The International Christian Tennis Association completely removed the statements that I accurately reported in the article ‘Is the International Christian Tennis Association a Christian Ministry?’ immediately after this article was published on www.faithwriters.com. Mr. Scotty Paschal informed me via email on the Wednesday following the publication of my article that his “board of directors thought the new page was a better witnessing tool”.
Board of directors? Two years ago, I contributed to an article titled ICTA: Fact or Fiction that can be found at www.tennis.info/ICTA.asp which details many false claims made by the ICTA and Mr. Paschal, including claiming to then have a board of directors. In that instance, the ICTA completely removed the entire contents of their web site after the articles publication. Trying to bring this organizations dishonesty and ludicrous claims to light hasn’t been easy-but is necessary- as this organization uses lies and a false Christian message to lure adolescents with dreams to a tennis academy that simply isn’t what it’s presented to be.
This new page, titled Defending the Faith-found at http://www.christiantennis.net/-1999990302 isn’t actually defending the faith-just setting up Scotty Paschal’s excuse for his newest string of lies, false claims and foolish statements that were once again exposed and brought to the light!
God has a sense of humor?
This statement opens this new section: “ I love how God works. He takes a totally unqualified, imperfect person and sets him or her to complete His task. For when the task is completed all will know it was only by His grace. That is surely the case for my life. This tennis ministry is alive and well not because of me, but in spite of me. Thank God He has a good sense of humor!" Scotty Paschal, President ICTA Inc.
Thank God He has a good sense of humor? Does Mr. Paschal honestly believe that God is sitting back laughing at the outrageous lies that Paschal has told to grow his ministry? God is very specific that He hates lying (Prov. 6:16-19par) yet Paschal honestly believes that God is happy with this type of behavior. In the same section of scripture, God further states that he hates a ‘false witness who speaks lies’ and Mr. Paschal exhibits this anti-Christian behavior against anyone who dares to question the many claims made by the ICTA (please see http://www.tennis.info/ZPostDisplay.asp). This behavior isn’t an isolated incident but something that’s been going on for several years.
Of the seven things that God finds an abomination, two of them concern lying, yet Mr. Paschal believes that God is enjoying Paschal's behavior-behavior which Gods own Word condemns-yet Paschal believes God condones. Is Paschal calling God a hypocrite? Is he saying that God doesn’t mean what He says? These statements made by Scotty Paschal are blasphemous and heretical and truly show the spiritual immaturity of this man, this organization and if the ICTA truly has a board of directors, their lack of spiritual maturity as well.
Christians aren’t perfect-just forgiven
The web page goes on to further state: This section is about imperfect people being used by God to reach others for Him. Christians are not perfect people, they are people who are forgiven of their sins who choose to live their lives for Christ. There is not one sinless or perfect person who is involved with the ICTA as a staff member or a member volunteer. This section is about exposing our own imperfections as a testimony of His forgiveness and willingness to use us for His will in spite of our many flaws. We pray this section will also offer hope to other imperfect people worldwide. Mathew 16:24,25
Jesus anticipated this very excuse and told us through His Word that we will be able to recognize his disciples by their fruits, or actions (John 15:8par). What we see in the fruits of this self proclaimed Christian is a lifestyle of lying-which is not Christian behavior. Jesus Himself stated that not everyone that calls Him Lord is saved (Matt. 7:21-23par) obviously implying that not everyone who calls himself a Christian actually is. The Bible clearly states that Satan is the father of all lies and that there is no truth in him (John 8:44par) and Paschal’s fruits far more resemble that of a follower of Satan then a true believer in Christ.
The message of Christianity isn’t false-just this messenger’s message. Mr. Paschal once again insults the very God he claims to be living his life for by stating that he’s living for Christ-when his actions tell a different story. It becomes abundantly clear that Mr. Paschal believes that he can make false claims about himself, his ministry and false allegations and accusations about others-ask God to forgive him-if indeed he actually believes in God-and do it all over again! And to top it all off he blames it on imperfection and believes that God finds this behavior “humorous”.
Mr. Paschal goes on to further state that he will be exposing “our own imperfections”. Will they include?
q Claiming to be an ordained minister-yet refusing to give out proof of this ordination.
q Claiming to be a Christian-yet refusing to give out his Christian testimony.
q Refusing to name his place of worship-yet claiming to attend a Baptist church.
q Rachel Snelen claiming to hold an ITF world ranking-yet the ITF says she does not.
q Claiming to own tennis academies worldwide-proven false by Paschal’s own admission.
q Claiming a partnership with the WTA-the WTA denies this.
q The ‘smear’ campaigns the ICTA wages against their detractors-see www.tennis.info.
Oppression because of their faith?
Here are some further statements that the ICTA makes on this same web page:
This section will also offer hope for those imperfect Christian people worldwide under oppression from those who feel they have a right to judge. Whether you have a small tennis ministry like ours, or you are a pastor in atheist China who lives daily in fear for his life, or you are a pro athlete being persecuted for being outspoken about your faith... this section is for you.
Scotty Paschal isn’t being judged by me-or anyone else that I know of-for being a Christian. That’s just what he wants his readers to believe. I followed the Christian procedure for exposing sin with regards to Mr. Paschal (Matt 18). I asked Paschal privately (via email) to validate his many claims-he responded with more lies and veiled threats. I asked him for the name of his pastor-he refused to give me this information. I then went to the ‘church’ in this case a public web site to bring to light this ministries anti-Christian behavior-simply because the ICTA is an Internet based ministry-and he was given the chance to respond in a public forum, which he did, only to his detriment (please see www.tennis.info/ZpostDisplay.asp for how he responded). The ICTA is being exposed for lying about nearly every aspect of their ministry and not being judged-as only God will truly judge them.
Mr. Paschal also believes that he is suffering oppressive judgment-yet he fails to tell his readers exactly why he feels that he’s being oppressively judged-insinuating it’s because he is outspoken about his faith-which is untrue. Mr. Paschal wants children and young adults to train with him at his Christian tennis academy-yet resents simple questions about this academy, questions like:
q Where is this academy physically located?
q Who are your coaches?
q What are your coaching qualifications?
q Who trains at your tennis academy?
q Where will my child live?
These are basic questions that Paschal refuses to answer-and gets angry and defensive when you ask him these types of questions-and the world needs to know about this. Usually this information is located on a tennis academies web site-just not the ICTA’s web site. What he portrays on the www.christiantennis.net web site isn’t exactly what it is-because if it was-he’d be happy to freely give out information to anyone who asks.
The Apostle John Describes Scotty Paschal
The apostle John gives us a perfect description of Scotty Paschal; "He that says, I know him, and does not keep his commandments, is a liar, and has no truth in him" (1.Jn.2: 4 Para.). Scotty Paschal claims to be a Christian yet doesn’t tell the truth-which God’s Word says He hates-which Paschal claims that God finds humorous! These are facts-facts that are disturbing considering that the ICTA claims to be in existence to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ through the sport of tennis. These facts are disturbing because the ICTA claims to have a desire to train young tennis players to become Christian tennis missionaries-yet ‘Coach Scotty’ doesn’t tell the truth. This is disturbing because the ICTA wants your son or daughter to come and train with ‘Coach Scotty’ in Palm Coast Florida-either living with him in his house-or what he claims is a Christian host home. Scotty Paschal has been proven to be untruthful in nearly every aspect of his personal, professional and spiritual life-what would lead anyone to believe he’s telling the truth now?
A Ministry Grown by Lies and Deception
If the ministry of the ICTA is indeed alive and well, as Mr. Paschal claims on his web site, can it truly be God blessed, as Paschal also claims it to be on his web site? Can a ministry be blessed when it’s leader has open sin in his life-and who’s idea of repentance is to remove damaging statements that he makes on his web site-only after being caught telling more lies-and repeats the same deception? Most ministries would’ve been severely crippled after being exposed in this way-but the ICTA is alive and well? Can we even believe that the ICTA is an actual Christian ministry-based on a proven liars statements-when his fruits tell us a different story? It’s too bad that the only one who can honestly answer these questions can’t or won’t tell us the truth!
"Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but are in reality dangerous wolves. By their fruits you shall know them, Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs from thistles? So every good tree produces good fruits; but the corrupt tree produces evil fruits. A good tree cannot produce evil fruits, nor a corrupt tree produce good fruit. Every tree that does not produce good fruits is to be cut down and thrown into the fire. Then surely from their fruits you shall know them" (Matt.7: 15-19 KJV).
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