As discussed in a prior post, GOD TV co-founder Rory Alec recently stepped down as chairman and CEO of the network over a "moral failure" in his marriage. Wendy Alec and other GOD TV staff have addressed the controversy in depth this week, shedding light on Rory Alec's abrupt departure.
In a special message from GOD TV headquarters in Israel, UK board member Andrew White and chief of staff Steve Beik reassured viewers that their mission remained strong. At the 1:41 mark, Beik assured viewers that GOD TV would continue.
"GOD TV as a ministry is here to stay. Our mission has not changed. As an organization, we are called by God to equip the body of Christ in all we do. We're continuing to do that."At the 2:09 mark, White speculated that Satan played a role in GOD TV's recent controversy.
"It's so important that at a very difficult time like this, we recognize the fact that what we're doing through GOD TV is the very heart of the work of the Almighty. And when the heart of the work of the Almighty is involved, the evil one, the Devil, will always oppose it and try and ruin it and try and destroy it -- not what the television channel is doing, what God is doing."During a recent edition of GOD TV's Revival Alert, Wendy Alec explained why Rory Alec left the network. She stressed that the two of them had a happy marriage that was "70%" good until Rory started behaving strangely. At the 19:22 mark, she discussed changes in his behavior.
"In March ... something happened ... Rory had been away, and he came in the house ... Up 'til then, everything had been stable and just probably like a lot of your marriages ... He was in the bathroom, and he just said, 'I'm going, and I'm going to France or I'm going to Germany.' He said, 'I'm going to ride the Autobahn,' and he says, 'I'm not telling you where I'm going; you've got no right to ask questions, I'm just going' ... He just said, 'I need space, I need to find my identity, and I need space, I just need space.' You can imagine a wife, okay. My whole world started turning upside down. And the next morning, he just went, and it started a pattern that started to be extremely emotionally traumatic for me, to cope with emotionally, because suddenly my husband started to change in a pattern and in a way I had never seen him act before."Rory did not want to take part in counseling, Wendy said, and she worried that he was experiencing burnout because of his GOD TV responsibilities. Rory would disappear for weeks at a time, and their marriage grew increasingly strained, she told listeners. When Wendy returned home from the hospital after receiving treatment for a gallbladder infection, Rory left her with friends and went traveling for five weeks, she claimed.
Finally, Wendy discovered that Rory had been having an affair with a divorced woman in Austria, lamenting that "the devil got in very, very easily". Rory had been helping her record a jazz album, she explained, and in the seductive environment of the recording studio, "Jezebel lands on it, that hook". Wendy told listeners that the woman had allegedly heard God say that "Rory was her Mr. Right, that he was her husband". At the 29:42 mark, Wendy claimed that infernal forces plotted against her husband and enticed him into adultery.
"The princes of Hell designed a perfect strategy against him to hook his soul in ... through that seductive Jezebel spirit, and he got hooked in, and he did get hooked in, and what happened, that ended up in adultery."Rory later stepped down from his leadership role at GOD TV, admitted that he didn't want to be in ministry anymore, and told Wendy that "our marriage is over". Rory is now living on his lover's father's farm in South Africa, Wendy said.
As Wendy continued, she blamed Satan and his minions for her husband's affair and departure from GOD TV. During a prayer, Wendy insisted that her devotion to God and her ministry did not depend on Rory, and that she was ready to lead GOD TV on her own. After a burst of glossolalia, she asserted that GOD TV would continue to wage war against infernal forces that targeted Rory's soul at the 40:23 mark.
"We war in the spirit in GOD TV. We fight against the prince of the power of the air. Okay? Now the prince of the power of the air is the prince of the power of the airwaves. That's our mandate. That is the reason for this battle. That is the reason why the princes of hell have battled for Rory's soul, okay? It's been a battle for Rory's soul."Wendy walked from her chair to a stone altar in the studio, raging against the "Satanic assault" on her husband and network.
"Father, I prophesy and I thank you, Father ... that from this time forth, that there's going to be the start of a release of a prophetic fire and a prophetic glory and a prophetic mantle, that's going to fall on GOD TV, that Haman -- that is the devil -- is going to be hanged on his own gallows for what has happened here, for this Satanic assault against GOD TV and against Rory and I, in the name of Jesus."Wendy knelt down before the stone altar, praising God and rebuking Satan.
"Devil, this attack is over! It's finished right now! And we serve you notice in the spirit right here from Jerusalem! We serve you notice in the spirit! There were prophets who saw you cowering earlier, and we say Devil, we are going to be very, very dangerous from this point on, even more dangerous as GOD TV, and we are going to stand Hell in the name of Jesus Christ!"Later, Kim Clement, a musician and "prophet", talked with Wendy via Skype about Rory's departure. At the 46:42 mark, Clement claimed that Rory was afflicted by a "generational curse" that propelled him into divorce.
"There are curses that we understand, and we've got to be sober about this. The fact is, there is a generational curse that is carried through ... it's definitely attached itself to Rory so that he would continue the family bloodline in what has happened, and that is to go to divorce. What happens is when you make a decision like this, it then is transferred to your children, and so that's the responsibility that we need to understand."Clement called out to Rory, warning him about the potential impact of his decisions and reminding him of his responsibilities to GOD TV.
I sighed as I listened to Wendy Alec's religious histrionics and the men's wild claims about curses and devils. While I sympathized with Wendy over her husband's adultery and the disintegration of her marriage, I was stunned that she and her colleagues would blame infernal forces for his behavior.
In Wendy Alec and her GOD TV staff, I saw people who struggled to understand Rory Alec's choices. Unable to comprehend Rory's adultery and sudden abandonment of his network, they attributed his actions to diabolical forces, shoehorning recent events into a religious paradigm so that they could make sense of them. The problem is, none of this superstition was helping them understand Rory's choices or make peace with his departure. Wendy, Clement, and the other simply couldn't wrap their heads around the idea that people sometimes choose to commit adultery, or divorce, or take new directions with their careers, sans demonic influence.
Blaming Satan also served to deflect responsibility away from Rory Alec. Unable to accept that their loved one had hurt them, Wendy and the GOD TV staff placed part of the blame on infernal beings who must have been manipulating him. However, no matter how confusing Rory Alec's behavior must have been to his wife and colleagues, his actions were his alone.
I wanted to tell Wendy and her colleagues, Enough superstition. This is childish. None of this is the work of some infernal boogeyman. Rory did not start seeing another woman because of Jezebel's wiles, or because Satan wanted to undermine your network, or because Rory was plagued by a curse. Sometimes, people just make bad choices.
To read additional commentary, visit the following links.
IOL Tonight: Hell hath no fury on GOD TV
The Inquisitr: God Decides To Mess With God TV, Sends ‘Jezebel’ Jazz Musician To Seduce Founder Rory Alec
The Times of Israel: God TV founder led astray by the devil