FAITH BAPTIST CHURCH 7644 Farralone Avenue Canoga Park June 13, 1978 To Whom It May Concer
FAITH BAPTIST CHURCH
7644 Farralone Avenue
June 13, 1978
To Whom It May Concern:
Johnny Todd, professed ex-grand druid, is the subject of this
Near the first of June, 1977, Brother Jack Chick of the Chick
Publications called me and told me about Johnny Todd whom he had
at that time known for about four years. I agreed to meet the
Todd so that I could talk with him. During the conversation I
became impressed with his knowledge of the occult and his
knowledge of Masonic symbolism. After the first meeting, we had
other meetings, sometimes with others besides the two of us.
Todd was invited to speak at a young people's rally in the
Sacramento area in October of 1977; and after hearing good
reports of that meeting, I decided to invite John to speak to our
adult Bible classes on November 13. He did, and all went well.
At the end of the Eastern tour, I received a letter from Dr. Tom
Berry, pastor of Bible Baptist Church in Elkton, Maryland, giving
good reports of Todd's meetings on the East Coast and in Indiana.
On Sunday evening, April 9, following his return from the Eastern
tour, strange things began to happen around John. For example,
he said that as he left the service, before others left the
building, two shots were fired at him in the parking lot. No one
saw this but John, himself. A half an hour later, while leaving
in his car which was driven by another man, a shot heard by a
dozen or more of our people was fired. No one saw the shooter,
and nothing was hit. There were two or three other similar
instances involving shooting incidents which have not yet been
answered to my satisfaction.
From that time on, I began to earnestly pray to the Lord to show
me whether or not John Todd was genuine and trustworthy. I still
trusted John, but at times questions would arise in my mind about
While in Wisconsin on May 23 and 24, speaking at Maranatha Baptist
Bible College, I received a call from Mike Griffin, one of our
members who has been a member of our church most of the time
since he grew up in our church. Mike had been loaned a tape by
Todd which he had made of a newscast covering a meeting he
conducted in Ventura, California. The tape was not a clean tape,
and when the newscast ended, the tape went right into a session
during which John Todd was teaching witchcraft to several people.
The date of the class was mentioned clearly by John Todd on the
tape as March 3, 1976. On April 11, 1978, John had told me that
he had gone into a period of backsliding and had actually sold
some occult books out of his store in Dayton, Ohio; but he said,
"I never went back into the occult."
On the tape of March 3, 1976, John was teaching the people in his
class how to cast spells. He was talking to them about the
importance of using old herbs because they had more power and
then he said, "One reason witchcraft, I feel, is more powerful
than Christianity, is it's got about 8,000 years upon it. It's
got billions of people believing in it over that period of time.
Christianity is a very new religion.
Discussion arose in the class concerning the gods and goddesses,
and one of the people in the class asked John where the gods came
from. Todd replied, "The gods were made by a higher supreme
force that's beyond the gods."
Then Todd spoke of Diana and said, "Diana was not a god. She was
a witch that progressed the tree of life to the tenth stage and
became a god. Any of you sitting here could do it. It takes
many, many lifetimes."
At the end of the class, he asked two of those in the class who
expressed interest in joining a coven to remain afterward to talk
with him and Sheila Todd, whom he called by her witch name which
My deacons and I met with John and let him hear excerpts from the
original tape he had loaned to Mike Griffin. Upon hearing the
excerpts, Todd said that the whole meeting and and what he had
said was just a sales pitch which he made to those in the class.
Todd said that he did not have the backing of the occult;
therefore, the real witches would not patronize his store. He
said that the class was conducted in an effort to drum up
business. He also said the class was held during his period of
After hearing the excerpts, Todd, in the meeting with our deacons
on May 27, 1978, said, "That was done in the store and we just
did it one time. We called a bunch of people together. We were
trying to save the store at that time."
Upon checking the original full length tape by Todd made on March
3, 1976, there were several allusions to a previous meeting.
Todd said, "Here's when I got started with my new instruments,
consecration of atalmay, consecration of book of shadows,
consecration of amlets, the one I've got now, midnight, 18th of
March, 1975, a year ago, o.k.? In fact you were around living in
our apartment at the time when I did it."
Todd also said, "I'm sorry, Phyllis, you weren't here when we
last went over it."
Again, Todd said, "I thought we covered all this last week. But
I'll do it for now."
He also said, "If you didn't get it last week, night winds,
you'll hear us talk about the night winds a lot."
On Saturday, May 27, which was the day on which my deacons and I
faced John Todd, I had just that morning received information
from a tape of a message delivered by Todd in Indiana near the
first of April, 1978. On that tape Todd said, "Baptist ministers
like Tom Berry, Jack Hyles, Jack Chick and Roland Rasmussen have
had to go armed 24 hours a day because of threats. I don't know
about Van Impe--but I can speak of personal knowledge of the
Now, John had tried to persuade me to carry a weapon, but he knew
very well that I had not carried a weapon. When I faced him with
this on May 27, he admitted that he knew I had not carried a
weapon. He said that when he made that statement about my being
armed that he was so tired he meant to say one thing and said
Upon recommendation of the deacons, on Sunday evening, May 28,
Faith Baptist Church voted unanimously to remove John Todd from
our church membership in order to remove our endorsement from his
It was my felling that because of the above falsehoods spoken by
John Todd, I could not risk endorsing a man and his message in
whom I no longer had confidence. I felt that his false
statements rendered suspect everything else he said.
Roland Rasmussen, Pastor
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