common sense,” he said. “If you look at the condition of this world … it just seems to be going downhill.”

“It really is,” Angley agreed. “I wouldn’t want to be brought into this world now.”

He said that even those with strong faith are not advised to start or enlarge their family.

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“[B]ecause the people of strong faith go down, and their children are in danger,” Angley stated. “It wasn’t like that when I was a kid. We could walk up and down the streets, we could play at night and we were not molested at all.”

He told the story of one man in his congregation who decided to have his vasectomy reversed, remarking that it was wrongful for him to do so.

“I knew he shouldn’t have,” Angley remarked. “We almost lost [his wife], and they had twins and one of them died [at birth]. The little boy [who survived], he is something else. … The daddy, he’s proud of him. But he knows he did the wrong thing.”

Angley and his wife never had children themselves because, he said, they “wanted to give [their] lives to the work of God.”

The Beacon Journal also obtained audio footage of a message that Angley delivered in July, which caused deep controversy in his congregation over his practices. During the service, the former televangelist admitted to looking at men’s private parts pre and post-vasectomy, but denied being a homosexual.

“I’ve helped so many of the boys down through the years,” Angley told the congregation. “They had their misgivings. Sure, I’d have them uncover themselves, but I did not handle them at all.”

“And I would tell them how that would work. And they’d have to watch it,” he continued. “I’d have some of them come back to me that I felt needed to. And I would tell them, I would look at them—their privates, so I could tell how they were swelling. … And some of these turned against me.”

But some of the women whose husbands did not have vasectomies state that they had been advised to abort if they became pregnant. One called Angley a “monster.”

“I thought perhaps it was a girl,” said one woman who went through with the abortion and is now unable to bear children due to early menopause. “It was terrible. It was absolutely gut-wrenching.”

Grace Cathedral declined to provide their position on abortion when contacted by Christian News Network.


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  • Peony Ofindiana

    he needs to retire, maybe go to old folks home to minister to people who cannot get pregnant!

    • WorldGoneCrazy

      He could do a lot of damage in an old folks home. 🙁

  • Oleg Shishko

    He’s totally kookoo…

  • alnga

    We all have a past, present and a future. We all flounder in our approach to all of these phases. I pray that our Lord and his , will comfort him and remove him to a safe place to heal emotionally and Spiritually. Amen?

    • Kevin Snyder

      Amen.

  • pastoredsmith

    This guy has been a fraud for years. My Dad was deafened by close proximity to a hand grenade in North Korea many years ago. His idiot brother talked Dad into going to Angley’s crusade in Atlanta. I was 16 years old, it was in 1976. I watched him humiliate my Dad in front of thousands of people by telling him he didn’t have enough faith to be healed. My Dad was a devout Christian who lived with a disability handed to him by his service to our country and this idiot had the unmitigated gall to humiliate him like that! He then “slayed in the spirit” my Dad’s idiot brother, stating “because of your faith, your brother will hear again.” Dad died in 2012…deaf. Oh, did I mention that hundreds of people lined up to make thousand dollar or more pledges to this impostor who paid actors to jump out of wheelchairs and throw their crutches to the audience. These impostors need to be exposed. Kooks like Angley give genuine Christians a bad name.

    • Jeremy Grimes

      Pastoredsmith – I am so sorry for your father. My father was a disabled veteran as well. I’m glad you and your father kept the true faith. God will deal with this and all the other wolves in sheep’s clothing

  • rachael

    wolf in sheeps clothing. this man is nothing but a pawn for the devil. He needs to repent and step down from the ministry altogether. may God have mercy on his soul, because it is far from saved.