CHARISMA HOUSE AND JONATHAN CAHN ISSUE STATEMENT CONCERNING DAVID JAMES AND POSSIBLE LAWSUIT

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In my coverage of Prophet Rabbi Jonathan Cahn and his book of mythology called The Harbinger (TH) here at Apprising Ministries I have told you that, by far, the best critique of TH I have yet seen is The Harbinger: Fact or Fiction? by David James.

James’ critique was actually adapted from a full-length book that he’d been working on, which has now come forth; it’s also entitled The Harbinger: Fact or Fiction? It has quickly become a source of irritation for Jonathan Cahn and his publisher.

This would lead to my piece the other day Steve Strang Of Charisma Media And Jonathan Cahn To Sue Dave James Over “The Harbinger: Fact Or Fiction?” Therein I pointed you to The ABI Report: Threatened Lawsuit by The Harbinger Publisher & Author.

Dave James, executive director of The Alliance of Biblical Integrity, would make the following known to us:

We have received letters threatening legal action related to the publication of my book The Harbinger: Fact or Fiction? These letters were from a lawyer with a firm which “serves as litigation counsel for Charisma Media, publisher of The Harbinger by Rabbi Jonathan Cahn and published by Charisma Media.”

Therefore, we are asking that concerned believers everywhere make this a matter of prayer—that the Lord would graciously give us wisdom and that He would protect us in the midst of this challenge. We also believe it is important to bring this matter to the attention of the Body of Christ and would encourage you to share this article with others given the millions of people who have now been influenced by The Harbinger and its author. (source, bold his)

The fact is, Jonathan Cahn and his speculations presented as prophecy in TH have also been the source of a growing friction even within the camp of online apologetics and discernment ministries as I showed you a while back in Jonathan Cahn Harbinger Of Discernment Gone Wild?

Now there’s been a further development to this story as today Althea Thompson, Publicity Coordinator for Charisma House,1 has alerted us via email to Apprising Ministries to the following statement entitled Publisher of The Harbinger clarifies misinformation regarding its dispute with author of critique:

From: World Wide Web Owner www.christianresearchnetwork.org
Subject: Althea Thompson
Date: February 11, 2013 4:14:27 PM EST
To: apprisingministries@gmail.com
Reply-To: Althea Thompson

From: Althea Thompson
Subject: Althea Thompson

Message Body:
Publisher of The Harbinger clarifies misinformation regarding its dispute with author of critique

Lake Mary, FL—Charisma House, the publishers of The Harbinger, the New York Times best seller by Jonathan Cahn, issues a statement to address misinformation regarding its intellectual property dispute between Charisma House and David James and his publisher The Berean Call.

In a public statement Tessie DeVore, Executive Vice President of Charisma House, said:

“Charisma House, the Book Group of Charisma Media, has sought a private dialogue with David James with respect to concerns it has regarding the use of its intellectual property in Mr. James’ work. In the first instance, Charisma had concerns regarding Mr. James’ original cover for his critique that was substantially similar to the cover of Rabbi Cahn’s work The Harbinger, published by Charisma House, which would create confusion in the market as to the source and sponsorship of the critique. Mr. James agreed and changed his cover.“The second instance relates to the amount of original text that may legally be used in a critique of a work under applicable copyright laws. Although the parties respectfully and thoughtfully shared their respective views of a fact-intensive and complicated area of intellectual property law, Mr. James and The Berean Call unfortunately have decided to take this dispute public. Charisma House has pursued the disputed issues in a responsible manner and requested reasonable information in order to evaluate further the scope of the dispute.

“As this issue has spilled into public forums, the dispute has been re-characterized as one in which Charisma House and Rabbi Cahn have sought to suppress the right to criticize The Harbinger and discourage dialogue regarding the work. Because of this misinformation, Charisma House feels compelled to respond in order to make clear its position that any and all dissent, disagreement or dialogue regarding The Harbinger is not only encouraged but also necessary for the continued growth of the body of Christ in today’s world.

“It is also important to note that despite what has been portrayed, the legal counsel involved represents Charisma House and not Rabbi Cahn. Any communication from the attorney to The Berean Call has been initiated by Charisma House and not Rabbi Cahn.

“Both Charisma House and Rabbi Cahn remain confident that this matter can be resolved without the necessity of litigation and in a Christian manner. The parties’ disagreement over intellectual property issues cannot be confused with disagreement over the right to question one’s views of God.”


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  1. http://www.linkedin.com/pub/althea-thompson/41/854/243, accessed 2-20-13.