Coach Dave Daubenmire
July 10, 2015
On July 8th at 9:00 AM Pastor Kent Hovind walked out of Yazoo City Correctional Facility in Yazoo City, Mississippi, a free man!!
After more than 8.5 years of incarceration, Pastor Kent finally returned home Wednesday evening. It was his first taste of freedom since before Obama became President.
Can you imagine how much the world has changed since he was first locked up? Can you imagine the joy he must feel sleeping in his own bed and going to the refrigerator and having a snack whenever he feels like it? Can you imagine the joy of holding his grandchildren with whom he can now begin building a relationship?
Free at last! Free at last! Thank God Almighty, he is free at last.
There are many tips-of-the-cap that must go out to those who fought hard for his release. Rudy and Erin Davis dedicated the past 6 months of their lives to fighting for his liberty. Ernie Land, Kent’s trusted friend of over 25 years, proved his mettle in keeping the flame burning on the outside, serving as gatekeeper for those trying to fight for Pastor Kent. Racer X headed up the website FREE KENT HOVIND and was instrumental in keeping the information updated. Many others played a role in this sordid story with the happy ending.
Thank God for Bill Olson and Herb Titus who prepared the motion to dismiss that ultimately served as the poison pill to the government’s trumped-up charges of “mail fraud” designed to keep Pastor Kent in jail for the rest of his life. Bill and Herb, along with the United States Justice Foundation, stopped the government in their tracks as they tried to railroad a man who had spent 8.5 years of his life in jail for “structuring”…something the IRS Commissioner himself admitted in February had been used illegally against law-abiding citizens all across this nation.
Finally, Pastor Hovind is home after serving nearly 105 months in jail for something that we now know wasn’t even a crime. It would be worth your time to listen to this brief interview with “Dr. Dino” from the day of his release in which he warns other Christians to be prepared for the persecution that lies ahead. We would do well to heed his words.
After the recent charges of “mail fraud” for mailing a letter from jail were dropped, Pastor Hovind was transferred to the prison in Yazoo City where he spent the last month of his incarceration in solitary confinement. Yes, you read that right…a small 8 foot by 10 foot cell where he was not able to have visitors, make phone calls, or even to exercise outside of the cell…alone 24 hours a day—the government’s last “take that” for daring to defy their tyranny. It was out of that hell-hole that Pastor Kent finally walked on Wednesday.
As is his style, Pastor Kent is grateful to God for the opportunity to serve Him in prison, as are the nearly 900 men who came to know Jesus as a result of Pastor Kent’s daily Bible studies in the many prisons amongst which he was transferred. We should all be humbled by this faithful man of God and his never-say-die-commitment to serving Jesus no matter where he is.
Thank God for the lone juror who would not relent in Pastor Hovind’s February trial on mail fraud. If not for him and his jury nullification, Kent would not be free today.
Many of you reading this have been critical of Pastor Kent, calling him a tax cheat and tax evader (neither of which is true) and claiming that his behavior was “not that of a Christian man.” Pastor Kent is head and shoulders above those self-righteous “brothers” who rejoiced in his punishment. I pray the Lord grants you the grace you didn’t offer Pastor Hovind when you stand in His courtroom.
So after having nearly a decade of his life stolen from him, Pastor Hovind returns home to the battle for Truth that is now raging across this nation. His mettle has been tested and he has come through the fire perfected by persecution and committed to winning the lost for the King he serves.
After a mandatory 30 days of home confinement, Pastor Hovind will be free to travel and crush the lie of evolution which has been the heart and soul of his ministry for over 30 years. He is so anxious to get back into the game.
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