It is typically believed that if a minister is sent to jail even though he has done nothing wrong, that the prisoners within the jail will be saved. And the minister who was falsely jailed will come out stronger in faith than ever. But I've noticed two cases where a minister is falsely jailed, and when he got out, ended up going off the deep end. These two ministers are Dr. Kent Hovind, and Pastor Jim Staley.
Before we get started, keep in mind that just because someone is mentioned in a positive light on this blog, or one of their teachings are featured on occasion, doesn't mean I agree with all of their teachings.
Dr. Kent Hovind is a Young Earth Creationist who was arrested for tax evasion. Well, tax evasion is the official story. He not only taught about YEC, but also about government and corporate corruption. And made many predictions about what these corrupt entities would do in the future. All of these predictions that I know of have come true, by the way. When it comes to YEC, Kent Hovind actually got a lot of things wrong. For example, the blood vessels in the eye are not in front of the photoreceptors. It's the nerve fibers that carry signals from the receptors to the brain that are in front of the receptors.
Kent Hovind wasn't jailed for what he got wrong. He was jailed for what he got right, which has very little to do with YEC. After he got out of jail, he wound up reading a New Age book, and accepted its demonic teachings as biblical. And he did not listen to his viewers who warned him about the deceptions in that book. To this day, I do not know if he has since renounced those teachings since then (probably not). By the way, this is an excellent example of the point I made in a previous post: Either learn to obey the whole Word of God, or you will fall away.
Next, we have Pastor Jim Staley, who was charged with fraud, investigated by his own state, and cleared of all charges. Many years later, some women who hated Jim Staley accused him of the exact same crime that he was cleared of many years earlier, but this time, he was jailed. This jailing is an example of something known as "double jeopardy", and it's illegal. Jim Staley is not your traditional Christian. In fact, he's hated by the Church for exposing the pagan traditions that exist within Christianity. But he is (or was?) a Christian by the standards set forth in the Bible. His teachings are mostly Messianic in nature last time I checked.
So what went wrong? The 2020 election. Although I can no longer find the video, Jim Staley prophesied in God's name that Biden was celebrating his victory too early and that Trump would be declared the winner of the 2020 election. He compared it to Adonijah declaring himself king over Israel, only for King David to declare Solomon king over Israel. Apparently, the idea that his arrest brought him closer to God went to his head. So although he passes the Deuteronomy 13 Test, this single, failed prophesy makes him a false prophet according to Deuteronomy 18. Also, some time later, I went back to that video to find that the comments were disabled. It's because of this that I said, "his teachings are mostly Messianic in nature last time I checked." And if I ever feature any of his teachings on this blog (which I have in the past), it'll be one from before the 2020 election.