How does Rony Denis, the cult leader of House of Prayer, keep the people under his maniacal control?
Answer: He buys them! Listen for yourself:
Denis: So the story is, is this, I’m here ask me any question and I’ll answer it. Ask any question you want.
The real story is, a mother of one of Denis’ church members came down to Savannah, GA to see to help someone move and to see her daughter. (She had two daughters who were cult members, one had left when the Greensboro, NC church left and one was living in Savannah, GA at this time still in Denis’ cult.) Once she came to her daughter’s home she met some of cult members who were there to”encourage” the daughter and her family because her sister had left the cult and they wanted to make sure that she and her family were not leaving. Once in the home the cult mind manipulation games and lying was used by Joshua Heitzman, the pastor of the Savannah church at the time. It failed to produce the desired results so a call is made the cult leader, Rony Denis. Denis is saying here that you can ask him any question. He will not say that to the police or any investigators but he feels comfortable lying to the mother of one of his members.
Heitzman: You can ask any question.
Denis: Ok. You want guaranteed, you got it. You come in I’ll help you, we [will] get you a place, ugh, ugh, ugh, whatever you need. The garbage, all the accusations, I already went through this…I went through this in New Testament, we proved it they gone. You looking for holiness? You talking to the man. (Notice, his idea of holiness is all of the stuff he did) I’m the one who helped your daughter. I’m the one that when they came from New York, I asked brother Huff to have Owens to live and your daughter to stay there. I’m the one that clothed, I bought the, your ugh…ugh…ugh…grandson clothes. I’ve been the one there for Yorke when the car they had, the truck, when they… Upshur wrecked it..I’m the man they called….I’m the man they call for every advice in the church up until then…right now they don’t have me and they finished. Why? Because of pride, self, plus they want family, they want to do it their way, they want a Baptist church, they want music, they want they want this they want that. They made [up] all this stupid stuff about signs, wonders, [and] Kabbalah that’s garbage. I go straight, ask me any question you want to.
Forgive us if the transcript seems a little incoherent but this is actually the speech pattern of Rony Denis. He is Haitian born so French is his native language but he has been in the U.S. for over thirty years and still doesn’t have a strong command of the English language, however we can decipher enough of his speech patterns to put together what he is attempting to say.
The first point to address here is to notice how this man operates. He tries to lure the mother in by saying, “You come and I’ll help you.” This is Denis’ tactic in building his following. At the beginning of his cult movement he was accused of “throwing money” at people problems. Denis’ wife responded to this accusation by saying that it’s their money and they can do what they want with it. In New Testament Christian Church, the church who accused Denis of stealing money, one of the board members who visited Denis’ church in Hinesville when Denis pastored in New Testament Christian Church said that Denis was running a soup kitchen.
Denis mentions to the mother how he will take care of her, give her a place and whatever she needs. He then tells her about how he helped her other daughter and her husband, Owens. He tells her that he clothed her grandchild. This was done by giving money to Bro. Yorke, the pastor of the Greensboro church at the time where the grandchild was, to buy clothing for the mother’ s grandchild. Denis told Yorke that the parents of the child didn’t care for the child and not to buy the child any suits because the parents wouldn’t take the clothes to the cleaners. Denis would use this “giving” that he did to brag to the congregation and as a cult mind control technique to convince the masses that he was a benevolent cult leader. The Bible teaches us not to do your alms before men but Denis lived by something other than the Bible. With Denis’ “giving” there are also strings attached. He wants you to have a sense of obligation to him, after all he gave to you, so you owe him something, your complete loyalty.
Another point to bring out is that Denis says that the people who escaped his cult called him for every advice in the church. The truth is that if you didn’t call about something and he found out he would yell at you and get angry that you didn’t call. If Yorke didn’t call Denis about the truck indecent Denis would have been irate when he found out about it. Denis didn’t offer any advice or anything of any value when Yorke called. What it is, is that Denis wants you to get permission for everything that you do. Denis wanted husbands and wives to rat on each other to him for anything, he wanted the ministers to call him and report anything that other ministers were doing that in the slightest was not according to cult doctrine, he also had the members reporting on the pastors. Later he would turn against the members of the churches and blame them if they had a problem with the pastors. Rony Denis is a very nosy man, he wants to know what is going on all the time not only in the church but in every aspect of your life.
Rony Denis says that the people who left are finished because they don’t have him, and then he starts talking about pride and self concerning the reason why the people left. It is amazing how blinded this man is to his own pride and arrogance. People need God not him. Many times people didn’t even want to call him or even hear from him. One of the greatest times in Hop was when Denis decided to cut everyone off and say don’t call him and that everyone needed to let him go. During this time he didn’t call anyone and if you called him the phone went to his voicemail which was with was full. This period lasted for about a month. During this time he was involved in combination of things including Kabbalah. Denis had constructed a “special” room in his house where he fasted and conjured up what he calls the 2’9 spirits or people. He has since turned the room into an exercise room. During this time Denis was not taking showers and only coming out to use the restroom. When he finished his “spiritual” exercise he began to communicate with the churches again, this time telling the pastors to look in the sky for signs and wonders. The signs and wonders were birds, planes, and cloud formations. I know it sounds silly but this really happened. So, Denis was called out on this when the Greensboro church left and now in this recording he is lying to this mother saying that the Greensboro church made up his involvement with bringing the church into more deception with his signs and wonders.
Notice his disdain for the Baptist church and music. He now plays on the ignorance of the mother by telling her that he is straight and to ask him any question. What we will find is that Rony Denis is a straight liar.
The Mother: What’s Kabbalah?….(laughter)…What’s Kabbalah?
Denis: Say what now?
The Mother: What’s Kabbalah? What is that?
Denis: I don’t even know what it is, that’s what Yorke said. I don’t even know what it is, never studied it, never read it, never had a book in it…and nothing…you understand? Zero….garbage…I’m full of the Holy Ghost. I’m a holiness preacher, straight.
So, asks a question that caught Denis off guard. Whenever he says, “Say what now” he is thinking of what lie to come up with. She asked him a legitimate question. Denis said that he was accused of practicing Kabbalah which involves numerology and gematria. This involves the numeration of words giving them a numerical value by summing the value of its letters. Denis has asked for the full names and birthdays of people in his cult to interpret their numerical value. Of course Denis said that his number was the highest. He also said that Adam Boles’ number was one of the worst, I guess that is why he took his wife from him.
Denis answers the mother with an obvious lie. If a group of people leave your church and say that you are practicing Kabbalah you would find out what Kabbalah was if you were not practicing it. The truth is, Rony Denis is not a “holiness” preacher. He is just a con-artist huckster. Thank God for gospel preachers.
Please, those of you in this cult who are reading this, you know what is being reported about Rony Denis is true. He is an absolute fraud. Just because he gives you things doesn’t mean he loves you. This man is hurting you in so many different ways that you don’t even realize what is happening to you. He is teaching you to lie and ultimately turn your heart away from the Truth who is Jesus Christ. Escape before it is too late! God is too good to reject for someone like Rony Denis.